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.
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:
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.
Earlier today it was revealed during a Nico Live Broadcast that a TV anime has been green-lit for the mobile game Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine.
In the game, players take on the role of a high school baseball player whose dreams of making it to the pros were dashed by an injury. Now, the unnamed guy decides to lead a group of girls to Koushien (the national high school baseball championships). The TV anime will air this fall, though the game first launched in Japan back in June 2017 and has since received a 4-Koma manga adaptation and a web novel adaptation.
While we don’t have the official cast list for the anime, we do have the cast list from the game which should give us an idea of what the TV anime will sound like:
Yesterday, it was revealed via an official website and Twitter account that the healing manga Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan will be getting a TV anime adaptation.
The story behind this one is pretty simple; the main plot follows a baby Emperor penguin living in Kyoto and experiencing life. Seeing the famous sights of Kyoto, eating the local food, etc, etc, but all from a penguin’s perspective. The series will premiere this coming October 5 on Tokyo MX and KBS Kyoto stations.
The manga originally started in Be-Love magazine two years agom created by Yukiko Natsume. No official English version is available as of this writing. The anime will be directed by Kyou Yatate at studio Gathering.
This cute little penguin chick could take the world by storm, so be sure to check this series out when it premieres later this year!
Fate/Stay Night is dominating the anime world right now, and it seems as though that trend is going to continue for at least a little while longer.
Very early this morning, it was revealed during a Fate/Grand Order live stream that two story arcs from the hit mobile game would be getting anime adaptations.
The first one to be announced is a TV anime for the Babylonia story arc. In this story arc, the setting is Mesopotamia in the year 2655 B.C. It is “the earliest age in which humanity parted ways from the gods and a prophecy has foretold that ruin will attempt to consume Uruk.” No details were made available for the TV series besides the animation studio, which will be Cloverworks.
Also announced during the live stream was an anime movie for the Camelot story arc. This one takes place in 1273 A.D. As with the other announcement, the only detail we know about this release is that it will be produced by Production I.G.
Fate/Grand Order is part of the larger Fate universe. Originally launched in Japan in late July 2015 before getting an English release in June 2017. According to one report, the game has exceeded $1.8 billion in revenue worldwide as of this month.
Kyoto Animation is staying busy these days! Hot on the heels of their release of Violet Evergarden to Netflix earlier this year, the studio has revealed that they will be adapting to animation author Hiroshi Yuuki’s 20th Century Electric Catalog (20 Seiki Denki Mokuroku) novel.
Now, let me tell you that this is going to be good. How do I know? Because it won an award in Kyoto Animation’s annual awards. You know… the awards that are rarely ever actually awarded? In 2017, this particular novel won the “Encouragement Incentive” award.
Set to hit store shelves on August 10, the story of the novel takes place in the summer of Meiji 40 (the early 1900’s). The heroine is a young girl who is constantly reprimanded by her father so she takes solace in her prayers to Buddha.
One day, her father brings up the idea of marriage which the girl is completely against. The only way to save herself from the marriage is to team up with an odd new boy in town who believes that the coming age will be one of electricity.
No other details were announced about the anime such as format, release date, cast or crew.
Japan has been kind of quiet lately with new anime adaptation announcements. Luckily for us, one quietly announced yesterday is sure to get your toes tapping… or maybe just your head nodding in quiet contemplation.
A TV anime adaptation has been announced for the shonen manga Kono Oto Tomare! (Stop This Sound!). The series will be directed by Ryouma Mizuno with series composition handled by Ayumu Hisao. The animation will be produced by Platinum Vision.
As for the manga series, it originally began running in Jump Square magazine back in August 2012 and will soon have eighteen volumes in print. The series hasn’t been licensed for release in English but Baka Updates describes the story as:
Since the graduation of the senior members of the club, Takezou ends up being the sole member of the “Koto” (traditional Japanese string instrument) club. Now that the new school year has begun, Takezou will have to seek out new members into the club, or the club will become terminated. Out of nowhere, a new member barges into the near-abandoned club room, demanding to join the club. How will Takezou be able to keep his club alive and deal with this rascal of a new member?
I’ve always had a soft spot for traditional Japanese music. I’m not going to go so far as to say that I’m an aficionado, but I do enjoy listening to it when it comes across my aural field. Combining this music with a shonen high school club story might prove to be interesting, so I think I’ll be keeping an eye on this series.
One complaint that I’m sure many otaku parents have is that there just isn’t enough child-friendly content to show their youngsters. Sure, occasionally a company will release a child-friendly series, but there’s no guarantee that it will be dubbed (since I assume many kidlings can’t read subtitles very fast), or that it will be something that makes sense for television. Luckily Sentai Filmworks has noticed this problem and decided to do something about it!
In a press release sent out yesterday, Sentai Filmworks announced that they have created the new label Sentai Kids, which will release series that are aimed at young children. The first series to be licensed under the new label is Hello Kitty & Friends – Let’s Learn Together.
The series contains 21 seven-minute episodes, which seek to teach children lessons about the world around them through experiments with shapes, learning to take care of flowers, studying dance, wearing their pajamas, helping out their mothers, and practicing good manners.
The series will be dubbed and released on both home video and digitally in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
Parents rejoice! Now you can start your kids on the path of otakudom a few years earlier!
It’s being reported by multiplesources 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.
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.