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"Porco Rosso": That Magnificent Pig in His Flying Machine

One wonders what Hollywood studios would have made of animated leading man Marco. He’s a short, fat, mustached Italian bounty hunter who just happens to be a pig (literally). Comical hijinks ensue, right? Yes, and fart jokes, thank you DreamWorks. But hold on a moment. Marco’s no comedian, and he’s not even all that sociable. […]

TZ at SakuraCon: ADV Sales Rise as Shelf Space Shrinks

ADV Films has completed work on the second volume of Princess Tutu and will be screening proof copies at upcoming conventions, company representative D. L. Williams told attendees at SakuraCon last week. Williams eschewed a formal presentation in favor of taking questions directly from the audience. Williams reported that anime sales on the whole leveled […]

TZ at SakuraCon: Bandai Hypes 2005 Releases

Bandai outlined its big 2005 releases, including DICE, Please Twins, Hoop Days, Scrapped Princess, Avenger, PLANETES, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Eureka 7, at SakuraCon last week. Bandai representatives said that the company plans to make Eureka 7 a general, show-centric franchise similar to .hack. The series is scheduled for a fifty-episode […]

TZ at SakuraCon: Geneon Announces DVD, CD Titles

Geneon outlined its plans for a number of upcoming DVD and CD releases at SakuraCon last week. Notable upcoming DVD releases include Koi Kaze; Daphne in the Brillant Blue Vol. 2; Appleseed; Tenjho Tenge Vol. 1; Champloo Vol. 3, Gungrave Vol.6; Cybuster; and Takahashi Anthology Vol. 3. Geneon reps reaffirmed that the company holds the […]

"Case Closed: Dubious Intent" Or, "Rerective Ronan"

Jimmy Kudo (or Shinichi Kudo, depending on your version preference) was your standard high school genius detective. They’re all over Japan. But when shady criminals drug him, his body is turned into that of an elementary school kid. To protect his loved ones, he keeps this a secret from everyone except one close friend. His […]

"Kekko Kamen" Bare-Skinned Hero, Bare-Bones Disc, Brain-Dead Fun

WARNING: The following review is of a “TV MA-VSL” DVD featuring massive amounts of flesh. This disc is absolutely not appropriate for children. So if you’re not old enough to watch South Park or buy Halo, stop reading now. Kamen Rider: The masked-motorcyclist-bug-dude who defends the world. Tuxedo Kamen: The masked man in a suit […]

"One Piece" Sails onto Toonami

Toonami will add One Piece, an anime adventure series about pirates, to its Saturday night action-anime block, Cartoon Network said today. The series focuses on Monkey D. Luffy, who leads the Straw Hat Pirates in search of the legendary hidden treasure that once belonged to Gold Roger, the King of the Pirates. The series will […]

Bandai Launches "Gundam" Site, Forums

Bandai has launched GundamOfficial.com, an official resource for the Gundam Universe. The new site also includes message forums. [Source: Bandai Entertainment]

"Dragon Ball Z" A Truly Great Awakening

Dragonball Z is probably one of the most iconic anime series ever created. Full of action and adventure, the series became was huge in Japan even before it migrated over to the U.S. and became even bigger. In fact, it grew so big that series creator Akira Toriyama was literally forced to continue the series […]

"IGPX" Announced for Fall 2005

Cartoon Network will partner with Production I.G. and Bandai Entertainment to produce IGPX, the first original animated series for its Toonami bloc, the network announced today. The new series, which got a sneak peek on Friday, April 1, at the Tokyo Anime Fair in Japan, will use both traditional and CGI animation. It will debut […]

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