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Naruto anime short online

A new Naruto anime short has been posted on the Weekly Shonen Jump web site. The original story features Uchiha Sasuke when he was still part of Squad 7 under Kakashi’s leadership. Along with Naruto, there’s a short from another series called Toriko. Both videos were previewed in Japan at Jump Super Anime Tour locations.

The videos are only viewable using special software on the Weekly Shonen Jump web site and is currently available for Windows-based computers.

The short was released in part with Naruto’s tenth anniversary.

Source: Anime News Network

Inuyasha The Final Act

Finally, the long and tortuous journey to recover the remaining shards of the Shikon Jewel is upon fans of the Inuyasha anime series. The show ended without a proper finale leaving demons and humans alike wondering what happened with Inuyasha, Kagome and their quest to stop Naraku from using the gem’s mystical powers.

Starting October 3rd, and running for every Saturday this month, episodes from Inuyasha The Final Act will be streamed, for free, online. Unfortunately, the video stream is currently unavailable for Canadians or anyone else outside of the United States.

Inuyasha The Final Act rejoins half-demon Inuyasha and modern day Japanese student Kagome, along with their friends, to collect the remaining shards of Shikon Jewel and take on the evil demon Naraku.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood English Cast

The English Cast for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has been posted on the Official FUNimation Blog. Those who’ve seen the first series will recognize some familiar voices along side the new ones.

Vic Mignogna reprises his role as Edward Elric, Caitlin Glass as Winry Rockbell, Travis Willingham as Roy Mustang, Laura Bailey as Lust, Wendy Powell as Envy, Chris Cason as Gluttony, Sonny Straight as Maes Hughes, Ed Blaylock as Fuhrer King Bradley, and Colleen Clinkenbeard as Riza Hawkeye.

Newcomers to the series include Maxey Whitehead as Alphonse Elric, J. Michael Tatum as Scar, and Bryan Massey as Isaac McDougal.

Aaron Dismuke, who originally voiced Alphonse Elric, will return later on in the series under a different role.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood follows the manga storyline by Hiromu Arakawa much more closely than the previous televised series.

Source: FUNimation

Naruto Shippuden on Disney XD

The Walt Disney Company and Viz Media have worked out a deal to broadcast Naruto Shippuden on the Disney XD channel this October.

Disney XD is a channel aimed at boys aged 6 to 10, and Disney believes that this will be a draw as Naruto Shippuden proved popular once Viz started streaming subtitled episodes earlier this year. Naruto Shippuden follows the original Naruto series, with the titular character as a teenager. The first four episodes of Naruto Shippuden are currently available on iTunes.

Disney recently purchased Marvel Entertainment back on August 31st, 2009.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Soul Eater English Cast Update

FUNimation has updated the cast listing for the English voice actors in Soul Eater. These are the last of the main characters to be added.

Chuck Huber will be voicing Franken Stein, Brittney Karbowski as Black Star, Monica Rial as Tsubaki, John Swasey as Death, Laura Bailey as Maka, and Micah Solusod as Soul Eater Evans.

There’s no word when the English dubs of Soul Eater will be broadcast in North America.

Source: FUNimation

Naruto Shippuden on iTunes

Naruto Shippuden iTunes Cover
Naruto Shippuden iTunes Cover

Ninja fans, rejoice! Naruto Shippuden is now available for download from the iTunes store. Even though Viz is releasing the first DVD for the series at the end of September, four episodes are currently available for purchase, at $1.99 a show or $22.99 for the season (this includes any episodes that are still being broadcast for this season).

Soul Eater English Cast

Now that FUNimation has acquired the rights to Atsushi Okubo’s Soul Eater, the names for the English voice cast are being released. Soul Eater follows Maka Albarn, Death the Kid and Black Star, who are all students at the Death Weapon Meister Academy in Death City where they train to use their weapons called Death Scythes.

So far we know that Todd Haberkorn is Death the Kid, Cherami Leigh as Patty, along with Jamie Marchi as Liz and Vic Mignogna as Death Scythe.

FUNimation will be posting additional names this coming Tuesday, so that leaves Maka Albarn, Black Star, Tsubaki, and Soul Eater Evans among others who are still waiting for a voice actor.

Source: FUNimation