Friday, 31 July 2015

Attack on Titan: Junior High Spinoff Manga Gets TV Anime Adaptation

Production I.G opened a website on Friday to reveal that Saki Nakagawa's Attack on Titan: Junior High (Shingeki! Kyojin Chūgakkō) spinoff manga based on Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga is getting a television anime adaptation that will premiere on MBS and other stations in October. The site is currently streaming a promotional video that reveals the show's staff and cast.

The returning cast is as follows:
Yoshihide Ibata (Ashiaraiyashiki no Jūnin-tachi , episode director for Kill la Kill, Haikyu!!) is directing the series at Production I.G. Midori Gotou (Hozuki's Coolheadedness, Genshiken: Second Generation) is handling the series composition, Yuuko Yahiro (Diabolik Lovers, B Gata H Kei - Yamada’s First Time) is the character designer, and Asami Tachibana (Haikyu!!, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Robotics;Notes) is composing the music.
Additional staff members include:
Nakagawa launched the Attack on Titan: Junior High comedy manga in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in April 2012. The manga re-imagines Eren, Mikasa, Armin, and other cast members from the original manga as students and teachers at Titan Junior High School. Kodansha will release the eighth compiled volume in Japan on August 7. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga in English, and it will published the third compiled volume in April.

Hetalia Franchise Gets Musical Adaptation in Tokyo in December

Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia - Axis Powers manga and television anime franchise is getting a musical adaptation in Tokyo in December. The musical will run at the Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi from December 24-29.
Yūsei Naruse (Yowamushi Pedal, Diabolik Lovers stage plays) is writing the script for the musical, and Kōtarō Yoshitani (Sengoku Musou, Amnesia, Bakumatsu Rock stage plays, Alice in the Country of Hearts musical, La Corda d'Oro Blue Sky musical) is directing. The staff will reveal the cast and ticket information at a later date.
Himaruya's original manga takes the archetypal characteristics of countries and regions throughout the world, and anthropomorphizes them as (mostly) bishōnen characters. Right Stuf has been releasing the manga in North America in collaboration with its former English-language publisher, Tokyopop, and its Japanese publisher Gentosha Comics.
Hetalia The World Twinkle, the sixth anime season inspired by Himaruya's manga, premiered in Japan earlier this month. Funimation is streaming the series.
The previous anime season, Hetalia The Beautiful World, premiered in Japan on January 2013. Funimation has released all the previous anime seasons and the Hetalia Axis Powers: Paint it, White! film in North America.

Live-Action Attack on Titan Cast Get Fashion Mag Shoot

Live-action Mikasa Ackerman is in the spotlight on the front cover of a fashion magazine.
As one of the stars in the live action Attack on Titan adaptation,American-Korean actress and fashion icon Kiko Mizuhara graces the cover of the latest issue of Japanese monthly women's magazine 25ans along with co-star Haruma Miura, who plays Eren Jaeger in the movie.
She and Miura are both featured within the magazine sporting the latest autumn attire. The photos included were shot to portray the complementary contrast between both actors' style and elegance. The actors were also interviewed about their time on set while filming this major adaptation of a world-renowned manga and anime.
"It wasn't at all easy at first," Mizuhara admitted when speaking about the first days of filming. "It started off really arduous, by I got really motivated as we went on."
Miura seemed more excited on the project, stating that "I was surprised to know that I'd worked for eight hours on end. Thats pretty cool!"
Mizuhara went on to discuss the film itself. "[The movie] might be little different than the manga, but it's as exciting as riding a roller coaster!"
"I think that people could see more of themselves in these characters," Miura said about the movie's universal appeal.
A fan Q and A in the magazine also came up in the issue. In it, author Hajime Isayama commented on the co-stars portraying his characters.
"Mizuhara [in the movie] brings a refreshing vision to this world that we've all grown to know," Isayama said of Mizuhara's performance. "Miura's personality also really syncs up with Eren's head-on style."
This issue of 25ans celebrates its 35th anniversary. This pairing of a woman and a man on the cover has not been implemented by the magazine since last year's March issue that featured actress/model/singer Anne Watanabe and actor Masahiro Higashide

Disney to Release 'Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki' Blu-ray Set

