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This week in the animanga news we have the winners of Tokyo anime awards, 4 new anime adaptions announced, the return of Rurouni Kenshin and many more exciting news. To find out, read more!~
Rurouni Kenshin Manga Series to Return in Japan in May Kenshin creator Nobuhiro Watsuki to put Embalming manga on hold until fall
Manga creator Nobuhiro Watsuki will be resuming his Rurouni Kenshin series for a brief run starting in the June issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine, which will ship on May 2, 2012. The magazine's advertising describes the samurai manga's return as a "reboot," although the magazine may not be using the term with the English denotation in mind. More details will be in upcoming issues of Jump Square.
In the meantime, Watsuki is putting his current manga series, Embalming - The Another Tale of Frankenstein, on hiatus as of the March issue of Jump Square magazine, which will ship in February. Embalming will return in the fall. This manga has been running in Jump Square since its inaugural issue in 2007.
Keishi Ōtomo's live-action Rurouni Kenshin film will open in Japan on August 25, 2012. The first half of the new Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-Hen anime project just opened in two theaters last week, and the second half is slated to be completed next summer. Viz Media publishes the manga in North America. original source
Gantz Creator Hiroya Oku Wants to End Manga in 2012 Science-fiction manga launched in 2000 & inspired TV anime, 2 live-action films
In the authors' notes section for next year's combined 6th/7th issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine, Hiroya Oku wrote that he wants to draw the ending for his Gantz manga in 2012. The magazine issue's official release date is January 4.
The manga follows a young Tokyo man who is reanimated after a deadly subway accident. Kei and other resurrected people go on violent, seemingly endless missions at the behest of an unseen host.
Oku launched the manga in Young Jump in 2000, and the 33rd compiled book volume will ship in Japan next month. The "Final Phase" of the manga began in 2009. The manga inspired a television anime series animated by Gonzo (and released by ADV Films in North America) and two live-action films (released by NEW PEOPLE Entertainment). Dark Horse Comics released the 20th English volume of the manga in North America this month.original source
2012's Anime Film Lineup Posted More than 30 films to hit theaters in Japan next year
The Japanese anime news website Anime Anime Biz posted a list of movie titles and dates that the films will be released theatrically in Japan in 2012. In addition to the below list, the site notes that an Anpanman and a Precure film are released each year in summer and fall respectively, although these films for 2012 have not yet been formally announced.January
- Magic Tree House - January 7
- Tibetan Dog - January 7
- Sacred Seven: Shirogane no Tsubasa (Event Screening) - January 7
- .hack//Sekai no Mukou ni - January 21
- Eiyū Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki The Animation (Event Screening) - January 28
- Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago - February 4
- Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker (Dragon Age: Blood Mage no Seisen) - February 11
- Doraemon: Nobita to Kiseki no Shima ~Animal Adventure~ - March 3
- Scryed Alteration II Quan (Event Screening) - March 10
- Precure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi - March 17
- Strike Witches - March 17
- Space Battleship Yamato 2199: 1st Chapter (Event Screening) - April 7 (note: the other six "films" will screen throughout the year as event screenings)
- Detective Conan: The Eleventh Striker - April 14
- Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi o Yobu! Ora to Uchū no Princess - April 14
- A Letter to Momo (Momo e no Tegami) - April 21
- Hana no Utame Gothicmade
- Kami-Usagi Rope
- Blood-C: The Last Dark - June 2
- Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen II: Doldrey Kōryaku - June 23
- Library War
- Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki
- Gekijōban Pocket Monster Best Wishes! Kyurem Vs Seikenshi - July 14
- Fairy Tail - August 18
- untitled Naruto film
- The Life of Guskou Budori
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 2nd A's
Sometime in 2012
- Rebuild of Evangelion: 3.0 (Evangelion Shin Gekijō-ban Q Quickening)
- 009 Re:Cyborg
- Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen III: Kōrin
In 2012 or After
- untitled Blue Exorcist film
- Biohazard: Damnation (Resident Evil: Damnation)
- Sakasama no Patema
Expected Event Screenings in 2012
- Cencoroll 2
- Toaru Majutsu no Index
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Mardock Scramble (3rd Part)
- Tiger & Bunny (two films)
- Niji-Iro Hotaru ~Eien no Natsu Yasumi~
- Gekijōban Saint Seiya
- Mass Effect
In 2013 or After
- Mobile Suit Gundam UC Parts 5 and 6
- Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-Hen
- Space Pirate Captain Harlock
Black God/Re:Birth's Lim to Launch New Manga Writer to again work with Unbalance Unbalance's Soo-Hyon Lee on new manga in Monthly Comic Alive mag
Writer Dall-Young Lim (Freezing, Black God, Unbalance Unbalance) and artist Soo-Hyon Lee (Unbalance Unbalance) will launch a new manga in the March issue of Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine on January 27. The manga (pictured center) has not yet been titled.
