Sankei Sports has revealed the first casting for Hayao Miyazaki's Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Is Rising) with the surprising news that Evangelion's Hideaki Anno will be voicing the anime's subject, Zero fighter designer Jirō Horikoshi. More after the jump.
Evangelion established itself as a landmark in mecha anime, but the series drew considerable influence from creator Hideaki Anno's passion for live action special effects productions, AKA tokusatsu. Now, the legendary genre fan has taken the opportunity to share a list of his five favorite tokusatsu productions. See his picks, and sample some clips of Godzilla, Ultraman, and others after the jump!
A famous voice actress Megumi Hayashibara will narrate Studio Ghibli's new live-action short "God Warrior Attacks Tokyo" planned by Hideaki Anno. She is well-known, of course, for her role as Rei Ayanami in the Evangelion series which Anno has directed. Hit the jump for more details.
Spinning out of the Hideaki Anno/Studio Ghibli tokusatsu exhibit, figures makers Max Factory, Kaiyodo, and Good Smile will be making a selection of figures based on the exhibit's updated take on the God Warriors from Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Check them out after the jump.
Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno's career has deep ties with the works of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. Now, a new project is combining their shared Nausicaä history, passion for tokusatsu (special effects) media, and concern with nuclear energy. More after the jump.
Moyoco Anno is the highly respected manga author of early North American josei release Happy Mania, shoujo gem Sugar Sugar Rune, and upcoming Vertical release Sakuran. Now she's the namesake of the asteroid formally known as "2006 US217." More after the jump.
The yamatocrew.jp blog has just announced that Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno will be designing the storyboards for the opening title sequence of the upcoming Space Battleship Yamato 2199 anime TV series. More info after the jump!
Makoto Yukimura, author of the Seiun Award-wining (best science fiction series) Planetes, about orbital garbage colllectors, has contributed a four-panel comic strip to the January 2012 issue of Monthly Gundam Ace, on sale January 26. More after the jump.
Moyoco Anno hasn't been creating much manga lately, but, she has certainly made her mark with acerbically funny Happy Mania (published in North America by Tokyopop), Flowers & Bees (published in North America by Viz, featuring a character scarily like her husband, Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno), and Sugar Sugar Rune (published in North America by Del Rey). Now, she's back for a one-shot contribution to josei anthology Feel Young's 20th anniversary project. More after the jump.
Renowned anime director Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli producer and former president Toshio Suzuki and Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno recently visit Rikuzentakata, in northeast Japan's Iwate prefecture to show their support for the community extensively damaged by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. More after the jump.
Kantoku Shikkaku documents the life of Yumika Hayashi, an AV and pink film star who passed away suddenly in 2005 at age 34. With Neon Genesis Evangelion mastermind Hideaki Anno behind the film's production, directing duties fall on Katsuyuki Hirano, making this the first piece of theatrical work for the director in 11 years.