NEWS!!!Kimi ni Todoke Manga Ships 7th Million-Selling Book in a Row
Vol. 12 sells million copies in 5 weeks to set series record for fastest to milestone
The market survey firm Oricon Communications reports on Thursday that the 12th volume of Karuho Shiina's Kimi ni Todoke manga has sold 1.004 million copies as of October 24. It is the seventh consecutive volume (since Oricon began reporting book sales in 2008) to sell over a million copies, and it is the fastest book in the series to reach that milestone, having done so in its fifth week of sales. In addition, all twelve volumes landed on Oricon's top 100 comic ranking chart in September.
The sales of the manga were boosted this past month by the September 24 opening of the live-action film adaptation starring Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura. Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine also announced this month that the second season of the Kimi ni Todoke television anime series has been green-lit for next January.
Cameron's Next Films to Be Avatar 2/3, Not Battle Angel
Sequels to James Cameron's 2009 film to open in December 2014, December 2015
The Variety entertainment news source reports that director James Cameron has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to make Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 as his next films. The films, which were confirmed by Fox Filmed Entertainment chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman, will open in December 2014 and December 2015, respectively.
Cameron has been working on a film adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita (GUNNM) manga since at least 2003. As recently as this past August, Cameron confirmed that the project is "still on my radar. It's a story I love. I wrote the script back before I started Avatar. And again, we have to figure out where it lies. I don't have infinite time."
In 2004, Cameron discussed the pre-production work that he was doing for Battle Angel after the documentary Aliens of the Deep. In 2005, The Hollywood Reporter magazine reported that Cameron may first film "Project 880," an early name for the project that became Avatar. In 2008, Cameron said he was not planning to do Battle Angel after Avatar. Last year, Cameron said that he was considering it for his next project and that the project was already scripted and had a year of design work. However, Cameron also said this year that Battle Angel would come after an Avatar sequel.
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, a two-episode original video anime (OVA) project based on the manga was released, and ADV Films licensed the anime.
Summer Wars Wins Award in California's Anaheim Film Fest
Mamoru Hosoda's film wins Best Animation Feature
The Anaheim International Film Festival (AIFF) announced that Summer Wars won the Audience Award for Best Animation Feature during this California event which ended on October 17. The other competing films in the same category include The Ugly Duckling from Russia and Mars from the United States.
Summer Wars is the award-winning film from the anime studio MADHOUSE, director Mamoru Hosoda, screenwriter Satoko Okudera, and character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. (The same core team worked together on The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.) The film features a modern-day family involved with a conflict that spans their world and the virtual world known as Oz.
Funimation announced via its Twitter account that Summer Wars would be part of AIFF's lineup. The American distributor also plans to release the film in theaters late 2010 and distribute it on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2011.
Fullmetal Alchemist Manga: Over 50 Million Served
Square Enix is publishing over 50 million copies of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga in Japan. It is the first Square Enix title to achieve that feat; the series is attaining that high mark with the 27th and final compiled book volume, which is shipping on November 22.
Arakawa began drawing the "dark fantasy" manga in Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine in 2001, and Viz Media will publish the 24th manga volume in North America next January. The manga ended in Monthly Shonen Gangan in June, although Arakawa released a side-story manga short last month. Funimation has been releasing both of the Fullmetal Alchemist television anime series and the 2005 anime film Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa. A new Fullmetal Alchemist movie has since been green-lit in Japan.
Rythem Duo to Disband After February Live Concert
Singer-songwriter duo performed for Naruto, With the Light, Yakitate!! Japan, others
The two members of the musical group Rythem announced on Sunday that they are disbanding after one last album and a live concert. The two singer-songwriters, Yui Niitsu and Yukari Katō, made the announcement at 9:00 p.m. to over 15,000 viewers via a live stream on the Ustream website — the first time that a Japanese group announced its disbanding this way. By 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, the Hashtagcloud website reported that Rythem topped the overall and entertainment hash-tag ranking charts for Japanese Twitter posts.
Niitsu and Katō, or Yui and Yuka as they are known to their fans, will continue to make music separately.
Rythem's last single, "A Flower," will ship on November 10, and the last album, simply titled, Rythem, will ship on December 8. The two will hold a nationwide "Acoustic PoP Tour'11~Live Tree" tour next January, followed by a final "Final Fantasy Live~Rythem Shijō Saikō no Rythem!!!" live concert at the Zepp Tokyo hall on February 27, 2011.
The duo made their debut, while they were still high school seniors, with the second Naruto ending theme song "Harmonia" in 2003. That song sold over 70,000 copies. They then performed the theme song for the live-action
television of adaptation of Keiko Tobe's With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child manga. They also performed the theme songs for Deltora Quest, Hamtaro, and Yakitate!! Japan.
