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Ghost in the Shell's Shirow, Excel Saga's Rikudou Launch Manga

Ghost in the Shell's Shirow, Excel Saga's Rikudou Launch Manga | Anime News | Scoop.it

The 13th issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype Ace magazine announced on Monday that manga creators Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed) and Koushi Rikudou (Excel Saga) are collaborating to launch a new series in the next issue on October 10. Shirow is responsible for the story, while Rikudou is drawing the art. The magazine gave no further details except for a teaser image (pictured right).

Rikudou just ended Excel Saga in Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine last year, and has since launched a new series, with the finalized name of Ageha, in the same magazine earlier this year.

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1st 2 Madoka Magica Films' English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

1st 2 Madoka Magica Films' English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed | Anime News | Scoop.it

Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the first two Puella Magi Madoka Magica films on Thursday. The trailer is the same as the trailer posted in July on the films' official website. The trailer features the song "Connect" by ClariS, the song used as the opening theme song from the original television anime series.

Aniplex of America and Eleven Arts will screen the films as a double feature in five cities in the United States in October, one week after the second film opens in Japan. The film will also be screened in seven other countries and territories between October and December.

Producer Atsuhiro Iwakami had revealed last November that the film trilogy will begin with a two-part compilation of the original television series, followed by an all-new film. Gekikjō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Zenpen: Hajimari no Monogatari will open on October 6 at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and other theaters nationwide. Gekikjō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Kōhen: Eien no Monogatari (Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part II: The Eternal Story) will follow on October 13.


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Storyboards Surface From Delayed Live Action 'Akira' Movie

Storyboards Surface From Delayed Live Action 'Akira' Movie | Anime News | Scoop.it

The unkillable live action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira manga and animated feature is currently getting a script rewrite after having its budget cut, but that doesn't mean fans can't catch a glimpse of an earlier draft of the film that would've transformed rival Japanese teenage motorcycle gang members Shōtarō Kaneda and Tetsuo Shima into white, tavern-owning American siblings. Artist Jeffrey Errico (Crank, Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil) has posted eight pages of storyboards from what would've been the opening title sequence for an early version of the film, which see Kaneda cruise to the outskirts of a crater that was once Neo-Manhattan on his iconic motorcycle. Though nearly every component of the movie has been panned by longtime fans of the original material (and even actors like George Takei) up to this point, it's worth noting that Errico's art is largely faithful to its source - from its general aesthetic to the futuristic design of Kaneda's ride. In short: at least Errico was working to make the live action film legit. See what you think of the storyboards from the currently stalled live action Akira movie after the jump.


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Yoko Kanno Composes Song for Alma Mater's Glee Club

Yoko Kanno Composes Song for Alma Mater's Glee Club | Anime News | Scoop.it

The Waseda University's glee club revealed via its Twitter account this week that alumna and composer Yoko Kanno (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne, Macross Plus/Frontier, Kids On The Slope) will be composing a new song for the club's first upcoming performance. The club added that the song will be the first chorus song the group will perform.

The club added that Kanno attended the club's summer training camp this week and taught them directly, which greatly increased the members' spirits.

Kanno attended Waseda University in Tokyo, but majored in literature instead of music.

More information about the collaboration between Kanno and the glee club will be announced via the club's Twitter account at a later date.

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Hiro Shimono, Yūichi Nakamura Lead Senyū Anime Cast

Hiro Shimono, Yūichi  Nakamura Lead Senyū Anime Cast | Anime News | Scoop.it

The October issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Hiro Shimono (Danbōru Senki W, Sket Dance, Binbogami ga!) and Yūichi Nakamura (Hyouka, Natsuyuki Rendezvous, Love, Elections, & Chocolate) will lead the cast of the Senyū. fantasy battle comedy anime. Jump Square is also revealing that the anime will premiere on the TV Tokyo station and the niconico (formerly Nico Nico Douga) service next January.

