October 7, 2007
Nostalgia is an essential component of the DVD-release landscape, and the next few months feature more than a few wistful looks back, especially to the 1980s. The entire Megazone 23 series, the first of which I described as "utterly immersed in its era," comes out in a box set in December, as do Super Dimension Century Orguss, Nobody's Boy Remi and the first season of Cat's Eye. From the Western side of things, there's the first collection of Pixar shorts, as well as the next Voltron release. Step a bit farther back than the leg-warmer era and you get the indescribably addictive badness of the late-'60s Rocket Robin Hood (only from Warner Canada, but if you're really jonesing our links point to Amazon.ca), but you also get this year's Walt Disney Treasures releases. The most pleasant surprise, however, is something you may never have seen: the DVD release of the Chinese feature Princess Iron Fan, which Noel Vera admired in his essay on Chinese animation a few years ago.

New titles:

October:
10/9 - Fate/Stay Night Vol. 6: The Holy Grail Limited Edition (DVD)
10/9 - Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination (Paperback) (Book)
10/15 - 3ds Max 9.0: Accelerated (Paperback) (Book)
10/15 - After Class Lesson Box Set (Adult) (DVD)
10/15 - All About Techniques in Drawing for Animation Production (Paperback) (Book)
10/15 - Hot Juicy Teacher Box Set (Adult) (DVD)
10/15 - Slutty Princess Diaries Box Set (Adult) (DVD)
10/16 - Cat's Eye Vol. 3 (DVD)
10/16 - Cat's Eye Vol. 4 (DVD)
10/16 - Nobody's Boy Remi Vol. 3 (DVD)
10/16 - Nobody's Boy Remi Vol. 4 (DVD)
10/16 - Super Dimension Century Orguss Vol. 3 (DVD)
10/16 - Super Dimension Century Orguss Vol. 4 (DVD)
10/23 - Rocket Robin Hood Vol. 1 (DVD)
10/23 - Rocket Robin Hood Vol. 2 (DVD)
10/25 - Art of Bee Movie (Hardcover) (Book)
10/25 - Hanna-Barbera Retro Gift Set (DVD)
10/25 - LightWave 3D 8 Modeling: A Definitive Guide (Paperback) (Book)
10/30 - Bizarre Cartoons of the Past (DVD)
10/30 - Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen (DVD)
10/30 - Polar Express (Blu-ray)
10/30 - TV Animation Gift Set (DVD)
10/30 - We Are the Strange (DVD)

