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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Holds "Tokyo Festa" in NYC

by Zeddon January 31, 2006
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is holding “Tokyo Festa” — a day of free events throughout New York City — on February 7, 2006. The program is aimed at increasing awareness of Japan’s customs, culture, and cartoons. Highlights include: The En-Nichi Market A recreation of an old Edo marketplace, featuring traditional fun and games for both […]

"South Bank Show" Special to Cover Anime

by Zeddon January 31, 2006
ITV1’s South Bank Show arts series will be dedicated to anime on February 19 and will include interviews with leading lights of anime, such as film producer Matsuhisa Ishikawa. ITV4 will follow up the show with an airing of the 1995 animation film Ghost In The Shell on March 4. [Source: BBC]

"Wallace & Gromit" Traps Oscar Nomination with "Corpse Bride," "Howl’s Moving Castle"

by on January 31, 2006
Nick Park and Steve Box’s claymation romp Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit will face off against Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle for Best Animated Feature in the 78th Annual Academy Awards. Park is a three-time winner of the Best Animated Short Film Oscar, twice for shorts starring […]

Anime/Manga Programming for NY Comic-Con Announced

by Ed Liuon January 27, 2006
A press release has details for anime and manga programming for the upcoming New York Comic-Con. Companies attending the con include Viz, Tokyopop, ADV Films, Central Park Media, and Del Rey. The New York Comic-Con will be held at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center in New York City from February 24 – 26.

"Team Galaxy" Preordered By Cartoon Network

by on January 26, 2006
Cartoon Network has pre-ordered Team Galaxy, an action-adventure comedy series from Marathon — producers of CN’s Totally Spies and Martin Mystery. The 52-episode series, set to premiere this fall throughout the world, including on Canada’s YTV, is one of the most expensive original non-CN-produced acquisitions by the network at $16-17 million for the entire series. […]

Bandai to Release "Samurai Champloo" Cine-Manga

by Ed Liuon January 26, 2006
Bandai Entertainment has announced a series of “Cine-Manga” based on the anime TV series Samurai Champloo. The volumes will also include bonus material, with the first volume containing an interview with series director Shinichiro Watanabe. Volume 1 will be released in April 2006.

TCM to Air Miyazaki Films Through May

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2006
A posting on Nausicaa.net notes that the Turner Classic Movies channel will be airing the films of Hayao Miyazaki through May, although the on-line schedule only shows a rebroadcast of Spirited Away at the end of March. The same article notes that Only Yesterday will be aired this Thursday on TCM in a subtitled version, […]

Larry Schwartz Talks "Kappa Mikey"

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2006
The “Animated Shorts” column at Newsarama.com has spoken to Larry Schwartz of the Animation Collective about Kappa Mikey, a new series debuting on Nicktoons later this month. The series focuses on an American animated actor sent to star in a Japanese anime show, and combines American and Japanese animation styles to send up the culture […]

"Animation Runner Kuromi 2" Coming May 9, Soundtrack Coming Soon

by on January 24, 2006
On the latest episode of the Toon Zone Podcast, Central Park Media founder John O’Donnell announced that Akitaroh Daichi’s Animation Runner Kuromi 2 OVA will be released on May 9. The soundtrack is also due out sometime this year, Mr. O’Donnell said. He also noted that the documentary about anime fans by Eric Bresler, Otaku […]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 6: John O’Donnell & Co. of Central Park Media

by on January 24, 2006
Editor-in-chief Ben Applegate, producer Karl Olson, staff reviewer Chad Bonin, graphics editor Matthew Williams and, for the first time, reviews editor William C. Maune gather ’round the digital campfire to tell these tall tales: The decay of Boomerang begins? Astroboy on DVD Train Man and the otaku mentality Boondocks gets serious Plus, a trio of […]