In 2013, Noboru Yamaguchi passed away at age 41 after publishing 20 volumes of the Familiar of Zero series, short of an intended 22. Then, in 2015 Publisher MF Bunko updated the Familiar of Zero site with news that they planned on continuing the fantasy light novel series based on Yamaguchi's manuscripts, releasing volume 21 on February 25th of 2016, then scheduling 22 for February 24, 2017. Leading into this week's release, a TV ad is promoting the finale.
Digital light novel service J-Novel Club has announced the addition of fantasy series Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest. The first 40 pages are available for free immediately on J-Novel Club, and the rest of the upcoming five volumes will be available to subscribers for $4.50 a month. More after the jump.
Quick on the heels of a showcase at last weekend's Wonder Festival, Bandai Premium is preparing to sales for the latest One Piece POP (Portrait of Pirates) limited edition Ver. BB (Bathing Beauties) figure. Here's CP.9's Soap Human assassin Kalifa, tilting her trademark glasses and ready to reproach you for "sexual harassment." Check it out after the jump.
This a big week for Fairy Tail. In addition to a double chapter, cover and color page in issue 12 of Weekly Shōnen Magazine, the issue is offering at upcoming movie Dragon Cry. The film opening May 5th will feature original characters Sonia, Zashu and Animus with series creator Hiro Mashima as producer. More after the jump.
Yuri!!! on Ice fans are sure to remember those full-body snuggle sheets that were teased that month. Well, they're not quite ready for rink time. Or, least they're not ready from the neck down. A set of pillow covers have gone on sale. Yuri K, Yurio and Victor at a standard 63cm x 43cm size are now selling for 3,240 yen each ahead of a March release. Get a look after the jump.
As with the super-deformed Nendoroid gallery, there were plenty of poseable figma figures from Max Factory and Good Smile Company on display at this weekend's Wonder Festival event. And, like the figma, they were from a diverse range of licenses. See what was presented after the jump.
Titan Comics and Harmony Gold USA are preparing to introduce a new comic based on Robotech as well as a re-release the library of existing Robotech comics. The new comic will be written by Brian Wood with a standard covery by Stanley “ArtGerm” Lau and "Retro" cover by series veterans John and Jason Waltrip. Check out the preview after the jump.
While there still hasn't been anything specific officially announced, with advanced tickets going on sale, Sumida, Tokyo's TOHO Cinemas Kinshicho has listed a September 30th open date for the first part of the Fate/stay night[Heaven's Feel] anime movie trilogy. More after the jump.
Streaming service Hulu has notified viewers that it will be carrying five additional anime from the Gundam mecha franchise starting February 20th. These include 1996 ground-war Universal Century OVA Mobile Suit Gundam: 08th MS Team, '96's sixth series installment Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, the remastered edition of 2002's ninth installment, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, 2002's Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and 2015 prequel OVA Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin.
This Sunday was the winter edition of the twice-yearly Wonder Festival figures event, and creator/distributor Good Smile Company, as ever, had LOTS of upcoming chibi-style Nendoroids to figure. The bevy of subjects included everything from Fullmetal Alchemist to Tanya the Evil. Get a look after the jump.
Last fall, THE [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS 4thLIVE TriCastle Story event at Saitama Super Arena announced plans for a 2017 anime adaptation of [email protected] - Cinderella Girls Theater. The series of 5-panel gag manga strips goof on the lives of the game's idols, often exploring the context of illustrations for their S and SR cards. Today, plans were updated with news that the series of shorts starts on April 4th.
At this weekend's Katsucon event, North American publisher Vertical announced a slate of new licenses. This included novel Anime Supremacy by Mizuki Tsujimura, Imperfect Shoujo by Nisioisin(Monogatari) and Mitsuru Hattori (Sankarea), Hikaru Nakamura's 2004-2015 Arakawa Under the Bridge and Mizu Sahara's 2004 adaptation of Makoto Shinkai's Voices of A Distant Star.
On February 19th, Bungo Stray Dogs cast Yūto Uemura (Atsushi Nakajima), Mamoru Miyano (Osamu Dazai), Yoshimasa Hosoya (Doppo Kunikida), Hiroshi Kamiya (Ranpo Edogawa), Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Junichirō Tanizaki), Kenshō Ono (Rūnosuke Akutagawa), and Kishō Taniyama (Chūya Nakahara) reunited along with theme song performers Granrodeo with Luck Life and Screen Mode at Yokohama Pacifico for a live-event.
Aniplex of America announced today at their industry panel at Anime Milwaukee (Milwaukee,WI), their plans to premiere -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 3: REIKETSU in the U.S,distributed by AZOLAND PICTURES in the original Japanese language with English subtitles. Aniplex of America also confirmed that theater patrons will receive an exclusive giveaway item with each purchased ticket while supplies last. More after the jump.
At this Sunday's Winter edition Wonder Festival figure event, Good Smile Company rolled out a big new licensing agreement for their Nendoroid super-deformed line. Joining the likes of Star Wars, DC and Marvel design is Disney/Pixar with princess, attractions and blockbusters, including Winnie-the-Pooh, Ariel, Sulley & Boo, Mike & Boo, Jack Skellington, Jack Sparrow, Woody, Buzz, Tinker Bell, Rapunzel, and Belle.