Frederik L. Schodt is a writer, translator, and conference interpreter based in the San Francisco area. He specializes in currents of thought flowing between Japan and North America, and has written extensively on popular culture, technology, and history. His best known works on manga include Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics (1983), Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga (1996), and The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution (2007).
Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its newest acquisition: Outbreak Company. This 12 episode series is directed by Kei Oikawa and features character designs by Takashi Mamezuka with series composition by Naruhisa Arakawa (So I Can’t Play H), sound direction by Takahiro Enomoto (Blessing of the Campanella) and music by Keiji Inai (BTOOOM!).
The game only ends when there’s no one left alive to play in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: Phi-Brain ~ Puzzle of God, Season 3. This 25 episode installment of the successful series is directed by series veteran Hirotaka Endo and continues to feature character designs by Youhei Sasaki and music by Akio Izutsu.
The high-flying fan favorite is back in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: Infinite Stratos 2. This 12 episode follow up to the hugely successful series is directed by Yasuhito Kikuchi and features character designs by Kumi Horii (Student Council’s Discretion) with sound direction by Toshihiko Nakajima (Infinite Stratos, Devil May Cry) and music by Hikaru Nanase (Infinite Stratos, Canaan).
Digital manga service Amimaru has launched an iPad application.
The app is a free download, and is globally available from the App Store as of today. At the moment, Amimaru is the only legal manga-specific service on iPad that has no geographical restrictions.
Experience the law of clause and effect in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: Golden Time. This 24 episode series revolving around the lives of some decidedly unusual law students is based on the light novel by Yuyuko Takemiya (Toradora!) and features direction by Chiaki Kon (La storia della Arcana Famiglia, When They Cry – Higurashi) with character designs by Shinya Hasegawa (Kill Me Baby, Revolutionary Girl Utena), series composition by Fumihiko Shimo (Kokoro Connect, Clannad) and sound direction by Jin Aketagawa (Bodacious Space Pirates, Upotte!)
Follow the red string of fate, if you dare, to Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: Diabolik Lovers. This sexy and provocative 12 episode series about the fate of a young woman in the hands of a brood of vampires is directed by Shinobu Tagashira and features character designs by Yuuko Yahiro and music by Yuuki Hayashi.
Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its newest acquisition, from the creator of Speed Racer and Gatchaman: CASSHAN! This 35 episode sci-fi epic is the creation of Tatsunoko Production’s legendary Tatsuo Yoshida and features series composition by Takao Koyama (Slayers TV, Saint Seiya TV) and character designs by Tatsuo Yoshida and Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy video games, Vampire Hunter D OVA), with music by Shunsuke Kikuchi (Doraemon, Getter Robo).
Wikia, the home for social fandom and the ultimate source for powerful and relevant pop culture, entertainment and gaming expertise, today has announced The Masters of Animanga: A Wikia Collaborative Writing Project. This once-in-a-lifetime initiative will feature fully rendered illustrations and brief character descriptions exclusively curated by manga and anime legends Kazuo Koike (X-Men Unlimited, Lone Wolf and Cub), Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy, Speed Racer), Takashi Okazaki (X-Men, Afro Samurai) and Shin-ichi Hiromoto (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Hells Angels) for the Wikia community. Hiroaki Ikegami, along withfamed Japanese film producer Masao Maruyama (Ninja Scroll, Trigun) will oversee the project in an executive producer capacity. The project will be hosted by the Animanga Wiki, the site’s anime and manga hub, and begin Tuesday, September 3 and close Friday, September 27.
It’s grand delusions, desperate measures and more than a few dates with destiny in Sentai Filmworks’ newest acquisition: WATAMOTE ~ No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Unpopular! This 12 episode series is directed by Shin Oonuma (Kokoro Connect) and features character designs by Hideki Furukawa with series composition by Takao Yoshioka (Demon King Daimao) and sound direction by Saotshi Motoyama (From the New World).