Episode 68: Kekkaishi vs. Tokyo Majin InuYasha

This week it’s just the unholy trinity. We review Kekkaishi, InuYasha and Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpucho: Tou. It’s a wacky time and we unload lots of opinions about InuYasha.

Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpucho: Tou – Download Now!
InuYasha – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Kekkaishi – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.

Show Notes


Intro – Aoki Flamme by Yoko Takahashi from Pumpkin Scissors
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


AnimeFF Scammer wanted by the FBI
Four months ago, the FBI put out a press release touting an indictment against two men for internet auction fraud. One of the two men mentioned in the FBI’s press release has a familiar name: Aaron Edward Ecker.

First Look at Claymore Anime
GA Graphic has published an article on the conclusion of dialogue recording for the first episode of the Claymore anime television series. The article includes the first released screenshots of the upcoming anime adaptation of Norihiro Yagi’s manga.

Geneon Licenses Karin
According to Geneon’s Website, they have acquired Karin and are set to release volume 1 on May 15.

New Kite Anime Announced
The Arms Corporation anime studio has formally announced that Yasuomi Umetsu, the creator and director of the Kite OVA series, will helm a new anime titled, “Kite Liberator.”

Sky Girls TV Series Announced
The official Sky Girls homepage has published an announcement confirming that the 2005 OVA will be further developed as an anime television series.

2 Meter Tall EVA Unit 01 Figure For Sale
Since February 17th, visitors to Kotobikiya’s Radio Hall location in Akihabara have been able to check out the biggest (literally) addition to the world of Evangelion merchandise: a giant model of the Unit 01 robot from the series. The figure itself is manufactured by Akiyama Studio for Gainax. The figure measures 2 meters 9 centimenters (over 6 feet 9 inches) in height and retails for over 1 million yen (10,000 US Dollars). The figure is currently on display only at Kotobikiya. The store is maintaining displays of Evangelion merchandise in anticipation of the new Evangelion movies, the first of which hits theatres in September. Images of the figure can be found here.

Keiichi.net Radio Announces Online Dance contest
Keiichi.net Radio will host The JRHorse Side Project Poster Model Contest to recognize anime fans that enjoy expressing themselves through dance. Contestants in anime themed costumes dance and/or demonstrate their physical flexibility on video which will be hosted online. The best performers will receive a custom-made remix CD by Keiichi.net Reload’s DJ Celes and a $100 gift certificate for the J-List online store. The Side Project Poster Model Contest is now open for entries. Submissions are due by Sunday, April 8th. Please visit the competition’s official site for specific rules and entry guidelines.

First Evangeliwon Shin Gekijouban Teaser Trailer Released
The official Yahoo Japan webpage for the upcoming first “Evangelion New Motion Picture” hosts executive director Hideaki Anno’s official confirmation that the film will be released theatrically on September 1, and the film’s first teaser trailer. The streaming trailer does not contain any footage from the anime.

Osamu Tezuka Exhibit in San Francisco
Asian Art Museum of SF to hold exhibit starting in June

Funimation Controls US Anime Market for 6th Straight Year
According to Nielsen Videoscan data collected from 2001 to 2006, Funimation has been the anime market share leader for the sixth consecutive year, controlling 23.2% of the market.

Studio Ghibli Lines up Art Staff for New Film
Famed background artist and Studio Ghibli veteran Kazuo Oga visited the Ghibli office earlier this month to discuss working on Hayao Miyazaki’s next film. The title of the new film is expected to be revealed in March.


Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kenpucho: Tou



Episode 67: Sumomo mo Gargoyle mo Kimi wa Petto

This is a good week. We’ve got lots of folks around, and we review Sumomo mo Momo mo, Yoshinaga-san’chi no Gargoyle and Kimi wa Petto. Be sure to tune in!

Sumomo mo Momo mo – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Yoshinaga-san’chi no Gargoyle – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Kimi wa Petto – Download Now!

Show Notes


Intro – Hero’s Come Back by NobodyKnows+ from Naruto – Shippuden
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


Anime on iTunes
Anime News Network has confirmed that an announcement will be made later this week about the availability of North American licensed, English dubbed anime on iTunes (US downloads only). Individual episodes will be sold for an “affordable price,” in the standard iTunes download to own, DRM protected format. This will be the first time that full episodes of anime are available on iTunes for the North American market.

