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FUNimation Opens Up Digital Download Front at iTunes

by on February 13, 2007
FUNimation has announced a deal with Apple, Inc. to sell episodes of their anime properties on Apple’s iTunes store. The episodes will be English-dubbed and will sell for $1.99 each, or as a single-price “season” option — currently $38.99. The launch titles are Desert Punk, Samurai 7 and Speed Grapher, with FUNimation promising more selections […]

‘Captain Flamingo’ Debuts on Nick Latin America This Spring

by on February 13, 2007
Nickelodeon Latin America has picked up the rights to Breakthrough Entertainment’s Captain Flamingo and Jimmy Two Shoes. Captain Flamingo, featuring the adventures of pint-sized hero Milo Powell and his best pal, anonymous sidekick and not-so-secret admirer, Lizbeth, is set for a spring premiere. The series is 65 half-hour episodes plus two 30-minute episodes comprised of […]

New York Anime Festival Debuts December 2007

by on February 12, 2007
The organizers of the New York Comic-Con, Reed Exhibitions, have announced that they will be holding the first New York Anime Festival December 7-9, 2007, in the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. The festival’s website will contain more information as it becomes available.

‘Cars’ Finishes First at Annie Awards, But ‘Flushed Away’ Takes the Most Hardware

by on February 12, 2007
Pixar’s Cars was named best animated feature at the 34th annual Annie Awards, handed out Sunday at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California. But ASIFA-Hollywood presented Flushed Away, from DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Animations, with more trophies than any other film. ‘Flushed’ earned honors in five categories: Scott Cegielski took the prize for animated effects; […]

"Coyote Ragtime Show" Vol. 1: Style Over Substance, But Man, What Style!

by SB20xxon February 12, 2007
You know, sometimes I find it difficult to avoid being influenced by what I read on message boards. I’d read things about Coyote Ragtime Show in numerous places, even before it was licensed: “It goes downhill after the first episode.” “It runs out of steam too soon.” “Not worth watching.” And on and on. At […]

YouTube Agrees to Japanese Warning

by on February 12, 2007
In a Feb. 6 meeting with 23 representative of JASRAC, a Japanese copyright alliance, YouTube management agreed to place a warning against illegally uploading copyrighted content on its homepage in Japanese, Tokyo Anime Center reports. However, the site management replied it would be “extremely difficult” to provide copyright holders with full names and personal information […]

Nickelodeon & TeamTo Help Greenlight on ‘Oasis’

by on February 11, 2007
Nickelodeon, French channel TF1 and French animation studio TeamTo have signed on as co-producers of the Korean 3-D animated TV series Oasis, according to Variety. The deal with Nickelodeon was sealed at the KidScreen Summit in New York, which opened February 8. Roughly 70% of the series’ $10.8 million budget is expected to be financed […]

"Speed Grapher" Vol. 5: The Almighty Dollar

by SB20xxon February 11, 2007
After a rather lackluster fourth volume, Speed Grapher gets back on track in the fifth volume and heads towards the climax. And as always, major spoilers below. Suitengu was little more than a shallow “evil mastermind” in the series’ first four volumes, but this disc’s “The Reaper and the Nouveau Riche” explains his past in […]

New ‘Toward the Terra’ to TV in Tokyo

by on February 10, 2007
Keiko Takemiya’s classic 1970s science fiction manga “Toward the Terra”, previously adapted in movie form in 1980, is returning in television anime form this April on Mainichi Broadcasting and Tokyo Broadcasting stations. The series is set in the far future, after mankind has fled the polluted Earth to live in computer-regulated space colonies. On the […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist": Shamballa Isn’t Paradise, But It’s Still Glorious

by on February 10, 2007
When FUNimation brought over Fullmetal Alchemist, I doubt they knew just how huge the series would become. The anime was a huge hit for Adult Swim; the DVDs sold like hotcakes; the manga became a top seller; and the merchandise flew off the shelves. So it was natural that FUNimation would bring over the movie […]