The production diary of Frontier Works recently announced that the live-action film sequel of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, otherwise known as Higurashi to most fans stated that this film will be running through the start of May, which is the Golden Week holiday period in Japan. The manga for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni was picked up by Yen Press and the first volume will be released in January, the anime still lacks a distributor currently.
Along with this announcement, Meitantei Conan: Shikkoku no Chaser (Detective Conan: The Jet Black Chaser) has been slated a release date of April in Japan as well. This series has been picked up by Viz Media for the anime in the UK.
Source: Anime News Network
As was noted a few days past, at the MCM London Expo there was a record breaking attempt in regards to Gaming Cosplay. It’s now been confirmed that those who attend the Saturday Expo have indeed broken the previous world record held by the Germans.
The total number of anime fans and gamers came to 342 in cosplay that were inside of the record attempt’s rules. This breaks the previous world record by a fair bit which was 337. As you can see, there were lots of people in some very high quality cosplay from the pictures below.
You can see the full album of cosplayers here.
The London Barbican will be screening the Sword of the Stranger on the 25th November, 2008. So for anyone who wants to see this film, it’s worth pre-booking to avoid any possible disappointment with a lack of ticket availability.
Sword of the Stranger has been presented at various Festivals, such as Leeds International Film Festival, Sci-Fi London’s Oktoberfest, FANTASPOA and various others. Each time it has been received very well, with an in-depth and interesting storyline that’s based around a young boy named Kotaro and his dog, who meet nameless samurai and have to fight for survival against the living and the dead.
Recently released by Beez Entertainment, this film is available for purchase at all good anime retailers.
Source: London Barbican
Tokyopop UK today announced that they had great success at London MCM Expo this year. Along with selling out of every edition of Dramacon Ultimate Edition that was with them over the weekend, the manga signing session ran over time by two hours. This was due to the sheer level of fans who wanted to get their favourite mangas signed by the author of Dramacon, Russian born Svetlana Chmakova .
Along with the sheer level of people showing up to get their manga signed, Tokyopop also gave away the must have gaming machine, the Nintendo Wii to one lucky fan. Darren De Doncker was that lucky fan, who just happened to pick up a copy of Chibi Vampire Volume 1 that had been marked in a particular way. So compeltely at random, he managed to win himself a Wii by just turning up!
Along with this great news, the UK based anime magazine NEO announced the results of their annual “Best Of” awards, and Tokoypop UK won the “Best Manga” award, which was for Tatsuhiko Takimoto’s Welcome to the NHK, and they also won the award of “Best Ditributor” as well! So we’ll be seeing Tokyopop in NEO yet again.
Below are a couple of the photos of that lucky Wii winner along with a Cosplayer and just how much manga Tokyopop brought along with them!
Source: Tokyopop UK
The MCM London Expo is one of the biggest industry events in the world of anime and manga, and it concluded this weekend. There’s been a plethora of news that’s come from most of the major anime distributors this year as always, and the information is as follows:
- All remaining Naruto episodes have now been licensed.
- Naruto – 15/12 for series 5
- Naruto Shippuden next Summer
- Blue Dragon – 2009
- Honey & Clover – 2009
- Ichigo 100% – 2009
- Ghost in the Shell: Innocence Blu Ray (Q1)
- Ghost in the Shell 2.0 with Blu Ray and theatricle release
- Claymore (in single discs)
- Darker than Black
- Afro Samurai
- Girl who leapt through time (8/12)
- Astro Boy
- Manga Store on iTunes
- Afro Samurai Resurection
- All 4 Slayers series will be released, starting in 2009. First three series’ will be across 4 discs
- The Cutey Honey live action film
- Blade of the Immortal
- Romeo X Juliet
- Desert Punk
- Solty Rei
- 1 box set every month
- Samurai Deeper Kyo
- Gurren Lagann EU exclusive, in smaller parts and EU extras
- Gundam 00
- Sword of the Stranger
- Progressive worldwide Blu-Ray releases
- Repacking prior series into box sets
- Getbackers Box sets on the way (two sets)
- Area 88 box in Jan
- Angelic Layer and DNAngel boxes in February
Along with this wave of releases, we’ve received confirmation that an “up-market” boxset of Gundam Wing is being planned from Beez, wit a new HD mastery straight from Japan along with a double volume release of Gurren Lagann.