Disney announced on Thursday that it will release "The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki" Blu-ray box set. In addition to Miyazaki's 11 feature films, the set will include a bonus disc with the 1972 television pilot film Yuki no Taiyō (Yuki's Sun), three episodes of the 1972-1973 series Akado Suzunosuke (Little Samurai), and a video of Miyazaki's retirement press conference.
The set will ship exclusively from Amazon on November 17. It will also include Tomohiro Machiyama's The Great Dichotomy: Looking at the Works of Hayao Miyazaki book, which explores the films' themes and features early production notes from Miyazaki.
The main 11 discs have these feature films directed by Miyazaki:

Hayao Miyazaki storyboarded and directed the five-minute pilot film Yuki no Taiyō entirely himself. He created this short for a proposed television series adaptation of Tetsuya Chiba's manga of the same name. The 76 theaters of Aeon Entertainment's chain screened this short with The Wind Rises in 2013, and the Japanese "Collected Works" box set was the first time the film was released on home video.
The disc includes Akado Suzunosuke episodes 26, 27, and 41. Miyazaki storyboarded these particular episodes. Isao Takahata was the acting chief director for the series.
The Japanese version of the box set, with the same video extras, shipped on Blu-ray and DVD on June 18, 2014. Madman Entertainment released the set on Blu-ray and DVD in Australia in April.
The Japanese set was also supposed to include the Chage and Aska animated music video, "On Your Mark," which Miyazaki conceived, wrote, and directed. The video was pulled after Chage was arrested for drug possession, but later shipped out on a bonus disc to customers who bought the sets.
"On Your Mark" is not listed on the Disney's Blu-ray box set.
Despite his retirement from feature films last year, Miyazaki continues working on a multitude of projects, such as a samurai manga for Model Graphix magazine, the Japanese cover for Westall's The Call and Other Stories, and short films, including a 10-minute CG-Animated short, for the Ghibli Museum

Boruto -Naruto the Movie- Gets UK Cinema Release in October

Manga Entertainment has tweeted that it will release the film Boruto -Naruto the Movie- in UK cinemas this October, with 'Full details to follow soon.'
Weekly Shonen Jump describes the story of the new film as follows (Note: the below summary contains spoilers for those who have not finished reading the manga):

Boruto is the son of the seventh Hokage Naruto who completely rejects his father. Behind this, he has feelings of wanting to surpass Naruto, who is respected as a hero. He ends up meeting his father's friend Sasuke, and requests to become... his apprentice!? The curtain rises on the story of the new generation written by Masashi Kishimoto!
Original Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto is credited with the original story, script, and character designs, as well as the chief production supervisor, for the film. Hiroyuki Yamashita (Naruto Shippūden episode director, Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie animation director) is directing the film, and Ukyō Kodachi (Chaos Dragon, Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road) is collaborating with Kishimoto on the script.
The film will open in Japanese theaters on August 7.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' Film's English-Dubbed 'Vegeta' Trailer Posted

FUNimation Entertainment began streaming a "Frieza Force Dossier - Enemy Vegeta" video on Wednesday for its upcoming North American screening of the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' anime film.
The film will play in North American theaters from August 4 to August 12.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' premiered on 658 screens in both 2D and 3D in theaters across Japan on April 18, although advance screenings were held before then. The film was the first Japanese film to open in 3D IMAX Digital Theaters.
Funimation hosted the North American premiere of the film on April 11 in Los Angeles. The company then streamed the film's first English theatrical teaser trailer in May, and it premiered the film's English dub at Anime Expo on July 2.
Chris Ayres is returning to play Frieza in the English dub. He previously played the character in the Dragon Ball Z Kai edition of the earlier television anime series. Todd Haberkorn will join the cast as Jaco.
Original manga creator Akira Toriyama is personally credited with the original concept, screenplay, and character designs of the film, and Dragon Ball Z animation director Tadayoshi Yamamuro directed the film. Pop idol group Momoiro Clover Z (Sailor Moon Crystal, Bodacious Space Pirates) performed the film's theme song, and also voiced roles in the movie, playing "angels" of hell that reside where the protagonist Son Goku's enemy Frieza has been imprisoned.
Toriyama said in an interview in November that the 'F' in the film's title stands for "Frieza," who is revived in the film. Toriyama noted that he thought of the title while listening to "F" by rock band Maximum The Hormone, whom he came to know personally through a friend. The song itself features Frieza as a motif, and is used as a "battle song" during one of the battle scenes in the film. The band originally released the song as its eighth single in July 2008.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Insurance Company's TV Ad Depicts Mazinger Z as Retiring Section Manager

