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July 20 2011 Anime Newsletter

Welcome to the July 20th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter!

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

  • The Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles will be screening anime from the 1920s through the 1940s in July and August. The first screening takes place on Thursday, July 21 at 7:00 p.m. and will include some of the earliest known anime titles, such as: Mighty Taro's Reckless Training (1928), The Black Cat (1929), and The National Anthem Kimigayo (1931). The remaining showings are taking place on the following Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.: July 28, August 4, and August 25. Each night, about a dozen short anime films will be shown in rough chronological order. This film series is part of the Tateuchi Public Program Series, organized between the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Foundation and the Japanese American National Museum. These screenings will be free for Museum members and free with admission for non-members; the museum encourages donations from attendees. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Museum. These screenings are running alongside with the museum's Year of the Rabbit: Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo exhibition.
  • Otakon has announced that MADHOUSE studio founder Masao Maruyama will be a guest at their upcoming convention. Maruyama has produced such anime as Ninja Scroll, Card Captor Sakura, Monster, Death Note, Paprika, and Redline. He also helped to nuture such talents as Satoshi Kon, Tatsuro Araki, and Atsuko Ishizuka. Otakon is taking place July 29-31, 2011 in Baltimore.
  • Otakon has announced that Aniplex producer Atsuhiro Iwakami will host the American premiere of Puella Magi Madoka Magica on Friday, July 29 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Iwakami will also discuss the making of the anime at a panel after the premiere. Iwakami's credits include The Garden of Sinners, Oreimo, Kannagi, and Fate/Zero.
  • K-ON! English voice actresses Stephanie Sheh, Cristina Vee, Cassandra Lee Morris, and Shelby Lindley will be joined by cosplayer/singer Karrie Shirou for a special K-ON! mini-concert during this year's Otakon convention. The mini-concert will feature the Japanese songs from the first season of the series. Otakon is taking place July 29-31, 2011 in Baltimore.
  • Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. has hired Jaume Collett-Serra to direct the live-action version of Akira.
  • Otakon has announced that executive producer Masayuki Ozaki will be a guest at their upcoming convention. His credits include Dinosaur King, Inuyasha: The Final Act, and Gintama: The Movie. Otakon is taking place July 29-31, 2011 in Baltimore. li>Saboten Con has announced that Johnny Yong Bosch, Rueben Langdon, Sam Riegel, and Troy Baker will be guests at their upcoming convention. Bosch's credits include Vash the Stampede in Trigun, Kaneda in Akira, and Renton in Eureka Seven. Langdon's best-known role is Dante in the Devil May Cry video game series. Riegel's credits include Jiro in Blue Dragon, Minoru in Lucky Star, and Shirou Emiya in Fate/stay night. Baker's credits include Frank Archer in Fullmetal Alchemist, Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Schneizel in Code Geass. Saboten Con is taking place September 30-October 2, 2011 at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Bandai Entertainment has announced that the company will be hosting special guests for the American premiere of the Tekken: Blood Vengeance 3D film at the L.A. Live Regal Cinema in Los Angeles on July 26, 2011. This event is featuring appearances by Tekken project director Katsuhiro Harada, the film's producer Yoshinari Mizushima, voice actors Carrie Keranen and Cristina Vee, and a scheduled "surprise celebrity guest" from Japan. All attendees at the Los Angeles event will receive a cinema poster of the film.
  • There are a number of anime events coming up at this year's Comic-Con International, which is taking place this weekend. On Wednesday, July 20, a premiere of Supernatural: The Anime Series is taking place as part of a four-hour marathon of premieres from Warner Bros. On Thursday, July 21, FUNimation will be hosting an industry panel, Bang! Zoom! Entertainment will be hosting an "Inside the Voice Actors Studio" panel, there is a "Voltron Resurgent" panel, and there is also a "Robotech" panel. On Friday, July 22, there will be a "Conversation with Dragon Ball Z and Yu Yu Hakusho Voice Actor Greats," Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" will be holding a panel, and Viz Media and Bandai Entertainment will be hosting industry panels.
  • Otakon has announced that the convention will be hosting the American premiere of Makoto Shinkai's latest film, Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below. The screening will be in Japanese with no subtitles, and Shinkai will appear at a Q&A session after the screening. Otakon is taking place July 29-31 in Baltimore.

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

Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box Set 6 DVD
Gungrave Complete Collection (Classic Collection) DVD
Gungrave Complete Collection (Classic Collection) Blu-ray
Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu DVD
Queen's Blade 2: The Evil Eye Part Two DVD

This week, I posted three new articles to the Anime site. The first is a review of the Naruto Uncut Season One Volume 1 DVD box set. The second is an episode listing for Urusei Yatsura that covers the first seven seasons of the series. The third is an episode listing for Urusei Yatsura that covers the remaining seasons and the OVAs. I am featuring the Naruto Uncut Season One Volume 1 DVD box set as an "Editor's Recommendation" on the main page of the Anime site, and it also been added to the Anime Shop.

Here's the latest articles from the Anime site at

Naruto Uncut Season One Volume 1
Naruto Uncut Season One Box Set Volume 1 is a six DVD set that contains the first twenty-five episodes of the Naruto anime series.

Urusei Yatsura Episode Listing Seasons 1 to 7
This is an episode listing that covers the first seven seasons of the Urusei Yatsura anime series.

Urusei Yatsura Episode Listing Season 8 and Later
This is an episode listing for Urusei Yatsura that covers the eighth through tenth seasons of the anime series, as well as the movies, OVAs, and specials.

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