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DreamWorks Brings Ghost In The Shell Back To Life

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Popular manga thriller title “Ghost in the Shell” is set to have another resurrection as film animation studio DreamWorks will bring a new live-action adaptation to the big screen. The film, based on a plotline following a futuristic battle against techno crime by a covert special ops unit does not yet have a voice cast […]

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 […]

Big News for Comic Book Guy on Upcoming Episode of "The Simpsons"

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ComicsAlliance.com has uncovered stills and loglines for an upcoming episode of The Simpsons, where Comic Book Guy will apparently marry a manga artist. The episode title is “Married to the Blob,” Stan Lee is set to make a cameo voice appearance in the episode. ComicsAlliance also has stills and more details about the episode in […]

Oldboy Becomes A Spike Lee Joint

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Based loosely on the Japanese manga, “Old Boy”, the film about a man imprisoned for 15 years and then mysteriously released by an unknown captor was a South Korean hit 10 years ago. Now comes the Spike Lee remake starring Josh Brolin in the lead role and due for an October 25, 2013 release…

Keiji Nakazawa, "Barefoot Gen" Creator, 1939 - 2012

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Keiji Nakazawa, the creator of the Barefoot Gen manga documenting his life in Hiroshima after the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945, passed away on December 19, 2012, at the age of 73 due to lung cancer. A native of Hiroshima, Nakazawa was only 6 when the atomic bomb was dropped, and his father, […]

NYCC 2012: Viz Media Licenses "Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration", "Tiger & Bunny" Manga, "Barrage" and More

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At its New York Comic Con panel, Viz Media announced its plans to release Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration in “Spring/Summer 2013″. An alternate and condensed retelling of Watsuki’s original story about a former assassin questing for penance in Japan’s Meiji Era, the comic was created to commemorate the live-action film adaptation released in Japanese […]

NYCC 2012: Kodansha Comics USA Adds "Vinland Saga", New "Sailor Moon" Artbook and More

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At its panel on Saturday, Kodansha Comics USA announced several new titles for publication in 2013. In October 2013 Kodansha will begin releasing Vinland Saga. Written and drawn by the award-winning Makoto Yukimura, the manga is historical fiction set in 11th century England at the time of the vikings. It tells the story of Thorfinn, […]

NYCC 2012: Vertical Publishing Announces "Helter Skelter", Tezuka's "Twin Knights", Talks Upcoming Manga

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Vertical Publishing’s Friday panel unveiled a pair of new announcements as well as discussion of Vertical’s publishing lineup for 2013. In July of next year Vertical will release Kyoko Okazaki’s Helter Skelter, a Josei manga (targeted toward older women) about the fashion industry and a leading character that will go to any lengths necessary to […]

Trailer For Manga Entertainment Ninja Scroll Steelbook Released

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Manga Entertainment have posted a trailer for their upcoming Ninja Scroll Blu-ray & DVD Steelbook, due for release in the UK on 26th November 2012. The Steelbook set, including a 20 page booklet, will retail for £29.99, with a separate Blu-ray version at £24.99 and a DVD version at £19.99.

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