5-30-06 (6:18AM EDT)—- CPM Setbacks Caused by Musicland Bankruptcy
Toonzone News has posted some findings regarding Central Park Media’s current status:
Late last week, reports of extensive layoffs at anime licensor Central Park Media led to speculation that the company was preparing for bankruptcy. Though the company has not yet confirmed or denied the filing rumors, CPM founder and managing director John O’Donnell issued a statement to Toon Zone News with more information about the recent financial setbacks. “As our business has been significantly impacted by Musicland’s bankruptcy filing, we are facing tightening sales conditions and are currently focusing on a cost cutting program which will structure the company for future growth without our largest customer. A number of very talented and dedicated employees have unfortunately lost their jobs through no fault of their own. CPM will be happy to assist these fine staff members find employment opportunities, so any company seeking experienced and professional employees are requested to email CPM at HR519@teamcpm.com for further details.” The Musicland retailer chain, which included Suncoast, Mediaplay and Sam Goody and was well known as a major anime purchaser, filed for bankruptcy in January. Most of its assets were sold to Trans World Entertainment in March.
5-29-06 (11:10AM EDT)—- Otome Wa Boku Ni Koshiteru To Be Animated
Based on the Caramel Box / Alchemist Romantic Love Comedy Adventure PS2 game, Otome Wa Boku Ni Koshiteru (“The Maiden Is Falling In Love With The Elder Sister”) will become an animated TV series to debut in Japan in October. Most of the production is coming from past D.C. ~Da Capo~ TV series. Confirmed staff include Director Masanori Nayoshi (D.C.S.S. ~Da Capo Second Season~), Character Designer Shimasawa Noriko (FullMetal Panic), Series Composition by Katsumi Hasegawa (Blue Gender), Animation Produciton by Feel, Production Commitee: Oto Boku Seisaku Iinkai. UPDATE: In the past 24 hours since we’ve posted this story, the official website has gone live with staff, story and release info. A splashcreen first look at some of the new anime chara designs can also be seen at www.starchild.co.jp/special/otome/.
5-29-06 (10:42AM EDT)—- NITABOH Honored At SICAF2006
At the SICAF animation festival in Seoul this past weekend, it came out that Wao Corporation’s NITABOH took the Grand Prix in the Long Section (Feature Film) competition. 1204 works were exhibited from 54 countries. enterprise that managed 340 bases in 30 years.
5-29-06 (10:26AM EDT)—- Ashi Productions Goes Online
Ashipro is now on the web. The animation studio has a long history working on such projects as Fairy Princess Minky Momo, F-Zero Falcon Legend and Offside but had never created a website until now. They became independent of the Bandai Namco group last year, and started a new business strategy, partnering with toy company Wiz Inc.
5-29-06 (9:50AM EDT)—- Takashi Yanase At Eel Festival
86 year old Anpanman creator Takashi Yanase is a highly colorful and active celebrity in Japan. You can catch glimpse of him at Saturday’s customary Unagi Matsura (“Eel Festival”) in Saitama City courtesy theSaitama Newspaper. Around 50 specialty restaurants dealing in Eel dishes showed off their cooking talents. It turns out that Yanase-sensei designed a special character, “Urawa Unakochan” to represent the show this year. You can see more pics including a manga style promotional poster here.
5-29-06 (9:45AM EDT)—- Live Acion Desnha Otoko Opens In South Korea
Chosun Illbo has the official movie poster and details on the South Korean opening for the live action Densha Otoko film. It arrives in theaters there on June 29th.
5-29-06 (8:53AM EDT)—- Hachikuro Second Season
The second TV animation series ‘Hachikuro II’ (Honey And Clover) begins broadcasting in Fuji TV’s ‘Noitamina’ block in Japan on Thursday, June 29, 2006. Yuki and Suneohair will cover the OP and ED, Shikao Suga and acoustic guitar duo DEPAPEPE will also provide music.
5-29-06 (8:38AM EDT)—- UK: Your PS3 Will Be 90,000 Yen!
Engadget reports our friends across the pond are getting a very special one of a kind 425 HDMI version PS3 with 60 GB HD expected retail around 89,500 Yen.
5-29-06 (8:30AM EDT)—- Busou Renkin Anime Website Up
The Japanese language www.busourenkin.com is now live with a first glimpse at how Watsuki’s manga has transitioned to animation.
5-28-06 (11:03PM EDT)—- Mural Treasure Almost Became Public Bath Fuel
A wall painting by famed manga creator Osamu Tezuka and 8 other artists which had been saved immediately before being burnt as public bath fuel is now being exhibited in Kiyose City, Tokyo. With the theme “Town Of The Future” Takashi Yanase, Hiroshi Tada, Chou Shinta, Ryohei Yanagihara, Kazuo Maekawa and Miyotaro Sagawa were among the contributors. The ten meter long, 2.6 meter high mural was first shown in the Saitama Prefecture Green Festival in 1987. Following the festival, the 11 piece painting was taken down and transferred to the public bathhouse “Noyu” of Kiyose City, where it was to be used as fuel to heat the baths. By chance, 69 year old Noboyasshi Jinbo who managed the public bath found the names of the eight artists in a section of the work and wondered if it may have some value. Restoration by the volunteer cooperation started in 1999. The public became aware of the painting’s existance about a year ago when it was the subject of a TV special.
5-28-06 (10:02PM EDT)—- Kiniro No Koruda TV Update
EG has some of the first chara profiles for Kiniro No Koruda: Primo Passo TV.
5-28-06 (9:52PM EDT)—- New Rurouni Kenshin PS2 Game
Banpresto is working on a new Rurouni Kenshin PS2 game and has just gone live with an official website you can view at the above link.
5-28-06 (9:45PM EDT)—- GITS Style Thermoptic Camo 5 Years Away
Nine MSN mentions more rumblings of real world scitentists trying to make a Ghost In The Shell style thermoptic camoflouge system (aka invisibility cloak). Researchers at Duke University and Imperial College London said they had developed a blueprint for an invisibility cloak that could have a range of