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June 10th - 2005
Anime Vegas Con 2005 press release
Anime Vegas is a non-profit organization to promote
awareness of Japanese Culture and Entertainment in Las
Vegas, providing a public forum for those, who share an
interest in Anime, a subculture of animation fans. Because
of Anime's viral popularity across the nation and around the
world and the growing number of Anime enthusiasts and clubs,
in the city, adding “Anime Vegas,” to the repertoire of
events, within the convention capital of the world, made
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAS VEGAS TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL ANIME VEGAS CONVENTION AND
LEAGUE OF ANIME STARS: Anime Vegas Convention, October
Either you're in or you're out! Either you already know
what's happening in Vegas on Halloween weekend, 2005, or you
don't care. If you're one of the 1,019 anime enthusiasts,
who attended the First Anime Vegas Convention in 2004, you
have collectively convinced the staff volunteers to begin
organizing the Second Anime Vegas Convention scheduled
October 28-30 at the Cashman Center, Las Vegas Nevada.
Activities and features will include Anime Screenings,
Dealer's Room, J-POP Video Showcase, Cosplay, Anime Music
Video Contest, Electronic Gaming, Cartoon Mogul's Big
Cartoon Exhibition (www.cartoonmogul.com), and a dozen or
more invited guest, from the Anime industry.
Confirmed guest scheduled to appear in person:
Artist and Voice Actress Samantha Inoue Hart of
powerhouseanimation.com and ADV Films (Sakura Wars the TV
series, Final Fantasy: Unlimited).
Artist Hide-san, www.playgroundpop.net small-press/Indies.
Voice Actor Greg Ayres (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Full Metal
Voice Actress, Script Adapter Monica Rial (Rahxephon, Steel
Angel Kurumi, Noir, Gantz, Full Metal Panic, DNAngel,
Supermilk-chan, DNAngel, Madlax, Gatchaman and Excel Saga).
Four Kids Productions:
Voice Actor and Voice Director Darren Dunstan (Yu-Gi-Oh,
Voice Actor Wayne Grayson (Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, F-Zero Falcon
Densetsu, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
Voice Actress Megan Hollingshead (Pokeman, Yu-Gi-Oh).
Voice Actress Laura Bailey (Dragon Ball Z, Full Metal
Voice Actress and Scriptwriter Colleen Clinkenbeard (Lupin,
Full Metal Alchemist, Case Closed, Kodocha).
ADR and Voice Actor Mike McFarland (Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball
Z, Dragon Ball GT, Lupin The Third (Movie Specials), Fruits
Basket, Full Metal Alchemist).
West Coast Anime Mafia:
Liam O'Brien, Anime Voice Actor, Scriptwriter, and ADR
Director (Koi Kaze, Rumiko Takahashi Anthology, DearS, Boys
Be, Comic Party, His & Her Circumstances, Duel Masters,
Paranoia Agent, Texhnolyze).
Actor, Writer, and Director Sam Regal (Daphne in the
Brialliant Blue, Shingu, Rumiko Takahashi Anthology, Boys
Be, Comic Party, Paranoia Agent, K.O. Beast, Texhnolyze,
Ikki Tousen, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Shaman King, Pokemon).
Voice Actor, Script Adapter, and Director, Patrick Seitz (Koi
Kaze, Texhnolyze, R.O.D. the TV, Hellsing, Daphne in the
Brilliant Blue, DearS, Ikki Tosen, Paranoia Agent)
Voice Actress Jennifer Sekiguchi (FLCL, Koi Kaze, Ultra
Maniac, Tenho Tenge, Snow Fairy Sugar, Haibane Renmei,
WizKids Releases Pirates of the Revolution
June 8, 2005 (SEATTLE) — WizKids Inc., makers of the popular
Mage Knight®, HeroClix® and MechWarrior® collectable
miniatures games (CMGs), is proud to announce the release of
Pirates of the Revolution™, the newest standalone expansion
for the Pirates constructible strategy game™ (CSG).
“Pirates of the Revolution blends history with the highly
successful Pirates formula,” said Mike Samora, vice
president of Sales and Marketing at WizKids®. “The
Americans are fully introduced, and they capture the spirit
of naval combat leading up to and during the American
Revolution.” The expansion also adds game-changing events
and fire effects to the madcap search for plunder.
Everything one person needs to play comes in one low-priced
$3.99) Game Pack. Game Packs are available wherever
collectable cards are sold.
4KIDS ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS U.S. VIDEO RIGHTS TO
FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT FOR HIT ANIMATED SERIES WINX CLUB
Girls' Empowerment Property Winx Club Comes to Home Video
July 12, 2005SOURCE:
Nielsen, NTI May 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
New York, N.Y. (May 25, 2005) - 4Kids Entertainment, Inc.