New Evangelion Movie Premieres September 1
Director Hideaki Anno has announced that the first new Evangelion movie will premiere September 1 in Japanese theaters.

Gainax and Animate Introduce Evangelion Drinks
On April 12th, fans of the legendary Gainax series Shin Seiki Evangelion (Neon Genesis Evangelion) will have the chance to “drink” the anime as well as watch it. Gainax, Movic and retail store Animate have announced that they will be selling special cases of Neon Genesis Evangelion soft drinks. The drinks can be purchased at Animate stores or from the EVA store on the Gainax website.

Japanese Government: “Promote Anime and Manga”
On February 9th, the Japanese Government announced the second 5 year agenda for the promotion of Japanese Culture in other nations. Among the top priorities outlined in the plan, one is to increase the amount of cultural exchange between Japan and other nations – an effort in which Anime and Manga will play a significant role.

Dororo Records Third Straight Japanese Box Office Win
The live action film based on Osamu Tezuka’s Dororo manga is once again the winner of the Japanese box office weekend, marking the film’s third straight win since its debut.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Dub Cast Announced
The English dub cast, and ADR director for Bandai’s upcoming release of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, has been announced in The Adventures of the ASOS Brigade: Episode 002, which was uploaded to the ASOS Brigade website last night.
ADR Director – Eric P. Sherman
Haruhi Suzumiya – Wendee Lee
Mikuru Asahina – Stephanie Sheh
Yuki Nagato – Michelle Ruff
Kyon – Crispin Freeman
Itsuki Koizumi – Johnny Yong Bosch
Ryouko Asakura – Bridget Hoffman
Tsuruya-san – Kari Wahlgren

New Anime Series Sites Opened
Right Stuf has opened its official English language homepage for the domestic DVD release of To Heart. Viz has opened its official English language homepage for the Death Note anime television series.

Idolmaster Xenoglossia Trailer Released
Japanese multimedia site @nifty now hosts a 90 second streaming trailer for the upcoming Idolmaster Xenoglossia anime television series. The trailer is available in small and large resolution versions.


Sumomo mo Momo mo

Yoshinaga-san’chi no Gargoyle

Kimi wa Petto

Episode 66: Anime FF, or the scam that stole xmas

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This week we have a different sort of show. We go through news and review Bleach. Then we give over the rest of the show to an interview with Adam, the man behind theOtaku.com. He takes us through how Anime FF ran a scam to defraud the Susan B. Korman Breast Cancer foundation. Listen in.

Show Notes


Intro – XTC by Psychic Lover from Witchblade
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


theOtaku.com suspends news reporting
Adam over at theOtaku.com has suspended normal reporting in order to break the story behind Anime FF and Anime Tour for the Cure.

Sakura-Con Announces Four New Guests
Seattle, Washington based Sakura-Con has announced four new guests who will attend this year’s convention: Hideyuki Kurata, Kouta Hirano, Yashuhiro Nightow and K.T. Gray.

World Cosplay Summit 2007 to be Held in Nagoya
The 2007 World Cosplay Summit will be held this summer in Nagoya, Japan. This year’s event will feature teams from Brazil, China, Italy, Thailand, Germany, Singapore, France, Mexico, Spain, and Japan. A Brazilian team won the 2006 title.

Split Infinity Anime Film in the Works
The anime adaptation of Piers Anthony’s Split Infinity series will be a film, according to Anthony’s site. He originally announced the adaptation on his site in October.

Switch Manga, Rin Yoshi Accused of Plagiarism
Shueisha suspends the publication of all manga by Rin Yoshi

Bandai Entertainment Licenses Tide-Line Blue and My-Otome
Bandai Entertainment has sent out a press release announcing that they have acquired My-Otome and Tide-Line Blue. The first volumes will be released in June and summer respectively. At Anime Expo 2006, Bandai Entertainment announced that they were in negotiations for the license to My-Otome.

