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Pokemon the Movie: White – Victini and Zekrom to get limited theatrical release in US

Posted in anime, Movies and Films with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by Pirate

Yup, it’s true. After all these years, Pokemon will be on the big screen again. It will be in select theaters on December 3 and 4. It will be the first Pokemon film to go in US theaters since Pokemon Heroes in 2003. This is the 14th feature film in the Pokemon anime franchise, along with Pokemon the Movie: Black – Victini and Reshiram, which both opened in Japan this July as a double feature. It is unknown of the Black version will play in US theaters.

This, as stated before, is the 14th film in the Pokemon anime franchise, and the 1st film in the Pokemon: Black and White sub-series. This film follows Ash, Pikachu, Iris, and Cilan as they arrive Eindoak Town, having come to compete in some competition. But trouble arrives when a madman decides to use the legendary Victini to accomplish something possibly sinister.

The two legendary Pokemon featured in this film are Victini, the victory Pokemon who supposedly has infinite energy, and Zekrom, the Deep Black Pokemon, who can cause storms. Both Pokemon are available in the Pokemon: Black and White video game for the Nintendo DS.

In Japan, both films made over 50 million dollars. In North America, the film distribution will be handled by Cinedigm. Cinedigm also previously helped release Yu-Gi-Oh 3D: Bonds Beyond Time this year.

This film is directed by Kunihiko Yuyama (Various Pokemon films, OVAs, and TV series) and animated by Oriental Light and Magic (Pokemon, Berserk). In North America, the anime show airs on Cartoon Network on Saturday mornings.

So, will you be seeing this in theaters?

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X-Men anime US TV premiere on G4 this October

Posted in anime, Television with tags , , , , , , on September 15, 2011 by Pirate

The third Marvel anime TV series, X-Men, now has a US airdate. It will begin airing on the G4 Channel on October 21, at 11:00 PM ET. The anime will be the third Marvel anime to have aired on G4. In 2010 in Japan, Marvel and Madhouse teamed up to create four various Marvel anime, all of which were licensed in North America by Marvel Entertainment, and were set to air on G4. G4 is currently airing the first two Marvel anime, Iron Man and Wolverine, and are set to air the fourth, Blade, this winter.

The series is the fourth X-Men animated series, after X-Men: TAS, X-Men: Evolution, and Wolverine & the X-Men. In this show, after a member dies, the team disbands, only to be brought back together in order to find a missing girl in Japan.

The anime aired in Japan from April to June 2011 on Animax with 12 episodes. It was directed by Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai, Basilisk) and animated by Madhouse (Death Note, Cardcaptor Sakura). In the dub, the protagonist, Cyclops, will be voiced by Scott Porter (Rex Racer in the Speed Racer film). He previously voiced Cyclops in the Wolverine anime.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

VizAnime now streaming Neuro

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2011 by Pirate

Majin Tantei Nogami Neuro, or as Viz is naming it, Neuro, is now streaming on their anime website, VizAnime, for free, subbed. The first five episode are currently up, with new episodes every week. Neuro is a fantasy/supernatural Shonen Jump anime. The anime is licensed by Viz Media.

The anime is based on a manga series of the same name by Yusei Matsui, which ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2005 to 2009 with 23 volumes. The manga is currently unlicensed in North America as of early 2011.

The anime adaption ran in Japan from October 2007 to March 2008 with 25 episodes on NTV. The anime was animated by Madhouse (Death Note, Black Lagoon, Birdy the Mighty, Kiba) and was directed by Hiroshi Koujina (Kiba, Grenadier). Some video games were also made.

So: Will you watch Neuro?

X-Men anime teaser released!

Posted in anime with tags , , , , on February 18, 2011 by Pirate

The upcoming X-Men anime series, which will air in Japan this spring, now has a teaser. I think it looks pretty cool, and may end up being the best Marvel Comics based anime.

This is the third Marvel anime. The first two were Iron Man and Wolverine, which aired back-to-back in Japan starting October 2010. X-Men is scheduled to start in April.

G4 is scheduled to air all three anime in North America in 2011. Here is the teaser. I think it looks pretty cool.

Pokemon: Black & White anime to air in North America this February

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by Pirate

With Cartoon Network airing the final two episodes of Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl this month, fans were wondering when CN would air Pokemon: Black & White (Known in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes). Well, the answer is February 12, with two new episodes at 9:00 AM.

Pokemon: Black & White is the fourth Pokemon anime series based on the best selling video game franchise from Nintendo. The anime franchise has been running in Japan since 1997, and currently has over 660 episodes, 13 anime films, over 15 specials, and a spinoff series, not to mention over 14 manga series and tons of merchandise.

The video games are all licensed in North America by Nintendo. A few of the manga are licensed in North America by Viz Media. The anime was previously licensed by 4Kids and aired on Kids WB, but as of 2008, the anime was re-licensed by The Pokemon Company, and airs on Cartoon Network.

Pokemon: Black & White is animated by Oriental Light and Magic (Berserk, every other Pokemon anime) and directed by Norihiko Sudo (Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl, ToHeart2).

In Japan, Black & White has so far gained better reviews than the former series, with people calling it a breath of fresh air.

ScyFy to air Chrono Crusade!

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2011 by Pirate

Starting February 22, ScyFy Channel will air two episodes of the 2003 anime every Tuesday night on ScyFy’s anime block, Ani-Monday (now jokingly called Ani-Tuesday when it moved from Monday nights to Tuesday nights). The two episodes will air at 11:00 and 11:30 PM, follows by repeats of Gurren Lagann. This will be the first FUNimation anime to air on ScyFy.

The anime is based on a manga by Daisuke Moriyama (World Embryo), which ran in Dragon Age from November 1998 to June 2004 with 8 volumes. The anime series, which was animated by Gonzo (Vandread, Gate Keepers, Gantz) and directed by Yuu Kou (Giant Killing, Loveless), ran in Japan on Fuji TV from November 2003 to June 2004 with 24 episodes.

In North America, the manga was licensed by ADV Manga, and the anime was previously licensed by ADV Films, but then rescued by FUNimation. In 2006, it aired on Showtime Beyond. The anime and manga follows an organization who hunt demons.

Other anime previously aired on Ani-Monday include Dead Leaves, Appleseed, Descendants of Darkness, El-Hazard, Galaxy Express 999, Ghost in the Shell, Kai Doh Maru, Monster, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Macross Plus, Ninja Scroll, Rave Master, Tokko, and X.

Sentai Filmworks licenses Infinite Stratos!

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Pirate

Yesterday, Sentai Filmworks licensed a sci-fi/harem anime series Infinite Stratos, AKA IS. This is unique in that Infinite Stratos started airing in Japan less than three weeks ago.  The anime series is about an academy that trains students to use the IS weapons. However, only girls can use these, untill one young man gains the ability.

The anime is based on a based on a light novel series by Izuru Yumizuru which has been running since May 2009, and currently has six volumes. A manga adaption by Kenji Akahoshi began in 2010 in Monthly Comic Alive, and is still ongoing with a single volume.

The anime began in Japan in January 7, and will get 12 episodes. The anime is animated by 8-Bit (Their first solo animation!) and directed by Yasuhito Kikuchi (Macross Frontier). The anime was met with very negative reviews.