Various anime will be appearing of XBL and iTunes shortly from Manga Entertainment. Whilst Claymore will begin to sell as single volumes, rather than a box set from January 09, and that currently Blood+ is too expensive for a UK release. Finally from Manga Entertainment, they’ve stated that the recent Funimation titles they’ve acquired are not part of an on-going agreement.
Revelation Films have also noted that they are going to finish all of their releases that they placed on hiatus with no warning earlier this year.
Unfortunately I was unable to attend this year, so if any of you have news that I’ve missed, please e-mail into webmaster(at)news-anime(dot)NOSPAMcom and I’ll add the news up as soon as possible.
Source: UKA, Eye on Anime
Variety have reported that Warner Brothers and the production company of the famous actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Appian Way, have gained the rights to create a live-action adaptation of the much loved Ninja Scroll.
There are various people rumoured to be writing the script, and it’s been said that DiCaprio will not be playing a starring role in the film. Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Mike Ireland will be working with Madhouse to create the film.
The Ninja Scroll anime boxsets have both been released by MVM Entertainment in the past three years, although in the USA this was captured by Manga Entertainment.
According to Slayers News, the fifth television series, based on the works of Hajume Kanzaka and Rui Araizumi’s comedy-fantasy novels was revealed during an autograph session as Slayers Evolution-R. This has been confirmed by TV Tokyo, and is on the Slayers Revolution website, available here.
Slayers Evolution-R is part of an ongoing franchise, which is based around a complicated world where the ultimate being is neither good, nor evil but is called the Lord of Nightmares, and is said to have created everything.
Source: Anime News Network
This is just a reminder to everyone to say that tomorrow is the start of the London MCM Expo! Down in London Town at the ExCel Centre, not too far from London City Airport thousands of anime and manga fans will flock together to enjoy and the plethora of new products that are being launched during this flash in the pan expo.
Beez Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, Viz, MVM and even the videogame publisher Koei are going to be in attendance. For those of you who aren’t on the Beez Mailing List, there’s going to be a lot of Beez products around, and there’s meant to be a few announcements tomorrow as well, along with the Q&A panel.
Sweatdrop Studios will be revealing a lot of new products, as we updated on earlier. So for fans of the many, many series that are being released, you can purchase the entire lot from the Expo tomorrow, you can see the various products that are being announced tomorrow here.
Genki Gear are also releasing their latest T-Shirt designs tomorrow, and the new manga distributor Dimensional Manga will be doing their pre-release signings as well!
So make sure that you all have fun, if you see anything interesting, worth reporting on or anything else that’s great please let us know at webmaster(at)news-anime(dot)comNOSPAM, remember to remove NOSPAM as we hate spam here. I should be around on Sunday, not that any of you a) care or b) know what I look like, but I’ll have a lot of fun anyway!
Top Shelf, the North American publisher has announced that they will be releasing a 400 page selection of AX Collection. The AX magazine, no relation to any other magazines, has played host to Yusaku Hanakuma’s Tokyo Zombie manga as well as many works by Suehiro Maruo, Shinichi Abe, Nishioka Kyoudai, Naoto Yamakawa, Usamaru Furuya, Akino Kondoh, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Toshio Saeki and Toyo Kataoka
AX co-founder Mitsuhiro Asakawa will co-edit the English edition of the collection. Author Sean Wilson will hold a presentation at San Fransisco Alternative Press Expo on the 2nd November.
There has been no word as when, or if this will make it’s way across to the UK. However, we have plenty of up and coming manga distributors for next year, so we may see it announced soon.
