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"Devil Hunter Yohko" Coming to DVD in February

ADV Films will release Devil Hunter Yohko: The Complete Collection to DVD on February 8 in a new three-disc thinkpak box set, the company said today. The DVD-only release, priced at $39.98, will contain all five episodes of the series along with “Devil Hunter 4-Ever!”, a collection of Yohko-inspired music videos presented in Japanese 2.0 […]

"Martian Successor Nadesico" Vol. 1: Marginally Successful, or Massively Surprising?

The Jovians, lizard-like aliens who have attacked and decimated Earth’s base on Mars, have their sights set on attacking Earth. Who else can defend the planet but Nergal’s High Mobile Battleship Nadesico? Given that the main pilot of Nadesico’s mecha is a sentai-watching assistant chef who doesn’t want to actually fight, the commander a love-struck […]

FUNimation Steps Up "Lupin" Releases

FUNimation plans to release one Lupin movie every two months in 2005, the company said today, with Dead or Alive scheduled for release on February 22. FUNimation has also recently updated its LupinThe3rd website. Separately, Animated Bliss reports that FUNimation will release Dragon Ball Z: Great Saiyaman Starter Set to DVD on March 15 with […]

'Yu Yu Hakusho' Kicks It Up in 'Born Anew' and 'Three Kingdoms'

Yu Yu Hakusho DVDs have been hitting the shelves for over a year now, and two of the latest, Volume 26: Born Anew and Volume 28: Three Kingdoms are now available. The series is now a decade old. Can these episodes still enthrall new viewers with their animation and storytelling? The short answer is “yes.” […]

Anime Network Draws Interest from Cablers

A Beta Research survey says that Anime Network is scoring high interest among cable operators, placing third after NFL Network and College Sports Television among cable operators with more than 25,000 subscribers, Anime Network says. The survey of 151 cable operators was designed to measure provider interest in adding emerging or digital networks in 2005. […]

Manga Market Grows in 2004; Anime Market Flat

A report on ICv2.com states that the manga market grew by 40-50% in 2004 due to increasing bookstore sales, while the anime market was flat for the same time period. The on-line article also names the top 10 manga and anime properties last year. Their results are printed and analyzed in their annual in-depth report […]

"Gregory Horror Show" Vol. 1: Just Think Square-Headed Hitchcock

The Sci-Fi Channel may have stopped running The Twilight Zone in the afternoon, but if Gregory Horror Show, a strange computer-animated release from Geneon, is any indication, the symbolic, abstract, and, of course, campy style of science fiction Rod Serling’s masterpiece epitomized is still alive and well in Japan. Though the DVD case makes the […]

Viz Merges with ShoPro Entertainment

VIZ, LLC, has announced a merger with ShoPro Entertainment, another publishing company that specializes in licensed anime adaptations. The as-yet-unnamed new company will become the largest manga producer in the US. Management promises to leverage their collective strengths into a brand-building synergies to produce at least six more business buzzwords in addition to significant market […]

The Misfits Have Their Day in "Cromartie High School"

“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” – Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” Cromartie High School. A harsh place filled with delinquents, punks, brutes and other riff-raff. A school so rough and tumble that if you drop your pencil on the floor someone will pick it up and eat it. A school so surreal its […]

"Petite Princess Yucie Vol.1": FLCL for the Kids

Gainax, the long-time mavericks of the anime industry, have done it again. This is a company whose series have rewritten the playbook for anime (Nadia, Evangelion, FLCL and Ebichu) and radically changed the Japanese game industry with its daughter-raising simulator Princess Maker, which effectively launched bishoujo (pretty girl) games into the mainstream in Japan. Now […]

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