Jason checks out Hideki Ohwada's politically-charged mahjong manga, The Legend of Koizumi.
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Giovanni's Island is as powerful as it is predictable. It may be one of the few films to focus on the Kuril Islands, but its tale will prove immediately familiar to anyone acquainted with cinema's typical treatments of war-torn children.
This week, the hardships of living on a farm, robo friends, and supercomputers that dictate your every move.
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Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky is in fact about girls with no pants, but if you can get past that conceit, it's an enjoyable book. It's more of a fun diversion than a series to sink your teeth into, but it is also a good way into the franchise.
Deadman Wonderland is overall a very gripping series, at least in its first two volumes. The story is dystopian, frightening, and guaranteed to make you angry.
Mercenary Kings is a tangled mess of a game most of the time, but a fun one almost as often.
Despite its overall lack of freshness, this action-oriented harem series executes well enough in centering on its fledgling vampire lead that it still proves plenty entertaining.
Thursday, April 17
One-volume manga also available in print from Vertical ― Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will add Moyoco Anno's (Hataraki Man, Sugar Sugar Rune, Happy Mania) Insufficient Direction (Kantoku Fuyuki Todoki) to its online manga catalog. The manga will be available worldwide starting on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. PDT. Anno's one-volume Insufficient Direction autobiographical essay manga centers on Anno's married life with her husband, director Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion). The comedic and heartwarming book follows their "
Jason checks out Hideki Ohwada's politically-charged mahjong manga, The Legend of Koizumi.
Musical to open in Japan, Korea in 2015 ― A workshop for Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy's stage musical adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's manga Death Note was held in New York City on April 14. The workshop was presented in English for the benefit of the Japanese and Korean producers. The musical will be translated into Japanese and Korean and open in Japan in April 2015, and in Korea in July 2015. The cast for the workshop included Andy Kelso as Light, Drew Gehling as L, Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli as Light's father Soichiro, Adrienne Warren (pictured right) as Misa, Eric Anderson as Ryuk, and Jackie Burns as Rem. Deborah Lew played a character listed as "Toko." Members of the ensemble included Alysha Deslorieux, Sean Jenness, Sara King, Dan Kohler, Adam Pribila, Rashidra Scott, Sara Sheperd and Jason Wooten.
Ride to Osaka's airport on the Red Comet ― The seventh installment of the OAV series Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, "Over the Rainbow," premieres on May 17. To celebrate, Nankai Electric Railway is remodeling one of its high-speed trains as the "Second Coming of the Red Comet" — a reference to Full Frontal, the leader of the Neo Zeon faction and the "second coming of Char Aznable" (who carries the title "Red Comet"). The train line is called the Limited Express Rapi:t and runs from Namba Station in Osaka to Osaka's international airport in Osaka Bay. The promotion doubles as a 20th anniversary commemoration for the line. The train will be painted red to evoke Full Frontal's mobile suit. What's more, three seats will be "reserved" in Car 5 for the Neo Zeon leaders Full Frontal, Mineva Zabi and Angelo Sauper — although in reality,
Magazine's former publisher went out of business ― The editorial department of cosplay magazine Cosmode announced on Wednesday that the next issue of Cosmode will have a new publisher. The magazine's former publisher, Inforest, suspended business on Tuesday. The first issue of Cosmode, a magazine that includes photos of cosplay and tips on costume creation and make-up, was published in 2002. An English publication of Cosmode was published by Broccoli Books in North America before it closed its doors in 2008, and a
Greg Ayres, Leraldo Anzaldua, Andrew Love, Mark X Laskowski star ― North American anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks announced the English dub cast on Thursday for the Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East (Hakkenden: Tōhō Hakken Ibun) television anime series. The DVD and Blu-ray will ship on May 20. Christopher Ayres will serve as the dub's director. The cast includes: Greg Ayres as Shino Inuzuka, Murasame Leraldo Anzaldua as Sosuke Inukawa Andrew Love as Genpachi Inukai Mark X Laskowski as Kobungo Inuta Beth Lazarou as Sayoko Inuta
― Earlier this month, the Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen film page announced that its main actor Takeru Satoh would be replaced by Kumamon, the popular mascot of Kyushu's Kumamoto Prefecture as an April Fool's joke. What started out as a gag has now spawned some legitimate merchandise. Customers who order advanced tickets to Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen and Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen by May 3 will get a Kumamon cellphone strap. There is both a Ke
Sells 1,130,508 + 270,272 copies in its 1st 5 days ― The 13th volume of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga series, which shipped in Japan on April 9, is the first volume in the franchise to sell more than 1 million copies in its first week. Oricon reports that the normal edition of the volume sold 1,130,508 copies in its first five days, while the limited edition, which bundled an original anime DVD, sold 270,272 copies. The two editions ranked at #1 and #2 respectively for the week of April 7-13 on Oricon's weekly comic rankings.
