American Soul Reviver Movie in Development

August 1st, 2014 by John

Zwick & Herskovitz

The Last Samurai director Edward Zwick and The Last Samurai producer Marshall Herskovitz are now developing an American live-action feature based on the Soul Reviver manga by writer Tohru Fujisawa (GTO) and illustrator Manabu Akishige (D-ASH, GO-ON!). The manga series that premiered in 2011 is set in an alternate world in which the dead can be revived if their souls are recovered before passing into the void. Former detective Ryusuke Jin and dead high school girl Clara work as “soul revivers” who enter the world of the dead to recover recently deceased souls.

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Junjo Romantica Third Season Announced

August 1st, 2014 by John

Junjo Romantica 3rd season announcement

The advertising obi found on new copies of the 18th collected volume of Shungiku Nakamura’s boy-love manga series Junjo Romantica reveals that the franchise has a third anime TV series in development. The manga series premiered in 2003 and got two anime television series in 2008 and an OVA in 2012.

Source: Anime News Network

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Kamisama Hajimemashita Second Season Announced

August 1st, 2014 by John

Kamisama Hajimemashita 2nd season announcement

Publisher Hakusensha has revealed the development of a second anime TV series based on Julietta Suzuki’s supernatural romantic comedy manga Kamisama Hajimemashita. The first anime TV series about a homeless teen girl who comes to live at a shrine occupied by a fox monster aired in 2012.

Source: Anime News Network

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Digimon Sequel in Development

August 1st, 2014 by John

The Digimon Adventure 15th Anniversary Event revealed yesterday that a new Digimon anime series is presently in development. The spring 2015 series will be a direct sequel to the original 1999 anime, now placing the original series characters in high school.

Source: Anime News Network

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30 Second The Last -Naruto the Movie- Teaser Released

August 1st, 2014 by John

The homepage for the The Last -Naruto the Movie- feature film has added a 30-second teaser that introduces the film as the introduction to the final stage of the Naruto story. The movie is part of the “Naruto Shin Jidai Kaimaku Project” (Naruto’s New Era Opening Project) that commemorates the 15th anniversary of Masashi Kishimoto’s ongoing manga. The 10th Naruto feature film will open theatrically on December 6.

Source: Anime News Network

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Anime Industry to Crack Down on Piracy

August 1st, 2014 by John

The NHK television network has reported that this month the Japanese government, in collaboration with 15 Japanese anime industry companies, will launch a five-month campaign to reduce anime & manga piracy. The effort will primarily focus on roughly 580 websites based in China that the Japanese Cultural Affairs Agency estimates are responsible for 560 billion yen ($5.5 billion USD) in lost revenue due to anime/manga piracy during the past year. The anti-piracy campaign will issue take-down notices for unauthorized distribution of 500 different manga titles and 80 specific anime titles.

The 15 anime industry companies involved in the campaign, along with the Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA) and Tokyo Otaku Mode have launched the Manga Anime Guardians website to direct users to legally authorized distribution options for roughly 250 of the 580 selected works.

Source: The Japan Times & Anime News Network

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Ask John: Why are Mikan Boxes so Common in Anime?

August 1st, 2014 by John

Mikan box
Question:
Many otaku and students of Japanese culture may be aware that oranges and tangerines are widely considered symbols of good fortune and are thus commonly served during New Year celebrations. Oranges are also particularly associated with the One Piece character Nami who is always obsessed with collecting wealth.

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ufotable Clarifies its New Fate/stay night Anime

July 29th, 2014 by John

Animation studio ufotable has confirmed that its upcoming Fate/stay night television series will adapt the 2004 PC game’s “Unlimited Blade Works” story arc that was previously adapted into a 2010 anime film by Studio DEEN. The first half of the new Fate/stay night television series will premiere on October 4. Its second half will premiere in April 2015.

Furthermore, ufotable is also developing a Fate/stay night feature film adapting the game’s “Heaven’s Feel” storyline that was not adapted by the 2006 television series or 2010 feature film.

I understand that Type-Moon’s Fate/stay night is like Japan’s Harry Potter or Star Wars – a native classic of contemporary fantasy literature – but I’m personally gettin’ really burnt out on Fate adaptations.

