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Inu-Yasha - Down the Well (Vol. 1)
Inu-Yasha - Down the Well (Vol. 1)
This series succeeds on so many levels where all other anime fall flat. It sometimes feels like a cross between Ranma and Blue Seed, but Rumiko Takahashi (Urusei Yatsura) once again blends interesting characters, the supernatural, comedy, adventure and romance into a winning story line that is entirely her own. The series is the rare kind of anime that appeals to many different types of people.
Of course, it seems to take the first half of the series to even assemble all the characters, but once they are all together, watch out! Combined with an amazing soundtrack ("My Will" being the most beautiful closing theme we've heard in a long time), Inu Yasha is yet another winner of a series from one of the greatest talents in Japan today.

Zone of Enders
Zone of the Enders - Idolo (OAV)
Konami released the game "Zone of the Enders" for the Playstation2, which gained a cult following, especially among anime fans who felt the game expressed the experience of piloting a giant robot better than any game before it.
Zone of Enders
Video game fanatics who love game-based properties would definitely want to look into this movie as well as the series, and anime fans in general should also give this movie a shot. The story plays out at a steady pace, and character interaction is performed wonderfully without being melodramatic or unnecessarily tedious. And when the series wants to look good, such as during explosive mecha battles, it can take your breath away.

Martin Successor Nadesico
Martian Successor Nadesico
The Complete Chronicles

This savvy series combines your standard Macross/Robotech storyline with your not-so-standard Futurama storyline. The intelligent scripting & terrific animation will appeal to newbies while the multitude of anime inside-references will tickle old-school fans who still wax poetic about Star Blazers no end.

Martian Successor NadesicoIt's the far future, and planet Earth is being threatened by your standard-issue alien menace. The bad news is that mankind's last hope for survival is the hastily slapped-together (and they should be *slapped* together) crew of the Nadesico. The captain of this excuse for White Base used to be Lynn Minmay in another life (and sounds like sister Quinn from Daria). No other mecha pilot has ever *not wanted* to pilot a mecha this much (he wants to be the cook). The crew, in general, has all the spirit and camaraderie of an American family -- The Simpsons. This series has been put together by people who obviously know way too much about the anime they're spoofing. Their love for their subject matter allows the show to transcend mere satire to become a serious addition to the genre.

The AniMatrix
Take Americas most popular cyberpunk movie and combine it with nine short computer films by top Japanese and American anime directors, elaborating on THE MATRIX's themes and subplots, and you've got the makings of a winner of a DVD. The Animatrix is about as cool as it can get, essentially Ghost in the Shell meets Robot Carnival.
Featuring segments directed by such greats as Peter Chung (Aeon Flux, Reign), Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus) and Takeshi Koike (Ninja Scroll), The Animatrix promises to be an action Tour-De-Force, while also providing background into the world of The Matrix. Four of the ANIMATRIX stories are penned by the Wachowski Brothers, with the remaining five written by the anime directors themselves.

Our Favorite Toys, Models and Gizmos
Hello Kitty TV Set
Hello Kitty 13" Color Television
Yowza! Just when we thought we'd seen it all, along comes this adorable pink TV made by Emerson. Armed with "Hello Kitty" volume and channel changing on-screen animations, this 13" Hello Kitty color TV comes with a programmable on/off sleep timer that lets little viewers fall asleep without keeping the TV on all night.

Easy-to-follow directions and self-demo mode make setup a breeze. Other features include 181-channel frequency synthesized tuner; on-screen display (channel, color, tint, brightness, contrast, volume, sleep, sharpness, mute); front and rear A/V jacks; UHF/VHF telescopic antenna and UHF/VHF 75 Ohm coaxial antenna jack. TV comes with pink remote control that requires 2 AA batteries (included). Just try to tell us that there's a better way than this to watch anime like Tororo! Recommended Books:
So Crazy Japanese Toys
So Crazy Japanese Toys!
This ecclectic book showcases a cast of totally cool, totally sugoi creatures culled from the most popular Japanese children's TV shows. From early and obscure Japanese shows to programs that have gained mass popularity around the world including Ultraman, Space Giants, and the classic Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot. So Crazy Japanese Toys! will delight both casual fans and hardcore aficionados. Readers will encounter rubber-clad superheroes galore, kawaii 'n' cuddly characters, high-revving motor heroes, and of course rockin' chicks of both the friend and foe varieties. This book is a must-have for anyone attracted to anime and manga.
So Crazy Japanese Toys
This book is beautifully put together by Jimbo Matison (with a forward by NYC's own Rodney Greenblat) and follows the format of many of the Japanese toy collector books, i.e. each page consists of a single photograph of a toy placed in a fantasy setting with a "key" at the back of the book that gives the name of the toy, date of production, manufacturer information, etc.

Visual Storytelling
Visual Storytelling
Lavishly illustrated with plenty of real-world examples highlight this amazing book from Watson-Guptil Press. What you'll learn from this book will astound you -- not just by teaching the concepts in using the correct lighting and angle to "pop" the action in the story you're trying to tell, but also how effectively you can communicate without a scrap of dialog! Whether you're a professional artist, animator, story-boarder, comic-book illustrator, or even a talented fan, there's something for you in this book.

How to Write for Animation
Writing for Animation
While some screenwriting books may devote a chapter to writing for animation, only this informative tome devotes every single page towards creating scripts for animated TV shows. Scott, a three-time emmy winner, who's work includes TMNT, Dragon Tales, Muppet Babies and the feature Starchaser - The Legend of Orin, is a veteran of the field and knows all the tricks of the trade.

Music and Soundtrack Selections:
Discovery [Daft Punk]
If you've seen the videos for "One More Time", "Aerodynamic", "Digital Love" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" because they were directed by legendary anime guru Leiji Matsumoto (Star Blazers, Harlock Queen Emeraldus), then you've already had a taste of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, the French two-some behind the mysterious Daft Punk.
One More Time!
Sounding like an electronica fusion of '70s rock icons Boston and Electric Light Orchestra, this album blows through a head-spinning array of styles and samples, creating a pop-culture stew of funky loops and dance-floor anthems. Not only do they have the hippest music videos on the planet, their music is sheer delight as well. You'll want to play this album "One More Time", every time!

Upcoming Events and Cool Links:
 CatPrin: Tailor for Cats
This website features the latest Japanese fad of dressing up your cat.

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Welcome to the wacky world of Japanese ice cream where you can see photos of both fish and ox tounge ice cream! There are also less exotic flavors like Nagoya Noodle... Current Issue | Sitemap | The Anime Wallpaper Guide

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