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Naruto Theme Park Attraction!!!

The Laguna Gamagori Marine Resort Complex announced on Monday that it will host a “Naruto – Memories of Chakra in Lagunasia” theme park attraction from March 17 to September 2.

The event will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Naruto action television anime series and coincide with the resort’s own tenth anniversary.

The event’s main attraction will be “Memories of Chakra,” a recreation of the anime’s famous scenes from the time Naruto sets out on his ninja journey to the beginning of the Shinobi World War. The Lagunasia theme park’s nine areas will also include the “Hokage Monument,” “Konohagakure Village Ninjutsu Dojo,” “Hokage Palace,” and “Ninpoudo” shop where guests can enjoy a menu inspired by the anime and purchase exclusive promotional goods.

Every area of Lagunasia complex will be decorated with a Naruto motif, and visitors can experience all the displays and attractions by participating in the “Sharingan Stamp Rally.” Character shows will also take place during the event.

The complex is located in Gamagori City in the central Japanese prefecture of Aichi. Laguna Gamagori alreadyheld a “Mighty Atom Exhibition in Lagunasia” event from September to November 2009 and ran a “One Piece Memorial Log in Lagunasia” event from March to June 2010.

Via Comic NataliePresepe

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“The Secret World of Arrietty” Hits U.S. Theaters Feb. 17th

Based on popular book series The Borrowers by Mary Norton, The Secret World of Arrietty is an animated adventure following a 14-year-old borrower, Arrietty, and the unlikely and even dangerous friendship she forms with an adolescent human, Shawn. Arrietty was created and first released by renowned Studio Ghibli (whose films Spirited Away and Ponyo have seen both critical and box office success) in Japan in 2010, quickly becoming the highest-grossing film at the box office that year, even going on to win the Animation of the Year Award. Now American audiences have the chance to witness this remarkable film firsthand when the English-language version from Walt Disney Animation Studios hits theaters nationwide on February 17.

 

By Sarah Smith for D23

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Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray Production Comes to a Halt

Funimation announced on Thursday that it has suspended production on all future Blu-ray releases of the Dragon Ball Z television anime series, including the Level 2.1 disc that was originally scheduled to be released on March 27.

Funimation said that it had produced the Blu-ray editions of the series due to fan demand; however, the company explained that “due to technical challenges of restoring from the original film frame by frame, we are unable to continue these releases by way of this process.” The company added it will re-evaluate its process of creating these Blu-rays and will research more efficient methods of restoration. Funimation announced last July that it would release the series for the first time on Blu-ray. Funimation and the Dallas-based company ANDTRANSFER remastered the series from the original Japanese 16mm film reels at 1080p, keeping the original 4:3 aspect ratio. The first set, Dragon Ball Z Level 1.1, was released with the first 17 episodes on November 8.

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Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos In theaters now!!!

Directed by Kazuya Murata. In Japanese with English subtitles. (Not rated. 110 minutes)

With excellent animation, gobs of action, mystical mayhem and more twists and turns than you can count, “Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos” – the latest installment of the anime sensation from Japan – is not likely to disappoint its fans.

Or the uninitiated.

This chapter in the revered series (which includes television and film) begins when alchemist brothers Al and Ed Elric are hunting down a fugitive who inexplicably fled prison only weeks before he was scheduled to be released. Al and Ed trace the escapee to not-so-friendly territory in Creta, but end up taking a plunge (literally) into the unfamiliar world of a young alchemist named Julia.

There, down in a forlorn valley called Milos, our heroes become enmeshed in a rebellion in which the inhabitants are seeking to get their Holy Land back. Julia’s quest to spearhead this crusade, and a crucial decision that she makes regarding a particular stone, will have far-ranging effects on everyone.

At a few points, the narrative becomes bewildering if you have not followed the story from the beginning, although the filmmakers take great pains to include as much backstory as possible without slowing down the proceedings. For the most part, they succeed.

This is a very intelligent, well-plotted story – and my hunch is that we have not seen the last of our heroes.

E-mail David Lewis at davidlewis@sfchronicle.com.

This article appeared on page E – 6 of the San Francisco Chronicle

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