Monday, 27 February 2017

Megumi Hayashibara Holds 1st Solo Live Concert in June

Voice actress and singer Megumi Hayashibara announced on the Radio Kansai radio show on Saturday that she will have a live concert on June 11 at the Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo. She will also host and record the 1300th episode of her "Hayashibara Megumi no Tokyo Boogie Night" radio show on the afternoon of the same day.
While Hayashibara has appeared live to perform songs as part of events before, this is her first solo live concert since her debut as a singer 26 years ago.
Hayashibara has voiced numerous roles and has sung theme songs for many of the anime she has starred in, one of the first voice actors to do so. She has starred in and performed theme songs for such anime as 3x3 Eyes, Ranma ½ , Slayers, Saber Marionette R, Sorcerer Hunters, Love Hina, and Shaman King.
She currently stars in the Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū anime, and also performed the theme songs for both of the anime's seasons. Her latest single, "Imawa no Shinigami" (cover seen right), is the opening theme song for the second season of the anime, and it shipped on February 22 as her 42nd single. She will release a tribute album for the late Ritsuko Okazaki on May 3.

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Heart Throb Released Monday

On Monday February 27, Manga Entertainment will release Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! -Heart Throb- as both a DVD and a Deluxe Edition Blu-ray. (The Deluxe Edition will contain four art cards and a poster.)
This is the sequel to the original Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! In the second series, the relationship between Yuuta and Rikka starts to develop slowly in their own unique way as they begin to live together with Kuzuha under one roof. However, "chuunibyou"-plagued Satone, Yuuta's old acquaintance, showed up in the most unexpected place and time; challenging their budding, yet fragile relationship. Meanwhile, the rest of the Oriental Magick Napping Society in Summer club members continue to expand their own unique selves and relationships with one another.
MVM will release Owarimonogatari, part of the 'Monogatari' franchise created by NisiOisin and animated by Studio Shaft, on Blu-ray and DVD. During the month of October of his third year in high school, Koyomi Araragi is introduced to a transfer student named Ougi Oshino by his underclassman Kanbaru Suruga. Ougi tells Koyomi that she has something she wishes to consult with him. When she draws the map of Naoestu High School, she finds something peculiar.
Funimation is releasing No-Rin on Blu-ray. It adapts the romantic comedy light novel series by Shiratori Shirow and illustrator Kippu's No-Rin.
The show stars Shintarō Asanuma as Kōsaku Hata, a student and idol otaku at Tamo Agricultural High School (Tamo Nōrin Kōkō, shortened to No-Rin). Yukari Tamura plays Ringo Kinoshita, a new transfer student who recently retired as the idol Yuka Kusakabe. Shin Oonuma (WATAMOTE, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, Dusk maiden of Amnesia) directed the series at SILVER LINK (WATAMOTE, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, Dusk maiden of Amnesia). Michiko Yokote (Genshiken Second Season, Princess Tutu, xxxHOLiC) is in charge of series composition and Masahito Onoda (Student Council's Discretion Level 2) adapted Kippu's original character designs.
Funimation is also releasing Absolute Duo as a Blu-ray/DVD combi pack. Funimation previously described the story:

In a world of heroes who wield magical weapons known as Blaze, Thor Kokonoe's manifests instead as a shield. Things aren't all bad for Thor, though: he's enrolled in an elite school that pairs students up into Duos, and his own partner is the beautiful Julie Sigtuna, a silver-haired exchange student who wields a wicked pair of blades. Along with a bevy of Blazing beauties, Thor's high school adventures are just beginning!
Atsushi Nakayama (A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives, Is This a Zombie? episode director) is directing the anime at 8-Bit (Infinite Stratos, Grisaia no Kajitsu) with the series scripts supervised by Takamitsu Kouno (Minami-ke Tadaima, Kyo no Gononi). Keiichi Sano (Heaven's Memo Pad, Strike the Blood) is designing the characters for the series, and is also serving as animation director along with Norie Tanaka (M3 the dark metal chief animation director, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic episode animation director).

Release Changes for Fairy Tail and Samurai Warriors

Anime Limited has announced the following regarding the Funimation release of Fairy Tail Collection 12.

