EVENT

AFA Manila Dates Set!

Philippine anime and cosplay fans are in for a treat as Manila becomes the fourth official location for the Anime Festival Asia Regional Circuit! AFAPH is slated for the 29th and 30th of February 2107 at the SMX Manila Function Rooms 6 to 10 in Pasay City!

AFAPH will feature mini events and special exhibitions by major Japanese companies and SEA regional licensees, the Philippine Finals of the AFA Regional Cosplay Championships 2107, and the very first I LOVE ANISONG concert in the Philippines!

The Philippine Finals of the AFA Regional Cosplay Championships pits cosplay pairs from around the country against each other in a test of crafting skills and acting prowess. This prestigious event will be judged by internationally renowned cosplayers KÄNÄMË⛧ and ~霊華~!

I LOVE ANISONG @ AFA PH will feature a stellar line-up of acts, including Galactic Fairy Sheryl Nome, all-girl underworld garage band Girls Dead Monster, and for a special two-night-only event — a reunion concert by the original members of µ’s!

Ticketing tiers and availability will be announced soon. AFA World members will have exclusive Early Bird Access to VVVVVIP Packages and a Members-Only Meet-and-Greet event with the I LOVE ANISONG artistes. Stay tuned!…

ENTERTAINMENT

FAM16 invites LUNA HARUNA and sasakure.UK as performing Guests!

In a surprise announcement today, AFA Facebook page released the names of the performing artists attending Funan Anime Matsuri 2016.

Announced are Anisong artist, Luna Haruna, know for her performances in many popular anime titles like Sword Art Online, Koimonogatari and etc; And sasakure.UK, a popular DJ, songwriter, and producer, most famous for his skillful and meticulous use of popular vocal synthesis programs like the Miku Hatsune “Vocaloid” software

Together with KANAME☆, Mayu, Baozi & Hana, Ajo, Mon, ELY and Saffron, a stellar line-up of celebrity cosplayers in FAM2016SG ! This is proving to be a highly anticipated Swan song

More information on the event can be found on the following sites,

Luna Haruna

Luna Haruna was born on October 11th.

She gained tremendous popularity as a finalist in the “4th Anisong Grand Prix” and on May 2012, she made her major debut with the song “Sorawa Takaku Kazewa Utau” (Ending theme song for the second season of animation “Fate/Zero”), written and composed by Yuki Kajiura.

In January 2015, Luna Haruna released her 7th single, “Kimiiro Signal” (Opening theme song for the animation “Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata”)

Her other notable songs are “Overfly” (Ending theme song for the animation “SWORD ART ONLINE” -Fairy Dance-), “Aiwoutae” (Ending theme song for the second season of “<monogatari> series” produced by the popular creator, Jin), “snowdrop” (Ending theme song for the animation “Koimonogatari”) and more recently, “Startear” (Ending theme song for the animation “SWORD ART ONLINE II”).

Her popularity is not contained within

ANIME

Makoto Shinkai’s Kimi no Na wa./ Your Name. anime film gets 2 new trailers

Renowned and critically-acclaimed anime director, Makoto Shinkai, is back with another movie offering, which is titled “Kimi no Na wa.” or “Your Name.”. Much like his previous works, this one promises to be quite emotional. The official TOHO movie channel has started streaming a new trailer for the new movie, which introduces us tom the two leads, Taki and Mitsuha.

A shorter version was also released, and it features the anime’s theme song, “Zen Zen Zense” by J-Rock band, RADWIMPS.

Best known for beautifully animated works like Voices of a Distant Star, The Garden of Words, and 5 Centimeters Per Second, Makoto Shinkai has made a name for himself with animated feature films. Kimi No Na Wa. will be the 42-year old director’s first new work since his critically-acclaimed Garden of Words. The film promises to be a “tale of love and miracles”, which will bring together Mitsuha Miyamizu, a girl living in a rural mountain area with her father, sister, and grandmother, and Taki Tachibana, a boy living in the bustling city streets of Tokyo. The two have never met, but have become connected by a dream of one another.

