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31 Aug 03:30

"Gangsta." Author Responds to Fans' English Language Questions

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

In time for this season's crime-action anime adaptation, Gangsta. creator Kosuke launched a multi-lingual ask.fm social media Q&A account, and, if you weren't reading her manga yet, she might become your new favorite manga author after reading her interactions with English speaking fans. 

 

I'm blessed with many generous readers and viewers X) Thank you xoxo!

— コースケ(GANGSTA.7巻発売中) (@go_kohske) August 23, 2015

I'm afraid my expressions may be rude or hard to read, because I'm not so good at English...forgive me~X(

— コースケ(GANGSTA.7巻発売中) (@go_kohske) August 23, 2015

how do you feel about the GANGSTA. anime? you like it? — It's honor.But I think tits shake..."Gainaxing"? is ins... http://t.co/hi4X05DS3M

— コースケ(GANGSTA.7巻発売中) (@go_kohske) August 22, 2015
how do you feel about the GANGSTA. anime? you like it?
It's honor.But I think tits shake..."Gainaxing"? is insufficient~~:(

Hi Kohske !! Which character is your favorite to draw... — All characters.But I feel ugly(?)face is easy to draw... http://t.co/FFtQiG7EQk

— コースケ(GANGSTA.7巻発売中) (@go_kohske) August 23, 2015
 
Hi Kohske !! Which character is your favorite to draw ? xoxo from France :D
All characters.But I feel ugly(?)face is easy to draw.For example,Nicolas,galahad,Chad,Ivan,etc...

Hi Kohske!! Where did you get the inspiration to draw Nicholas? Love from New Zealand! — It's one of my fetishism. http://t.co/J4VkeWl3np

— コースケ(GANGSTA.7巻発売中) (@go_kohske) August 24, 2015
 
Hi Kohske!! Where did you get the inspiration to draw Nicholas? Love from New Zealand!
It's one of my fetishism.
 

Hi! How does it feel knowing Gangsta has gotten so popular overseas? Love fr… — awesome but It hasn't sunk in yet... http://t.co/aaepCJ0brw

— コースケ(GANGSTA.7巻発売中) (@go_kohske) August 27, 2015
 
Hi! How does it feel knowing Gangsta has gotten so popular overseas? Love from USA
awesome but It hasn't sunk in yet...
 
 
 

Kohske-san, what kind of sign language does Nicolas use… — It's Japanese sign language.Because this anime and mang… http://t.co/2i9p7mK39T

— コースケ(GANGSTA.7巻発売中) (@go_kohske) August 27, 2015
Kohske-san, what kind of sign language does Nicolas use? American, British, or maybe Japanese?‎  Bayou
It's Japanese sign language.Because this anime and manga has created with image of "Japanese dubbed version".

 

What anime/manga do you enjoy the most? — "Knights of Sidonia(シドニアの騎士)""SHIYAKUSYO(死役所) "and more:) http://t.co/wyg8TP1jvb

— コースケ(GANGSTA.7巻発売中) (@go_kohske) August 27, 2015
What anime/manga do you enjoy the most?
"Knights of Sidonia(シドニアの騎士)""SHIYAKUSYO(死役所) "and more:)

Gangsta's storyline is very convincing. Have you ever join a real gang before? — NO! lol http://t.co/SC5vvIkchp

— コースケ(GANGSTA.7巻発売中) (@go_kohske) August 27, 2015
Gangsta's storyline is very convincing. Have you ever join a real gang before?
NO! lol


せっかくの夏アニメだというのに海に面していないどころか市民プールすらないエルガストルムには水着回が永久に来ない… pic.twitter.com/KlD8PcPeis

— コースケ(GANGSTA.7巻発売中) (@go_kohske) August 11, 2015

 

 

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28 Aug 16:56

Luckslinger - Do You Feel Lucky, Punk? - James Recommends

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20 Aug 13:48

"Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace" Celebrates Series Conclusion with Cinema Event

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To celebrate the conclusion of Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace, a TV anime inspired by the strange fiction of Edogawa Rampo, Fuji TV is hosting a special event at their Multi Theater in Tokyo. In addition to screening episodes 10 and 11 of Rampo Kitan, the event will also include a guest talk featuring series director Seiji Kishi, series writer Makoto Uezu, producer Yūji Higa, and noitaminA editor-in-chief Akitoshi Mori.

 

 

The special event will take place on September 12, 2015, beginning at 2:00PM JST at the Fuji TV Multi Theater in Tokyo, Japan. Tickets to the event are available on a first-come-first-serve basis through an application form on the official Rampo Kitan Japanese home page.

