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"Midori Days" Vol. 3: A Satisfying Conclusion to a Satisfying Drama

Before I begin, let me say this: Midori Days, despite what many people on the Internet claim, is not a zany comedy with gut-busting laughs every minute. Oh sure, it has some funny moments in each episode, most of them awkward and/or imaginary. And yes, it begins as more of a comedy: the general weirdness […]

"Hanaukyo Maid Team" Vol. 3 Kind of Messy

The newest maid anime in a long line of maid anime has reached its conclusion. But you wouldn’t know from watching it. In fact, the third and final disc of Hanaukyo Maid Team had me scrambling for information on when the next volume was coming out. Sadly, however, a fourth volume just isn’t in the […]

Japan's Oldest Anime Uncovered

A Japanese anime film believed to have been made shortly after 1900 has been uncovered in Kyoto. The film was discovered in a Kyoto home and later handed to Natsuki Matsumoto, an expert on iconography at the Osaka University of Arts. Both he and animation historian Nobuyuki Tsugata of the same school believe that the […]

"Daphne in the Brilliant Blue": No Real Need to "Getaway" This Time

Maia Mizuki’s the star of Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, right? If that’s true, she’s had remarkably few breakout scenes in the series, outside of the premiere and two or so spotlight episodes. Either way, I’ve been decidedly more interested in the tanned beauty Gloria, intrigued by the nerdy techie Shizuka, wowed by the martial […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" to Receive Hollywood Film Festival Award

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Howl’s Moving Castle will be receiving the Hollywood Animation of the Year Award at the Hollywood Film Festival’s Awards Gala on October 24. The same referring article at Nausicaa.net also reveals the role that My Neighbor Totoro‘s theme song “Sampo” (Stroll) played in the space shuttle Discovery‘s latest mission.

"Howl's Moving Castle," "My Neighbor Totoro" DVDs Scheduled for Spring 2006 Release

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro are scheduled for a Spring 2006 release on DVD, according to a trailer on Disney’s website for the Studio Ghibli DVD collection.

"Stroker and Hoop" Needs Puppets, And More Talking Car

I remember when the first promos for the pilot episode of Stroker & Hoop aired. Since the actual animation wasn’t finished yet, the guys and gals at Williams Street decided to make some early promos using paper puppets to simulate the actual plots. Now the actual show has arrived with its actual animation, and it’s […]

"The Place Promised in Our Early Days": A Modern Animated Classic

Toon Zone is reviewing some of the films screened at this year’s Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival. The Place Promised in Our Early Days is in competition in the feature film category. This is a review of the US DVD version. Makoto Shinkai, prior to The Place Promised in Our Early Days, was best […]

Anime Sales Fall in Japan

The Japan External Trade Organization says that anime market sales in Japan fell 10.4% to 191.2 billion yen in 2003 from a 2002 high, AWN reports. Box office revenues for anime features fell 53% between 2001 and 2003, and sales of anime DVDs fell 5.5% between 2003 and 2004.

Navarre Ups Deacon to President

Navarre Corp., parent of anime-distributor FUNimation, has named Cary Deacon as president and chief operating officer, the company says. [Source: PR Newswire]

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