Posts tagged anime

Posted 2 years ago

Berserk Films to be Distributed in 16 Countries Globally

It was announced on Tuesday that the recent anime film trilogy adaptation of Kentaro Miura’s Berserk manga has been licensed for distribution in 16 countries around the world. Viz Media announced that they would be releasing the film in North America during their panel at Sakura-Con on Saturday.


The trilogy has been licensed for release in North America, Canada [sic], Russia, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, and South Korea. A release date for any of these regions has yet to be announced, though Viz announced that their edition would be out this fall.

The trilogy stars Hiroaki Iwanaga (Tomica Hero Rescue Force, MoyashimonKamen RiderOOO) as Guts, Takahiro Sakurai (TorikoCode Geass: Lelouch of the RebellionAnoHana) as Griffith, and Toa Yukinari (Grey’s Anatomy dubbing, Naruto Shippūden) as Casca.Toshiyuki Kubooka (Batman: Gotham Knight episode 5) is directing the films and Ichiro Okouchi (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion) is handling the screenplay.

Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago opened in Japan on February 4. The film will bereleased on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan on May 23.

The second film in the series, Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen II: Doldrey Kōryaku (Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey), is slated to be released in theaters in Japan on June 23. That film is scheduled to run for about 100 minutes and will focus on the epic battle by the Kingdom of Midland to retake Doldrey Castle from the Chuder Empire. Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen III: Kōrin (Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent) will open later in 2012 and run for about 110 minutes. In this film, the story “delves nonstop into the abyss of dark fantasy.”


Posted 2 years ago

First Trailer for Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning movie

Posted 2 years ago

Air Gear Manga to End in 5 More Chapters in Japan

This year’s 19th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing on Wednesday that the manga creator “Oh! great" (Ōgure-Ito) is ending his Air Gear racing tournament series in five more chapters.


The manga launched in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2002. Del Rey published up to the manga’s 17th volumes in North America, although Kodansha Comics has since taken over the series as of the 18th volume. Kodansha Comics is publishing the 23rd of the 35 current volumes in North America this month.

ADV Films had once released Toei's 2006 television anime version of Air Gear in North America, and Funimation released the television anime on DVD and on the web. There are also several original anime DVDs in Japan.


Posted 2 years ago

K-ON!’s Real-Life School to Screen K-ON! Film

The Viva City Cinema will screen the K-ON! film at the real-life model for the K-ON! anime’s school on May 4 and 5 at 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Japan Time. 450 seats will be available at each screening. The second “Sakura High Freshmen Welcome Party!!” event will also be held at the school from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m on May 5.

In 2009, Kyoto Animation modeled the K-ON anime’s fictional Sakuragaoka High School after the former campus of Toyosato Elementary School in Shiga Prefecture, which was being repurposed since new school facilities were built. 50,000 fans now visit the campus every year, and over 1,000 goods have been put on display.

The former campus previously hosted the final stage for Toyosato Keion Koshien, a nationwide high school light music band competition in Japan, on November 19. Toyosato also hosted a concert of anime songs in 2009. The Shirouto Meikan television variety program scouted real high school bands to find a “live-action” K-ON for a June episode, and television host Danny Choo filmed a similar premise last year.

Based on kakifly's original manga, the K-ON! anime film sequel opened in Japan on December 3.


Posted 2 years ago

Kenshin to Fight Live-Action Film’s Characters in New Manga

The May issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine revealed on Wednesday that Nobuhiro Watsuki's newKenshin manga series, Rurouni Kenshin -Cinema-ban-(Rurouni Kenshin: Cinema Version), will focus on battles fought with characters from the upcoming live-action film.


The issue has a feature promoting the "reboot" of theRurouni Kenshin series, although the magazine is not necessarily using the term “reboot” with the English denotation in mind. The new manga series will begin in the next issue of Jump Square on May 2.

The film will open in Japan on August 25. The first half of the new Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-Hen anime project just opened in two theaters in December, and the second half isslated to be completed this summer. Viz Media publishes the manga in North America. While Watsuki is working on the new Rurouni Kenshin manga, he is putting his Embalming - The Another Tale of Frankenstein manga on hiatus until fall.


Posted 2 years ago

A new teaser for Production I.G’s Blood-C: The Last Dark motion picture has surfaced. The film is set one year after the events of the 2011 TV series. The movie will hit Japanese theaters on June 2.

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Wrath of the Titans Writer Discusses Live-Action Bleach

Wrath of the Titans screenwriter Dan Mazeau discussed his upcoming projects, including the live-action adaptation of Tite Kubo's manga Bleach.


Mazeau explained that both getting the rights and the scriptwriting itself were a long process for Bleach: "But early on we set down with Tite Kubo the creator and the publisher of the series, and we had a long meeting, making sure we’re respectful to the property. Nobody wants to, well… Let’s just say that if you enjoyed [the live-action] Dragon Ball Z movie, that’s great, but I thought it was a noble effort that ultimately didn’t succeed. That’s what we’re trying to avoid. We want to make sure this movie lives up to what the manga is.”

He added, "I’m currently working on Bleach and the idea is to set it in Japan and really be respectful to the source material. It’s an amazing story. I’ve been shorthanding it as an ‘action-adventure Sixth Sense,’ but obviously on a bigger canvas than that. So I’m incredibly excited about that. It’s a good one.”