Episode 46: The D&D Episode. The Renaissance man Slays the Rune Soldier on Lodoss

This week we review Slayers, Record of Lodoss War, Rune Soldier and Rangiku reviews Renaissance. It’s a great show as we are very, very hyper.

Record of Lodoss War OVA – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Record of Lodoss War TV: Legend of the Heroic Knight – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Rune Soldier – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Slayers Season 1 – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Slayers Next – Download Now!
Slayers Try – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Slayers OVAs and Movie – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Renaissance – Download Now!

Show Notes

Sponsor

Anime-Wiki.org
This week’s episode is sponsored by Anime-Wiki.org: the Internet’s First Fully Dedicated Anime Encyclopedia. Visit them at www.anime-wiki.org and help encourage the successful proliferation of Anime culture to a worldwide audience!

Music

Intro – “Musuoka” by Suara from Utawarerumono
Outtro – “Neko Mimi Mode” by Dimitri in Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

Rangiku music 1 – “Expressive Girl” from Ar tonelico: The Girl Who Sings at the End of the World (Game)
Rangiku music 2 – “Green Lands” from Ar tonelico: The Girl Who Sings at the End of the World (Game)

News

Lupin Live-Action Still Coming
Producer Gerard Molen is still working on a live-action Lupin III movie via his WhiteLight Entertainment studio. David Ranes’s Austin Film Festival bio also mentions his screenplay for the film.

Black Blood Brothers Episode 1 Online
The first episode of Black Blood Brothers is now available online in streaming Windows media format (500kb and 1mb streams available) in Japanese only.

Nick to Strip Avatar
Nickelodeon has announced that its anime-styled cartoon, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” will strip 5 days a week at 6:30pm. Avatar: Secret of the Fire Nation, the 1-hour theatrical episode that screened in theaters last week, will air on Nickelodeon tonight at 8pm.

CPM to Release Anime Online
Anime available through Google Video for $1.99 a day or $9.95 and up to buy. more…

Goro Miyazaki Interview
Ghibli World has posted an interview with Goro Miyazaki from the Venice International Film Festival.

Central Park Media and Kaneva.com Launch Otaku Invitational Tournament
Contest to create Central Park Media trailer ends with $11,000 worth of prizes. more…

Ojaru Maru Creator Dead at Age 48
Rin Inumaru, creator of Ojaru Maru, jumped from her 14-story apartment building after leaving a note claiming she was no good at her job. More can be read here.

Astro Boy Film in 2009
Imagi Animation Studios will produce an Astro Boy film for theatrical release in 2009. The studio is already working on Gatchaman and WB’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.

Tachiguishi Retsuden North American Premiere
September 28 at the Vancouver International Film Festival. more…

Anime OK’d on G4TechTV Canada
This morning the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission passed a resolution allowing G4TechTV Canada to include 15% dramatic programming in their lineup. While the network has not announced any plans to air it, anime was specifically noted in the CRTC document.

Initial Voltron Sales Extremely Strong
Voltron to outperform Invader Zim in first month sales. more…

Reviews

Record of Lodoss War – 35:00
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lodoss
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=394
http://www.kashue.com/

Rune Soldier – 57:00
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rune_Soldier
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=895
http://www.jcstaff.co.jp/sho-sai/ri-shokai/riui-syokai.htm

Slayers – 66:15
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slayers
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=657
http://www.enokifilmsusa.com/library/slayers.htm

Renaissance – 27:30
http://www.renaissance-lefilm.com/accueil.htm

Episode 45: Powerpuff Panic 1/2 Sails to the Moon

This week we review Strawberry Panic, Sailor Moon, Ranma 1/2 and Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z. It’s a great show as we drink sake and eat pocky. Hooray for care packages.

Strawberry Panic – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Sailor Moon – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Ranma 1/2 Movie – Big Trouble in Nekonron, China – Download Now!
Ranma 1/2 Movie – Nihao My Concubine – Download Now!
Ranma 1/2 Seasons 1 & 2 – Download Now!
Ranma 1/2 Season 3 – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Ranma 1/2 Season 4 – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Ranma 1/2 Season 5, 6 & 7 – Even if you receive it as a gift, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.

Show Notes

Sponsor

Anime-Wiki.org
This weeks episode is sponsored by Anime-Wiki.org: the Internet’s First Fully Dedicated Anime Encyclopedia. Visit them at www.anime-wiki.org and help encourage the successful proliferation of Anime culture to a worldwide audience!

