‘Big O’ gets dual translations in Japan

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The Cartoon Network will carry futuristic robot anime “The Big O” in Japanese-English bilingual format in Japan on April 25.

The series was co-financed by Cartoon Network U.S., Sunrise, the original creator of the anime, and Bandai Visual, and was aired by seven Japanese UHF stations last fall, after its introduction in the U.S. and France.

The local version of Cartoon Network, which includes 20% Japanese anime, is operated by Japan Entertainment Network, a joint venture between Cartoon Network and trading house Itochu. It has 3.7 million cable and satellite subscribers. JEN recently named Hideaki Kido, formerly VP of Star Channel, as its new prexy replacing Koichi Sato.

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