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    SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 8 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 Though unexpected turbulence brought the YAMATO III TV series to a close much sooner than expected, executive producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki wasn’t ready to give up on SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO yet. He knew from hard experience there was always a way to bounce back from near-defeat, and said so loud and clear in a text roll at the end of YAMATO III’s

    London Preview of Upcoming DVD on September 29 Source: Barbican Centre, Sarah Harvey Publicity press release Special Thanks to Helene Muron JAPANIMATION: DEVIL MAY CRY (Debiru mei Kurai, 2007) Tuesday 29 September, 6.15pm Dir. Shin Itagaki 3 x 30 min episodes In Japanese with English subtitles Cert. 15 Marking the UK DVD release of the anime series DEVIL MAY CRY in October, anime expert Helen McCarthy (The Anime! Movie Guide, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation, and founder of the magazine AnimeFX) will present a preview of episodes from the spellbinding television series based on Capcom’s popular game. Meet the Strawberry Sundae-eating half human demon hunter Dante who is hired through his mercenary business, ‘Devil May Cry’, to

    SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, Part 7 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. As 1980 progressed, YAMATO’s star couldn’t have been flying higher. The summer promotional blitz for BE FOREVER had broken every record and the movie opened in August to huge acclaim. A tidal wave of merchandising was in flow, fan clubs were in full bloom, and the next YAMATO adventure was being readied for its October launch on TV. The story for this new series had been initially proposed prior to the development of

    Source: New York-Tokyo press release Official Movie Site: disneypictures/ponyo The long awaited U.S. debut of animation master Hayao Miyazaki`s PONYO is here! New York International Children`s Film Festival is presenting the first East Coast screening of the film in a special pre-release event 3:00pm on Sunday, August 9th at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025. Seats are selling out fast, so be sure to purchase your tickets asap! Also, if you`re feeling lucky, the media company New York-Tokyo will be giving away 5 pairs of tickets to this event through a random raffle. PONYO is a wonderful film for all ages, combining brilliantly colorful, flowing visuals and Miyazaki`s unparalleled warmth and humanity in a heartfelt story of friendship and devotion. The film opens theatrically on August 14.

    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 What was the best year to be a Space Battleship Yamato fan in Japan? 1977, when the first movie proved to everyone that they were not alone in their obsession? 1978, when FAREWELL TO YAMATO showed the entire nation that anime was here to stay? Maybe. But if you were looking for non-stop Yamato action that filled an entire summer vacation from end to end, you could do no better than 1980. That’s the year BE FOREVER YAMATO rolled out in movie theatres, and from June through August it

    Updated Anime Classic to be Screened in London Source: Barbican Centre, Sarah Harvey Publicity press release Special Thanks to Laura Bushell barbican film JAPANIMATION: GHOST IN THE SHELL 2.0 (2008) Tuesday 21 July, 8.30pm Director: Mamoru Oshii 85 min. In Japanese with English subtitles Cert. 15 Barbican Film continues their JAPANIMATION series with a special preview of the classic GHOST IN THE SHELL in its newly remastered form GHOST IN THE SHELL 2.0 (Kokaku Kidotai 2.0), with remixed orchestration and the latest CGI technology. The screening will be introduced by anime expert Helen McCarthy (The Anime! Movie Guide, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation, and founder of the magazine AnimeFX).

    Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press release, FUNimation Official AX Site: anime-expo.org Official Movie Site: Evangelion 1.0 Special Thanks to Chase Wang FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will premiere the English dubbed version of Hideaki Anno`s EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE at Anime Expo, held this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center July 2-5, 2009. EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE is the film sequel to the sci-fi animated series blockbuster NEON GENESIS EVANGELION (also written and directed by Hideaki Anno) which aired on Japanese television in the mid 1990`s. Director in Chief Hideaki Anno and the creative staff of this film made a complete rebuild of the design and visuals rather than magnifying the original 16 mm film from the series. The team was also

    YAMATO: THE NEW VOYAGE Takes Off Following Success of YAMATO 2 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 How do you top yourself after you’ve made two tremendously popular YAMATO stories for both TV and the cinema, changed the entire world of anime, and taken command of the status quo? If your name is Yoshinobu Nishizaki, you multiply your output by a factor of four. No joke, this is what made him the hardest working man in anime in the year 1979. Academy Studio, the nerve center of SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, benefited more than anyone from the anime explosion after the YAMATO booms of ’77

