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Naruto Announcements at Licensing Show

Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog covers the Naruto announcements made at this week’s Licensing Show in New York City. Bandai will be producing a Naruto video game, and the Hot Topic mall-based clothing store will begin carrying Naruto clothing and manga.

"Celebrity Deathmatch" Returns to MTV 2

MTV 2 has announced that eight new episodes of Celebrity Deathmatch will air in November as part of the network’s “Sic ‘Em Friday,” Animation HQ reports. However, the series’ original creator, Eric Fogel, will not be involved. There has been no mention as to which celebrities will be skewered in the new episodes.

"Viewtiful Joe" Comes to Kids WB This Fall

Kids WB today announced that they have ordered 26 episodes of Viewtiful Joe from Geneon Entertainment. The network will air the action-comedy anime series on Saturdays beginning this fall. [Source: Kids WB]

First Image from New "Fantastic Four" Cartoon Online

A first look at the upcoming all-new Fantastic Four cartoon, slated for 2006, is now online (image courtesy of Ranger Board).

"Sailor Moon" Manga Rights Revert to Original Owners

The Comics Reporter weblog is reporting that Tokyopop has let the North American reprint rights to the Sailor Moon manga revert back to their original Japanese owner. There is currently no further information if any other manga publishing company will attempt to acquire these rights.

Gail Simone Talks Superman and "Action Comics"

Writer Gail Simone has spoken to Comicon.com’s PULSE News about her current run on DC’s Action Comics and her perspectives on Superman as a character. Three preview pages from Action Comics #829 are provided with the article.

"Pokémon" Season Eight to CN U.K.

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4Kids Entertainment has licensed Pokémon‘s eighth season — Pokémon: Advanced Challenge — as well as the 22-episode package of specials, to Cartoon Network U.K., World Screen reports.

Toei Names Joy Tashian Marketing Group to Represent "Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo"

Toei Animation Inc. has named Joy Tashjian Marketing Group as licensing representative for their new anime series Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo. The series will debut in the U.S. this October, airing on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block at 10:30pm. [Source: AWN]

Two "Raggedy Ann & Andy" Tales Hit DVD August 30

Raggedy Ann & Andy: The Mabbit Adventure and Raggedy Ann & Andy: The Pixling Adventure are both scheduled to arrive on DVD on August 30, DVDToons reports. Both DVDs will retail for $12.95 and will include a History of Raggedy Ann and Andy special feature.

New "Simpsons" Box Art

TV Shows On DVD has posted a picture of the brand new box cover for the sixth season of The Simpsons. The DVDs will come inside Homer’s head. There are plans to release seasons 7-10 in the heads of different family members, but the order has yet to be determined.

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