Here are the headlines to come out of the anime industry since the last newsletter:
- FUNimation Entertainment has announced the English dub cast for the B Gata H Kei Yamada's First Time television anime series: Brittney Karbowski is Yamada, Alexis Tipton is Yamada's Eros Deity, Scott Freeman is Kosuda, Greg Ayres is Kosuda's Eros Deity, Jad Saxton is Miyano, Caitlin Glass is Miyano's Eros Deity, Kristi Kang is Kanejo, Cherami Leigh is Takeshita, and Emerick Jade is Chika. Zach Bolton is directing the English dub.
- Crunchyroll began streaming the Un-Go television anime series on October 13, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. EDT. The simulcast is available with English subtitles in the United States, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and the Netherlands. It is also available with Portuguese subtitles in Brazil and Portugal.
- Sentai Filmworks has announced that the company has acquired the license for the Akikan! anime series. The company will be distributing the series digitally through a variety of outlets and on subtitled DVD in January 2012.
- Aniplex of America announced at the company's New York Comic Con panel that it will be releasing the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. The first volume will be released on February 14, 2012, the second volume will be released on April 10, 2012, and the third volume will be released on June 12, 2012. In addition to the regular Blu-ray and DVD releases, there will be a limited edition box with the DVD, Blu-ray Disc, the original soundtrack, a 24-page booklet, a double-sided poster, a Kyubey sticker, collectible postcards, a trailer collection, and credit-less opening and ending animation footage. Right Stuf began taking preorders on October 17, 2011. The limited edition box sets has a suggested retail price of US$94.98, but the only announced retailer is selling them for US $74.98. The regular Blu-ray Disc editions have a suggested retail price of US$49.98, but will sell for US $39.98. The regular DVD editions have a suggested retail price of US$39.98, but will sell for US$29.98. In addition, the company has announced the English voice cast: Christine Marie Cabanos is Madoka, Cassandra Lee is Kyubey, and Sarah Williams is Sayaka.
- FUNimation announced at their New York Comic Con panel that the company has licensed the Fafner television anime series and film and the Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror anime film. FUNimation is planning to release these titles in 2012.
- FUNimation and Niconico announced at New York Comic Con that the companies are co-licensing anime for streaming and home video releases overseas. To accomplish this, they co-own a new joint venture called Funico, which will handle licensing for both. Going forward, Niconico will stream Funico-licensed titles, and FUNimation will release Funico-licensed titles on home video. In addition to physical home video media, Funico-licensed titles will be available through download-to-own options that FUNimation uses for its current titles. They also intend to license anime for more countries than the United States and Canada, as much as the Japanese licensors and existing international agreements allow on a case-by-case basis. Niconico also says its English-language streaming service will offer high-definition video for both free and paid users.
- FUNimation and Niconico announced at New York Comic Con that they are simulcasting the following series as they air in Japan: Shakugan no Shana III (Final), The Future Diary, Haganai, C3, and Maken-Ki!. These simulcasts began on October 14, 2011.
- The KuroKiiro Festival has announced that its Guest of Honor is voice actor Kent Williams. Williams' roles include Father in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Dr. Gero in Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Soichi Nishimura in Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts. Williams will be signing autographs and participating in panels and workshops during the three day event. The KuroKiiro Festival is taking place November 25-27, 2011 at the Boyd Community Center in O'Hara Township, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- Viz Media announced at the company's New York Comic Con panel that Inuyasha: The Final Act will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD sometime in 2012.
- Viz Media announced at the Tiger & Bunny panel at New York Comic Con that the television anime series will be getting an English dub. The company is currently in pre-production on the dub.
- AniMinneaplis has announced that voice actor Quinton Flynn will be a guest at their 2012 convention. Flynn's credits include Iruka and Deidara in Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, Marcus Damon in Digimon: Data Squad, and Carl in Blood+. AniMinneapolis will be taking place June 29-July 1, 2012 at the Ramada Mall of America Hotel.
- Pacific Media Expo has announced that the voice actresses from Tenchi Muyo! (Petrea Burchard, Rebecca Forstadt, Ellen Gerstell, and Sherry Lynn) will be appearing for "The Ladies of Tenchi Muyo!" panel. In addition to the panel, all four guests will participate in a press panel and an autograph session. Pacific Media Expo is taking place November 11-13, 2011 at the LAX Hilton.
- Manga Entertainment will be releasing the Redline and First Squad - The Moment of Truth on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in the United States on January 17, 2012. Each will cost US$29.99 on Blu-ray and US$24.98 on DVD. Redline will have English and Japanese soundtracks, while First Squad will have English, Russian, and Japanese soundtracks; both films will have English subtitles. Redline will also be released to theaters prior to January 17, 2012.
- Section 23 has announced the company's releases for January 2012. And Yet the Town Moves Complete Collection is scheduled to be released on January 3, 2012 on DVD with Japanese language and English subtitles. Akikan! Complete Collection is scheduled to be released on January 10, 2012 on DVD with Japanese language and English subtitles. Princess Resurrection Complete Collection is scheduled to be released on January 17, 2012 on DVD in English and Japanese with English subtitles. The World God Only Knows is scheduled to be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on January 24, 2012 in English and Japanese with English subtitles. EF ~ A Tale of Memories Complete Collection is scheduled to be released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on January 31, 2012 in English and Japanese with English subtitles.
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