"xxxHOLIC" Vols. 4, 5 and 6: It’s Scary How Lame This Series Turned Out to Be

by Maxie Zeuson January 13, 2009
I long ago stopped hoping that xxxHOLIC would turn into an honest-to-goodness supernatural-themed spook show. That, as it happens, is a benefit to being a congenital pessimist: one is so rarely surprised when everything just goes to crap. It would have pleased me no end if the final three volumes of the series had upended […]

PR: "VeggieTales: Abe and the Amazing Promise" Arrives on DVD February 7, 2009

by Ed Liuon January 13, 2009
VEGGIETALES®: ABE AND THE AMAZING PROMISE Available February 7, 2009 Featuring A Lesson On Patience – New DVD Is Worth The Wait! Nationally Syndicated Radio Show Host, “Delilah,” Voices VeggieTales Character PLUS! Simultaneous Release Of The VeggieTales® Bible From Zonderkidz FRANKLIN, TN (November 5, 2008) – Good things come to those who wait! VeggieTales®: Abe […]

Partial Season Sets For "Clannad" and "Princess Resurrection"

by Classic Speedyon January 12, 2009
ADV Films plans to release their two new anime series, Clannad and Princess Resurrection, in partial season sets, similar to what FUNimation has been doing. They were originally going to release these series in single volumes. Clannad will see a release on 3/3/09 and runs 300 minutes, while Princess Resurrection will be on 3/17/09 at […]

"Negima!? Season 2 Part 1" Casts a Spell on Me

by Classic Speedyon January 12, 2009
Negima!? is actually the second adaptation of a long-running Ken Akamatsu manga. First was the 2005 Xebec version, of which I only saw the first four episodes. It was all right, but it didn’t exactly leave me clamoring for more. Then came this 2006 version, done by GANSIS and SHAFT, the people behind Moon Phase […]

"Voltron: Volumes 7 & 8" Dates Announced

by Dan Collinson January 12, 2009 reports that Media Blasters have the correct release dates for Voltron: Defender of the Universe – Collection 7: Land Team, and Voltron: Defender of the Universe – Collection 8: Sea Team. Both collections will contain 3 discs each as well as exclusive features. The Land Team set will hit stores on January 27, 2009, […]

"T28" Animation Test Resurrects "Tetsujin/Gigantor"

by Ed Liuon January 12, 2009
Japan’s Hikari Productions and Hong Kong’s Imagi Animation Studios have unveiled a website for T28 that contains a CGI animation test based on the seminal manga and anime series Tetsujin 28, which aired in the United States in the 1960’s as Gigantor. According to a weblog posting by Imagi’s Creative Director Felix Ip, he worked […]

"WALL-E," "Waltz with Bashir" Take Home Golden Globes

by Ed Liuon January 12, 2009
The Golden Globe Awards were handed out last night, with Disney/Pixar’s WALL-E winning for Best Animated Film and the animated documentary Waltz with Bashir winning for Best Foreign Language Film. Elsewhere, Waltz with Bashir director Ari Folman was interviewed briefly in the New York Times magazine (free registration required).

"Celebrate with Kai-lan:" Dora in Chinese, Minus Some of the Formula

by Ed Liuon January 11, 2009
Dora the Explorer is a genuine phenomenon among the kid-vid set, and its runaway success virtually guaranteed imitators and spin-offs. The first of Nickelodeon’s spin-offs, Go Diego Go!, kept Dora’s bilingual English-Spanish vocabulary, but moved the setting from a fairy-tale world to real-world jungles, deserts, and other wild environments. The second spin-off, Ni Hao, Kai-lan, […]

Nick Greenlights 26 More Episodes of "The Penguins of Madagascar"

by Ed Liuon January 9, 2009
Nickelodeon has greenlit another 26 episodes of The Penguins of Madagascar, the CGI animated comedy series based on Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private — the four penguins from the Central Park Zoo from the DreamWorks Animation Studios movie Madagascar. The series will be executive produced by Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley (Kim Possible, Hercules, Sky […]

Nickelodeon Announces Plans for SpongeBob SquarePants’ 10th Anniversary

by Ed Liuon January 9, 2009
Nickelodeon has announced their plans for a year-long celebration of SpongeBob SquarePants’ 10th anniversary. Special events throughout the year will include: A live cast performance at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2009 A newly relaunched SpongeBob website, now available in beta testing A new SpongeBob documentary New episodes starting with a week of […]