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"Rumbling Hearts" Vol. 1: Compelling, Depressing, Excellent

You know, visual novel-based animes normally have quite a surreal if not unsettling perspective on love. If you’re lucky, it’s something simple like “the main romantic interest moved from town to town during his childhood and teenage years, resulting in a trail of missed chances at romance” (Sentimental Journey), but you can just as easily […]

"Sonic the Hedgehog" Comes to DVD [Update: Release Date, Coverart, and Extras]

TVShowsOnDVD is reporting that all 26 episodes of the ABC Saturday morning edition of Sonic The Hedgehog will be released on DVD in 2007 thanks to Shout! Factory. No other information was released. Update: TVShowsOnDVD has the coverart and extras listed. The release date has been revealed to be March 27, 2007.

"Suzumiya" Web Site Includes Voice Actress Poll UPDATED: Yuki Poll Added

A hidden link on the U.S. site for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya leads to samples of what are presumably prospective voice actresses for the character of Mikuru Asahina, and a public poll. [via Anime News Network] UPDATE: The site now also includes a poll for the character of Yuki Nagato, again with four English-language […]

Bandai Announces March Titles and Delays

March brings a new title, as Bandai announces the first volume of .hack//ROOTS. The title will contain 5 episodes and will be released on March 20, 2007. The regular volume will retail for $24.98, while the Starter Set, which includes a T-shirt, artbox, CD Soundtrack, and a demo of .hack//G.U., will retail for $59.98. Bandai […]

Geneon Announces New March-July Titles + Delays

March brings us Ayakashi Samurai Horror Tales – Castle Tower Story, Ergo Proxy (vol. 3, also w/limited edition), and The Law of Ueki (vol. 6). In April, expect the first volume Black Lagoon on 4/10/07. It will contain four episodes and retail at a MSRP of $29.98. Also available in April will be Elemental Gelade […]

Manga Launches New Anime DVD Magazine In The UK

Manga UK, in partnership with Hachette Partworks, will be releasing a new 50 part magazine/DVD series entitled Manga Force. Each fortnightly issue will include a DVD of a Manga licensed title, including Ghost in the Shell, Akira, and the Evangelion films.

Guy Michelmore on Making Marvelous Scores for "Ultimate Avengers" and "Iron Man"

Marvel.com has posted an interview with composer Guy Michelmore about writing the scores to the Ultimate Avengers and Invincible Iron Man direct-to-video animated movies. The interview also links to 4 free MP3 files of Michelmore’s music, yielding one song each from Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, The Invincible Iron Man, and Dr. Strange.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas:" The Finest Christmas Cartoon of All Time

According to producer Lee Mendelson, the two top executives at CBS reacted negatively when they watched A Charlie Brown Christmas for the first time in 1965. “It seems a little flat…a little slow,” said one of them. The other said they would still air it since it was finished and paid for, but wouldn’t order […]

"Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki": His "Final Confrontation"? Dad and Weak Extras

Tenchi’s been through a lot recently. Meeting a would-be wife, overdoing it in the fields, and facing the destruction of the Earth: these will take their toll on the man. Yet, the hardest blow to take is emotional, and when Tenchi finds out the truth about his mother’s death, it may be the last straw. […]

NTV Announces 'Claymore' anime

Nippon Television networks has announced a TV anime based on the current Monthly Shonen JUMP manga “Claymore” and set to air beginning in April of 2007. The popular fantasy epic “Claymore” first appeared in the pages of Shonen JUMP in July of 2001. The series chronicles the struggle of Claire, who is part of a […]

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