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Studio Ghibli Ranked Number 1 Consumer Brand in Japan

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2006
A survey by Nikkei BP Consulting has named Studio Ghibli as the top-ranked business-to-consumer brand in Japan, ahead of Toyota. The studio also ranked 4th or higher in all the sections organized by demographic.

"Digimon" Such Humble Beginnings

by Dukeon April 23, 2006
It’s hard to imagine why the Digimon franchise never got to be as big as Pokémon did. It came out first, there’s a larger number of monsters, and it has all the things Pokémon haters wanted (a serial storyline, the monsters to speak English, etc.). Maybe it’s because it languished on Fox Kids instead of […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist: Vol. 8" Like a Fine Wine

by James915on April 21, 2006
Fullmetal Alchemist is like fine wine. It just gets better and better with age. Well, no, scratch that. Fullmetal Alchemist is like….uh…Fullmetal Alchemist is….like nothing thats ever come before. Trying to compare it to anything will result in a disservice to the series itself. Mixing comedy, action, horror, fantasy, and some sci-fi elements, and even […]

4Kids Forms Teen/Adult Branch Called "4Sight"

by Dukeon April 19, 2006
4Kids has announced that they will be forming a secondary branch called “4Sight,” which will focus on marketing and licensing products to tweens, teens, and adults. As of now, the brand will focus on existing brands such as the Royal Air Force and the American Kennel Club. 4Kids’ anime properties, such as One Piece and […]

"Kizuna": Yaoi With A Good Story, But Still Too Sexual For Some Audiences

by Karl Olsonon April 16, 2006
Anyone who has been on the net as an anime fan long enough or has attended an anime con knows what yaoi is. It’s gay anime and manga, and not just gay in the shonen-ai subtle foreplay way, but with serious sexual content, from TV-MA at the least to far beyond what this site covers […]

"Dragonball Z: Super Android 13!" Doesn’t Quite "Git ‘R Done"!

by Chad Boninon April 15, 2006
Enjoying their peace from the fighting that always comes to the Z Warriors (Earth’s Special Forces), Goku, family and friends have decided to take a relaxing trip to the mall. Buy some clothes, check out the babes; the only fighting is Chi Chi over the deals. When an android menace starts to ravage the town, […]

Anime Festival Orlando 7 to Host Fan Film Contest and AFOscars

by Ed Liuon April 13, 2006
The Anime Festival Orlando (AFO) has announced that it will host its first Fan Film Contest at the Anime Festival Orlando 7. The best of the fan films will be recognized at the AFOscars, an awards ceremony modeled after the Academy Awards. AFO7 will be held at the Wyndam Orlando Resort from July 28-30. More […]

"Samurai 7" Light on Action, Heavy on Plot

by Dukeon April 12, 2006
At first, the idea of fusing sci-fi with ancient samurai tales doesn’t look all that promising. After all, there are a million ways you could screw something like that up. Then I watched the first volume of Samurai 7, where Kanbe goes out without a protective suit and, with a normal, everyday sword, slices a […]

"Samurai 7 Vol. 5" – Even With The Clip Show It’s Still Awesome.

by Karl Olsonon April 12, 2006
Yeah, you heard me right, a clip show. This volume of Samurai 7, coming hot off the blistering action from the 4th volume (which likely burned out the animation staff for a week,) leads off with a clip show. However, even that episode is pretty darn good. In general, this volume backs off the action, […]

"Animated Shorts" on Anime Network, H-B Toys, Lost "Captain Planet" Eps

by Ed Liuon April 12, 2006
The feature story of the latest “Animated Shorts” column on Newsarama.com focuses on ADV Films’ Anime Network, with comments by manager Stacy Slanina commenting on the network’s strategy and programming organization, the spread of the network as both a Video-on-Demand (VOD) service and a regular cable channel, and programming coming to the network in the […]