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"Strawberry Marshmallow Vol. 1": Put it in the Fire

I really restrained myself. I was going to title this review: “Strawberry Marshmallow: A Cure For Insomnia.” It’s been done to death, but it’s another way (albeit very clichéd) to describe something that is just plain boring. Strawberry Marshmallow is about four middle school girls: Miu, the crazy one, Matsuri, the shy glasses wearer, Chika, […]

"Strawberry Marshmallow OST": An Electronic Melancholy Beneath the Sweet Surface

Strawberry Marshmallow is a cute show and the soundtrack for it is no exception. However, it’s interesting to note that in amongst the sugary sweetness there is a surprising array of electronic music influences. There is just a touch of pathos alone with the cuteness, and ultimately, that not only grounds the music in a […]

"Strawberry Marshmallow Art Book": Certainly Cute, But It Could Have Been Cooler

Even the most niche anime shows can often release an art book or two. However, because a lot of shows didn’t have much in the way of promotional art, or they didn’t really do a lot in the character design process, sometimes they can end up a little thin. The Strawberry Marshmallow art book (or […]

ICv2.com Names 10 Most Powerful People in Anime Industry

ICv2.com has posted their list of the 10 most powerful people in the anime industry, as taken from their recently published ICv2.com Retailer’s Guide to Anime and Manga #15. Number 1 on the list is Gen Fukunaga, President & CEO of FUNimation Entertainment, followed by John Ledford, CEO of ADV Films; Kim Manning, Programmer Adult […]

Comedy Central Airs Controversial "South Park" Episode Again

E! Online reports that Comedy Central is airing the controversial South Park episode “Trapped in the Closet.” The Emmy-nominated episode, which makes fun of the Church of Scientology, was pulled from the schedule in March. It will return to Comedy Central on July 19.

Press Release: "Negadon: The Monster From Mars" Attacks Texas

“NEGADON: THE MONSTER FROM MARS” ATTACKS TEXAS The Award-Winning “Negadon,” “Kakurenbo,” and “Cat Soup” Are Set To Play At Alamo Mason Park Cinema New York, NY (July 10, 2006) – Leading North American anime publisher Central Park Media announced today that its highly anticipated computer-generated monster movie Negadon: The Monster From Mars along with Kakurenbo: […]

Angelina Jolie Joins Cast of "Kung Fu Panda"

DreamWorks Animation has announced that Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has joined the cast of Kung Fu Panda, a CGI-animated comedy slated for release in May 2008. Jolie will play Tigress, a martial-arts master who will aid in training Po, the title character voiced by Jack Black. Other cast members include Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, and […]

Monster Master: Jun Awazu on "Negadon"

There are monster movie fans all over the world, but not many will commit years to create their own computer-animated movie, let alone pioneer new techniques in CGI to do it. Luckily, Jun Awazu isn’t a typical monster movie fan. Born on June 4, 1974, Awazu completed a degree in Japanese-style painting before trading an […]

NY Times on "The State of the Art of the Anime Dub"

The New York Times examines the art of dubbing anime in an article published in the Sunday Arts & Leisure section (registration required). The article covers the gamut of challenges that face anime dubbers, including language and cultural translation issues, casting, “matching the flaps” of Japanese dialogue in an English translation, and generating chemistry between […]

"Digiview Anime" Part 2: The Pain! Oh, the Pain!

I never expected my last review of what is known as “Digiview anime” to be so popular. Thankfully, kinda, Godfrey Ho (also known as Joseph Lai) has made more than three films in his career, giving Digiview much more ammunition to unleash on the unsuspecting Wal-Marts of the country. But can any of them hope […]

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