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Bandai Visual sets date for HD "Wings of Honneamise"

by Weathermanon June 8, 2007
Bandai Visual has announced a date for the High Definition release of Wings of Honneamise. The company currently plans to do both HD DVD ands Blu-Ray releases of the film. They also announced a plan to do an HD Release of Akira, but no date was set. [source: www.animenewsnetwork.com]

"City of Heroes" licensed for film and TV.

by Weathermanon June 8, 2007
Tom Desanto’s production company has licensed the film and television rights to the City of Heroes videogame series. Mr. Desanto is no stranger to the realm of comic-based and comic-style productions having worked as a producer on the upcoming live-action Transformers movie and the first two X-Men movies as well as serving as a writer/producer […]

Starz Media shops "Hellboy" animated series

by Weathermanon June 8, 2007
Starz Media, the producers of the two recent direct-to-DVD Hellboy movies will be shopping a prospective Hellboy animated series at the Licensing Show in New York City, June 19-21. No production partners, dates or networks have been announced or rumored so far. [source: http://www.icv2.com/articles/home/10717.html]

Akimbo Video On Demand adds new anime.

by Weathermanon June 7, 2007
The Akimbo steaming video-on-demand service has added titles from AnimEigo, The Right Stuf, Bang!Zoom! Production’s video diarys and the World Events Productions Voltron series to it’s roster. This is in addition to the Central Park Media and ADV titles they were already offering. Presumably, this will not include any of the Enoki Films productions that […]

Stan Lee signs a deal with Disney

by Weathermanon June 6, 2007
Stan Lee, creator of much of the Marvel Universe, and his creative company POW! Entertainment have signed a deal with the Walt Disney Studios, a division of the Disney Company. No terms have been announced. Mr. Lee will be developing and producing all kinds of products for Walt Disney Studios. [source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn…l?hpid=entnews]

Funimation sees sales spike in 2006-2007

by Weathermanon June 6, 2007
Navare has published their 2006-2007 fiscal year results showing a 47.8% gain in sales volume for their Funimation division. The company credits Full Metal Alchemist, the Dragonball Z season sets, Basilisk, Trinity Blood and the Robotech: Shadow Chronicles releases for the increase. Afro Samurai was not included due to it’s release date being after the […]

Shoji Kawamori at the head of new "Macross" production

by Weathermanon June 6, 2007
Shoji Kawamori has been confirmed as the story creator, executive director, story supervisor, and mechanical designer for the new Macross series, currently titled Macross 25. The episode directors and script writers have not been announced yet. The production will be animated by the same company that made Macross Zero, Satelight. [source: www.animenewsnetwork.com]

ICv2 interviews VIZ's Gonzalo Ferreyra and David Rewalt

by Weathermanon June 6, 2007
ICv2 Has posted a transcript of an interview they conducted with Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President of Sales, and David Rewalt, Director of Retail Marketing. They discuss Viz’s upcoming plans to bring out Naruto on a speed up release schedule and how that might affect the rest of the manga market. [source: http://www.icv2.com/articles/home/10700.html]

Geneon, Funimation to offer anime on XBox Live

by Weathermanon June 4, 2007
Geneon Entertainment and Funimation Entertainment have reached deals to offer content on Microsoft’s XBox Live service. The service, which will begin on June 12, 2007, will feature the US premier of Akira in high definition as well as Last Exile, Gunslinger Girls, GUNxSWORD, Basilisk, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Samurai 7, Lupin III and […]

Kentarō Haneda, composer for "Macross", "Orgus" and more, dies at age 58

by Weathermanon June 4, 2007
Kentarō Haneda, the celebrated composer of the music for Super Dimensional Space Fortress Macross, Super Dimensional Centruy Orguss, Barefoot Gen and many other shows in addition to the music for the Genso Suikoden video game series and many live action films and television shows, has died of liver cancer at the age of 58. In […]