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June 22 2011 Anime Newsletter

Welcome to the June 22nd edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter!

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

  • Discotek has announced that the company will be releasing the Demon City Shinjuku anime. This anime was originally released in 1988, and was directed by Hideyuki Kikuchi. In the story, a man named Levih Rah creates a Demon City in Tokyo's Shinjuku district, and he wants to destroy the entire planet. Sayaka Rama comes to Demon City and vows to take on Levih Rah in order to rescue her captive father. Discotek is billing this upcoming release as a "remastered special edition."
  • Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment have announced they will be releasing the Emma: A Victorian Romance DVD Complete Series L.E. (Bundle) on September 6, 2011. This new bundle includes the previously released limited-edition DVD box sets for Emma: A Victorian Romance and the series' "Second Act" together; the release will include all of the previously released limited-edition packaging and extras. It will include all 24 episodes of the series, "Episode 0: Intermission" (a recap/preview episode that aired in Japan prior to the start of Season 2), character biographies, textless opening and closing sequences, Japanese commercials, fan credits, the U.S. Season 1 and Season 2 trailers, and Right Stuf/Nozomi Entertainment trailers. Physical extras include a collectors' art box for each season that feature artwork by Emma creator Kaoru Mori, a 96-page "Victorian Gazette" for Season 1 and a 48-page "Victorian Picture Book" for Season 2 (which includes historical background and illustrations, a full glossary, comments and comics by Ms. Mori, and an interview with Ms. Mori).
  • FUNimation Entertainment is listing that the Trigun: Badlands Rumble anime film will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 27, 2011. The retail prices are US$29.98 for the DVD and US$34.98 for the Blu-ray.
  • Anime USA has announced that voice actor Wendee Lee will be a guest for their 2011 convention. Lee's credits include Faye Valentine in Cowboy Bebop, Konata in Lucky Star, Rumi in Perfect Blue, Kei in Akira, Haruhi in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Yoriuchi, Tatsuki, and Ururu in Bleach. Anime USA is taking place November 18-20, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.
  • Anime Expo has announced that their 2011 convention will host the production team for the Last Exile -Fam, The Silver Wing anime. The Guests of Honor include director Koichi Chigira, designer Makoto Kobayashi, scriptwriter and setting consultant Takaaki Suzuki, and producer Hiroyuki Birukawa. Anime Expo is taking place July 1-4 in Los Angeles.
  • The AM2 convention has announced that Rintaro's children's CG anime film Yona Yona Penguin will be screened during their convention, which is taking place during the July 1-3 weekend in Anaheim, California.
  • Viz Media has announced that Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds will have its American premiere in October 2011 in New York City.
  • Anime Expo has announced that it will host voice actor Toshio Furukawa at its 2011 convention. Furikawa's credits include Ataru Moroboshi in Urusei Yatsura, Piccolo in Dragon Ball, and Shin in Fist of the North Star. Anime Expo is taking place July 1-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California.
  • Sentai Filmworks has announced that the company has licensed the Mardock Scramble anime film trilogy. The first film will be available with English dubbing and subtitles on DVD and through digital retailers in September, with a Blu-ray Disc release planned in 2012. This trilogy is based on the science fiction suspense novel series of the same name by Tow Ubukata.
  • Florida Supercon has announced their anime-related guests for their upcoming convention: Brittney Karbowski (from Soul Eater), David Vincent (from Code Geass), Melissa Fahn (from Cowboy Bebop), and Bill Rogers (from Pokemon). Florida Supercon is taking place July 1-4, 2011 at the Miami Airport Convention Center in Miami, Florida.
  • Anime Festival Orlando has announced that English voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch will be a guest at their upcoming convention. Bosch's credits include Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach and Vash the Stampede in Trigun. Anime Festival Orlando will be taking place August 5-7, 2011 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida.
