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"Trinity Blood": Ring in the New Year with Vampires!

by Dukeon January 26, 2007
If you’re reading this, you likely know that Trinity Blood airs Saturday nights on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. This gothic/sci-fi/vampire tale has been one of the block’s early surprises, though whether that’s good or bad, obviously, depends on your own tastes. But it’s now time for the series to shift into high gear and into […]

"Trinity Blood": Hilarity with Vampires!

by Dukeon January 26, 2007
FUNimation’s partnership with Gonzo has been pretty rewarding for the anime community, bringing us a lot of Gonzo series that would normally be lost in the shuffle—or even left on the other side of the Pacific—but which are now known. One of the latest ventures is Trinity Blood. This is the second chapter. In the […]

"Powerpuff Girls Z" on Cartoon Network Japan in April

by Benon January 26, 2007
According to a press release, Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z will begin its run on Cartoon Network Japan Sundays from 12 to 1 p.m. starting April 1. The coproduction between Cartoon Network, Toei Animation and Aniplex first began broadcasting on TV Tokyo last July.

Toei Animation Posts Major Profit Decline

by Benon January 26, 2007
Toei Animation, one of Japan’s largest animation studios, posted annual declines in both profit and revenue for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2006 in an earnings report released Thursday local time. Like many Japanese corporations, Toei’s fiscal year ends in March. The company recorded about 14.6 billion yen ($121 million) in revenue over […]

Nelvana and Spin Master Partner Up For Toy Lines

by Nobuyuki samaon January 26, 2007
Corus Entertainment Inc. has announced its Nelvana Enterprises division has teamed up with Toronto-based Spin Master Ltd. to market toys and games from the currently running animated series DI-GATA Defenders, as well as the upcoming series Bakugan, with the lines set to make their debut at the Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair this Saturday, January […]

'Spongebob Squarepants' : Japanese Trendsetter

by Nobuyuki samaon January 26, 2007
The International Herald Tribune has published an article outlining Viacom’s strategy for the success of ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ in Japan, by marketing merchandise to young women instead of children as in the US, with hopes of up to $25 million in sales annually.

"Steel Jeeg" Remake Begins April 5

by Benon January 26, 2007
A sequel to the 1975 mecha anime Steel Jeeg, based on the manga co-created by king of anime kitsch Go Nagai, will start airing weekly on the premium Japanese channel WOWOW on April 5. Animeanime notes that when the first series was released, it was famous for using “traditional Japanese motifs” and for the show’s […]

"Toki wo Kakeru Shojo" Takes Home Japanese Media Awards

by Benon January 26, 2007
The grand prize at the Japanese 12th AMD Awards will go to last year’s anime feature Toki wo Kakeru Shojo. Hosoda Mamoru also won the Best Director award for the film. The AMD Awards honor the “digital contents of the year.” Film, music, Internet services and other digital media are all eligible. [Source: animeanime]

JTB Provides Travel to Tokyo Anime Fair

by Benon January 26, 2007
Anime News Service points out that JTB is offering a travel package from the U.S. to Tokyo for the Tokyo Anime Fair, Japan’s most important animation trade show, which takes place this year from March 22-25.

First New "Yamato" Models in 23 Years

by Benon January 26, 2007
Bandai Japan released the first models based on the seminal anime Space Battleship Yamato in 23 years in Japanese stores yesterday. The first is a 1/350 scale model of the Yamato itself (picture), 766 millimeters long, with light, sound and remote-controlled, moving turrets, among other features. It retails for 42,250 yen ($348). The other figure […]