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"Read or Die" TV: Read, Please

by Dukeon March 30, 2005
Read or Die is quite an interesting series. The original OVA had giant grasshoppers, ten-foot-long paper airplanes and Beethoven as a villain. Not only that, but the main character, Yomiko Readman — also known as Agent Paper — used paper as her weapon, and as everything else. Whether it was a bulletproof shield, a sword, […]

Tokyopop Founder Stuart Levy Interviewed

by Ed Liuon March 29, 2005
AnimeNewsNetwork has posted a brief interview with Tokyopop founder Stuart Levy. Topics range from Levy’s move from law to publishing, the Tokyopop products that hold a special place in his heart, and what he does in his spare time.

New Japanese Tours Target Anime Fans

by Ed Liuon March 25, 2005
An article in the Asahi Shimbun newspaper notes the rise of anime-related tourism in Japan. Many local governments, including that for the Tokyo metropolitan area, are giving anime top billing in their tourism promotion efforts, and a growing number of travel package tours offer overseas visitors behind-the-scenes tours at anime studios and trips to anime […]

Two New Anime Series Come to YTV

by Zeddon March 24, 2005
YTV has announced plans for two new anime series — .hack//Sign premieres during Bionix, YTV’s Friday night action/anime block, on Friday, April 1, at 10:30pm; Battle B’Daman joins the network’s Saturday morning Vortex block starting Saturday, April 23, at 7:30am and 2:30pm. Additionally, YTV will host the Canadian television premiere of Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across […]

"Stellvia Foundation III" - The Better The Show Gets, The Sparser The Extras Are

by Karl Olsonon March 23, 2005
Stellvia Volume 2 ended with Shima Katase (a.k.a. Shipon) a bit upbeat but a bit defeated as well. On one hand, she’s led her school to victory on the Astroball court and she’s the only first year student at Stellvia who will participate in The Great Mission to protect the Earth from a wave of […]

Make My May: Actress Erin Fitzgerald Talks to Toon Zone

by Maxie Zeuson March 21, 2005
Voice actress Erin Fitzgerald is probably best known to today’s TV viewers from her work on Ed, Edd n Eddy, but she’s had a busy and varied career lending voices to many other characters and projects. She recently was kind enough to talk to Toon Zone about her career, her talents, her recent turn “doing […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" English Cast Announced

by Ed Liuon March 17, 2005
Nausicaa.net has posted the English-language cast for Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. The cast includes Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, and Blythe Danner. In reporting the news, Nausicaa.net also states that the movie will open in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles on June 10 and expand to 60 other cities one week later.

ADV Lays Off Staff in Manga and Anime Divisions

by Ed Liuon March 16, 2005
A report in Publishers Weekly states that ADV has laid off as many as 40 employees, with perhaps 25 coming from the manga side of the company. The company confirmed the layoffs without stating specific figures, and claimed market saturation and more discerning customers leading to new challenges in selling their product.

"Gravion Zwei Volume 1": Return to the "Eye Of The Storm"

by Chad Boninon March 16, 2005
Soldiers of the Gran Knighthood, combine once again! After a period of peace, the Zeravire have returned to invade the planet. But the pilots of the Gran-Divas won’t be the only ones to form a giant robot. The Earth Federation Government has now initiated the G-Soldier Squadron program to find pilots for man-made mechs officially […]

Fred Patten Hospitalized by Stroke

by Ed Liuon March 16, 2005
Pioneering manga and anime enthusiast Fred Patten has been hospitalized by a stroke, according to a report in Comicon.com’s the Beat weblog. Patten co-founded the first anime fan club in 1977 and has written articles about anime and manga for more than 20 years.