Licensing deal affects club
The U.S. home of "Fullmetal" is now also the home of "Full Metal." Funimation, owners of the "Fullmetal Alchemist" anime license, recently announced that it landed the license for the third anime season of "Full Metal Panic," subtitled "The Second Raid." The previous adventures of high school student Kaname Chidori and her bodyguard/military nut Sosuke Sagara, including the first two anime seasons and two manga series, were handled by ADV.
Locally, the "Second Raid" deal has affected the screening schedule for Oahu Anime Explorer's monthly meeting on Saturday -- club policy states that once a show is formally licensed in America, it is removed from the schedule. (A shame, too, as I understand there was only the last episode left to show.)
Still on tap, though, are "Twin Spica," "Honey and Clover," "Capeta" and "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya," as well as the debut of "Black Lagoon."
The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. at HMC Academy, 555 N. King St. For more information, visit www.oahuanimeexplorer.com ...
In my June 5 column on Central Park Media, I mentioned that company panels at the Anime Boston convention were canceled.
Not so, according to Patrick Delahanty of AnimeCons.com; he tells me that all CPM panels were held as scheduled, although a representative did arrive late to one panel. (The representative was one of the people laid off, by the way, but he conducted the panel anyway because he was already there.)
Thanks for the clarification, Patrick ...
In Sunday's 'D&Q'
Sure, Wilma and I love our anime and manga ... but that doesn't mean we like everything out there. Join us in the Sunday Today section as we take a look at a few of our not-so-favorite series ...
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