Good Smile Company today started accepting pre-orders for Max Factory's 1/7th scale Link figure from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for a November 2016 release. The design of the figure is based on one of the key visuals for the Wii action adventure game released in November 2011. The price for the the 200mm-tall pre-painted figure including a stand is 15,800 yen (about 144 US dollars). Check the preview video and product photos below.
Source: press release
(c)2011 Nintendo Licensed by Nintendo
Fate/Extella, the upcoming Musou-style action game of the series, got a new trailer from Marvelous, showing us a look at three new characters that will join in as playable characters.
Solve the mystery of the murders at the Ushiromiya family reunion in the 'ultimate' release of visual novel Umineko When They Cry (Question Arc).
With the release of Overwatch yesterday, Battleborn is getting a lot cheaper. In fact, on the PC it has sale price as large as 55% off.
Toei Animation's Atsutoshi Umezawa yesterday announced on his Twitter that a sequel novel to the 9th PreCure TV anime series Smile PreCure! was completed and already sent to press for a summer 2016 release. Umezawa served as a producer for the 6th series Fresh PreCure! (2009-2010), 7th HeartCatch PreCure! (2010-2011), 8th Suite PreCure♪ (2011-2012), and 9th Smile PreCure! (2012-2013). The novel writer's name has not been mentioned.
According to Umezawa, the sequel novel is set 10 years after the TV anime, when the protagonist Miyuki Hoshizora and other main characters become 24 years old. They were second grade junior high school students in the original TV anime story. He also mentioned that an after story between Akane Hino (Cure Sunny) and Brian Taylor, the transfer student from Europe who appeared in the anime's 36th episode, will be also told in the novel.
In a recent similar case, a sequel novel to the 6th PreCure TV series Fresh PreCure! was published in
March of this year from Kodansha's Character Bunko imprint. The novel written by the TV anime's original
series composition writer Jun Maekawa was set one year after the TV anime ended, when the protagonist
girls become the third grade junior high students.
"Smile PreCure!" TV series main visual
Source: Atsutoshi Umezawa's Twitter
(C) ABC/Toei Animation
In the wake of a successful screening to a packed house at the Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2016, Momotaro, Sacred Sailors - Japan's earliest feature length theatrical animated film that was previously known in English as Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors - will be receiving a Japanese home video release on Bluray in August of 2016.
Released in 1945 and produced at the behest of the Japanese Naval Ministry, Momotaro, Sacred Sailors is directed by Mitsuyo Seo. It is a WWII propaganda film that imagines the folk hero Momotaro and his animal companions cheering on the efforts of the Japanese Navy.
Momotaro, Sacred Sailors, which has undergone a thorough 4K digital restoration process, will be released on Bluray as a double-feature with the 1943 animated short film, Kumo to Tulip ("Spider and Tulip"), which is directed by Kenzo Masaoka. The double-feature hits stores in Japan on August 03, 2016, and retails for 5076 yen ($46.04 US).
Source: Anime! Anime!
Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.
This is a fun series but if Nodame Cantabile did not sell in the US there is no market for this at all.
This week's release of the June issue of Big Gangan is announcing plans for Toki, the spin-off to Ritz Kobayashi's schoolgirl mahjong manga Saki. The new series debuts in the July issue of the magazine, out June 25th, with Mekimeki Oukoku illustrating and Ritz Kobayashi writing/supervising.
Ritz Kobayashi wrote online that while her contributions are limited, she's had Mekimeki Oukoku's guidance, then, looking over the draft, noting that no changes were needed.
The double-sized launch will be featured on the magazine cover and have a color first page.
The series follows Senriyama Girls' High School mahjong club member Toki Onjouji, frequently hospitalized with health problems, but gifted with the ability to see into the future, and her caring friend Ryuuka Shimizudani.
The biggest digital storefront for comics just announced a new flat-rate service that lets users read through thousands of stories for $6/month.
Aniplex's official select store ANIPLEX+ has exclusively started accepting pre-orders for a 1/8th scale dress version pre-painted figure of Kaori Miyazono, the main heroine of the Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso/Your Lie in April anime series. The version is based on a newly drawn illustration by the anime's character designer/chief animation director Yukiko Aikei and gained overwhelming popularity in the recent survey for the company's new commercialized item.
The price for the 200mm-tall figure 11,000 yen (about 100 US dollars). Pre-orders will be accepted till 24:00 on July 31 (JST), and it will be shipped in the end of December 2016. A 1/8th scale Kuroneko figure is also included in the set.
(figures in the photos are not finished vesions)
Souece: Aniplex press release
© Naoshi Arakawa, Kodansha/"Your Lie in April" Production Committee
At end of June, the work literate comedy manga of Kōji Kumeta (Go!! Southern Ice Hockey Club , Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Joshiraku, The Impatient Count and the Time Thief, Kume Short) will be the subject of The First and Last Art Book - Kuigaten" (Exhibition of Painful Pictures). In addition to surveying his manga work up to the new Kakushigoto , the book will collect tribute art, anime end cards and other graphic work by the artist, along with an extended interview.
