In the wake of the success of the Taiwan branch of the One Piece Mugiwara Store, a shop that offers official character goods and merchandise related to Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga and TV anime, a 2nd overseas branch will be opening in Bangkok, Thailand in the Summer season of 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.
Anime licensor and publisher Discotek Media held its second ever industry panel during this weekend's AnimeNext convention in Atlantic City and did not disappoint with licenses as the company revealed its latest slate. Hit the jump for the details.
Look at all those "how to draw manga" books and it becomes evident that eyes are a cornerstone of what anyone with a passing familiarity would refer to as "anime" or "manga" style going back to Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy and the beginning of TV anime. Apparently, some of that ocular extravagance is getting to be a problem. More after the jump.
On this week's Aniwords, Isaac reflects on some recent articles he's read about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the contemporary anime industry. Has anime really gotten worse over time? Were things better back in the old days? Answers, of a sort, to these questions and more when you hit the jump!
Publishing giant Kadokawa is teaming up with Kakuyomu, a Japanese web-site where people can publish original written works, to sponsor the "Shōnen Ace x Kakuyomu Manga Original Fiction Contest". Hit the jump to learn more.
The Kyoto Animation Awards - an annual contest in which Kyoto Animation grants cash prizes to promising unpublished novel, scenario, and manga works - has announced that once again no official prizes will be awarded in the three major categories. Hit the jump to learn more.
Kodansha has announced the winners for the 40th "Kodansha Manga Awards", an annual prize awarded by the publisher for works of serialized manga. Hit the jump to learn more.
Following the breakdown of the animator salaries that came out at the beginning of the month, animator Thomas Romain added a very sobering capstone to the report that reflects just how low the salaries really are, while another animator with 20 years of experience anonymously steps forward to call for better working conditions.
A recent industry panel held by Japanese animation studio BONES at the Machi Asobi Vol. 16 convention in Tokushima gave a peak behind the curtain at the sort of pace expected for the production of high-profile anime TV series such as My Hero Academia and Bungo Stray Dogs. Hit the jump to learn more.
American entertainment trade magazine Variety recently included Japanese animation auteur Makoto Shinkai among its list of "10 Animators to Watch in 2016". Hit the jump to learn more.
CyberConnect2 - the Japanese game developers responsible for the .hack// series as well as numerous Naruto and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fighting games - are establishing a satellite studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which will open in the Summer of 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.
Movie buzz site Ain't It Cool News has run a profile of All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW),a film development and production company focused on Japanese IP, founded with backing from the INCJ (Innovation Network Corporation of Japan), Among their anime projects is a partnershiping to develop a live action version of Tiger & Bunny and a live-action version of Toei mecha series Gaiking with Walking Dead producer Gale Ann Hurd.
If you're interested in how anime is made and you're on Twitter, you need to follow Thomas Romain, a French artist living in Japan One of his recent, insightful explanations of how the industry works started with a clarification of what exactly an "art director" does in the anime production process. This lead to him diagramming the creative structure in a way that, you probably won't say "simplifies" the structure, but certainly illustrates it.
Japanese producer/distributor Toei is expected to announced that pretax profit likely jumped 44% to about 19 billion yen ($171 million) for the year ended March 31. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' helped with 3.7 billion yen in Japanese box office, plus strong goods sales. Japanese companies operating theaters, including Toei, Toho and Shochiku also recorded big boosts from the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and to a lesser extent, Jurassic World.
The official guest list has been announced for "Manga Time Kirara Festa! 2016", a one-day event in Tokyo that celebrates the manga and anime of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara 4-panel comic anthology magazine. Hit the jump to learn more.