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March 17 2010 Anime Newsletter

Welcome to the March 17th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter!

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

*FUNimation has issued another statement regarding the edits being made in Dance in the Vampire Bund. In the statement, the company says, "We will continue to make minor edits to the episodes which are available via free streaming and television broadcast due to the readily accessible nature of these platforms. We will be careful to keep such edits to a minimum." Later in the statement, FUNimation adds, "We are evaluating the release of the series in unedited and uncensored form on home video. Since only 7 episodes have broadcast in Japan, final determination must be reserved until all episodes can be reviewed to ensure compliance with current U.S. law."

*Nicktoons US announced that the cable channel will be airing a couple of new series in their lineup later this year: Dragon Ball Z Kai and Voltron Panthera Force. Dragon Ball Z Kai, a re-working of the original Dragon Ball Z series that has been airing in Japan, will begin airing on Nicktoons US in May 2010. Voltron Panthera Force is a series from World Events Productions, Ltd., in conjunction with Kick Start Productions. However, it is not yet known whether Voltron Panthera Force is Japanese-animated or not; it is also not yet known when Voltron Panthera Force will begin airing on Nicktoons US. At the Voltron.com forum, the administrator confirmed that there is indeed a new Voltron series coming, but as of right now, Panthera Force is not the final title.

*Sentai Filmworks has announced it will release English dubs for Clannad, Blue Drop, Ghost Hound, Legends of the Dark King: A Fist of the North Star Story, and Tears to Tiara. The company is offering an "Upgrade" program to those who already bought the subtitle-only versions of these titles.

*The Joost online video service is removing the last of its anime content on March 25. The remaining titles on the service are Air Master, Pretty Cure, Digimon Adventure 02, Galaxy Express 999, Fist of the North Star, Slam Dunk, and Captain Harlock.

*During its first week of sales, Ponyo ranked at #3 in Blu-Ray Disc sales and #4 in DVD sales in the United States. Ponyo was #3 in overall sales, and ranked at #19 in video rentals for the week. 34% of Ponyo's total unit sales came from the Blu-Ray release.

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.

This week, I posted two new articles to the Anime site. The first is a review of Naruto Uncut Box Set 6. The other is a review of book, the Pokemon Visual Guide. The Pokemon Visual Guide has been added to the Pokemon section of the Anime Shop, and the book is also an Editor's Recommendation on the main page of the Anime site.

Thank you for your support of the BellaOnline Anime site, newsletter, and forum. Be sure to watch your inbox next Wednesday for the March 24th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter.


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

Naruto Uncut Box Set 6
Naruto Uncut Box Set 6 is a three DVD disc set that contains episodes sixty-six through seventy-eight of Naruto.


Pokemon Visual Guide
The Pokemon Visual Guide was written by Katherine Fang and Cris Silvestri, and was published in 2008.


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