This will be celebrated with an Ikkyo Koukaichuu: Sayonara, Kumeta-Sensei exhibit running July 2 - August 14 at Tokyo Aoyama's GoFa gallery.
『久米田康治画集 悔画展』— ヤングマガジンのスズキ (@ym_suzuki) May 23, 2016
久米田康治画集『悔画展』発売記念作品展『一挙後悔中 ～さよなら久米田先生～』のメインビジュアルが決定！そして、大阪会場での展示会開催も決定！！東京会場のチケット発売は5月28日(土)12時から。皆様のご来場お待ちしております。 pic.twitter.com/lEFJ1FEAeo— GoFa@久米田康治展7/2~ (@gofa_official) May 24, 2016
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei was released in North America by Del Rey, then Kodansha.
Kakushigoto color page - first volume is due June 17th.
Kumeta was also recently enlisted by the government for a brochure to teach students about Japan's demographic shifts and aging population
久米田先生が内閣府(！)から依頼を受けてイラストを描いたパンフレット。— くめたん（久米田康治先生担当編集ズ） (@kume_tantou) May 23, 2016
Sony Interactive Entertainment announced today that the total worldwide sales for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End on PlayStation 4 has surpassed 2.7 million units as of May 16, 2016.
Cospa has added a new selection of goods inspired by cult sci-fi epic Legend of Galacic Heroes, the first novel of which is out new from Viz and the anime of which is coming from Sentai Filmworks. Due in July, Galactic Empire Golden Lion (Black and sumi ink) and Free Planets and Free Planets Rosen Ritter (white and moss) t-shirts are coming in July for 3,132yen each.
Lohengramm, Goldenbaum and Free Planet Alliance flags (90cm x 64cm) are also planned for July at 2700yen each.
Elsewhere, Nissen mailorder has previewed a COCOROBO robot cleaner, with a "My Friend" Siegfried Kircheis motif.
Release plans will be announced later.
With Oculus Rift and such, virtual reality is the rage these days, and, in a couple of sketches by Dagashi Kashi author Kotoyama, series heroine Hotaru Shidare gets in in on the craze. However, since Ms Shidare is an enthusiast of classic toys, she has her own preferences when it comes to the technology.
See how that plays out...
休憩の落書き pic.twitter.com/VGn7Gdh43d— コトヤマ (@cot_510) May 19, 2016
Volume 5 of the anime was released this week
And merchandise with the visual for the May 28th cast event
5巻が出ます pic.twitter.com/WlIKhjoW7h— コトヤマ (@cot_510) May 16, 2016
描いてて思ったけどこのひと初期より髪の毛ぺったんこになったな pic.twitter.com/r38dQPPFFI— コトヤマ (@cot_510) April 12, 2016
And a couple of bonuses from Girls und Panzer and Mega Man
わがはいも西住殿の練習したい pic.twitter.com/6lIr2GBFCW— コトヤマ (@cot_510) May 20, 2016
ゼロはつい勝手にアレンジしたくなる pic.twitter.com/VMbeHbi3B3— コトヤマ (@cot_510) April 20, 2016
At this weeked's Anime Central convention, visual novel localizer/distributors MangaGamers announced that the next installment of murder mystery Higurashi, specifically third chapter Tatarigoroshi, will be out on June 24th on their site and Steam. Also, 07th Expansion's third "When They Cry" murder mystery, "sound novel" Umineko kicks off with the first four-chapter question arc out on their site and Steam on July 8th.
New licenses include The House in Fata Morgana prequel A Requiem for Innocence.
A young girl, “the daughter of God” whose blood is claimed to provide miraculous healing powers, waits kneeling at the chopping block before a young man steps in to intervene and rescue her! This “happy” tale will share the very first chapter of the young girl’s life.
Plus, Waffle's Funbag Fantasy (also known as Kyonyuu Fantasy). Described as "a lewd, tongue-in-cheek fantasy adventure, Funbag Fantasy is all about keeping unreasonable medieval armor design and shoulder pain abreast with sword and sorcery!"
They also announced physical releases for a number of titles, planned for July in time for Anime Expo. This includes:
ClockUp’s notorious erotic thriller, euphoria.
Also, Kindred Spirits drama CD, Friendship Plans is now available for pre-order. It'll be out on site and Steam next week.
MangaGamer also announced that they will be hosting concept artist, visual novel illustrator, graphic designer, and manga artist Shigeo Hamashima, known for her work on Eroge!, euphoria, and No, Thank You!!! and Sakai “nbkz” Nobukazu of minori at Anime Expo.
Overwatch Collectors Edition is now on sale for a giant $35 off at Walmart. Available on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
A few days ago Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia announced a concrete release date for the Asian version of Super Robot Wars OG: The Moon Dwellers. You'll be able to import the PlayStation 4 version, which includes English text options, when it launches on August 5.
