When Ninja Scroll director Yoshiaki Kawajiri visited Sakura-Con 2012, he told fans of the hit anime bloodbath that he planned a feature sequel and even produced a sizzle reel to attract investors. The problem is that while there are plenty in the USA who would love a Ninja Scroll follow-up, Japanese audiences, and more importantly, investors were largely indifferent. Madhouse CEO Hiroyuki Okada has laid out the situation in a post.
Yoshiaki Kawajiri is famous for gritty, action-packed anime that really lived up to the old Streamline "Absolutely Not for Kids" label. Hit the jump to follow along with CRN writer Nate Ming's rewatch of Kawajiri's three biggest hits--Wicked City, Ninja Scroll, and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust! Are they still must-watch titles, or is that just nostalgia talking?
Anime distributor Section23 has quickly turned Sentai Filmworks' recent exciting licensing announcements into an official release schedule. The Blu-ray releases of Ninja Scroll, the first collection of Penguin Drum and Letter Bee are also lined up for December. Get the full details after the jump.
Talk out of Portland, Maine's Animaine is that Sentai Filmworks' upcoming anime releases include Mawaru Penguindrum, Ninja Scroll and Letter Bee season one. DVD and Blu-ray of Penguindrum and Ninja Scroll are planned for December, while Letter Bee will be released on subtitled-only DVD. More after the jump.
When Ninja Scroll director Yoshiaki Kawajiri visited Sakura-Con, he told fans of the hit anime bloodbath that he planned a feature sequel and even produced a sizzle reel to attract investors. The feature was never funded or produced, but with the new Blu-ray of the original out in Japan (with English subtitles), you can see the preview of unfinished Ninja Scroll Burst after the jump.
Given how large Ninja Scroll loomed on the North American anime landscape, it makes some sense that the movie's Japanese release will include English audio. See what other features the release includes after the jump.