Production has begun on Sony's feature film Astro Boy. Sony has chosen to make the film entirely in computer generated imagery rather then a combination of live-action and cgi. Yahoo! Movies reports that animation production and design started on Astro Boy (with a space, unlike the anime & manga titles) in the late spring of 2003.
The story underneath is a universal one, powerful and expertly told. Viewers should be prepared for a devastating experience with a lot of challenging concepts that pile on hard and fast as the finale approaches.
Tech-based magical girls battle aliens in a heavily-derivative, otaku-pandering series that is definitely not aimed at little girls. It avoids mediocrity due an outstanding musical score and never forgetting that it is supposed to be fun.
Higurashi: When They Cry is still an intriguing, spine-chilling, gut-churning horror/mystery hybrid that has nicely recovered from the prologue feel of the previous volume. It can be an intimidating series to pick up, but it looks as if those who stuck by it are about to be amply rewarded