Bandai at Anime Expo 2005

by Zeddon July 1, 2005
Bandai has released information on what will be available at their booth at Anime Expo 2005. You can find full information on their corporate site.

"Star Ocean EX": RPG Clichés in Anime Form!

by Dukeon June 30, 2005
This may come as a shock to some of you, but I have never in my life owned either a Playstation or a Playstation 2, nor do I plan to get one anytime soon (happy with GameCube). Even though I’ve never played it, I have still heard of the Star Ocean video game series, mostly […]

MoMA Announces "Anime!!" Exhibit Schedule

by Zeddon June 27, 2005
The Museum of Modern Art has announced the schedule for its upcoming “Anime!!” exhibit. The exhibit premieres July 10, 2005. (hat tip: Aquamann)

"Five Star Stories": One Short Epic

by Chris Woodon June 27, 2005
Accompany me if you will on a journey back in time to 1977, when the entirety of the Star Wars saga was contained in a single two-hour film. It featured many tantalizing references to unseen places, people, and events, causing viewers to speculate feverishly about just who this Anakin guy was and what the Clone […]

"Ghost in the Shell" to DVD in September

by Maxie Zeuson June 23, 2005
Anchor Bay will release Ghost In The Shell: Season 2, Vol. 1 to DVD on September 20, Animated Bliss reports. A standard edition will retail for $24.95; a limited edition will retail for $49.95.

"Cybuster" Just Can’t Stop Being Mediocre

by Dukeon June 23, 2005
In order for a giant robot anime to stand out from the pack, it needs at least a couple of the following: catchy music, nice animation, an interesting plot, engaging characters, and of course some really, really cool giant robots. Which show defines the standard is subject to personal opinion, but there are some series […]

"Viewtiful Joe" Comes to Kids WB This Fall

by Zeddon June 21, 2005
Kids WB today announced that they have ordered 26 episodes of Viewtiful Joe from Geneon Entertainment. The network will air the action-comedy anime series on Saturdays beginning this fall. [Source: Kids WB]

"Sailor Moon" Manga Rights Revert to Original Owners

by Ed Liuon June 21, 2005
The Comics Reporter weblog is reporting that Tokyopop has let the North American reprint rights to the Sailor Moon manga revert back to their original Japanese owner. There is currently no further information if any other manga publishing company will attempt to acquire these rights.

Toei Names Joy Tashian Marketing Group to Represent "Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo"

by Zeddon June 21, 2005
Toei Animation Inc. has named Joy Tashjian Marketing Group as licensing representative for their new anime series Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo. The series will debut in the U.S. this October, airing on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block at 10:30pm. [Source: AWN]

BusinessWeek Looks at the Anime Business

by Ed Liuon June 20, 2005
BusinessWeek has published an article looking at the rise of anime as an exportable commodity, noting anime’s influence on both live-action and animated movies and sales that are estimated to top $5 billion globally.