The Japan External Trade Organization, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Consulate General of Japan's "Cool Japan" efforts to export Japanese cultural products, and especially encourage co-production or development of Japanese content in Hollywood, has lead JETRO to honor the Edge of Tomorrow (aka Live Die Repeat) live-action adaptation of sci-fi light novel All You Need is Kill. More after the jump.
Bandai Namco has posted a second full-length preview for PS Vita game The Irregular at Magic High School: Out of Order aired. Set to be released October 30th, the battle magic strategy game features an original story by light novel author Tsutomu Satō. Meanwhile Square Enix has posted a preview of the newly announced smartphone card RPG Lost Zero.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms meets fanservice filled high school fight series Ikkitousen returns in Extravaganza Epoch, an OVA that will feature insert song "Endless Fighter" by singer/dancer/voice actress Yui Sakakibara. Get a look after the jump.
A-1 Pictures has posted a treat for followers of the studio's special behind-the-scenes page, animator Takeuchi Tetsuya's genga for Kirito's light saber skillz in cut 16 of the Sword Art Online II opening. Get a look after the jump.
One of the biggest anime song (anison) events of the calendar is Animelo Summer Live. This year, the -ONENESS- event will be held August 29-31 at Saitama Super Arena. Joining everyone from Eir Aoi to JAM Project to IdolMaster Momoiro Clover Z, Wake Up, Girls! will have a big role at the event, including in the event's DVD program, which has profles, coversations between acts, theme song music video and more.
A couple of North American anime distributors have updated their release plans. FUNimation has confirmed that while prequel The Dawn 1 was included with earlier releases of the Hellsing Ultimate OVA, the second and third specials will not be included with the release of Ultimate IX and X. Meanwhile, Right Stuf has confirmed that director's cut version of Gatchaman Crowds will not be included in Sentai Filmwork's release of the series.
On August 23rd, Shin Gekijo-ban Initial D: Legend 1-Kakusei (Awakening)- kicks off a new trilogy of anime movies adapting the influential street racing series. Check out the second commercial after the jump.
Promo material has gone online for the fall adaptation of Girlfriend (Beta), a smartphone social dating sim featuring 60 voice actresses such as Rina Sato, Hitomi Harada , Kaori Mizuhashi and Kaori Nazuka. Morita-san wa Mukuchi's Naotaka Hayashi directs the Silverlink production with Michiko Yokote (Squid Girl) writing and animator Noriko Tsutsumiya adapting QP:flapper's character designs. More after the jump.
Proving that the summer is not in fact endless, the season is winding down. However, as the season enters its latter weeks, it's become time for Japanese fans to order their Free! Blu-rays. A couple of retailers are jumping into this with their own promotions. Starting today and running through September 19th, Rukuten is running a prize lottery. Meanwhile, Tower Records is offering limited "No Anime, No Life" posters.
Next week's issue 39 of Shonen Jump is announcing that Hunter x Hunter will be absent from it and the following week's while author Yoshihiro Togashi deals with a severe backache that makes it painful for him to work. More after the jump.
Earlier this summer, volume 6 of Kohske's crime manga Gangsta., announced plans for an anime adaptation. Junichi Suwabe, Kenjiro Tsuda, Mamiko Noto will be reprising their roles as “Handymen” Worick Arcangelo, Nicolas Brown and Alex from drama CDs, which will be released August 27, October 29th and December 24th. Now, Japanese blogs are running a more complete list of the cast. See who's who after the jump.
With an anime adaptation of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins coming next season, Bandai Namco has started hyping their game tie-in to the action fantasy series, The Seven Deadly Sins: False Accusation of Faith. Get a look after the jump.
Peach John has launched a teaser site for their follow-up to their sold out line of official Sailor Moon lingerie. Round two promises to include "powered-up" versions of their "Sailor Moon Narikiri/Costume Bra Set" (a set of a bra, shorts, ribbon, choker) , with silhouettes suggesting Outer Senshi, and Chibi Usa motifs. Pre-orders are set to launch on the Bandai Premium site in September. Get a look after the jump.
Prior to the Mushishi: Zoku-Shō anime's fall return, the series is back for a special adaptation of Tokubetsu-hen: Odoro no Michi (The Thicket Path)on August 20th. Leading into the debut, character designs for Satoshi Mikami's (Samurai Flamenco's Akira Kanno, Japanese dubs for many Benedict Cumberbatch roles) Kumado have been posted along with Ai Kobayashi's returning Tanyu. Get a look after the jump.
Following its screening at last weekend's Comiket 86, the preview has been posted for fall's Kyoto Animation produced anime adaptation of Amagi Brilliant Park, the latest light novel series by Shoji Gatoh (Full Metal Panic!). Get a look after the jump.