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Saturday, November 27, 2010

U.S. Releases

[News by Scott Green of AICN.com]

Hollywood Reporter mentioned Crystal Sky is still developing Ghost in the Shell, with producer Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks


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"We have some great artists [on 'Thundercats']," said Jelenic. "We're using a very famous Japanese animation studio, Studio4C, which did 'The Animatrix.' They're going to have their signature stuff on it. It's going to be pretty epic."
"One thing is that I tried to simplify the mythology a little bit," he said. "It's a pretty complicated backstory that borrows from a lot of other sci-fi stuff, like Superman and Star Wars. In developing this, I wanted it to be a little more simple. In the other version, there's something like three different planets involved, and they all converge onto one planet, and nobody's really connected. I just wanted to bring that all together."
"It's reimagined in that way, but at the same time, we're going to see the characters that we love," he promised.
Asked specifically about the presence of classic characters Panthro, Cheetara, and Tygra, Jelenic said "all those characters will still be in it" —even Snarf, apparently.
"Everyone always wants to know about Snarf," he laughed. "He will be in it, and he will not talk. Don't worry."


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Slash Film notes that there's talk that the adaptation of the Oldboy manga, previously adapted by Park Chan-Wook may still be in the works.
Oldboy’ Remake Reportedly Gaining Steam Once More; Director Wishlist Includes Steven Spielberg, Matthew Vaughn, Danny Boyle
Posted on Monday, November 8th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Mandate Pictures is said to be high on a new draft that Mark Protosevich is ready to turn in, and that it will go out to Steven Spielberg, Matthew Vaughn and, should they pass, Danny Boyle.


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Anime News Network notes a Screen Daily report that Anthony LaMolinara (animator on sequences in Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, and Hollow Man) will direct the live action adaptation of girls in mecha suits versus androids anime Bubblegum Crisis. Australia's Arclight Films, Canada's Wizzfilms, the Infotainment China Media Company, and the United Kingdom's Latec International agreed in May of 2009 to produce the live-action film.
Aniplex
Aniplex has finished announcing the English language dub cast for urban mystery Durarara
Celty... KARI WAHLGREN
Mikado... DARREL GUILBEAU
Masaomi... BRYCE PAPENBROOK
Anri... MICHELLE RUFF
Izaya... JOHNNY YONG BOSCH
Shizuo... CRISPIN FREEMAN
Kyohei... STEVE BLUM
Erika... MELA LEE
Walker... BRIAN BEACOCK
Shinra... YURI LOWENTHAL
Simon... PATRICK SEITZ
Beez
UK distributor Beez will be releasing House of Five Leaves and The Tatami Galaxy
Digital Manga Publishing
newly licensed titles include
Butterfly of the Distant Day (Tooi Hi no Cho)
Tooko Miyagi (Taiyoh Tosho's Million Comics Craft Series)
May 15, 2011 (1 volume)
Men of Tattoos (Shisei no Otoko)
Yuiji Aniya (Akaneshinsha's Edge Comix)
May 23, 2011 (1 volume)
Rabbit Man, Tiger Man (Usagi Otoko Tora Otoko) Volume 1
Akira Honma (Shinkosha's Chocolat Comics)
May 23, 2011 (2+ volumes)
Moon and Blood
Nao Yazawa
May 2011
Digital Manga Publishing has announced the Digital Manga Guild program, partnering with six Japanese publishers to bring fans on board for localization in return for "a revenue percentage from all future sales of that book."
FUNimation
FUNimation has picked up the rights for former ADV releases Bubblegum Crisis 2040, Excel Saga, and Noir. The three will be re-released in 2011.


