While there were certainly ways to circumvent the rules, import of Japanese media was banned from South Korea until the 90's.These days, anime certainly as a following, and, pay-TV service Aniplus asked its fans to help pick their favorites characters in a second annual, co-ed tournement.
Posable figma of two very different character types have gone on sale over the last couple of days. Hobby Stock will be distributing Free!'s Makoto Tachibana in April, selling for 5,000yen. Meanwhile, Good Smile Company is offering Girls Und Panzer's Mako Reizei for 4,630yen, shipping in May. Get a look after the jump.
While more from the Seraph of the End anime is slated to be revealed at this weekend's Jump Festa event, Japanese blogs have picked up an eary look at some of the character designs for Miyu Irino voiced Yūichirō Hyakuya, Takahiro Sakurai's Ferid Bathory and Saori Hayami's Shinoa Hiragi. Get a look after the jump.
Screen Daily has posted their discussion with Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno from this fall's Tokyo International Film Festival. Going into the event, Studio Ghibli co-founder, producer and former president Toshio Suzuki called Anno a next-Miyzaki, saying that Anno "will be the one to lead Japanese animation into the next decade." Anno discounted this. And, he discounted working with Western creators.
Now scheduled to start January Friday, January 23rd on Tokyo MX, with a preview screen of episode 1 scheduled for Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku, the character designs for Isuca's lead cast have been published. The anime Osamu Takahashi's school action love comedy manga about financially distressed young man who takes work doing odd-jobs for the heir to the family of an exorcist, and ends up assisting her supernatural creature hunting. Get a look after the jump.
The Japanese release of Sailor Moon Crystal continues with the January 14th limited edition of volume 4, featuring upgrades versions of episodes 7 and 8, audio comentary from Shizuka Itou (Sailor Venus) and Kenji Nojima (Tuxedo Mask), 24 page booklet and Jupiter transformation wand charm. Check out the new cover art preview after the jump.
With fantasy anime Dogs Days set to return for a third season (Dog Days") in January, a third character ad focuses on the new, Sumire Uesaka (Cross Ange's Momoka, Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu's Tail Red) voiced Shura. Get a look after the jump.
After missing 2014, Code Geass: Akito The Exiled finally kicks off its second half with the May 2nd, 2015 premiere of episode 3, "The Brightness Falls," to be followed by the finale on July 4th. A new preview is set to Maaya Sakamoto's "More than Words." Get a look after the jump.
Along with a color front page , next week's Shonen Jump features the results of One Piece's 5th character popularity poll. In it, Nico Robin drops out of the top 10 after enjoying positions in the upper ranks for the last two polls. Law makes a big jump from his debut at #10, while Bartolomeo and especially Sabo make impressive debuts. Get a look after the jump.
Following a string of "something weird is coming" teasers, FUNimation revealed that their winter simulcast plans include the anime adaptation of Shonen Jump hit Assassination Classroom. The episode will be available on their streaming service January 9th at 1pm ET with new episodes following every Friday at 12:20pm ET. More after the jump.
Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its April slate of releases; including Sentai Filmworks’ sci-fi fantasy series Nobunaga the Fool, as well as new licenses She, The Ultimate Weapon and DD Fist of the North Star. Get the details after the jump.
FUNimation has announced that they have picked up the home video rights to the Nobunagun winter 2014 anime TV series. Nobunagun will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in summer of 2015. More after the jump.
Yesterday, Sekai Project officially launched its Kickstarter to crowdfund the release of the The Fruit of Grisaia visual novel trilogy in English. The $160,000 goal was met in 14 hours and 30 minutes. Then, the stretch goal for comedy spin-off Idol Magical Girl Chiruchiru ☆ Michiru was achieved. To celebrate this success, they've posted a special sketch from Fruit (and Monogatari) character designer Akio Watanabe. Get a look after the jump.
Sentai Filmworks has announced the license of Hayate the Combat Butler: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. Based on the popular title published serially in Shonen Sunday and with animation production by manglobe Inc. (Samurai Champloo), this third season of the Hayate forges a new path with an original anime story based on a series concept by original author Kenjirou Hata. More after the jump.
This Thursday's Noitamina anime programming block ran the first ad to feature animated footage of the 2015 anime movie adaptation of sci-fi author Project Itoh's Harmony. Takashi Nakamura (Fantastic Children, Akira animation director and character designer) and Michael Arias (Tekkon Kinkreet) helm the STUDIO4 ℃ (Tekkon Kinkreet, Berserk movies) production with redjuice providing original character design. Check out the preview after the jump.