Lim and Lee also worked together on the Re:Birth —The Lunatic Taker— fantasy manga, which they launched in Monthly Comic Alive in 2009. The manga ended its run in the magazine in September. Infinity Studios released Unbalance Unbalance in North America.
Yen Press is releasing Lim and Sung-woo Park's Black God in North America. Black God inspired the Kurokami The Animation television anime series. Bandai Entertainment licensed the series in 2008.
Lim and Kwang-Hyun Kim's Freezing manga inspired a television anime series earlier this year. Funimation simulcast the series as it aired in Japan.original source
Live-Action Liar Game: Reborn Film's Full Trailer Streamed 2nd film sequel of show based on Shinobu Kaitani's psychological thriller manga
The official website for the manga-based Liar Game films began streaming a 96-second trailer for the second film, Liar Game: Reborn (Liar Game -Saisei-). Shota Matsuda (Hana Yori Dango) reprises his lead role as the genius Akiyama from Shinobu Kaitani's Liar Game psychological thriller manga. Mikako Tabe (Kimi ni Todoke) plays the heroine Yū in a new game, while Mana Ashida (Usagi Drop/Bunny Drop) goes against typecasting as Alice, a member of the Liar Game organization. The film will open on March 3 in Japan.
In the original manga, a woman named Nao Kanzaki is caught in a dangerous high-stakes competition known as "Liar Game," and a genius con artist named Shinichi Akiyama (Matsuda) comes to Kanzaki's aid. The second film is set two years after the first, as the Liar Game organization starts a new game to seek vengeance.original source
YU-NO/EVE Game Creator Hiroyuki Kanno Passes Away Founder of Abel also worked on Desire, Xenon
The game developer Abel announced on Monday that its founder, game creator Hiroyuki Kanno, passed away on December 19 due to cerebral infarction and brain hemorrhage. His many works included Kono Yo no Hate de Koi o Utau Shōjo YU-NO, Desire, Xenon, and EVE burst error. original source
Ultimo Manga Moves from Jump Square to Jump SQ. 19
The February issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine is announcing on January 4 that Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei's Karakuridōji Ultimo manga will move from the main Jump Square magazine to the spinoff magazine Jump SQ. 19 on February 19.
Gatchaman's Kuri, Ashita no Joe's Yamazaki Win Tokyo Anime Awards Ashita no Joe, Black Jack's Dezaki; Mobile Suit Gundam, Speed Racer's Nakamura also honored
The executive committee of the Tokyo International Anime Fair announced the winners of the 8th Annual Awards of Merit in the Tokyo Anime Awards on Tuesday. Since 2005, these awards have honored pioneers in Japanese animation — not just in production, but also in training, international cultural exchange, and other areas.
