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    Images and Production Notes from Walt Disney Studios Source: Walt Disney Studios Official Movie Site: disneypictures/earthsea (US) On August 13th, Studio Ghibli`s TALES FROM EARTHSEA (Gedo Senki, 2006) began a limited theatrical run in the United States through Walt Disney Studios Distribution. Disney has released most of Ghibli`s films in the US, but TALES FROM EARTHSEA was delayed for several years since author Ursula Le Guin`s Earthsea novels had previously been optioned for film and television by Hallmark Entertainment. The film was directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of Studio Ghibli co-founder and legend Hayao Miyazaki. While the works of the elder Miyazaki are revered worldwide, reviews for Goro`s directorial debut have been much less enthusiastic. The following production notes are courtesy of Walt Disney Studios... TALES FROM EARTHSEA Running Time: 105 minutes Release Date: August 13th, 2010 (limited) MPAA Rating: PG-13

    Source: Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation press release Official Site: anime-expo.org Special Thanks to Kimberly Groomes Anime Expo (AX), North America’s largest anime and manga event, has concluded its most successful event ever – a four-day event at the Los Angeles Convention Center that drew over 100,000 fans of Japanese animation, manga (comic books) and pop culture. Featuring the largest program and exhibition in its 19-year history, Anime Expo, sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), hosted over 165 exhibitors showcasing tens of thousands of products and a sold-out Artist Alley, a venue for amateur and semi-professional artists to celebrate Japanese pop culture through fantastic works of art. Anime Expo also enabled fans to meet the creative forces behind the art form and participate in

    Six Feature Films Based on the Hit Manga to Play in a Week-Long Festival Beginning July 3 Source: VIZ Pictures, MediaLab press releases Official Site: NewPeopleWorld.com Special Thanks to Erik Jansen VIZ Cinema and NEW PEOPLE are proud to present, in association with Bandai Entertainment and Manga Entertainment, "Sci-fi Anime Madness Volume 2: GHOST IN THE SHELL Marathon" with a very special series of feature film screenings taking place July 3rd – 8th at the theatre located in San Francisco’s Japantown. The creation of veteran anime writer/director/producer Mamoru Oshii, GHOST IN THE SHELL and its subsequent sequels thrilled audiences and inspired a generation of filmmakers to became one of the most revered anime franchises of all times. GHOST IN THE SHELL is based on a popular manga series created by

    Trailer Premieres July 1, 2010 in Los Angeles at Club Nokia Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press release Official Site: club2themax.com Special Thanks to Chase Wang Club 2 the MAX will present the exclusive trailer of Academy Award winning Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli`s feature TALES FROM EARTHSEA (Gedo Senki) during its activities on July 1, 2010 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Studio Ghibli`s fame reaches worldwide as several of their animation features have won the prestigious Animage Grand Prix Award, including CASTLE IN THE SKY (Tenku no Shiro Rapyuta, 1986), MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (Tonari no Totoro, 1988), and KIKI`S DELIVERY SERVICE (Majo no Takkyubin, 1989). SPIRITED AWAY (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2001) won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and remains the only foreign animation film to have done so. Based on the Earthsea novels by Ursula K.

    Source: Barbican Centre, Sarah Harvey Publicity press release Special Thanks to Helene Muron The Barbican Centre in London continues their JAPANIMATION event series in July with MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM: A NEW TRANSLATION - HEIRS TO THE STARS. The screening will be introduced by anime expert and author Helen McCarthy (The Anime! Movie Guide, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation, and founder of the magazine AnimeFX). JAPANIMATION MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM: A NEW TRANSLATION - HEIRS TO THE STARS (Kido Senshi Zeta Gundamu I: Hoshi o Tsugu Mono, 2005) Tuesday 20 July, 8:30pm Dir. Yoshiyuki Tomino 94 min cert tbc The first feature in the film trilogy based on the ZETA GUNDAM anime series, in celebration of its 20th anniversary and updated for a 21st Century

    Author: Andrew Nguyen Official Site: z-gundam.net (Japanese), gundamofficial.com/worlds/uc/zeta (US) Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab) While MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM (Kido Senshi Gundamu) turned out to be a success, particularly in the form of a compilation movie trilogy, several years would pass before a sequel would take place. That sequel, the 50-episode MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM (Kido Senshi Zeta Gundamu), premiered in March 1985 to immense success. Its popularity has reached the point where fans and critics alike consider it to be one of the Gundam series most outstanding entries. Directed by Gundam series creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, many consider it to be one of his finest works, even when compared to his classic works like AURA BATTLE DUNBINE. As a director, Tomino added a level of realism to his series that few others at the time were willing to do: actually killing main protagonist

    Watch Episode 1, Chat with Friends, and Talk with the Producer at 7:00pm EST/4:00pm PST Source: VIZ Media press release Official Movie Site: manga.com/watchandchat/monster Special Thanks to Jane Lui Manga Entertainment and VIZ Media are joining forces to bring anime fans a live event. Starting Thursday, May 13th at 7:00pm EST/4:00pm PST, fans will be able to watch a live streaming of NAOKI URASAWA`S MONSTER on Manga.com. Catch episode 1 of the critically acclaimed series (rated ‘M’ for Mature Audiences), chat with your friends and other fans of this anime classic, and take a trivia test at the same time. VIZ moderators will also be on hand to answer questions about the show. For anyone who misses the event, the same watch and chat experience will be available for episodes

