Sentai Filmworks has announced the addition of Long Riders! to its line-up of fall 2016 titles. The series will soon be available through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow. It was directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara (Monster Musume), with series composition by Natsuko Takahashi (My Love Story!!, Divine Gate). More after the jump.
You've heard of christmas in July, right? How about Halloween in June? This week, pre-orders have opened for a figure of the Halloween Caster version of Fate/ servant Elizabeth Bathory (voiced by Rumi Ookubo, designed by Arco Wada) as seen in Grand Order's 2015 holiday event. Offered by Flare, the 24.5cm figure of the mass murderer turned idol by Cerberus Project's French Doll and Kyouryuu sells for 15,120yen ahead of a June 2017 release.
As we noted this summer when she was commenting on modern voice actresses, appear in 1963's Astro Boy, then playing major roles in 65's Obake no Q-tarō, 66's Sally the Witch, and 68's Ge Ge Ge No Kitaro, voice actress Masako Nozawa's career has spanned the entire history of TV anime. And, she's still active in what is arguably her best known role, Dragon Ball's Goku. Today, "The Eternal Boy" turns 80.
About a month ago, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt returned. Not with a sequel, but with a Stocking hug pillow illustrated by Hirokazu Kojima, animation director and animator of the opening. If you were wondering when the other angel would drop, here she is. Today, MS Factory revealed the design for the companion Panty dakimakura.
Funimation has announced plans for two very different anime series that both join their SimulDub line-up today. Historic spy novel adaptation Joker Game premieres on October 25th at 9:30pm ET, then sexy sports show Keijo!!!!!!!! debuts at 10:00pm ET. More after the jump.
After scheduling their figma of Berserk's Femto for February 2017 (specifically identified as the version from the third part of the anime movie trilogy), then figma Slan & figFIX Conrad for May, it's now time for FREEing, Max Factory and Good Smile Company to complete their God Hand offering. A set of a poseable figma of Void and fixed figFix of Ubik are now on sale, joining Slan and Conrad in May.
Seven Seas are celebrating their 12th anniversary with a week-long list of titles being announced, starting with the news of their license of Yurino Tsukigase’s Otome Mania!!, described as the story of a young woman living her gamer dream. The series will be released in North America as two single volume editions, with 1 scheduled to be released on June 20, 2017. More after the jump.
If you want a good horror anime to watch this Halloween, try the 2012 adaptation of Yukito Ayatsuji's novel Another. Another was also adapted into a manga by Hiro Kiyohara, who happens to be celebrating a birthday today, which was cause for Sui Ishida, author of horror manga best-seller Tokyo Ghoul, to draw Another's Mei Misaki in tribute.
At San Diego Comic Con in July, anime/manga distributor VIZ Media announced a collaboration with Rooster Teeth to publish books based on their animated action series RWBY. At New York Comic Con this month, they announced that this includes plans to run Shirow Miwa's (Dogs: Bullets & Carnage) Ultra Jump prequel in the English edition of Shonen Jump. Today, they announced that this launches next Monday.
Nitroplus and DMM's famous-swords-as-cute-boys game Touken Ranbu is being adapted into a 2017 Ufotable series and a fall 2016 Hanamaru series. Hanamaru is going to be the goofier of these. Yet, it seems to be very well received in Japan, with each Tweet getting thousands of RTs. And, episode four's new introduction were definitely embraced enthusiastically. Get a look after the jump.
TV Asahi, the distributor of beloved family anime Doraemon, has announced the passing at age 80 of actor Kaneta Kimotsuki - the first voice of bully Takeshi "Gian" Goda and the 1979-2005 voice of fox-faced rich-kid Suneo Honekawa. More after the jump.
For the next three weeks, the Naruto Shippuden will be pairing characters for explorations of their childhoods. This starts with Sasuke and Sakura on October 27th, followed by Gaara and Shikamaru on November 3rd and Jiraiya and Kakashi on the 10th. For better or worse, it's more of a split than a crossover. Sorry, Gaara x Shikamaru shippers. Is there a fujoshi code for that?
A slightly look at the December issue of Monthly Action, on sale on October 25th, has revealed updated plans for a winter TV anime adaptation of Kyoushinsha Cool's (I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying) Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid , with Kyoto Animation (Sound! Euphonium this season) attached to produce. Then, hot on the heels of the leak, the series' site was published, with a full cast/staff listing.
Every Monday, manga artist Kiseki Himura (Sword Art Online Progressive) Tweets an illustration of the daily lives of busty young women in the "Tawawa on Monday" series. The anime shorts adaptation of the series is back for a third, again on NicoNico after proving too hot for YouTube. And, this time, Saya Harada and Junji Majima are joined by Koichi Soma as the manager and Minami Tsuda (Yuruyuri's Yui) as the trainer.
The 74th and final volume of Tite Kubo's Bleach hits Japan on November 4th. North America is getting volume 68 on November 1, with 69 scheduled for March 7, 2017, so we've got a bit of catch-up to do. There has been some fake cover art for the finale, titled "Death & Strawberry," mostly mirroring the design of the first, but what seems to be the legit item now appears to be making the rounds.