NYAF2008: "State of the Anime Industry" Panel Report

by Ed Liuon September 29, 2008
The annual “State of the Anime Industry” panel was held on Sunday afternoon at the 2008 New York Anime Festival. In attendance were Ken Iyadomi, President and CEO of Bandai Entertainment; Christopher Macdonald, owner and Editor-in-Chief of Anime News Network; Kevin McKeever, Marketing Coordinator for Harmony Gold; and Adam Sheehan, Senior Events Manager for FUNimation […]

"Avatar the Last Airbender" The Complete Book 3’s Flawed Triumph

by Ed Liuon September 28, 2008
Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way first. If you already own the first two boxed sets of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender, you don’t really need me to tell you that the Avatar the Last Airbender Complete Book 3 Collection is an obligatory purchase. If nothing else, you need to know how […]

NYAF2008: Top Talent Talk "Voice Actors and the City"

by Ed Liuon September 28, 2008
Saturday afternoon was voice actor time at the 2008 New York Anime Festival, with the Voice Acting and the City panel, bringing together New York City’s finest voice acting talent to talk about their work. The first panelists to arrive were Mandy Bonhomme (Komaki in Kujibiki Unbalance, Juri in Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Mimi and […]

NYAF2008: Harmony Gold’s Kevin McKeever Gets Bowled Over by "Anime in China"

by Ed Liuon September 27, 2008
On Saturday afternoon at the 2008 New York Anime Festival, Harmony Gold’s Marketing Coordinator Kevin McKeever hosted a panel titled “Anime in China.” This turned out to be a slightly deceptive title, since the panel really focused on McKeever’s trip in May 2007 to the 3rd Annual China International Cartoon and Animation Festival (CICAF) in […]

NYAF2008: Hideyuki Kikuchi and Yoshitaka Amano Talk "Vampire Hunter D"

by Ed Liuon September 27, 2008
In 1983, the first Vampire Hunter D novel debuted in Japan. Soon afterwards, it was adapted for anime, soon becoming one of the first exports to the United States. Its following has never abated, with new novels still coming out and the anime gaining new fans all the time. The 2008 New York Anime Festival […]

NYAF2008: Oliver, Hebert, and Blum with Bandai and Aniplex at "Gurren Lagann" Panel

by Ed Liuon September 27, 2008
The New York Anime Festival played host to 3 of the voice actors from the new series Gurren Lagann: Tony Oliver (who also serves as the voice director), Kyle Hebert, and Steve Blum. Also in attendance were Bandai producer Toshifumi Yoshida and Hiroe Tsukamoto of Aniplex of America. During the panel, Oliver said that they […]

"Superjail": Visually Insane But Comedically Average

by Karl Olsonon September 27, 2008
Adult Swim originals, even to this day, are often exceedingly low-budget affairs with stiff-as-a-board, Flash/After-Effects animation. Sure, there are a few highlights like the visually rich Boondocks and co-productions like Family Guy and American Dad, but the 11-minute shows don’t typically get smooth animation. That’s not at all been a bad thing, as the writing […]

Paul Newman 1925-2008

by Dan Collinson September 27, 2008
The Associated Press reports that legendary Oscar-winning actor Paul Newman died on Friday from complications of lung cancer at his home in Connecticut at the age of 83. A 10-time Oscar nominee, his film credits include Hud, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, and his major role as Fast Eddie […]

Briefly: Japan’s Manga-fan PM; Eco-Bunnies Contest; ICv2 VP on Anime on TV

by Ed Liuon September 27, 2008
* Taro Aso, the “cool old dude” of Japan’s political establishment and self-professed manga fan, has been elected as Japan’s 59th Prime Minister. [Daily Yomiuri Online] * Travelocity is launching a contest to name its animated Eco-Bunny mascots; submissions may be made through November 7, 2008, on the Eco-Bunnies website. [CBS Marketwatch] * Right Stuf’s […]

PR: Right Stuf’s Anime Today Discusses State of Anime on TV with ICV2 VP Tom Flinn

by Ed Liuon September 26, 2008
Right Stuf’s ANIME TODAY Discusses the State of Anime on TV with V.P. Tom Flinn Webkare, Swinging Popsicle, reviews, contests & more in episode 76! GRIMES, IA, September 26, 2008 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Tom Flinn,’s vice president of content, to episode 76 […]