Disney Announces Specs for "Whisper of the Heart" R1 DVD

by Ed Liuon December 6, 2005 has posted some details for Disney’s region 1 DVD release of Studio Ghibli’s Whisper of the Heart. The 2-disc set will be released on March 7, 2006, and will include a “behind the microphone” special feature, original storyboards, and trailers and TV spots.

"Panda-Z": Cute, Loveable Giant Panda Robots!

by Dukeon December 5, 2005
Panda-Z certainly is an odd release. It’s based off a series that isn’t available legally on DVD in the United States (nor does it actually air on TV), so there’s very little cross-promotion to help boost its sales. On top of that, there’s no dialogue whatsoever, the opening theme is in English, and each episode […]

"Fortune" Magazine on AD Vision and the Anime Industry

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2005
Fortune magazine has posted an article about AD Vision and its impact on the American anime industry, comparing how it reacts to fans and market demands to the lack of either from traditional Hollywood entertainment companies. Among other things, the article discusses the variety of AD Vision’s anime and manga library, their relationship with “fansubbers,” […]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 4: Jerry Beck Part 1

by Benon November 30, 2005
With the combined strength of four men: Ben Applegate, chief editor Karl Olson, staff reviewer and podcast producer Jay Allman, a.k.a. Maxie Zeus, former chief editor Matthew Williams, graphics editor Our targets this week: The end of Teen Titans, and Cartoon Network’s business mentality The independent animation “ghetto” The 60s King Kong on DVD: Whaaaa? […]

"Princess Tutu Vol. 2": Existentialist Magical Girl Old-European Fairy Tale Delights

by Karl Olsonon November 29, 2005
Is anyone still reading after that title? I hope so, because Princess Tutu Volume 2 takes all the philosophical and intellectual overtones that permeated Volume 1 and sends them into overdrive, thus sending the series into true excellence. Everyone should check it out as such. Between the nods to European ballets, fairy tales and classical […]

Anime Weekend Atlanta 2005: Is it a Fullmetal Fantasy, or a Naruto Nightmare?

by Chad Boninon November 26, 2005
“Spandex is a privilege, not a right.” With those words in the back of my mind, a belief brought about by some sights that are still burned into my retinas from Anime Weekend Atlanta 2004 and Kunicon 2005, I walked into the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta. After my first time at a convention for […]

Richard Kekahuna Joins Producers Guild; "Avenger" Series Gets Anime Legends Status

by Zeddon November 24, 2005
Bandai has announced that Richard Noboru Kekahuna has been accepted into the Producers Guild of America. In addition, the Avenger anime series has changed into Anime Legends status. Osamu Maseba, marketing manager at Bandai Entertainment had this to say: “We’re trying out the $34.98 for an entire series price point to see how well the […]

Viz Media Announces Anime Home Video Titles (Updated 11/23)

by Zeddon November 23, 2005
VIZ Media has announced a collection of fourth quarter anime releases. These DVDs include exclusive box sets, the latest episodic volumes for ongoing series, as well as single DVD volumes for newly launched properties: Inuyasha The Movie 3: Swords Of An Honorable Ruler – MSRP: $24.98 Inuyasha Season 2 Box Set – MSRP: $99.98 Inuyasha […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol. 6: Homunculicious!

by James915on November 21, 2005
We’re just about at the halfway mark and things are heating to the boiling point. Ed and Al are on the cusp of finally discovering the secrets of the Philosopher’s Stone in the military’s mysterious Laboratory Five. With Al locked in a life or death duel, episode 21 begins. On this disc, we see more […]

"Totoro," "Howl," "Whisper" Coming to DVD March 2006

by Benon November 21, 2005
Ultimate Disney reports that the next wave of Ghibli discs, which will include Miyazaki’s latest, Howl’s Moving Castle, as well as Whisper of the Heart and the new release of My Neighbor Totoro, is scheduled for release in the U.S. on March 7, 2006. [via the Miyazaki Mailing List]