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"Avatar: The Last Airbender" Book 3 Vol. 3 Announced

by SB20xxon January 22, 2008
The third volume of Avatar: The Last Airbender‘s third season has been announced by Nick and Paramount. It will contain these five episodes: -The Day of the Black Sun Part 2: The Eclipse -The Western Air Temple -The Firebending Masters -The Boiling Rock: Part 1 -The Boiling Rock: Part 2 The DVD will be released […]

Pink Panther and Friends Vol. 6: "The Inspector" Announced

by SB20xxon January 22, 2008
The sixth volume of The Pink Panther and Friends: Classic Cartoon Collection will feature 17 “The Inspector” cartoons. The shorts included, with years and directors, are: -The Great DeGaulle Stone Operation (Freleng, 1965) -Reaux, Reaux, Reaux Your Boat (Chiniquy, 1966) -Napoleon Blown-Aparte (Chiniquy, 1966) -Cirrhosis of the Louvre (Chiniquy, 1966) -Plastered in Paris (Chiniquy, 1966) […]

VIZ to Showcase Animated Properties at 2008 NATPE Conference Jan 28-31, 2008

by Ed Liuon January 21, 2008
VIZ Media has announced that it will be showcasing a variety of its anime properties at the 2008 National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Conference and Exhibition, which runs from January 28-31, 2008, in Las Vegas, NV. According to the press release, “the NATPE conference develops and nurtures opportunities, both commercial and educational, for […]

PR: VIZ Media to Showcase Animated Properties at 2008 NATPE Conference

by Ed Liuon January 21, 2008
VIZ MEDIA TO SHOWCASE VARIETY OF UNIQUE ANIMATED PROPERTIES FROM JAPAN AT 2008 NATPE CONFERENCE Kids’ Programming, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Crime Drama And Romance Series Demonstrate The Diversity Of Animation*_ San Francisco, CA, January 22, 2008 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing […]

Totoro Appears at Southern Japan Bus Stop

by Ed Liuon January 21, 2008
A 43-year old Japanese man has erected a statue of Totoro at a bus stop in the city of Sankai in the Nagasaki prefecture (original Japanese article with picture here). Yoshiyuki Yamamichi constructed the statue out of scrap materials “to improve the image of the area.” Thus far, no Catbus has stopped to pick up […]

Animex Festival Coming to Teesside in February

by on January 21, 2008
The University of Teesside will host the Animex International Festival during the week of February 4, GazetteLive.com reports. The festival, which celebrates both animation and computer games, will include speakers representing Sony Pictures Imageworks, DreamWorks, Pixar, and Toonranch Consulting. Surf’s Up and Finding Nemo will be among the films screened at the gathering.

ICv2 Interviews FUNi CEO Gen Fukunaga

by SB20xxon January 21, 2008
ICv2 hosted a two-part interview with FUNimation CEO Gen Fukunaga, where he discussed the state of the R1 anime industry. Specifically, he addressed the possibility of season sets for initial releases, demographics, live action projects in the pipeline, and how to shrink the time gap for licensing a new series. The interview can be read […]

"The Slayers": Welcome Back, Dragon Spooker

by on January 21, 2008
You know, out of all the genres that make up anime, fantasy seems to be the most underused. Sure, series involving magic have gotten a boost thanks to Harry Potter, but most are like Negima or Maburaho, taking place in the present day. Very few anime series are based on the classic sword and magic, […]

"Aqua Teen Hunger Force": Still Gross, Still Great

by on January 20, 2008
It’s been awhile since I watched Aqua Teen Hunger Force regularly. That’s not a knock against the show and I never lost my taste for it—I just spent most of the last year living outside the US without cable or a regular internet connection. I also missed the feature film, and don’t remember the last […]

Max Fleischer Getting Spotlight at Anima 2008

by on January 19, 2008
The films of Max Fleischer will be showcased at Belgium’s Anima 2008 festival, which runs from February 1st through the 9th, AWN reports. Fleischer’s work will be represented with a collection of short films and two features. The festival will also include a look at Polish animation and showings of Le Chevalier d’Eon and The […]