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"Gundam SEED" Slice Through That Grim Reality, Gundam!

For those of you living under a rock, Gundam is the undisputed king of giant robot anime and a mainstay in Japan since 1979. Though Turn A Gundam apparently put it to rest in 1999, the series came back with a bang in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, which currently airs on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block […]

"The Daichis" Vol. 3 Cashes in its Chips a Little Early

It’s a mystery why a very mediocre series like Yu-Gi-Oh! can captivate millions of children while much more creative and intelligent fare like Astro Boy and One Piece can hardly get change for a cup of joe. Given their track record, it seems unlikely that we’ll ever see The Daichis Earth Defense Family on TV […]

"Koi Kaze" Vol.2: Dark, Bitter, and Better Than Ever

Sales of the first volume of Geneon’s Koi Kaze did not live up to expectations, and, truth be told, I’m not surprised. Koi Kaze is a brilliant story, and the first volume sets it up well. But the setup sounds really messed up: Twenty-seven-year-old Koshiro, a sad young man fresh off a breakup and stuck […]

Are Pixar's Best Days Over?

CNN Money has released an in-depth examination into Pixar, whose fortunes seem to be starting a slow fall due to uncertainty over its new distributor and slower-than-expected sales on its DVD release of The Incredibles.

"LA Times" on the Rise of Direct-to-Video Features

An article in the Los Angeles Times follows the history of the direct-to-video feature, now beginning to achieve critical mass and substantial sales figures (free registration required). Credit for the success of the format is given to the many successful animated feature films developed specifically for home video.

"Samurai Gun" Vol. 1: Tokugawa Cowboys

Cowboy Bebop‘s stylish bounty hunters generated one of the largest and most devoted followings in anime history. This lesson was not lost on studio executives, who have been trying for some years to come up with “the next Bebop,” and although wave after wave of new anime titles continue to crash upon these shores, most […]

Toy Play Features Cartoon Characters

Toy Play will release a new line of Color-In Cardboard Playhouses featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Care Bears and a Generic Race Car, AWN reports. The playhouses allow kids to color in their favorite characters and build their own playhouse. The playhouses will be available in retail stores this fall for $12.99.

"Galaxy Railways Volume 1 Ahead Full!": What if the Millennium Falcon had a Caboose?

Many people credit George Lucas’s epic Star Wars franchise with the creating the modern space opera, but manga legend Leiji Matsumoto’s classic series Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers in the U.S.) broke ground on this genre three years earlier. Since then Matsumoto has generally pursued sci-fi of a more surreal or whimsical nature, including the […]

Next "Gargoyles" DVD Set Arriving This Winter

During this past weekend’s Gathering of the Gargoyles convention in Las Vegas, the show’s creator/producer Greg Weisman announced that the Gargoyles: Season 2, Part 1 DVD set will arrive this winter. This three-disc release will hold 26 episodes of the mid-’90s animated series, episodes #14-39, with audio commentaries and more bonus features to be announced. […]

New "Batman Movie Anthology" DVD Set Information

IGN DVD has released updated specs for the Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 DVD set, including a movie by movie breakdown of the extras. The set will be offered for the MSRP of $79.92, but each title will also be available individually for the price of $26.99. Click the link for more information.

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