Kaleido Star is an odd little release. Instead of the usual world-in-danger, bloody martial arts, fast-paced shooters, or high-tension sports storylines, this series is basically an anime version of the Barnum and Bailey circus, except without all the animals. After greatly enjoying the first series, I highly anticipated the second season, entitled Kaleido Star: New […]
The Chicago Tribune has published an article about otaku (“fanboy”) culture in Japan and the growing impact their lifestyle is having on the Japanese economy. The article also addresses the psychology behind one particularly fervent anime collector and how the growing otaku population both mirrors and affects Japanese society as a whole.
The Washington Post has published an article covering the 12th annual Katsucon, a manga/anime convention held in Washington, DC, this past weekend. The article goes into the origins of manga and anime, current hot trends, the diversity in the audience, and the cosplay phenomenon.
20 years ago, Japanese soil was invaded by warriors from outer space. One man was kidnapped upon taking pictures of the buxom, bikini’d babes slaughtering soliders. Truly an odd couple, the horned heroine and this horny hero just may have saved the planet from destruction. Now, we dig into the past to find out the […]
Fringe projects like the Heavy Metal films aside, mainstream American animation has rarely dared challenge the PG barrier. In a sign that the anime revolution may have at last reached our shores, Ultimate Avengers the Movie boldly tests PG-13 waters with an exciting, intelligent adventure aimed squarely at adult viewers. I can’t tell you how […]
Does this describe you? Per day, your kids spend more time at Sunday school than in real school. You’ve been praying for deliverance from the evils of Pokemon and Gundam. Your kids are finally too old for Veggie Tales. If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, your salvation is here. Ladies […]
While recent release Memoirs of a Geisha has generated considerable controversy by casting primarily Hong Kong (HK) and Chinese actors in Japanese roles, another 2005 release employing the same strategy has managed to slip beneath the PC police’s radar. Based on the popular racing Japanese anime of the same name, the live action Initial D […]
VIZ Media has announced the further expansion of its Shojo Beat imprint with the launch of Shojo Beat Home Video, aimed at delivering a variety of anime series targeted at female fans in North America. The first release under Shojo Beat Home Video will be Full Moon, a bittersweet tale of puppy love, tragedy and […]
I like to think that I have seen most of the truly great anime sci-fi epics. The latest such epic is Armored Trooper Votoms (1983), a riveting, mature tale of love and war in the distant future. Well, really robots and war, but I didn’t want to lose the female readership this early. Stage 1 […]
Bandai’s Anime Legends series, which sells complete series of older titles in their catalog at lower prices, is in full swing during the month of May. Among the titles getting re-released are Banner of the Stars, Betterman, Geneshaft, Mobile Fighter G-Gundam, and Saber Marionette J to X. In addition, new volumes of such series as […]