 

 

The final story arc of Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace is based on the short story "The Red Chamber" by Edogawa Rampo. It involves a secret club where gentlemen gather in search of the bizarre and the uncanny. Rampo Kitan is licensed for streaming in North America by Funimation.

 

Source: MoCa

 

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25 Aug 11:30

"Snow White with the Red Hair" OAD to be Bundled with Manga 15th Volume

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Hakusensha has announced that the limited edition of the upcoming 15th volume of Sorata Akizuki's fantasy shoujo manga Akagami no Shirayukihime/Snow White with the Red Hair will come with a newly-produced 30-minute OAD mainly based on the 41st chapter featuring a date in the castle town by Shirayuki and Zen. The manga episode was included in the manga's 10th volume published in July 2013. The OAD will also use the episodes told in the two special chapters in the seventh and 11th volume, which have never been used in the ongoing TV anime.

 

Th same production team and voice cast are attached to the OAD project. Pre-orders for the 3,996-yen limited edition will be accepted till November 11. Both the regular and limited edition will be released on January 5, 2016. 

 

 

 

 

Source: Hakusensha

 

(C)1998 HAKUSENSHA

 

27 Aug 13:40

Comic Zenon Presents English Translated Manga

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Seinen manga magazine Comic Zenon, home of the works of greats like City Hunter author Hojo Tsukasa and Fist of the North Star's Tetsuo Hara, has expanded its Silent Manga Audition talent search site with a chance to read their series in English. Manga lovers can read chapters of Hara and Seibo Kitahara's story of the youthful exploits of warlord Oda Nobunaga, Ikusa no Ko, Molico Ross' ghost girlfriend comedy Nobo and Her? and Kei Ohkubo's Renaissance Era Arte.

 

There's also a chance to vote for what other series to translate, including City Hunter follow-up Angel Heart, as well as anime-adapted DD Fist of the North StarWakako-Zake, and Gifu-Dodo.

 

COMIC ZENON INTERNATIONAL begins! READ our Manga!! VOTE for more!!! http://t.co/mTzWdeWu6c #manga #コミックゼノン #smacmag pic.twitter.com/Na0EtHU6R4

— SilentMangaAudition (@SilentMangaComm) August 27, 2015

 

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25 Aug 17:30

Here's What "Mystery" Dramas Were Like 500 Years Ago

by Esther Inglis-Arkell

Everyone loves a good mystery. They even loved mysteries five hundred years ago. It’s just that, then, a “mystery” was nothing like the mysteries we devour today. Learn what the original mysteries were.

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22 Aug 16:59

Europe: The First Crusade - III: A Good Crusade? - Extra History

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Although it finds Peter the Hermit's group from the People's Crusade in shambles, the summer of 1096 finally sees the "official" forces of the First Crusade set out for Jerusalem. This was not one army, however, but five separate armies led by men with very different motivations and sympathies - many of them surprisingly hostile towards the Pope or the Byzantine Empire. Hugh of Vermandois, brother of the King of France, led one army despite his brother having been excommunicated by Pope Urban II. Godfrey de Bouillon from the German territory had actually helped kick the Pope out of Rome and install the anti-Pope. Bohemond of Taranto brought an army whose experience primarily came from fighting the Romans twelve years prior. Raymond of Toulouse led the largest army and believed himself the main leader of the Crusade, despite the fact that he traveled with the Pope's appointed leader, Bishop Adhemar. Only Robert of Flanders could be said to be on good terms with both the Pope and the Eastern Roman Empire. When the five armies arrived in Constantinople, Emperor Alexius Comnenus approached them all privately with bribes and threats to get them to swear an oath that any land they conquered on Crusade would be returned to him. They all took it (except Bohemond's nephew, Tancred) and so the emperor sent them across the Bosphorus to attack the Turks at last.
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26 Aug 17:00

Puzzle Break - Teamwork and Escape the Room Games - Extra Credits

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We're big fans of Seattle-based "escape the room" designers Puzzle Break, so we teamed up with them to run a big, 100+ person party during PAX. The premise is simple: you're locked in a room with a group of other people and given one hour to find the key to escape. Most groups don't finish in time, but it's still the best team-building exercise ever. Turning a puzzle game into a multiplayer experience creates three distinct aspects of play: finding the clues, assembling those clues, and then using them to solve the puzzle. People who normally might not enjoy the solo experience of a traditional puzzle game, such as those who enjoy exploration or communication, will find lots to do here. Even traditional puzzle solvers will need to apply different types of logic to solve the wide variety of challenges in the room. This set-up allows everyone to display their talents, and rewards groups for having a diverse set of skills. It also teaches you a lot about the members of your team!