Insurance company Manulife began streaming a web commercial titled "Mazinger Kachō ~Second Life e Mazin-go!~ (Section Manager Mazinger Mazin-goes to a Second Life!) promoting its "Mirai no Tabi" campaign. The video depicts Go Nagai's classic Mazinger Z robot as a company's section manager.
In the video, section manager Mazinger applies for early retirement in his company, which becomes the lunch-time topic of his subordinates. One of them, Okuno, is shocked by the news, as he considers Mazinger a hero for the company. The employees begin to tell stories of their experience with the manager, which includes humorous instances of Mazinger using his Photon Beam and Rust Hurricane attacks. They eventually discuss that Mazinger has always wanted to start a soba shop with his wife, before Mazinger Z goes home to start his "second life" after retirement.
Manulife will stream a second commercial for the campaign on August 15 titled "Jinsei no Shasō kara" (The Car Window of Life)

Digimon Adventure Tai's Goggles Up for Pre-Order

Now you can designate yourself as the leader of your DigiDestined friends with a pair of official goggles. The Digimon Adventure Memorial Goods: Taichi Googles are up for pre-order at the Premium Bandai shop for 4,860 (US$39) and will ship in December after orders close on September 30.
The pre-order page notes that the goggles are reproduced faithfully from the pair in the show and will let the wearers inherit courage just like when Taichi passed his goggles onto Daisuke when he began his adventure in the digital world.
Premium Bandai is set to release the Digimon Adventure tri. Complete Selection Animation Digivice to truly emulate the Digi-Destined experience with various lights and sounds to mimic those heard in the anime.
Any fan pairing both will be more than ready for the Digimon Adventure tri. films in November

Stitch! Anime Gets 1st Special in 3 Years

A new Stitch! anime special, Stitch! Perfect Memory, will air on Japan's Disney Channel on August 7. This will be the first new anime special for the franchise in three years.
Yuu Aoi will guest star in the special as "Tiira," an information analysis robot from the Galactic Federation.
In the story, a mysterious giant tank rocket begins stealing resources from various planets. On Earth, Yūna and Boogoo get involved in the incident and disappear. In order to save Yūna, Stitch teams up with Tiira.
The Stitch! anime is based on Disney's Lilo & Stitch! film. Disney co-produced the series with Japan's Mad House anime studio.
Unlike the previous Lilo & Stitch! sequels which starred a Hawaiian girl named Lilo, the Stitch! series is based in a fictional island (not dissimilar to Japan's Okinawa) with a heroine named Yūna. The title character Stitch, a runaway alien test subject, remains largely unchanged in MADHOUSE's version.
The anime series spawned two sequel series in Japan: Stitch!: Itazura Alien no Daibōken and Stitch!: Zutto Saikō no Tomodachi. The original series premiered in Japan in 2008, and the two sequels premiered in Japan in 2009 and 2010. A one-hour sequel special, Stitch to Suna no Wakusei, aired in 2012.
The series premiered on Disney XD in the United States but only five episodes aired. The first season has aired with the English dub in other territories

Anime Limited Updates

Anime Limited has made the following announcements.
- The upcoming release of the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam (pictured) will be on Blu-ray only. Anime Limited adds, 'It was brought to our attention that an upcoming U.S. release of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series is having episode 15 omitted from its release. We're currently seeking confirmation as to whether this will be the same for our release.'
- Anime Limited adds, 'When it comes to other Gundam series we might be releasing in the future, at the moment we're focusing on the original Mobile Suit Gundam but we are exploring what other series might be possible. (If there's a particular series you would like us to try and release or that you have particular interest in do let us know – feedback such as that is invaluable.)'
- Anime Limited only has the DVD rights for BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad. Whether there will be a Blu-ray edition 'is unknown at this time.'
- Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress, Samurai Flamenco and Gundam Reconguista in G will all be subtitle-only releases, as no English dubs were made.
- Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo 'is currently a Blu-ray only release this year. This doesn't mean we won't be bringing out a DVD version in the future, but we're focusing on the Blu-ray version for now.'
- Re Full Metal Panic!, Anime Limited confirms this will be an Ultimate Edition release.
- Sword Art Online II: Part 1 will be released on September 7.

