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"Robin Hood: Most Wanted Edition" Misses the Mark as a Film

by Ed Liuon December 29, 2006
Robin Hood is one of the world’s truly enduring fictional characters. The outlaw who robs from the rich to give to the poor has always had obvious popular appeal, and Robin’s roguish charm and wily intelligence place him alongside classic trickster figures of myth and folklore. The thief and his merry men have been film […]

"Rumbling Hearts" Vol. 1: Falling In Love Again …

by Chad Boninon December 29, 2006
Haruka likes Takayuki. Takayuki likes Mitsuki. Mitsuki’s best friend is Haruka. Shinji likes women in general. These four friends, in their high school days, have only two major worries: college entrance exams and matters of the heart. With Mitsuki’s prodding, Haruka finally confesses her love to Takayuki. With their high school days coming to a […]

"Rumbling Hearts" Vol. 1: Compelling, Depressing, Excellent

by Karl Olsonon December 29, 2006
You know, visual novel-based animes normally have quite a surreal if not unsettling perspective on love. If you’re lucky, it’s something simple like “the main romantic interest moved from town to town during his childhood and teenage years, resulting in a trail of missed chances at romance” (Sentimental Journey), but you can just as easily […]

"Sonic the Hedgehog" Comes to DVD [Update: Release Date, Coverart, and Extras]

by Dukeon December 29, 2006
TVShowsOnDVD is reporting that all 26 episodes of the ABC Saturday morning edition of Sonic The Hedgehog will be released on DVD in 2007 thanks to Shout! Factory. No other information was released. Update: TVShowsOnDVD has the coverart and extras listed. The release date has been revealed to be March 27, 2007.

"Suzumiya" Web Site Includes Voice Actress Poll UPDATED: Yuki Poll Added

by Benon December 29, 2006
A hidden link on the U.S. site for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya leads to samples of what are presumably prospective voice actresses for the character of Mikuru Asahina, and a public poll. [via Anime News Network] UPDATE: The site now also includes a poll for the character of Yuki Nagato, again with four English-language […]

Bandai Announces March Titles and Delays

by Dukeon December 29, 2006
March brings a new title, as Bandai announces the first volume of .hack//ROOTS. The title will contain 5 episodes and will be released on March 20, 2007. The regular volume will retail for $24.98, while the Starter Set, which includes a T-shirt, artbox, CD Soundtrack, and a demo of .hack//G.U., will retail for $59.98. Bandai […]

Geneon Announces New March-July Titles + Delays

by Classic Speedyon December 29, 2006
March brings us Ayakashi Samurai Horror Tales – Castle Tower Story, Ergo Proxy (vol. 3, also w/limited edition), and The Law of Ueki (vol. 6). In April, expect the first volume Black Lagoon on 4/10/07. It will contain four episodes and retail at a MSRP of $29.98. Also available in April will be Elemental Gelade […]

Manga Launches New Anime DVD Magazine In The UK

by Grant Whiteon December 28, 2006
Manga UK, in partnership with Hachette Partworks, will be releasing a new 50 part magazine/DVD series entitled Manga Force. Each fortnightly issue will include a DVD of a Manga licensed title, including Ghost in the Shell, Akira, and the Evangelion films.

Cinematical on Cartoon Oscar Lobbying

by Ed Liuon December 28, 2006
The Cinematical weblog is reporting on Hollywood studio efforts to lobby for the 2006 Best Animated Film Academy Award. Writer Jennifer DeFilippo notes that the increased number of releases and the continued success of Happy Feet over Casino Royale at the box office has led to studio lobbying comparable to live-action Oscar efforts. (via Heidi […]

NY Times on Savion Glover’s Lack of Credit for "Happy Feet"

by Ed Liuon December 28, 2006
The New York Times discusses tap-dancer Savion Glover’s role in the hit CGI-animated film Happy Feet, and the lack of recognition of his part (registration required). Glover is a famed Broadway tap-dancer and Sesame Street alumnus who was motion-captured to provide the dancing for Mumble, the lead penguin of the movie, but is largely unrecognized […]