November:
11/1 - Human Motion: Understanding, Modelling, Capture and Animation (Hardcover) (Book)
11/2 - Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, Fourth Edition: Essential and Advanced Techniques (Paperback) (Book)
11/6 - Ah My Goddess Season 2 Vol. 4: I'm a Believer (DVD)
11/6 - Animated Family Favorites 3-Movie Collection (DVD)
11/6 - Best of Blu-ray: Happy Feet/Tim Burton's Corpse Bride/The Ant Bully/Scooby-Doo (Blu-ray)
11/6 - Bettle Bailey: The Complete Collection (DVD)
11/6 - Burn Up!/Plastic Little 2-Pack (DVD)
11/6 - Cars (Blu-ray)
11/6 - Cat's Eye Vol. 5 (DVD)
11/6 - Cat's Eye Vol. 6 (DVD)
11/6 - Di Gi Charat Nyo! Vol. 4 (DVD)
11/6 - Flag Vol. 1 (DVD)
11/6 - Flag Vol. 1 Limited Edition + artbox (DVD)
11/6 - Gantz Perfect Score Collection (DVD)
11/6 - Gundam Seed Destiny Vol. 11 (DVD)
11/6 - Guyver Vol. 7: Armor of the Gods (DVD)
11/6 - Mars Daybreak Collection (Anime Legends) (DVD)
11/6 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol. 4 (DVD)
11/6 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol. 4 Special Limited Edition (DVD)
11/6 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Character Song Volume 5: Ryoko (CD)
11/6 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Character Song Volume 7: Emiri (CD)
11/6 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Character Song Volume 8: Itsuki (CD)
11/6 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Haruhi no Tsumeawase (CD)
11/6 - My-Otome Vol. 3 (DVD)
11/6 - Nobody's Boy Remi Vol. 5 (DVD)
11/6 - Nobody's Boy Remi Vol. 6 (DVD)
11/6 - Once Upon a Time: A Storybook Collection (DVD)
11/6 - Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 1 (Blu-ray)
11/6 - Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 1 (DVD)
11/6 - Popeye's Voyage: Quest for Pappy (DVD)
11/6 - Princess Iron Fan (DVD)
11/6 - Ratatouille (Blu-ray)
11/6 - Ratatouille (DVD)
11/6 - Super Dimension Century Orguss Vol. 5 (DVD)
11/6 - Super Dimension Century Orguss Vol. 6 (DVD)
11/6 - Tide-Line Blue Vol. 4 (DVD)
11/11 - SOS! Tokyo Metro Explorers: The Next (Blu-ray)
11/11 - SOS! Tokyo Metro Explorers: The Next (DVD)
11/11 - The Shrek Trilogy (DVD)
11/13 - Blade of the Phantom Master: Shin Angyo Onshi (DVD)
11/13 - DuckTales Vol. 3 (DVD)
11/13 - Eureka Seven Vol. 10 (DVD)
11/13 - Eureka Seven Vol. 10 Special Edition (DVD)
11/13 - Scooby-Doo Gift Set (DVD)
11/13 - Shadow Skill Complete Collection (DVD)
11/13 - Shrek the Third (HD DVD)
11/13 - Sonic X: New World Saga (DVD)
11/13 - TaleSpin Vol. 2 (DVD)
11/13 - Ugly Duckling and Me: Yard Party (DVD)
11/13 - Venus Versus Virus Vol. 1: Outbreak (DVD)
11/13 - Xenosaga Vol. 2: Voices From the Past (DVD)
11/13 - Zorro: Return to the Future (DVD)
11/16 - Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime (hardcover) (Book)
11/19 - Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional Studio Techniques (Paperback) (Book)
11/20 - Death Note Vol. 1 + manga vol. 1 (DVD)
11/20 - Fruits Basket Box Set (DVD)
11/20 - Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig Box Set (DVD)
11/20 - Jing, King of Bandits: Seventh Heaven (DVD)
11/20 - Karas The Prophecy/The Revelation 2-Pack (DVD)
11/20 - My Friends Tigger and Pooh: Super Sleuth Christmas Movie (DVD)
11/20 - Princess Tutu Complete Collection (DVD)
11/20 - Red Garden Vol. 2: Breaking the Girls (DVD)
11/20 - Red Garden Vol. 2: Breaking the Girls + artbox (DVD)
11/20 - Super Mario Bros./Sonic the Hedgehog Box Set (DVD)
11/27 - Air Vol. 4 (DVD)
11/27 - Futurama the Movie: Bender's Big Score (DVD)
11/27 - Imma Youjo: The Erotic Temptress Vol. 4: The Bewitching Countess (Adult) (DVD)
11/27 - Jin-Roh (Blu-ray)
11/27 - Land Before Time: Good Times and Good Friends (DVD)
11/27 - Land Before Time: The Wisdom of Friends (DVD)
11/27 - Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Perfect Collection (DVD)
11/27 - Nadia, Secret of Blue Water Perfect Collection (DVD)
11/27 - Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum Perfect Collection (DVD)
11/27 - Paprika (Blu-ray)
11/27 - Paprika (DVD)
11/27 - Return to Never Land Pixie-Powered Edition (DVD)
11/27 - Third, The: The Girl with the Blue Eye Vol. 3 (DVD)
11/27 - Third, The: The Girl with the Blue Eye Vol. 3 Limited Edition + artbox + puzzles (DVD)
11/30 - Learning with Animation: Research Implications for Design (Hardcover) (Book)

