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    Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Site: kadokawa-anime.jp/soraoto (Japan), funimation.com/heavens-lost-property (US) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith FUNimation Entertainment recently announced that it has acquired the home entertainment, broadcast, digital and merchandise rights to the follow-up movie to the romantic comedy anime series HEAVEN’S LOST PROPERTY (????????, Sora no Otoshimono, 2009) and HEAVEN’S LOST PROPERTY: FORTE (???????? f ?????), Sora no Otoshimono: Forte, 2010) from Kadokawa. The animated film HEAVEN’S LOST PROPERTY THE MOVIE: THE ANGELOID OF CLOCKWORK (??? ???????? ??????????????????, Gekijoban Sora no Otoshimino: Tokei-jikake no Enjeroido, 2011) premiered June 25th in Japanese theaters and is directed by Tetsuya Yanagisawa. Based on the manga series of the same name by Suu Minazuki, the 13 episode HEAVEN’S LOST PROPERTY anime tells the story of Tomoki Sakurai, a girl-crazy young man whose quiet life gets turned upside down when beautiful, winged woman named Ikaros falls from the sky— and starts

    CROISÉE IN A FOREIGN LABYRINTH, HEAVEN’S MEMO PAD, and RO-KYU-BU FAST BREAK! Launch This Month Source: Sentai Filmworks, Anime Network press releases Special Thanks to David Williams and Christian Lopez Sentai Filmworks has launched a full court press on the anime marketplace with the the acquisition of the slice-of-life period series CROISÉE IN A FOREIGN LABYRINTH ~ THE ANIMATION, the psychological detective mystery HEAVEN’S MEMO PAD, and the sports comedy RO-KYU-BU FAST BREAK! Broadcast and Digital Distributor Anime Network will begin simulcasting the three new series on their Online Streaming Service this month. The 12 episode CROISÉE IN A FOREIGN LABYRINTH ~ THE ANIMATION (??????????, Ikoku Meiro no Croisée, 2011), based on the popular manga by Hinata Takeda, is a unique East meets West drama set in 19th century France. Script supervision for the historical drama is being handled by the legendary Junichi

    Pop Culture Celebration Features Japanese Fashion Designers, Film & Anime Premieres, and the “Vocaloid” Phenomenon Source: MediaLab press release Official Site: J-pop.com Special Thanks to Erik Jansen NEW PEOPLE, San Francisco’s dynamic entertainment destination showcasing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture, has announced the expansion of its annual J-Pop Summit Festival. The 2011 J-Pop Summit Festival will take place August 27th- 28th across the city’s Japantown. The weekend-long celebration brings back many popular attractions that have made the J-Pop Summit Festival a must-attend event for fashion, film, anime and music fans as well as hipsters, pop culture enthusiasts, Bay Area residents, and as tourists visiting the city. A dedicated web site is now available at J-pop.com and will feature regular updates. “The expansion of the J-Pop Summit Festival is a result of the overwhelming support from our partners and sponsors and strong attendance by a

    VIZ Media Celebrates 25th Anniversary With a Full Slate of Activities, Panels, and Special Giveaways at Comic-Con Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, gears up for the 2011 Comic-Con International with a packed agenda of exciting events, product giveaways, panel discussions, interactive activities, and convention exclusives. Comic-Con is the nation’s largest comic book, science fiction and pop culture event, and takes place July 20-24 at the San Diego Convention Center, CA. VIZ Media will be located in Booth 2813. Complete details on Comic-Con are available at comic-con.org. VIZ Media’s Booth (#2813) will be a hub of continual activity on the main show floor. The VIZ MANGA APP is the latest technological innovation for digital manga comics for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod

    Anime Film Begins US Run on July 7th Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: funimation.com/trigun (US), trigun-movie.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Shun Ohara The US theatrical run of the anime film TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE (????? The Movie ?????, 2010) continues with several new theaters and screening dates announced by distributors Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainment. The following screenings will be in addition to those listed in the previously announced schedule. Set on a remote planet in the near future, TRIGUN is a popular sci-fi action anime series created by Yasuhiro Naito. It portrays the life and actions of a wanted man named Vash, an extreme pacifist by nature with the unique nickname the “Human Typhoon”. The movie TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE debuted on April 24th 2010 in Japan, and

    3-Day Anime, Music, and Manga Event in Anaheim this 4th of July Weekend Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press releases Official Site: am2con.org Special Thanks to Chase Wang AM² kicks off its 3-day, 24 hour event July 1st at the Anaheim Convention Center in sunny Anaheim, California. Current Guest of Honors include Masao Maruyama, Sunao Katabuchi, Akihiko Yamashita, Miho Shimogasa, Scandal, Sadie, Kanon Wakeshima, kanon x kanon, heidi., Gashicon, IBI and MINT. AM² activities include Exhibit Hall, AMV`s, Arcade, Summer Festival, World Cosplay Summit, Behind the Voice Actors Studio, Rum Party Pirates, Masquerade, Cosplay Chess, Dances, Fashion Shows, Table Top, Console Gaming, AniMaid Café, AniMaid Café Host Club, Workshops, Panels, Concerts and more! Entrance to the event is free, but attendees the anticipated huge lines at autographs,

