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VIDEO: A Chinese Interpretive Dance Tribute to Evangelion

VIDEO: A Chinese Interpretive Dance Tribute to Evangelion | Anime News |

Evangelion-mania has certainly expressed itself in many ways over the years. This one could be the most novel. Chinese artist Lu Yang has created a short tribute film utilizing high fashion, interpretive dance, and Chinese fire cupping.




"The Beast" was created by Lu Yang as part of a fashion film project for the Chinese fashion and lifestyle magazine Modern Weekly. Her own personal physician used the traditional cupping therapy to apply the wooden cups to the Beast actor's back.


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This Vendetta Against a Popular Japanese Comic Is Utterly Terrifying

This Vendetta Against a Popular Japanese Comic Is Utterly Terrifying | Anime News |

Kuroko's Basketball seems innocent enough. It's a popular basketball manga that debuted in 2008 and was turned into an anime earlier this year. You wouldn't think it would incite threats of revenge, letters mailed with strange substances, and a rash of Kuroko's Basketball cancellations. But it did.

Since October, threatening letters have been mailed to locations linked to the creator of Kuroko's Basketball, Tadatoshi Fujimaki. One of the letters was sent to Sophia University, which Fujimaki attended. According to Sankei News (via ANN), the letter read, "I hate Tadatoshi Fujimaki, who is now a famous Sophia University alumnus. I wanted to take revenge on Fujimaki himself, but could not find his location. I had no other choice but to target here." Then later that same evening in the university's gym, a student discovered a receptacle that contained liquid that smelled like sulfur. One source close to the investigation said it's possible the liquid could have become deadly if it vaporized.

Threats with suspicious white powder or liquids were sent to Fujimaki's high school, his publisher, organizers of a Kuroko's Basketball fan event, a radio station that broadcasts a Kuroko's Basketball radio show, and even the Osaka television station that ran the Kuroko's Basketball anime. According to Sponichi (via ANN), that last threat warned against running a second season of the anime, adding, "I'll use fire, a knife, a gun... whatever I can get my hands on!"

More recently, the upcoming Jump Festa, which usually shows off new games and anime, was threatened, causing organizers to can the planned Kuroko's Basketball stage event out of security concerns. Goods related to it will also not be available for purchase at the Jump Festa.

Today, Sponichi is reporting that yet another Kuroko's Basketball event has been canned. This one was to be in Fukuoka, but there were threats that read, "If you don't cancel the event, there will be lots of causalities." This latest event was going to be at a fan event at a local bowling alley, but according to Mainichi, the letters—which contained a suspicious chemical authorities are now analyzing—were apparently sent to various locations throughout Fukuoka as a frightening scattershot.

Part of what has made it difficult to catch the suspect is that the letters have been sent from very different locations. According to Sankei (via ANN), the suspect might have given a clue to his identity last month when he apparently wrote this on Japan's largest bulletin board, 2ch: "If you ask Fujimaki, you will know who I, the suspect, am."

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What if Game of Thrones got a manga adaptation?

What if Game of Thrones got a manga adaptation? | Anime News |

Now that George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books have gotten a successful treatment on the small screen, could we see a manga-style comic book version of Game of Thrones? Artist joscomie packs 49 characters from the series into a single, massive, manga-inspired scroll.
joscomie has some other rather fabulous pieces in her deviantART gallery, including poster designs for Black Swan and Looper (major spoilers on the Looper one), and a cheeky infographic about the loves and hates between a certain quintet of Game of Thrones nobles.

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Ramen Fighter Miki's Sadogawa Launches New Manga

Ramen Fighter Miki's Sadogawa Launches New Manga | Anime News |

The 52nd issue of Akita Shoten's Weekly Shonen Champion began publication on Thursday on Jun Sadogawa's (Noodle Fighter Miki, Punisher, Hanzasky) new manga series Amane Atatameru. The issue includes the series' first two chapters with color pages.

The uplifting comedy revolves around a naive and air-headed female high school student named Amane Nukumori. Amane is unwittingly able to cheer up boys and give them hints as to how to resolve their troubles and worries.

ADV Manga released three of the 17 volumes of Noodle Fighter Miki in North America, and Media Blasters released the 2006 anime adaptation under the title Ramen Fighter Miki).

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Girls & Panzer's 'Water War' Video Anime Digest Streamed

Girls & Panzer's 'Water War' Video Anime Digest Streamed | Anime News |

Anime short to be included in 1st Blu-ray on December 21

The official website for the Girls und Panzer television anime began streaming a digest video of Water War, the beach original video anime included in the first Blu-ray volume.

Bandai Visual will ship the first volume on December 21. The first edition of that volume will bundle a box for the entire series, and the anime's original character designer Humikane Shimada (Strike Witches, Sky Girls) illustrated the box. The first volume will have a 20-minute sound drama of characters' self-introductions, television commercials, the first two-minute promotional video, two audio commentaries by three staff members and three cast members, nine character playing cards and an exclusive booklet whose cover is illustrated by character designer Isao Sugimoto.