December:
12/4 - .hack//Roots Original Soundtrack 1 (CD)
12/4 - .hack//Roots Vol. 5 (DVD)
12/4 - Air Gear Vol. 6: Kill 'Em Dead (DVD)
12/4 - Aqua Teen Hunger Force Vol. 5 (DVD)
12/4 - Basilisk Vol. 3: Parting of the Ways (DVD)
12/4 - Basilisk Vol. 4: Tokaido Road (DVD)
12/4 - Cat's Eye Season 1 Collection (DVD)
12/4 - Cat's Eye Vol. 7 (DVD)
12/4 - Cat's Eye Vol. 8 (DVD)
12/4 - Curious George lays in the Snow & Other Awesome Activities (DVD)
12/4 - Desert Punk Vol. 5: Under the Desert (DVD)
12/4 - Desert Punk Vol. 6: Death of the Desert (DVD)
12/4 - Dragon Half/Puni Pui Poemy 2-Pack (DVD)
12/4 - Flag Vol. 2 (DVD)
12/4 - Galaxy Angel AA Vol. 4 (DVD)
12/4 - Hell Girl Vol. 2 (DVD)
12/4 - Highlander: The Complete Animated Series (DVD)
12/4 - Lost Universe Collection (DVD)
12/4 - Magikano Vol. 1: A New Witch in Town (DVD)
12/4 - Midori Days: The Handheld Collection (DVD)
12/4 - Ninja Nonsense Collection Limited Edition (DVD)
12/4 - Nobody's Boy Remi Collection (DVD)
12/4 - Nobody's Boy Remi Vol. 7 (DVD)
12/4 - Nobody's Boy Remi Vol. 8 (DVD)
12/4 - Phoenix Vol. 2: Eternal Recurrance (DVD)
12/4 - Ragnarok Vol. 1 (DVD)
12/4 - Samurai 7 Vol. 7: Guardians of the Rice (DVD)
12/4 - Street Fighter Alpha 2-Pack (DVD)
12/4 - Super Dimension Century Orguss Collection (DVD)
12/4 - Super Dimension Century Orguss Vol. 7 (DVD)
12/4 - Super Dimension Century Orguss Vol. 8 (DVD)
12/4 - Tom and Jerry Tales Vol. 3 (DVD)
12/4 - Wallace & Gromit: Three Amazing Adventures (DVD)
12/4 - Welcome to the NHK Vol. 2 (DVD)
12/4 - Welcome to the NHK Vol. 2 + series box (DVD)
12/4 - Zegapain Vol. 2 (DVD)
12/11 - Air: The Movie (DVD)
12/11 - Flower and Snake: The Animation (Adult) (DVD)
12/11 - Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 5: The Cost of Living (DVD)
12/11 - Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 6: Captured Souls (DVD)
12/11 - Kurau: Phantom Memory Vol. 5: Twin Destinies (DVD)
12/11 - Maya 2008 Character Modeling and Animation: Principles and Practice (paperback) (Book)
12/11 - Megazone 23 Complete Collection (DVD)
12/11 - My Santa Special (DVD)
12/11 - Pumpkin Scissors Vol. 2: The Enemy Within (DVD)
12/11 - Pumpkin Scissors Vol. 2: The Enemy Within + series box (DVD)
12/11 - Tenchi Muyo GXP Box Set (DVD)
12/11 - Tokyo Majin Vol. 1: Dark Arts: Dragon Stream (DVD)
12/11 - Voltron: Defender of the Universe Vol. 5 (DVD)
12/11 - Walt Disney Treasures: Chronological Donald Vol. 3 (DVD)
12/11 - Walt Disney Treasures: Disneyland: Secrets, Stories and Magic (DVD)
12/11 - Walt Disney Treasures: The Adventures of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (DVD)
12/18 - Cinderella II: Dreams Come True Special Edition (widescreen) (DVD)
12/18 - Ghost In The Shell 2nd Gig: Individual Eleven (DVD)
12/18 - Innocent Venus Vol. 3: End of the New Beginning (DVD)
12/18 - Le Chevalier D'Eon Vol. 6: Bête Noire (DVD)
12/18 - Princess Princess Collection (DVD)
12/18 - School Rumble Vol. 4 (DVD)
12/18 - Simpsons: The Movie (widescreen) (DVD)
12/18 - Sonic Underground (DVD)
12/18 - Sorcerer Hunters Perfect Collection (DVD)
12/18 - Trinity Blood Vol. 3 (DVD)
12/18 - Trinity Blood Vol. 4 (DVD)
12/18 - Underdog Ultimate Collection (DVD)
12/18 - Wallflower, The Vol. 1: My Fair Bishonen (DVD)
12/18 - Yu Yu Hakusho Eight (episodes 99-112) (DVD)
12/21 - On Animation: The Director's Perspective: Official AWN Masters (Paperback) (Book)
12/26 - From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Culture in the Mind of the West (hardcover) (Book)
12/26 - Veggie Tales: Larry Boy and the Fib/The Rumor Weed (DVD)
12/26 - Veggie Tales: Madame Blueberry/Esther Girl Who Would Be Queen (DVD)
12/26 - Veggie Tales: Sheerluck Holmes and the Golden Ruler/Ballad of Little (DVD)

January 2008:
1/1 - The Idea of Nature in Disney Animation (Hardcover) (Book)
1/3 - Introducing 3ds Max 2008 (paperback) (Book)
1/8 - All-New Superfriends Hour: Season One Vol. 1 (DVD)
1/8 - Naruto Vol. 19 (DVD)
1/15 - Bleach Vol. 7 (DVD)
1/15 - Hikaru no Go Vol. 12 (DVD)
1/15 - Medabots: The Complete First Season (DVD)
1/15 - Prince of Tennis Box Set 4 (DVD)
1/29 - Death Note Vol. 3 (DVD)
1/29 - Death Note Vol. 3 Deluxe Edition + figure (DVD)
1/29 - Naruto Vol. 20 (DVD)
1/29 - Ranma 1/2: Season 5 Box Set: Martial Mayhem (DVD)

February 2008:
2/1 - Stepping into the Picture: Cartoon Designer Maurice Noble (hardcover) (Book)
2/5 - Noddy Vol. 4: Taxi Service (DVD)
2/12 - Mar Vol. 5 (DVD)
2/12 - Naruto Box Set 6 (uncut) (DVD)
2/12 - Naruto Box Set 6 Special Edition (DVD)
2/12 - Pokemon Season 1 Box Set 3 (DVD)
2/25 - Fundamentals of Character Animation (paperback) (Book)

May 2008:
5/1 - The Animation Bible: A Practical Guide to the Art of Animating from Flipbooks to Flash (paperback) (Book)

September 2008:
9/23 - 3D Animation for Teens (paperback) (Book)

Date changes:

October:
10/9 - When They Cry Vol. 3 (DVD)
10/16 - Veggie Tales: Wonderful Wizard of Ha's (DVD)
10/23 - Galaxy Angel AA Vol. 3 (DVD)
10/23 - Inu Yasha Season 4 Box Set Deluxe Edition (DVD)

