March 2011

March 28, 2011


Starting tomorrow, we will be preparing and heading out to our first convention of the year - WonderCon! This convention will be held in Moscone Center South in San Francisco. Our booth for this year will be at 112 and 114. If you want more information on this show, check out their site below. Come and join us there!


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Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas Manga to End on April 7

Shiori Teshirogi's prequel to Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya manga inspired anime

This year's 18th issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine is confirming on Thursday that Masami Kurumada and Shiori Teshirogi are ending their Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meiō Shinwa mythical action manga in the next issue on April 7.

The manga's story is set in the middle of the 18th century, about two and a half centuries before the first Saint Seiya storyline. The manga focuses on the friendship of Tenma and Alone the previous incarnations of the characters Pegasus Seiya and Hades who would become mortal enemies in the original Saint Seiya.

The manga launched in Weekly Shōnen Champion in 2006, and the 24th volume of the manga is shipping next month. The manga inspired an original video anime series in 2009, and the second season of the anime just launched last month. The media-distribution site Crunchyroll began streaming the anime outside Japan this year, and Toei Animation confirmed last month that it has plans for a new computer-animated Saint Seiya film.

NTV Chair/Anime Film Producer Seiichiro Ujiie Passes Away

Producer of most Ghibli, Detective Conan, Inuyasha, Death Note films

NTV Chairperson Seiichiro Ujiie passed away on Monday, March 28 in a Tokyo hospital due to multiple organ failure. He was 84.

Ujiie produced most of the projects from Studio Ghibli, including almost all of the films and television specials from 1993's Umi ga Kikoeru (Ocean Waves) to 2008's Ponyo. He also produced most of the Detective Conan films from 2002's Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street to 2010's Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in The Sky. His other productions include the Inuyasha films, the live-action Death Note films, two Lupin III films, the 2005 Black Jack: The Two Doctors Of Darkness anime film, the 1990s live-action special-effects Gamera films, and the first two live-action film adaptations of the Sanchōme no Yūhi - Yūyake no Uta (Always: Sunset on Third Street) manga.

2011 FMA Film, Onigamiden, Priest Trailers Streamed

L'Arc-en-Ciel returns to perform theme for July's Fullmetal Alchemist: Milos no Sei-Naru Hoshi

The official website for the Fullmetal Alchemist: Milos no Sei-Naru Hoshi movie began streaming the second set of teaser trailers (in 60-second and 30-second versions) on Saturday. The teaser trailers and the official website also confirmed that L'Arc-en-Ciel will perform the theme song for the film, just as the group did for the first Fullmetal Alchemist television series and film.

Kazuya Murata (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion assistant director) is directing off a script by Yuichi Shinbo (Whiteout). Kenichi Konishi (Tokyo Godfathers) is adapting the character designs from Hiromu Arakawa's original manga at the studio BONES (Eureka Seven). The film will open in Japan on July 2.

Sony Pictures (Japan) began streaming a trailer for the Onigamiden historical anime film on the YouTube website on Friday. Hirotsugu Kawasaki and Studio Pierrot's film revolves around a 15-year-old boy who travels back in time over 1,200 years ago to the Heian period and faces a war between oni (demons) and humans in the former Japanese capital of Kyoto.

The anime adapts a 2004 two-volume novel by the same name from author Takafumi Takada. After being delayed from its earlier October 2010 release date, the film will open in Japan on April 29.

The official Facebook account for Scott Stewart's loose live-action adaptation of the Korean manhwa Priest began streaming a new preview on March 17. Hyung Min-woo created the original manhwa that Tokyopop released in North America. The trailer features Paul Bettany as the titular priest Ivan Isaacs, Cam Gigandet as Sheriff Hicks, Maggie Q as the Priestess, Lily Collins as Isaacs' kidnapped niece Lucy, and Karl Urban as Black Hat.

After three delays, the movie is now slated for release in 2D and stereoscopic 3D on May 13.

Howl's Moving Castle's Diana Wynne Jones Passes Away

Author of books for children & adults, including inspiration for Miyazaki & Ghibli's Oscar-nominated 2004 film

The official fan site of British author Diana Wynne Jones announced that Jones passed away on March 26 after a long struggle with cancer. She was 76. Jones wrote over 40 books and plays for both children and adults, and director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli adapted one of the books, Howl's Moving Castle, into an Oscar-nominated anime film in 2004.

Jones was born in London in August of 1934, and she began studying at St. Anne's College in the University of Oxford in 1953. She met her future husband, John A. Burrow, at Oxford, and the two married in 1956.