Media Blasters Partners with Distributor Allegro Media
The North American anime licensee Media Blasters announced a partnership with the distributor Allegro Media Group on Friday. Titles will be released through Allegro in the United States and Canada when the new arrangement takes effect on December 6.
John Sirabella, President and CEO of Media Blasters, said that this arrangement frees up "Media Blasters to focus on localizing properties for the US market, developing new features and series, and producing the highest possible quality DVD, Blu-ray, and digitally distributed releases." AnimeWorks, Media Blasters' anime label, has distributed such titles as Ah! My Goddess, Berserk, and Rurouni Kenshin.Source: Anime News Network
NEWS!!!Suzumiya Haruhi no Tsuisō PSP/PS3 Game to Ship in 2011
Haruhi film committee to supervise original story set after film
Enterbrain's Weekly Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that Bandai Namco Games will ship the Suzumiya Haruhi no Tsuisō (The Reminiscence of Haruhi Suzumiya) "wandering adventure" game on the Sony PSP and PlayStation 3 consoles next year. The anime production committee behind The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya film is supervising the original story for this game.
The game's story begins immediately after the ending of the film. The player assumes the role of the original light novels' Kyon as he finds himself at the Kita High School Festival again in a world where the SOS Brigade does not exist.
California's PMX to Host Madhouse Designer Hiromi Kato
Fashion guests include Alice and the Pirates, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, Innocent World
Pacific Media Expo announced that animator and character designer Hiromi Kato will be appearing at the convention on November 12 -14 at the Hilton Pasadena Hotel in Pasadena, California. Kato is best known for designing the characters in CLAMP in Wonderland 2, I'm Gonna Be An Angel, and Kobato. Currently, Kato is at the renowned studio MADHOUSE, where he worked as an animation director for Paradise Kiss and BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad. He also worked as an animator on Revolutionary Girl Utena and Di Gi Charat Nyo.
Other guests include designers Alice and the Pirates, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, and Innocent World as well as actress Amy Okuda.
Japan's Largest Pokémon Shop to Open in Osaka
Store the size of 2 basketball courts will carry 2,500+ Pokémon goods
The new Pokemon Center Osaka, the largest Pokémon shop in Japan, will open on November 26. The shop will take up about 830 square meters (about 8,900 square feet), or roughly the area of two basketball courts, of the 13th floor at the remodeled Daimaru Umeda department store. The store will carry over 2,500 kinds of Pokémon goods — including exclusive ones to commemorate the opening. There will also be a "union room" where Pokémon fans can meet, and Pokémon card game tournaments and other events are planned.
One of Japan's six Pokémon Centers is already located in Osaka's Umeda area in a building near the Daimaru Umeda complex. However, the Osaka branch will move to its new, larger quarters next month. (There will also be areas devoted to Takara Tomy's Tomica miniature car lineup and the UNIQLO fashion brand on the same floor as the Pokémon Center.) To celebrate its new location, the Pokémon Center Osaka logo has been redesigned with the addition of Pokabu, one of the Pokémon creatures in the new Pokémon Black and White game series.
The Pokémon Pikachu, Tsutaaja, Pokabu, and Mijumaru (in costumed mascot form) will greet shoppers during the store's opening weekend, and visitors will receive exclusive Pokémon jumbo game cards for a limited time.
One Piece Manga Has 200 Million Books in Print
The wraparound jacket band on the 60th volume of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga highlights the fact that the series has over 200 million copies in print. The volume officially ships next month.
Honolulu Theatre to Screen Haruhi Film on October 29
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya to be part of "Spotlight Asia!" series
Bandai Entertainment announced that The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya film will be playing with English subtitles at the Kahala Theatre in Honolulu on October 29. The film will be screened as part of the theatre's “Spotlight Asia!” series.
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya adapts the fourth volume from Nagaru Tanigawa and Noizi Ito's original light novel series about an eccentric, assertive girl named Haruhi who creates her own school club for her strange antics. The film follows the story of Haruhi's sudden disappearance and the attempts by a club member, Kyon, to find out why she vanished.
The movie opened in 24 Japanese theaters on February 6, and it earned the equivalent of US$7,479,561 after eight weekends at the end of March. Bandai Entertainment licensed the two previous television seasons of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and the related anime spinoffs. Bandai Namco Games is releasing a game that is set after the film on the Sony PSP and PlayStation 3 consoles in Japan next year.
The Kahala Theatre is located in the Kahala Mall Shopping Center at 4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 3080, Honolulu, Hawaii.Source: Anime News Network