A-1 Pictures has posted a treat for followers of the studio's special behind-the-scenes page, animator's Takeuchi Tetsuya's genga for Kirito's light saber skillz in cut 16 of the Sword Art Online II opening. Get a look after the jump.
One of the biggest anime song (anison) events of the calendar is Animelo Summer Live . This year, the -ONENESS- event will be held August 29-31 at Saitama Super Arena. Joining everyone from Eir Aoi to JAM Project to IdolMaster Momoiro Clover Z, Wake Up, Girls! will have a big role at the event, including in the event's DVD program, which has profles, coversations betwen acts, theme song musiv video and more..
A couple of North American anime distributors have updated their release plans. FUNimation has confirmed that while prequel The Dawn 1 was included with earlier releases of the Hellsing Ultimate OVA, the second and third specials will not be included with the release of Ultimate IX and X. Meanwhile, Right Stuf has confirmed that director's cut version of Gatchaman Crowds will not be included in Sentai Filmwork's release of the series.
On August 23rd, Shin Gekijo-ban Initial D: Legend 1-Kakusei (Awakening)- kicks off a new trilogy of anime movies adapting the influential street racing series. Check out the second commercial after the jump.
We're a bit over a month away from the region-free North American release of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, so Atlus USA is here with more English character trailers. Dig into clips for Sho Minazuki, both with and without a Persona awakened, and Shadow Labrys after the jump.
Promo material has gone online for the fall adaptation of Girlfriend (Beta), a smartphone social dating sim featuring 60 voice actresses such as Rina Sato, Hitomi Harada , Kaori Mizuhashi and Kaori Nazuka. Morita-san wa Mukuchi's Naotaka Hayashi directs the Silverlink production with Michiko Yokote (Squid Girl) writing and animator Noriko Tsutsumiya adapting QP:flapper's character designs. More after the jump.
Toshio Suzuki, the 66-year-old former president of Studio Ghibli, talked to the press and gave his opinion on the box office failure of the studio's latest anime film When Marnie Was There directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi after a talk event held at the Daikanyama Tsutaya bookstore in Tokyo on August 18. Hit the jump for the details.
Proving that the summer is not in fact endless, the season is winding down. However, as the season enters its latter weeks, it's become time for Japanese fans to order their Free! Blu-rays. A couple of retailers are jumping into this with their own promotions. Starting today and running through September 19th, Rukuten is running a prize lottery. Meanwhile, Tower Records is offering limited "No Anime, No Life" posters.
During my visit in Akihabara last week, I was able to join a special photo shooting event with a life-size Danbo in the front of Kotobukiya's Akihabara store. Danbo is the famous cardboard robot from Kiyohiko Azuma's popular manga series Yotsuba&!, and Kotobukiya has released many kinds of goods inspired by it. Check the photo report after the jump.
Hot on the heels of opening dates for Lady Gaga and a world tour, those pint-sized musical terrors BABYMETAL are planning a return trip to old London town later this year. And that means a new video message from the unholy trio is now available for your viewing pleasure. Watch after the jump!
Japan is getting an enhanced port of PlayStation 2 bug-blaster Earth Defense Force 2 in the form of Earth Defense Force Portable V2 for PS Vita. In addition to upgraded graphics and new online multiplayer, the Vita version will add the Air Raid unit to the mix when it hits Japan in November. More after the jump.
Funimation has announced that the long awaited Dragon Ball Z feature film in Battle of Gods will be released later this fall after a successful extended theatrical run. Hit the jump for details.
Nexon has brought the world of Sword Art Online into their hit free to play MMORPG Mabinogi. For a limited time you can buy in-game items and costumes from Sword Art Online, encounter characters and guilds from SAO, and participate in unique quests and events. Memories may last forever, but this event only lasts until September 9th, so hit the jump to make sure you dont miss a thing!
Next week's issue 39 of Shonen Jump is announcing that Hunter x Hunter will be absent from it and the following week's while author Yoshihiro Togashi deals with a severe backache that makes it painful for him to work. More after the jump.
Earlier this summer, volume 6 of Kohske's crime manga Gangsta., announced plans for an anime adaptation. Junichi Suwabe, Kenjiro Tsuda, Mamiko Noto will be reprising their roles as “Handymen” Worick Arcangelo, Nicolas Brown and Alex from drama CDs, which will be released August 27, October 29th and December 24th. Now, Japanese blogs are running a more complete list of the cast. See who's who after the jump.