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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?


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.

ANN now streaming dubbed Ouran HS Club, Guyver, Red Garden, and Shakugan no Shana

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2010 by Pirate

ANN has just gotten more dubbed anime for those who prefer dubs to subs. They include the first 4 dubbed episodes of Ouran High School Host Club, the first 4 dubbed episodes of Guyver, the first 4 dubbed episodes of Red Garden, and the first 4 dubbed episodes of Shakugan no Shana.

Ouran High School Host Club is a 26-episode comedy anime series based on the manga by Bisco Hatori. The manga started in 2003 in LaLa magazine, and is still going. The anime ran in Japan from April 2006 to September 2006, and was animated by BONES, also known for animating Fullmetal Alchemist.

The manga is licensed in America by Viz Media, who have released the first 14 volumes. The anime is licensed by FUNimation. It follows the misadventures of a bunch of rich, kinda snobbish students who force a female student to be a host in exchange to pay off her debt. ANN is already streaming all 26 episodes subbed.

Guyver, AKA Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor, is a 26-episode sci-fi anime series, based on the manga by Yoshiki Takaya. The manga series began in Shonen Captain magazine in 1985, and when the magazine closed on 1997, it moved to Shonen Ace magazine, where it is still going with 27 volumes. The manga has spawned a 1986 anime film, a 12-episode OVA, two live-action films, and the 2005 anime series that ANN just got. It is animated by Oriental Light and Magic, famous for Pokemon and To Heart.

The manga was licensed by Viz Media, but was canceled after about 10 volumes, and the anime is licensed by FUNimation. It follows the adventures of a high-school student who finds a mysterious armor that bonds with him, and now he is the target of an evil organization.

Red Garden is a 22-episode supernatural anime series based on the manga, which ran in Comic Birz from August 2006 to January 2009 with 4 volumes. The anime ran in Japan from October 2006 to March 2007, and was animated by Gonzo, also known for Gate Keepers. There was also in OVA in August 2007, also animated by Gonzo.

The anime and OVA are licensed in America by FUNimation. The series is about four girls who get amnesia, and then discover that a friend was found dead. It turns out that they are all dead, and that if they don’t do what a mysterious lady says, they’ll vanish!

Shakugan no Shana is a 24-episode fantasy anime series based on the manga series by Yashichiro Takahashi, illustrated by Ayato Sasakura, which in turned is based on the light novel series by Yashichiro Takahashi, illustrated by Noizi Ito. The light novel series began in 2002, and is still going, and the manga began in Dengeki Daioh on February 2005, and is still going with 8 volumes. The manga spawned an anime series, which ANN just got, some video games, an anime film, two OVAs, a second anime series, and a spin-off manga series.

The anime series ran in Japan from 2005 to 2006, and was animated by J.C. Staff, also known for doing Azumanga Daioh and Ghost Hunt. The second anime, also animated by J.C. Staff, ran in Japan from 2007 to 2008 with 24 episodes. The anime film, also by J.C. Staff, was released in Japan on April 2007. The two OVAs were also animated by J.C. Staff, and the first was released on December 2006, and the second on October 2009. The spin-off manga started in 2007, and is still going.

In America, the manga and light novels are licensed by Viz Media. Both anime series, both OVAs, and the film are licensed by FUNimation. The franchise is about a red-haired girl who hunts what she calls “Denizens of the Crimson Realm”. The franchise is very popular.

In addition, Anime News Network also added to their video player:

one more subbed Hikaru no Go

two more subbed One Piece