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February 23 2011 Anime Newsletter

Welcome to the February 23rd edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter!

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

  • Section 23 Films has announced that the company will release the Coffee Samurai, Hoshizora Kiseki, and Allison & Lillia anime projects. The entire original net anime series Hoshizora Kiseki will be released with English subtitles on May 10, 2011; Coffee Samurai will also be included on this DVD. The first English-subtitled Allison & Lillia DVD will be released on May 17, 2011.
  • On February 10, 2011, Senior United States Judge Royal Furgeson ordered FUNimation to remove all defendants except one from its copyright infringement lawsuit over an episode of One Piece. In his order, the judge said the actions of each defendant did not constitute "acting in concert" but rather acting individually, although identically. FUNimation can choose to pursue the remaining 1,336 defendants in individual, separate lawsuits within thirty days, if the company submits the filing fees for each case. The judge also ordered the company to show cause as to why the court should not appoint lawyers to represent the anonymous defendants by February 28, 2011.
  • The Make-A-Wish Foundation is hosting the New York premiere of the anime film, Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time at a benefit event on February 23, 2011. The event includes demonstrations of the trading card game, appearances by the anime's voice actors, a costume contest, and a raffle. The proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York. Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time will also screen at select theaters on February 27 and 27, and on March 5 and 6, 2011.
  • It has been announced that Anime Expo will host the world premiere of the Last Exile ~Ginyoku no Fam~ in Los Angeles during the July 1-4 holiday weekend.
  • It has been announced that the producers for the live-action adaptation of Akira have hired Steve Kloves to polish the latest draft of the scripts. Kloves wrote the screenplays for all but one of the Harry Potter films; he also wrote the Wonder Boys and The Fabulous Baker Boys films.
  • Bandai Entertainment has announced that a batch of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season Two four-disc set and The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya & Nyoron Churuya-san Volume One disc have an audio error. The Japanese language tracks on each disc feature monaural sound instead of stereo. Buyers who have discs affected by this error can contact Bandai Entertainment at the support page of the company's website to return the original discs in exchange for replacements.
  • Anime Expo has announced that anime voice actor Vic Mignogna will be an official Guest of Honor for this year's convention, which is being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Nokia Theater from July 1-4, 2011. Mr. Mignogna will participate in fan meet-and-greets, autograph sessions and attendee panels. Mr. Mignogna's roles have included Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club, Dark in D.N. Angel, Ikkaku Madarame in Bleach, Obito in Naruto, and Death Scythe in Soul Eater.
  • FUNimation has announced that the company has shipped some copies of the second printing of Summer Wars without the cardboard slipcover. Consumers in the United States and Canada who have purchased these copies can fill out a form on the company's blog to receive one in the mail. FUNimation has also said that the Canadian release of the film was pushed back to February 22, 2011 due to "a small shipping delay."
  • FUNimation has announced that the company has acquired the distribution rights to the To OVA series at Katsucon. The company is currently planning to release the OVA on Blu-ray and DVD in the summer of 2011.
  • FUNimation announced the English language dub cast for Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts. Brina Palencia is Hideyoshi, Greg Ayres is Kouta, Leah Clark is Minami, Alexis Tipton is Mizuki, and Jamie Marchi is Shouko. Terry Doty will be the ADR Director for the series.
  • FUNimation announced at Katsucon that the company has licensed the third season of the Sgt. Frog anime series. The company is planning to begin releasing the new season in the summer of 2011.
  • Twenty-six English-subtitled episodes of Denno Coil are now available for the Apple iPhone and other iOS devices. The application for the series is free, and each episode costs US$2.99 as a downloadable in-app purchase. They both require iOS 4.0 or later. Initial testing of this app indicates it's a lengthy download process that cannot be done in the background.
  • Skydance Productions is in talks to acquire the live-action film rights to Star Blazers, which is a dubbed and parly re-written version of Space Battleship Yamato anime series. Accordin to the movie news website Deadline, Skydance head David Ellison and Josh Klein would produce the film if the deal is completed, and Christopher McQuarrie would write the screenplay.

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

Chrono Crusade: Complete Series DVD
Ga Rei: Zero - The Complete Series DVD/Blu-ray Combo
Gintama Collection 4 DVD
Our Home's Fox Deity Volume 2 DVD
Queen's Blade Complete Box Set DVD

This week, I posted two new articles to the Anime site. The first is an overview article for Pumpkin Scissors. The second is a review of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part One. I have also added words from Pumpkin Scissors to the list for the anime word games

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

Pumpkin Scissors
Pumpkin Scissors is an anime based on the manga series created and written by Ryoutarou Iwanaga.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part One
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part One is a two-disc set that contains the first thirteen episodes of the series.

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