According to a report on an economics website, as of August 24, 2018, Nerima-based animation studio drop has ceased operations and is preparing to file for bankruptcy. Hit the jump to learn more.
Big news, Crunchyroll fans! With the creation of Ellation Studios (with offices in Burbank, California and Tokyo, Japan) and the introduction of Crunchyroll Originals, a series of all new anime-inspired original programming that will debut in 2019 with High Guardian Spice, Crunchyroll and VRV are moving even further into the creation of new media for fans to enjoy! Hit the jump to learn all the juicy details.
Anime production is an arduous business, and now according to documents filed in the Tokyo District Court, another production studio has fallen on hard economic times, because the Musashino-based production company amo has filed for bankruptcy. Hit the jump to learn more.
Fans of anime and manga have something new to celebrate, because TV anime Kemono Friends and everyday comedy manga Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru ("And Yet the Town Moves") both took home prizes at the 2018 Seiun Awards, a prestigious industry award for works of speculative fiction that is similar to the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Hit the jump to learn more.
Big news for fans of Gengoroh Tagame's critically acclaimed family drama manga, My Brother's Husband: the manga has won the award for the "Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia" category at the 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, which are presented every year at San Diego Comic-Con. Hit the jump to learn more.
In a statement through his agency, Mausu Promotion, voice actor Tōru Ōkawa announced his return to work after an extended absence to seek medical treatment. Hit the jump to learn more.
In an official statement through her agency, Aoni Production, voice actress Miyuki Sawashiro (Kitaro in GeGeGe no Kitaro, Fujiko Mine in LUPIN THE 3RD PART 5) has announced that she will be taking time off from voice acting this summer for before-and-after childbirth maternity and childcare leave. Hit the jump to learn more.
Some sad news for fans of ITAN, a bimonthly manga magazine published by Kodansha: as of Volume 44 (published in Japan on June 07, 2018), the magazine is suspending its print run, with currently running titles migrating to Kodansha's Comic DAYS digital manga magazine. Hit the jump to learn more.
In a move that is sure to raise a few eyebrows, Sega Games Co., Ltd. president and COO Kenji Matsubara stated in an interview with Sankei Shimbun that the company was considering a return to the hardware home video game console market. Hit the jump to learn more.
As of April 01, 2018, Kōenji Studio - a subdivision of A-1 Pictures - has assumed a new name and a new focus as CloverWorks. Hit the jump to learn more.
As of March 31, 2018, voice actors Shinnosuke Tachibana (Seido Takizawa in Tokyo Ghoul) and Jun Fukuyama (King in The Seven Deadly Sins) have left their previous representation with Axl One and formed a new company entitled BLACK SHIP Inc. that will focus on fostering new talent and nurturing innovation in the fast-paced and highly competitive industry of voice acting. Hit the jump to learn more.
On March 26, 2018, the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) awarded the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing to Eiko Kadano, the author of such works as Kiki's Delivery Service and Grandpa's Soup. Hit the jump to learn more.
Big news for all you puzzle game fiends who'd like to turn your hobby into a profession: Sega's Puyo Puyo series of tile-matching action puzzle games are entering the world of Japanese eSports, because the Japan eSports Union ("JeSU" for short) is now offering "Japan eSports Pro-Licenses" for Puyo Puyo. Hit the jump to learn more.