November:
11/1 - To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios (hardcover) (Book)
11/13 - Naruto the Movie Deluxe Edition (DVD)
11/20 - Fullmetal Alchemist Box Set 2 (DVD)
11/20 - Hanna-Barbera Treasury, The (hardcover) (Book)
11/27 - Anime Studio: The eFrontier Official Guide (paperback) (Book)
11/27 - Gunslinger Girl Box Set (DVD)
11/27 - Mobile Suit Gundam IGLOO: Hidden One Year War Vol. 1 (DVD)
11/27 - Spiral Box Set (DVD)
11/30 - After Effects CS3 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickPro Guide (paperback) (Book)

December:
12/4 - Character Animation with Poser 7 (paperback) (Book)
12/5 - Yoshitaka Amano: The Collected Art of Vampire Hunter D (Book)
12/25 - Mar Vol. 4 (DVD)

March 2008:
3/18 - Maya Feature Creature Creations, Second Edition (paperback) (Book)

October 2008:
10/1 - Disney's Animation Magic (paperback) (Book)

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August 21, 2007
October is a busy month for DVD releases, as the industry completely shakes off its summer slump and starts its big push for the holiday season. That means an uptick in Christmas titles (like a deluxe edition of The Year Without a Santa Claus, A Flintstones Christmas Carol and... Elf Bowling: The Movie?!?) and a few box sets (The Adventures of Aquaman, the complete 1950s Felix the Cat TV series, and the fifth edition of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection), but there are a few gems hidden here and there. Most notable is the DVD release of the ill-fated American version of Creature Comforts (so you can finally see all seven episodes—oh, and if you were a fan of the show you should listen to this Studio 360 story on the interview process) and the delicious, freaky 1973 French-Czech feature Fantastic Planet.

New titles:

August:
8/21 - Rescue Me Mave-Chan (DVD)
8/28 - Hentaipalooza Collection 1 (Adult) (DVD)

September:
9/4 - She-Ra Season 2 Box Set (DVD)
9/7 - Exploring Digital Cinematography (paperback) (Book)
9/10 - Ray Tracing from the Ground Up (hardcover) (Book)
9/11 - Hare+Guu Box Set (DVD)
9/15 - The Essential Blender: The Official Guide to 3D Creation with the Blender Open Source Suite (paperback) (Book)
9/18 - Barbie as The Island Princess (DVD)
9/18 - Being Ian: The Curse (DVD)
9/18 - Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper Vol. 1 (DVD)
9/18 - Superman: Doomsday (DVD)
9/25 - Freedom Vol. 2 (HD DVD/DVD Twin)
9/25 - Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: Somewhere in Nowhere Land (DVD)
9/25 - Max & Ruby: Max's Feast (DVD)
9/25 - Peppa Pig: Muddy Puddles and Other Stories (DVD)
9/25 - Princess and the Goblin (DVD)
9/30 - Cartoons & Animation (Art Off the Wall) (paperback) (Book)

