News Archives: 2014


Anime Roundup: December 26, 2014 
Hope Santa left you with plenty to unwrap! You will (not) get a subtitle track: Word has finally emerged about the long, long, long-awaited Rebuild of Evangelion 3.33 project, although there's still no release date in the offing. What has...
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Anime Roundup: December 18, 2014 
'Naruto' stage play, Mamoru Hosoda's next film, and Moyoco and Hideaki Anno do shorts.
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Anime Roundup: December 10, 2014 
Shot, and stabbed, in the back: The Saratoga Springs, Utah cops who shot and killed cosplayer Darren Wilson will not face any charges. Kickstranger: The Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter that's been re-started by Digital Manga Publishing has some mighty strange ideas...
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Anime Roundup: December 3, 2014 
If at first you don't succeed, start, start again: Digital Manga Publishing and Osamu Tezuka's estate are taking another crack at getting Tezuka's remaining works into English. This time, they're doing it title by title -- the far slower, but...
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Anime Roundup: November 26, 2014 
A day late and many dollars short: The Tezuka Kickstarter sponsored by Digital Manga Publishing has failed, by quite a wide berth, to reach its goals. Word has it DMP will be talking to Tezuka's people about other possible options....
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Anime Roundup: November 19, 2014 
Anime Web Turnpike goes offline, 'Rin-ne' is getting an anime adaptation, and the 'Sailor Moon' picture quality controversy takes a turn for the worse.
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Anime Roundup: November 12, 2014 
Miyazaki's honorary Oscar, FUNimation's latest acquisitions, Vertical goes digital with Tezuka, and more.
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Anime Roundup: November 5, 2014 
Winging it: Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz is now available (legitimately!) for a limited time on YouTube courtesy of Sunrise. Subbed and dubbed versions are both available. Absolutely required if you haven't seen it yet. Cry for joy: Osamu Tezuka's Mushi...
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Anime Scareup: October 31, 2014 
The autopsy on cosplayer Darrien Hunt, shot to death while dressed as Mugen, shows he was shot six times. Four shots hit him in the back. The investigation is ongoing. I dub thee: FUNimation is now doing English dubs...
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Anime Roundup: October 27, 2014 
Tezukized: The controversy over the Tezuka DMP continues. The folks at DMP have offered up some more details about what peoples' money will buy, and the reactions have been all over the map: positive, questioning, and skeptical. My main...
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Anime Roundup: October 24, 2014 
Kickstopper: Good: Digital Manga kicked off their Kickstarter project to bring some of Osamu Tezuka's lesser-known projects into English. Bad: The compensation system they've proposed for the whole thing forces people to put up an absurd amount of money...
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Anime Roundup: October 20, 2014 
World peace through shared popular culture, continued: A Qatari couple have just opened that nation's first manga store. Here's to hoping you folks get a Book-Off before long, too. You must be at least this tall to initiate the...
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Anime Roundup: October 17, 2014 
Shelling out: If they really are offering Scarlett Johansson the role of Motoko Kusanagi, then I will slap the producers in the face with my money until the film gets made, thank you very much.Now some bad news. Apparently...
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Anime Roundup: October 13, 2014 
Gundamnit!: Sunrise and Right Stuf are pairing up to bring Gundam back to these here shores, with Turn A Gundam and Mobile Suit Gundam being among the fi .... wow, I'm hearing a lot of screaming for joy out...
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Anime Roundup: October 3, 2014 
Otaku Usa has an eye-opening interview with a Crunchyroll staffer that sheds a great deal of light on the localization process, including the intricacies of licensing and winning the trust of Japanese companies. Highly recommended reading. A trailer for...
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Anime Roundup: September 29, 2014 
The Witch is back: The 2nd installment in the Little Witch Academia series (I love being able to say it's a series now) will have its premiere at Houston's Anime Matsuri. Dreamworks, up for grabs? Apparently Japan's Softbank is...
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Anime Roundup: September 26, 2014 
Ponycan, or ponycan't?: Pony Canyon, one of Japan's more noteworthy distribution companies, is setting up shop in the U.S. to distribute anime. No word on whether or not they'll dig into their back catalog or just stick with newly...
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Anime Roundup: September 21, 2014 
A young man named Darrien Hunt was shot dead by police in Utah. His crime, as it were, was cosplaying as Mugen from Samurai Champloo; police evidently thought his prop sword was the real thing. Words like "tragic" and...
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Anime Roundup: September 15, 2014 
'Berserk' manga returns, 'Gurren Lagann' on Blu-ray (affordably), Vertical's new licensing survey is up.
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Anime Roundup: September 5, 2014 
'Under the Dog' is a done deal; live-action 'Gundam' and 'Ghost in the Shell'; and work from the creator of 'Moyashimon' has another anime adaptation on the rails.
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Want To Write? Here’s Your Chance 
Crossroads Alpha, the site alliance that includes Ganriki, is looking for a few good scribblers.
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Anime Roundup: September 2, 2014 
'Gargantia' OVA, Ghibli's 'Ronia', 'Claymore' ending, PIXAR Renderman goes free
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Anime Roundup: August 29, 2014 
Miyazaki's honorary Oscar; 'Welcome to the Space Show' hits video; Hideaki Anno gets a Ghibli nod.
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Anime Roundup: August 25, 2014 
RIP Satoshi Kon; 'Otaku no Video' hits BD in Japan; 'Patema Inverted' gets a Cinedigm release
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Anime Roundup: August 22, 2014 
Live-action 'Princess Jellyfish' inches closer, unfinished Tezuka film to be finished, Ghibli's 'Kaguya' gets an English trailer.