    Source: Barbican Centre, Sarah Harvey Publicity press release Special Thanks to Laura Bushell In June the Barbican Centre in London continues their JAPANIMATION event series with a night of Mitsuteru Yokoyama`s classic robot anime TETSUJIN 28 on the big screen. The screening will be introduced by anime expert Helen McCarthy (The Anime! Movie Guide, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation, and founder of the magazine AnimeFX). Mitsuteru Yokoyama was one of Osamu Tezuka`s legion of assistants, and shared his scepticism about Japan`s wholesale rush to embrace technology as an unmixed blessing. His best-known work in the West, TETSUJIN 28-GO (screened in the USA in 1966 as GIGANTOR) has the same deep, dark undercurrents as Tezuka`s TETSUWAN ATOM, and just as much of ATOM`s darkness was glossed over for his American debut as ASTRO BOY,

    YAMATO 2 and the genesis of STAR BLAZERS 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 As reported last time, ARRIVEDERCI YAMATO (A.K.A. Farewell to Yamato) was the biggest thing anime had ever seen when it was released in 1978. Hugely popular, amazingly successful, groundbreaking in every respect, it ignited a whole new world of anime and was loved by all…except one. Just one guy among millions thought it was a big mistake. And his opinion counted for a lot, because his name was Leiji Matsumoto. It’s well-documented by now that he was invited onto SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO at just the right time with just the right skills to turn it into a classic. The story

    Source: VIZ Media press release Special Thanks to Evelyn Dubocq VIZ Media, LLC has announced that five of its animation series will launch on the FUNimation Channel, the premiere anime network from FUNimation Entertainment and OlympuSAT, and will debut in late Spring and Summer 2009. Titles include BUSO RENKIN, HONEY AND CLOVER, HUNTER X HUNTER, MONSTER, and NANA. The series that will be debuting on FUNimation Channel are: HONEY AND CLOVER (drama/relationship/comedy, TV-14) Based on the popular manga by Chica Umino, HONEY AND CLOVER is a romantic comedy about a group of art school students who try to find their way. But when an innocent and talented 19-year-old girl enters their lives, things get a lot more complicated as love triangles result. For more information on HONEY AND CLOVER, please visit www.honeyandclover.viz.com. NANA (drama/relationship/comedy, TV-MA) Based on the popular manga by Ai Yazawa, NANA follows the

    Barbican Centre Hosts Three Days of Anime From Gonzo Inc. Source: Barbican Centre, Sarah Harvey Publicity press release Special Thanks to Laura Bushell From Tuesday, April 7 to Thursday, April 9 the Barbican Centre in London, UK presents a festival of animation from Gonzo Inc., the Japanese studio behind AFRO SAMURAI, BLUE SUBMARINE NO. 6, and HELLSING. Full details are available in the following press release... JAPANIMATION: GONZO FOCUS As part of Animate the World 2009 (Saturday 4 to Sunday 12 April), Barbican Film is delighted to present a special Japanimation: Gonzo Focus. Gonzo Inc. was founded in 1992 and founder Shouji Murahama chose the Italian name, a slang term for ruffian, because he imagined the company as a gang of ruffians. Over sixteen years, the studio has preserved its core

    Save Money, Save Time, Register Online... and be Entered in the Grand Prize Getaway to Japan! Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press releases Official Site: anime-expo.org Special Thanks to Chase Wang Anime Expo 2009 will be held during the 4th of July weekend (July 2-5, 2009) at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. Pre-registration is now available for attendees, industry members and press representatives. AX 2009`s pre-registration system includes full-service registration support with: · An online pre-registration site with customized registration pages, group reservation options, hotel reservations, main event ticketing and an immediate confirmation (via email) · "Scan and go technology" which pre-registered attendees will be able to print a bar code confirmation

    Celebrate Anime, Manga, Cosplay, and Japanese Pop Culture in NYC Source: Roger Bilheimer Associates press release The New York Anime Festival is partnering with Del Rey Manga, Japan Society, Karaterice, Keio Academy , Samurai Beat Radio, and Yen Press to hold an Anime Day at the largest Japanese bookstore in North America— New York City `s Kinokuniya Bookstore. Taking place Sunday, March 15, Kinokuniya Bookstore (located at 1073 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan ) will present a day-long series of events showcasing the cute, cool, and diverse worlds of anime, manga, cosplay, and Japanese popular culture. "We`re thrilled to be behind Kinokuniya`s Anime Day," NYAF Show Manager Lance Fensterman said. "The anime fanbase in NYC in hungry for events, and we plan to provide them with a number of unique activities and attractions in

