Daily Links of the Day: Disney, Urushihara, Gundam Seed
posted on by Egan Loo
Also: Papuwa, Ushio & Tora's Fujita, Kadokawa & YouTube, DLE & Crunchyroll
Some of these news items will have full articles written in ANN.
Disney, Jinni's Fireball Staff, Cast, Premiere AnnouncedWalt Disney Japan has announced that Wataru Arakawa is directing and writing Fireball, Disney's joint computer-graphics (CG) comedy project with Jinni's Animation Studios of Japan. Hitoshi Fukuchi, a mechanical designer on Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and Blue Gender, will design the characters. Hiroki Kawasaki and Jinni's staff on the Limit of Love movie are producing the CG. The first two-minute episode will premiere on April 7 on the Tokyo MX broadcast station and on April 11 on Japan's Disney Channel. Miyuki Kawasho (Kekkaishi's Toshimori) will voice Droselle, the daughter of a duke, while Toru Ohkawa (Fullmetal Alchemist's Roy, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children's Rufus) will voice the robot Gedächtnis. March 27-30's Tokyo International Anime Fair 2008 will premiere footage from the series. Source: animeanime.jp
Plastic Little's Urushihara Draws Evil Heart 1-Shot MangaThe Japanese publisher Kill Time Communication revealed in its blog that Satoshi Urushihara (Plastic Little, Legend of Lemnear, Chirality) will be drawing a one-shot color manga called Evil Heart: lost one's deadline in the May issue (on sale on March 27) of the Comic Valkyrie magazine. Source: Ultimatum
Ami Shibata's Papuwa Returns in 1-Shot MangaSquare Enix's Monthly Shonen GanGan magazine announced that Ami Shibata will revive her popular comedy manga Papuwa in a special one-shot extra in the May issue (on sale on April 12). Shibata had just ended this series about an island boy's misadventures in the February issue. The 2002-2008 run was itself a sequel to Shibata's earlier 1991-1995 Nangoku Shounen Papuwa-kun series. ADV Films released the anime version of Papuwa in North America. Source: Ultimatum
New Manga from Ushio & Tora's Kazuhiro Fujita: Gekkō JōreiShogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine confirmed that Gekkō Jōrei is the new manga series that Kazuhiro Fujita (Ushio & Tora, Karakuri Circus) is launching in Issue 18 (on sale on March 26). The magazine also confirmed that MiXiM 12, the newest work from Nobuyuki Anzai (Rocket Princess, Flame of Recca, MÄR), will start in Issue 21/22 (on sale on April 23). Source: Muhyojo
Writer Morosawa Explains Delay in the Gundam Seed MovieThe April issue (released on March 10) of Tokuma Shoten's Animage magazine included an update on the planned Mobile Suit Gundam Seed movie from writer Chiaki Morosawa. Morosawa explained that the plot is done, but she has been ill since the end of 2004-2005's Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny sequel. She then asked for the fans' patience. Source: Gunota Headlines
Kadokawa Discusses Google Partnership in InterviewThe Nikkei Business Publications' Tech-On! website has posted the English translation of a Nikkei Electronics interview with Tadashi Fukuda, president of Kadokawa Digix Inc. In the interview, Fukuda discusses Kadokawa's partnership with Google on the YouTube video-sharing website and the challenges the companies faces. Fukuda compares Google to the "Black Ships" (kurofune), or the fleets of America's Commodore Matthew Perry and other foreigners that opened Japanese society in the 19th century. Source: ComiPress
DLE Confirms Crunchyroll Partnership for Eagle TalonThe Japanese production company DLE has confirmed that it has a revenue-share partnership with the Crunchyroll video-streaming website. The first episode of the Eagle Talon series was made available for free, and the second episode will have an ad in it.