In Robinson Haruhara's original manga, a gigantic hole suddenly opened up in the world one day, and demons appeared. The king thinks that this portends the return of the demon king Rukimedesu, who was sealed away by the hero Kureashion a millenium ago. The king decreed that the descendants of the hero must take on the threat, and 75 people showed up. Hero No. 45 (Shimono's Aruba) and a sadistic palace warrior (Nakamura's Rosu) have to team up, and their adventure begins.

Haruhara launched the manga on the Nico Nico Seiga website in 2010, and began serializing it in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine also this year. The anime will cover the first arc of the web version

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Yu-Gi-Oh to Animate Gold-Winning Gymnast Kōhei Uchimura

Yu-Gi-Oh to Animate Gold-Winning Gymnast Kōhei Uchimura | Anime News | Scoop.it

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal series will transform Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast Kōhei Uchimura into an anime character for a television special this month. The one-hour "Mezase Sekaichi! Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Uchimura Kōhei Senshu mo Deru yo Special" (Aim for #1 in the World! Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Special with Guest Star Kōhei Uchimura) will air on September 17 at noon.

The special will have a brand-new anime episode in which an animated Uchimura appears, although Daisuke Endou will lend his voice to the character. In the episode, we see a boy training in a gym after a loss in a tournament, and he reveals his face as Yūma, the main character of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. The story turns when Uchimura appears at the gym, and the special will emphasize Yu-Gi-Oh! and Uchimura's common theme of never giving up when facing a challenge.

In a live-action segment of the special, Uchimura himself will answer questions from elementary students dealing with issues. Hiroki Kawata of the comedy duo "Garage Sale" and former SDN48 idol Serina will also file a video report from the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2012 tournament. Another comedy duo, COWCOW, will join some children and attempt a few gymnastic moves of their own in a separate segment.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal series normally airs at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, but September 17 is Respect for the Aged Day, a holiday in Japan.

Last month, Uchimura became the first Japanese to win the Olympic gold medal in gymnastics' individual all-around competition in 28 years, with a little help from manga. Shinji Morisue, a 1984 Olympic gold medalist himself, co-created the 1994 Ganba! Fly High gymnastics manga to inspire kids, and Uchimura said he learned the secret to "sticking a landing" from the manga.

Uchimura already starred in a commercial with Japan's iconic manga cat, Doraemon:


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Madoka Magica Films' 2nd Batch of TV Ads Streamed

Madoka Magica Films' 2nd Batch of TV Ads Streamed | Anime News | Scoop.it

On Tuesday, the official website for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime franchise began streaming all four commercials in the latest batch promoting the first two films. Two of them, in 15- and 30-second lengths, feature the new theme song "Luminous" by the teenaged female duo ClariS, while the last two have the "Magia [quattro]" song by Kalafina.

The new ads highlight the new animated footage and the returning staff: chief director Akiyuki Shinbo, writer Gen Urobuchi, original character designer Ume Aoki, and the anime studio SHAFT.

ClariS is returning to perform "Luminous" song after performing the opening theme song "Connect" for the original Puella Magi Madoka Magica television series. "Luminous" will be the theme song of the first film, Gekikjō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Zenpen: Hajimari no Monogatari (Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part I: The Beginning Story).

The CD single for "Luminous" will go on sale on October 10, after the first official book for ClariS, Collection, arrives in stores on September 14. The duo made the major label debut in 2010 when they were still in middle school, although they are now in high school. The pair's first album, Birthday, debuted at #2 on Oricon's weekly CD album sales chart this past April.

Producer Atsuhiro Iwakami had revealed last November that the film trilogy will begin with a two-part compilation of the original television series, followed by an all-new film. Gekikjō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Zenpen: Hajimari no Monogatari will open on October 6 at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and other theaters nationwide. Gekikjō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Kōhen: Eien no Monogatari (Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part II: The Eternal Story) will follow on October 13.


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Chris Noth, Sarah Bolger Join Ghibli's Poppy Hill Dub

Chris Noth, Sarah Bolger Join Ghibli's Poppy Hill Dub | Anime News | Scoop.it

Studio Ghibli revealed on Thursday that actors Chris Noth and Sarah Bolger are working on the English language dub of Goro Miyazaki's From Up On Poppy Hill film. Noth played opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in HBO's Sex in the City television series and films as Mr. Big. He also starred in Dick Wolf's long-running crime drama Law & Order as Detective Mike Logan, and he currently appears in the legal drama The Good Wife.