Funimation recently told Anime News Network on their ANNCast that the second half of D.Gray-man due to issues with Dentsu.
The Dragon Ball Z Dragon Boxes are limited releases.
IDA Entertainment
The first episode of CG animated anthromorphized animals military story Cat Shit One will be available on DVD and Blu-ray starting in December
Manga UK
The British Manga Entertainment will be distributing Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in summer 2011. The second season of the tv anime and Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya are also coming from Manga Ent. Releases of Birdy the Mighty Decode and K-On! are also planned.
Section23
Canaan Complete Collection has been released on DVD and Blu-ray
CANAAN COMPLETE COLLECTION DVD
Running Time: 325 min.
Age Rating: TV 14 (V)
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
CAT: SF-CN100
UPC: 814131013514
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Street Date: 10/26/2010
Format: DVD
SRP: $59.98
CANAAN COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY EDITION
Running Time: 325 min.
Age Rating: TV 14 (V)
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
CAT: SFB-CN100
UPC: 814131019301
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Street Date: 10/26/2010
Format: BD
SRP: $69.98
SYNOPSIS: Colors have scent. Sounds possess images. In this future world, where biochemical weapons have changed the game, an unlucky few have their senses blended. They are gifted with abilities beyond what normal humans feel. They possess synesthesia.
XAM'D COLLECTION 2
Running Time: 325 min.
Age Rating: TV 14 (V)
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
CAT: SF-XM200
UPC: 814131013712
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Street Date: 11/09/2010
Format: DVD
SRP: $59.98
XAM'D COLLECTION 2 BLU-RAY EDITION
Running Time: 325 min.
Age Rating: TV 14 (V)
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
CAT: SFB-XM200
UPC: 814131019400
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Street Date: 11/09/2010
Format: BD
SRP: $69.98
Coming February 2011
YOU'RE UNDER ARREST: FAST & FURIOUS COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 650 min.
Street Date: 2/1/2011
Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98
SYNOPSIS: Get ready for non-stop, pedal to the metal action and hijinks galore as Japan's most irregular team of police officers hits the streets again on an all new tour of duty! As usual, the Bokuto Police station is a magnet for the weird and UN-usual, and that's about the only rule this duty shift isn't going to break! Fortunately, car crazy Miyuki, insanely strong Natsumi, sexually ambiguous Aoi and the rest of the station's enforcers of justice are always ready to place their well-drawn bodies between the public and the line of fire, and now new Junior Officer Saori has also joined the thin and svelte blue line! From drunken karaoke binges to the bizarre activities of a baseball-themed vigilante and the general nuisance of Strikeman, there are plenty of bad boys, naughtier girls and all around arresting behavior ahead in YOU'RE UNDER ARREST: Fast & Furious Complete Collection!
EYESHIELD 21 COLLECTION 4
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 2/8/2011
Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98
SYNOPSIS: As the Deimon Devil Bats' continue to evolve and grow their own unique version of American-style football, Sena has a major breakthrough: a revolutionary technique called the Ghost, combining speed and illusion to fool the opposing players. However, when Hiruma forbids him to use it outside of a "real" game, it throws Sena's plans of competing in a side league for practice into a tailspin. With Shin once more pitted against him, will he be able to resist the temptation? Meanwhile, Taki is proving unfortunately worthy of his nickname of "the Idiot," as besides being incredibly challenged about getting on the correct bus, he also seems to be unable to pass his crucial exams. Will he be able to break the dreaded cut-off barrier of 200 so he can play? And then, what is this rumor about another Eyeshield 21? There's a whole pile of trouble waiting to tackle our fearless heroes in EYESHIELD 21 - COLLECTION 4!
NEEDLESS COLLECTION 1
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 2/15/2011
Format: DVD
Language: English, Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98
SYNOPSIS: They're called Needless-mutants who wield amazing powers such as super speed, the ability to change form, and some, like Blade, the power to "learn" other opponent's powers. It's Blade's greatest ability. But is it powerful enough to overcome his weakness for cute young girls in revealing little skirts? Find out in the craziest action comedy anime of the year!
NEEDLESS COLLECTION 1 BLU-RAY EDITION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 2/15/2011
Format: BD
Language: English, Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98
SYNOPSIS: They're called Needless-mutants who wield amazing powers such as super speed, the ability to change form, and some, like Blade, the power to "learn" other opponent's powers. It's Blade's greatest ability. But is it powerful enough to overcome his weakness for cute young girls in revealing little skirts? Find out in the craziest action comedy anime of the year!
GINTAMA COLLECTION 4
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 250 min.
Street Date: 2/22/2011
Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $49.98
SYNOPSIS: Things get really crazy… that's like, crazier than usual, which just goes to prove that the universe really must be composed of infinite possibilities… when Kagura's father shows up in Edo to visit his daughter. Oh, and he's also in town to take on the deadly alien menace that he might be on the trail of. When Yakuza takes on Aliens, who will lose? The innocent bystanders of course. And needless to say, Kagura's associates respond to her possible (and not particularly voluntary) exit from the franchise in predictable fashion: by trying to grab female lead status for themselves. Meanwhile, Sadahara discovers a devilish aspect of his own personality while becoming a demon, which leads to inevitable difficulties with the High Priestess types. So what's Gintoki doing during all this? Dodging, mostly. Japan's hottest anime series continues as aliens on the loose and underemployed samurai make total assassins out of themselves in the insanity that is GINTAMA COLLECTION 4!
Solid Objects
Solid Object
has released Jim Shepard' GOJIRA, KING OF THE MONSTERS, a fictionalized novella concerning Eiji Tsuburaya's Godzilla production
UDON Entertainment
UDON will be releasing Mami Itou’s (Pilgrim Jäger) two volume Street Fighter Gaiden
Street Fighter Gaiden Vol.1 goes on sales at comic shops and book stores everywhere November 24, 2010. Street Fighter Gaiden Vol.2 will follow in January 2011.

