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TZ at SakuraCon: ADV Sales Rise as Shelf Space Shrinks

by Karl Olsonon April 12, 2005
ADV Films has completed work on the second volume of Princess Tutu and will be screening proof copies at upcoming conventions, company representative D. L. Williams told attendees at SakuraCon last week. Williams eschewed a formal presentation in favor of taking questions directly from the audience. Williams reported that anime sales on the whole leveled […]

TZ at SakuraCon: Bandai Hypes 2005 Releases

by Karl Olsonon April 12, 2005
Bandai outlined its big 2005 releases, including DICE, Please Twins, Hoop Days, Scrapped Princess, Avenger, PLANETES, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Eureka 7, at SakuraCon last week. Bandai representatives said that the company plans to make Eureka 7 a general, show-centric franchise similar to .hack. The series is scheduled for a fifty-episode […]

TZ at SakuraCon: Gunslinger Girls from FUNimation

by Karl Olsonon April 12, 2005
The entire FUNimation representative crew turned out in cosplay to screen the first three episodes of Gunslinger Girl at SakuraCon last week, with the brand manager dressing as Henrietta, complete with violin case. The dub of that series, by the way, is outstanding–nay, breathtaking. A limited Gunslinger Girl starter set will include a 24″ x […]

TZ at SakuraCon: Tokyopop To Give "Princess Ai" Major July Push

by Karl Olsonon April 12, 2005
Tokyopop representatives at SakuraCon last week outlined an ambitious line up of manhwa and manga titles for release, including RG Veda, Clamp no Kiseki, Sakura Taisen, Beck, BLAME!, Scrapped Princess, Earthian, Samurai Champloo, Kamikaze, Arcana, Tarot Cafe, The Dream World and Kanpai, a vampire manga from the creator of Gravitation. Jetting quickly through their presentation […]

TZ at SakuraCon: Geneon Announces DVD, CD Titles

by Karl Olsonon April 12, 2005
Geneon outlined its plans for a number of upcoming DVD and CD releases at SakuraCon last week. Notable upcoming DVD releases include Koi Kaze; Daphne in the Brillant Blue Vol. 2; Appleseed; Tenjho Tenge Vol. 1; Champloo Vol. 3, Gungrave Vol.6; Cybuster; and Takahashi Anthology Vol. 3. Geneon reps reaffirmed that the company holds the […]

"Stellvia Foundation III" – The Better The Show Gets, The Sparser The Extras Are

by Karl Olsonon March 23, 2005
Stellvia Volume 2 ended with Shima Katase (a.k.a. Shipon) a bit upbeat but a bit defeated as well. On one hand, she’s led her school to victory on the Astroball court and she’s the only first year student at Stellvia who will participate in The Great Mission to protect the Earth from a wave of […]

"Clone Wars" Series 2: Everything You Loved And More

by Karl Olsonon March 17, 2005
I wonder if Jedi mind tricks work over the web. Because if they did, you can bet everyone reading this would already be blank-faced and drooling, waiting patiently in front of their televisions for the Monday premiere of Star Wars: Clone Wars Season Three. These new episodes look like they’ll top everything that’s come before. […]

“Koi Kaze Vol. 1” Unsettling and Brillant

by Karl Olsonon March 7, 2005
Anime as a medium sometimes seems as though it’s seeking out taboos to break. Onegai Teacher plays with the student-teacher relationship, Gravitation and Fake toy with gay relationships and Onegai Twins and .Hack//Legend of the Twilight Key mess with some inferred incest. Koi Kaze drops the inferred and adds pedophilia: it’s a show about a […]

Preview: "Madlax" Makes Eyes Happy

by Karl Olsonon March 7, 2005
You know, I just don’t get ADV lately. It seems they’ve been really big into buying shows with initial episodes that just don’t make any sense. Madlax, whose volume one DVD is set for an April 22 release, is no exemption. The first episode focuses on the main character, the beautiful but brutal Madlax. She […]

Stellvia Foundation II – Great Show, Weak Disc.

by Karl Olsonon February 25, 2005
Last time on Stellvia, the Earth had rebounded from the greatest natural disaster in the history of man, a massive energy bombardment unleashed by a supernova (a.k.a. the First Wave), and our heroine Shima Katase was still sort of struggling with her piloting skills. She’s managed to find a good group of friends, but she […]