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    Anime News of the Week (10/14 - 10/20)

Cultural Icons Collide in Anniversary Celebration

Hello Kitty has done it all. 45 year-old merchandise franchise, multiple collaborations and several successful anime. Now, the precocious little kitty is teaming up with a juggernaut of Western animation, The Simpsons, to bring a special line of toys and collectibles. Expect more from this crossover September 2014. Link

A Study in Smash

Super Smash Brothers Melee was the best-selling game for the N64 game console. It inspired a generation of gamers to take their hobby to a professional level. Now, East Point Pictures presents "The Smash Brothers," an online film series that analyzes the game’s science and the Smash Wars of the 2000s. (Warning: film contains some inappropriate language.)

Major XY Bug To Be Patched

Though Pokémon X/Y's sales have been record-setting and reviews have been glowing, one glitch hampers the experience. Nintendo has acknowledged that players who save the game in the Lumiose Boulevards will corrupt their save files. A patch is in the works, but Nintendo advises caution with where you save in the meantime. Link

Zelda On the Big – and Little – Screen

Legend of Zelda project leader Eiji Aonuma recently discussed the possibility of a film based on the legendary franchise. Uniquely, he brought up the idea that audiences could play their 3DS consoles during the movie to increase immersion. An interesting take, but don't get your hopes up, this is all speculation. Link

Anime Mirai 2014 Announced

The compendium film Anime Mirai 2013 gained overwhelming attention in the international community, especially with Studio Trigger’s Little Witch Academia short. A new class is now in session. Joining the next project are Ultra Super Pictures, A-1 Pictures, Shin-Ei Animation and Studio 4°C. Each studio gets $380,000 and one year to make 30 minutes of animation to showcase the industry’s newest talent. Link

Katanas and Mecha In Perfect Harmony

A traveling exhibition scheduled for 2014 will bring Europe two Japanese traditions married into a unique experience. The Evangelion and Japanese Swords Exhibit first cropped up in 2012 and highlighted handcrafted weaponry based on the franchise. Included in the show are fully functional replicas of the Lance of Longinus, EVA knifes and a katana based on Unit 01. Link

J-Pop Band Greets Olympians

In commemoration of the successful Tokyo Olympic bid, famous Japanese band WORLD ORDER has released “Welcome to Tokyo.” Much like their other videos, the band is all suits and all choreography.

All Stars Top Olympic Survey

In other Tokyo 2020 news, Japanese civilians were polled to see whom they want to perform at the opening ceremonies. By a mile, Southern All Stars won the vote with 8,939 votes out of 143,394. Link

NYCC Rivals Big Brother

New York Comic Con declares recorded attendance of 130,000 unique visitors. With this number, it rivals San Diego Comic-Con International, one of the largest cons in the world. LInk

RIP Takashi Yanase

Manga-ka Takashi Yanase passed away on Sunday October 13 from heart failure. He was 94. Yanase is best known for his work Anpanman, one of the first Western anime imports to find a significant audience in the United States. From 2000 to 2012, he served as the head of the Japan Cartoonist Association. Link

Anime Premieres

  • Pokémon XY

Anime Releases

  • Campione! - Complete Collection DVD/Blu-Ray (English)
  • One Piece - Season 5 Part 3 DVD (English)
  • Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise DVD/Blu-Ray (English)
  • Sword Art Online - Fairy Dance Part 1 DVD/Blu-Ray (English)
  • Perfect Blue - Film DVD/Blu-Ray (UK Release)
  • Place Promised in Our Early Days/Voice of a Distant Star Twin Pack - Film DVD/Blu-Ray (UK Release)

Manga Releases

  • Afterschool Charisma Volume 8
  • Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar's Game Volume 3
  • Animal Land Volume 8
  • Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade Volume 5
  • Knights of Sidonia Volume 5
  • Monster Musume Volume 1
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi [Omnibus] Volume 8
  • REAL Volume 12
  • The Flowers of Evil Volume 7
  • Uzumaki [3-in-1 Edition] Volume 1

Video Game Releases

  • Goodbye Deponia (PC) (USA/EU/AUS/JPN)

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