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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 […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" Box Office Results

Nausicaa.net is reporting the box office results of Howl’s Moving Castle from two separate news sources, each of which interprets the results differently. BoxOfficeMojo.com interprets a $427,987 take from 36 venues as a disappointment compared to the debut of Spirited Away. However, BoxOfficeGuru.com takes a lower estimated take of $401,000 and spins it as an […]

Hayao Miyazaki Profiled at NY Times

A.O. Scott, movie critic for The New York Times, has examined the collected film works of director Hayao Miyazaki (free registration required). Calling him “the world’s greatest living animated-filmmaker,” the article delves into many common themes in all of Miyazaki’s films.

FUNimation Acquires "Basilisk"

FUNimation has acquired North American rights to Basilisk, a 24-episode anime series produced by Gonzo Digimation, AWN reports, citing ICv2.com. Set in the early 17th Century, the series mixes aspects of the ninja and horror genre with a Romeo & Juliet-like romance between the leaders of two mutant ninja clans.

Anime Expo Announces Guests

Anime Expo 2005 has announced their guest list. ANN has details.

New "Loonatics" Designs, Voice Cast Unveiled

Warner Bros. has released new concept art for its controversial Loonatics series. The new artwork keeps the color schemes for the characters but discards the angular and slightly menacing look for something that has a bit more anime styling to it. Additionally, the network seems to be making it clear that the series is “inspired […]

"The Daichis" Vols. 1 & 2: All for One but Fun for All

For American viewers, most anime is escapist entertainment, a way to forget about the everyday. To us, distant galaxies and Japanese high schools are all mysterious worlds of wonder. Naturally, for Japanese viewers, the latter setting is much less surreal. Although they rarely reach action-crazed U.S. audiences, a number of anime closely explore the nuances […]

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