Sales event at Toys R Us: buy two select Nintendo 3DS games for only $30.
In Japan, the 10th anniversary celebrations for Isuna Hasekura and Jū Ayakura's e economics-informed fantasy series Spice and Wolf are already underway. Dengeki has scheduled a September 10th Japanese release of recently serialized epilogue XVIII Spring Log, along with follow-up novel Spice And Wolf New Theory: Wolf and Parchment. Other fall plans include an exhibit and collaboration cafe at Aoyama gallery GoFa, another exhibit at Akihabara's animate museum, goods including a Holo hug pillow and Nendoroid, and an October 5th Blu-ray collection of the anime.
Ramping up on the domestic side, Yen Press has announced:
Yen Press is very excited to announce Isuna Hasekura, author of SPICE AND WOLF, will be
appearing at New York Comic Con! In honor of the Tenth Anniversary of SPICE AND WOLF, Yen Press is also thrilled to inform fans that we are producing a special, high-end, numbered collector’s omnibus to commemorate this special event! This very limited print run collector’s edition will gather all 17 original volumes of SPICE AND WOLF, in one beautifully lavish tome which comes out in October. Please stay tuned for more exciting details.
Just to give you an example of how gorgeous the SPICE AND WOLF Collector's Edition is going to be! pic.twitter.com/98Tk7Zwzey— yenpress (@yenpress) August 29, 2016
Japanese character figure company Good Smile Company is now hosting its 15th anniversary exhibition at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Akihabara, Tokyo, from August 20 to September 4. The company's official YouTube channel has streamed a three-minute 360-degree video to show the inside of the event displaying over 1,000 items, including the previously-introduced anniversary item "Sakura Kinomoto: Stars Bless You." The event is admission-free.
"Good Smile Company 15th Anniversary Exhibition" 360-degree video
"Sakura Kinomoto: Stars Bless You" 30-second CM
Source: Good Smile Company
After his time at Toei, Hayao Miyazaki spent the mid-to-late 70s working at Zuiyo Eizo/Nippon Animation on projects such as World Masterpiece Theater and Future Boy Conan - a 1978 TV anime adaptation of The Incredible Tide by Alexander Key that demonstrated many of the themes with which Miyazaki would become associated. The titular hero of that series, a young survivor of mankind's near-extinction from a July 2008 war, is now being featured as a poseable figma from Max Factory and Good Smile Company.
From the classic Hayao Miyazaki series 'Future Boy Conan' comes a figma of the main character, Conan!
Max Factory, Phat! and GSC previously offered a figma of Sherlock Hound, a 1984 Italian-Japanese co-production between TMS Entertainment and the television station RAI, for which Miyazaki directed six episodes.
Marvelous started digital pre-orders in Japan for their upcoming hack and slash game, Fate/Extella. Here’s what fans will get as an added bonus for going the digital route for both PS4 and PS Vita.
Among the anime notables involved with Japanese / Taiwanese puppet co-production Thunderbolt Fantasy, with writer Gen Urobuchi (Madoka Magica, Psycho-Pass) and the Nitro+ character design team is music composer Hiroyuki Sawano (Attack on Titan, Seven Sins, Gundam Unicorn, Blue Exorcist). The series' original soundtrack from Sawano, Mika Kobayashi and mpi is out in Japan today, and, as with many of his works, Sawano has some fun getting clever with the track names.
|09.||from either way||4:54|
|10.||kill don’t 生kill-fie||1:03|
|11.||Kguy&kill don’t 生kiLL||5:35|
TV Revolution's "RAIMEI" theme song it out on the 31st.
