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"Ergo Proxy Complete" Is Good, But Not Quite As Clever As It Thinks It Is

Another one of the late, lamented Geneon’s series returns to the market courtesy of Funimation, and delivers an intriguing and moody tale of humans and androids living together in a seemingly idyllic existence. Ergo Proxy posits a future in which humanity lives in self-enclosed domed cities full of advanced technology, the most obvious of which […]

Bandai Entertainment Announces New February Titles Including "Akira" Blu-ray

The 1988 film Akira will get a Blu-ray release on 2/24/09 for $49.98, courtesy of the Honneamise label. In addition, the following DVDs are also getting February releases: * Code Geass Part 3: 2/24/09 – $39.98 (regular); $64.98 (limited edition) * Mobile Suit Gundam 08th MS Team Collection (Anime Legends): 2/24/09 – $34.98 * Mobile […]

"The Familiar of Zero": Zero For Innovation, Ten For Enjoyment

Mixing one part harem and one part magic, The Familiar of Zero is “familiar” territory (sorry), but it’s executed in a way that is strangely entertaining. Call it a guilty pleasure. Just don’t call Louise flat-chested, or you’ll regret it. The Familiar of Zero is like Maburaho and Harry Potter in a blender. In a […]

Bandai Talks "Towards the Terra" to Anime Today Podcast

The latest Anime Today podcast from Right Stuf speaks with Bandai Entertainment about the Toward the Terra TV series. Participants include Richard Kekahuna (series producer), Brian Cutts (series assistant producer), Robert Napton (director of marketing) and Anthony Foronda (marketing coordinator), who discuss the series production, release format, and more. For full details, read the press […]

"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 […]

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