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"Ghost in the Shell" to DVD in September

Anchor Bay will release Ghost In The Shell: Season 2, Vol. 1 to DVD on September 20, Animated Bliss reports. A standard edition will retail for $24.95; a limited edition will retail for $49.95.

"Cybuster" Just Can't Stop Being Mediocre

In order for a giant robot anime to stand out from the pack, it needs at least a couple of the following: catchy music, nice animation, an interesting plot, engaging characters, and of course some really, really cool giant robots. Which show defines the standard is subject to personal opinion, but there are some series […]

"Viewtiful Joe" Comes to Kids WB This Fall

Kids WB today announced that they have ordered 26 episodes of Viewtiful Joe from Geneon Entertainment. The network will air the action-comedy anime series on Saturdays beginning this fall. [Source: Kids WB]

"Sailor Moon" Manga Rights Revert to Original Owners

The Comics Reporter weblog is reporting that Tokyopop has let the North American reprint rights to the Sailor Moon manga revert back to their original Japanese owner. There is currently no further information if any other manga publishing company will attempt to acquire these rights.

Toei Names Joy Tashian Marketing Group to Represent "Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo"

Toei Animation Inc. has named Joy Tashjian Marketing Group as licensing representative for their new anime series Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo. The series will debut in the U.S. this October, airing on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block at 10:30pm. [Source: AWN]

BusinessWeek Looks at the Anime Business

BusinessWeek has published an article looking at the rise of anime as an exportable commodity, noting anime’s influence on both live-action and animated movies and sales that are estimated to top $5 billion globally.

Anime Invades U.S.

New House News Service looks at the growing popularity of anime within the U.S.

"Daphne In The Brilliant Blue: Initiation" Not Brilliant, Feeling Blue

Maia Mizuki’s the top girl at the Ocean Agency’s exams. Things are looking up for her, with a prime chance to be picked as a marine law enforcement member. Little does she know this will be the worst day of her life. Rejection by the Ocean Agency is the first nail in the coffin. In […]

Miyazaki Audio Feature Available from NPR

National Public Radio has posted a page for their Nausicaa.net, which contains their original radio story (in Real and Windows Media formats), video clips from Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, and a bonus audio feature from Pixar director Pete Docter about how Miyazaki works. (via Nausicaa.net)

"Gatchaman": A Groovy Kind of Sci-Fi

Anime fans today can thank their lucky stars for the monumental stateside success of properties like Akira, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, and Ghost in the Shell, for they created a bustling anime marketplace in the U.S. which now offers a previously unimaginable breadth of titles. The downside of this revolution is that it didn’t […]

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