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Review: "Naruto Shippuden" Set 19 - The Road to Paradise is Bumpy

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“Boy, it sure gets boring when everything goes right on a trip.” Those are the first words uttered in Naruto Shippuden Set 19, spoken by none other than Naruto himself. That doesn’t bode too well, and it sets the tone for what follows (episodes 232-244) The 19th Naruto Shippuden Uncut box set released by Viz Media […]

Review: "Eureka Seven" Blu-ray - The Series is Great, the Movie is...

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This is the story of a boy and a girl, a sky-surfing robot, a war between rebels and the military, and religion that drives people to prominence or destruction. Eureka Seven is a sci-fi mecha series from nearly a decade ago, and thanks to some shuffling of licenses behind the scenes, FUNimation has released the […]

PR: Anime ace Shinichiro Watanabe to star at MCM London Comic Con

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MCM LONDON COMIC CON – EXCEL LONDON – 24-26 OCTOBER   Anime ace Shinichiro Watanabe to star at MCM London Comic Con   Top anime director Shinichiro Watanabe will be the Anime Guest of Honour at October’s MCM London Comic Con, show organisers have announced. Famed as the director of  critically-acclaimed series such as Cowboy […]

Annie Awards Issues Call For Submissions

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The International Animated Film Society has issued a call for submissions for the 42nd Annual Annie Awards. There are 36 categories for 2015 including a new category – Best Character Animation in a Video Game – and a “Special Productions” category for animation not released in the USA but created during 2014. Other than excepted […]

Review: "Robotics;Notes Part Two" - Hitting the Right Notes

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WARNING: Spoilers for the first volume of Robotics;Notes are sprinkled in this review. The problems with adapting visual novels to animation are plentiful. You need to satisfy a built-in audience who have their preferred routes in mind, along with any potentially preferred romantic partners for the lead character. You need to distill important plot elements that […]

Review: "Robotics;Notes Part One" - A Slow-Burn With Little Fire

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Production I.G. had two shows premiere on Fuji TV’s noitamina block in Japan on October 11, 2012. One was Psycho-Pass, and the other is Robotics;Notes. The two shows could not be any more different. Psycho-Pass is a dreary look at the future, a cyberpunk dystopia that is ever so thinly veiled as a utopia. Robotics;Notes looks at the […]

Otakon 2014: Ed Chavez of Vertical Press on How to License Manga

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Ed Chavez of Vertical, Inc. did a panel presentation at Otakon 2014 on several of Vertical’s upcoming publications and gave an overview of the process of licensing manga and other publications from Japan. Upcoming Vertical releases include Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, a retrospective of Satoshi Kon’s manga works entitled Dream Fossil-The Complete Satoshi […]

Otakon 2014: Tony Oliver's Adventures in Voice Acting

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Tony Oliver, voice of numerous anime and video game characters over the many years of his career, gave a panel presentation on some of the ways to train yourself to be a voice actor. His first piece of advice, as is heard from pretty much any voice actor that on “How do you become a […]

Otakon 2014: Interview - Masao Maruyama on Studio MAPPA and its Works

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Masao Maruyama’s storied career spans the lifetime of the modern anime industry itself. He started out with Mushi Productions before going on to found the animation studio Madhouse in 1972, where he spent over four decades producing scores of noteworthy anime titles and working with some of the finest talent in the business. Such series […]

Otakon 2014: Interview - Sunao Katabuchi Talks His New Film, "In This Corner of the World"

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Sunao Katabuchi might be most recognizable to English-speaking anime fans as the director of the gritty Black Lagoon presently airing on Adult Swim’s Toonami block, but he’s also a veteran of the anime industry whose early credits include scriptwriting for Hayao Miyazaki’s Sherlock Hound TV series and the position of assistant director on Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery […]

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