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Complete "Astro Boy" Coming to DVD

The recent remake of Astro Boy will land on store shelves with a five-disc DVD release collecting all fifty episodes of the series, including twenty-nine episodes that have not aired on Kids WB, TVShowsOnDVD reports. The March 29 release will retail for $49.95.

Playboy Does Anime

The latest issue of Playboy magazine has a short article on anime about it growing up with its audience. This February 2005 issue has, on the cover, Teri Polo of Meet the Fockers film fame. (via rec.arts.anime.misc)

"Gravion" Volume 3: Super Heavyweight God Gets an "Upgrade"

At the command of Sandman, the six pilots of the Gran Divas combine into the Super Heavyweight God Gravion to defeat the invading Zeravire. But will the team be shattered as tensions mount between the pilots? The Zeravire are launching their final battle, not to conquer the Earth, but to take down the Gran Knights. […]

Toonami.com Streams "D.I.C.E." Episode 1

The first episode of D.I.C.E., premiering on CN January 22, is currently available for online viewing at Toonami.com. [via Anime News Network]

"Hello Kitty" DVD Gets February 1 Release

ADV Films will release Hello Kitty’s Animation Theater: Once Upon A Time to DVD and VHS on February 1, Active Anime reports. The releases will be priced at $14.98 (DVD) and $9.98 (VHS).

"Burn-Up W": Burn Little Cash, Get Big Fun

Team Warrior is Neo-Tokyo’s first line of covert anti-terrorism defense. The team’s main agent is the busty, ditzy, blonde Rio, capable of turning heads with her looks and slapping cuffs on the criminals. Under the guidance of their boss, Maki, the team also includes computer whiz-kid Lilica, mad mech designer Nambel (or Nanvel, it’s never […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" Gets June Date in US

Buena Vista will release Howl’s Moving Castle in theaters throughout the United States in June of 2005, AWN reports.

Exclusive "Appleseed" Clips Online

IGN has posted two exclusive clips from the forthcoming anime release, Appleseed.

"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.

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