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8:00 AM on 01.04.2014

Speed Racer's rights return to Tatsunoko

Briefly: Tatsunoko has gotten back the licensing rights to their beloved anime series, Speed Racer (aka Mach Go Go Go). For a while the rights were tied up in the court system as Speed Racer Enterprises, the company set up by...

Ben Huber

2:05 AM on 10.26.2013

Gatchaman Crowds season 2 confirmed

As far as I'm concerned, Tatsunoko's Gatchaman Crowds was the surprise of last season. I was on the fence after seeing the character designs, but I'm really glad I gave it a fair shot. The characters are a blast, and the over...

Elliot Gay

First Impressions: Gatchaman Crowds photo
First Impressions: Gatchaman Crowds
by Hiroko Yamamura

Deep breath time. The anime I've been fearing all year is finally here. A lot has changed in the world since the original Science Ninja Team Gatchaman hit the airwaves back in 1972. Perhaps that's why people (including myself) have held such groundbreaking series in such high regard. If you look at the kind of stuff that people were consuming in the 70's, you can see just how far ahead of its time the original Gatchaman show was.

Watching the show now, it surely does look dated. However, if you look at the mechs, the gritty story, and the amazing action, it's hard to believe Gatchaman is 41 years old! So, when it was announced that Tatsunoko would be giving the series a modern overhaul, the anime world went silent. Could the hip-looking universe of Gatchaman Crowds ever match the hard hitting nostalgia inducing original?

Perhaps a better question may be: Does it really have to?

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12:00 PM on 07.10.2013

Gatchaman joins the Crunchyroll Crowd this Friday

The Gatchaman news just keeps coming! After revealing some information on the Super Science Ninja Team's suits and powers, Crunchyroll has announced their simulcast plans. Ready for the long wait? Since I'm sure you already g...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 07.09.2013

Do you want to still be part of this Gatchaman Crowd?

I just don't know what to think here. The official Gatchaman Crowds website has finally taken off the veil on Gatchaman information we've all been waiting for. Yeah... it's um, different. The original Gatchaman theme song is ...

Hiroko Yamamura

3:00 PM on 07.05.2013

AX '13: Sentai and Tatsunoko make friendly, nabs 11 shows

One of the big splashes Sentai Filmworks made at its AX panel earlier today was the announcement that it's worked out a licensing deal with Tatsunoko productions to bring a portion of their library over to the US in some form...

Brad Rice

5:00 PM on 06.25.2013

License Reminder! Sentai gets Di Gi Charat and Gatchaman

Actually, Sentai has already talked about their plans for both shows already at their panel during Anime Boston 2013. However, they decided to make their announcement more official by reminding us in a more professional ...

Salvador GRodiles

Friday Night Fights: Yamato vs Soyokaze photo
Friday Night Fights: Yamato vs Soyokaze
by Salvador GRodiles

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It's Over!

Toriko was at an advantage with his strength that's capable of destroying mountains, but Sanji wasn't going to give up that easily. Despite, Sanji's refusal to use his hands in combat, his mastery over his kicking techniques were enough to stop Toriko in his tracks. After the match was over, Sanji cooks up his specialty dishes for Toriko to enjoy. Sanji wins! (7 > 6) 

A thought came to my head the other day, and I realize that we haven’t had a spaceship battle in the J-tor Arena in a good while. That said, let’s fix this problem by having two ridiculous crews engage in another space battle. Their expedition to restore the Earth was a dangerous, and they were able to take down the Gamilans along the way. Everyone give a salute, because the Yamato from the Space Battleship Yamato series is flying in. This next ship is commanded by a man who’s been known to be a tactical genius or an incompetent buffoon who happens to be super lucky. Don’t underestimate the ship’s appearance, since the Soyokaze is commanded by none other than Justy Ueki Tylor from The Irresponsible Captain Tylor. It’s obvious that we know who the stronger ship is, but it’s going to take a good captain to manage their crew towards victory! Things can go any way, so the possibilities are endless.

Your votes and persuasion skills will be the key in determining the outcome of this battle. Make sure that you add a +1 to the ship that you vote for, since it will help us keep track of the shots that are being exchanged. The Yamato and the Soyokaze will square off from today till Thursday, so make sure that your vote goes up on time. After you return to Earth, be sure to drop by during the beginning of the next battle to see who wins. 

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Charge Up Your Cannons!

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12:00 PM on 06.12.2013

There's a familiar face in this Gatchaman Crowd

Some more art work has been released from the upcoming Super Science Ninja Team Gatchaman remake. Just when I said I was happy to see little evidence of the previous shows in the new Gatchaman Crowds, a very familiar face... ...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:05 PM on 06.03.2013

Hero Company's promo makes you wish that it was an anime

For a second, I thought that we are about to see a new trailer for an upcoming Tatsunoko series. But alas, this trailer is only a commercial for the June 5th release of the third volume of Hero Company, an ongoing manga that...

Salvador GRodiles

Friday Night Fights: Devilman vs the Soul Taker photo
Friday Night Fights: Devilman vs the Soul Taker
by Salvador GRodiles

*ding, ding, ding*

It's Over!

It looks like I made a grave mistake in pitting Dix-Neuf against Ideon. Even with Dix-Neuf's ability to slam planets into Ideon, there was no way for the machine to dodge Ideon's Black Hole Cannon. As Dix-Neuf suffers from the wrath of the Black Hole Cannon, it turns out that it dealt enough damage to make Ideon go berserk. Ideon wins! (9 > 0) Universe destroyed! Universe reborn!

Things are going to get hellish in the J-tor Arena, since we are having a battle between two characters that have a demon form. Coming from the mind of Go Nagai, Akira ends up getting possessed by a devil during the recreation of a Black Sabbath. With the power to become Devilman, he plans to protect mankind from the devils by using their own power against them. Our next fighter comes from the twisted mind of Akiyuki Shinbo, and he was killed by his own mother inside of a church. Armed with the power to become the Soul Taker, Kyosuke is ready to ends this battle, so he can continue on his journey to find his long lost sister. Both characters can be deadly when they transform, so the outcome of the battle will be determined by the way how they use their form to the fullest.

Your votes and persuasion skills will determine the effectiveness of our contender’s forms. Be sure to add a +1 to the fighter that you side with, since it will allow us to keep track of the gore fest taking place. The battle will run from today till Wednesday, so make sure that your vote goes up on time. Now that we are done with the usual introductions, let’s get ready to begin the match! After the battle is over, be sure to drop by during the beginning of the next match to see who wins.

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Fighters Transform!

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10:00 AM on 03.21.2013

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Today we take a trip all the way back to 1983, and visit Tatsunoko's often overlooked series, Genesis Climber Mospeada. Most remember the series in its reworked and translated Harmony Gold version, Robotech: The Ne...

Hiroko Yamamura