FUNimation Has 1/3 Market Share

by Classic Speedyon September 8, 2008
According to ICv2, FUNimation had 32.7% of the U.S. anime market in the first half of 2008. Note that the VideoScan data that determined this doesn’t include Wal-Mart, so their percentage may be even higher. The second half of 2008 is expected to be even bigger for them, as they acquired numerous titles from ADV […]

Totoro Fundraising Auction a Success

by MonkeyFunkon September 8, 2008
The Totoro Forest Project, a fundraising auction headed by Pixar’s Dice Tsutsumi, has sold all 200 of the pieces of art that were provided by top illustrators and animators. The final amount raised is forthcoming. [ Source: AWN ]

Funimation Acquires Kaze No Stigma

by Weathermanon September 8, 2008
From Studio GONZO, “Kaze no Stigma” will be released by Funimation in 2009. [Source: Anime News Network]

Russian Religious Groups Hate "South Park" Too

by Ed Liuon September 8, 2008
Reuters is reporting on an effort to get Comedy Central’s South Park banned from Russian television under a statue that seeks to ban extremism. The Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith filed a complaint against an episode aired on the 2×2 network in January, with spokesperson Konstantin Bendas stating the show “insults the feelings […]

Sony Pictures Licenses Oshii’s "Sky Crawlers" Film

by Weathermanon September 8, 2008
Based on a novel by Hiroshi Mori “Sky Crawlers” is a military romance story set in an alternate-history. The film is directed by Mamoru Oshii. No screening or distribution date have been announced so far. The agreement covers distribution in the Americas, Australia and New Zealand. [Source: Anime News Network]

"Galaxy Rangers: Collection 2" Saddles Up Successfully and Rides Into The Sunset

by Jon Ton September 8, 2008
The second, and concluding, volume of The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers finally makes its way to DVD, and provides more of the same kind of entertaining episodes and informative extras that the first volume had. “Consolidation” is a theme in the series’ second half, which introduces far fewer new characters and concepts. Instead, it […]

Briefly: Baby, the Stars Shine Bright @ NYAF; CNN on Legal Animations

by Ed Liuon September 7, 2008
* Japan’s premiere Lolita fashion brand Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, will be hosting a tea party for 20 of their fans at the end of the 2008 New York Anime Festival. Tickets are $125 per person and are available now through the NYAF website. [Press Release] * CNN Money reports on the rise of […]

Wired on Adult Swim’s "Superjail"

by Ed Liuon September 6, 2008
Wired magazine’s weblog has taken a brief look at Adult Swim’s Superjail, a new Flash animation series that debuts on September 28, 2008. The series is produced by MTV animation grads Christy Karacas, Stephen Warbrick and Ben Gruber, and pokes fun at detention centers ranging from the Village of The Prisoner, the island of Lost, […]

Nozomi Announces "Toward the Terra" and "Maria Watches Over Us" Season 2 DVDs

by Ed Liuon September 6, 2008
Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment has announced two upcoming DVDs. The Toward the Terra movie will be released on November 25, 2008, with a suggested retail price of $19.99. The movie is based on the space-faring manga series by Keiko Takemiya, and was produced by Toei Animation. The movie is a prelude to the Toward the […]

Paramount Announces Disc Replacement Program for ‘Transformers: Cybertron’

by Craig Crumptonon September 6, 2008
Paramount Home Entertainment has announced how to get a replacement for defective copies of Disc 1 from the Transformers: Cybertron–The Ultimate Collection DVD box set. The defect only affected a select batch of sets, with the third episode of disc 1 (“Hidden”) missing the first seven minutes of the episodes. Affected customers should prepare their […]