After successful Kickstarter campaigns to crowdfund English releases of "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka's Captain Ken, Unico, Atomcat and Triton of the Sea, and, recently, Ludwig B (as well as the ambitious miss on raising $380,000 towards releasing 31 volumes of work), Digital Manga Publishing has launched an initiative to raise $29,200 to fund a release of an English translation of Tezuka's two-volume Alabaster. More after the jump.
Japanese character figure/toy maker Kotobukiya today announced that a 1/8th scale figure of Fubuki from the popular online web browser game Kantai Collection/KanColle will be released in June, and posted its product photos. The figure is designed after her original illustration drawn by Shibafu. Check the details after the jump.
After one-year hiatus, Takehiko Inoue's Vagabond resumes its serialization with the 323rd chapter in the 9th of 2015 issue of Kodansha's Weekly Morning, which is published in Japan today, January 29. The issues features the manga on its cover and opens with 28-colored page of the chapter. Hit the jump for more.
The official website for Tokyo Ghoul √A, the ongoing TV anime second season based on Siu Ishida's dark fantasy action manga series, has posted a textless OP movie, with CMs for the OP song "Munou" by österreich and the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray first volume. Watch the clips after the jump.
Avex Network has posted a full PV for two-member unit moumoon's upcoming 17th single "Hello, shooting-star" on its official YouTube channel. The song is now featured as the ED song for the ongoing TV anime adaptation of Yusei Matsui's Ansatsu Kyoushitsu/Assassination Classroom manga. Check the PV after the jump.
Aniplex of America announced today their plans to begin distributions for the imported Aldnoah.Zero Original Soundtrack on February 10th. Pre-orders are now being accepted on the official homepage at www.AldnoahZeroUSA.com and through official retailers. More after the jump.
Japanese pharmaceutical drug company SS Seiyaku (SSP) has posted a series of new CMs for its popular energy drink S-Cup. One of them features 30-year-old voice actress/singer Yoshino Nanjo, who is best known as the voice of Eri Ayase in Love Live. Check the 70-second clip including behind-the-scenes footage after the jump.
According to the report by Sound Scan Japan posted yesterday, the total anime/animation CD sales in Japan for year 2014 was 4.4% up from the previous year, more specifically, 14.3% up for albums and 18.6% down for singles. Hit the jump for more details and top 20 artists of 2014.
To promote the upcoming release of voice actress Sumire Uesaka's latest live DVD/Blu-ray "Yami Yami Young Paradise in Tokyo" on February 11, her record company King Records has posted a clip of her performing "Caramel Momo Jam 120%" as a fictional 1980's idol character Mimimi Merozaka. Check the clip after the jump.
In December, besides the Angel Beats! plans, a Aniplex x Key conference revealed plans for a P.A. Works animated original anime named Charlotte. At the time, informaiton included its contributions from Angel Beats! scenario writer Jun Maeda and original character designer Na-Ga. Now, this week's Dengeki G's Magazine March issue is describing the premise and leads. More after the jump.
Atlus is here with another trailer highlighting one of the Etrian Mystery Dungeon classes. This time it's the Runemaster class, which can hurl elemental attacks at enemies, summon powerful AoE spells, and generally just dish out a ton of damage. Hit the jump for more.
SCRAP Entertainment has announced after the sold-out game at AT&T Park in San Francisco and the Los Angeles stop on March 21, the Attack on Titan storytelling and puzzle-solving games,¨Escape from the Walled City¨event, will be held in New York Saturday, April 11 at a currently unspecified location. More after the jump.
It's not often you see companies updating demos, but Square Enix is doing just that with the Japanese demo for Bravely Default sequel Bravely Second. The Exorcist job will be added to the demo on February 4, as will an augmented reality movie starring Agnes. Read on for more.
Good news and bad news for fans of Dead or Alive. Getting the bad news out of the way, the PC version of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round has hit a bit of a delay. Originally scheduled for February 17, the fighter now has a March 30 date with Steam. Players will also have to wait around three months or so for a patch that adds in the online modes. Hit the jump for more.
Tokaigi 2015 runs from January 31 to February 1, and Square Enix has a PlayStation 4 announcement planned for the front end of the event. Right now we just have the name Project CODE Z to go by, with the reveal set to take place during Square Enix's stage event on January 31. More after the jump.