Last year, Shinkai announced that he was working on a new film, and a year later, this is what he was working on. But he won’t be alone in this stunning new film, as Masashi Ando, who has worked on Ghibli films such as Spirited Away and When Marnie Was There, will be serving as his animation director, …

Featured

Spice and Wolf to return for 10th Anniversary

Back in February 2006, Dengeki Bunko and Japanese light novel author, Isuna Hasekura, launched Spice and Wolf, and taught a lot of people about business, economics, and politics. To celebrate the series’ 10th anniversary, the May issue of Dengeki Bunko Magazine has revealed that Lawrence and Holo are returning in a new story, which will be the first one since the light novel series ended with its 17th and final volume.

The series will return with the “Spring Log” chapter, which will be focusing on Lawrence, and a pair of a pair of travelers unwind after a long journey in a hot spring.  After that, a new story will be focusing on Lawrence’s partner, Holo, and the magazine announced that they will be continuing the duo’s story.

Other announcements for the light novel series include new 10th anniversary merchandise, and the release of an e-book omnibus for the entire 17-volume series. The magazine will also be releasing monthly short stories about the series just for the anniversary.

Spice and Wold follows the story of Kraft Lawrence, a travelling merchant, who picks up an unexpected travelling companion in Holo, a wise wolf who was the diety of a local village. The series tackled several key issues, from food and business, to politics, tradition, and religion.…

EVENT

Bakuon!! Anime Japan 2016 report

Article adapted from LisAni! Web

The new anime, Bakuon!! will be going on air from 4 April onwards! Here we bring you an official report of the “Kokujou Bakuon” event from Anime Japan 2016, as well as the Tokyo Motorcycle Show Stage.

A report of the anime Bakuon!! at Anime Japan 2016 and the 43th Tokyo Motorcycle Show Stage

Finally, at midnight on 4 April, the anime, Bakuon!! will be airing on TOKYO MX, Sun Television, BS11! Just before the start of the anime, there were special stage events for this anime at Anime Japan 2016, which was held from 25-27 March at Tokyo Big Sight. Firstly, on 26 March,

Firstly, on 26 March, Yumi Uchiyama (the voice of Onsa Amano), and Rikako Yamaguchi (the voice of Hijiri Minowa) made an appearance on the Bakuon!! Stage at the TOKYO MX booth. They shared with the audience that after being involved in Bakuon!!, they would sometimes look at motorcycles on the road while they were driving, and have become more interested in motorcycle shops. It really enhanced their interest in motorcycles.

In preparation for this anime, they also attended some lectures on motorcycles, and even had a ride on some of the staff’s motorcycles! The staff were also a motorcycle-loving bunch. After that, the two of them challenged themselves to a game on the official website, called “BAKUON!!” Which got everyone, including the audience, rather fired up!

On 27 March, at the 43th Tokyo Motorcycle

MUSIC

Singer and Digimon icon, Kouji Wada, passes away at 42

Kouji Wada, whose voice has influenced the childhood of many by singing the theme songs for many Digimon anime, has passed away at the age of 42 on 3 April after a long battle with cancer in his upper pharynx.

He discovered that he had a malignant tumor in his upper pharynx and a lymph node on his neck back in 2003. It was treated properly, but his cancer came back, and he was forced to put his career on hold in 2011. He later came back in 2013, and fittingly ended his career with his final single, which is a re-recording of Butter-Fly for the Digimon Adventure tri. anime, the very song which made him famous.

A private memorial service will be held for the singer’s family and friends, while his agency, Solid Vox, will be holding a memorial event for fans later this month called the  “Wada Kouji Owakare no Kai” or the Kouji Wada Farewell Event. No exact date for this memorial service for fans has been announced as of writing.

Aside from his career-defining Butter-fly song, the talented singer was also responsible for the theme songs for Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers, Digimon Frontier, Digimon: Data Squad, and Digimon Xros Wars. He also performed the theme song the OP theme song of the Japanese version of Transformers: Robots in Disguise.

We send our condolences to the family of Kouji Wada. May he rest in peace.…

ANIME

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! OVA announced, to come bundled with PS Vita game

The lovable Service Club trio of Hachiman, Yukino, and Yui are back, and Iroha too. This is because there will be a new My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! OVA coming this July, and it will be coming bundled with the My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! PS Vita game.

