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Brattle Anime Festival in Cambridge
Date: 1/27/2006 7:14 PM
On Saturday February 25, the Brattle theater in Cambridge, MA will hold an 18 hour anime festival. Starting at 6pm the Brattle will show anime such as Evangelion episodes 21-24; Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer; Azumanga Daioh!; Samurai X and more. Details are available here.
Princess Mononoke on YTV Saturday
Date: 1/27/2006 6:33 PM
YTV will be airing Princess Mononoke Saturday night at 9pm.
20th Digital Content Grand Prix
Date: 1/27/2006 7:00 AM
In addition to Zeta II, other movies that won awards in the domestic digital contents category at the 20th Digital Content Grand Prix were Always - Sunset On Third Street, Wakusei Daikaiju Negadon, Eureka Seven and Rogue Galaxy. Source: Gunota
Zeta III Premiere with Yoshiyuki Tomino and Gackt
Date: 1/27/2006 6:57 AM
Yoshiyuki Tomino and Gackt are scheduled to appear at the premiere of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation III -Love is the Pulse of the Stars- on February 23 at Yurakuchou Marion Asashi Hall. Meanwhile Zeta II won as award for Excellence in the domestic digital content category at the 20th Digital Content Grand Prix. Source: Gunota
USA Today Booklist Top 150
Date: 1/27/2006 6:49 AM
USA Today has released the Booklist Top 150 books for the week ending January 22. Tokyopop's Kingdom Hearts almost broke into the top 100 this week, at position 108, up from 187 last week. Viz's Fullmetal Alchemist enjoyed a second week in the top 150 at position 111, down from 94 last week. No other manga were present in the list.
Protoculture E-Books
Date: 1/26/2006 2:29 PM
Protoculture Addicts has published two more e-books, issue 81, featuring Read or Die; and the specially priced PA Extra #1 featuring the best of Protoculture Addicts from 1993 to 1995.
Tokyopop Lay Offs
Date: 1/26/2006 2:10 PM
Tokyopop has laid off a number of employees, including Steve Kleckner, VP of sales. Other people laid off include the senior editor in charge of OEL titles, two managers, a copy-editor and a senior designer. In total, six people are confirmed to have been laid off.
Seven Seas to Release New Speed Racer Comic
Date: 1/26/2006 11:04 AM
Seven Seas has announced that it will release a 5-part Speed Racer mini-series starting in July 2006. Each issue will be 32 pages, full color. The author and artist have not yet been announced.
Date: 1/26/2006 10:12 AM
New manga, manhwa, man hua and OEL titles launching in April
Ken Otaku Ryu "Hating the Otaku Wave" Published in Japan
Date: 1/26/2006 8:38 AM
With a name derived from the infamous Kenkanryu, Ohta Books has published Ken Otaku Ryu, "Hating the Otaku Wave." Unlike Kenkanryu, Ken Otaku Ryu is not a manga; the 224 page book vilifies otaku and is a counter-piece to the recent positive press that otaku culture has received from Japanese and international media. Among other things, the book focuses on and attacks moe and lolicon interests and states that otaku discriminate against women.
Top wo Nerae 2! Vol 5 Release
Date: 1/26/2006 8:21 AM
The Japanese release date for the fifth Top wo Nerae 2! episode has been announced for March 24th. Source: Majoria
Patlabor Movie 1 DVD Release Announced
Date: 1/26/2006 8:15 AM
Although the date and the contents have long been known, Bandai Visual has now solicited their regular and limited edition releases of Patlabor 1: The Movie . The regular edition carries a suggested retail price of $29.99, and the limited edition carries an SRP of $89.99. Both DVDs will be released on April 25. Source: TRSI
Green Green Licensed by Media Blasters
Date: 1/25/2006 3:09 PM
Media Blasters has solicited Green Green volume 1 for release May 16.
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Trailer
Date: 1/25/2006 3:01 PM
Harmony Gold has released a quicktime trailer for Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles from NATPE. Available in high resolution and low resolution.
