Kugane Maruyama and so-bin's nine-volume Overlord fantasy light novel series is enjoying quite a bump from this season's Madhouse anime adaptation. Going into today's broadcast of episode five, an announcement boasted that Enterbrain's books are getting a 600,000 copy reprint run, pushing the total count over the one million milestone. More after the jump.
Noboru Iguchi, AV filmmaker turned director of over-the-top and gross-out flicks like Zombie Ass, Machine Girl and Robogeisha, has been introduced as the director of an upcoming TV drama adaptation of Akira Hiramoto's award-winning Prison School manga. More after the jump.
In the final day of its month-long KickStarter campaign, Studio 4°C's (TekkonKinkreet, Genius Party, the Berserk movies, the newer Thundercats) effort to raise $150,000 to crowdfund production of the "Red Ash –Magicicada"- anime short passed its goal, and then some! Wrapping up today, the project raised $162,882 in pledges from 1,869 backers. More after the jump.
For a limited, 24-hour period, TOHO animation is presenting the fourth Himouto! Umaru-chan short. The Dragon Ball spoof be offered as a bonus feature on the summer anime's second Blu-ray collection, set to be released in Japan October 26th. Get a look after the jump.
The Japan Animator Expo showcase of shorts presented by Dwango and Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara has announced that the second short of its third season will be Showa-era throwback "Comedy Skit 1989" by Kazuto Nakazawa, known for his work as the character designer and an animator on Samurai Champloo and as an animator on Kill Bill's anime sequence.
Early pre-order for the Japanese release of the second season Blu-ray set to Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] close August 10th, and to get fans on board before the incentive deadline, some new details were announced about the release. The collection, which features 13 episodes with English subtitles, soundtrack CD, drama CD and 50-page production booklet, will also include a 10 minute short of the visual novel's "Sunny Day."
Sword Art Online Volume 16: Alicization Exploding is set to be released August 8th and light novel author Reki Kawahara is back on social media talking up abec's art for the second volume in the War of the Underworld sub-arc of the Alicization arc. After previously mentioning the inclusion of new illustrations of Asuna's Final Form, he's now offering a look at the cover from his sample copy. Get a look after the jump.
No maid cafes for Prison School! Starting August 3rd, and running through the end of September, this season's anime adaptation of Akira Hiramoto's award winning Prison School manga is teaming up with the Lockup theme restaurant chain for a special anime inspired menu, along with character coasters and a free introduction booklet. Get a look after the jump.
Chiller's new anime block, featuring Wednesday night broadcasts of Is This a Zombie?, Tokyo Majin, Devil May Cry and Black Blood Brothers may not have survived the summer, or even a full month. After its less than stellar ratings, fans have noticed that the programming that launched of the US horror network July 15th is replaced in its 12:00am slot by Tower Block this coming week, then Steve Niles' Remains.
It looks like the old school Gainax gang might really be getting back together for the 2016 Toho Godzilla movie. A March announcement revealed that Evangelion's Hideaki Anno will serve as chief Director/Writer of the film while friend, Gainax co-founder, Eva writer/storyboard artist, tokusatsu guru and now live action Attack on Titan director Shinji Higuchi as the secondary director and main special effects director. Now, it looks like Mahiro Maeda might be involved too!
Studio 4°C's KickStarter campaign seeking $150,000 to crowdfund production of the "Red Ash –Magicicada"- anime short is down to its final day, and for the home stretch, it's announced that music producer Rashad Haughton will be providing the main theme. Haughton and Studio 4°C were previously both involved in short CGI animation "Love Like Aliens" (winner of the VFX Japan Award and the Special Jury Prize at Asian Film Festival Dallas).
Happy 44th birthday to Yoshitoshi ABe, the graffiti artist turned Serial Experiments Lain character designer and author of Square Enix's nine volume ongoing everyday life of an imaginative young girl manga Ryushika Ryushika. Last week he previewed the doujinshi that he will be bringing to August 14-16's Comiket 88, which includes his latest seasonal look at the everyday life of KanColle's Kitakami.
Sekai Project has announced the launch of visual novel turned free-to-play clicking game Sakura Click on digital distribution platform Steam. Winged Cloud's game is presented with English interface and subtitles along with Japanese audio and boasts 800+ monster moans heard as you try to subdue your adversaries with the power of your mouse.
Sentai Filmworks' first title, Akame Ga Kill! joins Adult Swim's Toonami programming on August 8th, and with the violent action show set to premiere next weekend, a promo ran with this week's broadcast. Get a look after the jump.
With the inclusion of Canada and Sweden as Observer Nations, it was 28 nations/regions that gathered to crown the champions of the 2014 World Cosplay Summit. Thousands gathered to watch the contestants join the annual parade to the Osu Kannon temple, and following being judged by a panel, Team Mexico came out on top! Get a look after the jump.