The awards ceremony will take place during the Tokyo International Anime Fair, which runs from March 22 to March 25 at the Tokyo Big Sight event center.Tokyo Anime Awards' 8th Annual Awards of MeritProducer
Haruya Yamazaki (passed away in 2002)Director
Osamu Dezaki (passed away on April 17)Character Designer/Animation Director
Akio SuginoArt Director
Mitsuki Nakamura (passed away on May 16)Director of Photography
Jiro YoshimuraSound Creator
Michiaki WatanabeVoice Actor
Masako Nozawaoriginal source
Code Geass Stage Play's Cast Photographed in Costume Sōran Eve play's story indicates timeframe during episode 9 or later
The official website for the stage play inspired by Sunrise's Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion television anime series posted photographs of the two main cast members on Sunday. Enichi Tanno will play Lelouch Lamperouge himself in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Sōran Eve (Riot's Eve), while Hidemasa Shiozawa will play Suzaku Kururugi.
The website also revealed the story of the play, and indicated that the story's timeframe is set in the anime's episode 9 or later.
The play will run for 13 performances at the Mozart Hall at Tokyo's Katsushika Symphony Hills from April 7 to April 16.original source
Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai Light Novels Get TV Anime Anime studio feel. to produce Pan Tachibana's supernatural romantic comedy
The Japanese online retailer Getchu.com reported on Wednesday that an anime adaptation of Pan Tachibana's Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai. (So, I Cannot Get Erotic.) romantic comedy light novel series has been green-lit. The anime studio feel. is producing the project. The main character of the story, who lost his "erotic spirit" by making a contract with a beautiful Goddess of Death, struggles to regain that spirit back.
Ryōsuke, Tōen Gakuen's No. 1 pervert, is anguished. He cannot enjoy himself while living with the Godess of Death Risara under a contract, because he gave up his erotic spirit under the deal. He cannot get excitement from watching girls and wonders if his adolescent days are over.
Tachibana, who is also a personal computer game scenario writer, launched the light novel series last year, and Fujimi Shobo's Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint has published five volumes with illustrations by Yoshiaki Katsurai so far. A manga adaptation is running in Fujimi Shobo's Dragon Magazine.original source
Yuki Kodama's Sakamichi no Apollon Shōjo Manga Gets Anime Coming-of-age of naive boy & scruffy boy in high school during the late 1960s
The February issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers shōjo magazine is announcing on Wednesday that an anime adaptation of Yuki Kodama's Sakamichi no Apollon manga has been green-lit for next spring.
The coming-of-age story of "love, friendship, and music" follows a naive boy and a scruffy boy in a provincial town in Nagasaki Prefecture in the late 1960s. In the early summer of 1966, Kaoru transfers to the local high school from Yokosuka. Thanks to his family's nearly constant cycle of moving from town to town, Kaoru has only known school as a difficult place for readjusting everytime. However, on his first day at this new school, he meets a boy and begins a new direction in life.
The manga launched in Monthly Flowers in 2007, and the eighth volume shipped last month. According to the February issue of Monthly Flowers, the story will end in the next issue.original source
A-1 Makes Nanana's Buried Treasure Novel's Anime Promo Kazuma Ōtorino's award-winning novel about boy searching for ghost girl's hidden treasure
The anime studio A-1 Pictures produced and released a 3-minute promotional video for Kazuma Ōtorino's Ryūgajō Nanana no Maizōkin (Nanana's Buried Treasure) on Monday — one month before the novel itself will be published on January 30. The novel won the top prize in the 13th Enterbrain Entertainment Awards in September, and Enterbrain's Famitsu Bunko imprint is streaming the promotional video on its web magazine FBonline.
The story centers around the treasure of Nanana, a ghost who was once a beautiful but NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) girl. A boy named Jūgo was disowned by his father and forced to transfer to a high school on the "Special Student Zone," an artificial island. With only 40,000 yen (about US$500) a month to live on, Jūgo chooses a low-rent apartment that happens to be haunted by Nanana. Jūgo and members of the school's adventure club join a "treasure hunt royale" on the island for the Nanana Collection, a treasure that possesses a mysterious power.
