Japanese anime blogs have picked up a recruitment listing at studio Tatsunoko, known for classics like Speed Racer and recent works like Ping Pong and this season's Psycho Pass 2. According to the job posting, the animation production manager's one to one and half year contract would have the new hire working a 2015 Gatchaman Crowds 2 production. More after the jump.
Since 2011, Tachikawa, located in western Tokyo Metropolis, has been celebrating its status as the "City of Anime." Generally this means that its Autumn Rakuichi notes its role as the inspiration for the Academy City setting of A Certain Magical Index/Scientific Railgun, but this year Raildex seems to be getting a bit of rest as Gatchaman Crowds returns, joined by fellow locally set anime World Conquest Zvezda Plot.
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.
Sure to please the series' stationery fiend lead Hajime, a number of Gatchaman Crowds items including a Lamy pen and set with book cover, masking tape, clear case and memo are being offered on NTV's website and events like last weekend's Comiket and the August 31 exhibit in the series home town, Tachikawa. Get a look after the jump.
With the series set to be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 2nd, Sentai Filmworks has announced their English dub cast for last year's superhero anime Gatchaman Crowds. See who's who after the jump.
In April, Hobby Japan magazine teamed up with bishoujo figure maker Amakuni to offer a prototype preview of a limited 1/8th, 21cm figure of everyone's favorite Gatchaman Crowds painfully shy exhibitionist Utsutsu. Well, she's now ready and with that development, there are now full-color photos of the production version. Get a look after the jump.
If you're a fan of tiny, green-haired girls in bikinis (or Gatchaman Crowds), good news! Utsutsu is getting her own bikini-clad figurine. Hit the jump to get a gawk.
@GATCHAMANCrowds has posted a trio of preview pictures from upcoming 3D mousepads based on the anime, including that they're calling the industry's first otokonoko wrist rest. Get a look after the jump.
Nippon Television Network Corporation has announced the acquisition of 54.3% of anime production company Tatsunoko, the people behind classics such as Speed Racer and Time Bokan, from Takara Tomy, who will continue to hold a 20% stake in the company. The announcement mentioned that the possibility of a Gatchaman Crowds movie is being explored. More after the jump.
Gatcha! Lots of releases for Gatchaman Crowds are coming soon! First up is the DVD/BD boxset, which will be released as well as the second original soundtrack album with the GALAX theme on January 22nd. Japanese anime magazine Otomedia will also publish the official fanbook on January 28th and the cover art by the character designer Kinako has been revealed. Watch the trailer for BD boxset and see the new cover art after the jump!