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October 5 2011 Anime Newsletter

Welcome to the October 5th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter!

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

  • Anime screenwriter Nobuyuki Isshiki announced on his Twitter account that anime director Kazuyoshi Yokota passed away on September 7, 2011. Yokota directed such productions as the Maetel Legenda OVA, Cosmowarrior Zero, Dagon in the Lands of Weeds, Miimu Iro Iro Yume no Tabi, and Uchusen Sagittarius.
  • Sentai Filmworks has announced that the company has acquired the license for the upcoming Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere anime series. Weekly episodes began premiering digitally on The Anime Network on October 4, 2011 in Japanese with English subtitles. Additional digital outlets and home video releases will follow in 2012.
  • The A Letter to Momo anime film will be screening at several film festivals during October 2011. The Hawaii International Film Festival will screen the film on October 16, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. and on October 17, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.; both screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The film is nominated for the Halekulani Golden Orchid Award in the "Narrative Feature" category at the festival. The Warsaw Film Festival will screen A Letter to Momo on October 7, 2011 at 9:30 p.m., October 8, 2011 at 11:30 a.m., and on October 10, 2011 at 4:15 p.m. In addition, the film will be screened at the Scotland Loves Anime Festival in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Spain's Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, and South Korea's Busan International Film Festival.
  • Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment have announced that the Dirty Pair: The Original OVA Series DVD collection will be released on January 3, 2012. The release will include the entire 10-episode OVA sequel to the Original Dirty Pair television series, and features remastered video from the Japanese DVD release; in addition, it will include the previously released English-language audio, Japanese audio, and English-language subtitles and on-screen translations. For special features, there is a clean opening, a clean closing, the U.S. trailer, liner notes, and Nozomi Entertainment trailers.
  • The Anime Network will be simulcasting the Persona 4 The Animation television anime series. Each episode will be made available for free at 3 p.m. PDT EDT on Thursdays starting on October 6, 2011. In addition, each episode will be streamed on Hulu and Hulu plus within 24 hours of being posted on The Anime Network.
  • The 44th annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival will be screening some anime films in Sitges, Spain, during October 2011. Trigun: Badlands Rumble is screening October 7, 2011 at 2:15 p.m. Buddha: The Great Departure is screening October 10, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. A Letter to Momo is screening October 12, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. and October 14, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.. Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos is screening October 14, 2011 at 4:45 p.m.
  • The 31st Hawaiian International Film Festival will be screening the following anime films during their event, which is taking place October 13-23, 2011: Buddha: The Great Departure, Legend of the Millennium Dragon, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, and A Letter to Momo.
  • Crunchyroll started simulcasting the new Hunter x Hunter television anime series on Saturday, October 1, 2011. The series will be simulcast in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. PDT.
  • Sentai Filmworks announced at the company's Anime Weekend Atlanta panel that they have licensed the Towa no Quon film series, The World God Only Knows, Akikan!, and And Yet the Town Moves.
  • Youmacon will be taking place November 3-6, 2011 at the Detroit Marriott in Detroit, Michigan. The guests at this year's convention include anime and video game voice actors Vic Mignogna, Brad Swaile, Caitlin Glass, Christopher Robin Miller, Don "Sonny" Strait, and Jon St. John.
  • FUNimation announced at the company's Anime Weekend Atlanta panel that the company has acquired the license for the .hack//Quantum video anime series, and that it will be releasing the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2012.
  • FUNimation announced at the company's Anime Weekend Atlanta panel that the company has acquired the license for the Guilty Crown television anime series, which premieres in Japan on October 13, 2011. The company will be doing same-day streams of the series, and will be releasing Guilty Crown on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2012. In addition, FUNimation will be presenting the first two episodes of the series at the New York Anime Festival on October 15 and 16, 2011.
  • FUNimation announced at the company's Anime Weekend Atlanta panel that it will launch an "elite subscription" service in October 2011 for US$7.95 a month. The service will offer high-definition anime, including uncut and exclusive titles, without commercials. The subscription includes English dubs on release date (before non-subscribers will see them online), as well as exclusive forums and contests. The service will have a catalog of 200 titles with 5,500 videos (with 1,500 in HD).
  • Crunchyroll began streaming the You and Me. anime series on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The 26-episode series is available to Crunchyroll premium members worldwide except in Asia. The series is also available to free members in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Neterlands, Norway, and Sweden.
  • Bandai has announced the release specs and details for the Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) Volume 4 Blu-ray set, which is being released on December 2, 2011. The Blu-ray is 80 minutes in length, 16:9 aspect ratio (1080p High Definition), BD50G, and AVC. Audio is being presented in Japanese Dolby TrueHD 5.1ch, Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0ch, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 ch, and English Dolby Digital 2.0ch. Subtitles will be available in Japanese, English, French, Spanish, Traditional Mandarin, and Traditional Cantonese. The Blu-ray will be available at the Bandai Entertainment Store, Amazon Marketplace, and other select online retailers. The SRP for the release is $59.98, with the pre-order price on the store prior to street date at $39.98. From street date, the Bandai store price will be $44.99. In addition, the episode on the Blu-ray will be available as a rental through PlayStation Network in the USA and Canada, and Zune in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
  • Crunchyroll began streaming the Chihayafuru anime series on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The streams are available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Kawaii Kon has announced that due to unforseen circumstances, voice actor Todd Haberkorn will not be making an appearance at their next convention. However, the event also announced that voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch will be coming as a guest. Bosch's credits include providing the voices for Vash the Stampede in Trigun, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, and Kiba in Wolf's Rain. Kawaii Kon will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center from March 16-18, 2012.

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

Glass Maiden Complete Collection DVD
Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5ystem Blu-ray
La Cordo D'oro - Primo Passo Complete Collection DVD
Legend of the Millennium Dragon Blu-ray/DVD combo
Negima!? The Complete Second Season S.A.V.E. DVD
Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys & Jirachi Wish Maker DVD

This week, I posted two new articles to the Anime site. The first is a history of the anime studio Studio Ghibli. The second is a review of the Dragon Ball film, The Path to Power. Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem 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.

The History of Studio Ghibli
This article explains the history of Studio Ghibli, one of the most well-known animation studios in Japan.

Dragon Ball: The Path to Power
Dragon Ball: The Path to Power is actually the seventeenth film to be released that is based on the Dragon Ball manga series.

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