In addition to the anime video, a manga miniseries will launch in Enterbrain's Weekly Famitsu magazine on January 19. Artist Akaringo is illustrating the original novel, while Naomichi Yamato storyboarded and shot the promotional video.
The Enterbrain Entertainment Awards (Entame Taishō) were created in 1998 to foster new creators in novels and manga. The winner of the editors' special award in the eighth year was Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts. A-1 Pictures' numerous other works include Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai., Fairy Tail, and Black Butler.original source
Foxy Lady's Tachibana to Launch New Manga Watashi ga Kanojo de Kanojo ga Watashi de serializes in Manga Time Kirara Forward mag
The February 2012 issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine launched the Watashi ga Kanojo de Kanojo ga Watashi de (I'm a girlfriend, That girlfriend is Me) manga by Ayun Tachibana (Foxy Lady, Akuma no Ikenie) on December 24. The story follows two girls as they switch places under strange circumstances.
Studio DNA published five volumes of Tachibana's Foxy Lady fantasy romance manga from 2002 to 2005, and The Right Stuf International released the series' third volume in North America last year. The author launched the Akuma no Ikenie (Devil's Sacrifice) romantic comedy manga in the June issue Kadokawa Shoten's Young Ace magazine last year.original source
Nagareboshi Lens Shōjo Romance Manga Gets Anime Mayu Murata's story of girl with no experience in romance & most popular boy
The February issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine is announcing on Thursday that an anime adaptation of Mayu Murata's Nagareboshi Lens shōjo manga has been green-lit. The story follows Risa, a girl with zero experience in romance. Meanwhile, a boy named Yūgure is the most popular student in Risa's school year. Even though the two have had no contact with each other in the past, they find themselves at school at the same time one night.
The Nagareboshi Lens anime and another anime announced in the same February issue of Ribon, Marimo no Hana, will be screened at Ribon Haru no Event, a free event to be held in four locations throughout Japan in the spring.
The manga launched in Ribon this year, and the second volume is shipping this month.original source
Marimo no Hana Shōjo Manga Gets Event Anime AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto, artist Yūko Kasumi create story about girl who finds her strength
The February issue of Shueisha's Ribon magazine is announcing on Thursday that an anime adaptation of Yūko Kasumi and Yasushi Akimoto's Marimo no Hana: Saikyō Butō Shōgakusei Densetsu shōjo manga has been green-lit. Akimoto is best known for creating and producing the all-female idol group AKB48.
The story of the manga centers around Marimo Nogami, a usually quiet fourth-grade girl in elementary school. However, a certain incident leads to Marimo's personal strength blossoming.
The Marimo no Hana anime and another anime announced in the same February issue of Ribon, Nagareboshi Lens, will be screened at Ribon Haru no Event, a free event to be held in four locations throughout Japan in the spring.
The Marimo no Hana manga launched in Ribon last year, and the third volume is shipping this month.original source
Japan's Women's Soccer World Cup Champion Inspires Manga Shonen Sunday magazine's "Nahomi Kawasumi Story" to follow goal-scoring member
Nahomi Kawasumi, the 26-year-old goal-scoring member of Japan's World Cup-winning women's soccer team, will star in her own manga series in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine next year. The manga series is tentatively titled Kawasumi Nahomi Monogatari (The Nahomi Kawasumi Story).
In addition, Kawasumi will appear on the cover, the opening pages, and the pin-up poster in the magazine's combined 5th/6th issue, which will ship on January 4. According to the Nikkan Sports newspaper, it will be the first time that Shogakukan, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary next year, has put a female athlete on the cover of a manga magazine. The same issue will have an interview with Kawasumi.
