It's been 15 years since Makoto Raiku's Makoto Raiku started action manga Zatch Bell! in Shonen Sunday. There hasn't been that much to celebrate the anniversary. There's days, Makoto Raiku is working on Vector Ball, haven't wrapped up 2009's 14 volume Animal Land. Still, Zatch Bell! is getting revisited in a pair on G.E.M. series figures, which will be exhibited at November 26th's Mega Hobby Autumn Expo 2016.
LINE's store is now offering a set of stamps featuring characters and quotes from Re:Zero. Japanese app users can now express themselves with messages featuring, of course, protagonist Subaru, along with Emilia, Rem and Ram, plus Puck, Betty, Roswaal, Ms. Bowel Hunter and even Subaru's dragon buddy. Get a look after the jump.
Funimation has announced the plans for their second fall SimulDub series. 91 Days premieres on Sunday, October 23 at 9:00pm ET, on FunimationNow, and to prepare for it, they announced the series' English cast. More after the jump.
How many anime series do you watch per season? Really watch. Not just sample. College student-centric site Gakumado asked its readers how many anime series they follow during the course of a cour/quarterly cycle. Get the figures after the jump.
You might be wondering if Izetta: The Last Witch can fit a world war into 12 episodes of anime. According to reports from a screening, it's going to have to, as attendees explained that the show's producer told the audience that the series has a great end for this run, with no split cour or second season in the works.
After this season's adaptation of The Great Passage (Fune o Amu) - a novel about the production of a dictionary, in winter, Fuji TV's alt-audience anime block Noitamina will be running an anime adaptation Mengo Yokoyari's Big Gangan seinen relationship manga Scum's Wish. An early look at the staff reveals that Masaomi Ando (White Album 2, Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse) will helm the Lerche production.
Here's a somewhat fraught subject. Goo Rankings asked Japanese anime fans to name their favorite otokonoko - a term more applicable to otaku culutre, fictional characters and performative appearance than gender identity IRL. In a new poll, they asked Japanese fans to name their favorite male character who looks or dresses in a female fashion. See who they picked after the jump.
This year marked the 30th anniversary of career debut of manga author Kōsuke Fujishima (1986-92's You're Under Arrest, 1998-2014's Oh My Goddess!, designs for Sakura Wars, Tales Of and more). This was celebrated with art book Boku to Kanojo to Norimono to ("Me, My Girlfriend, and Our Rides"). And, that has now inspired a new figure from Good Smile Company. Get a look after the jump.
RWBY Volume 4 premieres October 22 on Rooster Teeth. To prepare for the return, Rooster Teeth has put together a recap of what's occured with Ruby, Weiss, Blake and Yang, and the story of their journey to become protectors of the world of Remnant. With this are a series of World of Remnant mini-episodes in which Qrow walks view through the four Kingdoms of the world (Vacuo, Atlas, Mistral and Vale) from his... perspective.
Poor kimokawaii Mimikyu. It's not the Sun and Moon introduction's fault that the Pokémon is more than a bit creepypasta. But, you can be a friend. A Pokémon Halloween site has launched in Japan allowing fans to join in by posting to Twitter, Instagram and Vine with tags #ミミッキュのお友達 (Friends of Mimikyu) and #ミミッキュ (Mimikyu). More after the jump.
10 years after the Death Note murders, six Death Notes fall to the human world. Two people inherit the DNA of Light Yagami and L, and a deadly new game of cat-and-mouse begins. Death Note: Light up the NEW World, the new movie inspired by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's manga, opens in Australia and New Zealand November 10. Preparing for the release, local distributor Madman has posted an English subtitled trailer.
It's the time of year for those horror releases, and for Shonen Gahosha, this includes the first collection of Nozomu Tamaki's Soul Liquid Chambers. You might know Tamaki from the popular Dance In the Vampire. For the new series, which debuted in Young King Ours GH this spring, the cyborg gothic lolita versus the undead action horror moves events to the contaminated landscapes of the 22nd century.
What is sometimes called "chibi" character designs can be referred to as "super deformed" or "SD" for short, or, alternatively, "nitoushin" (Japanese for "2-head size"). Well, character goods maker Di molto bene has introduced "Nipaishin," a new design style, where the character is deformed to just be a head and chest. And, after releases of keychains, they are now ready to apply this to a palm-sized Super Sonico figure.
Plans for 5pb.'s (Steins;Gate) Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- DEATH OR KISS visual novel have been updated with news that Konomi Suzuki, who sung first anime them, "Redo," will sing the game's opening "yell! Kuchibiru kara Hajimaru Mahou (yell! magic starts with a kiss)", while Inori Minase (Rem) and Rie Murakawa (Ram) are on ending "Dai Dai Daisuki." More after the jump.
GKIDS, has announced that Miss Hokusai, the anime movie from the award-winning director Keiichi Hara (Colorful), expands to over 80+ theaters this weekend. Animation connoisseurs can catch the beautiful Edo-period story when it hits select theaters, including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and Las Vegas, on October 21st. More after the jump.