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Madman Announcements from Supanova Brisbane 2014 - The Last: Naruto the Movie and Love Live!

posted on by Jon Hayward
Madman Entertainment has announced that they will be bringing out The Last -Naruto the Movie- to a limited theatrical run in Australia on the 17th of Jan 2015 and Love Live! School idol project to AnimeLab and home video in 2015.

Madman made the announcement today at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo 2014 in Brisbane and via press-release.

The Last -Naruto the Movie- will hit 18 Australian theaters on Saturday the 17th of January 2015 and tickets will soon be available on reelanime.com.au. Madman Entertainment are the first company outside of Japan to license The Last: Naruto The Movie.

Love Live! School Idol Project will soon be added to AnimeLab and the series will receive a home video release at some stage in 2015.

The Last -Naruto the Movie-

From Madman's press-release;

The moon is approaching dangerously close to Earth! Unless something is done, the moon will disintegrate, showering the earth with gigantic meteorites. As the clock ticks towards the end of the world, can Naruto save the earth from this crisis? The final chapter of Naruto's story unfolds!

The Last -Naruto the Movie- will open in Japanese theaters on December 6 2014 and it will be the first Naruto film in two years. The film is also part of the larger "Naruto Shin Jidai Kaimaku Project" (Naruto's New Era Opening Project) marking the 15th anniversary of the original manga. Manga creator Masashi Kishimoto is credited with the original story, character designs, and chief story supervisor of the film. In particular, he is drawing new designs for the title character in the movie, as well as for other characters. Tsuneo Kobayashi (The Twelve Kingdoms, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Kurokami The Animation) is directing the film, and Sukima Switch is contributing the main theme song as well as voice-acting ninja.

And for the Japanese theatrical season, the first 1.5 million film-goers to see The Last -Naruto the Movie- will also recieve a spin-off book "Official Movie Book Naruto Hiden Retsu no Sho". The book will include a manga drawn exclusively for the movie by original Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto and Weekly Shonen Jump teases that the back of the book will feature a mysterious illustration. The first 1.5 million filmgoers will also receive one of three original stickers of Naruto, Kakashi, or Sasuke.

You can view the returning cast and character designs here and some spoilers here and the English subtitled trailer below;

As of the writing of this article, Madman Entertainment are the first company outside of Japan to license The Last -Naruto the Movie-. Viz Media have yet to confirm their plans to release the film in North America.

Madman Entertainment will run a special, one-day-only theatrical event on Saturday the 17th of January 2015. The event will take place in 18 locations across seven states (no New Zealand at this stage) and tickets will soon be available for sale on reelanime.com.au. The locations are as follows;

  • NSW
    • Event Cinemas – George St, Sydney
    • Dendy Cinema – Newtown
    • Avoca Beach Picture Theatre – Avoca Beach
    • Hoyts Penrith
    • Hoyts Blacktown
  • VIC
    • Cinema Nova – Carlton
    • Hoyts Highpoint
    • Hoyts Frankston
  • QLD
    • Dendy Portside – Hamilton
    • Event Cinemas - Myer Centre
    • BCC Cairns City
    • Hoyts Sunnybank
  • SA
    • Palace Nova Eastend
    • Hoyts Tea Tree Plaza
  • WA
    • Luna Leederville
    • Hoyts Carousel
  • TAS
    • State Hobart
  • ACT
    • Dendy Canberra

Madman Entertainment will also release The Last -Naruto the Movie- to home video in 2015, you can view the press-release here.

© 2013 PROJECT Lovelive!

Love Live! School Idol Project

Otonokizaka Academy bridges the three towns of Akihabara, Kanda and Jimbocho and soon it will close due to lack of new students applying to study at the school. Fortunately for Otonokizaka, Honoka Kōsaka is a girl who loves her school and she's determined to do something about it! Her plan? Start promoting and advertising the school in the most visible and popular way possible, by gathering her friends and starting the Otonokizaki Academy School Idol Group!

In 2010, the anime studio Sunrise, Lantis, and ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G Magazine launched Love Live! as a self-described "ultimate user-participation project" which lets its fans vote on the future of the fictional idols. A series of music CDs and animated music videos then followed and then finally in January 2013, Love Live! School Idol Project hit Japanese TV screens.

Takahiko Kyōgoku (episode director on Un-Go, Accel World) directed the anime at Sunrise. Jukki Hanada (Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes, Nichijō) was in charge of the series scripts and Asako Nishida (Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl, Vampire Knight) served as character designer and animation director.

The cast includes:

  • Emi Nitta (Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) as Honoka Kosaka
  • Yoshino Nanjou (Joshiraku, ROBOTICS;NOTES) as Eri Ayase
  • Aya Uchida (Kiddy Girl-and, Strike Witches) as Kotori Minami
  • Suzuko Mimori (Detective Opera Milky Holmes, BTOOOM!) as Umi Sonoda
  • Riho Iida as Rin Hoshizora (anime debut role)
  • Pile as Maki Nishikino (anime debut role)
  • Aina Kusuda (Yamato 2199) as Nozomi Tojo
  • Yurika Kubo (Total Eclipse) as Hanayo Koizumi
  • Sora Tokui (Detective Opera Milky Holmes, ROBOTICS;NOTES) as Niko Yazawa

And as of October, Love Live! School Idol Project has won the Anime Work Award at the 19th Animation Kobe Awards.

The series was streamed on CrunchyRoll as it was broadcast in Japan. NIS America licensed the series for North America and they recently released the premium blu-ray set on the 2nd of September 2014. Earlier this year Bushiroad also released a mobile game app for the series translated into English.

Madman Entertainment will stream Love Live! School Idol Project on AnimeLab in the near future and release to home video at some point in 2015. You can view Madman's press-release here.

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