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The New York Anime Festival announced this week new dates for its 2008 show -- September 26-28 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
The New York Anime Festival, a Japanese pop culture convention from the creators of the New York Comic Con, held its first event on December 7-9, 2007.
Toon Radio and Limelight Media announce the return of ANIME IN THE LIMELIGHT after a three-year hiatus.
The Japanese anime and videogame music radio show has been on local terrestrial radio and has been recording new episodes since January 2008.
It will resume broadcasting on the Toon Radio internet radio station (www.toonradio.net) on March 15, 2008.
On the air since 1997, Anime in the Limelight is a 30 to 60 minute Japanese animation music and Japanese pop culture show.
Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Nozomi Entertainment and Kadokawa Pictures USA are pleased to unveil a sneak preview of THE THIRD manga available from TOKYOPOP on March 11, 2008, at www.thethirdanime.com,the official site for THE THIRD: THE GIRL WITH THE BLUE EYE.
Also at www.thethirdanime.com, visitors can:
Preview sound and video clips, including those from next volume of the anime, VOL. 5: SHADOWS OF THE PAST, which streets on March 25;
Read about the series, its origin and characters;
Watch the series trailer; and
Leading anime channel Anime Network has announced a new broadband service to stream high-quality anime on the Internet. The free service will feature more than 20 full episodes of classic and new anime series at any given time, including classics like RAHXEPHON and SAIYUKI, and new series such as AH! MY GODDESS: FLIGHTS OF FANCY and KURAU PHANTOM MEMORY.
Joe Strike ventures to the New York Anime Festival to find an event that goes deeper than most events into the rich world of anime.
The latest Acrobat edition of Animation World Magazine is now online to download. Covering commercials, IDs and music videos, this edition brings readers the fifth Hot Spots, which presents the best in animated and vfx commercials selected from our readers' submissions. Steven Gottileb surveys the music video scene and highlights some recent examples of cutting-edge visual effects in the medium. Joe Strike talks to several animation production companies about the growing need for interstitial programming around the globe.
In this month's trio of anime reviews, Chris Feldman tells us about Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex: The Laughing Man, The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye and Pumpkin Scissors.
Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf Inc. and Nozomi Ent. have launched astroboy.rightstuf.com, the official website celebrating Osamu Tezuka's groundbreaking 1963 ASTROBOY anime series.
At astroboy.rightstuf.com, visitors can view the trailers, download ASTROBOY wallpapers and avatars, and listen to an exclusive interview with Frederik L. Schodt, author of THE ASTRO BOY ESSAYS, about the significance of Dr. Tezuka's works worldwide, the differences between the ASTROBOY manga and its anime adaptations, and Tezuka's love-hate relationship with his best-known creation.
TYO, an advertising, film and animation firm, is acquiring the creator of ULTRAMAN, Tsuburaya Prods., reports ICv2.com. After a restructuring of Tsuburaya, TYO plans to heavily exploit the ULTRAMAN franchise, which has already spawned more than 20 live-action and anime TV series and feature films. The property is also a merchandising bonanza, including toys and videogames. TYO produced the anime series APPLESEED EX MACHINA.
For this month's trio of anime reviews, Chris Feldman checks out The Flame of Recca, Vol. 10: The Final Showdown; Kurau: Phantom Memory, Vol. 1; and Zipang, Vol. 2: The Ghosts of History
Following its successful debut on Propeller TV, Anime Network's edgy, two-hour injection of anime is now airing nightly on SKY Channel 195 between 8:00-10:00 pm, with new content shown on weekends. Positive viewer feedback to the block launched in early June encouraged the network to beef up its programming.
"We received a tremendous response to the Anime Network block during its 13-week debut," said Andrew McKinnon, Propeller TV Commercial Director. "This is clearly content our viewers are demanding, so we're happy to give them what they want."
ADV Films and Geneon Ent. (USA) announced a new distribution agreement. Beginning Oct. 1st, ADV Films will be Geneon Ent. USA's sole distributor. ADV Films will handle all sales and distribution duties for the combined catalog as well as certain marketing functions.
The Comcast Corp. has picked up the nine-episode first season of AnimeTV -- Bang Zoom! Ent.'s popular anime info show -- for its Anime Selects On Demand network. The program has attracted a growing legion of fans with informative commentary and interviews with a variety of anime industry luminaries. The broadcast is significant because it marks the first time an independently produced program dedicated to covering the burgeoning anime market will be made available in so many major national markets.
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announced the appointment of current CFO Ms. Trulee Karahashi to the position of CEO for the nonprofit organization dedicated to popularizing and educating the American public about anime and manga. A University of California Berkeley graduate, Karahashi has extensive experience in working with American and Japanese anime and manga industries, as well as long-time experience with Anime Expo, the largest anime/manga convention held in the U.S. As CEO, Ms.
Adding a healthy dose of sci-fi and adventure to its popular lineup, Anime Network has licensed two new series from Illumitoon Ent. The mecha robot-filled series B'TX and AM DRIVER are set to premiere on VOD on September 6 and September 9, respectively.
For August, Chris Feldman looks at Time Bokan, The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye and Ghost in Shell: Stand Alone Complex-Solid State Society in AWN's monthly anime reviews.
Japan's Media Development Research Institute announced that the Japanese anime market grew to 241.5 billion yen (about $2.026 billion) in 2006, reports ANIME NEWS NETWORK. This is the highest level since the institute started surveying in 1990, and represents the third year of continuous growth.
Anime expert Fred Patten checks out The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, Revised and Expanded Edition to see if the authors have maintained its position as the go-to book for any questions on anime.
Houston-based Anime Network has secured linear carriage in the state of Kansas with Sunflower Broadband and Eagle Communications, which adds three new markets to Anime Network's linear distribution. Anime Network will soon be available in Lawrence, Hays and Minneapolis, Kansas, just in time for the new semester to begin at universities across the state.
TotalVid.com, the Internet video-on-demand service from Landmark Communications, has announced the availability of five new anime series from FUNimation Ent. downloadable through its subscription platform. TotalVid.com offers consumers unlimited access to thousands of enthusiast, special interest and instructional videos, movies and TV episodes in categories such as anime, action sports, martial arts and travel on a subscription basis for $9.95 per month. Individual anime episodes will also be available on a download-to-own basis for $1.99 each.
Philippe Moins travels to the Annecy Animated Film Festival and finds a lineup of out of the ordinary animation.
Anime Network has announced that HEROES star James Kyson Lee will guest host its popular original series, ANIME ACCESS, which gives viewers a virtual backstage pass to anime's hottest events. This time the ANIME ACCESS crew heads to Long Beach, California, to go behind the scenes of North America's largest anime convention, from June 29 through July 2, 2007.
Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf Inc. has unveiled its events schedule for Anime Expo 2007, taking place from June 29 through July 2, 2007, at the Long Beach Convention Center.
Right Stuf Studio Panel will take place on Saturday, June 30, at 2:00 pm in room 104A. Right Stuf president Shawne Kleckner will give attendees the inside scoop on Right Stuf's newly renamed production division Nozomi Ent., the DVD release of THE THIRD, Right Stuf's 20th anniversary and upcoming releases.