News Weekend Wrapup: 2/April - 7/April
Every novel in NisiOisin's Monogatari light novel series will be adapted to anime according to a supplement delivered with the newsletter Nisio Tsūshin. Three stories in the series have already been adapted as part of the "NisiOisin Anime Project" by anime studio SHAFT--Bakemonogatari and the recently-concluded Nisenmonogatri were released as television series and a film based on Kizumonogatari will be released this year. Katanagatari, a fourth story not part of the Monogatari series, was also adapted to television by Aniplex and WHITE FOX. Bakemonogatari and Nisenmonogatari director Akiyuki Shinbo (Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) has previously stated that he would like to adapt all novels in the series.
Tiger & Bunny's official website has released a 34-second trailer, available outside Japan, for the first film based on SUNRISE's hit superhero anime. Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning- will be released in Japanese cinemas in September, with a second film in production. Also released was a new trailer for Blood-C: The Last Dark, a film concluding the Blood television series developed by CLAMP and Production I.G, which will open on June 2.
The latest Duel Masters anime, Duel Masters Victory V, began screening on Japanese television this week. The series is a sequel to Duel Masters Victory, the eighth animated series based on the Duel Masters collectable card game. Wizards of the Coast has previously announced it will relaunch the Duel Masters franchise in North America this year with a new trading card game, online game, and a separate animated series, titled Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters and produced by Hasbro.
Oh! great (Tenjou Tenge)'s racing tournament series Air Gear will conclude after five more chapters. The announcement was released with the latest chapter's publication in Weekly Shōnen Magazine. The entire series currently stands at 35 volumes, with English versions being published by Kodansha, and has received a television series adaptation and several OVAs.
Finally, the film Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos will make its Australian premiere this month, with screenings at Supanova Gold Coast and Supanova Melbourne's 'Friday Preview Nights'. The film is set during the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood television series, currently being released by Madman Entertainment, and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in June.