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ADV Announces "Hello Kitty" for March 1

ADV will release Hello Kitty & Friends: Basket of Fun to DVD on March 1, the company said today. The DVD-only release will feature four complete episodes and one bonus episode, presented in English 2.0 audio. It will retail for $14.98. [Source: ADV Films]

Viz Launches "Shojo Beat" Magazine

Viz Comics has announced the launch of Shojo Beat magazine, a sister publication to the company’s successful Shonen Jump magazine. The new magazine, aimed at the burgeoning young female manga audience, will hit newsstands in June 2005 with a cover price of $5.99.

Konami Ships Two "Shaman King" Games

Konami Digital Entertainment says it has shipped two videogames based on Shaman King to stores, ActiveAnime reports. Soaring Hawk and Shaman King: Legacy will be available for the Game Boy Advance system for $29.99 each.

Central Park Media Manga Division Lays Off Employees, Cancels Books

Central Park Media has laid off several employees in its comic book and sales departments recently and cancelled several pending books. The stated reason for the staff reduction was CPM’s recent distribution deal made with WEA. It is not currently known whether the cuts will affect the anime divisions of the company.

"Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence": Androids Dream of Electric Sci-fi

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence comes to DVD with high expectations, and it doesn’t disappoint. An elegant treatise less on man versus machine than man in machine, this sophisticated sci-fi thriller explores the human relationship to robots. And automatic weapons. It would be a disservice to take the reader too far into the film’s […]

Japan Influences U.S. Toy Market; Bandai Leads Cultural Wave

PR Newswire talks about the Japanese influence on the American toy industry and Bandai’s role in the cultural wave.

ADV Announces Three DVDs For Feb. 15

ADV Films will release Aura Battler Dunbine: Secrets of Byston Well (Volume 12), Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040: Essential Anime Collection (Volume 3) and Legend of Crystania: Chaos Ring to DVD on February 15, the company said today. Details follow: Aura Battler Dunbine: Secrets of Byston Well (Volume 12) Contents: Four complete episodes Audio: English 2.0 […]

"Burn-Up Scramble" Vol. 1: Fourth Time's Not the Charm

The year is 2005, Atlanta. Due to globalization and market expansion, animé has evolved. But so has its darker elements. Drama has become increasingly sophisticated, but with a growing amount of light-hearted anime threatening to topple the towering pile of angst anime companies have accumulating since EVA, Geneon decides to take action. They retool their […]

"Neon Genesis Evangelion" Platinum Edition Vol. 4: Now Nearly Action-Free!

Everyone should know the basic premise of Neon Genesis Evangelion by this point whether you’ve seen the entire series, just caught the quick Toonami run, or heard the legions of fanboys screaming like little girls over it. Giant robots battle giant monsters, all while a whiny kid named Shinji gives viewers giant headaches. And it’s […]

"Mezzo" Vol. 1: The DSA is On The Job!

The Danger Service Agency will handle any job for a price. It doesn’t matter if it’s tracking down a missing person (especially if your favorite weather woman is involved) or following a would-be adulterer (do robot duplicates count?), Mikura, her pals, and her orange spandex will get any job done right. But should you engage […]

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