Here are the headlines to come out of the anime industry since the last newsletter:
- Sawako Noma, the executive producer for the Akira anime film, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the age of 67 due to heart failure. Ms. Noma also served as the president of the Kodansha publishing company for 24 years. She is survived by her oldest son, Yoshinobu, who was slated to replace his mother as Kodansha's president in April 2011.
- On March 30, 2011, 4Kids Entertainment filed a Form 8-K report to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to address the lawsuit. In the report, 4Kids claims that on March 27, the company informed the licensors that their letter of termination "did not comply with the 10 business day notice and cure provision" written in the agreement. 4Kids also says the company has rejected the termination letter "as wrongful and devoid of any factual legal basis," and that they intend to "vigorously oppose" said termination. Also, the company claims the licensor made a request for payment on March 4, and that 4Kids made a US$1 million payment "as a show of good faith" to earn a March 18 meeting to resolve the issues. However, the licensors moved forward wit hthe lawsuit filed on March 24. In the filing, 4Kids acknowledges that if the lawsuit moves forward and the termination of the license is found to be valid, the company will do whatever is necessary to maintain its business, "including the potential filing" of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition.
- Navarre Corporation has announced that it has sold FUNimation to a group of investors that includes Gen Fukunaga, who is also FUNimation's chief executive officer; the price of the all-cash transaction is US$24 million. Navarre will continue to serve as FUNimation's exclusive distributor in the United States, and will also serve as the company's logistics and fulfillment services provider.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will simulcast the Sket Dance anime series. Episodes will be available to premium users worldwide starting on April 7, 2011 at 3 a.m. PST, which is 30 minutes after the series airs in Japan. Free users will be able to view the episodes one week after their launch, but only in the following regions: the United States and its territories, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will simulcast the TV anime adaptation of the Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi adult visual novel under the title, Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi - A Bridge to the Starry Skies. The series is scheduled to debut in Japan on April 13, 2011 at 1:30 a.m. Japan Standard Time (9:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time). The episodes will be available to premium users 30 minutes after their Japanese broadcast worldwide, except for the following regions: Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, Andorra, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco and Switzerland.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site began simulcast the second season of Tono to Issho. The series will be available to premium members 45 minutes after its Japanese broadcast, which started on Monday, April 4, 2011. Episodes will go online at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time in the following regions: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Singapore, Brazil and Portugal. Free users in the same regions will be able to watch each episode one week after its original stream.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will simulcast the Deadman Wonderland anime in the following regions: North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Middle East and Africa. The simulcast will be available to premium members 30 minutes after the series begins in Japan, while free users will be able to see the episodes one week later. The series is scheduled to start airing in Japan on April 17 at 1 a.m. Japan Standard Time (April 16 at 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time).
- Anime News Network is reporting that FUNimation Entertainment will be releasing the anime series, Shiki on DVD and Blu-ray in the spring of 2012. The information was revealed by an official Shiki website built on FUNimation's domain, but the website is not currently active. There is currently no specific release date or suggested retail price for this release.
- Anime Blast Chattanooga will be making its debut this year November 4-6, 2011, at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, Tennesse. Pre-registration for the entire weekend is $25 until April 24, 2011. After that date, attendees can pre-register for $30. A VIP package is also being offered in limited quantities for $50.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will simulcast the second season of The World God Only Knows. The series will stream on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time in the following regions: the Americas, Europe (except for Belgium, France and Switzerland), Australia, New Zealand, Bahrain, Cyprus, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Premium users can access the episodes 30 minutes after their Japanese broadcast, while free users will gain access to the episodes on week later.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will simulcast the Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi anime series. The series will be available to premium members after its Japanese broadcast in the following regions: North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, Portugal, Middle East, Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia. Free users in these regions will be able to access to the episodes one week later. Dates and times for the simulcast have not yet been announced. The series is scheduled to premiere in Japan on April 9, 2011 at 1:05 a.m. Japan Standard Time.
- Crunchyroll has announced that the site will simulcast the Sengoku Otome - Momoiro Paradox anime under the title, Battle Girls - Time Paradox. Premium members worldwide (except in Japan and Korea) will have access to the simulcast after the series' broadcats in Japan. The simulcast will only be available to free members one week later in the following territories: the United States and its territories, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. The date and time of the simulcast have yet to be announced.
