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"The Ping Pong Club": Make Way for Japan’s Jackasses

by on January 4, 2006
At one school in Japan, clubs reign king. Volleyball, swimming… they’re the notable ones. One of the lesser known cliques is the Ping Pong Club. Filled with foul miscreants (including one foul-smelling American), this team must fight for the right to keep their room, get the girls, buy porn, and the other things clubs tend […]

VegasBuzzz.com Launches Anime News Channel

by Zeddon December 29, 2005
Vegas Buzz (www.vegasbuzzz.com) has launched a new channel dedicated to anime news. The full press release announcing the service is available at TheOpenPress.

Central Park Media and The New England Anime Society Ring in the New Year in Boston

by Zeddon December 24, 2005
As part of Boston’s First Night celebration, the city’s New England Anime Society is teaming up with Central Park Media to help ring in 2006. Held in the Hynes Convention Center from 1:00pm to 11:00pm on December 31, the NEAS will be showcasing a variety of titles including Central Park Media’s Animation Runner Kuromi and […]

CPM’s Peter Tatara Doesn’t Strike Out on Anime

by Zeddon December 23, 2005
Central Park Media’s Peter Tatara has written a blog entry talking about what it was like walking five miles into work to make anime during the recent New York Metro Transit Authority strike. [Source: Central Park Media]

Behind the Scenes of "Black Jack" Anime

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2005
An article in the Daily Yomiuri Online goes behind the scenes of the Black Jack anime TV series currently airing in Japan. The series, about a brilliant but unlicensed surgeon, debuted in October 2004 and is now in its second season, while a live-action movie was released last week. The movie was directed by Macoto […]

New Short Films Debut at Ghibli Museum on January 3

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2005
Three new short films will debut at the Studio Ghibli Museum starting on January 3. Details and still frames from all three movies (House Hunting, Mon-mon the Water Spider, and The Day I Harvested a Star) are available at walkerplus.com, with a translation of the picture captions and the accompanying article provided by Nausicaa.net.

"Meet The Fuccons" Fuccon Weak Is What It Is

by on December 21, 2005
James and Barbara Fuccon, along with their son Mikey, are your standard American family. They’ve just moved to Japan and are trying to get used to the Japanese way while raising Mikey to be a stand-up kind of kid. Will Mikey be able to grow up in this Fuccon household, or will the viewer be […]

ADV Announces January 10 Releases

by Zeddon December 20, 2005
ADV Films has announced the following five titles for release on January 10, 2006: * Macross: Upon the Shoulders of Giants (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release including episodes 1 – 6, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include an extensive interview called “Becoming Minmay” featuring singer/songwriter Mari Iijima; […]

"Patlabor": Good ‘Ol Popcorn Fun

by on December 16, 2005
You know, we’ve had giant robots in virtually every profession ever created. Guardians against evil giant monsters, construction tools, tools of war…. Heck, we’ve even had them as tools in a popularity contest. But few series have had the giant robots in the hands of the normal, everyday police. Thanks to Project Headgear’s Patlabor, that […]

"Excel Saga" Soundtrack 2: Leftovers Lack Luster, Laughs

by SB20xxon December 14, 2005
Back in late 2003, I stumbled upon a little anime comedy called Excel Saga. With little prior anime experience aside from some Sci Fi Channel movies and Dragon Ball, I gave it a shot. Not only would the comedy in Excel Saga far surpass my expectations, it would be my anime “gateway,” leading to hours […]