Written and drawn by Mami Itou (Darkstalkers/Red Earth, ROBOT, Pilgrim Jäger), Street Fighter Gaiden spotlights the World Warriors’ adventures outside the tournament scene. The series is made up of short stories each devoted to a classic Street Fighter character. Fan-favorites like Ryu, Ken, Chun-li, and Guile each get their due, as do many other skilled fighters. Cammy teams up with Delta Red against the narcissistic Vega, T. Hawk has a desert showdown with Balrog, Fei-Long teaches everyone what it truly means to be a martial artist, and Ryu & Ken face off together against their deadliest rival – Akuma!
VIZ Media
ICV2 has spoken to Joel Enos on plans for'Shonen Jump,' which include new design and digital content
Kids tiles PANDA MAN TO THE RESCUE! and TARO AND THE MAGIC PENCIL were released on November 2nd.
THE ADVENTURES OF PANDA MAN: PANDA MAN TO THE RESCUE ·
MSRP: $7.99 US / $9.99 CAN · Available November 2nd
Boing Oing! It's Panda Man, a roly-poly hero with a bottomless belly and the power of pee-yew! Evil villains are no match for our hero's funky feet and flatulence, but he still needs your help! Together you can solve the mazes and puzzles that stand between Panda Man and ultimate justice...or his next meal. Whichever comes first!


THE ADVENTURES OF TARO: TARO AND THE MAGIC PENCIL ·
MSRP: $7.99 US / $9.99 CAN · Available November 2nd
Before his comic book drawings came to life, Taro was an ordinary boy. Now his characters are in danger, and it's up to him to save them! With the flick of a magic pencil, Taro transforms into Terrie (a terrier) and enters his comic book world. The adventures ahead are more amazing than anything he ever imagined!


The first volume of Usamaru Furuya's GENKAKU PICASSO has been released under the Shonen Jump imprint.
Hikaru “Picasso” Hamura, a grouchy teenager with a talent for drawing, dies in a freak accident. The gods decide to revive him, but only on the condition that he use his artistic gift for the good of humanity. Picasso discovers that sketching a person’s aura yields a surreal portrait of their psyche. Stranger still, Picasso can dive into these dreamscapes and help people by exploring their deepest emotions, memories and perceptions.
Creator Usamaru Furuya made a splash with his 1994 manga debut in the legendary “underground” manga magazine Garo with his innovative four-panel series Palepoli. He also created a gag series called Short Cuts for Young Sunday magazine, which was later serialized in the English-language manga magazine Pulp and published as a graphic novel by VIZ Media (rated ‘M’ for Mature). His other works include Jisatsu Circle, a manga adaptation of the film, Suicide Club, The Chronicles of the Clueless Age, a collaboration with the writer Otsuichi, and Happiness, a series of shorts that ran in IKKI magazine. GENKAKU PICASSO is Furuya’s first series for Jump SQ.


GENKAKU PICASSO © 2008 by Usamaru Furuya/SHUEISHA Inc.
Ahojo-styled drama with the release of THE STORY OF SAIUNKOKU, written by Sai Yukino with artwork by Kairi Yura has been released under the Shojo Beat imprint
Shurei Hong, destitute but of noble birth, has always dreamed of working as a civil servant in the imperial court of Saiunkoku, but women are barred from holding office. The emperor Ryuki, however, refuses to take command, leaving everything to his advisors. Shurei
Saiunkoku Monogatari Volume 1 © Kairi YURA 2006 © Sai YUKINO 2006
Viz has released KUROZAKURO by Yoshinori Natsume (Togari) under the Shonen Sunday label
Mikito Sakurai is tired of being a punching bag for all the delinquents on campus. But what can he do? By nature he's a gentle and easygoing high school student. That all changes the night he swallows a mysterious orb and meets Zakuro, a strange kid who promises to grant his most heartfelt desire. "When you wake up," says the pint-sized apparition, "you'll be stronger and better than a human."


KUROZAKURO © 2004 Yoshinori NATSUME/Shogakukan


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Upcoming Shonen Jump releases include Psyren and Yu-Gi-Oh 5D

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