News Weekend Wrapup: 24/Mar - 30/Mar
Dark Horse Comics announced at Sakura-Con that it will be releasing Hideki Mori and Kazuo Koike's New Lone Wolf and Cub (Shin Kozure Ōkami) manga, KEI's Hatsune Miku: Unofficial Hatsune Mix (Maker Hikōshiki Hatsune Mix) manga early next year and The Art of Katsuya Terada artbook at some point in the future. Additionally Dark Horse announced that they would be releasing Kosuke Fujishima's Oh My Goddess! and Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal on Dark Horse Digital starting in April.
Ghost in the Shell Arise has a new teaser streaming online and have revealed the designs for the "Rojikoma" mechs. The Arise project will consist of four 50-minute parts and will premiere in Japanese cinemas on the 22nd of June and on Blu-ray and DVD on the 26th of July.
A promotional video for the Persona 3 anime film project revealed the title, opening date and main casts for the first movie. Persona 3 The Movie #1 Spring of Birth will open in Japan in the Fall and will be directed by Noriaki Akitaya (Bakuman.) at AUC A.S.T.A based on a screenplay by Jun Kumagai (Aura: Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai, episodes of Persona 4 The Animation) with Keisuke Watabe (Crest of the Stars, Banner of the Stars) handling character design.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (My Little Pony ~Tomodachi wa Mahō~ in Japan) will soon be recieving a manga series courtsey of Shogakugan's children's magazine Pucchigumi. Puuchigumi is the home manga for other notable children's franchises including Tamagotchi, Barbie and Stitch!. The Japanese dub of My Little Pony ~Tomodachi wa Mahō~ will premire in Japan on the 2nd of April 2014 led by Miyuki Sawashiro as Twilight Sparkle.
The Tokyo Youth Healthy Development Ordinance has forced the first Welcome to Sugarpot (Sugarpot e Yōkoso) manga volume to be withdrawn from sale after the book went on sale on the 15th of February.
And finally a 16-page preview of Mari Yamazaki's (Thermae Romae) Steve Jobs biography manga has been posted on Yahoo! Bookstore Japan's website. The preview starts in 2004 with Apple company co-founder Steve Jobs surprising author Walter Issacson with a request, to pen his life story. The manga is being published in Kodansha's Kiss magazine.