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The Power Rangers Return to Comics in 'Power Rangers Super Samurai' Vol. 1 [Preview] - ComicsAlliance

The Power Rangers Return to Comics in 'Power Rangers Super Samurai' Vol. 1 [Preview] - ComicsAlliance | Anime News | Scoop.it
On June 27, Papercutz restores the Power Rangers to comic book duty in Power Rangers Super Samurai VOn June 27, Papercutz restores the Power Rangers to comic book duty in Power Rangers Super Samurai Vol. 1: Memory Short, the first in a series of 64-page graphic novels (available in both softcover and hardcover formats) expanding on the Nickelodeon live action series with original stories by Stefan Petrucha and artist Paulo Henrique. In addition to the preview page at the official Papercutz site, the publisher has also provided us with a look at five action-oriented pages from the upcoming comic featuring a battle between the rangers' Claw Armor Megazord and a very brainy monster. You can check out the five-page preview of Power Rangers Super Samurai Vol. 1 after the cut.

From PaperCutz's official solicitation info:
On a rare day off, the Power Rangers attend a free rock concert dressed as civilians, blending in with the rest of the attendees. Unbeknownst to the Rangers, the evil Master Xandred has been watching them closely, and plans to trap them by turning the crowd of thousands against them. Can the Rangers stop Master Xandred's plot without harming any of their fellow teens?

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Former Power Ranger Opening Tokusatsu Themed Bar in Japan - ComicsAlliance

Former Power Ranger Opening Tokusatsu Themed Bar in Japan - ComicsAlliance | Anime News | Scoop.it
For a small sub-section of a generation raised on the special effects-enriched slugfest Power Rangers franchise -- in any of its many, many flavors, from the classic Mighty Morphin to Samurai, through things like Ninja Storm, Dino Thunder and the classic* Mystic Force -- there is likely no cooler idea than getting drunk in the company of an honest-to-goodness Power Ranger. To those dreamers, however, some good news: if you travel to Japan, you can now legitimately make that happen.

Former Power Ranger Masaru Shishido -- he played the Red Ranger known as Oh Red in Chōriki Sentai Ohranger, which had its footage localized in the States as part of the 1996 Power Rangers Zeo series -- is opening a tokusatsu-themed bar in Japan, dedicated not only to Power Rangers but to all manner of genre television. "There are lots of regular bars [but] I wanted to do a bar done up after my [Oh Red] color," explained Shishido.

Part of that color includes Rangers memorabilia, overpriced drinks and bartenders who call each other "captain." According to Kotaku, the bar also has "events" planned for the truly faithful - Perhaps if we're lucky, Shishido will don his Ranger uniform and try out some of his former stunts for old times' sake... Preferably sober, of course, just in case.


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DC to Run TV Ads for 'Before Watchmen'

DC to Run TV Ads for 'Before Watchmen' | Anime News | Scoop.it

Retailers have confirmed to ICv2 that at the Diamond Retailer Summit DC Comics announced that it would be running TV ads in support of its Before Watchmen launch as well as for the release of the first batch of hardcover collections of the “New 52” comics. DC’s use of targeted TV ads to help launch the “New 52” was widely praised by retailers (see "DC's FAQ for the New 52, Part 2").

Given the fact that Watchmen has been a strong perennial seller in bookstores for years, and has a sterling literary reputation—it was the only graphic novel on Time Magazine’s list of the “Top 100 Novels” (see "'Watchmen' Makes Time's Top 100 Novels")—it has been read by a huge number of people who don’t regularly read comics. TV ads appear to be among the best possible ways of reaching those potential customers and informing them about the Before Watchmen books.

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Marry These Japanese Geeks!

Marry These Japanese Geeks! | Anime News | Scoop.it
Marry These Japanese Geeks!
It's a big decision. Choose wisely. And more and more Japanese women are supposedly picking towards otaku (geeks) for their marriage partners. The reason why otaku make attractive partners is that Japanese women think they won't cheat on them and that they'll be good listeners.

