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FUNimation Confirms North American Status of Several GONZO Titles

by on March 25, 2008
North American Anime licensing and distributing company FUNimation Entertainment confirmed recently with Anime News Network that they have the North American rights to Studio GONZO titles Mahou Sensei Negima! Haru and Mahou Sensei Negima! Natsu. FUNimation also confirmed the yet unlicensed status of Romeo x Juliet. As previously reported, FUNimation also acts a North American […]

"Glass Fleet" Vol. 5: Gone with the Wind

by on March 25, 2008
Let us now have a few words of sympathy for the poor FUNimation writer-producers tasked with translating/adapting Glass Fleet for the English-speaking market. Bad enough they had to meet and master the great, gushing torrents of bland, meaningless, personality-free verbiage that inundate this series. More challenging, I suspect, was a maintenance of fortitude in the […]

Retrospective: "Baki the Grappler" Season Two

by on March 25, 2008
The Baki the Grappler: Season 2 Box Set, collecting volumes 7 through 12 of the series, hits DVD shelves today. To mark this release, here are the opening paragraphs of and links to Toon Zone News’s reviews of each volume in the set, as published at the time they were released to DVD in the […]

Viz Licenses "Bleach The Movie: Memories of Nobody"

by SB20xxon March 24, 2008
Viz announced that they have Bleach The Movie: Memories of Nobody, a 2006 feature film based on the Bleach anime TV series. It will briefly be released in select U.S. theaters in summer 2008, with a DVD release date in the winter. For more info, see the press release .

PR: Viz Licenses "Bleach The Movie: Memories of Nobody"

by SB20xxon March 24, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES LICENSE FOR BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY New Feature Film Based On Popular Action Manga And Animated Series to Have a Limited Domestic Theatrical Release San Francisco, CA, March 24, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation […]

"Pest of West" to Air April 11; Coming to DVD April 15

by on March 24, 2008
Nickelodeon will air the SpongBob SquarePants half-hour special “Pest of the West” on Friday, April 11, at 8:00pm (ET/PT), the network said today. The special tells of SpongeBob’s ancestor, SpongeBuck, who fought off Dead Eye Plankton when the latter took control of Bikini Gulch. TurboNick, the network’s broadband video service at nick.com, will air song […]

New "South Park" Episode in Homage to "Heavy Metal"

by on March 24, 2008
South Park will pay homage to the 1981 animated feature Heavy Metal in “Major Boobage,” a new episode premiering on March 26, Comedy Central said today. In the episode, Kyle’s parents find contraband in his room, and Kenny begins to skip school, leading all concerned to worry that the boys are getting hooked on drugs. […]

"Bee Movie" Tops DVD Sales Charts

by on March 24, 2008
Bee Movie topped DVD sales charts in its debut week, selling 1.4 million units in the week ended March 16, according to figures compiled by The-Numbers.com. 101 Dalmatians held third place with 451,000 units. Other animated titles in the top thirty include Beowulf (110,000 units), Barbie Mariposa (75,000) and The Aristocats (63,000).

Lionsgate Wins HIT DVD Rights

by on March 24, 2008
Lionsgate has acquired worldwide home entertainment distribution rights to HIT Entertainment’s library of children’s programming, the companies announced today. Lionsgate has also secured electronic sell-through rights to the titles. The deal gives Lionsgate sales and distribution rights to Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, and Fireman Sam, among other titles. The pact also includes DVD […]

"Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars Volumes 1-3" Yield an Improved Character Focus

by Jon Ton March 23, 2008
Following on from the Super Robot Wars OVA, Bandai Visual has begun releasing the prequel TV series, Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars. Unlike the OVA, which effectively blitzed the viewer with characters upon characters from the get go, Divine Wars takes a vastly more measured approach to introducing the characters and their world. […]