Jones published her first novel, Changeover, in 1970, and she followed that with her first children's novel, Wilkins' Tooth (Witch's Business in North America), in 1973. She published Howl's Moving Castle in 1986 and continued the story with Castle in the Air (1990) and House of Many Ways (2008). Her other books include the Dalemark Quartet, the Chrestomanci Cycle, and The Tough Guide to Fantasyland (1996). She received the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement in 2007.

Jones is survived by her husband and three sons.

Yuruyuri Manga Gets TV Anime

Namori's story of 4 fun-loving girls in school club

The May issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime magazine is announcing on Thursday that a television anime adaptation of Namori's Yuruyuri manga has been green-lit. In this manga which ran in Ichijinsha's Comic Yuri Hime S magazine and now runs in Comic Yuri Hime, four fun-loving schoolgirls take over the former room of a tea ceremony club for their own "Gorakubu" (amusement club).

Masahiko Ohta is directing and Takashi Aoshima is supervising and writing the scripts; the two had previously worked together on Minami-ke. Character designs, visual art, and other details about the anime will be provided in the next issue of the magazine. Pony Canyon registered the domain name

Last year, the wraparound cover band on the second volume of the manga did list a "television anime adaptation" followed by fine print that said that it "would be nice if it happens." The fourth compiled book volume of the manga shipped on January.

California's Fanime Maids to Host Tsunami Charity

Donation lunch, dinner in Sunnyvale, California this Sunday

Members of the independently run Fanime Maid Cafe are hosting a charity event to raise money and help Japan's recovery after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster on March 11. The event, called "Pray for Japan," will be held at the Senzala Restaurant in Sunnyvale, California on Sunday, March 27.

"Pray for Japan" is an all-day event split into two, 4-hour segments - one lunchtime event from 11:00 a.m. PST to 3:30 p.m. PST and one dinner event from 5:30 p.m. PST to 9:30 p.m. PST.

A US$5 online pre-registration or US$10 at the door donation is required to attend the event. All donations will be made to the Japanese Emergency Network (JEN). Both events include a live concert featuring anime and Vocaloid music, mini-games, and a photo shoot with the Fanimaids. Food and drinks, however, are not included with the entry fee.

For more information regarding location and pre-registration, viewers are encouraged to visit the "Pray for Japan" website.

Source: Anime News Networksoel

March 18, 2011



Macross II Producer Hiroshi Kakoi Passes Away in Quake

Animator also worked on 1st Macross, 1980 Astro Boy, Moldiver at Artland, AIC

ANN confirmed with Jan Scott Frazier, a close friend of the deceased, and other anime industry members that producer and animator Hiroshi Kakoi passed away during the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami. Kakoi's wife Kumiko survived the disaster.

Among other projects, Kakoi was a producer on The Super Dimension Fortress Macross II: Lovers, Again and Moldiver original video anime series. He also worked as a key animator at the anime studio Artland on the first Macross series (from the first episode onward) and on the 1980 version of Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom). He served as a production manager at Artland and the anime studio AIC.

Kodansha USA to Publish Sailor Moon, Sailor V Manga

September return of Naoko Takeuchi's magical girl series after 6 years out of print

Kodansha USA Publishing announced on Friday that its Kodansha Comics imprint will publish Naoko Takeuchi's Sailor Moon magical girl manga and its two-volume prequel Codename: Sailor V starting this September. The former has been condensed into 12 bi-monthly "deluxe-edition" volumes (from its original 18), and two more volumes of short stories have been added.

The new edition with "new cover art, retouched interior art and dialogue along with extensive bonus material from Takeuchi" is based on the 2003 Japanese re-release of the manga.

The 1991 manga Codename: Sailor V revolves around middle schooler Minako Aino, a magical girl and crime fighter. In the more well-known 1992 Sailor Moon series, Minako Aino is the side character "Sailor V" while Usagi Tsukino ("Bunny" in the previous English-language manga edition and "Serena" in the English version of the television anime adaptation) takes the lead role, the titular Sailor Moon.

Mixx Entertainment (now called Tokyopop) licensed the manga for English release in North America, but the series has been out of print for six years. Codename: Sailor V has never had an official English-language release in North America.

In 1992, Toei Animation premiered a television anime adaptation that would run through 1997, and then be dubbed into Italian, Spanish, German, English, Tagalog, and other languages. The anime has seen a resurgence of interest in recent months, including an upcoming Italian videogame for the Nintendo DS and a relicensing by m4e in Germany (PDF).

Source: Anime News Networksoel

March 17, 2011




Tokyo International Anime Fair 2011 Canceled

March 24-27 event cancelled in wake of March 11 earthquake, tsunami

The official website of the Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) 2011 event confirmed on Wednesday that the event has been cancelled in the wake of the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami. According to the announcement, the event's executive committee decided to cancel in consideration of the safety of the participants and attendees with uncertain power supplies and traffic accessibility. The event's staff apologized for the inconvenience caused by the decision.

