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July 7 2010 Anime Newsletter


Welcome to the July 7th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter!

Anime Expo took place in Los Angeles, California over the Fourth of July weekend, and there was quite a bit of news unveiled at several of the panels that were held during the convention. Without further ado, here are the headlines to come out of the anime industry since the last newsletter:

*Bandai Entertainment announced at Anime Expo that the company has acquired the distribution license for the K-ON! television anime series. However, the license only covers the first series; Bandai currently does not have the rights to the second series, K-ON!!

*Sentai Filmworks has acquired the rights to the anime series, Highschool of the Dead, and the company has also said it intends to dub the property into English. The Anime Network started simulcasting the series on July 5 at 12:00 a.m. CDT; subsequent episodes will be added every Sunday at 1:00 p.m. CDT. At this time, it is only known that the first episode will be available to registered users.

*Right Stuf's Nozomi announced at Anime Expo that the company has licensed So-Ra-No-Wo-To and Revolutionary Girl Utena. Both series will be released in 2011. The company says Revolutionary Girl Utena will be released on three DVD sets with remastered video from Japan.

*At their Anime Expo panel, Production I.G. announced that Right Stuf has acquired the North American rights to the Revolutionary Girl Utena movie.

*FUNimation Entertainment made several announcements at their panel at Anime Expo. First, the company has licensed the following anime series for simulcast: Shiki, Black Butler 2, Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~, The Legend of the Legendary Heroes, and Sengoku Basara Two. The company also announced they have acquired the following licenses for 2011: Darker Than BLACK Season 2, Shakugan no Shana (Season 2, Movie, and OVA), Toaru Majutsu no Index, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail, Hellsing Ultimate Volumes 5-7, and the Trigun: Badlands Rumble film. According to Anime News Network, FUNimation plans to release the Trigun film to theaters. Finally, the company also announced it has rescued the following anime that used to be under license to Geneon: Texhnolyze, Ai Yori Aoshi, Armitage III, Haibane Renmei, Hellsing (television series), Serial Experiments Lain, Tenchi in Tokyo, Tenchi Universe, the Tenchi Muyo! OVAs, and the Tenchi Muyo! movies.

*Aniplex of America announced at Anime Expo that the company has licensed the Durarara!! anime series. The company plans to dub the series in English, and auditions for a dub cast will start soon; cast announcements will be made at Otakon. At this point in time, Aniplex of America is planning to release a DVD of the series in January 2011.

*Viz Media announced at their Anime Expo panel that the company will be simulcasting the anime series, Nurarihyon no Mago (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan).

*NIS has announced a DVD replacement program for consumers who have experienced video issues with Toradora! and Persona ~trinity soul~ Volume 1 Premium Edition. The company plans to remaster these releases and send free replacement copies to customers who request them.

*It has been announced that the new Pokemon series that launches in Japan this fall will be titled, Pokemon: Best Wishes! This new series is set in a land called Isshu. This fall will also see the release of two new Pokemon video games in Japan: Pokemon: Black and Pokemon: White.

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 two new articles to the Anime site. The first is an overview article for the anime series, Gurren Lagann. The second is an overview article for the anime series, Aura Battler Dunbine. I also added words from Gurren Lagann and Aura Battler Dunbine to the list for the Anime word games on the site. Paprika is also 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 July 14th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter.

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

Gurren Lagann
Gurren Lagann (which is known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) is an anime series animated by Gainax and co-produced with Aniplex and Konami.

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art67613.asp

Aura Battler Dunbine
Aura Battler Dunbine is a mecha anime series created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, and was produced by Sunrise.

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art67614.asp

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