Titled “Kitto, Onna no Ko wa Osatou to Spice to Suteki na Nanika de Dekiteiru,” the OVA will be set during Vol. 10.5 of Wataru Watari’s light novels, and will focus mainly on Iroha Isshiki. It will be released in Blu-Ray disc format and will be coming with the limited edition version of the game, which costs 11,000 yen. The regular version will cost 7,000 yen.

Meanwhile, there will be freebies for those buying the game in specific stores. Those who buy the game in Animate get a Yukono B2-size wall scroll, while those who purchase the game via Sofmap get a Yui B2-size wall scroll. The game is published by 5pb.…

Featured

New Spring 2016 Military Anime, Hai-Furi, Teams up with the Japanese Self Defense Force

When it comes to anime partnerships, the Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) is definitely no stranger to them, as they have previously partnered with military anime like Strike Witches, Girls und Panzer, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, GATE, and Kantai Collection. The new spring 2016 anime season also features one new military anime, and it is called High School Fleet, or Hai-Furi.

The new collaboration will feature collaboration recruitment posters and illustrations done by character designer, Naoto Nakamura. These posters and illustrations will help attract new recruits to serve the JSDF, much like their previous anime collaborations, like the one for GATE and Girls und Panzer.

Meanwhile, the naval branch of the JSDF, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), is also actively promoting the anime about cute girls manning a destroyer.

おはようございます。いよいよ本日深夜 10日 0000i 横須賀を舞台に、海の安全を守る職業を目指す女の子たちを描く『はいふり』が始まります!https://t.co/FwVXmxghcu #はいふり pic.twitter.com/jzni3utXAZ

— 防衛省 海上自衛隊 (@JMSDF_PAO) April 8, 2016

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ANIME

Release Dates and Titles Revealed for Kuroko’s Basketball Trilogy Films

The 19th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump! magazine made several huge announcements for the Kuroko’s Basketball trilogy of animated films, which will be compiling the events of the Winter Cup from the TV anime and manga. The issue will be announcing the release dates and the titles for all three movies.

According to a leak of the upcoming issue, the first movie titled Winter Cup Soushuu-hen ~Kage to Hikari~ (Winter Cup Compilation ~Shadow and Light~), and it will open in Japan on 3 September. After that, the second film titled Winter Cup Soushuu-hen ~Namida no Saki e~ (Winter Cup Compilation ~Beyond the Tears~), will open in Japan on 8 October. Finally the third film and final film, which is titled Winter Cup Soushuu-hen ~Tobira no Mukou~ (Winter Cup Compilation ~Crossing the Door~), will open in Japan on 3 December.

The film trilogy will set up a fourth Kuroko’s Basketball animated film, which will be adapting the Kuroko’s Basketball: Extra Game manga, which takes place after the events of the main KuroBaske manga, and pits Team Vorpal Swords, comprised of the Generation of Miracles Members plus Taiga, against American street basketball team, Jabberwock.…

JAPAN

Prime Minister Shinzou Abe assures that Doujinshi will be safe under TPP

In Japan, artists, illustrators, and doujinshi creators are worried about the new Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, or TPP, which is an agreement among 12 countries in the Pacific Rim, namely Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. However, in a a meeting of the Committee on Intellectual Property, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzou Abe, has said that doujinshi will be safe under the agreement.

Many were afraid that the agreement would deem doujinshi as non-shinkokuzai, which could mean thet “creators could be prosecuted without the consent of the holders of the copyrights they have violated.” However, in a statement during the meeting, Abe said that

“Doujinshi don’t compete in the market with the original works and don’t damage the original creators’ profits, so they are shinkokuzai,”

and added that

“So that fan-made work like parodies don’t wither away, we’re limiting [non-shinkokuzai] to things that earn profits, wholly appropriate the original work, and inappropriately damage the rights holders’ rights — they must fulfill all of these conditions.”

There, straight from the Prime Minister’s mouth, doujins are safe. His statements may alleviate the fears of a lot of people, and this means that Japan’s bi-annual doujinshi fair, the Comiket, is still safe.

The Committee on Intellectual Property meeting where Abe talked about doujinshi also tackled other intellectual rights violations, such as video hosting sites. They are “considering the disclosure of the identities of illegal website managers, the shutdown of their websites, and their removal …