An Irish actress, Bolger is known as the voice of Eleanor Lamb in 2K Marin's BioShock 2 game, as Mallory Grace in The Spiderwick Chronicles and as Christy in the Oscar-nominated film In America.

The actors join previously announced Gillian Anderson and Academy-Award winning director and actor Ron Howard (Happy Days, American Graffiti) on the film's cast.

GKids will release the film in North American theaters next March, after holding a run in Los Angeles County for Academy Award qualification in the "November time frame." It also plans to release it on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. Studio Ghibli is producing the English-language version of the film, and Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are executive producers on the English version. Academy Award-winning sound designer and director Gary Rydstrom (Titanic, Jurassic Park) is directing the English dub for the film

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P.A. Works, Dengeki Daioh Make Nagi no Asu Kara Anime

P.A. Works, Dengeki Daioh Make Nagi no Asu Kara Anime | Anime News | Scoop.it

The October issue of ASCII Media Works' Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine is announcing on Monday that production on Nagi no Asu Kara, an original animation from the studio P.A. Works and the magazine, has been green-lit. Toshiya Shinohara (Black Butler, The Book of Bantorra) is directing off scripts supervised by Mari Okada (Black Butler, The Book of Bantorra, AnoHana, Hana-Saku Iroha). Buriki (Haganai, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko) is in charge of the original character designs.

The project will be presented at a stage event during the Dengeki 20th Anniversary Festival event in Chiba on October 20 at 1:00 p.m.

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X-Files' Gillian Anderson Joins Ghibli's English Poppy Hill Dub

X-Files' Gillian Anderson Joins Ghibli's English Poppy Hill Dub | Anime News | Scoop.it

Studio Ghibli revealed on Wednesday that X-Files actress Gillian Anderson will be working on the English language dub of Goro Miyazaki's film From Up On Poppy Hill. Known for her role as Special Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files television series and films, Anderson also voiced the character Moro in the English dub of Princess Mononoke. Studio Ghibli has not announced which character she will be voicing in From Up On Poppy Hill.

Actor/director Ron Howard (Happy Days, American Graffiti, Arrested Development) will also play a role at the invitation of the dub's executive producers, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy (Ponyo, The Secret World of Arrietty). Academy Award-winning sound designer and director Gary Rydstrom (Titanic, Jurassic Park) is directing the English dub.

Adapted from the shōjo manga Kokuriko-Zaka Kara by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama, From Up On Poppy Hill "follows a group of Yokohama teens in their quest against a wrecking ball that threatens to destroy their school's clubhouse in preparation for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics." Hayao Miyazaki, Goro's father and Ghibli's co-founder, scripted the film. The film originally premiered in theaters in Japan in July 2011.

North American distributor GKids acquired the rights to this film, and it plans to release From Up On Poppy Hill in American theaters next March after qualifying it for Oscar consideration

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Kaleido Star Creator Sato's Wish Angel Project Put on Hold

Kaleido Star Creator Sato's Wish Angel Project Put on Hold | Anime News | Scoop.it

The production company Encourage Films announced on August 12 that Wish Angel ~Tsubasa wa Chiisai Keredo~ (Wish Angel: My Wings Are Small But…), its collaborative project with director Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon, Kaleido Star, Princess Tutu, Sgt. Frog, Aria, Umi Monogatari, Tamayura), has been put on hold for now. The company confirmed the news in an August 15 blog entry and later on the project's official website.

Producer and Encourage Films founder Touyou Ikeda explained on the project's website that there are one or more other projects simultaneously in the works, and they currently have priority over Wish Angel.

The project's story centers around a 15-year-old girl named Tsubasa Amanozuka — who happens to be a "Wish Angel" with the power to fulfill the dreams of people who do their best. To lift up the dreams of many people, she joins a "legendary" high school cheerleading squad. However, the cheerleading squad only has three members this year, and it is on the verge of being disbanded.

