Welcome to the anime recap! This week, Saban offers a contest for animators, Sword Art Online gets an Extra Edition, and an English trailer for Princess Kaguya sprouts up. Read on for more info!

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Saban Begins Animation Competition

Saban Brands, who hold licenses for shows like Power Rangers and Digimon, have started a new contest that will carry through much of the next month. Running now through October 24th, aspiring animators can submit their short animated pieces at the Saban contest website.

After submission, the team at Saban will narrow down the field to the top 10 shorts, which will put up to a public vote to decide the winner. The reward for winning is the tidy sum of $5,000 and a development deal for the winner with Saban.

You have a little less than a month to enter, so get animating!

Aniplex Releasing Special Edition of Sword Art Online

Coming this holiday season, Aniplex will be releasing Blu-ray and DVD editions of Sword Art Online – Extra Edition-. The special edition, announced at Anime Weekend Atlanta, will open for preorders tomorrow and will release on December 23rd. Extra Edition takes place between seasons one and two of the show.

The DVD version will come with the full first season of Sword Art Online with English and Japanese audio tracks, English and Spanish subtitles, and a trailer for the second season of the anime. The Blu-ray version contains all of this plus the “Sword Art Offline” special, a booklet, and a poster. The MSRP on the DVD set is $39.98 while the Blu-ray will set you back $59.98.

For a list of retailers and more information about the series, you can check out the Sword Art Online website.

New English Trailer for Ghibli’s Princess Kaguya

Studio Ghibli has released a new trailer for Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya animated film. The story is based on the Japanese folktale known as the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. The bamboo cutter finds a baby inside of a shoot of bamboo. Chloe Grace Moretz provides the English voice for Kaguya, and will be joined by Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Caan, Oliver Platt, James Marsden, Dean Cane and Mary Steenburgen.

The film will release in North America on October 17th, but has already had its premiere in Toronto on September 8th and again in Austin September 18th through the 25th.

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