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Daily Links: Code Geass, Ghibli Exhibit, File-Sharing

posted on 2008-03-17 23:57 EDT
Also: Controversial manhwa, Guinness cosplay record, Kazuo Umezu house

Code Geass to Premiere on Adult Swim on April 26

Bandai Entertainment has confirmed that the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion military robot anime series will premiere on April 26 on the Adult Swim television network's schedule in the United States. As it has done for other series, the AdultSwim.com website will preview episodes online on the Friday before each television showing. The Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 sequel will also premiere next month in Japan.

Tokyo Museum to Exhibit Layout Art from Ghibli Anime

The Museum Of Contemporary Art in Tokyo will host the "Understanding the Secrets of Takahata/Miyazaki Anime: The Studio Ghibli Layout Exhibit" ("Takahata•Miyazaki Anime no Himitsu ga Wakaru. Studio Ghibli Layout Ten") from July 26 to September 28. The exhibit will showcase about 1,000 layout drawings, many personally drawn by director Hayao Miyazaki himself, from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, and the other films by Miyazaki and fellow Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. Layout drawings are created by a production's key animators to define each scene's composition and camera work. The same museum hosted "The Art of Disney" and an exhibition devoted to Ghibli's master background artist Kazuo Oga. Source: animeanime.jp

Japan's Providers Cites Bandwidth for Dropping File-Sharers

Japan-based blogger Danny Choo notes that the Japan Internet Providers Association's press release on its planned disconnection of heavy file-sharers does not mention the issue of illegal activity. Instead, it mentions the high bandwidth of peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing as the main reason for the proposed guidelines.

U.S. State Department Cites Manhwa Work as "Anti-Semitic"

The Chosun Ilbo newspaper reports that the United States State Department cited a manhwa volume in the "Distant Countries and Neighboring Countries" series as an example in a report on contemporary global anti-semitism. The author, Professor Rhie Won-bok of Duksung Women's University, apologized for the book and promised to write "in a more responsible way." His publisher has since pulled the book from stores. Source: Journalista via MangaBlog

Guinness Records Attempts Largest Cosplay Gathering

As a reminder, the Guinness World Records' attempt for the largest cosplay gathering will happen at the Millennium Bridge, London on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Although the emphasis is on game characters to mark the first Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition published, all cosplayers are encouraged to come to appear in next year's edition, as well to receive a gift.

Horror Manga Artist Kazuo Umezu's House Unveiled

Kazuo Umezu, the 71-year-old horror manga creator behind Makoto-chan, Orochi: Blood, and Cat Eyed Boy, has largely completed his unorthodox Tokyo house after a half-year delay. The neighbors have been complaining about its candy-cane-like, red-and-white-stripe paint scheme, its ostentatious balcony, and its red roof tower with a painted face. Source: Sports Nippon, Same Hat! Same Hat!

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