Episode 66: Anime FF, or the scam that stole xmas

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This week we have a different sort of show. We go through news and review Bleach. Then we give over the rest of the show to an interview with Adam, the man behind theOtaku.com. He takes us through how Anime FF ran a scam to defraud the Susan B. Korman Breast Cancer foundation. Listen in.

Show Notes


Intro – XTC by Psychic Lover from Witchblade
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


theOtaku.com suspends news reporting
Adam over at theOtaku.com has suspended normal reporting in order to break the story behind Anime FF and Anime Tour for the Cure.

Sakura-Con Announces Four New Guests
Seattle, Washington based Sakura-Con has announced four new guests who will attend this year’s convention: Hideyuki Kurata, Kouta Hirano, Yashuhiro Nightow and K.T. Gray.

World Cosplay Summit 2007 to be Held in Nagoya
The 2007 World Cosplay Summit will be held this summer in Nagoya, Japan. This year’s event will feature teams from Brazil, China, Italy, Thailand, Germany, Singapore, France, Mexico, Spain, and Japan. A Brazilian team won the 2006 title.

Split Infinity Anime Film in the Works
The anime adaptation of Piers Anthony’s Split Infinity series will be a film, according to Anthony’s site. He originally announced the adaptation on his site in October.

Switch Manga, Rin Yoshi Accused of Plagiarism
Shueisha suspends the publication of all manga by Rin Yoshi

Bandai Entertainment Licenses Tide-Line Blue and My-Otome
Bandai Entertainment has sent out a press release announcing that they have acquired My-Otome and Tide-Line Blue. The first volumes will be released in June and summer respectively. At Anime Expo 2006, Bandai Entertainment announced that they were in negotiations for the license to My-Otome.

Kadokawa to Sell BitTorrent Films in US
Over 200 titles, including The Ring

Sunadokei becomes TV Drama
Live-action adaptation of Ashihara Hinako manga comes to Japanese TV

First screenings of 5 Centimeters per Second Announced
Latest feature from director of The Place Promised in our Early Days debuts on March 3rd in Shibuya

Hellsing OAV Episode 3 Delayed
Production on the third Hellsing OAV episode is behind schedule, delaying its release until later this year. It was originally scheduled for a February 9 release in Japan.

Episode 65: Conan and Ray, the Get Backers

Welcome back. We’re officially old enough to retire. This week we review Ray the Animation, the Detective Conan Live Action OVA and Get Backers.

Ray the Animation – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Detective Conan Live Action – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Get Backers – Download Now!

Show Notes


Intro – Peach Headz Addiction by Breath Frequency from Black Lagoon
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


Normally there would be news here, but since ANN is down. Not this week.


Ray the Animation

Detective Conan Live Action

Get Backers

Episode 64: Ghost in the Shell Memories face Ragnarok

This week we’re a bit zany. We review Shuffle! Memories, Ragnarok The Animation and everything Ghost in the Shell. Join us and revel in the wacky.

Shuffle! Memories – Even if you receive it as a present, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.
Ragnarok The Animation – Even if you receive it as a present, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.
Ghost in the Shell Movie 1 – Download Now!
Ghost in the Shell Movie 2 – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 1 – Download Now!
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: 2nd Gig – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes


Intro – Shangri-La by Angela from Soukyuu no Fafner
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


TokyoPop to Publish Juuni Koki Novels
According to an article from The Comic Book Bin, TokyoPop has licensed and plans to distribute the Juuni Koki (e. The Twelve Kingdoms) novel series that inspired the 45-episode anime of the same name. The series is planned to span seven novels with the first, Sea of Shadow, set to be released in March. This will be Tokyopop’s first hardcover novel of its new Pop Fiction line.

Gedo Senki Wins Raspberry Awards
According to an article from ANN, Goro Miyazaki’s debut film, Gedo Senki (e. Tales of Earthsea) was the recipient of the 2007 Bunshun Raspberry Award from the Shukan Bunshun. The award, much like America’s Golden Raspberry Awards, exists to recognize what critics in Japan to be the worst film of the year. In related news, Miyazaki also received the Raspberry Award for Worst Director of the Year.

Shinobi Movie Coming to Theatres
According to an article from ANN, the Shinobi: Heart Under Blade movie licensed by FUNimation will be making its way to theatres starting January 31. The movie is an adaptation of Futaro Yamada’s famous book, The Kouga Ninja Scrolls, from which the manga/anime Basilisk also takes its base. Click the link for a list of theatres.

