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Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos showings in Canada

Over the last few months, there have been limited screenings of Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos across Canada; only at a handful of film festivals.

However, Cineplex Entertainment will be holding additional screenings at its theatres across Canada for two days only: Sunday, January 15th and Thursday, January 19th, 2012.

Edward and Alphonse Elric return for another journey into a squalid settlement occupied by the proud people of Milos. There, the brothers learn the plight of the Milos and become entangled in their fight for freedom. Alphonse subsequently saves a young girl named Julia and befriends her upon finding out that she too, is an alchemist. As the uprising continues, Edward and Alphonse must find a way to help the people and prevent the legendary Philosopher’s Stone from falling into the wrong hands.

Check for available times and locations. Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos is rated 14A for its depiction of animated violence.

Bandai to stop releasing new DVD, Blu-ray and manga

In a serious blow to the anime community, Bandai Entertainment announced they will no longer be releasing any new DVD, Blu-ray or manga series in North America. Bandai Entertainment will stick to its current release schedule, but as of February 2012, products will not be available for general purchase. Existing copies of DVDs, Blu-rays and manga are still available and will continue to be until their licenses expire.

The company will, however, handle licensing of digital distribution, broadcasting and other merchandising of its products instead.

Series that are affected by this change, include DVD and Blu-ray discs for Gosick, Nichijo, Turn A Gundam; with manga for Code Geass: Renya, Gurren Lagann, Kannagi, Lucky Star, Mobile Suit Gundam OOI and Tales of the Abyss: Jade’s Secret Memories.

Anime News Network has also posted an interview with Bandai Entertainment’s Ken Iyadomi about this change in the company’s direction.

Source: Anime News Network

Longest running anime series

If you thought The Simpsons was the longest running animated television show, take a look at some of the series from Japan. While a lot of the mainstream series such as Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball Z seem neverending to those who watch them outside of Japan, there are some shows which eclipse these shows easily. This is a select list of anime shows, with episode counts up to November 6th, 2011 – the original broadcast start and end dates are in parentheses. While Pokémon has an insatiable list of episodes (more than 700), it was difficult to sift through the numerous series and versions available to get an accurate count.

  1. Sazae-san – 6,000+* episodes (October 5th, 1969)
  2. Doraemon – 1,787 episodes (April 2nd, 1979 – March 25th, 2005)
  3. Case Closed/Detective Conan – 635 episodes (January 8th, 1996)
  4. One Piece – 521 episodes (October 20th, 1999)
  5. Bleach – 346 episodes (October 5th, 2004)
  6. Dragon Ball Z – 291 episodes (April 26th, 1989 – January 31st, 1996)
  7. Naruto Shippuden – 235 episodes (February 15th, 2007)
  8. Naruto – 220 episodes (October 3rd, 2002 – February 8th, 2007)
  9. Inazuma Eleven – 127 episodes (October 5th, 2008 – April 27th, 2011)

* Fuji TV’s web site lists 5,620 episodes for Sazae-san which is not up-to-date.

Fullmetal Alchemist movie screenings in Canada

Canadian anime fans can take part in watching Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos on the big screen! Three events across the country are screening the movie this month: Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival and the Waterloo Festival of Animated Cinema.

If you’re in Vancouver, you catch Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos as part of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at 9:15 pm PDT.

Source: FUNimation

Fullmetal Alchemist The Sacred Star of Milos English cast

FUNimation has announced the English cast for the movie Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos on their Facebook Friday afternoon. The voice actors from the animated series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood will reprise their roles for the feature film.

  • Vic Mignogna as Edward Elric
  • Maxey Whitehead as Alphonse Elric
  • Travis Willingham as Roy Mustang
  • Caitlin Glass as Winry Rockbell
  • Colleen Clinkenbeard as Riza Hawkeye
  • Christopher R. Sabat as Alex Louis Armstrong
  • Jeremy Inman as Heymans Breda
  • Alexis Tipton as Julia
  • Matt Mercer as Melvin Voyager
  • Shelley Calene-Black as Miranda
  • Patrick Seitz as Colonel Herschel
  • Chris Smith as Soyuz
  • Elias Taylorson as Vatanen
  • Bruce DuBose as Gonzales
  • Jonathan Brooks as Pedro
  • Brian Mathis as Sizzler
  • Andrew Chandler as Raul
  • Jim Johnson as Graz
  • Tia Ballard as Karina
  • Christopher Bevins as Tony

No date has been given for when the movie will be released in North America.

Source: FUNimation

Two anime movies at Sitges International Film Festival

Two anime movies, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos and Trigun: Badlands Rumble will be shown at the 44th Annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Sitges, Spain.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos will be exhibited on Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 4:45 pm CEST, while Trigun: Badlands Rumble takes to the screen on Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 2:15 pm CEST. Both films will be shown in Japanese with Spanish and English subtitles.

The 44th Annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival begins on Thursday, October 6th and continues through to Sunday, October 16th, 2011.

Trigun: Badlands Rumble has been released on DVD in North America, but there is no word if or when Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos will arrive here.

Source: FUNimation

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 8

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 8After defeating Kakuzu and returning back to Konohagakure, Kakashi has little time before being sent out to investigate the possibility of another hideout used by Orochimaru. Naruto meets up with Jiraiya, who offers to extend his training with the younger ninja.

Meanwhile, Orochimaru has Guren organize a fight between potential candidates to determine who is strong enough to serve their master. Sasuke encouters a young boy who has a surprising ability hidden within, something Kabuto wants to exploit.

The Naruto Shippuden Box Set 8 contains episodes 89 through 100, across three discs and will be available on October 11th, 2011.

Low priced anime for Canadians

FanExpo Canada FUNimation Anime Sale

Cheap anime!

With FanExpo Canada in a few days time, FUNimation has decided to give Canadians deal on anime through iTunes. Until August 30th, 2011, select episodes of popular series like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Bleach, FLCL are free for download, while seasons of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Black Butler, Trigun and more are available for a discounted price.

FanExpo Canada runs August 25th, through 28th, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Source: FUNimation

Heroes of Anime Sweepstakes

Viz Media is celebrating 25 years with a contest for our favourite anime heroes. The Heroes of Anime Sweepstakes will award a video game or DVD box set from Naruto or Bleach to a random fan each month. Fans who enter before midnight, September 15th, 2011 will be in the running for a 16GB Apple iPad 2 and a month’s paid subscription of Hulu+ (not sure how that will work for Canadian residents since Hulu isn’t available north of the border) or the grand prize: a trip for two to New York City to catch a special screening of Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds.

Residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) are eligible to enter on Viz Media’s web site. Check the web site for full contest details and regulations.

Trigun: Badlands Rumble in Canadian theatres

FUNimation announced on their blog today that Trigun: Badlands Rumble will storm into select Canadian theatres for one night only. So get ready for Vash the Stampede to tear up the screen and elude the bounty hunters looking to claim the massive reward out on his head.

Be sure to hit up the theatres listed below on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 at 7:00 pm to catch the galactic western adventure. A list of US locations is expected sometime in mid to late June.

Don’t see your location? You can request it through the web site Eventful.

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