July 2006

Aku finally vanquished... but not by Jack :( Posted Monday, July 24, 2006, 12:31AM by Nobuyuki
"Mako Iwamatsu, the accomplished actor who brought an incredible performance to his role as Samurai Jack's nemesis, the wizard Aku, passed away Friday from esophageal cancer. He was 72 years old.

Mako had a long career in movies and TV in addition to his voiceover work, earning an Academy Award nomination for his role of Po-han in The Sand Pebbles.

More recently, Mako voiced the character of Iroh in Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender as well as Master Splinter in the upcoming animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film.

Optimus Prime... Only Peter Cullen! Posted Friday, July 21, 2006, 11:24PM by Nobuyuki
"As reported by IESB's "The Movie Reporter" news site and confirmed by scriptwriter Robert Orci, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that longtime Toonami announcer Peter Cullen will reprise his role as the voice of Autobot leader Optimus Prime for DreamWorks' live-action movie adaptation of Transformers, due for release on July 4, 2007.

There could be no substitute for G1 fans.

Takeshi Jinno Injured in Off-Track Crash Posted Friday, July 21, 2006, 3:06AM by Nobuyuki

PASADENA Calif. - Actor Haley Joel Osment fractured a rib and hurt his shoulder in a car crash early Thursday, his doctor said.

The 18-year-old was in good condition and expected to make a complete recovery, said Dr. Paul Gilbert, an orthopedic surgeon at Huntington Hospital. He said Osment would remain hospitalized at least through Friday.

Osment, nominated for an Academy Award for The Sixth Sense, and more recently the voice actor for lead character Takeshi Jinno in the formerly-Toonami series IGPX, was driving a 1995 Saturn about 1 a.m. when he crashed into a mailbox on a brick base and flipped over, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Greg Sisneros said.

Osment, who was awake and talking immediately after the crash in La Canada Flintridge, was alone in the car and headed for his Los Angeles home when the crash occurred, Sisneros said.

"He's pretty uncomfortable and resting. He just wants to let everyone know he's going to be OK," Gilbert said.

La Canada Flintridge is about 14 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

We at the Infolink wish Mr. Osment a speedy recovery.

(Thanks for the story- N.)

Firefox and Mac not supported? Then it can't be that great. Posted Sunday, July 16, 2006, 8:11PM by Beefy
Toonami Jetstream Promo
Naruto Jetstream Marathon Intro

Now let's see robots play basketball. They can call it RoboJam. Posted Sunday, July 16, 2006, 1:30AM by Beefy
"Game Review: Tomb Raider Legend
Naruto Fourteenth Ending
RoboCup Interview

Toonami Programming Highlights from TCA Presentation Posted Saturday, July 15, 2006, 1:37AM by Nobuyuki
"Animation Insider posted information regarding Cartoon Network's announcement of their programming highlights for original and acquired animated television series' throughout the fall and winter months. The announcement was made at the annual Television Critics Association earlier today. Animated programming announced included everything from the animated feature Hellboy: Sword of Storms to the new series Class of 3000 from Andre Benjamin. Cartoon Network has more plans to boost interest in Toonami programming as well, with more action movie premieres and the Friday's programming block looks to capitalize on the immense success of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends with the premiere of the movie: Foster's: Good Wilt Hunting.

The Toonami Fall Highlights announced were the premieres of Ultimate Avengers 2 on October 21st at 9:30 PM (E/P) and Hellboy: Sword of Storms the following weekend, October 28th, also at 9:30 PM.


Plot synopsis for Hellboy: When a university professor opens a forbidden scroll, he is possessed by the twin demons of thunder and lightning who seek to return to our world to wake their brothers, the dragons. Hellboy, along with two researchers and an albino psychic, travels to Japan to investigate. There he finds the sword of storms, the only weapon that can defeat the demons, and is transported to a world where he encounters several creatures of Japanese folklore.

Justice League Goes Unlimited on DVD This October Posted Thursday, July 13, 2006, 12:40AM by Nobuyuki
"TV Shows on DVD today reported the information for Warner Bros. upcoming releases of Justice League Unlimited and Batman Beyond: The Complete Second Season, due October 24, 2006 for the suggested retail price of $44.98 each. Both sets will contain 26 episodes on 4 discs with commentary on selected episodes and other special features.

Yes, this means the JLU set will contain the first two 13-episode seasons, concluding with the Batman Beyond-themed episode, "Epilogue".

More details below the fold.


Justice League Unlimited
Too much power, some think. From their Watchtower in space, theJustice League - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lanternand J'onn J'onzz - floats above Earth, with countless new membersincluding Green Arrow, Supergirl and Captain Atom. Their combinedpowers are awesome. And although these superheroes fight crime,eradicate evil and save the world over and over again, a conspiracyagainst them is growing. Led by the government, funded by Lex Luthorand fueled by a hidden enemy, Cadmus is born. The mission: to take downthe Justice League. It's 26 episodes of action, intrigue and excitementin a 4-disc collection that any superhero fan should own! Plus, don'tmiss the shocking Epilogue that reveals the legacy of Batman!

Special features include:
- "And Justice For All": The process of revamping the series with new characters and a new creative direction
- "Themes of Justice": Choose your favorite JLU musical theme audio tracks
- Creators' Commentary on episodes "This Little Piggy" and "The Return"

To be released October 24, 2006; MSRP $44.98

Batman Beyond: The Complete Second Season
Does the suit make the man, or does the man make the suit? That'sthe question Terry McGinnis asks himself each time he takes flight overthe crime-ridden streets of Gotham City. As the new Batman, Terry hasall the high-tech gear and gadgets he needs, plus Bruce Wayne'sresearch skills and instincts. But this impetuous teenager is still anewcomer to the crime world, lacking his mentor's experience. Takingdown criminals like The Jokerz, Shriek and Curare is a grueling battleof wits and will require a hero's abilities. But with each fight wonand each victim saved, Terry grows more confident in his role asGotham's guardian. Experience all the suspense and excitement of 26gripping adventures in a 4-disc collection featuring the fiendishvillains of the city's gritty future - and the one hero who can stopthem.

Special features include:
- "Inside Batman Beyond:The Panel": In-depth dialogue with the show's creators
- Creators' Commentary on 2 key episodes

To be released October 24, 2006; MSRP $44.98

Shouldn't jetstream be two words? Posted Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 11:42PM by Beefy
Naruto Jetstream Marathon Promo

IGPX: Only No longer Toonami Posted Tuesday, July 11, 2006, 11:47PM by Beefy
IGPX Banishment Promo

I try to avoid places that end with ""ary"" or ""ium""" Posted Wednesday, July 5, 2006, 10:31PM by Beefy
"Adler 75 Planetarium interview

More Toonami Jetstream details at Anime Expo Posted Sunday, July 2, 2006, 8:20PM by Nobuyuki
"Crib notes from the article at Toon Zone:

- Jetstream will launch as scheduled on July 17th, expect "something special" on Toonami's July 15th broadcast (hint: read the next story down from this-N.)

- Shows will be webcast in Windows Media format, just like Adult Swim Fix

- There will be a way for user feedback to be sent back to Cartoon Network

- Shows on Jetstream will be edited to Toonami broadcast standards and will be dub-only, with no subtitles for on-screen text

- New episodes will appear online every Monday before noon, and will remain available for four to six weeks before being cycled out in favor of new content
 
- Naruto will start from episode one.