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Press Release: JAKKS Pacific Signs Master Toy Deal for Pokémon Brand

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JAKKS Pacific and Pokemon USA Sign Master Toy Deal for Hugely Popular Pokemon Brand; Companies Jointly Announce the Expansive New License at Press Conference Before the Opening of Licensing 2006 International MALIBU, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 20, 2006–JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (Nasdaq:JAKK) and Pokemon USA, Inc. announced today that the two companies have signed a Master Toy licensing […]

Comics Previews for July 5: "JLU," McDuffie's "Beyond"

Mile High Comics has posted advance previews of comics shipping next Thursday, July 5, 2006, including DC’s Justice League Unlimited #23 by Mike McAvennie, Leigh Gallagher, and Jesse Delperdang and starring the Royal Flush Gang; and Marvel’s Beyond #1 by Dwayne McDuffie and Scott Kolins.

Nickelodeon Orders 20 More Episodes of "Avatar"

Nickelodeon has ordered a third season of 20 episodes for the hit show Avatar: the Last Airbender. The new episodes will premiere in 2007. In the meantime, an hour-long animated movie titled The Fury of Aang is scheduled to debut on July 14, 2006. (via TZ Forum Member RBryanA)

No Further "Gargoyles" DVD Releases Currently Planned

At the annual Gathering of the Gargoyles convention this past weekend, series creator Greg Weisman announced that Disney currently has no plans for a DVD release of Gargoyles Season Two, Volume Two. There have been two previous DVD releases. Season One contained the first 13 episodes while Season Two, Volume One contained the next 26. […]

"Karas - The Prophecy:" Demons and Defenders Deftly Depicted

You know every once and a while, an anime will come out of Japan that just really blows the doors off what people thought could be done in the way of animation, storytelling and overall scenario. Sure, it might be grounded in some familiar roots, but the resulting work seems to redefine its genre, if […]

It's Official: "Voltron" is Coming to DVD (Updated 6/27)

Voltron.com has officially launched their new website as of 1:00 PM today. The biggest announcement is that they’ve teamed up with Media Blasters to come up with a DVD box set scheduled for release in September 2006. The box set will be available from Animeworks. Tvshowsondvd.com has the full press release. Media Blasters has launched […]

Sojitz Corporation Invests in A.D. Vision

ICv2.com is reporting that the Sojitz Corporation’s Japan Content Investments (JCI) investor group has made a “substantial” investment in A.D. Vision. CEO and founder John Ledford will remain as ADV’s CEO and majority shareholder. The article states that the investment will allow ADV Films to raise its output of anime titles and expand its operations […]

Wizard World Chicago to Have Variant "She-Ra" DVD

He-Man.org reports that the Best of She-Ra: Princess of Power DVD will have a variant cover. The variant cover is focused more on the 1985 full-length animated feature film The Secret of the Sword. The catch is that it will be sold exclusively at the annual Wizard World Convention in Chicago, Illinois, from August 3-6, […]

"G Gundam" It's Gundam Meets Getter Robo

For Mobile Suit Gundam‘s 15th Anniversary, Bandai and Sunrise wanted to do something different. By 1994, the Universal Century had been practically played out. What with the original series, the movie trilogy, Zeta, ZZ, Char’s Counterattack, 0080, 0083 and F91. And that was just in animation. There was a whole new generation just waiting to […]

"Animated Shorts" on "Witchblade" Anime

Steve Fritz’s “Animated Shorts” column for Newsarama.com has a feature this week about the Witchblade anime series. Based on the comic book property from Top Cow, the series is being produced by Studio Gonzo (Samurai 7 and Gantz). Top Cow COO and President Matt Hawkins and VP of Creative Affairs for GDH International Eric Calderon […]

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