Tentatively titled series to run in Big Comic Spirits with Boku wa Coffee ga Nomenai ― This year's 21st issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine is announcing on Monday that Inio Asano is launching a new manga series tentatively titled Honobono no Fūfu (Tender-hearted Couple) in the next issue on April 28. The magazine describes the story as "new territory" for Asano. Writer Yukie Fukuda and artist Mocha Yoshiki will also launch their coffee gourmet manga Boku wa Coffee ga Nomenai (I Can't Drink Coffee) in the 24th issue of
Shibata to receive the convention's Momiji Award ― Organizers of Canada's Anime North convention announced this week that Japanese voice cast members Mai Goto, Yumi Hara, and Hidekatsu Shibata will be guests of honor at the event. Goto is best known for voicing Fullmetal Alchemist's May Chang. She also voiced Airi Mizutani in Phi-Brain - Puzzle of God, Ritos Tortilla in Blessing of the Campanella, and Astarte in The Qwaser of Stigmata. She also sang theme songs for Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu, ef: a tale of melodies,
Director Toyama, writer Satō involved in "shocking" manga in Shinmimibukuro Atmos magazine ― The official PlayStation Twitter account in Japan announced on Thursday that Siren, "the quintessential Japanese horror video game," is inspiring a "shocking" manga in Home-sha's Shinmimibukuro Atmos magazine. The manga is titled SIREN -Akai Umi no Yobigoe (Siren: The Call of the Red Sea). A preview is running in the Spring issue of Shinmimibukuro Atmos that debuted on Thursday, and artist Hiroshi Kamio will launch the series in the magazine's Summer issue in July. The game franchise's director Keiichirō Toyama, scenario writer Naoko Satō, and other staff members are supervising all aspects of the manga, which will tell previously untold chapter in the storyline.
Keishuu Andou to bring back Shonen Jump's panty-masked superhero in Garaku.mag in June ― The inaugural issue of Garaku.mag announced on Thursday that Keishuu Andou will bring back his fighting gag comedy manga series Hentai Kamen in the next issue on June 17. The new HK Hentai Kamen EX manga will star Kyōsuke, "the dangerous hero zealously devoted to justice" from Andou's Ultimate!! Hentai Kamen series. The story of the original manga revolves around Kyōsuke Shikijō, a kenpō club member who accidentally has a pair of women's underwear land on his face while saving a girl from bullies. The underwear gives him the ability of using the entire potential of his body.
Schoolgirl manga's creator Yui Hara thanks fans for new season ― The June issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Max magazine is announcing on Saturday that the upcoming Kin-iro Mosaic (Kinmoza!/Golden Mosaic) anime sequel will be a new second television season. Yui Hara, the creator of the original Kin-iro Mosaic four-panel comedy manga, drew a sketch thanking fans for the new season. The official website for the anime had announced last month that a production on a sequel has been green-lit. Director Motoki Tanaka (
Kuromorimine Girls High School's battle previewed in June 26 3D "dramatic tank action" game ― The official website for the PlayStation Vita game Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu! (Girls und Panzer: Master, Senshadō!) began streaming the fourth gameplay video on Thursday. The video depicts the battle with Kuromorimine Girls High School. Players can experience the entire Girls und Panzer story with over 30 available tanks and over 50 characters. In their tanks, players can fire, hide, and ride freely about. The realtime zapping system lets them also instantly switch between any friendly tank and get behind their controls. The game will include in-tank radio chatter never before heard in the anime. A battle royale mode lets players choose their own customized teams of tanks for the ultimate dream matchups.
Wednesday, April 16
Both Darkrai & Diancie to be given as gifts to moviegoers ― The Pokémon Company Japan channel began streaming the second full trailer and two more teaser trailers for Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction film, as well as an introduction video for the Darkrai Pokémon, on Thursday. The new trailers feature the movie's theme song "Yoake no Ryūsei-gun" (Daybreak Meteor Shower) by the girl band SCANDAL. AKB48 idol member Mayu Watanabe ("Mayuyu") narrates the Pokémon short "Pikachu Kore Nanno Kagi?" (Pikachu, What's This Key For?) The short and the main feature introduce four
― While larger anime conventions can rely on industry support to provide free manga reading libraries for their attendees, smaller conventions don't always have that resource. Fortunately, for conventions located near the Carolinas, they can count on Laura Mehaffey and her dedicated team. For almost a year, Mehaffey and her small staff have been providing regional anime and manga fans with the chance to peruse the library's growing collection of manga and graphic novels. Founded in 2013, the Carolina Manga Library is dedicated to promoting literacy amongst fans of all ages, providing a traveling collection of over 1,000 books from over 100 series.
