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23 Jun 17:21

Trigger Prepares To Announce New Projects At Anime Expo

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

With Little Witch Academia wrapping, what's next for anime Studio Trigger (beyond the recently announced Inferno Cop 2)? Apparently, we'll be finding out next weekend, because the makers of Kill La Kill, Kiznaiver, Space Patrol Luluco and more will be at Anime Expo, and their plans include the announcement of new projects (plural!).

 

 

 

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22 Jun 18:38

How Overwatch Animation Conveys Character in First Person - Extra Frames

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In have to applaud the amount of subtle work that went into Overwatch.

First-person shooters need barebones animations that exist to serve the gameplay, but Overwatch has found a way to add personality flair to each of their characters even when all we see is a hand and a gun.
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22 Jun 10:13

Detective Conan Creator Appears on Sherlock Holmes Anniversary Program

Detective Conan creator Gosho Aoyama will lend his mystery expertise on a television program commemorating Sherlock Holmes' 130th anniversary on NHK on...
22 Jun 10:07

Games You Might Not Have Tried #12 - Find New Console Games - Extra Credits

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If you want to try games that feel different, that always feel new and ambitious even if they're not necessarily the most polished experiences, then check out this list of Games You Might Not Have Tried - Console Edition! We review and recommend interesting but under appreciated console games for you to discover and enjoy. (Find game details below...)

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* Let It Die (0:48) - https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/games/let-it-die/cid=UP0747-CUSA03769_00-APPLETITDIEUS000

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21 Jun 17:29

Hero Week - Before "GaoGaiGar": The Yuusha Shows You've Yet to Meet

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In 2017, the mecha anime fandom is fairly familiar with The King of Braves GaoGaiGar. The Sunrise series with a heroic theme by Masaaki Endoh, a shouty hero voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama, and a cavalcade of transforming and combining robots is a favorite of fans of series like Gurren Lagann.


But GaoGaiGar isn't the king of braves for nothing.

 

Back in the 1990s, Takara was trying to recover from the eventual end of its Transformers line, enlisting the help of Sunrise designer Kunio Okawara to create designs for a new Transformers-ish franchise. The result was Sunrise's yuusha series, an annual offering of heroic kids, epic robots, and lots and lots of merchandise.

 

While the primary units tended to be new, some support or enemy robots were recognizably Transformers repaints. But as time went on, the franchise got popular enough that it became entirely its own creature -- until the late 90s, when one final series sent it out with a bang.

 

Are you ready to meet GaoGaiGar's fellow braves?

 

Brave Exkaiser - 1990

Schoolboy Kouta gets a nasty shock when he discovers that his family car can talk! Not only that, but it's apparently named Exkaiser, of the Space Police Kaisers. His team is hunting down the Geisters, a band of robot space pirates trying to plunder Earth. Brave Exkaiser ran 48 episodes.

 

Brave of the Sun Fighbird - 1991

Fighbird is, like Exkaiser before him, a space cop. But rather than hiding in a car, he possesses a transforming android built by Professor Amano. The professor's two grandchildren, Kenta and Haruka, become privy to Fighbird's secrets and help him pass for human under the name Yutaro Katori. While Fighbird is adept at fighting the evil Draias and his mad scientist lackey, he doesn't know much about Earth -- you may have seen his human form in an Internet meme asking if a butterfly is a pigeon.

 

The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn - 1992

Seiji (voice by Pokémon star Rica Matsumoto) is entrusted with awakening the eight protectors of Earth, the leader of whom is a robot named Da-Garn. With him as their leader, the team protects Earth against the evil OhBoss. The only problem is, Seiji's dad is a high-ranking military official and his mom is a famous news reporter, so he has to operate undercover -- which he does by wearing a superhero costume and adopting the pseudonym Luke Skywalker. Yes, really.

 

The Brave Express Might Gaine - 1993

Nobuyuki Hiyama's first foray into the brave series saw him as Might Senpuuji, a 15-year-old billionaire and railroad magnate. While on the surface he's just a bright young businessman running a railway, it turns out the trains his father left him are sentient robots. Together with his team, Might fights to keep the city free of crime.

 

Brave Police J-Decker - 1994

The Japanese government has built a squad of transforming robots to handle the toughest crimes. (As you do.) But when their leader, Deckerd, comes in contact with fourth grader Yuuta Tomonaga, Deckerd gains a level of empathy the police force were previously unable to replicate. Yuuta is made "chief" of the Brave Police, and together, they fight crime. Some of the robots seem to get crushes on local women, too -- we're not entirely sure what that's about. But there's a soccer robot, so hey!

