Fans of the old anime classic "Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon" were ecstatic to learn that their favorite sailor scouts were due to return for a reboot of the original anime series this year. They were later treated to good news that the airing time frame of this series was to be around the Summer this year. Well.....it turns out those fans wont be watching their favorite sailor scouts "fighting evil by moonlight" at the original time frame they thought.
It wasn't much of a surprise since last month as to what Kyoto Animation's new series was going to be, especially since they showed that "Swimming" trailer that caused a lot of commotion from loyal KyoAni fans who fancy their moeblod series like "K-On!" or was expecting something more serious like a continuation of "Full Metal Panic".
It's a sad day yet again in the world of anime & manga. As of April 4, 2013, author Noboru Yamaguchi - creator of the popular Zero no Tsukaima series - passed away after a long two year battle with cancer. Yamaguchi passed away at the age of 41.
The first promotional video and the official website for the Sakamichi no Apollon television anime confirmed on Friday that the project is reunitingCowboy Bebop's director Shinichiro Watanabe (Macross Plus, The Animatrix's "Kid's Story," Samurai Champloo) and composer Yoko Kanno(Macross Plus/Frontier, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). Nobuteru Yuki (Record of Lodoss War, Escaflowne, Space Battleship Yamato 2199) is designing the characters, and Yoshimitsu Yamashita (Hyouge Mono, Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~) is the chief animation director at the studios MAPPA/Tezuka Productions.
The promotional video is now streaming on the website:
In this coming-of-age story of "love, friendship, and music," a naive boy and a scruffy boy share a passion for jazz in a provincial town in the late 1960s. Yūki Kodama's original manga is being adapted into a television anime on Fuji TV's Noitamina this April. The manga won the General Category in this year's Shogakukan Manga Awards.
Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō
Image © Yūki Kodama, Shogakukan/Sakamichi no Apollon Production Committee
Credited by: Anime News Network
The Nico Nico Douga video-streaming service's Nico Nico Channel will begin streaming the Black Rock Shooter television anime series worldwide with subtitles in eight languages on February 3. There will also be a Black Rock Shooter event at the Nicofarre event hall in Tokyo on that same day.
The anime will premiere in Fuji TV's Noitamina timeslot on February 2.
Shinobu Yoshioka (Black Rock Shooter OVA) is directing the series off of scripts by Mari Okada (AnoHana, Hourou Musuko) at Ordet/Sanzigen.Yusuke Yoshigaki (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Gurren Lagann) is adapting huke's original character designs for animation, and he is also serving as chief animation director. Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt) is directing the CG battle sequences.
The franchise already inspired an original video anime by Yoshioka, figures, and games. The artist ringo launched the Black Rock-chan four-panel manga in the inaugural issue of Kadokawa Shoten's 4-Koma Nano Ace magazine in March, and Sanami Suzuki (Net Ghost PiPoPa) launched another Black Rock Shooter ~Innocent Soul~ manga in Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine in June.
Despite the announcement's description of "worldwide" streams, the latest episodes will be available every Friday at 11:00 p.m. in the following countries:
English: United States, Canada
French: France, Belgium, Monaco, Switzerland, Andorra
Spanish: Spain, Mexico, Chile, Argentina
Korean: South Korea
Traditional Chinese: Taiwan
Simplified Chinese: Mainland China, Singapore
* The subtitled streams will not be accessible from within Japan.
The anime's official website already launched English and Chinese pages. Nico Nico Douga and its sibling services streamed another anime, Fate/Zero, worldwide with subtitles in eight languages last fall.
Sources: Presepe, Saishin Anime Jōhō
Image © BRS on TV
Credited by: Anime News Network
The anime adapation of Maya Miyazaki's Gokujo ~Gokurakuin Joshikouryou Monogatari~ (roughly "Gokujo ~Tales from the Gokuraku Girls Dormitory") was supposed to premiere today during CTV's SKE48 no Sekai Seifuku Joshi ("SKE48's World Domination Girls"), but instead viewers were greeted with an apology (roughly translated below) from the censors:
"This is a round-about apology and explanation. CTV Program Censhorship (Somewhere in Japan)"
"Sorry, we can't broadcast Gokujo episode 1!!"
"Next week we plan to start from episode 2 (Note this is just a plan)."
So episode two might be shown next week? The official website has the synopsis of what was missed today, "Who's the one wearing no panties!?" Apparently Ai finds a pair of old lady undies. This, while Aya comes to the unfortunate realization that she's not wearing any underwear! She lures Konatsu into the health room and forcibly steals her panties. A chase ensues, but meanwhile Aya is spreading the rumor that the lame-o underwear Ai found belong to Konatsu...
This was all deemed so incredibly inappropriate it couldn't be shown at all. Next week's episode about a persistent case of the hiccups plaguing Aya seems like it should get a pass, but we'll have to wait and see.
Japanese TV is so screwed beyond all recognition if mild stuff like this is too much for television but stuff with 3DPD actors get through the censors without a hitch, if you ask me.