- Netflix has added several titles from Viz Media to their Instant Watch streaming library. Now available through this service are all 167 episodes of the first anime series of Inuyasha, the complete series of Hikaru no Go, Bleach (episodes 1 through 109), Honey and Clover seasons 1 & 2, Naruto seasons 1 & 2, and NANA season 1.
- FUNimation announced that their panel at the Anime Detour convention that the company has acquired the home entertainment, broadcast, theatrical, digital, and merchandising rights for the anime film, Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike. The company is planning to release the film on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012. In addition, FUNimation also announced that the company has acquired additional rights for Fractale and Freezing. For Fractale, the company has acquired the home entertainment, broadcast, digital, mobile and merchandise rights for the property. For Freezing, FUNimation now has the home entertainment, broadcast, theatrical, digital, and merchandising rights for the property.
- Crunchyroll has announced that some of the upcoming simulcasts scheduled for this spring may by delayed due to March 11's Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and its aftereffects. However, the site has not specified which series may be affected. The simulcasts of ongoing series may also be delayed. As of this writing, these are only new spring shows listed on the site's calendar: My Ordinary Life, Hanasaku Iroha, an unspecified "episode 1," Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi, and Astarotte's Toy.
- Sentai Filmworks has confirmed that the English dub the company is producing for Angel Beats! will retain the original Japanese-language music, rather than replacing it with English songs.
- Warner Bros. Television has announced that the company will be releasing Supernatural: The Anime Series via Blu-ray, DVD, video on demand. and download in North America on July 26, 2011. The anime adapts the storyline from the live-action series' first two seasons along with re-imagined stories and new stories. Jared Padalecki, a co-lead actor for the live-action series, dubbed all of the episodes of the first anime season. His co-star, Jensen Ackles, only dubbed "select" episodes of the series. The North American release features English 5.1 and Japanese soundtracks. The DVD has English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as French, Chinese, Spanish, and Thai subtitles. The Blu-ray will have English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, as well as French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Chinese, and Spanish.
- Crunchyroll has announced the site will simulcast the Steins;Gate television anime. The series began streaming on the site on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 11:35 a.m. PST in North America, South America, Finland, Denmark, Noway, Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, Middle East, and Africa. Premium users can see the episode the day of the simulcast, while free users can see the episodes a week later.
- Sentai Filmworks has announced that the company has acquired the North American license to Maria Holic Alive!, which is the sequel to Maria Holic. The license includes home video and digital rights. The Anime Network has also announced that it will simulcast the series starting at 10:00 p.m. CST on April 10, 2011. The first episode will be available to all users of The Anime Network's site, the second episode will only be available to registered users (including free users), and the rest of the series will only be available to paid subscribers.
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.
|Antique Bakery DVD Collection||DVD|
|Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part Four||DVD|
|Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part Four||Blu-ray|
|Hero Tales Part 1||DVD|
|Hero Tales Part 1 Limited Edition||DVD|
|Hero Tales Part 2||DVD|
|Mobile Suit Gundam UC 3||Blu-ray|
|Special A Complete Collection||DVD|
This week, I posted three new articles to the Anime site. The first is an overview article for the anime series, Monster. The second is an over article for the anime series, Shugo Chara!. The third is a listing of the Pokemon introduced in the Unova Region. I have also added words from Monster and Shugo Chara! to the list for the anime word games. I am also featuring Cowboy Bebop Remix Volume 1 as an Editor's Recommendation this week.
Here's the latest articles from the Anime site at BellaOnline.com.
Monster is an anime series based on the manga written and illustrated by Naoki Urasawa.
Shugo Chara! is an anime series based on the shojo manga by the manga author duo, Peach-Pit.
Pokemon Introduced in the Unova Region
This article lists all of the Pokemon introduced in the Unova Region.
Please visit Anime.bellaonline.com for even more great content about Anime.
To participate in free, fun online discussions, this site has a community forum all about Anime located here -
You can follow the official Twitter feed for BellaOnline's Anime section.
Become a fan of the Anime at BellaOnline Fan Page at Facebook.
I hope to hear from you sometime soon, either in the forum or in response to this email message. I thrive on your feedback!
Thank you for your support of the BellaOnline Anime site, newsletter, and forum. Be sure to watch your inbox next Wednesday for the April 13th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter.
Have fun passing this message along to family and friends, because we all love free knowledge!
Lesley Aeschliman, Anime Editor
One of hundreds of sites at BellaOnline.com