I haven't made it through every disc of this Ranma 1/2 set (and I probably won't) but the picture quality isn't half-bad. It's certainly not great, but I've seen far worse. Nevertheless, there's definitely noticeable compression going on with these discs. The box is littered with tell-tale signs of odd uses of English, like "Love & Tears, Panda & Kenpo" along with "Human and man and woman are pitted against each other."
It's easy to forget how many home media releases Grave of the Fireflies received over the years in North America. This advertisement is for Central Park Media's 2002 Collector's Series 2-Disc edition, featuring the uncut version in the original Japanese language, along with an English dub and a second disc loaded with features. Prior to that, in 1992, Central Park Media released a subtitled version of the film on VHS. ADV Film eventually re-released Grave of the Fireflies on DVD in 2009 and, most recently, Sentai Filmworks released a remastered version on DVD and Blu-ray (with a new English dub) in 2012.
And here's week 3 of Frank Warden's retrospective on the Metroid franchise. Check back next week for the final installment! - Azure
marked a unique year for the Metroid franchise as not one—but
two—new games were released. Metroid Prime would go
on to become one the most popular and best-selling titles on the
Released by Kaiyodo in 2006, these are some genuinely cool Sgt. Frog figures.
Ironically, these figures made it to North America before the anime did. One day I'll have to write a post about all the trouble it was bringing the show to the states. ADV Films produced no less than three vastly different test pilots with the intent to bring Sgt. Frog to American television. Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon were even interested, but it never happened and Funimation would end up acquiring the license and released the show on DVD in 2009.
However, when these figures were released in '06, Sgt. Frog wasn't completely unknown in the West. Tokyopop had already brought the manga over in 2004 (and succeeded in publishing an impressive 21 volumes before the company shut its doors in 2011).
Though I never had Anime Network, a channel devoted strictly to anime was an awesome idea. The network launched in 2002 and is still available as a Video On Demand provider. Originally owned by A.D. Vision, Inc., they sold the network to Valkyrie Media Partners in 2009.
This 2005 Anime Network advertisement promotes the then-upcoming release of Samurai Gun. Interestingly, ADV Films helped fund the production of Samurai Gun and brought it over to North American release in record time after it aired in Japan, with the first four-episode volume hitting shelves August 2005.
It's quite possible that, with the exception of Walter Gibson, few have contributed more to the cyberpunk genre than Shirow Masamune. His manga titles Black Magic, Dominion, Appleseed, and Ghost in the Shell have been published around the world to critical acclaim and much of his creative work has made the transition from manga page into hugely popular anime shows, theatrical features, and OVAs.
Once again, this Sunday I turn over the Gameday Sunday post to a guest blogger, Frank Warden, who wrote and submitted a fantastic retrospective on the Metroid franchise. Since it's such a lengthy piece, it's been broken up to cover the span of a few weeks, so be sure to check back the next few Sundays for Parts III and IV! - Azure
popularity of Nintendo’s handheld game console, the Game Boy, it
seemed fitting that Samus’ next mission would take place on the
portable system. In 1991 Metroid II: The Return of Samus was
released (it would arrive in Japan several months later) to modest
praise, though it never reached the financial success that the
original NES title achieved.
ADV Films certainly had reason to claim that Noir was the "most anticipated anime release of 2003." Back in 2002 ADV first announced that they had licensed the series, but for over a year there were constant "hints, announcements and retractions," as Anime News Network put it, while following ADV's then-current acquisition reports.
ADV spread the 26-episode series over 7 volumes and, while the first release had five episodes, the subsequent volumes only had three to four episodes per disc. Funimation eventually took over the license and released the complete series in 2011 on DVD and, more recently, gave Noir the Blu-ray treatment in 2015.
Sentai Filmwork's release of the High School of the Dead: Drifters of the Dead OVA truly exemplifies what WTF Wednesdays are all about. For Wednesday's posts I'd hoped to focus on some of the more weird, bizarre things in anime that defy explanation, and this hits that nail right on the head.
"Effeminate heroes! Giant fighting robots! Gravity-defying breasts!" It's easy to see the demographic AVD Films was aiming for with this advertisement. Zwei is the second second of Gravion, and in the same way Ikki Tousen is more about ample fan service than fighting, Gravion's robot action takes a back seat to the gratuitous breast-driven humor.
The series was released as 3 separate DVD volumes for $29.98 each. Volume 1 was also available with a collector's box, to store the upcoming releases, for $39.98.
This Sunday I turn over the Gameday Sunday post to a guest blogger, Frank Warden, who wrote and submitted an absolutely incredible retrospective on the Metroid franchise. Since it's such a lengthy piece, it'll be broken up in the span of a few weeks, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled every Sunday for the next several weeks! - Azure
only to the rabid fanbase the Alien franchise has spawned is
the many works that it has inspired. Sequels, spin-offs and
merchandise notwithstanding, the Alien series dished up a host
of blatant clones; Galaxy of Terror (1981), Forbidden World
(1982), and Creature (1985) are just a handful of films that
lift concepts—if not entire scenes—from Ridley Scott’s 1979
In the world of
animation, few properties have the staying power of Transformers.
For the last three decades the franchise has spawned a number of
iterations that have graced the airwaves in one form or another (not
to mention a toy industry unto itself and four box office smashing
films). It all began in 1984 when the Transformers aired on
U.S. television and captured the hearts and minds of kids everywhere.
The series lasted four seasons and a animated film that,
for many, is the benchmark milestone of the entire property. Though
the final season of Transformers only consisted of three
episodes, it made an attempt to wrap up the series for American
audiences, much in the same way that the animated G.I. Joe (1987)
movie provided closure to the series.
Developed by Vicious Cycle Software and published by TDK Mediactive, Robotech Battlecry was released on the Playstation 2, Gamecube and Xbox in fall 2002. I was insanely into this game when I first bought a Gamecube in '03. Battlecry's gameplay felt like it was taken straight out of the anime, right down to the original voice actors and soundtrack. I plan to give a more in-depth review for an upcoming Gameday Sunday article.
Also, some might remember that a collector's edition of Robotech Battlecry was released too. It was a nice package complete with the game, soundtrack, lenticular card of a Veritech, concept art cards, T-shirt, and a dogtag.