NY Anime Fest Hosts Birthday Dinner for Hideyuki Kikuchi and 10 Fans

by Ed Liuon July 21, 2008
The New York Anime Festival has announced a special birthday dinner in honor of Hideyuki Kikuchi, creator of Vampire Hunter D, who will be celebrating his 59th birthday the day before the Festival begins on September 26, 2008. His birthday dinner will be held on Sunday, September 28, 2008, and there will be 10 seats […]

PR: VIZ Media Launches Hollywood-Based Film Company

by Ed Liuon July 21, 2008
VIZ MEDIA LAUNCHES HOLLYWOOD-BASED FILM COMPANY TO LICENSE AND PRODUCE LIVE ACTION FILMS BASED ON POPULAR JAPANESE GRAPHIC NOVEL PROPERTIES San Francisco, CA, July 21, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has launched a new wholly-owned Hollywood-based company named VIZ […]

PR: Hideyuki Kikuchi Celebrates his Birthday at NY Anime Fest

by Ed Liuon July 21, 2008
HIDEYUKI KIKUCHI CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY AT NY ANIME FEST TEN FANS INVITED TO A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME DINNER Norwalk, CT, July 21, 2008: The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) today announced Vampire Hunter D author and NYAF Guest of Honor Hideyuki Kikuchi will be celebrating his birthday at the close of the 2008 New York Anime Festival […]

FUNimation Licenses "Baccano"

by SB20xxon July 21, 2008
Today, FUNimation revealed they have licensed Baccano, a 2007 fantasy anime series. Their official site is up, and the first episode can be viewed using the password “flying pussyfoot”. [Source: ; ]

VIZ Media Launches Feature Live-Action Film Production Company (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon July 21, 2008
Variety is reporting that VIZ Media has launched a new production company to make feature films from their catalog of manga and anime properties. Former Amblin and DreamWorks executive Jason Hoffs will lead the company. There is no information whether they will be producing live-action or animated remakes of the properties under their control. UPDATED: […]

Spline Doctors Interviews "Presto" Director Doug Sweetland

by Ed Liuon July 20, 2008
The Spline Doctors weblog, an educational weblog run by Pixar animators, has posted the first part of their podcast interview with Doug Sweetland, the director of Pixar’s latest theatrical short Presto. (via Cartoon Brew)

New York Times on "Kung Fu Panda"’s Success in China

by Ed Liuon July 20, 2008
The New York Times has taken a look at the success of Kung Fu Panda in China (free registration required), discussing how many in China are asking why an American studio could produce a movie using Chinese symbolism when Chinese moviemakers cannot. The article also briefly follows Asian-influenced entertainment in Western art from Gilbert & […]

"The Dark Knight" Is A Bright Dawn For Superhero Movies

by on July 20, 2008
Why are you reading this? The Dark Knight is out in theaters; you need to go see it. The Dark Knight focuses on Bruce Wayne’s second year as Batman. With Wayne Manor destroyed, he takes up residence in a penthouse apartment in Gotham, and has an underground bunker under some Wayne Industries construction. His relationship […]

PR: Imagi Prepares for Secondary US Listing on OTCQX

by Ed Liuon July 19, 2008
Imagi Prepares for Secondary US Listing on OTCQX First Hong Kong- Listed Company to Take Advantage of New Exchange FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE Hong Kong (July 18, 2008) – Imagi International Holdings, Limited (HKSE Stock Code: 585) today announced that it had entered into an agreement with Merriman Curhan Ford & Co. whereby the bank will […]

"Sozin’s Comet" Produces an Epic Season Finale for "Avatar the Last Airbender"

by Ed Liuon July 18, 2008
Fans of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender have had a long and frustrating wait for the conclusion to book 3. That wait is finally over as “Sozin’s Comet,” the show’s four-part season finale, finally hits the airwaves on July 19. The wait was worth it. “Sozin’s Comet” truly is the culmination of the preceding 57 […]