Also bundled is a 32-page collection of Shimada's original character designs, and an advance entry form for tickets to an event on April 28, 2013. Voice actresses Mai Fuchigami (Miho Nishizumi), Ai Kayano (Saori Takebe), Mami Ozaki (Hana Isuzu), Ikumi Nakagami (Yukari Akiyama), and Yuka Iguchi (Mako Reizei), and others are scheduled to appear at the event.

The official website also began streaming the third promotional video and for a limited time, the special reintroduction episode "5.5" ("Shōkai Shimasu") that aired when episode 6 was delayed.

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Mercedes-Benz Creates Anime Series or Commercial… or Both

Mercedes-Benz Creates Anime Series or Commercial… or Both | Anime News |
Mercedes-Benz seems to be pulling out all the stops to advertise their 2013 model of A-Class car, the A 180.  In fact they have created a six-minute animated feature starring the A 180, in a rollicking race for the ultimate prize titled Next A Class.

Luckily, I grew up in the era of advertisements thinly veiled as cartoons. All the Noids or Cavity Creeps in the world couldn’t sway my purchasing preferences. Years of Chester Cheetah and Fido Dido have hardened my mind to the subliminal messages animations can carry.

So although this anime short was well made and entertaining, it in no way swayed my opinion of this sleek new A 180 that perfectly combines the high performance of a sports car with the economic sensibility of a compact.

Let’s take a look at the trailer which is now running on TV in Japan.

Pretty thrilling stuff; makes you wonder what they are after in their sporty-yet-efficient A 180. The end of the commercial recommends going online to the Mercedes-Benz website to watch the whole production.

The website explains the back story of New Tokyo, a city that has been transformed by an ever increasing population. The local government had enacted a “City Sharing” program, part of which involves parts of the city to rotate.

I have no idea how this revolving city of the near future would make things more efficient, but it’s a great way to showcase the A 180’s superior handling and traction.

Here Niko, a young woman walking through the city, bored and alone on her day off encounters a legendary decorated truck and starts to run after it. She then stumbles upon two guys, Gatsu and Makito, crusing around in their 2013 Mercedes A 180.

It attests to the car’s amazing reliability that these guys would be still driving it in pristine condition in the Akira-like future of New Tokyo.

Thrown together, the three go in pursuit of the legendary deko-truck. What will they find? You’ll just have to watch this fantastic car… I mean movie to see.

During the story the A 180 has an unbelievably high tech revolving driver seat mechanism. Also the car takes several impossible drops (even once colliding with a truck) without taking any damage to the suspension or body.

Man, that’s one hell of a car.

So please enjoy the full film with English subtitles below but try not to get sucked into its subliminal marketing. I watched several times and it’s safe to say I will never buy a third A 180 no matter how luxurious its leather bucket seats are.

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Anime Film Draws Japan’s Biggest Box Office Opening of the Year

Anime Film Draws Japan’s Biggest Box Office Opening of the Year | Anime News |

TOKYO - Evangelion Shin Gekijoban Q, or Eva Q, as the latest installment is referred to locally, saw more than 770,000 admissions at only 224 screens on Saturday and Sunday. By comparison, the previous biggest weekend opener, Brave Hearts Umizaru, took 1.12 billion yen from 450 screens over three days when it bowed in July.

Brave Hearts Umizaru, a live-action production about a team of crack rescue divers, kept Dark Knight Rises off the top spot when both films opened on the same weekend.
Eva Q looks set to easily outperform previous installments at the box office, having racked up a quarter of Evangelion 2’s final total in its opening two days.
Takashi Miike’s latest horror offering Aku no Kyoten (Lesson of the Evil) hung on to the number two spot for the second week, and has now pulled in 876 million yen ($10.7 million).
Period action-drama Nobo no Shiro (The Floating Castle) was knocked off the top spot after two weeks, into third place. The film, which had its release delayed after last year’s tsunami because it features an attack using a wall of water, has a cumulative of 1.67 billion yen ($20.5 million) off nearly 1.4 million admissions.

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Children Who Chase Lost Voices Anime DVD Review

Children Who Chase Lost Voices Anime DVD Review | Anime News |

What They Say:
When she hears a strange song from a crystal radio, Asuna tunes into more than just a magical stream of music. Soon, she is transported to a mysterious world where mythical beasts roam and brave warriors fight for their lives. Agartha is a land of breathtaking beauty and unimaginable danger – a place where, if believed, even the dead can be brought back to life. But at what cost? Children Who Chase Lost Voices is a spellbinding new work from Japanese visionary Makoto Shinkai, who amazed audiences the world over with Voices of A Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second. Now, with Children, Shinkai affirms his place as one of animation’s most original voices.

The Review:
The English and Japanese audio tracks came through just fine with no problems here. The Japanese commentary track (with accompanying subtitles) was pretty educational as well.

The movie was originally released theatrically in 2011, and the video converted here for DVD release looks gorgeous. The video quality here is very nice and crisp. The subtitles are yellow with black detail for good reading as needed.

