Apple has uploaded the official English trailer from Disney for Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Shortened to simply Ponyo, the movie will be in theaters on August 14th with the expected A-list of currently popular movie stars attached. Don’t be surprised to see a bilingual DVD come out around December/January.
June 23, 2009
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MYC & Associates has listed off numerous Central Park Media titles up for licensing grabs as CPM is liquidated. The last couple of years haven’t been kind to CPM as the market shifted and licensing expenses rose heavily in Japan which eventually led to bankruptcy. CPM had been expanding their live action (Cat Girl Kiki, Legend of the Doll) and hentai (Chains of Lust, Midnight Strike Force) catalogs heavily with easy-to-release titles when the company was forced to close its doors for good.
June 6, 2009
Nelvana has confirmed licensing the 51-episode anime series Beyblade: Metal Fusion while at the Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas. The series is a sequel to the Beyblade series featuring kids with spinning tops bashing into each other as they go from tournament to tournament. I don’t recall Spinjas getting a TV series back in the day, the big meanies. Kids today don’t know how easy they have it when it comes to mindless Gotta Catch ‘em All shows like this. Back in my day we had Speed Racer, Robotech, and not letting our parents figure out what Liquid Television was for fear of it getting banned. One lives for seeing Æon Flux kick some serious ass.
June 5, 2009
Marvel has announced the line-up for their 3-issue Strange Tales MAX series coming in September. Junko Mizuno’s manga titles include Cinderalla, Hansel and Gretel, and Princess Mermaid all available in the US from Viz. The full line includes Paul Pope, Peter Bagge, Molly Crabapple & John Leavitt, Junko Mizuno, Dash Shaw, James Kochalka, Johnny Ryan, Michael Kupperman, Nick Bertozzi, Nicholas Gurewich, Jason, and more to come.
June 4, 2009
David Carradine, most famous for his roles in Kill Bill and both Kung Fu TV series, was found dead in his Swissôtel Nai Lert Park Hotel room in Bangkok. He was in Thailand shooting a new french film titled Stretch at the time of his death.
FUNimation has posted the ninth full episode (subtitled) of their new series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in the video section. At the time of this posting, the server is constantly needing to pause and buffer due to traffic. If an ad begins at the start of the episode, you can click the ‘X” in the top right corner. You will skip the ad and get straight to the episode. The episode currently will not let you pause and load the rest of the episode into the player so viewing it — even on a high speed connection — is going to be a pain. You may want to hold out for the FUNi YouTube Channel version.
June 2, 2009
Upcoming film Mai Mai Miracle, based on the novel Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Mahō by Nobuko Takagi, will open in Japanese theaters on November 21st, but the English subtitled trailer is already debuting for the international audience who will catch it in August. Animated by Mad House and directed by Sunao Katabuchi of Black Lagoon fame, we travel back to the Spring of 1955 as we meet Shinko Aoki who likes to imagine the land as it was a thousand years ago. New transfer student Kiiko Shimazu attempts to survive Shinko’s wild imagination as they learn from each other’s strengths.
June 1, 2009
The Saint Seiya prequel, The Lost Canvas, has a new trailer online at the VAP website. Based on the manga of the same name, we follow Tenma and Alone in the roles of Pegasus Seiya and Hades who will slowly grow into enemies when the Saint Seiya TV series begins. The first volume will ship on Blu-Ray and DVD on June 24th in Japan.
According to the new issue of Model Graphix, Hayao Miyazaki is considering a manga sequel to his Porco Rosso work. Porco Rosso: The Last Sortie will feature Porco behind the stick of the Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 in his next mission. Staffer Logan Umemoto visited the Italian Air Force Museum to take references shots of the Caproni Campini to build a scale model for the possible upcoming project.