Music

Intro – “White and Nerdy” by Wierd Al Yankovich
Outtro – “Neko Mimi Mode” by Dimitri in Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

News

Whisper of the Heart Screenings in LA
Hayao Miyazaki‘s 1995 film Whisper of the Heart will screen September 23 at 3:00 p.m. at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica and September 24 at 7:30pm at the Egyptian Theater in LA.

Bleach English Dub Preview
We’ve had an early look at the English dub of Bleach, premiering this Saturday on Adult Swim; our impressions are now available, as well as interviews with the show’s two leads, Johnny Yong Bosch and Michelle Ruff.

Totoro in Finland
Hayao Miyazaki‘s My Neighbor Totoro will screen September 14-24 at the Helsinki Film Festival in Finland.

Death Note Creator Arrested for Possessing a Knife
Death Note and Hikaru no Go creator Takeshi Obata was arrested yesterday for illegal possession of an 8.6 cm (3.4 inches) knife, according to Tokyo police. He was originally pulled over for driving his car with the headlights off at 1 a.m., and reportedly said he keeps the knife in the car for when he goes camping.

Newsweek on Youtube and Haruhi Suzumiya
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is mentioned in an article about Youtube’s overwhelming popularity with Japanese viewers. According to the article, Youtube’s 6.4 million Japanese visitors last month are cause for concern with Japanese broadcasters. Youichi Ueno, a spokesman for Fuji Television Network, says that Fuji TV has 2 employees who search Youtube for illegal content and send up to several hundred removal requests a day.

A Day in the Life of Yoshitaka Amano
1UP.com has an extensive feature and video on Final Fantasy‘s Yoshitaka Amano.

New Evangelion Movies
First of Four Evangelion Movies due out Summer 2007. more…

Jin Roh on Dutch MTV
Jin Roh will air September 29 at 11:10 pm on MTV Netherlands.

Gedo Senki: 5 Weeks at #1
Miami Vice’s theatrical debut in Japan could not topple Gedo Senki, which won the box office race for the fifth time in six weeks.

Second Kino no Tabi Movie Confirmed
The official Japanese Kino no Tabi homepage has formally announced plans for a second motion picture. The 30 minute long first Kino no Tabi movie was released in 2005.

LA Times Interviews Goro Miyazaki
The Los Angeles Times has posted (free registration required) an interview with Gedo Senki director Goro Miyazaki.

Steve Irwin dies. It’s very sad.

Kumoricon ’06 Convention Report
Labor Day Weekend in Portland, Oregon was filled with sunny skies and hundreds of excited anime fans. Kumoricon 2006 held at the Red Lion on the River… more

Reviews

Sailor Moon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_moon
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=363
http://sailormoon.channel.or.jp/

Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powerpuff_Girls_Z
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=5371
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/ppgz/
http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/ppgz/

Strawberry Panic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry_Panic
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6176
http://www.strawberrypanic.com/
http://www.mediaworks.co.jp/users_s/gs/strawberry/index.php

Ranma 1/2
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranma
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=64
http://www.viz.com/
http://www.shogakukan.co.jp/english/

Illumitoon Partners with Westlake

“ILLUMITOON PARTNERS WITH WESTLAKE”

Initial Release of “Beet” Marks Westlake Entertainment’s Entry Into Anime

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“FORT WORTH, TEXAS” Illumitoon Entertainment, Ltd. announced today that it will be utilizing Westlake Entertainment Inc. for home video distribution on its new acquisitions, including “Beet the Vandel Buster” and “AM Driver.” The announcement comes on the heels of Westlake Entertainment’s announcement of the company’s repositioning in the marketplace to release first-run features, including theatrical and new title acquisitions in other key core categories.

“Westlake is a strong strategic partner for Illumitoon and we look forward to a strong launch together,” said Barry Watson, President/CEO of Illumitoon. “Westlake brings considerable home video experience including a high level of anime sales and marketing experience and shares our vision for the product.”

Tony Vandeveerdonk, VP of Sales for the new Westlake and formerly with Pioneer (now Geneon) and FUNimation states, “Illumitoon is bringing the anime category exciting new brands and content as well as a clear direction for repositioning the product in new and innovative ways. We feel the timing is perfect for Illumitoon’s entrance into the anime marketplace. We’re very excited to include them with our other premium content.” The new Illumitoon releases are initially planned to street as early as January, 2007. “We’re already in production, and are gearing up for a strong production pace,” commented Watson.

