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Madman Entertainment Acquisitions from Supanova Pop Culture Expo Gold Coast

posted on 2013-04-20 23:50 EDT
Madman announces the acquisition of Sankarea, Psycho-Pass and My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU;

The announcements were made during the Madman Panel at 11:05am at Supanova Pop Culture Expo Gold Coast following on from Madman's announcement yesterday of 009 Re:Cyborg as part of Reel Anime 2013, the new announcements are as follows;

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

Hachiman Jikigaya is a antisocial high school student with no friends or girlfriend and as a result has a distorted view on life. When Hachiman sees his classmates talking excitedly about their adolescent lives he mutters "They're a bunch of liars". And when pressed about his future dreams he replies "Not working." However things start to change when a teacher forces Hachiman into the volunteer "service club" and he encounters the school's prettiest girl, Yukino Yukinoshita.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is based on Wataru Watari's light-novel series Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. (My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected.) The light-novel series has previously been adaptated into a drama CD and the cast has been retained for the anime adaptation. This includes Takuya Eguchi (Inu x Boku S.S.) as Hachiman Hikigaya, Saori Hayami (Bakuman.) as Yukino Yukinoshita, Nao Tōyama (The World God Only Knows) as Yui Yuigahama, Mikako Komatsu (K) as Saika Totsuka, and Aoi Yūki (Gosick) as Komachi Hikigaya. In addition Nobuyuki Hiyama (Eden of the East) voices Yoshiteru Zaimokuza while Ryoka Yuzuki supplies the voice of Shizuka Hiratsuka.

Ai Yoshimura (episode director on Gintama, Oreimo) is directing the series at Brains-Base while Shôtarô Suga (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Lagrange - The Flower of Rin-ne) supervises the scripts and Yuu Shindou (animation director on Penguindrum, Sengoku Collection) is handling the character designs.

The series premiered on TBS and BS-TBS channels in Japan on the 4th of April and Crunchyroll has been streaming the series in select countries outside of Japan.

Madman will be streaming the series in Australia from the 25th of April on the Madman Screening Room. No further release details have been made available at this stage.

Sankarea

Chihiro Furuya is obsessed with zombies, to the point that he dreams of his first kiss being with a zombie girl. When he unexpectedly gets to know a sweet girl by the name of Rea Sanka they work together to resurrect Chihiro's pet cat Baabu. But Chihiro soon discovers that Rea wants to escape from her responsibilities by becoming a zombie herself and plans to use his "resurrection potion" to do so.

Based off the zombie comedy manga by Mitsuru Hattori this adaptation was produced by Studio DEEN and directed by Mamoru Hatakeyama (Arakawa Under the Bridge, Puella Magi Madoka Magica). The series composition was handled by Noboru Takagi (Durarara!!, Baccano! and Kuroko's Basketball) with animation direction and character design by Kyuta Sakai (Steins;Gate, When They Cry - Higurashi and Zoids Genesis) with music by Yukari Hashimoto (Penguindrum, Toradora!).

The series originally aired in Japan from the 5th of April 2012 and ran for 12 episodes with three OVA episodes (one prequel, two sequel). Madman have not announced any plans for their release at this stage.

Psycho-Pass

It's the near future where it's possible to instantaneously measure and quantify a persons state of mind, personality and probability of committing crimes through a device installed on each citizen's body called a Psycho-Pass. When a person's "Crime Coefficient" index is too high the enforcement officers of the Public Safety Bureau's Criminal Investigation Division are called in to pursue and apprehend the person in question, with lethal force if necessary.

The series follows new bureau inspector Akane Tsunemori who is partnered with "enforcer" Shinya Kōgami, an inspector who is labelled as a latent criminal as his crime coefficient has become too high and without chance of recovery. As they start to conduct investigations they soon realise that there is a mastermind behind multiple crimes who isn't being detected by the Psycho-Pass.

Fuji TV originally broadcast Psycho-Pass as part of Noitamina in October 2013 and the series was produced by Production I.G The cast includes Seki (Card Captor Sakura's Touya, Fate/Zero's Gilgamesh) as Shinya Kōgami and Kana Hanazawa (Kobato.'s Kobato., Nisemonogatari's Nadeko) as Akane Tsunemori.

The staff includes chief director Katsuyuki Motohiro (Space Travelers, live-action Night Head, live-action Antique Bakery, Bayside Shakedown), director Naoyoshi Shiotani (Blood+, Tokyo Marble Chocolate), scriptwriter and series script editor Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero) with original character designs by manga creator Akira Amano (Reborn!).

Madman plans to stream the series on the Madman Screening Room in the near future. No further details have been released.

Acquisition announcement was reported by ANN|AU reporter Luke Carroll at Supanova Pop Culture Expo Gold Coast, further information on two titles via Madman's facebook page here and here.


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