The front contains the three protagonists of the movie with the title in simple white text. The back shows several images from the film with awards prominently displayed and a synopsis feature listings below. Pretty reasonable presentation of what audiences can expect from what’s inside.

The menu is rather simple with the three leads on a picture with the options listed off to the lower thirds in bright white text. The extras disc menu has options on the lower right. Decent work here.

The extra videos are very lengthy and give a very good accounting of Makoto Shinkai’s mindset when he was making this movie and how much research he actually put into it. There’s a text interview to scroll and read through, as well as a video interview where we learn Shinkai no longer works from home due to having a child now, but rented a few studios to do work instead. He also researched Kojiki, which focuses on tales of gods & deities and origins of the wqorld and Japanese people. There’s also a ‘making of’ documentary showing the film’s prememire screening in May 2011, and another equally informative but rather lengthy video containing interviews with Shinkai and seiyuu cast. We get to learn for example the lead actress was nervous first time she watched movie since it was her first leading role and that the entire cast was affected emotionally after watching finished product.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
A teenage girl goes through town to her special private spot where she can get a good view of the surrounding countryside. She listens to a radio crystal transceiver given by her father and finds an odd song coming from somewhere. Eventually, we come to learn her name is Asuna as she goes about her day of school and chores with her cat Mimi following everywhere. Asuna lives with her widowed mother who works long hours as a nurse, so she practically maintains house and has become rather self-sufficient.

The next day, Asuna heads to school and finds got the best score on a test again. Her very pregnant teacher warns the kids of a strange animal in area like a bear or something. Asuna decides to head back to her spot after school. While following the train tracks en route she runs into a terrifying, monstrous creature who comes straight at her. However, a mysterious boy comes to help and the creature is killed just as a train comes.

He introduces himself as Shun, and tells Asuna to leave the area and not return. Later, however, she does so looking for the boy who saved her life and finds Shun expecting her. Asuna treats his battle wounds and they listen to her radio and talk for a while. Shun says he comes from a far off land called Agartha to find something. As a blessing of his culture, he gives Asuna a kiss (her first one) on the forehead, which prompts her to run off nervously.

Some time passes and Asuna finds her class has a substitute teacher named Mr. Morisaki reading from and lecturing about a book which focuses on concepts surrounding death. Upon hearing mentions of Agartha, Asuna becomes very interested and follows him home to learn a little more. However, after telling her some things about humans and guardians who went underground as well as beings known as the Quetzalcoatls, Morisaki abruptly kicks her off home. Instead, she returns to her private spot where she finds a mysterious boy who looks very similar to Shun…

What follows is an adventure the likes of which you may have seen in some fantasy anime, but not entirely. It’s an incredible journey for people looking for a way to deal with their pain from the loss of a loved one. Some of what’s shown has these characters struggling through those emotions in different ways and not necessarily in healthy ways at all as their true objectives come to light. The journey itself is an incredible rollercoaster ride weaving together drama, action, humor, joy and sadness into one of the most effective screenplays of this anime decade. To help illustrate how it plays out, the movie feels like a cross between Hayao Myazaki’s ‘Castle In The Sky Laputa’ and the literary classic Dante’s Inferno. That doesn’t entirely do the movie justice though on how powerful this work by writer / director Makoto Shinkai (‘Voices of A Distant Star’) truly is, even though he actually admitted Dante’s Inferno was a partial inspiration for it during an interview.

I first saw this film at Otakon 2011 two months after it premiered in Japan. In a very large room full of movie fans, I could see I wasn’t alone in feeling incredibly emotional by the time the movie was over. In over 20 years of collecting anime, no film had done this to me. Subsequently I’d often wind up talking about whether Isao Takahata’s ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ could’ve had the same effect due to its sad storyline. The thing about anime such as that one or Shinkai’s ‘5cm Per Second’ or similar fare is that they drill into you about how depressing life can be, and the end result tends to pummel the viewer into submission emotionally.

Children Who Chase Lost Voices (From Deep Below) does something even more hard hitting: it points out that there is a joy to life as well in seeing what possibilities and wonders the world can have to offer, especially when time in the world is shared with a loved one. There’s an input of positive energy that is wonderful to look forward to. The death of someone close means the permanent loss of that energy, save for memories, which is why such a loss is painful for the living. The 1980 Oscar winning movie ‘Ordinary People’ touched on this concept a bit, but ‘Children’ truly expands on it in a beautiful way, as Shinkai notes on the extras disc; “Death is something we don’t normally deal with everyday.”

The beauty is in part due to the lovely backdrops and scenery that Shikai and his team have drawn here, which are every bit as artistic and corporeal as those shown in Studio Ghibli movies. They feel like an art museum come to life and act as an extra character at times for Asuna and others to deal with. Shinkai explained his style pretty well in the txt interview on the extras disc. ‘There’s a lot of 3d animation going on. That’s the mainstream. But my work is more the traditional 2d animation, essentially a lot of fixed cuts that are sewn together. Because of that, one of the first things I think of is the importance of the beauty of each cut as a still picture. Even though there’s motion there, I think there needs to be a beauty there akin to that of a picture or still drawing.”

