Here are the headlines to come out of the anime industry since the last newsletter:
- Anime film producer and NTV Executive Chairman Seiichiro Ujiie passed away on March 28, 2011 at the age of 84 from multiple organ failure. His production credits include several Studio Ghibli films, the four Inuyasha films, and several of the Detective Conan (aka Case Closed) films.
- Diana Wynne Jones, who wrote the book Howl's Moving Castle (which was the basis for the Oscar-nominated 2004 Studio Ghibli film directed by Hayao Miyazaki), passed away on March 26, 2011 after a struggle with cancer. She was 76 years old at the time of her passing.
- On March 24, 2011, TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems filed a joint lawsuit against 4Kids Entertainment, accusing the company of "underpayments, wrongful deductions, and unmet obligations" in regards to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. The companies claim that 4Kids owe them US$4,792,460.36. The Hollywood Reporter states that the two companies have terminated their deal for Yu-Gi-Oh! with 4Kids.
- The CineMagic film festival in Dublin has announced the schedule for the festival's "We Love Anime" segment. The festival, which takes place from May 11 to May 18, will screen four anime films. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya will be screened May 13th at 6:30 p.m., Summer Wars will be screened May 14th at 3:00 p.m., Redline will be screened May 14 at 6:30 p.m., and Laputa: Castle in the Sky will be screened May 15 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets for each film cost four euros (about US$5.70) for attendees under the age of 18 and five euros (about US$7.10) for adults over the age of 18.
- Viz Media has announced that the company will begin simulcasting the Tiger & Bunny superhero anime series on April 2, 2011. The series will be streamed on the company's VizAnime website.
- On March 18th, FUNimation Entertainment filed a notice of dismissal for its January lawsuit against 1,337 "Does" who had allegedly downloaded and distributed an episode of the One Piece anime series. However, the company stated in its dismissal that "as a matter of law," the company retains the right to re-file the claims "against any of these defendants, jointly or as individuals."
- Sentai Filmworks has announced that the company has acquired the distribution rights to the Angel Beats! anime series. The company is dubbing the series into English and will release it on both DVD and Blu-ray at an unspecified date. The English dub will make its premiere at Anime Boston, which is taking place April 22-24, 2011.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will simulcast the return of the Gintama' television anime series starting on April 4, 2011 at 2:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). The simulcast will be available to paid subscribers in the Americas, Africa, Europe (except for Andorra, Italy, Vatican City, Portugal, Spain, and San Marino), Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East (except for Afghanistan and Iran). The episodes will become available to free users in the same regions one week after they launch.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will simulcast Hanasaku Iroha. The series premieres in Japan on Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), and the simulcast will stream on the site 90 minutes after the original broadcast. This simulcast will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Brazil, and Portugal. Paid subscribers can watch the episodes on the simulcast date, while free subscribers can watch the episode a week later.
- The Castle Point Anime Convention has extended the pre-registration for their 2011 convention to April 4, 2011. The convention is being held on Sunday, April 10, 2011 on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Pre-registration ticket prices are $12 for individuals, and $50 for groups of five. Tickets will cost $15 on the day of the convention.
- The Castle Point Anime Convention has announced the final guest list for their 2011 convention. This year's guests are voice actress Michelle Knotz (voice of Misty, Jessie, May, and Nurse Joy in Pokemon, Ogiue Chika in Genshiken, and Koyuki Asagiri in Kujibiki Unbalance), voice actor Bill Rogers (voice of Brock in Pokemon, Touma Seguch in Gravitation, and Tanaka Souichiro in Genshiken), voice actor Mike Pollock (voice of the Mayor and Samo in Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Dr. Eggman and Ella in Sonic X, Bonaparte in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and the interim narrator in Pokemon), comedian Uncle Yo, and artist Katie Tiedrich.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will be simulcasting My Ordinary Life, which is an adaptation of Keiichi Arawi's Nichijou manga. Premium members can see the anime 30 minutes after its Japanese broadcast every Saturday at 9:00 p.m. PST. The simulcast will be available in North America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Middle East, and Africa.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will be simulcasting the Ore-tachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai - Without Wings - Under the Innocent Sky anime series. The simulcast will be available to premium members 30 minutes after its initial broadcast in Japan in all regions except for Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, Andorra, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, and Switzerland. The series is currently scheduled to premiere at 12:30 a.m. Japan Standard Time on April 4, 2011 (which is 8:30 a.m. PST on April 3, 2011).
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will simulcast Astarotte's Toy, which is an anime adaptation of Yui Haga's Lotte no Omocha! manga. The simulcast will be available for premium members on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. PST starting on April 10, 2011 in North America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Middle East, Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia. Free users can access the episodes one week after their initial launch.
- Aniplex of America Inc. has announced that the company will be releasing a Baccano! Blu-ray Disc Box as a limited edition in North America on May 17, 2011. The set will be available through Bandai Entertainment's The Store and Right Stuf.com. The American Blu-ray release will have the exact same Blu-ray discs found in the Japanese release. The North American release also will have the same newly drawn box artwork by Katsumi Enami and new wrap artwork for the Blu-ray disc cases by Takahiro Kishida. The release will have both Japanese and FUNimation's English dub, as well as Japanese and English subtitles. The textless opening and ending are included as an extra.
- Aniplex of America Inc. has announced that the English dub of Durarara!!, as well as the English subtitled versions of Gurren Lagann the Movies 1 & 2 are now available from the PlayStation Network via the PlayStation Store for downloading onto PlayStation 3 and PSP systems in both the United States and Canada. The English dub of R.O.D. - The TV-, the English dub of Ghost Slayers Ayashi, and and the English subtitled version of Toward the Terra will be available at a later date. TV episodes can be purchased at $1.99 per episode, while movies can be purchased at $9.99 per movie or rented for $2.99 each.
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This week, I posted three new articles to the Anime site. The first is a biography of Seiichiro Ujiie. The second is an article comparing the Dragon Ball anime and live-action film. The third is an overview article for Ceres, Celestial Legend. I have also added words from Ceres, Celestial Legend to the list for the anime word games. I am also featuring Howl's Moving Castle as an Editor's Recommendation this week.
Here's the latest articles from the Anime site at BellaOnline.com.
Biography of Seiichiro Ujiie
This is a biography for anime film producer and NTV Executive Chairman Seiichiro Ujiie.
Dragon Ball: Anime vs. Live-Action
This article compares the Dragon Ball anime series to the live-action film, Dragonball Evolution.
Ceres, Celestial Legend
Ceres, Celestial Legend (which is known as Ayashi no Ceres in Japan) is based on a manga series written by Yuu Watase.
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