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26 Aug 14:51

Fate/Grand Order Already Topped 3 Million Downloads

by Sato

Fate/Grand Order is Type-Moon’s smartphone RPG that plays kind of like Chain Chronicle launched last month and has already passed a total of 3 million downloads.

Read Fate/Grand Order Already Topped 3 Million Downloads on Siliconera!

25 Aug 18:35

"Vinland Saga" Teases Announcement

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Last time the series pulled this, it turned out to be a story teaser, but again, fans are getting their hopes up for an anime adaptation of Makoto Yukimura's Vinland Saga manga. The new October issue of Afternoon, the home manga magazine of the historical fiction, is teasing a Vinland Saga announcement, scheduled for September 25th's November issue. 

 

Kodansha publishes the series in North America.

 

 

via @Animeland_mag and Yaraon

 


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25 Aug 12:20

VIDEO: Aniplex of America Showcases "The Garden of Sinners" Shiki Figure

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Aniplex of America has launched pre-orders for the Aniplex+ exclusive the Garden of sinners - Shiki Ryougi 1/7 Scale figure, with a video to showcase the 3D version of the girl with the "Mystic Eyes of Death Perception" as she appeared on the Garden of sinners Chapter 1: Thanatos in 3D cover.

 

 

Exclusive Item
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ANIPLEX+ Exclusive Item! The image of Shiki Ryougi on the cover of ""the Garden of sinners Chapter 1: Thanatos in 3D"" is coming to life as a 1/7 figure! This one-of-a-kind figure re-creates Shiki's powerful gaze and dynamic movements familiar to the feature film series. Shiki's knife beautifully cutting through the lines of mortality through her ""Mystic Eyes of Death Perception"" are demonstrated through clear parts. The details present in Shiki's flowing kimono and leather jacket brings to life so many memorable scenes. This is a must-buy for any ""the Garden of sinners"" fan! "



【Approximate Measurements】
Height: 9"
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Weight: 2 lbs

Available for the following territories: North America, Central America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Ireland


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25 Aug 06:52

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24 Aug 00:00

FEATURE: "Go! Princess PreCure: KiraKira Princess World" Photo Report

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Every summer, Sunshine City, a commercial building complex located in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, holds a special event featuring each year's PreCure TV series. This summer's event for the ongoing Go! Princess PreCure is titled, "KiraKira Princess World," and is scheduled to be held between July 31 and August 23. Among various attractions at the event, the main and most popular one is no doubt a live dance show by the four PreCure girls featuring the TV series' OP and ED songs, and "PreCure Ondo" briefly used in the 27th episode. Check the photos from the event below.

 

*all of the photos were taken by Mikikazu Komatsu on August 14

 

 

Poster for the event

 

 

Entrance

 

 

Life-size statues

 

Cure Flora

 

Cure Mermaid

 

Cure Twinkle

 

Cure Scarlet

 

About 1.5 meter size stuffed doll of Pafu

 

 

"PreCure Shop" section

 

Scarlet Violin

 

Crystal Princess Lod

 

Oshare  Hair Arange Pafu

 

Henshin Pretume (transformation costume)

 

 

 

Standee for the feature film to be released this fall

 

Poster

 

The monitor playing the trailer

 

 

Merchandise display section

 


 

 

Photos from the PreCure Dance Show


 

 

"PreCure Ondo" MV

 

21 Aug 17:00

Card King: Dragon Wars - Exploring a Bad Patch - James Recommends

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20 Aug 15:30

VIDEO: Discotek Previews "IGPX," "Darkstalkers" "Lupin vs Conan," and "Iria" Releases - UPDATED

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North American distributor Discotek has posted another batch of the trailers that they presented at last month's Otakon event, including the 1997 Darkstalkers OVA adaptation of Capcom's fighting game (see a cleanup comparison here), 1994's Iria: Zeiram the Animation action sci-fi OVA, crossover Lupin vs Conan, and sci-fi racing series IGPX

 

 

They also had cover art for Night on the Galactic Railroad, the 1985 anime by veteran director Gisaburō Sugii adapting beloved children's writer/poet Kenji Miyazawa's posthumously published exploration of happiness and self sacrifice.