 

The Brave of Gold Goldran - 1995

One of the more lighthearted entries in the brave series, Goldran features three school friends -- Takuya, Kazuki, and Dai -- who stumble upon a slumbering robot named Goldran inside a Power Stone. Together, they attempt to awaken his other sleeping friends and find the robots' lost world of Legendra. Meanwhile, the villainous Walter Walzac alternates between hunting the other Power Stones for himself and avoiding his stalker fiancee Sharanla.

 

Brave Command Dagwon - 1996

Dagwon is an odd one out in the series for two reasons. For one, there's not a child protagonist: the heroes are all teenagers. For another, it's one of only two series in the franchise where the title robot is not a separate AI, but rather controlled by a human. The sentai-inspired series, about a group of aliens granting some teens with attitude (or rather, the only teens handy at the time) super powers, was popular enough with fans of bishonen that it got a two-episode OVA.

 

The King of Braves GaoGaiGar - 1997

And that brings us back to the King. Like Dagwon, the central robot was not an AI, but had a human core. But like the shows before it, children were integral to the story. GaoGaiGar pulled out all the stops, including CG animation, multiple storylines that explored the human element of the series, and clear references to all its inspirations. This last brave series was so popular it spawned the OVA GaoGaiGar FINAL, the shared-universe anime Betterman (and arguably Brigadoon), and a second take on the OVA, Grand Glorious Gathering.


Sadly, only GaoGaiGar is available legally in the US. But hopefully someday we'll have a chance to see all the heroes of Sunrise's yuusha franchise here across the ocean!

 

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21 Jun 17:29

Fire Emblem Heroes’ Next Major Update Coming June 26

by Sato

Fire Emblem Heroes shared a new notification for an update coming soon to bring version 1.5.0 to the mobile strategy RPG, which is scheduled to launch on June 26, 2017.

Read Fire Emblem Heroes’ Next Major Update Coming June 26 on Siliconera!

21 Jun 17:21

Anime Streaming Service HIDIVE Launches With "Legend Of Galactic Heroes"

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

A day after teasers of changes to come at Anime Network Online, a beta launch has been announced for streaming service HIDIVE. Offerings include cult-favorite sci-fi Legend of the Galactic Heroes along with other subtitled and English dubbed anime.

 

Specifically mentioned anime in the library includes English-dubbed episodes of Amagi Brilliant Park, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and Himouto! Umaru-chan. The new service will also host some Summer 2017 anime simulcast titles.

 

The HIDIVE beta will also launch with features that allow the viewer to customize their experience.

 

They describe this:

The HD player allows members to stream their shows their way: customizable subtitles allow viewers to toggle between white and yellow subtitles, as well as control their player’s streaming quality, and audio language options in the same window.

 

A Live-Chat feature is also planned. 

 

The HIDIVE beta offers a premium membership at only $3.99 USD per month, which unlocks all premium HIDIVE features and content. For those who are interested, HIDIVE also offers ad-supported streaming on select titles.

 

The entire Legend of the Galactic Heroes franchise, including the 52-episode Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gaiden OVA, will be scheduled to stream in HD on HIDIVE’s streaming service. Additionally, the three Legend of the Galactic Heroes movies, My Conquest is the Sea of Stars (1988), Golden Wings (1992)and Overture to a New War (1993), will also be scheduled in the near future. 


About Legend of the Galactic Heroes:

“The galaxy has been at war for 150 long years between the Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance. As two new commanders enter the field of battle, the tides of war change. Imperial Admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm and the FPA's Yang Wen-Li shatter the wartime stalemate, elevating the war to a new level. Brilliant new strategies play out in the grand chess game amid the stars.”

 

Newly uploaded episodes will be available every Thursday at 11:00 AM CT.

 

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21 Jun 17:16

Professor Layton's Daughter Dreams of Adventure in New Trailer

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A gentleman never turns down a puzzle... and neither does a lady! Layton's Mystery Journey follows Katrielle Layton, Herschel's ingenious daughter, as she takes up the family top hat and solves mysteries with the aid of her talking dog.

 

A second trailer has been released from Level 5, offering a listen to the new game's theme song --  "Girls" by Kana Nishino -- and a quick overview of the various stories in the game. The copy also promises the most puzzles in any Layton game's history, so you might want to get those little grey cells working.

