Here are the headlines to come out of the anime industry since the last newsletter:
- Anime director and animator Moribi Murano passed away due to heart failure on Monday, March 7, 2011. Murano's credits include Jungle Emperor Leo (aka Kimba the White Lion), Unico: To the Magic Island, and The Dagger of Kamui.
- New York City's Carnegie Hall has announced that it will screen two anime shorts directed by Hayao Miyazaki on March 26, 2011. The two shorts are Yado-Sagashi (House Hunting) and Mizugumo Monmon (Mon Mon the Water Spider). The shorts will screen at 6:30 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for US$15 each.
- Matsuricon has announced guests for their 2011 convention. This year's guest list includes voice actors Eric Vale, Kyle Hebert, Chris Cason, Eric Stuart, Sonny Strait, and Ian Sinclair, as well as producer Kevin McKeever, and artists Joe Kovell, Alex Kolesar, and Mindy Timpone. Matsuricon 2011 will be taking place August 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Columbus, Ohio.
- Anime distributor NIS America has announced that the company will replace the outer slip case for Our Home's Fox Deity Volume 2 at no cost to consumers. Apparently, a manufacturing error caused image quality problems for the case art. Buyers of the original box can fill out a form on NIS America's website to receive a replacement slip case. The replacements will be available in about one month.
- It has been announced that the next Studio Ghibli film, Koruriko-Zaka Kara, will be released to theaters in Japan on July 16, 2011. The film is directed by Goro Miyazaki, the son of Hayao Miyazaki.
- Sakura-Con has announced guests for their 2011 convention, which will take place April 22-24 in Seattle. The guests for the convention include Japanee voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi (best known as Usagi Tsukino in Sailor Moon), Daisuke Moriyama (the creator of Chrono Crusade), artists VOfan and Jo Chen, and North American voice actors Clarine Harp, Christopher Bevins, Tiffany Grant, Chris Cason, Cynthia Cranz, and Wendy Powell. Sakura-Con is also hosting the premiere for the English dub of K-ON! and the voice actresses (Stephanie Sheh, Christina Vee, and Cassandra Lee Moriss).
- Image Entertainment has announced that the company will be releasing the Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door film on Blu-ray on June 28, 2011. This English-language release has a suggested retail price of US$17.97.
- It has been announced that an anime film adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House children's books is being produced in Japan, and the film is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters in 2012. The advertisements for the upcoming film have featured artwork inspired by the illustrations in the Japanese editions of the books, rather than the illustrations in the original American editions. Hiroshi Nishikiori is directing the film, Ichiro Okouchi is writing the screenplay, Yoshiaki Yanagida is designing the characters and supervising the animation, Toshiharu Mizutani is the art director, and Akira Senju is composing the music.
- QC Anime-zing! has announced guests for their 2011 convention: Spike Spencer, Johnny Yong Bosch, Robert Axelrod, John Bivens, Russell Lissau, Trevor Mueller, Eyeshine, Samurai Dan, and Lady Jillian. The convention is taking place June 17-19, 2011 at the RiverCenter in Davenport, Iowa.
- The Alcon convention has announced two guests for their 2011 convention. The first is voice actress Caitlin Glass, who is best known for providing the voice of Winry Rockbell in the English dub of Fullmetal Alchemist. The other is voice actress Tia Ballard, who provides the voice of Mizore Shirayuki in Rosario + Vampire. Alcon is taking place September 8-11, 2011 at De Montfort University in Leicester.
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Since the last newsletter, I made a change to the Anime section's subsections. I removed the Yu-Gi-Oh! subsection; the three articles and the trivia quiz included in that section are now in the Current Anime subsection. There is now a new subsection devoted to Fullmetal Alchemist.
This week, I posted three new articles to the Anime site. The first is a biography for Moribi Murano. The second is an overview article for Dance in the Vampire Bund. The third is a review of the Fullmetal Alchemist Premium OVA Collection. I have also added words from Dance in the Vampire Bund to the list for the anime word games.
Here's the latest articles from the Anime site at BellaOnline.com.
Biography of Moribi Murano
This is a biography for anime director and animator Moribi Murano.
Dance in the Vampire Bund
Dance in the Vampire Bund is based on a manga series Nozomu Tamaki.
Fullmetal Alchemist Premium OVA Collection
The Fullmetal Alchemist Premium OVA Collection was released by FUNimation Entertainment on August 4, 2009.
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