Kadokawa to Sell BitTorrent Films in US
Over 200 titles, including The Ring

Sunadokei becomes TV Drama
Live-action adaptation of Ashihara Hinako manga comes to Japanese TV

First screenings of 5 Centimeters per Second Announced
Latest feature from director of The Place Promised in our Early Days debuts on March 3rd in Shibuya

Hellsing OAV Episode 3 Delayed
Production on the third Hellsing OAV episode is behind schedule, delaying its release until later this year. It was originally scheduled for a February 9 release in Japan.

Episode 65: Conan and Ray, the Get Backers

Welcome back. We’re officially old enough to retire. This week we review Ray the Animation, the Detective Conan Live Action OVA and Get Backers.

Ray the Animation – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Detective Conan Live Action – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Get Backers – Download Now!

Show Notes


Intro – Peach Headz Addiction by Breath Frequency from Black Lagoon
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


Normally there would be news here, but since ANN is down. Not this week.


Ray the Animation

Detective Conan Live Action

Get Backers

Episode 64: Ghost in the Shell Memories face Ragnarok

This week we’re a bit zany. We review Shuffle! Memories, Ragnarok The Animation and everything Ghost in the Shell. Join us and revel in the wacky.

Shuffle! Memories – Even if you receive it as a present, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.
Ragnarok The Animation – Even if you receive it as a present, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.
Ghost in the Shell Movie 1 – Download Now!
Ghost in the Shell Movie 2 – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 1 – Download Now!
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: 2nd Gig – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes


Intro – Shangri-La by Angela from Soukyuu no Fafner
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


TokyoPop to Publish Juuni Koki Novels
According to an article from The Comic Book Bin, TokyoPop has licensed and plans to distribute the Juuni Koki (e. The Twelve Kingdoms) novel series that inspired the 45-episode anime of the same name. The series is planned to span seven novels with the first, Sea of Shadow, set to be released in March. This will be Tokyopop’s first hardcover novel of its new Pop Fiction line.

Gedo Senki Wins Raspberry Awards
According to an article from ANN, Goro Miyazaki’s debut film, Gedo Senki (e. Tales of Earthsea) was the recipient of the 2007 Bunshun Raspberry Award from the Shukan Bunshun. The award, much like America’s Golden Raspberry Awards, exists to recognize what critics in Japan to be the worst film of the year. In related news, Miyazaki also received the Raspberry Award for Worst Director of the Year.

Shinobi Movie Coming to Theatres
According to an article from ANN, the Shinobi: Heart Under Blade movie licensed by FUNimation will be making its way to theatres starting January 31. The movie is an adaptation of Futaro Yamada’s famous book, The Kouga Ninja Scrolls, from which the manga/anime Basilisk also takes its base. Click the link for a list of theatres.

FUNimation Snags Ragnarok the Animation
According to an article from AnimeNation, FUNimation has announced that they have acquired Ragnarok the Animation for distribution in America. The 26-episode series is set to start coming to DVD this fall. Click the link to check out the official site.

FUNI Acquires Shuffle, Aquarion, My Santa
FUNimation has announced that it has acquired the rights to distribute the Shuffle, Aquarion and Ken Akamatsu’s My Santa anime in North America. Shuffle is set to start being released this summer, while Aquarion and My Santa are set to be released in the fall.

Live-Action Mushishi Film Receives Distribution Offers
Live-action film based on the manga making a big splash at Sundance

I.G Posts About Ghost in the Shell Movie in English
Production I.G has updated their English website with the announcement over their agreement to represent Kodansha in negotiations towards the production of a live-action Ghost in the Shell movie.

Solid State Society in July
Manga Entertainment has stated that Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society will be released on DVD on July 3, 2007. According to Manga, reports that it would be released on Blu-ray were incorrect.

NHK Anime World Announces Broadcast Dates for New Anime
Times announced for Denno Coil, Kaze no Shojo Emily and Seirei no Moribito

Fox Subpoenas YouTube for User Details
Twentieth Century Fox has been granted a subpoena against YouTube for the identity of a user who uploaded episodes of The Simpsons prior to the episodes’ premiere on Fox. More details are available from Google Watch.