  • Bandai Entertainment has announced the English cast for Tekken: Blood Vengeance, which is premiering July 26, 2011 in a special event from NCM Fathom. Carrie Keranen is the voice for Ling Ziaoyu, Cristina Vee is the voice for Alisa Bosconovitch, David Vincent is the voice for Shin Kamiya, Kyle Herbert is the voice for Kazuya Mishima, Tara Platt is the voice for Anna Williams, Charlotte Bell is the voice for Nina Williams, and Darren Daniels is the voice for Jin Kazama.
  • Viz Media has announced that subtitled versions of all 74-episodes of the Monster anime series are now available on Netflix. Monster is rated TV-MA.
  • It has been announced that Arrietty, Studio Ghibli's film based on the British novel The Borrowers, will have different dub casts in the United States and the United Kingdom. The British dub, which is due in theaters on June 29, 2011, features Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Mark Strong, Olivia Colman, Phyllida Law, and Geraldine McEwan. The American dub features Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Carol Burnett. The American dub will open in American theaters on February 17, 2012.
  • Anime Expo has announced that Madhouse studio creators Tetsuro Araki, Masayoshi Tanaka, and Kentaro Hashimoto will be Guests of Honor at their upcoming convention. Araki has directed such anime as Death Note and Highschool of the Dead. Tanaka has done animation for such projects as Gurren Lagann, School Rumble, X, and Highschool of the Dead. Hashimoto has served as the animation producer for Highschool of the Dead. The trio will attend a screening of Highschool of the Dead that is taking place on July 2, 2011, and will also host a creator's panel. Anime Expo is taking place July 1-4, 2011 in Los Angeles.
  • The third annual Shinsedai Cinema Festival will screen two anime films and a series of anime shorts at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto from July 21-24, 2011. The anime titles being screened are: Midori-ko, Man-Eater Mountain, and CALF Animation Special.
  • IMAGI Holdings, the parent company of IMAGI Animation Studio, has confirmed that the company is no longer pursuing the computer-animated remake of Gatchaman.
  • Sentai Filmworks has announced the English cast for the Night Raid 1931 anime series. Greg Ayres is the voice for Aoi Miyoshi, John Gremillion is the voice for Kazura Iha, Brittney Karbowski is the voice for Yukina Sunogi, David Wald is the voice for Natsume Kagiya, and John Kaiser is the voice for Shinichiro Sakurai. Christopher Ayres is serving as the ADR director and is an ADR script co-writer with Javier Lopez.
  • FUNimation has announced the English cast for the Fairy Tail anime series. Todd Haberkorn is the voice for Natsu, Tia Ballard is the voice for Happy, Colleen Clinkenbeard is the voice for Erza, Cherami Leigh is the voice for Lucy, Newton Pittman is the voice for Gray, R. Bruce Elliot is the voice for Makarov, Monica Rial is the voice for Mirajane, and Christopher R. Sabat is the voice for Elfman. Tyler Walker is serving as the ADR director for the series.

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

Bleach Uncut Box Set 9 DVD
Blue Gender Complete TV Series and Movie Anime Classics DVD Set DVD
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG: Individual Eleven Blu-ray
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society Blu-ray
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man Blu-ray
Kanokon: The Girl Who Cried Fox OVA Collection DVD
Kekkaishi DVD Box 1 DVD
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn DVD 1 DVD
Pokemon 4Ever DVD
Pokemon: Jirachi Wish Maker DVD
Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys DVD
You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle (Season 3) Complete Collection DVD

This week, I posted two new articles to the Anime site. The first is a review of the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part Two DVD set. The second is an episode listing for Dairugger XV and Vehicle Voltron. I am also featuring the Voltron Volume 8 set as an "Editor's Recommendation" on the main page of the Anime site

Here's the latest articles from the Anime site at

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part Two
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part Two is a two-disc set that contains episodes fourteen through twenty-six of the series.

Dairugger XV and Vehicle Voltron Episode Listing
This is an episode listing for Armored Fleet Dairugger XV, as well as the corresponding episodes from Vehicle Voltron.

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