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March 28 2012 Anime Newsletter

Welcome to the March 28th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter!

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

  • Anime director Noboru Ishiguro passed away on March 20, 2012 at the age of 73. Ishiguro directed such anime as Space Battleship Yamato, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, the 1980s Astro Boy anime series, Megazone 23, and Legend of the Galactic Heroes.
  • The Nico Nico Douga video service's Nico Nico Live program will stream the fifth episode of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime series with English dubbing on April 6, 2012 at 11:30 p.m. EST. The stream will be available in Japan, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The stream will also include a special greeting from English voice actresses Christine Marie Cabanos and Cristina Vee.
  • Anime News Network is reporting that Sentai Filmworks will be releasing the This Boy Can Fight Aliens anime in North America. No further details about this upcoming release are currently available.
  • Anime Central has announced that director Shinichi "Nabeshin" Watanabe will be a guest at their upcoming convention. Watanabe's credits include Excel Saga and Nerima Daikon Brothers. Anime Central will be taking place April 27-29, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois.
  • The 2012 Dallas International Film Festival will be screening three anime titles: Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, Oblivion Island, and 663114. Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker will run at the Texas Theatre on April 20, 2012 and at the Angelika 7 on April 22, 2012. Oblivion Island will be screened at the AMC NorthPark 15 on April 14, 2012 and at the Angelika 8 on April 22, 2012. 663114 will be shown at the Angelika Film Center on April 16, 2012 and April 17, 2012. The 2012 Dallas International Film Festival is taking place April 12-22, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.
  • The Box Office Mojo website reported that The Secret World of Arrietty earned an estimated US$140,000 during the March 23-25 weekend. The film's theater count dropped by 75 as 229 theaters continued to screen the movie, and the film had a per-screen average of US$611. Ticket sales fell 42.0% from the fifth weekend. With a total gross of US$18,247,000, The Secret World of Arrietty is still the fourth highest grossing theatrical anime release in the United States.
  • Anime News Network reported that the A Letter to Momo anime film won the Grand Prize for Best Feature Film at the New York International Children's Film Festival. The festival screened the film on March 3, 11, and 24.
  • AM2 has announced that anime voice actress Andrea Libman will be a guest at their upcoming convention. Libman's credits include Dragon Ball, Ranma 1/2, Gundam 00, and Maison Ikkoku. AM2 is taking place June 15-17, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center and Hilton in Anaheim, California.

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.

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

Dream Eater Merry Complete Collection DVD
Dream Eater Merry Complete Collection Blu-ray
Growing Up With Hello Kitty Volume 1: Hello Kitty Eats Her Vegetables DVD
Growing Up With Hello Kitty Volume 2: Hello Kitty Learns to Share DVD

This year, BellaOnline's Anime section is celebrating "The Year of the Dragon Ball" in honor of The Year of the Dragon, by posting a new Dragon Ball-related article every other week during 2012. The sixth article for the celebration is a review of the Dragon Ball GT The Complete Series DVD box set.

In addition, I have also posted a biography of Noboru Ishiguro, an overview article for the Ozma anime series, and an episode listing for Dragon Ball GT. I have added the Dragon Ball GT The Complete Series box set to the Dragon Ball Section of the Anime Shop, and I am also featuring it as an "Editor's Recommendation" on the main page of the Anime site. I also added words from Ozma to the list for the Anime word games.

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

Dragon Ball GT The Complete Series
The Dragon Ball GT The Complete Series box set is a ten disc DVD set that contains all sixty-four episodes of the series, as well as the Dragon Ball GT television special, A Hero’s Legacy.

Biography of Noboru Ishiguro
This is a biography for anime director Noboru Ishiguro.

Ozma is a six-episode anime series written by Leiji Matsumoto.

Dragon Ball GT Episode Listing
This is an episode listing for the Dragon Ball GT anime series.

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