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"New Getter Robo" When Gore Goes Into Overdrive

You know you’ve got a good remake on your hands when not only does it appeal to old-school fans who enjoyed the original, but it also reels in newbies like myself who have never seen any previous Getter Robo series. New Getter Robo delivers a knockout punch, sending your head flying 300 feet while leaving […]

CPM to Photograph Cosplay at Otakon 2005

Central Park Media will be photographing fans in their cosplay costumes at Otakon 2005, the company said today. The best pictures will be included in a special photo gallery on the DVD release of Eric Bresler’s anime fandom documentary Otaku Unite! Fans should come to the CPM booth (#1327) dressed as their favorite anime character […]

"Naruto" to Premiere on Toonami September 10

Naruto — the global anime series centering around Uzumaki Naruto, a rebellious ninja in training — makes its U.S. debut on Saturday, September 10, 2005, at 9:00pm (ET/PT) during Toonami on Cartoon Network. Its debut on Cartoon Network will mark the first time the series has been shown in English. The story of Naruto begins […]

"Gundam SEED": What Are You Doing on an "Empty Battlefield," Gundam?

OK, you’ve got a mega-hit franchise that has revitalized interest in your company, you’re making tons of money off the various soundtracks, and you’re about to unleash this monstrosity overseas, with the sequel series already in production. What do you do to tide over your audience until said series debuts? Well, you take a chunk […]

"Gundam SEED Astray" Break Through the Crappy Scheduling to Freedom, Gundam!

Manga based on Gundam series are nothing new, even if we’ve only got a fraction of them here in the United States. While there have been manga stories that are supposedly set during the various series (such as The Last Outpost), very few of them effectively cross over into their respective anime series. Since Gundam […]

"Saiyuki Reload": Digital Doesn't Equal Good

Y’know, even though I gave Saiyuki Requiem a negative review, I have to admit one thing. The premise is interesting. I’m always up for your standard anime adventure series, so I thought I’d check out the sequel series, Saiyuki Reload. After all, the Japanese have gotten used to digital animation by now, and it can’t […]

"Zatch Bell!" DVD Coming in November

VIZ Media will release the first volume of the Zatch Bell! anime series to DVD in November with a retail price of $19.98, the company says. In addition, Viz will release the first two volumes of the manga series in August with a retail price of $9.99 each. Limited quantities of the second volume will […]

"Yugo the Negotiator": The Man with the Golden Tongue

Although there are a number of anime with very original execution, most can comfortably be pigeonholed in one of the popular genres like sci-fi, comedy, romance, or horror. Which is to say, genres that are easily digestible for the core teen audience. So it is both a treat and a shock to encounter an anime […]

"Area 88": Dying for a Living

Although violent action anime is in no short supply, there is a curious shortage of titles depicting real-world warfare. After all, what could be more topical than a volatile Middle Eastern insurgency? Yes, probably not one set in the early 1980s. But, chronology aside, Kaoru Shintani’s classic aerial combat manga Area 88 has returned in […]

"Daphne In The Brilliant Blue Volume 2": A "Reunion" With Lackluster Ladies

See, this is why you always negotiate with chicks in bikinis. Maia’s the new girl at Nereid, the local odd-jobs girls in the future. Things change when Yu Park, the close combat warrior of the group returns after serving a jail sentence for injuring twenty civilians during a case. Can Maia survive amidst a punch-drunk […]

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