Friday, July 04, 2008

:anime: Anime Kibbles 'n' Bits ::07.04.08:: ~Anime Expo 2008 Edition~

It's only fitting on the Fourth of July that the fireworks at Anime Expo '08 keep going higher and greater today...

-:FUNimation Acquires Former ADV-Sojitz Partnership Titles:-

FUNimation continued to enrich its sizable library by announcing that it had been awarded the rights to over 30 titles by ARMS Corporation, a Sojitz-co-owned company. All of the works once belonged to ADV Films (aka A.D. Vision, Inc.), until its partnership with Sojitz fell apart recently. A number of the shows noted have already been fully released (Le Chevalier d'Eon, Air, Jinki:Extend), while a handful have yet to finish (Welcome to the NHK!, Red Garden, The Wallflower) or even be started yet (Sgt. Frog/Keroro Gunso).

Amazingly, FUNimation scored yet another grand coup at AX with this announcement. If this didn't make the company the No. 1 anime distributor in North America, then I don't know what will...

-:Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Set to Air on Sci-Fi Channel On November 17:-

Gundam 00 will be airing on November 17 at 11 PM, with two dubbed episodes being shown each Monday night. The show will also, as per the trend of Gundam TV shows, be dubbed by Ocean Studios, and will also be the first Gundam property in the U.S. to not air on Cartoon Network or Adult Swim. The DVD release should come in 2009, though no word on Blu-ray.

Sci-Fi Channel...giant robots...sounds like a good fit...

Other News:

-Nozomi Ent. Licenses Gakuen Alice, Will Give Seminal Towards the Terra (Terra e...) Movie DVD Release

-Viz Hints at Monster Release in 2009

-Bandai Ent. Licenses Hayate the Combat Butler, Announces Bilingual DVD and Blu-ray Release for Freedom

-FUNimation Announces Main Cast List for Ouran High School Host Club

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