Captain Tsubasa soccer manga creator Youichi Takahashi revealed in September that he received an offer to create an anime inspired by Japan's first Women's World Cup winners. Takahashi's Soccer Shōjo Kaede comic novel already drew inspiration from three other members of the team. The "Nadeshiko Japan" nickname for the team (coined after the cultural ideal of a Japanese woman) ranked #2 on the Net Ryūkōgo Taishō 2011 (Net Buzzword Awards 2011) list, right above Puella Magi Madoka Magica's catchprase "Boku to keiyaku shite, _____ ni natte yo!"original source
Indonesian Creator's Manga Posted by Shogakukan Medical doctor leaves career to become manga author
The publisher Shogakukan posted Vivian Wijaya's Kokkyonaki Gakuen (Campus Dwellers Without Borders) manga on its Club Sunday website on November 4. According to The Japan Times paper, Wijaya's slice-of-life comedy story is the first Japanese manga by an Indonesian female author. Shogakukan also states that the work is the first simultaneous trilingual publication of a comic in Japanese, English, and Indonesian.
The manga follows 15-year-old Hajime Tomono as he adjusts to cultural gaps while attending a boarding school with students from more than 50 countries. Wijaya, also known under the pen name DrVee, used her personal experiences as a high school student in the United Kingdom to compose the story.
Born in Tokyo, Wijaya loved manga since childhood, but her doctor family discouraged her from pursuing a career as a manga artist. Unsatisfied with her job as a medical doctor, Wijaya attended the Jakarta-based Machiko Manga School and Tokyo's Nippon Designers School to pursue her dream. After graduation, Wijaya's teachers told the aspiring author that she had little chance of becoming a successful manga artist. However, Wijaya served an apprenticeship with the Hayate the Combat Butler manga creator Kenjirou Hata that helped her to improve and commercialize her works. The Indonesian manga creator's next project will target high school students, according to The Japan Times.
Kokkyonaki Gakuen's first chapter will be available on Shogakukan's Club Sunday site in Japanese, English, and Indonesian until January 5, 2012.original source
Naked Ape, Ai Tenakwa Start Kissho7 -seven- Manga High school comedy from Switch, Wolf God creators starts in Monthly Comic Zero-Sum mag
The February issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine started serialization on naked ape's Otoh Saki's (Switch, Dolls) and Ai Tenkawa's (Wolf God) Kisshō7 -seven- manga on Wednesday.
The Kisshō7 -seven- school comedy manga takes place at a high school in Kichioji, Tokyo, and revolves around the rumored "Kisshō7" (Lucky 7), the seven beautiful student council members of the school.
Digital Manga Publishing licensed Tenkawa's Wolf God manga in 2008 and released it in 2010. Naked Ape's Switch manga inspired a 2008 original animated video, and Viz Media published the 13-volume manga series in English.
The same issue of Monthly Comic Zero-Sum published the 100th chapter of Fukusuke Miyamoto's Haimiya Yokochō Tenmatsuki manga.original source
Voice Actors Yuuji Kishi, Mika Kikuchi Announce Divorce Voices of Street Fighter's Ken, CLAMP's Mokona also acted in separate Rangers shows
Voice actor Yuuji Kishi and voice actress Mika Kikuchi separately announced their divorce on Thursday. The two had gotten engaged in October of 2009 and then married on December 16 of that year. Kishi said on Thursday that he wants to devote himself to acting, and Kikuchi said that she will strive to do her best on her future work as she has done before.
Kishi played Ken in various Street Fighter games and Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind, the male Hibiki Amawa in Strawberry Eggs, and Kyōsuke Jinnai/Red Racer in Gekisō Sentai Carranger.
Kikuchi played Mokona in CLAMP's Tsubasa and XXXHOLiC projects, Arika in My-Otome, and Koume "Umeko" Kodo / Deka Pink in Tokusō Sentai Dekaranger.
CLAMP had drawn wedding pictures of the characters Fuuma and Mokona in 2009, since Kishi had played Fuuma in the Tsubasa video projects. original source
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