DW in Real life

NASA have released plans for the naming of areas of Pluto's moon Charon, based upon the International Astronomical Union's recommendations that these would relate to "destinations and milestones of fictional space and other exploration; fictional and mythological vessels of space and other exploration; fictional and mythological voyagers, travellers and explorers."

This has led to proposals of names from a number of sci-fi shows including Doctor Who, which sees a large crater on the surface named "Gallifrey Macula", with a nearby rift named "TARDIS Chasma". Star Trek is honoured with a plain named the "Vulcan Planum", containing craters such as "Spock" and "Sulu" and mons like "Kirk" and "Uhura" - there are also features named after Star Wars characters, and also sci-fi writers/directors such as Arthur C Clarke and Stanley Kubrick (2001: A Space Odyssey).

Doctor Who related names on Charon (Credit: NASA)
Image: NASA

The names are to be submitted to the IAU for final approval.

DW IN NZ

There are still tickets available to see Peter Capaldi live in conversation at The Civic, Auckland, New Zealand, taking place on the 24th November 2015.

Peter Capaldi in Conversation (Credit: The Civic, Auckland)Peter Capaldi in ConversationThe Civic, Auckland, 24th November 2015 at 7:30pm

Peter Capaldi in Conversation is a special one-time-only Doctor Who event, hosted by Adam Spencer, in which Peter will reveal how he approaches the role of the Doctor, with footage and stories from behind the scenes of the world’s longest running sci-fi television series.

He’ll take questions from the audience and give them an insight into what life is like inside the TARDIS. As well as discussing the unique perspective he brings to the role of the Doctor, a style that is direct, humorous and increasingly vulnerable, Peter will also share some of the adventures he’s had both in his role as the Doctor and throughout his career.

This will be the first time ever a current Doctor has visited New Zealand and, with a limited number of seats available, fans are advised to purchase their tickets early to avoid missing out.

Peter Capaldi in Conversation takes place at the Civic Theatre, Auckland for one night only on Tuesday 24 November 2015.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Little Witch Academia Inspires 2 New Manga Series

Manga to begin in Shueisha's Ribon, Ultra Jump in August

This year's September issue of Shueisha's Ribon shojo magazine will announce on Monday that a new manga series based on Little Witch Academia will premiere in the next issue on September 3. Yuka Fujiwara (Crash!, RaRaRa Hallelujah!) is drawing the series, titled Little Witch Academia: Tsukiyo no Ōkan (Crown of Midnight), and the anime's director Yoh Yoshinari is credited as the original creator.
The tagline reads: "The protagonist who longs to be a magic user... meets a certain man!?"
In addition, the August issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump announced on July 18 that a "short intensive" manga series based on Little Witch Academia will begin in the September issue on August 19. Terio Teri, the artist of the Little Witch Academia one-shot manga that debuted in the magazine in 2013, will also draw this new series. Studio Trigger is credited as the original creator.
The series will have an original story.
Studio Trigger produced Little Witch Academia under the Anime Mirai program in 2013. The sequel, Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade was funded through a Kickstarter campaign which surpassed its main goal of US$150,000 in five hours. The campaign ended one month later in August 2013 and accumulated US$625,518 (about 74 million yen) from 7,938 pledgers to reach its stretch goals. The film premiered at Anime Expo earlier this month.
The anime's story follows Akko Kagari (Megumi Han) who begins magic school at the Little Witch Academia. While studying there, she hopes of becoming just like her idol, a magician named Shiny Chariot.

Naruto Creator on Being Asked for Sequel: 'Please Let Me Rest Now'

Naruto manga creator Masashi Kishimoto and the cast of Boruto -Naruto the Movie- attended a preview screening for the film on Tuesday. During the event, Kishimoto talked about ending the manga after 15 years and then getting heavily involved in the movie, "I had thought that I could finally rest when I finished the manga series, but I couldn't rest…."
He added, "During this time, I finally went on my honeymoon. Even though my son has grown as big as [protagonist Naruto's son] Boruto." Kishimoto had gotten married over a decade ago.
When Boruto voice actress Yuko Sanpei said that she "wanted to see the films continue!" he responded with a wry smile, "I can't. Please let me rest now." He said that the Boruto film is "perfect. I'm just speaking for myself, but I'm enormously satisfied."
Appearing at the event were (from left to right in the photograph above):
(top row, underneath or above their characters' drawings)
(bottom row)
  • KANA-BOON bassist Yūma Meshida
  • KANA-BOON vocalist and guitarist Maguro Taniguchi
  • Masashi Kishimoto
  • KANA-BOON guitarist Hayato Koga
  • KANA-BOON drummer Takahiro Koizumi
The rock band KANA-BOON performed live at the event, after contributing their "Diver" song as the theme song.
Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump describes the story of the new film as follows (Note: the below summary contains spoilers for those who have not finished reading the manga):

Boruto is the son of the seventh Hokage Naruto who completely rejects his father. Behind this, he has feelings of wanting to surpass Naruto, who is respected as a hero. He ends up meeting his father's friend Sasuke, and requests to become... his apprentice!? The curtain rises on the story of the new generation written by Masashi Kishimoto!


Weekly Shonen Jump also revealed that the film will feature the Chunin Exams with the new generation. Boruto's three-member squad, the new "InoShikaChō," and Genin from other villages will all participate.
Masashi Kishimoto is credited with the original story, script, and character designs, as well as the chief production supervisor, for the film. Hiroyuki Yamashita (Naruto Shippūden episode director, Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie animation director) is directing the film, and Ukyō Kodachi (Chaos Dragon, Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road) is collaborating with Kishimoto on the script.
The film will open in Japanese theaters on August 7, and tickets went on sale on June 27. Theatergoers will be able to choose one of two fans designed by Masashi Kishimoto as a special gift. The "Uzumaki Version" will feature Naruto and Boruto and the "Uchiha Version" will feature Sasuke and Sarada. The fans are limited to 100,000 units.
Those who watch Boruto -Naruto the Movie- in theaters throughout Japan in August will receive 2 million copies of an official book — one with a brand-new one-shot manga by original manga creator Masashi Kishimoto. The Naruto Hiden Zai no Sho Official Movie Book's title indicates that the book is a spinoff of the Naruto: The Official Character Data Book series.
The book will debut the manga short "Naruto ga Hokage ni Natta Hi" (The Day Naruto Became the Hokage) that Kishimoto personally drew. The story episode did not appear in the main Naruto manga's original run. The book will also include the main manga series' 700th and final chapter in full color.
Viz Media has licensed the film for a North American release. It will screen the film in over 80 cities starting on October 10.

DW 3D Event for the US

Doctor Who fans in the United States will get a chance to relive the climax of series 8 with a special 3D screening, in selected movie theatres, of last year's two part finale, Dark Water / Death in Heaven.

The event, organised by BBC Worldwide North America and Fathom Events will see the return of Doctor Who to the big screen for jut two-nights in a special theatrical event. In the two-part finale, the Doctor comes face-to-face with the mysterious Missy, and an impossible choice looms. With Cybermen on the streets of London, old friends unite against old enemies, and the Doctor takes to the air in a startling new role.

Doctor Who: Dark Water/Death in Heaven, will be presented in RealD™ 3D and Dolby Atmos sound (where available) on September 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. (local time), just before the launch of Series Nine on BBC America the following Saturday

The event will feature The Doctor’s Meditation — a special prequel scene to the first episode of Season 9 — and an exclusive interview with Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, hosted by Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: Nemesis).

At present there are no plans for the event to be screened in UK Cinemas. BBC Worldwide told Sci-Fi Bulletin
Due to the number of events taking place for Doctor Who this year including the Symphonic Spectacular and the Doctor Who Festival, we decided against showing the episodes in UK cinema.
It is expected that the two episodes will be released on Blu-ray in 3D at the end of September.

Tickets for Doctor Who: Dark Water/Death in Heaven in 3D can be purchased online starting Friday, July 31 by visiting FathomEvents.com, or participating theatre box offices. The event will be shown throughout the U.S. in approximately 700 movie theatres through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network.

DW Comics preview

This Wednesday sees the release of three Doctor Who comics, featuring the Ninth, Tenth and Twelfth Doctors.

