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"Howl's Moving Castle," "My Neighbor Totoro" DVDs Scheduled for Spring 2006 Release

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro are scheduled for a Spring 2006 release on DVD, according to a trailer on Disney’s website for the Studio Ghibli DVD collection.

"Stroker and Hoop" Needs Puppets, And More Talking Car

I remember when the first promos for the pilot episode of Stroker & Hoop aired. Since the actual animation wasn’t finished yet, the guys and gals at Williams Street decided to make some early promos using paper puppets to simulate the actual plots. Now the actual show has arrived with its actual animation, and it’s […]

"The Place Promised in Our Early Days": A Modern Animated Classic

Toon Zone is reviewing some of the films screened at this year’s Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival. The Place Promised in Our Early Days is in competition in the feature film category. This is a review of the US DVD version. Makoto Shinkai, prior to The Place Promised in Our Early Days, was best […]

Anime Sales Fall in Japan

The Japan External Trade Organization says that anime market sales in Japan fell 10.4% to 191.2 billion yen in 2003 from a 2002 high, AWN reports. Box office revenues for anime features fell 53% between 2001 and 2003, and sales of anime DVDs fell 5.5% between 2003 and 2004.

Navarre Ups Deacon to President

Navarre Corp., parent of anime-distributor FUNimation, has named Cary Deacon as president and chief operating officer, the company says. [Source: PR Newswire]

"New Getter Robo" When Gore Goes Into Overdrive

You know you’ve got a good remake on your hands when not only does it appeal to old-school fans who enjoyed the original, but it also reels in newbies like myself who have never seen any previous Getter Robo series. New Getter Robo delivers a knockout punch, sending your head flying 300 feet while leaving […]

CPM to Photograph Cosplay at Otakon 2005

Central Park Media will be photographing fans in their cosplay costumes at Otakon 2005, the company said today. The best pictures will be included in a special photo gallery on the DVD release of Eric Bresler’s anime fandom documentary Otaku Unite! Fans should come to the CPM booth (#1327) dressed as their favorite anime character […]

"Naruto" to Premiere on Toonami September 10

Naruto — the global anime series centering around Uzumaki Naruto, a rebellious ninja in training — makes its U.S. debut on Saturday, September 10, 2005, at 9:00pm (ET/PT) during Toonami on Cartoon Network. Its debut on Cartoon Network will mark the first time the series has been shown in English. The story of Naruto begins […]

"Gundam SEED": What Are You Doing on an "Empty Battlefield," Gundam?

OK, you’ve got a mega-hit franchise that has revitalized interest in your company, you’re making tons of money off the various soundtracks, and you’re about to unleash this monstrosity overseas, with the sequel series already in production. What do you do to tide over your audience until said series debuts? Well, you take a chunk […]

"Gundam SEED Astray" Break Through the Crappy Scheduling to Freedom, Gundam!

Manga based on Gundam series are nothing new, even if we’ve only got a fraction of them here in the United States. While there have been manga stories that are supposedly set during the various series (such as The Last Outpost), very few of them effectively cross over into their respective anime series. Since Gundam […]

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