Today's Aniplex of America’s Sword Art Online Panel at Sakura-Con in Seattle, featuring special appearances by Director Tomohiko Ito, Character Designer Shingo Adachi and Producer Shinichiro Kashiwada, confirmed that the Sword Art Online II anime will see a worldwide simulcast. More after the jump.
Love Live's Umi Sonoda got a lot of birthday love last month, but maybe because the anime's new season has started up, or maybe because there are lots of tomato fans out there, but social media really lighted up for the April 19th birthday of Maki Nishikino. Check it out after the jump.
North America publisher Dark Horse has announced their plans for July comics and September books. With CLAMP's Drug & Drop coming from the publisher in 2015, an omnibus of its predecessor Legal Drug is scheduled for September. Their release of the second collection of the anticipated Lone Wolf and Cub sequel is also planned for the month. More after the jump.
At this weekend's Sakuracon in Seattle, FUNimation announced release plans for Fairy Tail, Hetalia, Ben-To! and A Certain Scientific Railgun S, with dub casts for the latter too. Check out the details after the jump.
The new May issue of Ultra Jump, out in Japan April 19th, sees the launch of a manga telling the story of the Steins;Gate time travel visual novel from the perspective of mad scientist Okabe Rintaro's childhood friend Mayuri Shiina. More after the jump.
Released last month, "Amnesia" is the first full album from singer/songwriter Handsome Kenya, with a second disc featuring re-recordings of his indie songs. His motto is “ironically depicting modern society while living in harmony with it,” and you can see a bit of that in his romp through manga for the "Random" music video, the web edit of which has just been posted by label Victor Entertainment. Get a look after the jump.
Leading into Golden Week is Niconico Chokaigi 3, a big scale fan event at the Makuhari Messe convention hall, featuring various interesting perfomances, like a Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Central Band tribute to Dragon Quest. The theme song to the event is the Vocaloid Six hyped for RPG adventuring in "Party x Party." Get a look after the jump.
With a DVD/Blu-ray set of Code:Breaker coming June 24th, FUNimation has previewed the English dub of Code:Breaker, the adaptation of the manga by Samurai Deeper Kyo creator's Akimine Kamijyō, written and directed by Fullmetal Alchemist's Yasuhiro Irie. Check it out after the jump.
Aniplex of America announced today at their industry panel at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington, their plans to produce an English dub of Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, and that, along with Bang Zoom! Entertainment, they plan to hold open auditions for the anime at this year’s Anime Expo. More after the jump.
Sentinel have been making a name for themselves lately, getting in early with an Attack on Titan Levi statue, previewing an AoT sword iPhone case, and impressing with their RIOBOT mecha series. They now an iPhone case based on Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes' iDROID that is anything but subtle due in late October. Get a look after the jump.
The latest news concerning summer's Sword Art Online II anime is that Eir Aoi, singer of the previous anime installment's second opening, as well as the Extra Edition, will be returning for the sequel anime's theme song. More after the jump.
The site for the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam THE ORIGIN anime has been updated with a look at the character designs for Casval Rem Deikun, Artesia Som Deikun, Zeon Zum Deikun, Jimba Ral and Degwin Sodo Zabi. Check them out after the jump.
A new Ninja Slayer movie has been posted to promote the latest novel, "Pistol Karate Kesshitai." While it doesn't reflect the announced Trigger TV anime, "Katana Sword And Oiran Sorcery" is amazing none the less. Check it out after the jump.
On April 25th, Japanese burger chain Lotteria launches the next phase of its Attack on Titan collaboration. With the purchase of cheeseburger or teriyaki burger, small drink, and fries, fans can get a Titan mini towel or Eren and Levi clearfile. Check out the associated visual after the jump.
For what has now been 83 volumes of Detective Conan, each collection has featured the portrait of another notable hero of mystery fiction. The tribute from the newly released latest volume is remarkable for being otaku favorite, with author Gosho Aoyama honoring Hōtarō Oreki, the super-rational male lead in Honobu Yonezawa's Hyoka light novel series.