Diabolik Lovers OVA Announced

September 9th, 2014 by John

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Limited edition copies of the Diabolik Lovers: Dark Fate PlayStation Vita game sold by the Animate retail chain will include a bonus exclusive Diabolik Lovers OVA. The OVA will introduce new characters, the four Mukami brothers: Kou, Ruki, Yuma, and Azusa. Rejet’s Diabolik Lovers drama CD and PSP game franchise received an anime TV series adaptation from studio ZEXCS last year.

Source: Anime News Network

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Kibare! Bittare Drama Announced

September 9th, 2014 by John

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Takashi Tajima and Masahiro Takahashi’s legal comedy manga Kibare! Bittare will get a live-action TV series adaptation. The manga that premiered last year is conceptually similar to Kei Ogawa’s manga Tokko Jimuin Minowa that also premiered last year and is also getting a live-action TV series adaptation. Kibare! Bittare revolves around a short-tempered legal clerk who used to be a legendary thug.

Source: Anime News Network

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Wake Up, Girl Zoo! First Episode Online

September 5th, 2014 by John

The first episode of the web-exclusive Wake Up Girls! spin-off anime series Wake Up, Girl Zoo! is now online. The web anime series is set at a zoo in need of animals that attempts to hire a new selection of animal girls.

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Recommendation for Raqiya

September 5th, 2014 by John

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Biblical history and esoterica have been subject to literary adaptation for centuries, from Milton’s 1667 dramatization of the fall of Lucifer to modern novels and movies like Left Behind and Legion and Dogma. Despite Japan not being a predominantly Christian country, Scripture has inspired numerous Japanese manga artists as well, including Kaori Yuki’s Angel Sanctuary, Kazue Kato’s Blue Exorcist, Daisuke Moriyama’s Chrono Crusade, Kent Minami’s Angel Para Bellum, and Nanae Chrono’s Vassalord, to name a few. Writer Masao Yajima & illustrator Boichi’s 2008 manga series Raqiya: The New Book of Revelation takes a more prominent than typical approach to adapting Biblical concepts for its own ends, resulting in a tense, provocative action manga for open-minded mature readers.

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Discotek Reveals New Acquisitions

September 5th, 2014 by John

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Discotek has announced its acquisition of domestic distribution rights to the 2007 grim robot anime TV series Bokurano. Gonzo’s adaptation of Mohiro Kitoh’s manga depicts a group of children forced to pilot a giant robot to save the earth, but the cost of piloting the robot is one of the children’s lives each time the robot launches.

Discotek has acquired the third Lupin III TV special, “Napoleon’s Dictionary.” The 1991 TV movie will be released domestically in January.

Discotek has also license rescued the Yoroiden Samurai Troopers TV & OVA franchise and the 2001 Comic Party television series. Bandai Entertainment released the hybrid Samurai Troopers/Ronin Warriors series on DVD in 2002. Discotek will re-release the complete franchise in February. Discotek’s release of the TV series will be subtitled only. The OVAs will be released bilingually. Right Stuf initially released the Comic Party television series domestically in 2004. Discotek will rerelease the series in January.

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Triage X Anime Announced

September 5th, 2014 by John

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A website has launched to reveal the anime adaptation of Highschool of the Dead artist Shoji Sato’s original action manga Triage X. The manga series about busty nurses who moonlight as vigalante assassins premiered in 2009 and presently has 9 collected volumes. Yen Press has published the first 7 volumes in English so far.

Source: Anime News Network

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Tribe Cool Crew Anime to Premiere This Month

September 5th, 2014 by John

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Sunrise has announced that its original anime TV series Tribe Cool Crew will premiere on the 28th. You Are Umasou movie and TV series director Masaya Fujimori is directing “Japan’s first full-fledged dance anime.” Professional dancer Yuki Tanno will supervise the dance choreography for the series. The Japanese Street Dancing Association will overseeing the entire series’ production.

