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"Tales from Earthsea" Opens April 4 in France

Goro Miyazaki’s Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki), the latest film from Studio Ghibli, opens in French theaters April 4 as Les Contes des Terremer, Nausicaa.net reports.

Tokyo Anime Fair Hosts Animated Robot Model Contest

The Tokyo Anime Fair set for this March will host a competition for moving models of robots from animation, in cooperation with the 6th Robot Animation Expo. Entries must be entirely made by the contestant, not from commercial kits, and will be judged on movement, design and features. The grand prize winner will receive 100,000 […]

Founding Editor of Animage Hideo Ogata Dead at 73 UPDATE: Miyazaki Read Eulogy

Hideo Ogata, the first editor-in-chief of Japan’s No. 2 anime magazine, Animage, died aged 73 on Thursday local time. Animage, whose title is a combination of the English words “animation” and “image,” began publication in 1978, and has offered its support over the years to many anime directors who are today international superstars. Animage serialized […]

4Kids Entertainment Releases for May

4Kids’ release schedule for May is out, with May 22nd seeing the release of Winx Club Season 2 Vol. #2, Yu-Gi-Oh GX #3 and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season One Boxset. The sole release for May 29th is Yu-Gi-Oh Season 5 Vol. #1. [via Right Stuf]

"Afro Samurai" Among FUNimation May Releases

The official solicitations for FUNimation-distributed releases in May are out, with the release of AN Entertainment’s Hare+Guu OVA kicking things off on May 1st. According to current information, releases of FUNimation-proper titles don’t begin until May 15th with the release of the final Moon Phase DVD (#6). May 22nd brings Afro Samurai in Edited ($19.99) […]

Shueisha Offers "Slam Dunk" Scholarship to Japanese Students

One Japanese high school graduate interested in training with basketball professionals in the United States will get that chance, thanks to a new scholarship run by Slam Dunk author Masahiko Inoue and publisher Shueisha. The rigorous six-month screening process will begin with 30 semifinalists and end with one winner of a 14-month training and playing […]

Nick To Launch A Whole New Virtual World, Just Ahead of Disney

Nick.com is launching Nicktropolis, a new virtual community focused on games and video featuring characters like “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Avatar.” Similar to other online worlds popular with kids, such as Habbo, Nicktropolis denizens will create virtual representations of themselves with their own living space in the digital city. They can then find games to play, […]

Pixar's Sanjay Patel on "Little Book of Hindu Deities"

Newsarama.com has spoken to Pixar animator Sanjay Patel about his recently released book The Little Book of Hindu Deities, a primer on the Hindu pantheon aimed at younger readers. Patel discusses his aesthetic choices, how own personal history colored the reasons for doing the book, and how it went from a self-published volume to a […]

"Teen Titans" Terra-ific Second Season

It’s no shock that Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans was hugely popular. True, its premiere was preceded by the usual fan freakouts, but once it aired, most of the skeptics got down off their soapboxes to watch a rather enjoyable new show. They were joined by a wealth of new fans who were enraptured by the […]

"Lupin the 3rd" Continues the Hilarity

For decades now, Lupin the 3rd has entertained millions of Japanese fans, so much so that the character has appeared in a new movie or television special just about every year. Often called Japan’s version of James Bond, this timeless character has become an icon. Now FUNimation has collected five of his specials into one […]

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