The worlds of anime and Japanese professional wrestling sometimes overlap, and the latest such collaboration involves New Japan Pro-Wrestling star Togi Makabe, who will be appearing as himself in the upcoming 17th episode of CARDFIGHT!! VANGUARD, an ongoing TV anime based on the collectible card battle game published by Bushiroad. Hit the jump to learn more.
Head's up, aviation fans: STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018, a year-long series of screenings sponsored by GKIDS and Fathom Events that celebrates the fantastical animated films of Studio Ghibli, is continuing in May with limited U.S. screenings of Porco Rosso, a 1992 film about an Italian aviator who has been mysteriously transformed into a pig. Hit the jump to learn more.
Youthful romance is surprisingly hard work in the trailer for Ani Tomo ("My Older Brother's Friend"), a live-action film adaptation based on the romantic comedy manga by Modomu Akagawara about a high school girl who ends up dating her older brother's best friend. Hit the jump to check it out.
New York-based film distributor GKIDS is bringing Lu Over the Wall, an all-ages 2017 anime theatrical film about a little mermaid who becomes infatuated with the human world, to theaters in the United States beginning in May of 2018, and now the official movie poster and an English language trailer have been published for the film. Hit the jump to learn more.
Cardfight!! Vanguard - a TV anime that is part of the card battle mixed media franchised developed by Akira Ito, Bushiroad, and Kadokawa - is returning to Japanese TV in May of 2018 for a new TV series that marks the fifth season in the original Cardfight!! Vanguard storyline which kicked off in 2011. Hit the jump to learn more.
Love confessions are never easy even in the best of circumstances, and the circumstances are hardly the best in the new trailer for After the Rain (known in Japan as Koi wa Ameagari no You ni), an upcoming live-action film adaptation of the "heartrending love story" manga by Jun Mayuzuki about a 17 year old former track star who falls in love with the 45 year old manager of a family restaurant. Hit the jump to learn.
New key visuals have been published for the upcoming stage play adaptation of JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR, and now the entire cast of Chinese Zodiac-themed assassins has been revealed in full costume and make-up. Hit the jump to check them out.
Crunchyroll and Funimation have teamed up to release a bunch of anime series on Bluray and DVD in North America, and a new batch of titles is now available for pre-order with release dates in May and June of 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.
A stage play based on JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR is coming soon with performances in Tokyo and Kobe, and now the production has shown off three of its killer cast in full make-up and costume. Hit the jump to check them out.
With perfect knowledge, one could plan the perfect crime, or at least that's the premise of Laplace's Witch (known as Laplace no Majo in Japan), an upcoming live-action film that is directed by Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition) and based on the 2015 novel by Keigo Higanshino about a string of mysterious deaths that defy reasonable explanation. Hit the jump to learn more.
Nision Isin's Chinese Zodiac-inspired deathmatch light novel, JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR, has already been adapted into a manga and a TV anime, and now it's getting a new treatment as a live-action stage play that will run in Kobe and Tokyo in May of 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.
Capitalizing on the popularity of the original children's book series by Troll and the series of short Youtube animations, Oshiri Tantei ("Butt Detective") is making the leap from the Internet to terrestrial broadcasting with an anime TV series that will debut on NHK's E TV in May of 2018. Hit the jump to learn more.