October:
10/2 - .hack//Roots Vol. 4 (DVD)
10/2 - Air Gear Vol. 5: A Battle of Kings (DVD)
10/2 - Blue Gender Movie: The Warrior (DVD)
10/2 - Christmas Television Favorites (DVD)
10/2 - Craziest Christmas Collection (DVD)
10/2 - Elf Bowling: The Movie (DVD)
10/2 - Felix the Cat: The Complete 1958-1959 Series (DVD)
10/2 - Flintstones Christmas Carol (DVD)
10/2 - Fruits Basket Vol. 3: Puddles of Memories (DVD)
10/2 - Fruits Basket Vol. 4: Clearing Sky (DVD)
10/2 - Galaxy Angel AA Vol. 3 (DVD)
10/2 - Golden Boy Vol. 2 (DVD)
10/2 - Peach Girl Vol. 5 (DVD)
10/2 - Peach Girl Vol. 6 (DVD)
10/2 - School Rumble Vol. 2 (DVD)
10/2 - Strawberry Shortcake: Let's Dance + dance mat (DVD)
10/2 - Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale (DVD)
10/2 - Welcome to the NHK Vol. 1: First Conspiracy (DVD)
10/2 - When They Cry Vol. 3 (DVD)
10/2 - Year Without a Santa Claus Deluxe Edition (DVD)
10/2 - Yugo the Negotiator Box Set (DVD)
10/2 - Zegapain Vol. 1 (DVD)
10/2 - Zegapain Vol. 1 + artbox (DVD)
10/9 - Creature Comforts America: The Complete Season One (DVD)
10/9 - Kurau: Phantom Memory Vol. 4: Mirror Image (DVD)
10/9 - Samurai 7 Vol. 3: From Farm to Fortress (DVD)
10/9 - Samurai 7 Vol. 4: Battle for Kanna (DVD)
10/9 - Surf's Up (Blu-ray)
10/9 - Surf's Up (UMD)
10/9 - Surf's Up (fullscreen) (DVD)
10/9 - Surf's Up (widescreen) (DVD)
10/9 - Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles: Seeds of Revolution Vol. 4 (DVD)
10/9 - Veggie Tales: Wonderful Wizard of Ha's (DVD)
10/16 - 009-1 Vol. 3 (DVD)
10/16 - Blue Seed Mitama Collection (DVD)
10/16 - Charlie and Lola Vol. 6: How Many Minutes Until Christmas (DVD)
10/16 - Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 1: The Alchemist's Curse (DVD)
10/16 - Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 2: The Scarred Man of the East (DVD)
10/16 - Glass Fleet Vol. 1 (DVD)
10/16 - Glass Fleet Vol. 1 + artbox (DVD)
10/16 - Innocent Venus Vol. 2: Blood of Betrayal (DVD)
10/16 - Innocent Venus Vol. 2: Blood of Betrayal + artbox (DVD)
10/16 - Maya Feature Creature Creations, Second Edition (paperback) (Book)
10/16 - Shrek: The Art of the Quest (hardcover) (Book)
10/16 - Suzuka Vol. 4 (DVD)
10/23 - Adventures of Aquaman: The Complete Collection (DVD)
10/23 - Angelina Ballerina: Silver Locket + book (DVD)
10/23 - Angelina Ballerina: Star Collection (DVD)
10/23 - Basilisk Box Set (DVD)
10/23 - Burst Angel Vol. 5: Line in the Sand (DVD)
10/23 - Burst Angel Vol. 6: Guardian Angel (DVD)
10/23 - Care Bears: Carousel of Dreams 3 (DVD)
10/23 - Care Bears: Magical Moments (DVD)
10/23 - Care Bears: Oopsy Does It + toy (DVD)
10/23 - Character Animation with Poser 7 (paperback) (Book)
10/23 - Fantastic Planet (DVD)
10/23 - Hell Girl Vol. 1 (DVD)
10/23 - Hell Girl Vol. 1 + artbox (DVD)
10/23 - Le Chevalier D'Eon Vol. 5 (DVD)
10/23 - Mushishi Vol. 3 (DVD)
10/23 - My Classmate's Mother (Adult) (DVD)
10/23 - Paniponi Dash! Vol. 6: Chaos Cum Laude (DVD)
10/23 - Pumpkin Scissors Vol. 1: Honor & Blood (DVD)
10/23 - Sea Tales Vol. 3: The Ugly Duckling & The Selfish Giant (DVD)
10/23 - Slayers OVA Collection (DVD)
10/23 - Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (DVD)
10/23 - Super Robot Wars: The Original Generation (DVD)
10/25 - Avatar: The Last Airbender: Book 3: Fire Vol. 1 (DVD)
10/30 - Air Vol. 3 (DVD)
10/30 - Angel's Feather (DVD)
10/30 - Basilisk Vol. 1: Scrolls of Blood (DVD)
10/30 - Basilisk Vol. 2: Spoils of War (DVD)
10/30 - Family Guy: Freakin' Party Pack (DVD)
10/30 - Fighting Spirit (Hajime No Ippo) Collection 1 (DVD)
10/30 - Fighting Spirit (Hajime No Ippo) Collection 2 (DVD)
10/30 - Imma Youjo: The Erotic Temptress Vol. 3: Venomous Beauty (Adult) (DVD)
10/30 - Looney Tunes: Golden Collection Vol. 5 (DVD)
10/30 - Looney Tunes: Golden Collection Vols. 1-5 (DVD)
10/30 - Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection Vol. 5 (DVD)
10/30 - Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection Vols. 1-5 (DVD)
10/30 - Lupin the 3rd: Fuma Conspiracy (DVD)
10/30 - No Money Vol. 1 (Adult) (DVD)
10/30 - Phoenix Vol. 1: Persistence of Time (DVD)
10/30 - Shaggy & Scooby Doo Vol. 1: Get a Clue (DVD)

November:
11/1 - After Effects CS3 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickPro Guide (paperback) (Book)
11/6 - Beck Vol. 4 (DVD)
11/6 - Desert Punk Vol. 3: Vixen of the Desert (DVD)
11/6 - Desert Punk Vol. 4: Desert Dung (DVD)
11/6 - Golden Boy (DVD)
11/6 - Legend of Bravestarr Season 1 Box Set (DVD)
11/6 - Witchblade Vol. 2 (DVD)
11/13 - Dragon Ball GT Box Set 4: Lost Episodes (DVD)
11/13 - Dragon Ball Z: Broly Double Feature (Blu-ray)
11/13 - Fullmetal Alchemist Box Set 2 (DVD)
11/13 - Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 3: Equivalent Exchange (DVD)
11/13 - Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 4: Fall of Ishbal (DVD)
11/13 - Gunslinger Girl Box Set (DVD)
11/13 - Littles, The (DVD)
11/13 - Samurai 7 Vol. 5: Empire in Flux (DVD)
11/13 - Samurai 7 Vol. 6: Broken Alliance (DVD)
11/13 - School Rumble Vol. 3 (DVD)
11/13 - Shrek the Third (fullscreen) (DVD)
11/13 - Shrek the Third (widescreen) (DVD)
11/13 - Shura No Toki Box Set (DVD)
11/13 - Simoun Vol. 1: Choir of Pairs (DVD)
11/13 - Trinity Blood Box Set (DVD)
11/13 - Yu-Gi-Oh Season 5: Dawn of the Duel Part 2 (edited) (DVD)
11/20 - Batman, The: Complete Season 4 (DVD)
11/20 - Batman, The: Complete Seasons 1-4 (DVD)
11/20 - Case Closed Movie: 14th Target (DVD)
11/20 - Consenting Adultery (Adult) (DVD)
11/20 - Ramen Fighter Miki Vol. 2: Tonkatsu Tactics (DVD)
11/20 - Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Special Edition (DVD)
11/20 - Teen Titans: The Complete Fourth Season (DVD)
11/20 - Trinity Blood Vol. 1 (DVD)
11/20 - Trinity Blood Vol. 2 (DVD)
11/20 - Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles: Seeds of Revolution Vol. 5 (DVD)
11/25 - The Disney Version: The Life, Times, Art and Commerce of Walt Disney, Third Edition (paperback) (Book)
11/27 - Ah My Goddess Season 1 Box Set (DVD)
11/27 - Glass Fleet Vol. 2 (DVD)
11/27 - Step Up Love Story (DVD)
11/27 - Suzuka Vol. 5 (DVD)
11/30 - Anime Classics Zettai!: 100 Must-See Japanese Animation Masterpieces (paperback) (Book)

