DiscoTek Acquires Hols & Sherlock Hound

April 11th, 2014 by John

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DiscoTek has announced its acquisition of domestic home video rights to Isao Takahata’s directiorial debut, the 1968 fantasy film Taiyo no Ouji: Hols no Daibouken (Hols, Prince of the Sun). DiscoTek will release the film this December.

DiscoTek has also license rescued Geneon’s 2002 domestic DVD release of director Hayao Miyazaki’s 1984 television series Meitantei Holmes. The complete 26-episode series will be re-released in a single bilingual collection on September 30.

Will be nice to have both of these titles on official American DVD. The original domestic DVD release of “Sherlock Hound” is one of the most rare and valuable of all American anime DVD releases.

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GEN Adds Eden

April 11th, 2014 by John

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GEN manga now hosts the English translated first chapter of independent Japanese manga artist Bash’s religious/fantasy/horror manga serial Eden.

Mysterious beings that do not belong in our world known as ANGELS are looking for a village that exists in between space and time. But, the village is also searching for something, a boy named TOURU. When the ANGELS find TOURU, a war breaks out and the ANGELS are determined to exterminate the villagers! What is the secret the village holds and why must the villagers find TOURU?

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Wolf Girl & Black Prince TV Series Announced

April 11th, 2014 by John

Okami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji anime announcement

Shueisha has announced that Ayuko Hatta’s shoujo manga Okami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (“Wolf Girl & Black Prince”) will get an anime TV series adaptation. The ongoing manga series that premiered in 2011 revolves around a high school who claims that a boy in a photograph is her boyfriend. To sustain her image, she then has to convince the boy to pretend to be her boyfriend, but the boy turns out to be a spiteful sadist who treats the girl like a dog.

Source: Anime News Network

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Fourth J9 Anime Series Announced

April 11th, 2014 by John

A production committee known as “GDW Project” has announced that Yu Yamamoto, creator of the J9 trilogy, will write a fourth J9 television series titled Ginga Jinpu Jinraiger. Yamamoto’s Ginga Senpu Braiger (“Galaxy Cyclone Braiger”) was loosely inspired by “Hissatsu” live-action samurai movie franchise and aired from 1981-1982. The Ginga Reppu Baxingar (“Galactic Gale Baxinger”) sci-fi adventure series loosely inspired by Japan’s historical Shinsengumi aired from 1982-1983. The Ginga Shippu Sasuraiger (“Galactic Whirlwind Sasuraiger”) series loosely inspired by Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in 80 Days aired from 1983-1984. The new “Jinraiger” sci-fi action anime will use the classic Chinese novel “Water Margin” as its theme.

Source: Anime News Network

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Seven Deadly Sins Anime Announced

April 11th, 2014 by John

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Kodansha has formally announced the development of an anime TV series based on Nakaba Suzuki’s acclaimed shounen fantasy manga series Nanatsu no Taizai ~ The Seven Deadly Sins. The series is unrelated to Hobby Japan & OrchidSeed’s similarly named buxom bishoujo multimedia franchise. Suzuki’s manga series that premiered in 2012 revolves around a princess on the run who seeks the aid of her kingdom’s former elite knights, known as the Seven Deadly Sins.

Source: Anime News Network

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Sega Hard Girls Anime Announced

April 11th, 2014 by John

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Last year’s Sega Hard Girls lite novel by author Toru Shiwasu and illustrator & Hatsune Miku character designer Kei will get an anime adaptation. The serial novel reimagines 17 Sega video game consoles including the Dreamcast, Saturn, MegaDrive, SG-1000, and TeraDrive as anthropomorphized goddesses in modern Tokyo.

Source: Anime News Network

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Trigger to Animate Ninja Slayer

April 11th, 2014 by John

Publisher Enterbrain has announced that studio Trigger (Little Witch Academia, Kill la Kill) will produce the anime TV series adaptation of the Ninja Slayer lite novel series. The first novel composed by “translators” Honda Yu and Sugi Leika and credited to fictional American creators “Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez” premiered in 2012. An English language translated excerpt from the first novel is now available online from Tokyo Otaku Mode.

