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February 25 2009 Anime Newsletter

Welcome to the February 25 edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter!

On Sunday night, an anime received some recognition at the Academy Awards. Kunio Kato's short, "La Maison en Petits Cubes" won the Best Animated Short category at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. The last time anime received any recognition at the Oscars was back in 2003, when Miyazaki's Spirited Away won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year.

On the downside, though, word has come out that Best Buy will be changing their anime strategy. Over the next few months, some stores will be reducing their selection down to the Top 20 selling anime titles. Some stores will only carry the Top 100 anime titles. The remaining stores will continue to carry the anime inventory that they currently carry. The exact list of stores that will be affected has not completely finalized as of this writing. The stores that will be affected will be holding clearance sales on the titles they will discontinue to carry during the month of March.

This week at BellaOnline's Anime site, I have posted reviews for The Anime Companion 2, a companion book to The Anime Companion (a book that I reviewed earlir in February). I have also posted a review of the Robotech Legacy Box 6 DVD set, as well as overview articles for Furi Kuri and Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars. Links to all of these articles are included a little later in the newsletter. I also added words from Furi Kuri and Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars to the list for the Anime word games.

As usual, thank you for your support of the BellaOnline Anime site, newsletter, and forum. The next BellaOnline Anime newsletter should be in your inbox on March 4.


Here's the latest articles from the Anime site at

The Anime Companion 2
The Anime Companion 2: More... What’s Japanese in Japanese Animation? is a book by Gilles Poitras, and it was published in 2005.

Furi Kuri
Furi Kuri is also known as Fooly Cooly and FLCL.

Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars
Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars is an anime program produced by Madhouse and directed by Tatsuo Sato.

Robotech Legacy Box 6
Robotech: The New Generation – Legacy Collection 6 is a three-disc DVD box set that was released in 2002 by ADV Films.

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