NEWS!!!Arrietty Wins Japan Academy's Animation of the Year
Kokuhaku (Confessions), Avatar win Best Picture, Best Foreign Picture
Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli's Karigurashi no Arrietty film won the Animation of the Year award at the 34th Japan Academy Prizes in Tokyo on Friday.
Arrietty won the award over Keiichi Hara and Asention's Colorful, Kôzô Kuzuha and Shinei Animation's Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Ningyo Daikaisen, Yasuichiro Yamamoto and TMS Entertainment's Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in The Sky, and Munehisa Sakai and Toei Animation's One Piece Film Strong World.
The Animation of the Year category was created only four years ago; The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Tekkonkinkreet, Ponyo, and Summer Wars were the previous winners. Before that, Studio Ghibli won the overall Picture of the Year Award for Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.
This year's Best Picture of the Year and Best Foreign Picture of the Year awards went to Kokuhaku (Confessions) and Avatar, respectively.
Live-Action Akira Plans Get Harry Potter Scriptwriter
Steve Kloves also wrote Wonder Boys, wrote/directed The Fabulous Baker Boys
The producers of the planned live-action film adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira science-fiction manga have hired Steve Kloves to polish the latest draft of the scripts. Kloves wrote the screenplays for all of the films based of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels except the fifth one. He also wrote the Wonder Boys film, and he wrote and directed The Fabulous Baker Boys film.
Albert Hughes (Menace II Society, From Hell, The Book of Eli) is attached to direct the project for Warner Brothers. The project's cast and release date have not been established yet.
Screenwriter Gary Whitta was previously attached to the project, which actor Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic, Inception) is producing through his Appian Way production company. According to ComingSoon.net, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby also worked on the films' scripts before another writer, Albert Torres was hired to script the most recent draft last year.
Mad Chance's Andrew Lazar, DiCaprio, Appian Way's Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Hughes, and his brother Allen Hughes will produce the project. Otomo directed his own animated film adaptation that premiered on July 16, 1988 — the same day that the story has the fictional Tokyo being destroyed. Otomo will serve as an executive producer of the live-action version through a deal signed by his publisher, Kodansha.
Toei Confirms Plans for New Saint Seiya CG Film
Film marks 25th anniversary of Masami Kurumada's mythological fantasy manga/anime
The Japanese anime studio Toei Animation confirmed on Thursday that production on a new computer-animated film of Saint Seiya has been green-lit. The film will mark the 25th anniversary of Masami Kurumada's 1986-1990 mythological fantasy manga and Toei's subsequent 1986-1989 television anime.
Toei first hinted at the project during the Jump Festa event in December. The same teaser video that Toei showed at the event is now streaming from the project's website. Further details about the project will be announced in the future.
Viz Media published the 28th Saint Seiya manga volume in North America last February, and ADV Films and DiC Entertainment released the Saint Seiya anime in North America. The ongoing Saint Seiya video anime spinoff, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meiō Shinwa, is starting its second season this month. The media-distribution website Crunchyroll began streaming the first season of Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meiō Shinwa in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland on Wednesday, and it will stream the second season next.
Toei revealed last March that it was planning a computer-animated version of Space Pirate Captain Harlock, and it showed a pilot video during Tokyo International Anime Fair later that month. Also at the fair, Toei showed a pilot for a computer-animated Gaiking remake that Jules Urbach developed.
Anime Expo to Host Otaku Blogger/TV Host Danny Choo
Anime Expo to also host voice actor Vic Mignogna at Guest of Honor
Anime Expo announced that Japan-based pop culture blogger and television show host Danny Choo will appear as a Guest of Honor at the July 1-4 event in Los Angeles. Choo was also a guest at last year's convention.
Choo first became well-known for cosplaying in Tokyo as an Imperial Stormtrooper from the Star Wars films. He has since launched Culture Japan, a television series which airs in Japan and runs on Animax Asia. Choo was profiled on CNN in 2008.
AX previously announced that the American voice actor Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist's Ed Elric, Ouran High School Host Club's Tamaki Suou) as a 2011 Guest of Honor. Anime Expo 2011 will take place from July 1 through 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California.
Nodame's Eita Stars in Wild 7 Police Action Manga's Film
Umizaru helmer Eiichirō Hasumi adapts manga that inspired live-action show, 2 anime
Warner Brothers Japan announced on Friday that it is adapting Mikiya Mochizuki's gritty police action manga classic Wild 7 into a live-action film with actor Eita (Nodame Cantabile, Azumi, Densha Otoko) and Umizaru director Eiichirō Hasumi. In the original manga, seven motorcycle-riding outlaws form a secret police team to judge and even execute criminals that the regular police cannot touch.
Hasumi will begin shooting the film in March with scriptwriter Masaki Fukasawa (live-action Salaryman Kintaro, Godhand Teru) and producer Shuji Abe (Always: Sunset on Third Street, Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva). Eita will play Dairoku Hiba, the young leader of the Wild 7.
