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This week we review Zero no Tsukaima, Night Head Genesis and Saiunkoku Monogatari. It’s a great show so tune in.
Zero no Tsukaima – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Night Head Genesis – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Saiunkoku Monogatari – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Anime-Wiki.Org: the Internet’s First Fully Dedicated Anime Encyclopedia. Visit them at www.anime-wiki.org and help encourage the successful proliferation of Anime culture to a worldwide audience!
Intro – Secret World by Akiyama Miki from Tactics
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase
Detective Conan Helps Kids Fight Crime
In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of Meitantei Conan (Case Closed), several short programs will be produced, in which Conan will explain various anti-crime and child-safety measures to children. Similar material will also be released in print format, and online. On Friday, a life-sized Conan attended a ceremony with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police and pledged to support the fight against crimes that target children. Conan will be “dispatched” to nationwide events starting on October 11.
Funimation Channel Hits Hawaii
The Funimation Channel syndicated block is now available on Hawaii’s KIKU-TV, with episodes of Blue Gender, Kiddy Grade, Tenchi Muyo! GXP and Baki the Grappler. The block runs Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. Hawaii Time.
BT’X Set for US
Illumitoon has confirmed its licensing of BT’X and BT’X Neo. The 39-episode series will begin release in 2007.
Gunslinger Girl, New Anime Block on IFC
Gunslinger Girl is coming to the Independent Film Channel as part of The Grind Hour, a new anime block on the network. The block will run Fridays from 11-midnight Eastern with Gunslinger Girl and Basilisk starting January 12 (Basilisk premieres October 6 at 11pm).
Satoshi Kon’s Paprika at New York Film Festival
The New York Film Festival will be showing Satoshi Kon‘s newest movie, Paprika on October 7th. Paprika premiered at the Venice International Film Festival earlier this month and is scheduled to compete in the Tokyo International Film Festival next month. The Japanese theatrical release is scheduled for January, followed by the North American theatrical release in March.
Shakugan no Shana OAV on the Way
Shakugan no Shana Tokubetsuhen: Koi to Onsen no Kougai Gakushuu!, a 30 minute OAV, will be released December 8 in Japan. Meanwhile, volume 2 of Shakugan no Shana comes out November 7 in America.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya TV Season 2 Trailer
There are currently false reports, sometimes attributed to Anime News Network, that there is a trailer for season 2 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. There is no such trailer, and no information available about a possible season 2. This hoax maliciously linked to an automated banning script that ANN uses for maintenance purposes, the script has been disabled until it can be retooled so that it can no longer be abused in this manner.
Wii Bleach To Introduce New Bleach Character
When Sega releases Bleach Wii Shiraha Kirameku Rondo, a Bleach games for the Nintendo Wii, the game will introduce Bleach fans to Altoro, a brand new character whose creation was supervised by Bleach creator Tite Kubo. In the game, Altoro will be voiced by Tomokazu Seki.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Announced
Square Enix will release Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete on Japanese DVD and Blu-Ray, they announced today at Tokyo Game Show. According to Gamespot, the new release may include new scenes in the film.
Koizumi Gets Animated
Fuji TV will launch an anime series based on outgoing Japanese Prime Minister’s five year term on October 10. Tentatively titled Daremo Shiranai Koizumi Junichiro no Shoutai, the show will be animated by Gonzo.
Death Note Movie 2 Trailer Released
The official Death Note live action movie homepage now hosts a trailer for Death Note: The Last Name, the second of two planned films. The trailer is available for narrowband and broadband connections. The Last Name is scheduled for Japanese theatrical release on November 3rd.
Zero no Genesis – 42:44
Night Head Genesis – 59:00
This week we review Slayers, Record of Lodoss War, Rune Soldier and Rangiku reviews Renaissance. It’s a great show as we are very, very hyper.
Record of Lodoss War OVA – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Record of Lodoss War TV: Legend of the Heroic Knight – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Rune Soldier – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Slayers Season 1 – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Slayers Next – Download Now!
Slayers Try – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Slayers OVAs and Movie – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Renaissance – Download Now!
This week’s episode is sponsored by Anime-Wiki.org: the Internet’s First Fully Dedicated Anime Encyclopedia. Visit them at www.anime-wiki.org and help encourage the successful proliferation of Anime culture to a worldwide audience!
