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

by on September 21, 2005
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!"

by on September 20, 2005
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

by Ed Liuon September 20, 2005
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

by James Harveyon September 19, 2005
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

by Ed Liuon September 19, 2005
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

by on September 19, 2005
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

by on September 19, 2005
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

by on September 16, 2005
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 […]

Details for "Kimba the White Lion" DVD Set Announced

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2005
The Right Stuff International has provided details on their DVD release of Osamu Tezuka’s Kimba the White Lion anime series. The 11-disc limited edition boxed set will include all 52 original episodes of the show, the original Japanese episode 1, deleted scenes, and other extras. The set will be available on November 29 with an […]

"Gad Guard" Vol. 7: Space, A Very Lonely Place

by on September 13, 2005
Any good series that dabbles in giant robots needs some part of the story to be about space. Whether it’s fighting in space or exploring other planets or just trying to reach this vast frontier, space is a must. And Gad Guard finally gets around to that very plot point. Last disc, there was a […]