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"Tales from Earthsea" Takes Worst Director, Worst Film at Japanese Razzies

Tales from Earthsea, the latest feature film from Studio Ghibli, directed by Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki’s son, took home the dubious Worst Director and Worst Film honors at the Japanese Bunshun Raspberry Awards. The “awards” are voted on by 32 Japanese movie critics, a group that had no particular affection for the younger Miyazaki’s work […]

"Paprika" Opens Stateside May 25, Screens at Rotterdam February

Paprika, the new film from director Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue) will open in select U.S. theaters May 25. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, the film will play at the International Film Festival Rotterdam from Feb. 1-3. [via Anime News Network]

"Suzumiya" Web Site Includes Voice Actress Poll UPDATED: Yuki Poll Added

A hidden link on the U.S. site for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya leads to samples of what are presumably prospective voice actresses for the character of Mikuru Asahina, and a public poll. [via Anime News Network] UPDATE: The site now also includes a poll for the character of Yuki Nagato, again with four English-language […]

Bandai to Distribute "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya"

According to the official North American Web site, Bandai Entertainment will release fan favorite “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” in the United States. No timeline for release was provided. The announcement was made accompanied by an English/Japanese streaming live-action “episode 00″ that must be seen to be believed. CORRECTION: This article’s headline originally stated that […]

OTAKON 2006: ADV Announces "Shin Angyo Onshi"

At a panel today at Otakon, ADV announced the acquisition of “Shin Angyo Onshi.” Another announcement will be coming later today. [Thanks to zmanjz for on-site reporting.]

Funimation Licenses "School Rumble"

At their 1 p.m. panel at Otakon, Funimation announced the acquisition of School Rumble, including seasons one and two and the OVAs. [Thanks to zmanjz for on-site reporting.]

Oshii's Latest Feature Selected for Venice Film Festival

Production I.G. announced today that the latest film from the famed anime director Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters, has been selected for competition at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival in the Horizons (Orizzonti) section. That section, which is separate from the category competing for […]

Mamoru Oshii's Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters Selected for the

***** PRESS RELEASE ***** Tokyo, June 27, 2006 Mamoru Oshii’s Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters Selected for the 63. Venice Film Festival! Production I.G (http://www.production-ig.com) proudly announces the official selection of Mamoru Oshii’s latest feature film “Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters” (original Japanese title: Tachiguishi Retsuden, 2006) […]

Teaser for Kon's "Paprika" Online

A teaser trailer for Satoshi Kon’s Paprika, the feature film due out next year based on the novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui, is now available at the official site. Direct links: Windows Media RealMedia [Via Catsuka and Anime News Network]

Another Record-Breaking Anime Expo Draws 41,000 Attendees

The 15th anniversary Anime Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in California broke 41,000 attendees last weekend, setting a new record for the largest anime convention in North America, convention officials announced yesterday. In addition, the charity auction on the convention’s last day raised over $12,650, which will go to the Children’s Hospital Orange County. […]

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