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The Existential Angst of "Hello Kitty: Stump Village" Vol. 1

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
It could have been a recipe for disaster. In 2005, Sanrio began work on a new cartoon for their top-licensed character, the charming but aloof Hello Kitty. Following the current trend of “re-imagining” classic series, the producers chose to abandon all the prior continuity of her earlier animated incarnations, opting instead for a 3-D stop-motion […]

VIZ Media Announces Shonen Jump Naruto Road Tour

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
VIZ Media has issued a press release announcing a special Shonen Jump Naruto road tour, meant to promote the Naruto anime and manga series, and the Shonen Jump magazine from which it originated. The tour will begin on November 4 in Atlanta, GA. Read the full press release here, which contains more tour dates and […]

Urban Alchemist Launches to Produce Otaku and Gamer Clothing

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
Two former employees of Central Park Media have joined forces to found Urban Alchemist, dedicated to creating original licensed clothing aimed at the serious anime and video game fanbase. Kevin Sopko and Peter Tatara debuted their line of yaoi-inspired clothing at the Syracuse Heroes Expo on October 22, 2006, and are taking orders now at […]

"Class of 3000" Mockumentary Celebrity Cameos to Include Maroon 5, Norah Jones

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
A press release from Cartoon Network trumpets the upcoming Class of 3000 “mockumentary” Sunny Bridges: Bankhead to Buckhead, which will document the career of fictional musician Sunny Bridges. The show, airing on October 27 at 7 PM (Eastern and Pacific Time), will feature an all-star lineup of celebrities and athletes including Maroon 5, Norah Jones, […]

"Nerima Daikon Brothers" on Anime Channel Nov 30, DVD Dec 19

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
The series Nerima Daikon Brothers will be premiering on the Anime Channel on November 30, according to a press release from the Anime Channel. The series focuses on a rock band — composed of two cousins, their friend, and a panda shaped like a daikon radish — that battles crime and evil-doers. The series will […]

Press Release: VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES SPECIAL NATIONAL ROAD TOUR FOR SHONEN JUMP NARUTO

by Ed Liuon October 24, 2006
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES SPECIAL NATIONAL ROAD TOUR FOR SHONEN JUMP NARUTO Fans Are Invited To Visit Select Mall Locations To Take Part In Exciting and Fun Activities Related To Best Selling Manga And Anime Series San Francisco, CA, October 20, 2006 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and […]

Press Release: OTAKU AND GAMER CLOTHING COMPANY URBAN ALCHEMIST LAUNCHES

by Ed Liuon October 24, 2006
OTAKU AND GAMER CLOTHING COMPANY URBAN ALCHEMIST LAUNCHES Anime Industry Veterans Announce The Creation Of A New Clothing Company New York, NY (October 23, 2006) — Former employees of Central Park Media and Be Beautiful Manga today announced the formation of Urban Alchemist, an independent clothing company dedicated to creating high-quality, original shirts and accessories […]

Press Release: Celebrities to Appear in CLASS OF 3000 "Mockumentary" on Oct. 27

by Ed Liuon October 24, 2006
Maroon 5, Norah Jones, Serena Williams, Dwyane Wade and Others Dish Out the Story Behind Sunny Bridges Sunny Bridges: Bankhead to Buckhead Reveals History of Fictional Star of André “3000” Benjamin series Class of 3000 “Mockumentary” Airs Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. (ET, PT) on Cartoon Network Well-known faces from the world of music […]

Press Release: Nerima Daikon Brothers Premieres Nov 30 on Anime Channel

by Ed Liuon October 24, 2006
NERIMA DAIKON BROTHERS PREMIERES NOVEMBER 30 ON AMERICA’S #1 ANIME CHANNEL HOUSTON, TX — October 24, 2006 — Catch the next anime hit from Shinichi Watanabe (Excel Saga), when Nerima Daikon Brothers premieres November 30 on Anime Network—America’s #1 Anime Channel! WHAT: U.S. VOD Premiere of Nerima Daikon Brothers Hideki, leader of the Nerima Daikon […]

"Simpsons" Takes Political Jab in Halloween Episode

by Ed Liuon October 24, 2006
Several news reports are noting a pointed political jab in this year’s “Treehouse of Horror” episode of The Simpsons, which is currently scheduled to air on November 5. Apparently, this particular political jab is notable for being made only two days before Election Day in the United States and for airing on the Fox network. […]