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.
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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.
VIZ Media has announced the availability of DEATH NOTE on a download-to-own basis beginning June 28, 2007, on TotalVid.com. The first 16 subtitled episodes will be available at launch, with one new episode added each week thereafter. TotalVid.com offers consumers unlimited access to thousands of enthusiast, special interest and instructional videos in categories such as anime, action sports, martial arts and travel on a subscription basis for $9.95 per month. Individual DEATH NOTE episodes will also be available on a download-to-own basis for $1.99 each.
Bandai Visual USA Inc. announced it will be participating at Anime Expo 2007 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, June 29-July 2, 2007. Bandai Visual USA will be offering FREEDOM VOLUME 1, which will mark the first commercial availability of a high-definition anime title in North America. Bandai Visual USA will be located at booth #1605.
Shuhei Morita, the director of FREEDOM, is expected to be on-hand at the Bandai Visual USA booth, and is scheduled to appear on an industry panel.
Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) announced the launch of Animax Mobile in Canada and Australia to kickoff a global roll-out of a "dedicated mobile version" of Sony's popular Japanese anime channel that currently can be seen across Asia, Central Europe, Germany, and Latin America on TV via cable and satellite providers. Animax Mobile is specifically designed for mobile TV viewing using mobile streaming technology and targets users ages 14-34.
For this month's trio of anime reviews, Chris Feldman gives us his thoughts on To Heart V.1 New Feelings, V.2 Finding Courage, Demon Prince Enma V.1 and Highlander: The Search for Vengeance.
Azureus, a global leader in aggregating and distributing long-form, high quality video via the Internet's most popular media peer-to-peer (P2P) application, struck a content agreement with Geneon Ent. to release popular anime series on its digital media platform. The agreement includes an episode of LUPIN III, "To Be or Nazi Be" (episode 3) that couldn't be aired on TV because of its outrageous storyline. Azureus will make the programs available on its video sharing site, Vuze (www.vuze.com), a premier broadband distribution platform.
The new anime network, GONG, dedicated to teens and adults, has launched as the first international on-demand, online Japanese animation channel in Europe and North America.
GONG is the only on-demand Anime channel, available anywhere, anytime, on any screen (TV, mobile, Internet, VOD), in 36 countries across Europe and North America, offering manga and anime fans top-rated and popular anime series and movies.
Sony Pictures Television Int'l (SPTI) announced that its anime channel, Animax, is set to launch in Germany. The announcement was made following the signing of an agreement with Unity Media, the first distribution partner for Animax in the country. The channel will commence broadcasting from early June 2007 and will be available to digital pay-tv subscribers in the German regions of North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse, which have more than five million cable households. Further roll out of the channel through other distribution partners is to follow over the coming months.
The SCI FI Channel will starting airing Ani-Monday, a weekly anime programming block, Monday nights from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am beginning June 11, 2007. Ani-Monday will feature a collection of movies, series and shorts from Starz Media's anime distribution arm, Manga. This also marks SCI FI's first foray into original late-night programming.
For this month's trio of anime reviews, Chris Feldman gives us his thoughts on Black Jack Vol. 1-3, Tactics Vol. 4 and Coyote Ragtime Show.
Chris Hawley has joined award-winning creative and production studio 808inc as design director.
Prior to joining 808inc., Hawley led the creative team at A.D. Vision, the number one multimedia producer and distributor of anime content in the U.S. He was responsible for hiring and managing a team of 12 designers and assisted in the early stages of hiring, training and development of a manga design team.
LOST star Matthew Fox is in closing talks to take on the role of Racer X in Larry and Andy Wachowski's big screen adaptation of anime classic, SPEED RACER, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Additionally, Australian actor Kick Gurry (Alex Proyas' GARAGE DAYS) is up for the role of Sparky, Speed's spacey mechanic. Fox and Gurry would join a cast that includes Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman.
Joe Strike attends year two of the New York Comic Con to find out if the event is growing to a must-attend level like other Cons or if it will fade away in a few years.
The new anime series BLOOD +, based on the anime feature BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE, is set to premiere on Saturday, March 10, at 12:30 am (ET, PT) on Adult Swim. BLOOD + is from exec producers Hideo Katsumata and Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and features music from Academy Award-winning composer, Hans Zimmer. BLOOD + is a half-hour anime series and is produced by Aniplex, Inc., in association with Sony Pictures Television.
In anime reviews for this month, Chris Feldman takes a look at Tokko, Volume 1, Best Student Council V.1 "A New Home" and Air Gear V.1 "East Side Showdown."
Actor Dean Turner, who voiced many English dubs of anime series, died Dec. 28, 2006, at Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center in Hawaii, reports BCDB.COM. He was 84. Turner died of respiratory failure after fighting diabetes for several years, said his partner of 40 years, actor Richard Pellett.
Turner voiced Lee and the Secretary Of Commerce in GASARAKI (1998), the Department Chief in HEPPOKO [SILLY] ANIMATION EXCEL SAGA (QUACK EXPERIMENTAL ANIME EXCEL SAGA) (1999), the Maitre D in A.D. POLICE: TO PROTECT AND SERVE (1999), and a driver and council member in NOIR (2001).
From the University of Minnesota Press for $19.95, MECHADEMIA, a new annual edited by Frenchy Lunning, begins a conversation among scholars, critics and fans about the complexity of art forms like Superflat, manga and anime. The premier issue features the interactive worlds that anime and manga have created, including the origins of cosplay, depictions of werewolves, forgotten images from a founding manga artist, videogame interactivity, the nature of anime fandom in America and the globalization of manga.