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Discotek Media Adds Two "Lupin the 3rd" Specials, "Hurricane Polymar", "Tekkaman Blade II"

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Discotek Media has recently announced several new anime titles for release on home video. Its latest Lupin the 3rd acquisitions, Secret of Mamo and Green vs. Red, will be released next year in 2013. Discotek has also picked up two OVAs from Tatsunoko Productions, Hurricane Polymar and Tekkaman Blade II. The Hurricane Polymar OVA is an update of […]

Otakon 2012: "Gundam Unicorn" Focus Panel

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Saturday evening at Otakon 2012, the spacious panel 3 room was mostly filled for a two-hour event focused on Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. After a screening of the fifth and latest episode, The Black Unicorn, fans were treated to a focus panel featuring four guests: Sunrise producer Shin Sasaki, production manager Yasufumi Kobashi, Japanese voice […]

Turner Classic Movies to Air Classic Animated Films on October 21, 2012

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The cable television channel Turner Classic Movies has scheduled multiple older animated works for a six-hour broadcast on Sunday, October 21, 2012. The network’s Robert Osborne will co-host the programming with animation historian and producer Jerry Beck. At this time, TCM plans the following schedule: 8 PM Eastern / 5 PM Pacific: Max Fleischer’s Gulliver’s […]

BusinessWeek On DreamWorks Animation's Acquisition of Classic Media

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Bloomberg News’ BusinessWeek recently covered DreamWorks Animation’s successful bid to purchase Classic Media for $155 million, a move which gave ownership of to a wide array of intellectual property including Rocky & Bullwinkle, Casper the friendly ghost, VeggieTales, Richie Rich, Felix the Cat, Mr. Peabody and more. The studio is already drawing on this catalog […]

Madman Entertainment Running "Reel Anime" Film Event in Australia This September

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From September 13-26, 2012, the Australian distributor Madman Entertainment will screen four recent anime films in theaters: Wolf Children, From Up On Poppy Hill, Children Who Chase Lost Voices and Berserk – The Egg of the King. All four movies will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. At this time, each of these films […]

Oscar-nominated Film "Chico and Rita" Coming to U.S. DVD and Blu-ray on Sept 18, 2012

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Cinedigm Entertainment has solicited Fernando Trueba and Javier Marisca’s Spanish-animated feature film Chico and Rita for home video release in the United States on September 18, 2012 and for digital release on August 21st. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2011 Academy Awards alongside the winner Rango, A Cat in Paris, […]

Otakon 2012: Toonzone Interviews Voice Actress Brina Palencia

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Between such roles as the diminutive talking reindeer Chopper in One Piece, the wolf-deity Holo in Spice and Wolf and young boys like Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, voice actress Brina Palencia has had a career as diverse as it has been prolific in recent years. Her major roles include Natsuki Shinohara in the movie Summer […]

Otakon 2012: Toonzone Interviews Voice Director and Actor Michael Sinterniklaas

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A veteran of the voice acting business, Michael Sinterniklaas has distinguished himself as an actor, ADR director and script writer. In the year 2000 he founded the recording studio NYAV Post, which has produced English dubs for a wide variety of animation such as The Venture Bros, Robotomy, Speed Racer: The Next Generation, Huntik: Secrets […]

Otakon 2012: Viz Media Panel Report

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Viz Media’s industry panel was hosted by Eric Eberhardt, Marketing Manager for Weekly Shonen Jmp Alpha and ShonenJump.com writer Urian Brown. The pair began by promoting Viz’s upcoming 24-hour, subscription-based channel Neon Alley, which will include weekly premieres of dubbed and uncut anime. In mid-July, the channel’s platform was confirmed to be the Playstation 3 […]

Otakon 2012: Sentai Filmworks Announces "Grave of the Fireflies" Blu-ray and More

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At its industry panel on Sunday morning, Sentai Filmworks’ David Williams announced that the company had acquired the rights to release the Studio Ghibli’s 1988 film Grave of the Fireflies on Blu-ray. Directed by Isao Takahata, the film is an adaptation of a semi-autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka that depicts the struggle of two Japanese […]

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