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    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: geneonuniversal.jp/hakuoki (Japan) Special Thanks to David Williams Sentai Filmworks is pleased to announce their acquisition of HAKUOKI (??? ???????, Hakuoki Shinsengumi Kitan, 2010). Directed by Osamu Yamasaki (YOTODEN, TOWARD THE TERRA), this stunning series features character designs by Atsuko Nakajima (TRINITY BLOOD, GET BACKERS) and music by Kow Otani (ANOTHER, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM WING, GMK). Disguised as a man, Chizuru Yukimura has come to Kyoto searching for her missing father, a doctor who developed a magical elixir that increases the drinker’s speed, strength and healing abilities. Instead of her father, however, she stumbles across a battle between the Shinsengumi and the Furies, evil vampire-like creatures of their own making. As things turn out, the Shinsengumi are also searching for her father. And when they discover who she is, they decide to take her into their custody for safe-keeping. But

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: youngjump.jp/kingdom (Japan), funimation.com/kingdom (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski FUNimation Entertainment announced today at AnimeNEXT it has acquired the simulcasts rights for KINGDOM. Full episodes will begin on funimation.com on Monday, June 11 2012 and will air every Monday 10AM CDT. KINGDOM (?????, Kingudamu, 2012): It is an era of war in ancient China. Two orphaned boys long to escape their lives as slaves and rise to greatness on the battlefield. The path to their destiny will be marked by violence and pain -- and their journey will alter the course of history. For more information, check out funimation.com/kingdom. About FUNimation Entertainment FUNimation Entertainment is the leading anime company in North America. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands. They manage a full spectrum of rights for most of their brands including

    Two New Original Series to Debut Saturday, May 26th Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: Toonami Special Thanks to Scott Lonski Adult Swim announced last week at their annual Upfront event in New York that it will be bringing back the popular anime programming block known as Toonami. The fan favorite block is scheduled to begin airing on Saturday, May 26th and will include new original anime programming as well as previously featured series. Toonami airs on Adult Swim on Saturdays from midnight to 6:00 a.m. ET/PT. FUNimation Entertainment produced two new series that will comprise a portion of the new original anime programming on Adult Swim: DEADMAN WONDERLAND (12:30am ET/PT, 3:30am ET/PT) and CASSHERN SINS (1:00am ET/PT, 4:00am ET/PT). DEADMAN WONDERLAND (????????????, Deddoman Wandaarando, 2011): Ganta is the only survivor after a mysterious man in red slaughters a classroom full of teenagers. He’s framed

    Top Japanese Animation Service Added to iN DEMAND Portfolio Source: Anime Network press release Special Thanks to Toni Brown Anime Network, the most widely distributed anime channel in North America, has concluded a deal with iN DEMAND, the industry`s leading distributor of transactional Video On Demand (VOD) as well as Pay-Per-View (PPV) content, to handle all transport of its popular service to its subscriber universe beginning on May 24, 2012, it was announced today by Bob Benya, President & CEO, iN DEMAND and Stacy Dodson, Executive Vice President, Anime Network. Anime Network joins the more than 40 programmers who currently use iN DEMAND to deliver their On Demand content to homes across North America. "We`re thrilled to partner with iN DEMAND to transport our programming throughout North America. We have the utmost confidence in their comprehensive technical expertise, bandwidth capacity and outstanding customer service in delivering

    Involved with HATSUNE MIKU, DORAEMON, FRUITS BASKET, MUSHISHI, POKEMON, REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA and X-MEN Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press release Official Site: am2con.org Special Thanks to Chase Wang This year’s highly anticipated summer event, AM², June 15-17, 2012 that will be held in sunny Southern California (Anaheim, California) proudly announces the attendance of Japanese animator, designer and director (recipient of the 11th Animation Kobe/Individual award in 2006) Hiroshi Nagahama as an official 2012 Guest of Honor. Nagahama-san has been involved with some of the most popular animes of our time including FRUITS BASKET, MUSHISHI, REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA, X-MEN and DETROIT METAL CITY. More info and convention registration can be found at am2con.org. Hiroshi Nagahama started his career at MADHOUSE as a mechanical designer for (THE) COCKPIT and was also a part of

