This week we review REC, Kaze no Yojimbo, Kashimashi, Youth of the Beast and Mahoromatic. We also cover the lack of Bleach. We review Naruto and cover this week’s news.
REC – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Kaze no Yojimbo – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it/Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Kashimashi – Download Now!
Youth of the Beast – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Mahoromatic – Download Now!
ADV New York Comic-Con licenses
At their New York ComicCon panel, ADV announced two new licenses: This Ugly and Beautiful World and the Area 88 OVA series. Area 88 was previously released in the US on video and DVD by Central Park Media.
MegaCon: Fullmetal Alchemist Movie Licensed
Funimation announced at MegaCon this weekend that they have acquired the license to the feature-length animated film Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shambala.
Naruto Build-A-Ninja Contest
4Kids script writer on edits, new Gonzo co-production
New CMX Manga Licenses
At New York ComicCon, CMX has announced the licenses to the following manga: Emma, Omakue Desu, The Recipe for Gertrude, and The Empty Empire. Also announced was Megatokyo, the popular webcomic, making CMX the third publisher to handle the license.
Sony Music Festival
Funimation Acquires Afro Samurai
Funimation has announced that it has acquired the rights to Afro Samurai. The Gonzo mini-series, which is set to premiere on Spike TV later this year, features Samuel L. Jackson is the voice of the lead character, Afro. Funimation’s DVD release is expected for early next year.
Cosplay-A-Thon Go in Irving, Tx
Tenchi Muyo Dates
Funimation has announced, on the official website that Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki OAV 3 volume 2 will be released on September 12, and volume 3 will be released on November 7.
Shiawase Pantsu Includes Children’s Panties as Promo
The January volume of Shiawase Pantsu, an adult lolicon manga, included a pair of panties as a promotional extra. It is not uncommon for erotic manga to include article of women’s clothing as extras, however publisher Akaneshinsha proudly boast that the panties included with Shiawase Pantsu are for a 130cm tall girl, a size typically worn by pre-schoolers.
New Anime Airdates and Websites
Miyazaki on Cartoon Network Air Dates
Cartoon Network announced at their upfront presentation today, the airdates for their upcoming Miyazaki films. Spirited Away will air March 18, Princess Mononoke on March 25, Castle in the Sky on April 1, and Nausica of the Valley of the Wind on April 8. They will all air at 7:30pm.
Mamoru Sasaki Dies
Mamoru Sasaki passed away on February 24, he was 69. The cause of his death was pancreatic cancer. He was one of the scriptwriters for the TV anime series, Heidi, Girl of the Alps. Other his works include the TV scripts for Ultraman, Itchokusen, Kaiki Daisakusen and Comet-san. He wrote scripts for manga too such as Otoko Do-Aho! Koshien drawn by Shinji Mizushima and Soldier Boy drawn by Yumiko Kawahara. Sasaki also worked with Nagisa Oshima and wrote the scripts for some of his films, including Ninja Bugeicho in which the original drawings by Sanpei Shirato for the manga with the same title were photographed.
Two New Negima Anime
Case Closed Coming to Canadian TV
Cameron Discusses Battle Angel Plans
Ain’t It Cool News has reported that director James Cameron personally admitted that he’s still undecided whether his next film project will be Battle Angel Alita or his original science fiction film Avatar. Both movies will be shot back-to-back using state of the art digital 3D cameras, and Cameron has stated that his Lightstorm Studio has already produced full 3D CG models of Alita that he’s satisfied with. Cameron also confirmed again that he plans to make Battle Angel a movie trilogy.
Adult Swim Discusses Future Plans For Anime
The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim has published a Q&A with programming director Kim Manning in which Manning reveals several of the network’s plans for anime:
Plans for Adult Swim to experiment with broadcasting subtitled anime have been canceled.
Adult Swim has no plans to license anime for original broadcast or distribution.
A third season of The Big O is unlikely due to less than stellar broadcast ratings and DVD sales of the second season.
Adult Swim has plans to expand its broadcast of American comedy animation, but anime must still be broadcast in late night hours, presumably due to its lesser popularity and success.
Adult Swim is currently negotiating with AD Vision for broadcast rights to another anime title.
Youth of the Beast
Anime World Order
Happy House of Hentai