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"Zatch Bell!" DVD Coming in November

VIZ Media will release the first volume of the Zatch Bell! anime series to DVD in November with a retail price of $19.98, the company says. In addition, Viz will release the first two volumes of the manga series in August with a retail price of $9.99 each. Limited quantities of the second volume will […]

"Yugo the Negotiator": The Man with the Golden Tongue

Although there are a number of anime with very original execution, most can comfortably be pigeonholed in one of the popular genres like sci-fi, comedy, romance, or horror. Which is to say, genres that are easily digestible for the core teen audience. So it is both a treat and a shock to encounter an anime […]

"Area 88": Dying for a Living

Although violent action anime is in no short supply, there is a curious shortage of titles depicting real-world warfare. After all, what could be more topical than a volatile Middle Eastern insurgency? Yes, probably not one set in the early 1980s. But, chronology aside, Kaoru Shintani’s classic aerial combat manga Area 88 has returned in […]

"Daphne In The Brilliant Blue Volume 2": A "Reunion" With Lackluster Ladies

See, this is why you always negotiate with chicks in bikinis. Maia’s the new girl at Nereid, the local odd-jobs girls in the future. Things change when Yu Park, the close combat warrior of the group returns after serving a jail sentence for injuring twenty civilians during a case. Can Maia survive amidst a punch-drunk […]

"New Getter Robo": Giant Robots in Ancient Japan!

With all the giant robot anime out there—Gundam, Evangelion, Rahxephon, Gravion, Giant Robo—you need something special to stand out from the crowd. There’s , and then there’s everything else. With New Getter Robo, it’s buckets and buckets of blood. On the last disc, our heroes Ryoma, Hayato, and Benkei were chosen by Dr. Saotome to […]

"Mermaid Forest: Quest For Death" Emo On Immortality

There is a legend that those who eat the flesh of a mermaid will gain everlasting life. Turns out the legend is only one-third true: you’ve got just as good a chance as dying or turning into a monster. Yuta, a man from centuries past, and a fifteen year old girl named Mana have both […]

VIZ Media Announces "Zatch Bell" Manga and Anime Releases

VIZ Media has announced scheduling information for the first Zatch Bell manga and home-video anime releases. The first two volumes of Zatch Bell manga will be released in August for $9.99 each. The first volume of anime will debut on November 4, featuring 4 episodes for $19.98.

"Gundam SEED" Don't Get Wet, Gundam!

The travels of the Archangel continue in the latest volume of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, this time with some fighting over the water instead of in the desert, and two characters decide to do their own version of Blue Lagoon. Oh, and the Strike gets to show off its nifty-looking bazooka. Sounds like fun! When […]

"Gundam SEED" Slice Through That Grim Reality, Gundam!

For those of you living under a rock, Gundam is the undisputed king of giant robot anime and a mainstay in Japan since 1979. Though Turn A Gundam apparently put it to rest in 1999, the series came back with a bang in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, which currently airs on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block […]

"Koi Kaze" Vol.2: Dark, Bitter, and Better Than Ever

Sales of the first volume of Geneon’s Koi Kaze did not live up to expectations, and, truth be told, I’m not surprised. Koi Kaze is a brilliant story, and the first volume sets it up well. But the setup sounds really messed up: Twenty-seven-year-old Koshiro, a sad young man fresh off a breakup and stuck […]

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