The characters themselves are equally interesting to see developed here. Asuna’s exploits are fun to watch as she deals with growing up normally (though with a bit of isolation). She’s bright and capable, and having to grow up faster than the kids around her. The late Gene Siskel once talked about how he knew an animated movie had hooked him emotionally, when he came to care about what happens to the people on screen as opposed to thinking of them as drawings. That’s pretty much the case here as the film progresses for her and everyone concerned. I had the privilege of seeing a pre-screening of the dub at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012 and Hilary Haag still made Asuna a compelling character to root for just as her Japanese counterpart did. This was also true in the cases of David Matranga as Mr. Morisaki and Leraldo Anzaldua as Shun. Although the title was shortened a bit on the title card for this release (likely for marketing concerns), I have to say Sentai Filmworks did an overall nice job on this release.

In Summary:
With the passing of anime director Satoshi Kon, and looming twilight for the careers of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, there’s a need to find great anime filmmakers for the future generations to enjoy. Although he has done decent works prior to this, Children Who Chase Who Chase Lost Voices (From Deep Below) establishes that Makoto Shinkai can truly be the current generation’s leading anime filmmaker. As you might imagine, this movie gets a very high recommendation here and will likely be on my favorite anime list for a good while to come.

Features (Secondary DVD):
Japanese 5.1 Language, English 5.1 Language, English Subtitles, Full-Length Commentary featuring Makoto Shinkai, Production Staff, and Voice Actors; Interviews with the Staff & Cast; The Making of ‘Children Who Chase Lost Voices’; Japanese Promotional Video; Japanese Teasers; A Brief Interview with Makoto Shinkai; The Works of Makoto Shinkai

Content Grade: A+
Audio Grade: A-
Video Grade: A+
Packaging Grade: A
Menu Grade: A
Extras Grade: A+

Released By: Sentai Filmworks
Release Date: November 13, 2012
MSRP: $29.98
Running Time: 116 Minutes
Video Encoding: 480i/p MPEG-2
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen

Review Equipment:
Panasonic 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Marantz stereo receiver

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Pokémon puts players in the game … literally

Pokémon puts players in the game … literally | Anime News |

Interaction is a key component in today’s video games, and Pokémon — still a strong denizen in the video game realm with more than 230 million games sold worldwide — has taken another step in getting players involved by actually putting a select few of them in the game as characters.

Pokémon gave the top 12 finalists from the 2012 Pokémon World Championships held this past August in Hawaii a digital treat when the company announced that avatars and the participants’ Pokémon creatures would be in a downloadable world embedded in the new “Pokemon Black 2″ and “Pokemon White 2″ games. Players around the globe can battle through those games using the Pokémon World Tournament distribution event via Nintendo’s Wi-Fi connection service.

The 12 players — four in the junior division, four in the senior division and four in the masters division — had to battle their way to the top in yearlong contests just to get invited to Hawaii for the honor of testing their powerful Pokémon against the world’s best. It was a long path for many, and the company knows how dedicated its fan base is.

“To me it’s a huge sign of respect that [developers] decided to integrate this type of functionality into the game knowing that this player base is hugely valuable to Pokémon … that this is a group of people that are really cool and really supportive of the brand,” says J.C. Smith, director of consumer marketing at the Pokémon Company International. “Rewarding them in this way is pretty much the ultimate dream for us as a company, but is also a dream for the players because who doesn’t want to be in their favorite game?”

Pokémon has been doing this type of championship-player integration for years now on the trading card side of things. Selling the deck and strategy of the winning card gaming champions is one thing, but it’s a bigger undertaking to do it for a video game.

“What we did was, at the event itself, we got all of the data about what teams were being played by all the players. Then, when we had the top four selected for each age division, we decided, ‘This is the perfect opportunity. Let’s give these guys a chance to be immortalized in the game and have people be able to battle against these trainers from the real world,’” says Smith.

The players, many who’ve spent years playing and strategizing, and going through regional and national competitions, understood the undertaking and appreciated the gesture.

Ray Rizzo, a 20-year-old multiple champion who is also this year’s masters champion, believes it could actually help others. “I know that growing up as a kid, you always wanted to play against the best. Sometimes even the elite boards weren’t always a challenge. So Pokémon had a good idea to put us in there. As a kid, I looked up to the elite players.”

Wolfe Glick, 16-year-old runner-up to Rizzo in the masters division, “thought it was really flattering. It was the best kind of immortality that you can get. Obviously we all care about this game, and it’s an honor to be put in the game and have people who you’ve never met before be able to battle you.”

If Pokémon’s aim was to create a worldwide community, then Rizzo and Glick say they’ve succeeded … and beyond. After the 15 movies and 15 seasons of the cartoon and 19 billion cards sold, it’s not just the characters and Pokémon that continue to make the community want to “catch them all.”

