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26 Sep 15:30

Risa Taneda Hiatus Prompts "Fate/Grand Order" Matthew Kyrielite Role To Be Recast


On September 1st, 28-year-old anime voice actress Risa Taneda announced that she will be taking hiatus from her work for a while to recieve medical treatment for an undisclosed illness. Smartphone RPG Fate/Grand Order has now announced that her role of Shielder Matthew (or Mashu - both have appeared on official material) Kyrielite has been recast, as the key character is set to be featured in updated missions debuting October 1st.


Rie Takahashi (Re:Zero's Emilia, Konosuba's Megumin) will assume the role. For the time being, Taneda remains the voice of the game's Kiyohime, Marie Antoinette and Hata Hari.


The game's site thanks fans for their understanding and wishes Taneda a speedy recovery.





Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

14 Sep 20:08

Otakon 2016: Artist Alley

by reversethieves

narutaki_icon_4040_round This year I didn’t spend as much time in the alley as I usually do. So I’m not too keen on making any overall observations about what was there this year. I will say there seemed to be a lot more artists making comics, fan or original, than I’ve seen in years past. Oh how I wished I could have gotten more!

Anyway, this is mostly a shoutout post for the amazing artists that I picked stuff up from at this year’s Otakon.

With a tagline like “Delinquent Animals!” there was really no way that my first purchase wasn’t going to be Cry to the Moon an original comic anthology by Love Love Hill (Twitter: @love_love_hill). They had a ton of other comics as well, and now I wish I had picked up more.

I added a number of other prints to my collection, the range of styles on display was just fantastic. I picked up a Detective Conan print which was a Yotsuba parody by papricots (Twitter: @papricots). A gorgeous pastel-y Full Metal Alchemist print by Corrie Young (Twitter: @coryoungart) I couldn’t pass up. A perfectly colorful Joseph and Caesar from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2 print by Animus Rhythm had to be added to my pieces. And a rare Slayers print by Kim Madison (Twitter: @deadsidekicks) was a treat to find. I couldn’t pass up a Saint Tail postcard by Chu (Twitter: @chumaruko).

Not surprisingly Fire Emblem Fates stuff was out in full-force. Since I wasn’t all that happy with the game however, I was glad to still see Fire Emblem Awakening stuff about (as usual very little other FE titles). So I picked up a delightful Fire Emblem Awakening fanbook by Emmy (Twitter: @shaburdies). She even drew a little Cherche on the inside cover for me!

Along with the book by Emmy, I got a Splatoon postcard. I saw a number of other squid-related pieces in the alley. I got another postcard, this one advertising the roller by Milkbun (Twitter: @milkbun). And I picked up a squid sisters button by Sara Wawa (Twitter: @sararawawa)

Other buttons I added to my collection are a License-less Rider from ONE-PUNCH MAN button by Voidbug. A Fukurodani logo from Haikyuu!! button by Cosmic Crown. Another set of Joseph and Caesar from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2 buttons, these ones by J. Calderone.

No surprise, I got another Link from the Legend of Zelda button but in this one he is using a bow and it was made by Maya Kern (Twitter: @mayakern). I also scooped up a cool Zelda double-sided bookmark (one side was shiny!) by lani (Twitter: @lanimani).

A unique booth by Cara Mcgee (Twitter: @ohcararara) was selling tea blends, each themed after a character from a series. The blends were in tins with custom artwork and made about 3-4 servings. And strangely enough there was tea based on Rainbow Rowell’s novel Carry On. Not anime, but a very unexpected find all the same, and I couldn’t pass it up. I picked up Baz Grim-Pitch tea.

Being me, I rounded things out by buying some dog stuff. I picked up a dog button from Lauren who I’ve gotten things from in the past. And I found a beautiful print of Japanese Spitz breeds by Naomi Romero (Twitter: @NaomiRomeroArt).

Last, but certainly not least, I want to mention Katie Tiedrich (Twitter: @katietiedrich) the artist of Awkward Zombie. She was not in Artist Alley but in the Dealer’s Hall selling books and prints, plus signing and sketching as she did so. When I bought a book, she asked, “Who is your favorite Fire Emblem?” I answered the only correct way, “Lyn.”

~ kate

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24 Sep 02:56

Official "March Comes in Like a Lion" Themed Cafe to Open in Tokyo


To promote the upcoming TV anime premiere, an official March Comes in Like a Lion-themed cafe will open at Marunouchi Reading Style Cafe on the fourth floor of the KITTE building in Tokyo for a limited time from October 9 to December 30. The cafe will have a photo spot that customers can take photos with life-size character standees, a small gallery space to display memorial scenes from the anime, and will be decorated with ornaments inspired the anime, including cheering messages. Various collaboration menu and merchandise will be also offered.


