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FUNimation channel going HD, includes Baccano!, others

Hate low-quality web streams? Internet too slow for torrents? Too cheap or impatient for Blu-rays? Or do you just prefer regular-ole' television to your monitor? FUNimation has some good news for you!The FUNimation channel has just launched...


Atlus being absorbed, though its name shall remain

Now, now. It's not as bad as it sounds. Atlus, everyone's favorite Catherine developer/publisher, isn't being dismantled or shut down, but rather being merged into its parent company, Index Holdings, which purchased Atlus back in 2006. The ...


Watch Yamakan's new anime Fractal, or he'll retire

Hoity-toity auteur types are bound to make grand statements every so often, and Yutaka Yamamoto (a.k.a. Yamakan) is apparently no stranger to that sort of thing. The former KyoAni luminary who was behind season one of The Melancholy of Haru...


Will FUNimation be sold? Find out in two quarters

It's been rumbling about the industry for a while now, but it seems that the cat may soon exit the bag. Navarre Corporation, parent company of FUNimation, is due to make "a strategic decision" regarding the publisher, within the n...


Japanator Discusses: Dai Sato rants on the state of anime

Hello, and welcome to the first installment of Japanator Discusses, a roundtable-style feature that we resort to when a topic - and the thoughts and commentary inspired by it - is too big for any one editor to monopolize.Today's topic comes...


Jon Schiller Design caught tracing multiple anime, games

It's shades of Nick Simmons with a new comic/toy property called SINS!, a darker spin-off of Jon Schiller Design's Little 9 property. Artist Jon Schiller, or someone working under him, has released a series of promotional images which are a...


Kannagi's Yamakan predicts end of anime home video sales

Apparently director Yutaka Yamamoto, a.k.a. Yamakan, is not too happy with the current state of the anime industry. Despite just releasing the highly anticipated OVA Black Rock Shooter through his own production company Studio Ordet, Yamaka...


Swedish manga translator fined for lolicon photos

It seems that the ridiculous debate about the rights of fictional characters continues, disregarding common sense. Now, a Swedish manga translator (unnamed) has been fined by the district court of Uppsala Sweden for possessing 51 images con...


Ryu Murakami bypasses publisher dominance by going iPad

Despite really being several iPod Touches nailed together, it seems the iPad is here to stay.It's an intriguing device though, especially in its potential as a replacement for paper-bound books and manga. Nothing's going to take the place o...


TokyoPop pairs up with Zinio for digital manga releases

West coast publisher TokyoPop, has paired with Zinio in order to offer manga available for download on Macs or PCs, as well as the iPad (I wonder if the iPod Touch is compatible as well). Singular downloads will be offer...


MangaFox pulls their entire Viz library, 'talking' to Viz

I wonder how this is going to go: the folks over at MangaFox are currently trying to talk with the people at Viz in regards to all the scans they're hosting of Viz's licensed properties. In addition to all 230 titles Viz asked them to remov...


Crunchyroll gets another $750k shot in the arm!

It looks like Crunchyroll really is attracting all the investors. Less than three months after TV Tokyo invested in the group, Japanese e-publisher Bitway announced that they're also dropping $750,000 into Crunchyroll's coffers to help them...


Talking to the publishers about the anti-piracy coalition

Yesterday, the announcement of the long-overdue anti-piracy coalition within the manga industry got a lot of people riled up, both here at Japanator and across the 'net. Of course, the press release wasn't the most specific thing in the ...


This is war: US, Japanese pubs combine to fight scans

If it wasn't on this whole time, you can be sure that it's on now, oh yes you can.What's on, you ask? The war against scanlation, that's what. Pretty much every major manga publisher on both sides of the Pacific have joined forces to form a...


Rumor: GAINAX and Evangelion remakes splitting up?

The impact that GAINAX, Evangelion, and its creator, Hideki Anno have had on the anime industry is huge. From the popular anime series to the recent movie remakes (or sequels, depending on who you ask), there have been few properties that h...


Rest in Peace, Peter Keefe: Voltron producer passes away

Remember Voltron? Classic giant robot, the one with lines, later with cars? I do. Growing up in the Philippines I was a little too young to get on the Voltes V bandwagon, but was right on time to catch Voltron and lion-combining glory.Now, ...


Shocker: Evangelion 2.22 DVD/BD sells like gangbusters

Was it really any surprise that yet another Evangelion-related would sell like gangbusters, not least the biggest Evangelion-related thing since, well, Evangelion? Of course not.But this is, of course, a thing that hard numbers ha...


DC shutters CMX, and so goes another manga publisher

It might seem like the end of the world, now that yet another manga publisher is closing its doors. This time, DC Comics has announced that they're shuttering their manga branch CMX as of July 1st. The publisher, best known for an eclectic ...


Viz lays off 40% of its workforce, shutters NY office

Top story of the day: PW got the word that Viz is laying off a massive 60 employees -- about 40% of its total workforce, including shuttering its New York office. From some of the talk that I've heard going around, this is hitting just abou...


