Monday, July 03, 2006

:anime: Bandai Ent. Professes Their Love for Hot Android Women!

Continuing the big carousel of anime licensing announcements at Anime Expo 2006, Bandai Entertainment made known of acquisition of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex compilation movies and the upcoming feature film in the franchise, Solid State Society [Link 1] [Link 2]. Also announced was the live-action Cutie Honey film, directed by Hideki Anno. Re: Cutie Honey, the Anno-directed anime tie-in, however, was not mentioned. This is pretty surprising, considering that it could have made a nice set together (the OVA is only three parts in length, at about 45 minutes apiece). What isn't, though, is the continual support of the hot Ghost in the Shell franchise, backed by a wide, loyal fanbase and substantial critical praise.

In separate news (yet still connected to robots, in a way), Bandai is in negotiations to bring the three Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam compilation movies to the US.

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