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"Maburaho" Vol. 5: More of the Same

by Dukeon December 9, 2005
After the last disasterous volume of Maburaho, I didn’t think it could get any worse. Fortunately, it doesn’t. In fact it gets a little better. On this disc, Kuriko goes on a date with a strange man, the girls try to dig Kazuki out of his chronic depression, Nakamaru discovers he has superior genes and […]

"Maburaho" Vol. 2: Magic? Check. Mayhem? Check. Fun? Check Back Later.

by Dukeon December 9, 2005
Nowadays it seems as though every anime not based on an old movie/toy series or a shonen manga is a harem romantic comedy. Generic stuff with slight twists to try to stand out. Case in point: Maburaho. Kazuki Shikimori, a student at Aoi Academy, has magical powers. But there’s a catch: he can only use […]

"Labyrinth of Flames": Thanks Japan, This is More Like It

by Classic Speedyon December 7, 2005
Labyrinth of Flames is a severely underrated comedy anime. As a big fan of Excel Saga, I’m not surprised I enjoyed it. But over the last year of comedy anime, I’ve been disappointed more times than I care to admit. With the exceptions of Full Metal Panic: FUMOFFU, Kodocha, and Cromartie High School, pretty much […]

"Armored Trooper VOTOMS" Coming to DVD

by Zeddon December 6, 2005
Central Park Media has announced the DVD release of the anime masterpiece Armored Trooper VOTOMS as well as an exclusive pre-order campaign enabling fans to purchase the entire VOTOMS series and bonus materials at a special price. The story of VOTOMS spans four story arcs spread across four vastly different worlds, and throughout 2006, CPM […]

"Divergence Eve: Misaki Chronicles" Vol. 1: My Eyes are Up Here

by Classic Speedyon December 6, 2005
“Foolish Earthlings, totally unprepared for the effects of time travel! Ahahahah.”- Kang That basically sums up the main plot to Misaki Chronicles, the follow-up to Divergence Eve, a sci-fi anime from 2003. For those unfamiliar with the original 13-episode tale, it concerned a newly-recruited cadet named Misaki who fought against “Ghouls”, mechanized monsters bent on […]

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

by Ed Liuon December 6, 2005
Nausicaa.net 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 […]