 

 

Additionally, what appears to be a localized version of the first trailer has been released. Level 5 has made no statement on it, but it appears to be the real deal in terms of English-translated puzzles and dubbing.

 

 

Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy will be available worldwide on iOS/Android starting July 20, and on Nintendo 3DS this fall.

 

Source: Court Records

 

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21 Jun 17:16

Aniplex Of America Prepares To Launch English "Fate/Grand Order" With Archer Promo

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It's almost here. The English release of smartphone RPG Fate/Grand Order is scheduled for June 25th, and, with that days away, the final localized servant promo has now been published. This time, it's Archer, voiced by Nobunaga Shimazaki, who has become a mainstay of the FGO promo webcasts, and designed by pako(original character designer for Occultic;Nine, Un-Go). 

 

 

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20 Jun 18:00

D Day - III: La Résistance - Extra History

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Although the French government surrendered to the German invasion, French people rose up and formed resistance groups to take their country back. Charles de Gaulle and his Free French took advantage of these independent movements to help organize actions that would greatly aid the Allied landings at Normandy.
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19 Jun 17:49

"Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS" Anime Streaming Scheduled

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Last fall, Sunrise, makers of some of your favorite mecha anime, launched their own light novel imprint -  "Yatate Bunko", named after staff pseudonym Hajime Yatate. Its offerings explored Gundam events occurring shortly after UC 0096's Laplace's Box Incident (Gundam Unicorn) in Mobile Suit Gundam: Twilight Axis,. Ark Performance (Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Gundam's Johnny Ridden stories) came up with the story and designs, Koujirou Nakamura (Arpeggio and Arslan anime, plus Gundam manga series ZZ Side Story: Mirage of Zeon and Climax U.C.: Tsumugareshi Kizuna) wrote it. With an anime coming up, streaming plans have been announced.

 

From the announcement:

Sunrise has created an anime adaptation of the serialized novel “Mobile Suit Gundam Twilight AXIS” that is published on the original content site "Yatate Bunko”! 


The first 3 minutes from the beginning will be streamed on GUNDAM.INFO from June 23 !Let’s check it out!

 

 

 


 
【Story】

Late U.C. 0096. The Earth Federation government, regarding the existence of the "psycho-frame" as a threat, organizes the Mastema special forces team under the command of Lieutenant JG Mehmet Merca, a member of its intelligence bureau. The team is ordered to enter and investigate part of the shattered asteroid Axis, which is drifting in the Earth Sphere. The investigative team accompanying Mehmet includes two civilians named Arlette Almage and Danton Highleg, who were formerly an engineer and a test pilot with the Principality of Zeon and Neo Zeon.

While investigating a supposedly unoccupied facility within Axis, Mastema comes under attack from a new model of Gundam that belongs to a private militia called Birnam. Arlette and Danton fight back using a red Zaku III Custom, a mobile suit they once helped develop. As the fighting escalates, Arlette, following a secret agenda of her own, makes her way to the wreckage of the Sazabi that lies abandoned on the surface of Axis...

 

 

The ONA cast features Risa Shimizu (Angelica, Show by Rock!!) as Arlette, Shuuhei Sakaguchi (Yuusuke Takinoue, Haikyuu!!) as Dalton, Toshiki Masuda (Kurusu, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) as Quentin Fermo, and Daisuke Ono (Sebastian, Black Butler) as Mehmet Merka.

 

via WTK 

 

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19 Jun 13:52

"Bungo Stray Dogs DEAD APPLE" Hits Theaters in Japan in 2018

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

 

A new preview video and a new key visual have been released for Bungo Stray Dogs DEAD APPLE, an upcoming theatrical anime film based on the superpowered action novels & manga written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa about rival groups of detectives and criminals who use their superhuman abilities to wage war for control of Yokohama.

 

 

The exact details of the plot of DEAD APPLE are sparse, but so far the film seems to be a compilation of the first two seasons of the Bungo Stray Dogs TV anime with an added emphasis on the rivalries between Atsushi Nakajima and Ryunosuke Akutagawa and between Osamu Dazai and Chuya Nakahara. Crunchyroll describes the plot of the Bungo Stray Dogs TV series as follows:

 

 

Kicked out of his orphanage and on the verge of starving to death, Nakajima Atsushi meets some strange men. One of them, Dazai Osamu, is a suicidal man attempting to drown himself in broad daylight. The other, bespectacled Kunikida Doppo, nervously stands by flipping through a notepad. Both are members of the "Armed Detective Agency" said to solve incidents that even the military and police won't touch. Atsushi ends up accompanying them on a mission to eliminate a man-eating tiger that's been terrorizing the population...

