Archive for Cartoon Network

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?

Kodansha to re-publish Sailor Moon manga in North America!

Posted in manga with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by Pirate

After all these years of waiting, Kodansha’s US division has answered many fan’s prayers: the return of cult phenom Sailor Moon! Many fans rejoice! Kodansha will release the first three volumes as one big kazenban this September. Each volume will contain about three volumes. Also, each volume will contain all-new artwork!

Sailor Moon, written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi, ran in Japan in Nakayoshi from 1992 to 1997 with 18 volumes. It was adapted into an anime, which was animated by Toei and directed by Junichi Sato (ARIA) and made 46 episodes. The anime was followed by four anime TV sequels, three films, and a live-action series.

The manga was originally licensed by Tokyopop, which released all 18 volumes, but went out of print around 2003, untill this September. The anime was first licensed by DIC Entertainment, who dubbed the first two series. Series three and four were licensed and dubbed by Geneon. The final series was never licensed in North America. The first four series all aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block.

Kodansha will also be releasing the Sailor V prequel manga for the first time ever in North America. I am pretty glad; I read the manga when I was a little kid.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

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.

Captain Planet being released on DVD in April!

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

Captain Planet, an infamous 90’s animated cartoon about a group of people who fight against threats to the ecosystem, and when push comes to shove, they can transform into Captain Planet.

The show originally aired on TBS and Cartoon Network from September 1990 to May 1996 and made six seasons with 113 episodes. Captain Planet season 1 will be released on DVD in April, with other seasons expected to follow. The DVDs will be released by Shout! Factory.

MAR to stream on VizAnime and Hulu in January

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2011 by Pirate

MAR (Which is short for Marchen  Awakens Romance) will stream on VizAnime (Viz Media’s official online streaming service) and Hulu starting January 17th.

MAR is based on the fantasy adventure manga series by Nobuyuki Anzai (Flame of Recca), which ran in Shonen Sunday from May 2003 to July 2006 with 15 volumes. In 2006, a sequel series titled MAR Omega began in Shonen Sunday, but was written and illustrated by Koichiro Hoshino (Popcorn Avatar). It was canceled with about 38 chapters.

An anime adaption ran in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 2005 to March 2007 with 102 episodes. It was animated by SynergySP (Pichi Pichi Pitch) and directed by Masaharu Okuwaki (Go! Wrestler Gundan, Mermaid Forest). It was also adapted into various video games.

In North America, both the manga and anime series are licensed by Viz Media. MAR Omega has yet to be licensed. The MAR anime aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block in 2007, but was removed after only a few months. Viz never finished dubbing the anime, so this will be the first time ever where fans can watch the whole series legally.

Pokemon 13 to air on Cartoon Network in February

Posted in anime, Movies and Films with tags , , , , , on December 23, 2010 by Pirate

It has been over a year since Cartoon Network aired the previous Pokemon film, but next year, the 13th will finally air. Pokemon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions, known in Japan as Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl the Movie: Phantom Ruler: Zoroark. The film will air on February 5th, at 7:00 PM. The film runs at around 120 minutes. The film revolves around a mysterious new Pokemon, Zoroark, that can create illusions.

This film is part of the large Pokemon franchise, which includes a TCG, books, several manga series, including the surprisingly good Pokemon Adventures, which is licensed by Viz Media, differnt anime series, OVAs, various specials and movies, etc. This film will be the fourth and final film in the Diamond and Pearl series. The first three were Pokemon: The Rise of Darkrai, Pokemon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior, and Pokemon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, all of which aired on Cartoon Network.

The film was released in Japanese theaters in July 2010, and made over US $47 million dollars. The 14th film will be released in Japanese theaters sometime in 2011. This film was animated by OLM (Oriental Light and Magic), who has also done every other single Pokemon anime, film, OVA, and related anime ever. This film was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama (Pokemon: The First Movie, Weather Report Girl). Movie 14 will most likely air on Cartoon Network in 2012.

You can view the official english trailer here.

Cartoon Network picks up “The Problem Solverz”

Posted in Television with tags , , on December 22, 2010 by Pirate

Okay, last week, Cartoon Network (now known to many as CN) acquired a very, um, strange show called The Problem Solverz. It is a very strange, awful looking show. Here is a clip:

Yeah. I am very mad and annoyed and confused at Cartoon Network. Of all the decent shows and anime that they could license, they chose this piece of trippy animation garbage? Ugh.

If you think that this show looks like an Adult Swim original, you are half-right. This shows was gonna be on Adult Swim, but for some reason was moved to CN. Nice. AS gets Kekkaishi, and CN gets this. AS totally suckered CN on this.

News from CartoonBrew.