Nelke Planning announced today that a new stage play based on the Kemono Friends franchise, titled "Butai Kemono Friends 2 ~Yuki furu Yoru no Kemono-tachi" (Stage Play Kemono Friends 2 ~Animals in The Snowing Night) is set to be performed at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Club EX in Tokyo from November 8 to 18, 2018. Hit the jump for more.
Tokyo-based anime merchandise company Movic will release a cushion inspired by the shoulder part of Evangelion Unit-01, one of the main mechas of the Evangelion franchise, on September 1, 2018. You can use it as a replacement of pillow, or as a cosplay item if you want. Learn more after the jump.
At the premiere screening event for Studio Ponoc's three-part omnibus film Chiisana Eiyu - Kani to Tamago to Toumei Ningen (Modest Heroes - Crab, Egg, and Invisible Man) held in Tokyo yesterday, producer Yoshiaki Nishimura revealed that he originally planned to produce four short episodes for the project and that the late Isao Takahata wanted to direct the fourth one. Hit the jump for more story.
It is officially announced in this year's 38th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump released today in Japan that Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga will end its serialization with five more chapters and that its final chapter will be published in the magazine's 42nd issue to be released on September 15. Hit the jump for more details.
Lantis' official YouTube channel has started streaming a 100-second music video for "Ao no Rakugaki" (Graffiti of Blue), the OP theme song for the upcoming anime feature film Non Non Biyori Vacation, performed by two-member Japanese rock band nano.RIPE. Watch the clip featuring the members' recording session and summer seaside holiday after the jump.
The official website for the upcoming anime adaptation of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga opens today, announcing its December 2018 premiere on ANIMAX on PlayStation and four main voice cast: Aina Suzuki as Shoko/Equuleus Sho, M.A.O as Kyoko/Equuleus Kyoko, Inori Minase as Saori Kido, and Megumi Nakajima as Mii/Dolphin Mii. Hit the jump for more information.
Aniplex announced today that a seven-disc HD-remastered Blu-ray box set of the first season of the City Hunter TV anime based on Tsukasa Hojo's action comedy manga series is set to be released at 50,000 yen (about 452 US dollars) on January 30, 2019. The Sunrise-animated first season was aired for 51 episodes in Japan from April 1987 to March 1988. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese voice actor agency Aoni Production announced today that its veteran voice actor Unsho Ishizuka passed away on August 13 due to esophageal cancer. He was 67. Hit the jump for more details.
The official YouTube channel for Bushiroad's smartphone game BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! has started streaming a 30-second CM for its upcoming collaboration with Hatsune Miku, the world's most famous vocaloid character. Check out the clip and three collaboration visuals after the jump!
As with last year, Shibuya Marui Department Store in Tokyo again plans to hold a special time-limited event for the birthday of Emilia, one of the main heroines in Tappei Nagatsuki's popular light novel series Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, on its eighth floor from September 14 to 27. Her birthday in the story is September 23. Learn more about the event after the jump!
Toei's official YouTube channel has started streaming a 30-second teaser for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Mineo Maya (Patarillo!)'s comedy manga in the 1980s, Tonde Saitama. The clip announces that the Hideki Takeuchi (Nodame Cantabile, Thermae Romae)-directed film is set to be released in Japan on February 22, 2019. Check out more information after the jump.
The official YouTube channel for 22-year-old anime voice actress Yui Ogura has posted a two-minute highlight video for her upcoming 3rd solo live DVD/Blu-ray "Cherry×Airline" to be released in Japan on September 12, 2018. In addition to her stage performances, the clip also includes some scenes from the disc's bonus 50-minute behind-the-scenes footage. Check out her latest concert after the jump!
The official Twitter for the second original web drama Gintama 2 - Yo nimo Kimyouna Gintama-chan (The Strange and Unusual Gintama-chan) confirmed today that 39-year-old voice actress Rie Kugimiya, who has voiced the main heroine Kagura in the Gintama anime series since 2006, provides her voice as "a very interesting role." Read her comment after the jump.
On the CD release day of her 4th solo single "Koi wa Movie," 21-year-old anime voice actress Miku Ito also posted a three-minute live performance clip of her 2nd single song "Shocking Blue" on Nippon Columbia's official YouTube channel. The footage is one of the ten songs included in the bonus DVD for the single's 2,160 yen limited edition B. Check out her latest clips after the jump!
In commemoration of the upcoming broadcast of the final season of the Fairy Tail TV anime based on Hiro Mashima's manga series of the same name in October and the release of the first volume of his latest manga EDENS ZERO manga on September 14, Culture Entertainment will release two new versions of its T Card featuring the two series' illustrations on August 23. Hit the jump for more details.