    Source: Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation press release Official Site: anime-expo.org Special Thanks to Jim Yeager and Roberta Silverman Anime Expo (AX), North America`s largest anime, manga and Japanese pop culture celebration, will feature a major exhibition by the Gallery of Fantastic Art (GoFa) when it returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 29 – July 2, 2012. Tokyo-based GoFa, which represents some of Japan’s most popular anime, manga and science fiction artists, will focus the show on the works of three acclaimed artists: Kei Toume, Murata Range and Izumi Matsumoto. Kei Toume is an award-winning manga artist best known for her series Lament of the Lamb and Kurogane. Toume is a contributor to many fanzines and specialized magazines and is also active in video games and films.

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: cluster-edge.net (Japan) Special Thanks to David Williams Sentai Filmworks is pleased to announce their acquisition of CLUSTER EDGE (????????, Kurasutaa Ejji, 2005). This sci-fi spectacular, with animation production by Sunrise, consists of 25 episodes, plus 3 OVA episodes and was directed by Masashi Ikeda (MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM WING, INUYASHA), features character designs by Yoshihito Hishinuma (INUYASHA) and Wan Komatsuda, and music by Takayuki Negishi (TOKYO MAJIN, RIN – DAUGHTERS OF MNEMOSYNE). Cluster Edge Academy isn’t just any school; it’s the school, where the offspring of the elite come together to prepare for their roles running a world where artificial soldiers and religious sects are major factors in the battle for total control. Which may be part of why new transfer student Agate Fluorite doesn’t quite seem to fit in. It’s not just that Agate’s enthusiastic attitude stands out among

    Source: Anime Network press release Special Thanks to Toni Brown In celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Anime Network and Comcast’s Xfinity TV are featuring four exciting titles during May on Xfinity On Demand under the Top Picks folder. The titles represent the unique use of colorful illustration, pop music and storytelling indicative of the Japanese art form that has grown in worldwide popularity. Anime is well known for stories with supercharged action, secret societies with sinister agendas, magical adventures and romantic trysts and these are represented in ANGEL BEATS, BOOK OF BANTORRA, ELFEN LIED and INFINITE STRATOS. “We’re proud to be part of Xfinity TV’s celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and to offer our fans the opportunity to be the first to view the much-anticipated Book of BANTORRA’s first 13 episodes before anyone else,” said Stacy Dodson, Anime Network’s Executive Vice President. Xfinity TV customers

    New Division To Be Led By Gagan Singh Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga, graphic novels and anime in North America, announced the formation of VIZ Labs, a new division of the company led by Gagan Singh, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. VIZ Labs will focus on innovation in digital content distribution, and will consolidate engineering and digital business efforts across the company into one group. VIZ Media has recently been selectively acquiring engineering talent, and that acquisition strategy will continue under VIZ Labs. “Innovation in distribution is an integral part of VIZ Media’s future,” said Ken Sasaki, President and CEO of VIZ Media. “As a long-time partner of the company, Gagan helped us shape our digital content strategy, and we’re delighted to have him join

    Source: Anime Network press release Official Site: bantorra.com, tsutaya.co.jp/shisho (Japan), theanimenetwork.com/Book-of-Bantorra/Watch (US) This May, Anime Network and Comcast are getting together to bring you the first look at their newest show: THE BOOK OF BANTORRA (???? The Book of Bantorra, Tatakau Shisho - The Book of Bantorra, 2009). With an all-star English cast, this is definitely a show you wont want to miss. The Bantorra Library is home to books who used to be dead people. Visitors are able to read these book and learn about their own past. The Library’s Armed Librarians use psychic powers to defend against the religious society Sindeki Kyoudan. Starting May 1st, the entire Collection 1 (eps 1-13) of THE BOOK OF BANTORRA will be available in the Top Picks section of Xfinity On Demand. Also coming to Xfinity Top Picks this May are INFINITE STRATOS, ANGEL BEATS! and ELFEN LIED. To