The project would have reunited Sato with four other Kaleido Star creators: Ikeda, story creator Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman., K-ON!, Sugar Sugar Rune), character designer Hajime Watanabe (Akazukin Cha Cha, Kodocha, School Rumble), and visual designer Fumitoshi Oizaki (Sgt. Frog, Welcome to the NHK). All three have since worked on Sato's Tamayura anime.

Encourage Films announced Wish Angel in 2010, but even then, Ikeda said, "It would be really nice to say that this will be animated, but nothing's been decided (laughs)."

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Little Busters! Anime Replaces Shiho Kawaragi With Yuiko Tatsumi in Cast

Little Busters! Anime Replaces Shiho Kawaragi With Yuiko Tatsumi in Cast | Anime News | Scoop.it

The official website of the Little Busters! television anime announced on Friday that Yuiko Tatsumi is replacing Shiho Kawaragi in the role of Mio Nishizono "with Kawaragi's health being our first and foremost consideration." Kawaragi announced on Wednesday that she is pregnant with her first child.

Kawaragi said on Wednesday that she is in her sixth month of pregnancy. She played Mio Nishizono in Key/Visual Art's original Little Busters! visual novel. She also played Sekai Saionji in the School Days visual novel and anime franchise as well as Cheria Barnes in the Tales of Graces role-playing game.

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Himeyuri Peace Museum in Okinawa Creates Anime Short

Himeyuri Peace Museum in Okinawa Creates Anime Short | Anime News | Scoop.it

The Himeyuri Alumnae Incorporated Foundation, which runs the Himeyuri Peace Museum in Okinawa, has produced an animated short film titled "Himeyuri." The short premiered at the museum on June 23 and is currently screening until August 15.

The 30-minute film centers around a group of high school nurses called Himeyuri who served during the Battle of Okinawa during World War II. The film's aim is to convey the experiences of those high school nurses, many of whom lost their lives during the battle, to children.

Around 120 third-year high school students from the Shimada Junior High school in Shizuoka Prefecture are providing the film's ending theme song "Wakare no Uta." The Himeyuri nurses had practiced to sing "Wakare no Uta" at their graduation, but many died before the graduation ceremony. The song is often sung at memorial services for war dead. Third-year students at Shimada Junior High take a field trip to the museum every year and perform the song at the museum during the trip. A recording from the class of 2002 is being used for the film.

The Japanese news source QAB News is currently streaming a segment on the museum that features a clip of the short.

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1st 2 Madoka Magica Films' English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed

1st 2 Madoka Magica Films' English-Subtitled Trailer Streamed | Anime News | Scoop.it

Aniplex of America began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for the first two Puella Magi Madoka Magica films on Thursday. The trailer is the same as the trailer posted in July on the films' official website. The trailer features the song "Connect" by ClariS, the song used as the opening theme song from the original television anime series.

Aniplex of America and Eleven Arts will screen the films as a double feature in five cities in the United States in October, one week after the second film opens in Japan. The film will also be screened in seven other countries and territories between October and December.

Producer Atsuhiro Iwakami had revealed last November that the film trilogy will begin with a two-part compilation of the original television series, followed by an all-new film. Gekikjō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Zenpen: Hajimari no Monogatari will open on October 6 at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and other theaters nationwide. Gekikjō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Kōhen: Eien no Monogatari (Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part II: The Eternal Story) will follow on October 13.


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Ghost in the Shell's Shirow, Excel Saga's Rikudou Launch Manga

Ghost in the Shell's Shirow, Excel Saga's Rikudou Launch Manga | Anime News | Scoop.it

The 13th issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype Ace magazine announced on Monday that manga creators Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed) and Koushi Rikudou (Excel Saga) are collaborating to launch a new series in the next issue on October 10. Shirow is responsible for the story, while Rikudou is drawing the art. The magazine gave no further details except for a teaser image (pictured right).