But not all geeks are the same! And not all geeks are guys. Here's a field guide (via Gow!Magazine), which isn't only applicable to women looking for a marriage partner, but also to anyone keen to date geeks. So which breed of geek is best for marriage? Let's fine out.
•Anime Otaku: The stereotype is that anime otaku stay indoors all the time, watching and recording anime. For those who are already homebodies, an anime otaku might make a fetching catch, wrote Gow! It's also possible that both of you will totally get into the same anime. Since anime otaku can be interested in figurines and voice actors, Gow! advised to check to see just how far your otaku is into anime as well as be aware of what your tolerance level is.

•Electronics Otaku: These geeks are into computers, audio equipment, and electronics. Since electronics are expensive and since this breed of otaku usually want the latest and greatest device, Gow! described them as "money draining landmine otaku".

•Idol Otaku: Idols are typically young pop stars and pin-ups. Idol otaku go to concerts and meet-and-greet events, which is why Gow! described being in a relationship with an idol otaku as "difficult".

•Game Otaku: The number of couples that are into gaming together is increasing, Gow! noted. Sharing the same interest is good for relationships. Though, Gow! warned that if the one partner stopped playing video games, then both might have nothing to talk about.

•Train Otaku: Train otaku don't only enjoy taking trains, but they also love photographing them and building model train sets. Being in a relationship with a train otaku means that you'll probably going on loads of train journeys together, even as you both get older. Gow! warned that model train sets are pricey as are cameras. Also some might not like if their partner is more interested in taking photos of trains than them. Gow! also referred to train nerds as "landmines".

•Superhero Otaku: These otaku are into Japanese superhero Ultraman and Kamen Rider. Because many of these otaku are collectors, that means your house could be covered in superhero items. Gow! warned that rare items can cost a considerable amount of cash. If the couple ends up with a child, then Gow! added that the superhero otaku can do a good job of explaining right and wrong and will probably be a good parent.

It was actually somewhat "in" to date otaku for like a weekend in either 2005 or 2006. Around that time, Train Man was a hit book, movie, and TV show. Otaku were viewed as diligent, earnest, and serious. They were good choices for dates.

Then, on June 8, 2008, a man named Tomohiro Kato went on a stabbing rampage in Tokyo's geek district, Akihabara. Otaku, sadly, reverted to their default setting in the Japanese media: creepy, strange, and possibly dangerous.

Thankfully, it looks as though otaku are making the climb back to mainstream acceptance—and marriage. So don't run from your geekiness when looking for a mate. Embrace it so your partner can embrace it, too. Because your otaku hobbies are probably not going away...

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Viz Media Licenses Berserk Film Trilogy (Updated)

Viz Media Licenses Berserk Film Trilogy (Updated) | Anime News | Scoop.it
Viz Media announced at its panel at Sakura-Con on Saturday that it has licensed the Berserk: The Golden Age Arc film trilogy. Viz Media plans to release the first film, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc - The Egg of the King (Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago), this fall. The film trilogy is Studio 4°C's theatrical adaptation of Kentaro Miura's Berserk manga.

The trilogy stars Hiroaki Iwanaga (Tomica Hero Rescue Force, Moyashimon, Kamen Rider OOO) as Guts, Takahiro Sakurai (Toriko, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, AnoHana) as Griffith, and Toa Yukinari (Grey's Anatomy dubbing, Naruto Shippūden) as Casca. Toshiyuki Kubooka (Batman: Gotham Knight episode 5) is directing the films and Ichiro Okouchi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion) is handling the screenplay.

Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago opened in Japan on February 4. The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan on May 23.

The second film in the series, Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen II: Doldrey Kōryaku (Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey), is slated to be released in theaters in Japan on June 23. That film is scheduled to run for about 100 minutes and will focus on the epic battle by the Kingdom of Midland to retake Doldrey Castle from the Chuder Empire. Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen III: Kōrin (Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent) will open later in 2012 and run for about 110 minutes. In this film, the story "delves nonstop into the abyss of dark fantasy."

Kentarou Miura's Berserk fantasy manga began in 1989 and is still ongoing. Dark Horse Comics released the manga's 35th volume last September. The manga was adapted into a television anime series in 1997, and Media Blasters originally released the series in North America in 2002.

