Last fall, Anime De Training! Ex presented five girls, aiming to become idols, who lead the viewer through practicing various types of training, such as push-ups, sit-ups, back extensions, dance, yoga, stretch, trunk training, and Tai Chi. Today, there was some good news for fans looking to get in shape for the 2016 holidays. They're back, returning in October with Eri Suzuki joining the crew as Sakura. More after the jump.
After giving fans an early look with a banner hung up at the studio, Kyoto Animation published a preview of a bunch of determined looking band ladies in a new site visual for Sound! Euphonium. Check it out after the jump.
With Silver Mine wrapped up, it's now time for the One Piece anime to return its attention to material from Eiichiro Oda's manga. Specifically, the Zou Arc kicks off in July 31's episode 751. Preparing for this, casting for three of the major figures from the newly introduced Mink Tribe have been announced. See who's who after the jump.
Starting on April 1st and leading into the July 29th opening of Toho's new Godzilla movie, co-directed by Hideaki Anno (Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Heisei Gamera series, Attack on Titan), a series of art pieces have matching the series. The latest features Gainax vet Akira Amemiya and Yuji Kaneko's take on Godzilla meeting the pilots. Meanwhile, a new set of merchandise feature Asuka as the King of Kaiju.
It's almost time for this week's Thunderbolt Fantasy, and Namaniku ATK (Chaika the Coffin Princess, HaruChika), an artist with the puppet's original character designers at Nitro+ has again hyped the series with his take on the cast. This time, the subject is Night Devil Forest necromancer Xíng Hài, and this gives Namaniku ATK an opportunity to live up to his name. Get a look after the jump.
An early look at Shounen Magazine has revealed plans for a TV anime adaptation of Kouji Seo's (Suzuka, Kimi no Iru Machi) 2014 ongoing relationship drama/comedy Fuuka. More after the jump.
Live through death. Die for cuteness. Good Smile Company has launched pre-order for their first Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress figure with a super deformed Nendoroid of the mysterious fighting girl who goes by the name "Mumei." Check it out after the jump.
Yen Press had a pair of new manga licenses to announce this week with news that the publisher has picked up Spirit & Cat Ears and A Kiss and White Lily for Her. The first volumes of both of these titles will be added to their February 2017. More after the jump.
Following the initial announcement at San Diego Comic Con, anime/manga distributor VIZ Media has discussed their collaboration with Rooster Teeth, the Austin, TX-based entertainment and media company behind the globally acclaimed animated series RWBY, called the first western anime series to be distributed to Japan. More after the jump.
Anime distributor Sentai Filmworks and pop culture apparel developer Ripple Junction to bring a new line of merchandise to mass market and specialty retailers across the country, including, Hot Topic. The new line of merchandise will feature titles from the Sentai Filmworks catalog like My Love Story as well as titles from the Spring 2016 lineup, including Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, Onigiri, Flying Witch, Bakuon!!, and RIN-NE.
Netflix's streaming plans for August 2016 have been published. Of note, Glitter Force season 2, the continuation of Saban's localized version of 2012's Smile PreCure! ,joins the offering on August 26th. On the flip side, Death Note (2006), Naruto Shippûden the Movie: Bonds (2008) and Naruto Shippuden: The Movie (2007) are out on the 31st. More after the jump.
Now that Pokémon Go is out in Japan, it's had some time to inspire (or distract) some of manga's notable creators. Among the notables checking in with their tributes are Serial Experiments Lain original character designer/doujinshi author Yoshitoshi ABe, Tokyo Ghoul's Sui Ishida, Dagashi Kashi's Kotoyama and ONE, creator of the original One-Punch Man web manga and Mob Psycho 100. Get a look after the jump.
Coming in December, pending licensing approval, online nerd gear retailer ThinkGeek is hard at work trying to make your dreams of cuddling with a giant, slothful bear monster come true. This Snorlax bean bag Pokémon chair measures almost 4 feet head to toe and over 2 feet across and is available for pre-order at $149.99. Get a look after the jump.
The Japan Animator Expo showcase of shorts from Dwango and Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara, has announced plans to return for a new short, to screen theatrically for one week starting October 15 at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 and Osaka's Umeda Burg 7 and be offered on Blu-ray. Rebuild of Evangelion's Studio Khara will be producing this Reboot of Headgear's realistic police mecha series Patlabor.
This week's Naruto Shippuden episode 469 is a back story. BUT, it's not conventional filler. It's a Masashi Kishimoto story with something that he debuted at the Kishimoto Masashi Naruto Ten (Exhibition) last spring. More after the jump.