 

UPDATE - Discotek has posted a Darkstalkers comparison movie, as well as their Street Fighter II The Animated Movie and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust trailers.

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19 Aug 16:10

"Shonen Sunday" Plans Turnover as Editor Seeks to Reinvigorate Manga Magazine

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com
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I would love to see Sunday rise up to the top again.

This week's issue 38 of Shonen Sunday (despite the name, out on Wednesday) is announcing big plans for the 56-year-old magazine magazine now running series like Detective Conan, Hayate the Combat Butler, RINNE, Silver Spoon and Magi. Editor-in-chief Takenori Ichihara, who took the position in July, published a letter explaining his intention to shake up the weekly. 

 

While some familiar series may be going away, Ichihara aims to bring in both returning veterans and rookies with new series that appeal to a broad audience. Going into the fall, the magazine will also be trying out more ideas with additional one-shots.

 

Ichihara, who is returning to the editorial department after seven years, explains that he's looking to balance what has traditionally worked with innovation, fostering authors as the driving force behind the magazine's manga. Confident in his vision, Ichihara is promising big things from Sunday's new direction.

 

Like other shonen magazines, Sunday has been in decline in recent years, seeing a drop in circulation from 890,000 copies in 2008 to a projected 390,000 copies for the year as of June 2015.

 

 

 

New issue

 

Maybe a precursor of what's coming, Hayate's Kenjiro Hata's new manga, set to start concurrently running in September 2nd's issue 40.

 

via @htmk73 mantabweb and Natalie

 


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19 Aug 02:40

Sentai Filmworks Licenses "Hayate the Combat Butler - Heaven is a Place on Earth"

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I actually really liked this.

Sentai Filmworks has announced the license of Hayate the Combat Butler - Heaven is a Place on Earth. The film with a new storyline courtesy of manga author Kenjiro Hata will soon be available through select digital outlets. Dates and details for the home video release version will follow. 

 

Sentai describes the feature

Wthe star-crossed mistress/butler couple take a trip to a secluded vacation retreat, they find themselves trapped in conflicting realities! If it’s not bad enough that Hayate finds himself in a world where Nagi seems to have never existed, Nagi’s having an even less wonderful life, trapped in a mysterious and deadly amusement park of doom!



Heading up the all-new production is director Hideto Komori, who also adapted the character designs from Hata’s originals, while the screenplay is the work of Yasuko Kobayashi (story editor/script, Attack on Titanand Witchblade). Rounding out the staff are several regular contributors to the Hayate franchise, with music provided by Wataru Maeguchi (Maid Sama!) whose connection with the series also includes Hayate the Combat Butler: Cuties and Hayate The Combat Butler: Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, while veteran powerhouse Manglobe (Ergo Proxy, Samurai Champloo, The World God Only Knows) once again handles animation production.


 

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18 Aug 22:20

Nisio Isin Brings Bishonen Detectives to New Kodansha Light Novel Imprint

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Publisher Kodansha is looking to extend light novel readership to other book lovers and light novel fans looking to stay interested in the format with its new Taiga imprint. Two of the writers prepared for its October 20th debut are Hiroshi Mori, rikei mystery author of Sky Crawlers and the soon to be anime-adapted S&M series and the ever popular Monogatari author Nisio Isin.

 

Nisio Isin will be introducing his new Bishounen Tanteidan - Kimi Dake ni Hikari Kagayaku Ankokusei (Pretty Boy Detective Team - The Dark Star That Only Shines for You).

西尾維新さんの新作タイトル、解禁です!『美少年探偵団 きみだけに光かがやく暗黒星』講談社タイガより10月20日発売!装丁やあらすじも順次ご紹介します。お楽しみに!講談社タイガ→ http://t.co/PG5rPi6Fhh pic.twitter.com/eV9sKGfVLX

— 西尾維新公式情報 (@NISIOISIN_info) August 18, 2015

講談社タイガ(10月20日創刊!)のラインナップ、二人目のタイトル公開!西尾維新さんの新作タイトルはこちら!! → http://t.co/rwD1HMBhmT

— 講談社タイガ (@kodansha_taiga) August 18, 2015

 

Mori's book has the English title Does She Walk Alone?

 

Elsewhere in the NisiOisiN-verse, the third Okitegami Kyoko no Bobiroku forgetful detective mystery, The Challenge of Kyoko Okitegami, is out in Japan August 19th. That series is getting a drama adaptation this fall.