Nodame Cantabile's Kawamura directs, Gatchaman Crowds' Ono writes, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu costumer Iijima designs outfits ― The official website for the live-action film of Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) manga announced the main cast on Wednesday: Rena Nōnen (Amachan, Hot Road) as jellyfish-obssesed otaku Tsukimi Kurashita (leftmost) Masaki Suda (Kamen Rider W, High School Debut) as cross-dressing Kuranosuke Koibuchi (top center) Hiroki Hasegawa (Second Virgin, Why Don't You Play in Hell?) as Shū Koibuchi, who is scared of women (top right) Chizuru Ikewaki (
― Illustrator and Nagoya native Mel Kishida, original character designer for works like Hana-Saku Iroha and Red Data Girl, has recently turned his artistic eye to designing costumes. He was recently tagged to create outfits for Carnival ☆ Stars, an idol cafe and bar located in Nagoya's Osu neighborhood. For more information about the cafe, you can check out their official website or their Facebook page. In addition to his beautiful illustration work, Kishida is known for goofy costumes, including his
Attack on Titan, Chihayafuru, Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Haikyu!! in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Attack on Titan 13 1,130,508 1,130,508 2014/04 Kodansha Hajime Isayama 1 1 2 Attack on Titan 13 Limited Edition 270,272 270,272 2014/04 Kodansha Hajime Isayama 2 1 3 Chihayafuru 24 155,401 155,401 2014/04 Kodansha Yuki Suetsugu 3 1 4 Attack on Titan: No Regrets 1 140,186 140,186 2014/04 Kodansha Original Creator: Hajime Isayama/Story: Gan Sunaaku (
― The weird, unofficial pear-fairy mascot of Funabashi City, Chiba is back with a t-shirt collaboration with the equally strange Kinnikuman. The "Hustle Heroes" t-shirt features Funasshi, a character inspired by the area's major fruit export. Customers can reserve a t-shirt until April 24 and they're expected to ship by the end of the month. Funasshi is very popular despite its unofficial status. It was voted the top mascot in the Regional Mascot General Election in August, got its own manga
Series' 10th and final volume will ship this summer ― The ninth compiled volume of Mayu Murata's Nagareboshi Lens shōjo manga announced on Tuesday that the next volume will be its last. The 10th volume is scheduled for release this summer. The story follows Risa, a girl with zero experience in romance. Meanwhile, a boy named Yūgure is the most popular student in Risa's school year. Even though the two have had no contact with each other in the past, they find themselves at school at the same time one night.
Anime based on otome game is currently streaming on Crunchyroll ― North American anime distributor Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it has licensed anime of Nippon Ichi Software and Broccoli's female-oriented dating simulation game Kamigami no Asobi, and plans to release the series on home video. Crunchyroll is currently streaming the series as it airs in Japan. Tomoyuki Kawamura (Good Luck Girl! chief director) is directing the series at animation studio Brains Base (Blood Lad, Penguindrum, Natsume's Book of Friends
3rd Super Robot Wars game debuts at #1 and #2 ― Japan's Game Ranking: March 31-April 6 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 1PS3 Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Jigoku-hen Bandai Namco Games April 10 142,433 142,433 2PSV Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Jigoku-hen Bandai Namco Games April 10 128,236 128,236 3 3DS Yōkai Watch Level 5 July 11 33,833 720,220 85 43DS Mario Party Island Tour Nintendo March 20 28,114 285,987 53DS Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi o Yobu Kasukabe Eiga Stars!
― Last month, Lady Gaga surprised fans by announcing that K-Pop group Crayon Pop would join her on her on part of her Artpop tour (June 26 - July 22). Now she's surprised fans again, with the new addition of a very special guest: My favorite digital pop star Hatsune Miku is opening The ARTPOP Ball from May 6-June 3! Look at how cute she is! http://t.co/XZr1nKGM2Q — Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) April 15, 2014 The virtual pop star will be opening the tour from May 6 to June 3, which includes the following venues:
Nisekoi girls appear in Madoka Magica costumes & vice versa in Konami Android/iOS app ― This year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Konami's Madoka Magica Plus social game will begin offering Nisekoi crossover costumes at the end of April. The heroines of Nisekoi and Madoka Magica will change into each others' clothes. The Nisekoi heroines will also be available in regular costumes such as tennis wear, school swimsuit, and physical education bloomer shorts. Finally, a new heroine will debut in May.
