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Victor Entertainment's Flying Dog label began streaming a music clip as well as a previously unveiled trailer for the Trigun: Badlands Rumble film on Tuesday. Like the television anime series that came before it, the anime Studio MADHOUSE is basing the film on Yasuhiro Nightow's popular Trigun manga. Director Satoshi Nishimura, character designer Takahiro Yoshimatsu, mechanical designer Noriyuki Jinguji, and musical composer Tsuneo Imahori return to the franchise after having worked on the television series. Nightow and Nishimura conceived of the story concepts which Yasuko Kobayashi (Claymore, Shakugan no Shana, Witchblade anime) turned into a shooting script. Masaya Onosaka, Sho Hayami, Hiromi Tsuru, and Satsuki Yukino are reprising their roles of Vash the Stampede, Nicolas D. Wolfwood, Meryl Stryfe, and Milly Thompson, respectively. The film will open in Japan on April 24, after a world premiere at Sakura-Con in Seattle earlier this month.
The official website of the Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin (Occult Academy) anime series has begun streaming the second 15-second television commercial on Friday. Unlike the first animated commercial, the new live-action commercial highlights Minakamiyama, a real place where mysterious incidents have been reported. The horror and school comedy story of Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin revolves around mystery and supernatural cases at Occult Academy, a fortress-like academy city. A-1 Pictures and Hiroyuki Kitakubo (Blood: The Last Vampire, Angel Cop, Robot Carnival) co-created Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin as TV Tokyo and Aniplex's third Anime no Chikara project. Tomohiko Ito (Death Note and Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro assistant director) is directing, and Seishi Minakami (Shigurui: Death Frenzy, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) is supervising the scripts. The television series will premiere in Japan in July.
Source: Moon Phase
Image © Yasuhiro Nightow/Shounen Gahousha, Trigun Production Committee
© A-1 Pictures/Aniplex, TV Tokyo
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