The world MUST unite to make Cat Sh*t One Anime!

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Every once in a while, a video crosses your path that changes how you view the world and makes you question the fundamentals of what you thought was true. Such a video is the above trailer for a 12-part CGI adaptation of the manga known, in the US, as APOCALYPSE MEOW, formerly published by ADV. […]

Let Takashi Miike make live action AFRO SAMURAI

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We hear that while Japanese directing sensation Takashi Miike was at NYCC to promote the premiere of YATTERMAN, all he could do was tell everyone within ear shot how he’d like to do a live-action version of AFRO SAMURAI, the cult anime about a wandering samurai in a savage retro-future. I guess you could say […]

A Gothic Lolita speaks

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Look, we’re as baffled by the whole “Gothic Lolita” movement as anyone, and a New York Times profile is usually a sign something has jumped the shark: The Lolitas are here and in full bloom. Theirs is a world in which the childhood fantasy of Alice in Wonderland seems to collide full force with the […]

NYAF 2008 roundup

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While we were in Baltimore, the Manga Set were at New York Anime Fest. Reports are everywhere on the web. Brigid, predictably, has a fine roundup. Yen Press announced several new titles, and Del Rey announced a deal with Cartoon Network: Joining Bakugan in their new Cartoon Network comics is Ben 10 Alien Force. Similar […]

New York Anime Fest THIS WEEKEND

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The New York Anime Fest kicks off today, and we haven’t given this NEARLY the kind of buildup we should have, but it should be a lot of fun. The move from December has definitely given it a better slot, but more conflicts with other shows (like Balitmore Comic-Con and Yaoi Con.) But this is […]

Toonami shuts down

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..and God Len at Japanator has the obit… Cartoon Network has sadly broke the news that as of today, the 20th of September, Toonami will end all scheduled programming, and die. This, in actuality, isn’t so sad seeing as the only anime to appear on this block currently is Naruto. What is sad is that […]

What’s threatening us now

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While some think that the Potty Mouth Batman variant may be the trigger to a new comics witch hunt, it’s more likely that THIS kind of thing will be more alarming if someone wants to make a big meal of things. Anybody who doubts the rapidly growing influence of Japan’s erotic cultural imports in the […]

Tea with Baby, The Stars Shine Bright

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We’re not entirely sure what that means, either, but the New York Anime Festival is coming up FAST — at the end of the month Sept. 26-28 at the Javits Center. Lots of news is rolling out, and we’ll try to keep up. One of the guests of honor is the Goth Lolita fashion house […]

Morimoto at NYAF!

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Okay, here is one celebrity we can get excited about — or more accurately, his king yellowtail stew. The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) today announced Chef Masaharu Morimoto — star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America — will attend its 2008 event as a Guest of Honor. The New York Anime Festival, an […]

The Manga Moment

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Yesterday we trekked out to the Brooklyn Art Museum to see the Takashi Murakami show on its very last day, and so did a lot of other people. Old people, young people, white people, brown people, tan people. Obvious androgynous anime/otaku type folks with thrift store clothes made from a symphony of zippers and an […]

Anime Expo reports

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The big news this weekend was the Anime Expo in LA, with over 40,000 manga, anime and cosplay fans lining up to hear news from all the major players in the field. ComiPress has an exhaustive round-up of links that tell you everything you could ever want to know. Brigid Alverson has a concise digest […]

ADV sells furniture, anime

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The news that ADV was selling off a bunch of office furniture drew the expected cries of alarm: From http://www.windsorauction.com/auction.asp : Thurs., June 26 at 10:00 am: Consolidation of Large Video / DVD Co. 10501 Kipp Way Dr., Suite 300, Houston, TX Very large quantity of oak, walnut & Ikea style office furniture, computers, servers, […]

PiQ Magazine bites the dust

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PiQ magazine, the successor to NewType, has bitten the dust with its 4th issue: The current issue of PiQ (Issue 4, July 2008) will be our last. It’s unfortunate that we’ll never get a chance to see how successful PiQ could have been, but a combination of low advertising revenue, poor business management and a […]

Lolita and Maid Fashion Day at Kinokuniya this weekend

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Just in case you happen to be in NYC this weekend and MoCCA doesn’t cut it for ya, there’s also a big all day event taking place at the Kinokuniya Bookstore: a day of Manga/Anime fashion with a tea party, a movie screening, a reading and more. The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) today announced […]

SPEED RACER: And when the odds are against him…

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Wow. I can’t believe the hating being laid on Speed Racer. I saw it this weekend, and loved it. Loved every minute of it. It was creative, imaginative, innovative. It was made with care and love. The characters all had story arcs. The story was laid out one scene at a time and made sense. […]

Stop, Speed Racer, Stop

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It’s no secret that The Wachowski’s SPEED RACER is primed to be the summer’s first big FLOP. Nikki Finke explains: The real problems plaguing this pic occurred not in the marketing but in the production. Oh heck, they started as far back as handing control of the project to the writer-director Wachowski siblings (since they’re […]