This spring, the announcement was made that, rather than a second Production I.G TV anime series, sci-fi series Gargantia will be getting a sequel in prose form with a novel planned for this summer. Now scheduled for August 29th, the designs for 18-year old Ledo, from two years after the OVA have been revealed along with the synopsis for Distant, Encounter of Heaven and Earth. Get a look after the jump.
The Attack on Titan manga has topped 50 million copies sold in Japan. In North America, volume one has spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times' manga bestsellers list, and that's contributed up to a very respectable 2.5 million print run of the English-language edition of Hajime Isayama's hit series. More after the jump.
TMS Entertainment has begun streaming ItaKiss on Hulu. Also known as Itazura na Kiss, the 2008 anime adapts Kaoru Tada's 1990-1999 shoujo manga. The anime has been released in North America by Disotek while Digital Manga Publishing released the manga.
TPP is a free trade deal between the U.S., Canada, and 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific to eliminate tariffs and synchronize regulations. Potent consequences for lower environmental regulations and higher medicine costs have been very controversial. Its copyright agreements' potential effect on creative fan endeavors like doujinshi and cosplay has also been a concern, with manga author Ken Akamatsu being among the prominent voices raising the issue.
For a limited, 24-hour period, TOHO animation is presenting the third Himouto! Umaru-chan short. The swimsuit episode meets Urashima Tarō will be offered as a bonus feature on the summer anime's second Blu-ray collection, set to be released in Japan October 26th. Get a look after the jump.
Taking questions at Otakon 2015, MAPPA and Madhouse founder Masao Maruyama indicated that anime director Satoshi Kon's incomplete final work, Yume Miru Kikai (Dreaming Machine) is still in production "in theory." However, while financing the project is a considerable challenge, the more difficult constraint is finding talent comparable to Kon's.
At last weekend's Otakon, Viz's Shojo Beat manga label announced the license of Keiko Ishihara's The Heiress and the Chauffeur. The two-volume Taisho Era period romance from Lala DX will be released starting in May 2016. More after the jump.
Thanks to character goods maker Cospa, this, fall, you can emulate the titular lead of Himouto! Umaru-chan in style with your own "Thing That Umaru Wears At Home" (yes, that's Cospa's official product copy). The fleece hamster-cape-like item measures 115cm and sells for 4,860yen with tax ahead of an October release.
At this weekend's Wonder Festival figures event, Good Smile Company's Wonderful Hobby Life for You booth had dozens of super derformed Nendoroid figures to display from The Joker to Captain America to KanColle to TouKen Ranbu Online. Get a look at the full offering after the jump.
While Attack on Titan was recognized for Best American Edition of Foreign Material in the 2014 Harvey Awards, a North American prize given for achievement in comic books, named for writer-artist Harvey Kurtzman and founded by Gary Groth, president of the publisher Fantagraphics, no manga was among its 2015 nominees. More after the jump.
The Osomatsu-kun anime celebrating the 80th anniversary of the birth of "Gag Manga King" Fujio Akatsuka has introduced the casting for the two characters who steal the show from the titular sextuplets half-way through the original manga and in its second, 1988 adaptation. More after the jump.
Leading into the fall broadcast third season Yuruyuri San☆Hai! in the fall 2015 season, the Yuruyuri Nachu Yachumi! summer outing OVA was broadcast July 25th, and that's to be followed by new Yuruyuri Nachu Yachumi!+ specials in August and September. Series manga author Namori posted a countdown to the OVA, which aired with a promo for August's special. Get a look after the jump.
This weekend Good Smile Company brought a selection of semi-exclusives to Japanese figure event Wonder Festival, including Kill La Kill Nendoroid Mako Mankanshoku: Fight Club-Spec Two-Star Goku Uniform Ver., Nendoroid Co-de: Cinderella Girls Rin/Uzuki/Mio Set – My First Star, figma Rin Shibuya: Jersey ver and figma Uzuki Shimamura: Jersey ver. For fans who could not make it to the event, these are also available online through August 3rd.
The Wonderful Hobby Life For You booth at this weekend's Wonder Festival figure event has debuted a preview and details for fall 2015's original TV anime Comet Luficer. Infinite Stratos' Yasuhito Kikuchi is back at studio 8-Bit to direct the series, written by Eureka 7's Yuuichi Nomura. Check out the rest after the jump.
FUNimation's Otakon announcements included plenty of anime movies, with Project Itoh, the new Ghost in the Shell, and Psycho-Pass. Along with this is the classic Speed Racer and 2005's remarkably distinctive Noein. Get the details after the jump.