December:
12/1 - A Modern Approach to Intelligent Animation: Theory and Practice (Advanced Topics in Science and Technology in China) (hardcover) (Book)
12/4 - Mushishi Vol. 4 (DVD)
12/4 - Story of Saiunkoku Vol. 3 (DVD)
12/4 - When They Cry Vol. 4 (DVD)
12/4 - Witchblade Vol. 3 (DVD)
12/7 - Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation (hardcover) (Book)
12/11 - Mystery of the Necronomicon Vol. 2 (Anime Hotshots) (Adult) (DVD)
12/11 - Ogenki Clinic Vol. 2 (Anime Hotshots) (Adult) (DVD)
12/11 - Slayers Season 2 (uncut) (DVD)
12/18 - Beck Vol. 5 (DVD)

January 2008:
1/15 - Japanese Visual Culture: Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime (hardcover) (Book)
1/22 - Story of Saiunkoku Vol. 4 (DVD)
1/28 - Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage Vol. 2 (DVD)

February 2008:
2/1 - Disney's Animation Magic (paperback) (Book)
2/5 - Teaching Motion Design: Course Offerings and Class Projects from the Leading Undergraduate and Graduate Programs (paperback) (Book)
2/5 - When They Cry Vol. 5 (DVD)

August 2008:
8/22 - Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional (paperback) (Book)

Date changes:

August:
8/25 - Essential LightWave v9: The Fastest and Easiest Way to Master LightWave 3D (paperback) (Book)
8/28 - School Rumble Vol. 1 (DVD)
8/28 - School Rumble Vol. 1 + artbox (DVD)

September:
9/4 - Cat's Eye Vol. 1 + series box (DVD)
9/4 - Cat's Eye Vol. 2 (DVD)
9/4 - Character Emotion in 2D and 3D Animation (paperback) (Book)
9/4 - Night Shift Nurses: Experiment Vol. 2 (Adult) (DVD)
9/4 - Nobody's Boy Remi Vol. 1 + series box (DVD)
9/4 - Nobody's Boy Remi Vol. 2 (DVD)
9/4 - Super Dimension Century Orguss Vol. 1 + series box (DVD)
9/4 - Super Dimension Century Orguss Vol. 2 (DVD)
9/18 - GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka Semester 1 (DVD)
9/18 - Naruto Anime Profiles: Hiden Shippu Emaki (paperback) (Book)
9/25 - Eureka Seven Vol. 9 (DVD)
9/25 - Eureka Seven Vol. 9 Special Edition + shirt + CD + manga (DVD)
9/25 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Character Song Vol. 1: Haruhi Suzumiya (CD)
9/25 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Character Song Vol. 4: Tsuruya-San (CD)
9/25 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Character Song Vol. 6: Kyon's Sister (CD)
9/25 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Character Song Vol. 9: Kyon (CD)
9/25 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol. 3 (DVD)
9/25 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol. 3 Special Limited Edition (DVD)
9/25 - Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny Vol. 10 (DVD)
9/25 - Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny Vol. 10 Limited Edition + t-shirt (DVD)
9/26 - Adobe Flash CS3 Professional Studio Techniques (hardcover) (Book)

October:
10/1 - Data-Driven 3D Facial Animation (paperback) (Book)
10/2 - Clockwork Fighters: Hiwou's War Vol. 2 (DVD)
10/9 - Yu Yu Hakusho Seven Sins (episodes 85-98) (DVD)
10/12 - Becoming a Digital Designer: A Guide to Careers in Web, Video, Broadcast, Game and Animation Design (paperback) (Book)
10/16 - Initial D Season 2 Box Set (DVD)
10/18 - Anime Studio: The eFrontier Official Guide (paperback) (Book)
10/25 - To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios (hardcover) (Book)
10/30 - GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka Semester 2 (DVD)

November:
11/13 - Spiral Box Set (DVD)

December:
12/28 - Break Time Vol. 1 (Adult) (DVD)

February 2008
:
2/19 - Body Language: Advanced 3D Character Rigging +CD (paperback) (Book)

March 2008:
3/1 - Understanding Animation, Second Edition (paperback) (Book)

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July 24, 2007
Azur and Asmar (DVD)
Renaissance (DVD)
While in the US, computer animation means reaching for more and more realism or doing cartoons in 3D, the Europeans are looking for other ways to be creative with it, as demonstrated by these two features.