The TV anime adaptation of Chika Umino's Sangatsu no Lion/March Comes in Like a Lion shogi-themed manga will premiere on NHK General TV at 23:00 on October 8 (JST).


Main visual



Collaboration Menu


"Akari's Special Sliced Pork Curry" (1,480 yen)



"Akari's Special Sticky Kakuni (pork cut into cubes and boiled) Rice" (1,680 yen)


"Rei's Alone Meal - Egg Dog-" (1,080 yen)


"Garlic Toast & Macaroni Salad with Tuna - A Share from Hinata's Celebration for Passing the Entrance Exam" (1,080 yen)


"Chiho-chan's Plum Syrop Taste Fruit Punch Soda" (890 yen)



"Mikazukidou Special Adzuki Milk Tea" (830 yen)


"Kawamoto Three Sisters' Favorite! Anmitsu with Everything on" (1,280 yen)


"Nyaa's Nikukyu (Pad) Cookie" (400 yen)



Memorial items come with the collaboration menu:


Character tin badges





Memorial merchandise:


Mug (1,300 yen/89 x H87mm)


Hand Towel (800 ye/W340 x H350mm)


Clear File (350 yen/A4-size)


Source: Aniplex press release


© Chika Umino, Hakusensha/"March Comes in Like a Lion" Anime Production Committee


22 Sep 02:00

FEATURE: Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2016: Anime Movie Flyer Collection


Even in the internet age, printed flyers are still a powerful marketing tools especially for films and a must-have item for the fans. Check the upcoming anime movie flyers that I found at the venues of the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2016 event on Sunday. Which Movie are you excited the most?


FEATURE: Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2016 Photo Report 1

FEATURE: Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2016 Photo Report 2



"Ajin Part 3: Shougeki" (September 23)



"Digimon Adventure tri. Chapter 3: Confession" (September 24)



"Kuroko's Basketball: Winter Cup Compilation ~Beyond the Tears~" (October 8)  



"Maho Girls PreCure! The Movie: The Miraculous Transformation! Cure Mofurun!" (October 29)



"Kin-iro Mosaic Pretty Days" (November 12)



"Assassination Classroom The Movie: 365 Days" (November 19)



 "Cyborg 009: Call of Justice: Chapter 1" (November 25)



"KanColle: The Movie" (November 26)



"Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas: Chpater 1" (December 3)



"Kuroko's Basketball: Winter Cup Compilation ~Crossing the Door~" (December 3)



"Monster Strike The Movie" (December 10)



"Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan wo./I wait for the moment  that you love me." (December 17)



"Yo-kai Watch: Soratobu Kujira to Double no Sekai no Daibouken da Nyan!" (December 17)


"Pop In Q" (December 23)



"Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic" (January 21, 2017)



"Lupin the Third: Goemon Ishikawa's Spray of Blood" (February 4, 2017)



"Hirune-Hime ~Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari~" (March 2017)



"Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale" (Spring 2017)



"Kuroko's Basketball: Last Game" (Spring 2017)



23 Sep 21:20

Giant Killing Soccer Manga Goes on Hiatus

42nd compiled book volume ships October 21
23 Sep 15:15

Gundam the Origin's Yasuhiko, Monogatari Series' Nisioisin Each End Manga Series


Ten no Ketsumyaku (aka the Yoshikazu Yasuhiko one) looks like a piece of historical fiction worth checking out.

Ten no Ketsumyaku, Zerozaki Kishishiki no Ningen Knock manga both end
23 Sep 05:30

Crunchyroll Adds Digimon Adventure tri. Anime's Part 3 on Friday

Crunchyroll announced on Thursday that it will begin streaming Digimon Adventure tri. Kokuhaku (Confession), the third movie in the Digimon Adventure tri....
22 Sep 10:40

Latest Weekly Shonen Jump with "KochiKame" Final Chapter Almost Sold Out


Mantan Web reported today that Shueisha had confirmed that the latest 42nd issue of its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is already almost sold out at Japanese stores. The issue released last Saturday in Japan includes the final chapter of Osamu Akimoto's long-running comedy manga series Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kouen Mae Hashutsujo, KochiKame for short. The chapter is also included in the last 200th tankobon volume released on the same day with the issue, but each edition has a different ending, that's why the issue has become a must-have item for the fans. Shueisha says there is no plans for reprint of the issue.


