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Bandai Entertainment Adds Nichijou, Gosick Anime

posted on 2011-07-30 22:45 EDT

The North American anime and manga distributor Bandai Entertainment announced at its Otakon panel on Saturday that it licensed the Nichijō (My Ordinary Life) anime and Gosick anime. Bandai Entertainment also announced its license of the Nichijō manga and Code Geass: Shikkoku no Renya (Code Geass: Renya of the Darkness) manga.

Keiichi Arawi's original Nichijō manga revolves around a group of female students living what would be a normal high school life, except that it also includes a talking cat, a robot, deer-wrestling, and other strange anomalies. Crunchyroll has been streaming Kyoto Animation's ongoing television adaptation outside Japan since it premiered in April.

The Gosick anime adapts Kazuki Sakuraba's mystery novel series, in which Kazuya Kujo studies abroad at the Saint Marguerite Academy in a small European country in 1924. Kazuya joins forces with Victorique, a girl with deductive powers that rival Sherlock Holmes', to solve mysteries. The anime ran in Japan from January to June, and Crunchyroll streamed it outside Japan. Tokyopop released two of the original light novel volumes in North America.

Goro Taniguchi, the director and story co-creator of the original Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion television anime series, created the Shikkoku no Renya manga spinoff's story concepts and scripted the story. The manga is set in the same official Code Geass history as the anime, but in Japan's historical Edo era. The story begins when Renya, a 17-year-old boy with a mechanical left arm and shuriken-throwing skills, encounters a mysterious, perpetually young woman named "Reifū C.C." Artist Tomomasa Takuma launched the manga in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine last year after working on the Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally and Kurogane Communication manga. (Bandai Book published Nightmare of Nunnally and other earlier Code Geass manga, while Go! Comi published Kurogane Communication. The second compiled book volume of Shikkoku no Renya shipped in Japan in May.

Images © Keiichi Arawi, Kadokawa Shoten/Shinonome Lab
© 2011 Kazuki Sakuraba, Hinata Takeda, Kadokawa Shoten/GOSICK Production Committee


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