The live-action adaptation of Yasuomi Umetsu’s (Wizard Barristers, Galilei Donna) violent crime tragedy anime Kite, starring Samuel L. Jackson stars as corrupt detective Karl Aker with India Eisley as young assassin Sawa in the film, hits Japan on April 11th. To promote it, a host of names from anime and manga have endorsed the film's respect for the original OVA and combining its unique elements with the spectacle action movie. More after the jump.
In time for the second season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU anime, a figure inspired by Yui Yuigahama's devil cosplay from the Test of Courage in episode 8, "One Day, They Will Learn the Truth," has gone on sale. Good Smile Company will be distributing with the 1/7 scale, 23cm figure shipping in September for 10,926yen (before tax). Get a look after the jump.
The March 30th issue 18 of Shonen Jump is announcing that Naruto will be returning for its follow-up Gaiden manga story "The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Month" in the Golden week April 27th double 22/23 issue. New preview pictures show Hokage Naruto along with his and Hinata's son Boruto and Sasuke and Sakura's daughter Sarada Uchiha. Get a look after the jump.
Netflix has begun streaming The Kingdom of Dreams and Madnes, a documentary that focuses on the acclaimed anime production company Studio Ghibli, and its directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata with the producer Toshio Suzuki. It was filmed during the time of the production of Miyazaki's The Wind Rises and Takahata's Princess Kaguya. More after the jump.
Perhaps even more prominently than in the original browser game, the KanColle anime featured Yuudachi speaking with a verbal tic. Namely, adding "poi" to her comments. Basically, it's a qualifier. For example, "don't tell me... I'm sinking-poi?" rendered into a valley girl-ish equivalent becomes "I'm sinking-like?" And, she did it constantly. So, of course, otaku had to chart the occurrences.
Junichi Suwabe, voice of Space Dandy, Fate/stay night's Archer, and Kurobas' Daiki Aomine turns 43 years old today. Among the birthday well wishers was Zettai Karen Children author Takashi Shiina, sending his regards to the voice of Andy Hinomiya from the anime adaptation of spin-off series The Unlimited - Hyōbu Kyōsuke. Get a look after the jump.
As with the previous Ei Aoki x Gen Urobuchi project, Fate/zero, Aldnoah.Zero had some fun with the covers of its script books. Voice actress Mikako Komatsu, the series' Amifumi Inko, Tweeted a look at these, and as the series ends, it's a good time to review their irreverent take on the mecha anime. Get a look after the jump.
The Official Pokémon Channel has posted a promo for the Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions concert tour. This will feature all-new orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals drawn from recent and classic Pokémon video games. Get a look after the jump.
At this weekend's Anime Detour, FUNimation announced English dub casts for Ping Pong the Animation, set to be released in a DVD/Blu-ray set June 23rd, Wanna be the Strongest in the World!, set to be released in DVD/Blu-ray June 2nd. Get a look after the jump.
FUNimation has kicked off their spring plans with news that they've licensed the Satelight-produced TV anime adaptation of Puyo's Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoshitsu/The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan manga and Bones' anime based on Sanrio's character project Show By Rock!! More after the jump.
Last spring's Mekakucity Actors anime, based on the popular series of songs by Jin, is going back to music is mega-collection this spring with the April release of a Mekakucity M's: Mekakucity Actors Vocal & Sound Collection 5 disc (four CD, one DVD) collection. Previewing this is an anime music video of "Outer Science" from Jin ft. ONE. Get a look after the jump.
Nisekoi volume 17 and light novel 3 go on sale April 3rd. Then the new anime kicks off the 10th. To prepare, Shonen Jump ran a third popularity poll. This one was for favorite chapter, with different process. For the poll, votes where accepted through post cards packaged with issues of Japan. And, special thanks went to a certain "Y-san" from Chiba who places 800 of the 5879 votes.
Along with Anonymous;Code and Steins;Gate Zero, today's slate of MAGES/Chiyomaru Shikura announcements included a game adaptation of "paranormal science" novel Occultic;Nine (not the proper fourth "science adventure" following Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate and Robotics;Notes, but the fourth in the Shikura line of works). More after the jump.
True to the speculation that followed executive director Chiyomaru Shikura's March 1 teaser, a new science visual novel was announced today. While not a proper entry in the "Science ADV" game series, MAGES' new Anonymous;Code looks to be reminiscent of 2008's "Delusional Science Adventure" Chaos;Head and last December's follow-up as well as 2008's "Hypothetical Science Adventure" Steins;Gate and 2012's "Augmented Science Adventure" Robotics;Notes.
In addition to preparing for the August release of volume 20, Squid Girl author Masahiro Anbe has been watching more The IdolM@ster - Cinderella Girls, playing so much Far Cry that he's dreaming about being chased by bears, and drawing more Ranma 1/2 tributes. True to his earlier promises, he's followed the earlier Ran-chan pics with some Ucchan. Get a look after the jump.