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Toon Zone at Otakon: ADV to Small Dish Owners: Let Your Voice Be Heard

ADV at Otakon 2005: Good reactions, and a time to make one’s move. This year, ADV displayed some clips from their upcoming series GODANNAR. This is a series which takes the combination of fan service and giant mecha anime to new heights. This series will be released October 4, 2005. Before that release date though, […]

Toon Zone at Otakon: Where's Bandai? Viz?

This year at Otakon, anime industry heavyweights VIZ Media and Bandai did not make an appearance. No official reason was given for the Bandai’s absence, but longtime company spokesman Jerry Chu recently left the company. VIZ Media did not attend due to a conflict with previously scheduled events. Needless to say, hundreds of convention-goers that […]

Toon Zone at Otakon: Geneon Showcases Indigo

Geneon had Panels at Otakon 2005. While much of their panel was devoted to showcasing “The Indigo”, one of Otakon’s performing musical guests this year, Geneon did run their promotional video from Anime Expo 2005, which among other upcoming series included the Hellsing Ultimate Promo video. A roller coaster of character cameos, awesome shots of […]

"Midori Days" Vol. 3: A Satisfying Conclusion to a Satisfying Drama

Before I begin, let me say this: Midori Days, despite what many people on the Internet claim, is not a zany comedy with gut-busting laughs every minute. Oh sure, it has some funny moments in each episode, most of them awkward and/or imaginary. And yes, it begins as more of a comedy: the general weirdness […]

"Hanaukyo Maid Team" Vol. 3 Kind of Messy

The newest maid anime in a long line of maid anime has reached its conclusion. But you wouldn’t know from watching it. In fact, the third and final disc of Hanaukyo Maid Team had me scrambling for information on when the next volume was coming out. Sadly, however, a fourth volume just isn’t in the […]

Japan's Oldest Anime Uncovered

A Japanese anime film believed to have been made shortly after 1900 has been uncovered in Kyoto. The film was discovered in a Kyoto home and later handed to Natsuki Matsumoto, an expert on iconography at the Osaka University of Arts. Both he and animation historian Nobuyuki Tsugata of the same school believe that the […]

"Stolen Lupin": Lupin's Better Half

There are some iconic fictional characters that we unquestioningly come to accept as the best in their fields. Nobody throws a punch like Rocky, nobody swings a lightsaber like Darth Vader, and James Bond, well, nobody does it better. Until now the same could be said for Lupin the Third’s amazing aptitude for thievery. However, […]

"Daphne in the Brilliant Blue": No Real Need to "Getaway" This Time

Maia Mizuki’s the star of Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, right? If that’s true, she’s had remarkably few breakout scenes in the series, outside of the premiere and two or so spotlight episodes. Either way, I’ve been decidedly more interested in the tanned beauty Gloria, intrigued by the nerdy techie Shizuka, wowed by the martial […]

"InuYasha: The Movie 3" Screening at Wal-Marts

VIZ Media and Revolution Marketing have developed a 92-seat, state-of-the-art, mobile movie theater. To coincide with the release of InuYasha, The Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler, the theater will travel to one Wal-Mart in each of 15 cities, giving Wal-Mart the opportunity to host a theatrical premiere of a DVD title they will […]

"Dora" Marathon Precedes "Diego" on Nick Jr. September 6

To coincide with Nick Jr.’s premiere of Go, Diego, Go! on September 6 at 8:00pm (ET/PT), the network will air a Dora the Explorer marathon that same day from 9:00am – 2:00pm (ET/PT). The marathon will include the debut of a never-before-seen episode entitled “Dora and Diego to the Rescue!” at 1:30pm, where Dora and […]

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