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"MoonPhase Vol. 1 with Box": The Cute But Bratty Vampire Girl Strikes!

by on October 14, 2006
There are four things which will please any true fanboy (or perhaps fangirl): Mecha, cute girls (or boys), catgirls and vampires. Well, take away the mecha and you have one of FUNimation’s newest series MoonPhase. Eh, well, I guess you can take away the catgirl, since Hazuki’s not really part cat, she just wears the […]

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

by on 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 […]

"Flushed Away" Interview #1: Andy Serkis

by on October 14, 2006
I had the good fortune to head over to DreamWorks recently and speak to several of the key creative folks involved with the making of the DreamWorks/Aardman collaboration, Flushed Away, which premieres Nov. 3. In one of three interviews that we’ll premiere over the coming weeks, Andy Serkis, voice of the sinister yet ineffectual henchrat […]

"Thinking Animation" Disney Presentation Available for Download

by Ed Liuon October 13, 2006
Angie Jones and Jamie Oliff, authors of Thinking Animation: Bridging the Gap Between 2-D and CG, have posted a QuickTime movie of an hour-long presentation given on September 26, 2006, at the Disney animation studios. Participants in the presentation include animators and producers Floyd Norman and Richard Taylor, animation historian Jerry Beck, and Jones and […]

Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Officially Announced for 2007 Release

by on 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 on 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 […]

"Kodocha Vol. 9": Unbreakable Chain of Cookies

by on October 13, 2006
Sana’s recent installment reminds me perhaps too much that I’m a teacher. I LOVE Sana, don’t get me wrong. She’s wacky, crazy and the most positive person on television. But when her class goes World War III on each other, it reminds me of my day job. Our first view of Sana in this volume […]

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, […]