The Italian underground comics publisher Hollow Press, known for their UDWFG (Under Dark Weird Fantasy Ground) anthologies, is prepared to release limited collections of a pair of intensely strange manga this month. A retrospective of the anthology's Tetsunori Tawaraya will be joined by noted ero-guro author Shintaro Kago on March 31st. More after the jump.
For some reason, while bishoujo characters typically get elongated body pillows, bishonen often get "L" shaped dream cushions. Such is the with Kotobukiya's new Black Butler - Book of Circus Ciel and Sebastian duo. Pre-sale is now available on Kotobukiya's site at 4860 yen each ahead of July release. More after the jump.
The Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin anime adaptation of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko's manga prequel launched this weekend with the on-demand streaming of episode I, "Blue-Eyed Casval" via DAISUKI (Anime Consortium Japan) and limited screenings ahead of the global release of a Blu-ray Disc Collector’s Edition scheduled for April 24. With this debut, the visual fall's episode II, "Sorrow of Artesia" has been unveiled. Get a look after the jump.
Plans for the release of the seventh and final volume of KyoAni's adaptation of Full Metal Panic! author's Shoji Gatoh's Amagi Brilliant Park have been announced. In addition to the series 13th episode, the June 26th release will featured an unaired OVA episode. More after the jump.
Following the precedent of Aimer's announcement that they will be performing the second opening for ufotable's Fate/stay night - Unlimited Blade Works adaptation during the singer's final performance of the "Maiden Voyage" tour, Kalafina announced plans to perform the second cour ending at this weekend's Budokan concert. More after the jump.
ICV2, the retailer focused hobby game and comics/graphic novel markets news site associated with distributor Diamond, has published its list of top 10 manga properties for 2014's Q4 fall and holidays season, compiled based on interviews with retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. Get a look after the jump.
Fairy Tail's Eclipse Celestial Spirits arc anime filler continues with February 28th's episode 222, "Transform!" Significantly raising the excitement, manga author Hiro Mashima has posted a sketch of some very eye-grabbing design from the guild's latest adventure. More after the jump.
Singer/voice actress Maaya Sakamoto will be appearing in both roles for Ghost in the Shell Arise Alternative Architecture. In addition to voicing the lead Motoko Kusanagi in spring's TV edit of the prequel OVA series, she's teamed up with Cornelius for new opening "Anata wo Tamotsu Mono." More after the jump.
Preparing for a special "RED stage" appearance March 21st at the AnimeJapan 2015 trade show, the cast has been announced for spring's Ninja Slayer anime, with audio drama lead Toshiyuki Morikawa returning to the title. More after the jump.
The new volume 6 of Naoe's Seishun x Kikanjuu (Blue Spring x Machine Gun) reveals plans to adapt the gender bender survival game action comedy into a TV anime. The GFantasy series launched in 2012. It follows a pair of childhood friends who aspired to be pro-soccer players who reunite years later when one has become a hentai mangaka on the run from his editor. More after the jump.
Kyoto Animation's Beyond the Boundary anime is preparing to return this spring. The fall 2013 anime's look into the life of Mirai Kuriyama will be recounted in a Past Arc feature, planned for March 14th. Then, a Future Arc, returning to the characters' lives one year later, is planned for April 25th. Announced today, the video of the recap (4,800yen Blu-ray, 4,200yen DVD) will be sold at the screening, with no plans for the general release. More after the jump.
A pair of manga related crowdfunding campaigns have recently reached their goals. Digital Manga Publishing succeeded in bring in $29,200 in pledges to fund a release of an English translation of Tezuka's Alabaster in the effort's final day. New York creative PARTY's Indiegogo campaign, working with Moyoco Anno with the aims of creating a stop-motion anime short based on the manga author's Diary of OChibi, succeeded in its aims of bringing in $3000 over 60 days.
Finally, Gundam Reconguista in G has joined Gundam Build Fighters Try streaming on Bandai's GundamInfo YouTube channel. The anime from series creator Yoshiyuki Tomino debuted for its Japanese broadcast as part of the Gundam 35 anniversary celebration in fall 2014. More after the jump.
FUNimation has announced the acquisition of digital and home video rights for Jinsei – Life Consulting. The complete series has launched on their site in Japanese with English subtitles. Episodes will be available for free users in two weeks.
Enough with contests of the cute! Charapedia's latest 10,000 reader poll brought up the subject of anime's strong female characters and asked fans to name their favorite of these cool ladies. 51% of responses came from female visitors. 74.7% were from people in their teens and 20s. See who they picked after the jump.