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December 22 2010 Anime Newsletter

Welcome to the December 22nd edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter!

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

  • Japanese anime voice actor Takeshi Watabe passed away on December 13, 2010 at the age of 74 due to pneumonia while undergoing treatment for lung cancer. He had roles in such anime properties as Gatchaman, Lupin III, Cyborg 009, Fist of the North Star, Mobile Suit Gundam, Doraemon, Yu Yu Hakusho, You're Under Arrest, Pokemon, Cowboy Bebop, and Naruto.
  • Crunchyroll has announced that the site has begun streaming Good Luck Ninomiya-kun, H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~, and Maburaho. The first three episodes of Good Luck Ninomiya-kun and H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~ are available for free, and an additional episode will be added each week. Four episodes of Maburaho are currently available for free, with additional episodes to be added each week. The entirety of all three series are available for paid Crunchyroll subscribers. Good Lucky Ninomiya-kun and H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~ are available in North America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Middle East, and Africa. Maburaho is available in North America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Middle East, and Africa.
  • FUNimation Entertainment has confirmed that a recent print run of the Kaze no Stigma Complete Series box set contains replication errors. The errors result in "skipping and blocking issues on some scenes in the first few episodes." FUNimation says that this print run consisted of about 500 units. Consumers who have the replication errors in their sets can send an email to productconcerns@funimation.com to arrange for a replacement copy.
  • The dates have been announced for the U.S. screenings of Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance. The schedule is as follows: Alamo Lake Creek in Austin, Texas (January 19, 2011 - 1 day), Bear Tooth Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska (January 21, 2011 - 2 days), Valley Art Theatre in Phoenix/Tempe Arizona (January 21, 2011 - 1 week), New People in San Francisco, California (January 21, 2011 - 1 week), Denver FilmCenter/Colfax in Denver, Colorado (January 21, 2011 - 1 week), Clearwater Cinema Cafe in Tampa Bay, Florida (January 21, 2011 - 2 days), Plaza Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia (January 21, 2011 - 1 week), Maui Mall Megaplex Cinemas 12 in Maui, Hawaii (January 21, 2011 - 1 week), Georgetown 14 Cinemas in Indianapolis, Indiana (January 21, 2011 - 3 days), Screenland Crossroads in Kansas City, Missouri (January 21, 2011 - 1 week), Carousel Luxury Cinemas in Greensboro, North Carolina (January 21, 2011 - 1 week), The Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, New Mexico (January 21, 2011 - 2 days), Big Cinemas Manhattan in New York, New York (January 21, 2011 - 1 week), Southlake 14 in Dallas/Forth Worth, Texas (January 21, 2011 - 1 week), Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle, Washington (January 21, 2011 - 1 week), Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, California (January 28, 2011 - 1 week), Living Room Theatre in Portland, Oregon (January 28, 2011 - 1 week), Doris Duke Theatre in Honolulu, Hawaii (February 8, 2011 - 4 days), Oklahoma City Museum of Art in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (March 18, 2011 - 2 days), Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (TBA - 1 day), Ultra Star Chula Vista 10 in San Diego, California (TBA - 1 day), and Ultra Star Mission Valley - Hazard Center in San Diego, California (TBA - 1 day).
  • Cartoon Network will begin airing more episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood during the Adult Swim block starting at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 9, 2011. The first new episode will be #27, "Interlude Party." The series will continue airing every Sunday morning in the same timeslot, with the network's online schedule listing up to episode #31, "The 520 Cens Promise," on February 6, 2011.
  • Toshio Suzuki, a producer at Studio Ghibli, has announced that a cultural event in New York will screen Hayao Miyazaki's anime short film, Yadosagashi in 2011. This short film, which had only been screened at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, follows a girl named Fuki as she goes on a journey to find a new home.
  • Universal Pictures announced on their Twitter feed that Norwegian director Harald Zwart is attached a proposed live-action film version of Bakugan Battle Brawlers.

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

Bleach Uncut Box Set 7 DVD
Eyeshield 21 Collection 3 DVD
Tenchi Muyo! GXP: The Complete Box Set DVD

This week, I posted three new articles to the Anime site. The first is a biography of Takeshi Watabe. The second is an overview article for Itsudatte My Santa!. The third is an overview article for Angel Heart. I have added words from Itsudatte My Santa! and Angel Heart to the list for the Anime word games.

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

Biography of Takeshi Watabe
This is a biography for anime voice actor Takeshi Watabe.

Itsudatte My Santa!
Itsudatte My Santa! is an anime OVA series based on the manga by Ken Akamatsu.

Angel Heart
Angel Heart is an anime series based on a manga written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo.

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