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December 29 2010 Anime Newsletter

Welcome to the December 29th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter!

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

  • Pokemon Zoroark: Master of Illusions, the 13th film in the Pokemon franchise, will be airing on Cartoon Network in the United States on February 5, 2011.
  • Crunchyroll has announced that the site has added two anime series: Student Council's Discretion and Demonbane. Both titles will be available in North America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, the Middle East, and Africa. Crunchyroll has also announced the site has launched an official app for the Android mobile phone operating system that allows paid subscribers to log in and watch anime titles; the app will later be opened up to free users after advertising has been coded into the app. However, not all of Crunchyroll's videos have been encoded for the app at this time.
  • Screenings for Summer Wars have been added in Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Atlanta. The film will screen at the Landmark Ritz at the Bourse in Pittsburgh from January 21-27, 2011, at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac in St.Louis from January 28-February 3, 2011, and at Landmark Midtown Art in Atlanta from January 28-February 3, 2011. In addition, a December 31st screening of Summer Wars has been added at the Harkins Valley Art in Tempe/Phoenix Arizona.

There are topics in the anime forum for these news stories. If you'd like to join in on the discussion, there's a link to the forum later in the newsletter. You need to have a BellaOnline forum account in order to post, but signing up for a forum account is free.

In Memoriam: 2010

For our final newsletter of 2010, we will be taking a look back and bid a final farewell to those in the anime field who passed away over the course of the year.
  • Isamu Tanonaka, Japanese voice actor, passed away on January 13, 2010 at the age of 77 from a heart attack.
  • Daisuke Gouri, Japanese voice actor, passed away on January 17, 2010 at the age of 57.
  • Jean Simmons, English dub voice for the older Sophie in Howl's Moving Castle, passed away on January 22, 2010 at the age of 80 from lung cancer.
  • Jun Seba, music composer for Samurai Champloo, passed away on February 26, 2010 in an automobile accident.
  • Amy Forsyth, anime translator for ADV Films, passed away on April 5, 2010 at the age of 33.
  • Carl Macek, producer for Robotech and co-founder of Streamline Pictures, passed away on April 17, 2010 at the age of 59 from a heart attack.
  • Peter Keefe, producer for Voltron and Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, passed away on May 27, 2010 at the age of 57 from throat cancer.
  • Robert O. Smith, English dub voice actor, passed away on May 30, 2010 at the age of 67 from pancreatic and liver cancer.
  • Tetsuo Mizutori, Japanese voice actor, passed away on July 14, 2010 at the age of 71.
  • Peter Fernandez, who had major involvement with Speed Racer and worked on the dub for the Bolar Wars portion of Star Blazers, passed away on July 15, 2010 at the age of 83 from lung cancer.
  • Kihachiro Kawamoto, animator and puppeteer, passed away on August 23, 2010 at the age of 85 from pneumonia.
  • Satoshi Kon, anime director and writer, passed away on August 23, 2010 at the age of 47 from pancreatic cancer.
  • Shojuro Yamauchi, key animator and animation director, passed away on August 24, 2010.
  • Ayao Wada, Japanese voice actor, passed away on September 6, 2010 at the age of 81 from pneumonia.
  • Koichi Motohashi, president of the anime studio Nippon Animation, passed away in October 2010 at the age of 80.
  • Takeshi Shudo, creator of the Fairy Princess Minky Momo franchise and a writer for Pokemon, passed away on October 29, 2010 at the age of 61 after suffering from a subarachnoid hemorrhage in his head.
  • Nachi Nozawa, Japanese voice actor, passed away on October 30, 2010 at the age of 72 from lung cancer
  • Yoshinobu Nishizaki, producer for Space Battleship Yamato, passed away on November 7, 2010 at the age of 75 after falling off a research boat and drowning.
  • Umanosuke Iida, Japanese director, passed away on November 26, 2010 at the age of 49 from lung cancer.
  • Mark Dailey, Englush dub voice for Beyblade and Medabots, passed away on December 6, 2010 at the age of 57 from complications from kidney cancer.
  • Takeshi Watabe, Japanese voice actor, passed away on December 13, 2010 at the age of 74 from pneumonia while undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

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

Baccano! Complete Series Viridian Collection DVD
Dragon Ball Movie 1: Curse of the Blood Rubies DVD
Dragonaut: The Resonance - The Complete Series DVD
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Part 3 DVD
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Part 3 Blu-ray
Gintama Collection 3 DVD
Kaleido Star Season Two & OVAs DVD
Ragnarok Complete S.A.V.E. Edition DVD

This week, I posted two new articles to the Anime site. The first is an overview article for Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School. The second is an overview article for Lemon Angel Project. I have added words from Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School and Lemon Angel Project to the list for the Anime word games. Ponyo has been added to the Studio Ghibli section of the Anime Shop, and is also an Editor's Recommendation on the main page of the Anime site.

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

Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School
Samurai Girl: Real Bout High School is based off of the manga series, Real Bout High School, which is written by Reiji Saga and Sora Inoue.

Lemon Angel Project
Lemon Angel Project is an anime series produced by Radix and directed by Daisuke Chiba.

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