Rikudou just ended Excel Saga in Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine last year, and has since launched a new series, with the finalized name of Ageha, in the same magazine earlier this year.

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Battle Angel Movie Is Still Coming Says Producer Jon Landau

Battle Angel Movie Is Still Coming Says Producer Jon Landau | Anime News | Scoop.it

Just this a few hours ago I said that James Cameron’s plans for Avatar prequels as well as sequels might be bad news for anybody waiting on his Battle Angel movie.

Well, for now at least, Cameron’s producing partner Jon Landau doesn’t seem to agree.

Here’s a quote from MovieZine (via Collider):

I am sure you will get to see Battle Angel. It is one of my favorite stories, a great story about a young woman’s journey to self-discovery. It is a film that begs the question: “What does it mean to be human? ‘. Are you human if you have a heart, a brain or a soul? I look forward to giving the audience the film.

Now, Landau is not dating this. There’s no time frame anywhere in any of Landau’s quotes. Still, MovieZine and Collider have both put 2017 in their headlines, and Collider even say “Landau commented on the possibility of seeing Battle Angel in screen by 2017″ when, really, he was just talking about it ending up on screen one day, somehow.

I guess this 2017 element is good for traffic? Dunno. Doesn’t seem to be based on anything factual.

What’s interesting, though, is that Landau thinks the film is still on the To Do list. It’s encouraging.

Of course, if we’re going by the letter of what he says, it’s worth noting that nowhere here does he say Cameron will direct himself… and Cameron has previously said he’s going into full-Avatar mode now…

Could Battle Angel end up with a new director?

Well, probably not. It’s a notion, though. And there’s just as much behind that idea as there is in saying we’ll be seeing the film “by 2017″ – if not more.

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Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Film Licensed in 60+ Countries

Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Film Licensed in 60+ Countries | Anime News | Scoop.it

Keishi Ōtomo's live-action film adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga has been licensed for overseas distribution in over 66 countries. The countries span Europe, Latin America, and Asia and include Germany, Mexico, and Taiwan. In addition, the rights for another 17 countries are under negotiations.

Back in Japan, the film has been seen over 1 million times as of Saturday, the eighth day of its theatrical run which started on August 25. In particular, it was seen 103,447 times on August 29 alone; that day was a weekday, but it was also a "Ladies Day," the traditional day for discounted prices for female moviegoers. As of Saturday, the film has earned 1,213,540,000 yen (about US$15.49 million).

The film's stars Takeru Satoh (Kamen Rider Den-O, Rookies, Beck) and Emi Takei (Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, For Love's Sake/Ai to Makoto), along with director Ōtomo, appeared at a surprise onstage greeting at Tokyo's Shinjuku Piccadilly theater on Sunday to reveal the news. The post-screening event capped off a whirlwind two-day tour of eight cities — Sapporo, Sendai, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Tokyo.

Satoh not only expressed his joy at seeing the fan support during this cross-country tour, but also at the announcement of the wide international release plans. "It's a dream come true." Takei added that this is the first time she has taken part in such a cross-country theater tour for a hit film, and that she is delighted so many people from grandfathers to children are seeing the film.

Ōtomo noted that he studied abroad, so the news of the widespread overseas plans had special meaning for him personally. The film's teaser trailer and full trailer (shown below) have already been translated into English, Spanish, French, and Chinese.


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Arcana Famiglia Gets Unaired Anime Episode, New Game

Arcana Famiglia Gets Unaired Anime Episode, New Game | Anime News | Scoop.it

A new unaired anime episode and a new game were announced for the La storia della Arcana Famiglia franchise at Sunday's "Anime La storia della Arcana Famiglia's 1st Event 'La prima festa.'" The unaired extra episode is titled "Capriccio – stile Arcana Famiglia" and it will be on the Arcana Famiglia Special Disc "La prima festa" along with a summary video of Sunday's event. The Blu-ray Disc/DVD release will arrive on March 27, 2013.

The limited first edition of the disc will also have a new character song for Jolly, and the Animate chain of character goods stores will add a bonus special DJ CD and an exclusive sleeve illustrated by original game's character designer Yomi Sarachi.

