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    Source: Netflix press release Special Thanks to Sophia Shin Netflix announced today three all new animated films and series from Asian American creators -- THE MONKEY KING film with an all-star voice cast, MECH CADET series from renowned animation studio Polygon and BOONS AND CURSES series from newcomer Jaydeep Hasrajani. Our Voices, Our Stories: Asian Americans Take the Lead in Netflix Animation  By: Jane Lee, Manager, Netflix Animation Never underestimate the power of seeing yourself on the screen. Watching my favorite cartoons growing up, I rarely saw a face or name like mine, and certainly never as the hero. But I always had a passion for animation, and now I get to reclaim the space for myself and others who deserve to see ourselves on screen. Today I’m so proud to share three brand new projects putting Asian American protagonists front and center

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: (Japan) © Makoto Yukimura / Kodansha / Vinland Saga Production Committee Sentai announced today that it acquired exclusive home video distribution rights to critically acclaimed VINLAND SAGA (ヴィンランド・サガ, Vuinrando Saga, 2019) , WIT STUDIO’s Viking-inspired anime epic based on the award-winning manga of the same name. Originally a streaming-only release, Sentai is now readying VINLAND SAGA for home video and targeting a Summer 2021 release. Sentai is planning both collector and standard editions for this highly anticipated series. Raised on tales of the legendary land of Vinland, where warmth and plenty abound, young Thorfinn dreams of leaving behind the cold climate of Iceland and venturing into the great unknown. But when Viking sails appear on the horizon, the young boy is conscripted into a life of violence and brutality at the hands of merciless Viking Askalaad. With nothing

    Teaser art courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions and Netflix. ©TSUBURAYA PRODUCTIONS Source: Tsuburaya Productions, Netflix press releases Netflix is developing a CG-animated ULTRAMAN feature film in partnership with Tsuburaya Productions. The movie will be co-directed by Shannon Tindle (THE CROODS, KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS) and John Aoshima (GRAVITY FALLS, DUCKTALES). This project continues Netflix's relationship with Tsuburaya Productions following the release of the ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman, 2019) anime series which is currently in production on its second season. Quote from  Shannon Tindle: “Making this film is a dream come true. What began as an original story inspired by my love for Eiji Tsuburaya’s Ultraman somehow became an actual Ultraman film thanks to the incredible trust of the team at Tsuburaya Productions, and the support of the folks at Netflix Animation. We’ve assembled an all-star team and I can’t wait to share

    Source: Sentai press release Sentai announced today that it acquired the psycho-suspense thriller ALICE IN BORDERLAND (今際の国のアリス, Imawa no Kuni no Arisu, 2014-15) OVA series, based upon the manga series by Haro Aso. Sentai will distribute the three-episode ALICE IN BORDERLAND OVA series to audiences in the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa as well as Latin America. Be careful what you wish for. Antisocial misfit Ryohei Arisu wanted nothing more than to leave his mundane life behind, but a careless wish on a firework transports him to the post-apocalyptic Borderland, a sinister parallel reality where danger lurks around every corner and survival is not guaranteed. To live to fight another day, Ryohei and other unwilling contestants must win a series of deadly games, each more dangerous than the last — but returning home

    Registration open now for ticketed livestream event running July 3 & 4; All proceeds to benefit Hate Is A Virus Source: SPJA, MediaLab Public Relations press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Photo courtesy of SPJA. © Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation 2021. All rights reserved. Anime Expo Lite 2021 adds a vivid array of video game and visual novel brands to this year’s two-day, livestream convention, commencing on Saturday, July 3rd and continuing through July 4th. Programming will include exclusive game related panels and special online content presented by Sekai Project and WayForward with additional participants to be announced shortly. Tickets to access this year’s Anime Expo Lite programming are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Hate is a Virus commUNITY Action Fund. After the stream ends on July 4th, ticketholders will be able to