Denver Anime Club Celebrates 25 Years
25th Anniversary Meeting to Feature Old Favorites

Paprika Coming to Theatres in May
According to an article from ANN, Satoshi Kon’s latest movie, Paprika, will be making its way to US theatres May 25. The movie, a psychological thriller revolving around Atsuko “Paprika” Chiba, will have a limited release in select cities stateside. You can visit the official site, which hosts a trailer, by clicking the link.

Hentai Featured in Upcoming Ben Affleck Movie
Adult Source Media has announced that three of its pornographic movies, including the anime Daiakuji, will be featured in the upcoming Hollywood movie, Smokin Aces, starring Ben Affleck, Jeremy Piven and directed by Joe Carnahan.

FUNi Grabs Suzuka
According to an article from ANN, FUNimation has announced that they have acquired the Suzuka anime for American distribution. The manga is currently being distributed by Del Ray Manga and there are reportedly “talks of cross promotion” in the works. The series is set to come to DVD this spring.


Shuffle! Memories

Ragnarok The Animation

Ghost in the Shell

Episode 63: Sci-Fi Gargoyle wa Pretty Cure the Musical

Welcome. This week we review Sci-Fi Harry, Yoshinaga-san’chi no Gargoyle, Futari wa Pretty Cure and the Live Action Utena musical. It’s a great show, so check it out.

Revolutionary Girl Utena: Musical – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Sci-Fi Harry – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Yoshinaga-san’chi no Gargoyle – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Futari wa Pretty Cure – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for Crackers.

Show Notes


Intro – Bravin’ Bad Brew by Riryka from Venus Versus Virus
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


Hare+Guu Television Broadcast Scheduled
The Hare+Guu television series will air five nights a week at 10:30PM (EST) on the FUNimation Channel beginning January 29th.

Production I.G. Enters Negotiations for Live-Action Ghost In The Shell
Production I.G. meeting with movie studios in Hollywood to develop live-action film

AnikiCon Cancelled
Germany’s AnikiCon has been cancelled due to lack of interest. The event was to be held April 6-8 in Bonn.

May 5 is Free Comic Book Day
IDW’s Transformers live action movie prequel comic and Tokyopop’s Choose Your Weapon sampler and are among the selections announced for this year’s annual Free Comic Book Day. The event will be held May 5.

Domo-Kun Premieres This Fall
This fall Nickelodeon will premiere Domo-Kun, a series of 2-minute shorts co-produced with Polygon Pictures. The series’ official website, domonation.com, will launch “in the coming weeks,” and a Domo-Kun Face t-shirt is already available from Hot Topic.

Ghibli Museum To Support Animation Research Project
Museum to offer up to 300,000 yen to one researcher of Animation. The Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, in association with the Tokuma Animation Culture Foundation, has announced their annual grant for any student, graduate student, or researcher focusing on Animation. Proposals for research projects can focus on either Japanese animation or western animation, but only one will be selected to receive the grant of up to 300,000 yen (approximately $2700 US Dollars). Applicants for the grant are also limited to people ages 35 and under. This will mark the 4th time the museum has offered the grant.


Sci-Fi Harry

Comedie Musicale Utena la fillette revolutionnaire

Futari wa Pretty Cure

Yoshinaga-san’chi no Gargoyle

Episode 62: Teppan Shoujo Kyo has the Death Note!

This week heralds the return of Rukia. We review the Live Action Death Note movie #1, Samurai Deeper Kyo and the JDrama Teppan Shoujo Akane. Tune in for the wackiness.

Teppan Shoujo Akane – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Death Note (Live Action Movie) – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Samurai Deeper Kyo – Even if you receive it as a present, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.

Show Notes


Intro – Sakasama No Chou by SNoW from Jigoku Shoujo
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


One Piece Coming Back? Toei Says Maybe
According to an article from Toon Zone, there are rumours that the One Piece anime may have a chance of coming back out with a new dub. Toei stated in… full story

Viz Licenses Death Note Anime for Download
Episodes to be available “soon after they air in Japan”

We Missed Miyazakis birthday!
We’re soooo sorry. Gomenasai.

Sakura-Con Announces First Japanese Guests
Sakura-Con will welcome voice actress Kaori Nazuka, director and designer Hiroshi Nagahama, and creator and director Akitaroh Daichi to its April 6-8 convention in Seattle.

