Bandai's limited edition One Piece Portrait of Pirates BB ver. Nami is out in Japan in September, so it's time to line up the next one. The follow up, Nico Robin, goes on sale September 4th on with the 1/8th scale BB ("Bathing Beauties," but you'd be excused for thinking the initials stand for something else) selling for 8,640 yen ahead of a January release.
North American distributor Animeigo is hard at work on their Kickstarter crowdfunded Blu-ray release of Gainax's Otaku No Video mockumentary and while they labor on the images, tweaking the patch, proofreading, assembling the liner notes and artbook and editing the commentary track, in Japan, character designer (and Gunsmith Cats author) Kenichi Sonoda has updated his preview of the new packaging art and is starting work on his mini-manga.
The Japan Animator Expo showcase of shorts presented by Dwango and Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara has announced that their 30th entry will be one of Anno's favorite subjects, Ultraman! Noted animator Akitoshi Yokoyama (Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team) will be directing the short based on Mamoru Uchiyama's manga with Hisashi Mori (Samurai 7, Speed Grapher) handling designs.
For a limited, 24-hour period, TOHO animation is presenting the seventh Himouto! Umaru-chan short. The historical drama spoof will be offered as a bonus feature on the summer anime's fourth Blu-ray collection, set to be released in Japan on December 16th. Get a look after the jump.
Anime studio Shaft has been getting ready to kick off the celebration of their 40th anniversary on September 1, and to prepare for the occasion, the animators of series like Madoka Magica, Monogatari and Nisekoi has been running a series of countdown crossover illustrations from the staff. Check out the results after the jump.
Ahead of rolling out a promotional campaign in Japanese theaters on September 5th, the new visual for Persona 3 the Movie #4 Winter of Rebirth, featured on the latest posters, has been published online. Tomohisa Taguchi, director of the second RPG inspired anime movie project, returns to the helm or the finale, opening in Japanese theaters on January 23d, 2016. More after the jump.
Production I.G has announced acquisition of original rights to FLCL, the 2000-2001 wild coming of age OVA from the company, Gainax and King Records. The August 28th announcement notes the six-episode series' international popularity and the exposure from its dubbed broadcast, before indicating I.G's plans to take advantage of the acquired rights, with the possibility of a remake mentioned.
Along with plans to premiere the series October 3rd at 25: 58 on MBS, Attack on Titan Junior high has introduced the return of Linked Horizon for the series' opening theme. Composer Revo's "fantasy band," known for the main Attack on Titan anime's themes "Crimson Bow and Arrow" and "Wings of Freedom," is back for "Youth Like Fireworks."
In time for this season's anime adaptation, Gangsta. creator Kosuke launched a multi-lingual ask.fm social media Q&A account, and, if you weren't reading her manga yet, she might become your new favorite manga author after reading her interactions with English speaking fans. Get a look after the jump.
Vertical has confirmed a 2016 listing for Maybe's 2104 Bessatsu Shounen Magazine (home of Attack on Titan) action-fantasy The Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e). More after the jump.
The road between otaku media and gambling went down a few new avenues this week as Taiyo Elec launched a site and promo for a pachiko machine based on the Persona 4 RPG. Meanwhile PKE has posted a site and teaser movie for a High School DxD pachislot machine. Get a look after the jump.
It's now been over a year since the Hunter x Hunter manga went on hiatus while author Yoshihiro Togashi dealt with health problems, but a fan recently went to the summer festival in Togashi's home town of Shinjō, Yamagata and spotted a new festival float illustration by the popular manga creator. Get a look after the jump.
Lantis Company Ltd., a Japanese record label specializing in releasing anime and video game soundtracks, has announced that fhána will perform at the upcoming Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA) convention. More after the jump/
AnimeSongCollabo videos collect contributions from fan musicians and vocalists and compiles them into complete covers of favorite anime themes. This weekend, the themes of summer 2015's anime season have been collected, and maybe the fans were taking a bit of a break this summer because the collection is a bit light this season, but it's still impressive never the less!
Bandai's Tamashii Nations has previewed a set of highly anticipated Figuarts releases, going on sale on September 1st ahead of January 2016 delivery. Highlights include the female Ranma, which they've been showcasing at events since last year, along with their third Love Live! school idol. Get a look after the jump.