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New York Int'l Children's Film Festival 2011 opens March 4th. Anime content includes Time of Eve and Welcome to the Space Show


New Hayao Miyazaki shorts, House Hunting and Mon Mon the Water Spider, will be shown outside Japan for the first time outside Japan at New York's Zankel Hall On Saturday, March 26
as part of Carnegie Hall’s Citywide JapanNYC Festival

Tickets for the Zankel Hall film screenings, priced at $15, will go on sale Tuesday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online at

House Hunting and Mon Mon the Water Spider are two of eight short animated films created specifically for the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan, by Studio Ghibli, the animation studio that Miyazaki co-founded in 1985. These short films may only be seen at the Ghibli Museum, which was founded in 2001 to celebrate, preserve, and introduce people of all ages to the techniques and culture of traditional hand-drawn animation. In cooperation with Carnegie Hall, the Ghibli Museum has made a one-time-only exception to its screening policy for the JapanNYC festival.

Both House Hunting and Mon Mon the Water Spider share a common feature in that they do not make use of spoken dialogue to convey their story or theme. And each in its own way represents two divergent thematic and stylistic characteristics of Japanese art and culture: the indigenous traditional culture of Japanese folk art, and the more elaborate and refined art influenced by borrowings from foreign cultures. House Hunting employs a bold and somewhat simplified style and owes much to the influence of manga, including the use of visual representation of sound effects. Mon Mon the Water Spider is more Western-influenced, both in its style and its story and theme.

The JapanNYC festival explores the world of Japan today, where artists embrace their country’s unique aesthetic sensibilities while continually revitalizing its cultural landscape. Led by famed conductor Seiji Ozawa as Artistic Director, JapanNYC celebrates a country that values its long-standing cultural heritage while also embracing and transforming Western art forms, in a spirit that very much looks ahead. More than 40 JapanNYC events will take place throughout New York City from March 14–April 9. For a complete schedule and more details, visit


House Hunting
(Japanese title: Yado-Sagashi)

Fuki packs what she needs into a big rucksack and sets out on a journey to look for a new house. She leaves the city and heads off into the mountains. Along the way, she encounters some of Japan’s many guardian spirits and leaves them each a token offering. And then she finds a place that’s just right. Or is it? In this short film all of the sound effects are voiced by two actors. Sometimes the Japanese onomatopoeic sounds—sounds that are meant to imitate the things that make them—appear as Japanese letters on the screen. But whether you understand Japanese or not, the sounds in the film speak for themselves.

Length: 12 minutes, 11 seconds
Original story and screenplay, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Animator: Katsuya Kondo
Yado-Sagashi ©2006 Nibariki - G

Mon Mon the Water Spider
(Japanese title: Mizugumo Monmon)

Water spiders are unique creatures that live in ponds and streams in northern Japan. In this film, Mon Mon, a water spider, travels back and forth to the surface of the water gathering bubbles of air, and drags them back down below where he uses them as both air supply and nest, all the while keeping a sharp lookout for predators. One day, Mon Mon spies a damsel water strider gliding freely and effortlessly across the water’s surface and cannot take his eyes off of her. He thinks of her after she has glided away out of sight and almost forgets to be cautious and wary. Could this graceful, free-moving beauty ever come to love a homely, ungainly water spider chained to his nest of bubbles? When he sees her in danger and rises to the rescue, he gets a chance to see her world as she does.

Length: 14 minutes, 54 seconds
Original story and screenplay written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Music: Rio Yamase
Directing Animator: Atsuko Tanaka
Mizugumo Monmon ©2006 Nibariki – G


Giant Robot's San Francisco location will be presenting Game Over IV: Videogame Inspired Art March 4 - March 30 with opening reception Friday, March 4th, 6:30-10pm

GRSF is proud to present Game Over IV, a group show that pays homage to the continuous evolution of videogames and their massive influence on popular culture. The impact and inspiration of videogames will be represented through a wide assortment of styles and genres provided by top artists in the fields of illustration, painting, sewing, indie comics, and videogames. Preview images are now available on our Flickr.