“It’s the people who play the game. Even if I’m not playing, just being around people who like it as much as you do is great,” says Rizzo. “I remember back when Pokémon didn’t have something like Wi-Fi. Just to simply battle someone from around the world without being able to talk to them or see them … Ugh. I just thought [Wi-Fi] was a really cool invention.”

“I also like having a goal that I can attain, and it’s nice to say that you’re one of the best players in the world,” says Glick. “But now, by interacting with people who think different from you, you learn something about them and you learn something about yourself and you learn something about the game.”

The downloadable worlds had a tiered rollout on the Nintendo Wi-Fi service, with juniors on Oct. 22, seniors on Nov. 5 and masters on Nov. 19. They are accessible through the “Pokémon Black 2″ or “Pokémon White 2″ games (released October 2012) by going online using a system in the Nintendo DS family or the Nintendo 3DS family. Specifically, players need to travel to the in-game Pokémon World Tournament in Driftveil City before they can participate.

And what does the future of Pokémon hold? More movies and TV, continuing with the company’s new EX card gaming system, and most likely building on the successful “Pokémon White” and “Pokémon Black” (over 14 million sold in a year) gaming titles. Players have no idea of the specifics, but one thing will remain constant, says Glick.

“I doubt that, whether it gets bigger or smaller, the people will change. It’s nice to know that whatever the format or wherever [the tournaments] are held, we’ll be able to go and see all of our friends and have a good time playing a game we love.”

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Casual observers of Pokemon tend to classify it as either a game or a cartoon, based purely on the world vision they hold. In my view, Pokemon is far too large to be categorized under a single genre. Pokemon has become a lifestyle for some, and it is easy to see why. The world of Pokemon encompasses comics, cartoons, video games, fan clubs and card games. It is in essence a social experience with it's own set of realities. The article showcases how Pokemon creators acknowledge the sheer vastness of the Pokemon universe. 


While the socializing aspect is well established, the concept of a Pokemon master is not an intangible one, nor is it some drawn out metaphor, instead it is a very real concept drawn from fighting various contenders in either card or video game formats. These official tournaments give a sense of competitiveness to the game and more credibility to the Pokemon franchise.

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Pokémon: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice Premieres on YTV on December 8

Pokémon: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice Premieres on YTV on December 8 | Anime News |

The official Pokémon Facebook page announced that Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice will premiere on Canada's YTV channel on December 8. The film will premiere on Cartoon Network in the United States on the same day.

The page also announced on Sunday that it would reveal another sneak preview featuring Keldeo versus Terrakion if the page reaches 54,000 Facebook Likes by November 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST. The official YouTube channel for the franchise began streaming a Keldeo versus Virizion sneak peak on Saturday.

The film celebrates the 15th anniversary of the anime film franchise and features the new legendary Pokémon, Keldeo.

Kunihiko Yuyama returned to direct the film after directing most of the previous films and The Slayers films. The film opened in Japan on July 14.

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1st 2 Madoka Magica Films to Screen in Ohio, Seattle, Pittsburgh

1st 2 Madoka Magica Films to Screen in Ohio, Seattle, Pittsburgh | Anime News |

Aniplex of America announced on Tuesday that the first two Puella Magi Madoka Magica films will play in December in the following theaters:

Cleveland Cinemas - Plaza in Akron, Ohio on December 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Cleveland Cinemas - Cedar Lee in Cleveland, Ohio on December 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Grand Illusion in Seattle on December 9 at 1:00 p.m.
The Hollywood Theatre in Pittsburgh on December 16 at 12:00 p.m.
Tickets for each screening are now available for purchase. Each theater will also be giving out a limited number of Madoka Magica film posters.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings opened in Japan on October 6 and Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal followed on October 13. The third film, Gekijō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Shinpen: Hangyaku no Monogatari (Puella Magi Madoka Magica New Feature: Rebellion), which will not be the end of the Madoka Magica story, will open next year.

The first two films already played in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco last month, one week after the second film opened in Japan. The films will also screen in Kansas City, Missouri and in Buffalo, New York this month.

The films are playing in eight countries and territories between October and December. Other countries and territories that are screening the films include France, Italy, San Marino, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Announces World Tour

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Announces World Tour | Anime News |

In 2013, you may get a chance to see singer/model Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in concert. The fashion monster has announced on her official facebook fanpage that she has a 10 country tour planned for Febuary to April 2013.

France and Belgium are the first planned stops on the Kawaii Harajuku Ambassador’s global trip, with the other eight nations on the itinerary to be announced later.

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1st 2 Madoka Magica Films to Play in Kansas City

1st 2 Madoka Magica Films to Play in Kansas City | Anime News |

Aniplex of America announced on Wednesday that the first two Puella Magi Madoka Magica films will play on November 21 at the Screenland Crossroads theater in Kansas City, Missouri. Tickets are now available for the 7:00 p.m. screening.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings opened in Japan on October 6 and Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal followed on October 13. The third film, Gekijō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Shinpen: Hangyaku no Monogatari (Puella Magi Madoka Magica New Feature: Rebellion), which will not be the end of the Madoka Magica story, will open next year.

