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4:00 PM on 12.05.2013

Space Dandy's English cast revealed

In an effort to hype us all to death -- and no, we certainly don't mind -- Bandai Visual has reaffirmed Space Dandy's January 4th premiere for Adult Swim's Toonami block. They've also passed along a short list of English voic...

Tim Sheehy


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4:00 PM on 11.25.2013

Funimation licenses Eureka Seven TV series

We really shouldn't be surprised. Today, Funimation announced they've licensed Eureka Seven. It's not unheard of for a show to be rescued long after a publisher folds. Following the dissolution of Bandai Visual USA, Funi...

Tim Sheehy

5:00 PM on 11.20.2013

First teaser for the final episode of Gundam Unicorn

The seventh and final installment of Mobile Suit Gundam UC is almost upon us, and while that news should bring a huge smile to our face, it's sad knowing that the series is headed for it's epic conclusion. To tease us and pu...

Tim Sheehy



Review: Akira 25th Anniversary Edition photo
Review: Akira 25th Anniversary Edition
by Pedro Cortes

If you ask most people who grew up in the late 80s/early 90s what anime was, they’d probably say Akira. This film impacted not only the geeks and nerds, but had the sort of cross-over appeal that most shows don’t reach now. It was part of the early kick of adult-oriented, ultra-violent titles like Vampire Hunter D and Demon City Shinjuku that would appear in Blockbuster’s anemic anime shelf and would get rented over and over again, until the tape was falling off the spool.

Several years ago, Bandai released the Blu-Ray of Akira to critical praise and general adoration. Unfortunately, it went out of print fairly quick and became pricey in the after market. I know I’ve spent the last couple of years looking for a copy at a decent price. Thanks to Funimation, we’ve got a new version of the film for its 25th anniversary. Does the film still hold up or are those glasses getting rose-tinted? Well, you’ll just have to hit the jump to find out!

 

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12:00 PM on 10.16.2013

Christmas cakes are boring, buy a Zaku cake instead

If you're living in Japan and thinking ahead for December, consider treating your honey to the Zaku that is rumored to be three times tastier than the average Christmas cake. I mean, what could go wrong when you've got chocol...

Kristina Pino



First Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters photo
First Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters
by Pedro Cortes

To say that Gundam AGE was a disaster is an understatement. While the show started off well and had good intentions, it fell victim to holier-than-thou protagonists spitting out anti-war propaganda messages that made little to no sense. Not even a set of good-looking robots could save that mess. When the last episode limped to a flaccid conclusion, I wondered where the franchise would go next. It utterly failed in home video and kit sales, so the next entry would have to be something that could appeal to a wide audience, and make fans want to buy the kits again. Normally, this would mean that Sunrise would run to make another revision of the One Year War...but the thing is, that's what AGE was supposed to be. When the old standard fails, what comes next?

The answer is Gundam Build Fighters, an interesting play on nostalgia and fan service. Instead of a serious show set against the backdrop of war, Gundam BF involves kids duking it out with their special model kits. You read that right: people put together mobile suits from the entire history of the franchise and fight in virtual Gunpla Battles, with their pride in their kits on the line. If you think that sounds like a desperate attempt to sell old suits to a new audience, then you're not entirely wrong. However, that doesn't mean that the final product is bad- in fact, it's quite the opposite. I really enjoyed this lower-key Gundam.

 

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10:00 PM on 10.12.2013

Get your hot-stuff Free! plushes ready to swim

Hey, Free!'s a thing, right? Kyoto Animation may be on to Beyond the Boundary now, but the legacy of their landmark swimming anime will live on, if Bandai has anything to say about it. All the ladies and lads that want to snu...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 PM on 09.23.2013

Dragon Ball Z hair wax is like Gatsby for Saiyans

I'm sure there are some of you out there who dream of styling your hair like a super Saiyan, but have yet to find a suitable way of spiking your hair into a giant golden cone without having to rely on buckets of hairspray or ...

Tim Sheehy

6:00 PM on 06.14.2013

The first 8 minutes of Ghost in the Shell Arise rise up

Hankering for another dose of Ghost in the Shell and schlocky Microsoft Surface promos aren't enough to do the job? Bandai and Production IG have just the thing for you! How about eight full minutes of Ghost in the Shell Ari...

Josh Tolentino



Backlog Episode 01: Mobile Suit Gundam photo
Backlog Episode 01: Mobile Suit Gundam
by Pedro Cortes

Like a lot of folk who buy anime, I have a bad habit of purchasing shows and not watching them. At this moment, I can turn around, look at my shelf and find at least two dozen shows that I haven't completed. Hell, some of them haven't even been cracked open. Well, it's time for that to change. I've decided to start chronicling my mission to go through all the media in my possession. Welcome to Backlog!

In this first installment, I'm going to be covering Mobile Suit Gundam, one of the last series to come out of the now-defunct Bandai Entertainment. Enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments!

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4:00 PM on 05.15.2013

Behold, a figure that costs 60 million Yen

Yes, friends, you read that headline correctly. Sixty million Yen. As of this writing, that's a shade under $586,000. What a way to celebrate Saint Seiya, right? In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Saint Seiya's Sain...

Josh Tolentino





2:00 PM on 02.25.2013

The TV commercial for Gundam UC 6 has appeared

Gundam Unicorn 6: Two Worlds, Two Tomorrows is creeping up on us, with it's digital release less than a week away. We get a peak at the new television commercial, which features some nice shots of Full Frontal and Sinanju, b...

Hiroko Yamamura