- Anime on DVD, fresh off its final move into a full-on Mania.com site (...sigh...), has picked up a little leak from VIZ: they appear to have picked up the license to the I”s and I”s Pure anime.
- Aaaand ANN has caught word that seiyuu Osamu Ichikawa has passed away. Ichikawa played numerous roles throughout his life, including Gundam: 08 MS Team's Norris and Gatchaman F's Masutora.
- New York Comic Con has announced its initial panel line-up (with more to follow), which includes all sorts of manga-related panels, as well as panels for The Third, Claymore, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, MariMite, and Astro Boy (which includes footage of the new film), among others.
- VIZ has issued a press release announcing their new partnership with Zazzle.com, which will be producing “Jpop-inspired” merchandise. Prepare your wallets for further weight loss.
- The biggest news of tonight's Buun? FUNimation has laid off at least two employees, most likely more, and including Chief Operating Officer Brian Burke. Is it time to panic? Probably not-- FUNi did a similar culling of about 10% of its staff in 2007; this is probably more of a preemptive measure...although my heart goes out to those laid off. Best of luck!
- MTV has word that the movie adaptation of Lone Wolf and Cub is on hold, if it was ever REALLY going in the first place. Apparently the rights were never fully cleared.
- Finally, the LA Weekly has an interesting piece on artists at anime cons-- as entrepreneurs.
Keep on chuggin', kids!