Sci-fi goes global with new Japanese VIZ Media imprint

VIZ Media has announced the launch of a brand-new imprint called Haikasoru, which will publish an array of contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy stories for English audiences. This is the first time an imprint with a dedicated focus on Japanese sci-fi has launched in North America. Haikasoru is scheduled to publish twelve books a …
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Full trailer for Dragonball feature online

Dragonball follows the story of Goku, who, at the request of his dying adoptive grandfather Gohan, seeks out the great Master Roshi, in an attempt to gather all seven fabled “Dragon Balls”, of which he possesses one. His mission is to get them before the evil Lord Piccolo from using the power of the Dragon …
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Ghost in the Shell director Mamoru Oshii to give intro at premiere of Sky Crawlers

This Friday, December 12th, New York-Tokyo and the Film Society of Lincoln Center present the New York premiere of director Mamoru Oshii’s (Ghost in the Shell, PatLabor: The Mobile Police) latest film, The Sky Crawlers, which is described as an engaging combination of philosophy and science fiction, featuring brilliantly executed aerial combat sequences. Oshii sees …
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Animation community site goes global

The Association of Japanese Animations, an industry organization consisting mainly of animation production companies, recently announced that its community website, called Open Post, now has an English-language section. Open Post acts as a forum that provides animation professionals with an opportunity to submit and publish their work online. The new English-language section allows submissions from …
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Trailer for Dragonball film

Dragonball is based on the extremely popular manga and anime series about a young boy named Goku who seeks out, upon his grandfather’s dying request, to find the great Master Roshi and gather all seven Dragon Balls (of which he has one) in order to prevent Piccolo from succeeding in his desire to use the …
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More details about the Viz manga-to-film company

VIZ Media has launched a new wholly-owned Hollywood-based company named VIZ Productions to produce and license live-action theatrical film and TV projects based on animated and manga series. The new company will draw on a vast catalog of manga properties owned by its Japanese parent companies Shogakukan and Shueisha, as well as publishing giant Hakusensha, …
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Astro Boy cuts hair at Comic-Con plus Viz Media to lens Naruto, Death Note, Inuyasha and other Manga-based films

Imagi Studios and Summit Entertainment will be at Comic-Con in San Diego at booth #3530, introducing its upcoming CG-animated motion picture Astro Boy. The film’s director, David Bowers and producer, Maryann Garger will be attending the event on Saturday, July 26, and be stationed at the studios’ booth. 
 A special-edition Astro Boy oversized bag will also be …
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Capcom’s Lost Planet Finds the Big Screen

Variety reports that Warner Bros. and Japanese game publisher Capcom are teaming to bring the video game Lost Planet to the big screen. Warner’s will distribute the film based on the hit game and Capco will co-finance, and possibly develop a sequel to the original game. David Hayter (The Scorpion King, X-Men, Watchmen) is writing …
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First trailer from 20th Century Boys is online

The first trailer for The first trailer for 20th Century Boys, based on the mange series by Naoki Urasawa, is online. The film is the first in a planned trilogy, that will be shot in seven countries, including China, Thailand, the U.K., Japan and the U.S. The first film revolves around a “Book of Revelations” …
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Highlander and Devil May Cry, the Anime films

According to Anime News Network, at the 2007 Tokyo International Anime Fair, also called TAF, the booth for the anime production company Madhouse included promotions for some of their new titles. For one, an anime based on the popular Capcom video game Devil May Cry is in the works. The anime is slated to debut …
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Afro Samurai Trailer and the First Scene Online

Afro Samurai focuses a Black samurai in a futuristic yet feudal Japan who is on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father. Afro is a warrior who travels a solitary path encountering a myriad of enemies, friends, and challenges beyond imagination. The animated series will feature original music by The RZA, and stars Samuel L. Jackson …
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More on Tarantino’s Kill Bill Anime Prequel

TokyoPop has an article about the possibility that Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Anime Prequel franchise may be closer to fruition. This was discussed at the Comic Con in San Diego also. It’s a pretty good article and worth a read, if you’re not up to date on the status of these projects. But also talks about other …
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