# # #

About Illumitoon Entertainment, Ltd.

Illumitoon Entertainment, Ltd. is a newly formed collaboration of business and creative professionals focused on delivering customized, quality entertainment to the North American markets. The company’s principals have more than 20 years combined experience in acquiring, producing, and distributing anime, as well as creating original productions for the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit the company online at http://www.illumitoon.com.

About Westlake Entertainment Inc.

Westlake Entertainment Inc. is a fully integrated independent entertainment distribution company focusing on the release of premium first run DVDs across several key product categories. The company also just announced it has several original film production projects in the works. Westlake owns the rights to a wide variety of visual content, including over 500 feature films and hundreds of hours of television programming. The company was originally founded in 1992 and distributes content from such labels as Cineville Films, Red Bull USA, Illumitoon Entertainment, Rigel Films and Desert Mountain Media. For more information, visit the company online at http://www.westlakeent.com.

For information: Email Charlotte Black at cblack@illumitoon.com or call (817) 800-8551.

Episode 44: Ebichu the Stampede from Trigun is the Monster of Eureka 7

Welcome back. I finally make good on my promise to update the review of Eureka 7. We also review Trigun, Monster and Ebichu. Join us as the zaniness ensues.

Eureka 7 – Download Now!
Trigun – Download Now!
Monster – Download Now!
Ebichu the Housekeeping Hamster – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – “Days” by Flow from Eureka 7
Outro – “Neko Mimi Mode” by Dimitri in Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

News

New CLAMP/Sunrise collaboration
The trailer and website for the new anime “Code Geass” is out. Check out the site here.

Rozen Maiden OVA on the Way
TBS is producing a new Rozen Maiden miniseries caled Ouberte. No release date has been announced.

Naruto, Hellsing Nominated for Quills Award
Naruto and Hellsing have been nominated for The Quills book award in the graphic novel category. The Quills is an “industry-qualified ‘consumers choice’ award” launched by Publishers Weekly parent Reed Business Information and NBC. Winners will be announced October 10 in New York City. You can vote for each category on MSNBC.com.

Jobs at Funimation
Graphic Artist, Web Design, Brand Managers more…

Monkey Punch No-Go At AnimeFest
“Due to unexpected schedule conflicts,” Monkey Punch will not attend AnimeFest (Sept 1-4 in Dallas).

MAX to Perform at Anime USA
Japanese pop group MAX will be performing November 18 at Anime USA.

Hellsing Ultimate OVA II Trailer
A trailer for the second volume of Geneon’s Hellsing Ultimate OVA is available here.

Nana Movie Sequel in December, Trailer Now
The second Nana movie will premiere December 9 in Japan. A trailer for the movie is online at the official site.

Anime Network Reaches 40 Million Homes
ADV’s Anime Network recently crossed the 40 million household distribution mark. The service is available on demand and as a linear 24/7 cable channel.

Reviews

Eureka 7 – 40:25
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4797
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eureka_7
http://www.eureka-prj.net/
http://eurekaseven.bandai-ent.com/

Monster – 52:20
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=3750
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_%28manga%29
http://www.ntv.co.jp/monster/
http://www.vap.co.jp/monster/video/

Trigun – 72:00
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=88
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigun
http://www.b-ch.com/cgi-bin/contents/ttl/det.cgi?ttl_c=396
http://www.adultswim.com/shows/trigun/index.html

Ebichu the Housekeeping Hamster – 65:50
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=859
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebichu
http://www.gainax.co.jp/anime/awaawa/ebichu/index.html

Episode 43: Fairy Princess NANA is sent into the Fushigi Yuugi by Kamisama’s Kazoku

We’ve got a great show this week. We review Fairy Princesses, NANA, Fushigi Yuugi and Kamisama Kazoku. Join us as the zaniness ensues.

Fairy Princesses – Wait until it hits the US and Netflix it.
NANA – Download Now!
Fushigi Yuugi – Download Now!
Kamisama Kazoku – Download Now

Show Notes

Music

Intro – Rose by ANNA inspi’ NANA ~Black Stones~ (NANA)
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri from Paris (Tsukiyomi Moon Phase)

News

Toei Expands Online Anime Service
Building on its Anime BB and Tokusatsu Anime Archives serivices, Toei will launch Anime BB Premium, giving Japanese users access to 40 anime titles and over 1,200 episodes. Single episodes will be 100 yen each, with value packs also available. Toei expects to bring in 600 million yen from the service next year and one billion yen in 2008.

