The Machi*Asobi event in anime studio ufotable's Tokushima backyard famously takes place on the water with Hyoutan river dock-side talks by the creators and stars and board tours of giant banners hung under the local bridges. One of the many Fate/stay night cosplayers at this Golden Week edition went next-level as an intrepid Cú Chulainn Lancer pressed his luck, taking to the water on a paddleboard. Get a look after the jump.
Fans of Nisio Isin (Monogatari, Medaka Box) holding out hope for an anime adaptation of the light novel author's Zaregoto series have been rewarded. Timed to lead into the May 7th release of Jinrui Saikyou no Junai (Strongest Pure Love of Humanity), the new book in Nisio Isin and Zaregoto collaborator Take's Ningen series Saikyou spin-off, a countdown site has revealed news of the anime. More after thejump.
We're now one month into the spring 2016 anime season, and so Charapedia has checked in to see what titles are still appointment-viewing for anime fans in their latest 10,000 Reader Poll. These are the ones that fans are still anticipating week-to-week and haven't dropped all together to put aside to marathon later. See what they picked after the jump.
The anime based on Fullmetal Alchemist and Silver Spoon author Hiromu Arakawa's adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's (Legend of the Galactic Heroes) Persian inspired fantasy epic Heroic Legend of Arslan, which ran April to September 2015, returns this summer in season two, "Dust Storm Dance." Continuing its roll out of updated character designs, this week, Manami Numakura's Alfreed and Wataru Hatano's Jaswant were presented.
Viz Media has posted a trailer for their first home video collection of Sailor Moon Crystal. Set 1 - The Dark Kingdom arc, with episodes 1-14 will be released in Blu-ray/DVD deluxe limited edition and standard edition DVD on August 16th. Get a look after the jump.
A+, makers of rather risque bishoujo figure is back without another of High School DxD BorN's hot heroine, Rias Gremory. The Fledge Vacation figure is a rather big 1/6 scale, 30cm. With figure, castoff (removable) swimsuit) wings and base, it goes for 15,984yen ahead of a June release.
Gunpla Battle is coming to North American Blu-ray. Gundam Build Fighters, the fun take on the classic mecha war series in which a pair of heroes build and battle Gundam models is slated to be released by Sunrise and anime retailer Right Stuf's licensing and distribution labelm, Nozomi Entertainment, in August in a collection with English and Japanese audio. More after the jump.
Sentai Filmworks has announced the license of Chaika - The Coffin Princess: Avenging Battle, fall 2014's second season of the anime adaptation of the Ichirō Sakaki (Outbreak Company, Scrapped Princess) fantasy light novel series. A home video release is planned. More after the jump.
In mid-April, this season's anime adaptation of Tappei Nagatsuki's light novel series Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- cleared 20,000 Twitter followers and celebrated by sharing a set of 8-bit icons on the series site's "special" page. Well, the fanbase for the series has continued to grow and after passing the 30K mark this week it treated fans to a digital wallpaper of Emilia. Get a look after the jump.
Being previewed at the Nagoya MadoGatari exhibit and Ufotable Cinema, the Aniplex+ goods division is presenting the Chara Forme chibi figures of Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu's Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade and Fate/Grand Order's Shielder / Mashu/Matthew (both appear in official material) Kyrielite. Get a look after the jump.
This week, sports manga legend Tetsuya Chiba (Ashita no Joe) joined Zelda (also 2003 Astro Boy and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) manga creators Akira Himekawa and Japanese UCI Continental cycling team Nasu Blasen at Tochigi's Anime Festa to present the wind fox mascot for the locally based racing team. Get a look after the jump.
At long last, the mystery behind the identity of cryptocurrency bitcoin inventor "Satoshi Nakamoto" has been resolved! Maybe, if you believe the claims Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright. On May 2nd, Wright claimed that he was in fact "Nakamoto," offering evidence by signing a message using the private key associated with the first bitcoin transaction. So, why is 45-year-old Australian Wright 41-year-old (assuming a persona can age) Japanese citizen "Satoshi Nakamoto"?
Love Live! Sunshine!!'s energetic, sweet, and cute unit CYaRon! (pronounced "Sharon," not "See Yah, Ron" and named from members Chika Takami, You Watanabe and Ruby Kurosawa) have their appropriately titled first single "Genki Zenkai DAY! DAY! DAY!" set to be released May 11th with B-side "Yozora wa Nandemo Shitteru no? (Does The Night Sky Know Everything??)" Get a listen from Lantis' new preview after the jump.
In January, we introduced you to Yori Kurokawa's social media published I Drew a Picture of a Single OL, the single-panel manga about a woman struggling to keep motivated. Since then, the subject doesn't seem too much happier, but the manga has been doing well for itself, with a second collection and a figure from A-Toys available for order ahead of a July release.
Retailer Amazon has begun listing a July 5th DVD/Blu-ray release date for Isao Takahata's Studio Ghibli anime feature Only Yesterday. Japanese and English audio are listed along with English and French subtitles. More after the jump.