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"Ultramaniac Vol. 1": Authentic, Energetic Shoujo For Kids

Magical Girls. Mahou shoujo, as they might say in Japan. The concept, at least in anime, is nearly fifty years old. As such, it’s hard to imagine that there’d be much life left in it. There have been girls with swords, batons, cards, compacts and probably almost every other object under the sun. The heroines […]

"Constantine": Hellish Fun and Heavenly Extras

Constantine tells the story of irreverent supernatural detective John Constantine, who has literally been to hell and back. When Constantine teams up with skeptical policewoman Angela Dodson to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists in parallel versions of contemporary Los […]

More "Gatchaman" Releases in August

ADV Films will release Cromartie High School: Mount Rockmore, Madlax: The In-Between and Maburaho: The Witching Hour to DVD on August 16, the company said today. August 16 will also bring three Gatchaman releases, including a three-disc collector’s box. Gatchaman 3: Icebergs & Africa will feature episodes 13-18 of the series in both English 5.1 […]

Nick Airing Three Movies This Summer

This summer Nickelodeon will air three animated movies based on its All Grown Up, Danny Phantom and My Life as a Teenage Robot series, the network said today. In the one-hour All Grown Up: Dude, Where’s My Horse, Tommy and the gang light out to a dude ranch. It will air on Saturday, July 16, […]

"Yu-Yu Hakusho: King Urameshi" says "OFF WITH HIS HEAD!"

On Yu-Yu Hakusho, Volume 30: King Urameshi Yusuke Urameshi is no longer Spirit Detective of Earth. He’s now King of one-third of Demon World, where he has to maintain peace between the three Kingdoms. The other leaders, Yomi and Mukuro, know that Yusuke’s realm has just suffered a great loss and are ready to attack. […]

"Samurai Gun" Gets August DVD Release

ADV Films will release Samuari Gun: Cocked and Loaded to DVD on August 16, the company said today. The DVD-only release will feature the first four episodes in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include production sketches; an original English trailer; special “Fun with Audio” segment; clean opening and closing animation; […]

DreamWorks Cancels Stock Offering, Lowers Profit Estimates

DreamWorks Animation SKG has cancelled a secondary stock offering and lowered its earnings estimates, the company said today. The studio now expects to lose between seven and nine cents a share during the second quarter of 2005, and it lowered its annual earnings expectations to between eighty and ninety cents a share. The company has […]

"As Told by Ginger": Slow Times at Junior High

Animators have long concentrated their attention on boys … Sorry, that sounds like a Michael Jackson reference. Anyway, animation has usually focused on the young male audience, and it’s only in the last few decades that cartoons specifically targeting girls have become prevalent. Perhaps it was assumed girls bought fewer toys or were more literate. […]

DVD Collection Is Fun But Not "Fantastic"

The four-disc Fantastic Four: The Complete 1994-5 Animated Series DVD set is a mixed offering giving us both the best and worst of Marvel Animation. Thankfully, a fantastic (pun intended) second season makes up for a wretched, laughably horrid first season. But much like the first season of this cartoon, the DVD extras fall incredibly […]

McDuffie Discusses The Complexities of "Justice League Unlimited"

With the current season finale of Justice League Unlimited in high gear, writer and story editor Dwayne McDuffie has his hands full. Besides the heavy planning already going into the next thirteen episodes, he’s making sure the current finale story-arc flows smoothly. McDuffie says that a lot of work has gone making sure this finale […]

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