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 Post subject: Re: Anime News
PostPosted: July 13th, 2010, 5:50 pm 
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Nice potty mouth, Miyazaki-san. :P2:
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Hayao Miyazaki is Not an iPad Fan
posted on 2010-07-13 00:00 EDT
Miyazaki disgusted by increasing number of iPad users

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Plenty of creative types seem to be big fans of Apple. In an interview with ANN, blogger/newly-minted anime producer Danny Choo referred to Apple's iPad as "revolutionary." Serial Experiments Lain designer Yoshitoshi ABe produced a video of himself drawing on the device. But Hayao Miyazaki? Not so much.

Fans of Miyazaki know that he's old-fashioned. His works at Studio Ghibli feature charming hand-drawn animation, not the slick CG most animation companies are releasing these days. At least as recently as 2008, he said didn't even own a computer. But his comments on the iPad border on the impressively risqué for the creator of films like My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, and Ponyo. In a recent interview, Miyazaki compared the iPad gestures to masturbation, and called the device "disgusting."

Harsh words indeed.

[Via Kotaku]

Wow. On one hand, it makes sense given how old-fashioned he is. But...it looks like a... Really?

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PostPosted: July 14th, 2010, 10:07 pm 
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Curse those evil stalkers! :d-_-b:

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Prosecution: Haruna Ikezawa's Stalker Should Get 18 Months
posted on 2010-07-13 21:39 EDT
Both sides give closing arguments in case against alleged stalker of voice actress

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Tokyo District Court's Tachikawa Branch heard the closing arguments on Tuesday in the case against Hiroshi Sasaki, the 28-year-old man accused of stalking voice actress Haruna Ikezawa (Sgt. Frog, Futari wa Pretty Cure, Maria Watches Over Us). The prosecution alleges that the unemployed Morioka City man defamed Ikezawa on her homepage's bulletin board system and sent email messages requesting a personal meeting.

Sasaki is officially charged with defamation and violations of Japan's anti-stalking law, and the prosecution is seeking an 18-month prison sentence. The prosecution asserted that the charges are serious and that Sasaki understood that his posts, on a forum seen by an unknown number of people, were defamatory.

The defense has maintained Sasaki's innocence, arguing that the alleged victim's testimony was not credible and that Sasaki's actions were not stalking since there was a romantic relationship.

Sasaki's indictment, which was filed on July 30, 2009, alleges that he defamed Ikezawa with messages written on her bulletin board system in February of that year. From February to April, the suspect allegedly sent 16 mobile phone email messages that said, among other things, "Come by yourself to Morioka, since it's only two hours by shinkansen ('bullet train')." Ikezawa revealed on her official website in February of last year that she has an restraining order against an unnamed stalker.

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PostPosted: July 16th, 2010, 12:38 pm 
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This one caught me off guard. I am gonna miss him. :( R.I.P.

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Speed Racer Voice Actor Peter Fernandez Passes Away (Updated)
posted on 2010-07-15 13:42 EDT
Prolific actor, director worked on Lupin III, Astro Boy, Gigantor, Marine Boy, Star Blazers

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William Winckler has informed ANN that Peter Fernandez, the actor and voice director best known as the title character in the animated Speed Racer series, passed away this morning due to lung cancer. He was 83.

Fernandez not only voiced Speed himself, but also his brother Racer X and several other characters in the English-dubbed adaptation of Tatsunoko's Mach Go Go Go anime series. He also directed the voice cast and even wrote the lyrics to the signature theme song. He later played Lupin III, Daisuke Jigen, and President Jimmy Carter in the JAL dubbing of the Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo film. His voice can be heard in such dubbed anime titles as Astro Boy, Gigantor, Marine Boy, Star Blazers: The Bolar Wars, and Superbook. He made a cameo appearance as an announcer in the 2008 live-action Speed Racer film.

Corinne Orr, the actress who played Speed Racer's romantic interest Trixie and younger brother Sprittle Racer, spoke with Fernandez as recently as last week. The two had worked together on 200 productions, and she noted that he was a big star on radio and Broadway and had starred in the 1949 film City Across the River "where Tony Curtis only had a bit part." Orr is the last surviving member of Speed Racer's main cast. Orr told ANN, "His great joy was doing all these conventions and receiving the acknowledgement and accolades from all his fans at the end of his life."

