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How To Ruin TV Animation In Seven Easy Lessons

I’ve been watching cartoons for over twenty years now. The period that began fifteen years ago is universally referred to as a “renaissance” in the American animation industry. In the United States alone, there are six all-animation outlets (Cartoon Network, Toon Disney, Nicktoons, Boomerang, Anime Network, and Locomotion [a channel I can guarantee you’ve never […]

"Avenger: Complete Collection" Coming in October

Avenger: Complete Collection will be released on a three-disc DVD collection with a retail price of $29.98, Animated Bliss reports. The set will hit shelves on October 25.

"DearS": "1st Contact," But It's Not "Star Trek"

One year ago, our planet was invaded by aliens. Never heard about it? It happened in Japan’s Tokyo Bay. They weren’t threatening to take over the world, though, so there was no need to get Will Smith and a Macintosh to take them down. They’re just creepily hot babes. Creepy? No, they don’t have slimy […]

"His And Her Circumstances": When Shows End Too Soon

From the people who brought you the existential giant robot show Neon Genesis Evangelion (coming to an Adult Swim near you!) comes a story about love, honor, sacrifice, revenge, and a whole lot of destruction. Qualify the level of destruction to “confined within a Japanese high school,” and that’s a pretty accurate description of His […]

"Fafner": Feel the Angst While Drinking Your Bebop Cola!

What happens when you take the plot of Neon Genesis Evangelion, add some really messed-up giant robots, get a character designer coming off his peak, a popular new JPop artist, and enough angst to fill up the entire United States? Well, you get Fafner: Dead Aggressor, that’s what. Life was good on Tatsumiya Island. Kids […]

"Maburaho": Magical Time Bomb

Welcome to a world where magic is commonplace. Everyone has a set number of spells they can cast in their life. Most have a couple of thousand and can use them liberally. But not Kazuki Shikimori—at the moment he has only eight spells to his name. That wouldn’t be such a problem if it didn’t […]

Anime Festival Announces Guest Line Up

Tony Oliver, Steve Yun and Tom Bateman will be attending Anime Festival Orlando 6, festival organizers said today. Other guests slated to appear at the convention include Chris Sabat, Bob Bergen, Michael Richard Dobson, Lex Lang, Sandy Fox, Steve Bennett, Doug Smith and Jan Scott-Frazier. The festival will be held from August 5-7 at the […]

"Steamboy": Fantastic Journey to Yesterday's Tomorrow

These days we take it for granted that major anime features will get a nationwide theatrical run in the U.S. This was not the case in 1989, when renowned manga artist/writer Otomo Katsuhiro’s cyberpunk classic Akira took the art house circuit by storm. Nearly twenty years later, he has finally returned to the director’s chair […]

Animex Festival Solicits Entries

The Animex International Festival of Animation is soliciting entries for the 2006 Animex Awards, to be held in Middlesbrough, England, in January, Computer Graphics World reports. Details can be found at www.animex.net. Deadline for entry is October 1.

"Stellvia Foundation IV": The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi Anime Still Delights

The previous volume of Stellvia of the Universe concluded with our heroine, Shima Katase (known by her fellow spaceship pilots as Shipon), and her friend Kouta Otoyama fending off a possible apocalypse via the secret, super-powered mecha Infi stashed at Space Station/Academy Stellvia. Anyway, with that little event out of the way, and with it […]

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