Watch: 'Iron Man Rise of Technovore' Clip

The MadHouse-produced feature-length anime "Iron Man: Rise of Technovore" is out on DVD and Blu-ray today, pitting Tony Stark against the brilliant, dangerous genius of Ezekiel Stane.

With that in mind, we spoke to the mind behind this mad battle, screenwriter Brandon Auman, about the origins of "Rise of Technovore," becoming obsolete, and the appeal of Hawkeye and Black Widow.


"Summer Wars" director Mamoru Hosoda's warm and gentle anime about a single mom raising a pair of shapeshifting children has landed dates for Texas, Massachusetts, and California.


Now you can see Iron Man on the run from S.H.I.E.L.D. in this trailer for "Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore" from Madhouse Studios and Marvel.



The Gainax animated series, OAV, and movies are getting another release here in the U.S. from Aniplex but the price might put you off a little.



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Two very different high school series are coming from Section23 in July including the competitive romantic comedy "Special A" and the murder mystery "Another." Plus, the 80's "Patlabor" TV series and "Black Magic M-66" should fill your summer's quota for robot mayhem.

And slow golf clap for the "Queen's Blade Rebellion" synopsis which finds a way to double entendre through a reasonably basic fantasy action story while still making it clear that yes, this is an anime about chesty ladies fighting with swords. Read More...


"Black Magic M-66," the mid-80's OVA from the "Ghost in the Shell" creator is coming out on DVD (and other digital media) from Section23 imprint Maiden Japan in July.



Earlier this week, Crunchyroll ran a series of pages from the recently-released manga tie-in to the four-part animated "Ghost in the Shell: Arise" which will debut in Japanese theaters in June.

The piece points out that, in the manga, at least, Major Kusanagi's design seems to have been inspired by Rooney Mara's look as Lisbeth Salandar in David Fincher's remake of "The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo." We think they have a point.



"From Up On Poppy Hill" is screening as part of the New York International Children's Film Festival. For more details about screenings and tickets, head to the here.

"From Up On Poppy Hill" is such a small slice of hometown storytelling from Studio Ghibli that it's easy to dismiss it as fluffy melodrama from the "Spirited Away" and "Princess Mononoke" animation house. And yet this 1960's-set melodrama carries such deep currents of emotion and so much affection for its sweet-natured characters, that by the end I was pretty sure it would rank among my two or three favorites from the studio.


In this clip from Studio Ghibli's 1963-set drama, a group of teens attempts to save their beloved clubhouse from being demolished by their school, providing the first meeting between Umi and Shun, who'll soon find themselves caught in a bittersweet romance. It's a good movie--a really good movie about nostalgia and being caught in the grip of the past, the most emotionally-affecting film from the studio in years.

"From Up on Poppy Hill" heads into limited theatrical release throughout March. Hit the jump to see if it's screening near you.



And those would be Hoods Entertainment's "Mysterious Girlfriend X" and J.C.. Staff's "Kill Me Baby," out this summer courtesy of Section23. One's got a girl that enslaves a boy with her spit while the other has a high school hitgirl, so that's something.

Plus, Studio Pierrot's 2000-2001 demon-hunting anime "Saiyuki" gets collected with a complete DVD set at the end of the month.

You can find the full list of June titles after the jump.



The pair of Studio Ghibli films are on the way from the Walt Disney Company this spring, and they've revealed the Blu-ray specs and special features for both.



(The Goddess of) Death lives in this 2006 six-episode supernatural OVA from the director of "Princess Nine," Tomomi Mochizuki.

"Momo, Girl God of Death: Ballad of the Shinagami" has been picked up by Section23 Films via Maiden Japan for a DVD release here in the U.S.


Sure, we don't know when it'll be released. And this is not the final, finished product. But still, at Toy Fair, we wandered passed this little lady in a glass case at the Tamashii Nations booth, we had to snap a pic to share with you.




You lucky New Yorkers will get to see the U.S. premieres of the latest animated and live-action features from Studio Ghibli, Michel Ocelot, and Mamoru Hosoda from March 1-24.

After the jump, we've got the full lineup from the upcoming festival.


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