Astro Boy Phone with “Bum-Mounted Lasers”
Japan’s OKWAP has released a heavily customized Astro Boy phone with “bum-mounted lasers.”

Rozen Maiden OVA on the Way
TBS is producing a new Rozen Maiden miniseries caled Oubertre. No release date has been announced.

Negipod Arrives in December
The so-called Negipod, a 30GB iPod with 40 preloaded Negima songs and an engraved illustration, will street in Japan for ¥54,800 (~$470).

Del Rey Dates
Del Rey will issue volume 1 of Train Man on November 7 and the first volumes of Mushishi and Kitchen Princess on January 30.

Bandai: Do Not Fansub Ghost in the Shell Film
Warns fansubbers that they are “prepared to take legal action” more…

Otaku Space Tourist Fails Physical
34-year-old Gundam fan Daisuke “Dice-K” Enomoto has been bumped from his September 14 space launch after failing a physical. He was to have dressed as Char when he took off for the International Space Station.

Voice Actor Boot Camp
Bang Zoom! Entertainment will host a one-day Voice Actor Boot Camp on September 6, October 14, and November 4. The course fee is $299.

IG’s Chevalier Debuts Online
The first episode of Production IG’s Chevalier series is now available free online.

Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Hits Theaters October 20
Robotech.com announced this weekend at Anime Evolution that Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles will receive a limited theatrical release on October 20. The DVD will be issued November 21.

Godchild Not Returning to Shojo Beat
Viz has informed us that there are no plans for Godchild (Count Cain) to return to Shojo Beat. “We periodically switch out stories to keep the magazine fresh,” explained Evelyn Dubocq, adding, “Pulling the manga from the magazine lets us put the graphic novels out more quickly.”

Venus Versus Virus Anime Announced
Reportedly Atsushi Suzumi’s moe supernatural action manga series Venus Versus Virus will be adapted into an anime television series directed by Shinichiro Kimura (Hand Maid May, Cosplay Complex, Burn Up Excess) and animated by Studio Hibari (Happy Lesson, Saber Marionette J).

Reviews

Kamisama Kazoku – 20:45
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamisama_Kazoku
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6548
http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/kamisama/

NANA – 32:45
http://animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6115
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nana_%28manga%29
http://www.tvrage.com/shows/id-10760/
http://www.ntv.co.jp/nana/

Fushigi Yuugi – 41:00
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fushigi_Yuugi
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=178
http://pierrot.jp/title/fushigi/

Fairy Musketeer Akazuki – 50:45
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/akazukin/
http://www.konami.jp/visual/akazukin/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4872

Episode 42: Rashomon the Vandel Buster wears Air Gear to fight the Psychic Force

This week we’re joined by Jake from the Hadokings again. We review Beet the Vandel Buster, Rashomon, Air Gear and Psychic Force. Come and share the Anime love.

Beet the Vandel Buster – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Air Gear – Download Now!
Psychic Force – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Rashomon – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – Coyote by Naoki with Power Sound (Coyote Ragtime Show)
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri from Paris (Tsukiyomi Moon Phase)

Contest

The winner of Batou’s contest is Sakura Haruna Jurai – the prize is a Ryo-Oki plushie.

News

Anime Pulse Wins Best Podcast Honors
The second annual Podcast Awards has recognized Anime Pulse as the internet’s best podcast in the “Cultural/Arts” category. Anime Pulse will receive its award at the 2006 Podcast and Portable Media Expo to be held on September 29-30 in Ontario, California.

China Bans Anime from Prime Time TV
Beginning September 1 more…

22,302 at Otakon 2006
Otakon 2006 attracted 22,302 attendees. Last year the convention was capped at 22,000.

Fist of the Blue Sky Anime
Comics Bunch Magazine has announced plans for an anime adaptation of Fist Of The Blue Sky. In July 2002, the ill-fated Raijin Magazine announced that a TV series based on the Fist of the North Star prequel would premiere on Japanese TV in October 2002.

AnimEigo Picks up Yawara
First new license in 5 years more…

Solid State Society Trailer
Production I.G’s clappa! website now hosts a 2:48 second trailer for the upcoming Stand Alone Complex movie, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society.

