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It comes as no surprise that American animation companies still turn to Japan for inspiration. Cartoon Network has seen it work with the likes of The Powerpuff Girls and Teen Titans; Nickelodeon also tried it with My Life As A Teenage Robot and Kappa Mikey. This time Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack) gives another nod to the Rising Sun in the form of the new series Sym-Bionic Titan.

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When it comes to the portrayal of anime fans in the entertainment world, there's not much to find. Yes, there are snippets here and there in The Big Bang Theory, and there was that one episode of 30 Rock where James Franco was in love with an anime body pillow, but in the long run there hasn't been a single show that focused directly on people who liked Japanese animation. Fortunately Goldie Chan wants to change that with her new web show Otaku: The Series.

Yesterday the world lost truly one of the greatest animation directors of all time. Satoshi Kon, whose work included Perfect Blue, Paprika and Paranoia Agent, passed away at the age of 46 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

We here at B3 would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.  To keep with the holiday spirit, here are some great Christmas-related cartoons to put a smile on your face.

Another journey through time and space may be upon us.