While most KanColle browser game players are excited about the big spring event with its new ships, including an Italian kanmusu, coming April 28th, another update shipped out April 23rd to celebrate the second anniversary of Kantai Collection. This featured a celebratory banner for the admiral's furniture, limited voice lines for 70 ship daughters, and new Kai Ni upgrades for Mutsuki and Mutsuki Class Destroyer Kisaragi.
Kōji Kumeta would be hard pressed to be less explicit with his Tweeted news that a new part of Joshiraku ,"eh... or something" is planned for summer. This lead fans to speculate on whether there may be a follow-up to the manga, written by Kumeta and illustrated by Toradora!'s Yasu between 2009 and 2013, or its Tsutomu Mizushima and J.C.Staff anime adaptation, which ran in Summer 2013 with a 2014 OVA follow-up.
The North American comics industry has announced the nominees for its prestigious Eisner Awards, which will be presented at during a gala ceremony on Friday, July 10 during Comic-Con International: San Diego. Beyond the manga-dominated (and this year manga-exclusive) Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia category, Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, edited by Anne Ishii, Chip Kidd, & Graham Kolbeins from Fantagraphics was nominated for Best Anthology.
Leading to summer's Working'!!!, the third adaptation of Karino Takatsu's family restaurant comedy manga, season two, Working'!!, was released in new Blu-ray set in Japan April 22nd. Check out the adorable countdown after the jump.
Australian distributor Madman has posted a selection of English-subtitled trailers for features that include Boruto - Naruto The Movie and acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast, which they'll be bringing to regional theaters, as well as Madoka Magica: Rebellion, 009 Re: Cyborg and the live-action Lupin III, which they are offering on Blu-ray and DVD. Get a look after the jump.
If Kenjiro Hata was hoping to grab some attention with the title illustration for Hayate the Combat Butler's 490th chapter, the trick worked because otaku Nagi Sanzenin's impression of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? heroine Hestia has spread like wildfire. Get a look after the jump.
With the feature now in Japanese theaters, Momoiro Clover Z has posted a short version of the music video for their Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Resurrection of F) theme song "Z no Chikai" (The Oath of Z)." The CD-only regular "Z" edition and the first limited "F" edition with a Blu-ray disc of the music video will be released on April 29. Get a look after the jump.
Earlier this month, anime producer Takayuki Nagatani's Infinite anime planning/character goods production label launched pre-orders for a set of four limited (100 units each) hug pillows based on the ladies of the recently concluded Shirobako anime featuring Aoi Miyamori, Ema Yasuhara, Erika Yano, and Rinko Ogasawara. A preview of the Ema version got delayed, but Infinite is now finally able to offer a look at the animator.
Now scheduled for fall 2015, the follow-up to Rejet's 2013 vampire otome game adaptation will be titled Diabolik Lovers More,Blood. Assistant director Risako Yoshida steps up to helm the ZEXCS production which will feature the Mukami brothers in addition to the Sakamaki clan. More after the jump.
Section23 has published their slate of July release of Sentai Filmworks titles, including recently announced Hayate the Combat Butler and Vampire Hunter D, in addition to newer productions such as Sakura Trick and The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior. Get the details after the jump.
The site for the WIT Studio (Attack on Titan, The Rolling Girls) adaptation of the Seraph of the End supernatural action manga by Takaya Kagami and Yamato Yamamoto has been updated with a look at a trio of its otherworldly creatures; specifically Satoshi Kadowaki's designs for two vampires and a demon. Check out the three after the jump.
A couple of notable manga series have made digital, North American premieres today. The Viz rescue license Sousuke Kaise's Grenadier is now up on their platform and more, along with the first collection of a little globetrotting, proto-vampire fighting story known as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 2--Battle Tendency. Meanwhile, Yen Press has launched the first two digital volumes of best-seller Akame Ga Kill! along with popular light novels.
With the AmeComi inspired Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting theaters May 1st, the movie's super heroine Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson, has commented on her upcoming manga project. More after the jump.
The latest update on the plan for summer's TV anime adaptation of Sorata Akizuki's 2007, ongoing shoujo manga Akagami no Shirayukihime (Snow White with Red Hair) is that the lead voice actress will be singing and contributing lyrics to the opening theme, "Yasashii Kibou." While release plans for the single have not been announced, a NicoNico webcast with Hayami has been scheduled for May 29th.
Perhaps inspired by the 26th anniversary of Ranma 1/2's TV debut on April 15th, or perhaps because he's just been feeling the same nostalgia as Squid Girl author Masahiro Anbe, Blood Lad author and Hamatora original character designer Yuuki Kodama has begun playing around with sketching Ranma 1/2's transformations. Check out the results after the jump.