Suzumiya Haruhi Garage Kit Sells For $3,000
Livedoor News has reported that a limited edition assembled and painted garage kit of Suzumiya Haruhi originally sold for 15,000 yen ($129) recently sold on Yahoo Auctions for 340,000 yen ($2,931). Additional images of the completed model created by BUBBA & Saikorokyarameru are available here and here.

Yurisai Event Scheduled
The organizers of Yuricon will host the one day “Yurisai” event on September 29, 2007, at the Gateway Hilton in Newark, New Jersey. This one-day event will recreate the fun and intimate feeling of Yuricon’s 2005 Tokyo event, including video programming, workshops, panels, a “Yuriket” market, and the chance to interact with some of the biggest names in the yuri scene, including Rica Takashima, creator of “Rica ‘tte Kanji!?”.

4Kids Profit Falls Again
9% decline brings net income to $34,000 more…

Jetix Unveils Fall Schedule
Featuring Beyblade, Shinzo, Mon Colle Knights more…

Toonami Jetstream Soars to 9.5 Million Streams
Toonami Jetstream logged over 9.5 million streams and 725,000 unique visitors in its first month. The service offers free full length episodes of Naruto, Hikaru no Go, MAR, The Prince of Tennis, and American series like Samurai Jack and Megas XLR.

Ursula K. Le Guin on Gedo Senki
Le Guin not entirely satisfied with Ghibli adaptation more…

Negima 2 will be All-New
Negima series 2 begins Ocober 4 in Japan. The series will reportedly have a new story, rather than an further adaptation of Ken Akamatsu’s manga.

TANK S.W.A.T. 01 Translated
This past weekend, Anime Gamers celebrated the grand opning of their new store location in LA (not an additional opening, the store moved). As part of the celebration they screened some new anime, including TANK S.W.A.T. 01. According to Broccoli’s website, “It’s not our title, but Synch-Point did the translation.” (The Japanese TANK S.W.A.T. 01 DVD released in March did not include a translation).

Armor Core Anime
Animplex has announce plans to produce an OAV based on the Armored Core video game series. No details on when “Armored Core: Fort Tower Song” will be released. The official website is here.

Funimation Tentative Nov/Dec dates
Basilisk, Lupin, and more more…

Reviews

Beet the Vandel Buster
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beet_the_Vandel_Buster
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4347
http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/beet/
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/beet/

Air Gear
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Gear
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6251
http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tv/airgear/
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/airgear/

Psychic Force
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=347

Rashomon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashomon_%28film%29
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042876/
http://www.criterionco.com/asp/release.asp?id=138&eid=213&…

Episode 41: The Loveless Earthian says “Noein ni Yookoso”

We’ve got a good episode this week. We review Loveless as a birthday present to a listener. We also review Earthian, NHK ni Yookoso and Noein – Mou hitori no kimi e.

Loveless – Even if you receive it as a gift, burn the disc and piss on the ashes
NHK ni Yookoso – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers
Earthian – Download Now!
Noein ~ Mou hitori no kimi e – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers

Show Notes

Music

Opening – Tsubasa wa Pleasure Line (Minami Kuribayashi) from Chrno Crusade
Closing – Neko Mimi Mode (Dimitri from Paris) from Tsukiyomi ~ Moon Phase

News

Yoshiki, Gackt to Start Band
When answering a fan question this afternoon at Otakon, Japanese rock legend Yoshiki announced he will start a band with J-Pop star Gackt.

Go Speed Racer: Waiting for Green Light
The Wachowski brothers’s live action Speed Racer film is “on the starting line awaiting the green light at Warner Bros,” according to Production Weekly. The production has reportedly taken over the Burbank lot that was home to Bryan Singer’s defunct Logan’s Run remake.

ADV to Release Utawarerumono
ADV announced that they have licensed Utawarerumono, which will be released in North America under the name Shadow Warrior Chronicles. It is expected to be released early 2007.

Sony Opens Door to UK Anime Channel
UK regulator OFCOM has granted Sony a license to broadcast a network called Anime+.

Anime Expo 2007 Dates Announced
June 29 to July 2 in Long Beach. more…
Death Note Locks up Japanese TV
The Madhouse-animated adaptation of the Death Note manga will air October 3 at midnight on Nippon TV in Japan.

Gundam Goes Life-Sized
5-foot Gundam figures coming soon more…

Gundam/RuroKen Seiyuu Dies
Hirotaka Suzuoki, the seiyuu (e. Japanese voice actor) for Bright Noa in the original Gundam and Saito Hajime in Rurouni Kenshin, died from lung cancer this past Sunday. He was 56. He also did voice work for Dragonball Z as Tien and Ranma 1/2 as Kuno, among other roles.

