Recipients of the North America comic industry's prestigious Eisner Awards were announced last night at San Diego Comic Con. Hayao Miyazaki was inducted into its Hall of Fame along with Alan Moore, Dennis O’Neil and Bernie Wrightson. Rumiko Takahashi was also nominated. The Mysterious Underground Men by Osamu Tezuka, released by PictureBox was recognized with Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia. More after the jump.
Manga publisher Kodansha Comics announced today at San Diego Comic-Con that it would add two new series to its 2015 slate: the hit shonen series Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches, and a moving tale of ballroom dance, Let’s Dance a Waltz. More after the jump.
It seems like Sword Art Online II episode four has made quite an impression, with lots of English and Japanese speaking fans discussing Yoshitsugu Matsuoko's nekama performance as Gun Gale Online Kirito. So, the timing is great for the spotting of Genco's GGO Kirito bedsheets, which is head to Comiket 86 along with Kadokawa's Asuna and Sinon hug pillows. Check them out after the jump.
While Sasha Blouse doesn't seem to be quite the fan fave she was when the Attack on Titan anime launched, Potato Girl does still have devotees marking her July 26th birthday. See how the Wings of the Counter Attack browser game and her fans celebrated after the jump.
Mondo, the makers of highly sought after, highly limited posters, brought Studio Ghibli based worked to San Diego Comic-Con in 2012 and 2013. This year, they're going for a different anime movie well known to western geeks with a Ghost in the Shell poster by Kilian Eng for sale at their booth. More after the jump.
This week, Good Smile Company presented a string of male figmas. Pre-orders launched for Yowapeda's otaku turned cyclist Sakamichi Onoda, set to be released in January, and a re-release of Sword Art Online's Kirito, scheduled for December. Meanwhile, a Ninja Slayer SatzBatz Knight is an exclusive to the weekend's Summer Wonderfestival event and their web store. Get a look after the jump.
A new promo has gone online for the fall adaptation of Hideyasu Takahashi's 58th Shogakukan Manga Award (2013) in the Children's manga category winner Kaito Joker. Doraemon movie director Yukiyo Termoto helms the Shinei Animation production with Dai Sato writing. More after the jump.
Harmony Gold has announced that Robotech The Classic Collection - Volume 1 will be released on DVD September 23 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment exclusively through Amazon. This collection features the American broadcast syndication in 1985, along with the original and uncut episodes from the Japanese series Super Dimension Fortress Macross, all on one 4-disc set for the suggested retail price of $19.98. More after the jump.
Raise a Dr Pepper and post an @channel meme because July 25th is Future Lab Member 004 Kurisu Makise's birthday! Steins;Gate characters actually have full DOBs. It's July 25, 1992 in this case, so Christina's now 22. Join the celebration after the jump.
In time for San Diego Comic Con, IGN has posted a look at the poster for the live-action adaptation of violent crime tragedy anime Kite. Samuel L. Jackson stars as corrupt detective Karl Aker with India Eisley as young assassin Sawa in the film, now rated R and scheduled to hit DirecTV on August 28th, and VOD and theatres on October 10th. Check it out after the jump.
Cast for the 2014 Donten ni Warau anime was being announced as early as last December, but after the support roles for the project were announced in April, the production has been pretty quiet. New confirmation that the series will be running this fall has been accompanied by a visual, character design preview and the additions of Hiroki Yasumoto and Hiro Shimono to the cast. Get a look after the jump.
Pikachu Outbreak! at Yokohama Minatomirai is a summer vacation event, running in the port city's business district August 9 to 17, and featuring 1000 Pikachus at various landmarks, museums, the Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris wheel and restaurants. Visitors can pick up sunvisors, game cards and other event souvenirs. You can see the Pikachu Swarm arriving in the new ad after the jump.
It's time for some more jealousy-inducing items planned for this summer's Comiket. Perhaps to go with those classic Kirito bedsheets, Kadokawa will be offering Sword Art Online Asuna and Sinon hug pillows. Elsewhere, the Is the Order a Rabbit? goods presented at the Rondo Robe booth have been previewed and they include two sets of series sheets. Get a look after the jump.
On July 23, 2002, American football manga Eyeshield 21 launched in Weekly Shonen Jump. While artist Yusuke Murata has been busy with One-Punch Man and Majin Bone, he's taken the occasion of 21's 12th anniversary to sketch out a special tribute. Get a look after the jump.
In tablet maker Wacom's latest live painting video, animation director/character designer Adachi Shingo (Sword Art Online, Working!!) demonstrates the use of their Cintiq 24HD touch. Get a look after the jump.