"Pom Poko" and "Yamadas" on R1 DVD on August 16

by Ed Liuon May 9, 2005
Ultimate Disney reports that Pom Poko and My Neighbors the Yamadas are due on region 1 DVD from Walt Disney Home Entertainment on August 16. Voice casts are included on the announcement for both movies. (via

FUNimation Launches "Baki The Grappler" Website

by Chad Boninon May 6, 2005
FUNimation Productions — the company that has brought Dragonball Z, Fullmetal Alchemist, and other anime properties to America — has launched their latest website, this time for Baki The Grappler. Located at, the site features cast lists, voice actor interviews, the opening theme, trailers, and more.

"Madlax" Vol. 1 Tries to Confuse (and Succeeds!)

by Karl Olsonon May 5, 2005
Last time on Karl Reviews Madlax, he’d received a two episode screener that left him wanting more just because he had no idea what on Earth was going on. In between that time and now, he got another screener in a great big metal ammo case that had the same two episodes, only dubbed this […]

Samuel L. Jackson To Produce "Afro Samurai"

by Maxie Zeuson May 4, 2005
Samuel L. Jackson will produce and lend his voice to Afro Samurai, a new animated series from Gonzo and Fuji Television that will premiere on Spike TV in 2006, Active Anime reports. The series, set in a futuristic-feudal Japan, will focus on a black samurai on a mission to avenge the death of his father. […]

Magical Girl: Toon Zone Talks to Saffron Henderson

by Maxie Zeuson May 3, 2005
Voice actress Saffron Henderson has done a lot of work, but she may be best known for her work as young Goku/Gohan on Dragon Ball Z. And what does she think of the fact that she had a central role in what just might be the single most popular anime series of all time? “Rather […]

FUNimation Acquires "Desert Punk" for 2006

by Maxie Zeuson May 2, 2005
FUNimation has acquired Desert Punk and will bring the series to North America in 2006, the company announced at Anime Boston on Saturday. Updates on the series can be found at [Source: FUNimation] Correction: Stupid, mistaken reference to title corrected. Thanks, Karl.

Bandai Acquires Namco

by Zeddon May 2, 2005
Bandai Co. has agreed to buy “Pac-Man” designer Namco Ltd. for about 175.3 billion yen ($1.7 billion) in cash and stock to create Japan’s second-largest maker of toys and video-game software. Bandai purchased 6.3 percent of Namco for 10.5 billion yen in cash, according to a joint statement released today. Namco shareholders will receive one […]

Noated Sets Up Auction Site for Anime

by Maxie Zeuson May 2, 2005 has set up a new auction site, where collectors of anime and manga can buy, sell and trade items.

Otakon 2005 Opens Pre-registration

by zmanjzon April 30, 2005
Otakon 2005, scheduled to take place August 19-21, 2005, has opened pre-registration. Possibly the largest Anime and Asian culture convention in the US, Otakon takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Last year’s attendance was over 20,800 visitors, and this year they have capped attendance at 22,000. At the moment that this […]

"Howl’s Moving Castle" Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing New

by Benon April 29, 2005
Howl’s Moving Castle is an anomaly. It’s a film that is at once beautiful, artistic, and stunning and yet also pandering, silly and naïve. Parts of it are as inspired and surreal as Spirited Away, others are jarringly dull. Sometimes the plot flows forward as engagingly as Mononoke, at other times it grows stilted, simplistic, […]