ANIME

Gintama anime gets very romantic with a new OAD featuring the “Love Potion” arc

The Gintama TV anime may have ended, and the manga may be entering its final arc later this year. However, the lovable Yoruzuya gang are coming back with a new Original Anime DVD (OAD), and it certainly spells some romantic trouble from our wacky heroes.

It will be titled “Love Potion,” and as the title suggests, it will adapt the manga’s “Love Potion” story arc from chapters 492-496. In this arc, a strange incense makes people fall in love with the first person they see, and in typical Gintama fashion, hilarity ensues as everyone becomes affected by it. The episode itself is scheduled to run for approximately 25 minutes.

The OAD will be coming bundled with the manga’s Vol. 66 Tankoubon compilation, which will be released on 4 November. The OAD-manga bundle will cost 3,400 yen, and will also come with specially illustrated Gintama postcards.…

ENTERTAINMENT

The Japanese entertainment industry mourns the loss of Koji Wada

The passing of Koji Wada as made many fans around the world tear up, as the legendary Japanese singer has touched the lives of many, especially their childhoods. The 42-year old singer passed away after a long battle with cancer, and his friends and colleagues in the industry came out to talk about the man who has touched their lives.

Here are a few of their testimonials:

Koji Wada, you did a good job. I wish for your happiness in the next world from the bottom of my heart. Please have a peaceful rest.
Junya Enoki (Digimon Adventure tri.’s Takeru Takaishi)
Hearing about Koji Wada’s death, my heart is filled with grief. As someone involved in Digimon Adventure and as a fan myself, I’ve been saved by, and given dreams and strength through Wada’s song “Butter-fly” as well as his other songs. I hold pride in the fact that we lived at the same time, and held dreams in the same work.
Junya Ikeda (Digimon Adventure tri.’s Joe Kido)
I only had the chance to meet Koji Wada once in person, but… Good job up until now. He performed the theme song for “Digimon Frontier,” a work I participated mid-way in. I’m happy to have been able to hear his singing voice live.
Ryotaro Okiayu (Digimon Frontier’s RhodoKnightmon)
It appears that Koji Wada has passed away… I provided the composition for the Digimon Savers opening theme song, “Hirari.” I remember how happy I was to meet him
Movies

How not to be rude in movie theaters, as shown by Gundam’s Char and Garma

Movie theater etiquette is often something that has been broken for ages, with people bringing smartphones, cameras, or just having a loud conversation with their friend. However, Gundam is helping out some movie theaters with a new video, featuring Char Aznable and Garma Zabi, and teaching audiences what NOT to do while watching a movie.

The video features Char doing a few undesirable actions, from trying to record the movie, to having a loud conversation on the phone, to even kicking the seat in front of him. But as Garma played the straight man (tsukkomi) to Char’s idiot (bokke), he ain’t off the hook as well, as he was talking pretty loudly, which is a big NO in theaters.

The video also teases the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky movie, which will act as the ONA’s “director’s cut edition,” and will feature new footage not included in the ONA episodes. It will be approximately 70 minutes long, and will be screened in 15 cinemas across Japan starting 25 June 2016.…

JAPAN

Adults can now ride a new Catbus as the Ghibli Museum re-opens in summer

After a few renovations resulting to it being closed for two whole months, the Ghibli Museum will finally re-open starting 16 July! Amongst the few new attractions, there is one that everyone is looking particularly forward to, and that is the new Catbus that even the adults can ride.

Before it went on renovation, the Ghibli Museum also featured a life-size replica of the Catbus, but only children can get to climb it. After the museum reopens, both kids and adults will be able to enjoy the “Ride the Catbus to the Ghibli Forest” attraction.

Visitors can ride the Catbus for a limited time, between 16 July until May 2017, though not much has been revealed thus far.

The museum, which will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary, will also feature several attractions from Ghibli works like Spirited Away, Ponyo, Castle in the Sky, Heidi, Girl of the Alps, and even Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Academy Award-winning director and Studio Ghibli legend, Hayao Miyazaki, is overseeing the renovations himself, so expect some of the anime legend’s magic to come with the new museum’s opening.

Lawson, which is distributing the tickets for the opening in Japan, will be unveiling an exclusive website for visitors from overseas which can be accessed from 10 June.…

ANIME

New Berserk TV Anime’s premiere date and character visuals revealed

The new Berserk TV anime is one of the most hyped, and one of the most anticipated anime this upcoming summer 2016 season/ The latest 11th issue of Young Animal magazine has revealed that Berserk (2016) will be making its premiere on 1 July!

The character designs for some of the characters have also been revealed, including Guts finally donning that “Black Swordsman” look of his that fans have been waiting for for a long time.

Berserk mangaka, Kentarou Miura, has revealed that this new 2016 anime will be animating Guts as the dreaded Black Swordsman. Now who is hyped up for this one, because we surely are!…

Featured

New Cardcaptor Sakura manga by CLAMP to also get adapted into an anime

A leaked magazine scan from the upcoming July 2016 issue of Nakayoshi magazine has revealed that CLAMP’s new Cardcaptor Sakura manga, which will have its first chapter in the same issue, will also be getting adapted into its own anime. Not much has been announced, except for the fact that this new sequel manga will be getting an anime of its own.

It was previously confirmed that the mangaka group known as CLAMP will once again be doing both the art and story of the manga, which will follow an older Sakura. She is now a 1st-year middle school student, and has now graduated from Tomoeda Elementary School. However, her new middle school life is interrupted when she gets a mysterious dream, and then an incident takes place.

Previously, Nakayoshi, one of Japan’s leading shoujo manga magazines, revealed that the new manga will be a “short story”. However, it was not specified whether it will be a short series with one short arc, or a one-shot manga. But for now, we know that it will be a sequel series to focus on Sakura Kinomoto in middle school.