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Anime Roundup: August 18, 2014 
Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, and The Wind Rises -- out at long last in the U.S.
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Anime Roundup: August 15, 2014 
Get under it right now: If you haven't checked out Under the Dog and contemplated backing the project, you're missing one of the most ambitious things to happen in anime in quite a while....
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Anime Roundup: August 8, 2014 (Sorta-Kinda Otakon Edition) 
Live-action 'Kenshin' cleans up
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Anime Roundup: August 1, 2014 
Live-action 'Moribito', 'Attack on Titan', 'Soul Reviver', 'Space Adventure Cobra' ... pant, pant.
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Anime Roundup: July 28, 2014 (Post-Comic-Con Edition) 
Gundam, Macross, Robotech, oh my.
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Site News: New "All Articles" View 
All articles are now available from the "What's New" dropdown.
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Anime Roundup: July 25, 2014 
New 'Macross' (!), 'Silver Spoon' season set, and 'Gurren Lagann' pierces late-night TV.
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Anime Roundup: July 18, 2014 
Live-action 'Bakuman', live-action 'Akira' gets another go-round (sigh), and tons of Ghibli news. TONS.
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Anime Roundup: July 11, 2014 
New Kenshin live-action clips, Ghost in the Shell remaster, Anime Mirai shorts, and Gus Van Sant's Death Note.
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Anime Roundup: July 7, 2014 
Satoshi Kon manga, NIS America and Nozomi licenses, and a new Ghibli trailer.
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Anime Roundup: July 2, 2014 
Non-anime but crucial: Japan has just moved to reinterpret its post-wartime constitution to allow coming to the military aid of friendly countries. This is a major break from how post-WWII Japan has typically handled its armed forces. A major...
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Anime Roundup: June 25, 2014 
The gate is open once more: A sequel novel for Steins;Gate is on the way; what's the over and under on this also being turned into an animated property? (I like Mayuri in her Maison Ikkoku-esque getup.) Also, a...
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Anime Roundup: June 20, 2014 
Bang bang: Bayonetta: Bloody Fate is a FUNimation pickup. Rockin' the disco: Discotek Media has multiple releases in the pipeline, including Flame of Recca and Ceres, Celestial Legend (both previously from VIZ). Aiieee! Gargantia!: An Internet Explorer tie-in featuring...
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Anime Roundup: June 16, 2014 
We just hope they keep the machine guns hidden in his butt: Osamu Tezuka's Astro-Boy is set to soar again in a new series. Blacked out down under: The live-action Black Butler has been picked up by Oz-based anime...
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Anime Roundup: June 13, 2014 
San Fran Film Festival sports anime, Discotek snags 'Violence Jack', VIZ manga hits Comixology
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Anime Roundup: June 5, 2014 
Ghibli documentary! Sailor Moon trailer! 'Trigun' creator's next anime adaptation!
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Anime Roundup: May 30, 2014 
Greatness in resonance: Shinichiro Watanabe, Yoko Kanno, Noitamina, FUNimation simulcast, Terror in Resonance. Yes please. Bay's in his heaven, all's not right with the world: Allegedly Michael Bay wants to direct a live-action Evangelion. I don't know which is...
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Anime Roundup: May 27, 2014 
Pirating Netflix (no, not like that): The CGI-animated version of Captain Harlock is set to stream starting August 1. Check out the original series on Crunchyroll; it's one of the darker shows ever ostensibly made for a younger audience....
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Anime Roundup: May 23, 2014 
Knight riders: Netflix is set to premiere the Knights of Sidonia anime starting July 4th. Best-kept Garden: Makoto Shinkai's Garden of Words wins "best anime feature film award in the AniMovie category at the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film."...
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Anime Roundup: May 19, 2014 
And there was much rejoicing: VIZ is bringing the original Sailor Moon back on Hulu and Neon Alley. Home video releases to come later as well, it seems. Hell's icing over continues: Mononoke -- no, not the one with...
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Anime Roundup: May 12, 2014 
There goes hell, freezing over again: A Blu-ray set (Japan only) of Turn A Gundam is apparently in the works. Anything you can do, we can do better: Fan-made live-action AKIRA trailer one-, two-, and possibly three-ups Hollywood products....
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Anime Roundup: May 5, 2014 
UnCLAMPed: Cardcaptor Sakura is coming back in print courtesy of NIS America, this August. Not who I thought the licensor would be, but they're one of the best possible parties to do justice to this job. Be prepared to...
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Anime Roundup: April 25, 2014 
Masaaki Yuasa's 'Adventure Time', Steve Jobs manga, and 'Black Lagoon' covers
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Anime Week: April 18, 2014 
'Princess Jellyfish' live action adaptation in the works, ditto 'Gurren Lagann' stage play
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Anime Week: April 11, 2014 
There's a feeling I get when I look to the east: Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "HitRecord" Looks for Japanophiles. Artists, musicians, authors, and all the rest are being called to contribute to JGL's latest collaborative media project. How many zeroes on...
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Anime Week: April 4, 2014 
Unreleased Tezuka sketches, live-action 'Gundam' and 'Attack on Titan' details, and 'JoJo' comes to Crunchyroll
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Anime Week: March 27, 2014 
New 'Macross' series teased, 'Moribito' author feted, Square Enix digital manga
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Anime Weekend: March 24, 2014 
GKIDS and Ghibli yet again, 'Sailor Moon' English Site, and the 'Gargantia' OVA
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Anime Week: March 21, 2014 
Anime in Lebanon, 'Ah! My Goddess' manga concluding, Project Itoh novels to get adaptations
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