The Ninth Doctor, Jack and Rose are caught between a heavily-armed intergalactic standoff, while The Tenth and Twelfth Doctors are Earthbound, Stateside. The Tenth Doctor is challenged with protecting New York city from an ominous looming pyramid and the Twelfth Doctor and Clara take on a toxic mix of mobsters and invading aliens in 60's Vegas!
Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #3

Writer: Cavan Scott - Artist: Blair Shedd

The hotly-anticipated Weapons of Past Destruction continues, as the Doctor, Rose and Jack are trapped in an alien bazaar, caught in a heavily-armed standoff between the overpowered Unon and the Lect – as the nearby star threatens to go supernova!
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Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor #13

Writer: Nick Abadzis - Artist: Elena Casagrande

Eisner award-winning writer Nick Abadzis (Laika) and fan-favorite Elena Casagrande (Suicide Risk) race the Tenth Doctor and Gabby towards the conclusion of Year One!

A terrifying pyramid has appeared in the skies above New York City, and it’s here to claim an ancient secret – buried in the body of a very-much alive movie star!

As the Doctor attempts to unravel the conflict, Gabby and Cindy’s friendship is stretched to breaking point. Has Gabby changed too much in her short time away – or has she changed just enough to save the day?!
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Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor #10

Writer: Robbie Morrison - Artist: Brian Williamson

Thrillingly explosive action on the '60s Las Vegas strip as the Doctor and Clara battle the mob AND an alien invasion force!

• The Doctor gambles with humanity – with the highest stakes and the longest odds!

• Has his morality been compromised – or has Clara's?!

• Sharp fashions, sharp minds – sharper weapons!
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Jerome Mazandarani Comments on Fairy Tail

On Manga UK's facebook page, a comment was posted by Jerome Mazandarani on the series Fairy Tail. Mazandarani was Manga Entertainment's Director of Marketing and Acquisitions from 2004 to 2014. He has since founded his own anime company, Animatsu, but he co-hosted a joint presentation on new Manga Entertainment and Animatsu titles at the Manchester Comic Con last weekend.
Mazandarani's facebook comment read:

I don't believe we will be offered any more Fairy Tail for UK by the UK rights holder, Funimation. Speak to Anime Ltd. They are announcing a lot of Funimation stuff at the moment like Ping Pong and Gangsta.. That's why we have no new Fairy Tail news for you.
Mazandarani also posted this comment on his twitter feed:

I am 99% certain Fairy Tail will continue to be released in the UK by Funimation. Sadly I am no longer involved.
Asked for more details, he said, "I don't know anything else."
Mazandarani also tweeted that the only Funimation title that he believed "we" would be handling would be Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, 'if it ever comes out.' In a later reply, he added, 'Manga has a license to release Eva 3.33. It's ours for UK. If anyone is even interested in it anymore.'
In other tweets, Mazandarani commented on leaving Manga Entertainment. "I'm kind of involved again. Long story. I think people there will defer to me now if I make good decisions. Lots and lots of pressure to make the right decision every time."
He also asked, "Blu-ray sales on Fairy Tail are atrocious. Less than 10% of DVD sales. Why is that?"

Goku Goes 'Super Sandwich' in Fox's Animation Domination Spoof


Goku and crew are no strangers to senseless destruction. Most of the group sports an impressive kill count only exceeded by the number of explosions required to achieve it. Fox's Animation Domination High-Def released its latest anime-inspired spoof detailing what happens when Goku uses his powers to create sandwich.
The Animation Domination video series has poked fun at anime series numerous times, like meshing Afro Samurai and Family Matters, Evangelion and Michael Bay, a battle between Naruto and Sasuke, the ultimate anime hero, a Studio Ghibli tribute, and super-powered schoolgirls

Kumamon Meets Keanu Reeves at Suzuka Circuit

The net in Japan is abuzz with a picture of a lovable Japanese mascot hanging out with Neo from The Matrix.

Tweet: "Wow! I just met Keanu Reeves!"
The official Kumamon Twitter has recently been posting pictures of the Kumamoto Prefecture mascot hanging out with Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves at Suzuka Circuit in Japan. Reeves was kind enough to pose alongside Kumamon in a picture that lit up Twitter. Many users were excited that Kumamon met such a popular foreign actor, yet surprised at how normal Reeves looked when not on the big screen. Many of them were shocked to see the actor with unkempt hair and wearing "a plain old t-shirt". Regardless, both Kumamon and his fans were excited for the two of them to meet.

