"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 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 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.

"Maburaho" Vol. 5: More of the Same

by on December 9, 2005
After the last disasterous volume of Maburaho, I didn’t think it could get any worse. Fortunately, it doesn’t. In fact it gets a little better. On this disc, Kuriko goes on a date with a strange man, the girls try to dig Kazuki out of his chronic depression, Nakamaru discovers he has superior genes and […]

"Maburaho" Vol. 2: Magic? Check. Mayhem? Check. Fun? Check Back Later.

by on December 9, 2005
Nowadays it seems as though every anime not based on an old movie/toy series or a shonen manga is a harem romantic comedy. Generic stuff with slight twists to try to stand out. Case in point: Maburaho. Kazuki Shikimori, a student at Aoi Academy, has magical powers. But there’s a catch: he can only use […]

"Labyrinth of Flames": Thanks Japan, This is More Like It

by SB20xxon December 7, 2005
Labyrinth of Flames is a severely underrated comedy anime. As a big fan of Excel Saga, I’m not surprised I enjoyed it. But over the last year of comedy anime, I’ve been disappointed more times than I care to admit. With the exceptions of Full Metal Panic: FUMOFFU, Kodocha, and Cromartie High School, pretty much […]

"Armored Trooper VOTOMS" Coming to DVD

by Zeddon December 6, 2005
Central Park Media has announced the DVD release of the anime masterpiece Armored Trooper VOTOMS as well as an exclusive pre-order campaign enabling fans to purchase the entire VOTOMS series and bonus materials at a special price. The story of VOTOMS spans four story arcs spread across four vastly different worlds, and throughout 2006, CPM […]