Viz Media also revealed that it will simulcast the Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals (Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden) spinoff television anime series. Crunchyroll previously announced that it is streaming the series worldwide outside of Japan starting on April 3. Viz Media will also release a manga box set for Ouran High School Host Club in October with a memo pad with character art.

Update: Viz Media confirmed at the panel that it will release Inuyasha: The Final Act on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in Fall 2012.

Image © Kentaro Miura, Hakusensha/BERSERK FILM PARTNERS

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The Animation for this Disney Commercial Doesn't Look Very Disney

The Animation for this Disney Commercial Doesn't Look Very Disney | Anime News | Scoop.it

Click thru below for a quick commercial for Tokyo Disney Resort. It doesn't look very Disney! There's a reason for that: Disney roped in Japanese anime studio Madhouse to create this spot.

Madhouse is known for Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.


It's interest to see Disney greenlight something that diverges stylistically from its own animation style. But perhaps that was the point? It would not be a first, though, as Madhouse also handled the animation duties for Stitch!, the anime version of Lilo & Stitch.

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'AKIRA' Creator Katsuhiro Otomo to Return to Long-Form Manga - ComicsAlliance

'AKIRA' Creator Katsuhiro Otomo to Return to Long-Form Manga - ComicsAlliance | Anime News | Scoop.it

The great mangaka Katsuhiro Otomo is recognized around the world for his enormous influence on comic books and anime, a legacy cemented in his seminal work, AKIRA -- a 2,000-page opus that remains Otomo's only long-form manga. That is set to change, however, when Otomo begins work on what will be his first extended serial in more than 20 years. The as-yet-untitled project will be in the shonen arena (manga targeted at the young male market) and set in Japan's historic Meiji period between the late 1860s and 1912.


The news comes courtesy of Japanese art magazine Geijutsu Shincho, which also features "DJ Teck no Morning Attack," a new eight-page color manga by Otomo and his first since 2006's "Kouen." Otomo also told the magazine that he's produced a new anime short called "Hi-no-Youjin" or "Combustible," which will screen at the Annecy festival in France this June.

Little is known about Otomo's new serial, just that it will be the author's first exercise in shonen and be set during Japan's Meiji period, around the mid 1800s to July 1912, when the nation transformed from an isolated feudal state into the Empire of Japan.


Translation of the original interview is subject to inaccuracies, but it seems Otomo played coy with the release date and other details, saying that his new work will be serialized in "a certain shonen magazine."


In other Otomo news, the master recently released his latest art book, Kaba 2, a sequel to the original released all the way back in 1989. The book is only available as an import and features extremely high quality reproductions of all sorts of Otomo work, including AKIRA paintings and a colorized and Japanese language version of his contribution to the 1996 DC Comics anthology Batman: Black & White. I have seen the book and can assure you it is gorgeous. You can find Kaba 2 for around $150 at finer comics shops, art book stores and online.

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'Sensual' New 'Lupin III' Anime Series Coming to Japan in April - ComicsAlliance

'Sensual' New 'Lupin III' Anime Series Coming to Japan in April - ComicsAlliance | Anime News | Scoop.it
Though a lot of American fans are most familiar with Lupin III from the all-ages English dub of The Castle of Cagliostro directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Japan's newest anime series will be intended for slightly more mature audiences.


Inspired by Monkey Punch's more adult manga circa 1967, the upcoming anime TV series called Lupin III - The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (Lupin the Third - Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna) is set to debut in Japan on April 4. The series will span 13 episodes and focus on titular character Mine Fujiko, a seductive thief with skills that rival and often top Lupin's own -- kind of the Catwoman of the Lupin world.


The series' NSFW official website http://lupin40.com/tv/ demonstrates this sensuality pretty clearly -- and with neon colors to boot! Seriously, it's like they hired Dan Hipp.


The series is notable for being the first Lupin series in almost three decades and also for recruiting the franchise's first female director, Sayo Yamamoto, who worked as a storyboard artist on Death Note.


