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Richard Kekahuna Joins Producers Guild; "Avenger" Series Gets Anime Legends Status

Bandai has announced that Richard Noboru Kekahuna has been accepted into the Producers Guild of America. In addition, the Avenger anime series has changed into Anime Legends status. Osamu Maseba, marketing manager at Bandai Entertainment had this to say: “We’re trying out the $34.98 for an entire series price point to see how well the […]

"Gundam SEED": What Are You Doing on an "Empty Battlefield," Gundam?

OK, you’ve got a mega-hit franchise that has revitalized interest in your company, you’re making tons of money off the various soundtracks, and you’re about to unleash this monstrosity overseas, with the sequel series already in production. What do you do to tide over your audience until said series debuts? Well, you take a chunk […]

"Gundam SEED Astray" Break Through the Crappy Scheduling to Freedom, Gundam!

Manga based on Gundam series are nothing new, even if we’ve only got a fraction of them here in the United States. While there have been manga stories that are supposedly set during the various series (such as The Last Outpost), very few of them effectively cross over into their respective anime series. Since Gundam […]

Bandai Gets "Magical DoReMi" Toy License

Bandai America will serve as master toy licensee for Magical DoReMi, the company announced today. The license grants Bandai America the exclusive rights for a wide range of dolls, playsets and role-play items. The toys are expected to be available in the spring of 2006. Magical DoReMi will premiere on 4Kids TV on Saturday, September […]

"Area 88": Dying for a Living

Although violent action anime is in no short supply, there is a curious shortage of titles depicting real-world warfare. After all, what could be more topical than a volatile Middle Eastern insurgency? Yes, probably not one set in the early 1980s. But, chronology aside, Kaoru Shintani’s classic aerial combat manga Area 88 has returned in […]

"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 […]

Bandai at Anime Expo 2005

Bandai has released information on what will be available at their booth at Anime Expo 2005. You can find full information on their corporate site.

"Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" Wins Major CEN Award

Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment’s Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex won the Best Anime DVD award in Canada’s National DVD Award Show, CEN, beating out Sony Pictures’ Tokyo Godfathers and anime competitor ADV Films’ Evangelion: Platinum One and Lady Death: The Motion Picture. Stand Alone Complex Volume Two was also nominated in the […]

Magical Girl: Toon Zone Talks to Saffron Henderson

Voice actress Saffron Henderson has done a lot of work, but she may be best known for her work as young Goku/Gohan on Dragon Ball Z. And what does she think of the fact that she had a central role in what just might be the single most popular anime series of all time? “Rather […]

Bandai Acquires Namco

Bandai Co. has agreed to buy “Pac-Man” designer Namco Ltd. for about 175.3 billion yen ($1.7 billion) in cash and stock to create Japan’s second-largest maker of toys and video-game software. Bandai purchased 6.3 percent of Namco for 10.5 billion yen in cash, according to a joint statement released today. Namco shareholders will receive one […]

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