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Weekly Wrapup 15/Apr - 21/Apr

This week we have almost an entire wrapup dedicated to Anime in Australia with announcements galore and some behind-the-scenes on the live action Rurouni Kenshin film for added interest.

Madman Entertainment announced several acquisitions at its panels held at Supanova Melbourne and Supanova Gold Coast. Among other titles, Madman announced it has acquired the Berserk film trilogy, beginning with the newly-released first film, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc - The Egg of the King, and Madman intends to release the films in cinemas. Other titles announced included Gintama the Motion Picture, Star Driver, and Oreimo (My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute). Oreimo in particular is popular in Japan, with the latest light novel in the series the anime is adapted from being the fourth consecutive title to top the sales charts.

Siren Visual also announced its acquisitions of Shiki and Thermae Romae. Both Noitamina series, Thermae Romae is Siren Visual's latest Region 4 exclusive English title. Shiki will be released with an English dub and subtitles on both Blu-ray and DVD.

The former CEO of Siren Visual, Eric Cherry, has launched Hanabee, a new distribution company this week. The company currently only distributes Western web series The Guild and Red Vs Blue, but Eric has stated that he will announce anime titles shortly, and the company will aim for 'a little more listening' with its fans and consumers.

Finally, almost five minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film was released on Japanese television. The footage follows lead actor Takeru Satoh (Kamen Rider Den-O, Rookies, Beck, Ryōmaden) rehearsing in his role as the main character, Kenshin Himura. The film is based on a manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki, which was previously adapted into an animated television series, OVAs and films.


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