FUNimation Snags Ragnarok the Animation
According to an article from AnimeNation, FUNimation has announced that they have acquired Ragnarok the Animation for distribution in America. The 26-episode series is set to start coming to DVD this fall. Click the link to check out the official site.

FUNI Acquires Shuffle, Aquarion, My Santa
FUNimation has announced that it has acquired the rights to distribute the Shuffle, Aquarion and Ken Akamatsu’s My Santa anime in North America. Shuffle is set to start being released this summer, while Aquarion and My Santa are set to be released in the fall.

Live-Action Mushishi Film Receives Distribution Offers
Live-action film based on the manga making a big splash at Sundance

I.G Posts About Ghost in the Shell Movie in English
Production I.G has updated their English website with the announcement over their agreement to represent Kodansha in negotiations towards the production of a live-action Ghost in the Shell movie.

Solid State Society in July
Manga Entertainment has stated that Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society will be released on DVD on July 3, 2007. According to Manga, reports that it would be released on Blu-ray were incorrect.

NHK Anime World Announces Broadcast Dates for New Anime
Times announced for Denno Coil, Kaze no Shojo Emily and Seirei no Moribito

Fox Subpoenas YouTube for User Details
Twentieth Century Fox has been granted a subpoena against YouTube for the identity of a user who uploaded episodes of The Simpsons prior to the episodes’ premiere on Fox. More details are available from Google Watch.

Denver Anime Club Celebrates 25 Years
25th Anniversary Meeting to Feature Old Favorites

Paprika Coming to Theatres in May
According to an article from ANN, Satoshi Kon’s latest movie, Paprika, will be making its way to US theatres May 25. The movie, a psychological thriller revolving around Atsuko “Paprika” Chiba, will have a limited release in select cities stateside. You can visit the official site, which hosts a trailer, by clicking the link.

Hentai Featured in Upcoming Ben Affleck Movie
Adult Source Media has announced that three of its pornographic movies, including the anime Daiakuji, will be featured in the upcoming Hollywood movie, Smokin Aces, starring Ben Affleck, Jeremy Piven and directed by Joe Carnahan.

FUNi Grabs Suzuka
According to an article from ANN, FUNimation has announced that they have acquired the Suzuka anime for American distribution. The manga is currently being distributed by Del Ray Manga and there are reportedly “talks of cross promotion” in the works. The series is set to come to DVD this spring.


Shuffle! Memories

Ragnarok The Animation

Ghost in the Shell

Episode 63: Sci-Fi Gargoyle wa Pretty Cure the Musical

Welcome. This week we review Sci-Fi Harry, Yoshinaga-san’chi no Gargoyle, Futari wa Pretty Cure and the Live Action Utena musical. It’s a great show, so check it out.

Revolutionary Girl Utena: Musical – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Sci-Fi Harry – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Yoshinaga-san’chi no Gargoyle – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Futari wa Pretty Cure – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for Crackers.

Show Notes


Intro – Bravin’ Bad Brew by Riryka from Venus Versus Virus
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


Hare+Guu Television Broadcast Scheduled
The Hare+Guu television series will air five nights a week at 10:30PM (EST) on the FUNimation Channel beginning January 29th.

Production I.G. Enters Negotiations for Live-Action Ghost In The Shell
Production I.G. meeting with movie studios in Hollywood to develop live-action film

AnikiCon Cancelled
Germany’s AnikiCon has been cancelled due to lack of interest. The event was to be held April 6-8 in Bonn.

May 5 is Free Comic Book Day
IDW’s Transformers live action movie prequel comic and Tokyopop’s Choose Your Weapon sampler and are among the selections announced for this year’s annual Free Comic Book Day. The event will be held May 5.

Domo-Kun Premieres This Fall
This fall Nickelodeon will premiere Domo-Kun, a series of 2-minute shorts co-produced with Polygon Pictures. The series’ official website, domonation.com, will launch “in the coming weeks,” and a Domo-Kun Face t-shirt is already available from Hot Topic.

Ghibli Museum To Support Animation Research Project
Museum to offer up to 300,000 yen to one researcher of Animation. The Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, in association with the Tokuma Animation Culture Foundation, has announced their annual grant for any student, graduate student, or researcher focusing on Animation. Proposals for research projects can focus on either Japanese animation or western animation, but only one will be selected to receive the grant of up to 300,000 yen (approximately $2700 US Dollars). Applicants for the grant are also limited to people ages 35 and under. This will mark the 4th time the museum has offered the grant.