Source: Anime News Network
MÄR is somewhat of an oddity in the anime world, continuing to produce new episodes even after the highly successfully manga series has now ended. With a good production value, and an interesting plotline, the series is approaching a point where there’s no longer any manga to source its plotline from. Therefore it’s time to start spotting continuity errors, however, this doesn’t appear to be the case.
For those who are just picking up the series, it’s important to understand the back-story otherwise it’s very easy to get lost in this anime. As with all Shonen Jump animes, there’s a long storyline with multiple characters who’s main aim is to fight evil. Fortunately, there’s much more to MÄR than the typical format of battle, train, battle stronger enemy, gain new skill and train some more. Although throughout the first few episodes of previous volumes this is prevalent, Volume 3 starts to pick up more of a complicated storyline. The basic premise to the show is that our hero Ginta Toramizu is an under performing high schooler who dreams of a fantasy world when he’s sleeping. This world turns out to exist and he is summoned to MÄR Heaven to help defend the world from the evil Chess Piece Army; who want to start the War Games again. Along with his comrades, Jack, Princess Snow, Alan, Alviss, Dorothy, Babbo and various others Ginta has to fight these enemies and defend the new world he’s fallen into, whilst avenging his father’s death.
Picking up where Volume 2 ended, the first episode has a brief synopsis of what’s happened in the past 26 episodes. Koyuki delivers this monologue to Ginta’s mother in the human world. It details how many previous battles our heroes have faced and how everyone is completely behind Ginta and the team in the MÄR Heaven. Jack has just defeated a member of the Chess Piece Army and it’s now Princess Snow’s turn to battle on the Volcano Stage.
Naturally, Princess Snow battles her very hardest on the Volcano Stage; however, she become very weary as it’s not her natural stage to battle in. She unfortunately looses the battle and this means that the rest of the team have to pick up the slack, with battles against various enemies it falls to Alviss to battle the strongest enemy on the field, the Knight Class Rolan. Of course they win, but much more is learnt along the way.
More importantly though, Alviss discovers that there’s another person with the Zombie Tattoo, and other people are willing to accept it. Phantom also plays a lot more importance in this volume, along with a lot more from Dorothy. The team go back into the Training Door, although fortunately very little is seen of their training and more information to push the storyline along is divulged to the audience.
The team also travel to Caldia, the homeland of Dorothy. This land has a strict anti-forigner policy; however, this is wavered for Dorothy and it soon becomes apparent that Dorothy is actually a princess in this land and that her sister is Diana, which is actually Princess Snow’s stepmother. This woman is also the Queen of the Chess Piece Army, and more and more information is given to the viewer about Princess Snow and Dorothy’s back-story. When visiting this land Ginta soon realises that the War Games are actually war, and not a fun game and all of the rest of the cast are given new ÄRMs.
As with the previous two volumes, the animation is clear and is well drawn. Some of the characters do appear a little generic, with Ginta being one of the more generic looking characters; however, their personalities are all fairly distinct and although there is some clear fanservice in the show on the whole everything is very well done. As is expected with the certificate, there’s no blood or gore, just a lot of fighting and movement.
The Guardian ÄRMs as before are all done in CGI, and more of them are seen in this volume, with the introduction of one of Ginta’s new Guardian ÄRMs which is one of the main contributing factors to the fanservice, but also the butt of many jokes later that brings the mood of the show up.
The Japanese voice actors are brilliant and portray the emotions of the characters very well; the English team also have done a great job. With some very generic lines, the cast are all comfortable with their characters and although they do stray a bit from the subtitles, at no time is the meaning changed. Although there is a few swear words in the subtitles, none of these translate to the dub.
The DVD menu system is well designed and works well, and it doesn’t show half of the show before allowing one to select the options of what language and episode to select. The extras are lacking, with there only being trailers on one disc for a few other shows, there are no other extras at all.