 

Yui Aragaki (live-action Ranma 1/2's Akane) stars as the titular detective who can only retain memories for one day. Toya Sato (GokusenGambling Apocalypse Kaiji) directs with Akiko Nogi (Library Wars, My Love Story!!, I am a Hero) serving as screenwriter.


Newly announced cast additions include Masaki Okada, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Daiki Arioka and Rio Uchida.


『掟上今日子の備忘録』ドラマ(日本テレビ系/10月)レギュラーキャストの方々が発表されました!冤罪体質の青年・厄介を演じるのは…? http://t.co/m781VCAkk7 最新作『掟上今日子の挑戦状』は明日19日発売です! pic.twitter.com/OTqLlq3vDY

— 西尾維新公式情報 (@NISIOISIN_info) August 18, 2015

西尾維新最新刊『掟上今日子の挑戦状』いよいよ来週19日発売! アリバイ、密室、暗号。三つの不可解な殺人事件に、今日子さんが挑戦する…! pic.twitter.com/xMFIbnXcsG

— 西尾維新公式情報 (@NISIOISIN_info) August 15, 2015

 

And, on the Monogatari front, a Fukumonogatari Anime "Nisemonogatari" & "Nekomonogatari (Kuro)" Fukuonsei Dokuhon First Part supplement was released August 11th.

8/11偽物語&猫物語(黒)キャラクターコメンタリー脚本集『副物語(上)』刊行決定☆上巻には「かれんビー(下)」までの脚本を収録。イエローの表紙にクリアカバーがかかった、夏らしい新装丁でお届けします。表紙は忍&真宵のロリコンビ! pic.twitter.com/b0uMZPnoy3

— 西尾維新公式情報 (@NISIOISIN_info) August 2, 2015

副音声脚本集『副物語(上)』はクチナワに出会う前の撫子が月火とかわいらしくおしゃべりし、「ロリどっれー皆さん」なる名言がうまれ、副音声出禁となったヴァルハラコンビが満を持して再登場し…と、もりだくさんな一冊となっております。 pic.twitter.com/GBDqUVlAkO

— 西尾維新公式情報 (@NISIOISIN_info) August 2, 2015

アニメ偽物語&猫物語(黒)キャラクターコメンタリー脚本集『副物語(上)』、見本完成しました。真宵と忍がクリアカバーに印刷された夏らしい装丁! 8月11日発売です。 デザインはヴェイアさんです。@estudioveia pic.twitter.com/Y9DmcCnxhK

— 西尾維新公式情報 (@NISIOISIN_info) August 8, 2015


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18 Aug 04:42

"Q Transformers II" Brings Back Decepticons and the Infamous "Kiss Players"

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

DLE has posted the seventh episode of Kōtarō Ishidate's (Tesagure! BukatsumonoStraight Title Robot Anime) half ad-libbed, Flash animated Q Transformers: Return of the Mystery of Convoy II comedy shorts, which brings back Keiji Fujiwara's (Hunter x Hunter's Leorio Paladinight) Megatron joined by Sugita Tomokazu's (Gintama's Gintoki, Gargantia's Chamber) Starscream, Kaito Ishikawa's (Gargantia's Ledo) Shockwave and Nobuhiko Okamoto's (Raildex's Accelerator) Soundwave. 

 

 

Discussing the treacherous path towards popularity, the group brings up the fraught subject of Kiss Players


Kiss Players was a real multi-media property from 2006, which was Japan's only Transformers torchbearer between of Cybertron and the live-action movie. The toyline/manga/weekly radio drama featured the Autobots teaming up with young girl who power them up with their kisses, and a girl possessed by the ghost of Starscream.

 

Again, this was an official Transformers product...

 


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18 Aug 15:01

Studio 4°C Announces Global Netflix Streaming Plans for Anime

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Studio 4°C has delivered on their teaser of international plans for streaming anthology Genius Party and acclaimed feature Mind Game. Those works, along with Sunao Katabuchi's 2001 feminist fairy tale film Princess Arete, inspired by Diana Coles's 1983 story The Clever Princess, and Yoshiharu Ashino's 2004 magic girl TV anime/OVA Tweeny Witches, will be offered starting in September.

 

Netflix will launch its streaming service in Japan on 2nd September.  On the same day, STUDIO4℃’s films: Princess Arete, MIND GAME, Genius Party, and Genius Party Beyond will be available worldwide in HD.

