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Viz Merges with ShoPro Entertainment

VIZ, LLC, has announced a merger with ShoPro Entertainment, another publishing company that specializes in licensed anime adaptations. The as-yet-unnamed new company will become the largest manga producer in the US. Management promises to leverage their collective strengths into a brand-building synergies to produce at least six more business buzzwords in addition to significant market […]

The Misfits Have Their Day in "Cromartie High School"

“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” – Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody” Cromartie High School. A harsh place filled with delinquents, punks, brutes and other riff-raff. A school so rough and tumble that if you drop your pencil on the floor someone will pick it up and eat it. A school so surreal its […]

"Petite Princess Yucie Vol.1": FLCL for the Kids

Gainax, the long-time mavericks of the anime industry, have done it again. This is a company whose series have rewritten the playbook for anime (Nadia, Evangelion, FLCL and Ebichu) and radically changed the Japanese game industry with its daughter-raising simulator Princess Maker, which effectively launched bishoujo (pretty girl) games into the mainstream in Japan. Now […]

Tokyopop Hires Bartlett, Seidenburg to Adapt TV Titles

Craig Bartlett has completed develop work on Stray Sheep, a series based on the characters created by Tatsutoshi Nomura, for TokyoPop, Anime News Network reports. Tokyopop has also hired Mark Seidenburg to write a script adapting Karma Club for the small screen.

Geneon Announces Five DVD Releases

Geneon Entertainment has announced five DVD releases for the first quarter of 2005. * Stellvia: Foudation III will be released on February 8 with a retail price of $24.98. * Saiyuki Reload: Volume 1 will be released on February 8 with a retail price of $29.98. An edition with collector’s box will retail for $39.98. […]

ADV Announces "Kekko Kaman" DVD

ADV Films will release Kekko Kamen to DVD on February 15 with a retail price of $29.98, Active Anime reports.

Adult Swim Acquires "Samurai Champloo," "Paranoia Agent"

During a January 20 question and answer session held on the AdultSwim.com forums, Adult Swim Program Director Kim Manning announced that Samurai Champloo and Paranoia Agent have been acquired and will air this summer on Adult Swim Action Saturdays. Adult Swim has also obtained the remaining episodes of Inuyasha. The acquisition will take the long-running […]

"Divergence Eve" Coming to DVD

ADV Films will release Divergence Eve (Vol. 1): Welcome to Watcher’s Nest to DVD on March 1 with a retail price of $29.98. Animated Bliss has the details.

ADV Announces "Gravion," "Cromartie High School" Releases

ADV will release Gravion Zwei (Vol. 1): Eye of the Storm and Cromartie High School (Vol. 1): Cromartian Rhapsody to DVD in March. Animated Bliss has the details on the releases.

Tokyopop Planning IPO in 2005

An article on the Anime News Network states that Tokyopop will be going public in 2005, according to a list published by Nikkei Kinyu Shimbun. Currently privately held, Tokyopop would be traded on the Japanese stock exchange even though its major area of business is selling Japanese anime and manga in North America. (via Comics […]

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