PR: VIZ Media Announces Launch of "Blue Dragon" on Cartoon Network

by on February 29, 2008
Animated Series Based On Popular Xbox 360 Videogame And Features Character Designs By Manga Mastermind Akira Toriyama San Francisco, CA, February 29, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the U.S. debut of the highly anticipated BLUE DRAGON animated […]

Kevin Conroy to Appear in "Batman: Gotham Knights" Direct-to-Video Movie

by Ed Liuon February 29, 2008
At the end of a video interview about the Batman: Gotham Knights direct-to-video movie, DC Comics’ Gregory Noveck stated, “I think fans will be happy with the return of Kevin Conroy.” It is not clear from his statement whether this means Conroy will provide the voice of Batman again, or if he will simply have […]

Paramount Dropping HD DVD on post-March Releases

by on February 29, 2008
Paramount Home Entertainment will stop releasing titles in the HD DVD format after its March 4 releases hit the shelves, Video Business Online reports. The announcement covers such upcoming DreamWorks titles as Bee Movie, which DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg indicated earlier this week would still ship exclusively on the HD DVD format.

Bandai Visual to Stream Episodes Online

by on February 29, 2008
Bandai Visual USA will begin streaming some of its episodes through its e-commerce site, the company announced yesterday. Streaming will begin in late March with the first episode of HARUKA: Beyond the Stream of Time. Future titles will include true tears, Shigofumi: Letters of the Departed, and sola. The company says further details and […]

Gerard Butler to Provide Voice in Anime Section of "Watchmen"

by Ed Liuon February 29, 2008
Actor Gerard Butler has stated to Empire magazine that he will be providing the voice for the captain character in a “Tales from the Black Freighter” sequence in the upcoming movie adaptation of the graphic novel Watchmen. According to Butler, the comic-within-a-comic will appear on screen “in the style of a Japanese anime.” (via Comic […]

"Negima!" Complete: Not Bad, But Must Try Harder

by Jon Ton February 29, 2008
With a core cast consisting of one pre-teen boy teacher and an all-girl class of thirty-one students, Negima, I could tell going in, would be a very odd experience. Fortunately, the series does not degenerate to such a level that the male-to-female ratio becomes overly tiresome. But then, neither does it make full use of […]

"Precious Girls Club" Movies Coming to Theaters, DVD

by on February 28, 2008
Precious Moments and Sabella Dern Entertainment will partner to produce a series of Precious Girls Club movies, AWN reports. The values-oriented series will be introduced in select theaters beginning in August of 2009 before heading to DVD in October of that year.

DreamWorks Sticking with HD DVD

by on February 28, 2008
DreamWorks Animation intends to continue releasing its product exclusively on the HD DVD format, despite Toshiba’s recent decision to abandon the technology, Reuters reported earlier this week. DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg says that the studio will respect its contract with Toshiba, which requires the studio to support the HD DVD format exclusively. Other HD DVD-exclusive […]

Fourth "Slayers" Series Going into Production

by on February 28, 2008
A fourth Slayers anime series will be produced by J.C. Staff under the direction of Takashi Watanabe, Anime News Network reports. Title and cast have not yet been announced.

Cartoons on the Bay Announces Program for 2008

by on February 28, 2008
One hundred seventy-six programs from twenty-four countries will be showcased at Cartoons on the Bay between April 10 and April 13, World Screen reports. The festival is being held in Salerno, Italy. The United States will be represented by such popular favorites as Avatar: The Last Airbender (Season 3); Ben 10 (Season 4); Foster’s Home […]