 

 

The main cast and staff of the Bungo Stray Dogs TV series are reprising their roles for the DEAD APPLE film, including director Takuya Igarashi, screenwriter Yōji Enokido, character designer / chief animation director Nobuhiro Arai, and animation production studio BONES. Bungo Stray Dogs DEAD APPLE will be released in theaters in Japan in 2018.

 

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19 Jun 11:54

Final Volume Of "Hayate The Combat Butler" Manga Gets In An Extra Character Relationship Revelation

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Hayate the Combat Butler ran October 2004-April 2017 in Weekly Shonen Sunday (also inspiration for 2007, 2009, 2012, and 2013 TV anime, plus 2009 and 2014 OVAs, a movie and live-action drama). Apparently, this wasn't long enough for Kenjiro Hata to develop all the ideas he was considering. Final volumes 51 and 52 were released this weekend. The limited edition of 51 featured a bonus collection of character secrets. 52 featured a bonus collection of character after stories. One of 51's secrets is getting a lot of attention.

 

One of the secrets is that Nagi's maid Maria is Hayate's sister!

 

 

Volume covers 

 

store bonuses...

 

 

Exhibition Visual

 

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18 Jun 18:08

"Lu Over the Wall" and "In This Corner of the World" Anime Films Take Home Awards at Annecy

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Anime was a major winner at this year's Annecy International Animated Film Festival, with films from directors Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Ping Pong) and Sunao Katabuchi (Princess Arete, Mai Mai Miracle) earning big prizes. Yuasa came away with top honors, taking home the Cristal for a Feature Film award for the Science SARU production Lu Over the Wall

 

 

As for Katabuchi, his acclaimed In This Corner of the World film won the Jury prize.

 

 

Here's the full list of feature films that were in competition this year, via Cartoon Brew:

 

  • Animal Crackers by Tony Bancroft and C Scott Sava (USA)
  • A Silent Voice by Noako Yamada (Japan)
  • Big Fish & Begonia by Xuan Liang and Chun Zhang (China)
  • In This Corner of the World by Sunao Katabuchi (Japan)
  • Ethel and Ernest by Roger Mainwood (United Kingdom)
  • Have a Nice Day by Jian Liu (China)
  • Lu Over the Wall by Massaki Yuasa (Japan)
  • Loving Vincent by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman (Poland, United Kingdom)
  • Tehran Taboo by Ali Soozandeh (Austria, Germany)
  • Zombillenium by Arthur de Pins (France)

  

This marks the first time for Japan to come away with two of the best prizes for feature films. The last times the Cristal for a Feature Film award went to anime was Hayao Miyazaki's Porco Rosso in 1993 and Isao Takahata's Pom Poko in 1995. 

 

Previous Jury and Audience Awards have been presented to The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Miss Hokusai, and Colorful.

 

 

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18 Jun 14:20

"Jojo's Bizarre Adventure" OVA Visual Spotted

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Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable is being released on 13 DVD or Blu-ray volumes. Each disc comes with one entry coupon, and you need to send all 13 coupons to receive the bonus OVA. The last 13th DVD/Blu-ray volume is scheduled to be released on June 28, 2017 and a new visual is anticipating the unaired episode.


That bonus will be based on the 46-page 5th episode of Hirohiko Araki's Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai/Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan manga. Mai Nakahara and Kaori Mizuhashu joining the cast.

 

 

 

 

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18 Jun 14:18

The Articles of Confederation - Lies - Extra History

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The Articles of Confederation gave the United States their name, but even beyond that, they exposed many of the issues that would underlie this new nation for the rest of its history. James Portnow interviews series writer Soraya Een Hajji about the Articles of Confederation!
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16 Jun 16:00

Zelda: Breath of the Wild Shares A First Look At Upcoming DLC’s Master Trials Footage

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is getting more content soon with its first batch of DLC that brings the Master Trials to the open-world action RPG. Here’s a first look at its footage.

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16 Jun 16:00

Level-5 On How Touchscreen Controls Pose A Problem For A Professor Layton Game On The Switch

by Casey

CEO Akihiro Hino noted that, though they are looking into putting the next game on the Switch, a big challenge in accomplishing that task lies in implementing the console’s touchscreen controls.

