Another new fish

Please join me in welcoming Chad Clayton to Anime Jump’s venerable cadre of bozos. Chad, a lively contributor to the forums under the name “winter,” has actually been under consideration for a couple of months. We’re just lazy like that. Check out his scathing, bilous (and I thought my review of Happy Lesson was snarky!) take on Bandai Entertainment’s new Angel Tales, while Dave has a look at the badly-aged kitsch of Magnos the Robot. It’s all over there on the right, in that nifty new “recent reviews” module I said I’d add. Neat, huh?

I would also like to point out the existence of Mike Toole. Mike Toole is a 28-year-old man with a website. The funny thing is, he’s not me. It doesn’t surprise me that there are other Mike Tooles, but it does amuse me that there’s one in New York City who, upon being contacted by yours truly, responds:

“Holy crap! You are the other Mike Toole. I get so many people to my blog searching for you. I know nothing about anime, but people come to me to find it. I can’t help them. Now I can put a link to you up there. Mike Tooles of the world, unite!”

Mike Tooles of the world unite, indeed. Soon the world shall be ours!

Tarnation

More new reviews! I love it when that happens.

We’ve got a surprise take from Christian Nutt of Gunparade March volume 1, a series that’s actually concluding its release this month. Special guest reviewer Shain Minuk looks at ADV’s sparkling new edition of Megazone 23 Part 1. Finally, our latest addition, Brian “LordByronius” Hanson tackles ADV’s release of Ushio and Tora.

Along with the addition of Hanson, which swells our crew of regular writers to a whopping eight, Anime Jump turns six years old this week. It kind of amazes me that the site has been around as long as it has, and that it continues to attract new readers and new writers.

Our typically sparse update schedule is set to take another hit, however, as I’m heading to Montreal for the JazzFest this weekend, thus guaranteeing that I’ll be missing all of the exciting licensing announcements from Anime Expo and missing seeing the Czechs win at Euro 2004. We’ll have some new stuff in the meantime, though.

New reviews and a new writer

I told you I’d turn in a slightly early review of Kiddy Grade, but you didn’t believe me! Why didn’t you believe me?!

Along with that, there’s a fairly big bit of news, at least as far as this site is concerned. We’re bringing some additional writers on board to handle the enormous amount of material being released nowadays, and the first one out of the gate is one Jason Carter– some of you already know him as “jmc” on our forums. Jason’s inaugural review is of Slayers Return. Enjoy!