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Sakura Has Full Lupin Plates

by Alex Beanon January 14, 2014
If you are one of the lucky residents of the town of Sakura in Japan this month, then you don’t need to be told what to get excited about, but for those not currently residing under a Japanese rock, Sakura has been awarded 3000 limited edition motorcycle license plates bearing the image of anime superstar […]

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Animation Dominates Japan 2013 Box Office Charts

by Ed Liuon January 13, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the 2013 annual box office results in Japan are dominated by animation, with 7 out of the top 10 grossing films of the year being animated, and one prominently featuring a CGI character in a live-action movie. Hayao Miyazaki’s Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) was the #1 top grossing film […]
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Review: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2: The Mutation Situation' UK Premiere

by Grant Whiteon January 13, 2014
Back in late 2012 I had the privilege to review ‘Rise of the Turtles’, the two part opener to Nickelodeon’s revived take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The past year has seen the show enjoy great ratings and toy sales on both sides of the Atlantic. I’ve stuck by the show and although it’s been […]

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PR: Ubisoft’s Wacky, Mischievous Rabbids Invade Nicktoons UK This February

by Grant Whiteon January 10, 2014
RABBIDS Chase from Nickelodeon UK on Vimeo. Watch Rabbids Invasion on Monday 3rd February at 4:30pm on Nicktoons London, 10th January 2014 – The crazy and mischievous Rabbids® will make their UK television debut in Nickelodeon’s CG-animated series Rabbids Invasion premiering Monday 3rd February at 4:30pm on Nicktoons. 26 half-hour episodes will follow the uncontrollable […]
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Japanese Government Launches "Cool Japan" Initiative

by Ed Liuon January 3, 2014
Anime News Network reports that the Japanese government has funded a new “Japan Channel” dedicated to exporting Japanese cultural programming internationally, including anime, dramas, music, and travel program. The initial seed money of 15.5 billion yen (approximately $14.7 million) is for subtitling and dubbing costs and publicity, as well as setting up foreign broadcasting offices […]

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PR: Nickelodeon's Heroes In A Half Shell Return To Battle In The UK In Season Two Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

by Grant Whiteon December 21, 2013
NICKELODEON’S HEROES IN A HALF SHELL RETURN TO BATTLE IN SEASON TWO OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Masked Vigilante Casey Jones Joins Forces with the Crime-Fighting Turtles in the Season Premiere on Saturday 11th January at 9:30am on Nicktoons London –  Friday 20th December, 2013 – Nickelodeon launches season two of the hit animated […]
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China Court Fines "Pleasant Goat" After Children Burned in Copycat Incident

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2013
The Hollywood Reporter notes that a court in China has levied a fine of 39,000 yuan (approx. $6,423) on the producers of Pleasant Goat and Big, Big Wolf, China’s most popular animated series, over an incident when two children were severely burned in April while imitating characters on the show. The amount represents 15% of […]

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Video Game Review: "Doctor Who: Legacy" - It's Finally Time For A Good 'Doctor Who' Game

by Grant Whiteon December 19, 2013
Since finally making the upgrade to the smartphone generation this spring, I’ve spent a lot of time playing downloadable app games including big names like The Simpsons: Tapped Out, Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds. All fairly decent games but not ideal and certainly focussed on micro-transactions, the life blood of this new era of […]
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Spidey Plans Villain Play Dates With Venom And The Sinister Six

by Alex Beanon December 16, 2013
Spider-Man usually has movies all to himself but now Spidey will have to share the big screen with some of his baddie buddies as it was announced by Sony Pictures that nemesis Venom as well as the Sinister Six will be receiving their very own films with Spidey due to make guest appearances in each, […]