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Otakon 2018 News Wrap-Up

Otakon occurred this past weekend and a ton of news was shared with the thousands of attendees. So, let’s dig right into things with a good old-fashioned con wrap up!

Aniplex of America

– Both The Irregular at Magic High School and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood will be receiving Blu-ray box sets later this year.

– The hour-long premiere episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization will premiere in Los Angeles on September 15.

Warner Brothers

– Summer series High School Girl and Sirius the Jaeger will be hitting Netflix in December 2018.

Denpa

– The reason why you’ve never heard of Denpa before is that this is a company that was first revealed to exist at this year’s Otakon. Fronted by Vertical’s former marketing director Ed Chavez, he announced the new company and the first seven manga licenses: Kaiji by Nobuyuki Fukumoto, Inside Mari by Shuzo Oshimi, An Invitation from a Crab (Kani ni Sasowarete) by panpanya, Futurelog by Range Murata, Maiden Railways (Tetsudou Shojo Manga) by Atsumiko Nakamura, Super Dimensional Love Gun by Shintaro Kago, and Legend of the Overfiend by Toshio Maeda. Good luck Ed!

Funimation

– Funi announced that they have licensed the series Angel Links and will release it on November 6.

Manga Gamer

– Manga Gamer announced the following new licenses: The Expression Amrilato, Fxxx Me Royally! – Horny Magical Princess, Farther than the Blue Sky!, and Beat Angel Escalayer R

Dark Horse

– Dark Horse Comics only announced one new license: Emanon by Shinji Kajio and Kenji Tsuruta

Sentai Filmworks

– Sentai will dub the following series: Girls’ Last Tour, Land of the Lustrous, Mitsuboshi Colors, and Just Because!

Discotek

– Discotek were the big winners this weekend with a ton of license announcements: Giant Robo OVA, Area 88 OVA, Lupin the 3rd: Blood Seal of the Eternal Mermaid movie, Kimagure Orange Road, Galaxy Express 999, Psycho Armor Govarian, Bo-Bobo-Bo-Bobo-bo, Space Warriors Baldios, Voltes V, God Mars, Message from Space: Galactic Wars, and Space Wolf Juspion.

Sword Art Online: Alicization Hour-Long First Episode to Premiere in Seven Countries

Sword Art Online: Alicization Key Visual

You all have no Earthly idea how excited I am for the third season of Sword Art Online. I have lived and died with these characters ever since the first season premiered and I am already all set for more action with this crew. Thanks to the news that hit today, I’m even more excited.

According to the announcement which was posted early this morning by Aniplex, the special one-hour long first episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization will be premiered in seven different countries: Japan, USA, Australia, France, Germany, Russia, and Korea.

Unfortunately, we have absolutely no idea when or where these premieres will be taking place (besides the one in Japan, announced for September 15) so you’ll just have to stay tuned to get more details!

If you can’t make it to one of these big premiere events, you can still check out the series when it actually airs starting in October 2018.

Via Getchu

Girly Air Force Anime Set to Premiere in Winter 2019

Girly Air Force Key Visual

We’re only four months away from seeing these girly pilots take off into the sky!

According to multiple sources out of Japan, the previously announced series Girly Air Force will be airing during the winter 2019 season. Starring Ryota Ohsaka as the hero Kei and Yuuka Morishima as humanity’s last hope Gripen, this series follows their path together.

The premise: Flying creatures called Zai have started attacking Earth. Mankind, in their infinite wisdom, creates aircraft called “Daughters” and an automated system to fight them called “Anima”.

I would love to say that I am all on board for this series already, but I won’t be until I see a finished product. I will admit though that the concept has me curious and I’m really dying to know more about the crew who are putting it together. We already know that Satelight is producing the animation but come on, throw us all a bone here.

[Editor’s Note: Isn’t this premise just Third Aerial Girls Squad from Shirobako? I’m so confused….]

Otter Media Purchased by AT&T

It was announced yesterday via various industry trades that Otter Media had been purchased in whole by the telecom giant, AT&T.

AT&T previously co-owned the company in a joint venture along with The Chernin Group. This is something that has been rumored for quite a while now, but the deal was finalized this week.

Now, why should you care about this? Because Otter Media is the parent company of Crunchyroll, VRV, Rooster Teeth, Ellation, and Fullscreen.

According to the announcement, Otter CEO Ton Goncalves will keep his job and report to WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey from this point forward.

It’s absolutely impossible to predict what this means for fans and Crunchyroll in general, so I won’t speculate here. This could end up being absolutely nothing in the long run and might not even be detectable to fans from this point forward. At least that’s my sincere hope.

New Key Visual and Cast Members Revealed for Voice of Fox Anime

Voice of Fox Key Visual

A brand new key visual and cast details were revealed yesterday for the upcoming series, Voice of Fox (Kitsune no Koe). Set to premiere in October 2018, the series is all about a high school kid who is listless and poor.

During the day, he’s a talented musician who ghostwrites and performs songs for a talentless pop idol who couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. This high school kid, named Hu Li, also wears a fox mask to hide a large facial scar he received in a car accident. By night, however, this high school kid goes online and publishes his own music under the name Mr. Fox.

Nine cast members have been confirmed for the series thus far:

Chuyun: Arisa Kouri
Hongye: Yukiko Motoyoshi
Hu Li: Kengo Kawanishi
Ji Hetian: Satoshi Hino
Kong Que: Hisayoshi Suganuma
President Kim: Sho Hayami
Xueer: Rena Maeda
Yuxin: Shiki Aoki
Zhang Yao: Subaru Kimura

Meanwhile, in the crew, we have Koujin Ochi sitting in the director’s chair at studio Yumeta Company. Yoshimi Narita will be handling the series composition and Aki Tsunaki will be taking care of character designs.

