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!…

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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.…

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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.…

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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.…

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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 …

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Astro Boy Prequel manga, Atom the Beginning, to get adapted into an anime

The cover for the upcoming July 2016 issue of Monthly Hero has now been revealed by Japanese shopping website 7net, and that very cover has announced that Tetsuro Kasahara’s Astro Boy prequel spin-off manga, Atom the Beginning, will also be getting adapted into an anime.

The manga is considered an “episode zero” story for Osamu Tezuka’s timeless manga classic, the manga will tell the story of the events leading up to the birth of Astro Boy.

Not much has been announced about this new anime adaptation so far, but expect it to be a must-watch for any Astro Boy fan, both young and old.

The manga itself is in collaboration with Tezuka Productions, and the legendary mangaka’s son, Makoto Tezuka, is supervising it himself. Patlabor the Mobile Police, Birdy the Mighty creator, Masami Yuuki, is credited with the manga’s “concept works,” while its mangaka, Tetsuro Kasahara, is the mangaka behind Rideback, which received an anime adaptation back in 2009.…

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Free! “Pilgrimage Site” of Iwami is recruiting cosplayers to clean pool

Thanks to a certain sports anime from Kyoto Animation titled Free!, the small town of Iwami in Tottori Prefecture has been swarmed by anime fans on a “pilgrimage” and visiting some of the areas featured in the anime. Now, Iwami High School is seeking the help of 40 volunteers to clean their pool, and cosplayers can take part in it!

Taking a page from the anime’s first episode, where Free!’s main characters are forced to clean the pool they will be swimming in. Iwami High School, one of the holiest sites for Free! fans, is looking for a total of 40 volunteers, who will be split into two groups of 20. The first group will be scheduled to clean the pool on 4 June, while the second group will be cleaning on 12 June. A lottery will be selecting the volunteers.

The organizers of this pool clean up has specified that the volunteers are allowed to cosplay, and even do photo shoots around the pool area. Previously, this same pool, which was also featured in the anime, was the setting used in a Free! photo shoot.

The town has been quite known for its own Free! connections, as merchandise from the anime have been in the town, not to mention all those sites featured in the anime, which the fans absolutely love to visit.…

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D.Gray-man Hallow’s new visual confirms release date

A decade after the premiere if the first anime adaptation of Katsura Hoshino’s hit Jump manga, D.Gray-man, the anime series is receiving a reboot with D.Gray-man Hallow. Just recently, a new visual was revealed, and it features some of the anime’s characters. It also announces the exact premiere date for the upcoming new anime.

According to an early look at the new visual, which features beloved characters such as Allen Walker, Ayuu Kanda, The Millennium Earl, Lanalee Lee, Lavi, and many more, the anime will be making its premiere on the 4th of July.

Unlike the original anime adaptation released 10 years ago, D.Gray-man Hallow will be featuring a brand new voice cast. Allen Walker will now be voiced by Ayumu Murase, who takes over the voice acting duties for Sanae Kobayashi. Meanwhile, Yuu Kanda’s new seiyuu is now Takuya Sato, replacing Takahiro Sakurai, and Lavi is now voiced by Natsuki Hanae, replacing Kenichi Suzumura. Lanalee Lee , who was previously voiced by Shizuka Itou, will now be voiced by Ai Kakuma. The other cast members are:

  • Howard Link: Shinnosuke Tachibana
  • The Earl of Millenium: Yutaka Aoyama
  • Tyki Mikk: Masakazu Nishida
  • Road Kamelot: Yui Kondo
  • Arystar Krory: Noriaki Sugiyama
  • Miranda Lotto: Ami Koshimizu
  • Wisely: Soichiro Hoshi
  • Bookman: Hochu Otsuka
  • Alma Karma: Ryota Asari
  • Komui Lee: Gou Inoue
  • Reever Wenhamm: Tomokazu Sugita
  • Johnny Grill: Mitsuhiro Ichiki
  • Malcom=C=Lvellie: Toru Okawa
  • Tewaku: Rie Suegara
  • Madarao: Takuya Eguchi
  • Tokusa: Soma Saito
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Yoshiaki Nishimura: Hayao Miyazaki planning 3 more animated shorts for Ghibli Museum

Legendary and Academy Award-winning animation director, Hayao Miyazaki is not exactly retired, and it is evident as he is still planning to make a few animated shorts. This good news was revealed by his close friend and Studio Ghibli producer, Yoshiaki Nishimura, who recently sat down with UK news website, Den of Geek, for an interview.

According to Nishimura, the man behind such classics like My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away, is planning more animated shorts for the Ghibli Museum.

“Ah! Yes. Miyazaki’s plan is to produce 12 short films to be shown at the museum. If there are 12 of them, we can rotate them once a month. At the moment, they have nine, so there are three more to go. So Miyazaki’s working on that. Apart from that, there are talks of 15 to 30 second TV commercials, or TV series, but nothing is concrete.”

However, Nishimura did not state whether Miyazaki himself will be directing these three shorts, but as Nishimura revealed, it is Hayao Miyazaki himself who is doing the planning. Of the nine existing animated shorts for the Ghibli Museum, only seven are directed by Miyazaki himself.

Miyazaki retired back in 2013, with his final film, The Wind Rises, getting nominated for an Oscar. However, he clarified that he is only retiring from directing feature films, and would only be directing animated shorts for the Ghibli Museum every now and then.

In the interview with Den of Geek, …