According to Japan Magazine Publishers Association, the circulation of the top-selling weekly manga magazine is 2.17 million copies (April-June 2016). The print edition of the 200th volume sold 207,000 copies in its first week and was already confirmed to receive additional printing only after four days of release. The manga was serialized in the magazine since 1976, and its tankobon's total print run have

exceeded 150 million copies in Japan.



Weekly Shonen Jump 42nd issue cover


"Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kouen Mae Hashutsujo" 200th tankobon digital edition cover



Source: Mantan Web


(c) Osamu Akimoto, Atelier Biidama/Shueisha


21 Sep 12:45

Berserk Manga Goes on Hiatus Until Early 2017


Everyone who did not see this coming should raise their hands.

No one.


Manga had just returned as monthly series in June
21 Sep 17:10

Pokémon GO - Designing for the Real World - Extra Credits

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20 Sep 18:35

Anime NYC Convention, Presented by Crunchyroll, to Launch in 2017


Mark your calendars for mid-November next year, because that’s when the all-new Anime NYC Convention debuts in New York City! Read below for more information about this new event, which is powered by… Crunchyroll!



Some highlights from today’s press release…


The first Anime NYC will take place November 17-19, 2017 in Midtown Manhattan’s Javits Center and bring fans together with guests from Japan and publishers across America. Anime NYC will be presented by anime streaming portal Crunchyroll and built with the support of industry partners Funimation, VIZ Media, and Kinokuniya Bookstore.


So exactly how is Crunchyroll involved?


Crunchyroll… will present premiere screenings and special guests throughout Anime NYC, and Crunchyroll Premium Members can expect exclusive benefits at the event. Attendees overall will enjoy appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan, extensive screenings, robust panel sessions, and features from anime, manga, and cosplay to Japanese toys, games, food, and fashion from brands across the Japanese pop culture spectrum, headlined by Funimation, VIZ Media, and Kinokuniya Bookstore.


Anime NYC tickets and details will be released this November, and fans looking to learn more can sign up for the Anime NYC newsletter at and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter .

20 Sep 16:18

New York Anime Convention 'Anime NYC' to Launch November 2017


Now we know.

Organizers plan major anime con in NYC
20 Sep 16:30

PlatinumGames Says Balder Was Originally Going To Be Playable In Bayonetta 2’s Story

by Casey

Yusuke Hashimoto, the game's director, revealed that the character Balder was originally meant to be playable in the game's main scenario.

Read PlatinumGames Says Balder Was Originally Going To Be Playable In Bayonetta 2’s Story on Siliconera!

20 Sep 15:22

"Bayonetta" amiibo Tease Leaves the Final Product to Your Imagination


The dust has certainly settled on the amiibo craze over recent months, but there's an exciting addition on the horizon. When a character joins Super Smash Bros. it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that an amiibo is on the way, and now we have some physical evidence of the upcoming Bayonetta figure. 


Bayonetta 2 director Yusuke Hashimoto posted an update on the PlatinumGames blog, offering up a sly tease of the new amiibo. This one is nicely timed for the second anniversary of Bayonetta 2, but no concrete release date has been announced. For now you'll have to make do with this very close-up photo:



Here's what Hashimoto had to say:


I’m afraid that this little taste is all I can give you right now, since we’re still working hard to get her just right. But I assure you that we’re going to capture everything you know and love about Bayonetta – every detail down to the exact sizes of her glasses and eyes – and bring you an amiibo that’ll meet your every expectation. 


Back when we were making Bayonetta 2, there wasn’t any talk of bringing the game to life in three dimensions like this. In fact, this is the first time a character from a game I’ve directed has been made into a figure. I’m shocked by how well Bayonetta’s essence has been shrunk down to fit in the palm of your hand! What an amazing era… 


I’m really looking forward to the full unveiling of the Bayonetta amiibo, and I hope you’re as excited as I am.



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS, every week at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

19 Sep 15:40

George R.R. Martin Has 'Thousands of Pages' Worth of Game of Thrones Lore Sitting Around

by James Whitbrook

Honestly? Screw waiting for The Winds of Winter. I want to read all these pages of Westeros’ backstory he has sitting around .


20 Sep 14:25

Final Episode Of "Orange" To Be Broadcast As Part Of Hour Special


On September 25th, the 13th and final "Letter" of Orange will be broadcast, and sending Naho, Kakeru and company on their way will be voice cast Kana Hanazawa, Seiichirō Yamashita, Makoto Furukawa, Rika Kinugawa, Kazuyuki Okitsu and Natsumi Takamori. 


Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, Asahi Broadcasting, BS 11 and AT-X will be running a "Linking To Future" hour-long special, featuring the last episode and a cast talk with Seiichiro Yamashita as MC.


The summer anime adapted Ichigo Takano's 2012-2015 manga. 


Crunchyroll described it:

During the spring of her second year of high school, Naho receives a letter. Its sender is herself from ten years in the future. Naho thinks it's a prank at first, but when the things written in the letter start to come true one by one, she realizes that the letter is telling her events that will happen in her future. It tells her that she'll fall in love with Kakeru, a new student who transfers to her school, and that he'll die in the winter of his 17th year. After learning the regrets and wishes of the 26-year-old Naho following Kakeru's death, what can the 16-year-old Naho do differently?


via MOCA


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

18 Sep 02:27

Yoshiyuki Tomino Wants Your Tourism Dollars to Be Bound by Gravity


Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino is acting as the chairman of the Anime Tourism Association, an organization of private business interests (such as Kadokawa Corporation and Japan Airlines) that seek to spur tourism by encouraging fans of anime and manga from all over the world to visit locations all over Japan.



The group's first order of business is to select 88 "sacred sites" associated with anime and manga, including: locations that were featured in popular series; the birthplaces / memorials of famous authors and artists; and cultural institutions such as museums which feature anime and manga related installations.



International fans are encouraged to vote for which sites will be included by visiting an official website sponsored by Newtype magazine (the English version is available here). The feedback gathered from these online surveys will be taken into account when the Anime Tourism Association begins promoting vacation packages for the 88 selected sites.



IT Media Business Online via My Game News Flash

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16 Sep 09:30

Pre-Orders Begin for S.H.Figuarts Cure Muse from "Suite PreCure♪"


Following Cure Melody (April 2015), Cure Rhythm (May 2015), and Cure Beat (April 2016), Bandai's official online store Bandai Premium today stated accepting pre-orders for S.H. Figuarts Cure Muse, the long-awaited fourth character figure from the eighth PreCure TV series Suite PreCure♪. The anime was aired from February 2011 to January 2012, and has been considered as one of the most successful series in the 12-year-old franchise. After appearing as a mysterious masked character, she revealed her true PreCure form for the first time in the 35th episode.  


The 120mm-tall pre-painted figure comes with three face parts, four hand parts, one chest part, and her weapon Cure Module. The retail prices is 5,400 yen (about 53 US dollars) and its scheduled shipping date is in March 2017.








 S.H. Figuarts Cure Melody and Cure Rhythm


S.H. Figuarts Cure Beat


Source: Bandai Premium


© ABC/Toei Animation


14 Sep 22:00

Toonami To Air Uncensored "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure"


At their San Diego Comic-Con panel, Adult Swim programming block Toonami announced plans to broadcast the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure TV anime. The David Production adaptation of Hirohiko Araki's genre-hopping 1987 ongoing will make its US cable debut in October. With the series coming soon, Toonami co-creator Jason DeMarco responsed to a fan's question about whether it will be a censored or uncensored version.



Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

13 Sep 15:15

Detective Conan Anime Gets New 2-Hour TV Special Recreating 1st Episode

New material added to story about the day Shinichi transformed into a child's body
12 Sep 17:00

SQUASH & STRETCH: The Animation of Jak & Daxter - Extra Frames

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12 Sep 16:35

Aniplex Prepares To Promote "Fate/stay night - Heaven's Feel" With Kimono Art


New anime gets a historical look this weekend for the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2016. Fitting with the famously traditional city, Aniplex is featuring their characters in classic kimonos for event promo material and merchandise. On the Fate/stay night front, the Saber and Rin Unlimited Blade Works pieces will be brought back and joined by a new Sakura Matou Heaven's Feel piece, featured on life-sized displays and sold on tapestries, clear files, and keychains.


The theatrical anime adaptation of visual Fate/stay night's "Heaven's Feel" route, in which Sakura Matō is the heroine. is planned as a trilogy of anime movies launching in 2017 with Tomonori Sudou, animation director/character designer of ufotable's Unlimited Blade Works TV anime, as director.


Last year's Saber and Rin art


Updated painted prototypes of chibi figures of these will be exhibited



Aniplex is also teaser a new Saekano Eriri Spencer Sawamura and Megumi Kato kimono figures


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

10 Sep 19:01

Crunchyroll Streams "The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Those Awaiting a Star Part 1"


Today Crunchyroll announced plans to stream The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Those Awaiting a Star Part 1, and the best part is you don't have to wait. The episode is now available to Crunchyroll members worldwide except Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.