 

Topics news on Netflix streaming! STUDIO4℃ films will be available worldwide on September 2nd!http://t.co/rGdZcMPu1u pic.twitter.com/lqJLjw9Nyo

— STUDIO4℃のC子 (C-ko) (@STUDIO4C) August 18, 2015


【Release Schedule】
September 2nd
Princess Arete
MIND GAME
Genius Party
Genius Party Beyond

September 15th (Tentative date)
Tweeny witches

【Area】
Japan
US
Canada
UK/IE
Australia/New Zealand
Latin America (minus Brazil) *Tweeny Witches will not be available in Latin America
Rest of World (minus China, HK, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Arabic Speaking countries)

 

 

 

 

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17 Aug 18:40

"Michiko & Hatchin" Director Sayo Yamamoto Helms Next Animator Expo Short

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

The Japan Animator Expo showcase of shorts presented by Dwango and Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara has announced that their 28th entry will feature the work of Sayo Yamamoto, the director of Michiko & Hatchin and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. Atsushi Kamijo, the To-Y manga artist who did the designs for Spacy Dandy's Johnny, does character designs with Yamamoto's Space Dandy episode 2 collaborator Eiji Abiko on animation direction. Ice dancer Kenji Miyamoto provides choreographer.

 

<Brief overview>

Kenji Miyamoto, the one and only choreographer in Japan x Atsushi Kamijo, a cartoon artist x figure skating
An animated work in very unusual collaboration!


Animator Expo also offered a glimpse at video artist Hibiki Yoshizaki and ME!ME!ME! rapper DAOKO's upcoming contribution: 

The title of Hibiki Yoshizaki×DAOKO Project from the third season is decided as "GIRL". The episode is coming soon! pic.twitter.com/zFUQWQJn4A

— 日本アニメ(ーター)見本市 (@animatorexpo) August 17, 2015

 


 

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15 Aug 17:00

Europe: The First Crusade - II: Peter the Hermit - Extra History

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Emicho of Leiningen and Walters sans Avoir certainly made a mark, but the largest group in the People's Crusade was led by Peter the Hermit. To gain passage through Hungary, they swore an oath not to destroy anything, but the lack of real leadership for their group became clear when they very quickly started a market brawl, stormed the local citadel, then fled to Belgrade and immediately repeated their aggression by turning on the Byzantine troops sent to keep them in line. At the city of Niŝ, the Byzantine troops pinned them down and slaughtered a quarter of the entire crusading "army." The remainder fled to Constantinople and secured passage into Turkey, but the group fractured from within and became two separate factions, with Peter leading one and a man named Reinald leading the other. Both factions competed for bragging rights, committing horrible atrocities to outdo each other. One group actually managed to siege a castle, but it had no water supply, so they were easily starved out by the Turks. The Turks, however, spread a rumor that this group had actually gone on to capture the capitol city, and the remaining crusaders set out to join what they thought would be a loot extravaganza. Instead, they ran into a Turkish ambush that left only 3,000 of their 20,000 soldiers alive. Now led by Geoffrey Burel, they retreated to Constantinople.
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14 Aug 20:07

"Hatoful Boyfriend" Creator Goes Back in Time with Crime Drama "Black Holmes"

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Hatoful Boyfriend creator Hato Moa has another visual novel in the works, and this one isn't about sparking up romance with birds. Black Holmes is a crime drama that takes place in 1889 London, with players taking on the role of a detective named Noah Holmes. 

 

Hato Moa recently recovered from an illness, so more updates on Black Holmes are expected soon. For now the website is live, and more information, including an English version, will be added in the future. 

 

 

Via Siliconera

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His first mini-comic, SLIME, is now available. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

14 Aug 06:35

"Zettai Karen Children" Author Tweets Moe Birthday Wishes to Voice Actor Kōji Yusa

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

It was time again for manga author Takashi Shiina to wish another voice actor a happy birthday as, following Kishō Taniyama's earlier in the week, it was Kōji Yusa, voice of Psychic Squad antagonist and Unlimited lead Kyōsuke Hyōbu, turning 47 years old. Some special, moe well-wishes were sent for the occasion. 

 

遊佐さん&ファンのみなさまおめでとうございます♬ 遊佐クラ満足度3年連続No.1(当社調べ)アニメ『THE UNLIMITED兵部京介』Blu-ray BOX予約受付中! pic.twitter.com/tugLEEo8Yw

— 椎名高志 (@Takashi_Shiina) August 12, 2015

 

 

From previous years...

