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"Hanaukyo Maid Team" Vol. 3 Kind of Messy

The newest maid anime in a long line of maid anime has reached its conclusion. But you wouldn’t know from watching it. In fact, the third and final disc of Hanaukyo Maid Team had me scrambling for information on when the next volume was coming out. Sadly, however, a fourth volume just isn’t in the […]

Japan's Oldest Anime Uncovered

A Japanese anime film believed to have been made shortly after 1900 has been uncovered in Kyoto. The film was discovered in a Kyoto home and later handed to Natsuki Matsumoto, an expert on iconography at the Osaka University of Arts. Both he and animation historian Nobuyuki Tsugata of the same school believe that the […]

"Stolen Lupin": Lupin's Better Half

There are some iconic fictional characters that we unquestioningly come to accept as the best in their fields. Nobody throws a punch like Rocky, nobody swings a lightsaber like Darth Vader, and James Bond, well, nobody does it better. Until now the same could be said for Lupin the Third’s amazing aptitude for thievery. However, […]

"Daphne in the Brilliant Blue": No Real Need to "Getaway" This Time

Maia Mizuki’s the star of Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, right? If that’s true, she’s had remarkably few breakout scenes in the series, outside of the premiere and two or so spotlight episodes. Either way, I’ve been decidedly more interested in the tanned beauty Gloria, intrigued by the nerdy techie Shizuka, wowed by the martial […]

"InuYasha: The Movie 3" Screening at Wal-Marts

VIZ Media and Revolution Marketing have developed a 92-seat, state-of-the-art, mobile movie theater. To coincide with the release of InuYasha, The Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler, the theater will travel to one Wal-Mart in each of 15 cities, giving Wal-Mart the opportunity to host a theatrical premiere of a DVD title they will […]

"Dora" Marathon Precedes "Diego" on Nick Jr. September 6

To coincide with Nick Jr.’s premiere of Go, Diego, Go! on September 6 at 8:00pm (ET/PT), the network will air a Dora the Explorer marathon that same day from 9:00am – 2:00pm (ET/PT). The marathon will include the debut of a never-before-seen episode entitled “Dora and Diego to the Rescue!” at 1:30pm, where Dora and […]

Nickelodeon Online Introduces Animated Messaging Product

This week, Nickelodeon Online is debuting NickMail Maker on Nick.com, a new animated messaging product for kids. Composed of email, instant messenger and animation applications, NickMail Maker allows kids to communicate with one another using messaging technology that enables them to make their own animation. NickMail Maker includes a kid-friendly dictionary, offering more than 7,500 […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" to Receive Hollywood Film Festival Award

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Howl’s Moving Castle will be receiving the Hollywood Animation of the Year Award at the Hollywood Film Festival’s Awards Gala on October 24. The same referring article at Nausicaa.net also reveals the role that My Neighbor Totoro‘s theme song “Sampo” (Stroll) played in the space shuttle Discovery‘s latest mission.

Pixar's Joe Ranft Killed in Car Accident

News outlets are reporting that Pixar’s Joe Ranft was killed on Tuesday in a car accident. Ranft was riding in a vehicle which veered off the road and fell 130 feet before landing near the mouth of the Navarro River. In addition to working on stories and storyboards on Pixar movies, Ranft also voiced Heimlich […]

NYT on the State of Webcomics

The New York Times has examined the state of webcomics (free registration required), noting controversies within the comic book field about the subject, the convergence of comics and animation in many of the best webcomics, and availability issues with webcomics today. The article is drawing fire in the webcomics community, with the most detailed and […]

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