Izumi Matsumo (Kimague Orange Road) is coming to Pacific Media Expo in November 2013

Pacific Media Expo has announced their guest of honor and it’s Kimagure Orange Road’s Izumi Matsumoto!!! How awesome is that???

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SENTAI FILMWORKS INKS DEAL WITH TATSUNOKO PRODUCTION

HOUSTON, July 4, 2013 — Tatsunoko Production and Sentai Filmworks today announced its acquisition of hundreds of hours of programming from Tatsunoko Production’s library. This exclusive license includes eleven of the most influential and beloved anime series, including such classics as Gatchaman and Casshan.

“We’re really excited to bring these Tatsunoko Production titles to anime fans of all generations. Particularly at a time when technology allows us to reach viewers not only through traditional media, but also compelling new digital platforms,” said John Ledford, President of Sentai Filmworks.

Details, including titles, release dates and formats, and digital outlets will be forthcoming over the next year as each of the licensed series is prepared for release.

About Tatsunoko Production:

“The dream for children from all of the world…”

These words are the corporate motto and led to the foundation of Tatsunoko Production in 1962. Tatsunoko made the first step into the world of animation by giving birth to “Space Ace” in 1965 and then to “Mach Go Go Go (a.k.a. Speed Racer)” in 1967. Beginning in the late ‘60s, Tatsunoko’s original animations were sweeping over the world and sending hits to every genre such as “Gatchaman” and “Samurai Pizza Cats”. Tatsunoko celebrates its 50th anniversary and is planning to utilize and exploit the world renowned properties to expand into the broader entertainment and services market.

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MAIDEN JAPAN ANNOUNCES LICENSE OF ROYAL SPACE FORCE : THE WINGS OF HONNEAMISE

HOUSTON, June 27, 2013 — Maiden Japan is proud to announce their latest acquisition: Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise, the movie that Roger Ebert called “…one of the most ambitious of all anime productions…”!  This legendary film catapulted Studio Gainax to the fore as one of Japan’s premiere production houses and features direction and screenplay by Hiroyuki Yamaga (Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Mahoromatic Automatic Maiden) and character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Nadia, Secret of Blue Water, Neon Genesis Evangelion).

In a world eerily similar to our own, war between the Kingdom of Honneamise and its archrival, The Republic, seems inevitable.  But even as the two nations’ rapidly evolving technology creates new ways to wage greater and more deadly forms of warfare, a small group seeks to use those same advances to propel mankind forward into the future and into space in their world’s first manned spaceflight program.  For astronaut candidate Shirotsugh Lhadatt, it’s not just a journey beyond the reach of the atmosphere, but a personal odyssey as he grows from an aimless young man into a leader willing to put everything on the line in order to move the human race forward and away from the brink of Armageddon.  Staggering animation, brilliant storytelling and a scope that goes beyond epic combine to produce an emotional powerhouse that will send your spirit flying towards the stars with THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE: THE WINGS OF HONNEAMISE!

Maiden Japan will be distributing Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise in conjunction with home video distributor Section 23 (Clannad, High School of the Dead, Appleseed,) on bilingual DVD & BD and in digital formats.

About Maiden Japan:
Maiden Japan is a new and upcoming distributor of Japanese animation in North America, with a rapidly growing roster of new and classic titles that includes such hot releases as TOKYO MAGNITUDE 8.0, VAMPIRE PRINCESS MIYU TV, BLACK MAGIC M-66 and PATLABOR.  A sister company to live action Shock film specialist Switchblade Pictures (ATTACK GIRLS SWIM TEAM VS. THE UNDEAD, ZOMBIE HUNTER RIKA, SULTRY ASSASSIN: NINJA BRAINWASH), Maiden Japan’s programs can be found on home video distributed by Ingram Entertainment, Baker & Taylor, Section23Films, The Right Stuf and other good and fine distributors.  Digital product offerings may be found at iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Zune Marketplace, Anime Network, Playstation Network and YouTube.

About Section23 Films:
Section23 Films provides home video marketing and distribution services for a variety of companies, including Sentai Filmworks, Switchblade Pictures, Maiden Japan and AEsir Holdings.  With its special focus on genre entertainment, Section23 Films distributes some of the very best anime, martial arts, and horror titles on the market today.

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The Anime and Manga Historical Archive (1950-2000) on Flickr

With the “Artifacts of Anime Fandom” Flickr site no longer being maintained or updated, we decided to take our image files to a new group “The Anime and Manga Historical Archive” covering anime, manga and the fandom from 1950-2000.  We hope you can participate by posting Anime Convention program guides before 2000 or even newsletters from your anime club, flyer images, anime BBS flyers from those earlier years.

You can access the group here:

The Anime and Manga Historical Archive (1950-2000)

 

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Urusei Yatsura Blu-ray release in Japan

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On March 27, 2013, Rumiko Takahashi fans in Japan were treated with the first Rumiko Takahashi set release with “Urusei Yatsura” vol. 1 featuring episodes 1-69.  The new series presented in 1080p High Definition in standard 4:3.  Here are the other UY sets planned for released throughout the year.  Volume 2 will be released on July 31st, volume 3 for November 27th and the final volume slated for March 27, 2014.

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