Limited edition, with music video
bonus bromides offered by Animate
8/31 Release T.M.Revolution New Single「RAIMEI」店舗特典— TMR_STAFF (@TMR_STAFF) August 23, 2016
アニメイト全店：「Thunderbolt Fantasy 東離劍遊紀」4枚組ブロマイド pic.twitter.com/zo3rKSKI45
Animator Takafumi Hori, a veteran of Trigger anime including Kill La Kill and the earlier Little Witch Academia shorts, has long been established as a fan of Emmy-nominated Cartoon Network series Steven Universe. And, now, they've had a chance to contribute. Episode 108/season 4 ep 4, "Mindful Education" debuts August 25th with Takafumi Hori as special guest animator.
Takafumi Hori... pic.twitter.com/hC8dByDDDa— Siete (@SieteSeventh) August 24, 2016
New episode of Steven Universe this Thursday 8/25/16 at 7:00 PM on Cartoon Network!
We were lucky enough to collaborate with the immensely talented Takafumi Hori for a few sequences in this episode. Thank you so much Hori-San!
Storyboarded by Jeff Liu and Colin Howard
New episode of Steven Universe this Thursday 8/25/16 at 7:00 PM on Cartoon Network!
Boarded by Colin Howard, Jeff Liu and Rebecca Sugar. I participate as an animator. This is the first collaboration of Steven Crewniverse and studio TRIGGER!
Rebecca-san, from the bottom of my heart, I’m most grateful to have been given this opportunity. And let me express my heartfelt appreciation to all of the staff!
Atlus's latest Persona 5 gameplay video shows off the protagonist heading to a coffee shop to pick up Le Blanc Coffee and Pretty Good Curry as part of the protagonist's exploration time after spending time fighting off monsters.
This is the latest in a series that's been slowly spotlighting parts of the game you'll be able to see when it finally releases on February 14th next year. Yeah, that's Valentine's Day!
Check out the video below.
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Nintendo announced new amiibo bundles with two for Fire Emblem Fates and one for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS in a recent tweet from their official Australia and New Zealand account.
Japanese illustrator/manga artist Rui Araizumi reported on his official Twitter on August 16 that a fake autographed colored paper based on his illustration of Lina Inverse from Slayers had been sold at Japanese Yahoo Auction since last Friday. He has been working as the official illustrator for Hajime Kanzaka's Slayers light novel series since 1989.
The exhibitor says that he/she picked up the item without any certificate in an auction in the past five years, so he/she has no responsibility or guarantee for its authenticity. The person has decided to stop collecting colored papers anymore and wants to sell all of his/her collection. According to Araizumi, the fake copied his Lina illustration that was drawn for Starchild and Pasela's collaboration cafe back in February 2013.
But, despite of his tweet and his fans' reports to Yahoo Japan, the auction was held as scheduled till
yesterday, and the fake was eventually sold for 29,500 yen (about 295 US dollars).
Original colored paper
【あらいずみ るい先生ご来店★】昨日、なんと漫画家・イラストレーターの『あらいずみ るい』先生にご来店して頂き、イラスト入りのサインを頂戴致しました♪店内に展示しておりま〜す★ありがとうございました★ pic.twitter.com/rzQo4CeiTu— スターチャイルド×パセラカフェ (@starchild_cafe) February 24, 2013
Naoki Urasawa's Manben, an educational program hosted by manga author Naoki Urasawa that examines the lives and work of other manga artists, is returning to NHK E TV for a 3rd season in September of 2016.
This season will contain 4 episodes profiling Ryoichi Ikegami (Heat, Strain), Ranjou Miyake (Bussen, Pet), Tsutomi Takahashi (Skyhigh, Ice Blade), and Naoki Urasawa himself as he brings his series BILLY BAT to a conclusion.
Naoki Urasawa's Manben will broadcast on NHK's E TV channel every Thursday during the 22:00 time slot beginning on September 15, 2016, and concluding on October 06, 2016.
Source: Net Lab
Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.
They’re already making big waves in streaming shows thanks to Daredevil and friends on Netflix, but Marvel is bringing a new show to another service: fan favorite teenage superteam the Runaways are getting their own TV show on Hulu.
Part of me is now mulling over the idea that Saber is a combination of a push and a pull character.
