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Here you will find a run down of this week's anime and manga news! This week, we've got two new animated trailers, two popular anime series being scheduled to release this year and early 2012, 'Clamp' releasing a new manga series, One Piece breaking even bigger records, and Disney adapting a Japanese manga into a live-action movie! Enjoy!
Code Geass Season 3 Confirmed for 2012! 'Next Season' of Code Geass Aimed for 2012
The rebellion continues with a 3rd season of Code Geass being officially announced this past Sunday. During their Otakon panel, Sunrise confirmed that the 3rd season of Code Geass is indeed going to happen and is currently slated for a 2012 release. Details of the continuation were also announced.
Sunrise confirmed that the 3rd season will not star Lelouch, the former protagonist of the series. Instead it will feature a new hero and will be set in Europe. This will be indeed an interesting turn for the Code Geass story. The new series is tentatively titled Code Geass Gaiden Bokuku no Akito Project. No set date has been confirmed other than some time during 2012.
A Manga About Creating Anime? Young-Ace Magazine Starts Manga About Aspiring Animator
It will be released on the first week of September on Thursday. The manga is a "somewhat realistic" office drama story depicting the behind-the-scenes life in an anime studio. Animation director Toru Watanabe writes about a protagonist who aims to become a first-class animator, and the story begins just as the protagonist realizes the personal goal of entering the industry. "Kami-Igusa" is an area in the Suginami ward of western Tokyo, where many of the real-life anime studios are located. Is this a Bakuman rip-off? Will it become just as popular? The manga's title is yet to be confirmed...
A Letter to Momo Film's English-Subbed Trailer Posted Hiroyuki Okiura's 1st film since 2000's Jin-Roh to debut in Toronto next month
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) began streaming a 59-second English-subtitled trailer for Hiroyuki Okiura and Production I.G's Momo e no Tegami (A Letter to Momo) film on Wednesday. The film will open in Japan during next spring's Golden Week holidays, but it will have its world premiere at TIFF, which runs from September 8 to September 18.
Okiura spent seven years planning, writing, storyboarding, and directing the film; it is his first return to the proverbial director's chair since Jin-Roh in 2000. Yūko Hara, the keyboardist for the band Southern All Stars, spent five years on the theme song "Uruswashimahoroba ~Utsukushii Basho~."
One Piece Manga #63 Gets Record 3.9-Million Print Run Latest of 7 record-breaking volumes; #61 & #62 had 3.8 million copies each.
The Japanese publisher Shueisha is producing 3.9 million copies of the 63rd volume of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece pirate manga — the latest of seven volume in the series to set a manga record for the most copies in its first printing. The volume is shipping on Thursday.
In total, 240 million copies of the entire manga series have been printed; One Piece has had the highest number of copies printed of any Shueisha manga series in Japan.
Fairy Tail TV Anime's 3rd Year Confirmed 3rd year to start in September with "Tenrōjima" story arc
Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine is confirming that the television anime version of Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail fantasy adventure manga will continue into its third year this September. The third year will begin with the "Tenrōjima" story arc.
Clamp to Start New Lawful Drug Manga Series "Legal Drug," Clamps new manga, will be published by Young-Ace magazine November 2011.
The September issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Newtype magazine is announcing next Wednesday that the creator quartet CLAMP will start a new manga series of Lawful Drug (Gōhō Drug) in the December issue of Kadokawa's Young Ace magazine on November 4. The new series will once again feature the main lead characters Kazahaya Kudō and Rikuō Himura.
CLAMP published three volumes from 2001 to 2003 before putting the manga on hiatus in Japan. Tokyopop published the three manga volumes in North America between 2004 and 2005.
Disney will Adapt the "Tuxedo Gin" Manga into Film Disney Planning Live-Action Talking-Animal Fantasy
Walt Disney Pictures has plans to develop Tokihiko Matsuura's manga series "Tuxedo Gin" and has brought Ben Garant on board to write the screenplay. Deadline has the news, saying that film version is planned to feature the shortened title Tux.
Originally published between 1997 and 2000, the 15-volume manga tells the story of Ginji Kusanagi, a high school boxer who perishes in an motorcycle accident on the way to a date with Minako, the girl of his dreams. In the afterlife, Ginji is told that he can return to Earth, but that he only has enough Karmic points to do so as a penguin. Hatching from an egg in a Tokyo aquarium, Ginji must protect Minako in his new, animal form while performing good deeds to tilt the Karmic balance and, hopefully, win his old body back.
Garant is best known as the creator and one of the stars of "Reno 911" and is also responsible for scripting the Shawn Levy family comedy A Night at the Museum, for which the tone of Tux will presumably aim.
"Recollection of a Certain Airship Pilot" Film Trailer Posted MADHOUSE's light novel-based aerial drama opens on October 1
The official website for Jun Shishido and MADHOUSE's "To Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku" anime film began streaming the full 115-second trailer on Friday. Koroku Inumura's original To Aru Hikūshi e no Tsuioku (Flashbacks to a Certain Aerial Pilot) light novel revolves around Charles Karino, a Revaamu Empire mercenary aerial pilot who mans the twin-seater reconnaissance seaplane Santa Cruz. One day, he receives a preposterous assignment: to fly solo over 12,000 kilometers of enemy waters to protect a girl named Fana del Moral. Fana happens to be the next in line to the empire's throne.
Shishido directed The Story of Saiunkoku and Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger before tackling this project. Satoko Okudera (Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) wrote the new film's screenplay, and Hidenori Matsubara (Ah! My Goddess!/Sakura Wars character designer, new Evangelion films' animation director) adapted its character designs from Haruyuki Morisawa's original novel illustrations. The film will open on October 1.
2011 Hunter x Hunter Anime to Retell Story From Start Rainbow's Hiroshi Koujina to direct new staff, cast in October anime at MADHOUSE
The upcoming television anime adaptation of the Hunter X Hunter manga will have a new staff and cast compared to the 1999-2001 television anime, and it will retell the story from the manga from the beginning. The "definitive" new anime will premiere on NTV on October 2 and run every Sunday at 10:55 a.m. NTV opened a web page for the new anime.
The manga has sold 52 million copies, and Yoshihiro Togashi will resume the manga in the combined 35/36th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine next Monday.
A Wild "Ecoha" Appears! A Pikachu Rip-off. "Ecoha-chan," ecological mascot costume, criticized for resembling Pokémon character
Some people are claiming that a city in Yamaguchi prefecture based one of its mascot characters on Pikachu.
Ube city officials have acknowledged that there have been complaints about the resemblance between the two characters, but they have stressed the Ecoha is original and is not a copy of Pikachu. A spokesperson for the Pokémon company that owns the title franchise said, "We will gather more information about the situation, and then we would want to consider our options for how to respond."
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