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America's Cartoon Network is previewing the Blue Dragon fantasy anime series at 11:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on March 28 and at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on March 29. The anime adapts an Xbox 360 roleplaying game that was co-created by Final Fantasy's Hironobu Sakaguchi and designed by Dragon Ball creator and Dragon Quest game designer Akira Toriyama. It tells the story of Shu, a boy who protects his village from an ancient enemy by invoking the Blue Dragon from his own shadow.
On the AnimeOnDVD.com forums, CEO John Sirabella of the North American distributor Media Blasters has revealed that Cartoon Network already negotiated the right to run the Seirei no Moribito (also known as Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit) fantasy adventure anime. The network had negotiated before Media Blasters itself acquired the right to distribute the television series. Sirabella also stated that it acquired the series from Dentsu instead of d-rights. The ICv2 retail news source notes that Arthur E. Levine/Scholastic Books is publishing on June 1 the first volume in Nahoko Uehashi's original children's novel series that inspired the anime.
Finally, 26 new episodes of Shin-chan (known as Crayon Shin-chan in Japan) will debut on America's Adult Swim network on April 4 at 12:30 a.m. and 3:30 am ET/PT (or effectively, early morning on April 5). Adult Swim has been running earlier episodes about the irrepressible five-year-old boy since 2006.
Update: The new episodes of Shin-chan will debut one week later on April 12. Thanks, MetatronM.