ANIME TODAY #104: Talking ASTRO BOY on the Big Screen With Director David Bowers & Producer Maryann Garger

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We’re posting this episode just as the Astro Boy movie is opening in the US and I know I’ve already got my ticket. Later in this episode, Shawne, Nick and Alison are going to be talking with David Bowers and Maryann Garger. David is the director of the movie, and has also been involved with several other animation projects in the past, including being the director of Flushed Away. Maryann is the producer and was also involved on Flushed Away as a co-producer. During the interview, you’ll find out about their work on Astro Boy and how this new adaptation came to be, the challenges they encountered while adapting this classic story for today’s audiences and take a look at some of the voice cast.

We’re going to be featuring a couple tracks from in this episode: “For A Long Time” from SKYBEAVER’s CD The First Countdown, and “you” from HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR’s CD swamp man. Check out the bottom of this episode's show notes at for links and more info. Purchasing your own copy of these tracks is a breeze and not only are you getting legal and DRM-free MP3s, but you'll also get them for only 99 cents a piece.

Chad’s leading off this episode with What’s Hot in the World of Anime and Manga, then Rich will be Unleashing Fierce Savings on manga and more from Go! Comi. Then we’ll have the first part of our interview with David and Maryann. Nick and Rich will then have the latest Otaku Weekly Prize Blitz winner, as well as our 5 Suguri Perfect Edition contest winners. If you’re a Kimba fan, you’ll want to make sure you keep listening for our new contest.

Next, it's time to check out the first feature track from SKYBEAVER and then we'll dive in to the first part of our three episode spanning segment Best Wishes, Stuf! For this segment, Rich and Nick will be following the process of an online order through Right Stuf by quickly interviewing, and photographing, some of the individuals who make it possible for us to get your packages out our doors and on to yours. Christy is back to take on the Dragon Ball Season 1 Uncut DVD Set with a brand new If.../Then followed by Rich and Nick to update you on the latest anime conventions coming up. Our second featured track by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR will play next and then jump back in to the second half of our Astro Boy movie interview with David and Maryann. We wrap things again with a few new customer reviews from and now take it away Chad!

What's Hot?

Earth faces certain destruction as a giant asteroid hurtles toward its atmosphere. Humanity’s hope for salvation all rides on the Dragonauts – a formidable team of sexy, uniform-clad humans and their dragon companions. Young Jin and lady-dragon Toa find themselves caught in the middle of the intrigue, and it ends up their responsibility to convince the Dragonauts to join the fight to save the planet.

Prepare to take flight when Dragonaut: The Resonance DVD Part 1 soars in on November 3rd.

A mysterious treasure called the Blue Crystal Rod lies atop a fabled tower, guarded by the demon, Druaga. Those who attempt to scale the tower’s dangerous heights come face-to-face with terrifying beasts and lethal traps at every turn. Though many have tried, few have survived.

Now, a new band of adventurers seek the coveted prize. Can young guardian Jin and his band of brave swordsmen and sorcerers reach their goal?

Join in the quest when Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of URUK DVD Part 1 charges in November 3rd.

Bokuto Police Station’s favorite officers are ready to enforce the law, once again! Car-crazy Miyuki and insanely strong Natsumi, along with the rest of the station’s officers, are about to face-off against a flood of criminals - from drunken karaoke bingers to baseball-themed vigilantes.

Get those cuffs ready for the long awaited You're Under Arrest Season 2 DVD Collection 1 arresting audiences everywhere on November 3rd.

There is a legend that tells the story of seven heroes whose powerful abilities are tied to the stars of the Big Dipper. From the beginning, two of those stars are in a constant state or conflict, destined to battle one another until the end of time.

Headstrong, defiant Taitou has never put much stock in those old stories, but on the day of his coming-of-age ceremony, a thief appears citing the legend of the Big Dipper before making off with the Kenkaranbu, an ancient sword that had only just been presented to Taitou. Destiny is set in motion and Taitou sets off to recover the Kenkaranbu and discover all that fate has in store.

With art from Hiromu Arakawa, creator of Fullmetal Alchemist, comes the new adventure, Hero Tales Graphic Novel 1, available October 31st.

Maka and her fellow meisters have been assigned the colossal task of collecting and devouring the tainted souls of 99 humans and 1 witch. Partnered by Soul Eater, a living scythe, Maka must face the strange and dangerous minions of the underworld as she attempts to both succeed at her assignment and master her weapon. But Maka’s personal quirks, along with those of her fellow meisters, may prove to be a greater burden than an entire army of evil beings.

Unravel the mysteries of the underworld when Soul Eater Graphic Novel 1 hits shelves on October 31st.

Naoki Irie is everything that Kotoko Aihara is not. Naoki is a “Class A,” top ranked Senior who scores well on every exam. He’s popular and handsome to boot and has been voted class president each and every year. Despite all that, “Class F” Kotoko finally musters up the courage to confess her feelings to her long-time crush, only to be left broken hearted when Naoki tells her he doesn’t like “stupid girls.”

What will happen when a sudden change in circumstance forces Naoki and Kotoko together every day?!

Find out when Itazura na Kiss Graphic Novel 1 arrives on November 4th.

Check out the PREORDERS and the Got Anime? Purchasing Club!

Shawne's Specials and the Unleash Fierce Savings Sale!

