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October 26 2011 Anime Newsletter

Welcome to the October 26th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter!

Here are the headlines to come out of the anime industry since the last newsletter:

  • Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. has green-lit the live-action film adaptation of Akira. Production is set to begin in late February or early March of 2012. According to Variety, the film's current story is: "Set in New Manhattan, the cyberpunk sci-fi epic follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his friend, discovered with potentially destructive psychokinetic abilities, from government medical experts."
  • Niconico has delayed the streaming of the The Future Diary, C3, and Maken-Ki! anime series. All the company has said is that the streams of these series have been delayed "until a later date." On October 24, FUNimation and Niconico announced that both sites are now streaming these three anime titles. In addition, FUNimation also told Anime News Network that the One Piece simulcast may move to Niconico if Toei Animation approves it.
  • Crunchyroll began streaming the Mashiro-Iro Symphony - The Color of Lovers television anime series on October 22, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The series is available in the United States and Canada.
  • Sentai Filmworks has announced the English dub cast for the Loups-Garous anime film: Melissa Davis is Makino Haduki, Corey Hartzog is Ayumi Kono, Hilary Haag is Mio Tsuduki, Luci Christian is Rei Myao, Serena Varghese is Yuko Yabe, Andy McAvin is Riichiro Ishida, David Matranga is Toji Kunugi, and Shelley Calene-Black is Shizue Fuwa. Steven Foster is directing the dub.
  • The Broken Blade six part film series will be available to rent on Comcast's Xfinity Top Picks from January 1-January 31, 2012. In addition, an exclusive Top Picks extra will be included at release, and will only be available to Comcast customers.
  • Sentai Filmworks has announced that the company has acquired the license for the Mashiro-Iro Symphony - The color of lovers anime series. The series will be available digitally soon, and a subtitled DVD release is scheduled for 2012.

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Here are this week's new anime DVD and Blu-ray releases in the United States

Himawari! Season 1 Collection DVD
Moon Phase: The Complete Collection S.A.V.E. DVD
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds DVD
Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds Blu-ray
Robotech: First Robotech War Season 1 DVD
Rurouni Kenshin The Movie Blu-ray
Witchblade: Box Set DVD
Witchblade: Box Set Blu-ray

This week, I posted two new articles to the Anime site. The first is a review of Naruto Uncut Season 2 Volume 1. The second is a review of the Pokemon: The Haunted Gym book. Naruto Uncut Season 2 Volume 1 was added to the Anime Shop, and Pokemon: The Haunted Gym was added to the Pokemon section of the Anime Shop. Naruto Uncut Season 2 Volume 1 is also being featured as an "Editor's Recommendation" on the main page of the Anime site.

Here's the latest articles from the Anime site at BellaOnline.com.

Naruto Uncut Season Two Volume 1
The Naruto Uncut Season Two Volume 1 box set is a six DVD set that contains episodes fifty-three through seventy-eight of the Naruto anime series.

Pokemon The Haunted Gym
Pokemon: The Haunted Gym is a book based on the Pokemon episode, "A Ghost of a Chance," which is part of the Johto League Champions season.

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