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September 8 2010 Anime Newsletter

Welcome to the September 8th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter!

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

*Japanese anime production company Group TAC filed for bankruptcy on August 31, 2010. The bankruptcy filing lists about 650 million yen (roughly US$7.7 million) in debts at the end of the August 2009 fiscal year. The bankruptcy filing was accepted, and the bankruptcy procedure is underway. Group TAC produced such anime as Manga Nihon Mukashi Banashi, Night on the Galactic Railroad, Touch, and Arashi no Yoru ni.

*The Japanese anime production company Office AO filed for bankruptcy on July 28, 2010. The company produced such series as Hula Kapper, Seven of Seven, Girls Bravo, Hajime no Ippo, Silent Mobius, Alien Nine, and Kaiketsu Zorro. The company also worked on some of the animation for such series as Aquarion, Blood+, Boogiepop Phantom, Eureka Seven, Fafner, Inuyasha, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Pocket Monsters: Diamond & Pearl, and xxxHolic.

*American satellite television service provider Olympusat and the FUNimation Channel launched a high-definition feed of FUNimation's 24-hour anime network on Tuesday, September 7. The titles being offered on the feed include Samurai 7, Baccano!, Darker Than BLACK, Slayers Evolution-R, D.Gray-man, Soul Eater, Claymore, Slayers Revolution, and Devil May Cry.

*FUNimation has announced that the company has acquired the license for the Disgaea fantasy anime series. The complete twelve-episode series is scheduled to ship on DVD in early 2011. An English dub of the first episode is currently streaming on FUNimation's website. This series is an anime adaptation of the Disgaea role-playing game franchise.

*NIS America has announced release dates for their upcoming DVD releases. Toradora! Volume 2 and Persona -trinity soul- Volume 2 will be released on September 28, Pandora Hearts Volume 1 will be released on October 26, and Our Home's Fox Deity Volume 1 will be released on November 16.

*Studio Ghibli's Tales From Earthsea finished its three-week run in the United States. The film grossed $48,461 during its run. The film played in five theaters in its first two weeks, and it played in just one in its final weekend (in New York City's Angelika/Manhattan).

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 ia a review of the Fullmetal Alchemist The Complete First Season DVD Box Set. This item has been added to the Anime Shop, and it is also an Editor's Recommendation on the main page of the Anime site. The second article is a review of the Pokemon film, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

This week, I also added a Robotech area to the Anime Shop. In addition to this, I also added The Animatrix and Astro Boy Mini Set 1 to the main section of the Anime Shop.

Thank you for your support of the BellaOnline Anime site, newsletter, and forum. Be sure to watch your inbox next Wednesday for the September 15th edition of the BellaOnline Anime newsletter.


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Fullmetal Alchemist The Complete First Season
Fullmetal Alchemist The Complete First Season is a four-disc set that contains the first twenty-five episodes of the series.

Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
Pokemon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew is the eighth film in the Pokemon franchise, and was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama.

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