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Frank Nissen Revisits a Classic with "Cinderella III"

by Ed Liuon January 30, 2007
With a career spanning for 30 years, odds are pretty good that you’ve seen a cartoon that Frank Nissen has worked on. After an apprenticeship in commercial and educational programming, Nissen began his directorial career on such cult classic TV specials as Cosmic Christmas and The Devil and Daniel Mouse. His touch can also be […]

New "Slayers" Feature for R2 DVD Buyers

by Benon January 30, 2007
Customers who purchase all three of the upcoming Japanese DVD releases of the Slayers TV series will receive a copy of an all-new “theatrical-quality” Slayers feature focusing on a romance between Lina and Gourry in the southern islands, reads an article in the latest Dragon Magazine according to Anime News Service. The opening theme will […]

YouTube Heads Will Meet With JASRAC Feb. 5

by Benon January 30, 2007
Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the CEO and CTO at YouTube, will fly to Japan Feb. 5 to meet with the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers and discuss permanently banning repeat uploaders of copyrighted content. JASRAC, which represents Japanese copyright holders, demanded YouTube take more extensive action in a letter to […]

New Japanese Online Copyright Mall Opens 2008

by Benon January 30, 2007
JASRAC that 17 organizations representing Japanese copyright holders, including JASRAC, plan to open a cooperative Web database to make it easier and cheaper for foreign buyers to acquire licenses to Japanese content, cutting out the often troublesome and complicated multiple application processes licensors must currently complete.

"Tales from Earthsea" Opens April 4 in France

by Benon January 30, 2007
Goro Miyazaki’s Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki), the latest film from Studio Ghibli, opens in French theaters April 4 as Les Contes des Terremer, Nausicaa.net reports.

Tokyo Anime Fair Hosts Animated Robot Model Contest

by Benon January 30, 2007
The Tokyo Anime Fair set for this March will host a competition for moving models of robots from animation, in cooperation with the 6th Robot Animation Expo. Entries must be entirely made by the contestant, not from commercial kits, and will be judged on movement, design and features. The grand prize winner will receive 100,000 […]

Founding Editor of Animage Hideo Ogata Dead at 73 UPDATE: Miyazaki Read Eulogy

by Benon January 30, 2007
Hideo Ogata, the first editor-in-chief of Japan’s No. 2 anime magazine, Animage, died aged 73 on Thursday local time. Animage, whose title is a combination of the English words “animation” and “image,” began publication in 1978, and has offered its support over the years to many anime directors who are today international superstars. Animage serialized […]

4Kids Entertainment Releases for May

by Nobuyuki samaon January 30, 2007
4Kids’ release schedule for May is out, with May 22nd seeing the release of Winx Club Season 2 Vol. #2, Yu-Gi-Oh GX #3 and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season One Boxset. The sole release for May 29th is Yu-Gi-Oh Season 5 Vol. #1. [via Right Stuf]

"Afro Samurai" Among FUNimation May Releases

by Nobuyuki samaon January 30, 2007
The official solicitations for FUNimation-distributed releases in May are out, with the release of AN Entertainment’s Hare+Guu OVA kicking things off on May 1st. According to current information, releases of FUNimation-proper titles don’t begin until May 15th with the release of the final Moon Phase DVD (#6). May 22nd brings Afro Samurai in Edited ($19.99) […]

Shueisha Offers "Slam Dunk" Scholarship to Japanese Students

by Benon January 30, 2007
One Japanese high school graduate interested in training with basketball professionals in the United States will get that chance, thanks to a new scholarship run by Slam Dunk author Masahiko Inoue and publisher Shueisha. The rigorous six-month screening process will begin with 30 semifinalists and end with one winner of a 14-month training and playing […]