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Manga Picks Up Licensing for "Iron Kid"

Japanese animation distributor Manga Entertainment has been brought in to handle TV broadcast, DVD and merchandising licensing for Iron Kid, the previously announced co-production between Spain’s BRB Internacional and Korean video and online gaming outfits Daiwon and Design Storm. Manga will handle licensing for the project in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand; […]

"La Portrait de Petit Cossette": Gothic Lolita Romantic Horror Doesn't Bore

You know, what with Gothic Lolita tea parties at various anime cons, Gwen Stefani openly chilling with Harajuku-district Gothic Lolitas in her music videos and manga like Godchild, Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase, and Doll all getting picked up for distribution in the States, it seems like it’s a safe bet that what started as a little […]

"Sakura Taisen: Ecole de Paris" is Cause for Ennui

There are some animated works that take place in a universe that is so intriguing that a viewer finds himself completely engrossed in the story, even if he doesn’t fully understand every point of the plot or recognize all of the characters. Sakura Taisen: Ecole de Paris is not one of these works. Ecole de […]

"Hand Maid May" Collection: The Series That Said "I'll Never Give Up!"

Who wouldn’t want to have a maid? Maybe the socially inept and those paranoid that the hired help would steal from them. But I’m sure stealing would be against the Laws of Robotics, and Kazuya is very socially apt. A tech genius attending college, Kazuya is accidentally sent a 1/6th scale robotic maid, May, at […]

David Mirkin on Simpsons' 17th Season, DVD sets, and Movie Progress

Simpsons producer-writer David Mirkin has been interviewed by the Houston Chronicle about all things Simpson, from the behind-the-scenes of the show’s 17th season, the sixth season DVD set, and the slow progress of the Simpsons feature film. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

"Batman Begins" DVD Promotional Material

Batman: Yesterday, Today & Beyond has a look at the promotional materials for the Oct. 18th DVD release of Batman Begins.

NY Times on "Tetsujin" and Manga for Girls

The New York Times Arts section briefly discusses Tetsujin, an anime series debuting on DVD tomorrow that centers on scientists who must confront the fruits of their wartime research (registration required). A separate article covers the shojo (manga for girls) phenomenon. Discuss this news on the Anime Forum.

Full-On Glory with "Fullmetal Alchemist" Vol. 4

The plot thickens as Ed and Al get closer to uncovering the mystery of the Philosopher’s Stone and Scar begins to hunt down and murder State Alchemists. The series is already so good that it’s hard to believe that it can consistently top itself with each volume. And I have it on good authority that […]

"Samurai 7" Vol. 1: Not Your Grandpa's Kurosawa

You know, I’m not kidding with the title. If you’ve got a serious attachment to the original film Samurai 7 is based on, you might just want to turn back now. It’s a pretty radical reinvention, mixing sci-fi elements into a general Edo-era-ish setting. And lo and behold, Toshiro Mifune’s character has been turned into […]

"The Ultimate Avengers" Gets Release Date

Wizard World reports that The Ultimate Avengers, Marvel and Lion Gates’ first Direct-to-DVD animated feature, will be released on February 21, 2006. The Wizard World convention also had the first screening of the movie’s trailer. It is unknown if the trailer will be shown online. Also included in the above link is a one sheet […]

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