The UK channel Toonami has confirmed that it has acquired the rights to two new shows: One Piece and Rave master. Rave master will start first in February taking the 17:30 slot. One Piece will begin in April.
Both series are popular action adventure titles based on shonen manga. Rave Master is based on the manga by Hiro Mashima, which is available from Tokyopop, whilst One Piece is based on the pirate manga by Eiichiro Oda available from viz,and has been runing in it's American edition of Shonen Jump.
Toonami also hint that they are looking at a UK adult swim block. Their FAQ mentions a few series, but doesn't mention any of the more adult anime titles it aired as CNX.
The Otaku News Crew have just received a newsletter from Anime Network the cable and satellite channel that broadcasts nothing but anime (yay).
They've issued a "call to arms for all Anime Fans" with the headline:
"Anime Fans of America: YOUR TIME IS NOW!"
The newsletter states that Anime Network's continued operation and expansion is in jeopardy and to help improve things the channel wants anime fans to either fax or e-mail the cable companies' decision makers directly via www.theanimenetwork.com. The Anime Network also advise you to get everyone you know to do the same. You can even phone Comcast directly on (215) 665-1700 and say that you'll switch for Anime Network.
The Otaku News crew are uncertain how necessary this is, if it's a marketing ploy from the very clever folks at Anime Network, or if they are indeed in trouble and need fan support.
Souce: Anime NetworkJoe
The Boston Globe has posted on an article on Cartoon Network's new show Puffy AmiYumi which features animated versions of Japanese Punk Rock duo Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura. The cartoonist behind the show Sam Register admits ''We didn't try to rip off anime", this makes a pleasant change when so many titles that are inspired by Japanese anime and manga and want to be labelled as the real thing.
The New York Daily News also has an article, as does U-Redlands Daily Facts.
Souce: The Boston GlobeJoe
Animaxis are reporting that a TV anime version of the popular shojo manga "Peach Girl" (Miwa Ueda / Monthly Friend Extra Edition - Koudansha) is scheduled to begin to begin Saturday, January 2005 8 from 7 AM to 7:30 AM.
If you want to see some Peach Girl art work take a look at creator Miwa Ueda's homepage (it's in Japanese, but all you have to do is click on the Gallery link on the menu bar).
We've just got the latest press release from G4techTv, who will be showing episodes 14-26 of Last Exile from December 6. Christmas looks like it's going to be fun for otaku on G4techTV too, with the Anime Unleashed marathon showing the entire series on Christmas Day!Joe
ICv2 are reporting on the viewing figures for Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. The show was aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on Satuday November 6th and ranked number one with the 12-34 demographic against all ad-supported cable shows.
G4techTV will be screening Gad Guard soon. The show premieres on Tuesday at 12am ET/Monday 9pm PT. New episodes air all week except for Wednesday 12am ET/Tuesday 9pm PT.Joe
UK satellite viewers are in for a treat over the Christmas holidays since Sky Cinema will be screening both the subbed and the dubbed versions of Spirited Away as part of their World Cinema strand.
Wednesday 29th December 8pm - Sky Cinema 1
Thursday 30th December 9pm - Sky Cinema 2
Sunday 2nd January 8pm - Sky Cinema 1
Monday 3rd January 9pm - Sky Cinema 2
By now every anime fan should know that that Spirited Away is a Studio Ghibli Production directed by Hayao Miyazaki and is the first and only anime film to have won an Oscar. If you haven't seen it yet, you simply must. More details of the movie can be found on Nausicaa.net's Spirited Away page.
The UK Sci-Fi channel is having a Japanese horror weekend 6-7th November to celebrate the release of 'The Grudge' a remake of cult Japanese horror film Ju-on. Fans of the Ring series of horror films will be pleased to know that three of the Japanese Ring films are to be screened one after the other.Joe
The folks at G4TechTV have sent us details of their new season of Anime Unleashed. Our American Readers who watch G4TechTV can look forward to watching R.O.D-THE TV (that's Read or Die TV for those who hate lots of acronyms) Gungrave and Gad Guard.
Before merging with G4, TechTV had screened other Geneon / Pioneer Titles, such as Last Exile.
After my recent post about newspapers becoming more aware of anime and it becoming more mainstream, another article has been posted this time by the Corvallis Gazette-Times. It starts by explaining what anime is and the raises a very good point that the previous articles haven't yet - the fans interviewed in the article are afraid of anime going more mainstream and becoming diluted in popular culture.
Souce: Corvallis Gazette-TimesJoe
The Financial Times are reporting that Sony and Comcast are planning to launch at least three new TV channels in a joint venture. Sony and Comcast are still in the planning stages, but Sony are very keen to launch a US version of Animax - Sony's anime channel which is already established in Asia and Latin America.
At the moment it seems that it everything is still speculative. The Otaku News crew are wondering if the success of ADV's very own Anime Network is influencing the executives at Sony to launch Animax in the US.
UK readers will also note that Sony Home Entertainment use the Animax label on their UK DVD releases (Memories, Tokyo Godfathers).
Souce: The Financial TimesJoe
Category > Anime
We've just been sent a very interesting press release for the Ghost In The Shell franchise, it's well known that the movie Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence it will be hitting US cinema screens on September 17th and that Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment are jointly releasing the DVDs for Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex series. However what they also point out is that Standalone Complex will be aired on Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim from early November!
The press release also mentions that Dark Horse is republishing Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga as Ghost in the Shell 2nd Edition, it features extra materials not published in previous US editions and will be printed in it's original Japanese size.
It also mentions the new PS2 game. So it looks like US anime fans will be able to get Ghost In the Shell in every single format they could want!
Category > AnimeJoe
Canada's YTV has confirmed to Anime News Network that they will be airing Witch Hunter Robin, starting on Friday, September 10th at 10:30pm. They weren't however able to confirm Gundam SEED, SD Superior Defender or .hack//SIGN.
Souce: Anime News Network