Winckler said that he was glad that, in the renewed interest that accompanied the Speed Racer film, Fernandez "finally got the attention and respect he deserved from the general public and mainstream press." He added, "Anime and Japanese live-action fantasy will never be the same without him. Peter's contribution to anime and Japanese live-action will live forever."

Fernandez's family is planning a private service, but there are plans for a public celebration of his life in September in Pomona, New York.

Update: The public celebration will take place in Fernandez's hometown of Pomona, New York, not California.


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PostPosted: July 23rd, 2010, 10:50 am 
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The Gundam fan in me is rejoicing right now. :d^_^b:

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Bandai Ent. Adds Tales of the Abyss, Turn A Gundam
posted on 2010-07-22 22:25 EDT
Also adds Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens manga

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The North American anime distributor Bandai Entertainment has announced at its Comic-Con International panel on Thursday that it acquired the license to the Tales of the Abyss and Turn A Gundam television anime series. Tales of the Abyss is a 26-episode anime adaptation of the popular Namco Bandai role-playing game of the same name. Turn A Gundam is the 1999 television anime series written and directed by Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino for Gundam's 20th anniversary. The series also features music by Yoko Kanno and mechanical designs by Blade Runner's Syd Mead.


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PostPosted: August 24th, 2010, 7:19 pm 
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Jim Vowles, a member of the Otakorp Board of Directors for the Otakon convention, has announced on Tuesday that director Satoshi Kon has passed away. Kon was 47. The staff of Otakon confirmed his passing with MADHOUSE studio founder Masao Maruyama. Maruyama had wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday night in Japan that an important director of the studio had suddenly passed away. However, Maruyama declined to name the director at the time.

Kon began working as a manga creator on such works as Kaikisen (1990) before deciding to delve into the anime industry with the art design of Hiroyuki Kitakubo and Katsuhiro Otomo's Roujin Z video in 1991. He then worked on the script and art direction of "Magnetic Rose," a segment of Otomo's 1995 science-fiction anthology film Memories.

Kon first drew worldwide attention with his feature film directorial debut, the psychological suspense film Perfect Blue, in 1997. He would follow that with a string of critically acclaimed anime projects: Millennium Actress (2001), Tokyo Godfathers (2003), Paranoia Agent (2004), and Paprika (2006). At the time of his passing, Kon was working at MADHOUSE on a new feature film called Yume-Miru Kikai.


Friends, we have just lost an important source of entertainment.
I wouldn't have grieved over Oshii too much, but Kon... that's a shock.

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 Post subject: Re: Anime News
PostPosted: August 24th, 2010, 9:35 pm 
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What?! :shock:

This is truly a huge shock if it's the real deal. Satoshi Kon truly was a stand out talent in anime. I've enjoyed Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, and Tokyo Godfathers due to his way of making something not like the usual fare. Characters that one sympathizes with, sequences of artistic beauty that sometimes trick you into whether or not you are in the real world, drama that intrigues one into following it through to conclusion. All of that was felt as i watched his projects.

Rest in peace, Mr. Kon. You will be missed but your work will live on.


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RIP Satoshi Kon, very shocking and sad news, he was really young.
I loved Paranoia Agent and also enjoyed Perfect Blue very much.

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PostPosted: October 10th, 2010, 1:48 pm 
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Huge victory for us American original Gundam fans :d^_^b: !

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Bandai Ent. Adds Gundam 00 Film, Subbed 1st Gundam TV
posted on 2010-10-09 11:37 EDT
1st bilingual release for 1st Gundam TV; Gundam UC on DVD; TokiKake on BD

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The North American anime distributor Bandai Entertainment has announced at its New York Anime Festival/New York Comic Con panel on Saturday that it will release Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A wakening of the Trailblazer, as well as the first Mobile Suit Gundam television anime series on DVD with English subtitles and dubbing. It will be the first time that Bandai Entertainment has released the first Gundam series with both English and Japanese soundtracks. The 42-episode series will be released in two parts in 2011. (One episode out of the original 43-episode length was never dubbed in English, at the request of creator and director Yoshiyuki Tomino.)

Bandai Entertainment has also announced that it will release Mobile Suit Gundam UC on DVD, after releasing the first volume on Blu-ray Disc only. The company will release The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (TokiKake) on Blu-ray as well. Marketing Director Robert Napton reiterated that Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society will be released on Blu-ray.

Bandai Entertainment revealed two more members of its English dub cast for K-ON!: Ritsu will be played by Cassandra Lee, and Mugi will be played by Shelby Lindley. The series will be released on DVD and Blu-ray with standard and limited editions for both formats.

