"Kodocha" Vol. 2 Cranks Up the Drama

by James915on November 15, 2005
The title of this volume, “Hayama Hijinks,” would have you believe it was as completely crazy as the first volume. In fact, while it’s still very funny, the drama is kicked up a notch and the heartfelt moments are out in force this time. Child TV star Sana Kurata, armed with an embarrassing photo, has […]

"Burst Angel" Vol. 2 to 4: Dangerous Beauties

by Chris Woodon November 14, 2005
Burst Angel is yet another in a long line of girls with guns anime series trying to recapture the magic of 80s classic Dirty Pair. And it does an admirable job, adding giant robots and monsters to the familiar mix. Though frankly, I hardly noticed them as my eyes must have been somewhere else. Let’s […]

"Burst Angel" Vol. 1: Louisa May Alcott Rolls in Her Grave

by Conekilleron November 14, 2005
Hot chicks with guns. Giant robots. Fanservice. These are the stereotypes that pepper many an anime series. But Studio GONZO, experts in the unoriginal, accidentally added another stereotype to the equation: “whiney male sidekick.” Thus, Burst Angel (Bakuretsu Tenshi) was born! Jo, Meg, Amy and Sei are a group of super powered, but absurdly dressed, […]

IGPX DVDs Announced

by Zeddon November 12, 2005
Bandai will release the first volume of the Toonami original series IGPX in three different versions in February 2006, according to Anime on DVD. (via Willima C. Maune)

"Mars Daybreak" Needs More Depp

by Dukeon November 9, 2005
OK, so we’ve had pirates sailing the seven seas, pirates racing across the universe, and pirates ransacking pretty much everything they’ve come across. But we’ve never had pirates on Mars. Have no fear. This gaping hole in pirate lore is about to be filled. Mars has been terraformed and is now mostly water. People live […]

"Ultramaniac" Vol. 3: Average But Appealing

by Karl Olsonon November 8, 2005
Magical girl anime is dead. No, really, I think it’s a mostly fair assessment. The genre certainly has seen better years, and lately otaku with creepy complexes are as much the target audience as children, at least if posters in the otaku-centric Megami magazine for shows like Lyrical Nonoha and figurines aimed at otaku for […]

"Panda-Z" Silent Pandas with Giant Robots!

by Dukeon November 8, 2005
Picture a panda hero. Now picture a panda-shaped Mazinger Z. Now put them in an anime with no voices, and attach an opening in English. No way it could be good, right? Wrong. Mostly. In Panda-Z, the Warunimal Empire wants to take over the world. It’s up to Pan-Taron and the Panda-Z to stop this […]

"Little King Macius" Gets Second Season

by Zeddon November 8, 2005
Leading French producer Ellipsanime is producing an additional twenty-six 13-minute episodes of its television series Little King Macius, AWN reports. The series has been sold to more than 20 territories worldwide.

Preview: "Hakugei" Proof Adding "In Space" Doesn’t Make a Good Show

by Dukeon November 7, 2005
Does anyone remember that one Daily Show segment where Jon Stewart and his correspondents are thinking up new reality shows, and one of them just adds “in space!” to the end of the others’ ideas? [I do! -Ed] A similar process could’ve been the genesis of Hakugei. Or, as its developers probably called it, Moby […]

"Human Crossing" Vol. 3: Stories from Boringville, Japan

by Benon November 5, 2005
Human Crossing sounds like a good idea: an anthology of adult-oriented dramas, each exposing the difficulties of a different set of social relationships. Unfortunately, the intriguing concept is almost its only advantage. The visuals are the most obvious and biggest disappointment. Yes, this isn’t an action show, but there are minimal standards below which a […]