The original manga ran from 1969 to 1979 in Shonen Gahosha's Weekly Shōnen King magazine. Mochizuki would later create the Shin Wild 7, Zoku Shin Wild 7, and Hiba sequel manga. The manga already inspired a controversial but highly rated 1972-1973 live-action television series, a 1994-1995 original video anime (OVA) project, and a 2002 television anime series.
ComicsOne licensed the original manga in North America, and Urban Vision released the OVA project.
Pokémon Character Bentō Recipe Book Published
Shogakukan publishes recipes aimed at encouraging healthy eating habits
Shogakukan is publishing a bentō (boxed meal) recipe book inspired by characters from the popular Pokémon videogame and anime franchise this week. The aim of the book is to encourage healthy eating habits among young kids.
Titled Shokuiku Recipe de Tsukuru! Pokémon O-Bentō Book, the book follows the nutrition guidelines provided by the Food Guide Pyramid from Japan's Ministries of Health and Agriculture. Yukio Hattori, best known as an expert food commentator and president of the Hattori Nutrition College, served as the supervisor for the book, which provides bentō ideas for ordinary school days, holidays, festivals, and special events such as hiking and sports. It also has chapters on eating healthy.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the book is 1,890 yen (about US$23.10).Source: Anime News Network
NEWS!!!Cameron Still Aims to Direct Battle Angel After Avatar 2/3
Director plans to include Motorball from books 3/4, parts from books 1/2
Director James Cameron told the Collider.com website this past weekend that he still intends to personally direct a film adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga. Because Cameron and 20th Century Fox plan to release two Avatar sequels on December 2014 and December 2015, the director said that he "had to consider, do I hand [Battle Angel] off to another director? And then I thought, 'No, I love it too much.'"
Cameron added that he plans to adapt "the spine story" of the manga with elements from the first four books. Specifically, he intends to include the deadly high-speed competition of Motorball from the third and fourth books, along with elements from the first two books. Cameron has been working on an adaptation of the manga since at least 2003, and he already commissioned a script and a year of design work.
Kishiro's manga ran in Shueisha's Business Jump magazine from 1990 to 1995, followed by the 1995-1996 follow-up Ashen Victor and the single-volume GUNNM: Other Stories. The story continued in 2001 with the retelling Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, which is currently on hiatus as the result of an issue between Kishiro and Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine. Kishiro plans to move the manga to another publisher, Kodansha. Viz Media has licensed all but Other Stories for release in North America. In 1993, Hiroshi Fukutomi adapted the manga into a two-episode original video anime (OVA) project, and ADV Films licensed the anime.
Toronto Comic Arts Festival to Host Natsume Ono in May
Creator of House of Five Leaves, Ristorante Paradiso, Not Simple, La Quinta Camera
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is hosting the first North American guest appearance of manga creator Natsume Ono during the May 7-8 weekend. Since she made her debut in 2003 with La Quinta Camera ~5 Banme no Heya~, Ono's works have included House of Five Leaves, Ristorante Paradiso, Gente ~Ristorante no Hitobito~, and Not Simple. Viz Media is publishing all of these titles in North America. Both Ristorante Paradiso and House of Five Leaves have been adapted into late-night television anime series in Japan.
Ono will appear at panels and book signings on both days of the May 7-8 weekend at the Toronto Reference Library. The event is free, but attendees must pre-register for Ono's panel and signings.
1st One Piece Chapter's Original Art Boards Reproduced
All 53 manuscripts pages reproduced in original double size; papercraft ship offered
The Japanese publisher Shueisha announced on Monday that it will reproduce the original manga art boards that Eiichiro Oda drew for the first chapter of his One Piece pirate manga. The "One Piece Chapter 1 Reproduction Art Board Box: Romance Dawn" set will replicate all 53 original manuscript pages — including 16 in full color — in their original size. (Oda and other artists draw their manga on B4-size — or 9.84x13.9-inch — sheets before printers shrink the art about 50% for the magazine pages and even more for the book volumes.)
The reproduced art boards will feature glimpses of Oda's handwritten dialogue, the typeset dialogue affixed on top of his handwriting, and even the color inks seeping through to the reverse side of the sheets.
The box celebrates the fact that 200 million copies of One Piece are now in print. Oda is supervising the design of the box, which will come with a serial-numbered certificate. The print run is limited to pre-orders, and the box will ship on August 4 for 10,000 yen (about US$120).
As part of the celebration of the 200-millionth copy, this year's ninth issue of Weekly Shonen Jump shipped on Monday with a papercraft version of the pirates' Thousand Sunny ship. For subscribers of its email newsletter, Shueisha posted the same first chapter of One Piece with spoken dialogue by Mayumi Tanaka and other voice cast members. One Piece is also "hijacking" the cover of every Shueisha magazine in February, and Shueisha is plastering Tokyo's Shibuya train station with posters for the campaign.Source: Anime News Network