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Miritari! Anime Announced

July 29th, 2014 by John

Miritari! anime announcement

Mamo Williams’ four-panel comedy manga series Miritari! will be getting an anime adaptation. The five-volume series revolves around a high school boy stuck in the middle of a war between nations and constantly pestered by weapon-wielding schoolgirl soldiers.

Source: Anime News Network

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Terra Formars Anime Trailer Released

July 29th, 2014 by John

Warner Bros. has released a trailer promoting both the upcoming Terra Formars OAD series and TV series. The bulk of the trailer promotes the 2-episode OAD series that will be released with limited edition copies of the 10th & 11th collected volumes of Yuu Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana’s sci-fi action manga. The manga volumes with DVDs will be available on August 20 and in November. The final footage in the trailer promotes this fall’s television series.

The acclaimed Terra Formars manga depicts the human effort to reclaim Mars hundreds of years after cockroaches introduced to terraform the planet have evolved into intelligent humanoid creatures. The TV anime will be set 20 years after the events depicted in the OAD series.

Source: Anime News Network

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7 Deadly Sins Teaser

July 29th, 2014 by John

The homepage for this fall’s Nanatsu no Taizai ~ The 7 Deadly Sins anime television series has added a teaser trailer. The adaptation of Nakaba Suzuki’s shounen manga revolves around 7 knights exiled from their kingdom who are called upon to reunite to save their former kingdom from internal treachery. The anime will premiere on October 5.

Source: Anime News Network

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X Japan Concert Tickets on Sale This Friday

July 29th, 2014 by John

X-Japan_Promo_shot

Tickets for X Japan’s next concert performance at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on October 11 will go on sale through Ticketmaster at 10am this Friday. Furthermore, according to PR firm RESONANCE Media, the group is “working on the upcoming release on Warner Music, scheduled to be released early next year.”

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AnimeSols Adds More Vintage Titles

July 24th, 2014 by John

Dororo_Gordian

AnimeSols has launched crowdfunding campaigns for Dororo, Gordian The Warrior, and the current File of Young Kindaichi Returns anime television series. The first three episodes of Osamu Tezuka’s 1969 samurai horror story Dororo and the first three episodes of Tatsunoko’s 1979 mecha anime Toshi Gordian are now streaming. Public donations totalling $2,700 for each title will ensure that the next ten episodes of each titles are added to the website. After all of the Dororo and/or Gordian episodes have been funded for public subtitled streaming, AnimeSols will launch funding campaigns to release either/both titles on American DVD.

Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo R is presently streaming on Crunchyroll & AnimeSols. AnimeSols is seeking crowdfunding support of $26,000 to release the series’ first 14 episodes on limited edition domestic DVD.

On the 26th AnimeSols will add the first 3 episodes of Uchu Ace (1965) & Goku no Daibouken (1967). On August 9th the site will add the first 3 episodes of Time Bokan (1975) & Fuusen Shoujo Temple-chan (1977). On August 30 the site will release the first 3 episodes of Wonder 3 (1965) & Kerokko Dematan (1973). And on September 13 AnimeSols will begin streaming the first 3 episodes of Belfy to Lilbit (1980).

Not that I expect anyone especially cares, but Belfy to Lilbit is the only one of these shows that I’ve never watched any of.

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Sentai License Rescues Hunter Lime

July 24th, 2014 by John

Jewel.BEM.Hunter.Lime.v2

Sentai Filmworks has announced plans to release the 1996-1997 Jewel BEM Hunter Lime OVA series on bilingual DVD on November 4. Media Blasters released the 3-episode sci-fi comedy on VHS and DVD in 2001.

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10th Naruto Feature Film Announced

July 24th, 2014 by John

The Last Naruto

As part of the commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Naruto manga, the franchise’s 10th feature-length movie will premiere on December 6. Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto personally conceived the original story for “The Last -Naruto the Movie-” and will serve as the film’s chief story supervisor. Kishimoto also personally drafted the film’s concept character designs.

Source: Anime News Network

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