Elsewhere

キュートなオートボット戦士バースデー!! 8月11日クリフ役、蒼井翔太さん 8月12日マスター役、遊佐浩二さん 8月16日スモークスクリーン役、内山昂輝さん お誕生日おめでとうございます!(((o(*゚▽゚*)o))) #QTF pic.twitter.com/umcu1snoet

— トランスフォーマー情報局 (@TF_pr) August 11, 2015

ラテアート【遊佐浩二さん】 本日お誕生日で、ご担当役と一緒に一杯。 Happy Birthday! #遊佐浩二生誕祭2015 #遊佐浩二生誕祭 pic.twitter.com/nIi6Qe7pP1

— ベルコルノ@LatteArt (@BELCORNO) August 11, 2015


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12 Aug 20:40

UBIQ Releases "Fate/Stay night" Sneakers

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

 

UBIQ is releasing a set of otaku-chic sneakers patterned after Saber and Archer from Fate/Stay night. These cool shoes are a great way for fans to show their support for Fate while still maintaining a high level of style and comfort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Saber Model and Archer Model sneakers come in sizes ranging from 22 to 29 centimeters. The shoes retail for 11,800 yen ($95.15 US) plus tax and are available for order from Super Groupies.

 

Source: Culture LAB

 

Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.

13 Aug 20:45

VIDEO: "Joker Game" Anime Previewed

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Another upcoming anime being previewed ahead of hype at this weekend's Comiket is the Production I.G TV anime adaptation of Koji Yanagi's Mystery Writers of Japan Award and Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers award-winning World War II mystery novel Joker Game. Kazuya Nomura (the 2015 Ghost in the Shell anime movie, the Sengoku Basara anime movie) is back at the studio to direct with Shirow Miwa (the manga Dogs, work with the band Supercell) providing original character designs.

 

  

Books From Japan describes the novel

A fictitious spy-training organization established within the Japanese army on the eve of World War II is the centerpiece of this set of linked short stories. The D Agency comes into being in autumn 1937 as an independent army unit formed under the private initiative of Lieutenant Colonel Yuki. As rumor has it, Yuki was once a brilliant agent himself who ferreted out multiple secrets in enemy territory until he was betrayed by an ally; he was caught and tortured before he managed to escape, which explains why he has no left hand and always walks holding a cane with his left foot dragging behind him. Dubbed "the Lord of Darkness," Yuki teaches according to principles that flatly challenge established army wisdom. He bans military dress and behavior and instead drills his protégés to become unseen apparitions; according to him, the unwritten army code that a captured soldier should kill either the enemy or himself is the epitome of stupidity and the worst possible choice a spy can make. For his training course Yuki rejects Army Academy graduates and instead picks candidates from far and wide, producing a dozen crack spies expert not only in multiple languages but also in such skills as disguise and lockpicking. Under false identities, these agents go their solitary ways to fulfill daring missions in Tokyo, Yokohama, Shanghai and elsewhere, all the while remembering Yuki's teachings. Among the most gripping of the episodes in the book is Robinson, the tale of an agent in London named Izawa and his escape after capture by British intelligence. Like the rest of the collection, the story highlights the notion of spies as operatives who do battle not with brawn, but with brains. A sequel anthology, Daburu joka (Double Joker), was published in 2009.


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14 Aug 01:12

Final "Art of Kill La Kill" Prepared for Comiket

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

The Trigger team will be back at this weekend's Comiket 88 with a third and final Art of Kill la Kill book, covering design evolution, concepts and unused works from the Three City Tour storyline to the end of the series, as well as new tributes from director Hiroyuki Imaishi, character designer Sushio, art director Shigeto Koyama and co-director Amemiya, Kazuki Nakashima's draft for episode 1, “The Senketsu Garment," unused plot for episode 7 and tributes from Gurren Lagann's Atsushi Nishigori and Pixar's Grant Alexander.

 

The book will be available at the Good Smile Company booth in booklet and DVD-rom versions for 2,500yen. A limited Comiket set is also available for 4,000yen.

 

明日8/14(金)〜16(日)はコミックマーケット88です!GOOD SMILE COMPANYブース(No.351)にてお待ちしております!http://t.co/h0yMxGhQYH #kill_la_kill #C88 pic.twitter.com/2bddmDnygO

— TRIGGER Inc. (@trigger_inc) August 13, 2015

 

Sushio will also be bringing Sushio Club - Love Love KLKL (284pages) and Talong About Composite3 (60 pages), featuring Ghibli's Yoichi Senzui and Norihiko Miyoshi.

