This week we’ve got a good show for you. We do the news and talk about Bleach, I review Ikkitousen, Batou reviews Onegai Teacher and Chigo does a preview of Romeo x Juliet. Enjoy!
Ikkitousen – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Onegai Teacher – Download Now!
Intro – HOWLING by Abington Boys School from Darker Than BLACK
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase
Piano Squall opens pre-orders for his first CD
Piano “Michael Gluck” Squall is offering pre-orders for his first CD called GAME for $10. $2 on each purchase goes to the Nation MS Society thanks to Michael and EA.
FUNi Grabs CPM Titles for Broadcast
According to a press release, FUNimation has acquired several titles from Central Park Media to broadcast on FUNimation Channel. Titles that have been acquired include Project A-Ko, Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer, Record of Lodoss War and Grave of the Fireflies. You can view a full list of acquired shows by clicking the link. The Revolutionary Girl Utena movie will be available via VOD.
DMGI Acquires Gigantor for Digital Release
Digital Music Group, Inc., a digital contents distributor, has announced its acquisition of Gigantor, the English adaptation of the Tetsujin 28-gÃ´ robot anime series, for its DMGI Kids lineup. The Right Stuff International had previously released Gigantor on DVD through Rhino and broadcasted it on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Some of the DMGI Kids lineup is legally available on YouTube.
Original Manga, Manga Cookbook, Gift Books in the Works from Japanime
Tokyo-based Japanime, the publisher of the How to Draw Manga guidebooks, commissions award-winning artist Atsuhisa Okura to create its first original manga. Japanime will also develop a series of non-fiction manga books on various aspects of Japanese culture, featuring artwork by some of manga’s brightest emerging artists.
Learning Math From Manga?
A Japanese company was recently forced to change their plans for a textbook that would contain 183 pages of manga. A government official states, “In this textbook, students could simply read the manga without reading the texts.” I guess that’s what you’d call too much of a good thing.
New Adult Anime DVD Release Confirmed As Being Censored
Media Blasters CEO John Sirabella has confirmed on the Anime on DVD Forum that Kitty Media’s domestic release of “Legend of the Pervert” (“Chikan Monogatari”) has been censored, despite the DVD packaging being labeled “Uncut! Uncensored!” A roughly 10 minute long sex scene involving two young looking characters has been edited out of the American DVD. The censoring was discovered when fans first started receiving retail copies of the DVD and pressed Media Blasters for an explanation.
Turner Classic Movies to Air Spirited Away on June 3
The Turner Classic Movies cable and satellite channel plans to re-air the Oscar-winning film Spirited Away on June 3 at 9:45 p.m. ET. TCM has previously aired marathons of other Studio Ghibli works.
New Evangelion Movie Title Revealed
The official website for the new Evangelion movie has revealed that the name of the film is “New Evangelion Motion Picture: Prologue.” Advanced ticket sales will begin on April 21 in Japan, with customers receiving a limited-edition cell phone/keychain strap. The movie is set to open September 1 in Japan.
Boys-Love Publisher LEAF Files for Bankruptcy
The Japanese publisher LEAF Inc. announced on April 9 that it has filed for bankruptcy and shut down its operations. All production of upcoming works has ended, and its website and online store were shut down. LEAF Inc. was best known for its line of boys-love novels, periodicals, and drama CDs for adult female readers. LEAF Inc. was unrelated to the Leaf brand of games from Aquaplus.
Yatterman, Gatchaman Live-Action Movies Green-Lit
Nikkatsu Corporation, a subsidiary of Index Holdings, has announced that it has green-lit live-action adaptations of two 1970s anime series, Yatterman and Ninja Science Team Gatchaman. The company said that “production is definitely moving forward on Yatterman with a Spring 2009 target release.” Internationally renowned director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, MPD Psycho) will lead the production with character and mechanical designs by Katsuya Terada (Blood: The Last Vampire, Cutie Honey live action).
Reviews – 32:10
Ikkitousen/Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny