Here are the headlines to come out of the anime industry since the last newsletter:
- Crunchyroll has announced the final three anime titles of the company's deal with Japanese licensor Kadokawa: Canvas 2: Rainbow-Colored Sketch, Venus to Mamoru, and Magician's Academy. Canvas 2: Rainbow-Colored Sketch is based on a dating simulation videogame, Venus to Mamoru is based on a series of light novels, and Magician's Academy is based on a manga series.
- According to Anime News Network, FUNimation Entertainment has informed retailer Right Stuf that several of the company's anticipated titles for February 2011 have been delayed until April. One Piece Season 3 Fifth Voyage will be released on April 19, and Chobits Complete Series and Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box 5 will be released on April 26. In addition, Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box 6 will be released on July 5, 2011.
- Kawaii Kon has announced that voice actor/ADR Director Wendee Lee will be a guest at the 2011 convention. Wendee has done work for such anime series as Cowboy Bebop, Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Bleach, Chobits, Digimon Adventure, Fushigi Yugi, Love Hina, and Tenchi Muyo! Kawaii Kon 2011 is scheduled to be held at the Hawaii Convention Center from April 29-May 1, 2011.
- According to Anime News Network, internet retailer Right Stuf reports that FUNimation has pushed back the releases for Rosario + Vampire Complete Series and Rosario + Vampire Capu2 Complete Series. Both sets were originally scheduled to be released on March 29, 2011; both of these sets now have a release date of May 17, 2011.
- Anime News Network is reporting that Robert's Anime Corner Store has been informed about three February releases from Media Blasters: Ikkitousen ~ Dragon Destiny Complete Box Set on February 1, 2011, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit Collection One Box Set on February 15, 2011, and Queen's Blade Complete Box Set on February 22, 2011.
- The Fullmetal Alchemist: Milos no Sei-Naru Hoshi film will open in Japanese theaters on July 2, 2011. There will also be a Fullmetal Alchemist Festival 2011 event in Tokyo on May 22, 2011; the voice cast and musical artists behind the theme songs are scheduled to appear at the event.
- Anime studio BONES will be producing the Towa no Kuon anime, which was the project that Umanosuke Iida was slated to direct before his death in November 2010. Takeshi Mori will be serving as "collaborative director" in Iida's place.
- FUNimation Entertainment and Toei Animation have announced that FUNimation will be streaming the Dragon Ball Z anime series in North America starting on Saturday, January 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The streams will include uncut episodes with a choice of seeing either the English dub or Japanese audio with English subtitles.
- Crunchyroll began streaming the Rio - Rainbow Gate anime series to paid subscribers on Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Other users can begin watching the series on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Crunchyroll lists the series as ending on March 22, 2011.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will be simulcasting the shonen anime series Beelzebub two hours after the show airs in Japan. The series is scheduled to debut in Japan on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 7:00 a.m. (which would be Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EST). Crunchyroll's simulcast of this series will be available to users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Portugal.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will be simulcasting the Cardfight!! Vanguard anime series, and the series will be making its debut in Japan on January 8, 2011. The simulcast will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will be simulcasting the Gosick anime series on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. EST. The series will be available in North and South America, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, the Middle East, Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brazil, and Portugal. According to the press release, the series is 24 episodes long, and will only be available to subscribers in the United Kingdom and Ireland until June 30, 2011 due to licensing restrictions.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will be simulcasting the Dragon Crisis! anime series. The first episode will be available to paid subscribers on Monday, January 10, 2011; the series is twelve episodes long. According to Crunchyroll's press release, the series will be unedited and available to users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, and Portugal.
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Welcome to the N.H.K. is an anime series based on a novel written by Tatsuhiko Takimoto.
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