I’m generally not a fan of yandere characters, but I feel that I can understand why some people love them.
In a lot of my favorite characters there is a kind of intensity that emanates from them. Whether it’s Ogiue from Genshiken‘s withering stare, or Urabe Mikoto’s eccentric behavior in Mysterious Girlfriend X, it’s like their very beings pierce my soul and linger there for a while.
From there, it’s a hop, skip, and jump towards tsundere, and then eventually yandere as well. In other words, yandere characters exist on a spectrum where powerful emotions (sexual or otherwise) are valued, and their feelings are so overwhelming that it warps their minds. “Deep love” they call it.
This intensity has gotten me to think more broadly, past the typical labels, such as yandere, genki girl, Kansai native, etc. What I’m beginning to form is a theory of character attraction that takes a lot of these categories and places them into two distinctions: “push characters” and “pull characters.”
Push characters are like many of the ones stated above. It is as if the characters’ attitudes, visual look, and other qualities invade your space. They pierce and break down the barriers in your heart. Kurosaki Rendou, creator of Houkago Play and other racy titles, specializes in this type of character for both guys and girls. Akashi from Kuroko’s Basketball is also what I’d call a “push character.” They can perhaps be called aggressive characters as well, but I don’t think that it fits entirely neatly. Rather, in shounen terms, it’s more like they’re the “strong fists” of Rock Lee from Naruto or Raoh from Fist of the North Star.
Pull characters, then, are more like the “gentle fists” of Hyuuga Hinata (Naruto) or Toki (Fist of the North Star). Rather than striking actively, their auras are passive and receptive. It is as if they have a gravity or magnetism that draws you to them. Softer, kinder characters would fall into this category, such as Daidouji Tomoyo from Cardcaptor Sakura, Maetel from Galaxy Express 999, or Teppei from Kuroko’s Basketball. It’s as if their warmth envelops your being.
Now there are a few aspects I’m thinking through as I bring out this half-formed way of considering characters. The first is that, many characters probably don’t fall into one category or the other. Sort of like a Myer-Briggs personality test, the “lesser” quality still exists. For example, I’d consider Koizumi Hanayo from Love Live! to be a “pull character” because of her typically shy personality, but the excitement of her two main loves—rice and idols—is enough to transform her into a “push character.”
Second, perhaps this distinction is actually entirely subjective, and one person’s “push character” is another person’s “pull character.” Does this render the terms meaningless, or is it more like moe where a broader understanding exists but the minutiae can get incredibly personal?
Lastly, to what extent do these terms match up with the idea of “seme” and “uke” characters in BL. Would “push characters” be those who tend to be seme, while “pull characters” are more commonly uke? If that’s the case, could this be a way to translate those terms to other types of relationships, such as heterosexual, yuri, or whatever other combinations can exist?
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After releasing the series on DVD in North America for the first time last June, Right Stuf's Nozomi Entertainment, in agreement with Sunrise, will now be releasing Turn A Gundam on Blu-ray, with collections planned for 2017.
Prior to the currently running G-Reco, the last TV Gundam directed by series creator Yoshiyuki Tomino was Sunrise's 1999-2000 TV anime∀ Gundam (Turn A Gundam), which brought in futurist Syd Mead, Yoko Kanno and Capcom's Akira Yasuda (also returning for G-Reco) for a story in which nations with World War I level technology unearth mobile suits and use them in a war against a human colony from the moon.
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.
An August 21 broadcast date was announced for the Gundam Build Fighters Try Island Wars special TV episode last month, and English-speaking audiences can now look forward to watching, as well. The special will stream with English subtitles for free for a limited time on the Gundam.Info portal starting August 21, streamable on PCs and smartphones.
Here's the promo from July:
The Try Fighters team have been invited to the Nielsen Labs on a tropical island, as test pilots for Yajima Trading's new battle system. However, due to bugs in the new system, they find themselves on standby at the lodging facilities.