Tweet: "Kumamon at Suzuka Circuit. Here he is for a surprise performance riding the track on bike by himself."

Tweet: "Keanu Reeves on a rainy day at Suzuka Circuit. He's riding his own bike on the track."
According to the Livedoor Twitter, Kumamon and Reeves were both at Suzuka Ciruit riding bikes along the racetrack. Reeves can be seen wearing several pieces of biking apparel from Arch Motorcycle Company, the company he co-founded with Gard Hollinger.

Tweet: "Oh! Why, that's...!"

Tweet: "It's such an honor to meet you! Please come touring in Kumamoto! Thank you bear-y much!
The two met shortly after their motorcycle runs, being introduced by a Kumamon representative, exchanging friendly greetings under a tent shielding them from rainy weather.
Keanu Reeves is best-known for his work in the 1999 Hollywood sci-fi classic, The Matrix. He recently starred in the 2014 action thriller, John Wick. The actor is a self-admitted anime fan and was on one of the driving forces behind the likely shelved live-action Cowboy Bebop film. He was previously spotted touring Japan in February.

Attack on Titan Manga Has 2.5 Million Copies in Print in English

Kodansha USA announced at Anime Expo on July 4 that the English-language edition of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga has 2.5 million copies in circulation. The English version has 15 volumes in print, whereas the original Japanese version's first 15 volumes had 44 million copies as of April.
As of July 18, the manga's first volume has spent 107 weeks on the New York Times manga bestseller list.

THR: Eiji Ohtsuka Writes Book, Toei Produces Anime as Tie-Ins to Western Movie 'Temple'

The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday that Toei Animation is producing a 15-part anime series based on a book by MPD-Psycho's Eiji Ohtsuka. The book will be released as a tie-in to the western horror-thriller film Temple, which Toei Animation is financing.
Ohtsuka's book will tell ghost stories about real Japanese temples, as well as the fictional temple in the Temple film. The book will be featured in the film.
The "Vicious Brothers" Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz (Grave Encounters) will direct the film based on a screenplay by Simon Barrett (The Guest, You're Next). Filming will begin in Japan this year.

John Gremillion Plays D in New Vampire Hunter D English Dub

Sentai Filmworks announced with a video on Wednesday that John Gremillion will play the title character in its new English dub of the Vampire Hunter D OVA.
Gremillion joins David Wald as Count Magnus Lee and Luci Christian as Doris Lang.
Streamline Pictures previously dubbed the OVA into English.
Sentai Filmworks will release the OVA on DVD and Blu-ray on August 25.
Discotek Media recently licensed Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust anime film from 2000, and plans to release it this September without the Japanese dub track.
Dark Horse Comics has been releasing Hideyuki Kikuchi's original Vampire Hunter D novels in North America, and Digital Manga Publishing is releasing a manga version by Saiko Takaki.
Japanese CGI studio Digital Frontier and American production studio Unified Pictures announced in June that the two companies are working on a new anime.
Update: Sentai Filmworks posted the full English dub cast, as directed by Matt Greenfield:
Update: Sentai Filmworks posted the full English dub cast, as directed by Matt Greenfield:

Doris LangLuci Christian
DJohn Gremillion
Dan LangShannon Emerick
Dr. FerringoJohn Swasey
Rei GinseiAndy McAvin
LarmicaBrittney Karbowski
Count Magnus LeeDavid Wald
Greco RohmanJay Hickman
Left HandAndy McAvin
Snake WomenTiffany Grant
MessengerMark X Laskowski
GolemGeorge Manley
Mayor RohmanDavid Wald 
ChuulaMark X Laskowski
  
Additional VoicesShannon Emerick
 Tiffany Grant
 Mark X Laskowski
 George Manley
 John Swasey

