In 2013, James Harvey's Bartkira Project was a comics event where every participant takes five pages from the original Akira manga, to collectively redraw Katsuhiro Otomo's entirety of the work in their own styles with characters from The Simpsons. Given the parameters, it took almost 500 international participants to get through the six volumes of the original epic. The work is getting more attention with an exhibit at non-neo Tokyo's Gallery Hakusen.
The third and final volume of the Ryou Akizuki illustrated Kill La Kill manga was released in Japan this week. Along with this, pre-orders launched for the third volume of Saki Nonoyama's modern-Japan set alternate universe Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - Otoko Doahou! Hen manga, featuring a limited edition with a special variant of the Fräulein Revoltech 010 Yoko Littner figure. A selection of participating bookstores are promoting these with special crossover art.
Distribution plans have been laid out for Ninja Slayer From Animation with the Trigger adaptation of "Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez'"s Japanese take on the American take on Japanese sci-fi and martial arts light novel series streaming globally starting April 16th, 2015, followed by a 2016 Japanese TV broadcast. More after the jump.
Bandai's latest play on adorably cute Beargguy is a set of four 1/144th scale Puchigguy kits based on Gundam Build Fighters Try's second ending. Winning Year, Burning Red, Lightnight Blue and Mirai/Future Pink are selling for 540yen each with display base ahead of a May release. Get a look after the jump.
Kancolle, meet can opener. Aniplex Mobile is gearing up for Kaden Shoujo, a free-to-play puzzle RPG for iOS and Android devices, launching this spring. In the year 20XX, a mysterious portal opened, producing chips that gave life to over 100 types of consumer electronics girls. Now, they must match colored chips to stay powered and fuel the skill used to fight off an the forces of an evil electronics factory.
The latest bit of hype leading up to the April 12th premiere of the TV anime adaptation of Miki Yoshikawa's supernatural/romantic comedy manga Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches concerns the series' themes. Announced with this week's release of their new live performance DVD, the trio WEAVER are on the series' opening "Kuchizuke Diamond." Meanwhile, Mimi Meme MIMI, illustrated alter-ego of Yuki Takao, voice of the series' Maria Sarashima, is on the ending "Candy Magic."
Viz has announced that Sui Ishida's Tokyo Ghoul manga will make its highly anticipated English debut on March 17th on digital platforms that include their Vizmanga.com site and apps, as well as eBook formats including Nook, Kindle, Kobo, comiXology, iBooks and GooglePlay stores. It's joined by digital premieres and rescue licenses of Spell of Desire, Calling You, Girls Bavo, Ratman and Someday's Dreamers: Spellbound. More after the jump.
Yu-Gi-Oh! is getting a bit of a jump start on 20th anniversary celebrations. While Kazuki Takahashi's manga didn't start until September of 1996, the early festivities include a new edit of Duel Monster Battle City, starting on TV Tokyo April 7th. A site promoting the spring anime launched today.
In Japan, March 3rd is Hinamatsuri, or Doll Festival, a tradition in which dolls are dressed up in the attire of the Heian period imperial court and displayed on a tiered, red carpeted platform. At the end of February, the Kancolle removed its Valentine's goodies in favor Hinamatsuri-themed furniture such as the "Gorgeous four-stage doll decoration" and "Nagato and Mutsu dolls." Meanwhile, the Madoka Magica Mobage game returned with a new set of designs to celebrate.
Pitched to men in their 30's Kirin Mets Cola is supposed to allow aging guys to offset some of their bad eating and drinking habits with a soda that's carbinated, free of artificial sweetners and boasting a form of dextrin that is supposed to act a a fiber supplement and restricts the body's ability to absorb fat when eating. And, what better way to target this nostalgia susceptible crowd that with a bit of DBZ.
Medical and hygiene product manufacturer Hakujuji, which previously teamed up for anime productions with series like Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions and Gintama, has now launched a promotion with KanColle. Along with Ikazuchi Inazuma and Fubuki art, the campaign features a chance to win face towels, tote bags, t-shirts and vacuum flask scanning purchased products with a smartphone app, or win a branded first-aid kit by helping to get the word out on Twitter. Get a look after the jump.
Finally, there's a Saber figure ready for your collection! This one is Saber of "Red" from Yuuichirou Higashide and Ototsugu Konoe's Fate/Apocrypha parallel world light novels, not to be confused with the Saber from the game Fate/Extra, often referred to as Red Saber. Get a look after the jump.
News about an upcoming anime adaptation continues to be announced with new volumes of Lance N' Masques, the action light novel series by Hideaki Koyasu (writer on the GJ Club and YuruYuri anime) and illustrator Shino (Sunday Without God), with cooperation from Studio Gokumi concerning chivalry in contemporary Japan and the 21st century's last surviving Knight of the World. With volume four, the cast has been revealed.
Teased in the last issue, this week's issue 14 of Shonen Magazine announces that the anime adaptation of baseball series Ace of the Diamond is returning for another outing, appropriate for the sport, schedule for April, and appropriately titled Ace of the Diamond - Second Season. More after the jump.
About a year after going from publishing his music online and bringing it to Comiket to producing his first major release, Revo (Attack on Titan), composed a "Poca Felicità" image album for Gunslinger Girl. Manga author Yu Aida illustrated the album art, and cast from the tragic series' anime adaptation provided the vocals. Now, almost a decade after its December 2005 release, a re-release is on the way.