    SUMMER WARS, DANTE`S INFERNO and KING OF THORN Screenings in London Source: Barbican Centre, Sarah Harvey Publicity press release Special Thanks to Helene Muron The Barbican Centre in London continues their JAPANIMATION event series with a double feature of SUMMER WARS and DANTE`S INFERNO this month and KING OF THORN in June. Both screenings will be introduced by anime expert and author Helen McCarthy (The Anime! Movie Guide, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation, and founder of the magazine AnimeFX). Animate the World 2010 Double Feature Tuesday 25 May SUMMER WARS (Samaa Woozu, 2009) 6:15 pm Dir. Mamoru Hosoda 114 min In Japanese with English subtitles Cert. tbc Kenji, the nerdy hero of SUMMER WARS, spends almost his whole life inside the

    Slice of Life Blockbuster From Kadokawa Pictures Coming to Multiple Crunchyroll Platforms Soon Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press releases Special Thanks to Chase Wang Crunchyroll, Inc. has announced the acquisition of the Kadokawa Pictures blockbuster title THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA for multiple Crunchyroll platforms. More information is available on the official official THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA series page on Crunchyroll. THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA follows the eponymous character voiced by Japanese idol superstar Aya Hirano. A classmate of hers poses: "I thought that when I entered high school, my days of believing in aliens, time travelers and ESPers were going to be over. That is until she introduced herself. Claiming to be interested in only aliens, time travelers, and ESPers, Haruhi Suzumiya was the strangest girl I`ve met in a long time." Crunchyroll will initially release the first season of THE

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Evelyn Dubocq and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC has announced the cast for the upcoming North American debut of VAMPIRE KNIGHT, the gothic-romance animated series based on the bestselling manga by Matsuri Hino. VAMPIRE KNIGHT takes audiences to Cross Academy, which is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy`s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires! VIZ Media sought out a cast of talented voice actors and the recording expertise of Bang Zoom! Entertainment to bring this series to life. Yuki Cross, the adoptive daughter of

    Free Site Kicks Off with More than 400 Episodes from Hit Anime Series Source: VIZ Media press release Official Site: VIZAnime.com Special Thanks to Evelyn Dubocq In a significant news announcement, VIZ Media, LLC has detailed the launch of VIZ Anime – a brand new, free-to-use interactive web destination that will become a permanent home to some of the company’s best-loved animated series as well as new content which will be added on a weekly basis. VIZ Anime kicks off with more than 400 episodes from hit series such as BLEACH, BUSO RENKIN, DEATH NOTE (complete series), HIKARU NO GO, HONEY & CLOVER, INUYASHA (complete series) and INUYASHA: THE FINAL ACT, NANA, NARUTO (complete series) and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN as well as THE PRINCE OF TENNIS. The site will also be the future web home for many other eagerly anticipated anime series set to launch later this year!

    Screening in London on April 28 Source: Barbican Centre, Sarah Harvey Publicity press release Special Thanks to Helene Muron The Barbican Centre in London continues their JAPANIMATION event series in April with a promotional screening of DEATH NOTE RELIGHT, the rogue shinigami-eyed view of an epic battle between two great minds. The film is presented courtesy of Manga Entertainment and VIZ Media, and will be introduced by anime expert and author Helen McCarthy (The Anime! Movie Guide, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation, and founder of the magazine AnimeFX). JAPANIMATION SNEAK PEEK DEATH NOTE RELIGHT (2009) Wednesday 28 April, 8.30pm Director: Tetsuro Araki 130 minutes In Japanese with English subtitles Cert. 15 DEATH NOTE RELIGHT retells the groundbreaking DEATH NOTE psychological crime drama from

    New 6 Part Original Video Animation Released Worldwide this Month Author: Andrew Nguyen Official Site: gundam-unicorn.net (Japanese), gundam-unicorn.net/en (English) Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab) and Evelyn Dubocq (VIZ Media) MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN ) (Kidoo Senshi Gandamu Yunikon, 2010) is the latest chapter in the long-running MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM metaseries. Created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and produced by the Japanese animation studio Sunrise, GUNDAM, which began in April 1979, is one of the premier mecha anime shows in Japan. GUNDAM was one of the first shows that used giant robots (called mobile suits) as actual military weapons. It has spawned numerous sequels and merchandise, particularly in the form of plastic model kits from Bandai of the numerous mobile suits that appear in the metaseries. Furthermore, as the launch pad

    Author: Elliot Gay Official Site: juiz.jp Special Thanks to Jackie Smith and Manny Alcala, FUNimation Entertainment EDEN OF THE EAST (Higashi no Eden) is a tricky show to look at in a lot of ways. Coming from Kenji Kamiyama, the man behind the GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX (K?kaku Kid?tai Sutando Ar?n Konpurekkusu) TV series, it’s something of a departure. The character designs have a decidedly more feminine edge, the season itself only ran an awkward eleven episodes and the story has yet to be concluded via a series of theatrical films. Yet despite all of this strangeness, the story manages to engage the viewer, making it maddening to have to wait for a proper ending. For those of you who don’t wish to read my reasoning beyond this paragraph, I’ll make it simple: I highly recommend EDEN OF THE EAST if you have any

