Anime, Cartoon Add Series


Anime Network and Cartoon Network have bolstered their series lineups.

Anime -- which will launch as a linear network with Insight Communications Co. Inc. in June -- has acquired the rights to Robotech from Harmony Gold.

The service will have the exclusive rights to all 85 installments, which networks officials said raised the curtain on the genre for many in the United States when it reaired on Sci Fi Channel. It also aired on Cartoon during 1999.

Like Star Trek and Star Wars, Robotech, which debuted in 1985, is an intergalactic drama that takes place across generations, melding action and richly developed characters, according to network officials.

For its part, the Turner animation network has picked up Rave Master, a new anime series with a musical theme in which a young hero seeks to find the magic “Rave Stones” and defeat “The Shadow Guard.”

Rave Master makes its U.S. debut June 5 at 8:30 p.m. (EST/PST) as part of Cartoon’s Saturday “Toonami” action-anime block.