There you go, Astro Boy

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TweetThis weekend in Japan, the Yakult Swallows baseball team wore throwback jerseys in their series against the Tokyo Giants. Back then, the Swallows were called the Yakult Atoms and had an Astro Boy logo on their jerseys. Check it out here

NYCC: Manga/Anime highlights

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TweetMovie screenings and guests like Justin Cook, Rachael Lillis, Jamie McGonnigal, Sean Schemmel, Mike Sinterniklaas, Veronica Taylor, Tom Wayland, Sean Michael Wilson, Steve Yun, and Tommy Yune highlight the extensive offerings fore the anime/manga crowd. There will be COSPLAY!

Manga 101: Toriyama the great

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Tweet What is the point of a Manga 101? If you are into manga you probably already know it, and if you aren’t you probably think it’s all codswallop anyway. Anyhoo, over at the Del Rey blog, Tricia Narwani explains a fun piece of essential manga history that you can use to amaze your non-Mangatized […]

NYAF has new new dates

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TweetLaunched last year in a problematic December 7-9 time slot, the New York Anime Festival later announced a move to September 12–14, where it would have less competition from Christmas. However, it has just announced a presumably final move to September 26-28, due to scheduling concerns at the Javits Center. While this is further from […]

Stan and Hiroyuki Takei announce team up

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Tweet Stan Lee really is EVERYWHERE. Details of ULTIMO, his manga collaboration with Shamen King creator Hiroyuki Takei will be announced at New York Comic-Con. The announcement will be press only, although some fans can win seats at the panel. The series debuts the same day, April 18th, with a 32 page prologue in the […]

The rise of the manga

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TweetThis is the moment of manga. I mean, I know you all knew that, but it’s not just a fast growing comic book category; when people look back at Aught Nostalgia, this well be remembered as the Manga Decade. Or at least that’s what our link round up tells us: Let us being with Chris […]

Cartoon is appointed ambassador for Japan

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TweetLovable toon robot cat DORAEMON has been appointed Japan’s cartoon ambassador! Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura appointed the cat an “anime ambassador,” handing a human-sized Doraemon doll an official certificate at an inauguration ceremony, along with dozens of “dorayaki” red bean pancakes — his favorite dessert — piled on a huge plate. Komura told the doll, […]

Can’t we all just get along?

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TweetWhat have things come to, when even the precocious and eternally cute Hello Kitty is willing to settle a grudge by stepping into the squared circle? The presser: Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, in conjunction with Gente California and SANRIO Co., LTD., will present the first ever professional wrestling match for the Kitty World Order (KWO). On […]

Boy dies in Naruto-related accident

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TweetCodey Porter, 10, has died after playmates buried him headfirst in a sandbox — an act inspired by Naruto’s ability to bury himself in the ground. Despite the tragic and horrible circumstances — his friends buried him in fun and didn’t realize he was really in trouble when he began struggling — the initial news […]

New York Anime Fest moves to September for ’08

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TweetBased on focus groups and surveys, The second New York Anime Festival will be held this year September 12-14th, significantly earlier than last year’s Dec. 7-9 time frame. According to the calendar at Comic Book Conventions.com there are no real scheduling conflicts with other shows, although it is coming pretty soon after Otakon which is […]

Incredible movie promotion

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Tweet In Tokyo, a promotion for The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep set on Tokyo Bay is what we could call “pant-peeing good.”

Understanding Otaku

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Tweet Last weekend’s New York Anime Festival was an interesting experience to say the least. It was only the second anime show I’ve ever attended (I went to Otakon in Baltimore a few years ago) so the hypotheses I drew from the experience can hardly be called conclusions. I welcome corrections or deeper observations. But […]

Go out, Jerboa!

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Tweet It’s the real-life inspiration for Pikachu and almost as cute! The very rare and mysterious long-eared jerboa of the Gobi desert has been caught on film for the first time!: The long-eared jerboa, a tiny nocturnal mammal that is dwarfed by its enormous ears, can be found in deserts in Mongolia and China. Zoological […]

NYAF Photo Parade Part 2

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Tweet This may have been a con too far for The Beat…we’re too tuckered to post anything, but we will run some photos by you, how does that sound? Although we apologize in advance because our camera settings were screwed up all weekend and all the pictures came out dark. Above: An overview of the […]

What you need to know about NYAF

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TweetWe’ll have our own detailed anthropological observations when we’re not feeling under the weather. However here are facts and figures. § ICv2 interviews the showrunner John McGeary who estimates attendance at 15,000. § IGN reports on Stuart Levy’s amusing activites: Have the Tokyopop convention planners lost their minds? Not really. Rather than do a typical […]

NYAF news

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Tweet Brigid and various folks have been going to panels and gathering news. Brigid has GO! Comi‘s new licenses, ComiPress has Del Rey’s early announcements. Deb Aoki at About.Com has Viz”s news, which includes new maga by the ceators of Rurouni Kenshin and Death Note. ANN has complete team coverage as well as Media Blaster’s […]