Takeshi Aono, Voice Actor, 1936 - 2012

Japanese voice actor Takeshi Aono passed away on April 9, 2012, at the age of 76, due to multiple cerebral infarction after an aortic aneurysm. Aono was best known for his roles in Chibi Makuro-chan, Dragon Ball, and One Piece. Aono had previously suffered from a stroke after having a aortic dissection in May 2010. […]

First "One Piece" Film Set in the New World Announced

A commercial after Fuji TV’s November 19 premier of One Piece: Strong World revealed that a new One Piece theatrical film has been green-lit for production. Called the “greatest film in One Piece‘s history” the production is to be the first film set in the “New World,” the final ocean of the pirate story. No […]

R.I.P. Junpei Takiguchi (1931-2011)

Veteran Japanese voice actor Junpei Takiguchi passed away on the August 29, 2011, after a bout with stomach cancer. With a career reaching as far back as the 1970s, Takiguchi’s roles includes Yatterman‘s Dokurobe and Dragon Ball‘s Uranai Baba, the Grand Elder, and Porunga. From 1992 until his passing Takiguchi had also been the narrator […]

"Dragon Ball Kai" Episode #98 Canceled

Toei Animation has announced that Dragon Ball Kai will end with episode #97. It had previously been announced that Dragon Ball Kai would run for 98 episodes, covering chapters #195-420 of the Dragon Ball comic. This change will result in the exclusion of chapters #419-420 of the 519 chapter comic. Episode #98 was originally scheduled […]

Toei Animation Changes Composers for "Dragon Ball Kai" Over Possible Infringement

In a .pdf file on their website, Toei Animation has stated that they officially recognized “The existence of multiple suspicious musical pieces which may infringe on the rights of third parties has been confirmed within the musical compositions recorded for “Dragon Ball Kai”, an animated television work produced by this firm.” Toei continues to add […]

"Dragon Ball Kai" to End on March 27, 2011

According to an interview with voice actor Takeshi Kusao (the voice of Trunks) in the most recent issue of Japanese magazine TV Pia, Dragon Ball Kai will end with episode #98. Dragon Ball Kai began broadcast April 5, 2009 at 9AM on Fuji TV, serving as a twentieth anniversary re-airing of the Dragon Ball Z […]

FUNimation Entertainment to Release "Sgt. Frog" Season Three

FUNimation Entertainment has announced at their panel at Katsucon that they will release a third season of the popular Sunrise animated series Sgt. Frog (Keroro-Gunsou in Japan). We will keep you apprised of the release date and prizes for Season Three Part One.

Voice Actor Takeshi Aono Hospitalized

Anime News Network reports that 74-year-old voice actor Takeshi Aono has suffered a stroke following surgery for a aortic aneurysm. Mr. Aono is best known for his roles as Chibi Maruko-chan‘s Tomozô Sakura, Dragon Ball‘s Piccolo Daimaô and Kami, and One Piece‘s Dracule Mihawk. Mr. Bin Shimada (known for his work as Mobile Suit Zeta […]

What Is Dragon Ball Kai? Part III: How Does Kai Fit On the Shelf With Dragon Ball Z?

How does Dragon Ball Kai Fit on the shelf With Dragon Ball Z? In 2002, Toei Animation began taking pre-orders for Dragon Ball Z “Dragon Boxes” to be released in Japan in a limited fashion. The Dragon Boxes contained a newly created master of all 291 episodes of Dragon Ball Z, remastered frame-by-frame by hand […]

What Is Dragon Ball Kai? Part II: How to Watch Kai in America

In part one of What is Dragon Ball Kai?, the origins and details of the series were explained. Today, we will discuss its recent home video release and imminent premiere on U.S. television. Kai on Home Video After the announcement of the re-titled ‘Dragon Ball Z Kai‘ FUNimation quickly launched their official website and solicited […]

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