A printing error has been discovered on units that have been shipped to retailers on the release of Fairy Tail Collection 12. As a result all stock that has presently not been sent to retailers has been quarantined and this will now be having its general retail release date shifted back to mid-March (exact date TBA), while we get this corrected.
The error relates not to the discs but to the reversible sleeve, which lacks the text which should have been included. 'We understand all copies that have been sent to retailers at time of writing (including those sent from our own web shop fulfilment house) have been impacted by this. So if you receive / purchase one your copy will likely be impacted. We are working to get remaining units of this impacted version out of circulation.'
Anyone who has bought this title with the printing error can get a corrected sleeve by sending an email to jeremy@alltheanime.com with the subject “Fairy Tail Part 12 sleeve replacement." The email should include a photo/scan of proof or purchase; and your full name and postal address.
Purchasers who ordered from the AllTheAnime.com web shop will be automatically added to the list of replacements.

Samurai Warriors will now be DVD only, available from July 10. We apologise for any inconvenience.
The title was previously planned to be a Blu-ray/DVD combo, pictured left.

NEI L FINGLETON

The actor Neil Fingleton has died at the age of 36

Neil Fingleton played the Fisher King in the 2015 Doctor Who stories Under the Lake and Before The Flood

In 2007 Fingleton was awarded the Guinness World Record as the tallest British-born man and the tallest man in the European Union, standing at 7 ft 6in or 2.33m.

Neil Fingleton was born in Durham in 1980. An outstanding basketball player, he spent 8 years in education in the United States, winning a sporting scholarship and studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

In 2004 he made his professional debut as a basketball player for the now defunct Boston Frenzy. He later played professionally in China, Italy, Greece, England and for the spanish teams Club Baloncesto Ilarcuris and Ciudad Real.

In 2007 injury forced him to abandon his sporting career and he took up acting. He appeared in the film 47 Ronin alongside Keanu Reeves, and played the giant Mag the Mighty in the TV series Game of Thrones. He appeared in the 2015 film Jupiter Ascending, the Fox Studios film X-Men: First Class and in the Marvel Entertainment film Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Neil Fingleton died on Saturday after suffering a heart attack.

DW SERIES 10 TREASER

The BBC have released a teaser trailer for the forthcoming new series of Doctor Who, which starts on 15th April 2017.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Detective Conan's 'Shadow Person' Tries Out Gravure

Plenty of male-oriented manga magazines include gravure centerfolds and covers, usually featuring a voluptuous model in a skimpy bikini. Hakusensha's Young Animal and Young Animal Arashi, Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits, Akita Shoten's Young Champion, and Futabasha's Manga Action all regularly feature gravure models.
Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday skews to a younger audience than the listed seinen magazines, so while it sometimes features girls on its covers, they aren't as often in revealing clothing. Next week's issue will feature a gravure cover and pictures but the feature is not nearly as traditional.
The magazine's website announced that it will feature Detective Conan's infamous "Shadow Person" as the model for this year's 14th issue on March 1. The news offered two pictures of the upcoming feature, showing a model in a full-body black skin suit with the character's menacing eyes.
Detective Conan's "shadow people" appear in the anime as placeholders for the suspect before their identities are revealed. It's hard to say whether Shōnen Sunday is going for sexy, comedy, or both with this decision. What do you think?

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Crunchyroll Adds Super Gals! Anime to Catalog

Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it has added the Super GALS! anime to its catalog. The anime is available for all members in the United States and Canada.
Right Stuf licensed the series, and it describes the story:

Sporting designer clothes, designer make-up, and designer nails, Ran Kotobuki is the very picture of a trendy Shibuya girl, but don't let her outer appearance fool you. This girl comes from a family of cops, and she's ready to lay you out flat if you even think about causing trouble in her town! ...At least, she will when she's not distracted by karaoke, shopping, and dodging her homework. Join Ran and her friends as they defend the streets of Shibuya and attempt to shop their way into the history books as the most famous Gals ever!
The 52-episode anime premiered in 2001. ADV Films released the series over six DVD volumes from 2003 to 2004, and then in two separate DVD collections in 2005 and 2007. Right Stuf released the entire series on DVD in 2010, and again last July.
Crunchyroll also announced that the Crunchyroll App is now available for Amazon FireTV users. The free app offers both Premium and ad-supported streaming. The app supports Premium account benefits such as Queue access and viewing history.

