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Japan Gets New ‘Armored Trooper VOTOMS’ Anime This Summer

by Nobuyuki samaon March 19, 2007
A new animated chapter in the Armored Trooper VOTOMS saga is planned for Japanese release this summer. The original Armored Trooper VOTOMS TV series was broadcast from April 1983 to March 1984, and followed by four hit OVA anime sequels. Directed by Ryousuke Takahashi and animated by Sunrise, Armored Trooper VOTOMS is still counted among […]

L.A. Times Interviews New Disney Chairman

by Nobuyuki samaon March 3, 2007
The L.A. Times has interviewed new Disney Chairman of the Board John Pepper regarding his upcoming book What Really Matters: Service, Leadership, People and Values, comparing Disney to his previous experience as chairman of Proctor and Gamble, and briefly mentioning his impression of the Disney/Pixar relationship prior to the buyout.

‘Flushed Away’ Takes #1 in Video Sales

by Nobuyuki samaon March 2, 2007
Just one day after saying that it had taken a big write-down on its Flushed Away feature, DreamWorks Animation got word Wednesday that the movie debuted on DVD as the No. 1 film of the week in sales, according to Nielsen VideoScan. The film bumped Oscar winner The Departed from the top spot — although […]

‘El Cazador’ Targetting TV Tokyo Broadcast in April

by Nobuyuki samaon February 27, 2007
El Cazador [de la Bruja], the final installment in Kouichi Mashimo’s thematic trilogy of “women with guns” anime series (Noir and MADLAX) will begin airing in Japan April 2nd on TV Tokyo. Like its predecessors, El Cazador will deal with desperate women with complicated pasts and conflicting goals. The heroine of El Cazador is Ellis, […]

‘Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo’ Named Best Animated Film at Japanese Academy Awards

by Nobuyuki samaon February 27, 2007
In a ceremony held in Tokyo on February 16th, Madhouse Studios’ Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (“The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”) won the award for best animated film at the 30th Japanese Academy Awards ceremony, receiving top honors over fellow nominees Gedo Senki (“Tales of Earthsea”), Brave Story, Detective Conan: The Private Eyes’ Requiem and […]

NYCC: Kadokawa Pictures USA, Right Stuf to release ‘The Third’

by Nobuyuki samaon February 27, 2007
During a short last-minute panel held Sunday morning at New York Comic Con, President/CEO Shawne Kleckner of The Right Stuf International announced his company had been selected by Kadokawa Pictures USA to handle North American production and distribution for the 2006 anime series The Third: The Girl With The Blue Eye (The Third – Aoi […]

Stewie Griffin Hosts Latenight Talkshow on MySpace

by Nobuyuki samaon February 22, 2007
Family Guy‘s homicidal toddler Stewie Griffin will moonlight online as a latenight talkshow host this Sunday, reports Variety. Stewie and sidekick Brian — the show’s martini-imbibing canine — are the stars of “Up Late With Stewie & Brian,” a 10-minute flash-animated talkshow parody that will launch on MySpace Feb. 25 at 8 p.m., opposite the […]

FUNimation Opens Up Digital Download Front at iTunes

by Nobuyuki samaon February 13, 2007
FUNimation has announced a deal with Apple, Inc. to sell episodes of their anime properties on Apple’s iTunes store. The episodes will be English-dubbed and will sell for $1.99 each, or as a single-price “season” option — currently $38.99. The launch titles are Desert Punk, Samurai 7 and Speed Grapher, with FUNimation promising more selections […]

‘Captain Flamingo’ Debuts on Nick Latin America This Spring

by Nobuyuki samaon February 13, 2007
Nickelodeon Latin America has picked up the rights to Breakthrough Entertainment’s Captain Flamingo and Jimmy Two Shoes. Captain Flamingo, featuring the adventures of pint-sized hero Milo Powell and his best pal, anonymous sidekick and not-so-secret admirer, Lizbeth, is set for a spring premiere. The series is 65 half-hour episodes plus two 30-minute episodes comprised of […]

‘Sex Police’ Raids MTV Latin America

by Nobuyuki samaon February 12, 2007
MTV Latin America has launched Forrito, Sex Police, a new comedic animated series from Canada’s Comet Entertainment about sexual responsibility, as part of the channel’s “Sexy Month” theme. The 13-episode series premiered last night and stars a condom named Wrappy who sets up a team of special agents called the “Sex Police” to fight against […]