Four other series to start in Nemuki Plus ― This year's July issue of Asahi Shinbunsha's Nemuki Plus, which ships June 13, will debut four new manga series and an article preceding a manga based on Nahoko Uehashi's Moribito novel series. The new series, Yami no Moribito, will be drawn by Yuu and will adapt the second novel in Uehashi's series, telling the story of Balsa's return to her homeland of Kanbal. The manga itself will debut in the September issue, which ships on August 13. Kamui Fujiwara drew the manga adaptation of Uehashi's first novel in the series,
― Premium Bandai is taking preorders for a set of five Saki - The Nationals mahjong tiles. Unlike standard tiles, these play pieces feature characters from the series in busty, 3D detail. Characters include Saki Miyanaga, Nodoka Haramura, Yuuki Kataoka, Mako Someya, and Hisa Takei. The images below are renderings of what the tiles are expected to look like. The set costs 4,000 yen (~$40) and is expected to ship in August.
Sony sells 9.52 million shares worth about US$150 million ― Sony announced on Wednesday that it will sell all of its 9.52 million shares of Square Enix Holdings to SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. Sony expects to receive a profit of about 4.8 billion yen (about US$47 million) from the sale. Sony will announce the results of its 2013 financial year on May 14. Update: While Sony expects to earn 4.8 billion yen (US$47 million) in profits from the sale of Square Enix in the first quarter of its financial year (April to July),
― Ohta Publishing's web magazine Pocopoco launched a service that allows customers to commission portraits from professional manga artists, including Lychee Light Club's Usamaru Furuya, Dementia 21's Shintaro Kago, and illustrator Kana Ohtsuki. Commissions run at 300,000 yen (~$3,000) and differ in style depending on the artist. Usamaru Furuya artwork sample “2011.11.11 Shinjuku”. The model is actress Fumi Nikaido. The image is taken from “Fumi Nikaido Photo Book: Shinkyuu Dekiru ka na”, published by
Crunchyroll offers sci-fi comedy series digitally ― The ninth issue of Futabasha's Manga Action magazine announced on Tuesday that Rie Kanō's Star Light Woman manga will end in the following issue on April 30. Kanō launched the series last September and Futabasha released the first compiled volume on February 28. Crunchyroll began offering the manga digitally in January. Crunchyroll describes the story: The fate of the Earth has been entrusted to a single woman! A new SF comedy series! As more and more witnesses report seeing UFOs, a plain woman named Hoshi is working late at her part-time job. But she has an important secret!
PS3, PS Vita, Wii U game with various fighting modes ships in Japan June 12 ― This year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and Wii U port of Namco Bandai Games' One Piece: Unlimited World Red video game will feature a “Battle Colosseum” mode. In this mode, players can challenge four different types of competitions, including Battle Royale, Duel, Boss Rush, and Chaos Battle. Battle Royale is a battle between two or more fighters, Duel is a fight which pits two players against each other in a one-on-one scuffle, Boss Rush forces the player to fight bosses one after the other without anytime to take a break, and Chaos Battle lets players go wild and defeat many weak enemies. When the player saves up enough points from victories at the Colosseum, he/she will be able to unlock new quests.
Publisher of Japanese fashion magazines carries a debt of 3 billion yen ― The financial research firm Teikoku Databank reported on Wednesday that Inforest, the company best known for publishing the fashion magazine Koakuma Ageha and cosplay magazine Cosmode, has suspended business activities as of April 15. The company currently holds a debt of 3 billion yen (about US$29.35 million). In 2009, the company's highest earning in a quarter was 7.496 billion yen (about US$73.333 million), but its highest income in a quarter dropped to 6.803 billion yen (US$66.48 million) in 2010. By 2012, highest earnings in a quarter had dropped to 4.379 billion yen (about US$42.783 million).