The first two films already played at Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco last month, one week after the second film opened in Japan. They are playing in eight countries and territories between October and December. Other countries and territories that are screening the film include France, Italy, San Marino, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

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OreShura Romantic Comedy TV Anime's Promo Streamed

OreShura Romantic Comedy TV Anime's Promo Streamed | Anime News |

The official website for the Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (OreShura) romantic comedy anime began streaming a promotional video on Wednesday. The video features the opening theme song "Girlish Lover."

The website announced that the four main voice actresses — Chinatsu Akasaki (Chiwa Harusaki), Yukari Tamura (Masuzu Natsukawa), Hisako Kanemoto (Himeka Akishina) and Ai Kayano (Ai Fuyuumi) — performed "Girlish Lover" under the group name "Mizukara o Enshutsu Suru Otome no Kai." Tamura is also contributing the ending theme song.

Yūji Yūji's original light novel series centers around a boy named Eita (played by Ryota Ohsaka). He has a childhood friend named Chiwa who is like a little sister to him. A silver-haired girl named Masuzu returns from overseas and makes Eita her "fake" boyfriend to fend off unwanted attention. This sets off a feud between Chiwa and Masuzu for Eita's affections.

Kanta Kamei (Bunny Drop, Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~) is directing the anime at A-1 Pictures. Tatsuhiko Urahata (Natsu-iro Kiseki, Saki, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) is in charge of the series scripts, and Mai Otsuka (Shakugan no Shana, Hanamaru Kindergarten, Astarotte's Toy) is adapting LLO's original character designs. Masatomo Ota (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, B Gata H Kei - Yamada’s First Time, Carnival Phantasm theme songs) is composing the music.

The anime will premiere on January 5.

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Unused Akira concept art reveals white Kaneda

Unused Akira concept art reveals white Kaneda | Anime News |

We've seen a couple of different storyboard views of Warner Bros.' stalled, whitewashed, live-action Akira remake, but Rodolfo Damaggio's concept art for some unnamed incarnation of the film offers something a little different: a couple of mockups of the ad-filled streets of Neo-Manhattan as well as a possible design for the tragically non-Japanese equivalent of Kaneda.

The emphasis on this version of Neo-Manhattan sees to be on the crisscrossing aerial roads, but the advertising is also interesting. I assume the ads themselves are placeholders and that Apple wouldn't be using the same iPod ad campaign this far into the future. I wonder, though, whether the folks working on the project planned to use familiar brand names in their rebuilt city.

And sigh, white Kaneda. We hope you stay in development hell.

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Dan Doh's Banjou to Launch Gundam: Kokui no Kariudo Manga

Dan Doh's Banjou to Launch Gundam: Kokui no Kariudo Manga | Anime News |

The January 2013 issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday Super magazine announced on Saturday that manga artist Daichi Banjou will launch the Kidō Senshi Gundam: Kokui no Kariudo (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Hunters in Black) series in the following issue on December 24.

The manga series will be an original story set in the final months of the same One Year War seen in the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime series. It will follow Lieutenant Commander Steiner, an ace pilot who leads the Zeon mobile suit unit Kokui no Kariudo.

Banjou and writer Nobuhiro Sakata created the golf manga series Dan Doh!! from 1995 to 2000, and the series inspired a 2004 television series that Bandai Entertainment released in North America.

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Evangelion Bling Buttons Revealed for iPhones

Japanese phone strap online retailer Strap-ya has begun selling different Neon Genesis Evangelion-themed sticker buttons for the iPhone's home button. Each button made out of cubic zirconia features character numbers and logos. Designs available include Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Mari, Seele, and NERV. Gold-finish buttons with the same designs are also available. Both types of button cost 945 yen (about US$11) for one button.
Evangelion has done many collaborations with other companies, including tie-ins with glasses, water coolers, and eyedrops.

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A children's anime series with rainbow-colored, gut-wrenching lessons in ethical philosophy

A children's anime series with rainbow-colored, gut-wrenching lessons in ethical philosophy | Anime News | of the classic kids' anime shows that made its way across the Pacific was Monkey Magic, and it was full of fighting, jokes . . . and very deep lessons about philosophy and ethics. I love this one in particular, where Monkey meets Buddha, and learns that he is but a puny dot in the universe occupied by Buddha, and that selfishness causes pain to others. Complete with trippy animations as Monkey dives deep into Buddha's mind and makes terrifying discoveries about the nature of being. The best part is that the whole thing is based on an actual Buddhist story.

Here's the bouncy opening credit sequence to this seriously weird (and tragically forgotten) show.

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One Piece Film Z Cast Wears Armani Exchange Suits in Anime

One Piece Film Z Cast Wears Armani Exchange Suits in Anime | Anime News |

The fashion label A|X Armani Exchange collaborated on suits that the One Piece anime cast will wear in next month's One Piece Film Z. In part of the film, Luffy, Sanji, Zoro, and the other Straw Hat Pirates will don outfits designed by A|X Armani Exchange and selected by original manga creator Eiichiro Oda.