Sony, Mitsui Launch New Joint Company to Oversee Animax, Kids Station Channels

Japanese satellite channel Animax announced on Thursday that its parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan (SPEJ) established a new joint venture company called AK Holdings in partnership with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. on February 13. AK Holdings will officially launch on March 31. SPEJ has a majority stock in AK Holdings.
AK Holdings will serve as the management company for both Animax and Mitsui's Kids Station channel, and will produce and distribute anime. The new company plans to expand into broadcasting live anime-related events, and also open anime-themed restaurants. AK Holdings also plans to host events around the world, and generally expand into the global anime market.
Masao Takiyama, who is the managing director of SPEJ Television Network, will head AK Holdings.
Animax was founded as a subsidiary of SPEJ in May 1998, and as of September 30 it is being broadcast in more than 8.6 million homes in Japan. Other shareholders in Animax aside from SPEJ include Sunrise, Toei Animation, TMS Entertainment, and Nihon Ad Systems (NAS).
Kids Station was founded in April 1993, and as of September 30 it is being broadcast in more than 8 million homes in Japan. Mitsui owns a 67% stake in Kids Station, and Tokyo Broadcasting Systems, Jupiter Telecoms, and the agency HoriPro own the other 33% between them.
The entertainment website The Hollywood Reporter stated that Animax and Kids Station are the "two most-watched dedicated anime channels in Japan."
Animax has a presence in 28 countries. The Animax Asia channel launched in January 2004, and it broadcasts anime to "58 million homes across 17 markets in Asia," including in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Animax Asia also airs simultaneous broadcasts with Japan for some anime. The channel also hosts the Animax Carnival events in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan.
Animax UK launched as a streaming video on demand service in the United Kingdom in fall 2013, and it streams anime online for computers, mobile devices, tablet devices, and through apps on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
Sources: Variety (Mark Schilling), The Hollywood Reporter (Gavin J. Blair)

Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film Reveals December 1 Opening, CG Alphonse

The official website for the live-action film of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga revealed the film's December 1 opening date on Thursday. In addition, the site revealed a new still featuring Alphonse Elric in full CG. The Comic Natalie website reports that the CG Alphonse employs some techniques for the first time in the Japanese film industry.
The site previously streamed a teaser for the film in November.

Text: The time has come.
Text: Original work: Hiromu Arakawa
Text: Director: Fumihiko Sori (Ping Pong)
Text: Two brothers' great journey.
Text: The legend...
Text: Finally begins.
Title Logo: Fullmetal Alchemist
Edward: I promise I'll get our bodies back.
Text: 2017, winter.
Fumihiko Sori (live-action Ping Pong) is directing the film. On adapting the source material, Sori said, "I want to create a style that follows the original manga as much as possible. The cast is entirely Japanese, but the cultural background is Europe. However, it's a style that doesn't represent a specific race or country." Regarding the faithfulness of the adaptation, which has characters of non-Japanese ethnicity, the director said, "There will never be a scene in which a character says something that would identify him/her as Japanese."
The film stars Ryōsuke Yamada (Hey! Say! JUMP member and live-action Assassination Classroom's Nagisa) as Edward Elric, Tsubasa Honda (live-action Blue Spring Ride's Futaba) (pictured top right in image to the right) as Winry Rockbell, and Dean Fujioka (live-action Happy Marriage!?) (pictured bottom left in image to the right) as Roy Mustang. Other cast members include:

Italian newspaper La Nazione previously unveiled photos of the film's shooting in the Italian town of Volterra in June. Filming ended on August 26.
The film tells the story in one complete film. Ed is being aged up to 20 years old; he was originally 15 in the manga.
Sori told Oricon he has a deep affection for the story that tells the "truth of living," and said, "It is my dearest wish to turn this wonderful story into a film, and it is not an exaggeration to say that I am living for this reason." He added that he "wants to create a wonderful film that uses techniques that challenge Hollywood," and noted that nowadays Japanese filmmaking techniques have progressed greatly.
Arakawa published the manga from 2001 to 2010 in Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan, and Viz Media released the series in North America and describes the story:

In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical “auto-mail” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother's bodies...the legendary Philosopher's Stone.
The series inspired the Fullmetal Alchemist television anime series in 2003 and its sequel film, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa, in 2005. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, a second television anime series based more closely on the original manga's story, debuted in 2009. A spinoff anime film, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, premiered in 2011.