Newtype Hypes Evangelion Scoop
September’s Newtype Japan advertises an “extra large scoop” on Evangelion in the October issue. Whether it is related to Hideaki Anno’s new project is unknown. The issue streets September 10.

Maison Ikkoku Drama Update
According to TV Asahi’s official website for Maison Ikkoku, Misaki Itou has been cast for the part of Kyoko Otonashi in the upcoming Maison Ikkoku live-action drama (previously reported on here, however they are still looking for a suitable actor for Godai and have sent out an open casting call for the part.

German Anime Con Next Month
Germany’s Connichi takes place September 15-17 in Palais Kassel. Among the guests of honor are Makoto Tateno and Studio Gainax.

Promos

Muffin Radio
Blood, Crack and Anime

Reviews

Noein ~ Mou hitori no kimi e
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noein
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=5887
http://www.noein.jp/

Loveless
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loveless_%28manga%29
http://animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4877
http://www.loveless.tv/

Earthian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthian
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=142

NHK ni Yookoso
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6357
http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/hikky/

Download Now

Episode 40: Odin unleashes the Dragon’s Century and Dokuro-chan on the Ragtime Show

This week is a great show. We review Bleach of course. We also review Odin: Starlight Mutiny, Dragon’s Century, Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan and Coyote Ragtime Show.

Odin: Starlight Mutiny – Even if you receive it as a present, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.
Dragon’s Century – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Coyote Ragtime Show – Download Now!

Show Notes

News

Kumiko Kato, ZZ in Vancouver
Kumiko Kato and ZZ will perform at Anime Evolution, August 19-21 in Vancouver.

New Lupin Special in Japan
Lupin the 3rd: 70s Rhapsody will air in September on Japan’s NTV network.

Nana Kitade Not Coming to NYC
The tentatively planned Nana Kitade concert on August 7 in New York has been cancelled. Kitade will still perform at Otakon and in Boston and San Francisco next month.

Witchblade Alternate Version Revealed
The official Japanese Witchblade homepage now hosts comparison screenshots of the TV version and more risque DVD version of Masane transformed state.

Sakura-Con Announces First 2007 Guests
Sakura-Con has announced that American voice actors Vic Mignogna and Doug Smith will attend the 2007 10th anniversary convention as guests of honor. The 2007 Sakura-Con will be held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington on April 6-8, 2007.

Naruto Ninjafest Kicks Off
Naruto Ninja Dome ’06 commenced today with voice actors Junko Takeuchi and Kazuhiko Inoue recording fan messages for a radio show. The 5-day festival, which attracted about 250 fans today, is held at Prism Hall in the Tokyo Dome City convention complex.

Paprika Not Coming to America This Year
Sony has informed Twitch that Paprika will not be released on October 31: “Sony is planning a theatrical release of the film in 2007 with a DVD to follow sometime after that.”

Miyazaki Declines Academy Invitation
Third time not the charm for AMPAS more…
New Info on My Otome OVA
Animate.tv has announced that My Otome Zwei, the My Otome OVA series, will debut in Japan this fall. Promotional advertising posters and banners the release will appear in select locations beginning in August.Searching the Seven Seas for Translators
Seven Seas Entertainment is looking for Japanese-to-English Translators for a “wide variety of translation projects.”

Cartoon Network/Adult Swim Schedule Recap
Series premieres in August and September more…
Full Run of FLCL on [AS] Viewer’s Choice
The winner of [adult swim]’s annual “Have It Your Way” contest has opted to have a full run of Furi Kuri (e. Fooly Cooly) this Saturday from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., among their other choices. Other anime included in the block are Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist, Trigun, Paranoia Agent and Samurai Champloo.

Toei and Disney Co-Productions Announced
Co-production agreement between Toei Animation and Walt Disney Television International Japan announced more…
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Odin: Starlight Mutiny
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odin:_Photon_Sailer_Starlight
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=704

Dragon’s Century
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=825
http://www.aicanime.com/products/dragoncentury/index.html

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokusatsu_Tenshi_Dokuro-chan
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=5094
http://www.bin-kan.com/main.php
http://www.mediaworks.co.jp/d_original/dokurochan/index.php

Coyote Ragtime Show
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6451
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coyote_Ragtime_Show
http://www.ufotable.com/coyote/

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