Hexagon Pictures, the Japanese distributor, presented its upcoming anime and manga movies at TICCFOM recently. Chocolate Underground, the animated version of Alex Shearer’s Bootleg novel will open in February in Japan. This story is about two boys who run an illegal chocolate factory where sweets are forbidden in a repressive country.
Pride and NANA will also open in January 2009 in Japan, NANA follows two budding opera singers who go from rivals to best partners. Kanna’s Big Success which is about a woman as she goes through a complete make over with weight loss to become a star.
Source: Screen Daily
Kodnasha, the Japanese publisher has posted all of the pages of the 14th issue of the Morning 2 manga online, the same day at the 15th issue will start shipping in Japan.
The online version will require a free plugin called Crochet, and eventually three issues will be available online, 14, 15 and 16. This was done by the magazine staff after receiving feedback from fans stating that the magazine isn’t easily available where many people live.
Morning 2 publishes avant-garde titles, foreign authors and a comedy about Buddha and Jesus sharing a Tokyo low-rent apartment, so it’s not managed to get the popularity of it’s sibling magazines.
Source: Anime News Network
It was announced yesterday that Sojitz Corporation will be dissolving its ARM licensing subsidiary, Funimation have confirmed that this will not affect their titles in the USA, as their spokesperson, Jackie Smith stated:
“FUNimation no longer deals with ARM or Sojitz regarding the titles we acquired over the summer. Each title was transferred to us and we have been in direct contact with the licensers.”
In the summer ARM transferred many rights to Funimation USA, they were:
- Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy
- Air Gear
- Air (movie)
- Air (TV)
- Blade of the Phantom Master
- Comic Party: Revolution
- Coyote Ragtime Show
- Devil May Cry
- Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor TV
- Jing, King of Bandits: Seventh Heaven
- Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora (Shattered Angels)
- Le Chevalier D’Eon
- Moeyo Ken TV
- Moonlight Mile
- Murder Princess
- Nerima Daikon Brothers
- Pani Poni Dash!
- Project Blue Earth SOS
- Pumpkin Scissors
- Red Garden
- Sgt. Frog 1st & 2nd
- Tokyo Majin
- UFO Princess Valkyrie
- Venus Versus Virus
- The Wallflower
- Welcome to the NHK
Revelation Films deal with the majority of Funimation’s new licenses in the UK, and there has been no word on how this may affect the UK.
Source: Anime News Network
Thanks to the kind people over at Manga Entertainment, we at News-Anime are offering three people the chance to win a copy of Straight Jacket on DVD. All you need to do is answer the very easy question over on the Competitions page and we’ll select a winner at random very shortly.
Straight Jacket is a three part, steampunk action-horror OVA which has been based around the already hugely popular light novel series written by Ichiro Sakaki and illustrated by You Fujishiro, and it’s due out on the 27th October, or next week.
This screenplay has been directed by Shinji Ushiro and is an action-packed, bloody saga that will appeal to fans of Full Metal Alchemist, Hellboy Aniamted, Buso Renkin and various other action/horror animes. For the old-school among us, it will remind them of Legend of the Overfiend.
So just get yourself over to the competition page and answer the incredibly easy question!
Earlier in the year at Amecon, MVM Entertainment announced that they had received the opportunity to license the Slayers franchise. It would appear that they have now taken this opportunity up, and have announced Slayers Volume 1 with a release date of the 5th January, 2009.
At this current time, it would appear that MVM have licensed the original series, not the revivial of Slayers Revolution. If this is to be true, MVM are taking on a fair sized risk, as tradtitionally older series do not alway sell well in the UK, with the exception of the Tenchi franchise.
Yet, even if it is just the first Slayers franchise, this could mean that Slayers Revolution is on the cards for 2010.
Slayers follows the adventure of young sorceress Lina Inverse and her companions as they travel around their world. Using powerful magic, swordsmanship and skill they have to battle overreaching Wizards, Demons and various Dark Lords who are intent to take over the world.
Source: MVM Entertainment