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"Viva Piñata": Enjoy Your Stay at Piñata Island, Unless You're Easily Bored

by Chad Boninon December 31, 2006
You’ve been given a plot of land on Piñata Island. What you do with it is all up to you. Your goal? Get as many piñatas as you can to call your little land home. Microsoft, Rare, and 4K!Ds TV have put together the bright and colorful world of Viva Piñata, but have we seen […]

More than Girl Power: She-Ra on DVD

by Jameson December 30, 2006
Ah, the good old days. Home-baked bread, kids on BMXs, Duran Duran booming out of the stereo and of course, an abundance of cheap and cheerful Filmation cartoons. And that was just last Thursday. For once again I’m back on the Filmation DVD box sets, and this time we’re off to experience one of Filmation’s […]

Pixar Under SEC Investigation

by Nobuyuki samaon December 30, 2006
Daily Variety and the Financial Times of London (paid subscription required) are reporting that two months after Apple failed to find stock options irregularities at Pixar, the Securities & Exchange Commission is double-checking their work. According to the Financial Times, the SEC is believed to be investigating whether the animation company backdated options issued to […]

"Kurau: Phantom Memory" Announced By ADV Films

by Classic Speedyon December 29, 2006
Kurau: Phantom Memory has now been given a release date for volume 1, and it is April 10, 2007. The series will be released across six volumes, with the second volume containing an optional artbox — much like ADV’s recent release of Pani Poni Dash. [Source: AnimeOnDVD.com]

"Robin Hood: Most Wanted Edition" Misses the Mark as a Film

by Ed Liuon December 29, 2006
Robin Hood is one of the world’s truly enduring fictional characters. The outlaw who robs from the rich to give to the poor has always had obvious popular appeal, and Robin’s roguish charm and wily intelligence place him alongside classic trickster figures of myth and folklore. The thief and his merry men have been film […]

"Rumbling Hearts" Vol. 1: Falling In Love Again ...

by Chad Boninon December 29, 2006
Haruka likes Takayuki. Takayuki likes Mitsuki. Mitsuki’s best friend is Haruka. Shinji likes women in general. These four friends, in their high school days, have only two major worries: college entrance exams and matters of the heart. With Mitsuki’s prodding, Haruka finally confesses her love to Takayuki. With their high school days coming to a […]

"Rumbling Hearts" Vol. 1: Compelling, Depressing, Excellent

by Karl Olsonon December 29, 2006
You know, visual novel-based animes normally have quite a surreal if not unsettling perspective on love. If you’re lucky, it’s something simple like “the main romantic interest moved from town to town during his childhood and teenage years, resulting in a trail of missed chances at romance” (Sentimental Journey), but you can just as easily […]

"Sonic the Hedgehog" Comes to DVD [Update: Release Date, Coverart, and Extras]

by Dukeon December 29, 2006
TVShowsOnDVD is reporting that all 26 episodes of the ABC Saturday morning edition of Sonic The Hedgehog will be released on DVD in 2007 thanks to Shout! Factory. No other information was released. Update: TVShowsOnDVD has the coverart and extras listed. The release date has been revealed to be March 27, 2007.

"Suzumiya" Web Site Includes Voice Actress Poll UPDATED: Yuki Poll Added

by Benon December 29, 2006
A hidden link on the U.S. site for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya leads to samples of what are presumably prospective voice actresses for the character of Mikuru Asahina, and a public poll. [via Anime News Network] UPDATE: The site now also includes a poll for the character of Yuki Nagato, again with four English-language […]

Bandai Announces March Titles and Delays

by Dukeon December 29, 2006
March brings a new title, as Bandai announces the first volume of .hack//ROOTS. The title will contain 5 episodes and will be released on March 20, 2007. The regular volume will retail for $24.98, while the Starter Set, which includes a T-shirt, artbox, CD Soundtrack, and a demo of .hack//G.U., will retail for $59.98. Bandai […]