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"Maburaho" Vol. 4: Back to the Crapper Again

I had high hopes after the last volume of Maburaho. It wasn’t groundbreaking or anything, but episode 12 gave me hope that the series would finally pick up. Now I’ve seen volume four and I’m ready to give up. Last time, Kazuki ended up using his final 2 spells and turned into a ghost. The […]

"Maburaho" Vol. 3: Decent Drama, About Damn Time

It’s another volume of the decent-but-generic magic harem romantic comedy show Maburaho, but wait! What’s this? A semi-original character arrives? And some dramatic moments happen? Could the show possibly be getting 0 gasp – good? In an effort to increase Kazuki’s spell count, Kuriko takes him to an out-of-the-way hot spring designed to restore magical […]

"Maburaho" Vol. 2: Magic? Check. Mayhem? Check. Fun? Check Back Later.

Nowadays it seems as though every anime not based on an old movie/toy series or a shonen manga is a harem romantic comedy. Generic stuff with slight twists to try to stand out. Case in point: Maburaho. Kazuki Shikimori, a student at Aoi Academy, has magical powers. But there’s a catch: he can only use […]

"Incredibles," "Polar Express" Pick Up Grammy Nominations

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been released, and two animated feature films have picked up nominations in the Film/TV/Visual Media category. The Incredibles picked up a nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album and “Believe” by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri from The Polar Express picked up a nomination for Best Song.

Fox/Blue Sky Set for "Horton Hears a Who"

Twentieth Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios have begun prepping the 3D-animated Horton Hears A Who, with Robots story consultant and former Pixar animator Jimmy Hayward CO-directing with Robots art director Steve Martino, AWN reports, citing Variety. A spring 2008 release is currently scheduled.

Nickelodeon Acquires GoCityKids.com

Nickelodeon has acquired GoCityKids, an online city directory and resource for both visiting and local families. PR Newswire has more.

Warner Bros. & Televisa Sign Output Deal

Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD) has signed a long-term free television output deal with Mexico’s largest commercial television broadcaster, Grupo Televisa. The deal covers the free television rights to Warner Bros.’ feature film output including such films as Batman Begins and Scooby Doo; the renewal of television series currently under license; new series for […]

National Academy of Sciences Criticizes Toons Marketing Junk Food

A report by the National Academy of Sciences has sharply criticized the marketing practices of the food and beverage industries, especially the use of popular cartoon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants and Shrek to sell junk food to children. The report recommends Congress take action to restrict marketing practices if the food companies do not act […]

'Justice League' and 'Batman Beyond' Get Season Set Treatment in March (Updated)

Update (12/8): Special features for Batman Beyond added. Warner Brothers Home Video has officially announced both Justice League and Batman Beyond box sets for a March 21st release. Both sets will contain each show’s entire first season. Full details and cover art is below. Justice League: Season 1 Synopsis: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, […]

"Labyrinth of Flames": Thanks Japan, This is More Like It

Labyrinth of Flames is a severely underrated comedy anime. As a big fan of Excel Saga, I’m not surprised I enjoyed it. But over the last year of comedy anime, I’ve been disappointed more times than I care to admit. With the exceptions of Full Metal Panic: FUMOFFU, Kodocha, and Cromartie High School, pretty much […]

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