The group of mangaka known as CLAMP first introduced Cardcaptor Sakura back in 1996, and was serialized in Nakayoshi magazine. 2016 marks the series’ 20th anniversary, and the celebrations are only beginning as more merchandise and events are expected to be slated this year. There is also a 20th anniversary cover compilation by CLAMP, which will be released this March.…

ANIME

Digimon Adventure Tri.’s third part gets a brand new PV

After the shocker ending to Part 2, a brand new PV has been released for the upcoming Digimon Adventure tri. Kokuhaku film. In the new movie, Koushirou and the rest of the DigiDestined struggle to solve the mysteries of the infected Digimon and the now-infected Meicoomon, who is terrorizing both the Digital and Human worlds.

The third film, which continues the adventure of the original eight DigiDestined children, who are now older, will open in Japanese theaters starting 24 September, before the general release via DVD and Blu-ray in 2 November. It will be picking up where part 2, Ketsui, left off.

Advance sales of the film’s Blu-ray editions will also be available when in opens on 24 September, in selected movie theaters.…

ANIME

Musical anime, Starmyu, to get a second season

The boys of Starmyu recently held a special event for fans in Tokyo, and they surprised them by announcing that the autumn 2015 musical anime will be getting itself a second season, which has been slated for spring 2017.

Set in a school which molds its students for show business, Ayana Academy, Starmyu focuses on Team Ootori. The team aims to enter the famed “Star Frame class,” which is their school’s legendary musical department. However, its members often struggle to even be considered as candidates.

C-Station will once again be handling the animation production, with much of the main cast returning to reprise their roles.

  • Arthur Lounsbery as Kaito Tsukigami
  • Daisuke Hirakawa as Tsubasa Hiiragi
  • Junichi Suwabe as Itsuki Ootori
  • Kensho Ono as Touru Nayuki
  • Natsuki Hanae as Yuuta Hoshitani
  • Tomoaki Maeno as Shuu Kouga
  • Yoshimasa Hosoya as Shō Tengeji
  • Kazuyuki Okitsu as Seishirou Inumine
  • Kenn as Izumi Toraishi
  • Kousuke Toriumi as Christian Leon Yuzuriha
  • Nobuhiko Okamoto as Rui Tatsumi
  • Showtaro Morikubo as Kyouji Akatsuki
  • Takehito Koyasu as Haruto Tsukigami
  • Wataru Hatano as Sakuya Sazanami
  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Akira Ugawa
  • Yuuma Uchida as Eigo Sawatari

It was also revealed that the anime’s 2-part OVA will be released in 27 July and 21 September, respectively. The OVA will be following the aftermath of Ayana Academy’s school festival, and teams have to perform in the graduation ceremony, as the students look forward to the new year.…

Movies

Director reveals more details on the live-action Full Metal Alchemist film

Hiromu Arakawa’s internationally best-selling manga series, Full Metal Alchemist, is getting adapted into a live-action movie which promises to stay loyal to the source manga. The film’s director, Fumihiko Sori, recently sat down with Oricon to discuss the movie.

In the interview, Director Sori revealed that unlike live-action film adaptations of popular manga titles like Rurouni Kenshin, Attack on Titan, and Chihayafuru, the story of the Elric brothers will be told in only one stand-alone movie, and remember, this movie promises to stay loyal to the source, so one might wonder how they will fit all of that story material in one feature-length film.

But while the movie promises to stay loyal, a few deviations are to be expected, and one of them is Edward Elric’s age. In the manga, Edward is only 15 years old. However, in the movie, to keep up with actor Ryosuke Yamada’s looks, he will take on the age of 20. Another change is the so-called “race-lift,” where the manga’s European characters are played by Japanese actors. However, Sori did promise that there won’t be scenes where the characters would identify themselves as Japanese.

Sori also admitted that he is a fan of the manga, and said that he really wanted to adapt the story into a movie himself. He said that he wants to “challenge Hollywood,” and will be using very good special effects to do so. He said that he will be using CG effects a lot in this film, and said …

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Legendary GeGeGe no Kitarou mangaka, Shigeru Mizuki, laid to rest in a custom tomb he designed himself

Shigeru Mizuki has inspired countless mangaka with his works, and as he passed away late last year at the age of 93, a lavish funeral service was given to him from some of the biggest names in the Japanese anime, manga, and entertainment industries.

Now, approximately six months since his passing, the legendary mangaka has finally been laid to rest, and his tomb is something fitting of a mangaka such as Shigeru Mizuki himself. A tweet announced his burial in a custom tomb, together with a picture taken 30 years ago, when Mizuki became impressed with a custom tomb which featured two of his characters, Kitaro and Nezumi-otoko.

30年前、お墓ができた時の得意げな水木しげる。左右に鬼太郎とねずみ男、側面と後ろには水木が下絵を描いた妖怪達のレリーフ。水木が「調布のミケランジェロ」と絶賛する墓石屋さんの手彫りです

— 水木プロダクション (@mizukipro) May 30, 2016

Mizuki was so impressed with the carver, that he dubbed him as “the Michaelangelo of Choufu”. The mangaka also said that he wants to design his own tomb himself so that he would be “sure he would be comfortable with it when it was his time to enter it.” This is why his own tomb has been designed by the legendary mangaka himself.

A veteran of World War II, Shigeru Mizuki became a manga legend with only one arm, as he lost his left arm while serving Imperial Japan in Rabaul, New Guinea, one of the bloodiest areas ever affected by the great war. He was being treated for Malaria when his hospital got bombed and then lost his arm, however, that did not stop him from being a mangaka. You can check out his …