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Bandai Acquires Namco

Bandai Co. has agreed to buy “Pac-Man” designer Namco Ltd. for about 175.3 billion yen ($1.7 billion) in cash and stock to create Japan’s second-largest maker of toys and video-game software. Bandai purchased 6.3 percent of Namco for 10.5 billion yen in cash, according to a joint statement released today. Namco shareholders will receive one […]

Noated Sets Up Auction Site for Anime

Noated.net has set up a new auction site, where collectors of anime and manga can buy, sell and trade items.

Otakon 2005 Opens Pre-registration

Otakon 2005, scheduled to take place August 19-21, 2005, has opened pre-registration. Possibly the largest Anime and Asian culture convention in the US, Otakon takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Last year’s attendance was over 20,800 visitors, and this year they have capped attendance at 22,000. At the moment that this […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing New

Howl’s Moving Castle is an anomaly. It’s a film that is at once beautiful, artistic, and stunning and yet also pandering, silly and na├»ve. Parts of it are as inspired and surreal as Spirited Away, others are jarringly dull. Sometimes the plot flows forward as engagingly as Mononoke, at other times it grows stilted, simplistic, […]

"Peacemaker" Coming to DVD May 24

ADV will release Peacemaker: The Spider’s Web to home video on May 24, the company says. The DVD-only release will include episodes 16-18 of the anime series in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include two new Character Collections plus production sketches, clean opening and closing animation, and previews. It will […]

"Zoids CC" Vol. 3 & 4:Things Get Heavy

One of the biggest cult favorites from the “Dark Ages” of Toonami, Zoids: Chaotic Century, is finally getting a well-deserved DVD release. And while the DVDs themselves aren’t much to look at on the technical side, if you’re looking for a budget title this is the longest and cheapest there is. Episodes on Vol. 3 […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" English Website Opens

The English website for Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle has been opened. The movie will debut in the United States on June 10, 2005. (via Nausicaa.net)

Preview: "Elfen Lied" Offers Bloodspray, Breasts, Cliché

Anime can do a lot—everything from poignant, realistic dramas to surreal, hyper-stylized fantasy worlds to madcap comedies. But like any medium, it’s got its share of clichés and crutches: generic evil secret organizations; nudity and violence in lieu of story and character; angst-ridden male leads; formulaic harem relationships. There are various and sundry other story […]

"Gad Guard" Vol. 2: More Gad, Less Gab, Please

Last time on Gad Guard: Hajiki Sanada and his techode Lightening were caught in the middle as tensions between the techode owners began to grow. Aiko wants everyone to just get along, Takumi wants to “do the things that must be done,” Katana wants revenge, and Hajiki just wants to keep surviving. Now, in volume […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" U.S. Trailer Online

Ain’t It Cool News has posted links to the new domestic trailer for the upcoming American release of Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. Quicktime: Small (240 x 142 37Kbs) Medium (320 x 176 80Kbs) Large (640 x 336 192Kbs) Very Large (640 x 336 360Kbs) Real Player: Small (176 x 100 42Kbs) Medium (240 x […]

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