Pony Canyon to Begin American Distribution

September 26th, 2014 by John

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Japanese entertainment producer & distributor Pony Canyon has launched an English language website and confirmed plans to self-publish anime DVD/BD releases for the American market. Pony Canyon is also promoting its upcoming Denki-gai no Honya-san and Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru television anime series, both of which will simulcast on Crunchyroll starting next month.

Source: Anime News Network

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Sentai Acquires Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse

September 26th, 2014 by John

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Sentai Filmworks has announced plans to begin releasing the Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse television series on domestic bilingual DVD and Blu-ray in January. The 24-episode mecha/action anime from 2012 is based on author Yoshimune Kouki’s 6-volume light novel series, which is a spin-off from AGE Soft’s 2006 PC game Muv-Luv Alternative, the sequel to the 2003 PC game Muv-Luv.

Can’t say that this is much of a surprise. “Total Eclipse” has always felt like a title for Sentai’s wheelhouse.

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Marvista Acquires Heroes ~Legend of Battle Disks~

September 26th, 2014 by John

Los Angeles-based Marvista Entertainment has acquired the international distribution rights to Asahi Production’s forthcoming shounen anime television series Heroes ~Legend of the Battle Disks~. The long-delayed anime series based on Magic Box International’s line of children’s toys was originally announced for a winter 2013 premiere. Marvista will promote the series to potential broadcasters at the MIP Jr. industry convention in Cannes, France, on October 11-12.

Source: Animation World Network

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Grisaia no Kajitsu Teaser Released

September 26th, 2014 by John

Rondo Robe has released the first teaser trailer for next month’s Grisaia no Kajitsu ~ Le Fruit de la Grisaia television series. Studio 8-Bit is producing the adaptation of the 2011 adult PC game from developer Frontwing. The angst-ridden school harem anime will premiere on OCtober 5.

Source: Anime News Network

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Donten ni Warau Teaser Released

September 26th, 2014 by John

A new teaser for next month’s Donten ni Warau television series reveals animation footage from the show. Anime studio Dogakobo is producing the adaptation of Kemuri Karakara’s historical adventure manga that revolves around three handsome brothers charged with transporting criminals and political dissidents to an island prison in 1879. The 7-volume manga series was serialized from 2011 until 2014. The TV anime will premiere on October 10.

Source: Anime News Network

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Binan Koukou Chikyu Boei-bu Love! Anime Announced

September 26th, 2014 by John

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An official website has launched to announce the Binan Koukou Chikyu Boei-bu Love! (Handsome High School Earth Defense Club Love!) anime television series. The original TV anime will premiere next January.

Source: Anime News Network

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Kyokai no Kanata Movie Teaser Released

September 26th, 2014 by John

Kyoto Animation has released a short teaser trailer for its upcoming Kyokai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary) feature film. The film, due out next spring, is anticipated to be a summarized version of the 12-episode 2013 television series inspired by Nagomu Torii’s original fantasy novel.

Source: Anime News Network

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Saki Biyori OAD Scheduled

September 26th, 2014 by John

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The 14th collected volume of Ritz Kobayashi’s bishoujo mahjong manga Saki will be released on July 25, 2015. Limited edition copies of the book will include an OAD based on Saya Kiyoshi’s spin-off four-panel manga Saki Biyori. The ongoing Saki Biyori manga premiered in 2011 and presently has 3 compiled volumes of its own.

Source: Anime News Network

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Koji Morimoto Animates New TV Spot

September 26th, 2014 by John

Renowned visionary animator and Studio 4C co-founder Koji Morimoto has directed an original 15-second TV commercial promoting the upcoming two albums from Japanese post progressive metal band Mono.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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Preparing for Necronomicon

September 25th, 2014 by John

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Once again this year, I may have more excess anime/manga merchandise than I can actually transport to my Necronomicon convention dealer’s table next weekend. And I’ll also need to figure out how to fit plastic shelving into to car as well.

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iM@S Cinderella Girls First Trailer Released

September 23rd, 2014 by John

The homepage for next year’s IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls television series has added its first streaming trailer. Most of the core staff of studio A-1 Pictures’ 2011 IDOLM@STER television anime will reunite to produce the adaptation of the “Cinderella Girls” mobile game spin-off from the original iM@S game franchise. A promotional Blu-ray and DVD advertising the new TV series will go on sale on November 5. The TV series will premiere in January.

Source: Anime News Network

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Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete First Trailer Released

September 23rd, 2014 by John

The homepage for next month’s Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete (Searching for the Lost Future) television series has added its first trailer. Anime studio feel (Kanamemo, Kiss x Sis) is producing the adaptation of Trumple’s adult PC game for an October 4 premiere. The original game revolves around a large school’s astronomy club, which is charged with investigating rumors of unsettling supernatural anomolies around the school.

Source: Anime News Network

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Second Shingeki no Bahamut Trailer Released

September 23rd, 2014 by John

The homepage for next month’s Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis (Rage of Bahamut: Genesis) television series has added a new, epic second trailer. Anime studio Mappa is producing the adaptation of Cygames’ mobile card game. Director Keiichi Satou (Asura, Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary) is helming the production for an October 6 premiere.

Source: Anime News Network

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Baby Steps Second Season Confirmed

September 23rd, 2014 by John

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This week’s final episode of Baby Steps concluded with an epilogue announcing that the series will continue next spring. Anime studio Pierrot (Naruto) produced the initial 25-episode adaptation of Hikaru Katsuki’s manga about a studious high school boy who takes up tennis as a hobby.

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I’m very pleased and relieved to learn that the show will continue, but I’m a bit confused over why the show wasn’t planned as an ongoing production from the outset. Past tennis anime including Ace wo Narae and Tennis no Ouji have been long-running series.

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Oshiri Kajiri Mushi Third Series Scheduled

September 23rd, 2014 by John

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The homepage for the Oshiri Kajiri Mushi (“Butt-Biting Bug”) anime has announced that the franchise will get a third TV series beginning on October 6. The adaptation of the popular children’s song got a 20-episode TV series in 2012 and a 32-episode second series in 2013.

Source: Anime News Network

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