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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ACEcon This Weekend

March 28th, 2014 by John

ACEcon

Just a reminder for local fans that the first annual (hopefully) ACEcon will begin at the Palm Harbor Public Library tomorrow at 11am. Admission is free & open to the public. The con will continue on Sunday at the St. Petersburg College Tarpon Springs campus library.

I’ll see you there both days!

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Sentai Reveals New Acquisitions

March 28th, 2014 by John

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Sentai Filmworks has confirmed its acquisition of domestic distribution rights to the upcoming Isshukan Friends, Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou, and Haikyuu!! television series.

The Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou (The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior) romantic sitcom based on the manga by Ruri Miyahara revolves around a teen boy living in an apartment complex filled with odd neighbors. The show will premiere in Japan on April 3.

Production I.G’s Haikyuu!! school volleyball television series based on the manga by Haruichi Furudate will premiere on Japanese TV on April 6.

Isshukan Friends (One Week Friends), based on Matcha Hazuki’s drama manga, revolves around a schoolboy committed to repeatedly becoming friends with his female classmate whose mental disability prevents her from remembering anything for more than one week. The series will premiere on Japanese TV on April 7.

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Discotek License Rescues Cagliostro’s Castle

March 28th, 2014 by John

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Discotek has announced plans to release director Hayao Miyazaki’s classic 1979 film Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro on domestic DVD and Blu-ray. The film will first hit DVD, tentatively this August, then follow on Blu-ray either late this winter or early next year. The new re-release will contain the film’s original Japanese audio track plus the English dubs created for the 1993 domestic home video release by Streamline and the 2000 home video release by Manga Entertainment.

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First Sabagebu! Trailer Released

March 28th, 2014 by John

The homepage for this summer’s Sabagebu! ~ Survival Game Club television series has added a streaming trailer. Masahiko Ohta (Yuruyuri) is directing the anime at studio Pierrot+. The adaptation of Hidekichi Matsumoto’s manga revolves around the new transfer student into a girls’ high school who joins her school’s survival game club.

Source: Anime News Network

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First Tokyo Ghoul Teaser Released

March 28th, 2014 by John

The homepage for this summer’s Tokyo Ghoul television series has added a streaming teaser. Oscar nominated director Shuhei Morita (Freedom, Kakurenbo) is directing the adaptation of Sui Ishida’s suspense horror manga at studio Pierrot. The horror series revolves around the city of Tokyo held in fear by serial attacks by man-eating “ghouls.”

Source: Anime News Network

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D-Frag! OAD Scheduled

March 28th, 2014 by John

D-Frag OAD announcement

The 9th collected volume of Tomoya Haruno’s school comedy manga D-Frag will be released on September 22 in a limited edition that includes an exclusive OAD. The Brains Base staff and cast of the current television series will create the OAD episode adaptating the manga’s “shrine water” story arc.

Source: Anime News Network

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