Rather than push the chronology of the series ahead, this anime will apparently take place earlier in Arsene Lupin III, Fujiko, Goemon Ishikawa XIII, Daisuke Jigen and Inspector Zenigata's adventures. As is usually the case, Fujiko will probably evade Lupin's advances at every turn and leave him a lovelorn master thief.


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ANIME NEWS: Hello Kitty and Evangelion to team up - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

ANIME NEWS: Hello Kitty and Evangelion to team up - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Anime News | Scoop.it
Evangelion is an anime franchise featuring massive humanoids beating big monsters to a pulp. Hello Kitty is a globally recognized brand featuring a super-cute Japanese bobtail cat.

Now, the marketing brains that control the two franchises are launching a line of crossover merchandise that will put the adorable white cat in Evangelion’s apocalyptic world.

The new products, including office supplies, daily goods and fashion items, will be sold from May, ahead of the fall release of the latest Evangelion film "Evangelion: 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo."

Hello Kitty will be dressed up as Evangelion’s Rei Ayanami and Asuka Shikinami Langley characters.

About 10 companies have already concluded licensing agreements for the crossover brand.

The original "Evangelion" animated TV series premiered in 1995 in Japan and gained a wide following at home and abroad. "Evangelion: 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo" is the third in a four-film series that started in 2007 with "Evangelion: 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone." That first installment made 2 billion yen ($25 million) at the box office, and its sequel "Evangelion: 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance" grossed 4 billion yen. The fourth and final movie will hit theaters in 2013.

Hello Kitty has become a global brand since its release by Sanrio in 1974. About 50,000 related products are sold in 109 countries and regions each year.

Sanrio has previously released Hello Kitty crossover goods in collaboration with the "One Piece" pirate manga and anime series and the virtual singing idol Hatsune Miku.

For more information, visit the official websites of the "Evangelion" film series at (http://www.evangelion.co.jp/) and Sanrio at (http://www.sanrio.co.jp/).

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
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MangaNEXT: Vertical licenses Stan Lee manga | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

MangaNEXT: Vertical licenses Stan Lee manga | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment | Anime News | Scoop.it
The manga publisher Vertical Inc. announced two new licenses at MangaNEXT: Heroman, which is co-written by Stan Lee, and The Limit, a serious take on bullying by Keiko Suenobu, the creator of Life, a manga about cutting that was published by Tokyopop in 2006. They will also be publishing a Queen’s Blade art book, based on the popular Japanese franchise that includes illustrated books, manga, anime, and video games.

Heroman is not a typical title for Vertical, but marketing director Ed Chavez said the manga really surprised him. “This is a very smart introduction to not just manga reading and traditional Japanese tropes of science fiction and the like, kaiju and giant monsters, but also a great introduction to American superhero comics,” he said. “To have Stan Lee involved and to have Square Enix [the publisher] involved, I thought this was a very interesting proposition.”

Lee developed the plot for the series, which was made into an anime by the anime studio Bones. The story, which is set in Los Angeles (or a city very much like it), is about a teenager who is a little undersized who wants to be a hero; he picks up a discarded toy that someone has thrown away and… well, you know… next thing there’s aliens and giant robots. Sounds like good stuff. Square Enix is the publisher of Fullmetal Alchemist and Black Butler, as well as a host of popular games, and they sure know how to make manga.

The other new manga license, The Limit, is a shoujo story that, Chavez said, “even the dumb old guys at Vertical—we are in our 30s—could understand.” In other words, it lacks the visual busyness of a lot of shoujo manga (see: Sailor Moon, or anything by Arina Tanemura), and, Chavez says, “It’s brutal. Once you get to the halfway part of the first volume, it’s literally a survival story, with high school girls. Six girls come in, three girls come out. I want to see not just your traditional shoujo reader pick this up, I would like to see the guys pick it up. It’s a harsh title.”
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Warner Bros. Wants the 'Get Smart' Guy to Make a 'Bleach' Movie - ComicsAlliance

Warner Bros. Wants the 'Get Smart' Guy to Make a 'Bleach' Movie - ComicsAlliance | Anime News | Scoop.it

via comicsalliance.com - Andy Khouri


The neck-breaking speed with which the much maligned AKIRA live-action film goes in and out of active development has me unsure as to its present status, but the movie blog people seem to think it's dead for the moment. However, seemingly determined to bring some manga to American cinema audiences, Warner Bros. is moving forward with a film based on Bleach, the long-running and hugely popular shonen series by Tite Kubo. The movie is being written by Wrath of the Titans screenwriter Dan Mazeau under the auspices of Get Smart and 50 First Dates director Peter Segal, who will produce Bleach alongside Heroes star Masi Oka and Viz Productions.
 

With more than 75 million copies in print since it launched in 2001, Bleach is the story of a teenager who can see ghosts, and by virtue of that comes into contact with an injured Soul Reaper (kind of like the Grim Reaper), who grants him the ability to protect humanity from supernatural evils and guide the souls of the dead safely into the afterlife.


"I've always been a huge fan of Bleach and have great respect for its creator Kubo and the truly original and amazing world he has created in this manga," Segal told Variety, who also report that Oka brought the project to Segal's Callahan Filmworks company, and that Segal may end up directing the film.


Topless Robot's Rob Bricken suggests that unlike AKIRA and Dragon Ball, Kubo's broad supernatural adventure story may not be so indelibly Japanese that it defies Americanization. It will be interesting to see if the project engenders the negative reaction seen with other manga adaptations, or if Hollywood gets it right this time.


Bleach is available in English volumes from Viz Media and digitally from VizManga.com. The Bleach anime is set to conclude in March, and Kubo's manga begins its final story arc later this year.

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Pack of Pikachus Roam Through Tokyo Neighborhoods

Pack of Pikachus Roam Through Tokyo Neighborhoods | Anime News | Scoop.it

via animenewsnetwork.com


Stretchy-costumed Pikachus with Satoshi/Ash spotted at train stations and McDonald's.


A pack dressed in stretchy Pikachu attire was spotted at a number of Tokyo neighborhoods this past weekend. The Pikachus — at least six of them with one cosplayer as Pokémon's Satoshi/Ash in tow — were reported not only in Shibuya and Harajuku in eastern central Tokyo, but also in Hamamatsuchō further west. (The group was sighted grazing at a McDonald's restaurant in Harajuku, wandering through a Starbucks Coffee shop in Shibuya, and riding the busy Yamanote train line.)


According to one eyewitness who reported her sighting to a sibling, "Tokyo's such a creepy place. Pikachus walk the streets like there's nothing unusual. They communicated with each other by uttering "pikachūpikachū."

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AKIRA Goes Live Action, But Not How You Think ...

AKIRA Goes Live Action, But Not How You Think ... | Anime News | Scoop.it

via twitchfilm.com - Todd Brown


With the Warner Brothers backed, Jaume Collet-Serra directed Hollywood adaptation of Akira on hold leave it to the fans to bring Katsuhiro Otomo's creation into the live action world. French director Fabien Dubois has just released a teaser for his own vision of Akira and, though brief, it catches an interesting tone. Take a look by clicking thru below

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On the fence about this "adaptation". I sort of agree with the populace at the Twitch community that it kind of makes Tetsuo too generic. I like the cinematography, but also like someone pointed out, the pill on the jacket belongs to Kaneda not Tetsuo. Additionally, if that's a part towards Tetsuo's decent into insanity, he should have his cape by then. I guess the pill proves a point as the teaser could have been closely related to any other movie without it, but I do think it could have been better.

Of course I'm reading into it WAAAAY to much.
Proof:
http://www.avforums.com/forums/attachments/movie-memorabilia/218878d1294561654-tetsuo-bike-cel-akira-whats-my-cels-value-akira-bike01.jpg
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ICv2 - 4Kids Sells ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ Assets

ICv2 - 4Kids Sells ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ Assets | Anime News | Scoop.it
A year after the once mighty kids entertainment powerhouse 4Kids filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (see “4Kids Files Chapter 11”), and just a month after settling a lawsuit over its rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime property, 4Kids has sold its YGO rights to Kidsco, an affiliate of the Saban Capital Group (that rose to success in the world of children’s programming on the backs of the Power Rangers) for 10 million dollars.

