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    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

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Lauren Blum Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will issue THE WIND RISES and THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY, from the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, on Steelbook on June 22, 2021, in limited edition SteelBook packaging with striking new art. Each SteelBook will house a Blu-ray & DVD combo pack, presenting the film alongside hours of bonus features and a booklet with stunning art and statements from the filmmakers. THE WIND RISES and THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY join THE CAT RETURNS, WHISPER OF THE HEART, SPIRITED AWAY, CASTLE IN THE SKY, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, PRINCESS MONONOKE, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and PONYO in a series of SteelBook releases from the Studio Ghibli collection of films. THE

    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 fans. Starting

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Sarah Allen Toho Co., Ltd. is delighted to announce the world premiere of a new theatrical production based on Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-winning film SPIRITED AWAY (千と千尋の神隠し, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi). This production will be the first ever stage adaptation of the 2001 animated masterpiece by Hayao Miyazaki which became a massive box office hit in Japan and earned worldwide acclaim including Academy Award for Best Animated Feature of 2002. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning director and Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, John Caird (Les Misérables, Nicholas Nickleby, Daddy Long Legs), who has been an admirer of the film for years will write and direct the stage adaptation Chihiro, the heroine of the story, is a 10-year-old girl moving with her parents to their new home. They lose

    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 currently streaming on Tubi. Additionally,

    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 Rojas (HomeCon / Envy Gaming) and Lisa

    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

    Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Premium Bandai USA will begin offering highly sought-after and exclusive collectibles from renowned Bandai toy and collectible brand Tamashii Nations. Dragon Ball S.H.Figuarts and the Star Wars Meisho Movie Realization line continues with all new figures available for pre-order. Available Exclusively at Premium Bandai USA Tamashii Nations is cranking their power level off the charts with S.H.Figuarts RADITZ, available now for pre-order on Premium Bandai USA. This highly articulated figure brings the character to life from the hit anime series DRAGON BALL Z. Collectors can recreate the fateful scene where Raditz takes on the might of Goku and Piccolo on earth. This single event set earth’s mightiest heroes on a path no one could have ever dreamed imaginable. Tamashii Nations is proud to introduce

    Growing up, we learn a lot from animals. Whether they’re in Disney characters or some of the documentaries we watch, they provide valuable lessons. As a result. A lot of people grow up loving animals. A vital component of this is giving these animals human characteristics. As is the case with other forms of media, animals play a significant role in anime. They’ll mostly play supporting roles, these animals are often cute and energetic, always offering comedic relief. However, in certain rare cases, animals will play the main protagonists. These characters are incredibly eye-catching, as they have to retain traditional anime protagonist traits and the characteristics of the animal they play. Here are the ten best anime with main animal protagonists. 1. BEASTARS While the name might seem simple, the anime is one of the most complex and mature series. It

    Source: Funimation press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Sarah Allen Funimation announced it is premiering new episodes from FIRE FORCE Season 2, DECA-DENCE, and BY THE GRACE OF THE GODS at FunimationCon 2020. Fans are in for a treat as FunimationCon 2020 debuts the first two dubbed episodes of FIRE FORCE Season 2 before anyone else. FunimationCon 2020 is previewing Episode 1 of the larger-than-life DECA-DENCE (subtitled) before Japan, and will exclusively premiere Episode 1 of BY THE GRACE OF THE GODS (subtitled), the fantasy isekai anime based on the light novel series of the same name from Roy and Ririnra. FunimationCon 2020 also unveiled the Full Programming Schedule of activities happening during the two-day event. The newly announced panels round out an impressive lineup of cosplay, voice actor panels and events at Funimation’s free, two-day

    Source: Funimation press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Sarah Allen Funimation announced it has added panels for MY HERO ACADEMIA and HUMAN LOST to its upcoming virtual festival FunimationCon 2020 July 3-4. Funimation also announced that Toei Animation will present a DRAGON BALL SUPER interview with legendary voice actress Masako Nozawa at the event. Internationally acclaimed critic and historian of anime Charles Solomon will host a panel examining what it takes to be a voice actor. Funimation revealed a stellar line-up of hosts at the event who will keep the panel and event conversation lively including Matt Acevedo, Michelle Nguyen Bradley, Cheyenne Ewulu aka Cheyenne the Geek, Emma Fyffe, Karama Horne, Jacki Jing, Chris Lam, Winston Marshall, Lauren Moore, Josellie Rios, and Charles Solomon. The newly announced panels and events join a growing lineup of exciting programming for

    Source: Funimation press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Sarah Allen Funimation unveiled even more of its lineup for its upcoming FunimationCon 2020, July 3-4. Funimation announced the MY HERO ACADEMIA Show featuring voice actors along with an exciting lineup of cosplay panels and tutorials featuring cosplay personalities Yaya Han, Riddle, Phil Mizuno, Stella Chuu, Alicia Marie and DressesandCapes. The newly announced panels and events join a growing lineup of exciting programming for fans at FunimationCon 2020. FunimationCon 2020 is completely free to attend. Sign up to register at funimationcon2020. MY HERO ACADEMIA GAME SHOW WITH VOICE ACTORS Join Funimation and special guests for an exciting game show style panel where the true #1 Hero will come out on top! Hosted by Lauren Moore with guests Justin Briner (Deku), Clifford Chapin (Bakugo), Caitlin Glass (Ashido), Ricco Fajardo (Mirio),

    Source: Anime Expo press release Anime Expo is thrilled to unveil their plans to offer Japanese pop culture fans from around the world an opportunity to experience all things anime from wherever they are with Anime Expo Lite. This FREE two-day livestream event will begin on July 3, proclaimed Anime Expo Day by the City of Los Angeles in 2015, and continue through July 4. Anime Expo Lite will feature content from industry partners such as Bushiroad, Crunchyroll, Pony Canyon, VIZ Media, and more! More exclusive content will be announced in the coming weeks. Additionally, they are pleased to reveal the artwork that was planned for the Anime Expo 2020 program guide cover. Ai and Xeno seem to have found themselves in Shibuya along with the gang from THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU! Fans can expect to see: • Special guests,

    NEON GENESIS EVANGELION is a Japanese animated TV series that aired in the country between October 1995 and March 1996. It is currently on Netflix. Developed by Gainax, the show focuses on the organization NERV, employing huge mechas known as Evangelions to fight monstrous beings referred to as Angels. Several of the main characters pilot the Evangelions, including Asuka Sohryu, Shinji Ikari, and Rei Ayanami. The first episodes focus mainly on religious symbolism and references to the Bible. The later episodes veer from the course, though, exploring the characters’ psyches and revealing deep-rooted psychological and emotional issues that the characters struggle to handle. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION is now one of the most popular Anime series ever created. It is a great pastime besides your favorite slots game at 918kiss and will have you hooked into a complex, flowing storyline.

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