FUNimation Entertainment has acquired several anime TV series and movies titles from Central Park Media (CPM) for broadcast on its digital FUNimation Channel. CPM titles picked up as part of the deal, most of which are appropriate for teens and up, include: Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie; the Record of Lodoss Wars series; Roujin Z, the Project A-ko series; Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer; and Grave of the Fireflies. FUNimation airs occasionally on Dish Network and other outlets.
Anime conventions are running hot and cold this year.
IVC2 reports that Anime Expo, currently the nation’s largest anime convention with over 40,000 in attendance last year, will be moving back to its original home at the Long Beach (CA) Sports Arena on June 29 through July 2. A highlight of the show is sure to be the return engagement of "AX Singing Idol" — details can be found at the AX website. Be sure to pack the sunscreen!
We used the word "currently" up there because Reed Exhibitions, the people who brought you the New York Comic Con, have been busy organizing the first New York Anime Festival, to be held at the Javits Center on December 7 through 9.
According to Reed’s press release, the con will "span the complete breadth of anime pop culture including exclusive and extensive screenings, a gala cosplay masquerade, and sessions with the biggest names in anime from Japan, Asia, and America. The event will also explore the Japanese cultural experience with a showcase of both traditional and cutting-edge Japanese cuisine, apparel, and lifestyles." Dress warmly for the late fall!
And if you simply can’t wait until then, particularly if you live in the Northwest US and aren’t all tired out from the Emerald City Con, don’t forget that Sakura-Con 2007 ("the oldest and most well-attended Anime Convention in the Pacific Northwest — non-profit, all ages, all volunteer and ‘for the fans by the fans’") starts tomorrow, April 6, through Sunday the 8th at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.
Logos for each of these three conventions are pictured at right. That’s a lot of anime, but really just a small cross-section of the actual anime con circuit, which is easily as impressive as the mainstream comicon circuit…
The first American Anime Awards were handed out at the New Yorker hotel in (where else) New York last Saturday, and by popular demand (Sid Popular sent us an e-mail – and thanks to Steve Allen for that gag!), here are the winners:
Best Actor: Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Macross)
Best Anime Theme Song: Rewrite (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Best Actress: Mary Elizabeth (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG)
Best Comedy Anime: FLCL
Best Actor in a Comedy: Dave Wittenberg (Zatch Bell)
Best Anime Feature: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Best Actress in a Comedy: Debi Derryberry (Zatch Bell)
Best Short Series: FLCL
Best Cast: Fullmetal Alchemist
Best Long Series: Fullmetal Alchemist
Best DVD Package Design: Fullmetal Alchemist
Best Manga: Fruits Basket
Via Alan Kistler at Monitor Duty, an ugly convention story out on the west coast:
Anime Film Foundation (AnimeFF) was founded as a charity for breast cancer research, specifically the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The group launched the “Tour for the Cure” anime con and stated that all proceeds would be donated to breast cancer research. They recruited several people in the anime community, including those at TheOtaku.com and Richard Stott, founder of the Anime Vegas convention. MTV was ready to video tape part of the convention.
And then things went bad. It turned out that no one signed the contracts for the convention rooms. The convention had to become a single day thing when it had originally been intended to last three days. Several events were canceled. Guests were told that promised accomodations weren’t available.
At the end of the day, AnimeFF representative Jeff Borncamp told the convention center people that the show was over, at which point he allegedly left with all the registration money and dealer deposits. What was supposed to be a charity event appeared to observers to be a "hit and run" scam on not only the anime and gaming communities but on people who thought they were involved in donating money to breast cancer research.
TheOtaku.com has promised to dedicate their resources to bringing all the facts to light and ensuring that this kind of thing never happens again. As far as we know, the Susan G. Komen Foundation was merely having their name taken in vain, and they do good work.
Wannabe reporters can attend auditions at the NY Comic Con at the Javits Center in New York City on February 24 or 25, at the Anime Selects booth, or you can upload your video audition clip at Ziddio.com via the "Be a Tokyo Reporter" link. Applicants must be 18 years or older, have a valid U.S. Passport that won’t expire in the next six months, and have a general to expert knowledge of the anime industry and be physically and mentally capable to travel overseas.