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"Samurai 7" Vol. 1: Not Your Grandpa's Kurosawa

You know, I’m not kidding with the title. If you’ve got a serious attachment to the original film Samurai 7 is based on, you might just want to turn back now. It’s a pretty radical reinvention, mixing sci-fi elements into a general Edo-era-ish setting. And lo and behold, Toshiro Mifune’s character has been turned into […]

VIZ Media Establishes European Presence

VIZ Media and the London-based Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG) will be forming a new company, VIZ Media B.V., which will focus on penetrating European comics markets with its manga and animation brands. The company will officially open in Amsterdam on October 3, 2005. (via the Comics Reporter weblog)

Guardian Interviews Hayao Miyazaki

The Guardian’s film section has interviewed Hayao Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle). The interview subjects range from his recent films and his stature in the animation industry to challenges faced in his relationship with Disney and Miramax. (via Nausicaa.net)

Details for "Kimba the White Lion" DVD Set Announced

The Right Stuff International has provided details on their DVD release of Osamu Tezuka’s Kimba the White Lion anime series. The 11-disc limited edition boxed set will include all 52 original episodes of the show, the original Japanese episode 1, deleted scenes, and other extras. The set will be available on November 29 with an […]

"Loonatics Unleashed": No Cheers from the Kiddies

“I feel like I’ve seen something like that before” -Gabriel, age 11 Gotta love kids for their brutal honesty. I had the chance to get an early look at KidsWB’s new Loonatics Unleashed and took advantage of the situation by watching it with my younger brothers: Gabriel, who’s 11, and Daniel, who’s 8. That way […]

"Loonatics": Bring Me The Head of Ron Myrick

Loonatics is just as bad as you’ve probably feared, a shameless whoring of the classic characters that transports whole bits from the classic cartoons yet manages to deprive them completely of anything resembling wit, charm, or humor. When it is not trying to embarrassingly emulate the classic cartoons in an anime style, it trudges out […]

Put 'Em Back: "Loonatics Unleashed" Is Just Mediocre

Six months after it was announced—six months after massive mainstream news coverage; anguished message board and blog posts; Internet petitions; scatological animated parodies; collisions with sex-toy manufacturers and Dutch character designers—six months after a near-riot, in other words, Loonatics Unleashed finally sees the light of day and reveals itself as… just another lousy action cartoon. […]

"Galaxy Railways" Vol. 2: Half Steam Ahead

We all slow down eventually, even in the world of entertainment. Kevin Costner, for example, has gone from battling vicious gangsters to canoodling with frumpy housewives. In a less drastic manner, Galaxy Railways lowers the pressure heading into its second volume, “His Father’s Son.” In my review of the first volume, I compared Galaxy Railways […]

"Gad Guard" Vol. 3: Small-Town Giant Robots

Giant Robots. Who wouldn’t want one? A robot the size of a skyscraper would be cool, but a ten-foot tall robot would be nice too. For one thing, it would be easier to take care of and hide in case you’re ever chased by the police all over the city. Plus, it wouldn’t talk much, […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" Japanese DVD Details Announced

Nausicaa.net has posted the specifications for the standard and special edition Howl’s Moving Castle DVDs being released in Japan on November 16. The Studio Ghibli Short Films DVD will be released at the same time.

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