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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 […]

"Valiant": Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, wait, it’s a bird.

by on December 13, 2005
What with the overwhelming box office domination of U.S. giants such as Pixar and Dreamworks, it’s easy to forget that animation is a global industry. Even increasingly popular Japanese anime is virtually invisible in theaters. Recently, though, British studio Aardman Animation has begun to make itself heard Stateside, scoring moderate hits with the claymation Chicken […]

New Studio Ghibli Film Announced

by Ed Liuon December 13, 2005
Nausicaa.net is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s next film will be entitled Gedo Senki (Gedo War History) and will be directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki. The film will be an adaptation of A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin. It is scheduled to be released in Japan in July 2006.

Kon and Hosoda to Direct New Madhouse Films

by on December 13, 2005
Madhouse has officially announced two new projects based on the works of Japanese novelist Tsutsui Yasutaka to be directed by Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Paranoia Agent) and Mamoru Hosoda (Digimon: The Movie). The project to be directed by Kon is entitled Paprika and is set for a 2007 release. The book’s protagonist is a genius […]

Cartoon Network Celebrates New Year’s Eve with "Naruto" Marathon

by Zeddon December 12, 2005
On Saturday, December 31, beginning at 2:30pm (ET/PT), Cartoon Network will air seventeen consecutive episodes of the Toonami anime series Naruto. The eight-and-a-half-hour marathon will conclude with the premiere of an all-new episode at 10:30pm (ET/PT). [Source: Cartoon Network]

"Witchblade" Anime Coming to Japan in April

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
Newsarama.com is reporting that a new Witchblade anime series will be debuting in Japan in April 2006. The series will transplant the Witchblade story to Japan rather than re-using the Sara Pezzini character from the existing Witchblade comic books and TV series. Twenty-six episodes are planned; Kodansha will also release a tie-in manga series.