(NYSE: KDE) has reached a distribution agreement with
FUNimation Entertainment for the U.S. video rights to hit
animated series WINX CLUB.
The WINX CLUB series continues to build a strong audience
Saturday mornings on 4Kids TV. Winx Club is #1 in its time
period among broadcast networks based on Girls 6-11 for the
weekend ending May 14, 2005.*
The series offers a modern day twist on the timeless clash
between good and evil, featuring five bewitching, beautiful
teen girls with a passion for fashion and a flair for magic!
"After witnessing the strong broadcast and growing
merchandise success of the WINX CLUB, we are excited to be
working with 4Kids Entertainment to bring this delightful
and empowering new girls' property to the home video
market," said Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation
The five members of the WINX CLUB - Bloom, Stella, Flora,
Tecna and Musa - are different types of fairies. Each
carries powers that are closely related to the element of
their nature- Stella of the Winx Club draws her energy from
the sun and moon, while Flora of the Winx Club is a nature
fairy, deriving her strength from plants and flowers.
While the job of battling the forces of evil is hard work,
the WINX CLUB friends certainly know how to do it in style!
The WINX CLUB is produced by Rainbow S.rl., a leading
Italian animation company, and adapted for the U.S. by 4Kids
"The quality animation, compelling story lines and colorful
characters make for a captivating series that young girls
are drawn to," said Joe Lyons, Director of Home Media
Entertainment at 4Kids Entertainment. "We are confident that
FUNimation Entertainment will enjoy a terrific sell through
success with the WINX CLUB property."
FUNimation Entertainment has scheduled the release of WINX
CLUB for July 12, 2005. The DVD will be available at major
mass retailers nationwide and includes a free WINX CLUB
collectible game card by Upper Deck as a bonus and sneak
peeks of the WINX CLUB comic book and Magical Fairy Game as
Konami Announces YGO Tournament
Konami of Europe kicks off its 2005 Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament in
June, with fans of the brilliant Yu-Gi-Oh! World
Championship Tournament 2005 for GameBoy Advance competing
for a chance to take on winners from all over the globe in
the grand final in Tokyo.
Nintendo invites shoppers to its retail World
Manhattan, flagship retail stores aren’t just about
They’re brand temples. Apple’s SoHo outpost is a stark white
paean to minimalism, built around a floating glass staircase
that hints of a mysterious realm waiting for those who
ascend. Sony Corp.’s Madison Avenue showcase lets shoppers
stroll through gadget-packed mock rooms and envision
themselves coming home to pop a DVD in a 400-disc player,
after pausing to give the robotic dog a pat.
Pokemon XD Gale of Darkness first shots
Curious gust of wind blows pocket monster images our way
From the very first moment that herds of huggable pocket
monsters emerged from the long grass, poke-mentalists have
for a console-based Pokemon RPG.
Now, 10 years on and more than 100 million games later, the
wait is nearly over as Pokemon XD Gale of Darkness creeps
into view on the release schedule horizon.
20-Year-Old Pokemon Master Heads to Japan as Pokemon
Emerald Arrives in Stores; Orlando, Fla. Native Has Loved
Collecting and Battling Pokemon Since 1998
There's a new champion in the Pokemon(R) universe, and he
heralds from an unusual realm: Orlando, Fla. Chris Darling,
20, bested more than 36,000 registrants across the United
States and Canada in tests of Pokemon knowledge to be
crowned Nintendo's Pokemon(R) Emerald Ultimate Frontier
Battle Brain. On April 30, Darling sent his Pokemon into
battle at the Pokemon Emerald Battle Tower (Seattle's
landmark Space Needle) and defeated 12 other finalists to
win a trip for two to the new Pokemon The Park 2005 in
Bandai to support Nintendo Revolution
Namco could follow suit as companies prepare for September
Bandai, the owner of popular gaming franchises Gundam,
Digimon and .hack, has announced plans to produce games for
the Nintendo Revolution, according to a report on Japanese
website FujiSankei Business.
The news means that fellow Japanese giant Namco is also
likely to support the Revolution, since the two companies
are set to merge this September. Together they will form
NamcoBandai Holdings, which will be the third largest games
company in Japan.
Nintendo making DS, WiFi hotspots
Nintendo has announced that they will be creating 1,000 WiFi,
DS stations in Japan. This is so that DS owners can play
online for free, reports Reuters news service. The stations
or "hotspots" will be in department and toy stores where
Nintendo products are sold.
The Japanese project will act as a model for an extended
service in North America.