The event offered no more details about the new game's release and contents other than its title: Arcana Famiglia 2.

The franchise originated in HuneX (VitaminX Addiction) and Comfort Soft's adventure game for female players. The game has sold over 50,000 copies and is spawning a November 22 spinoff called Festa Regalo. (Sunday's event revealed the spinoff's opening theme song that the characters Mondo and Sumire, as voiced by Fumihiko Tachiki and Kikuko Inoue, are singing.)

The story follows Arcana Famiglia, a self-appointed organization with mysterious powers that has protected a small Mediterranean island from pirates, foreign countries, and other threats. The only daughter of the family's "Papa," Felicitá, will be married to the next head of the family in two months — and the successor will be decided in a competition that Felicitá herself will take part in.

Crunchyroll has been streaming the anime as it airs in Japan. Sentai announced at Anime Expo that it licensed the anime for North America.


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The BBC’s Sherlock Becomes A Manga This October

The BBC’s Sherlock Becomes A Manga This October | Anime News | Scoop.it

A manga artist referred to only as Jay has adapted the BBC’s Sherlock for a new manga. According to @manganewsjapon it will appear in the magazine Young Ace from October4th’s issue.

I don’t know Young Ace other than by reputation, but it seems like a pretty groovy magazine. Anybody know if I can pick it up in the UK anywhere?


(UPDATE: Rich says, yes, you can ask the good folks here: http://www.jpbooks.co.uk/ )


This reminded me of a video I’ve run before – a fan toon imagining what a Sherlock would be like in animation.


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'Great Rabbit,' 'Muybridge's Strings' Win Awards at Hiroshima Animation Fest

'Great Rabbit,' 'Muybridge's Strings' Win Awards at Hiroshima Animation Fest | Anime News | Scoop.it

The 14th Annual Hiroshima International Animation Festival announced on Tuesday that Koji Yamamura's "Muybridge's Strings" anime short and Atsushi Wada's "The Great Rabbit" short both won the Special Prize award. Additionally, Yoriko Mizushiri's "Futon" short won the Renzo Kinoshita Prize award.

"Muybridge's Strings" is the latest anime short by Oscar-nominated animator Koji Yamamura ("Mt. Head," "Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor"). The short won the award "for successful use of modern animation techniques to reveal the life of the inventor of the moving image." The short film previously won the Excellence Prize at the 15th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in December, and it was nominated for Canada's 32nd Annual Genie Awards in the animated short category in January.

The federal cultural agency Telefilm Canada describes the film's story as follows: "The destiny of photographer Eadweard Muybridge and that of a Japanese mother clash poetically in this exploration of the irrepressible human desire to make time stand still." The 14-minute short opened at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography last September, and it was released on Blu-ray Disc in Japan on August 25.

Wada's "The Great Rabbit" won the prize "for the creation of a completely believable yet illogical world." Wada directed the seven-minute short with French backing. The film held its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. The festival described the short as follows:

A magical animation that is also a profound conundrum. Once we called the noble, profound and mysterious existence The Great. But we have moved with the times and our thoughts and consciousness have changed.
"If you believe in the Rabbit, you'll believe in anything. If you don't believe in the Rabbit, it means that you wouldn't believe anything."

The festival will award Mizushiri 300,000 yen (about US$3,820) for winning the Renzo Kinoshita Prize award. The jury noted that the six-minute film won the award "for delicacy, elegance and sensuality in an animated film." Mizushiri previously directed the Lena Lena television anime series based on Harriet van Reek's picture book, which aired on Tokyo MX in 2009.

Sixty-six works were selected from 2,100 titles for screening at this year's festival, which was held from August 23-27.

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Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life Manga Gets TV Anime by Supercell Members

Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life Manga Gets TV Anime by Supercell Members | Anime News | Scoop.it

The Japanese broadcaster TV Tokyo opened a website to announce that a weekly anime adaptation of Yoshiki Usa and Tomoko Fujinoki's Wooser no Sono Higurashi (Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life) manga will premiere on October 2. The 3D shorts center around Wooser, a mysterious mascot character who lives on the Internet and whose charming appearance belies a corrupt heart that craves money, meat, and gals.

