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The Economics of Otaku via Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune has published an article about otaku (“fanboy”) culture in Japan and the growing impact their lifestyle is having on the Japanese economy. The article also addresses the psychology behind one particularly fervent anime collector and how the growing otaku population both mirrors and affects Japanese society as a whole.

Washington Post Covers Katsucon

The Washington Post has published an article covering the 12th annual Katsucon, a manga/anime convention held in Washington, DC, this past weekend. The article goes into the origins of manga and anime, current hot trends, the diversity in the audience, and the cosplay phenomenon.

"Outlanders": I Love The '80s, But The Horny Heroines Are Striking Back!

20 years ago, Japanese soil was invaded by warriors from outer space. One man was kidnapped upon taking pictures of the buxom, bikini’d babes slaughtering soliders. Truly an odd couple, the horned heroine and this horny hero just may have saved the planet from destruction. Now, we dig into the past to find out the […]

Templeton, Torres, Cooke Nominated for 2006 Shuster Awards

A partial list of the 2006 Shuster Award nominees has been posted, with outstanding writer nominations going to J. Torres (Teen Titans Go!) and Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures) & Joe O’Brien. Writer/artist Darwyn Cooke (Batman Beyond) has also been nominated as outstanding comic book cartoonist (writer/artist). The Shuster Awards are named for Joe Shuster, co-creator […]

NY Times on "Ultimate Avengers" DVD

The New York Times takes a look at the Ultimate Avengers DVD and the deal between Lions Gate Home Entertainment and Marvel that birthed it (registration required). Marvel Studios chairman Avi Arad and Lions Gate president Steve Beeks are briefly quoted discussing the economics of the decision and their sales expectations.

"Ultimate Avengers the Movie": Animated Superheroes Grow Up

Fringe projects like the Heavy Metal films aside, mainstream American animation has rarely dared challenge the PG barrier. In a sign that the anime revolution may have at last reached our shores, Ultimate Avengers the Movie boldly tests PG-13 waters with an exciting, intelligent adventure aimed squarely at adult viewers. I can’t tell you how […]

"Angel Wars": Pacifist Christian Heroes That Actually Aren't All That Bad

Does this describe you? Per day, your kids spend more time at Sunday school than in real school. You’ve been praying for deliverance from the evils of Pokemon and Gundam. Your kids are finally too old for Veggie Tales. If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, your salvation is here. Ladies […]

"Initial D": Drifts into Mediocrity

While recent release Memoirs of a Geisha has generated considerable controversy by casting primarily Hong Kong (HK) and Chinese actors in Japanese roles, another 2005 release employing the same strategy has managed to slip beneath the PC police’s radar. Based on the popular racing Japanese anime of the same name, the live action Initial D […]

Viz Expands Home Video Offering; "Full Moon" Comes to DVD

VIZ Media has announced the further expansion of its Shojo Beat imprint with the launch of Shojo Beat Home Video, aimed at delivering a variety of anime series targeted at female fans in North America. The first release under Shojo Beat Home Video will be Full Moon, a bittersweet tale of puppy love, tragedy and […]

"Armored Trooper Votoms Stage 1": It's Gundamn Great!

I like to think that I have seen most of the truly great anime sci-fi epics. The latest such epic is Armored Trooper Votoms (1983), a riveting, mature tale of love and war in the distant future. Well, really robots and war, but I didn’t want to lose the female readership this early. Stage 1 […]

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