    ASTRO BOY and THE SKY CRAWLERS Screenings in London Source: Barbican Centre, Sarah Harvey Publicity press release Special Thanks to Helene Muron The Barbican Centre in London continues their JAPANIMATION event series with screenings of the computer animated film ASTRO BOY this month and Mamoru Oshii`s THE SKY CRAWLERS in March. Both films will be introduced by anime expert and author Helen McCarthy (The Anime! Movie Guide, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation, and founder of the magazine AnimeFX). ASTRO BOY (2009) Tuesday 23 February, 6.00 pm Dir. David Bowers 94 min Cert. PG Nearly 50 years after creation, "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka`s enduring young super-hero returns to in a new version for the big screen. A brilliant

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: shonensunday.com/series/kekkaishi Special Thanks to Evelyn Dubocq and Erik Jansen Today, VIZ Media, LLC brings the animated demon-battling action and adventure of KEKKAISHI to Hulu, an online video service that offers hit TV shows, movies and clips at Hulu.com and other online destination sites — anytime in the U.S. The series debuts with 5 episodes with new installments launching each week. To view KEKKAISHI, please visit Hulu.com. KEKKAISHI is based on a hit manga series by Yellow Tanabe (also published in North America by VIZ Media). Mystical forces are powerful in the region called Karasumori. For over 400 years, it has been the duty of a clan of “kekkaishi”— barrier masters— to guard the land and exterminate the supernatural creatures that are drawn to the area night after night. Yoshimori Sumimura is a junior high school student at Karasumori

    Author: Kim Song-ho Source: Korean press materials Official Movie Site: evangelion.co.jp (Japan), Naver EVANGELION 2.0 Official Cafe (Korea) SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details for a new movie. EVANGELION 2.0: YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE (Evangelion Shin Gekijoban: Ha, 2009), the latest chapter of the "Rebuild of Evangelion" tetralogy, will be theatrically released in Korea starting December 3. The "Rebuild of Evangelion" is a series of new projects for the Evangelion franchise, conceived by creator Hideaki Anno himself. He established a separate company called Khara Co., Ltd. to focus on the projects, but have kept working with much of the staff from Gainax, the company which launched the original TV animated series NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (Shin Seiki Evangelion, 1995). The core of the "Rebuild of Evangelion" project is four

    SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 9 Author: Tim Eldred, Starblazers.com and Greasemonkeybook.com SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 1: The Anime Classic That Nearly Wasn`t SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 2: From Valley to Peak SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 3: ARRIVEDERCI YAMATO Goodbye Dark Ages, Hello Global Village SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 4: We`re Off to Outer Space SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 5: THE NEW VOYAGES Plural SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 6: BE FOREVER YAMATO...and the Kitchen Sink. SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 7: SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO III: The Ground Shifts SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 8: FINAL YAMATO: The Legacy Begins What do you do if you’ve just laid your greatest creation to rest and still have decades of your life ahead of you? Easy: you start making another one. That’s what Producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki did almost immediately after putting the finishing touches on FINAL YAMATO in 1983.

    Director and Producer to Attend London Screening on October 26 Source: Barbican Centre, Sarah Harvey Publicity press release Special Thanks to Helene Muron JAPANIMATION SPECIAL: SWORD OF THE STRANGER (Sutorenjia Mukohadan, 2007) Monday 26 October, 8.15pm Dir. Mashahiro Ando 103 min In Japanese with English subtitles Cert. 18 SWORD OF THE STRANGER is a thrilling action anime and a hair-raising adventure laced with stunningly animated fight scenes and a high body count. Kotarou is a young boy pursued by the royal army of China’s Ming dynasty. When his trusty dog Tobimaru is injured in an ambush he reluctantly hires a nameless samurai for protection... however, No-Name has a guilty past to deal with along with some of China’s fiercest warriors.

    VIZ Media to Stream Smash Hit Anime Mere Hours after Episodes Air in Japan Source: VIZ Media press release Official Site: ShonenSunday.com Special Thanks to Evelyn Dubocq VIZ Media, LLC delighted anime fans at New York Anime Festival yesterday with an announcement of the near simultaneous Japanese/American simulcast of the action-packed conclusion to the INUYASHA animated series- INUYASHA THE FINAL ACT (Inuyasha Kanketsu-hen). Beginning on October 3rd, INUYASHA THE FINAL ACT (subtitled) will stream on ShonenSunday.com/anime and Hulu.com mere hours after it airs in Japan. A new episode will air every Saturday thereafter. INUYASHA THE FINAL ACT anime is rated ‘T” teens. INUYASHA is a hit TV anime series based on the manga by famed creator Rumiko Takahashi, who won the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award for Inuyasha (Sengoku Otogizoshi InuYasha) in 2002. Many of the Takahashi titles have been adapted into other media such as anime,

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