Sci-Fi Harry

Comedie Musicale Utena la fillette revolutionnaire

Futari wa Pretty Cure

Yoshinaga-san’chi no Gargoyle

Episode 62: Teppan Shoujo Kyo has the Death Note!

This week heralds the return of Rukia. We review the Live Action Death Note movie #1, Samurai Deeper Kyo and the JDrama Teppan Shoujo Akane. Tune in for the wackiness.

Teppan Shoujo Akane – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Death Note (Live Action Movie) – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Samurai Deeper Kyo – Even if you receive it as a present, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.

Show Notes


Intro – Sakasama No Chou by SNoW from Jigoku Shoujo
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


One Piece Coming Back? Toei Says Maybe
According to an article from Toon Zone, there are rumours that the One Piece anime may have a chance of coming back out with a new dub. Toei stated in… full story

Viz Licenses Death Note Anime for Download
Episodes to be available “soon after they air in Japan”

We Missed Miyazakis birthday!
We’re soooo sorry. Gomenasai.

Sakura-Con Announces First Japanese Guests
Sakura-Con will welcome voice actress Kaori Nazuka, director and designer Hiroshi Nagahama, and creator and director Akitaroh Daichi to its April 6-8 convention in Seattle.

Hotels now available for AX 2007

Miyazaki’s Last Film Subject Revealed?
According to an article from Nausicaa.net, the subject of Hayao Miyazaki’s last film may have been revealed. According to reports, the film may be based off of the Chinese tale “I Lost My Little Boy,” the story of a boy with a heart condition that goes on incredible adventures. As of yet, neither Miyazaki nor Ghibli Studios have confirmed the rumour.

Ouran High School Host Club Video Game Coming to Playstation 2 in Japan
Series to become a love-simulation game aimed at women

Two Live Action Movies Based on Manga Announced
De-View Magazine has announced that Satoshi Yoshida’s shonen bosozoku manga series Arakure Knight and Haruko Kashiwagi’s risque comedy manga Bra Bra Ban Ban will both be adapted into live action feature films.

Shyamalan Signs up for Avatar Trilogy
M. Night Shyamalan has signed a deal with Paramount Pictures to write, direct, and produce a trilogy of live-action films based on Nikelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. The project is unrelated to James Cameron’s upcoming film Avatar, which was also announced yesterday.

Spike TV: More Afro Samurai Ratings
Funimation and Spike TV have provided ANN with additional ratings data for Afro Samurai. Thursday’s premiere averaged a 1.1 rating for males 18-49, and 775,000 people watched the 11 p.m. airing. Including two repeats later that night, over 1,666,000 million people saw the episode.

Everythingyaoi.com Now Sells Everything Yaoi
Yaoi Press has merged its online store into a new site, Everythingyaoi.com, which claims to be “the the first store to sell all available yaoi merchandise exclusively.” In addition to Yaoi Press’s publications, the new store features material from eight graphic novel publishers, four anime manufacturers, and two video game companies.

New Naruto Start Date Announced
According to the official TV Tokyo site, Naruto’s reincarnation, Naruto ~ Shippuden! (e. Naruto ~ Hurricane Chronicles!), will be premiering on Japanese airwaves February 15. There has been no word on when the 1-hour Kakashi Gaiden special that is supposed to bridge between the old and new Naruto series will be aired.

Train Man in Hartford Next Month
Densha Otoko will screen February 9-15 at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT.


Teppan Shoujo Akane

Death Note

Samurai Deeper Kyo

Episode 61: The Noir Shonen Onmyouji

This week we review, in addition to the news, Noir and Shonen Onmyouji. It’s a good time, so be sure to check it out.

Noir – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Shonen Onmyouji – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes


Intro – Gecchuu! Rabu Rabu?! by Mayumi Gojo from Futari wa Pretty Cure
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


Shadow Chronicles’ Hits Theaters
Funimation has announced that Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles will be released theatrically in theaters nationwide in January. The movie is currently scheduled to screen in New York, California, Texas, Massachusetts, Indiana, Michigan and Oregon. A full list of theatres can be found at the FUNimation Films website.