The Shibuya branch of A|X Armani Exchange in Tokyo is sell some of the real outfits. Plus, models will pose in the outfits when they are unveiled in Shueisha's fashion magazine Men's Non No on December 10. Luffy was the first manga character to appear on the cover of this magazine three years ago, in a tie-in with 2009's One Piece Film Strong World film.

One Piece Film Z will open in Japan on Saturday, December 15 with Avril Lavigne's covers of Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" and Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" as theme songs. Oda is personally overseeing the production of the film, just as he did for One Piece Film Strong World.

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This Bizarre Anime Short From the Studio Behind Ghost in the Shell Exists Thanks to Mercedes-Benz

This Bizarre Anime Short From the Studio Behind Ghost in the Shell Exists Thanks to Mercedes-Benz | Anime News |

The best way to promote any product in Japan is obviously through an anime short. The setting for said short must be a decade or so from now, that way the animators can play with some totally sweet futuristic flourishes. Also, the first protagonist has to be an adorable petite girl, or the rest won’t work at all. This is all apparently known to Mercedes-Benz, the car manufacturer, as they partnered with anime studio Production I.G — the studio behind Ghost in the Shell — to produce a short exactly like that to promote the release of the next A-Class model in Japan. Seriously.

Titled “NEXT A-Class“, the short follows a group of folks brought together by fate to chase a legendary noodle truck. Due to the fact that this is actually a promotional video for Mercedes-Benz, they’re driving around in the A-Class model that releases in Japan on January 17th. See for yourself:

Here’s the official synopsis, according to Crunchyroll:

In the not so distant future, to cope with the traffic jams and verticalization due to the Increased population, the city of Tokyo was reconstructed under the theme of “city sharing” in which people share the urbane [sic] space by transforming the roads and city structure by time of the day. A woman named Nico is walking in the city. She is having her long-awaited day off; however, she does not know what to do and who to hang out with. She hopes an exciting thing suddenly happens–. Then, a truck passed right before her eyes. The loud music and flashy decoration of the vehicle reminded Nico the car “it” that everyone’s talking about on the internet. As soon as Nico saw it, she ran after it, then ran into Gatsu and Makito. Nico get [sic] in the latest A-Class and they chase after the truck driving through the city that is changing its form rapidly. See if they catch up with the legendary truck and reveal the true identity of “it”.
In all honesty, I hope this campaign works for the car manufacturer. Anything that allows anime studios to craft odd little shorts is a good thing in my book.

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Few Anime Get as Pretentious as This

Few Anime Get as Pretentious as This | Anime News |

When the latest Neon Genesis Evangelion flick hit theaters this weekend in Japan, the next Evangelion film was revealed. And at first look, its title appears annoyingly pretentious. It is. But it's also interesting.

The teaser webpage this appears on has the world "final" in the URL. The text says, "Next time, a new Evangelion movie :||" (次回は シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版:||).

What the hell is :||, you might be asking! It's a repeat sign in music; but if it's just two lines (as commenter Zer0Cal0ries points out, a "double bar"), then it means the piece of music ends—and it's unclear whether that is a colon and then two lines (a double bar) or just a repeat sign (man, my head hurts). The problem is that if this is actually used in the title, the general public won't know how to say it or what it means. What we do know is that "Evangelion, colon, vertical line and darker vertical line" doesn't sound very cool.

This symbol does make sense because the naming of the recent Eva films, as goofy and pretentious as they are, appear to be based on the traditional three act structure in Japan of jo-ha-kyuu (序破急), which is often translated to "beginning, break, rapid". This structure is common in Japanese arts.

This structure seems to exist in the new Evangelion movies, which are called Rebuild of Evangelion (or Evangelion: the New Movies) in Japan. In the original Japanese title for Evangelion 1.0, there is a "jo" (序). Before Evangelion 2.0, there is a "ha" (破). However, before the recently released Evangelion 3.0, there is the English letter "Q", a pun for "kyuu" (急).

Those who know Japanese will noticed that the Rebuild of Evangelion movies write Evangelion (ヱヴァンゲリヲン) slightly different from the way the series was traditional written in Japanese (エヴァンゲリオン), as a way to mark a distinction—highlight the "rebuild" quality, if you will.

Also, "new" (シン or "shin") is written in Japanese katakana for the just announced Eva as opposed to using the kanji character (新). However, this is assuming "shin" here actually means "new". Since it's being written phonetically, it could stand for, for example, the "shin" (真) kanji character that means "true", "real", or "genuine".

That musical symbol, then, would infer that this is not only an end to the Rebuild trilogy, but a return to the roots of Evangelion—another reboot? Or it could simply be "Evangelion, colon, vertical line and darker vertical line."

In case you missed it, here's Kotaku's review of Evangelion 3.0.

