FUNimation Entertainment today announced the signing of multi-year, national licensing agreements with toy manufacturer Shocker Toys LLP, now a toy licensee for several high-profile action-adventure anime properties including Soul Eater, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Dragon Ball Z and One Piece.
The newest Samurai Shodown has a new publisher, new box art, a new release date and a new name. Hit the jump to see all the "newness".
On May 4th 2010, the anime version of Shungiku Nakamura’s best-selling yaoi (boy’s love) manga will be available. This DVD collection contains the entire 12-episode first season, video extras, and a 24-page booklet with character bios and artwork.
Essentially a recasting of the original story found in the manga of Hiromu Arakawa, the Elric brothers are back on the journey to find a magical artifact that will heal their bodies. Remember, their first experiment with alchemy, a failed bid to revive their dead mother, left Edward with deformed limbs and Alphonse’s soul permanently inhabiting a suit of armor.
If you couldn’t tell, we’ve got an odd couple here worthy of a network sitcom, complete with laugh track. But what I like about this anime adaptation is not simply its loyalty to the manga (no filler), but Yazawa’s ability to create a captivatingly feminine coming-of-age, one unburdened by rampant cliché.
Dragon Ball fighting games have never been short on style... and gigantic fireballs. Check out what we thought of Dragon Ball Raging Blast.
Does it really give us something new, something to alter and compliment our Death Note experience? Sadly, no.
Viz Cinema, the nation's first theater devoted exclusively to Japanese film and anime. If you're in town, here is the list of events for February.
Erotic! Erotic! Erotic! But, hey, the story works, whether viewed as fragmented episodes or taken as an epic whole.
So far, mecha seems to be the word of the month. And being a Voltron and Robotech fan from way back, I know mecha. Fortunately, Blassreiter doesn’t step on a beloved technological construct with that unimaginative, xeroxing heel.
After all, for mecha lovers, this show has a lot of potential. But, as of now, I would place it somewhere between a so-so derivation of Full Metal Panic and Evangelion “light.”
I just got the list of Viz’s manga releases for the first half of 2010, and it’s a long list. So, rather than give you my fun, yet abridged synopses of these undoubtedly great titles, especially since I have yet to read any, here’s the initial installment straight from the mouth of PR:
Change always accompanies the new year. And The Anime Beat is no different. That's right folks, I'm continuously expanding this little dog and pony show!
Focused, artfully drawn, a steady pace, a much older protagonist, Naruto Shippuden The Movie extracts everything you love about a given episode and lets it pervade 94 minutes of film. That’s right.
Between Apple itself and Verizon’s latest mapping parody, we’re all familiar with the phrase “There’s an app for that.” Well, don’t leave anime out!
My previous words still stand: this is the underdog team we just love to root for! Bamboo Blade Part 2 delivers the same blend of comedy, high school drama, and sword-cracking action that made the initial DVD pack so enjoyable.
This is your last chance to see the Halo Legends anime preview on Halo Waypoint and Xbox LIVE. On Saturday January 2nd the final preview episode will run for 24-hours. Remember, DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital formats will be released on February 16th 2010.
While not compelling or even groundbreaking in character or content, I did enjoy the show. El Cazador de la Bruja is friendship and crazy times induced by gunpowder.
Drama, drama, drama! And no, I don’t mean they kind running the halls of your vapid high school, or that reality series showcasing the worst angels of or nature. This is the good kind, the stuff of fiction.
Well, I haven’t seen it yet. But I’d lay down 20 in Vegas that Cobra The Animation is all about guns and girls.
Considering this is only the first box, this collector’s series has clearly been chosen to convey the ultimate and final expression of the Dragon Ball saga. Although I’m not a fan, this ain’t too shabby.
For those already tapped into the streaming vein of PlayStation Network, anime is definitely on its Christmas list. Here’s the latest post from my friends at PSN. And, evidently, this is only a small part of the 12-day promotion.