Toonami to Air Gurren Lagann

July 21st, 2014 by John

Toonami will begin broadcasting the 2007 Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann mecha anime television series on August 16 at 2:00 a.m. ET.

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Satelight to Animate Vanadis

July 21st, 2014 by John

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Anime studio Satelight is now developing an anime TV series adaptation of Tsukasa Kawaguchi’s light novel series Madan no Ou to Vanadis. The sword & sorcery story stars a young man taken prisoner by one of his world’s seven “Vanadis,” the powerful female warlords that rule the world. The light novel series premiered in 2011. Its 8th book was released last May. Uchuu no Stellvia & Mouretsu Pirates director Tatsuo Sato will direct the TV series for an October premiere.

Source: Anime News Network

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Absolute Duo Anime Announced

July 21st, 2014 by John

Media Factory has announced the development of an anime TV series based on Takumi Hiiragi-Boshi’s sword & sorcery light novel series Absolute Duo. The fantasy/school/harem story premiered in 2012. The fifth novel was published last June. Anime studio 8-Bit (Infinite Stratos, Tokyo Ravens) will produce the animation.

Source: Anime News Network

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New Hori-san & Miyamura-kun OVA in Production

July 21st, 2014 by John

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Taro Yamada, producer behind Hoods Entertainment’s 2013 & 2014 Hori-san & Miyamura-kun OVAs, has announced that a new staff is presently working on a third OVA at Yamada’s independent anime production company Marone. HERO, creator of the original four-panel Hori-san & Miyamura-kun school romantic comedy manga, has released an illustrated message encouraging fans to look forward to the new look of the third OVA, which is due for release this winter.

Source: Anime News Network

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Doraemon Movie 36 Trailer Released

July 21st, 2014 by John

The homepage for the 36th Doraemon feature film, Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes Uchuu Eiyuu-ki (Doraemon: Nobita’s Record of Space Heroes) has added a teaser trailer. The movie will premiere next March.

Source: Anime News Network

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Dia no Ace OAD Series Revealed

July 21st, 2014 by John

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The homepage for the current Dia no Ace television series has announced that the next three collected volumes of Yuji Terajima’s Ace of Diamond manga will be released in limited editions that include exclusive anime DVDs. The 44th volume will be released on November 17 and include an exclusive anime episode based on the “Face -Kominato Ryosuke Special Bangai-hen-” (Face: Ryosuke Kominato Special Bonus Story) manga chapter that appeared in the Ace of Diamond Official Guidebook Ura, a manga chapter that will not be adapted by the ongoing anime television series.

Source: Anime News Network

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Panna Ritthikrai Dead at 53

July 21st, 2014 by John

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Thai director and cinematic fight choreographer Panna Ritthikrai passed away due to liver disease on July 20. The 53-year-old martial artist got his start in the movie business in 1979. Ritthikrai co-starred with Tony Jaa in 1994′s Spirited Killer and served as Jaa’s mentor and occasional co-director. Ritthikrai directed acclaimed Thai action films including Born to Fight (2004), Ong-bak 2 (2008), and Ong-bak 3 (2010).

Source: The Nation

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HappinessCharge Precure Movie Trailer

July 18th, 2014 by John

The first full trailer for the Eiga HappinessCharge PreCure! Ningyo no Kuni no Ballerina (HappinessCharge PreCure! the Movie: The Ballerina of the Land of Dolls) feature film has appeared online. The 17th Pretty Cure feature film will open theatrically in Japan on October 11. The current HappinessCharge Precure television series premiered last February.

Source: Anime News Network

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High School DxD OAD Scheduled

July 18th, 2014 by John

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Author Ichiei Ishibumi’s High School DxD DX.1 light novel will be released on March 10, 2015, in a limited edition that includes an exclusive anime episode on Blu-ray. The third season of the TV anime adaptation of High School DxD is presently in development.

Source: Anime News Network

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Ask John: Why Don’t Anime Compete for Multiple Film Awards?

July 18th, 2014 by John

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Question:
Why is it that, outside of The Wind Rises, anime licensors have never campaigned for an Emmy or Golden Globe Award? It can’t be because their shows are of the genre mold, since that hasn’t stopped The Walking Dead from being a contender. And it can’t be because they’re animated, since Family Guy, South Park, and The Simpsons have all been contenders in that category. So what holds back an anime series or film from being able to compete for those awards?

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Princess Kaguya US Release Date Announced

July 17th, 2014 by John

Deadline reports that Studio Ghibli’s film Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya) will open in limited American theatrical release on October 17 in order to qualify for year-end awards recognition. The English-language dub will star ChloĆ« Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) along with James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, Lucy Liu, Beau Bridges, James Marsden, Oliver Platt and Dean Cain.

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Kusen Madoshi Kohosei no Kyokan Anime in Development

July 17th, 2014 by John

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Publisher Fujimi Shobo has revealed the development of an anime based on Yuu Moroboshi’s light novel series Kusen Madoshi Kohosei no Kyokan (Aerial Combat Wizard Candidates’ Instructor). The light novel series premiered in July 2013. Its fourth novel will hit Japanese bookstores this week. The series is set in a future in which humans live on floating islands besieged by magical insects. The story stars a disgraced swordsman tasked with training three girls to fight the magical insects.

Source: Anime News Network

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Second Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo OAD Announced

July 17th, 2014 by John

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The 17th compiled volume of Miki Yoshikawa’s romantic comedy manga Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (“Yamada & the 7 Witches”) will be released on May 15, 2015 in a limited edition that includes the franchise’s second OAD. The body-swapping comedy manga premiered in 2012. The manga’s 13th collected volume that includes its first OAD was released in Japan yesterday.

Source: Anime News Network

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Second Prisma Illya OAD Scheduled

July 17th, 2014 by John

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The sixth collected volume of Type-Moon and Hiroshi Hiroyama’s magical girl manga Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Drei!! will be released on April 25, 2015, in a limited edition that includes a bonus Blu-ray. The manga series’ fourth collected volume was released this past March in an edition that included the franchise’s first OAD. The Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei! television series premiered last week.

Source: Anime News Network

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Second Dragon Ball Revival Movie Announced

July 17th, 2014 by John

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Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama has revealed that he is now developing a new Dragon Ball movie for release next year. Toriyama is personally writing the script and drawing new character designs for the film which he promises will have more action and more humor than last year’s “Battle of Gods” movie. The film will be set following the events of the 2013 “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods” movie.

Source: Anime News Network

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