    Akira Toriyama Has Worked Passionately to Create a Dragon Ball Movie Unlike Any Other Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto #DBSuperMovie Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©BIRD STUDIO/SHUEISHA, TOEI ANIMATION Fans worldwide received a special surprise this Goku Day, the annual Dragon Ball celebration, when Toei Animation revealed today that a new DRAGON BALL SUPER movie will be released in 2022. The Dragon Ball phenomena began in 1984 when Japan’s well-known manga from Akira Toriyama premiered in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump – becoming a top ranked title throughout its 10 and a half years of publication. Since then, the manga’s popularity has continued to grow with an astonishing record of 260 million copies sold worldwide and counting. And with Dragon Ball’s ever-increasing popularity, it has expanded beyond manga to include TV animation, movies, games and merchandising. Now 37 years

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: (Japan) © Princess Principal Film Project Sentai announced today that it acquired distribution rights to the PRINCESS PRINCIPAL: CROWN HANDLER (プリンセス・プリンシパル クラウンハンドラー, Purinsesu Purinshiparu Kuraun Handorā, 2021), a new film series based on the hit franchise of the same name. Sentai will distribute the films to audiences in the Unites States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Nordics, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. Following the attempted assassination of the Queen, manhunts for spies become a frequent occurrence within the Kingdom. In response, Control — the Commonwealth’s covert operations group — begins to suspect the presence of a double agent within the Kingdom’s royal family. In order to reveal the truth, Control dispatches spy ring “Team White Pigeon.” But danger lurks around every corner, and when you don’t know who you can trust, being a

    CHIHAYAFURU SEASON 3 Available July 27th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its July slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks’ third season of the CHIHAYAFURU franchise, available on English dubbed Blu-ray July 27th with a Limited Edition Premium Box Set to be released soon. Product details follow, in order of release…   KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA Published by:    Sentai Filmworks Distributed by:  Section23 Films Run Time:         742 min. Street Date:      7/6/2021 Format:             BD Language:         English, Spanish & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP:                $89.98 The alien Gauna may have destroyed Mankind's original home, but aboard the asteroid-based spaceship Sidonia, the human race has found ways to adapt, change and survive in the endless depths of space.  Now the former people of Earth can photosynthesize

      Photo courtesy of Aniplex of America. © Magica Quartet/Aniplex, Madoka Partners, MBS The renowned Magical Girl series celebrates its 10th anniversary with a special movie trilogy Blu-ray release! Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Photo courtesy of Aniplex of America. © Magica Quartet/Aniplex, Madoka Partners, MBS  Aniplex of America is thrilled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the popular series PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA with the Blu-ray release of PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA: THE MOVIE TRILOGY on July 20, 2021! This special release includes the two theatrical adaptations of the hit TV series, PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA THE MOVIE PART 1: BEGINNINGS (劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ 始まりの物語, Gekijōban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika Hajimari no Monogatari, 2012) and PART 2: ETERNAL (劇場版 魔法少女まどか☆マギカ 永遠の物語, Gekijōban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika Eien no Monogatari, 2012), as well

    Source: Macross Portal press release Special Thanks to Avery Guerra Landmark agreement between the anime companies will allow immediate international distribution of most Macross television sequels and films, while affirming Harmony Gold’s rights to the Robotech franchise. Both companies will cooperate on the international distribution of future Macross and Robotech projects post 2021. Tokyo based BIGWEST CO.,LTD. and Los Angeles based Harmony Gold U.S.A. announced an agreement regarding the worldwide rights for the legendary Macross and Robotech franchises. This expansive agreement signed by both companies on March 1, 2021, ends two decades of disagreements and will allow Bigwest and Harmony Gold to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential of both the Macross and Robotech franchises worldwide. The landmark agreement immediately permits worldwide distribution of most of the Macross films and television sequels worldwide, and also confirms that Bigwest will