Intro – “Musuoka” by Suara from Utawarerumono
Outtro – “Neko Mimi Mode” by Dimitri in Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase
Rangiku music 1 – “Expressive Girl” from Ar tonelico: The Girl Who Sings at the End of the World (Game)
Rangiku music 2 – “Green Lands” from Ar tonelico: The Girl Who Sings at the End of the World (Game)
Lupin Live-Action Still Coming
Producer Gerard Molen is still working on a live-action Lupin III movie via his WhiteLight Entertainment studio. David Ranes’s Austin Film Festival bio also mentions his screenplay for the film.
Nick to Strip Avatar
Nickelodeon has announced that its anime-styled cartoon, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” will strip 5 days a week at 6:30pm. Avatar: Secret of the Fire Nation, the 1-hour theatrical episode that screened in theaters last week, will air on Nickelodeon tonight at 8pm.
Central Park Media and Kaneva.com Launch Otaku Invitational Tournament
Contest to create Central Park Media trailer ends with $11,000 worth of prizes. more…
Anime OK’d on G4TechTV Canada
This morning the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission passed a resolution allowing G4TechTV Canada to include 15% dramatic programming in their lineup. While the network has not announced any plans to air it, anime was specifically noted in the CRTC document.
Record of Lodoss War – 35:00
Renaissance – 27:30
This week we review Strawberry Panic, Sailor Moon, Ranma 1/2 and Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z. It’s a great show as we drink sake and eat pocky. Hooray for care packages.
Strawberry Panic – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Sailor Moon – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Ranma 1/2 Movie – Big Trouble in Nekonron, China – Download Now!
Ranma 1/2 Movie – Nihao My Concubine – Download Now!
Ranma 1/2 Seasons 1 & 2 – Download Now!
Ranma 1/2 Season 3 – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Ranma 1/2 Season 4 – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Ranma 1/2 Season 5, 6 & 7 – Even if you receive it as a gift, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.
This weeks episode is sponsored by Anime-Wiki.org: the Internet’s First Fully Dedicated Anime Encyclopedia. Visit them at www.anime-wiki.org and help encourage the successful proliferation of Anime culture to a worldwide audience!
Intro – “White and Nerdy” by Wierd Al Yankovich
Outtro – “Neko Mimi Mode” by Dimitri in Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase
Whisper of the Heart Screenings in LA
Hayao Miyazaki‘s 1995 film Whisper of the Heart will screen September 23 at 3:00 p.m. at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica and September 24 at 7:30pm at the Egyptian Theater in LA.
Bleach English Dub Preview
We’ve had an early look at the English dub of Bleach, premiering this Saturday on Adult Swim; our impressions are now available, as well as interviews with the show’s two leads, Johnny Yong Bosch and Michelle Ruff.
Death Note Creator Arrested for Possessing a Knife
Death Note and Hikaru no Go creator Takeshi Obata was arrested yesterday for illegal possession of an 8.6 cm (3.4 inches) knife, according to Tokyo police. He was originally pulled over for driving his car with the headlights off at 1 a.m., and reportedly said he keeps the knife in the car for when he goes camping.
Newsweek on Youtube and Haruhi Suzumiya
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is mentioned in an article about Youtube’s overwhelming popularity with Japanese viewers. According to the article, Youtube’s 6.4 million Japanese visitors last month are cause for concern with Japanese broadcasters. Youichi Ueno, a spokesman for Fuji Television Network, says that Fuji TV has 2 employees who search Youtube for illegal content and send up to several hundred removal requests a day.
Jin Roh on Dutch MTV
Jin Roh will air September 29 at 11:10 pm on MTV Netherlands.
Second Kino no Tabi Movie Confirmed
The official Japanese Kino no Tabi homepage has formally announced plans for a second motion picture. The 30 minute long first Kino no Tabi movie was released in 2005.
Steve Irwin dies. It’s very sad.
Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z
“ILLUMITOON PARTNERS WITH WESTLAKE”
Initial Release of “Beet” Marks Westlake Entertainment’s Entry Into Anime
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“FORT WORTH, TEXAS” Illumitoon Entertainment, Ltd. announced today that it will be utilizing Westlake Entertainment Inc. for home video distribution on its new acquisitions, including “Beet the Vandel Buster” and “AM Driver.” The announcement comes on the heels of Westlake Entertainment’s announcement of the company’s repositioning in the marketplace to release first-run features, including theatrical and new title acquisitions in other key core categories.