    New Guests, Musical Performers, and Events Added for Anime and Manga Festival Source: Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation press releases Official Site: anime-expo.org Anime Expo, North America’s largest anime and manga celebration, has announced some new guests when it returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 1 - 4, 2011. Tetsuro Araki, Masayoshi Tanaka and Kentaro Hashimoto of Madhouse Studios will attend as Guests of Honor. The trio will be present for a special July 2nd screening of the acclaimed zombie apocalypse series HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD and will host a creator’s panel. Video game producer and developer Sohei Niikawa amd voice actress and singer Miyuki Sawashiro are also Guests of Honor while Takanori Aki, President of Good Smile Company, will be an industry guest. Additional Guests of Honor include the production team behind

    Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: funimation.com/trigun (US), trigun-movie.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Shun Ohara Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainment will launch a fun WANTED campaign on Facebook in advance of the US release of TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE (????? The Movie ?????, 2010) opening from July 8th. Fans can visit the TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE Official Facebook Page today at noon to have their Facebook profile picture put in a TRIGUN "WANTED" frame. Read the announcement below for details... About Eleven Arts, Inc. Based in Los Angeles, Eleven Arts, Inc. is a motion picture production and distribution company that brings Japanese and Asian movies to worldwide audiences as well as bringing movies from all over the world into Asia. About FUNimation Entertainment FUNimation Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary

    Source: Anime Network press release Official Site: geneonuniversal.jp/hotd (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez Anime Network and Comcast will team up this Summer to bring fans one of the hottest anime in recent memory, HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD! The world is turned on it`s head when the dead begin to rise, and for a group of high school students survival is their only option! All 12 episodes of this sizzling hot series will be available to rent on Xfinity Top Picks this July. From July 1st through July 31st, HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD will be available to rent in the Top Picks category for only $0.99 per episode. Also included is the free behind-the-scenes special "Dead and Loving It", exclusive only to Comcast customers. Just hit the ONDEMAND button on your remote and select the Top Picks menu to find all 12 episodes and free

    Author: Elliot Gay Official Site: funimation.com/flcl (US), gainax.co.jp/flcl (Japan) High school was a strange time in my life. We were only a few years into the new millennium and like all teenagers I was struggling to figure out who I was. One look at my journal entries from that period of time tells you all you need to know about the kind of person Elliot Gay used to be. Through my years as a freshman and sophomore, I was one of the kids who had to have the latest Michael Jordan sneakers, wore chains around his neck and spoke less than correct English. Underneath all of that though, I was a film and anime lover who wanted to be a writer. Yet for some reason I refused to hold my head up and be honest with myself or the people around me about

    Authors: Chris Taylor and Daisy Evans Official Site: fanime.com Fanime is one of the largest anime conventions in North America. Held in San Jose, CA during Memorial Day weekend, Fanime is a very fan centered convention and features many fan-run panels and events, as well as some notable guests of honor. The Japanese band FLOW was particularly popular. We heard people talking about their concert all weekend. The dealer’s hall and artist alley were both quite sizable and offered a large assortment of wares. Fanime included many panels for all types of fans. Panels topics ranged from cosplay to manga and music to instructional sessions and the increasingly popular steampunk genre. There was even a dojo, where convention goers could attend workshops on various martial arts topics ranging from basic self defense

    Author: Elliot Gay Official Movie Site: funimation.com/trigun (US), trigun-movie.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Eleven Arts Entertainment Let me get this out of the way first: I am a huge TRIGUN fan. Back in college, I powered through all 14 volumes of the original manga series, and then went on to watch the complete TV anime. I could not help but find myself disappointed with the fact that the anime begins to move away from the original material early on in the story. Character motivations and often even the characters themselves are changed. Important plot details were lost along with personality quirks and entire story arcs. I would find out later that original manga creator Yasuhiro Nightow had only penned a few volumes of the series before the anime was green lit. With that knowledge, it is difficult to be too critical of the

    Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press release Official Site: am2con.org Special Thanks to Chase Wang From AM² representative Chase Wang... I am writing to see if you would be willing to help us spread the word of AM² being held July 1-3, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Over this past weekend, individuals hacked into our website and put up a very incorrect and false statement claiming that our event was "Cancelled" and that all our guests were going over to a different event. THIS IS COMPLETELY FALSE. I am extremely disappointed that there are individuals out there that are so willing to stoop to such levels to disrupt and harm our event after all the work and planning that has been done to bring as much fun to

    Anime Film Begins US Run on July 7th Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: funimation.com/trigun (US), trigun-movie.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Shun Ohara Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainment are bringing TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE (????? The Movie ?????, 2010) to the big screen in theaters across North America in Summer 2011. The film will be shown in Canada on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, and open in the United States beginning in July. The initial US release schedule has just been announced, with another wave of theaters to be revealed early next month. Set on a remote planet in the near future, TRIGUN is a popular sci-fi action anime series created by Yasuhiro Naito. It portrays the life and actions of a wanted man named Vash, an extreme pacifist by

