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"Freedom" Blu-ray Boxed Set: It's Not Always Nice. But It's Awesome.

I am sure it caused no small amount of anguish at Bandai Visual when Toshiba threw in the towel on HD DVD, since they had placed an early bet on the format with Freedom, a hard-science-fiction story about a futuristic city on the moon that was released in six hybrid DVD/HD DVD volumes (read my […]

Media Blasters Announces New February Titles Including "Moribito" Vol. 3

Two new titles are coming out in February 2009 from Media Blasters: * Moribito Vol. 3: 2/10/09 – $24.99 * Night Head Genesis vol. 3: 2/17/09 – $21.99 In addition, Doujin Work is being released on 2/24/09 in a version bundled with a volume of the manga. It is priced at $24.99. [Source: RightStuf ]

"Shinobi: Heart Under Blade" Soars Above Expectations

Four hundred years ago in Japan, the Tokugawa shoguns rule the land, leading to a time of peace. But there are still two clans of ninjas with a burning desire to fight. The shoguns have deemed them weapons: not civilians but swords. These two clans, the Kouga and the Iga, have been forced into an […]

Bandai Entertainment Announces New January Titles Including "GITS Innocence" Blu-ray

A number of new titles have been announced for January ’09 releases from Bandai Entertainment: * Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence: 1/13/09 – $19.98/$29.98 (limited edition) * Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Blu-ray): 1/13/09 – $39.98 * Gundam SEED Destiny TV Movie 4: 1/13/09 – $29.98 * Gundam SEED Destiny Collection 1 (Anime […]

"Rozen Maiden Traumend" Vol. 2: Dolls Are Serious Business

While I had mixed feelings with the first Rozen Maiden series, it had a unique concept and something of an open ending, so I was interested in eventually seeing how the sequel concluded things. (I say “eventually” because Geneon collapsed right as Traumend was beginning, meaning this series got delayed by a whole year!) Happily, […]

Media Blasters Announces New January Titles Including "Ah My Buddha"

Two anime titles will debut on 1/27/09 from Media Blasters. The first is a brand new license, Ah My Buddha (also known as Amaenaideyo! in Japan), a supernatural harem comedy from 2005. Its first volume runs 100 minutes and costs $29.99. It will have a dub. The second is Doujin Work, a 2007 comedy series […]

Bandai Entertainment Announces New December Titles Including "Ghost Slayers Ayashi"

Ghost Slayers Ayashi makes its North American DVD debut on 12/2/08. It will be released in a partial season set for $39.98 (or $64.98 for a limited edition w/artbox). Clamp School Detectives also makes its debut on the same date; the complete collection is priced at $49.98. Further volumes of the following are also coming […]

NYAF2008: Digging into Anime's American Success with "Japanamerica"

The “Japanamerica” panel was one of the last of the 2008 New York Anime Festival on Sunday afternoon. The description said that author Roland Kelts would “share the raw experiences that were the basis for his book, Japanamerica,” but the end result stretched well beyond that. When time was up, the small but rapt audience […]

NYAF2008: Top Talent Talk "Voice Actors and the City"

Saturday afternoon was voice actor time at the 2008 New York Anime Festival, with the Voice Acting and the City panel, bringing together New York City’s finest voice acting talent to talk about their work. The first panelists to arrive were Mandy Bonhomme (Komaki in Kujibiki Unbalance, Juri in Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Mimi and […]

NYAF2008: Harmony Gold's Kevin McKeever Gets Bowled Over by "Anime in China"

On Saturday afternoon at the 2008 New York Anime Festival, Harmony Gold’s Marketing Coordinator Kevin McKeever hosted a panel titled “Anime in China.” This turned out to be a slightly deceptive title, since the panel really focused on McKeever’s trip in May 2007 to the 3rd Annual China International Cartoon and Animation Festival (CICAF) in […]

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