Love Live! The School Idol Movie has announced the launch of a line of Hello Kitty collaboration goods, to be sold at theaters with the movie's June 13th launch. Hello Kitty as μ's in their "KiRa-KiRa Sensation" outfits will be featured on clearfiles, pens, mini towels, stuffed mascots and stuffed pouches with mirrors. Get a look after the jump.
Summer's Monster Musume anime has introduced Yuu Kobayashi (Attack on Titan's Sasha, Gintama's Ayame Sarutobi, Blood Battlefront Blockade's Chain Sumeragi) as the voice of Ms. Smith, a civil servant coordinator in the human/monster exchange program. Smith and "MON" (Monster Ops: Neutralization) perform Hey! Smith!!" More after the jump.
Australian distributor Madman released the live-action Kenshin finale, Rurouni Kenshin The Legend Ends on DVD last week, and to go with this, the've published an English subtitled trailor. In the feature, Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.
A second ad introduces Aya Suzaki as the voice of genki second year student/PR rep Hanaoka Tsubasa and Shiina Natsukawa as senior/engine tech Aki Kaminagaya in Classroom☆Crisis. The original sci-fi anime is set to broadcast on the late-night Animeism this summer. Kenji Nagasaki (Gundam Build Fighters, No. 6) will be directing the Lay-duce (Magi: Sinbad) production with Fumiaki Maruto (Saekano) writing series composition. Oreimo's Hiro Kanzaki provides character design.
Ghost in the Shell's 25th anniversary celebrations continue with the June 20th premiere of Ghost in the Shell: New Movie Edition. The latest look at this anime feature follow-up to the Arise prequel and its Alternative Architecture TV edit comes from a new minute-long web preview. Check it out after the jump.
Another round of Date A Live: Mayuri Judgement promo material os going up at theaters such as Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro and Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku and Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku, this time featuring Maaya Uchida's Kaguya Yamai and Sarah Emi Bridcutt's Yuzuru Yamai. Check them out after the jump.
This week's Ninja Slayer episode 7 featured end theme "Ninja Prayer" by electronica artist/series OST contributor Shinichi Osawa. Then, the series returns to its tour of Japanese musical act not typically seen in anime for episode 8 with "Suicidal Bunny," the lead single from Brit-pop inspired band Taffy's recently released EP "Darkle."
Following winter's broadcast of the first 13 episodes of Fafner EXODUS , the mecha anime returns to the late-night Animeism block in October for the second half of the latest Fafner in the Azure. Last weekend, a special event "Itami" (pain) was held at Pacifico Yokohama on May 24, and now a six-minute second cour announcement preview has been posted. Get a look after the jump.
Miku has never shied away from weirdness, and weirdness comes in abundance as she teams up with Bandai's classic Chogokin diecast figure line and Rody's classic toy horse line. The resulting Chogokin - Miracle Henkei: Miku Hatsune x Rody stands 10.5cm in Miku mode, then transforms into a Rody riding horse! More after the jump.
While there's beeen plenty of Durarara!! merchandise, including mugs, with illustrations of Celty's iconic helmet on them, Tsukuri tops them all with a mug shaped like her eared motorcycle helmet! The ceramic mug measures L8 x W15 x H15cm (including ears) and sells for 1,836 yen ahead of a July release. Get a look after the jump.
Crunchyroll has announced the addition of English subtitled and dubbed versions of DNA^2 to its catalog of streaming anime. The 1994 Madhouse/Studio Deen production adapts a sci-fi rom-com by Masakazu Katsura (I"s, Zetman, original character design on Tiger & Bunny). More after the jump.
FUNimation has confirmed what fans had noticed a bit early. Their placeholder (joke) cast listing for the "Broadcast Dub" of spring 2015's The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan anime has been replaced with the names of the original The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya team thanks to an English dub from Okratron 5000. More after the jump.
While April is the cruelest month, Charapedia closed out May with a look at anime's haraguro (black-hearted/scheming) characters via a 10,000 reader poll asking fans to name their favorite seemingly friendly or innocent, but are secretly cruel, manipulative or sadistic anime personalities. Responses were from a pool that was 54.9% female and 81.8% in their teens and 20's. See who came out on top after the jump.
Along with the June 14th release of the first Blu-ray collection of Yurikuma Arashi, a launch event will be held at Tokyo Metropolitan Hibiya Public Hall with cast members and creator Kunihiko Ikuhara. In addition to an official doujinshi book and Ginko and Lulu bear paw oven mit, the event will be introducing a line of Gloomy Bear collaboration items featuring man-eater team-up art by Mori Chack from Movic.
A new Three Kingdoms - Nil Kamui Chapter preview offers the latest look at summer's the TV anime tied to Red Dragon, a multi-media project inspired by the TRPG (table-top role-playing game) sessions of Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica), Kinoko Nasu (Fate/stay night), Izuki Kougyoku (Garden Lost), Doriru Shima, and Ryogo Narita (Durarara!!). Check it out after the jump.