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"The Backyardigans" Takes Viewers Abroad

by Zeddon February 26, 2006
Nick Jr. will take preschoolers on a music-filled journey across land, snow and sea in the new half-hour episode of The Backyardigans entitled “Race Around the World,” premiering Friday, March 10, at 10:30am (ET/PT). The “Race Around the World” episode will also air on Nick Jr.’s sister network NOGGIN on Friday, March 10, at 4:30pm […]

"Panda-Z" Vol. 3 & 4: So Cute!

by on February 26, 2006
There are few things in life so adorably cute and charming as a giant panda robot. It doesn’t really matter what said giant panda robot is doing, it’s cute just the same. Cuteness will override any sense of judgement a person has and compel them to buy anything. Case in point: Panda-Z Volumes 3 and […]

NYCC: CPM Announces VOTOMS, Animation Runner Kuromi 2, Negadon

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2006
The Central Park Media panel at the New York Comic-Con provided mayhem and anime news. The first volume of Armored Trooper VOTOMS was just released, bringing the classic hard sci-fi series to DVD. Otaku Unite!, a documentary film on anime fandom, will be released on March 7. In addition, CPM announced street dates for several […]

NYCC: VIZ Media Announces Uncut "Naruto" Box, "Full Moon" DVD

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2006
At the New York Comic-Con, VIZ Media announced an uncut Naruto boxed set to be released on July 4, 2006. The set will include 13 episodes on 3 DVDs, with complete English and Japanese language soundtracks and several extras which have not been released in the U.S. or Japan. They also announced a Full Moon […]

"Dragonball Z" Huzzah! The End of the Filler!

by on February 25, 2006
After training for five straight discs, we’ve finally come to the end of the line. The heroes finish off their training (or for some, just start), the bad guys of the arc finally arrive and things are ready to kick things into high gear. When we last left our heroes, Piccolo had just started training […]

"Dragon Booster" Tons of Unlived Potential

by on February 24, 2006
When Disney created Jetix for its ABC Family and Toon Disney channels, the star players on the block were Digimon and Power Rangers. Unfortunately, only one of those had new episodes being made (at the time), and one show does not an action block make. Dragon Booster is one of Disney’s first efforts in airing […]

NY Times on "Ultimate Avengers" DVD

by Ed Liuon February 20, 2006
The New York Times takes a look at the Ultimate Avengers DVD and the deal between Lions Gate Home Entertainment and Marvel that birthed it (registration required). Marvel Studios chairman Avi Arad and Lions Gate president Steve Beeks are briefly quoted discussing the economics of the decision and their sales expectations.

"Angel Wars": Pacifist Christian Heroes That Actually Aren’t All That Bad

by on February 19, 2006
Does this describe you? Per day, your kids spend more time at Sunday school than in real school. You’ve been praying for deliverance from the evils of Pokemon and Gundam. Your kids are finally too old for Veggie Tales. If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, your salvation is here. Ladies […]

"Initial D": Drifts into Mediocrity

by on February 18, 2006
While recent release Memoirs of a Geisha has generated considerable controversy by casting primarily Hong Kong (HK) and Chinese actors in Japanese roles, another 2005 release employing the same strategy has managed to slip beneath the PC police’s radar. Based on the popular racing Japanese anime of the same name, the live action Initial D […]

Viz Expands Home Video Offering; "Full Moon" Comes to DVD

by Zeddon February 18, 2006
VIZ Media has announced the further expansion of its Shojo Beat imprint with the launch of Shojo Beat Home Video, aimed at delivering a variety of anime series targeted at female fans in North America. The first release under Shojo Beat Home Video will be Full Moon, a bittersweet tale of puppy love, tragedy and […]