TechTV Acquires Anime Series Last Exile

TechTV is adding another title to its late-night Japanese animation block Anime Unleashed. The cable network has acquired the exclusive North American television rights to Last Exile, the acclaimed series from Gonzo Ent. and distributed by Geneon Ent. (USA) Inc. for a March premiere.

Last Exile depicts an epic struggle between two countries gripped in an eternal war of magnificent air battleships, noble generals and a mysterious war-mediating guild.

The 26-part series will be shown in two installments. Episodes 1-12 will air the week of March 8, with two new episodes scheduled to air each day from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET. The March 8 premiere with air in primetime at 8:00 p.m. A special sneak peek at episode 13, which has not yet been released on DVD, will follow on Sunday, March 14. The remaining 13 episodes will air in early 2005.