Shawne's Specials and the Unleash Fierce Savings Sale!

See all of Shawne's Weekly Specials!
Check out the Bargain Bin!

Right Stuf Contests and Updates

Congratulations to our Otaku Week #29 winner: Teresa T of Bristol, Tennessee, who will soon receive a limited-edition Hellsing Ultimate bust!

And congratulations to our Week #30 winner: Louis R of Miramar, Florida, who will soon receive a He-Man and the Masters of the Universe prize package, containing a mini-comic, keychain and pack of postcards.

In the newest Otaku Weekly Prize Blitz contest, video game – and Gundam – fans will have the opportunity to win one of three copies of the PS3 game, Mobile Suit Gundam Crossfire.

To enter this week’s contest – and see a picture of the prize – visit for more information and get your entry to us by the end of the day on October 29th. And keep checking back: The next contest after that kicks off on October 30th! We’ll announce both sets of winners both via Twitter and on the next episode of Anime Today!

Enter the "Weekly Prize Blitz" Contest!
Enter the "Weekly Prize Blitz" Contest!

Suguri Perfect Edition Next up, Right Stuf and Rockin’ Android are excited to announce the five winners of the Suguri Perfect Edition contest: Joe M of Washburn, Wisconsin; Christine S of Harrison, New Jersey; Emerald S of Austin, Texas; Regina K of Pearland, Texas; Lucy W of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Each of you will receive a copy of Suguri, one of the most acclaimed side-scrolling shooter/fighter titles to emerge from Japan’s indie gaming scene! Each Perfect Edition DVD includes two complete games as well as the games original soundtracks!

Kimba Watch And finally to celebrate this month’s release of Nozomi Entertainment’s Kimba the White Lion Mini Set 1, we’re pleased to offer fans the chance to win a Kimba collectible straight from Japan! This time around, one lucky fan will receive an official Jungle Emperor Leo wrist watch featuring one of the most iconic images from the anime and manga.

Visit the contest section at, and get your entry in before Thursday, November 5th. We’ll announce the winner during the next episode of Anime Today!

Best Wishes, Stuf – Part 1

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Astro Boy: David Bowers (Director) & Maryann Garger (Producer)

Astro Boy: David Bowers (Director) & Maryann Garger (Producer)

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Nabari no Ou DVD Complete Series Part 2 (Hyb)

If…/then with Christy

As with many other Akira Toriyama fans, I was totally psyched when the uncut Dragon Ball season 1 set was announced. As soon as I had the chance, I marathoned my way through the series and found myself just as captivated by the animated versions of Goku, Bulma and the rest of the gang as I’ve always been with their manga counterparts.

Dragon Ball is chock-full of action, adventure, comedy and heart, and it’s difficult not to like Goku even when his naiveté borders on the completely and utterly ridiculous – which is actually most of the time. He’s just such a fun character to follow. That’s really the best word to describe the entire season – fun. It never gets too heavy – which is what makes marathoning 31 episodes so easy. The series flies by amidst all the humor and action, so when you reach the last disc, you find yourself wondering what happened to the last several hours.

If you can’t wait for the release of the second season box set, but still want to continue journeying with Goku, you can check out the Dragon Ball BIG Edition Graphic Novels, or you could just skip ahead in the timeline entirely and move on to Dragon Ball Z, with the uncut Dragon Ball Z Season 1 or the upcoming, highly anticipated Dragon Ball Z Season 1 Dragon Box.

Someone looking for a little more romance mixed in with all the kinetic fight scenes and comedy has loads of options, but of all of them, one of my favorite romantic, fantasy shounen series has always been Rumiko Takahashi’s Inu Yasha. It’s not a short storyline, clocking in at 167 episodes, and to be fair, the ending was originally pretty ambiguous, but this is definitely a great time for anime fans to either experience the series for the first time or revisit it fondly - the series is set to receive real closure as Inu Yasha: The Final Act is currently airing and available via legal streams in North America. You can find the first seven seasons via box sets that regularly find their way into our weekly specials.

Like Dragon Ball, Inu Yasha also follows a band of loveable characters on a quest to collect a powerful magical item, but the series’ focus on Inu Yasha and Kagome’s relationship is apparent from the very beginning. Though the duo is the heart of the story, there are tons of others rounding out the cast, and there are plenty of arcs following those secondary characters. It’s not hard to find yourself rooting for those who drift in and out of the spotlight just as much as you do the two leads.

If you’re happy with your shounen “romance-lite,” then another good option might be the series Saiyuki. The series follows Sanzo, Goku, Gojyo and Hakkai on a mission to stop the resurrection of a powerful demon king. Along the way they are, of course, faced by a myriad of lesser problems and villains, which they dispatch using both battle skills and snark. The series is heavy on action, with a good dose of comedy and drama mixed in.

Do you have a suggestion for fans of Dragon Ball? Make sure you head to our Anime Today discussion forums on, and make a post in the Dragon Ball If…/Then thread.

Or, if you want to get a head start on making recommendations for next time, we’ve also posted the thread for our next If…/Then feature, which will cover Right Stuf / Nozomi’s own Gakuen Alice DVD Collection.

You’ll also find rec threads for other potential If…/Then segments.

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    The First Countdown by SKYBEAVER
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    swamp man by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR
    #10. you



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