While British actor/singer Sam Riley (Control) was previous said to be in talks to play cybercriminal antagonist The Laughing Man in the Hollywood adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, industry buzz is now that Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) is being lined up for the role. More after the jump.
Plans for a 2016 NTV anime adaptation of Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari have been listed. Nodoka Shinomaru's 2012, six volume ongoing from Comic @ Bunch follows a Toyo-based web designer who returns to his family's udon shop in Kagawa Prefecture, where he meets a young boy whose secret causes him to head home. More after the jump
Spring's Ace Attorney - Gyakuten Saiban: Sono 「Shinjitsu」, Igi Ari! anime has launched a Twitter feed, updated its site with previously revealed staff and cast, and begun listing an April 2nd launch date. The adaptation of Capcom's trial game series will run on YTV Saturdays at 17:30 starting in April (leading into Detective Conan). More after the jump.
Plans for Naruto Shippuden's spring adaptation of the Itachi Shinden-hen ~Hikari to Yami~ spin-off novels have been updated with news that the TV anime will run starting March 3rd. The announcement was accompanied by a new preview. Get a look after the jump.
An early look at next week's issue of Shonen Jump has revealed that the April Bones adaptation of Kōhei Horikoshi's super-hero-in-training manga My Hero Academia is adding Toshiki Masuda as Eijirou "Sturdy Hero 'Red Riot'" Kirishima and Tasuku Hatanaka as Denki "Stun Gun Hero 'Chargebolt'" Kaminari. Get a look after the jump.
10 years after Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note ended and the hit manga was adapted into a TV anime and movies, the series is getting a new live-action movie follow-up. The three-way conflict thriller is set 10 years after the original story with six Death Notes now in the world. Sosuke Ikematsu plays L's successor Ryuzaki, Masahiro Higashide is Death Note Investigaror Mishima and Masaki Suda is Kira obsessed cyber-criminal Yuki Shion. Get a look after the jump.
Reports making the rounds on Japanese boards and blogs have it that an early look at a Gundam model catalogue has revealed a TV edit of 2010-2014 OVA adaptation of Harutoshi Fukui's Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn novels is planned for spring. The recut of the seven episode series would feature new animation. More after the jump.
Supernatural action series D.Gray-man is preparing to make its big return in 2016, and a preview is coming with a look at the character designs for lead Allen Walker in the new Jump SQ. 2016 issue 3. Get a look after the jump.
Gido Amagakure Sweetness and Lightning aka Amaama to Inazuma, another bookstore worker pick for 2015 (like My Hero Academia, Re-Life and Dagashi Kashi), fan pick for manga to make a big break in 2015 (Academia and Re-Life again, Himouto Umari-chan) and 2015 most wanted anime adaptation (Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto, One-Punch Man, Drifters) is going to be the subject of a big announcement in next month's issue of good! Afternoon magazine.
Sentai Filmworks' home video release of fan-favorite Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun is coming next month, and with the week's counting down, they've begun introducing the English dub cast. This starts with Scott Gibbs showing his sensitive, embarrassed side as Mikoto Mikoshiba (aka Mikorin)! Get a preview after the jump.
One-Punch Man volume 4 will feature episodes seven and eight, commentary on the latter by Makoto Furukawa's Saitama, Yūki Kaji's Sonic and Masaya Onosaka's Pri-Pri-Prisoner, mini-audio drama with Furukawa and Handsomely Masked Sweet Mask's Mamoru Miyano, Miyano on character song "Beautiful Hero" and OVA 4 "Bang, Who is Too Overbearing," written by series creator ONE. A preview of the OVA has now been posted.
A July broadcast launch has been announced for the 2016 Berserk anime, with the latest adaptation of Kentaro Miura's hit (40 million copies in print) fantasy horror slated to run on the MBS late-night Animeism block and satelite broadcast WOWOW. More after the jump.
At long last, Evangelion 3.33 is here, in North America! Today! Distributor FUNimation has marked the occasion with the post of an English dub trailer. Get a look after the jump.
The heroines of Nitro+ throw down in Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel, released by XSEED Games today with a PlayStation 3 digital-only release, priced at $29.99, and a PS4 version at retail and digital for $39.99. There's Super Sonico, fighting using a cat! There's Saber, from Fate/Zero specifically. There's the original Gen Urobuchi heroine Ein and his infamous Saya. And a whole lot more!
USA Animate, a U.S.-based online retail store offering the latest anime character goods, launched in 2013, has announced plans to close the shop at the end of February. The shop was associated with the Animate retail arm of character goods maker Movic. An LA based shop close in 2003.