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CPM to Photograph Cosplay at Otakon 2005

by Maxie Zeuson August 11, 2005
Central Park Media will be photographing fans in their cosplay costumes at Otakon 2005, the company said today. The best pictures will be included in a special photo gallery on the DVD release of Eric Bresler’s anime fandom documentary Otaku Unite! Fans should come to the CPM booth (#1327) dressed as their favorite anime character […]

"Naruto" to Premiere on Toonami September 10

by Chad Boninon August 11, 2005
Naruto — the global anime series centering around Uzumaki Naruto, a rebellious ninja in training — makes its U.S. debut on Saturday, September 10, 2005, at 9:00pm (ET/PT) during Toonami on Cartoon Network. Its debut on Cartoon Network will mark the first time the series has been shown in English. The story of Naruto begins […]

"Gundam SEED": What Are You Doing on an "Empty Battlefield," Gundam?

by Dukeon August 11, 2005
OK, you’ve got a mega-hit franchise that has revitalized interest in your company, you’re making tons of money off the various soundtracks, and you’re about to unleash this monstrosity overseas, with the sequel series already in production. What do you do to tide over your audience until said series debuts? Well, you take a chunk […]

"Gundam SEED Astray" Break Through the Crappy Scheduling to Freedom, Gundam!

by Dukeon August 11, 2005
Manga based on Gundam series are nothing new, even if we’ve only got a fraction of them here in the United States. While there have been manga stories that are supposedly set during the various series (such as The Last Outpost), very few of them effectively cross over into their respective anime series. Since Gundam […]

"Saiyuki Reload": Digital Doesn't Equal Good

by Dukeon August 10, 2005
Y’know, even though I gave Saiyuki Requiem a negative review, I have to admit one thing. The premise is interesting. I’m always up for your standard anime adventure series, so I thought I’d check out the sequel series, Saiyuki Reload. After all, the Japanese have gotten used to digital animation by now, and it can’t […]

"Zatch Bell!" DVD Coming in November

by Maxie Zeuson August 10, 2005
VIZ Media will release the first volume of the Zatch Bell! anime series to DVD in November with a retail price of $19.98, the company says. In addition, Viz will release the first two volumes of the manga series in August with a retail price of $9.99 each. Limited quantities of the second volume will […]

"Yugo the Negotiator": The Man with the Golden Tongue

by Chris Woodon August 9, 2005
Although there are a number of anime with very original execution, most can comfortably be pigeonholed in one of the popular genres like sci-fi, comedy, romance, or horror. Which is to say, genres that are easily digestible for the core teen audience. So it is both a treat and a shock to encounter an anime […]

"Area 88": Dying for a Living

by Chris Woodon August 8, 2005
Although violent action anime is in no short supply, there is a curious shortage of titles depicting real-world warfare. After all, what could be more topical than a volatile Middle Eastern insurgency? Yes, probably not one set in the early 1980s. But, chronology aside, Kaoru Shintani’s classic aerial combat manga Area 88 has returned in […]

"Daphne In The Brilliant Blue Volume 2": A "Reunion" With Lackluster Ladies

by Chad Boninon August 7, 2005
See, this is why you always negotiate with chicks in bikinis. Maia’s the new girl at Nereid, the local odd-jobs girls in the future. Things change when Yu Park, the close combat warrior of the group returns after serving a jail sentence for injuring twenty civilians during a case. Can Maia survive amidst a punch-drunk […]

"New Getter Robo": Giant Robots in Ancient Japan!

by Dukeon August 7, 2005
With all the giant robot anime out there—Gundam, Evangelion, Rahxephon, Gravion, Giant Robo—you need something special to stand out from the crowd. There’s , and then there’s everything else. With New Getter Robo, it’s buckets and buckets of blood. On the last disc, our heroes Ryoma, Hayato, and Benkei were chosen by Dr. Saotome to […]