    Anime Films to be Distributed in Australia and New Zealand Source: Madman Entertainment press release Official Site: berserkfilm.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Madman is proud to announce it has acquired the BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC (????? ?????) anime feature films for distribution in Australia and New Zealand. An epic action-adventure tale set against a dark, European-inspired medieval fantasy world, BERSERK follows the story of Guts, a lone mercenary renowned for his ferocity and unmatched in battle -- especially when armed with his imposing sword, a towering blade as tall as he. His destiny is to eventually become ‘The Black Swordsman’ and he will face untold horrors in battle. In the first film of the ‘Golden Age Arc’ trilogy -- BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING (????? ?????? ????, Berserk Oogon Jidai-Hen I: Haoo no Tamago, 2012) --

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: tv-tokyo.co.jp/lee (Japan), vizanime.com/naruto-spin-off (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen The super-deformed anime NARUTO SPIN-OFF: ROCK LEE & HIS NINJA PALS (NARUTO-???- SD ????????????????, Naruto SD: Rokku Rii no Seishun Furupawaa Ninden, 2012) is now available on VIZAnime.com and Hulu. Welcome to the Village Hidden in the Leaves, home to the famous Naruto Uzumaki. Here, ninja train day and night to be able to carry out important missions. But wait... this is NARUTO like you`ve never seen it before because this show isn’t about Naruto, the mightiest ninja! It’s about Rock Lee, the one who can’t use ninjutsu at all! Rock may not have skill, but that doesn`t stop him from aspiring to become a great shinobi! What he lacks he makes up for with his undying passion and training. Under the guidance of his super-awesome sensei,

    See the Latest and Greatest Anime Titles from Japan at 2012 Anime, Manga and Music Event in Anaheim Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press release Official Site: am2con.org Special Thanks to Chase Wang This summer`s most anticipated anime, manga and music event, AM², is proud to announce its slate of anime titles that will be screened at the event this June 15-17, 2012 held at the Anaheim Convention Center and Hilton in sunny southern California. Ranging from comedies, romance, horror, sci-fi and much more and are some of the most revered and watched titles from this year`s slate of animation fresh from Japan. All screenings will be shown in high definition. More info and attendee registration can be found at am2con.org. AM² representative Chase Wang states, "See some of the best anime in high definition at AM2 and enjoy

    Arms and Armor Action Clash in Three Visceral Anime Films About a Young Medieval Mercenary Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: berserkfilm.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has acquired the North American theatrical, TV, home entertainment, digital and merchandising rights for the BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC (????? ?????) animated movie trilogy. The company made the licensing announcement during its panel held at Sakura Con 2012 this past weekend. BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC film trilogy was produced in Japan by Studio 4ºC and is based on the bestselling medieval dark fantasy manga series created by Kentaro Miura. VIZ Media plans to release the first film of the trilogy, BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING (?????

    Company Signs Deals for JORMUNGAND, LUPIN III, IS THIS A ZOMBIE? and THE FUTURE DIARY Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Special Thanks to Scott Lonski On Saturday, FUNimation Entertainment announced at Anime Boston it has acquired simulcast rights to three anime series: JORMUNGAND, LUPIN III ?MINE FUJIKO TO IU ONNA? and IS THIS A ZOMBIE? Season 2. FUNimation Entertainment has also acquired additional home video rights to THE FUTURE DIARY. A brief synopsis for each show is listed below: JORMUNGAND (???????, 2012) A ruthless arms dealer on a quixotic quest for world peace. A child soldier born into chaotic conflict. Their lives will intertwine as they journey together through the seedy underbelly of the world`s arms market. An intense action-packed series that`s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! FUNimation has acquired both parts of the series. The first part will air April