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— すしおりんZ (@sushio_) August 12, 2015

コミまであと少し pic.twitter.com/fAVju09k1z

— すしおりんZ (@sushio_) August 10, 2015

きゃー本できたじょー!! pic.twitter.com/VLfWmLHPyD

— すしおりんZ (@sushio_) August 13, 2015

マコが描いてあるぅ〜! pic.twitter.com/HIGFIBAoTU

— すしおりんZ (@sushio_) August 13, 2015

ああ、早くみんなに手に取ってもらいたい! pic.twitter.com/BbEFnBWRYm

— すしおりんZ (@sushio_) August 13, 2015

にゅふふふ pic.twitter.com/PVu6tYefns

— すしおりんZ (@sushio_) August 13, 2015

 

Imaishi will be bringing a 16-page Ninja Slayer focused Chirashi Shumai sketchbooks Cemetery Hills90210


And, there will be a 160-page retrospective art book featuring the work of Yoh Yoshinari selling for 4,000yen


Koyama will have an "Obake-chan" shirt based on his Animator Expo short

 

via @waka_geek and @shiimai

 

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13 Aug 17:29

Nintendo Fires Employee For Speaking On Podcast

by Jason Schreier

Last week, Nintendo localization editor Chris Pranger made an appearance on a small podcast called Part-Time Gamers. This week, Nintendo fired him.

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13 Aug 15:25

Production I.G Attached to New "Legend of Galactic Heroes" Anime

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Yoshiki Tanaka's Legend of the Galactic Heroes, telling a sci-fi war based on 19th century Prussian conflicts, inspired a huge body of anime between 1988 and 2000, including 110 OVA episodes and 52 side-story OVA episodes. In February 2014, after a decade and a half, a new anime project was announced during the opening of stage production Legend of the Galactic Heroes Chapter IV: After the Clash. Now, the project site has been updated with news that Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Psycho-Pass) is attached to the anime, planned for 2017.


This summer, Viz's Haikasoru label announced plans to publish Yoshiki Tanaka's novels and Sentai Filmworks announced the license of the earlier cult anime.

 

via MOCA


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13 Aug 02:45

Right Stuf Plans "Mobile Suit Gundam" Blu-Ray and "Turn A" Movie Collection

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com
Alainmendez

I don't think I have ever heard anyone really liking the Turn A movies.

Right Stuf, Inc. and Sunrise Inc. have announced their November 2015 Gundam release plans which include the first Blu-ray and DVD collections of Mobile Suit Gundam, as well as the Turn A Gundam Movie Collection on DVD. 

 

Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 will include the first 21 episodes of the original Mobile Suit Gundam TV series, featuring English and Japanese audio with English subtitles. The Turn A Gundam Movie Collection will include both Turn A Gundam films, “EARTH LIGHT” and “MOON BUTTERFLY,” featuring Japanese audio with English subtitles. 

Both titles will be released November 3, 2015 and are available for pre-order today.

 

 

About Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 Bluray

Universal Century 0079. The rebel space colonies of the Principality of Zeon launch a war of independence against the Earth Federation, using humanoid fighting vehicles called mobile suits to overwhelm the Federation Forces and conquer half of Earth's surface. Months later, the Federation has finally developed its own prototype mobile suits at a remote space colony. But when the colony suffers a Zeon surprise attack, these new weapons fall into the hands of a motley crew of civilians and cadets, and fate places a youth named Amuro Ray at the controls of the white mobile suit Gundam...

Contains episodes 1-21.

Special Features: Clean Opening and Closing, Blu-ray and DVD Commercials.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

 

 

 

About Turn A Gundam Movies DVD

This movie collection contains the Turn A Gundam movies "EARTH LIGHT" and "MOON BUTTERFLY".

For 2000 years, a separate race of humanity has lived on the moon. Known as "the Moonrace," their technology is leaps and bounds beyond those that stayed behind on the Earth's surface. Now seeking to return to their original home, the Moonrace send three teenagers, Loran, Keith, and Fran, down to Earth on a reconnaissance mission to test the viability of its environment.

After spending a year on Earth, Loran has become good friends with Sochie and Kihel, daughters of the prestigious Heim family, and he looks forward to fully integrating into Earth society. But before Loran gets the chance to make his report, the Moonrace launch a surprise attack. Earth's primitive airplanes are no match for the superior power of the Moonrace's mobile suits. However, in the midst of the initial attack, Loran and Sochie uncover a long-forgotten relic: a white mobile suit. As a Moonrace, Loran is quickly able to grasp the basics of piloting it, but by doing so, he inadvertently places himself in the middle of a war.

Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

 


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