"Baki the Grappler" Vol. 4: More Animated Pain

by on January 6, 2006
When I first heard about Baki the Grappler, I wasn’t too interested. My first look at the series, volume 2, didn’t change my perception all that much, either. But volume 3 gave me hope that the series was going to get much, much better and exceed my expectations, and volume 4 continues that trend. Last […]

FUNimation Announces New Titles For April and May

by SB20xxon January 6, 2006
While FUNimation does not have any new series to launch during April and May, it has several further volumes for many of their longer-running series. The company plans to release new installments of Baki the Grappler, Case Closed, Dragon Ball Z, Fullmetal Alchemist, Kodocha, and others. has details.

Geneon Announces New Titles For May and June

by SB20xxon January 6, 2006
The Law of Ueki, a comedy shounen series dealing with a supernatural competition between junior high students to attain god status, is slated to debut with its first volume on May 17, 2006. The DVD will run for 100 minutes (4 episodes) and will retail for $19.98 MSRP. Other currently running Geneon series set for […]

Nick U.K. Comes to Freeview

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
Nickelodeon U.K. is launching a preschool programming block on Freeview through its sister family channel The Music Factory (TMF), C21Media reports. The two-hour block will take the same name as Nickelodeon U.S.’s preschool digital offering–Noggin–and will become available this month on all platforms. The block will feature programming from Nickelodeon’s preschool channel Nick Junior.

Germany Makes Way for "Noddy"

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
Chorion has licensed the CGI animation Make Way for Noddy to Nickelodeon Germany for broadcast this spring, World Screen reports. Chorion plans to rollout the Noddy consumer website ( in Germany later this year.

RTVE Gets "Clifford"

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
Icon Animation has sold fifty half-hours of Scholastic programming to public broadcaster RTVE, World Screen reports. The deal includes twenty-five half-hours of Clifford and twenty-five half-hours of Clifford’s Puppy Days.

DC Comics Announces Additions to the New York Comic-Con Line-Up

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
DC Comics today announced that ten renowned creators will join the growing roster of celebrities and comic book creators slated to appear at the upcoming New York Comic-Con. The artists and writers added to the show include Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Dean Haspiel, Phil Jimenez, J.G. Jones, Adam Kubert, Andy Kubert, Douglas Rushkoff, Brian K. […]

ADV Films Announces New Titles For March

by SB20xxon January 5, 2006
Roughly 1.5 years after being licensed, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie is being released by ADV Films. Originally (and unofficially) entitled UFO Princess Valkyrie, the first volume of the series will be released on March 7, 2006, with a runtime of 100 minutes (4 episodes) and a suggested retail price of $29.99. In addition, further volumes of […]

Cartoon Network and Kids WB to Sponsor Sports Illustrated "Next Snow Search"

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
Cartoon Network and Kids WB have signed on as official sponsors of the 2006 Sports Illustrated For Kids “Next Snow Search.” Now in its third year, the “Next Snow Search” program is a season-long quest to find the best kids, ages 9-13, on skis and snowboards. The annual search comprises more than 70 competitions at […]

Shortage of Skills Hits Animation Industry

by Zeddon January 5, 2006
Business-Standard takes a quick look at the shortage of skills within the animation industry.