TAF takes place annually at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center on Odaiba island at Tokyo Bay. According to the official website for the cancelled Hakurei Jinja Reitaisai 8 event (which centers around the Touhou self-published game franchise), Tokyo Big Sight suffered unspecified damage during the earthquake. TAF 2011 was originally scheduled to hold industry-only days on March 24-25, and general public days on March 26-27.

This year's event became part of a controversy due to Tokyo Metropolitan Government's amendment to its Youth Healthy Development Ordinance. The amendment is expanding the number of manga and anime that fall under "harmful publications," the legal category of works that must not be sold or rented to people under the age of 18. Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara is a major advocate of the amended Healthy Development Ordinance and the head of the executive committee for the Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF).

The media company Kadokawa Shoten was the first to publicly cancel its TAF display, followed by boycott by Shueisha, Shogakukan, Kodansha, and other major manga publishers. Several anime and manga companies worked together to establish a new convention, the Anime Contents Expo, which was set to take place the same weekend at the time of this writing.

The Los Angeles Times newspaper reports that many airlines are offering refunds or waived ticket change fees for those whose travel plans have already been disrupted by the earthquake, or those who planned to travel through March 18.

Anime Contents Expo 2011 Canceled

March 26-27 event, intended to counter Tokyo Anime Fair, cancelled after March 11 quake

The official website of the Anime Contents Expo (ACE) 2011 event confirmed on Thursday that the event has been cancelled in the wake of the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami. A FES, the anime song event that would have taken place during the same March 26-27 weekend and in the same Makuhari Messe convention center as ACE, was already cancelled.

ACE cited the soil liquefaction in the Makuhari district, the planned power blackouts, the current disorder in the transportation systems, and the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as the primary reasons why it cannot ensure the safety of everyone who attends. ACE added that there is also the possibility of additional aftershocks and earthquakes. ACE noted that it pre-sold 40,000 tickets to the event in less than three months, and it listed ways that people can obtain refunds.

A group of anime and manga companies created ACE in response to the controversy surrounding the Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's amendment to Tokyo's Youth Healthy Development Ordinance. The amendment will expand the number of manga and anime that fall under "harmful publications," the legal category of works that must not be sold or rented to people under the age of 18.

Among others, 10 major manga publishers were planning to boycott TAF 2011 because of the amended ordinance, although not all of them would have formally exhibited at TAF or ACE. TAF had announced the cancellation of its own 2011 event on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Times newspaper reports that many airlines are offering refunds or waived ticket change fees for those whose travel plans have already been disrupted by the earthquake, or those who planned to travel in March. ACE would have taken place in Chiba Prefecture east of Tokyo.

Voice actor Junichi Suwabe had reported in a Twitter post on Wednesday that ACE was cancelled, but he later deleted the post. Suwabe was slated to record an episode of the radio program for the Starry Sky franchise on March 27 at ACE.

Japanese Rocker Yoshiki Auctions Piano for Charity

X Japan leader calls for donations to relief aid after March 11 quake, tsunami

Yoshiki, the leader of the rock band X Japan, announced this week that he will auction off his custom-made Kawai piano and donate the proceeds to the relief efforts in Japan after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The "crystal" piano (actually plexiglass) is described in the press release as Yoshiki's "favorite," which he used in X Japan's concerts at the Tokyo Dome.

Yoshiki will also collect donations through his own nonprofit charity organization, the Yoshiki Foundation. The foundation is typically focused on helping children with bone marrow disease; however, its official website states that information on how to donate in support of the victims of the earthquake and tsunami will be announced "soon."

Manga Artists Unite in Dōjinshi Book for Quake Charity

Nodame, Fairy Tail, School Rumble, Full Moon, Di Gi Charat, GTO, GetBackers, Gash!/Zatch Bell, Gosick, Shuffle!, Suzuka, Hell Girl, Lollipop creators contribute The creators in Kodansha's Monthly Nakayoshi shōjo manga magazine and other publications are planning to make a charity dōjinshi (self-published work) to raise funds for the victims of the March 11 earthquake (Tōhoku Chihō Taiheiyō-oki Jishin) and tsunami.

The creators launched a placeholder website for the tentatively titled Higashi Nihon Daishinsai Charity Dōjinshi (The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake Charity Dōjinshi) on Tuesday, and they plan to release the dōjinshi at the Comitia 96 event at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center on May 5. More details about the release will be announced later.

Source: Anime News Networksoel

March 14, 2011

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March 7, 2011

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