Thus ended a remarkable run for 4Kids and Yu-Gi-Oh!, which remains a popular Saturday morning cartoon series and one of the top collectible card games (which is distributed here by Konami Digital Entertainment and will likely remain unaffected by the sale of the rights to the YGO anime) in both the mass and hobby channels (see “Top Collectible Games—Q4 2011”).

Meanwhile 4Kids, having shed its most potent license, has signed a deal that will give it international rights to the 52-episode Beastkeeper cartoon series produced in Italy by Mondo TV, Starbright, and Ponpoko Productions. Mondo TV began as a distributor of anime and manga in Italy, and the Beastkeeper series reflects a heavy anime influence, both stylistically (check out the hairdos on the series’ tween protagonists) and thematically (the young boy at the center of the series possesses an ancient artifact that gives him the power to control and merge with Beasts, legendary creatures who are hidden in every part of the world).
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Running a Marathon Dressed as Naruto and Failing Miserably

Running a Marathon Dressed as Naruto and Failing Miserably | Anime News | Scoop.it
In sports, not everyone can be winners. Some must come in second, or third place. Some must come in dead last. Some don't even do that.

Just ask Hiroshi Matsuyama. He's the head of Japanese game developer, CyberConnect2, and to mark Naruto selling ten million video game spin-offs, Matsuyama decided to run the Paris Marathon dressed as the iconic ninja.

There is a reason why runners train hard for marathons. That's the same reason why Matsuyama didn't finish the marathon, making it only 22km. "Only"! Ha!

Matsuyama revealed that he failed to finish the race, and uploaded photos of the game exec honcho with with "loser" written on his cheeks in Japanese. Loser or not, it seems like he has a good attitude about the whole thing.
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Biggest Anime Release of the Year in May - The Secret World of Arrietty

Biggest Anime Release of the Year in May - The Secret World of Arrietty | Anime News | Scoop.it

The Walt Disney Studios has announced the May 22nd release of the Studio Ghibli film The Secret World of Arrietty, which broke the Ghibli record for a North American theatrical release with $18.6 million. Anime grandmaster Hayao Miyazaki wrote the screenplay for Arrietty, which is based on Mary Norton’s children’s classic The Borrowers, but Miyazaki didn’t direct the film, leaving that task to Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a talented animator who made his directorial debut on Arrietty.


Since Miyazaki’s Ghibli releases have typically been the bestselling anime home entertainment release in North America of whatever year in which they appear, The Secret World of Arrietty, which will be available in a 2-disc Blu-Ray/Combo (MSRP $39.99) as well as a single-disc DVD version ($29.99), will likely take “Top Anime” release of 2012.

Also on May 22nd Disney is releasing the first high-def Blu-ray versions of two other Ghibli films including, most notably, Castle in the Sky (Laputa), one of Miyazaki’s very best films, which will be available in a 2-disc Blu-ray for an M.S.R.P. of $39.99. Castle in the Sky is one the great anime classics and it has never looked better than in its new Blu-ray edition. The other film debuting on Blu-ray is Whisper of the Heart (Mimi o Sumaseba), a brilliant, but lesser known Ghibli film from 1995 that Miyazaki wrote (adapting a manga by Aoi Hiragi), but did not direct (Yoshifumi Kondo helmed the film). Whisper of the Heart is also available in a two-disc Blu-ray edition for an M.S.R.P. of $39.99.

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New FUNimation acquisitions announced at Anime Boston

New FUNimation acquisitions announced at Anime Boston | Anime News | Scoop.it
During Anime Boston this weekend anime publisher FUNimation Entertainment announced four new anime series that will be added to their extensive library of titles.


The first title that the company has acquired the simulcast rights for is the action series Jormungand. It follows the journey of an arms dealer and a child soldier as they journey through the seedy underbelly of the world’s arms market. FUNimation has acquired both parts of the series with the first part airing in April and the second part in October.

Also acquired for simulcast is Lupin III ~Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna~, the first new chapter in the legendary series in twenty five years. Instead of following the talented thief Lupin though the series will be told from his love interest, Fujiko’s perspective and includes the story of how the two first met.