New York's Japan Society will be presenting Yakuza in Popular Media & Real Life: Yakuza in Popular Media & Real Life: Cracks & Chasms with a lecture by Tokyo Vice author Jake Adelstein and a screening of Onibi: The Fire Within Thursday, March 10, 6:30 PM


Korean animation is being shown for free, Tuesdays at New York's Tribeca Cinemas
Tuesday, March 15 @ 7pm
YOBI, THE FIVE-TAILED FOX (New York Premiere, 2007)

Tuesday, April 5 @ 7pm
WHAT IS NOT ROMANCE (US Premiere, 2009)

Tuesday, April 19 @ 7pm
AUDITION (North American Premiere, 2008)


Blogger Danny Choo and voice actor Vic Mignogna will be guests at LA's Anime Expo.


Anaheim's AM2 (July 1-3) will be holding regional competition for the World Cosplay Summit, to select the team to represent the United States in the global event.


Voice actors Hiroaki Hirata (One Piece's Sanji), Todd Haberkorn and Cherami Leigh will be guests at Raleigh, North Carolina's Animazement May 27-29


Arlington, Virginia's Anime USA 2011 will host voice actors Laura Bailey and Travis Willingham


The 247 minute version of Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair will be screen March 27th to 31 at LA's New Berverly Cinema with previously excluded material in the Origin of O-Ren.


New York City’s Film Society of Lincoln Center will be showing a Takashi Miike series, with the director attending severl screenings.

Wednesday, March 16
AUDITION at 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 17
CITY OF LOST SOULS at 2:15 p.m.
13 ASSASSINS at 7 p.m.

Friday, March 18
LEY LINES at 1 p.m.
IZO at 3:15 p.m.
ICHI THE KILLER at 8:40 p.m.

Saturday, March 19
CITY OF LOST SOULS at 6:15 p.m.
AGITATOR at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 20
SHANGRI-LA at 4:30 p.m.
LEY LINES at 6:45 p.m.
CROWS ZERO II at 8:50 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 3 at the Film Society website.

On North American TV

SyFy channel has moved their anime programming block to Tuesdays and added supernatural alternate history action Chrono Crusade to its rotation.

Syfy's schedule also lists the Star Blazers localization of Space Battleship Yamato for April


The English language dub of Highschool of the Dead will premiere on Anime Network Video On Demand March 10th. A new dub episode will debut each week after.


FUNimation Channel is now available with SD and HD content through a combined revenue generating video-on-demand package to TV Providers in the U.S., U.S. Territories and Canada, through the Comcast Media Center (CMC).

The FUNimation Channel video-on-demand package combines product sampling a subscription service that offers up to 40 TV hours of SD and 13 TV hours of HD content per month.
The transaction package includes up to 15 TV hours of SD and 5 TV hours of HD content per month, which includes single episodes of premiering titles, iconic classics, movies, originals and premium live action titles.

Cool Figures News

Upcoming KOTOBUKIYA imports include

from spinoff RPG parody Manaka de Ikuno

Sculpted by Nishimura Naoki, Silfa stands 8 ¾ inches tall (1/8th scale) on a specially designed display base and comes to you fully painted
and ready for display.

srp $69.99
Available in JUNE

© 2009 Leaf/AQUAPLUS

From the Weekly Shonen Sunday, Hayate no Gotoku! (“Hayate the Combat Butler”) anime/manga

Sculpted by Haruhi Murakami, Hinagiku stands almost 8 inches tall (in 1/8th scale)

srp $59.99
Available MAY

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The set includes

Black Magician
Black Magician Girl
Blue Eyes White Dragon
Touzokuou Bakura
Yami Mariku
1 “secret figure!

The 2 – 2 ½ inch figures are also in blind boxes.

srp $5.99 each
Available in JUNE



Shockers Toys announced plans for anime figures to be released in 2011, pending approval.