Animation Runner Kuromi 2 Coming May 9
Date: 1/25/2006 12:54 PM
In a recent Toon Zone Podcast Central Park Media head, John O'Donnell stated that Animation Runner Kuromi 2 will be released on May 9. CPM will also be releasing the soundtrack sometime this year. Source: Toon Zone
Bandai to Release Samurai Champloo Film Manga
Date: 1/25/2006 12:49 PM
Bandai Entertainment has announced that it will release a film-manga based on Samurai Champloo (tv). The first volume is due out in April.
NPR profile on Ayano Tsuji
Date: 1/25/2006 12:44 PM
NPR has done a piece on j-pop, which includes a focus on Ayano Tsuji, performer of The Cat Returns ending theme: "Kaze ni naru." The piece focuses on how Tsuji, who's instrument of choice is the ukulele, stands out from typical j-pop fare. Her profile can be seen, and the broadcast listened to, here. Thanks to Geoff for this item.
Jin Kobayashi at Kawaii Kon
Date: 1/25/2006 12:31 PM
Kawaii Kon has announced that Jin Kobayashi will be present at the April 14-16 event in Honolulu, Hawaii. Thanks to tokumei kibou for this item.
Date: 1/25/2006 12:07 PM
ADV Launches Two Video Podcasts focussing on upcoming shows.
Date: 1/25/2006 9:16 AM
Tokyo Anime Center, the largest Center for Anime in Japan, to open in Akihabara this March Source: Mainichi
Sakura-Con Announces Three New Guests
Date: 1/25/2006 9:00 AM
Sakura-Con has announced that Goro Taniguchi, Takahiro Kimura and Hideyuki Kurata will be present as Guests of Honor at the 2006 convention, running March 24 to 26 in Seattle.
Date: 1/25/2006 8:55 AM
Samurai Champloo Episodes to Stream Online Six Days Before Broadcast
Disney Acquires Pixar
Date: 1/25/2006 7:56 AM
Reuters reports that Disney has cut a deal with Pixar to buy the animation Studio. Pixar's John Lasseter executive produced Disney's English adaptations of Spirited Away and Porco Rosso. Thanks to Mark for this item.
Priest Live-Action Movie
Date: 1/25/2006 7:49 AM
Andrew Douglas, director of Amityville Horror, is to direct a live-action adaptation of Min-Woo Hyung's Priest, a manhwa available in North America from Tokyopop. Production is scheduled to start this summer. Thanks to Murphix for this item. Source: Variety
Errata: Broccoli Financials
Date: 1/25/2006 7:27 AM
Broccoli's fiscal year ends in February 2006, the 903 million yen figure specified in the previous article was a projection that has recently been revised to 1.365 billion yen.
Gamers Ikebukuro Closing -nyo
Date: 1/24/2006 1:08 PM
Broccoli has announced that it is temporarily closing its Gamers store in Ikebukuro after 9 years of operation. The store was closed effective January 15; no date has been announced for a re-opening. A "Limited Edition - Closing Memorial" phone card illustrated by Koge Donbo was sold for 1200 yen. Broccoli suffered a 903 million yen deficit in 2005, compared to 20 million yen of expected positive cash flow.
Digimon Fifth TV Series Announced
Date: 1/24/2006 12:23 PM
Toei has launched the official website for the upcoming fifth Digimon TV series, Digimon Savers. The series was originally announced at Jump Festa 2006. No release date has been announced. Thanks to Shining Celebi for this item.
Date: 1/24/2006 9:27 AM
TAN Comes to Internet VOD
Samurai Champloo Takes Top 2 VidScan Positions
Date: 1/24/2006 8:58 AM
For the week ending January 8, Samurai Champloo volume six and volume seven took the top two positions in Nielsen Vidscan's anime chart. The previous week's top anime DVD, InuYasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler, fell to fourth position behind Fullmetal Alchemist volume 7.
Date: 1/23/2006 3:59 PM
DVDs from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Source: Worldscreen