    Special Guest Mayumi Tanaka (Voice of “Monkey D. Luffy”), Kazuya Nakai (Voice of “Roronoa Zoro”), and Director Tatsuya Nagamine will Join Fans for a Virtual Simulcast Event; Watch Streamed Episodes of 969 and 970 with YouTuber RogersBase Source: Toei Animation Inc., Funimation press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto t’s no secret that anime fans around the globe have fallen entranced with the world of ONE PIECE. With fans fully engrossed in the Land of Wano Arc, Toei Animation and Funimation are excited to bring viewers worldwide the “ONE PIECE Wano Watch Party.” This live stream event of epic proportion will coincide with the simulcast stream of episode 971. Special guests and ONE PIECE voice actors Mayumi Tanaka (voice of “Monkey D. Luffy”), Kazuya Nakai (voice of “Roronoa Zoro”), and Director Tatsuya Nagamine will join hosts

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: (Japan) Sentai announced today that it acquired rights to Bushiroad’s CARDFIGHT!! VANGUARD overDress (カードファイト!! ヴァンガード overDress, Kādofaito!! Vuangādo overDress, 2021), the latest entry in Bushiroad’s popular “Cardfight!! Vanguard” multimedia franchise, for audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Sentai will begin streaming the series on HIDIVE on April 2, 2021 at 23:40 UTC. The next installment in the Cardfight!! Vanguard series is here with CARDFIGHT!! VANGUARD overDress, an anime series based on the latest set of collectible trading cards released in the “Cardfight!! Vanguard” multimedia project. The series chronicles 15-year-old Yu-yu as he discovers the nocturnal amusement park known as Wonder Hill, where the members of Team Blackout gather to play Vanguard each night. Soon Yu-yu finds himself drawn into epic battles and thrilling action, and

    Special Guest Ian Sinclair (English Voice of “Whis”) Will Join Fans for Hour-Long Livestream Countdown of the Top 10 Greatest Fights in the Acclaimed DRAGON BALL SUPER Series Source: Toei Animation Inc., Funimation press release Last December, fans were asked to name the greatest DRAGON BALL SUPER fights of all times and the response was overwhelming. The answers have now been tabulated, and “the winners” will be revealed on Saturday, March 27 at the special global fan event “Dragon Ball Super: Battle of the Battles” announced today by Toei Animation and Funimation together with a promotional video. Special guest and DRAGON BALL SUPER voice actor Ian Sinclair (English voice of “Whis”) will join co-hosts Justin Rojas (Toei Animation) and Lauren Moore (Funimation) for an hour-long livestream countdown of the Top 10 greatest DRAGON BALL SUPER fights of all time as chosen by

    Adding to its robust anime arsenal, Tubi secures seven series and six films from Toei Animation for the US, Canada and Mexico including global franchise phenom ONE PIECE Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Tubi, a division of FOX Entertainment, is continuing to expand its robust animation portfolio by entering a significant licensing agreement with Toei Animation, the industry-leading anime studio and pioneer in Japanese animation. With the deal including seven television series totaling nearly 500 episodes, as well as six TV specials, viewers will soon have access to six TV special installments of the internationally popular ONE PIECE franchise — including 3D2Y, EPISODE OF SABO, ADVENTURE OF NEBULANDIA, HEART OF GOLD, EPISODE OF EAST BLUE and EPISODE OF SKYPIEA — as well as episodes from the ONE PIECE television series

    Fans Everywhere Invited to Join Virtual Livestream Watch Party Featuring First Two of Episodes of New WORLD TRIGGER Season 2 Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto On the heels of last week’s worldwide premiere of Season 2, Toei Animation Inc. released details today for its special WORLD TRIGGER livestream event teased to fans just before Christmas. To celebrate the new season’s launch, Toei Animation will host its first-ever virtual global fan event — the WORLD TRIGGER Season 2 Global Livestream Watch Party — on Saturday, January 30 when anime fans across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe can come together for this special simulcast event on Toei Animation’s U.S. Facebook and YouTube channels. Hosted by social media personalities Justin

