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

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

Dayan Anime Series Announced

April 11th, 2014 by John

Neko no Dayan announcement

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

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

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

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

NISA Acquires Gaworare & Love Live 2

April 11th, 2014 by John

NISA_Flag_Live

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.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

Zed Live Action Film Project Announced

April 11th, 2014 by John

news_large_z1

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

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

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

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

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

April 11th, 2014 by John

Captain Earth
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?

Read the rest of this entry »

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

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.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

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

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

Non Non Biyori Second Season Announced

April 7th, 2014 by John

non-non-2nd

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

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

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

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

Pup Who Cried Wolf to Get Anime Film Adaptation

April 7th, 2014 by John

Pup Who Cried Wolf

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

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

Kuragehime Movie Announced

April 7th, 2014 by John

Kuragehime

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

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare

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.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponShare