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In This Corner of the World Anime Movie to be Re-Released with a Newly Added Scene

In This Corner of the World (Even More) Key Visual

Experience the movie in a whole new way!

It’s being reported by multiple sources that the critically acclaimed movie In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) will be re-released to theaters in Japan this December with 30 minutes of bonus footage. The new name for the movie will be In This Corner of the World (Even More). No word on if the movie will see another US theatrical run, but stay tuned to this site for details if and/or when one is announced.

If you missed out on this movie, don’t feel too bad since I missed out on seeing it as well. However, this is one of these movies that everyone should probably at least make an effort to view at least once if the critical acclaim, awards, and worldwide box office success is any indication.

The movie itself is based on a manga of the same name, which ran in Manga Action magazine from 2007 to 2009. Created by Fumiyo Kouno, the story is licensed by Seven Seas who describe the series as:

1940s Hiroshima. Suzu, a young bride, leaves her home to join her new husband, a member of the Japanese navy, at a military base in the port city of Kure. Confronted with the challenges of a new life, Suzu must also come to grips with a world at war and her beautiful home collapsing around her. Unwilling to give up hope, Suzu holds on to happiness to persevere through the trials of war.

The awards and acclaim didn’t come right away, however. The movie opened at #10 at the Japanese box office in 63 theaters back in November 2016. 19 weeks later though, the movie ended up crossing the 2.5 billion yen mark.

Since its release in 2016, the movie has gone on to win multiple awards including Best Animated Film at the 40th Japan Academy Awards, the Jury Award at the 41st Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and many, many others.

Not bad for a movie that started as a crowdfunding campaign in 2015.

Final Fairy Tail Anime Series Set to Air This October

Final Season of Fairy Tail Key Visual

It’s the end of an era so get your tissues ready.

Earlier today, it was revealed that the final series in the Fairy Tail anime franchise will air this October. The good news is that most of the primary cast and crew will be returning for the final season, so that’s some consolation I suppose.

Shinji Ishihira is directing and animation will be produced jointly by A-1 Pictures and Bridge. Meanwhile, Masashi Sogo will be handling series composition. Additionally, those who watch the series in Japanese won’t have to worry, as the primary cast will also be returning to reprise their roles.

The anime series is based off the manga series of the same name from author Hiro Mashima. Launched in 2006 Fairy Tail ended in 2017. Kodansha currently has the English rights to the series and they describe it as:

Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician. Her only hope is Natsu, a strange boy she happens to meet on her travels. Natsu’s not your typical hero—he gets motion sickness, eats like a pig, and his best friend is a talking cat. With friends like this, is Lucy better off with her enemies?

This is obviously news that we all saw coming when the manga series ended but still, for fans Fairy Tail, news of the last season is understandably bittersweet.

Via Moca News

Rumiko Takahashi Inducted Into Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame

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After being snubbed three times, world-famous manga author Rumiko Takahashi has taken her place among the elite in her industry.

Yesterday, Takahashi was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame. This was her fourth time to be nominated for the honor (her previous nominations came in 2014, 2016, and 2017). This is an award that is given out to those who have achieved the peak of their industry. Other names that were voted in this year included Charles Addams, Karen Berger, and Dave Gibbons.

Takahashi is a name that anyone connected to manga should recognize immediately due to her amazing four decades in the industry. Over the years she’s created series which range from Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ramna 1/2, Inuyasha, RIN-NE, and more. It seems as though no matter what characters Takahashi decides to bring to life, once those pages are seen by the public they turn into gold.

RIN-NE

Don’t just take my word for it though; this is how The Eisner Awards describe Takahashi’s career:

Popular manga creator Rumiko Takahashi is said to be the bestselling female comics artist in history, with hundreds of millions of her books sold around the world. Takahashi’s first published work was the one-shot Katte na Yatsura in 1978. Later that year her first major work began being serialized, Urusei Yatsura. She went on to create such classic works as Maison Ikkoku, Ranma ½, InuYasha, One Pound Gospel, Mermaid Saga, and Rumic Theater. Several of her works have been animated.

She joins other Japanese legends in the Hall of Fame including Osamu Tezuka, Kazuo Koike, Katsuhiro Otomo, and others.

This is a remarkable accomplishment for someone who has dedicated her life to creating amazing works that are enjoyed by youth and adults alike around the world. With any luck, we’ll all be enjoying Takahashi’s works for many more years to come.

Via Anime Herald

Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Manga Series Gets 2019 Anime Adaptation

Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka Key Visual

It’s very rare that I don’t enjoy something produced by Liden Films, so this is officially on my radar.

According to an official site launch, the manga series Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka (Mahou Shoujo Tokushuusen Asuka) from Makoto Fukami and Seigo Tokiya is getting an anime adaptation in January 2019.

Here’s what we know already:

The title character will be played by Aya Suzaki while the crew will be filled out by Hideyo Yamamoto in the director’s chair. Makoto Fukami and Norimitsu Kaihou will be handling the series composition.

The manga series first serialized in June 2015 in Monthly Big Gangan magazine. Seven Seas is currently publishing it in English and describes the story as:

When the Earth is threatened by the sudden appearance of undead creatures, a group of young women blessed with powers from a mysterious source rose to defeat them. Now, after three years of apparent peace, the same malevolent creatures have resurfaced. Five magical girls are once again conscripted to war as the Magical Girl Special-Ops force, to defend mankind from an unholy nemesis.

So, it’s a high action, magical girl series? I can dig that.

Via Anime Herald

Fourth Rebuild of Evangelion Movie Announced for 2020

Rebuild of Evangelion Key Visual

Anyone who has been connected to the anime blogs or social media accounts have no doubt heard the whispers over the last few months. Studio Khara had begun production on Shin Evangelion and was hiring people in various fields including animation.

Last night, however, we were all able to take a collective exhale as reports surfaced that the fourth and final Evangelion rebuild movie will be released to Japanese theaters in 2020.

No other details were released for the movie beyond that which came via a short announcement video which was tacked on before a screening of Mirai of the Future in Japan.

As you might expect, this is being treated as pretty big news by fans around the world. I’ve always had a weird relationship with Evangelion, but I won’t get into that here because that just gets in the way of the pleasant feeling. [Editor’s Note: Am I the only one who can’t wait to hear about LB’s “weird relationship” with Eva? I can’t be the only one.]

The Rebuild of Evangelion series has been going on for quite a few years now, with the first movie in the series released in 2007. Then we had to wait two years for the second. Then another three years for the third, and now after about six years of additional waiting, we’ll finally get to see the grand finale. For fans who came into this series via the original TV series in 1995, this is pretty special.

Stay tuned to this site for more details as they come out over the next couple of years!

Via IT Media

Second English Subtitled Trailer for I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Hits The Web

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Key Visual

Before anyone asks; this isn’t some weird comedy horror movie. Far from it, in fact.

Yesterday, a second English subtitled trailer went live for the upcoming movie I Want to Eat Your Pancreas. According to my research, the title is a variation on something that mothers say to their children when they’re sick.

The movie features an unnamed male main character who finds a diary in a hospital one day. The diary belongs to a female classmate who is dying from a terminal illness in her pancreas. No one, apart from family members and himself, know of the illness, or that she only has a few months left to live. The unnamed hero takes it upon himself to keep her secret and to be together with her for her last few months. So obviously, this is going to be a light-hearted, fun for the whole family kind of feature, right?

The cast for the movie features Mahiro Takasugi voicing the main male character and Lynn will play the female lead, Sakura Yamauchi.

The movie will open in Japan on September 1; Aniplex of America has already announced plans to screen this movie in theaters across the United States. The movie is being produced by Studio VOLN and features Shin’ichirou Ushijima as director and writer.

Yes, the title of this one sounds weird to our ears, but that doesn’t change the fact that this sounds like it’s going to be a powerful film.

New Virtual Reality Spice and Wolf Project Announced for 2019

Spice and Wolf Virtual Reality Key Visual

Now that’s a spicy… wolf?

Earlier today, the official Twitter account for the hit series Spice and Wolf announced that Holo and the crew are headed to the virtual world starting next year.

In the announcement, it was revealed that the next saga in the Spice and Wolf series will be a virtual reality anime. There aren’t a ton of details as of yet. We do know that common headsets such as VIVE and Rift will be supported, among others.

We also know that the original series author Isuna Hasekura will be involved along with the anime voice actors Jun Fukuyama (Kraft Lawrence) and Ami Koshimizu (Holo).

You’ll note that this isn’t the first time that the Spice and Wolf team have delved into virtual reality. Not too long ago (this year in fact), they released a virtual reality story titled Project LUX (a sample of which you can see below).

This is exciting though because it means fans get to experience the much-beloved story in a whole new way. I personally haven’t gotten into the virtual reality realm, but if it means getting to see and interact with Holo in an entirely new way, that’s something that I would pay good money for.

If you somehow missed the series entirely and have no idea what I’m talking about or why I’m so excited for it, please allow me to give you a brief overview on why you should be dropping everything to go watch both seasons of this show.

First launched in Japan as a light novel series in February 2006, the series found some traction with fans of ye olde fictional economics 101 and ran for a little over five years. Eventually, the series got a manga adaptation along with two TV anime seasons, the first of which aired in 2008.

Yen Press and Funimation hold the licenses to the light novel and anime respectively. Yen Press describes the story as:

The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft Lawrence is well acquainted. Wandering from town to town with just his horse, cart, and whatever wares have come his way, the peddler has pretty well settled into his routine-that is, until the night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Taking the form of a fetching girl with wolf ears and a tail, Holo has wearied of tending to harvests in the countryside and strikes up a bargain with the merchant to lend him the cunning of “Holo the Wisewolf” to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels. What kind of businessman could turn down such an offer? Lawrence soon learns, though, that having an ancient goddess as a traveling companion can be a bit of a mixed blessing. Will this wolf girl turn out to be too wild to tame?

Via Esteru

Funimation Announces Summer Simuldub Schedule

I might be in the minority but I love Funimation’s Simuldubs. They are producing mostly high-quality dubs at an insane rate. It can’t be easy for anyone involved but I love them for giving me a way to enjoy series in a whole new way after I’ve watched them subbed.

With that out of the way, Funimation has announced their premiere schedule for the summer season which reads as follows:

ISLAND – July 21
Angels of Death – July 23
Harukana Receive – July 24
Chio’s School Road – July 25
Hanebado! – July 25
How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord – July 25
The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar – July 28
Magical Girl Raising Project – July 29
Overlord III – July 31
Free! Dive to the Future – August 2
Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King – August 2
Dies irae – August 28

What’s interesting to me about this is that Funimation isn’t dealing with different start times for each series and instead are just listing every series with a 4:00 pm Eastern start time. Additionally, you’ll notice that Attack on Titan Season 3 also isn’t listed among the simuldubs which makes me wonder if Funimation has something bigger in store for it (I mean besides the AX screening… and the theatrical screening).

There are a number of series on this list that I am looking forward to checking out including the third season of Free! but none more so than Magical Girl Raising Project. I raved about this series on the Otakusphere podcast and will continue to do so for a long time to come.

If you like dark magical girl series and missed it the first time around, this is not one that you’ll want to miss.

Funimation Announces Two Night Screening of Cowboy Bebop Movie

Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door Cover Art

Forgive me fellow anime brethren, for I have sinned.

While I have watched the Cowboy Bebop TV series, I just never got the chance to watch the Cowboy Bebop movie despite the many, many times that it’s been released and re-released. The shame, it washes over me. The good news for people like me though is that Funimation aims to fix that!

For two nights next month, Funimation will be screening the Cowboy Bebop movie in theaters across the nation. On August 15, the movie will be screened in the original Japanese with subtitles and on August 16 the movie will be screened in English.

The movie, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, originally opened in 2001 and has been screened in US theaters before. It’s also been released to DVD about a half dozen times over the years.

Funimation describes the movie as:

Caught up in a world of dreams, lost in the cruelty of reality.

What should have been an easy bounty turns into biological war after a terrorist gets ahold of a deadly virus. Drawn in by the pretty price on the mastermind’s head, Spike and the Bebop crew are ready to collect a much-needed reward. Unfortunately, the gang’s about to find themselves in more trouble than money when the terrorist threatens to unleash the virus on Halloween—effectively killing everyone on Mars. With little time and leads that seem more dreamy than helpful, they’ll have to use their own bag of tricks to stop a dangerous plot.

Check the official website for locations and ticket information!

Via ANN

Domestic Girlfriend Manga Gets TV Anime

Domestic Girlfriend Gets TV Anime!

It’s another good day for fans of romantic comedy manga because Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) is getting a TV anime! Making this announcement just a bit sweeter, though, is the news that this just isn’t any announcement; it’s a full announcement complete with a key visual, primary crew, and cast!

Let’s start with what the series is. First serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine in April 2014, the series has been steadily producing content ever since. The 17th volume is actually set to be released in Japan in the next few days.

Kodansha USA has been publishing an English language version since April 2017 and describe the story as:

High schooler Natsuo is hopelessly in love with his cheerful and popular teacher, Hina. However, one day at a mixer, he meets a moody girl by the name of Rui and ends up sleeping with her. Soon after, his father announces that he’s getting remarried to a woman with two daughters of her own. And who shows up in tow, other than both Hina and Rui?! Natsuo’s outrageous new life starts now!

Crew and cast for the series read as follows:

Animation Production – Diomedéa
Director – Shota Ihata
Series Composition – Tatsuya Takahashi
Character Designs – Naomi Ide

Rui Tachibana – Maaya Uchida
Hina Tachibana – Yoko Hikasa

Via CR News