6" Anime Spotlight will
Naruto’s Kakashi Hatake (VIZ) with a variant swapping his head and hands to become Iruka Umino
Bleach’s Ichigo Kurosaki (VIZ) with a variant allowing for season 1 and 2 looks as well as battle damage
Death Note’s L (VIZ)
Doctor Slump’s The Monster (Toei)
One Piece’s Nico Robin (Funimation)
2 pack with Naruto’s Sakura Haruno and Ino Yamanaka (VIZ)

posable vinyl Anime Mallows
Naruto’s Naruto Uzumaki(VIZ)
Bleach’s Kon (VIZ)
Death Note’s Rem (VIZ)
Vampire Knight’s Kaname Kuran (VIZ)
One Piece’s Roronoa Zoro (Funimation)
Doctor Slump’s Arele-Chan (Toei)
Galaxy Express 999’s Conductor (Toei)
Saint Seiya the Hades’ Andromeda Shun (Toei)
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo’s Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo (Toei)
Fist of the North Star’s Raoh (Toei)
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood’s Alphonse Elric (Funimation)
Dragon Ball Z’s Goku (Funimation)
Soul Eater’s Soul Evans (Funimation)


Warner Bros. Consumer Products showcases its line-up of licensed toys and products in support “ThunderCats,” at the 2011 American International Toy Fair. Merchandise is inspired by both the new, re-imagined animated series, as well as the classic franchise.

The action-packed toy line-up will include the detailed ThunderCats 4-inch figures, each of which come with a weapon or accessory and includes an exclusive embedded magnet that allows the toy to interact with and activate unique features in multiple ThunderCats products.

The Deluxe ThunderTank vehicle and 4-inch Snarf figure

Highly articulated ThunderCats 8-inch Classic Figures, based on the classic 1980s animated series, and the ThunderCats Deluxe Sword of Omens

Additional key licensees supporting the launch of the new series include Icon Hero, with 6-inch statue collectibles; Hard Hero, with limited-edition porcelain statues; and Mezco, with vinyl figures.


A custom Kinnikuman/MUSCLE project


Some Toy Fair highlights
also here


some in the wild shots of the discussed Revoltech Gunbuster


All varients of G.I Joe's Storm Shadow

Digital Distrobution News

80's Nickelodeon classic, Studio Pierrot animated French series Mysterious Cities of Gold is now streaming on Netlix instant


Golgo 13 is now streaming on Hulu


Gainax co-founder Toshio "Otaking" Okada and Dan Kogai's Mirai Kaizo no Susume is available as an iOS ebook (in Japanese)


Mardock Scramble now available via iBook. novella Useful Monsters: Mardock Scramble 104 is also available for free


Japanese Literature in English for the Kindle


400 Tezuka manga titles are being made Ma href="">available via iPad app (in Japanese)


Sherlock Hound, which features 6 episodes directed by Hayao Miyazaki is streaming on Anime News Network.


Neil Hunt, Chief Product Officer for Netflix has said with an update on subtitles on content available to watch instantly from Netflix. In the US, more than 3,500 TV episodes and movies have subtitles available, representing about 30% of viewing. (This is in addition to the subtitles already available “burned in” to the picture for all non-English content.) More subtitles are being added every week, and we expect to get to 80% viewing coverage by the end of 2011 (with similar goals for Canada).


Madhouse's sci-fi anime Denno Coil is now being offered via an iOS app under the name Cyber Coil. Episodes downloaded via the app sell for for $2.99 each.

The year: 202X, our near future. Internet-linked eyeglasses called “cyber specs,” equipped with powerful augmented reality features, put a world of information and a vast selection of apps at users’ fingertips anytime, anywhere. Naturally these devices are a must-have item for kids, who vie with each other to enhance their specs with the coolest home-brew software “gear.”
In this future world, two girls—both named Yuko, but with starkly different personalities—are caught up in an expanding mystery that draws them deep into cyberspace itself, where a riddle is waiting that links them in ways they could never have imagined...


