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"Fighting Spirit" Vol. 2: An Uppercut of Pure Boxing Action

Sports anime. Perhaps the only anime genre more neglected than shoujo in the U.S. I’ve always wondered why that was, and I think Fighting Spirit may have answered the question: though it may be beautifully done sometimes, it’s fairly targetted material. You’ve got to be into the sport in question for it to really hit […]

ADV Anime Available from Sprint via CellToons

Users of Sprint PCS Vision mobile phone service are now able to subscribe to CellToons, a new service which publishes one- to three-minute animated shorts from a variety of content creators, including ADV Anime and the Vancouver Film School. CellToons content is provided by Thumbworks and is available for $4.95 a month.

Hayao Miyazaki Interview in "New Yorker"

An interview with Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle) appears in this week’s issue of the New Yorker magazine. The interview is not available on-line, but a Q&A session with the interviewer is on the New Yorker website. Discuss this news on the Anime Forum. (via Nausicaa.net)

"Ghost In the Shell" Sequel Gets Special Screening

Bandai Entertainment and Manga Entertainment will host a special screening of two episodes from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig at the Tokyo International Anime Fair on February 7. The Fair will be held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel [Source: Bandai Entertainment]

"InuYasha 2": Same Old Dog, Brand New Demons

Only a few months after the original movie’s U.S. release, InuYasha 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass arrives on DVD. Once again, this fantasy tale of demons, magic, and light romance demands an intimate knowledge of the TV series in order to follow it closely. Like the first movie, this installment sees Inu Yasha […]

"Parasite Dolls": Infectious Action or Deadly Dull?

In the not-too-distant future of Parasite Dolls, androids called “Boomers” live among us. Some do our chores, some run our radio stations, others… well, they randomly go on killing sprees in Genom City. Enter Basil “Buzz” Nikvest and his Boomer ally Rod. Together they’re off to figure out why these Boomers are going kaboom in […]

A Bewildered Advance Look at "Gantz"

You’ve just died. Or so it seems. One second you’re running for your life from a speeding subway train, the next you’re in some weird room with a couple of yakuza, an elementary school teacher, a politician with cancer, a couple of quiet teenage punks, a dog, and a very ominous-looking, very large, black ball. […]

"Wandaba Style" Stars To Chat Online

AnimationHQ will host an online chat with the stars of ADV’s Wandaba Style anime series on Friday, January 7, at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT. Monica Rial, Kira Vincent Davis, Nancy Novotny, Hilary Haag, and voice actor/series director John Swasey will appear during the moderated event. For instructions on how to reach the chatroom, visit AnimationHQ’s Current […]

FUNimation Giving Away "DBZ: Cell Games" DVD Set

FUNimation is holding a Dragon Ball Z Cell Games Giveaway at its website. One winner will receive a complete Dragon Ball Z Cell Games Starter Set including individual DVDs: Ultimatum, A Moment’s Peace, Guardian’s Return, The Games Begin, Surrender, Earth’s Last Hope, Awakening, Sacrifice, and Nightmare’s End. [Source: FUNimation]

Cartoon Network Ratings Report for 12/27 to 1/2

Following its record-setting prime time and kids’ total day performance in 2004, Cartoon Network launched into 2005 with a 41% prime time ratings increase and a 42% delivery jump among kids 6-11, according to Nielsen Media Research. Kids 2-11 and tweens 9-14 delivery and ratings also saw improvement in prime time, thanks primarily to the […]

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