January Anime and Gaming Convention Schedule
Happy New Year! It’s time once again for New Year Resolutions and theOtaku.com’s Official Anime and Gaming Convention Schedule for the month of January… full story

RahXephon Film Goes HD in Japan
Media Factory will release a RahXephon DVD box set on March 23 in Japan. The series includes a High Definition version of the RahXhephon movie.

DBZ Remastered: Before and After
Funimation has a new tech trailer that demonstrates the improvements in the upcoming remastered, widescreen release of Dragon Ball Z. The remastered season sets drop on February 6.

Air Gear Episode 1 Online
IGN is hosting the entire first episode of ADV’s upcoming release of Air Gear, dubbed in English, here. ADV’s release of Air Gear is scheduled for February 6.

Watch Afro Samurai Episode 1 Now
Afro Samurai episode 1 is now available on Spike TV’s website. The show premieres Thursday at 11 p.m. Eastern.

Kurau Phantom Memory in April
ADV will release volume 1 of Kurau Phantom Memory on April 10. The title was announced at Anime Expo 2004 but had not received a release date.

Gunslinger Girl, Basilisk on IFC
Gunslinger Girl and Basilisk will debut today at 11 p.m. Eastern on the Independent Film Channel 1/5/07.

ANN Staff Opening: Video Game Critic
Anime News Network is currently seeking a video game critic. Click for further details.



Shonen Onmyouji

Episode 60: Kenichi can Itsudatte my Planetes

Happy New Year! This week we review Itsudatte my Santa, Planetes and Shijou no Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi. It’s a great time, so tune in and enjoy this start to the new year.

Itsudatte my Santa – Even if you receive it as a gift, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.
Planetes – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Shijou no Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes


Intro – Niji no Kanata by Yukino Satsuki from GUNxSWORD
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase


Gedo Senki in Australia
Quick on the heels of news that Studio Ghibli’s latest film, Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) would be released in the UK, Madman Entertainment has acquired rights to distribute Gedo Senki in Australia. A theatrical release is planned for mid-2007 in both Australia and New Zealand.

Anime Boston to Host Formal Ball
Anime Boston has announced that it will hold a black-tie, invitational ball, the “Cherry Blossom Ball” at the April Convention.

Haruhi Suzumiya Voice Auditions
There is a hidden link on the English Haruhi Suzumiya website that leads to a voice actor audition page for Mikuru Asahina. The audition page includes recordings from four unnamed actresses with the option to vote for your favorite.

More Haruhi Suzumiya Auditions
Another hidden link on the asosbrigade.com website, linking to voice auditions for the part of Yuki Nagato, has been found. Episode 00 on the main page has also been updated with English subtitles for the Japanese portions.

Yet Another Hidden Haruhi Suzumiya VA Poll
Another hidden link to a voice actress poll has popped up on asosbrigade.com. This one is for Itsuki Koizumi.

Second Mushishi Movie Trailer Released
The official Japanese homepage for the live action Mushishi motion picture now hosts a second streaming trailer. The film is scheduled for Japanese theatrical release next March.

30% of Adult Manga involve “Children and Sexual Intercourse”
Manga Jouhou has posted a translation of an article from the Daily Yomiuri that reports on speculation from the Japanese National Police Agency that as much as 30% of all adult manga feature children involved in sexual intercourse. The article does not define “children” (minors, or young children) but does state that the statistic was based on a sample of 100 adult manga (out of thousands currently available).

New Anime, Official Websites and Trailers
New Pretty Cure, Skull Man anime, Dancougar Nova, The Piano Forest, Zero no Tsukaima season 2, Inukami Movie and more…

iTunes Japan Orders Available Worldwide
iTunes Japan Music Cards available worldwide from e-tailers

Keitai Shoujo Homepage Opened
The official Japanese homepage for the upcoming Keitai Shoujo (“Cel Phone Girl”) anime series is now open.

Bakuretsu Tenshi Infinity Announced
Game News Site EG reports that a “Bakuretsu Tenshi -Infinity-” (Burst Angel -Infinity-) DVD set will be released on Japan on March 23rd. The 10,290 yen double disc set will feature a new Bakuretsu Tenshi OAV titled “Jo & Meg’s Blues,” a digest summary of the television series, footage from the 2005 Anime Expo premier of the Burst Angel OAV, trailers, and a 60 page book.


Shijou no Saikyou no Deshi Kenichi

Itsudatte my Santa


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