VIZ Media has announced the availability of anime series HIKARU NO GO and MÄR for Download-To-Rent / Download-To-Own (DTR/DTO) from iTunes, PlayStation Network, and Amazon Video on Demand.

The complete series for HIKARU NO GO (Episodes 1-75) and MÄR (Episodes 1-52) will be presented dubbed and uncut, and will be available immediately from the iTunes Store in the U.S. ( and Canada ( As a special promotion, Episode 1 from each series will be available for free download through August 23, 2011

Amazon Video on Demand and the PlayStation Network video delivery service will offer Season 1 of HIKARU NO GO and MÄR, beginning with Episodes 1-3. New installments will be released every Monday. Episode 1 from each series will be available for FREE download through March 22, 2011.

All episodes are $0.99 each for Download-To-Rent and $1.99 for Download-To-Own across all platforms.

HIKARU NO GO is a unique story that revolves around the ancient Japanese strategy game of Go, and is based on the manga written by Yumi Hotta and illustrated by Takeshi Obata (also published domestically by VIZ Media). Hikaru Shindo is like any sixth-grader in Japan: a pretty normal kid with a two-tone head of hair and a penchant for antics. His life completely changes when he finds an old bloodstained go board in his grandfather's attic. The ghost of an ancient go master named Fujiwara-no-Sai was trapped in the board and soon becomes a part of Hikaru's consciousness. Together Hikaru and Sai make an unstoppable go-playing team!

MÄR is based on the hit manga series by Nobuyuki Anzai (creator also of FLAME OF RECCA), published in North America by VIZ Media. An ordinary middle-school boy with an overactive imagination, Ginta Toramizu dreams about fairy tales and make-believe lands. One day at school, a gate appears and he enters the World of MÄR, the world of his dreams. Within the World of MÄR exist ÄRM: accessories with unique powers. Soon, Ginta stumbles upon Babbo, an ÄRM that can speak, and learns that he has been summoned to this mythical world to stop the Chess Pieces, a group of rogue soldiers, from destroying the World of MÄR. Now part of Team MÄR, Ginta and Babbo fight in War Games against the Chess Pieces to save the MÄR World. But will Ginta’s mission be compromised by his ally’s secrets?

VIZ Media has also announced the availability to Download-to-Own/Download-to-Rent new NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Season 2 anime episodes from iTunes, PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE, and Amazon Video On Demand the day after being broadcast on the Disney XD television network beginning Thursday, February 3rd.

Episode 66 (dubbed) will be available for free through March 7th. Subsequent new installments will be only $1.99 per episode for Download-to-Own, while Download-to-Rent costs are only $0.99.

NEURO: SUPERNATURAL DETECTIVE has launched on ( and (

The new series (rated ‘M’ for Mature) will debut with the first five subtitled episodes available, with new installments available weekly.

In NEURO: SUPERNATURAL DETECTIVE, Neuro Nogami is a demon that feeds on criminal mysteries and riddles in the human world. In order to protect his identity, he forms a partnership with Yako, an incisive 16-year-old high school girl. This unlikely crime-solving duo devours one mystery after another in search of the ultimate appetizing mystery!

NEURO: SUPERNATURAL DETECTIVE is based on a popular manga (graphic novel) series created by Yosei Matsui that sold over 3 million copies in Japan and is produced by the famed animation studio, MADHOUSE.

In March, Viz is running a sale on their iPad manga with all 1st volumes $0.99 (instead of $4.99).

An app survey will be giving away a $50 iTunes gift card


The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Season Two on is now available on Crunchyroll in the Americas, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Turkey, Sweden, the Middle East and Africa.

All 14 episodes will be available to anime and all-access members immediately and without ads, while free users will be able to watch the first four episodes now and the subsequent four episodes, under ad-served streaming every Friday henceforth until the series’ completion.

All of St. Seiya – The Lost Canvas' first season is now availble.