For those who missed it, here's the most recent English trailer that was posted in April:
Happy 20th anniversary to Revolutionary Girl Utena! While the anime doesn't celebrate until next April, the manga launched in the June 1996 issue of shoujo monthly magazine Ciao. An art show dedicated to the stunning series has been presented at the QPOP gallery, and, if you're in the LA area, try to get there this weekend because the exhibit is, unfortunately, just about scheduled to close.
Show date: April 30th – May 22nd
Opening Receiption: April 30th , 7pm-10pm
Place: QPOP 319 E 2nd st. #121 LA, CA 90012
Celebrate the anniversary of sailor moon director Kurihara’s ground breaking series, Revolutionary Girl Utena.
Over 50 artists will be paying tribute through brilliant illustrations of all your favorite characters and scenes.
keikomurayama: My piece for Utena Show at Qpop show past Saturday. https://t.co/3bshrkYsBP— Jem Le (@sailorsun98) May 8, 2016
philliplight: One of my pieces for the “Revolutionary Girl: Utena” Show at Qpop! The large framed... https://t.co/oTRMqOlX0k— Dr. Ñeque (@dr_neque) May 5, 2016
De toda la exposición de Utena de QPop, esta es la mejor xD pic.twitter.com/mGxwjy7fSU— Jin (@jindoucell) May 4, 2016
My Utena Piece for Qpop’s Utena Tribute Show tonight! There’s a lot of gorgeous artworks shown along... https://t.co/T5axaAgLHU— Eastwood Wong (@EastwoodWong) April 30, 2016
Revolutionary Girl Utena Show opening at Qpop this Sat, April 30th7pm to 10pm 319 E 2nd… https://t.co/L6GIxX8oou— Alina_Minty (@Alina_Minty) April 29, 2016
My scarf for Qpop shop's Utena show this Saturday! You can get the scarf online and at the show! pic.twitter.com/WzHs6jAceH— Eastwood Wong (@EastwoodWong) April 26, 2016
kaiami: Flower Power; 15″x12″ framed; mixed media Original will be at Qpop’s Revolutionary Girl Utena... https://t.co/tYARAXdB18— That Legendary Hero (@Thatartistyoukn) April 25, 2016
In Japan, the series is getting a re-run on internet AbemaTV
Which got an associated hashtag
ウテナはいいよなー 5年くらい前に描いたウテナ絵… pic.twitter.com/dlzYiOysuE— アントンシク (@touxi) May 19, 2016
Following the previously announced Cure Flora for an August 2016 release, Bandai's official online store Bandai Premium today started accepting pre-orders for S.H. Figuarts Cure Twinkle, the second character figure from the 12th PreCure series Go! Princess PreCure. Cure Twinkle is the 13th PreCure item from Bandai's popular pre-painted posable figure line.
The 130mm-tall PVC figure comes with three face parts, six right and left wrist parts, her weapon Crystal Princess Lod and Princess Perfume, and two Dress Up Keys. The retail prices is 5,400 yen (about 49 US dollars) and it is scheduled to be shipped in January 2017.
Cure Twinkle anime image (DVD volume 4)
S.H.Figuarts Cure Flora
© ABC/Toei Animation
Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS is getting its version 1.1.6 patch later this month, and data-miners have already found out that it’ll bring some major nerfs to Bayonetta.
Crunchyroll's drama catalog is about to grow some more with the addition of Nodame Cantabile. The series will be live for Crunchyroll members today starting at 5:00pm Pacific Time.
Nodame Cantabile will be available in the following territories: USA, Canada, Central and South America including the Caribbean, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.
Noda Megumi, also known as Nodame, is a weird, freewheeling piano student at Momogaoka School of Music. She meets a well-to-do, elite piano student, Chiaki Shin'ichi, who aspires to become a conductor. In the time they spend studying music, playing in orchestras and practicing for competitions, the two make friends with an assortment of eccentric musicians.
Capcom announced that Ace Attorney: Spirits of Justice will get a special DLC chapter called “Turnabout That Goes Beyond Time,” which will be free to download from June 30 through July 20 in Japan.
The latest Fire Emblem Fates Heirs of Fate map follows Kana, Dwyer, Sophie, Forrest, Ophelia, and Nina as they join forces to fight strange enemies chasing after them.
We need a Fate/Mahjong Night crossover with The Legend of Koizumi. That is what would happen in a right and proper timeline of the universe.
When you never stop spinning remakes and remixes of TYPE-MOON's battle of legends for the Holy Grail, you're eventually going to land on the crew sitting down for a game of mahjong, as happened last year with the Twi4 (as in Twitter four-panel) launch of syatey's web manga Fate/Mahjong Night - Seihai Sensou. A first collection of this gambling comedy is out on May 11th, and syatey has illustrated a series of bonus art for Japanese bookstores.
Comic Zin bonus
Melon Book Bonus