Shisui's Susanoo power to debut in PS3/Xbox 360 fighting game this fall ― This year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto designed Shisui Uchiha's Susanoo power for the Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution game. The Susanoo will be put into action in a previously secret chapter in Shisui's life that the game will depict. Compared to the previous entries in Bandai Namco Games' franchise, this upcoming game will feature new gameplay mechanics, including the Combination Ultimate Jutsu attacks that allow players to combine powers to create more powerful techniques. The game will also feature more than 100 playable characters from both the
Voice of Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Cross Thesis main lead Shin Kamikaze steps down due to cold ― Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) announced on Wednesday that Kenji Nojima is replacing Jun'ichi Miyake as the voice of the main character in the Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Cross Thesis (The Cross Thesis of God and a Fateful Revolution or The Guided Fate Cross Thesis) game. NIS explained that Miyake is stepping down from the role of Shin Kamikaze to undergo treatment for an illness. Miyake further explained in a Wednesday blog entry that he is undergoing treatment from nasopharyngitis or the common cold. He apologized to all involved for the inconvenience caused and assured his fans that they do not have to worry about him. Miyake's roles in anime include Keno Inusaka in
Ultimate Mission 2 3DS card battle adventure game slated for August 7 ― This year's 21st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 game will have an "Ultimate Universe Mode." The issue is also announcing that Bandai Namco Games will ship for the Nintendo 3DS card battle adventure game on August 7 for 5,690 yen (about US$56). The limited first edition of the game will include five "ultra-powerful" cards. The Ultimate Universe Mode lets a player "travel the universe with Gokū" in every age of the story. This main mode of the game has the player's avatar embarking on adventures with Gokū to find capsules scattered all over. During these travels, various stories from the first
Pravda High School's battle previewed in June 26 3D "dramatic tank action" game ― The official website for the PlayStation Vita game Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu! (Girls und Panzer: Master, Senshadō!) began streaming the third gameplay video on Wednesday. The video depicts the battle with Pravda High School. Players can experience the entire Girls und Panzer story with over 30 available tanks and over 50 characters. In their tanks, players can fire, hide, and ride freely about. The realtime zapping system lets them also instantly switch between any friendly tank and get behind their controls. The game will include in-tank radio chatter never before heard in the anime. A battle royale mode lets players choose their own customized teams of tanks for the ultimate dream matchups.
Series about mysterious woman launches on Shogakukan's MobaMAN website ― The editorial department of Shogakukan's digital Comic Soon website announced on Tuesday that manga creator Aki Katsu (Futari H/Manga Sutra) will start a new series on the publisher's MobaMAN site. The manga will star a mysterious woman, and Shogakukan notes that the manga's title will reference "The Invisible Man." Shogakukan also posted two rough pages from the manga: The series will launch on MobaMAN on Friday. Katsu (Psychic Academy, The Vision of Escaflowne
1st season inspired by Wataru Watari's light novel series aired in 2013 ― A poster for Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko imprint is announcing that production on a second anime season based on Wataru Watari's Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU) light novel series has been green-lit. The May issue of Shogakukan's Sunday GX magazine is also announcing the news on Saturday. Shogakukan had hinted earlier this week that an important announcement would be made on Friday for the series during its niconico live program "Monthly Gagaga Channel." Watari will make an appearance as a guest. The poster is for the ninth volume of the series, which is scheduled to also be released on Friday.
Spinoff series about Kindaichi's mini-vacation launches in English on Manga Box next week ― The official Twitter account for Kodansha's Magazine Special announced on Monday that the detective manga Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo (Kindaichi Case Files or The Files of Kindaichi) is getting a spinoff manga series in Magazine Special's June issue, which will ship in May. The manga is also getting a new spinoff series in Kodansha's Manga Box bilingual digital manga service on April 23. According to the head of Magazine Special, Yūki Satō will
Tuesday, April 15
