News Weekend Wrapup: 10/Feb - 16/Feb
Enterbrain's Monthly Comic Bean has announced that Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae will be concluding in March. The series follows Lucius, a Roman architect who specialises in designing bath houses (thermae) who ends up travelling through time to modern day Japan. Yamazaki first launched the manga in 2008 and it has since inspired a television anime mini-series (distributed in Australia by Siren Visual), a live-action film starring Hiroshi Abe and Aya Ueto and an upcoming live-action film sequel.
Viz Media has announced a collaboration with Sanrio to publish Hello Kitty graphic novels in North America. Viz Media will be publishing a ongoing series of graphic novels beginning with Hello Kitty: Here We Go! in fall and a once-off graphic novel Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland in summer.
Further information on Ghost in the Shell Arise has been announced at the project launch. The project will contain four 50-minute parts and the first part "Ghost Pain" will have a theatrical season in Japan. Ghost in the Shell Arise is a prequel series that follows Motoko when she was younger, the trailer for the series shows more of the new setting and character designs.
A trailer for the live-action film Hentai Kamen has been streamed on youtube (the trailer is defiantly not safe for work). Ryōhei Suzuki (live-action Gatchaman, Mei-chan no Shitsuji, Hana-Kimi, Yankee-kun to Megane-chan) stars as Kyōsuke Shikijō, a high school boy who transforms into a hero by wearing a panties mask — and little else. Hentai Kamen is a adaptation of Keishuu Andou's Ultimate!! Hentai Kamen gag manga which was originally published in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump between 1992 and 1993. The film will open around Japan on the 13th of April 2013.
This past week we have managed to get the full reports from Wai-Con online for your reading pleasure, so if you want to find out what titles were announced and the questions asked of Siren Visual during their panel, click here and if you would like to find out what Madman Entertainment announced and commented on, please click here.
And finally, on Saturday Hanabee Entertainment completely out of the blue announced three new acquisitions at @con in Melbourne including Kids on the Slope, Mysterious Girlfriend X and Dusk maiden of Amnesia.