Bandai Visual to Stream Episodes Online

by Maxie Zeuson 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 Maxie Zeuson 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 Maxie Zeuson 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 Maxie Zeuson 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 Maxie Zeuson 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 […]

Nick Jr. to Air "Dora" Special

by Maxie Zeuson February 28, 2008
Nick Jr. will air two new episodes of Dora the Explorer back-to-back under the title “Dora Undercover Spies,” the network announced yesterday. The adventure, which has Dora and Boots trying to stop Swiper the Fox from stealing Tico the Squirrel’s birthday presents and Isa the Iguana’s cupcakes, will premiere on Friday, March 14, at 12:00pm […]

Briefly: "Trigun" Movie Coming in 2009; "Dragon Hunters" Bows Theatrically

by Maxie Zeuson February 28, 2008
* Trigun the Movie will get a theatrical release in Japan sometime in 2009. [Anime News Network] * Dragon Hunters, a feature film spin-off of the French animated series, will get its world premiere at Cartoon Movie, the European co-production forum, in early March. [” target=”_blank”>Variety] * Worldwide distribution rights to the CGI/live-action mix Captain […]

"Pokemon," "Bakugan" Deliver Strong Ratings for Cartoon Network

by Maxie Zeuson February 28, 2008
The back-to-back premiere of two Bakugan episodes delivered strong ratings to Cartoon Network, the studio said earlier this week. The 9:00pm telecast of the new series drew 788,000 kids viewers in the 6-11 demographic, and among boys in that demo the episode beat programming on Disney. Viewership of the 9:30pm broadcast, however, dropped to 597,000. […]