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"Gundam SEED" Wade Through the Unexpected, Gundam!

It is rare to find a series that is so polarizing. For every person that loves Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, there’s another one who absolutely hates it and everything attached to it. From these early episodes, it’s kind of easy to see why. One of those reasons is the harsh serial format. For instance, see […]

"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 […]

Puffy AmiYumi to Appear at Otakon 2005

While time limitations won’t allow for autographs or a concert, Otakon 2005 has announced that Puffy AmiYumi will be appearing at a panel on Friday, August 19, at 7:30pm. Otakon 2005 is being held this year from August 19 – 21 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore Maryland. [Source: Otakon 2005]

"The Daichis" Vol. 3 Cashes in its Chips a Little Early

It’s a mystery why a very mediocre series like Yu-Gi-Oh! can captivate millions of children while much more creative and intelligent fare like Astro Boy and One Piece can hardly get change for a cup of joe. Given their track record, it seems unlikely that we’ll ever see The Daichis Earth Defense Family on TV […]

"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 […]

Are Pixar's Best Days Over?

CNN Money has released an in-depth examination into Pixar, whose fortunes seem to be starting a slow fall due to uncertainty over its new distributor and slower-than-expected sales on its DVD release of The Incredibles.

From Graphic Novel to Hollywood

A lengthy article in Animation World Magazine covers the growing phenomenon of graphic novels being adapted into Hollywood movies, in live-action and animated formats.

"LA Times" on the Rise of Direct-to-Video Features

An article in the Los Angeles Times follows the history of the direct-to-video feature, now beginning to achieve critical mass and substantial sales figures (free registration required). Credit for the success of the format is given to the many successful animated feature films developed specifically for home video.

"Samurai Gun" Vol. 1: Tokugawa Cowboys

Cowboy Bebop‘s stylish bounty hunters generated one of the largest and most devoted followings in anime history. This lesson was not lost on studio executives, who have been trying for some years to come up with “the next Bebop,” and although wave after wave of new anime titles continue to crash upon these shores, most […]

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