Chise Hatori, 15 years old.


Lost, without hope, and without family, she is bought for money – not by another person, but by a non-human sorcerer named Elias. Though she hesitates, she begins life anew as his apprentice and future wife.


She moves on with her new and peaceful life, slowly but surely, until one day, when she finds a Japanese picture book among the many sent to her from London by Angelica. It is a fateful book that discovered her in her younger years, when she was still troubled and lonely.


This piece is a prequel to Chise’s encounter with the Thorn Sorcerer.


Chise Hatori, eight years old.


This is my story.



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS, every week at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

09 Sep 16:14

"Chikemuri no Goemon Ishikawa" Anime Film Opens Next February In Japan


I guess they figured they would focus on the character who has recently gotten the least amount of exposure in Lupin.

A new film in the series spun out of The Woman Named Fujiko Mine anime has been announced immediately following a recent screening of the Lupin the IIIrd Jigen's Gravestone film in Japan. The teaser is embedded below:

Chikemuri no Goemon Ishikawa will premiere next February 4th in Japan and will feature the same creative staff from the Jigen's Gravestone film along with the same cast from the Fujiko Mine TV anime in their respective roles as Lupin, Daisuke Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa, Fujiko Mine, and Koichi Zenigata. The teaser key visual is also posted below:


Chikamuri no Goemon Ishikawa key

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09 Sep 09:30

Jeanne d’Arc And Iskandar Get Gameplay Videos For Fate/Extella

by Sato

AKA The ones Shad cares about (other than Medusa.)

Marvelous shared two new trailers for their upcoming Musou-style action title, Fate/Extella, with a look at gameplay footage for Jeanne d’Arc and Iskandar.

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07 Sep 23:45

A Certain Magical Index's Kamachi Has Written A Novel A Month for 24 Months

Shows no sign of stopping
07 Sep 01:47

Cute Boy Detectives Crack The Case In "Trickster" Anime Ad


This fall's Trickster anime shifts seminal genre writer Edogawa Ranpo's (you might know him from Bungo Stray Dogs) Boys Detective Club from the early 20th century Showa Era to the year 203X. Manga authors Peach-Pit (Rozen Maidenprovide the original character designs for the series starring boy detecting Yoshio Kobayashi (CV: Daiki Yamashita) and Kensuke Hanasaki (Ryota Oosaka), joined by their former leader and now behind-the-scenes advisor, aged 18 Ryo Inoue (CV: Yuichiro Umehara). 


Check out the latest look in a new commercial...


In the series,  15-year-old Kensuke Hanasaki, a member of the club led by private detective Kogoro Akechi, one day meets a boy named Yoshio Kobayashi. The 14-year-old boy has become immortal after being haunted by a mysterious mist. With a strong death wish, he has refused to interact with others. Hanasaki becomes interested in him and asks him to join the club. Their encounter gradually leads to a deep fate between Akechi and his rival criminal The Fiend with Twenty Faces.  



Main staff:


 Director: Masahiro Mukai (Hyperdimension Neptunia The Animation)

 Scenarios/Series Composition: Erika Yoshida (Tiger & BunnyHeroine Shikkaku)

 Original Character Design: PEACH-PIT (Rozen MaidenShugo Chara!)

 Anime Character Design: Shinya Yamada (Your Lie in April animation director)

 Music: Yuuki Hayashi (Haikyu!!My Hero Academia)

 Anime Production: TMS Entertainment (Detective Conan), Shin-Ei Animation (Crayon Shin-chan)


OP song "Kimi dake no Boku de Iru Kara" (I'll be the one only for you) is performed by GACKT, who also voices villain Kaijin Nijumensou (The Fiend with Twenty Faces)


Azusa Tadokoro's 4th single "1HOPE SNIPER" is the ED theme. She also voices Nao Nakamura.

Additional cast includes

Kogoro Akechi/Daisuke Ono


Makoto Noro/Ibuki Kido





Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

05 Sep 20:50

"Space Battleship Yamato 2202" Teaser Published With Plans For Sci-Fi Sequel


The promise of September news for Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi ("Soldiers of Love") has some through. Along with the teaser, plans were revealed, with the first of a seven-part follow-up to the 2012 remake of Space Battleship Yamato 219 opening for a 2-week limited run in 15 theaters starting February 25, 2017. Home video releases of humanity's contest with the Comet Empire follow in March. 