Source: Anime News Network

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Dayan Anime Series Announced

April 11th, 2014 by John

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The “Neko no Dayan” (“Dayan the Cat”) series of anime shorts will premiere on the 26 as part of the weekly Music Launcher variety program. Author Akiko Ikeda published the first “Dayan” children’s picture book in 1984. The stories of the curious cat have become internationally beloved and have spawned over 30 books, drama CDs, and even a theme park.

Source: Anime News Network

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K Movie Trailer Released

April 11th, 2014 by John

King Records has released the first trailer for studio GoHands’s anime feature film K: Missing Kings. The film continues the story from the 13-episode 2012 television series. The movie will hit Japanese theaters on July 12.

Source: Anime News Network

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NISA Acquires Gaworare & Love Live 2

April 11th, 2014 by John

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NISA has announced plans for a domestic release of the current Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara (“Gaworare”) romantic comedy television series and the current second season of the Love Live! television series. NISA Announced its acquisition of distribution rights to the first Love Live television series in December 2012.

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Zed Live Action Film Project Announced

April 11th, 2014 by John

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Ring 0: Birthday director Norio Tsuruta will write and direct a series of live-action adaptations of Koji Aihara’s 2011 zombie horror manga Z ~Zed~. The manga that consists of short stories depicting the panic and violence surrounding a zombie outbreak in Tokyo will be adapted into a feature film and a supplemental number of shorts that will be released on six DVDs. The feature film will premier this summer.

Source: Anime News Network

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Yokokuhan Movie Announced

April 11th, 2014 by John

Shueisha has announced the development of a feature film based on Tetsuya Tsutsui’s crime manga Yokokuhan (“Prophecy”). The 2011-2012 manga revolves around a police investigation of a serial arsonist known as “Newspaper Man.” The announcement doesn’t specify whether the film will be live-action or animated.

Source: Anime News Network

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Ask John: Are We in a New Period of Robot Anime Prominence?

April 11th, 2014 by John

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Question:
In the 2000′s I asked about the trend of classic mecha anime being produced at that time. Now in the 2010′s I noticed a sudden surge of new, original mecha anime being made. Captain Earth, Samurai Flamenco, Damidaler, Buddy Complex, Majin Bone, Gundam Build Fighters, Fuun Ishin Dai Shogun, Valvrave, and Nobunaga The Fool are among the many mecha-themed anime made within the past year alone. And now with the release of Bandai Namco’s “Super Robot Wars Z3″ for the PS3 and PS Vita, there seems to be a renewed interest in the mecha genre both in Japan and abroad. Do you believe we are reaching a second “golden age” of mecha just like it was in the 70s when Mazinger Z was released?

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FUNi Acquires One Piece Movie 11

April 7th, 2014 by John

FUNimation has announced plans to release One Piece Film Z, the 11th One Piece theatrical feature, on domestic home video this fall. One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda personally executive produced the 2012 film.

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Im@s Cinderella Girls Anime Announced

April 7th, 2014 by John

A new website has launched to announce the development of an IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls anime television series, based on the tremendously successful IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls mobile device game that launched in November 2011 as a spin-off from Bandai Namco’s original hit 2005 simulation game franchise. Noriko Takao, who directed several episodes of the 2011 IDOLM@STER anime television series, will direct the Cinderella Girls TV series. Tatsuya Takahashi, who wrote multiple episodes of the 2011 TV series and the screenplay for the 2014 IDOLM@STER anime film, will co-write the new series along with director Takao. Yuusuke Matsuo, who served as animation director on select episodes of the 2011 TV series, will serve as character designer for the new series. Studio A-1 Pictures, which produced both the 2011 TV series and 2014 movie, will animate the new series for broadcast next year.

Source: Anime News Network

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