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16 Jun 11:22

New "Mazinger Z" Animated Film Footage Gets Posted Online As Teaser Trailer

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Following up on the first details of the new Mazinger Z feature film revealed during Annecy, the footage unveiled to attendees is now available as a teaser trailer. The teaser clearly depicts the hybrid artstyle being used, which meshes 3D models with 2D line art and color to flesh out both characters and mechanical elements. The film is planned to premiere first in Europe before Japan, owing to Mazinger Z's enduring popularity in the region. A new film poster has also been unveiled and is posted below the teaser

 

New Mazinger Z poster

16 Jun 11:15

"In This Corner of the World" Has Finally Attracted Two Million Moviegoers in Japan

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The official Twitter for the anime film adaptation of Fumiyo Kouno's award-winning manga Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni/In This Corner of the World reported today that it had attracted 2,000,074 moviegoers in Japan by yesterday, June 15 , in 216 days since its release on November 12, 2016. The Sunao Katabuchi (Black Lagoon, Mai Mai Miracle)-directed film is still running in 10 theaters in Japan and 363 people visited the theaters yesterday. It has earned over 2.58 billion yen so far, making 10 times more than its 250 million yen budget. 

 

 

 

Director Katabuchi comments on the record:

"The fact that all of the audience have rejoiced over the 2 million number makes it more meaningful.

Thank you very much. I also send my sincere appreciation to each theater that have supported the film

since its release day. This great result is thanks to a lot of people's support."

 

Official US trailer

 


  

As reported, the film's DVD/Blu-ray will be released in Japan on September 15, 2017. All DVD/Blu-ray

editions are confirmed to have the Japanese and English subtitles.

 

Blu-ray and DVD jacket images

 

   

 

 

Source: "In This Corner of The World" anime film official Twitter

 

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14 Jun 18:34

Perversion Subversion - Examining Hentai Sensibility - Extra Credits

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Some recent Japanese games have tried to examine the hentai sensibility, with varying degrees of success. Where Yakuza 0 succeeds in finding a new perspective through bawdy humor, Persona 5 tries a more serious look that falls flat when the game thoughtlessly engages in sexual objectification.
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14 Jun 17:16

The Robust Assassin Mythology of John Wick Could Get Its Own TV Show

by Germain Lussier

Pulse-pounding action is the selling point for the John Wick movies, but that’s not the main thing that makes them so good. That distinction goes to the high-tech, deeply rooted mythological setting where assassins live lives of unfathomable luxury and respect. It’s a world the filmmakers behind the series would like…

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14 Jun 16:28

Fate/Grand Order Stage Play Reveals 2nd Key Visual, More Cast Visuals

Hiroki Sana, Akari Nanawo, Yū Takahashi star in July play
14 Jun 12:26

Because Your Love For "Fate/Grand Order" Is Like a Truck, Check Out English Berserker Promo

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

Aniplex of America is down to their penultimate English servant promo for Fate/Grand Order, and in the nick of time because the localized smartphone RPG is now scheduled for June 25th. This time, it's Berserker, designed by TYPE-MOON artist PFALZ and voiced by Kunihiko Yasui (King of Fighters' Iori).

 

 


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13 Jun 17:23

D-Day - II: The Secret War - Extra History

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13 Jun 10:07

New Irresponsible Galaxy Tylor TV Anime Short Series Unveiled for July

Earth Star Dream members Hikaru Koide, Kanon Takao star as Banjo Tylor, Azalyn Goza
12 Jun 11:29

New "Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World-" TV Anime Gets Its Initial Cast And Staff

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

The official site for the new TV anime adaptation of the Kino's Journey light novel series has been launched and with it comes an initial wave of information, such as the initial cast, staff and key visual.

kinos journey hero

The new TV anime will air this Fall and will adapt the light novel series once again, currently published by Dengeki Bunko. The series was previously adapted into a prior 13 episode TV anime which was released by the former ADV Films in the US in 2004. The preliminary cast and staff information is listed below, followed by the key visual.

 

-Cast-

  • Kino - Aoi Yuuki
  • Hermes - Soma Saito

 

-Staff-

  • Director - Tomohisa Taniguchi
  • Series Composition - Yukie Sugawara
  • Character Designer - Ryoko Amisaki
  • Production - Egg Firm
  • Animation Production - Lerche

 

New Kino no Tabi TV key

 

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12 Jun 11:27

"Fate/Apocrypha" Anime Premieres July 1, New Ad and Visual Appear [UPDATED]

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Update: I clarified this earlier, but I'd like to add here that Netflix has only been confirmed for Japan so far. Sorry for any confusion or dashed hopes! 