“Westlake is a strong strategic partner for Illumitoon and we look forward to a strong launch together,” said Barry Watson, President/CEO of Illumitoon. “Westlake brings considerable home video experience including a high level of anime sales and marketing experience and shares our vision for the product.”
Tony Vandeveerdonk, VP of Sales for the new Westlake and formerly with Pioneer (now Geneon) and FUNimation states, “Illumitoon is bringing the anime category exciting new brands and content as well as a clear direction for repositioning the product in new and innovative ways. We feel the timing is perfect for Illumitoon’s entrance into the anime marketplace. We’re very excited to include them with our other premium content.” The new Illumitoon releases are initially planned to street as early as January, 2007. “We’re already in production, and are gearing up for a strong production pace,” commented Watson.
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About Illumitoon Entertainment, Ltd.
Illumitoon Entertainment, Ltd. is a newly formed collaboration of business and creative professionals focused on delivering customized, quality entertainment to the North American markets. The company’s principals have more than 20 years combined experience in acquiring, producing, and distributing anime, as well as creating original productions for the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit the company online at http://www.illumitoon.com.
About Westlake Entertainment Inc.
Westlake Entertainment Inc. is a fully integrated independent entertainment distribution company focusing on the release of premium first run DVDs across several key product categories. The company also just announced it has several original film production projects in the works. Westlake owns the rights to a wide variety of visual content, including over 500 feature films and hundreds of hours of television programming. The company was originally founded in 1992 and distributes content from such labels as Cineville Films, Red Bull USA, Illumitoon Entertainment, Rigel Films and Desert Mountain Media. For more information, visit the company online at http://www.westlakeent.com.
For information: Email Charlotte Black at email@example.com or call (817) 800-8551.
Welcome back. I finally make good on my promise to update the review of Eureka 7. We also review Trigun, Monster and Ebichu. Join us as the zaniness ensues.
Eureka 7 – Download Now!
Trigun – Download Now!
Monster – Download Now!
Ebichu the Housekeeping Hamster – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Intro – “Days” by Flow from Eureka 7
Outro – “Neko Mimi Mode” by Dimitri in Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase
New CLAMP/Sunrise collaboration
The trailer and website for the new anime “Code Geass” is out. Check out the site here.
Naruto, Hellsing Nominated for Quills Award
Naruto and Hellsing have been nominated for The Quills book award in the graphic novel category. The Quills is an “industry-qualified ‘consumers choice’ award” launched by Publishers Weekly parent Reed Business Information and NBC. Winners will be announced October 10 in New York City. You can vote for each category on MSNBC.com.
Anime Network Reaches 40 Million Homes
ADV’s Anime Network recently crossed the 40 million household distribution mark. The service is available on demand and as a linear 24/7 cable channel.
Trigun – 72:00
Ebichu the Housekeeping Hamster – 65:50
Here we go with our AX 2006 coverage. We’ll start you off with a much requested show, the return of Tim the Enchanter. Tim, along with Weltall and Batou, journeyed out to the mystical land of California. Although they encountered much peril, they returned safely to tell about it. You’ve heard some from Batou, now hear the real story. Enjoy!
We’ve got a great show this week. We review Fairy Princesses, NANA, Fushigi Yuugi and Kamisama Kazoku. Join us as the zaniness ensues.
Fairy Princesses – Wait until it hits the US and Netflix it.
NANA – Download Now!
Fushigi Yuugi – Download Now!
Kamisama Kazoku – Download Now
Intro – Rose by ANNA inspi’ NANA ~Black Stones~ (NANA)
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri from Paris (Tsukiyomi Moon Phase)
Toei Expands Online Anime Service
Building on its Anime BB and Tokusatsu Anime Archives serivices, Toei will launch Anime BB Premium, giving Japanese users access to 40 anime titles and over 1,200 episodes. Single episodes will be 100 yen each, with value packs also available. Toei expects to bring in 600 million yen from the service next year and one billion yen in 2008.
Negipod Arrives in December
The so-called Negipod, a 30GB iPod with 40 preloaded Negima songs and an engraved illustration, will street in Japan for Ã‚Â¥54,800 (~$470).
Otaku Space Tourist Fails Physical
34-year-old Gundam fan Daisuke “Dice-K” Enomoto has been bumped from his September 14 space launch after failing a physical. He was to have dressed as Char when he took off for the International Space Station.
