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Anime Network new shows coming Spring/Summer 2009

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Anime Network has announced on its website today that it will be premiering several series starting in early May, June and July: Appleseed, and through a partnership with Enoki Films – Revolutionary Girl Utena, Gakuen Alice (Alice Academy), SuperGals, Lost Universe, Koi Koi 7, Izumo: Flash of a Brave Sword, El Hazard: The Wanderers, Soul Hunter, Gun Frontier, and Cosmo Warrior Zero.

Official Anime Network blog post:

Exciting news today, children! We’ve been burning the candle at both ends to bring you some awesome new stuff this year, and we’ll kick it off with our latest and greatest: The futuristic thrill ride that is Appleseed will be available for all our SVOD viewers ONLY on Anime Network! Here’s a little info to get you started:

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Discuss this in the Announcement thread[/quote]

Originally posted: April 21, 2009 @ 5:37pm

New Updates on the Online Player

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Get Backers, Pet Shop of Horrors Premiere and other new updates on the Online Player

Hey guys! We’ve just put up a bunch of new stuff on the Online Player, so you might want to go check it out sometime soon. New stuff added includes:

Petshop of Horrors

There is a very unique pet shop in Chinatown. Be careful of what you get though because a lot can go wrong. You must follow the rules get out in the contract that you sign from the pet shop owner or beware. There has been a string of unexplainable deaths from customers of this pet shop occurring so Detective Orcot sets out to find out why.

Parasite Dolls

In a world where perfect androids called boomers have infiltrated every aspect of society, it’s the job of the Branch to maintain peace between the people and the plastic. Unfortunately, not all boomers are created perfect and when boomers go bad, people die!

Bast of Syndrome

The year is 2097 and in the city of Xenon, the ultimate cyber game, where players fight as bio-mechanical cyber robots, has been created. But something’s wrong. To solve this mystery, the creator of the game assembles a “Dream Team”, the top three young gamers in all of Xenon. This team of rebellious, arrogant teens must overcome their attitudes and fears to find the answers to the mystery that are much bigger than the game.

Conduct Zero

Conduct Zero, a hormonal hilarity live-action movie like no other. Joong-pil is a jerk. So when the innocent, yet delightfully fiesty, Min-hee throws him a hormonal curveball, Joon-pil is ill-prepared to face life’s nastiest little test question of all – for love or lunch money?


Ban Mido and Ginji Amano are a recovery duo infamously known as the “Get Backers.” Ban possesses two special powers: the “Snake Bite” (his hands have a gripping power of 200kg) and the “Evil Eye” (anyone who looks into his eyes will be locked into a powerful and nightmarish hallucination). Ginji, on the other hand, has the ability to generate thousands of volts of electricity from his body. Together, they run a freelance business of recovering anything lost or stolen from a client - and they claim a 100% success rate at their job.

What are you waiting for? Go check 'em out! See ya there![/quote]
Originally posted: April 21, 2009 @ 6:00pm

ADV/Anime Network distribute on iTunes

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After a number of fan requests, ADV Films and Anime Network have now begun distributing anime on iTunes with several initial anime offerings: Saiyuki, Angelic Layer, Pet Shop of Horrors, Mahoromatic, and Tsukihime.

To find the Anime Network and ADV Films offerings on iTunes click this link for the or search for it manually by going to the search section of the iTunes Store through the iTunes software and search “Anime Network.” In the search results section, the right hand portion returns with an Anime Network link in the “Related box.” Click that link to access the ADV Films/Anime Network offerings.

ADV Films and Anime Network have been expanding their digital distribution offerings over the last few months with partnerships with Crunchyroll, Joost, more anime on the new Anime Network Online Player, more offerings and expansion on Anime Network VOD, PayPerView Xbox 360, and now iTunes.

For more information on iTunes visit their homepage at[/quote]
Originally posted: April 21, 2009 @ 7:30pm

YouTube signs Content deal with Anime Network

Originally posted: April 22, 2009 @ 3:21pm

Anime Network Premieres new RightStuf shows

Hot on the heels of Anime Network’s recent announcement of new Spring/Summer shows of Appleseed and Enoki Films titles – Anime Network has revealed that 3 new acclaimed Right Stuf/Nozomi titles will be Premiering on Anime Network: Aria, Maria Watches Over Us and Toward the Terra (Movie).

