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    Anime News of the Week (6/10 - 6/16)

The Resurrection of an Anime Long Forgotten

Historians have discovered an anime series that dates back to 1958. Mole’s Adventure is only nine minutes long, uses paper cutouts instead of cel animation and uses one voice actress. It is the world’s oldest TV anime. Mole's Adventure will air July 21st, 7:00PM on Japan’s Animax channel. Link

GITS: Arise First Minutes

The official Ghost in the Shell: Arise YouTube channel has released the first eight minutes of the new show with English captions. The story is a prequel to the previous incarnations. In it Motoko Kusanagi is suspected of a terrorist bombing following the death of her superior officer.

The Worldwide Pokémon Trailer

At the Nintendo Direct video conference, the newest Pokémon X and Y gameplay trailer revealed several features, including Fairy Type pokemon and a more personal Pokémon interface dubbed Pokémon-Amie.

E3 Reveals More PokéSecrets

In other Pokémon news, a roundtable discussion at the Electronic Entertainment Expo revealed several more gameplay mechanics. These include two new battle modes to the series, Horde Battle and Sky Battle. Also new is the Player Search System, which allows players to wirelessly connect from anywhere in the world. Link

The Moe Contagion

The Higurashi Project released their second trailer for the upcoming OVA Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kaku: Outbreak. This continuation of the When They Cry horror franchise joins our main heroes as they try to save their town from a mysterious virus and an ever advancing military.

K Dub Cast Announced

Viz Media has announced the English cast to the anime K. Directed by Shingo Suzuki in his directorial debut, the cast includes Sam Regal, Matthew Mercer, and Stephanie Sheh. The English version will be streamed this summer through online service Neon Alley. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-06-14/viz-media-announces-k-tv-anime-dub-cast

Health Complications Halt Band’s Return

Though pop duo Chage and Aska had looked forward to a comeback, their hiatus has been extended. Their website states that Aska, real name Shigeaki Miyazaki, recently suffered a cerebral ailment known as a transient ischemic attack. In response, several tour dates have been delayed. Chage and Aska have been together for 35 years and are best known for their single "On Your Mark." Link

Toonami Comes Back With Vengeance

According to timeslot ratings for primetime television, Toonami scored record highs in the second week of June. Between 12:00 AM and 2:00 AM ET, each show led the ratings across all television networks. What were the shows that brought in the viewers? The Big Three and Soul Eater. Link

RIP Hirō Isono

Artist Hirō Isono has passed away from heart failure at the age of 65. His work as an artist began in the 1970’s, when he worked on picture books and light novels. He is most well known for his main visual work on the video game Final Fantasy Adventure and the rest of the Mana series. Link

RIP Kenji Utsumi

Voice actor Kenji Utsumi passed away this week at a Tokyo hospital at the age of 75 after struggling with cancerous peritonitis. Since 1968, the baritone voiced actor provided voices for many iconic characters, including Fist of the North Star’s Raoh, Dr. Slump’s Senbei, Full Metal Alchemist’s Maj. Alex Armstrong, and Macross Plus’s Millard Johnson. Link

Anime Premieres

  • Yūto-kun ga Iku

Anime Releases

  • Bleach Season 17 Uncut Box Set DVD (English)
  • Digimon Tamers - The Official Third Season Re-Release DVD (English)
  • Fushigi Yugi Eikoden Collection DVD (English)
  • Lagrange: The Flowers of Rin-ne - Set 1 DVD/Blu-Ray (English)
  • Mysterious Girlfriend X - Complete Collection DVD/Blu-Ray (English)

Manga Releases

  • Arata The Legend Volume 14
  • Battle Angel Alita: Last Battle [Omnibus] Volume 2
  • His Favorite Volume 4
  • Lone Wolf 2100 [Omnibus] Volume 1
  • Loveless Volume 11
  • No. 6 Volume 1
  • Sankarea: Undying Love Volume 1
  • Sleeping Moon Volume 1
  • Trigun Maximum [Omnibus] Volume 3

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