IG’s Chevalier Debuts Online
The first episode of Production IG’s Chevalier series is now available free online.
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Hits Theaters October 20
Robotech.com announced this weekend at Anime Evolution that Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles will receive a limited theatrical release on October 20. The DVD will be issued November 21.
Godchild Not Returning to Shojo Beat
Viz has informed us that there are no plans for Godchild (Count Cain) to return to Shojo Beat. “We periodically switch out stories to keep the magazine fresh,” explained Evelyn Dubocq, adding, “Pulling the manga from the magazine lets us put the graphic novels out more quickly.”
Venus Versus Virus Anime Announced
Reportedly Atsushi Suzumi’s moe supernatural action manga series Venus Versus Virus will be adapted into an anime television series directed by Shinichiro Kimura (Hand Maid May, Cosplay Complex, Burn Up Excess) and animated by Studio Hibari (Happy Lesson, Saber Marionette J).
This week we’re joined by Jake from the Hadokings again. We review Beet the Vandel Buster, Rashomon, Air Gear and Psychic Force. Come and share the Anime love.
Beet the Vandel Buster – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Air Gear – Download Now!
Psychic Force – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Rashomon – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Intro – Coyote by Naoki with Power Sound (Coyote Ragtime Show)
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri from Paris (Tsukiyomi Moon Phase)
The winner of Batou’s contest is Sakura Haruna Jurai – the prize is a Ryo-Oki plushie.
Anime Pulse Wins Best Podcast Honors
The second annual Podcast Awards has recognized Anime Pulse as the internet’s best podcast in the “Cultural/Arts” category. Anime Pulse will receive its award at the 2006 Podcast and Portable Media Expo to be held on September 29-30 in Ontario, California.
22,302 at Otakon 2006
Otakon 2006 attracted 22,302 attendees. Last year the convention was capped at 22,000.
Fist of the Blue Sky Anime
Comics Bunch Magazine has announced plans for an anime adaptation of Fist Of The Blue Sky. In July 2002, the ill-fated Raijin Magazine announced that a TV series based on the Fist of the North Star prequel would premiere on Japanese TV in October 2002.
Solid State Society Trailer
Production I.G’s clappa! website now hosts a 2:48 second trailer for the upcoming Stand Alone Complex movie, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society.
Suzumiya Haruhi Garage Kit Sells For $3,000
Livedoor News has reported that a limited edition assembled and painted garage kit of Suzumiya Haruhi originally sold for 15,000 yen ($129) recently sold on Yahoo Auctions for 340,000 yen ($2,931). Additional images of the completed model created by BUBBA & Saikorokyarameru are available here and here.
Yurisai Event Scheduled
The organizers of Yuricon will host the one day “Yurisai” event on September 29, 2007, at the Gateway Hilton in Newark, New Jersey. This one-day event will recreate the fun and intimate feeling of Yuricon’s 2005 Tokyo event, including video programming, workshops, panels, a “Yuriket” market, and the chance to interact with some of the biggest names in the yuri scene, including Rica Takashima, creator of “Rica ‘tte Kanji!?”.
Toonami Jetstream Soars to 9.5 Million Streams
Toonami Jetstream logged over 9.5 million streams and 725,000 unique visitors in its first month. The service offers free full length episodes of Naruto, Hikaru no Go, MAR, The Prince of Tennis, and American series like Samurai Jack and Megas XLR.
Negima 2 will be All-New
Negima series 2 begins Ocober 4 in Japan. The series will reportedly have a new story, rather than an further adaptation of Ken Akamatsu’s manga.
TANK S.W.A.T. 01 Translated
This past weekend, Anime Gamers celebrated the grand opning of their new store location in LA (not an additional opening, the store moved). As part of the celebration they screened some new anime, including TANK S.W.A.T. 01. According to Broccoli’s website, “It’s not our title, but Synch-Point did the translation.” (The Japanese TANK S.W.A.T. 01 DVD released in March did not include a translation).
Armor Core Anime
Animplex has announce plans to produce an OAV based on the Armored Core video game series. No details on when “Armored Core: Fort Tower Song” will be released. The official website is here.
Beet the Vandel Buster
Anime Pulse has brought home the gold for best “Cultural/Arts” podcast in 2006! Thanks to all of you for your support, for without our fans this wouldn’t have been possible.