Groundbreaking, seminal, visionary: these are the necessary adjectives to be predicated upon Ghost in The Shell.
As I’ve said before, this series is a masculine-fueled guilty pleasure. Yuji Shiozaki, creator of the original manga, had the seductive foresight to merge Tekken with schoolgirl outfits and maid uniforms. Pure genius.
I Castelli Animati takes place about an hours drive from Rome, in the large and bustling ancient Roman town of Genzano on Lake Nemi. Narrow cobbled streets, ancient stucco buildings with red tile roofs, black iron gates, shuttered windows...this area has been a busy center since before the birth of Jesus.
I'm sitting here in the KLM lounge in Toronto waiting for my flight to Paris so I can make my connection to Rome where I'm on the jury of this year's I Castelli Animati.
The CTN Animation Expo is a new animation event based at the Burbank Convention Center in California. The Expo is mixed with traditional artist, computer artists, schools, software companies, book publishers, Women in Animation and ASIFA, recruiters from well established companies, and several other animation related companies.
CTN-X kicked off its first edition on Friday. Nov. 20th, bringing a new animation conference to Los Angeles. In it's first year, the event had quickly outgrown its home at the Burbank Convention Center with attendees lined up to attend various standing-room only panels.
FUNimation Entertainment officially announced the acquisition of four new titles: Tetsuwan Birdy Decode, Sekirei, Full Metal Panic!, and Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU.
Unfortunately, if you’re a disciple of either the manga or anime, this movie will probably leave you in a state of blah.
Pete Docter remembered me – or at least my Route 66 pin. I have a whole collection of them, shiny metal lapel pins I’ve gathered over the years. Pete arrived and our chat began. I started by mentioning I’d last seen him way early in the year at Disney’s New York screening room. “And you were wearing the Route 66 pin,” Pete said without a pause. “A different jacket, but I remember the pin.” When you’re in charge of a $175 million film, you develop an eye for details.
If you can’t tell by now, I like this game. It’s just fun. And, like I’ve said before about Wii games in general, it’s even better when fighting friends and family!
Fan service. After adding up all the tight outfits and silicone pouring out of blouses, that’s all I can say. Unfortunately, there’s not much else here.
Story, action, and failingly real love: Evangelion 1.01 is why we cherish anime. Between the artistry of a supposed cartoon and the drama worthy of a live action film, we find ourselves awkwardly both children and adults.
Normally it’s the CW that conspires to persuade us that our high school years are indeed the most important time of our life. But don’t leave anime out! First loves and heartbreaks are just as common.
Check out what we thought of Ubisoft's newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title for the Nintendo Wii; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up.
The First International Zhengzhou Animation Forum and Trade Fair in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China, brought together provincial officials and 50 foreign visitors from the US, Europe and Asia.
In a world where gaming satisfaction is only a minute away with the advent of high-speed internet and next generation consoles, it makes me think back to the games of old, and what our new tech could have done to salvage them. Hit the jump for more!
The holiday season means one thing: family. Fortunately Namco Bandai has provided a great coping mechanism. No, not eggnog. With the release of Dragon Ball Revenge of Piccolo and Tekken 6, we've got fighting, fighting, and more fighting!
Mecha, mecha, and more mecha! Full Metal Panic is reminiscent of those classic mech-oriented anime that began to appear in the US after the Robotech boom in the 80’s. It’s got everything you expect: robot action, advanced technology, war-weary soldiers, and a budding romance beset with the comedy and melodrama that is high school!
Day 3 of the View Conference was a fantastic day for me, highlighted by presentations from Isaac Kerlow, Glenn Entis, Roger Guyett and Michael Giacchino.
Too much work, too little sleep. So many friends, old and new. Amazing things flying on the big screen. This is VIEW Conference 2009. But everything has a price, like not being able to make it for the first session in the morning.
SpongeBob SquarePants’s been around for either a decade or ‘eleventy-seven’ years. Scooby Doo aside, I can’t think of another TV cartoon character who’s broken into the mainstream with the same staying power as the classic Warner and Disney characters. The Flintstones and Scoob may be fondly remembered by many, but when was the last time you completely cracked up watching them? (For me frankly, never.)