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"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 […]

TZ at SakuraCon: Bandai Hypes 2005 Releases

Bandai outlined its big 2005 releases, including DICE, Please Twins, Hoop Days, Scrapped Princess, Avenger, PLANETES, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Eureka 7, at SakuraCon last week. Bandai representatives said that the company plans to make Eureka 7 a general, show-centric franchise similar to .hack. The series is scheduled for a fifty-episode […]

Bandai Licenses "Gundam SEED" Special Editions and "Gundam SEED Destiny"

In an interview with MAHQ, Jerry Chu, Marketing Manager of Bandai Entertainment, announced that Bandai has licensed the Special Edition movie trilogy of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED as well as the new sequel series, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, which is still airing in Japan. While no tentative release date was said, Mr. Chu did […]

Japan Influences U.S. Toy Market; Bandai Leads Cultural Wave

PR Newswire talks about the Japanese influence on the American toy industry and Bandai’s role in the cultural wave.

"InuYasha 2": Same Old Dog, Brand New Demons

Only a few months after the original movie’s U.S. release, InuYasha 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass arrives on DVD. Once again, this fantasy tale of demons, magic, and light romance demands an intimate knowledge of the TV series in order to follow it closely. Like the first movie, this installment sees Inu Yasha […]

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