Hotels now available for AX 2007

Miyazaki’s Last Film Subject Revealed?
According to an article from Nausicaa.net, the subject of Hayao Miyazaki’s last film may have been revealed. According to reports, the film may be based off of the Chinese tale “I Lost My Little Boy,” the story of a boy with a heart condition that goes on incredible adventures. As of yet, neither Miyazaki nor Ghibli Studios have confirmed the rumour.

Ouran High School Host Club Video Game Coming to Playstation 2 in Japan
Series to become a love-simulation game aimed at women

Two Live Action Movies Based on Manga Announced
De-View Magazine has announced that Satoshi Yoshida’s shonen bosozoku manga series Arakure Knight and Haruko Kashiwagi’s risque comedy manga Bra Bra Ban Ban will both be adapted into live action feature films.

Shyamalan Signs up for Avatar Trilogy
M. Night Shyamalan has signed a deal with Paramount Pictures to write, direct, and produce a trilogy of live-action films based on Nikelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. The project is unrelated to James Cameron’s upcoming film Avatar, which was also announced yesterday.

Spike TV: More Afro Samurai Ratings
Funimation and Spike TV have provided ANN with additional ratings data for Afro Samurai. Thursday’s premiere averaged a 1.1 rating for males 18-49, and 775,000 people watched the 11 p.m. airing. Including two repeats later that night, over 1,666,000 million people saw the episode.

Everythingyaoi.com Now Sells Everything Yaoi
Yaoi Press has merged its online store into a new site, Everythingyaoi.com, which claims to be “the the first store to sell all available yaoi merchandise exclusively.” In addition to Yaoi Press’s publications, the new store features material from eight graphic novel publishers, four anime manufacturers, and two video game companies.

New Naruto Start Date Announced
According to the official TV Tokyo site, Naruto’s reincarnation, Naruto ~ Shippuden! (e. Naruto ~ Hurricane Chronicles!), will be premiering on Japanese airwaves February 15. There has been no word on when the 1-hour Kakashi Gaiden special that is supposed to bridge between the old and new Naruto series will be aired.

Train Man in Hartford Next Month
Densha Otoko will screen February 9-15 at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT.


Teppan Shoujo Akane

Death Note

Samurai Deeper Kyo

Episode 61: The Noir Shonen Onmyouji

This week we review, in addition to the news, Noir and Shonen Onmyouji. It’s a good time, so be sure to check it out.

Noir – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Shonen Onmyouji – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes


Intro – Gecchuu! Rabu Rabu?! by Mayumi Gojo from Futari wa Pretty Cure
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


Shadow Chronicles’ Hits Theaters
Funimation has announced that Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles will be released theatrically in theaters nationwide in January. The movie is currently scheduled to screen in New York, California, Texas, Massachusetts, Indiana, Michigan and Oregon. A full list of theatres can be found at the FUNimation Films website.

January Anime and Gaming Convention Schedule
Happy New Year! It’s time once again for New Year Resolutions and theOtaku.com’s Official Anime and Gaming Convention Schedule for the month of January… full story

RahXephon Film Goes HD in Japan
Media Factory will release a RahXephon DVD box set on March 23 in Japan. The series includes a High Definition version of the RahXhephon movie.

DBZ Remastered: Before and After
Funimation has a new tech trailer that demonstrates the improvements in the upcoming remastered, widescreen release of Dragon Ball Z. The remastered season sets drop on February 6.

Air Gear Episode 1 Online
IGN is hosting the entire first episode of ADV’s upcoming release of Air Gear, dubbed in English, here. ADV’s release of Air Gear is scheduled for February 6.

Watch Afro Samurai Episode 1 Now
Afro Samurai episode 1 is now available on Spike TV’s website. The show premieres Thursday at 11 p.m. Eastern.

Kurau Phantom Memory in April
ADV will release volume 1 of Kurau Phantom Memory on April 10. The title was announced at Anime Expo 2004 but had not received a release date.

Gunslinger Girl, Basilisk on IFC
Gunslinger Girl and Basilisk will debut today at 11 p.m. Eastern on the Independent Film Channel 1/5/07.

ANN Staff Opening: Video Game Critic
Anime News Network is currently seeking a video game critic. Click for further details.



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