    Source: Warner Bros. Japan Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Warner Bros. Pictures Japan has provided information and images from the new anime film, GINTAMA THE FINAL (銀魂 THE FINAL). The movie is based on the incredibly popular action comedy manga series Gintama, created by Hideaki Sorachi and originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The collected editions of the manga have sold more than 55 million volumes. GINTAMA THE FINAL adapts the concluding story arc of the manga, and is being promoted as the “true end” of the franchise. As the countdown to doomsday begins, Gintoki Sakata, Shinsuke Takasugi and Kotaro Katsura are joined by former allies Shinpachi Simura, Kagura, Shinsengumi, Kabuki Town, and even former rivals in an effort to save the earth from destruction. GINTAMA THE FINAL will open in Japanese cinemas this coming Friday, January

    Global Streaming Partners Revealed for Highly Anticipated New Season of the Sci-Fi Action Series Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Christmas came early for anime fans with today’s announcement from Toei Animation Inc. that the eagerly awaited Season Two of WORLD TRIGGER (ワールドトリガー, Wārudo Torigā) will stream on the leading streaming platforms Crunchyroll and Anime Digital Network in France. Leveraging their collective presence, WORLD TRIGGER Season 2 will be accessible to anime fans around the globe. In addition, Toei Animation also revealed that Season 2 will launch as a simultaneous premiere with Japan on Saturday, January 9, 2021. WORLD TRIGGER Season 2 will be on several streaming services with a shared simulcast window. All subtitled episodes will stream day and date with the TV broadcast in Japan. Adding to the anticipation for

    Special Guests Colleen Clinkenbeard and Michael McFarland to Join Fans for Two-Episode Screening, Discussion and Giveaways Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Anime’s favorite pirates will set sail on a new voyage with the upcoming digital release of new English dub episodes and fans will get a chance to mark the occasion courtesy of Toei Animation in collaboration from Funimation. To celebrate the December 1 digital release of ONE PIECE Season 11, Voyage 1 (Eps. 629-641 of the “Dressrosa” Arc) on Microsoft and Sony PlayStation Network, Toei Animation will host a special two-hour ONE PIECE livestream watch party for U.S. and Canadian fans. The ONE PIECE watch party, which will take place on Saturday, December 5, kicks-off Toei Animation’s new virtual event series for fans. The two-hour event starts at

    Source: Studio Ghibli, GKIDS Inc., Wild Bunch Official Site: (US) After a long absence, Studio Ghibli returns with their first entirely 3DCG animated feature, EARWIG AND THE WITCH (アーヤと魔女, Āya to Majo). Like their internationally acclaimed movie HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (ハウルの動く城, Hauru no Ugoku Shiro, 2004), the film is adapted from a classic children’s novel by the late Diana Wynne Jones. EARWIG AND THE WITCH is directed by Goro Miyazaki, who previously helmed Studio Ghibli’s TALES FROM EARTHSEA (ゲド戦記, Gedo Senki, 2006) and FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (コクリコ坂から, Kokuriko-zaka Kara, 2011), and produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki. Initial planning was handled by Goro’s father Hayao Miyazaki, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind such works as MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (となりのトトロ, Tonari no Totoro, 1988) and SPIRITED AWAY (千と千尋の神隠し, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2001). The voice

    With a reach of 75% in all American households, Netflix is recognized as a global media phenomenon. Established in 1997, it took some time for the service to become truly popular, with the switch to streaming from physical media proving pivotal. Today, Netflix boasts almost every genre imaginable, with more films, sitcoms, documentaries, and dramas than is fathomable. In a busy marketplace, with competition from Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Disney+, new titles are added seemingly constantly. This includes Anime, with the library of available films and series now mightily impressive. In this article, we will examine the growing presence of Anime on Netflix and, in particular, the impact and significance of the recent NEO YOKIO series. Cultural traffic Anime’s origins are of course in Japan, where the genre retains a major stronghold. But the animation style is growing in popularity in

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