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Joe Strike attends the first New York Comic-Con, reporting back on an event that hopes to become a sci-fi, comics and fantasy Mecca with an east coast flavor.
FUNimation Ent. and Sabella Dern Ent. announced today (March 2, 2006) the launch of FUNimation Films, a monthly initiative that will bring top-rated anime features and series premiers to movie theaters across the U.S. Set to launch on March 17, 2006, in select Landmark theaters, moviegoers will be treated to a special showing of the DRAGON BALL Z feature, THE RETURN OF COOLER, followed by the main event the U.S. premiere of the DRAGON BALL Z movie, FUSION REBORN.
FUNimation Films was developed with The Bigger Picture, a subsidiary of Sabella Dern Ent.
New York City has had its share of comicbook conventions in the past, but few of them have filled more than a hotel ballroom or two. With 10,000 people already pre-registered, the Big Apple is bracing for The New York Comic-Con, its first major comics gathering. The three-day event is set to debut Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, and occupy a huge chuck of the citys massive Javits Convention Center.
Toon Radio has acquired the broadcast rights to the anime talk show podcast, ANIME GENESIS for its Internet broadcast. The a weekly hour-long anime talk show keeps listeners up to date on the latest happenings in the world of anime and manga, with commentary and discussion from the hosts.
Mexican commercial directors Jorge and Javier Aguilera known as Big Brother have been tapped to helm the live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime, KITE, reports VARIETY. Rob Cohen and Anant Singh are producing.
Singh and Brian Cox will produce for Singh's Distant Horizon. Cohen and Marc Pitre will produce for Cohen's Nowita Pictures. Joshua Rubin is penning the script.
New England Anime SocietyBoston, Massachusetts, USADecember 31, 2005
Boston is home to America's longest running First Night celebration, and for the past two years, the city's New England Anime Society has been a part of this tradition. This year, the New England Anime Society is back and hopes to have its largest and most successful First Night anime event yet. On Dec. 31, 2005, the New England Anime Society will be welcoming in 2006 this time with a little help from Central Park Media.
Vegas Buzz (www.vegasbuzzz.com) has launched a new channel dedicated to Anime News. The channel will cover the gamut of anime, including manga. The new service will cover TV series and features that have kids as their core audience or adults only in mind. Vegas Buzz hopes to capitalize on the ever-growing arena, which has quietly become a billion dollar a year business. For more information, visit www.animevegas.blogspot.com/.
Central Park Media announced that it is the first anime company in the world to provide content for Apple's new video-capable iPod. Visitors can now download the first episode of Central Park Media's upcoming ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS at www.centralparkmedia.com/ipod/ as well as view the trailer for KAKURENBO: HIDE & SEEK, scheduled to premiere on a special pre-Halloween midnight broadcast on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, Saturday, Oct. 29, and HAMMERBOY, winner of numerous prestigious awards on both sides of the Pacific.
Gokaza, a content provider specialized in J-pop culture, has announced the release of the two-DVD documentary HELLO ANIME! The DVD delivers a firsthand look at the dawn of anime in America, the rise of the otakus, the anime Internet community, anime in Hollywood films like KILL BILL and THE MATRIX and the Japanization of America. In 19 exclusive interviews, the pioneers who defined the movement talk about their personal success stories and reveal the inside scoop on anime.
FUNimation Ent. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corp., launched the FUNimation Channel today (Sept. 29, 2005), a 24-hour, digital network that will feature distinguished anime programming from FUNimation's anime brands. Working with OlympuSAT, one of the leading distributors for independent programming in the U.S., the channel will be available to video service providers throughout the nation. The plan is for the FUNimation Channel to be part of the basic and extended digital packages, so it will be a regular channel in the lineup.
G4 - Videogame TV has acquired anime series RAHXEPHON, CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL and COLORFUL from ADV Films. The futuristic action-packed series RAHXEPHON premieres first as part of G4's all-new late-night TV block, Barbed Wire Biscuit, on Sept, 2, 2005, at 12:00 am ET/9:00 pm PT.
The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) has released an updated report on the status of the Japanese animation industry. Surprisingly, the anime market sales in Japan declined from a high of 213.5 billion yen in 2002, to 191.2 billion yen in 2003 (a 10.4% drop). There are about 430 anime production studios in Japan, with 264 of them concentrated in greater Tokyo and 70 of those are in the Suginami district.
Animators around the world are invited to get started on their entries for IMAFs competition to identify the best in Manga and Anime talent. You have until September 30, 2005 to submit your work for a chance to win a share of the $75,000 prize fund which will be split amongst new, original and talented animators, both professional and amateur.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:Best Character DesignBest StoryboardBest Short Animation
Geneon Ent. reported that DVD sales of APPLESEED have exceeded expectations with more than 85,000 units sold to date since the titles May 10 release, setting a new standard for anime titles released in North America, and shaping up to be one of the top anime releases of 2005.
On April 19, 2005, Geneon Ent. released KYO KARA MAOH!GOD (?) SAVE OUR KING! VOLUME ONE on DVD. The series is based on the Japanese novels that have sold more than two million copies. Presented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen and featuring animation produced by Studio Deen (R.O.D. OVA, RANMA 1/2, RUROUNI KENSHIN OVA), the DVD features include textless opening animation and character data files. Each of the nine volumes will include a limited edition collectible animation cel. KYO KARAMAOH! GOD (?) SAVE OUR KING!
Christopher Panzner looks into the historical success of the Japanese direct-to-video market, or better known as V-Cinema and OVA.
FUNimation Prods. properties DRAGON BALL GT, DRAGON BALL Z, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, CASE CLOSED AND YU YU HAKUSHO ruled the "Best of Anime" awards in the inaugural 2005 Anime Awards at About.com.
The Suginami Anime Pavilion will reopen at the Suginami Animation Museum on March 5, 2005, reports Anime Blogzine. The exhibit closed April 2004 for renovation and expansion.
The newly renovated museum will have expanded space for exhibits, a workshop, theater and anime library. Special exhibits will be held four times a year, starting with the special opening exhibit GUNDAM -REKIDAI NO KIDOU SENSHI.
On Jan. 25, 2005, ADV Films will release on DVD MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO: ESSENTIAL ANIME COLLECTION, VOLUME 3, the final volume of the animation series.
Thanks to the long-awaited GHOST IN THE SHELL 2 INNOCENCE, which continues Mamoru Oshiis acclaimed anime cyber-tech thriller, we can now view and analyze both movies on DVD, including a brand new GHOST IN THE SHELL Special Edition.
Fred Patten compares and contrasts two new theatrical releases from Asia -- Japans Appleseed and South Koreas Sky Blue.
ADV Films has released three new anime DVDs on Nov. 30, 2004. The titles include: MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO: ESSENTIAL ANIME COLLECTION, VOLUME 2, SORCERER HUNTERS: ESSENTIAL ANIME COLLECTION and BASTOF SYNDROME: ENDGAME.