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"Maburaho": Magical Time Bomb

Welcome to a world where magic is commonplace. Everyone has a set number of spells they can cast in their life. Most have a couple of thousand and can use them liberally. But not Kazuki Shikimori—at the moment he has only eight spells to his name. That wouldn’t be such a problem if it didn’t […]

Anime Festival Announces Guest Line Up

Tony Oliver, Steve Yun and Tom Bateman will be attending Anime Festival Orlando 6, festival organizers said today. Other guests slated to appear at the convention include Chris Sabat, Bob Bergen, Michael Richard Dobson, Lex Lang, Sandy Fox, Steve Bennett, Doug Smith and Jan Scott-Frazier. The festival will be held from August 5-7 at the […]

"Steamboy": Fantastic Journey to Yesterday's Tomorrow

These days we take it for granted that major anime features will get a nationwide theatrical run in the U.S. This was not the case in 1989, when renowned manga artist/writer Otomo Katsuhiro’s cyberpunk classic Akira took the art house circuit by storm. Nearly twenty years later, he has finally returned to the director’s chair […]

Animex Festival Solicits Entries

The Animex International Festival of Animation is soliciting entries for the 2006 Animex Awards, to be held in Middlesbrough, England, in January, Computer Graphics World reports. Details can be found at www.animex.net. Deadline for entry is October 1.

"Stellvia Foundation IV": The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi Anime Still Delights

The previous volume of Stellvia of the Universe concluded with our heroine, Shima Katase (known by her fellow spaceship pilots as Shipon), and her friend Kouta Otoyama fending off a possible apocalypse via the secret, super-powered mecha Infi stashed at Space Station/Academy Stellvia. Anyway, with that little event out of the way, and with it […]

Anime Network Signs Five Carriage Deals

Anime Network has signed deals with BendBroadband, Click! Network, Massillon Cable TV, PrairieWave Communications and Sunflower Broadband to carry its subscription video-on-demand service, the company says. Cablevision and Cox already carry the service. [Source: Anime Network]

CPM Re-Prices, Re-Releases Multiple Titles

Central Park Media will re-price and re-release an assortment of its anime titles, the company said today. Series being released include Geobreeders, Agent Aika, The Ping-Pong Club, and Photon: The Idiot Adventures. Details follow: Geobreeders Contents: Episodes 1-3 Release Date: September 27 Price: $9.95 Languages: English; Japanese with English subtitles Extras: Previews, DVD-ROM features. Geobreeders: […]

"Melody of Oblivion": Oblivion Sounds About Right

Gainax. A studio known for classic anime such as Evangelion, FLCL and Nadia: Secret of Blue Water. JC Staff is known for anime such as Excel Saga, Tsukihime and Azumanga Daioh. Both studios have great directors, writers, animators and great people in general. So, one would think that the result of them working on the […]

"Bratz" Coming to 4Kids This Fall

4Kids Entertainment and MGA Entertainment will produce an all-new Bratz CGI animated television series, the companies announced today. The series, which follows the adventures of Yasmin, Cloe, Sasha, and Jade as they scoop stories for their teen magazine, will debut on 4Kids TV this fall. Bratz will also join anime import Magical Doremi and new […]

"NY Times" on Anime's "Mean Girls"

The New York Times has briefly reviewed three anime DVD releases, using them as examples of anime’s trend towards hypersexualized female killing machine characters (free registration required). The shows reviewed are Saikano, Gunslinger Girl, and Elfen Lied.

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