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"Patema Inverted" Released In UK Cinemas This May

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  Anime Limited will be releasing Yasuhiro Yoshiura’s Patema Inverted in UK cinemas this May. Patema is the princess of a subterranean society of humans who longs to go beyond the winding maze of tunnels. Doing so leads her to encounter a boy named Age, whose entire world is literally 180 degrees from that of […]

Live-Action "Akira" Director Says Source Material and Japanese Culture Don't Have "Strong Characters"

Jaume Collet-Serra and ComingSoon.net Completely Miss the Point of Akira Anime

ComingSoon.net has interviewed Jaume Collet-Serra, director of the upcoming Liam Neeson action vehicle Non-Stop, about his work on the live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. He says that he is continuing to work on the adaptation (which Warner Bros. shelved due to budget concerns), but that the material is proving difficult to adapt. He invites […]

Cross Media International Will Bring Osamu Tezuka's Cast of Characters to North America

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Astro Boy and friends have a new representative. Cross Media International, a San Franscisco-based production and management company, announced today that it entered into an agreement with Tezuka Productions of Japan to develop distribution opportunities for Osamu Tezuka’s properties and characters in North America. Tezuka, known as the “God of Manga” and the “Walt Disney […]

Japanese Government Launches "Cool Japan" Initiative

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Anime News Network reports that the Japanese government has funded a new “Japan Channel” dedicated to exporting Japanese cultural programming internationally, including anime, dramas, music, and travel program. The initial seed money of 15.5 billion yen (approximately $14.7 million) is for subtitling and dubbing costs and publicity, as well as setting up foreign broadcasting offices […]

Ready, Set, Balus!

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When it’s not New Year’s Eve and Beyonce isn’t having a baby, the Twitter record books belongs to Japanese fans of the anime movie “Castle in the Sky”. That became apparent – again – this month when Japanese anime groupies conspired to simultaneously tweet the word “balus” during a television filming of the 1986 anime […]

Childrens Hospital Episode Recap: Season Five, Episode Two - Triangles

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Synopsis: Now temporarily out of Brazil and safely ensconced on a U.S. Army base hospital in Osaka, Japan, life is much easier, right? Wrong! On a seemingly innocent visit to a soup noodle restaurant in Osaka, Blake’s son witnesses a murder in the bathroom and Detective Chance Briggs [Nick Offerman] is brought in to solve […]

Childrens Hospital Just Doing Its Thing In Japan

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Season Five, Episode One – A New Hope Synopsis: Season Five of Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital” series opened by moving from Brazil – where everybody knows it is located – to a U.S. Army base in Japan while the hospital is being treated for termite infestation. Meanwhile, the mysterious reappearance of Blake Downs is explained […]

Hospital In Japan, San Diego In London

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Japan has probably had enough to deal with in its history – atomic bombs, killing dolphins and whales, bad karaoke – but now they get another test to their mettle as it was announced that Season Five of Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital” series will take place on a U.S. Army base in Osaka where the […]

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