 

Last month the theme song artists were revealed for the Fate/Apocrypha TV anime, based on the novels from Yuichiro Higashide and TYPE-MOON, and now we have more from the official website. The series will premiere on TOKYO MX, BS11, Gunma TV, and Tochigi TV on July 1, followed by Netflix (Japan) on July 3 and MBS on July 4. 

 

Along with that we have the first commercial: 


Fate/Apocrypha TV CM1 | Ruler by pKjd

 

And a new key visual: 

 

Ahead of the TV premiere, the first two episodes will be screened in advance on June 30 at the Shinjuku Wald 9 theater, with members of the voice cast present for the premiere. 

 

Thanks to pKjd for the embed!

 

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12 Jun 11:27

"Fate/Grand Order" Smartphone RPG Dated For English Release

by news+feed@crunchyroll.com

The English version of hit smartphone RPG Fate/Grand Order had been announced for "summer 2017." Well, summer now has a specific date. The release is now scheduled for June 25th on iOS and Android.

 

See more at http://fate-go.us/

 

 

Aniplex of America also announced today at their industry panel at A-Kon that they will be producing the English dub of Fate/Grand Order - First Order - and premiering it exclusively at Anime Expo in Los Angeles this summer. The star studded English cast features Griffin Burns (Anohana –The Flower We Saw That Day TV, Charlotte) as Ritsuka Fujimaru, Erica Mendez (Your lie in April, Magi franchise) as Mash Kyrielight, and Kira Buckland (Blue Exorcist series, The Asterisk War series) as Olga Marie Animusphere. Tony Oliver (Fate series, Magi franchise, Charlotte), who is the voice director for this feature, is also a cast member as Cú Chulainn.



About Fate/Grand Order - First Order -:
The year is AD 2017
The last era in which magecraft still thrived.

The Chaldea Security Organization was founded to focus on preserving the continuation of human history. They observe a world which magecraft couldn’t observe and science couldn’t measure all to prevent the certain extinction of humanity. But one day, the future that Chaldea continued to observe disappears and humanity’s extinction in 2019 becomes clear. Rather, it had already happened.
The cause seems to be related to Fuyuki, a provincial town in Japan, in the year

AD 2004. There, an “unobservable region” that had not existed before appears.
Based on the assumption that Fuyuki is the reason for humanity’s extinction, Chaldea issues an order to explore, investigate, and possibly destroy this singularity – a quest for the Holy Grail: the Grand Order.

For details on Fate/Grand Order – First Order -, please visit: http://fategrandorderusa.com



STAFF
Original Works: TYPE-MOON
Story: Kinoko Nasu
Original Character Design: Takashi Takeuchi
Director: Hitoshi Namba
Assistant Director: Takuro Tsukada
Screenplay: Ayumi Sekine
Character Designer: Keisuke Goto
Design Works: Takashi Akaishizawa
Color Setting: Satoshi Takezawa
Art Design: Takeshi Sato
Art Director: Takuya Ebisawa
Director of Photography: Shinya Matsui
Edit: Go Sadamatsu
Music: Ryo Kawasaki
Theme Song: "Shikisai" Maaya Sakamoto (Flyingdog)
Sound Director: Takeshi Takadera
Sound Production: HALF H・P STUDIO
Production: Lay-duce

CAST
Ritsuka Fujimaru: Nobunaga Shimazaki / Griffin Burns
Mash Kyrielight: Rie Takahashi / Erica Mendez
Olga Marie Animusphere: Madoka Yonezawa / Kira Buckland
Romani Archaman: Kenichi Suzumura / Xander Mobus
Leff Lynor: Tomokazu Sugita / Jalen K. Cassell
Cú Chulainn: Nobutoshi Kanna / Tony Oliver
Emiya: Junichi Suwabe / Kaiji Tang
Medusa: Yuu Asakawa / Melissa Fahn
Altria Pendragon (Alter): Ayako Kawasumi / Kari Wahlgren


 

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12 Jun 11:22

Kamehameha the Great - II: Law of the Splintered Paddle - Extra History

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Kamehameha brought the islands together and introduced the first human rights code, the Law of the Splintered Paddle. He continued to trade with Western countries, enriching the islands and enhancing his personal status as leader of the new Kingdom of Hawaii.
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