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Otakon 2013: Press Conference and Public Q&A With Director Shinichiro Watanabe

by Todd DuBoison August 21, 2013
Few figures in the anime industry today can boast of a career as rich as that of Shinichiro Watanabe. A successful screenwriter, music producer and director, Watanabe got his first big directing break co-directing the admired OVA series Macross Plus with Shoji Kawamori before going on to direct the eclectic landmark titles Cowboy Bebop and […]
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English-Subtitled Episode of "Burka Avenger" Posted

by Todd DuBoison August 20, 2013
The first episode of pop star Aaron Haroon Rashid’s superhero cartoon Burka Avenger, the first animated series produced in Pakistan, has been officially posted online with English subtitles on Youtube for the show’s official website. A production of Unicorn Black, the 13-episode series uses 3D animation for the characters and 2D painted artwork for the […]

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Review: Whimsical Wizardy and Fun Reign in "The Sword in the Stone"

by Todd DuBoison August 16, 2013
Although overshadowed by the fine company it keeps among other Disney classics, The Sword in the Stone ranks among the most whimsically fun movies produced by the Walt Disney Company nearly fifty years after its 1963 debut. The film is a light-hearted take the classic Arthurian novel by the illustrious T.H. White, chronicling the education […]
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Otakon 2013: FUNimation Announces "Cowboy BeBop" on Blu-ray and More

by Todd DuBoison August 10, 2013
At its industry panel late Saturday afternoon, FUNimation Entertainment brought Sunrise’s Masayuki Ozaki on stage to make further announcements on titles FUNimation will be distributing from the studio. Chief among the announcements was a trailer announcing director Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy BeBop, which will be rereleased digitally and on Blu-ray in 2014. The series recently received […]

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Otakon 2013: Numerous Sunrise Anime Licensed by FUNimation, Sentai Filmworks (Updated)

by Todd DuBoison August 10, 2013
During studio Sunrise’s industry panel at Otakon 2013 Saturday afternoon, the studio’s Masayuki Ozaki announced that many Sunrise anime previously distributed by the now-defunct Bandai Entertainment have been picked up for home video release by anime distributors FUNimation Entertainment and Sentai Filmworks. Ozaki confirmed that the following animation from Sunrise would be released by Sentai […]
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Review: Old Glory Reigns in the "Robotech 2-Movie Collection"

by Todd DuBoison July 26, 2013
“The Robotech saga continues” So goes the official marketing line for the new Robotech 2-movie collection from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The ostensibly fresh addition in this collection is the feature Robotech: Love Live Alive, heretofore a conception of the late Carl Macek as a way to expand upon Robotech beyond the end of the original […]

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First "How to Train Your Dragon 2" Teaser Trailer Posted

by Todd DuBoison July 15, 2013
DreamWorks Animation has posted the first teaser trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2, the studio’s sequel to the original 2010 film that adapated Cressida Cowell’s titular children’s book series. Composer John Powell and the original voice cast are returning for the sequel, while co-director Dean DeBlois is working as both director and screenwriter. […]
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New Voices Revealed For "The Legend of Korra" Book 2

by Todd DuBoison July 11, 2013
A report at Entertainment Weekly and a blog from co-creator, writer and Executive Producer Bryan Konietzko have revealed new voice acting roles for the second season of the Nickelodeon series The Legend Of Korra. Richard Riehle (Office Space) and Lisa Edelstein (House) will play Bumi and Kya, brother and sister to Korra’s airbending teacher Tenzin […]

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Studio Trigger Announces and Crowdfunds "Little Witch Academia" Sequel

by Todd DuBoison July 9, 2013
Monday evening, the Japanese animation studio Studio Trigger formally announced the sequel to its animated short Little Witch Academia by launching a crowdfunding project for it on Kickstarter. The original cartoon, which is currently streaming on Youtube and Crunchyroll, was one of four animated shorts created under the 2013 Anime Mirai project with Government funding […]
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Digital Manga Publishing, Tezuka Productions Strike Deal to Release Tezuka Library in English

by Todd DuBoison July 5, 2013
At Anime Expo on Thursday, Digital Manga Publishing announced that it has reached an agreement with Tezuka Productions to distribute the library of Japanese comics by the late Osamu Tezuka digitally. Tezuka is remembered for such manga titles as Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Princess Knight, Black Jack, Phoenix, Message to Adolf and Buddha, […]