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NYCC: VIZ Media Announces Uncut "Naruto" Box, "Full Moon" DVD

At the New York Comic-Con, VIZ Media announced an uncut Naruto boxed set to be released on July 4, 2006. The set will include 13 episodes on 3 DVDs, with complete English and Japanese language soundtracks and several extras which have not been released in the U.S. or Japan. They also announced a Full Moon […]

"Dragonball Z" Huzzah! The End of the Filler!

After training for five straight discs, we’ve finally come to the end of the line. The heroes finish off their training (or for some, just start), the bad guys of the arc finally arrive and things are ready to kick things into high gear. When we last left our heroes, Piccolo had just started training […]

Adult Swim Mid-February Ratings

Adult Swim returned to ranking #1 among ad-supported cable for monthly total day delivery of adults 18-24, men 18-24 and men 18-34, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. The late-night service also topped all other basic cable networks for the number of telecasts that ranked among the week’s top 50 programs with adults […]

"Dragon Booster" Tons of Unlived Potential

When Disney created Jetix for its ABC Family and Toon Disney channels, the star players on the block were Digimon and Power Rangers. Unfortunately, only one of those had new episodes being made (at the time), and one show does not an action block make. Dragon Booster is one of Disney’s first efforts in airing […]

"Enchanted" May Revive Hand-Drawn Animation at Disney

A report at Jim Hill Media is deducing that Enchanted, a new hybrid animated/live-action movie, will resurrect the currently moribund Disney hand-drawn animation division. Hill states that the movie, which features an animated fairy-tale princess flung into live-action modern-day Manhattan by an evil queen, will use traditional hand-drawn animation for its fairy-tale segments. Prior reports […]

LeSean Thomas Talks "Boondocks" TV Show

This week’s Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com features LeSean Thomas, co-director of the Boondocks animated series on Adult Swim. Thomas discusses his path from comics to animation, his animation influences, and his upcoming projects in animation and comics. Other features in the column include an article about Dougal, an upcoming CGI film from the Weinstein […]

IDW Teases Big "Transformers" Event

IDW Publishing Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall has released a single image to promote a new Transformers series or event coming in July 2006.

"Kaleido Star" New Wings, New Characters, New Goodness

Kaleido Star is an odd little release. Instead of the usual world-in-danger, bloody martial arts, fast-paced shooters, or high-tension sports storylines, this series is basically an anime version of the Barnum and Bailey circus, except without all the animals. After greatly enjoying the first series, I highly anticipated the second season, entitled Kaleido Star: New […]

The Economics of Otaku via Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune has published an article about otaku (“fanboy”) culture in Japan and the growing impact their lifestyle is having on the Japanese economy. The article also addresses the psychology behind one particularly fervent anime collector and how the growing otaku population both mirrors and affects Japanese society as a whole.

Washington Post Covers Katsucon

The Washington Post has published an article covering the 12th annual Katsucon, a manga/anime convention held in Washington, DC, this past weekend. The article goes into the origins of manga and anime, current hot trends, the diversity in the audience, and the cosplay phenomenon.

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