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Totoro Appears at Southern Japan Bus Stop

by Ed Liuon January 21, 2008
A 43-year old Japanese man has erected a statue of Totoro at a bus stop in the city of Sankai in the Nagasaki prefecture (original Japanese article with picture here). Yoshiyuki Yamamichi constructed the statue out of scrap materials “to improve the image of the area.” Thus far, no Catbus has stopped to pick up […]

Animex Festival Coming to Teesside in February

by on January 21, 2008
The University of Teesside will host the Animex International Festival during the week of February 4, GazetteLive.com reports. The festival, which celebrates both animation and computer games, will include speakers representing Sony Pictures Imageworks, DreamWorks, Pixar, and Toonranch Consulting. Surf’s Up and Finding Nemo will be among the films screened at the gathering.

ICv2 Interviews FUNi CEO Gen Fukunaga

by SB20xxon January 21, 2008
ICv2 hosted a two-part interview with FUNimation CEO Gen Fukunaga, where he discussed the state of the R1 anime industry. Specifically, he addressed the possibility of season sets for initial releases, demographics, live action projects in the pipeline, and how to shrink the time gap for licensing a new series. The interview can be read […]

"The Slayers": Welcome Back, Dragon Spooker

by on January 21, 2008
You know, out of all the genres that make up anime, fantasy seems to be the most underused. Sure, series involving magic have gotten a boost thanks to Harry Potter, but most are like Negima or Maburaho, taking place in the present day. Very few anime series are based on the classic sword and magic, […]

"Aqua Teen Hunger Force": Still Gross, Still Great

by on January 20, 2008
It’s been awhile since I watched Aqua Teen Hunger Force regularly. That’s not a knock against the show and I never lost my taste for it—I just spent most of the last year living outside the US without cable or a regular internet connection. I also missed the feature film, and don’t remember the last […]

Max Fleischer Getting Spotlight at Anima 2008

by on January 19, 2008
The films of Max Fleischer will be showcased at Belgium’s Anima 2008 festival, which runs from February 1st through the 9th, AWN reports. Fleischer’s work will be represented with a collection of short films and two features. The festival will also include a look at Polish animation and showings of Le Chevalier d’Eon and The […]

PULSE News Talks to Alan Burnett About Justice League in Comics and "The Batman"

by Ed Liuon January 18, 2008
Comicon.com’s PULSE News has interviewed writer Alan Burnett about his brief stint writing DC Comics’ Justice League of America, comparing the experience to his job writing for animated shows like Static Shock and The Batman. Burnett notes how his animation writing got him the job writing the comic, how he and regular series writer Dwayne […]

"The New Adventures of He-Man Volume 1": Fighting Mutant Slime in a Future Time

by on January 17, 2008
The G.I. Joe and He-Man franchises have a lot in common. Both launched new toy lines in 1982, TV series in 1983, and feature films in 1987. Both are today fondly remembered 80s pop culture icons, and both, reportedly, are due for feature film revivals. And each one has a black sheep in the family: […]

Kennedy Center Hosts Anime Premieres in February

by on January 17, 2008
The Kennedy Center will host a series of anime screenings as part of its Japan! Culture + Hyper Culture program in February. “Genius Party” and “Genius Party Beyond” on February 15 and 16 will present a series of anime films, including Genius Party, Shanghai Dragon, Deathtic 4, Doorbell, Limit Cycle, Happy Machine, Baby Blue, Gala, […]

Head to Imaginationland with "South Park" on DVD (Updated 1/17)

by Dan Collinson January 17, 2008
“Imaginationland”, the 3 part episode of South Park drew huge ratings, and now the trilogy is coming to DVD according to tvshowsondvd.com. Comedy Central and Paramount will release the “Imaginationland” Trilogy extended and uncensored in March 2008. No word on bonus features or cover work. Updated January 17: Tvshowsondvd.com has the cover art for South […]