Anime Industry Celebrates 100th Anniversary by Streaming Oldest Works With Subtitles

The National Film Center at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo opened a "Japanese Animated Film Classics" website on Wednesday with a collection of classic animated works from Japan available streaming with English subtitles. The website will be open until the end of 2017.
To view the videos, visit this page, select a title, and then click the red button that reads "作品を見る" on the right side of the page. Once the player is open, toggle the English subtitles on by selecting the "With English subtitles" link under the video player before pressing play.
The website celebrates the 100th anniversary of the oldest known Japanese animated short films, and is streaming the oldest surviving Japanese animated short film, Junichi Kouchi's "The Dull Sword" (Namakura Gatana, pictured below left). The film about a samurai's foolish purchase of a dull-edged sword debuted in June 1917. The version on the website is "the longest, digitally restored version," which is four minutes long.
The film was discovered in an Osaka antique shop in 2008, along with Seitarou Kitayama's 1918 film "Urashima Tarō." Several anime films directed by Oten Shimokawa and Kitayama predated "Namakura Gatana," but these films are now lost. Shimokawa's "Imokawa Mukuzo Genkanban no Maki" has long been considered the oldest commercially released anime film, having premiered in January 1917, but it may have premiered later that year, predated by two other films by Shimokawa. The films were all predated by a 50-frame shot of a sailor boy's salute that was discovered in 2005.
The website is streaming 64 works that debuted from 1917 to 1941. Directors featured on the site include Ikuo Oishi, Shigeji Ogino, Hakuzan Kimura, Mitsuyo Seo, Yasuji Murata, Noburou Oofuji, Kenzo Masaoka, and Sanae Yamamoto.

A Silent Voice UK and Ireland Cinema Details

New site shows venues for March 15 cinema release of Kyoto Animation film

A new website has been launched for the UK and Ireland release of A Silent Voice, listing the cinemas that will show the film (tickets can be booked on the site).
According to Anime Limited, A Silent Voice will be shown on Wednesday March 15, 'with further select cinemas from Friday March 17, and the film will be screening in Showcase Cinemas, PictureHouse, ODEON, VUE, Cineworld and other independent locations in UK and Ireland.'
The film will be screened subtitled (no dub has been made yet). Regarding how long the film will be screened in cinemas, Anime Limited says, 'This will depend on the demand to see the film based on how well it performs on 15th March and the select cinemas on 17th March

DW EXPERIANCE TO REOPEN

petition to try to prevent the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff from closing, has received over 11,000 signatures.

The petition was launched after it was announced that the exhibition on Cardiff Bay is due to close this summer, when the five year lease expires.

The petition was the idea of Bex Ferriday, who lives in Cardiff. She told Wales Online
I set it up just expecting friends and family to sign it. I was pretty shocked and terrified by the popularity it garnered pretty quickly. I know the land was only leased for five years but surely anyone can see that... to knock this on the head, when we have got Doctor Who being filmed here and the studios here, seems like a really stupid thing to do.
The Doctor Experience opened in London in 2011, before moving to a purpose-built building in the Welsh capital. It is currently situated at Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay, near the BBC studios where Doctor Who is made.

The site is owned by Cardiff City Council, who issues a five-year lease to BBC Worldwide to host the Experience.

