"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 […]

"Mermaid Forest: Quest For Death" Emo On Immortality

by Chad Boninon August 6, 2005
There is a legend that those who eat the flesh of a mermaid will gain everlasting life. Turns out the legend is only one-third true: you’ve got just as good a chance as dying or turning into a monster. Yuta, a man from centuries past, and a fifteen year old girl named Mana have both […]

VIZ Media Announces "Zatch Bell" Manga and Anime Releases

by Ed Liuon August 5, 2005
VIZ Media has announced scheduling information for the first Zatch Bell manga and home-video anime releases. The first two volumes of Zatch Bell manga will be released in August for $9.99 each. The first volume of anime will debut on November 4, featuring 4 episodes for $19.98.

"Gundam SEED" Don’t Get Wet, Gundam!

by Dukeon August 5, 2005
The travels of the Archangel continue in the latest volume of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, this time with some fighting over the water instead of in the desert, and two characters decide to do their own version of Blue Lagoon. Oh, and the Strike gets to show off its nifty-looking bazooka. Sounds like fun! When […]

"Gundam SEED" Slice Through That Grim Reality, Gundam!

by Dukeon August 5, 2005
For those of you living under a rock, Gundam is the undisputed king of giant robot anime and a mainstay in Japan since 1979. Though Turn A Gundam apparently put it to rest in 1999, the series came back with a bang in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, which currently airs on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block […]

"Koi Kaze" Vol.2: Dark, Bitter, and Better Than Ever

by Karl Olsonon August 4, 2005
Sales of the first volume of Geneon’s Koi Kaze did not live up to expectations, and, truth be told, I’m not surprised. Koi Kaze is a brilliant story, and the first volume sets it up well. But the setup sounds really messed up: Twenty-seven-year-old Koshiro, a sad young man fresh off a breakup and stuck […]

"Samurai Gun" Vol. 1: Tokugawa Cowboys

by Chris Woodon August 3, 2005
Cowboy Bebop‘s stylish bounty hunters generated one of the largest and most devoted followings in anime history. This lesson was not lost on studio executives, who have been trying for some years to come up with “the next Bebop,” and although wave after wave of new anime titles continue to crash upon these shores, most […]

"Galaxy Railways Volume 1 Ahead Full!": What if the Millennium Falcon had a Caboose?

by Chris Woodon August 2, 2005
Many people credit George Lucas’s epic Star Wars franchise with the creating the modern space opera, but manga legend Leiji Matsumoto’s classic series Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers in the U.S.) broke ground on this genre three years earlier. Since then Matsumoto has generally pursued sci-fi of a more surreal or whimsical nature, including the […]