As they wait expectantly at the resort-like lodging facilities, Sekai and the others encounter the trio of Shia, Minato, and Gyanko, who have also been invited as test pilots. And a puzzling mystery awaits the rivals who have been reunited on the tropical island...
Now the Try Fighters face their biggest challenge!
At Otakon, Aniplex of America announced plans to reprint sets of Fate/zero, the 2011 ufotable anime from director Ei Aoki, adapting Gen Urobuchi's Fate/stay night prequel light novels. The two sets, which originally sold for $187.98 and $174.98 before store discounts in 2013 with soundtack CDs, interview DVDs and art by original character designer Takashi Takeuchi. New releases are scheduled for October 25th.
Marvelous released a new clip that gives us a closer look at the upcoming Musou-style game Fate/Extella’s Caster-class Servant, Tamamo-no-Mae.
Designer Ko Takeuchi, best known for his WarioWare series game and character designs, is a frequent poster of sketches to Twitter and Tumblr. Along with offering his unique take on characters from Umaru to Sailor Mercury, lately the subject for his art has been popular net memes from J.C. Green's "This Is Fine" to Matt Furie's "Feel's Good Man."
Haters Gonna Hate pic.twitter.com/t17KV2lUyK— Ko Takeuchi (@kokosac) July 28, 2016
Nyan Cat pic.twitter.com/i5WZYDqThT— Ko Takeuchi (@kokosac) July 23, 2016
Hedgehog pic.twitter.com/7BrrTfNHZk— Ko Takeuchi (@kokosac) July 23, 2016
Squidward Dab pic.twitter.com/CHD8s0Z9jV— Ko Takeuchi (@kokosac) July 13, 2016
caveman spongebob pic.twitter.com/PwM23N1LMY— Ko Takeuchi (@kokosac) July 10, 2016
Following summer's Show By Rock!! Short!!, the Bones anime adaptation of Geechs and Sanrio's music game returns in a second season with fall's Show by Rock!!♯. Adding to the roster of the new season, casting for the members of rich-boy band Arcareafact have been introduced. The group recently formed under the super-lable "Judas" and procalimed “We are not idols. We are artists.”
Chitan (vocals and keyboard) - Yuusuke Kobayashi (Re:Zero's Subaru)
Orion(strings) - Taku Yashiro (King of Prism's Taku Yashiro)
Selen(bass) - Eishin Fudemura
Argon(drum) - Chiharu Sawashiro (Cheer Boys!!'s Takeru Andō)
Game version of band
人気ブロガーオルタちゃん 奈須きのこ先生本当にありがとう感謝しきれません pic.twitter.com/WUM9r9jzVz— たっくる@三日目カ−02a (@bb35893589) 2016年8月3日
ロリキャス狐を描く指令を受けたので描きました オジマンくんは会話でキャス狐に兄と呼ぶことを強要してたので･･･ pic.twitter.com/ARqfZLoWvP— たっくる@三日目カ−02a (@bb35893589) 2016年7月29日
サファリパークに小さいオルタ共を連れてきたぐだお pic.twitter.com/AaAF9RMKAj— たっくる@三日目カ−02a (@bb35893589) 2016年7月24日
In an update to April's news that a second series of Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju had been announced, with Akira Ishida and Koichi Yamadera returning as the rakugo artists, but moving the time period forward into the modern era, the production has now been scheduled for winter 2017. The Sukeroku Again Chapter will make its Janauary premiere in the Animeism programming block.
The 10th and final volume of Haruko Kumota's manga will be released September 7th with a limited edition that previews the second anime.