Angel Beats makes mad ratings, we deign to pick it up

I initially dismissed Angel Beats! on the appearance of its protagonist, and I'm reasonably sure that I wasn't alone at the time. Now, new ratings reports from broadcaster MBS have inspired me to give the show a chance.It seems that Angel B...


Press release fight! FUNimation fires back at Crunchyroll

Hey, remember late April, when FUNimation announced in a press release that they served over 8 million streaming views in March? Yes you do, and great for FUNi!Hey, remember Monday, when Crunchyroll pulled a sick burn on FUNi by announcing ...


Gainax's new anime is about panties and stockings

If there's anything you can rely on Gainax for, it's that you can expect some weird-ass projects coming out of that studio. From brain-melters like Evangelion to romance series like KareKano to robo-maid comedies like Mahoromatic to a show ...


Anime Die When They Are Killed

Here at Japanator, we're full of opinions. When it comes to controversies you can be sure that Brad does not monopolize the discourse. (Well, almost. And unless you mean by his deep, sexy, podcast-breaking voice). The thing is, it's like pi...


Bang Zoom says anime is going to die -- is it true?

[Update: I've added a corollary talking about DVD pricing here in the US. It's an important addition to this debate. --Brad] Many of you may have heard already, but just in case you haven't: Bang Zoom's CEO, Eric Sherman, is ringing the dea...


Man arrested for insider trading on Gonzo stock

Scandal! It seems that just today 49-year-old Takeshi Matsubara was arrested for allegedly doing insider trading back in 2006-2007 on stocks of Gonzo. According to the report, Matsubara was arrested for, "having traded shares in an ani...


Rest in Peace, Carl Macek: Robotech producer passes away

Last weekend saw a solemn day for anime fans everywhere, as Carl Macek (pictured left), perhaps one of the greatest pioneers of anime in the English-speaking world, passed away on April 17th. He was 58 years old.Macek was involved in the pr...


Media Blasters going with box sets for future releases

Business is tough in the anime industry. What with the lean economy and the whole thing with the anime bubble bursting, publishers everywhere that don't have their claws in some kind of sure-win property are scrambling to adapt their busine...


Aniplex to start publishing in the US with Gurren movies

Well, how's this for something to wake up to? Aniplex America, who we've seen working with Bandai Entertainment for a number of years, has finally decided to get into the distribution market. For their first trick, they're going to be relea...


Touhou is way too popular on the doujinshi scene

Look, I know that the Touhou Project series of moe bullet-hell games is big in the otaku world, but I really didn't know it was that big. It's pretty effin' HUGE.At least, that's the picture given by the latest amateur work sales features p...


No More Mutants: X-Men Misfits and more get axed

Dark times are nigh for fans of east-west comic book crossovers, as X-Men Misfits, a shoujo-manga-styled adaptation of everyone's favorite mutant franchise has been separated from its ability to exist, Scarlet Witch style.Deb Aoki at About....


VIZ Eisner's best friend, scores six award nominations

It seems that VIZ Media are in the habit of picking out winners, as this year they - or rather, works that they've published - cleaned up at the nominations for this year's Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - The Eisners.Whoever is in charg...


FUNiCon 3.0 online discussion panel is go for March 29th

Have a question to ask a North American anime-publishing superpower? You'll get a chance on Monday, as FUNimation Update Blog is right and ready to hold FUNiCon 3.0, its online panel, live via USTREAM, that live streaming service everyone o...


What is a manga consumer?

Over at MangaBlog, long-time manga editor Jake Forbes has posted an editorial on the manga industry- or industries, as the case may be. Dear Manga, You Are Broken is a great read, encompassing tons of ideas for what Japanese publishers, Ame...


Tokyo Anime Fair kicks off, brings Gundam 00, CG Harlock

Did you know that stuff happens at Tokyo Big Sight even when it's not being used for ComiKet? It's true! Stuff's happening right now! Like 2010's annual Tokyo International Anime Fair, which launched with several high-profile features at th...


Crunchyroll gets a shot in the arm, to the tune of $750k

Online anime streamer Crunchyroll.com has gotten a shot in the arm in terms of investment, with broadcaster TV Tokyo taking a minority stake in the company for $750,000. This isn't going to change Crunchyroll's broadcast strategy or site de...


4kids returns to roots, licenses new anime

It's never fun to see someone take a bath (in the corporate sense of the word), and 4kids did just that when they went and adapted Chaotic, the Danish card game and cartoon franchise. And it was a rather expensive bath to boot, costing the ...


Mona Yamamoto has issues with protesting mangaka

If you've been following development in the war against lolis, you'd know that the latest attempt by the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly to censor the appearance of lolis in most forms of 2-D media has been delayed for further deliberation, aft...


Some breathing room: Tokyo anti-loli law vote postponed

Whew. It seems that cooler heads have prevailed regarding Japan's disturbingly general anti-loli legislative proposals, as the scheduled vote has been delayed to facilitate further deliberation on the issue. Maybe now that they have a littl...


Atlus makes mad bank, Sony kicks themselves harder

Last night, Destructoid's Jim Sterling wrote about Sony regretting not publishing Demon's Souls themselves. Well, they can cry some more, because Atlus has been reporting rather grand gains of late. Over the first half of this fiscal yea...


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