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Reliance Partners on New ‘Ninja Hattori’

Leading Japanese broadcaster TV Asahi and subsidiary studio Shin-ei Animation have made an agreement with Mumbai’s Reliance MediaWorks to produce new episodes of its hit 1980′s ... Continue Reading →
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‘Shonen Jump Alpha’ Hits Web

Anime/manga champ VIZ Media has launched the first issue of its new digital manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha, available now at VIZManga.com. The digital mag will allow fans to ... Continue Reading →
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Barnes & Noble, VIZ Bring Manga to Nook

Leading digital media retailer Barnes & Noble has announced a new partnership with manga (Japanese comics/graphic novels) distribution and publishing powerhouse VIZ Media to bring ... Continue Reading →
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Character Designer Araki Passes Away

Veteran Japanese animation director and character designer Shingo Araki passed away on December 1 at age 72. Araki was best known for his work on Toei’s adaptations of Go Nagai’s ... Continue Reading →
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Twilight’s Stewart Offered ‘Akira’ Role

Warner Bros. has offered the role of Ky Reed—an anglicized take on the young revolutionary love interest Kei from the animated film—in its live-action remake of Katsuhiro Otomo’s ... Continue Reading →
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‘One Piece’ Pops Up on the Champs-Elysées

Anime fans in France will be cracking open their wallets as Toei Animation sets up shop with the One Piece pop-up store at the Champs-Elysées Virgin Megastore in Paris, open thru September ... Continue Reading →
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‘Rantarou’ Remake in Works?

U.S. studios have been buzzing with interest ever since Japanese director Takashi Miike’s (13 Assassins) live-action manga adaptation of Nintama Rantarou titled Ninja Kids!!! launched ... Continue Reading →
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VIZ Manga App Hits iPhone, iPod Touch

VIZ Media, one of the entertainment industry’s major manga (graphic novels), animation and licensing behemoths, continues the rollout of their mobile device manga viewing application ... Continue Reading →
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Tokyopop to Shut U.S. Publishing May 31

Manga and anime publisher Tokyopop has announced it will close the doors on its remaining U.S. publishing operations effective May 31. According to a statement from the Los Angeles-based ... Continue Reading →
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AM2 Convention Announces Festival for Anime-style Films

AM2, a free anime convention based in Anaheim, Calif., has announced its first animation festival and competition. The event has put out a call for entries for animated entries that ... Continue Reading →