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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Jump Special Anime Festa Films Announced

July 17th, 2014 by John

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Shueisha has confirmed that this year’s touring “Jump Special Anime Festa” publicity event will feature exclusive screenings of new short anime films based on the Assassination Classroom, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Gintama, Haikyu!!, Naruto Shippuden, and World Trigger manga series. The touring publicity event will make stops in Tokyo, Sapporo, Sendai, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka from November 9-16.

Source: Anime News Network

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Warner Hires New Screenwriter for Akira

July 17th, 2014 by John

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Deadline reports that Dante Harper, the screeenwriter that adapted Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel All You Need is Kill into the first-draft screenplay for the Doug Liman-directed film Edge of Tomorrow, is now working on the script for Appian Way, Mad Chance, and Warner Bros.’ planned live-action Akira film, based on Katsuhiro Otomo’s modern classic cyberpunk adventure manga. Deadline also mentions that Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra, who left development of the Akira film in 2012 to work on other movies, is now back as the film’s director again. Warner Bros. shut down pre-production of the Akira movie in early 2012 to allow time for major script and budget revisisions.

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Ask John: Is Getting Started in Anime Retail a Good Idea?

July 17th, 2014 by John

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Question:
A friend of mine is interested in selling anime merchandise online online. What are the factors that he should consider to make his business a success?

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Ask John: How Much Japanese Does an American Need to Know to Visit Japan?

July 15th, 2014 by John

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Question:
What kind of advice would you give to someone interested in visiting Japan but concerned about not speaking the language?

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Tokyo Revisited Day 17

July 10th, 2014 by John

Oh Japan

My final full day of 2014 in Tokyo began with a walk down the street to the bank to exchange a final hundred dollars. Along the way I snapped daytime photos of two of the restaurants that I’d eaten eat during the previous week. Then I stopped in at the Somo Somo 100 Yen store primarily to pick up some hard plastic re-sealable boxes that I could use to transport home delicate collectables within my suitcase. Once again, even though this was a small 100 yen store, I was impressed by its selection and some of the odd, unexpected items it stocked.
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Tokyo Revisited Day 16

July 7th, 2014 by John

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With the conclusion of my stay in Tokyo approaching its end, I considered how much money I had remaining and how much I’d need, and decided to walk down the street to the bank to exchange $250. The bank was somewhat less crowded on its ground floor this time around; the small third floor lobby was one again deserted. I filled out the form and took a seat. Ten minutes later I received 24,800 yen. On the way out I politely refused a bank employee that encouraged me to register for a Mitsubishi Bank credit card.

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Tokyo Revisited Day 15

July 6th, 2014 by John

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A variety of subtle and minor cultural differences between Japan and American occur to me as navigate Tokyo. During my two weeks here, I’ve seen about a half-dozen women wearing traditional Japanese kimono or similar attire on the street, but to a person the women have been elderly ladies. I wonder to myself if these women are individuals who have spent a lifetime wearing traditional Japanese clothing, if they’ve only adopted the grace of tradition with maturity, or if they represent a contrast with the contemporary, younger generations of Japanese citizens who aren’t interested in the formality of traditional Japanese attire.

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Tokyo Revisited Day 14

July 5th, 2014 by John

In the name of the moon, I"ll discount you!

I woke somewhat excited about the prospects of some sort of interesting publicity event surrounding the debut of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal being held in conjunction with a sale at the Shibuya 109 department store. But I also tempered my expectations, knowing the that publicity even could turn out to be nothing more than a bunch of posters and banners. Around mid-day, Jon and I took the trains to Shibuya, exiting the station at the Hachiko exit into a mild rain. As soon as we crossed the intersection, we could see the giant Sailor Moon banners attached to the 109 building.

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600 Yen Gamera

July 4th, 2014 by John

Because a photo was requested: foot-stamped “Bandai 1991″

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Tokyo Revisited Day 13

July 4th, 2014 by John

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For otaku in Tokyo, Akihabara and Nakano Broadway are the primary satisfying destinations and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Ikebukuro’s Otome Road is increasing in prominence and awareness, but the Otome Road otaku district at present remains small – a mere two blocks – and near exclusively devoted to female consumers and collectors. The hidden gem of Tokyo’s anime otaku destinations is the relatively little known Tokyo Character Street, which is actually not literally a street at all. A basement section at the north Yaesu exit of the Tokyo railway station houses a strip of roughly 20 consecutive gift shops collectively known as “Tokyo Character Street.”

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Tokyo Revisited Day 12

July 3rd, 2014 by John

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I’ve mentioned before that my fascination with anime culture and collectables is so intense that I’m entirely happy to just surround myself with fictional alternate rainbow-colored worlds and smiling cartoon girls. Not everyone – in fact – most people probably wouldn’t empathize with my obsession for more than a day or two, and certainly not two weeks. But my vacation is for my own amusement, and if visiting anime shops brings me the most pleasure, then that’s what I’ll do during my vacation. Because my temporary room-mate had to go to work for the day, and I knew that I wanted to pick up some goods for a friend back in Florida, I returned to Nakano Broadway.
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