Crunchyroll describes the series
Upon his release from prison, a man seeks out the famous comedic storyteller Yakumo after falling in love with his rendition of a story called “Shinigami.” Yakumo accepts the ex-convict as his apprentice, nicknaming him “Yotaro.” As Yotaro gets acclimated to his new life, he meets Konatsu, a girl in the care of Yakumo who wants to become a performer as well, but is unable to because she is a woman
Japan Philatelic Society (JPS) will release three frame stamp sets featuring the characters from Kantai Collection/KanColle, KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!, and Fate/Grand Order on August 12. The sets including a clear file for KanColle, a sticker and postcard for KonoSuba, or a premium holo card for Fate, will be sold at the temporary post office in the upcoming Comic Market 90 event to be held at Tokyo Big Sight from August 12 to 14, and will be also available on the Japan Post Office's official online store from August 12. Their price has not been listed yet.
"Kantai Collection/KanColle" frame stamp set
「艦隊これくしょん－艦これ－」フレーム切手セット（クリアファイル、台紙付き）が、8月12日(金)～8月14日(日)の東京ビッグサイト「コミケ90」の臨時郵便局、8月12日(金)から郵便局ネットショップで販売されます。 pic.twitter.com/buy9Ue6GXh— 公益財団法人 日本郵趣協会 (@kitteclub) August 4, 2016
"KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!"
「この素晴らしい世界に祝福を！」フレーム切手セット（アイコンシール×、ポストカード付き）が、8月12日(金)～8月14日(日)の東京ビッグサイト「コミケ90」の臨時郵便局、8月12日(金)から郵便局ネットショップで販売されます。 pic.twitter.com/RyPjniqqZW— 公益財団法人 日本郵趣協会 (@kitteclub) August 4, 2016
「Fate/Grand Orde」フレーム切手セット（プレミアムホロカード、台紙付き）が、8月12日(金)～8月14日(日)の東京ビッグサイト「コミケ90」の臨時郵便局、8月12日(金)から郵便局ネットショップで販売されます。 pic.twitter.com/lvzyfs3qEd— 公益財団法人 日本郵趣協会 (@kitteclub) August 4, 2016
Black Lagoon heroine "Two Gun" Revy draws one of those two firearms as she stands among shattered barroom debris for a new figure, shipping in December. Shin Tanabe sculpts the 1/6 scale, 27cm figure, with Haruka Ayakouji helping on the pose and Arugo-sha doing planning cooperation. She sells for 14,904yen.
Speaking of revisiting the heroines of Sunday GX, manga, Keitarou Takahashi brought back Koko from the shared magazine's Jormungand for a summer sports illustration
According to the latest weekly sales report by online bookstore Mangaoh, the most pre-ordered new book of the week ended July 23 was "Kagawa Hisashi Toei Animation PreCure Works" that collected the 2009-2010 TV anime Fresh PreCure! character designer's PreCure-related illustrations.
It is the fifth book from Ichijinsha focusing on works by the PreCure designers, following Yoshihiko Umakoshi (2011, 2014/HeratCatch PreCure!), Toshie Kawamura (2014/Yes! PreCure 5, Yes! PreCure5 GoGo!, Smile PreCure!), Akira Takahashi (2015/Suite PreCure♪, Dokidoki PreCure!), and Akira Inagami (2016/Futari wa PreCure, Futari wa PreCure Max Heart).
The 135-page book includes all of the promotional arts for the 6th PreCure series, key art drawings, original and rough character design sketches, and his interview to review his professional career as an animator and character designer. 51-year-old Kagawa is now working on Toei Animation's 60th anniversary
TV anime Tiger Mask W as character designer.
Front cover illustration
Bonus illustration cards
Kagawa has been sending the autographed books to his family members and friends.
昨日はタイガーマスクの宣伝ばかりでしたが…ついに今日はプリキュアワークスの正式な発売日です— 香川久 (@DanngoDaisuki) 2016年7月23日
自分も親や姉家族、友人に贈る為、少しずつイラストとサイン入れて梱包して送ってますが、やっと半分郵送した所です まだ先は長い… pic.twitter.com/V5LbyxcXV7
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Jerry Doyle, best known for his role as Chief of Security Michael Garibaldi on Babylon 5, has passed away at the age of 60.