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SakuraCon2006 – Geneon: Barefoot Gen, DVD Rebates, New Music And Dub Premieres Too

by on March 30, 2006
Geneon didn’t have much in the way of “new” anime announcements per se’, but there were definitely some tidbits that were quite surprising thanks to Geneon’s Stephen Tang. Geneon retrieved another title from the wreckage of Streamline, the anime classic Barefoot Gen. On the live action side, the company announced Last Quarter–a live action title […]

"Munto 2" Explosions, Character Development, and More Explosions

by on March 29, 2006
Munto is quite an odd little film. A seemingly stand-alone fan project that garnered some really nice animation and was a pretty nice success, but a sequel wasn’t guarenteed. That is where the Japanese fans come in, as they funded the sequel out of their own pockets, something virtually unheard of in this day and […]

NY Times on Nick’s "Wonder Pets"

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2006
The New York Times has a profile article on Nickelodeon’s Wonder Pets, a new animated series in the Nick Jr. programming block (registration required). The show was created by Josh Selig, an alumnus of Sesame Street and Little Bill, and makes novel use of “photo-puppetry” animation and musical accompaniment to tell stories of a trio […]

"Someday’s Dreamers": The "Magical Dreamer"’s Magical Source Ain’t The Mystic Force!

by on March 26, 2006
In modern day Japan, Yume Kikuchi, a teenager from the countryside with the slightly unique ability to work magic, must prove herself worthy of becoming a Mage. To do this she must train under an established Mage and only use magic when requested and approved or risk becoming a “Stray”, a magic user who doesn’t […]

"Mezzo" Vol. 2: Maybe I Could Get A Robot Girlfriend

by on March 25, 2006
Need a job done? If it requires ballistics and a babe, the Danger Service Agency is at your employ. Covergirl Mikura, along with hardware Harada and kitchen Kurokawa, will do any job for the right money. Add in the incredibly shy and young Asami, and you’ve also got the most disfunctional family this side of […]

"Powerpuff Girls Z" Coming to TV Tokyo in July — CORRECTED & UPDATED

by on March 25, 2006
Toei Animation’s anime reimagining of Cartoon Network’s Powerpuff Girls, entitled Powerpuff Girls Z, is scheduled to debut in Japan in July, an Aniplex representative at the Tokyo Anime Fair said. The network is not yet confirmed, but will probably be TV Tokyo. The initial order is for about 50 to 52 episodes at 30 minutes […]

"Stratos 4" Reaches for the Stars But Plummets to the Earth

by SB20xxon March 24, 2006
Let it be known that Stratos 4 is my least favorite of the four Studio Fantasia properties I’ve watched. Stratos 4 is what I can only describe as “blah.” The plot: Mikaze is an underachieving rookie on a military base. This is no ordinary base, however; its daily mission is to send fighter pilots into […]

"Howl’s Moving Castle": Home is Where You Park it

by on March 23, 2006
Hayao Miyazaki set the bar perilously high for himself with 2002’s Spirited Away, winning an Academy Award and setting a Japanese box office record. The much anticipated Howl’s Moving Castle doesn’t quite measure up, but engineers a rousing fantasy adventure in the classic Miyazaki mold. Howl was written by novelist Diana Wynne Jones, though you’d […]

Things Heat Up With "Godannar Vol. 4"

by SB20xxon March 21, 2006
Godannar may not have the religious symbolism or the angst-ridden contemplations of existence that Evangelion has, but it definitely has a higher replay value as it’s a whole lot of fun. The series is a throwback to earlier mecha series that were more about hot-blooded mecha action, especially in its tone. It’s paced in such […]

Geneon Announces New Titles For Summer

by SB20xxon March 20, 2006
Two new series kick off Geneon’s summer: Elemental Gelade comes out on June 13, 2006 with both regular and artbox editions, while Strawberry Marshmallow (aka Ichigo Mashimaro) is set to debut a week later. Other Geneon releases include the last volumes of Tenjho Tenge and Kannazuki No Miko, along with further volumes of Kamichu, Doki […]