A spokesman for Cardiff council said:
The land currently occupied by the Doctor Who Experience is owned by the Welsh Government and their development partner, Igloo Regeneration. It was leased to the city council for five years to enable the relocation of the Doctor Who Experience from Olympia to Cardiff on a temporary basis. It has always been the intention for the site to be developed as part of the ongoing Porth Teigr regeneration project. The agreement was always intended to be for five years only, reflecting the nature of the attraction. The decision to close the Experience at the end of the lease next summer has been mutually agreed by all parties involved, including the operators BBC Worldwide.
The petition will be presented to the Doctor Who Experience next Saturday.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Fairy Tail Manga Is Already in 'Last Arc,' 60 Million Copies in Print

The official website of the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film revealed in its introduction page on Wednesday that the manga is in its "last arc." It also revealed that the manga has over 60 million copies in print worldwide.
The manga follows the adventures of world's most notorious mage guild, Fairy Tail. The manga launched in 2006 and has inspired two television anime, several original video anime projects, and spinoff manga. The franchise's first anime , Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess, opened in Japan in August 2012.
The manga reached its 500th chapter in September.
The Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry film will open in Japan on May 6. Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine had announced in May 2015 that Fairy Tail was getting a second anime film. The television anime series also revealed in March that a new project is in the works.
Del Rey published the first 12 volumes of the original manga in North America, and Kodansha Comics resumed publishing the manga in English with the 13th volume in 2011. Crunchyroll streamed the second television anime into several countries as it aired in Japan, and Funimation has been releasing DVD/Blu-ray Disc sets

Sentai Filmworks Schedules Big O Blu-ray Release for June

Section23 Films announced in its June release slate on Tuesday that Sentai Filmworks will release both seasons of The Big O anime on Blu-ray Disc on June 20. The release will include both English and Japanese audio.
Sentai Filmworks announced in 2013 that it had licensed The Big O and 11 other Sunrise titles, though it has not announced details on any of the releases besides The Big O. The company teased its The Big O release last week.
In addition, Sentai Filmworks confirmed that it is dubbing School-Live! and Chivalry of a Failed Knight into English. Both series will ship on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and limited edition Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo packs in June.
Section23 Films also announced that it will rerelease Kino's Journey, previously released by ADV Films, on DVD on June 6. Other June releases include Sentai Filmworks' Norn9 DVD and Blu-ray Disc and SoftCel Pictures' The Patients of Dr. Maro adult DVD.

THE DOTORS NEWS

Koch Media are to release a collection of interviews with stars from Jon Pertwee's era of Doctor Who from Reeltime Pictures on 6th March 2017:

The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years (Credit: Koch Media)The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years
Produced by Keith Barnfather (pre-order from Amazon)


This is the definitive set of interviews with the team of actors who brought the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who to life.

These six hour-long documentaries feature in-depth interviews with Jon Pertwee (the Third Doctor), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Caroline John (Liz Shaw), Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier), Richard Franklin (Captain Yates) and John Levene (Sergeant Benton). Presented by voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.


SPECIAL FEATURE: Introduction by Nicholas Briggs & Producer Keith Barnfather


Competition

To be in with a chance to win a copy of both The Doctors: The Jon Pertwee Years and the previously announced Wartime Chronicles on DVD courtesy of Koch Media, simply answer the following question:
Name the first televised story where Benton chats to the third Doctor.
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-pertwee@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Jehoshaphat!". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 5th March 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

DW COMIC NEWS

Out 22 February 2017

DOCTOR WHO: THIRD DOCTOR #5 (Final Issue)

Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Christopher Jones
COVER A: Andy Walker COVER B: Will Brooks COVER C: Brian Miller & Hi-Fi COVER D: Carolyn Edwards COVER E: Marc Ellerby

The Third Doctor’s Earth-bound exile has been lifted. But before he can set out on new adventures, an alien invasion appears to threaten Earth! It’s the devious work of an old enemy, Salamander, a former dictator with a startling resemblance to the Second Doctor! Now, forming an uneasy alliance with the Master, the Doctor and UNIT set out to stop him – but are they too late to stop his plans as he takes them all back into the past.
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Out 1 March 2017

DOCTOR WHO: NINTH DOCTOR #10

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Adriana Melo
COVER A: Cris Bolson & Marco Lesko COVER B: Will Brooks COVER C: Marc Ellerby

The Ninth Doctor, Rose, and Jack head to Brazil on the next stop of their transtemporal mystery tour. The Iara have long been thought a Brazilian myth, but when these unearthly mercreatures prove to be aquatic aliens making an unscheduled stop on planet Earth, the TARDIS team must establish their intentions and broker peace across the water barrier...!
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DOCTOR WHO: ELEVENTH DOCTOR #3.3