Season two will commence next week with the release of episodes 14 and 15 at noon PST. In regards to season one, anime and all-access members will be able to view all 13 episodes immediately today in high-definition and without ads. Free members will be able to view the first four episodes and subsequent four episodes every week henceforth.

Episodes can be accessed from,, the free iPad and iPhone application, Android, the Boxee application and affiliate partners.


“Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger” theme song collection with a set of 35 “Super Sentai Series” (think Power Rangers shows) will be available on iTunes starting March 9th.


A Northern District of Texas court has rejected FUNimation's suit against all but one of 1,337 individuals who downloaded One Piece episode 481 via bittorent, declaring that the individuals did not act in concert , and that Funimation must file suit against each individually.


With the law suit in mind, Ars Technica took a look at why anime fans pirate media

Colony Drop has added their analysis of the response to the survey


Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina, Negima) has discussed unauthorized distribution of scanned manga on twitter

Am I too late? I get the feeling that [my project to release free manga PDFs] won’t be enough at this point. RT 7039 people “liked” this with their real names… RT To nobody’s surprise, Facebook is permitting the [illegal] manga reading app:

KenAkamatsu Hasn’t illegally scanned manga, propagated so casually like this, fallen into the category of “property of the Internet”? You won’t be able to eliminate it. The only thing we can do at this point is [launch our own free websites with the] “advertising model”. (Because charging people would be difficult.)

KenAkamatsu The most recent illegal scans are very high quality, and the translations are exceedingly accurate. (^^;) If there’s no respect for original authors on the net, then obviously the official versions will lose out.

Anime x Games

ufotable's God Eater prequel

Gamestop lists a July 26th North American release date for Altus' Catherine, which features animation by Studio4C

Screenshots of Gundam The 3D Battle for the Nintendo 3DS

Xenogears, a game that rode the post-Evangelion mecha/metaphysis wave, is now available in North America on Playstation 3's PSOne Classics

Macross F x PlayStation Home tie-in

Bandai Namco has done a Kenshin brick game

Toei anime properties is announced that they will be used for a series of Android games

iOS avatar digital good for WeeWorld based on Domo are now being offered

Lum and Donal Duck game costumes

Mecha pron from Super Robot Taisen Z2

Worth Checking Out...

a documentary about Studio 4C and Japanese indie/underground animation

Brian Ruh on the FLCL novels - Street Fighter, the complete history
Manga Design

Anime News Network spoke to ufotable anime studio founder Hikaru Kondo and Aniplex producer Atsuhiro Iwakami

Scummy Manga Reviews: Believers - "Poisoned Kool-Aid is so passe. Believers shows us that all the hip Doomsday cults are mixing their cyanide with Sex on the Beach."

Mike Toole on
anime that hasn't received a DVD release and on Super Robot shows

Jason Thompson on
mahjong political satire The Legend of Koizumi
the amazing Koike pulp Crying Freeman

Shaenon Garrity on author notes in in shoujo manga

Patrick_Macias co-hosts for the Message From Space review on the Greatest Movie Ever! podcast

also, Macias'video blog: Tokyo Terminal Diary 2 - The Most Dangerous Valentine and OTAKU-VERSE ZERO episode 12: Inside Mandarake Nakano Broadway

Patrick W. Galbraith's (The Otaku Encyclopedia) Maid in Japan:
An Ethnographic Account of Alternative Intimacy

7 Short Series Worth Adding to Your Manga Bookshelf

Comics Journal on Osamu Tezuka's brutal post war family epic Ayako and the Manga Out Loud podcast on the book

Manga Movable Feast discussions on manga concerning the Hiroshima bombing Barefoot Gen

Jonathan Clements (the Anime Encyclopedia) offers a thinly veiled industry anecdote

Jasper Sharp on CALF animation

Fred Schodt (Dreamland Japan) interviewed at Otakon

Anime World Order on Kingyo Used Books and Panty and Stocking

Erica Friedman on manga magazines that cannot be contained by your rigid, preconceived genreness and seinen mainstay Big Comic

