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Kevin Munroe on Mako in "TMNT"

A brief article on Sci Fi Wire notes the last role of the actor Mako in the upcoming TMNT movie. Mako, who provided the voices of Aku in Samurai Jack and Uncle Iroh in Avatar the Last Airbender, passed away last July, but recorded enough material to be used in the final cut of TMNT, […]

FUNimation Announces Shuffle!, Tsubasa, and My Santa

Two previously known FUNimation licenses (due to a leak) were formally announced today: Shuffle!, a 24 episode romance series from 2005 based on a Navel computer game; and My Santa, a two part comedy/romance OAV from 2005 about a female version of Santa Claus. Shuffle! is scheduled for a summer release, while My Santa will […]

Debra Kennedy, VP of Marketing and Licensing, on FUNimation Channel Year One

The latest Animated Shorts column interviews Debra Kennedy, VP of Marketing and Licensing at FUNimation, about the first year of the FUNimation Channel. Among the topics discussed are the growth of the network over multiple distribution channels, the network’s plans for high-definition broadcasting, and the relationship between FUNimation and the FUNimation Channel. Other topics in […]

Phil Morris Voices King Faraday in "DC: The New Frontier" DTV

In an interview at Kryptonsite, a Smallville news and fan website, Lucy Lawless is providing the voice for Wonder Woman in the direct-to-video animated movie based on DC: The New Frontier. Morris states that, “I’m playing King opposite [the Martian Manhunter] in the cartoon,” which probably casts him as King Faraday, a DC Comics character […]

2007 Free Comic Book Day Titles Announced (UPDATED)

DC Comics and Marvel Comics have announced the titles that will be available at this year’s Free Comic Book Day, currently scheduled for May 5, 2007. DC will be offering the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century tie-in comic by J. Torres (Teen Titans Go!) and Chynna Clugston-Flores (Blue Monday), along with JLA #0 […]

"The Fox and the Hound 2": For the Dogs

It wasn’t until I reviewed The Fox and the Hound that I discovered that Disney had a sequel in the works. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but if you’re like me, you probably wondered how they could possibly follow up an original that had already tied up all of its own loose ends. Well, […]

'Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya' Release Date Set

According to a new video posted at Kadokawa USA and Bandai Entertainment’s official show site for the upcoming series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the first of four DVD volumes is set for retail release on May 29, 2007, in both DVD-only and DVD with series-collection box editions. Any details regarding series’ extras included on […]

Hometown Museum for "Conan" Creator

A museum dedicated to Gosho Aoyama, the creator of Meitantei Conan (Case Closed), will open March 18 in Hokuei, Tottori Prefecture, the municipality that currently governs the manga artist’s defunct hometown of Daiei. The museum, called the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory, will feature exhibits on Aoyama’s life and his manga, particularly Conan and Yaiba, as […]

Tickets to "Haruhi Suzumiya" Event Sell for Mark-Up of 1100%

Tickets to a promotional event for “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” featuring the original TV anime and drama CD casts in Saitama, Japan on March 18 are selling for as much as 11 times their original price on auction sites in Japan. Anime News Service links a Yahoo! auction that shows a ticket that originally […]

To Export Anime, Japan Needs Better Copyright Lawyers - Government Panel

In a report issued Monday local time, a Japanese government panel said the country needs better copyright lawyers to maximize exports of cultural content including animation. The panel, part of the Intellectual Property Planning Division of the Prime Minister’s Office, said Japanese exports of TV shows, movies, games, music and anime were being hindered by […]

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