Weekly Shonen Magazine has some big plans to kick off June. Next week's issue has Fairy Tail's Hiro Mashima and Atsushi Ōkubo, author of Soul Eater and the new Fire Brigade of Flame, teaming up for a special conversation and crossover color art. Additionally, the magazine is talking up a significant announcement concerning Hikaru Katsuki's tennis manga Baby Steps, the winner of 38th Kodansha Manga Award in the Best Shōnen Manga category and source for 2014 and 2015 TV anime.
The global release of Blizzard's new action-shooting game Overwatch hit Japan along yesterday, with Square Enix handling the local version. Early indication suggests that it's well recieve, or at least well hyped internationally. And, for the localization, they got high marks for casting recognizable voice actors, especially for the female cast. The waifu shooter definitely has a lot of talent with strong waifu resumes. See who's who after the jump.
Among the folks excited by this season's anime adaptation of fantasy light novel series Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- is so-bin, the artist on the Overlord novels that inspired last summer's anime. This resulted in an impressive illustration of heroine Emilia, posted to Twitter. Get a look after the jump.
Kazurou Inoue, the author known for Midori Days, a 2002-2004 manga about a tough teenage guy whose "demon" right hand is replaced with a spirit/upper body of a comatose girl who loved him, adapted into a 2004 anime, has launched his newest manga. Out today in the 7/1 issue of Shounen Sunday S, Outrage Girl Shiomi follows a cool, savage new heroine, who is secretly a feared crime boss who underwent plastic surgery to become a beautiful teenage girl.
New York based band Anamanaguchi, who have been opening for Hatsune Miku on the Miku Expo 2016 North America Tour, have teamed up with the blue-haired virtual singer for their newly released single, appropriately titled "Miku." More after the jump.
Ahead of a feature in this week's issue of Japanese game magazine Famitsu, the publication's site posted some teaser shots from the recently teased visual novel based on spring 2015 anime Plastic Memories, which started as 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. The release from MAGES/5pb. is also listed for the PS Vita.
Yomiuri Telecasting Corp's international sales page, introducing anime such as Inuyasha, Detective Conan, Black Jack and City Hunter, as well as other broadcast media and genres to international licensors, has posted an English page for this year's adaptation of Kiri Wazawa's comedy web manga series Fukigen na Mononokean (The Morose Mononokean). More after the jump.
Digital comics platform Comixology, which has historically sold issues and volumes of comics, has launched subscription service "Unlimited." Currently limited to the US, for $5.99 a month (with a 30 day limited trial offer), subscribers can use their browser or a Comixology app to "borrow" any of select issues and collections.
Professional manga creation is no career for wimps. If it's not deadlines, schedules and the demands of fans and editors, it's chronic back pain, intestinal distress, a jacked up ankle, or even Vocaloid earworms. This week, the author comment section of Shonen Jump pained a picture of a group of creators who weren't just buried in work, but also contending with an especially wide range of ailments.
With promotion now trumpeting this fall's theatrical anime adaptation of Yoshitoki Ōima's acclaimed A Silent Voice (aka Koe no Katachi), Weekly Shonen Magazine has begun teasing her next week. Planned for fall, the fantasy, the currently unnamed series promises a heart wrenching perspective on "gentleness" and "serverity." Get a look after the jump.
An early look at plans for Yumi Nakata's erotic comedy manga Okusama ga Seitokaicho!/My Wife Is the Student Council President! has the second season of the TV anime adaptation (which adds a "+!" to the end of the title) planned for fall 2016. Along with this listing, a "Slight H Fan Zine" is a planned bonus for volume 10, our July 27th. More after the jump.
The sky above the Chikuma Bridge in Nagano serves as the backdrop to the six teenage leads in the newly unveiled main visual for summer's TV anime adaptation Ichigo Takano's manga Orange. Get a look after the jump.
This week's release of the June issue of Big Gangan is announcing plans for Toki, the spin-off to Ritz Kobayashi's schoolgirl mahjong manga Saki. The new series debuts in the July issue of the magazine, out June 25th, with Mekimeki Oukoku illustrating and Ritz Kobayashi writing/supervising. More after the jump.
It's time for the prelude to summer's big events. And, as America's Anime Expo, San Diego Comic Con and the like begin to turn up the hype, so are Japan's notable gatherings. Towards this, the summer edition of the major figure event, Wonder Festival, taking place July 24th at Chiba's Makuhari Messe, has unveiled the latest edition of mascots Wonda-chan and Reset-chan. Get a look after the jump.
Cosplay notables VampyBitMe and Livia Chu (along with a cameo by Yoshi Sudarso, the blue ranger from Power Rangers Dino Charge) square off as Alice Nakiri and Ikumi Mito in a Shokugeki (a cooking duel) recreation of the culinary action from Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma. Check out the results after the jump.