Non Non Biyori Second Season Announced

April 7th, 2014 by John

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The official Twitter account for last year’s domestic comedy television series Non Non Biyori has announced the development of a sequel television series. The adaptation of the manga by Atto revolves around the daily lives of four schoolgirls who live in rural Japan, far from most modern metropolitan conveniences.

The seventh collected volume of the original manga is scheduled for release on July 23rd. Limited edition copies will include the series’ first OAD.

Source: Anime News Network

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Third Shingeki no Kyojin OAD Announced

April 7th, 2014 by John

Shingeki no Kyojin OAD 3 announcement

Reportedly the 14th collected volume of Hajime Isayama’s Shingeki no Kyojin ~ Attack on Titan manga will be released on August 8 in a regular edition and a limited edition that includes the franchise’s third OAD episode. The Wit Studio staff and cast of the 2013 anime franchise will produce the new OAD episode. The series’ first OAD episode was released exclusively with the 12th collected volume of the manga in December 2013. The limited edition 13th manga volume with second OAD episode will be released in Japan on April 9th.

Source: Anime News Network

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Pup Who Cried Wolf to Get Anime Film Adaptation

April 7th, 2014 by John

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Tokyo based Ichigo Ichie Films LLC has announced plans to produce a CG anime feature film titled “Lobo” based on the children’s picture book The Pup Who Cried Wolf by American author Chris Kurtz. The 2010 book revolves around a Chihuahua that dreams of joining a wild wolf pack.

Source: Anime News Network

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Kuragehime Movie Announced

April 7th, 2014 by John

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Japanese multimedia entertainment magazine The Tsukuru has reported that a feature film adaptation of Akiko Higashimura’s manga Kuragehime has been green-lit for production for a 2015 release. The announcement does not specify whether the film will be animated or live-action. The 2008 manga about a cross-dressing boy who encourages a mousey Japanese woman to take notice of fashion was adapted into an anime television series in 2010.

Source: Anime News Network

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Ask John: What’s John’s Favorite Anime-style Video Game Intro?

April 7th, 2014 by John


Question:
What are your favorite videogame intros which mimic the typical anime intro format? Even though you’re more of an anime guy, I’m sure you’ve played more than your fair share of Japanese games and must have developed a few favorites over time that you’d like to share.

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On Novel Writing XII

April 4th, 2014 by John

I haven’t mentioned my work-in-progress lite novel manuscript in a while, but I haven’t stopped working on it. Last Wednesday, with the authorization of my department head, I shared and discussed the first 10 pages of my book with my Intro to Literature class that I teach part-time at the local St. Petersburg College campus. I’m pleased by the reception that the excerpt received from my students. I choose to believe that they honestly liked it rather than just patronized me. I still have some revisions and changes that I’d like to make to the text, but I think that relatively soon I’ll begin publicly sharing exerpts of the book here through AnimeNation and solicit some AnimeNation site visitors to serve as early reviewers.

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FUNimation Acquires New Fairy Tail & Daimidaler

April 4th, 2014 by John

FUNimation has announced its acquisition of streaming rights to this month’s second Fairy Tail television series and the new robot anime comedy Kenzen Robo Daimidaler. Both shows will premiere in Japan on the 5th. FUNimation will begin streaming both titles shortly afterward.

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Ninja Slayer Anime Announced

April 4th, 2014 by John

The Twitter account for the popular lite novel series Ninja Slayer has announced that the book series will get an anime adaptation. The “cyberpunk ninja action drama” published by Enterbrain is credited to American authors “Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez,” who do not actually exist. The 12 volume continuing series is actually written by its Japanese “translators” Honda Yu & Sugi Leika.

Source: Anime News Network

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Gakumon! Anime Announced

April 4th, 2014 by John

Gakumon! anime announcement

Senyu creator Robinson Haruhara’s brand new manga series Gakumon! ~Okami Shoujo wa Kujikenai~ (Monster School! Wolf Girl Won’t Give Up), which just made its premiere this month, will receive a Flash anime adaptation. The web anime series from director Kenshiro Morii and Studio Moriken will premiere on Nico Nico on April 25. The original manga revolves around a student who enrolls in monster school to become a “wolf man,” while keeping secret the fact that she’s actually a girl.

Source: Anime News Network

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Ane Log OVA Scheduled

April 4th, 2014 by John

The Ane Log: Moyako Nee-san no Honpen wo Tobidashitemo Tomarai Monologue OVA will hit Japanese home video on the 18th. The 50-minute-long Flash anime is based on Kenji Taguchi’s comedy manga Ane Log: Moyako Nee-san no Tomaranai Monologue (Sister’s Log: Moyako’s Monologue That Won’t Stop) about an elder sister who believes that her younger brother is in love with her.

Source: Anime News Network

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Seikoku no Dragonar TV Ad Released

April 4th, 2014 by John

The first TV spot for next week’s new Seikoku no Dragonar (Dragonar Academy) television series has appeared online. The adaptation of Shiki Mizuchi’s ongoing light novel series will premiere on the 10th. The original novels, which premiered in 2010 revolve around a deficient male student at magic school who summons a dragon familiar that happens to resemble a human girl.

As pointed out elsewhere, Seikoku no Dragonar is just a gender-swapped clone of late author Noboru Yamaguchi’s 2004-2011 light novel series Zero no Tsukaima.

Source: Anime News Network

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Shingeki no Kyojin Movies Announced

April 4th, 2014 by John

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Last year’s smash hit Shingeki no Kyojin ~Attack on Titan~ anime television series will be edited into two feature films. Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~ (Attack on Titan Part I: Crimson Bow and Arrow) will open theatrically this winter. Shingeki no Kyojin Kouhen ~Jiyu no Tsubasa~ (Attack on Titan Part II: Wings of Freedom) will premiere next year. Each film will cover half of the 25-episode TV series. Both films will feature new dialogue tracks recorded by the original TV series cast.

Source: Anime News Network

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Marukome Miso Anime Ad Online

April 4th, 2014 by John

Former Studio Ghibli animator Yojiro Arai has directed a original anime promotional short for food company Marukome, a producer best known for its packaged miso soups. The anime was co-animated by studios Robot and Studio Colorido.

Source: Anime News Network

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Ask John: When did Hentai Become Mainstream?

April 4th, 2014 by John

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Question:
Did hentai suddenly become mainstream when I wasn’t looking? First, you hear them casually discuss it in The Internship. Now, you see a giant robot with tentacles in episode 13 of Space Dandy which is clearly modeled after the Chojin in Urotuskidoji. So has what was once a sub-genre of anime gone legit? In the past, it was either the subject of ridicule, or the bane of the existence of regular fans trying to distance themselves from it because it “tainted” the rest of the medium. So is it just because live-action porn has become mainstream in Hollywood (ie Nymphomaniac), that hentai’s simply followed its lead? Or is it simply just a subconscious backlash against moĆ© and dating sim adaptations because they deliberately try to sugar-coat and de-sexualize the relationships of characters while hentai is more honest in its efforts to titillate the viewer?

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Podcast is now the Vidcast

April 2nd, 2014 by Gene

To make our lives a little easier, and get the info online faster, we’re now just going to vid the John each week. Last week’s not-the-podcast is up, and it’s oh-so-exciting. Just like a Michael Bay film. Without the explosions. Or car chases. Or excitement…

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