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Anime Sales Fall in Japan

The Japan External Trade Organization says that anime market sales in Japan fell 10.4% to 191.2 billion yen in 2003 from a 2002 high, AWN reports. Box office revenues for anime features fell 53% between 2001 and 2003, and sales of anime DVDs fell 5.5% between 2003 and 2004.

"New Getter Robo" When Gore Goes Into Overdrive

You know you’ve got a good remake on your hands when not only does it appeal to old-school fans who enjoyed the original, but it also reels in newbies like myself who have never seen any previous Getter Robo series. New Getter Robo delivers a knockout punch, sending your head flying 300 feet while leaving […]

CPM to Photograph Cosplay at Otakon 2005

Central Park Media will be photographing fans in their cosplay costumes at Otakon 2005, the company said today. The best pictures will be included in a special photo gallery on the DVD release of Eric Bresler’s anime fandom documentary Otaku Unite! Fans should come to the CPM booth (#1327) dressed as their favorite anime character […]

"Micronauts: Revolution" Available on DVD

Eagle One Media has issued a press release announcing that Micronauts: Revolution is available now on DVD. The disc is priced at $12.99 US and contains a 75-minute animated adventure and a 36-card trading set.

"Gundam SEED": What Are You Doing on an "Empty Battlefield," Gundam?

OK, you’ve got a mega-hit franchise that has revitalized interest in your company, you’re making tons of money off the various soundtracks, and you’re about to unleash this monstrosity overseas, with the sequel series already in production. What do you do to tide over your audience until said series debuts? Well, you take a chunk […]

"Gundam SEED Astray" Break Through the Crappy Scheduling to Freedom, Gundam!

Manga based on Gundam series are nothing new, even if we’ve only got a fraction of them here in the United States. While there have been manga stories that are supposedly set during the various series (such as The Last Outpost), very few of them effectively cross over into their respective anime series. Since Gundam […]

"Atomic Betty" Flies to DVD in October

Warner Home Video will release Atomic Betty Volume 1: Betty, Set, Go! and Atomic Betty Volume 2: Betty to the Rescue! onto DVD on Tuesday, October 18, the studio said today. Both releases will feature eight eleven-minute episodes and retail for $19.97. [Source: Business Wire]

Controversial "Popetown" Released to DVD

Popetown, a ten-part animated series satirizing the Roman Catholic Church, will be released to DVD in the UK, the Daily Planet reports. The series, which was commissioned by BBC Three, was deemed too offensive for broadcast.

"The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop": Perilous for All

Penelope Pitstop is heir to a vast fortune, one that her guardian, Sylvester Sneekly, wants to take from her under the guise of The Hooded Claw. Saving Penelope from her plural perilous pit stops is the Ant Hill Mob, knee-high mafia men who have nothing better to do than look out for this southern belle. […]

"Zatch Bell!" DVD Coming in November

VIZ Media will release the first volume of the Zatch Bell! anime series to DVD in November with a retail price of $19.98, the company says. In addition, Viz will release the first two volumes of the manga series in August with a retail price of $9.99 each. Limited quantities of the second volume will […]

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