"Yu Yu Hakusho" Dead At 112 Episodes

by Chad Boninon October 29, 2005
Yusuke Urameshi is dead. At least, that’s how the first episode ended. Or was that Tekken 5 or Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance? Either way, he’s been back for the better part of a hundred episodes at this point, and is currently fighting in the tournament to decide the fate of the demon realm. If he […]

"Shadow Star Narutaru" Vol. 4: Kids Have Issues, But DVD Has Extras

by Karl Olsonon October 28, 2005
A catchy alt-pop opening song that’s somewhere between the Spin Doctors, old school No Doubt and Blues Traveler. Cute, simple opening animation that looks like it was probably done with markers and crayons. Adorable monsters that make Pikachu appear pathetic. Cripplingly cute characters, calling to mind Kodocha and Ojamajo Doremi. It’s a total bait and […]

"Sakura Diaries" Vol. 1: One Re-Release Too Many

by Dr. Daedaluson October 27, 2005
ADV originally released Sakura Diaries back in 2000. At the time, ADV didn’t realize they had dubbed an edited version. So they re-released it with the unedited version (with nudity), but only included the Japanese audio and English subtitles. Now, five years later, ADV has decided to re-re-release it with a new English track. Sakura […]

No Theatrical Release for English-dub "Totoro"

by Ed Liuon October 24, 2005 has posted a report from the English dub premiere of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro. The report notes that there are no plans for any theatrical release of the movie and follows up on several Ghibli DVD projects, including the news that a release of Isao Takahata’s Only Yesterday has been shelved indefinitely.

"Zoids/ZERO": Shallow Plot Undermines Great Battles

by Dukeon October 24, 2005
After the great success of Zoids: Chaotic Century and Zoids: Guardian Force, another sequel was a natural move. Unfortunately, instead of another epic battle between good and evil, the creators have messed with success, producing just another dull tournament series. Centuries after the final defeat of the Death Saurer, Zoid Warriors pilot a new brand […]

"Ghost Talker’s Daydream": My Mistress Sees Dead People

by Chad Boninon October 23, 2005
Misaki Saiki has an abnormal gift; she can speak with the dead. She’s also the best dominatrix at an S&M club in Tokyo. She gets no peace in either one of her lives. She talks to the dead as a special consultant for Tokyo’s version of the X Files, and stalker fans with digital cams […]

Preview: "Shadow Skill" Deserves a Fireball to the Heiny

by Dukeon October 23, 2005
In my long-ago high school days I was a member of the anime club. Back then, our options were limited to whatever random VHS tape we could find, and one of them was a two-episode number called Shadow Skill. In it, a fighting chick trains a kid in the titular martial art, which was developed […]

"Girls Bravo": Less Boobs = Less Fun

by Chad Boninon October 23, 2005
Yukinari’s got the worst disease a man can get. Whenever he is touched by a female, he bursts out in hives. This is especially bad when you consider this teenager lives next door to an incredibly busty babe and then is accidentally transported to an alien planet full of nothing but women. On his adventure […]

Central Park Media to Provide Anime for iPod

by Zeddon October 22, 2005
Central Park Media is now the first anime company in the world to provide content for Apple’s new video-capable iPod, the company announced yesterday. Visitors can now download the first episode of Central Park Media’s upcoming Armored Trooper VOTOMS at They can also view the trailer for Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek — scheduled to […]

WFAC Announces Slate for 2005 Animation Festival

by Zeddon October 21, 2005
The Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema (WFAC) has announced the programing slate for the fifth edition of their film festival (November 17 – 20) at the Princess Twin Cinemas in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Active Anime has details.