The last of the simulcast announcement is for Is This a Zombie? Of The Dead, the second season of the supernatural comedy Is This A Zombie? The series continues to follow Aikawa Ayumu, the zombie brought back by necromancer Eucliwood Hellscythe and though he had hoped his life would have calmed down after the first season he quickly learns that his crazy zombie adventures are just beginning.

Continue reading on Examiner.com New FUNimation acquisitions announced at Anime Boston - National Anime | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/anime-in-national/new-funimation-acquisitions-announced-at-anime-boston#ixzz1rP8eimfr

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Ken Sasaki, New President And CEO Of Viz Media Plans For Digital Future

Ken Sasaki, New President And CEO Of Viz Media Plans For Digital Future | Anime News | Scoop.it

In two days, Ken Sasaki will be appointed the new President and CEO of Viz Media, America’s biggest manga publisher, succeeding Hidemi Fukuhara, who will becoming Vice Chairman of the company.


Sasaki has been with the company since 2008 and has been promoted from Senior Vice President and General Manager, where he led the recent anime digital drive for the company.


Now, as the entirety of Viz Media moves forward digitally, he plans to do the same with the whole company. He has stated that he will unveil new digital plans for the company, building on the digital success of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha, over the summer.

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Don't Make Pokémon Angry. You Won't Like Them When They're Angry.

Don't Make Pokémon Angry. You Won't Like Them When They're Angry. | Anime News | Scoop.it

Well, you won't like some of them when they're angry. Check out this silly video created by animation group RedMinus to see what happens when you spend too much time teasing the goldfish Pokémon Goldeen. Click thru to watch the video

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ADK, TV Tokyo to Pay 4Kids US$8 Million

ADK, TV Tokyo to Pay 4Kids US$8 Million | Anime News | Scoop.it

via animenewsnetwork.com


The Hollywood Reporter trade magazine reported on Monday that plaintiffs Asatsu-DK (ADK) and TV Tokyo will pay US$8 million to the American production company 4Kids Entertainment as a part of their settlement. 4Kids had announced last Thursday that there was an amicable settlement of the lawsuit between the company and ADK and TV Tokyo over the license of the Yu-Gi-Oh! property.
 

The lawsuit was filed by TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems last March, accusing the North American media distributor of "underpayments, wrongful deductions, and unmet obligations" and stating that 4Kids owed the companies US$4,792,460.36.

The Hollywood Reporter noted that ADK and TV Tokyo had accused 4Kids of making "an agreement with Funimation Productions to exploit the [Yu-Gi-Oh!] series on home video before conspiring to hide much of the income from the Japanese companies." However, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman ruled that Funimation was a distributor, not a sublicensee, noting that it is common for home video companies to use outside companies to physically manufacture and distribute home video products.


Chapman added that in regard to the alleged 4Kids underpayment that led ADK and TV Tokyo to cancel their licensing agreement with 4Kids, that ADK and TV Tokyo's "purported basis for termination – 4Kids' failure to promptly pay the royalty underpayment reflected in the audit – was improper because the amount owed to Plaintiffs, if any, was nowhere near the US$4.819 million amount asserted in the termination letter and the purported notices of breach."

4Kids will continue to have the rights to distribute the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise outside of Asia.

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Gallery: Hotel Tomo, San Francisco's anime hotel

Gallery: Hotel Tomo, San Francisco's anime hotel | Anime News | Scoop.it
Inexpensive hotels are hard to come by in San Francisco. Especially properties that are also convenient to the city's major attractions and have easy access to public transportation. Add to the checklist the desire to stay somewhere that is not a complete dive and the options become slim to none.

At least that's what I thought before stumbling upon Hotel Tomo, a Joie de Vivre property with a Japanese pop culture theme. The hotel website promised unique murals in each room, a quirky lobby with arcade-style games, and an on-site restaurant that has been serving Japanese cuisine for over 30 years. There was even an option to stay in the "Player's Suite," a party room with a circular bed and an 8-foot LCD screen for playing video games and belting out karaoke. It seemed too quirky to pass up.

