As Universal Studios Japan's "Cool Japan" Evangelion, Attack on Titan, Resident Evil and Monster Hunter attactions go into their second week,has posted a look at the AoT Cloneoids. These life-sized figures of Levi, Mikasa and Armin are made with "the world's most advanced technique to recreate humans" and walk visitors through the "Female Titan Capture Operation" experience. Get a look after the jump.
Hatsune Miku returns to Vocaloid developer Crypton Future Media's home town for the 66th Sapporo Snow Festival. In additition to "live" performances on February 7th and 8th, a booth with exhibit and merchandise, and other promotions, Miku's sixth visit to the winter event of course features a frozen sculpture. This year, the Snow Bell Ver. Miku will be displayed in Chuo-ku, Sapporo's Odori Park February 5-11. Check out the work after the jump.
Along with confirmation of the cast listing, Aniplex has posted a new, second preview for spring 2015 anime Plastic Memories. The original near-future, robot girl slice of life sci-fi about "encounters and separations" features a collaboration between Infinite Stratos original character designer and illustrator of the first seven light novels' first edition okiura and MAGES.' Steins;Gate writer Naotaka Hayashi.
Katsuhiro Otomo, the artist best known as the creator of the Akira sci-fi manga and anime, has won France's Angoulême International Comics Festival’s Grand Prix. Otomo topped British comic writer Alan Moore and Belgian artist Hermann in the final round of the annual election honoring the lifetime work of a living comic creator. He succeeds last year's winner, Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson.
After a March 2009 crossover TV special, anime/manga's top criminal and crime solver met up in a 2013 Lupin The 3rd VS Detective Conan anime movie. This feature, which broke the box office record for Conan movies, is now streaming on Hulu courtesy of TMS Ent. More after the jump.
Along with usual suspects liks Attack on Titan (volume 1 was #1 on January 4th and hovering around top, joined by volume 2 of spin-off No Regrets), Kingdom Hearts (KH II volume 3 was #1 on January 11th) and Sword Art Online (Fairy Dance volume 2 was #1 January 25th) a couple of differant names made it to the top of the New York Times Manga Best Seller list this month. More after the jump.
In Decemeber, alt-audience anime programming block Noitamina opened a poll to allow fans to select the content of Fan Best theme song collection. Along with today's airing of the block, they announced the music that will be collected in a package that features: DISC 1+2: 30 tracks (Full Version), DISC 3: 30 tracks (TV Size) and DISC 4 (Blu-ray): Creditless OP/ED Videos. Get a look after the jump.
With the release of the Megami Magazine announcing plans for a second season of Is the Order a Rabbit? anime, the series Twitter feed has posted a special visual heralding the news. Returning director Hiroyuki Hashimoto chimed in, thanking fans for their support and asking them to read the magazine for an interview. Get a look after the jump.
Tamayura, Junichi Sato's iyashikei (healing) schoolgirl anime series which has featured an OVA in 2010 and a TV season in 2011 and then 2013's Tamayura - More Aggressive last summer, is set to chronicle the final year of its subjects' high school experience in four theatrical anime staring in spring 2015. A new trailer has accompanied the release plans for the anime. More after the jump.
Last fall, Sega teamed up with Dengeki to celebrate the light novel publisher's 20th anniversary with crossover 2D fighting game Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, ported to the PlayStation 3 and Vita after its arcade run. Now, Sega has announced that this meeting of popular characters from Dengeki series, set against Sega-themed worlds, is coming to North America and Europe this summer. More after the jump.
The PlayStation 4 demo for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battlefollow-up, Eyes of Heaven, is out in Japan today, and along with it Bandai Namco has posted a set of gameplay videos. The fighting game, coming to PlayStation 3 and 4, introduces "Steel Ball Run" antagonist Diego Brando, voiced by Takehito Koyasu, and "Battle Tendency" antihero Rudol von Stroheim, voiced by Atsushi Imaruoka along with a new Dual Heat Attacks team-up system.
New York International Children's Film Festival has laid out their 2015 line-up, which includes a February 27th, opening night presentation of the North American premiere of Studio Ghibli's When Marnie was There at the Director's Guild of America Theatre. An encore will be presented March 7th at New York's SVA Theatre. More after the jump.
After successful Kickstarter campaigns to crowdfund English releases of "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka's Captain Ken, Unico, Atomcat and Triton of the Sea, and, recently, Ludwig B (as well as the ambitious miss on raising $380,000 towards releasing 31 volumes of work), Digital Manga Publishing has launched an initiative to raise $29,200 to fund a release of an English translation of Tezuka's two-volume Alabaster. More after the jump.
Aniplex of America announced today their plans to begin distributions for the imported Aldnoah.Zero Original Soundtrack on February 10th. Pre-orders are now being accepted on the official homepage at www.AldnoahZeroUSA.com and through official retailers. More after the jump.
In December, besides the Angel Beats! plans, a Aniplex x Key conference revealed plans for a P.A. Works animated original anime named Charlotte. At the time, informaiton included its contributions from Angel Beats! scenario writer Jun Maeda and original character designer Na-Ga. Now, this week's Dengeki G's Magazine March issue is describing the premise and leads. More after the jump.