Let it be known that Stratos 4 is my least favorite of the four Studio Fantasia properties I’ve watched. Stratos 4 is what I can only describe as “blah.” The plot: Mikaze is an underachieving rookie on a military base. This is no ordinary base, however; its daily mission is to send fighter pilots into […]
Hayao Miyazaki set the bar perilously high for himself with 2002’s Spirited Away, winning an Academy Award and setting a Japanese box office record. The much anticipated Howl’s Moving Castle doesn’t quite measure up, but engineers a rousing fantasy adventure in the classic Miyazaki mold. Howl was written by novelist Diana Wynne Jones, though you’d […]
Godannar may not have the religious symbolism or the angst-ridden contemplations of existence that Evangelion has, but it definitely has a higher replay value as it’s a whole lot of fun. The series is a throwback to earlier mecha series that were more about hot-blooded mecha action, especially in its tone. It’s paced in such […]
Two new series kick off Geneon’s summer: Elemental Gelade comes out on June 13, 2006 with both regular and artbox editions, while Strawberry Marshmallow (aka Ichigo Mashimaro) is set to debut a week later. Other Geneon releases include the last volumes of Tenjho Tenge and Kannazuki No Miko, along with further volumes of Kamichu, Doki […]
OK, let me get this straight. There’s this anime called Arcade Gamer Fubuki, which is all about arcade games—a dying race in America—and their champion, a young girl who thrives on up-skirt shots and who has to face off against boxers and giant raptors, all from the mind of Mine Yoshizaki, the creator of Sgt. […]
Anime News Network reports that Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (founder of Japan’s Production IG studios, which has done work ranging from Kill Bill to IGPX) will be speaking at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Friday, March 24.
In (and the first half “of the neon beginning Evangelion” with that, the first half “of death and playback”), plotting was simple. In order to fight the operator (of the unit of Eva of the mechanical cable type 3), from the angel of Shinji Ikari, Rei Ayanami, and Asuka Langley Sohryu and invasion separated, to […]
Studio Ghibli has posted an article written by Masako Shimizu about her connections to Ghibli’s Tales from Earthsea movie. Shimizu is the Japanese translator of the original Earthsea novels written by Ursula K. LeGuin. (via Nausicaa.net)
Viz Media has issued a press release announcing their licensing of the Bleach anime series. Anime News Network has details.
For years Toonami has led the anime revolution and has brought titles such as Dragon Ball Z, Naruto and Sailor Moon into the American conciousness. It’s time Toonami had its own original anime series, but was it worth the wait? In the year 2049, the greatest sport in the world is the Immortal Grand Prix. […]