I definitely didn't know what to expect. Would I be bombarded with manga and have to endure mingling with pigtailed girls decked out in Hello Kitty accessories in the lobby? After making my reservations, I feared the hotel might end up being too over the top. But once I checked in and took a peek around, my anime anxiety subsided. In reality, Joie de Vivre took an outdated hotel and added subtle touches to give it some character. The communal spaces were painted in fun colors, while the comfortable rooms were furnished with clean lines and tastefully decorated. Despite the pictures on the hotel website, there were no graphic novels or action figures on the bedside table (I suppose you have to bring those yourself). I did, however, see some guests decked out as video game characters on their way to a convention while passing through the lobby.

Would I stay at Hotel Tomo again? For sure. Will I recommend it to others? Only those who will enjoy on-site parking, free Internet, a Keurig coffeemaker, friendly staff, and a fun atmosphere. Click through the gallery below to see more images of the hotel.
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Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 to sing for “Crayon Shin-chan” movie + voice act for TV anime version

Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 to sing for “Crayon Shin-chan” movie + voice act for TV anime version | Anime News | Scoop.it
Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 will be singing the theme song for upcoming anime film “Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Arashi wo Yobu! Ora to Uchuu no Princess,” which is scheduled for released on April 14th.  This will be the 20th movie of the “Crayon Shin-chan” series, and centered around “Himawari”, the younger sister of “Shinnosuke”. It will be a story about “family bond.”

Since their song “Kibou Sanmyaku” is currently being used as the opening theme song for the TV anime version of “Crayon Shin-chan”, this will be the second time for the group to sing for this anime.

Member Watanabe Mayu commented happily, “I was happy enough that we were able to sing the theme song for the TV anime version, but I can’t believe we can also sing the theme song for their 20th movie!!  I would like to liven up the 20th anniversary movie.”
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Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru Romance Manga Gets Film

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Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru Romance Manga Gets Film


The April issue of Shogakukan's Cheese! magazine is announcing on Saturday that a film adaptation of Kotomi Aoki's Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru manga has been green-lit. The front cover of the magazine does not specify if the adaptation is anime or live-action.


The story centers around Aki Ogasawara, a "sound creator" who composes for the popular band Crude Play and earns over 100 million yen (about US$1.3 million). Despite this, he conceals all of this and calls himself a NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training). Seeking a life outside of music, he begins seeing a high school girl named Riko Koeda. However, what Aki does not know is that Riko is actually a huge fan of Aki's music. Even with his girlfriend, Aki cannot escape the world of music.

Aoki launched the manga in Cheese! magazine in 2009, and Shogakukan is publishing the manga's eighth compiled book volume this month.

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Ghibli's Arrietty Opens at #9 with $6.4 Million in Box Office

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The Box Office Mojo website reported that Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli's anime film The Secret World of Arrietty (Karigurashi no Arrietty) is earning an estimated US$6,400,000 during its opening weekend in the United States to land at #9 on the box office chart. With 1,522 theaters, the film release has an estimated per-screen average of US$4,205. After its first weekend, Arrietty is now the 8th highest grossing theatrical anime release in the United States, above Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Pokemon 4Ever, and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.


Here is how the various Ghibli films have performed in the United States on their first weekend:

Princess Mononoke 1999 US$144,446
Spirited Away 2002 US$449,839
Howl's Moving Castle 2005 US$427,987
Ponyo 2009 US$3,585,852
Tales from Earthsea 2010 US$20,614
The Secret World of Arrietty 2012 US$6,400,000

The number 1 film in the United States in weekend estimates is Safe House, although that may change once the final numbers are calculated.


As of February 12, four weekends into its limited U.S. release, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos has a box office total of US$170,217.

In his directorial debut, Yonebayashi re-imagines Mary Norton's 1952 novel The Borrowers by moving the story to a Tokyo suburb. The story revolves around Arrietty, a member of the "little people" who live under the floorboards of a regular human family's home. Arrietty's family tries to remain hidden from the human "beans." Walt Disney Pictures is giving the film the widest opening for a Studio Ghibli film in North America to date.
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