"Rumiko Takahashi Anthology" Vol. 3: Adding "Extra" to "Ordinary"

by Chris Woodon September 5, 2005
There are several well-known godfathers of manga and anime who have produced a wide body of work and introduced many memorable characters. These include Akira‘s Katsuhiro Otomo, Gundam‘s Yoshiyuki Tomino, and of course Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki. However, even though Japan remains largely a man’s world, the industry also has a godmother. She is Rumiko […]

"Yumeria" Vol. 1: Not a Dream Come True

by Dr. Daedaluson September 5, 2005
I went into Yumeria knowing only that it is a magical girl show based on a PS2 video game by Namco. And so my opinion, unspoiled by “hype,” if there was any: Yumeria is exceedingly average. Anime cliche strike one: Tomokazu is a sixteen-year-old boy having trouble in school. Strike two: His parents are dead […]

"Gilgamesh" Vol. 1: Anime or Insomnia Cure?

by Karl Olsonon September 4, 2005
You know, post-Eva and post-Lain, it seems like everyone and their grandma in the anime industry has this idea that dramatic anime needs to move at a snail’s pace. Now, in the hands of the right directors, storyboarders and writers, that ambient, pastoral pacing can make some really classic series. However, in all too many […]

"Kiddy Grade" Vol. 7: Things Get Cleared Up In The "Lurking Shadows"

by Chad Boninon September 3, 2005
Éclair and Lumiere have killed the director of the Galactic Order of Trade and Tariffs (GOTT), Eclipse, and have taken command with an iron fist. An identical pair is serving in an army of Éclair and Lumiere clones under GOTT’s new leadership. Two more Éclair and Lumieres are renegades out to take down the new […]

The Growth of Anime in America According to "Wired"

by Ed Liuon August 30, 2005
Wired magazine has analyzed the state of the American anime industry, noting that anime now accounts for nearly 7% of all DVDs sold and appears more and more frequently on TV. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

Geneon Launches PSP-Dedicated Anime Website

by Maxie Zeuson August 30, 2005
Geneon Entertainment has launched a PSP-dedicated version of its anime homepage, the company says. The new site, which can be found at, is customized for the PlayStation Portable’s controls. [Source: Geneon Entertainment]

Can Manga Work in the States?

by Zeddon August 27, 2005
FOX News has a lengthy article on anime and manga within the U.S. (hat tip: Feslmogh)

"Cowboy Bebop" Sales Soar, New DVD Coming

by Zeddon August 25, 2005
Home video sales for Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop have totaled more than one million units in North America since its original home video debut, again raising the bar for anime series released on DVD, Bandai Entertainment announced today. In addition, Bandai is also scheduled to release a definitive special edition entitled Cowboy Bebop REMIX on […]

How Manga and Anime Fans Guide the Industry

by Ed Liuon August 25, 2005
Jake Forbes has written an article for’s PULSE News about how manga and anime fans are the force which really drives the industry, citing the rise of Naruto and Yaoi manga as being largely fan-driven before being picked up by corporate interests.

"Tenjho Tenge" Vol. 2: Too Little of a Good Thing

by Chad Boninon August 24, 2005
I didn’t know they made bandanas that big. The Juken Club, the ultimate martial arts combat club, invited two new members to the group on the last volume: Souchiro Nagi and Bob Makihara, two students who by themselves have defeated 99 schools. They went up against the incredible warriors of the Juken Club, and instead […]