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"Ice Age" Leads Box Office Again

Ice Age: The Meltdown led the pack in weekend movie ticket sales, with a gross take of $33.8 million to make it the first movie of 2006 to break $100 million in domestic ticket sales, according to an article off the wire at ABCNEWS.com. A related article in the Los Angeles Times (free registration required) […]

NY Times on Return of "Astro Boy" to DVD

The New York Times talks about the new Astro Boy Collector’s Edition DVD boxed set (registration required), which collects 52 episodes of the seminal anime series by Osamu Tezuka. The article chronicles the historical background behind the series and its impact on the anime industry since its debut in comics in 1952 and on TV […]

CLAMP Makes First U.S. Appearance at Anime Expo 2006

CLAMP, the Japanese artist’s studio of Satsuki Igarashi, Ageha Ohkawa, Tsubaki Nekoi and Mokona, will be making their first U.S. appearance at this year’s Anime Expo 2006, to be held in Anaheim, CA, from July 1-4, 2006. CLAMP debuted as manga artists in 1989, and have been behind some of the most popular manga and […]

"Dragonball Z" Huzzah! The Main Feature Finally Starts!

It’s been a long struggle through crappy Toei writers killing any and all potential good filler stories, but finally, we’re at the main fight: Earth’s Special Forces (a.k.a. the Z-Fighters) vs. the Saiyans Vegeta and Nappa. Oh how I’ve waited for this. Vegeta and Nappa have arrived on Earth, and soon after exiting their space […]

Someday's Dreamers Volume 2: It's The "Power Of Love"!

Yume’s the newest apprentice mage in town. Mind you, this is a Japan where mages, those born with magic powers available to them, work side by side with the Government. Licensed mages work alongside firefighters, police, and even have their own Bureau that can be called upon to perform miracles. Yume is being trained alongside […]

"Mezzo Vol. 3" I WANT MORE OF THE GIRL IN ORANGE

The Danger Service Agency will take on any task, for a price. Throughout their odd jobs, they seem to have made a certain enemy, one voted in by the public of Japan. To find out what a haircutting hellion, a stone cold slaughterer, and a pop-idol have against the DSA, read on. Plus, mummies, a […]

"Burst Angel Vol. 5 Line in the Sand" - Babes: Missing in Action

Future Tokyo’s finest, and I do mean finest, female gunslingers return for another round of crime-fighting and spandex stretching in Burst Angel Volume 5: Line in the Sand. Following the sensational 3rd and 4th volumes, Line is a slight letdown, but entertaining all the same. The girls themselves are given surprisingly little screen time, with […]

"Devil Hunter Yohko: The Complete Collection Vol. 2" Ah, the logic of Twin Cousins

Yohko Mano is Japan’s equivalent of Buffy The Vampire Slayer; a young girl begrudgingly given the task of defending the earth (more specifically, their home town… you never really saw Buffy go too far from Sunnydale) from demons and derelicts. Yohko’s a real girl, one who swears, has hormones, and would rather track down the […]

Nick Renews "Backyardigans" and "Kappa Mikey"

The latest “Animated Shorts” column by Steve Fritz reports that Nickelodeon has renewed The Backyardigans and Kappa Mikey, with orders for 20 and 26 additional episodes, respectively. Other news in the column includes coverage of the Adult Swim upfront (which mentions Dexter’s Laboratory/Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky’s involvement in Korgoth of Barbaria), a screening of […]

CPM Anime Content Available from IFILM

Central Park Media has announced that IFILM.com will begin carrying their anime content. In addition to several previews and trailers, IFILM is hosting the first seven minutes of Kakurenbo and the U.S. trailer to Negadon: The Monster from Mars, with more content coming soon.

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