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Prince of Tennis
Prince of Tennis
Anime DVD Review by Brian Cirulnick

Prince of TennisSport-based anime is a genre onto its own. Basketball has "Slam Dunk", Drift Racing has "Initial D", Ashita No Joe and Fighting Spirit are Boxing anime, there's even ice-skating anime (Ginban Kaleidoscope). And never mind the plethora of Soccer or Baseball anime. Grappler Baki, Ayane's High Kick move into martial arts while titles such as Ranma 1/2 use Ninjitsu as a plot device to cross over from sports into fantasy realms. Fighting anime from Naruto to Dragon Ball Z use the fighting arts to further their plots and make for exciting spectacles. Read More...

Below: Prince of Tennis has become a smash show because it has lots of characters with their own unique personalities.

Prince of Tennis

Gunslinger Girl (box set)
Gunslinger Girl (box set)
Anime DVD Review by Brian Cirulnick

Gunslinger GirlIt's Le Femme Nikita... If Nikita was a 15-year old cyborg. The series is about girls who were terminal patients or victims. They were restored back to life through bioengineering, cybernetics and a lot of weapons training . . . and they were made into brainwashed, petite, cyborg assassins.

However, the series does not focus on their missions, the action or the combat. In fact, such scenes are there only because they are part of the plot. Rather, the drive of the series is the interaction between the girls their "handlers". Each handler is different with his girl, treating her differently, conditioning them differently. It's this relationship or bond that forms between the young girl and her handler that makes the series move. Read More...

Below: The opening titles to Gunslinger Girl in Japanese.



Gunbuster
Gunbuster
Anime DVD Review by Brian Cirulnick

GunbusterFinally!!!!

Finally released on DVD, one of the best anime series ever made, and the directorial debut of acclaimed creator Hideaki Anno (Evangelion), the legendary fan-favorite Gunbuster will blow you out of the water with its over-the-top presentation, moving storyline, and epic-quality interstellar naval warfare (as well as some pretty serious sci-fi — we're talking literary quality time-space-continuum-type-stuff). And the soundtrack will bring tears to your eyes. Trust us, it's really that good! Read More...

Below: The girls of Gunbuster are back in town!


Gunbuster

Voltron
Voltron
Anime DVD Review by Laurence Sufrin

VoltronThe year 1984 saw the arrival of one of the most influential franchises ever to hit the toy stores. Voltron: Defender of the Universe paved the way for such mega-hits as Robotech, and Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.

World Events Productions took not one, but two anime shows from Toei Productions. They were both made at roughly the same time. They both featured giant robots. The character designs were very similar. Go-Lion and Dairugger XV were bashed together to form Voltron (that is, the TV series). Read More...


Our Favorite Toys, Models and Gizmos
Toysmith Professional Cartoonist Kit
Toysmith Professional Cartoonist Kit
Toy Review by Brian Cirulnick

For those of us too poor, or too young to play with the high-end anime-making software previously reviewed in this spot, we present Toysmith Professional Cartoonist Kit, a great package that allows you to create animation the old-fashioned way, with paper and pencil and making things that flip the images for you.

For ages 7 and up, simply sit down and start to create cartoon strips, flipbooks and zoetrope strips. Everything you need, including desktop, tracing underlays, templates, pencils, paper, an animation zoetrope and a 28 page drawing guide are stored in a handy portable briefcase. Read More...



 Anime.com Recommended Books:
Phoenix by Tezuka
Phoenix
Manga Review
by Brian Cirulnick

Phoenix by TezukaOsamu Tezuka is famous for a variety of anime and manga creations, not the least of which is Tetsuwan Atomu (known in the USA as Astroboy), which essentially *invented* anime. However, he poured his energies furiously into a manga series known as "Phoenix". Crafted over a span of thirty years and spanning twelve "chapters", Tezuka considered it his greatest artistic achievement. So do we. Read More...

Below: Cover art from the Phoenix manga.

Phoenix by Tezuka

Appleseed
Appleseed
Manga Review
by Brian Cirulnick

AppleseedThe manga Appleseed really is the standard by which all other manga are judged. Although Masamune Shirow is more widely known for creating Ghost in the Shell, it is with this long-running manga series that he became appreciated as a master storyteller. As a cyberpunk piece of fiction, it is without equal. Read More...

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Music and Soundtrack Selections:
Macross Song Collection
Macross Song Collection
Anime Audio CD Review
by Brian Cirulnick

MacrossThis reviewer considers it the height of irony that, with the plethora of anime that has made it to these American shores, Macross: Do You Remember Love? (AKA Macross: The Movie) has never successfully made the transition to English.
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Upcoming Events and Cool Links:
 Great news for Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets) fans! It looks like Imagi (a film studio based in Hong Kong) will be producing a computer animated version of Gatchaman which is is expected to come out in 2008, and will be directed by Kevin Munroe. To see a full galleryof pre-production artwork check out this article at fanboy.com.

New Gatchaman computer graphics film...

We recently discovered the package designbelow which features a Goth Lolita dressed Hello Kitty (to see the full sized image go here):

Hello Kitty goes Goth Lolita



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