Renaissance, with its high-contrast, black and white look, does to computer animation what Blade Runner did to the SF flick: infuse it with style while telling a tighly woven intrigue heavily influenced by film noir. Everything is there, from the cop who will get to the truth no matter what the cost, the corrupt corporation of the future, dealings with seedy criminals, and of course, a femme fatale or two.

Beautifully designed and animated, Azur and Asmar proves that Michel Ocelot is indeed one of the modern masters of animation. He shows his roots as a cutout animator in his choice of framing and movement style, yet somehow the realistic 3D characters manage to move in a stylized, almost 2D environment while not looking out of place. Every frame is a pleasure to behold, but it's not just eye candy, it's there to tell a story: a beautiful tale tackling issues of racism and brotherhood without teaching lessons of tolerance with a sledgehammer. —René Walling

Suzuka Vol. 2 (DVD)
Suzuka is a fun and entertaining sports anime that tracks a boy named Yamato whose high school crush is inexplicably talented in track & field. Featuring some pretty amicable characters and genuine story about meeting and surpassing expectations, the Suzuka television animation is charming and easy to like. —Aaron H. Bynum

Woody Woodpecker & Friends Classic Collection (DVD)
The first generally available sampling from the Walter Lantz studio on DVD. This collection contains most of the cream of the studio's output including cartoons featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Andy Panda, Woody Woodpecker and Chilly Willy. Directors include Shamus Culhane, Dick Lundy and Tex Avery and animators include Fred Moore, Ed Love, Grim Natwick, Pat Matthews and LaVerne Harding. While the cartoons don't have the same high batting average as Warner Bros. cartoons, there are genuine gems here. If you're a fan of golden age cartoons, prepare to be entertained. —Mark Mayerson

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July 20, 2007
It's back to school in September, and to help you cope with the transition there's a ton of anime titles coming out. Hmmm, textbooks or animation? It's a tough call.

Kicking things off right after Labour Day weekend is the debut of Essence of Anime, Manga Entertainment's equivalent to Bandai and ADV's Anime Legends and Essential Anime brands. They'll start by re-releasing Appleseed (the so-so 1994 OAV, not the recent CGI feature), Blood: The Last Vampire, Ghost in the Shell, the first volume of Karas, Ninja Scroll, Perfect Blue, the Read or Die OAV and Street Fighter Alpha. The week after comes the high-definition releases of Wings of Honneamise, in both HD DVD and Blu-ray. Two weeks after that is the DVD/UMD/Blu-ray release of Tekkon Kinkreet, which only just opened in limited release across North America.

And there's plenty more where that came from.

New titles:

July:
7/31 - Night Shift Nurses: Kranke Vol. 2 (Adult) (DVD)

August:
8/7 - TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) (Blu-ray)
8/7 - TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) (DVD)
8/7 - TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) (includes DVD edition) (HD DVD)
8/14 - Secret World of Benjamin Bear: Teddy Lessons (DVD)
8/15 - Night Shift Nurses: Experiment Vol. 2 (Adult) (DVD)
8/18 - Backyardigans: Super Secret Secret Spy (DVD)

September:
9/3 - Gumby Essentials Vol. 1 (DVD)
9/4 - Appleseed (Essence of Anime) (DVD)
9/4 - Blood: The Last Vampire (Essence of Anime) (DVD)
9/4 - Ghost in the Shell (Essence of Anime) (DVD)
9/4 - Karas Vol. 1 (Essence of Anime) (DVD)
9/4 - Ninja Scroll (Essence of Anime) (DVD)
9/4 - Perfect Blue (Essence of Anime) (DVD)
9/4 - Read or Die (Essence of Anime) (DVD)
9/4 - SpongeBob SquarePants Season 5 Vol. 1 (DVD)
9/4 - Street Fighter Alpha (Essence of Anime) (DVD)
9/11 - Ah My Goddess Season 2 Vol. 3 (DVD)
9/11 - Best Student Council Vol. 6: Don't Go! Hello (DVD)
9/11 - Guyver Vol. 6 (DVD)
9/11 - Wings of Honneamise (includes DVD edition) (Blu-ray)
9/11 - Wings of Honneamise (includes DVD edition) (HD DVD)
9/11 - Xenosaga Vol. 1: Enter the Gnosis (DVD)
9/18 - Barbie as The Island Princess (DVD)
9/18 - Kappa Mikey: Lost in Transportation (DVD)
9/18 - Red Garden Vol. 1: Live to Kill (DVD)
9/18 - This Ugly Yet Beautiful World Collection (DVD)
9/18 - Toys That Rescued Christmas (DVD)
9/25 - Air Vol. 2 (DVD)
9/25 - Air Vol. 2 + artbox (DVD)
9/25 - Tekkon Kinkreet (Blu-ray)
9/25 - Tekkon Kinkreet (DVD)
9/25 - Tekkon Kinkreet (UMD)
9/25 - Utawarerumono Vol. 6: A Song for Posterity (DVD)