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Originally posted: April 29, 2009 @ 6:17pm

ADV distributes Appleseed the Movie

Sentai Filmworks has license rescued the Appleseed movie (2004) originally released by Geneon in North America in 2005 and will now be distributed on DVD by ADV Films and for digital distribution, Anime Network. Appleseed movie (2004) directed by Shinji Aramaki, is science fiction remake based on characters created by Masamune Shirow. Like Clannad and Princess Resurrection, as well as a number of recent Sentai Filmworks/ADV Films releases, TBS is involved in the production.

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Originally posted: April 21, 2009 @ 7:34pm

Is there going to be an diffent in the movie

Well ADV did have the other film but lost it in the Sojitz debacle lst year. I look foward to this.

Well ADV did have the other film but lost it in the Sojitz debacle last year. I look forward to this.[/quote]

ADV never picked up any Appleseed before.

Appleseed Ex Machina is by Warner Brothers. They hired ADV/Amusement Park Media for the production and dubbing.

The old 80s OVA is held by Manga Ent.

No Warner Bros has the second one .
ADV did the dubbing for them. :wink:

Yeah, now I remember.

Wonder what new trailers they’ll have on the dvd?
New yummy stuff I hope?

We may find out more stuff in the coming months. There are a couple of big conventions coming up and we know that ADV/Sentai and Switchblade will be making an announcement next month at ACEN. It might be focused on Live Action though in that convention announcement. However, Anime Boston and Anime Expo are also coming up!

ADV formally issues a Press Release with Sentai Filmworks

As I mentioned in my blog:

Though reported previously when the DVD Release solicitations surfaced that ADV Films will be distributing Appleseed – Today, Sentai Filmworks and ADV Films have officially issued a statement and jointly their first press release with the distribution and rescue license of Appleseed movie. This is fairly significant since this is ADV Films’ first press release in a while, with good news no less.

[quote]HOUSTON, May 4, 2009—Sentai Filmworks announced its forthcoming DVD release of Appleseed, which brings the dystopian sci-fi thriller back in print for the first time in years. ADV Films handles North American home media distribution for Sentai Filmworks and will release the Appleseed movie June 30.

Appleseed was first released in North America by Geneon Entertainment (USA) in 2005. Based on the legendary manga series by Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell, Dominion) and directed by groundbreaking filmmaker Shinji Arimaki (Bubblegum Crisis), Appleseed set a high-water mark for anime features in the 21st century.

Synopsis: Earth’s last city, Olympus, rose from the ashes of a global war on the backs of Bioroids, artificial clones who make up half the city’s population. Under the strict guidance of a supercomputer, humanity’s last survivors enjoy an idyllic peace, but only on the surface Human terrorists within the military seek a return to power and clash with the government’s ESWAT forces lead by the legendary soldier, Deunan Knute, and her boyfriend who is 75% machine. Retrieving the Appleseed will end the conflict, and Deunan alone holds its secret. The outstanding feature film based on the manga by Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell), directed by Shinji Aramaki (Bubblegum Crisis), and produced by SORI (Ping Pong) features a soundtrack including Boom Boom Satelites, Paul Oakenfold, Basement Jaxx and more.

Appleseed (SRP $29.98 DVD) is a DVD-only anamorphic release presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 5.1 with English subtitles. Prebook orders are due June 2.

DVD Product Details

Running Time: 105 mins.
Age Rating: TV 14 (V, S, L)
UPC: 702727206627
Pre-Book Date: 6/2/2009
Street Date: 6/30/2009
Format: DVD
SRP: $19.98

Product specifications and content configuration subject to change.

About ADV Films:
ADV is among the largest producer-distributors of Japanese animation (“anime”) outside of Japan and maintains a huge catalog of English-language anime. With best-selling titles such as Neon Genesis Evangelion, RahXephon, Robotech, Full Metal Panic!, Hello Kitty and Azumanga Daioh, ADV Films’ extensive catalog is fueling the popularity of anime around the globe. ADV Films also provides home video distribution for a variety of independent clients, including Switchblade Pictures and Sentai Filmworks.

About Sentai Filmworks:
Sentai Filmworks is one of the fastest-growing licensors of anime in North America, including hit series like Clannad and Princess Resurrection. Sentai Filmworks is distributed on a non-exclusive basis by ADV Films.[/quote]

Aria TV, Maria, Appleseed Movie on Anime Network!