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Update: More information from the panel added.

Update 2: K-ON! is being released in four parts, with a suggested retail price of US$29.98 for each part on standard DVD. Bandai Entertainment does not plan to redub the songs in English.


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PostPosted: October 10th, 2010, 4:20 pm 
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Huge victory for us American original Gundam fans :d^_^b: !

Good news indeed because as a fan you need not rely on the Japanese DVDs anymore - which cost more money, and I'm not really sure how usual box sets are in Japan. Series seem to be sold on single DVDs, with two episodes on each disk and at a price of 30+ USD each. Which would explain why (in 2003) the complete "Attack No. 1" Anime DVDs were offered for a price of nearly 1000 US Dollars. Think about that for a moment:
One-thousand Dollars.

Nobody from outside Japan with some sanity left in him or her would ever spend that much money on a TV-series.
But Japanese, being more or less cut off from foreign cultural news, don't know better.

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PostPosted: October 17th, 2010, 2:14 pm 
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A big congratulations to the bride. :clap: May your marriage be happy and long lasting. :D

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Voice Actress Tomo Saeki Marries (Updated)
posted on 2010-10-17 11:46 EDT
Abenobashi/Digi Charat cast member holds ceremony on Maldives in Indian Ocean

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Voice actress Tomo Saeki announced on her official blog on Sunday that she held her wedding ceremony on the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. Saeki's many roles include Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi's Satoshi Imamiya, Di Gi Charat Nyo's Coo Erhard, and Galaxy Angel A's Malibu Peirou. She did not identify her husband, although she described him as a "gentlemanly, yet wild" man five years older than her.

Update: Saeki had announced on Broccoli's website in February of 2005 that she was putting her work on hiatus due to a heart ailment. She returned to radio work on the 1314 V-Station The Radio Star special program on August 6.


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 Post subject: Re: Anime News
PostPosted: October 18th, 2010, 5:13 pm 
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Surely nice for her.
When they don't disclose the identity of the husband it's usually "just some guy", nobody who has any importance in the business. If I'm not mistaken Hayashibara Megumi also married some "nameless" salaryman from King Records.

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PostPosted: October 19th, 2010, 3:58 pm 
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Bit of a bummer for those of us interested in the 3rd saga, myself included. :sigh: Thank the Lord for users supplying spell checks, or rather number checks to put it more literally. :mrgreen:

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Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail OVA 3-5 Delayed
posted on 2010-10-19 14:08 EDT
Shogakukan's website for the Black Lagoon franchise has announced on Tuesday that the release schedule for the remaining volumes of the Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail original video anime (OVA) series have each been delayed two to three months in Japan "due to production issues." Volume 003 #27 "Angels in the Crosshairs" will ship on January 7, 2011 instead of November 3, 2010. Volume 004 #28 "Oversaturation Kill Box" will ship on March 2, 2011 instead of December 22, 2010. Volume 005 #29 "Codename Paradise, Status MIA" will ship on May 11, 2011 instead of March 2, 2011.

The first two volumes are already on sale in Japan. Funimation announced at Anime Expo in July that it licensed Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail for North America.

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 Post subject: Re: Anime News
PostPosted: October 30th, 2010, 6:31 pm 
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R.I.P. to a seiyuu who had a long and prolific career.

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Space Adventure Cobra Voice Actor Nachi Nozawa Passes Away
posted on 2010-10-30 06:18 EDT
Also voiced Rose of Versailles' Hans Axel von Fersen

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Stage and voice actor Nachi Nozawa passed away in a Tokyo hospital on Saturday, October 30 at 3:36 p.m. due to lung cancer. He was 72 years old.

Nozawa was born in Tokyo. Among his many voice roles was the titular character in the Space Adventure Cobra anime franchise. He also played Hans Axel von Fersen in Rose of Versailles.

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http://tellycafe.com/general-news/takeshi-shudo-the-pokemon-maker-fails-to-fight-death/

Creator of Pokemon dies..which is quite sad considering how much I love playing these games and watching the movies :bow:

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R.I.P. to a seiyuu who had a long and prolific career.

"Space Adventure Cobra Voice Actor Nachi Nozawa Passes Away"

Aside from being amazed that the seiyuu that originally voiced Cobra came back to voice him again 30 years later, at over 70 years of age, this is really quite sad. I'm glad he got to see the resurgence of one of his original voice acting characters before he passed though. I'm sure it was a special treat to get to voice him again after so long.

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