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"Panda-Z" Silent Pandas with Giant Robots!

by on November 8, 2005
Picture a panda hero. Now picture a panda-shaped Mazinger Z. Now put them in an anime with no voices, and attach an opening in English. No way it could be good, right? Wrong. Mostly. In Panda-Z, the Warunimal Empire wants to take over the world. It’s up to Pan-Taron and the Panda-Z to stop this […]

"Little King Macius" Gets Second Season

by Zeddon November 8, 2005
Leading French producer Ellipsanime is producing an additional twenty-six 13-minute episodes of its television series Little King Macius, AWN reports. The series has been sold to more than 20 territories worldwide.

Preview: "Hakugei" Proof Adding "In Space" Doesn’t Make a Good Show

by on November 7, 2005
Does anyone remember that one Daily Show segment where Jon Stewart and his correspondents are thinking up new reality shows, and one of them just adds “in space!” to the end of the others’ ideas? [I do! -Ed] A similar process could’ve been the genesis of Hakugei. Or, as its developers probably called it, Moby […]

"Human Crossing" Vol. 3: Stories from Boringville, Japan

by on November 5, 2005
Human Crossing sounds like a good idea: an anthology of adult-oriented dramas, each exposing the difficulties of a different set of social relationships. Unfortunately, the intriguing concept is almost its only advantage. The visuals are the most obvious and biggest disappointment. Yes, this isn’t an action show, but there are minimal standards below which a […]

"Boondocks" Brings All The Flaws of Primetime TV To Adult Swim

by on November 3, 2005
It’s a Cinderella story for Aaron McGruder’s Boondocks, the near-aborted animated comic strip adaption. After Fox passed it up, Cartoon Network rode in on a horse powered by rainbows and happy clams, and saved this misunderstood gem from demolition. Adult Swim played it up big time. They were excited to get the bad boy of […]

"The Boondocks" Begins its Assault on Adult Swim

by on November 3, 2005
Aaron McGruder, sometimes called the angriest black man in America, is ready to sound off once again, only now he’s coming with both gun barrels blazing live and in color. The Boondocks, based on the largely popular and often controversial syndicated comic strip, begins its fifteen episode season on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block on […]

Titles and Descriptions of Studio Ghibli Museum Shorts Available

by Ed Liuon November 2, 2005
Nausicaa.net is reporting on three new short films which will be shown at the Studio Ghibli Museum starting January 3, 2006. The three films are: – “Yagodashi” (Looking for a Home), about a girl on the road looking for a new home – “Hoshi wo Katta Hi” (The Day I Cropped a Star), focusing on […]

Next Ghibli Feature To Be Announced Dec. 13; Oshii Will Direct Love Story

by on November 2, 2005
Nausicaa.net reports on a talk at the Tokyo International Film Festival between Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and director Mamoru Oshii, in which Suzuki revealed that the studio will announce Dec. 13 the name of the > Previously, Suzuki had said that Ghibli was in the planning stages on three feature films, one each helmed […]

"IGPX" Feels the Need for Speed

by on November 2, 2005
Americans and Japanese aren’t really so different when you get right down to it. We both enjoy animation, motor sports, and squid on a stick. (God, I hope that stays down). These mostly-common interests have come together in the futuristic racing anime IGPX, a joint production between Cartoon Network’s Toonami and Production I.G. of Ghost […]

"IGPX" Off to a Cool Start

by on November 2, 2005
Anime studio Production I.G. has made an impressive name for itself. They launched a new era of animation technology in Japan with Ghost In The Shell, which not only managed to top the U.S. Billboard Video Sales charts, but also brought digital compositing and digital animation into play in Japan. They used their success not […]