"The Wallflower" Vol. 1: Queer Eye For the Strange Girl

by SB20xxon May 6, 2008
The Wallflower is the latest anime comedy series from Shinichi Watanabe (a.k.a. Nabeshin), whose Excel Saga is one of my all-time favorites. Unfortunately, his previous show, the musical Nerima Daikon Bros., was ultimately disappointing, despite a promising start. I’m happy to say that The Wallflower fares better, mainly because it’s not nearly as blatantly repetitive. […]

"Shuffle" Getting an End Box

by SB20xxon May 5, 2008
Thanks to better-than-expected sales of the dating sim-based anime series Shuffle, FUNimation announced that the final volume will include an artbox that will hold all six volumes. A bonus item will also be included with the box. Update 5/5/08: According to RightStuf, the sixth volume with artbox will be released on 9/9/08 for $39.98. [Source: […]

MacFarlane Sticks to Fox, Gets $100 Million Pay Day

by on May 5, 2008
Seth MacFarlane will become the highest-paid writer-producer working in TV, thanks to a new deal he has signed with Twentieth Century Fox TV, The Hollywood Reporter says. The deal, which covers his services on Family Guy and American Dad as well as upcoming projects like The Cleveland Show, will keep MacFarlane at Fox and could […]

"Alvin" DVD Sales Continue Strong

by on May 5, 2008
Alvin and the Chipmunks ranked fifth on DVD sales charts in the latest sales period, moving 287,000 units, according to To date, the film has sold 4.8 million DVD units. In the same period, Enchanted sold 101,000 units; Bee Movie sold 91,000; 101 Dalmatians sold 44,000; and Beowulf sold 18,000.

Toshifumi Yoshida Joins Bandai Production Team

by on May 5, 2008
Toshifumi Yoshida, a veteran producer of English-language anime dubs, has joined Bandai Entertainment’s production team, the company said today. He will act as localizing producer for upcoming Bandai releases. [Source: Bandai Entertainment]

Marvel Q1 2008 Profit of $45.2M; "Avengers" Movie and More DTV News

by Ed Liuon May 5, 2008
Marvel Entertainment Inc. reported First Quarter 2008 results of a $45.2 million profit (PDF format), a slight slip from the $46.8 million profit of the same period in the previous year. Some upcoming animation projects were updated in the report (compared to the Fourth Quarter 2007 earnings announcement news): Wolverine and the X-Men, Iron Man: […]

Newsarama on Nicktoons’ "Speed Racer: The Next Generation"

by Ed Liuon May 4, 2008
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has taken a look at the new Speed Racer: The Next Generation series that debuted this past weekend on the Nicktoons Network. The article mentions how strong DVD sales of the original series led to the new series and also goes into how the Animation Collective got the assignment to revive Speed […]

"Ghost in the Shell" The Individual Eleven Can’t Even Make One Good Movie

by on May 3, 2008
After the successful, if highly flawed, Laughing Man movie, based upon the first season of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, it is of no surprise to see a second movie based on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: 2nd GIG. Now, thanks to Bandai and Manga Entertainment, the latest Ghost in the […]

PR: Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment to Release Kozue Amano’s ARIA Sept 30, 2008

by Ed Liuon May 3, 2008
RIGHT STUF’S NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT to Release the Anime Adaptation of Kozue Amano’s ARIA Season One box set scheduled for September 30, 2008 GRIMES, IA, May 1, 2008 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment announced plans to release ARIA on DVD – as box sets with Japanese audio and English-language subtitles […]

Free Comic Book Day 2008 on May 3, 2008

by Ed Liuon May 3, 2008
2008’s Free Comic Book Day is today, May 3, 2008. Participating comic book retailers will be offering a variety of free promotional titles to customers. Included in the Gold Sponsor offerings are Simpsons and Futurama comics in the Bongo Comics Free-for-All! Edition (Bongo), the Transformers Animated FCBD 2008 Edition (IDW), and a 2008 Shonen Jump […]