Matches earlier Mario and Luigi Wiimotes ― Nintendo will release a pink Wiimote in honor of Princess Peach in North America later this month. The controller works with both Wii and Wii U consoles and will cost US$39.99. It matches previously released Mario- and Luigi-themed Wiimotes. [Via Siliconera]
― LEGO enthusiast @ChaosBrick has been working hard on his newest creation, a life-size Lego recreation of virtual pop star Hatsune Miku. 製作期間6ヶ月、LEGOで作られた等身大初音ミク完成です! pic.twitter.com/KuatofQz6Z— terebi@等身大ミク完成 (@ChaosBrick) April 14, 2014 The entire project took six months to complete, and is made entirely from LEGO bricks. お顔に移る、はやく雪ミククエストに出動したい。
― Over 23,000 fans participated in Weekly Shōnen Champion's Yowamushi Pedal character poll this year. The votes are in and the top racer is Sōhoku High Bicycle Club member Yūsuke Makishima. Yūsuke Makishima - 3,576 votes Sakamichi Onoda - 2,418 votes Junta Teshima - 1,911 votes Shōkichi Naruko - 1,897 votes Jinpachi Tōdō - 1,845 votes Yasutomo Arakita - 1,762 votes Shunsuke Imaizumi - 1,207 votes Hajime Aoyagi - 1,135 votes Sangaku Manami - 1,115 votes
Seo also wrote A town where you live, Suzuka ― Media service Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it is releasing Kouji Seo's (A town where you live, Suzuka) Fūka manga as it is published in Japan. The full catalog will be available starting at 4:00 p.m. PDT in all territories except Japan, Algeria, Lebanon, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Morocco, and Switzerland. Crunchyroll describes the story: New meetings always come suddenly! The protagonist, Yuu Haruna, moves into a new town where he meets a somewhat strange girl who doesn't have a cell phone. The girl, Fuu
Key frames drawn by animator Takahiko Abiru posted on Twitter. ― Takahiko Abiru, one of the animation directors for the ongoing Hunter x Hunter anime posted pictures of the approximately 18,000 frames that he drew for the show over it's run since 2011. Since last December, he has been uploading pictures of individual frames and commenting on them via his Twitter site, encouraging fans to stay tuned for "more fun toward climax" in coming episodes. Among some of the comments that he left on his pictures was that he believed his portrayal of Kilua during the Greed Island arc to be a little too young and naive looking. He also gave a sneak peek of a frame featuring Hisoka, to be included in an upcoming episode.
Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura star & Priscilla Ahn sings "Fine on the Outside" ― 16-year-old actress Sara Takatsuki (Black President, Otomen, GTO, Daily Lives of High School Boys, Haganai) and 21-year-old actress Kasumi Arimura (Amachan, Hagane no Onna, Clover, Judge) will star in Studio Ghibli's next film, this summer's anime adaptation of Joan G. Robinson's English children's novel classic When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie). Oricon describes the film as Ghibli's first one with dual lead heroines, and it is also the first animated title and first Ghibli title for both actresses.
Nyaruko, From the New World, Saint Seiya anime; Berserk film; Devils and Realist manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent Blu-rayPlease Viz Media US$24.98 April 15 Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent DVDPlease Viz Media US$19.98 April 15 From the New World Blu-ray Collection 1Please Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 April 15 From the New World DVD Collection 1Please Sentai Filmworks US$69.98 April 15 Heaven's Lost Property Season 1 DVD/Blu-ray Complete Set -Anime Classics
The Heart of Thomas, The Mysterious Underground Men, Showa: A History of Japan, Summit of the Gods, Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist also nominated ― The 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards panel of judges has announced its nominees for the best works in the comic book industry on Tuesday. Suehiro Maruo's manga adaptation of Edogawa Rampo's The Strange Tale of Panorama Island, published by Last Gasp, received a nomination for Best Adaptation from Another Medium. Five manga titles are vying for the Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award: The Heart of Thomas By Moto Hagio Fantagraphics
PS Vita, 3DS first copies bundle with soundtrack ― Atlus USA began streaming a full trailer on Tuesday to accompany the North American release of Spike Chunsoft's Conception II game for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Both the versions will retail for US$39.99, and first copies will include the game's soundtrack by Masato Kōda. Atlus USA describes the story: Monsters have invaded the world of Aterra, and only a few special individuals, imbued with the power of the Star God, are equipped to fight it. With only a small group of warriors and a narrow window of time in which their powers are at their peak, the solution is clear: combine your Star power to make magical Star Children to boost up your forces in battle!
