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    New Addition to Anime Convention in San Jose, CA Source: FanimeCon press release Official Site: fanime.com Special Thanks to Milton Le FanimeCon, in partnership with the Steam Federation, is proud to announce Clockwork Alchemy! This new additional convention for steampunk fans will be held during Memorial Day weekend, May 25th–28th, 2012, the same weekend as FanimeCon. A single membership will grant access to both FanimeCon in the San Jose Convention Center area and Clockwork Alchemy in the DoubleTree Hotel. Clockwork Alchemy is a creative exploration of the world of steampunk, a fantastical past that never was but should have been. Steampunk is a world of incredible machines, daring heroes, bold inventors, mad scientists, and adventure at every turn, all set in a time when steam powered the world and the possibilities were endless!

    Latest Action-Packed Ninja Adventures Straight From Japan To Stream For Fans Beginning With Episode 245 Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: naruto.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has announced the simulcast of the latest episodes of the anime series NARUTO SHIPPUDEN (??? ???) on the Hulu Plus subscription service. Beginning January 19th, Hulu Plus subscribers will be able to simulcast the latest episode of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN in high-definition just an hour after broadcast debut in Japan. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Episode 245 (rated TV-14, subtitled) is now available and new episodes will be broadcast weekly. Users of the free, ad-supported Hulu service will also be able to catch the new NARUTO SHIPPUDEN segments one week after their initial run on Hulu Plus; the episodes will also be available on the company’s own VIZAnime.com site. In the latest NARUTO SHIPPUDEN adventure, Naruto

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: haremking.tv (Japan), funimation.com/high-school-dxd (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski FUNimation Entertainment recently announced that it has acquired the broadcast, home video, merchandising, mobile and streaming rights to the anime series, HIGH SCHOOL DxD (??????D×D, Haisukuuru D×D, 2012). The anime is based on the Japanese light novel series written by Ichiei Ishibumi and illustrated by Miyama-Zero. In HIGH SCHOOL DxD, Issei Hyodo is your average perverted high school student whose one wish in life is to have his own harem... but he’s got to be one of the unluckiest guys around. He goes on his first date with a girl only to get brutally attacked and killed when it turns out the girl is really a vicious fallen angel. To top it all off, he’s later reincarnated as a devil by his gorgeous senpai who tells him that she is

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: zero-tsukaima.com (Japan) Special Thanks to David Williams Sentai Filmworks waves its magic wand and announces the acquisition of yet another eagerly awaited new anime series: FAMILIAR OF ZERO F (??????F, Zero no Tsukaima F, 2012). Continuing the story introduced in the previous hit anime and manga series created by Noboru Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi himself handles the series composition, with director Yoshiaki Iwasaki (BEST STUDENT COUNCIL, LOVE HINA, HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER) taking charge of the new 13 episode series, while Eiji Usatsuka’s original character designs are adapted once again by Masahiro Fujii (DREAM EATER MERRY, HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER.) Get ready to join spell challenged Louise Françoise le Blanc de la Vallière, whose luck with magic is so poor that she’s earned the nickname “Zero,” and Saito Chevalier de Hiraga, the unfortunate human Louise accidentally summoned while attempting to conjure

    First Episode of Production I.G. Series Available to Stream Now in US and UK! Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: lag-rin.com (Japan), vizanime.com/lagrange (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, excites anime fans with the announcement of the U.S. online simulcast premiere of the brand new series, LAGRANGE – THE FLOWER OF RIN-NE (?????????, Rinne no Raguranje, 2012), on VIZAnime.com the company’s own website for free anime, as well as on the free, ad-supported Hulu service and in high-definition on the Hulu Plus subscription service. The first episode (subtitled) is available now with new installments scheduled to debut each Sunday! In addition, Kazé SAS will be the official partner in the United Kingdom for the simulcast of LAGRANGE - THE FLOWER OF RIN-NE. Episode