Aria the Animation, Maria Watches Over Us North American Premiere, Appleseed debut on Anime Network

As reported in the last few weeks, Anime Network will be broadcasting a,com_kunena/Itemid,65/catid,5/func,view/id,46/ starting this Spring. Today, (May 7th) kicks off Anime Network’s new Spring and Summer Shows schedule with the North American Premiere of RightStuf/Nozomi’s Aria the Animation and Maria Watches Over Us for all of Anime Network’s free VOD and SVOD viewers in the US and Canada. Also debuting on Anime Network SVOD is Appleseed 2004 Movie, based on the manga series by Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell, Dominion) and directed Shinji Arimaki (Bubblegum Crisis).

Originally posted: May 7, 2009 @ 2:31pm

Bento Beatbox returns to Anime Network! (Premiere)


JRockRevolution and Anime Network Premiere the new Bento Beatbox

Several years ago, the cult-followed program Bento Beatbox by Sony / Tofu records broadcasted a variety of Japanese music videos through Anime Network – After a haitus, Anime Network and are now Premiering the return of Bento Beatbox throughout all Anime Network VOD cable and satellite operators as well as 6 million households in Southern California through United Television Broadcasting.

Bento Beatbox will feature 4-6 new music videos from Jrock and Visual Kei artists that will be touring or releasing albums in the U.S. and will be hosted by Xion, lead vocalist for the Los Angeles/Japan rock band, VAEIDOS.

The 30 minute premier of the new Anime Network/JRockRevolution Bento Beatbox presents 5 music videos from: Gackt, VAMPS, Angelo, LUNA SEA and Deluhi.

About the artists: (Information courtesy of

Our first introduction goes to Gackt, known for his start in the Visual Kei band Malice Mizer back in the 90’s, this famous front man has enjoyed a very successful solo career known as “Gackt JOB”. Drawing upon multiple talents, Gackt is also known for his modeling career as well as his acting prowess in several commercials, television shows, and films.

Founded in 2008 by Hyde (L’arc en Ciel vocalist) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust guitarist), VAMPS entered the music scene seemingly by storm. In the summer of 2008, VAMPS released their first single “Love Addict” and followed with a 46-show tour.

Angelo was formed in August of 2006 by ex-PIERROT : Kirito, KOHTA, and Takeo. Their first single “REBORN” was released in November 2006 and was soon followed by their second single “WINTER MOON” in early 2007. Their premier album “REBIRTH OF NEWBORN BABY” was soon after released in April of 2007.

It is a rare occasion to find a long-standing band that has maintained a solid line-up for the entirety of their career. However, LUNA SEA—originally Lunacy—is one of those gems alongside being what most would consider one of the most influential rock bands in Japan’s history.

Created in January of 2008, Deluhi’s members consist of Juri (vocals), Leda (guitar), Aggy (bass), and Sujk (drums). Not wasting any time, they put out their first mini-album “SURVEILLANCE” the following month and followed with their first live the same month. After touring several Tokyo venues during Spring of 2008, their first single “ORION ONCE AGAIN” was released in July.

Source: ADV Nation[/quote]
Originally posted: May 14, 2009 @ 3:49pm

Evangelion, Appleseed, Kiba now on Xbox/iTunes

Just found this out last night (with the recent Xbox/iTunes weekly updates) so I thought I’d make a post on my blog and on the forum about the below:


ADV Films and Anime Network add Neon Genesis Evangelion, Appleseed to Xbox Live, and Kiba to iTunes

In the last few weeks ADV Films and its digital distribution arm, Anime Network have been adding several established and new titles to both the Anime section in Xbox Live (Kiba, Mahoromatic, Mahromatic: Something More Beautiful, Tsukihime, and Pet Shop of Horrors) and have launched the iTunes app.

This week, ADV Films and Anime Network have added to Xbox Live their marquee series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and concurrently with the Anime Network debut, the newly reissued Appleseed Movie (2004) which will be available for DVD release on June 30th.

Kiba Collection 1 and 2 has also been recently been added to their iTunes store.[/quote]
Originally posted: May 7, 2009 @ 3:28pm

Wow! Xbox is making all of the right moves. Now appleseed woo!!!

This, of course, would happen the one week I don’t have Live. Stupid three month cards!!! They intend to put any more up in the future?