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ANIME NEWS: Yamanashi train, roller coaster celebrate new 'Evangelion' film - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

ANIME NEWS: Yamanashi train, roller coaster celebrate new 'Evangelion' film - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Anime News |

An "Evangelion"-themed train and roller coaster are unveiled on Nov. 17 to celebrate the release of "Evangelion: 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo" animated film, which opens in theaters the same day.

Railway operator Fuji Kyuko Co.'s two-car train decorated with the color schemes of the Evangelion Unit 01 and 02 robots will run on the Fujikyuko line between the Otsuki and Kawaguchi-ko stations in Yamanashi Prefecture, and is part of the "EVA: Q x FUJI:Q Keikaku" collaboration.

Memorable scenes and lines from the anime are featured in posters, straps and other parts of the train's interior.

Voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi, who plays the role of Misato Katsuragi, lends her voice for the in-train announcements for a part of the route.

At the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park, "Evangelion" is featured on cars, announcements, background music and the barn for the "Takabisha" roller coaster. With an inclination of 121 degrees, the 1-kilometer-long ride is recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's steepest roller coaster.

Riders of the "Evabisha" ride will see a large panel of "Evangelion" character Asuka Shikinami Langley set up at the entrance of a tunnel. When they are about to experience the stomach-flipping, beyond-vertical drop, an announcement in the voice of Shinji Ikari will be made.

An exclusive video is shown for riders waiting in line.

The "Evangelion" train and roller coaster will operate until Jan. 31.

The amusement park is also hosting a stamp rally in which participants receive a badge in addition to a bonus plastic file folder if they collect six stamp prints.

Fuji-Q Highland is also home to life-size models of "Evangelion" characters on display at the Evangelion: World pavilion.

Visit the official websites of Fuji Kyuko at ( and Fuji-Q Highland at (

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1st Berserk Film Wins Silver at Oregon Film Awards

1st Berserk Film Wins Silver at Oregon Film Awards | Anime News |

The Oregon Film Awards announced on November 7 that Toshiyuki Kubooka and Studio 4°C's Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King film won a Silver Award in the Animated Film Competition category. The awards festival distributes awards in four recognition levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

The festival's awards are limited and are "presented only to those films and filmmakers that demonstrate a superior level of craftsmanship and quality."

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I – The Egg of the King is the first of three films in Studio 4°C's theatrical adaptation of Kentarou Miura's Berserk manga. Viz Media will release the film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on November 27. The film is screening on Tuesday at the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) at 9:30 p.m at the Hi-Pointe Theatre.

The film opened in Japan this past February and premiered in the United States at San Diego Comic Con in July. The second film premiered in Japan in June, and the third film will premiere in February 2013.

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A Letter to Momo Screens in San Francisco on Saturday

A Letter to Momo Screens in San Francisco on Saturday | Anime News |

The San Francisco International Children's Film Festival will screen Production I.G and Hiroyuki Okiura's A Letter to Momo anime film on Saturday, November 10 at 5:00 p.m.

The film festival is being held at the Exploratorium at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco from November 9-11.

A Letter to Momo follows a girl named Momo who struggles with her father's sudden passing and resulting move to the countryside. Momo finds an otherworldly surprise at her new home. The film held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, and it opened in Japan on April 21. It received the Grand Prize for Best Feature Film at this year's New York International Children's Film Festival, won the main prize in the "Feature film" category at the Czech AniFest, and competed at France's Annecy film festival in June. GKids licensed the film and will release it in U.S. theaters to compete for the 2013 Oscars.

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If You're Named "Shinji," "Rei" or "Asuka" Head Over to Izakaya Pub for Your Evangelion Discount

If You're Named "Shinji," "Rei" or "Asuka" Head Over to Izakaya Pub for Your Evangelion Discount | Anime News |

The experience of piloting an Eva is probably enough to drive one to drink, so, in honor of November's Evangelion 3.0 launch, Monteroza's Uotami and Shirokiya izakaya pubs are offering patrons who share the name of one of the anime's pilots a discount.

The formula is a bit complicated. The Asahi Shimbun lays it out:

Under the "Ayanami-wari" discount campaign, pub dwellers at a Monteroza-operated izakaya with the same first names or surnames of Rei Ayanami, Shinji Ikari, Asuka Shikinami Langley, Mari Makinami Illustrious and Kaworu Nagisa will get discounts.

For example, a group of customers will get a 15 percent discount if one of them shares the same first name as one of the characters. If a customer has the same family name, such as Ikari and Ayanami, the group will get a 30 percent discount. When a person has a matching first name and surname, the group will receive a 50 percent discount.

And if everyone in the group has the same first and last name, the group will get a 77 percent discount.

There is a discount limit of 5,000 yen ($63.50).

Costumers will also receive one of six Eva coasters,

Patrons who bring a movie ticket and spend at least 2,100 yen will be eligible for a free giveaway for prizes that include a set of nine drink coasters, A1-sized posters, a special shochu beverage and more.

Speaking of Evangelion and boozing, Lawson convenience stores are now offering Misato labeled liqueur.

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