Manga UK offers Eden of the East creator Kenji Kamiyama's thoughts on NEET ideas

Otaku USA on
The Minds Behind Eden of the East
Durarara - ' The show feels like an answer to the hypothetical question “What if Quentin Tarantino had directed FLCL?”'
light novel based sci-fi The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye

A Short Appreciation of Manga-ka Usamaru Furuya

Ng Suat Tong at Hooded Utilitarian reconsiders gekiga pioneer Yoshihiro Tatsumi with more talk here

Let's Anime Magnos The Robot aka Magnetic Robo

No grand vision went into making MAGNOS. Driven by market forces, the creators simply threw together whatever elements they could rip off from other, more successful anime shows. Giant super robots, fantastic ultra-scientific secret bases, grotesque evil creatures – they’ve all been done before, and done better. However, the producers of MAGNOS took the bizarre visuals and childish storylines of your typical robot drama and cranked everything up to eleven – and as with all kitsch, their efforts had the opposite effect. Instead of appearing fantastical and awesome, MAGNOS THE ROBOT simply looks outlandish, impractical, and faintly ridiculous.

how manga contributed to the fall of the Comic Code Authority

a detailed look at the Nausicaa Blu-ray

Frank Miller talks to the creators of Lone Wolf and Cub

Visual Novels: A Cultural Difference Between The East And West

The Guardian calls Japanese anime for most underrated genre

AOL News profiles Gamera

Is Keigo Higashino the next Stieg Larsson?

Tron/Akira mash-up

Photos of Satoshi Kon tribute exhibition

SUSHIO Animation Works Part.3

Ikuo Kuwana MAD

Masami Goto

Kenichi Yoshida MAD

Tetsuya Nishio MAD

Hiroki Tanaka MAD

Takaaki Yamashita MAD

Precure animation highlights

February sakuga compilation

Studio 4C's RHYMESTER music video

Spaceship Yamato Spotted In Nagoya

Japanese covers to Harry Harrison novels

Ghibli Animated Movie Concept Posters by Craig McKeown

Ronald McDonald x America x Colonel Sanders doujinshi

Porco Rosso tribute

Bullet Violetta indie animation project

All Eighty Variant Covers Of Godzilla #1 From IDW

Castle of Cagliostro - Fire Treasure in French

Legend of Galactic Heroes spaceship pron

Oji Suzuki art sample

Oji Suzuki’s A Single Match, shares in this tradition. Suzuki’s stories are largely grounded in a post-WWII small town world with distinct flashes of surrealist imagery representing the emotional states of the characters. The lines of reality and fantasy are so blurred that initial readings of each story leave the reader less sure of what happened plot-wise but certain what happened emotionally (I actually think this emotionality is one of the defining features of these great Japanese comics. Rarely have I been so thoroughly moved by what I’ve read than when I read gekiga.).

Monster Brains on Toshio Saeki (some nudity)

new Paul Robertson

movies in frames

Viz has launched a fan art contest based around manga about making making manga Bakuman

Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. have opened, the official site for the ANTIQUE BAKERY anime series, which is scheduled to make its North American DVD debut in April 2011.

At, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the culinary world that serves as a backdrop for Antique Bakery, via a series of special features that will include articles written by popular food bloggers, chefs and specialists, as well as interviews with business owners and cook book authors, recipes and more.

Astro Boy phone

Evangelion/K-on calculators

Gintama desserts

Summer Wars Hanafuda Tutorial


The Shit Otaku Say tumblr

Japanese otaku are going f'n nuts for Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

pictures of Master of Manga's Kazuo Koike's interview

the Clintons make cameo in Koike/Ikegami's Sanctuary

Limited-time GitS: Solid State Society 3D cafe at Shinjuku Wald 9.

Ghost in the Shell Solid State Society 3D theater promo display

800 year old manga scrolls discovered to have two sides

Cyber Six designer Jean Maxime Perramon has passed away




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