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: inuboku.tv (Japan) Special Thanks to David Williams Sentai Filmworks takes a supernaturally tinged twist as the company unveils its most recent acquisition, the supernaturally charged suspense drama INU X BOKU S.S. (??×?SS, Inu Boku Siikuretto Saabisu, 2012). Based on the hit manga of the same name by Cocoa Fujiwara (dear), the 12 episode mystical drama marks episodic director and storyboard artist Naokatsu Tsuda’s (LEVEL E, SQUID GIRL, BENTO) first turn as a series director, supported by series composition from Saizo Nemoto (TOWANOQUON, TOKYO MAJIN 2) and character designs adapted from Fujiwara’s originals by Haruko Iizuka (SISTERS OF WELBER). Torn between the desire to live on her own and a crippling fear of being alone and unprotected, Shirakiin Ririchiyo’s dream of independence had long seemed impossible and she seemed doomed to the life of a secluded shut-in.

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: hichika-ichika.com (Japan) Special Thanks to David Williams Sentai Filmworks is very proud to announce the acquisition of the eagerly awaited new anime WAITING IN THE SUMMER (????????, Ano Natsu de Matteru, 2012), which is already drawing considerable buzz due to its re-pairing of several already highly successful creative partnerships. Legendary anime writer Y?suke Kuroda (EXCEL SAGA, HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD, PUNI PUNI PEOMY) reteams with his PLEASE TEACHER!/PLEASE TWINS collaborator, original character designer Taraku Uon (READ OR DIE TV and OVA), while director Tatsuyuki Nagai (TORADORA, HONEY & CLOVER II) reunites with his TORADORA/ANO HI MITA HANA collaborator, character designer Masayoshi Tanaka (also HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD), to produce a unique 12 episode anime series that takes a rather different view of the classic teen romance genre. Lights! Camera! Teen Angst! When a group of friends decide

    Get Your Passport Today for Chance to Win Tickets to the Red Carpet Premiere Event in Los Angeles Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press release Official Site: am2con.org Special Thanks to Chase Wang 2012`s highly-anticipated animation, music and manga convention in Southern California, AM² (June 15-17, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center and Hotels) continues to bring more fun to fans with the screening of the long-awaited FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS (?????? ??????????????, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Mirosu no Sei-naru Hoshi, 2011) to this year`s event! Passport purchasers will also have a chance to attend the official premiere event in Los Angeles on January 20, 2012. Passport purchasers will be automatically entered into the AM² Pre-Registration contest to potentially win two (2) tickets to the FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE SACRED STAR

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: jcstaff.co.jp/maho-shokai Special Thanks to David Williams Sentai Filmworks is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of the anime classic SOMEDAY’S DREAMERS (??????????, Maho Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto, 2003). Based on the hit manga by Kumichi Yoshizuki and Norie Yamada (originally released in North America by Tokyo Pop,) and with script supervision by co-creator Yamada, the twelve episode series was directed by Masami Shimoda (BOYS BE, 11 EYES, POLYPHONICA) with character design adaptations by Michinori Chiba and Nobue Yoshinaga. When can flunking a spelling test cause major problems? When you’re learning how to use magic, of course! And that’s exactly the situation fifteen-year-old Yume Kikuchi finds herself in when she travels to Tokyo to begin her apprenticeship as a licensed magic user. Unfortunately, Yume’s a country girl in the big city for the first time and there are a

    Source: Anime Network press release Official Site: breakblade.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Toni Brown Broadcast and digital distributor Anime Network and Comcast Cable are starting 2012 off with a bang, coming together to bring our fans a tale of war, magic, and ancient mecha: BROKEN BLADE (???? ????, Bureiku Bureido, 2010)! Throughout January and February, Anime Network is inviting BROKEN BLADE viewers to enter to win ten limited edition DVD/Blu-ray and English cast autographed poster sets. For more information, visit theanimenetwork.com/brokenbladecontest. BROKEN BLADE, published by Sentai Filmworks and distributed by Section23 Films, is an epic new series of animated films based on the international manga bestseller from Yunosuke Yoshinaga (Rampage). Created in six 50 minute installments, the mega production is helmed by Chief Director Tetsuro Amino (MACROSS 7, SHIKI, JEWELL BEM HUNTER LIME), and Director Nobuyoshi Habara (DNANGEL, NEGIMA!, FAFNER) working from screenplays by screenwriter Masashi

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: starchild.co.jp Special Thanks to David Williams Prepare to be boarded by stellar entertainment on a galactic scale as Sentai Filmworks announces the impending escape of the rollicking, hit space opera MOURETSU PIRATES (????????, Mooretsu Paireetsu aka BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES, 2011)! What happens when Teen Chic meets Pirate Technique? Find out when Director Tatsuo Sato (MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO, NINJA SCROLL TV, STELLVIA) returns to the familiar waters of comedy and interplanetary adventure and deftly steers the bestselling Mini-Skirt Pirate (Minisuka Uchuu Kaizoku) novels by Yuichi Sasamoto (VENUS WARS, Ariel) on a course to become an all new 26 episode anime masterpiece, while Noriyuki Matsumoto’s brilliant original characters designs are adapted for animation by the team of Akira Yasuda (TURN A GUNDAM) and Hiroshi Takeuchi (BIG O, XENOGLOSSIA.) There’s plenty of pillage and yo-ho-ho-ing ahead in the most plunder-full adventure epic

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: hagaren-movie.net (Japan), funimation.com/fullmetal-alchemist-the-sacred-star-of-milos (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski FUNimation Entertainment, in conjunction with Aniplex Inc. and Eleven Arts Inc., announced that its animated feature film FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS (?????? ??????????????, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Mirosu no Sei-naru Hoshi, 2011), produced by BONES, will be presented at a red carpet premiere at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles, CA on Friday January 20, 2012. It will be a night of entertainment for fans of the popular FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST franchise featuring an opportunity to walk the carpet starting at 8:00pm and see the movie presentation at 9:00pm. A Q&A will follow with both the Japanese director Kazuya Murata and the US Director Mike McFarland as well as members of the US voice cast

    First-ever Digital Platform Release in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand Source: DIRECTIONS, Inc. press release Official Site: timeofeve.com (Japan), timeofeve.com/e (English) Special Thanks to Ann Yamamoto DIRECTIONS, Inc. and STUDIO RIKKA are proud to announce the immediate availability of Yasuhiro Yoshiura`s TIME OF EVE: THE MOVIE (????? ???, Gekijoban Ivu no Jikan, 2010) on the iTunes Store in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This release marks the anime film`s digital platform premiere outside Japan. TIME OF EVE (?????, Ivu no Jikan) launched as 6 episodes from August 2008 through September 2009 on streaming platforms worldwide. The series quickly gained a devoted following as word spread about the sheer artistry of the visuals, and the tightly woven coming-of-age story about friendship, family and confronting society`s norms. The series exceeded 3 million views in Japan alone and sold out of the

    Anime Series Based on Popular Xbox 360 Videogame Comes to North America on VIZAnime.com and Hulu Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: tv-tokyo.co.jp/bluedragon (Japan), vizanime.com/blue-dragon-seven-shadows (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has announced the launch of BLUE DRAGON: TRIALS OF THE SEVEN SHADOWS (BLUE DRAGON ?????, Blue Dragon Tenkai no Shichiryuu, 2008), the second season of the hit fantasy adventure series BLUE DRAGON (both rated TV-14), available now on VIZAnime.com, the company’s own website for free anime, as well as on the streaming content provider Hulu. Episodes 1-5 are available now, and 2 new episodes will debut each Friday. The BLUE DRAGON series is based on the exclusive Xbox 360 videogame of the same name, developed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of FINAL FANTASY, and features character designs by Akira Toriyama, the creator of the best-selling

    Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: hagaren-movie.net (Japan), funimation.com/fullmetal-alchemist-the-sacred-star-of-milos (US) Special Thanks to Shun Ohara Cineplex Entertainment, Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainment are bringing FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS (?????? ??????????????, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Mirosu no Sei-naru Hoshi, 2011) to the big screen exclusively at participating Cineplex theatres across Canada on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 12:55pm and Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7:30pm local time. Originally released in Japan on July 2nd in 2011, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS is directed by Kazuya Murata. The film tells the story of a fugitive alchemist with mysterious abilities who leads the Elric brothers to a distant valley of slums inhabited by the Milos, a proud people struggling against bureaucratic exploitation. Ed and Al quickly find

    Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: hagaren-movie.net (Japan), funimation.com/fullmetal-alchemist-the-sacred-star-of-milos (US) Special Thanks to Shun Ohara Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainment are bringing the feature length sequel film to the popular FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST anime franchise, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS (?????? ??????????????, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Mirosu no Sei-naru Hoshi, 2011), to more than 100 theater screens across North America in January 2012. The Fullmetal Alchemist manga started in 2001 and ended in June 2010, selling over 50 million volumes. It was adapted into an animated TV series of 51 episodes in 2003. A second season of 64 episodes debuted in 2009 on Adult Swim/Cartoon Network. FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE SACRED STAR OF MILOS was released in Japan on July 2, 2011. The movie was

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: funimation.tv Special Thanks to Scott Lonski FUNimation Channel, a partnership between Olympusat, Inc. and FUNimation Entertainment, is the market leader in providing fans in the U.S. direct access to an exclusive portfolio of anime movies, series and specials to TV, mobile and broadband customers alike. FUNimation Channel is currently available in approximately 20 million TV households in the U.S. and is available on AT&T, Charter Communications, Comcast, Verizon, and others. The FUNimation Channel has now launched its Subscription Video-On-Demand Package on Armstrong Cable. The package combines standard definition and select high definition product sampling with proven transactional and subscription levels of service for this extremely attractive demographic. Each product drives usage to the next, creating a path to capture a wider audience while maximizing revenues. “We’re delighted Armstrong customers can watch their favorite anime series and movies, including premiere titles

    Source: Anime Network press release Official Site: breakblade.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez Anime Network and Comcast are starting 2012 off with a bang, coming together to bring fans a tale of war, magic, and ancient mecha: BROKEN BLADE (???? ????, Bureiku Bureido, 2010)! An outcast from birth, Rygart Arrow is thrown into a situation he never wanted and forced to fight former friends as enemies. His new-found ability to pilot an ancient golem, however, turns this lifelong outsider into the world`s best hope of stopping a war that threatens to destroy them all! The BROKEN BLADE six part film series will be available to rent in the Xfinity OnDemand Top Picks section, only on Comcast, from January 1 to January 31, 2012. An exclusive Top Picks extra will also be included at release, available only to Comcast customers. Just hit the ONDEMAND button on your

    Film Series at the Museum of Arts and Design from December 2-16 Source: Museum of Arts and Design press release Official Site: unbridled-energy Special Thanks to Marisa Bartolucci and Jake Yuzna In conjunction with the exhibition "Korean Eye", the Museum of Arts and Design in New York presents "Unbridled Energy: Korean Animation", a program that showcases the breadth and diversity of contemporary creativity in this Asian nation. The series runs from December 2 to December 16, 2011 at MAD (2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019). Though Japanese anime is more widely known, in the past two decades Korean animation or "han-guk manhwa aenimeisyeon" has become increasingly prominent. With over 260 animation studios, mostly based in the capital Seoul, Korea has become an international leader in animation production. Its studios are responsible for the hand-drawn

    Episodes Begin Streaming November 21st Source: Anime Network press release Official Site: mashiro.tv (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez Watch it boys: if you`re trying to get in, these girls will make sure you stay out! Broadcast and digital distributor Anime Network has announced the acquisition of the all new high school comedy, MASHIROIRO SYMPHONY ~ THE COLOR OF LOVERS (?????????? ~the color of lovers ~, 2011), for their streaming service, Anime Network Online. Director Eiji Suganuma (PATLABOR: THE MOVIE, SERIAL EXPERIMENTS LAIN) and producers Media Factory (MARIA HOLIC: ALIVE, INFINITE STRATOS) welcome you to a school rumble where the females hold all the cards, and the males are just trying to survive! The odds are stacked, and there`s no place to hide from the wrath of a thousand girls in MASHIROIRO SYMPHONY ~ THE COLOR OF LOVERS! As soon as life starts becoming normal for

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