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"Appleseed": The Fantastic Tale of a Girl and Her Cyborg. And Lots of Bullets.

In contrast to American animated films, a large percentage of anime features are adaptations of popular Japanese comic books, or manga (and they say Hollywood has run out of ideas). Such adaptations make perfect sense, of course, because they supply a powerful brand name, loyal fan base and plenty of material for possible sequels. On […]

Toshio Suzuki Speaks About Ghibli's Next Film

A report on Nausicaa.net summarizes comments made by producer Toshio Suzuki on NHK about Studio Ghibli’s next project. Suzuki and director Hayao Miyazaki are currently planning a movie targeted at smaller children.

"Gunslinger Girl" Vol. 1: In Truth There Is No Better DVD

“In truth there is no better place to be Than falling out of darkness still to see Without a premonition Could you tell you tell me where we stand? I’d hate to lose this light before we land.” -The Delgados, “The Light Before We Land” Girls with guns. For better or worse, it’s probably one […]

"Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" Wins Major CEN Award

Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment’s Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex won the Best Anime DVD award in Canada’s National DVD Award Show, CEN, beating out Sony Pictures’ Tokyo Godfathers and anime competitor ADV Films’ Evangelion: Platinum One and Lady Death: The Motion Picture. Stand Alone Complex Volume Two was also nominated in the […]

"Full Metal Panic FUMOFFU" Vol. 1: Jokes That Blow Up Real Good

Many people imagine the Japanese to be quiet, unassuming, and earnest, hardly words to describe the life of the party. Those assumed traits are accurate often enough, but not in the case of Japan’s rich comic tradition. Largely unknown to the rest of the world, Japanese TV is full of goofball comedians who ham it […]

4Kids Scores New Deals on "Mew Mew Power"

4Kids Entertainment has signed on several broadcasters for its new anime action adventure series Mew Mew Power including France 3, Cartoon Network Latin America, Nickelodeon Australia, TVNZ, SIC in Portugal, Greece’s Alter Channel, MNET South Africa and the Children’s Channel in Israel, among others. Mew Mew Power began airing on 4Kids TV in the U.S. […]

"Pom Poko" and "Yamadas" on R1 DVD on August 16

Ultimate Disney reports that Pom Poko and My Neighbors the Yamadas are due on region 1 DVD from Walt Disney Home Entertainment on August 16. Voice casts are included on the announcement for both movies. (via Nausicaa.net)

FUNimation Launches "Baki The Grappler" Website

FUNimation Productions — the company that has brought Dragonball Z, Fullmetal Alchemist, and other anime properties to America — has launched their latest website, this time for Baki The Grappler. Located at www.bakithegrappler.com, the site features cast lists, voice actor interviews, the opening theme, trailers, and more.

"Madlax" Vol. 1 Tries to Confuse (and Succeeds!)

Last time on Karl Reviews Madlax, he’d received a two episode screener that left him wanting more just because he had no idea what on Earth was going on. In between that time and now, he got another screener in a great big metal ammo case that had the same two episodes, only dubbed this […]

Samuel L. Jackson To Produce "Afro Samurai"

Samuel L. Jackson will produce and lend his voice to Afro Samurai, a new animated series from Gonzo and Fuji Television that will premiere on Spike TV in 2006, Active Anime reports. The series, set in a futuristic-feudal Japan, will focus on a black samurai on a mission to avenge the death of his father. […]

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