Dragon Ball Super: Broly, DARLING in the FRANXX Released Monday
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Original manga creator Akira Toriyama provided a comment for the film:
"Everyone, do you know who Broly is? He appeared only in past anime films, and is a ridiculously strong Saiyan. I am told I only drew his design; at that time I was mostly uninvolved with the anime, and so I completely forgot the details. Even now it seems Broly is still very popular not just in Japan, but overseas as well, and because of that, the supervisors suggested, "Why don't we make the movie about Broly this time?"
Of course, the film won't just show amazing battles — it will also show what kind of fate Goku, Vegeta, and Broly will follow when they meet; how the Frieza Army is connected; and the history of the Saiyans — the content of the film is dramatic and has a huge scale."
Manga Entertainment will also release a triple-pack set on Blu-ray and DVD, containing Dragon Ball Super: Broly together with the previous films Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'.
Manga Entertainment will also release the first volume of Studio Trigger and A-1 Pictures' science-fiction television anime DARLING in the FRANXX. The story is set in the distant future. The land is ruined, and humanity establishes the mobile fort city Plantation. Pilots produced inside Plantation live in Mistilteinn, also know as the "birdcage." Children live there knowing nothing of the outside world or the freedom of the sky. Their lives consist of battling to carry out missions. Their enemies are mysterious giant lifeforms known as Kyōryū, and the children pilot robots called Franxx to face off against them. For the children, riding the Franxx proves their existence.
A boy named Hiro is called Code:016, and he was once known as a prodigy. However, he has fallen behind, and his existence seems unnecessary. Not piloting a Franxx is the same as ceasing to exist. One day, a mysterious girl known as "Zero Two" appears before him. Two horns grow out of her head.
Atsushi Nishigori (The IDOLM@STER, character designer for Gurren Lagann) directed the series, and Toshifumi Akai (chief animation director for Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Sound of the Sky) was assistant director. Nishigori and Naotaka Hayashi (director for Girl Friend BETA, Morita-san wa Mukuchi) were in charge of series composition. Masayoshi Tanaka (anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Highschool of the Dead) designed the characters and was chief animation director. Shigeto Koyama (Michiko & Hatchin, Ancien and the Magic Tablet) provided the mechanical designs. Hiroyuki Imaishi (director of Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill) supervised the action.
In the distant future, new life forms known as Gems inhabit the Earth. These immortal beings find themselves under attack by the Lunarians, who use the shattered bodies of the Gems as decorations. For this reason, each of the Gems are assigned a purpose. However, being one of the frailest of the group and with no particular skill, Phos is assigned by Kongō, the master of Gems, to create an encyclopedia of natural history. The mission to accomplish this task takes Phos on an unexpected journey.
The anime adapts Haruko Ichikawa's Land of the Lustrous (Hōseki no Kuni) manga. Takahiko Kyōgoku (Love Live! School idol project, GATE) directed the anime at the Orange CG animation studio (CG in new Evangelion, Macross Frontier movies). Toshiya Ono (Suite Precure, Gatchaman Crowds, The Perfect Insider) was in charge of the series scripts. Asako Nishida (Simoun, Love Live! School idol project, Active Raid) designed the characters.
Anime Limited describes the series as follows: "Trevor Belmont, embittered and excommunicated, finds himself drawn into a battle for the survival of Europe–a region that has brought doom upon itself by taking away the one thing its greatest monster loved."
Producer Adi Shankar announced in 2015 that he was working with Fred Seibert and Kevin Kolde of Frederator Studios on an animated mini-series based on Konami's Castlevania game series. In particular, the story would be based on the 1989 NES/Famicom game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. The animated version was written by Warren Ellis.
Manga Entertainment will release Black Clover Season 1 Part 2 on Blu-ray and DVD, carrying episodes 11 to 19 of the series.