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"Witchblade" Vol. 6: A Perfect Conclusion

by SB20xxon April 29, 2008
Witchblade concludes on a perfect note, and it’s not a contrived, happy, Hollywood ending, either. It provides closure; it also feels inevitable, like the show couldn’t end any other way without feeling wrong—sort of like Cowboy Bebop‘s ending. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. In the final four episodes, Masane’s Witchblade (a piece of […]

ICv2 Lists Top Ten Anime & Manga Properties For Early 2008

by SB20xxon April 28, 2008
According to ICv2, the top ten anime properties for the first couple months of 2008 are: 1) Appleseed Ex Machina 2) Dragon Ball Z 3) Naruto 4) Devil May Cry 5) Death Note 6) Pokemon 7) Witchblade 8) Bleach 9) Fullmetal Alchemist 10) Afro Samurai As for manga… 1) Naruto 2) Death Note 3) Bleach […]

"Censored 11" Playing Hide and Seek on YouTube

by on April 28, 2008
Warner Bros. seems to be discovering just how hard it is to censor its past embarrassments in the age of file sharing and video hosting, The New York Times reports. The paper notes a recent spate of appearances, disappearances, and reappearances of the infamous “Censored 11” Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies shorts on YouTube. These cartoons, which […]

Box Office, DVD Results for Latest Period

by on April 28, 2008
Horton Hears a Who grossed $2.4 million at North American box offices over the weekend, Box Office Mojo reports. That take was good enough to secure ninth place for the film, which has grossed $147.9 million to date from domestic theaters. Separately, TheNumbers.com reports that Alvin and the Chipmunks sold 438,000 DVD units in its […]

"South Park" Season 11 DVD Set Announced

by SB20xxon April 28, 2008
All fourteen episodes from South Park‘s 11th season will be released in a 3-disc DVD set on 8/12/08. No price or special material has been announced yet. The episodes included are: – With Apologies to Jesse Jackson – Cartman Sucks – Lice Capades – The Snuke – Fantastic Easter Special – D-Yikes! – Night of […]

Toon Zone Interviews Indie Animator Bill Plympton on "Idiots & Angels"

by Ed Liuon April 28, 2008
His parents relate a story that when he was a boy, Bill Plympton was given the princely sum of $25 to spend whatever he wanted on a trip to Disneyland. However, rather than spend it on candy or toys, Plympton insisted on spending the money on a book on how to do animation instead. It’s […]

"Haruka" Volume 1: A Rip-Off In More Ways Than One

by on April 27, 2008
Kagome, an everyday school girl, is transported via a time-traveling well into the Sengoku period of Hyrule’s history. With the Blue Dragon, White Tigerzord, Ho-oh Pokemon, and Tor the Shuttlezord sealed away, the mystical Dragonballs are now in the hands of eight guardians. Only Kagome, now the Priestess of the Eternal Dragon, can decide the […]

The Chipmunks on DVD: Making a Movie and Then Stealing From Several Others

by on April 26, 2008
A half-century of success is nothing to be scoffed at. So to those who look down on the Chipmunks and their career of sped-up covers, keep in mind that they’ve been popular since their 1958 introduction by novelty-song guru Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. That said, their history is mostly characterized by innocuous Saturday morning fluff, neither […]

Briefly: Ottawa Int’l Film Fest Deadline Approaching; YTV & Treehouse on iTunes

by Ed Liuon April 26, 2008
* Canada’s Corus Entertainment reports that several YTV and Treehouse shows, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar, and Dora the Explorer, are now available on Canada’s iTunes store. [Corus Entertainment] * The Ottawa International Animation Festival is reminding filmmakers that the entry deadline to submit work for consideration for the 2008 event is June 1, 2008. […]

Right Stuf’s Anime Today Interviews "Shin Chan" Writers

by Ed Liuon April 26, 2008
The latest Anime Today podcast from RightStuf.com interviews Jared Hedges, Joel Bergen, and Alex Muniz about their work writing Shin Chan for FUNimation and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. The trio discuss how they were selected to write for Shin Chan, how writing for the show differs from other anime adaptations, and what’s “off limits” for […]