    Author: Tim Eldred, Starblazers.com and Greasemonkeybook.com Anyone who’s been paying attention over the last twenty years or so knows that Japanese cartoons (“anime”) have pretty much changed the world forever with their dynamism, variety, and impossibly eye-catching visuals. Anyone who’s into anime now probably had a “gateway” program that got them started. In the 1990s there was POKEMON, SAILOR MOON, EVANGELION, and COWBOY BEBOP. In the 1970s there was SPEED RACER and BATTLE OF THE PLANETS. But for my money the rubber really hit the road in the 1980s with AKIRA, ROBOTECH, and the greatest of them all: STAR BLAZERS. Why so great? Part of it was timing. STAR BLAZERS hit American TV in 1979, when science-fiction movies were on a dramatic upswing and the appetite for more was never greater. It was a genre that American cartoon companies showed little to no interest in exploiting,

    Media Blasters’ Hit Sci-Fi Action Series Now Available Online in Both Dubbed and Subtitled Formats Source: MediaLab press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Anime News Network, the world’s largest anime web publication, has released its first full anime video program for legal online streaming: the hit science fiction anime KITE LIBERATOR. The show is the first full-length anime to be distributed by Anime News Network’s new Video Player portal, which was unveiled over the summer. Created by anime powerhouse Yasuomi Umetsu (ROBOT CARNIVAL, KITE, MEZZO FORTE), KITE LIBERATOR follows the life of teenager assassin Monaka, who’s a clumsy and shy girl by day and a mysterious, stealth-like killer by night. When her father, an astronaut on the International Space Station is the victim of a bizarre form of radiation poisoning, he becomes a hideous monster with lethal destructive powers. Filled with edge-of-your-seat action and tongue-in-cheek

    Source: New York-Tokyo press release, The Film Society of Lincoln Center Official Site: sky.crawlers.jp Yesterday we reported that the award-winning anime film THE SKY CRAWLERS (Sukai Kurora, 2008) was beginning its US theatrical run with a limited engagement in Los Angeles. Today, the media company New York-Tokyo announced they were partnering with Sony Pictures, Stage 6 Films, Production I.G., and the Film Society of Lincoln Center to present the New York Premiere of THE SKY CRAWLERS. The screenings will also feature a video introduction by director Mamoru Oshii (GHOST IN THE SHELL). From the publicity materials: "We are proud to announce the New York Premiere of Director Mamoru Oshii’s latest film, THE SKY CRAWLERS. Nominated for the Golden Lion and winner of the Future Film Festival’s Digital Award during this

    New Film from Director of GHOST IN THE SHELL Opens Today in Los Angeles Source: NTV (Nippon Television Network), Production I.G., various Official Site: sky.crawlers.jp Somewhere, in a country similar to ours, there are children who do not become adults. They are very similar to us. The world-acclaimed animation auteur Mamoru Oshii brings his latest masterpiece to light… THE SKY CRAWLERS (Sukai Kurora), the new animated film from director Mamoru Oshii, begins its North American theatrical release today in Los Angeles. Story: The story takes place in another possible ‘now’ - a world that has eradicated war and finally attained peace. However, this prolonged state of peace created demand for a new kind of war. A war happening elsewhere, that could be seen on TV

    Casting Call for Fanboys/Fangirls for Documentary Series Source: BAM! Marketing, Publicity & Promotions press release Special Thanks to Chase Wang Obsessed with comic books, anime, fantasy, or manga? Obsessed with cosplaying and attending anime conventions? Do your friends consider you a fanboy/fangirl? Have you ever missed work, school, or other important events to engage in role-playing or cosplay? Are you misunderstood by your family or significant other because of your loyal fandom? Anime Expo 2009 and MTV Network`s TRUE LIFE series wants to hear your story and is looking to cast three (3) individuals for an upcoming show. More information can be found on the website anime-expo.org. Individuals must appear to be between the ages of 16 and 28 and must identify as a fanboy/fangirl. Interested applicants can click on the

    Special One-Night-Only Event of Mega-Hit Anime Series To Delight Fans Countrywide in Canada Source: VIZ Media press release Official Site (Japan): j-bleach.com Official Site (North America): bleach.viz.com Special Thanks to Evelyn Dubocq Publishing, animation and licensing company VIZ Media, LLC has announced that BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY will make its Canadian debut in a special one-night only event at theatres across Canada. The film will screen at select Cineplex Entertainment and Empire Theatres locations on Monday, October 20, 2008. For more information, advance tickets and a complete list of participating theatres, go to cineplex.com or empiretheatres.com/bleach. BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY (2006) is the first feature film adapted from the wildly popular animated series and best-selling manga series (both distributed and published in North America by

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