    Company Licenses SANKAREA and SHANGRI-LA Anime Series Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Anime Sites (Japan): tbs.co.jp/sankarea, mxtv.co.jp/shangrila Special Thanks to Scott Lonski FUNimation Entertainment announced today at Sakuracon it has acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, mobile, and streaming rights to 2 anime series: SANKAREA and SHANGRI-LA. In addition, FUNimation has acquired the simulcasts rights for SANKAREA. A brief synopsis for each show is listed below: SANKAREA (?????, 2012) Furuya’s not interested in the living, he’s got zombies on the brain! When Furuya’s cat dies, he decides he’s going to try and bring it back to life. In the process, he stumbles across a girl whose failed attempted suicide has turned her into a real zombie! What’s Furuya going to do now that the thing he loves the most is right in front of his eyes? Watch what happens in this campy romantic comedy about the undead.

    First Episode Available Today on VIZAnime.com and Hulu Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: accel-world.net (Japan), vizanime.com/accel-world (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, adds another hot new title to its anime arsenal with the announcement of the subtitled, simulcast premiere of ACCEL WORLD (?????????, Akuseru Waarudo, 2012). The new sci-fi fantasy series (rated TV-14,) launches today -- the same day it debuts in Japan -- on VIZAnime.com, the company’s own website for free anime, as well on the free, ad-supported Hulu service and the Hulu Plus subscription service. Brand new installments of the 24-episode series are scheduled to premiere on the outlets every Friday. The year is 2046. Haruyuki Arita is a young boy who finds himself on the lowest social rungs of his school. Ashamed

    Voting Now Open! Source: Madman Entertainment press release Official Site: madman.com.au/top20 Special Thanks to Ben Pollock The Australian film and television distributor Madman Entertainment is inviting anime fans across the world to take part in an unprecedented online voting event -- to give the voice to the people and determine, once and for all, the ‘Top 20 Anime’ titles of all time! For the next month, Madman will play host to the voting competition -- which features 100 anime titles from the Madman catalogue, spanning decades of pedigree, popularity and performance -- and includes the likes of AKIRA, EVANGELION, ASTRO BOY, DRAGON BALL Z and many more. There is also a ‘wild card’ entry for fans who feel strongly about something not included in the initial list of titles. When

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: fatestaynight.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to David Williams Sentai Filmworks cordially invites you to enter a world where magic lives and sorcerers duel for the right to survive in FATE/STAY NIGHT: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS (??? ?????/??????- UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS?, Feito/Sutei Naito: Unlimited Blade Works, 2010). TV series director Yuji Yamaguchi (STRAWBERRY EGGS) returns to helm this theatrical endeavor with screenplay by Takuya Sato (INU X BOKU SS). Original character designs are by Takashi Takeuchi (CANAAN, GARDEN OF SINNERS) and music is by veteran Kenji Kawai (GHOST IN THE SHELL, EDEN OF THE EAST). Sentai Filmworks’ release will feature an English dub produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment. Having spent the last ten years of his life studying under a mysterious sorcerer, Shiro Emiya has become a Magi, a sorcerer who has summoned a “Servant,” a mystical female warrior of incredible power

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: geneon-ent.co.jp/pretear (Japan), funimation.com/pretear (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski FUNimation Entertainment announced today that it has acquired the broadcast, home entertainment, merchandising, and streaming rights to the complete 13 episode anime series, PRETEAR (????????????, Shin Shirayuki-hime Densetsu Puriitia, 2001). The series was created by Chief Director, Junichi Sato, best known for his work on KALIEDO STAR, SAILOR MOON and PRINCESS TUTU. PRETEAR was directed by Kiyoko Sayama, who had previously worked on VAMPIRE KNIGHT. A sixteen year old girl named Himeno Awayuki is struggling to adjust to a new step-family when seven guys appear on the scene. Calling themselves the Leafe Knights, the men reveal that Himeno is a Pretear, a girl who possesses a special magical power. Shying away from the strange group, she later joins them when a monster places her friend’s life in jeopardy. Without training,

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