News Weekly Wrapup: 26/Jun - 2/Jul
Anime Expo, the largest US anime convention, is taking place during this weekend and is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Anime News Network is reporting on major announcements in its newsfeed and is hosting summaries of the industry panels, which include panels hosted by special guests and Japanese studios and companies as well as American anime and manga distributors.
Of interest to ANN|Au readers is an announcement that Niconico.com, the recently-launched English version of the Japanese video sharing site Nico Nico Douga, will begin streaming anime outside of Japan. From next month, Blood-C and Uta no Prince Sama— Maji Love 1000% will be available on Niconico.com in several countries, including Australia and New Zealand, directly after the Japanese broadcast. Each episode will be free for one week, after which there will be a one-time subscription fee of 25 American cents to access older episodes as well as other Niconico.com premium services. Niconico.com will stream other series in future, but has not yet confirmed if the other new series featured on its Channels page will be among them.
In other news, the official website of the late anime director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, Paprika) announced details on a limited edition art collection boxset. Only 300 sets will be made with a hundred selling at a Satoshi Kon retrospective exhibition in Shinjiku, Tokyo and the remainder sold on the website. The set contains official illustrations from the director's anime works and private sketches, selected by K-ON! himself up to a month before his death.
Finally, a live-action film adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga Rurouni Kenshin has been announced for 2012, with actor Takeru Satoh (Kamen Rider Den-O, Rookies, Beck, Ryōmaden) to play the lead role. The Sankei Sports newspaper publishing the announcement added that there are hopes to release the film internationally and to also create a live-action TV series. The television anime adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year and the manga has also been adapted to theatrical and original video animation, and a new anime adaptation is also in the works.