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"MoonPhase Vol.1 with Box": Great, Yet Problematic, Yet Still Great

by Karl Olsonon October 14, 2006
Moe – A Japanese slang-word used by otaku to describe something that’s cute but also quasi-sexual. Usage: MoonPhase (originally known as Tsukuyomi Moon Phase) is moe. Extremely moe. From the Gothic Lolita via Lolita Complex character design to the very concept of an eternal teenager, its moetastic even. Of course, one might wonder whether anything […]

Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Officially Announced for 2007 Release

by Bird Boyon October 13, 2006
Those expecting the Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo DTV to hit DVD before years end will be disappointed, as the DVD release won’t hit shelves until February 6th, 2007. It is unknown if the DTV will receive a repeat airing on Cartoon Network (it aired on September 15th) in the mean time. Release Information Announce […]

Bowie goes to Bikini Bottom

by Dan Collinson October 13, 2006
The Sci-Fi Wire reports that Rock Star David Bowie will appear in a future episode of Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants. Bowie said that his 6-year-old daughter loves the show, and she’s a huge fan. Bowie will play a character called Lord Royal Highness. The episode will be out next year.

"Frisky Dingo": Surprisingly Funny And Worthwhile

by Karl Olsonon October 13, 2006
As some of you might know, I hate Sealab 2021. Well, starting in season 3 at least, and more specifically, starting with episode SB0033, “Tornado Shanks.” This is in fact a matter of public record, as I did a commentary for that episode, and it was included with the Season 3 DVD. Thus, one might […]

VIZ Media Announces New Pokémon DVDs, Manga, and Activity Books

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
VIZ Media has announced a flood of new Pokémon material coming to store shelves this holiday season. Top on the list is the Pokémon Season One Boxed Set, containing all 26 episodes of the first season that introduced fans to Ash and Pikachu. The boxed set will be available in November 2006 with a suggested […]

Press Release: VIZ Media Announces a Variety of New Pokémon Materials

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES A VARIETY OF NEW POKÉMON ANIMATED SERIES AND MANGA TITLES TO DELIGHT FANS THIS FALL New Releases Make Fun Gift Selections For The 2006 Holiday Season San Francisco, CA, October 12, 2006 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, […]

"Little Mermaid" Sells 4 Million DVDs in 1 Week

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Platinum Edition 2-disc DVD set has sold over 4 million copies in its first week of release. The sales make it the top-selling animated DVD debut in October. The movie was also available as a digital download from the iTunes Store for $12.99; Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment Bob Chapek stated […]

Dark Horse Announces New "Gremlins" Products

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
Dark Horse Comics has announced vinyl figures and a PVC figure set based on Roald Dahl’s Gremlins, with release dates in November and January, respectively. Dahl’s Gremlins was illustrated by Walt Disney animation artists and was to be an animated feature film until the project was shelved. Read the full press release here.

American RadioWorks Looks at "Japan's Pop Power"

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
American RadioWorks has just aired a segment titled “Japan’s Pop Power,” examining the impact of Japanese exports on pop culture, including anime and manga. The segment speaks to American manga fans, Japanese cultural experts, convention organizers, and the impact of anime and manga internationally. A transcript of the segment is available, as is an MP3 […]

Anime Network Signs Subscription Video-on-Demand Deals with Insight, RCN, Cogeco

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2006
The Anime Network has just signed three new cable TV networks to offer their subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service. Insight Communications and RCN will begin offering the service in the United States in September and October, respectively, while Cogeco’s Ontario cable TV systems will begin in November.