Love Live! dethroned! ― Love Live! may have ranked as the #1 tweeted anime show last week, but is it really the most popular? The Twitter account "Anime_Follower" compiled a list of this season's shows' Twitter accounts and ranked them in order of followers. If popularity is based on followers, it looks like Mekaku City Actors is the fan favorite, barely edging out against Love Live!'s school idols. Mekaku City Actors: 155,656 followers Love Live! School idol project: 148,961 followers
Adaptation of Ruri Miyahara's four-panel manga aired last summer ― Sentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed the anime adaptation of Ruri Miyahara's four-panel Love Lab manga series with plans to release the anime on home video. The comedy manga revolves around the girls at the elite Fujisaki Girls' Middle School, which has tsundere (initially aloof and abrasive, but later kind-hearted), meganekko (eyeglasses-wearing girl), and other kinds of students. The cast includes Manami Numakura as Rico Kurahashi,
― Hiromu Arakawa's Silver Spoon made its 100th appearance on the current issue of Weekly Shonen Sunday, issue 19. In celebration, Weekly Shonen Sunday created the "Hachiken Pork Fund," which allows customers to mail-order pork from Hokkaido. Each set cost ¥1700 yen ($16.71), and consists of native goods from Tokachi, Hokkaido such as ham, sausage, and bacon. In addition, the goods are packaged with Tomako or Pork Bowl stickers. Since there are only 1000 sets on sale, customers should pre-order as soon as possible. For more information, check out
PSP version of 2011 visual novel ships in Japan on Thursday ― Game news website Famitsu posted the opening movie on Tuesday for the PlayStation Portable version of the visual novel Rewrite from Visual Art's/Key (CLANNAD, Little Busters!). The video changes only a few scenes from the opening movie of the PC version, which shipped in 2011. The PSP version is slated for release in Japan this Thursday. Rewrite takes place in Kazamatsuri, a fictional city where civilization and greenery co-exist. Within it, players assume the role of student Kotaro Tennoji and interact with his fellow classmates Kotori Kanbe, Chihaya Ohtori, Akane Senri, Sizuru Nakatsu, and Lucia Konohana (voiced by
Combos showcased for April PS3 fighting game with demo now available ― The European arm of Bandai Namco Games posted a gameplay trailer from its upcoming JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle game this week. Player Bilal (a.k.a Silvius) demonstrates the combos for Noriaki Kakyoin. Previous gameplay videos featured Jōtarō Kūjō and Jean Pierre Eiffel. The game's demo is now available on the PLAYSTATION Network and will allow players to use Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli, Jōtarō Kūjō, and Dio Brando in Arcade mode. Players who download and play the demo can earn 100,000G for the full game, which will
Giovanni's Island is as powerful as it is predictable. It may be one of the few films to focus on the Kuril Islands, but its tale will prove immediately familiar to anyone acquainted with cinema's typical treatments of war-torn children.
Magazine to include works from Shin Nagasawa, Hitori, Yusuke Kozaki, VOfan, Shihou, Atsushi Suzumi and Takamichi ― The Japanese publisher Wanimagazine released a promotional video on Monday for for Wani-Bites, an English manga magazine for iBooks. The first volume is available for download for free in the iTunes store. The company describes Wani-Bites: Bringing together some of the best talent in Asia, Wani-Bites is a collection of manga translated into English for iBooks. With Manga from many of Japan's cult illustrators and manga artists. There are also features showcasing artists' their development work and their working methods. Issue 01 contains the work of
Nobutoshi Canna, Masaya Onosaka, Miyuki Sawashiro return from games as Takaya, Jin, Chidori in June 7 film ― The official website for the Persona 3 films updated at midnight on Tuesday, and posted a new promotional video for the upcoming Persona 3 the Movie #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream film. The video features the theme song "Fate In Our Hands" by Lotus Juice. Yukari: When I found out I had power, I thought it wasn't a coincidence. I was scared, but I thought I could learn something about dad... But in the end, there wasn't a reason for me to be here. After all, dad... It was all his fault.
Tokyo governor holds press conference with AKB48 ― On April 7, registration for the domain name .tokyo opened for trademark holders. To help publicize the event, Tokyo's new governor, Yōichi Masuzoe, held a press conference in the luxury Park Hyatt Hotel in Shinjuku with members of the idol group AKB48, since they have done much to promote the Tokyo district of Akihabara. Anna Iriyama, Haruka Shimazaki, Yuki Kashiwagi, Mayu Watanabe, Minami Takahashi, Haruna Kojima, Yui Yokoyama and Mako Kojima represented the group.
Satoshi/Ash & friends face Team Rocket & threat of space debris in panoramic anime ― Pocket Monsters XY: Sora no Hahen (Pokémon XY: Fragments of the Heavens), a brand-new anime tied to the ongoing Pokémon XY television anime, will run in two Tokyo planetariums this summer. Like previous Pokémon planetarium anime, this new one will be projected onto 360-degree panoramic domes. The story follow Satoshi (Ash in English) and his friends when they visit the Pokémon Aerospace eXploration Agency (a nod to the real-life Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). They are thrilled by stories from PAXA's astronauts about the wonders of space and the possibility of
― Kodansha posted the official videos of Friday's 200-foot Attack on Titan 3D projection event and how it was made. The first video shows the entire show in 10 minutes, while the second video shows a digest of the show and how it was made. Premium members of Niconico can still watch their special broadcast here.