The series is based on a manhua which ran for 24 chapters in One Week Comics between June 2015 and September 2016. This tells me that, provided this series gets enough episodes, we might actually get to see a complete story from beginning to end! Hallejuah!

Via Anime Herald

Mexico Awarded First Place at 2018 World Cosplay Summit

Team Mexico accepting first place!

There’s no other word for it; last night Mexico DOMINATED the World Cosplay Summit.

Held in Nagoya, this annual event brings together the most elite cosplayers in the world for a competition to see who’s the best. This year, Mexico showed its fighting spirit (literally) with a Street Fighter cosplay and skit combo that knocked the judges out cold.

Out of nine awards given out last night, Mexico snagged SIX of them including the Air Asia award, the Futaba award, the NicoNico award, and the grand championship. Indonesia and Thailand took second and third place, respectively.

Here are videos of the top three skits, Mexico first…

This marks the second time that Mexico has won the grand championship (tying them with Japan). The last time this happened was in 2015. Currently, the overall leaders are Italy and Brazil, with three wins each.

The three winning teams!

Congratulations to the winners and participants of this year’s competition!

Photos via Facebook, Mantan Web

Mitsuru Adachi’s Mix Manga to Get TV Anime in Spring 2019

More baseball anime is coming? But my birthday isn’t until October!

Earlier this week, it was revealed that a TV anime adaptation of Mitsuru Adachi’s Mix manga series will air in spring 2019. If you’re a fan of the series Touch (also created by Adachi) you’ll want to pay super close attention to this.

In this series, the story takes place about thirty years after the events of Touch and will follow two stepbrothers who are trying to get into Koushien. The series first began running in 2012 in Monthly Shonen Sunday and will soon have thirteen volumes in print.

I will never complain about more baseball anime! I am a bit concerned because I never got around to watching Touch, but I’m hoping that this series set far enough away from those events that new fans can get into the story without much effort.

Via Moetron

Brand New Code Geass Movie to Hit Theaters in Japan February 2019

Code Geass: Re;surrection

Almost thirteen years after the original TV series hit Japanese airwaves, Code Geass will finally see its grand finale.

In a video which was released to YouTube earlier today, it was revealed that a brand new Code Geass movie (Re;surrection) will be released to 120 theaters in Japan starting February 2019. This movie is the culmination of the Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch sequel project, first announced in late 2016.

If you haven’t been keeping score at home, the first movie in the recap trilogy was released almost a year ago in October 2017. The second recap movie was released this past February and the final recap movie was released in May. Funimation has already licensed the movie trilogy. This final movie will be a completely new movie which will serve to tie up all the loose ends and bring the story to a close.

Many cast and crew members are returning to reprise their roles from the television series and movies, including Goro Taniguchi in the director’s chair.

I’ve always openly admitted to not being the biggest fan of mecha series but I loved Code Geass, so this is exciting news for me and many other fans of the franchise.

Via Getchu

New Ghost in the Shell Anime to Have Two Seasons

Ghost in the Shell fans can now get twice as excited about the upcoming new anime!

In an interview with the Nuke the Fridge YouTube channel held at SDCC, Production I.G president Maki Terashima-Furuta confirmed that the upcoming Ghost in the Shell anime will have two separate, 12-episode seasons. One season will be directed by Kenji Kamiyama and the other by Shinji Aramaki. No further details including release dates have been revealed as of yet for the anime, which was first revealed to exist back in April.

GitS has been around for quite a while now, with the first anime incarnation being released back in 1995. Since that time the manga has been adapted into multiple movies, TV series, and even got a Hollywood live-action adaptation in 2017.

Via ANN

Karakuri Circus Anime Adaptation Reveals Cast, Crew, Premiere Date, Key Visual, and PV!

Karakuri Circus Key Visual

I have to admit, this is one of those times when the promotional video does a great job of really getting you hyped up to see the finished product.

Last night, a bunch of new details was released for the upcoming fall anime adaptation of author Kazuhiro Fujita’s Karakuri Circus including cast, crew, a new key visual, and a promotional video.

Set to premiere on Amazon worldwide in October 2018, the series takes place in a circus. Not just any circus though. Masaru has just inherited a huge fortune from his now -eceased father. Unfortunately for him, a bunch of people are trying to get their hands on that inheritance through any means necessary! Enter a group of supernatural beings who are dead set on protecting Masaru from the evil forces who want to take his money. The series originally premiered as a manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday in 1997 and ran for through 2006, spanning 43 volumes.

Now that we’ve gotten the background all of the way, let’s jump forward to the near future and check out who will be bringing this adaptation to life.

Satoshi Nishimura will direct the series at studio VOLN. The original creator, Kazuhiro Fujita, and Toshiki Inoue will be teaming up to create the series composition. Meanwhile, character designs will be handled by Takahiro Yoshimatsu, whileYuuki Hayashi will compose the soundtrack.

As for the voice cast, the primary characters that have been revealed so far read:

Masaru Saiga – Chihiro Ueda
Shirogane Saiga – Megumi Hayashibara
Narumi Katou – Rikiya Koyama
Eiryou Ashihana – Takahiro Sakurai
Gii Christoph Resh – Nozomu Sasaki

You have to admit that everything about this series so far makes it sound like it’s going to be a lot of fun! It might not be an AOTY contender but it could easily become the sleeper hit of the season if the crew play their cards right.

Via Esteru