Writer: Alex Paknadel
Artist: Simon Fraser
Colourist: Gary Caldwell
COVER A: Claudia Iannciello COVER B: Will Brooks - PHOTO COVER C: Marc Ellerby

More adventures with the Eleventh Doctor in Part 1 of "THE TRAGICAL HISTORY TOUR!"
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Anime Film Reveals Cast, Staff, New Characters, May 6 Premiere, Visual

This year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine announced more details about the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry anime film on Wednesday. The film will open in Japan on May 6, and the tagline on the new poster visual (pictured below) by manga creator Hiro Mashima reads, "That power … is it hope or destruction…?"
Mashima is drawing 193 pages of storyboard for the film (pictured below), and is also serving as executive producer. Mashima also drew the first key visual for the film, which features Natsu half transformed into a dragon.
The issue is also revealing the returning cast and character designs for the following characters:
The characters will be wearing new outfits in the film.
The issue is also revealing three film-original characters:
  • Sonia, a beautiful young woman.
  • Zash, a man who looks both evil and strong.
  • Animus, a man who looks like a king based on his garments, and whose expression suggests he has an ulterior motive.
Mashima drew the rough sketches for all of the above characters.
Tatsuma Minamikawa (episode director for Aldnoah.Zero, Attack on Titan, Haganai NEXT) is directing the film at A-1 Pictures. Shoji Yonemura is returning from the previous two television anime series to write the script, Yuuko Yamada (chief animation director for Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East, Persona 3 the Movie #3 Falling Down) is the character designer and chief animation director, and Yasuharu Takanashi is returning from the previous anime series and Fairy Tail Zero to compose the music. GAGA is distributing the film.
Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine had announced in May 2015 that Fairy Tail was getting a second anime film.
The manga follows the adventures of world's most notorious mage guild, Fairy Tail. The manga already inspired two television anime, several previous original video anime projects, and spinoff manga. The franchise's first anime film, Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess, opened in Japan on August 18, 2012.
The television anime series also revealed in March that a new project is in the works.
Del Rey published the first 12 volumes of the original manga in North America, and Kodansha Comics resumed publishing the manga in English with the 13th volume in 2011. Crunchyroll streamed the second television anime into several countries as it aired in Japan, and Funimation has been releasing DVD/Blu-ray Disc sets.

Anime Limited Acquires Charlotte for Blu-ray and DVD

Anime Limited has announced that it will release the series Charlotte on Blu-ray and DVD. It will be released in two parts, with the first part on May 29; both parts will be released as a Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD and also a standard DVD. The title can be pre-ordered at the above link.
Aniplex described the story:

One day, a small percentage of adolescents start to experience an onset of special abilities. Yu Otosaka is one of these ability-wielders and he decides to use his power – the ability to take over any target's body for five seconds, to get accepted into a prestigious high school. Just when he is about to start his dream high school life as the popular honor student, a girl named Nao Tomori appears before him. Little does he know, this encounter reveals the cruel fate awaiting the special ability-wielders.
The series began streaming outside Japan last July on Hulu, Crunchyroll, Viewster, Daisuki, and the Aniplex Channel. Key released the anime in celebration of its 15th anniversary, and the series is Jun Maeda's second original anime work, with the first being Angel Beats! in 2010