Sumire Uesaka plays unfriendly, demoted Motoko Kusanagi in FROGMAN'S "remake" series ― DLE Inc. posted the first episode in FROGMAN's four-episode "remake" of the Ghost in the Shell Arise video anime series. The "remake" is in FROGMAN's own style. In the video, a superior to Motoko Kusanagi (played by Sumire Uesaka) and her team expresses his anger that Motoko does not ever smile, say hello when they pass each other in the hallway, and does not laugh at his wordplay jokes (in fact, she gets angry). Because of this, he demotes her team. Motoko explains that her team has been demoted constantly, from public safety to extracurricular activities to
Hozuki no Reitetsu sells 6,124+4,872+1,461+1,266, followed by Noragami, 3rd Madoka Magica film, Shinkenger, No-Rin ― Super Sentai Series Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Complete Blu-ray 1 sold 924 copies at #41 on the overall DVD chart. The special price edition of the Crows Zero film sold 824 more copies for a new total of 1,867. It slipped from #44 to #45 in its second week. The special price edition of the Crows Zero II film sold 792 more copies to add to its total of 1,784. It also dropped from #46 to #49 in its second week. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total
3rd Madoka Magica film sells 12,152 more, followed by Hozuki no Reitetsu, No-Rin, Seitokai Yakuindomo, Noragami ― Super Sentai Series Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Complete Blu-ray 1 sold 2,088 copies at #17 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies Total Copies Release Date Maker Artist/Category Highest Rank Weeks on Chart 1 - Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion (Limited Complete Pressing) 12,152 139,653 14/4/2 ANX Animation 1 2 2 - Hozuki no Reitetsu Vol. 1 A ver. (Limited-Time CD "Hell") 6,716 6,716 14/4/9 K Animation
Novel gets new edition with art by Death Note's Obata after Tom Cruise's film opens ― In an interview published in the May issue of Shueisha's Miracle Jump magazine on Tuesday, novelist Hiroshi Sakurazaka revealed that he is now working on the sequel to his All You Need Is Kill novel. The science-fiction novel already spawned a manga by artist Takeshi Obata (Hikaru no Go, Death Note, Bakuman.) and writer Ryōsuke Takeuchi (ST&RS) in Shueisha's Young Jump magazine in January. It is also inspiring the upcoming Hollywood movie Edge of Tomorrow with
Keita travels to the past to uncover watch's secret origin in July 10 game ― LEVEL-5 Inc. began streaming a promotional video and a television commercial for its upcoming Yōkai Watch 2 game releases on Tuesday. The town, battles, and yōkai (supernatural Japanese entities) have all been upgraded, and the game's playable area has expanded. Yōkai Watch 2 "finally" introduces new yōkai such as Hitotsu-me Kozō (One-Eyed Monk Disciple) and Mito-Men (Seal Men). Yōkai Watch 2 will reveal the secret origin of the mysterious
August 9 film with theme of bereavement features Brian Jay as key character ― The official website for the upcoming Uchū Kyōdai #0 (Space Brothers #0, pronounced "Number Zero") film revealed the first key visual on Tuesday. Original manga creator Chūya Koyama drew the key visual. The text on the visual reads: "That day, our dreams crashed. With courage, we will launch once more." The film's staff also revealed on Tuesday that the character Brian Jay, a legendary astronaut, will play an integral role in the film. The film will depict for the first time the "true reason" and the "starting point" behind Mutta and Hibito's goal of going to space. The film will also give more details on the other "Space
Action fantasy about motley unit that roots out magic users in a world where guns reign supreme ― Kadokawa's Fujimi Shobo announced on Tuesday that Tōki Yanagimi's AntiMagic Academy "The 35th Test Platoon" (Tai-Madō Gakuen 35 Shiken Shōtai) light novel series has an anime adaptation in the works. The school action fantasy is set in a world where people with magic powers are close to being wiped out. Just as the balance of power and military might had once shifted from swords to sorcery, it shifts once again to guns. Takeru Kusanagi goes to "AntiMagic Academy," a training facility for Inquisitors of Herectics who crack down on the dwindling threat posed by magic users.
Saunders University High School's battle previewed in June 26 3D "dramatic tank action" game ― The official website for the PlayStation Vita game Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu! (Girls und Panzer: Master, Senshadō!) began streaming the second gameplay video on Tuesday. The video depicts the battle with Saunders University High School. Players can experience the entire Girls und Panzer story with over 30 available tanks and over 50 characters. In their tanks, players can fire, hide, and ride freely about. The realtime zapping system lets them also instantly switch between any friendly tank and get behind their controls. The game will include in-tank radio chatter never before heard in the anime. A battle royale mode lets players choose their own customized teams of tanks for the ultimate dream matchups.