First Episode of "Welcome to the NHK" Available for Free from

by Matt Hazudaon September 17, 2007 has made the first episode of Welcome to NHK available for viewing on-line for free. The series from Studio GONZO will be coming to DVD on October 2, 2007; a pre-order promotion will make the first volume available for $19.99.

"Shonen Onmyouji" Vol. 1 & 2: Demonically Dull

by Dr. Daedaluson September 15, 2007
“Ninety percent of anything is crud.” While I don’t entirely buy Sturgeon’s Law, Shonen Onmyouji would fall into that 90%. This is one of the most generic anime series I’ve seen in a while. I was pretty much disinterested in the plot from the moment it began, which is unfortunate because if it had just […]

Wal-Mart Blocks Dealings with Former Employee at DreamWorks for Five Years

by Ed Liuon September 13, 2007
The Los Angeles Times covers the story of David Porter, a former executive for Wal-Mart who recently resigned to take a new position at DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc (free registration required). On Wednesday, Wal-Mart declared that they would not allow Porter to deal directly with them for five years to avoid the appearance of favoritism, […]

PR: VIZ Media Teams With Langer Juice for Sweepstakes Campaign

by Matt Hazudaon September 13, 2007
San Francisco, CA, September 12, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced a special cross-promotional partnership with the Langer Juice Company, a producer of a full range of top quality fruit juices, for a NARUTO THE MOVIE: Release Your […]

ICv2 Interviews Liza Coppola of Viz Media

by Weathermanon September 13, 2007
The ICv2 website has posted a three part interview with one of Viz Media’s Senior Vice Presidents, Liza Coppola. The interview covers Viz’s upcoming plans for Naruto, manga in the USA and the increasing market share of Shoujo titles and its implications for the US manga and anime markets as well as Viz’s English-language productions. […]

"Naruto: The Movie" Finds Another Partner

by Weathermanon September 13, 2007
Viz has signed up Langer Juices to help promote the upcoming DVD release of Naruto: The Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow. The DVD sets will include a coupon for Langer products. Select Langer juice packages will have a Naruto mini-manga and larger bottels of juice will have a sweepstakes entry form on […]

More Changes at Geneon USA

by Weathermanon September 13, 2007
The Dentsu Agency is now the sole owner of Geneon USA. Mitsubishi had purchased a 34% share in the company last year, but has divested itself of those shares, leaving Dentsu as the sole owner. Interstingly enough, the company now handling Geneon’s distribution, ADV, is partially owned by a Japanese company, the Sojitz Corporation. Geneon […]

Little Airplane’s Jennifer Oxley on "Wonder Pets"

by Ed Liuon September 12, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed Jennifer Oxley of the Little Airplane studio on Nickelodeon’s Wonder Pets. Oxley discusses her high standards for the show and how she meets her own goals by producing the entire show in-house domestically. She also discusses her past, working for indie animators John Canemaker and Bill Plympton, as well as […]

"The Simpsons: The Complete Tenth Season": Turn Your Brain Off and Laugh

by Dr. Daedaluson September 12, 2007
The tenth season of The Simpsons is difficult to summarize, because there are so many things to say about it, both good and bad. It wasn’t like the first four seasons, which defined the characters and humor style, or Mirkin’s seasons, which were consistently funny, or Oakley & Weinstein’s seasons, which had a near-perfect combination […]

PR: Marvel and Sony Expand Production Commitment for Spider-Man Series

by Matt Hazudaon September 11, 2007
LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK – Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Television look to bring even more web-slinging animated adventures of Marvel’s legendary Super Hero Spider-Man to television audiences as they have announced plans to increase their production commitment for the new The Spectacular Spider-Man television series. Marvel and SPT have green-lit Culver Entertainment to […]