    Ordinary Boy Becomes a Hero in the Land of His Dreams Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZAnime.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has announced the availability of the anime series, MÄR, on Netflix, Inc., the world’s leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. 52-episodes of the animated fantasy adventure story are available to stream to subscribers in the U.S. as of May 31st. MÄR (rated TV-PG, subtitled) is based on the hit 15-volume manga series created by Nobuyuki Anzai (Flame of Recca), published in North America by VIZ Media. The series joins several other popular VIZ Media anime titles such as BLEACH, DEATH NOTE, NARUTO, and INUYASHA, which can now be instantly streamed from Netflix. An ordinary middle-school boy with an overactive imagination, Ginta Toramizu dreams about fairy tales and make-believe lands. One day at

    Gun-Toting Infant Mafia Hitman Grooms a Shy Student to Take Over an Organized Crime Syndicate Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZAnime, j-reborn.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has announced that it has begun streaming the animated comedy-action series REBORN! (????????? REBORN!, Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, 2006-2010) starting June 1st on VIZAnime.com, the company’s own premier website for free anime, as well as the streaming content provider HULU. VIZAnime is a free-to-use interactive web destination that is now the permanent home to some of the company’s best-loved animated series. The series (rated TV-14) will be presented uncut and subtitled and will debut with the first five episodes available immediately. Five new installments will be uploaded each week. The REBORN! anime series is licensed for U.S. distribution by VIZ Media from TV Tokyo and AniTV. REBORN!’s main protagonist is Tsunayoshi "Tsuna"

    Anime Film Blasts into Canada on June 22nd Source: Eleven Arts Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: funimation.com/trigun (US), trigun-movie.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Shun Ohara Cineplex Entertainment, Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainment are bringing TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE (????? The Movie ?????, 2010) to the big screen at participating theaters across Canada on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 7 p.m. local time. The film will open in the United States in July, with US theaters to be announced in two weeks. Set on a remote planet in the near future, TRIGUN is a popular sci-fi action anime series created by Yasuhiro Naito. It portrays the life and actions of a wanted man named Vash, an extreme pacifist by nature with the unique nickname the “Human Typhoon”. The movie TRIGUN: BADLANDS

    Passports, New Guests of Honor, Movie Premieres, and More at Animation, Manga, and Music Festival Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press releases Official Site: am2con.org Special Thanks to Chase Wang AM², the highly-anticipated animation, music and manga convention coming this 4th of July weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California, has announced some new additions to the festival lineup and revealed the cover design for the 3 Day Passport which gives holders exclusive access to events plus major discounts to Disneyland, Best Buy, Macys, and other Southern California venues, retailers, and restaurants. Akihiko Yamashita and Miho Shimogasa, the celebrated Character Designers of GIANT ROBO: THE ANIMATION-THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, CUTEY HONEY FLASH, GRAVITATION, THE PRINCE OF TENNIS, POWERPUFF GIRLS Z and Animation Directors of SAILOR MOON SUPERS, SAILOR MOON SAILOR

    Source: FanimeCon press releases Official Site: fanime.com Special Thanks to Milton Le FanimeCon 2011 takes place this Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30, 2011) at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center (150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose, CA 95113). Registration opens 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 27, and Closing Ceremonies ends at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 30. In between, the fun continues nonstop for people with full-weekend memberships (available for $60 at the convention). Guests of Honor for 2011 include GAINAX co-founder Hiroyuki Yamaga, Japanese rock legend Yoshiki, popular idol Halko Momoi, musical performer Yuya Matsushita, pop band FLOW, prolific voice actor Tohru Furuya, designer GASHICON, manga creator Ryusuke Hamamoto, anime director Seiji Mizushima, and animator/artists Takahiro Yoshimatsu, Fumio Iida, and Mamoru Yokota. FanimeCon has provided some last-minute updates for this year`s show... FanimeCon 2011 Announces Japanese Rock

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press releases Special Thanks to David Williams Sentai Filmworks today announced its acquisition of two anime series... the outrageous new comedy MM! (?????!, 2010) and the romantic omnibus AMAGAMI SS (????SS, 2010). MM! (pronounced Emu! Emu!) takes a decidedly different bent when it comes to looking at people of a decidedly different bent. Based on the twelve novel series of the same name by the late Akinari Mitsuno, and subsequent manga adaptation illustrated by Issei Hyoujyu with character designs by QP: Flapper, the new series features direction by Tsuyoshi Nagasawa (storyboards for TO LOVE-RU), and follows the adventures of a character who discovers that, while he, himself, might be a masochist, there are other people he knows with equally life affecting fixations. There are twisted tales and twisted tales, but few are as twisted as poor Taro Sado’s, who’s just realized that he

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