Japanese Home Video Game Market Dips

The Computer Entertainment Society (CESA) published the results of its annual survey on home video games, "2015 CESA Games White Paper," on Monday, reporting a dip in the Japanese home video game market.
The market scale of home video game hardware and package software in 2015 was valued at 373.4 billion yen (US$3.03 billion), down more than 30 billion yen from the same company's 2014 result of 409.5 billion yen (US$3.32 billion).
This this continues a downward trend: CESA previously reported that the market scale was 485.7 billion yen (US$3.94 billion) in 2013 and 501.9 billion yen (US$4.07 billion) in 2012.
However, the overseas market scale has increased from 2.822 trillion yen (US$22.9 billion) to 3.532 trillion yen (US$28.7 billion) between 2014 and 2015.
In addition, the number of titles that have sold more than a million copies has increased. Six titles sold more than a million copies in 2014, with related titles released on the same day counting for one. The combined sales of Yōkai Watch 2: Ganso and Yōkai Watch 2: Honke—3.25 million units between their debut on July 10, 2014 and the end of the year—was the highest among these titles.

Japanese Mascots Ossun, Sanasenabona, Koakkuma, & Akkuma Invade San Francisco

The Japanese mascot Ossan, along with a strange idol group and the bear mascots Koakkuma and Akkuma are turning up in San Francisco for the J-Pop Summit on August 8 and 9. Ossan made his American debut at Anime Expo earlier this month and one of Japan's most popular prefectural mascots next to Funyassi and Kumamon.
The old man, whose "real name" is Shinichi Sakai unique for being humanoid and having an average background. He hails from Hyogo, speaks in a Kansai dialect, and is happily married with four children and a dog named "Yagi" (goat). His unique attribute is that, despite his down-to-Earth background, he appears often on Japanese television programs where he shares his "fatherly advice" and keen wit.
Attendees will get good luck if they rub Ossan's bald head, but only if they ask nicely. You can see him in an interview below "cosplaying" as an Inkling from Splatoon while humming The Imperial March from Star Wars.
The three-girl "idol" group Sanasenbona, hailing from Sasebo, will also be on hand to entertain the crowds. The group's appearance is pretty striking. All three girls wear upside-down white shopping bags over their heads with anime faces glued to the "front."
Koakkuma and Akkuma are alien bears from Hokkaido but originally born on the planet "Akkuma-sei." Koakkuma is the angelic one compared to her mischievous twin brother Akkuma.
The J-Pop Summit will also host llustrator Yūsuke Nakamura, director Koji Morimoto, creative director Kaoru Sugano, and musical guests Eir Aoi (Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online, Aldnoah.Zero), Tadanobu Asano, Ken Ishii, JAM Project, Gacharic Spin, FEMM, JinnyOops!, Little Glee Monster, Festive, Faint Star, Yanakiku, and The Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Elfen Lied Blu-ray Released Monday

On Monday July 27, 101 Anime will release a two-disc Blu-ray edition of the violent 2004 series Elfen Lied. (101 Anime has already released a DVD edition.)
According to the Amazon listing for the Blu-ray, "This Collector's Blu-ray Edition is packed in a Limited Edition Metal Case and includes all 13 episodes and, for the first time ever in the UK, the previously unreleased OVA. It also contains an exclusive 36 page booklet."
Elfen Lied is about a vulnerable-seeming girl who is really a superhuman killing machine. The BBFC has described the series as containing strong bloody violence, horror and nudity.

Man Arrested for Threatening K-ON! Voice Actress Satomi Satou on Twitter

Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a man on Saturday for allegedly threatening voice actress Satomi Satou at a live concert. According to the police, the suspect is Jun Yasumoto, a 39-year-old unemployed resident of Settsu City, Osaka.
According to the investigation, the suspect posted, "I will hurt you at an August concert," to Satou on the Twitter service in June. According to the Sankei News' source in the investigation, the suspect is apparently an anime fan, particularly of Satou's work in K-ON!, but when he believed that he was being ignored, he allegedly resorted to threatening her.
With the possibility that suspect actually bought a ticket to Satou's August concert in Osaka about the same time he wrote the threat, the police corroborated their suspicions that he will carry out a concrete plan to attack her. After the threat, events that have been hosting Satou have strengthened security. Satou takes her "Satou Satomi 2nd Tour 2015 Shugachun. Michibikareshi Hoshi-tachi" tour to Osaka on August 1.
Source: Sankei via Hachima Kikō
Update: TBS aired a television report: