By Marc | September 14th, 2009
Just thought I’d remind anyone who wanted to enter that our contest ends tomorrow night.
The main prize is Dragon Ball Season 1 on DVD, but there are a few other prizes that aren’t being revealed.
Contest article is here.
By Marc | September 8th, 2009
It appears Seifer misread. Thanks to A PR rep from Funimation who checked the trailer frame by frame Digimon Frontier definately does not appear in it. Fanboy Review regrets the error, and Seifer is currently getting his 12 lashings.
It appears when ShoDojo launches it will launch with a few new shows (or it’s possible they will show up slightly after launch.)
A recent convention apparently had a new ShoDojo trailer that showed Digimon Frontier as one of these new series (Digimon Frontier was the only show that was recognized.) There had previously been no news from either Toei USA or Funimation about Digimon Frontier streaming. It’s also possible this may be the beginning of a new wave of Toei On-Demand titles. No news on Digimon Adventure or Digimon Tamers. Hopefully the trailer will be put online and we will find out more about this soon.
ShoDojo is Funimation’s new Anime video and community website that will be launching soon.
Thanks to Seifer for seeing the trailer and bringing it to my attention (at least I can thank him for something, he’s supposed to be staff…. get to work lazy!)
By Marc | September 6th, 2009
Small update for Stitch! since I’ve had multiple people ask me for more updates whenever possible.
Well known English dub writer, actor and director Jeff Nimoy will be writing the English adaption for Stitch! (No news on who the director is, or if there are other writers.)
He is most well known among anime fans for writing and directing a large percentage of Digimon’s English adaption (and playing Tentomon) and playing Wolfwood in the English adaption of Trigun. He has also written (and directed in many cases) for Bobobo, Zatch Bell, Naruto, GTO, and numerous other shows.
It’s also worth mentioning he wrote and directed the English adaption for RoboDz, a recent Toei/Disney co-production.
By Marc | August 30th, 2009
I’ve been able to confirm information about one cast member for the dub of the Stitch! anime.
Pleakly, played by Kevin McDonald in prior Stitch media, has been recast, as I’ve been able to confirm known LA area ADR actors used in Studiopolis anime Dubs have tried out for the role.
With Pleakly being replaced, it seems likely that Jumba Jookiba will also be recast (he was played by David Ogden Stiers in other material.)
No news about Stitch himself. If I get further information I’ll let everyone know.
By Marc | July 24th, 2009
Confirming the news we found out earlier in the week, Viz is indeed releasing the Kekkaishi anime in the USA.
They also announced they will be releasing the new Inuyasha anime under the title “InuYasha: The Final Act.”
CCI09: VIZ Anime & Manga Liveblog at AnimeVice
By Marc | July 22nd, 2009
Based on the popular manga (released by Viz in North America), Kekkaishi ran for 52 episodes a couple years ago in Japan.
Not sure who has licensed it yet, but Kekkaishi’s dub is currently in production in Los Angeles (maybe we will hear something at San Diego Comic-Con?)
Update- Based on some further information, I believe the license holder to be Viz or a company that we don’t traditionally think of as an anime company, but that isn’t confirmed (officially OR unofficially.)
By Marc | July 18th, 2009
We are finally getting an American release of the fully remastered Dragon Ball Z Dragonboxes.
Not generally a person to just post post press releases, but for now I’m just quite happy that it’s actually happening, so I’ll let Funi’s press release do the talking. There are also more pictures of early packaging mockups from our friends at DaizenshuuEX at the bottom.
Flower Mound, TX – July 18, 2009 — FUNimation Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, today announces that it has acquired the original masters for the entire Dragon Ball Z anime series, episodes and films, and will release all as the Dragon Box for the first time in the U.S. The first of seven Dragon Boxes will be available at major retailers nationwide this Fall.
The Dragon Box will be produced from the original Dragon Box masters after a frame by frame restoration and will span the entire 291 episode television series and all 13 of its movies.
This definitive DVD box release begins with Dragon Box One which includes the first 42 episodes, uncut, on 6 discs.
The Dragon Box releases will feature an aspect ratio of 4:3, the original Japanese audio (with options for an English track or English subtitles), the original episode previews, complete opening and closing credits and a collector’s booklet.
Dragon Box One will be available at major retailers nationwide on November 10, 2009 and will have an SRP of $79.98.
About FUNimation Entertainment
FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com
By Marc | July 14th, 2009
Fans of both Disney and anime should be happy because it appears the Disney/Madhouse anime production Stitch! (a spin-off of the Lilo and Stitch franchise) will be coming to the USA relatively soon.
I’ve been able to confirm that pre-production work has began on an English version of Stitch! at Studiopolis using the normal crop of Los Angeles area dub actors (no idea if Chris Sanders, one of the directors of the original film, will be reprising his role as Stitch). Should be interesting to see how an English dub, of a Japanese anime, based on a Disney property will turn out.
By Marc | July 3rd, 2009
Although not officially announced by Bandai as part of the announcement, during an interview that was streamed over the net Tony Oliver commented that he would be directing the dub of the film.
This confirms the movie will likely use the same cast (since he was the director for the show also and has commented many times about how it was the best cast he’s ever had).
Hopefully some cast confirmations will be upcoming.
By Marc | June 2nd, 2009
Some game news from E3 via press releases.
Looks like the new Dragon Ball related games will be published directly by Namco-Bandai and be Atari free.
Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, for the Nintendo DS. This one is the Kai RPG (guess that tells us if Funi secretly has Kai yet or not.)
Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, for the 360/PS3. This is a fighting/action game that is in the style of Budokai Tenkaichi/Sparking.
Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo, for the Wii. This is a sidescrolling platform action game, that we first told you about here on FBR far far earlier in the year before it was fully known what the game was yet.
All three games are scheduled for release this fall
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