Credited By: Crunchyroll.com
You'll have to excuse me on this but this is better late than never and I'm actually laughing about this because truth be told.......I fuckin hate ADV Films, Sentai Filmworks, Section 28, and all of their other subsideries. ANN has reported that FUNimation is suing A.D. Vision owner John Ledford, ADV and the other companies related to ADV's breakup such as Sentai Filmworks and Section 23 for breach of contract and other things. FUNimation claims these companies owe them an estimated US$8 million plus additional fees.
FUNimation is suing because of the contract they had made with ARM to pick up the 30 former-ADV titles in July of 2008. FUNimation alleges in the lawsuit that they became a creditor of ADV when they licensed these titles and ADV owed ARM money. FUNimation claims that their contract with ARM says, among other things, that they can enforce ARM's contract to collect on the debt ADV owed, making them a creditor.
It is claimed that ADV never paid the debt and instead sold its assets to several other companies, owned by executives at what was ADV, for below market value, in an attempt to get away from paying the debt in some way, and that the new companies are also on the hook for the debt. FUNimation also wants the court to void this sale of assets, which occurred back in 2009, and wants a jury trial.
All of the non-ADV defendants—Sentai Filmworks, Section 23, etc.—responded in a counterclaim that they do not have a contract with FUNimation and are not liable for the debt. Among other things, they also claim the statute of limitations has passed.
Don't expect any resolution on this fast. If they don't end up settling and this goes to court, the first pre-trial meeting is scheduled for October 5, 2012.
Creadited by: Crunchyroll.com
It's going to be a long and slow wait till February for those of you whom are eagerly anticipating the airing of the 8 episode TV series to Black★Rock Shooter (ブラック★ロックシューター). Hopefully these trailers can hold you over till then. Black Rock Shooter starts airing on February 2nd.
The anime distributor Funimation and the video-streaming service Niconico announced on Friday that they are co-licensing anime for streaming and home video releases overseas. To that end, the two companies have formed and co-own a new joint venture, Funico, that will handle licensing for both. Going forward, Niconico will stream Funico-licensed titles, and Funimation will release Funico-licensed titles on home video.
The two companies emphasize that, in addition to physical home video media, Funico-licensed titles will be available through download-to-own options such as those that Funimation use for its current titles. They also told ANN that they intend to license anime for more countries than the United States and Canada — as much as the Japanese licensors and existing international agreements allow on a case-by-case basis.
Separately, Niconico told ANN that its English-language streaming service will offer high-definition video for both free and paid users.
Niconico.com is the English version of Nico Nico Douga, the popular Japanese website known for its user-submitted videos and live streams of events. Its signature features include scrolling comments that users can superimpose on top of videos (although the comments can be switched off by the viewer).
Credited to: Anime News Network
Ishihara’s anti-anime anime event has been rapidly denuded of top titles like K-ON! and Amagami after TBS was outed as attempting to hawk them at the event in defiance of publisher (and most probably creator) wishes – now TBS lists no anime at all for its booth at TAF.
The booth in question previously listed K-ON!, Amagami, Yumekui Merry, etc, but now lists nothing and is careful to point out the general public is not welcome at its booth:
“We will only be discussing sales with overseas buyers on the business days. There is no display for the general public.”
Overseas buyers should of course still know better, and instead attend the publisher-supported Anime Contents Expo being held “purely coincidentally” at the same time.
There are still however plenty of disgraceful companies still supporting the event, although it now appears heartening to note that almost none of them will have the ability to exhibit any popular titles, for most of the copyrights are held by the big publishers…
Such popular anime titles as K-ON!, Amagami and Yumekui Merry are sullying their names by supporting anime-hating pro-censorship Tokyo governor Ishihara’s Tokyo International Anime Fair 2011.
Confirmed as appearing at the event so far are K-ON!, Yumekui Merry and Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru. Amagami SS was previously listed but seems to have disappeared from the line-up.
The appearance of service and schoolgirl romance-laden titles at Ishihara’s own event is of course rank hypocrisy on the part of both publishers and the Tokyo government.
Their inclusion is thanks to the efforts of Tokyo station TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television), who are operating a booth on the event’s business-oriented days:
They claim their booth is solely set up with the intent of introducing the titles to “foreign buyers,” although several of the titles are already licensed and it would certainly be hoped that no international distributors would be so unwise as to directly support the destruction of their own industry by the outrageous antics of Ishihara and company.
Several other major anime-related companies, including the likes of Bandai, Bones, Ghibli, Gonzo, Good Smile, Sunrise, Toei, ufotable and Xebec are still participating in the event in various capacities.
Even US events such as Otakon have shamefully thrown their lot in with TAF and failed to withdraw their participation.
A full list of the wretched companies still attending the event is available in English on their site.
Japanese fans have already proclaimed their outrage, with many vowing to cease their disc purchases as a direct result of the producers allowing their titles to appear at the event through the sly backdoor tactic of allowing a TV station to do their dirty work for them.
Certainly, it would be utterly reprehensible for publishers and creators to oppose an Ishihara-sponsored event only to allow their wares to go on display under the auspices of other companies – hopefully they will yet heed the outrage of their customers and prevent their products from appearing at the event.
Source: Sankaku Complex