Source: Anime News Network

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Calimero Revival TV Series Announced

September 5th, 2014 by John

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An unspecified Japanese production studio, in collaboration with animation studios in Italy & France, is producing the first Calimero anime TV series in 21 years. Toei first animated the adventures of Ignazio Colnaghi and the Pagot brothers’ Italian comic character in a 47-episode 1974 television series. Toei then produced a 52-episode remake TV series that aired from October 1992 to September 1993. The new anime series will be animated with CG. The show’s 15-minute episodes will premiere on the TV Tokyo network on October 7.

Source: Anime News Network

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Piece of Cake Live-Action Movie Announced

September 5th, 2014 by John

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Japanese publisher Shodensha has announced that female mangaka George Asakura’s 2003-2008 josei manga Piece of Cake will receive a live-action film adaptation. The five-volume romance manga tells the story of a woman in her 20s who reboots her life by quitting her job, moving, and developing a romantic interest in her neighbor who already has a girlfriend.

Source: Anime News Network

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Sorako is Stellar

September 2nd, 2014 by John

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Having grown up as a geek during the 1980s, the Hernandez brothers’ independent slice-of-life comic book series Love and Rockets defined the offbeat, alternative, independent comic book in my mind. Since I grew up with America’s independent comic boom, I was also aware that indie comics featured belligerent anthropomorphic animals, ninja (of the female, fat, turtle, and high school varieties), all manner of criminals, hardboiled detectives, and much more. But twenty years later I still find my core definition of “indie comics” falling back on slice of life stories about the small existential anxieties of everyday life. So no title from GEN Manga’s stable better illustrates the translator’s canon of imported Japanese indie comics than Fujimura Takayuki’s deceptively simple routine life drama manga Sorako.

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First Wolf Girl & Black Prince Trailer Released

August 29th, 2014 by John

The homepage for the upcoming Okami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl & Black Prince) television series has released its first trailer. Studio TYO Animations’ adaptation of Ayuko Hatta’s shoujo manga stars a high school who lies to her friends about having a boyfriend. The boy whom she claimed is her boyfriend agrees to play along with the deceit so long as he can taunt & tease the girl privately. The show will premiere in October.

Source: Anime News Network

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Over Lord Anime Announced

August 29th, 2014 by John

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The advertising obi found on new copies of the 7th volume of Kugane Maruyama’s fantasy light novel series Over Lord reveals that the franchise will be getting an anime adaptation. The novel series stars a boy who refuses to log-out of an online fantasy game when the game is shut down. The boy finds that the game world continues to exist and evolve independently, so he decides to strive to become the overlord of the entire digital world. The novel series premiered online in 2010.

Source: Anime News Network

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Hayao Miyazaki to Receive Lifetime Achievement Oscar

August 29th, 2014 by John

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The MPAA’s Board of Governors has announced that it will present an honorary Oscar statuette for lifetime achievement in film-making to Hayao Miyazaki. The award will be presented at the 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8, in Hollywood. Miyazaki won the Best Animated Film Oscar for Spirited Away in 2002 and was again nominated for Best Animated Film Oscars for Howl’s Moving Castle in 2005 and The Wind Rises in 2013.

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Adult Swim to Broadcast Hellsing Ultimate

August 28th, 2014 by John

FUNimation has confirmed that Adult Swim will broadcast the “Hellsing Ultimate” OVA series during its Toonami programming hours beginning September 13 at 3:00AM. The episodes will be heavily edited to meet TV-MA broadcast standards and fit within one-hour broadcast spans. FUNimation will release the final two Hellsing OVAs, episodes 9 & 10, on domestic home video on October 28th.

Factoring in time for TV commercials, Toonami’s “hour” broadcast timeslot allows for 43 minutes of program. Only OVA episodes 2 & 9 are 43 minutes or less without edits.

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Seraph of the End TV Anime Announced

August 28th, 2014 by John

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Shueisha has announced that writer Takaya Kagami and artists Daisuke Furuya & Yamato Yamamoto’s dark fantasy manga series Owari no Seraph ~ Seraph of the End will get an anime TV series adaptation. The manga series is set in a future world in which only children remain alive, and the world’s children are enslaved by vampires. Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu & Itsuka Tenma no Kuro-Usagi novelist Takaya Kagami writes the manga. Daisuke Furuya then storyboards the art which Yamato Yamamoto draws. The manga series premiered in 2012 and presently has 5 collected volumes.

Source: Anime News Network

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