"Kara no Kyokai" Breaks House Records in Japan

by on January 25, 2008
Kara no Kyokai, a Japanese animated feature adapted from a web-based comic, set a house record at the Theater Shinjuku during its December debut, Variety reports. The film, about a girl who can see the “death lines” on all living things, garnered standing room crowds and more than 19,000 admissions during its four-week run.

PR: VIZ Media Teams with Amazon Unbox for Narto Uncut, Death Note, and Bleach

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2008
VIZ MEDIA TEAMS WITH AMAZON UNBOX TO OFFER NARUTO UNCUT, DEATH NOTE AND BLEACH ANIMATION FOR DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Three Of The Hottest Animated Action Series Sweeping North America Offered With Convenience, Flexibility And DVD Quality San Francisco, CA, January 25, 2008 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and […]

AZN Network to Shut Down April 9, 2008

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2008
Broadcasting & Cable magazine is reporting that Comcast’s AZN Television channel will cease broadcasting on April 9, 2008, due to its inability to attract a wider audience outside Comcast’s subscriber base and an adequate body of advertisers. The network, which geared its programming for the Asian-American population, was another outlet for anime series on broadcast […]

CulturePulp Interviews Marjane Satrapi on "Persepolis"

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2008
Mike Russell’s “CulturePulp” webcomic has published a webcomic interview with Marjane Satrapi on Persepolis, her autobiographical graphic novel and animated movie. The web comic is based on a 40-minute interview which Russell has provided along with an extra-large PDF version of the webcomic. (via Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter)

"Persepolis" Nominated for Cesar; Toons Jostle for Sound Editing Prizes

by on January 25, 2008
Prize season continues to unfold, with Persepolis gaining multiple nominations for France’s Cesar Awards, Variety reports. The animated feature was nominated in the Picture, First Film, Adapted Screenplay, Song, Score, and Editor categories. For Best Picture it will compete with The Secret of the Grain, La Vie en rose, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, […]

"To Heart Vol. 4": Not Much "Love And Truth"

by on January 25, 2008
Hiroyuki, Akari, and Shiho are all regular students attending high school in Japan. Multi HMX-12 is a regular maid robot who’s going to high school for a trial period to learn how to be a better maid robot. Chad is a reviewer, staring at the screen, ridiculously bored by the lack of real progress made […]

"Girl Who Leapt Through Time" Trailer Goes Online

by on January 24, 2008 has posted a trailer for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time online. The Mamoru Hosoda-directed film, about a high school girl with the power to go backward in time, will get a limited theatrical release in the US in the summer of 2008 before heading to DVD. (via Anime News Network)

"Toy Story" Trilogy to Get Full 3-D Treatment in 2009-10

by Ed Liuon January 24, 2008
A press release from the Walt Disney Company is stating that the two existing Toy Story movies will be released in digital 3-D versions starting in 2009 in advance of the release of Toy Story 3, which will also be released in 3-D. The first Toy Story movie will be released to theaters in 3-D […]

Most Effective Product Placement of 2007 is "Guitar Hero" on "South Park"

by Ed Liuon January 24, 2008
According to the data reporting firm iTVX, the “Guitar Hero” episode of South Park was the most effective product placement of 2007 (free registration required). iTVX came to this conclusion via their Q-rating calculation, which measures 50 criteria such as whether a character on a show is holding a product while talking about it and […]

Dude, Where’s My History Books?

by on January 24, 2008
This has been a year that cinema has reminded us that often there is “more than meets the eye”, and this observation extends far further than toy cars that swivel, twist and ultimately snap into robots with the tiniest heads imaginable. No, we can take this line one step further. There are other products out […]