The Disney website, with a trailer, is now up for Howl's Moving Castle. I'm really looking forward to this Miyazaki release.
The first disk of a new (to the US) anime series called Gilgamesh will be out on June 21st. It sounds pretty interesting. Here's the blurb:
Enter the world of Gilgamesh. Where the sky has been turned into a psychedelic mirror and civilization is only a shadow of its former self. Where beautiful assassins transform into terrifying winged creatures. Where children are born with amazing powers. And where a brother and sister are hunted by organizations with dark agendas. Gorgeous animation, breakthrough character designs, and stunning visuals make this suspenseful, addictive tale of mystery, magic, and espionage the first gothic anime masterpiece of the new millennium.
I found an interesting bit of information at Anime News Network today. An American company is going to try to translate the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series' to manga format. I was a huge fan of these as a kid, so it will be interesting to see how this idea turns out.
Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys "Manga" (2005-04-26 20:03:08)
Papercutz, an imprint of independent comic-book publisher NBM, is releasing american-produced, manga-style versions of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. NBM founder and CEO, Terry Nantier, told the Book Standard, "We’re not trying to imitate Japanese-style stories. We’re using the manga style because that’s what kids know. We’re trying to capitalize on the fact that kids are coming back to comic books in significant numbers.” Thanks to Uryu Ishida for this info.
I also picked up three new anime shows on DVD last week: Hellsing, Gantz, and Gungrave. These are all Volume 1 of ongoing series'. I watched Hellsing already and enjoyed it, though sometimes Victoria is annoying. Anybody watched any of these? They are all fairly on the violent side, but I tend to lean more toward the violent, adult choices more than the anime primarily aimed at kids. Though I have enjoyed some of those as well.