Usa, a member of the musical group supercell, has been writing a journal column for the past decade, and illustrator Tomoko Fujinoki turned the column into a series of one-panel manga that Kodansha's Seikaisha subsidiary is publishing next month.

Toyonori Yamada, a director of photography on Gurren Lagann and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, is directing the anime at the studio SANZIGEN. Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Ben-To, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Kämpfer) is in charge of the scripts. Mamoru Miyano (Death Note, Gundam 00) will play Wooser, and Tia is performing "Love Me, Gimme," the theme song written and composed by supercell's Ryo.

Good Smile Company is making a plush figure of Wooser. In addition to airing on TV Tokyo on Tuesdays at 25:35 (effectively Wednesdays at 1:35 a.m.), the anime shorts will run on the niconico video service.

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Is Nausicaä Using an iPad? Wonders Japanese Site

Is Nausicaä Using an iPad? Wonders Japanese Site | Anime News | Scoop.it

Years before the Apple iPad tablet ever hit stores, similar style devices popped up in sci-fi movies, manga, and anime. The latest rediscovery of a similar device was recently spotted in the 1982 manga Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

In a post titled "Is Nausicaä Using an iPad?", Japanese blog Kojima Piypiyo points out that a "map app" is being used in a gunship in the original manga. "The cover is cool," writes the site. "Is that leather? Want."

Well Kojima Piyopiyo, there are several real world options: here and here, for example.

The Nausicaä manga, written by Hayao Miyazaki, went on to become a feature animated film in 1984—and the story goes that Miyazaki only wrote it because his producer wasn't able to get anime funding for a project not based on a manga!

Kwinky-dink or not, Miyazaki, however, doesn't seem to be a fan of the actual iPad. Back in 2010, the famed creator compared iPad use to masturbation. Wonder what he thinks about using one on a gunship...

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Gintama Gets 2nd Film Written by Manga Creator

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Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing that the second film of Gintama has been green-lit for next year. The all-new story is written by manga creator Hideaki Sorachi.


Update: The magazine also lists the return of the television anime on October 4, but not necessarily of new episodes. The magazine presented draft layouts from the production of the film.

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Evangelion Inspires Free English iOS Guide App to San Francisco

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On Thursday, the Japanese developer Kayac released an iOS tourist's guide to San Francisco in the U.S. App Store — with Evangelion pilot Mari as the guide, complete with her English dub voice Trina Nishimura. The free guide has text and audio entries for over 50 sites of interest throughout the streets of San Francisco.

Whenever the user gets close to one of those sites, the app can automatically play a voice message from Mari as she reels off the highlights of the spot. People can also manually select the entries for sites at any time.

San Francisco's Japantown neighborhood happens to be hosting the J-Pop Summit Festival next week with several official Evangelion events. The New People center will have a two-day art exhibition titled "Evangelion Pop-Up Museum" in its SUPERFROG gallery.

The festival is a part of a four-nation stamp rally along with France's Japan Expo (July 5-8), China's ICAC International Comic and Animation Convention (November 3-11), and Tokyo's Evangelion store (July 25-August 26). Finally, "Real Escape Game x Evangelion: Escape from an Angel," an immersive multiplayer game, will have players roaming through the streets of Japantown

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Future 'So, I Can't Play H!' Episodes Delayed by 1 Week

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The premium television channel AT-X announced on Friday that the eighth episode of the So, I Can't Play H! (Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai.) anime has been delayed due to its "late production schedule." The official website for the anime also confirmed the news.

Instead of running the eighth episode twice on Friday, August 24, AT-X will run a compilation episode. AT-X will premiere the eighth episode on Tuesday, August 28, followed by reruns on Friday, August 31. Future episodes will premiere on Tuesdays, instead of on Fridays as before.

The other channels that run the anime will delay episodes 8 through 12 by one week.

Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan, and Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime for release in North America.

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