"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 […]

"Magical DoReMi" Joins 4Kids TV Schedule

by Javeon August 1, 2005
Anime series Ojamajo Doremi (known in America as Magical DoReMi) will premiere in the US on September 10, at 8:00am. A special preview episode will be shown on August 13, at 9:30am. The series is about three girls that transform into witch apprentices and use music and magic to make their wishes come true. More […]

"Genshiken": The Cry Of Many Should Be "Doujinshi Or Bust!"

by Chad Boninon July 31, 2005
Clubs are a big part of college life. Well, I guess that’s true in Japan. I haven’t done much clubbing in college, because the gaming group scares the living crap out of me. But Sasahara’s new to college and wants to join a club. The anime club and manga club seem too specialized for his […]

How To Ruin TV Animation In Seven Easy Lessons

by Jeff Harrison July 30, 2005
I’ve been watching cartoons for over twenty years now. The period that began fifteen years ago is universally referred to as a “renaissance” in the American animation industry. In the United States alone, there are six all-animation outlets (Cartoon Network, Toon Disney, Nicktoons, Boomerang, Anime Network, and Locomotion [a channel I can guarantee you’ve never […]

"Avenger: Complete Collection" Coming in October

by Maxie Zeuson July 29, 2005
Avenger: Complete Collection will be released on a three-disc DVD collection with a retail price of $29.98, Animated Bliss reports. The set will hit shelves on October 25.

"DearS": "1st Contact," But It’s Not "Star Trek"

by Chad Boninon July 29, 2005
One year ago, our planet was invaded by aliens. Never heard about it? It happened in Japan’s Tokyo Bay. They weren’t threatening to take over the world, though, so there was no need to get Will Smith and a Macintosh to take them down. They’re just creepily hot babes. Creepy? No, they don’t have slimy […]

"His And Her Circumstances": When Shows End Too Soon

by Chad Boninon July 28, 2005
From the people who brought you the existential giant robot show Neon Genesis Evangelion (coming to an Adult Swim near you!) comes a story about love, honor, sacrifice, revenge, and a whole lot of destruction. Qualify the level of destruction to “confined within a Japanese high school,” and that’s a pretty accurate description of His […]

"Fafner": Feel the Angst While Drinking Your Bebop Cola!

by Dukeon July 27, 2005
What happens when you take the plot of Neon Genesis Evangelion, add some really messed-up giant robots, get a character designer coming off his peak, a popular new JPop artist, and enough angst to fill up the entire United States? Well, you get Fafner: Dead Aggressor, that’s what. Life was good on Tatsumiya Island. Kids […]