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June 9 2010 Anime Newsletter

Welcome to the June 9th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter!

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

*Robert O. Smith, an English dub anime voice actor, passed away on June 1, 2010, due to pancreatic and liver cancer. He was 67 at the time of his death.

*Crunchyroll will begin simulcasting the Bleach anime series on Tuesday, June 8, at 2:30 a.m. PDT, and the site will begin simulcasting with episode #274. Episodes 266 through 273 will also be streamed on June 8. The Crunchyroll simulcast will be available to Premium Subscription members in high definition one hour after the episode's first airing in Japan. Then, one week later, a free version of the episode will be available in standard definition. The streamed episodes will use English subtitles provided by Viz Media. The simulcast will be available in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Information on the release of the remaining older episodes "will be provided at a later date."

*FUNimation Entertainment posted in the company's blog that according to a press release issued by Nicktoons, Dragon Ball Z Kai "set a new record as the highest-rated series premiere in the network's history with total viewers." The series was also the higest-rated series premiere in the network's history in the tweens 9-14 and boys 9-14 demographics.

*Variety is reporting that Nicktoons will begin airing the Voltron Force series in 2011, and that this 26-episode series will have the original lion pilots finding new members of the team. Mattel has acquired the rights to produce toys based on the series, but it is not known at this time when the toys will arrive in stores. Variety is also reporting that for the time being, the live-action Voltron film has been put on hold.

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.

This week, I posted four new articles to the Anime site. The first is a biography of anime voice actor Robert O. Smith. The second is an overview article for the anime series, Blood+. The third is an overview article for the anime series, Flame of Recca. The fourth article is an overview article for the anime series, Saber Marionette J. I also added words from all three of the anime series to the list for the Anime word games on the site. Dairugger XV Volume 1 is also featured as an Editor's Recommendation on the main page of the Anime site.

Thank you for your support of the BellaOnline Anime site, newsletter, and forum. Be sure to watch your inbox next Wednesday for the June 16th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter.


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

Biography of Robert O. Smith
This is a biography of English dub anime voice actor Robert O. Smith


Blood+ is an anime series produced by Production I.G. and Aniplex, and it was directed by Junichi Fujisaku.


Flame of Recca
Flame of Recca is an anime series based on the manga by Nobuyuki Anzai.


Saber Marionette J
Saber Marionette J is an anime series created by Satoru Akahori, with original character designs by Tsukasa Kotobuki.


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