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"Strawberry Marshmallow OST": An Electronic Melancholy Beneath the Sweet Surface

by on July 12, 2006
Strawberry Marshmallow is a cute show and the soundtrack for it is no exception. However, it’s interesting to note that in amongst the sugary sweetness there is a surprising array of electronic music influences. There is just a touch of pathos alone with the cuteness, and ultimately, that not only grounds the music in a […]

"Strawberry Marshmallow Art Book": Certainly Cute, But It Could Have Been Cooler

by on July 12, 2006
Even the most niche anime shows can often release an art book or two. However, because a lot of shows didn’t have much in the way of promotional art, or they didn’t really do a lot in the character design process, sometimes they can end up a little thin. The Strawberry Marshmallow art book (or […]

ICv2.com Names 10 Most Powerful People in Anime Industry

by Ed Liuon July 12, 2006
ICv2.com has posted their list of the 10 most powerful people in the anime industry, as taken from their recently published ICv2.com Retailer’s Guide to Anime and Manga #15. Number 1 on the list is Gen Fukunaga, President & CEO of FUNimation Entertainment, followed by John Ledford, CEO of ADV Films; Kim Manning, Programmer Adult […]

Comedy Central Airs Controversial "South Park" Episode Again

by Dan Collinson July 12, 2006
E! Online reports that Comedy Central is airing the controversial South Park episode “Trapped in the Closet.” The Emmy-nominated episode, which makes fun of the Church of Scientology, was pulled from the schedule in March. It will return to Comedy Central on July 19.

"Negadon: The Monster From Mars" Attacks Texas

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2006
A news flash from Katy, Texas, a suburb of Houston, reports that an attack by a giant, extra-terrestrial monster is imminent. Negadon: The Monster From Mars is scheduled to touch down at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, July 12, 2006, at the Alamo Mason Park Cinema, along with Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek and Cat Soup. Details […]

Press Release: "Negadon: The Monster From Mars” Attacks Texas

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2006
“NEGADON: THE MONSTER FROM MARS” ATTACKS TEXAS The Award-Winning “Negadon,” “Kakurenbo,” and “Cat Soup” Are Set To Play At Alamo Mason Park Cinema New York, NY (July 10, 2006) – Leading North American anime publisher Central Park Media announced today that its highly anticipated computer-generated monster movie Negadon: The Monster From Mars along with Kakurenbo: […]

Angelina Jolie Joins Cast of "Kung Fu Panda"

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2006
DreamWorks Animation has announced that Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has joined the cast of Kung Fu Panda, a CGI-animated comedy slated for release in May 2008. Jolie will play Tigress, a martial-arts master who will aid in training Po, the title character voiced by Jack Black. Other cast members include Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, and […]

Press Release: Angelina Jolie Joins Cast of DreamWorks’ "Kung Fu Panda"

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2006
ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNER ANGELINA JOLIE JOINS THE CAST OF THE HIGH-KICKING DREAMWORKS ANIMATION COMEDY “KUNG FU PANDA” DreamWorks Animation announced today that Academy Award®-winning actress Angelina Jolie will join Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman and Ian McShane in the cast of the computer-animated comedy “Kung Fu Panda.” The film will reunite Jolie and […]

Monster Master: Jun Awazu on "Negadon"

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2006
There are monster movie fans all over the world, but not many will commit years to create their own computer-animated movie, let alone pioneer new techniques in CGI to do it. Luckily, Jun Awazu isn’t a typical monster movie fan. Born on June 4, 1974, Awazu completed a degree in Japanese-style painting before trading an […]

NY Times on "The State of the Art of the Anime Dub"

by Ed Liuon July 10, 2006
The New York Times examines the art of dubbing anime in an article published in the Sunday Arts & Leisure section (registration required). The article covers the gamut of challenges that face anime dubbers, including language and cultural translation issues, casting, “matching the flaps” of Japanese dialogue in an English translation, and generating chemistry between […]