Monday, 20 February 2017

Anime Limited and Funimation Updates

Anime Limited made the following announcements regarding Anime Limited and Funimation releases:
- The cinema release of Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale (pictured) will be screening on Wednesday April 19 in the UK and Ireland.
- Funimation's release of Mikagura School Suite has been put back to March 13, 'due to a delay in BBFC certification that resulted in the production window for this title being missed.' The Brothers Conflict Blu-ray is now due on March 6.
- The schedule for forthcoming Anime Limited releases is as follows.
March 6
Full Metal Panic! Collection (Blu-ray, sold only through the AllTheAnime site)
Full Metal Panic! Season 1 (Blu-ray)
Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid (Blu-ray)
March 13
Persona 3 the Movie #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream (DVD, Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD)
March 27
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 2 (Blu-ray). According to Anime Limited, "The first 1000 units of Part 2 – not exclusive to any one retailer – will come with a special art book that will fit inside the box that comes with Part 1. Only this Limited version with the art book will be available on day of release. So no matter where you pre-order it, you will receive it."
Vision of Escaflowne (DVD)
April 3
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (Blu-ray standard edition)
April 10
Persona 3 the Movie #3 Falling Down (DVD, Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD)
April 24
Durarara!!×2 Ten (DVD, Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
Belladonna of Sadness (Blu-ray) - This will be 'a Collector's Edition type set.'
Your Lie in April Part 2 (DVD, Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone (Ltd Collectors Edition Blu-ray+DVD) - According to Anime Limited, this date 'is more an absolute safety net than anything, as we are actually expecting stock to be completed in March.'
TBC April
The Anthem of the Heart (DVD, Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD)
Selector Infected Wixoss (DVD, Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray, pictured). According to Anime Limited, "Our Blu-ray Limited Collector's Edition release will come in a rigid case, with a digipack to store the discs. Also included will be a 36-page art booklet featuring character information, a special column from a representative of Takara Tomy in Japan talking about developing the game, and two round table interviews, one with the Sound Effect staff and the other with Producers."
May 8
Outlaw Star (Blu-ray standard edition)
May 29
Tokyo Ghoul OVAs Tokyo Ghoul: "Jack" & Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto (DVD, Blu-ray) [Blu-ray listing to follow soon.]
GANGSTA. (DVD, Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
Black Butler Season 3 (DVD, Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
ERASED Part 1 (DVD, Blu-ray Collector's Edition)
June 5
Sword of the Stranger (Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD)
Persona 3 the Movie #4 Winter of Rebirth (DVD, Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD)
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (Blu-ray)
- The Funimation schedule is as follows. According to Anime Limited, "This isn't the complete list. For example, there are Fairy Tail releases to be added into the mix."
February 27
Fairy Tail Part 12 (DVD)
Absolute Duo (Blu-ray+DVD combi)
No-Rin (Blu-ray)
March 8
Brothers Conflict (Blu-ray)
March 13
Mikagura School Suite (Blu-ray+DVD combi)
March 20
Snow White with the Red Hair Part 1 (Blu-ray)
Heavy Object Season 1 Part 1 (Blu-ray)
Daimidaler vs. Penguin Empire (Blu-ray+DVD combi)
March 27
SHIMONETA: A World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist (Blu-ray, DVD)
April 10
Shomin Sample (Blu-ray, DVD)
April 24
Snow White with the Red Hair Part 2 (Blu-ray)
Barakamon (Blu-ray+DVD combi)
Noragami Aragoto (DVD, Blu-ray Collector's Edition)
Assassination Classroom Season 2 Part 1 (DVD, Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
TBC April
Overlord (DVD, Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
TBC MAY

Show By Rock, Zeta Gundam, Yona Released Monday

On Monday February 20, Funimation is releasing Show By Rock!!. Sanrio described the story of the original game on its website:

Metropolis of music, MIDICITY. A kitty girl wearing gothic lolita clothing named Cyan is scouted by Maple Arisugawa, the president of a music agency. From there, she meets Chuchu (a pun off of the sound that rabbits make) the honor student rabbit girl, a net geek dog girl named Retoree (from "Retriever"), and an alien sheep (?) girl named Moa. Together, they form the band named "Plasmagica," and aim for the top of the world. However, the path there is long and tough, and keeping in high spirits is important. By battling against other strange bands, Plasmagica slowly grows toward a top-grade band. In the end, they'll be a band that becomes the driving force of MIDICITY's music industry... Maybe?
Gonna be a music millionaire!
Funimation is also releasing the second half of the fantasy adventure Yona of the Dawn in a dual-format edition. It continues the story of Yona, a princess in exile, and the male warriors who protect her. The set includes episodes 13 to 24.
Anime Limited is releasing the first volume of the 1985 series Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, the sequel to the original Mobile Suit Gundam, on Blu-ray. It carries the opening 25 episodes. From the Anime-on-Line website:

In Zeta Gundam, we see the future world of the Universal Century through a dark mirror. Having defeated the Zeon menace, the Earth Federation has itself become cruel and oppressive. A new generation of Gundam mobile suits is created not to fight for peace, but to punish the enemies of the state, and yesterday's villains must become today's heroes in order to balance the scales of justice. When a young civilian named Kamille Bidan is caught up in the rebellion, he little suspects the price he will pay in the fight for freedom.
Anime Limited is also releasing a "Gurren Lagann Movie Collection" on Blu-ray, containing the films Gurren Lagann the Movie –Childhood's End- and Gurren Lagann the Movie – The Lights in the Sky Are Stars.
Anime Limited is also releasing a new Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Eden of the East. It contains the 2009 political comedy thriller TV series by Production I.G, as well the two feature film sequels, Eden of the East: The King of Eden and Eden of the East: Paradise Lost. The set will also contain a booklet, art cards and stickers.
Anime Limited is also releasing a standard Blu-ray edition of the 1995 fantasy series Vision of Escaflowne.

Crunchyroll Streams The Dragon Dentist 2-Part Anime Outside of N. America

Crunchyroll announced on Saturday that it will stream The Dragon Dentist, the feature-length version of the first short from the Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo) project. Crunchyroll is streaming the firs episode of the special now, and it is available to members in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.
Crunchyroll is streaming the anime in collaboration with Anime Limited.
The anime stars:
The anime's first 45-minute episode premiered on the NHK BS Premium channel on Saturday. The second 45-minute episode will premiere on February 25.

Hideaki Anno (Shin Godzilla, new Evangelion films) is serving as executive producer and sound director, and Kazuya Tsurumaki (FLCL, Aim for the Top 2!, new Evangelion films) is returning from the short as the director. Otaro Maijo is credited with the original work and the script, and Yoji Enokido is also writing the script. Shuichi Iseki is the character designer. Nobuo Kawakami (Ronja the Robber's Daughter) is also an executive producer.

Update: Clarified Anime Limited and Crunchyroll collaboration with streaming. Thanks, Shiroi Hane

Anime Limited and Crunchyroll Stream Dragon Dentist

Anime Limited made the following announcement regarding the upcoming two-part TV special The Dragon Dentist.

Anime Limited are excited to announce partnering with Crunchyroll to simulcast Studio Khara's latest work Dragon Dentist. It will be amongst the first platforms to stream the work practically simultaneously with the Japanese broadcast - and only available on Crunchyroll. Dragon Dentist will be available to watch on Crunchyroll not only in the UK and Ireland, but also in Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Anime Limited is also excited to announce all rights for Dragon Dentist for the UK and Ireland and will release it on home video at a later date. Anime Limited also expect to release it theatrically later this year as well. More details to follow.
The first part of Dragon Dentist will be available to enjoy on Crunchyroll on Saturday 18, February at 21:45 GMT.
The anime's website describes the story:
The story takes place in Dragon Country.
Nonoko is a newly appointed dentist and her mission is to protect the dragon, the guardian of the country, from tooth-cavity bacteria.
One day, amid increasingly fierce battles with the neighboring country, Nonoko finds on the dragon's tooth an unconscious boy soldier from the enemy country.
His name is Bell, and he has been resurrected from inside the tooth by the dragon—a supernatural phenomenon that legend says occurs before a major disaster.
As Nonoko and Bell go through a series of fierce battles, they eventually learn to accept their fate.
This fantasy adventure, created on an unprecedentedly epic scale,
will keep viewers thrilled and enraptured.
Hideaki Anno (Shin Godzilla, new Evangelion films) is serving as executive producer and sound director, and Kazuya Tsurumaki (FLCL, Aim for the Top 2!, new Evangelion films) is returning from the short as the director. Otaro Maijo is credited with the original work and the script, and Yoji Enokido is also writing the script. Shuichi Iseki is the character designer. Nobuo Kawakami (Ronja the Robber's Daughter) is also an executive producer.
Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition was the project of weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango. The new version of The Dragon Dentist will mark the first time Khara, the studio behind the new Evangelion films, is producing an anime for television.
The original short is also available again for streaming until March 31, 2017