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August 24 2011 Anime Newsletter

Welcome to the August 24th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter!

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

  • FUNimation has confirmed that the company has let some of the licenses it acquired from Geneon Entertainment expire. Those licenses are: Paradise Kiss, Kamichu!, Kyo kara Maoh!, The Story of Saiunkoku, The Law of Ueki, When They Cry, and The Familiar of Zero.
  • The Toronto International Film Festival will screen Studio Ghibli's latest film, Kokuriko-Zaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill), which was directed by Goro Miyazaki. The festival is taking place September 8-18, 2011.
  • Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment have announced that RightStuf.com is now accepting pre-orders for Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Apocalypse Saga DVD Set L.E. The set will be available on December 6, 2011. For a limited time, and while supplies last, fans who purchase all three Revolutionary Girl Utena remastered L.E. DVD sets via Right Stuf will receive a replica of the signet worn by Utena in the series. This set contains episodes 25-39 of the series, as well as the theatrical film Adolescence of Utena. The set is being released with 2.0 English Audio, 5.1 and 2.0 Japanese Audio, English Subtitles, and English On-Screen Translations. TV series extras include: animated art galleries, interview with the Japanese actresses for Utena and Anthy, interviews with the English-language voice cast, Japanese staff commentary for episodes 37-39, dueling themes karaoke with Japanese audio, Japanese TV spots and trailers, and the original North American trailers. The movie extras include: full-length movie commentary by director Iluhara, behind the scenes with the English voice cast, Japanese TV spots and trailers, and original North American trailer and teaser. The set also comes with a book that features content from the recent, limited-edition Japanese DVD box sets, including artwork, episode commentary and liner notes from the LD release (part 3).
  • FUNimation has announced additional cast members for Hetalia - Axis Powers. Montgomery Sutton will play Denmark, Alex Organ will play Norway, and Robert McCollum will play Sweden.
  • FUNimation has announced that the company has acquired the rights to the five original video anime (OVA) extras for Black Butler II; the company is planning to release Black Butler II and the five OVAs on DVD in 2012. In addition, three cast members have been announced for the English dub of Black Butler II: Jason Douglas will play Claude Faustus, Luci Christian will play Alois Trancy, and Caitlin Glass will play Hanna Annafellows.
  • UTBHollywood, United Television Broadcasting's free digital television station that broadcasts in Southern California on channel 18.2, began airing the Case Closed anime series on Sunday, August 21, 2011. The next two episode block is scheduled for Saturday, August 27, 2011, followed by two more episodes on Sunday, August 28, 2011. The episodes are broadcast at 6:30 a.m. and repeated at 10:30 a.m. the same day. A one-episode block also airs at 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • The North American video distributor AnimEigo is letting its license for the Battle Royal High School OVA expire. However, it has not been stated when this release will officially go out of print.

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.

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

Eden of the East Movie 2: Paradise Lost DVD / Blu-ray Combo
Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Girls DVD
Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Girls Blu-ray
Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal Blu-ray
Sgt. Frog Season 3 Part 2 DVD

This week, I posted two new articles to the Anime site. The first is a review of Kaze no Stigma The Complete Series. The second is an episode listing for the Indigo League and Orange Islands episodes of Pokemon. I have added Kaze no Stigma The Complete Series to the Anime Shop, and the set is also featured as an "Editor's Recommendation" on the main page of the Anime site.

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

Kaze no Stigma The Complete Series
Kaze no Stigma: The Complete Series is a four-disc set that contains all twenty-four episodes of the series.

Indigo League and Orange Islands Episode List
This is an episode list for the Indigo League and Adventures in the Orange Islands episodes of Pokemon, as well as the movies that are considered part of this era.

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