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The North American distributor Bandai Entertainment has announced at its "surprise" Otakon 2008 panel on Saturday night that it has acquired the feature-length .hack//G.U. Trilogy anime film. Cyber Connect 2 (.hack//SIGN, .hack//Legend Of The Twilight) adapted the story of the .hack//G.U. role-playing game trilogy for this newly animated feature in high definition. The project was first screened in a Tokyo theater in December of 2007, and Bandai Visual released the project on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in Japan, after an initial delay, just this past March. Bandai Entertainment and the other Namco Bandai group companies have released the earlier game and anime installments in the franchise, including the .hack//Roots prequel.
The Japanese broadcaster NTV has announced that it will air the Death Note Rewrite 2: L o Tsugu Mono (Death Note: Rewrite 2: L's Successors) special on August 22. Like the first special, this new compilation will summarize a part of the 2006-2007 television anime series. Specifically, it will recount the final half of the supernatural suspense story, including the investigators Near and Mello's confrontations with the vigilante Kira. For those who have not seen the first special (Death Note Rewrite: Genshi Suru Kami) last August or the television series, the genius detective character L and his assistant Watari will provide exposition of the story leading up the second special.
Viz Media published Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's original manga in North America, and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block just completed its first run of the television anime series from Viz this summer.
Source: Saishin Anime Joho, and ANN
The North American anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment and Japan's ARM Corporation have announced that ARM has transfered the rights to more than 30 of its titles — all previously held by A.D. Vision — to Funimation. Those rights include the home video, broadcast, digital, and merchandising rights in North America and other regions. The complete list of transferred titles is as follows:
009-1, Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy, Air Gear, Air movie, Air TV, Blade of the Phantom Master, Comic Party: Revolution, Coyote Ragtime Show, Devil May Cry, Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor TV, Jing, King of Bandits: Seventh Heaven. Jinki:Extend, Kanon, Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora (once titled as Shattered Angels by ADV Films), Le Chevalier D'Eon, Magikano, Moeyo Ken TV, Moonlight Mile, Murder Princess, Nerima Daikon Brothers, Pani Poni Dash!, Project Blue Earth SOS, Pumpkin Scissors, Red Garden, Sgt. Keroro 1st & 2nd, Tokyo Majin, UFO Princess Valkyrie, Utawarerumono, Venus Versus Virus, The Wallflower, Welcome to the NHK, and Xenosaga.
These are most of the titles that had been removed from ADV Films' catalog in January. A majority of them were relisted in ADV Films' catalog in February, only to be gradually removed for a second time. ADV Films also once planned to release Gurren Lagann, but Bandai Entertainment announced in May that it had acquired the series. 5 Centimeters Per Second is not on Funimation's list of transferred titles, but copies of ADV Films' release remain available at retailers.
The joint Funimation/ARM announcement comes the day after Funimation announced it will also manufacture and distribute select titles that Geneon Entertainment (USA) had planned to release before it ceased in-house DVD distribution. Funimation indicated that the new titles from ARM will be significant to its efforts in "social networking, the FUNimation Channel, and Internet VOD."
A new 30-minute Inuyasha anime short, "Black Tessaiga" ("Kuroi Tessaiga"), will premiere during the Rumiko Takahashi Exhibit of original drawings from the famed manga creator (Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku, Urusei Yatsura) on July 30. Takahashi ended her Inuyasha time-traveling fantasy manga in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine last month, and the television anime adaptation ended in September of 2004. Yomiuri TV's anime producer Michihiko Suwa (Inuyasha, Detective Conan, Kekkaishi, Black Jack, City Hunter, Angel Heart) made the announcement in his "Swatch's Anime Diary" ("Suwacchi no Anime Nikki") blog on July 9.
The new anime short is named after Tessaiga ("iron-crushing fang"), the signature sword of the half-human, half-dog-demon main character Inuyasha. The cast members assembled for the first time since the last film, December 2004's Inuyasha the Movie 4: Fire on the Mystic Island, to record their new dialogue on July 8. After the recording session, 16 members of the cast and staff went out to eat and re-connect with each other.
The "It's a Rumic World" exhibit will run from July 30 to August 11 at the Matsuya Ginza department store branch in Tokyo's upper-class Ginza shopping district. Viz Media distributes the manga and anime versions of Inuyasha in North America.
The official Japanese website for the Naruto Shippuuden: Kizuna film is streaming its first full trailer. The Kizuna (Bonds) film will still star the title ninja character Naruto, but will also feature Sasuke, the longtime rival and occasional ally of Naruto. This is the second film based on the Naruto Shippuuden revamp of the series, and it will open in Japan on August 2. The one-minute, 30-second trailer includes the film's theme song, "No Rain No Rainbow" by Home Made Kazoku (Home Made Family).
Viz Media is releasing the second movie based on the original Naruto anime and manga series, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel, on North American DVD on July 29.
Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō, ANN
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