Madman Entertainment Acquisitions from Supanova Adelaide 2014
posted on by Jon Hayward
The following announcements were made during the Madman Panel at Supanova Adelaide on Sunday the 23rd of November 2014. Both Log Horizon and Lupin III (live-action movie 2014) will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital in 2015. Lupin the Third will also receive a limited theatrical release in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.
You can view Madman's press-release here.
The massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Elder Tale is an fantasy game with millions of players based on a scale version of Earth. However when Elder Tale drops it's twelfth expansion pack, Novasphere Pioneers, thirty thousand Japanese players who were logged in at the time suddenly find themselves trapped inside the game. But once legendary player Shiroe realises the rules of the game have changed, he assembles a team including his best friend, Naotsugu (a guardian) and the self-made ninja Akatsuki and together they strike out from Akihabara to figure out just how to make it in this brand new world.
Log Horizon is an adaptation of the light-novel series written by Mamare Touno and illustrated by Kazuhiro Hara. The series was originally published on the user-generated content site Shōsetsuka ni Narō in 2010 before moving the series to print at Enterbrain in March 2011 where to date they have published eight volumes. Log Horizon has also created manga spinoffs with Motoya Matsu publishing the Log Horizon Gaiden: Honey Moon Logs adaptation in ASCII Media Works' Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine since 2010 and in 2012 Kazuhiro Hara started a serialisation of the series published on Enterbrain's Famitsu Comic Clear website. A third adaptation also started in 2012, Log Horizon - Nishikaze no Ryodan is illustrated by artist Koyuki in Fujimi Shobo's Age Premium website.
Log Horizon season one was produced at anime studio Satelight and ran for 25 episodes. The series was directed by Shinji Ishihira (Fairy Tail) with Toshizo Nemoto (Dog & Scissors, Inu X Boku Secret Service) in charge of the series composition. The series stars Takuma Terashima as Shiroe, Emiri Katō as Akatsuki, and Tomoaki Maeno as Naotsugu. The series also stars Jouji Nakata as Nyanta, Daiki Yamashita as Tōya, Nao Tamura as minori, Tetsuya Kakihara as Lundellhaus, and Eriko Matsui as Isuzu.
The series was licensed for North America by Sentai Filmworks and they will release the first set on November 25, you can view the dub cast here. Yen Press will start publishing the original light-novel series in English from March 2015. One of the manga adaptations are meant to be published in English on the ComicWalker website, however at the time of publishing this article we could only find the series in Japanese.
A second series further adapting the novels, Log Horizon (TV 2), is currently broadcasting, the series switched to Studio DEEN with Shinji Ishihira is returning to direct the series alongside series composition by Toshizo Nemoto and Kumagai (Skip Beat!) replacing Mariko Ito as character designer. The second season is currently streaming on Crunchyroll and has continued to be licensed for North America by Sentai Filmworks.
Madman Entertainment will release the series on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital in March 2015. We have yet to confirm if the series will include the English dub and how many sets the series will release in.
Lupin III (live-action movie 2014)
Can the world's slickest thief triumph again?
Lupin, the world's greatest gentlemen thief, and his partners-in-crime are at it again. In a gripping heist like no other, they must infiltrate a remote high-security facility to steal ‘The Crimson Heart of Cleopatra’. But with Inspector Zenigata hot on their tails, can they pull off this daring feat?
The film stars Shun Oguri as Lupin, Meisa Kuroki as Fujiko, Tetsuji Tamayama as Jigen, Go Ayano as Goemon, and Tadanobu Asano as Zenigata. You can view close up shots of the actors in character here. The film was directed by Ryuhei Kitamura and was the first live-action adaptation of Lupin the Third in four decades. The film and opened in Japanese theaters on the 30th of August 2014. The film launched in the #2 spot taking in 444,036,302 yen (AUD$4,348,235) on the opening weekend and by the 12th week in theaters the film had dropped to #12 taking in a to-date total of 2,399,504,726 yen (AUD$23,497,203).
Lupin the Third will have a select theatrical run across Australia and New Zealand in 2015 and will be released to DVD, Blu-ray and Digital sometime in that year.