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The One Piece television anime series is getting a two-hour special next month as part of the show’s 15th anniversary celebrations. The “One Piece ’3D2Y’ Ace no Shi wo Koete! Luffy Nakama to no Chikai” (One Piece ’3D2Y’ Overcome Ace’s Death! The Oath With Luffy’s Crewmates) special will air on August 30 from 9 p.m. to 11:10 p.m. on Fuji TV stations.

The “mysterious episode” will be a completely new work that will have content not previously shown in the anime or the manga. The special will focus on the “3D2Y” code that Luffy’s crewmates must decipher, and will take place during the Straw Hat crew’s two-year training period. The special will also feature Luffy’s secret haki training with Rayleigh.

Toei Animation producer Hiroyuki Sakurada said that the special will not just include Rayleigh and Hancock, but also Buggy, Mr. 3, Mihawk, Perona, and Admiral Sakazuki (Akainu), among others. Original manga creator Eiichiro Oda will design a new enemy character, Bandy World, who will have the ability of the “Moa Moa” fruit. Bandy World escaped from the sixth level of Impel Down during the Marineford battle, and he is now shocking the world with his former crew by taking out Marine battleships and prominent pirates one by one. The World Government summons the Seven Warlords to take care of World, but he manages to capture them. Now World has his sights set on Boa Hancock. Oda also provided a comment on the new special, nothing that at the end of the special, “a must-see surprise for fans is waiting.”

How to Make a Manga Bingo Board

Posted by Koby On February - 20 - 2013

Are you going bananas for bingo and you tired of the usual bingo cards you are holding every time you are playing bingo? Perhaps, you want to host a bingo fund raising, then a little bit creative would make a difference. Here’s how to make unique bingo cards:

  1. Buy some board or card sheets preferably white in color, though light shades will do, but not dark ones like red or black. With an 8’ x 11’ card sheet, that can make up 4 bingo cards.
  2. For a poster type of board sheet, that can make up 15 separate sheets. Cut poster board with measurements of 6-inch height by 5-inch width. Before cutting, you may opt to draw a trace with a pencil and when done cutting, you may come up a total of 15 a rectangle shaped board, the height being longer.
  3. With the cut out, measure 1-inch starting on top and from that mark, draw a straight line vertically all through the end of the cut out. The line will serve as a separator where the label – B I N G O will be placed.
  4. Next step is to do another 4 straight lines vertically with similar 1-inch apart measurements to make it a total of 5 vertical lines including the first or separator line. Using a ruler can be helpful.
  5. Once done, measure 1 inch from the top left of the cut out going right, then from there, draw a line straight down or horizontally up to the bottom edge of the cut out. Do the same procedure with another 3 lines horizontally. When finished, the cut out card would appear as a grid look or equal sized boxes with 30 all in all.
  6. With the 5 boxes on top represents the term BINGO which should be written 1 letter per box. When done, you are left with 25 boxes and from there, find the center box and write the word “FREE”.
  7. With the rest of your cut out cards, do the same procedure.
  8. Now, for the empty boxes where numbers will be placed, it would be more creative and unique that instead of the numbers, you may write manga characters in it.

Manga is a popular comic book published in Japan or authored by a Japanese writer. Hence, replacing the bingo numbers in your personalized bingo card with manga characters like “gaki”, “iku”, “nani”, “damaru”, “urusai”, and others, would look unique in the eyes of your bingo players.

4Kids’ Yu-Gi-Oh! License Is Still in Force, Court Rules

Posted by Koby On January - 1 - 2012

On Thursday, United States Bankruptcy Judge Shelley C. Chapman ruled that 4Kids Entertainment’s licensing agreement for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime franchise is still in effect. Judge Chapman found that the Japanese consortium that controls Yu-Gi-Oh! rights — Nihon Ad Systems (NAS), TV Tokyo, and ADK — did not effectively terminate the agreement with 4Kids Entertainment.

As written in the court’s findings: “Like characters in the Yu-Gi-Oh! series itself, 4Kids and the Consortium were locked in a high stakes duel over the future of the series in the Western world and, by extension, the survival of 4Kids as a going concern. On March 24, 2011, the Consortium attempted to end the duel by issuing a letter that purports to terminate its licensing agreement with 4Kids.”

The Consortium claimed in March that 4Kids hid income that should have been subject to US$4,819,354.63 in royalties for the Japanese owners:

1 – Unreported Funimation Home Video Revenue – US$1,967,000.00
2 – Unreported Majesco Home Video Revenue – US$91,666.50
3 – Unsubstantiated International Withholding Taxes – US$2,265,767.16
4 – Unreported Post June 2008 Home Video Revenue – US$26,894.27
5 – Unauthorized Audit Fee Deduction – US$105,111.20
6 – Unauthorized E&O Insurance Cost – US$67,328.45
7 – Unauthorized Bank Charges – US$4,270.58
8 – Other Unauthorized Deductions – US$43,554.59
9 – Other Recovery – Material and Courier Cost – US$247,771.88

However, Judge Chapman determined that seven of these audit findings (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9) were withdrawn by the consortium or were meritless. The court emphasized that “the invalidity of any single one of these Findings is sufficient to support the ultimate conclusion that termination was ineffective.”

Judge Chapman further found that the consortium did not follow the proper procedure for terminating its agreement with 4Kids, under the terms listed in the agreement itself. The agreement dictated that 4Kids should have had a period of time to correct a claimed breach of contract, but the judge stated that “4Kids never received a proper and effective notice” of this.

Source: ANN

Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean Gets TV Anime in April 2012

Posted by Sorceress Yuri On December - 23 - 2011

The offical website for the Eureka Seven: Astral Ocean (AO) project announced on Friday (in Japan) that a new television version will air on TV in April 2012.The anime studio, BONES will come back to animate the sequel.

The anime studio BONES created the original Eureka Seven anime television series in 2005, and continued until 2006. The series inspired the 2009 movie, Eureka Seven: Good night, Sleep tight, Young Lovers.. Bandai Entertainment released both anime projects in North America. Bandai Entertainment also released the official Eureka Seven manga adaption by Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, and the Eureka Seven: Gravity Boys and Lifting Girls manga spinoff by Miki Kizuki.

Gundam AGE to Have Side Project

Posted by Koby On December - 16 - 2011

In the 19th issue of Futabasha’s Great Mechanics magazine that shipped on Thursday, Bandai Hobby staff member Toshiaki Baba revealed that a side project of Mobile Suit Gundam AGE is now in the early stages for existing Gundam fans.

Baba emphasized that the project is for grown-ups, and that the staff intends to make it a “thoroughly dark” story that “even fans of [the first Gundam anime's] Universal Century timeline can be satisified with.” He did not specify what medium that project will be in.

Baba and Great Mechanics’ interviewer were discussing how the main Mobile Suit Gundam AGE project has major elements aimed at children, such as the manga in Shogakukan’s Monthly Corocoro Comic magazine.

Sunrise, the anime studio behind the Gundam franchise, is collaborating with game developer Level-5 and its president, Akihiro Hino, on Gundam AGE. The anime premiered on October 9.