October:
10/2 - Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: The Laughing Man (DVD)
10/2 - Max & Ruby: A Merry Bunny Christmas (DVD)
10/2 - Tenjho Tenge Complete Collection (DVD)
10/9 - Kyo Kara Maoh! Season 1 Set (DVD)
10/16 - Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Box Set (DVD)
10/16 - Hellsing Ultimate Vol. 3 (DVD)
10/16 - Hellsing Ultimate Vol. 3 Special Edition (DVD)

November:
11/6 - Naruto the Movie Deluxe Edition (DVD)
11/6 - Naruto Vol. 17 (DVD)
11/13 - Pokeom Season 1 Box Set 2 (DVD)
11/20 - Death Note Vol. 1 (DVD)
11/20 - Death Note Vol. 1 Deluxe Edition + figure (DVD)
11/27 - Bleach Vol. 7 (DVD)
11/27 - Hikaru no Go Vol. 11 (DVD)
11/27 - Naruto Vol. 18 (DVD)
11/27 - Ranma 1/2: Season 4 Box Set: Outta Control (DVD)

December:
12/4 - Mar Vol. 4 (DVD)
12/4 - Naruto Box Set 5 (uncut) (DVD)
12/4 - Naruto Box Set 5 Special Edition (uncut) (DVD)
12/4 - Zatch Bell Vol. 13 (DVD)
12/18 - Death Note Vol. 2 (DVD)
12/18 - Full Moon Vol. 7 (DVD)
12/25 - One Piece Vol. 12 (DVD)

January 2008:
1/8 - Shonen Onmyoji Vol. 4 (DVD)
1/15 - Karin Vol. 5: Ascendance (DVD)
1/15 - Kyo Kara Maoh! Season 2 Vol. 8 (DVD)
1/15 - Law of Ueki Vol. 11 (DVD)

Date changes:

September:
9/18 - Noein Vol. 5 (DVD)

October:
10/16 - Zipang Vol. 7: Return to the Future (DVD)
10/23 - Karas Vol. 2: The Revelation (DVD)

March 2008:
3/31 - Highlander: The Search for Vengeance Special Edition (DVD)

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July 9, 2007
The first five seasons of Pee-wee's Playhouse drop on two DVDs this September; technically it's not animated, but there's a reason it's making its debut on Adult Swim this week—it contains the work of such notables as Prudence Fenton, Aardman Animations co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton, Phil Trumbo, Mitch Greenblatt, and... you know, I don't think there's any way to count them all. I wonder if the discs will include all the old black and white cartoons they used to show?

Also, while we usually use our section of unknown release dates for titles that have slipped into limbo until their distributors sort things out, our two new additions (the Victorian Romance Emma collections) in that area bear mention. The release dates haven't been fixed yet, but Right Stuf is offering an interesting incentive to the first 1,000 people who order the set: their names in the DVD's credits.

New titles:

July:
7/10 - Natural Obsessions 2 Vol. 4 (Adult) (DVD)

August:
8/28 - Dave Mckean's Keanoshow + book (DVD)
8/28 - Open Wide: Tooth School Inside (DVD)
8/28 - Ugly Duckling & Me: School Days (DVD)

September:
9/4 - Di Gi Charat Nyo! Vol. 3 (DVD)
9/4 - Eureka Seven Vol. 9 (DVD)
9/4 - Eureka Seven Vol. 9 Special Edition (DVD)
9/4 - Kaleido Star: New Wings: True Star Collection (DVD)
9/4 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Character Song Vol. 1: Haruhi Suzumiya (CD)
9/4 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Character Song Vol. 4: Tsuruya-San (CD)
9/4 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Character Song Vol. 6: Kyon's Sister (CD)
9/4 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Character Song Vol. 9: Kyon (CD)
9/4 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol. 3 (DVD)
9/4 - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol. 3 Special Limited Edition (DVD)
9/4 - Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny Vol. 10 (DVD)
9/4 - Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny Vol. 10 Limited Edition (DVD)
9/4 - My-Otome Vol. 2 (DVD)
9/4 - Tide-Line Blue Vol. 3 (DVD)
9/4 - UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie 4: Banquet of Time, Dreams & Galaxies (DVD)
9/11 - Pee-wee's Playhouse: #1 (seasons 1 & 2) (DVD)
9/11 - Pee-wee's Playhouse: #2 (seasons 3-5) (DVD)
9/18 - Best of Rocky & Bullwinkle Vol. 2 (DVD)
9/25 - Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: Trick or Treat (DVD)

October:
10/2 - Mar Vol. 3 (DVD)
10/2 - Zatch Bell Vol. 12 (DVD)
10/23 - Prince of Tennis Box Set 3 (DVD)
10/30 - Bleach Box Set 1 (episodes 1-20) (DVD)
10/30 - One Piece Vol. 11 (DVD)

Unknown release dates:
12/12 - Victorian Romance Emma DVD Collection 1 (DVD)
12/12 - Victorian Romance Emma DVD Collection 2 (DVD)

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