"Bleach" Creator Tite Kubo to Appear at San Diego Comic-Con 2008 in July

by Ed Liuon May 21, 2008
VIZ Media will be hosting Tite Kubo, the creator of the Bleach and Zombie Powder manga, as a special guest at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2008 on July 25-26. Kubo will be appearing at the Bleach the Movie screening on July 25, and at the Shonen Jump panel and two autographing sessions on July […]

Briefly: Computer Animation Degrees, Brazilian Cons, and mc chris at NY Anime Fest

by on May 21, 2008
* The Los Angeles Film School will begin offering an Associate of Science Degree in Computer Animation this September. [AWN] * Brazil’s 7th Annual Kodama Manga, Anime, and Cartoon Convention will be held May 23-24, 2008. [via TZ member Marcos] * Hip hop artist mc chris will be performing at this year’s New York Anime […]

Nina Paley’s Path to "Sita Sings the Blues"

by Ed Liuon May 21, 2008
It’s not every filmmaker who can combine an ugly divorce, an ancient Indian epic, and the work of a 1920’s blues singer to produce their first feature film, but Nina Paley isn’t just any filmmaker. Paley’s professional career began as an underground cartoonist, with Nina’s Adventures, her semi-autobiographical first comic strip, spreading to a number […]

Media Blasters Announces New August Titles Including "GaoGaiGar" Collection 2

by SB20xxon May 20, 2008
A few complete collections have been announced by Media Blasters for August releases: * Beast King GoLion Set 2: 425 min. – $34.99 – 8/12/08 * GaoGaiGar Premium Box Collection 2: 600 min. – $34.99 – 8/19/08 * Gokusen TV Collection (re-issue): 325 min. – $19.99 – 8/5/08 New volumes in August include: * Kujibiki […]

"Origin: Spirits of the Past" SE: Very Pretty, But Haven’t We Seen This Before?

by Ed Liuon May 20, 2008
The good news and the bad news about Origin: Spirits of the Past (or Gin-iro no Kami no Agito in the original Japanese) is that it feels a lot like a Hayao Miyazaki movie. The bad news is that Origin breaks precious little new ground in animated storytelling, but the good news is that Studio […]

No Second Wind for "Racer" at Box Office

by on May 19, 2008
Iron Man grossed $31.2 million at North American box offices over the weekend, giving it a domestic cumulative of $222.5 million. The film came in second at the box office, behind Prince Caspian, but it outdrew the Narnia sequel overseas with a gross of $25.6 million, lifting its foreign take to $206 million. Speed Racer, […]

PR: Pokemon Announces Video Game Showdown Between US and Japan

by on May 19, 2008
The Most Talented Pokémon Players Will Compete in Los Angeles and New York for a Chance to Battle the Best Players from Japan Bellevue, WA ­ May 15, 2008 ­ Pokémon USA, Inc., has announced the first-ever Video Game Showdown, pitting the most skilled Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl players from the United States and […]

"The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries" Coming to DVD

by SB20xxon May 19, 2008
(Updated 5/19/08) Warner Home Video announced it has plans to release The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, an animated series starring Sylvester, Tweety, Hector the Dog, and Granny, onto DVD on September 9th. All thirteen episodes from the 1995-1996 season are planned for the first release, which is expected to cost $19.97. [Source: ]

"Spiral": Iris Out

by on May 18, 2008
Spiral is the kind of cool, high-concept television series that starts off with a bang, sputters about in a chaotic frenzy for awhile, and then gutters out in complete banality. And that’s the best thing about it. Most series that start well and end badly are only mediocre, but Spiral is actively infuriating. After three […]

FUNimation Announces ‘Romeo X Juliet’

by on May 17, 2008
During their industry panel at Anime Central in Chicago today, Senior Events Manager Adam Sheehan announced the licensing of Gonzo’s animated re-imagining of the classic Shakespeare play, with a planned release over two 12-episode sets beginning in the spring of 2009.