Staff includes:

Series composition, Screenplay: Harutoshi Fukui (Gundam Unicorn)
Director: Nobuyoshi Habara (Fafner)
Assistant Director: Makoto Kobayashi  (Yamato 2199 mecha)

Mechanical Design: Junichirō Tamamori 

Mechanical Design: Yasushi Ishizu

Character Design: Yuki Nobuteru
Music: Akira Miyagawa



Susumu Kodai: Daisuke Ono

Yuki Mori: Noriko Kuwashima


An Under Armour promotion is also in the works


In an interview for June's issue 14 of Space Battleship Yamato fan magazine Ship's Log, Executive Producer Shoji Nishizaki and Producer Hirotaka Furukawa mentioned plans to release the anime internationally, along with 2199, four of six planned volumes of which were released before the shop was closed on a distribution plan.



via Gigazine and AnimeSlovenija


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

04 Sep 17:00

The Russian Roulette of Comedy: Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls

by sdshamshel

That was my favorite line so far as well.


I love the dumb, yet incredibly clever humor of gdgd Fairiesstyle humor. Typically combining incredibly cheap animation with a cleverly absurd dialogue, a splash of improv comedy, and willful ignorance over their own premises, these anime always bring a smile to my face. The team behind gdgd Fairies has since gone on to do a variety of shows in that vein, including one about robot girls trying to discover humor, a Transformers series, one about personified Sega consoles, and now we have come to their most daring (and perhaps low-budget) work: Mahou Shoujo? Naria Girls.

Though technically a background story exists, it really doesn’t matter. Three young girls get magic powers to rescue a far-off magic kingdom, but it just so happens that every monster of the week’s scheme “coincidentally” resembles an improv skit like what you’d find on Whose Line Is It Anyway? It’s the kind of show where the girls transform from their school uniforms… to their school uniforms, with no discernible difference.

Unlike the other series mentioned, which are very simply animated using programs such as Miku Miku Dance and Flash, Naria Girls actually uses motion-capture, directly translating its actresses’ motions onto 3D anime-style models. Motion capture can be a finicky thing, and it can take a lot of careful work to not make character movement appear unnatural or to avoid tiny mistakes that come from trying to automate such a process. Naria Girls does not care. Its use of mocap is very rudimentary and constantly exposes its flaws, but then I think that blatant disregard for what is supposed to be a “professional quality work” is what makes the show kind of charming in the first place.

The other appealing quality of the series, though I must warn that it is paradoxically what makes it difficult to watch as well, is that it takes the improv element of the gdgd Fairies-style show to the extreme. If Seha Girls is one end of the spectrum, where all the jokes are scripted and planned out, then Naria Girls is the opposite. From start to finish through each 8-minute episode, all of the jokes are clearly made up on the spot. If that wasn’t enough, the show was revealed in June for a July broadcast, and they were still auditioning for cast members.

The result is that the show can be funny, but often times isn’t, namely because the actresses themselves are not particularly good at improvising. Even eight minutes is hard to maintain if the comedians themselves aren’t experts at it. However, the Russian Roulette element of watching Naria Girls, where you truly cannot tell if the show will be amusing from one moment to the next, is why I enjoy it. When a joke works, it’s a cause for celebration. When a joke falls so utterly flat that it’s like humor itself has been sucked into a black hole, it somehow comes out the other side still being an interesting artifact.

Naria Girls isn’t as good as its predecessors, but it is its own exciting experiment and adventure. That’s why I’m on board.

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03 Sep 08:50

Osamu Akimoto's "KochiKame" Manga Ends Its 40-Year Serialization on September 17


Shueisha announced today that Osamu Akimoto's comedy manga series Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kouen Mae Hashutsujo, KochiKame for short, will end its serialization in the upcoming 42nd issue of Weekly Shonen Jump to be released on September 17. The news was revealed by the manga author, Yoshihisa Heishi (editor in chief of the magazine), and Yo Yamanaka (editor responsible for Akimoto) at the manga's 40th anniversary event held at Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo. The last 200th tankobon volume will be released on the same day, September 17.


The manga has been serialized in the magazine since 1976, and its tankobon's total print run have exceeded 150 million copies in Japan. As reported, Fuji TV has planned to air its second TV anime adaptation during this year for the franchises' 40th anniversary.





Manga's 1st and the most recent 199th volume covers


Source: Comic Natalie


(c) Osamu Akimoto, Atelier Biidama/Shueisha