October 20th, 2013

New Sailor Moon Anime to Be Subtitled in 10 Languages


Kodansha USA's general manager Dallas Middaugh reaffirmed at New York Comic Con last Friday that the new Sailor Moon anime will stream on Niconico around January, and added that it will be subtitled in 10 languages.

The female idol group Momoiro Clover Z confirmed during the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Event in August that the new Sailor Moon anime will stream worldwide simultaneously this winter. The adaptation was announced last summer and slated to premiere this summer but was delayed.

In Japan, Kodansha will release the Sailor Moon: Complete Edition edition manga in A5-size (8.3 x 5.8 inches) format. The first two volumes will be released simultaneously on November 26. Sailor Moon manga creator Naoko Takeuchi is drawing new covers for the release. The first two were revealed in the October issue of Nakayoshi magazine last month



Ayumi Hamasaki Sings 1st Anime Film Theme in 12 Years for Buddha 2


Singer Ayumi Hamasaki wrote and sang the theme song "Pray" for Buddha 2: Tezuka Osamu no Buddha ~Owarinaki Tabi~, the second film in the planned trilogy based on the late Osamu Tezuka's Buddha manga. It will be Hamasaki's first theme song for an anime film since her "No More Words" song for Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time in 2001, and only her seventh theme song for any film, live-action or anime.

Hamasaki acknowledged that she had not read the original manga before, but she took the opportunity to read the entire manga and the script and drew inspiration from them to write the lyrics. She added that she was completely immersed into the unique world view and read the entire 14-volume manga in one sitting. The film's general producer Kozo Morishita commented that he cannot help but feel the link to Siddhartha's hope for people's happiness in Hamasaki's lyrics, which pray for the happiness of loved ones.

In the original 1972-1983 manga, Tezuka (Mighty Atom/Astro Boy, Black Jack, Jungle Emperor/Kimba the White Lion) recounts the life of the young prince Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism. Vertical released the entire manga (reorganized into eight volumes) in North America in hardcover and paperback, and the story won Harvey Awards in 2004 and 2005. Hideaki Maniwa designed the characters in the first film, and Toei Animation produced the project in association with Tezuka Productions. X Japan contributed the song "Scarlet Love Song" for the first film.

Toshiaki Komura is directing the second film off a screenplay by Reiko Yoshida. The film stars Sayuri Yoshinaga as Queen Māyādevī, Hidetaka Yoshioka as Siddhārtha, Ken'ichi Matsuyama as older Tatta, Kiyokazu Kanze as King Śuddhodana, Nana Mizuki as the thief Migaila, and Tetsuo of the comedy duo Waraimeshi as Brahman.

Hamasaki also contributed theme songs to the Inuyasha television anime series, the live-action film SHINOBI - Heart Under Blade, and the live-action Dragonball: Evolution film. She played Yuri Sakazaki in the original anime video Art of Fighting (Battle Spirits Ryuko no Ken), and her "Connected" song inspired an animated music video.


Ghost in the Shell Arise 2nd Episode's Trailer Posted

The official website for the Ghost in the Shell Arise anime project and the PlayStation YouTube channel began streaming the theatrical trailer for the second installment on Saturday. The second episode, titled "border:2 Ghost Whispers," will open in theaters in Japan on November 30. The trailer features part of the episode's ending theme song "Soto wa Senjō da yo" by Ichiko Aoba and Cornelius with lyrics by Shintarō Sakamoto.

The story of "border:2 Ghost Whispers" takes place after Motoko gains her freedom by separating herself from the military's 501st Secret Unit. Even without Aramaki's suggestion to make her own unit, Motoko begins assembling members. As this is going on, someone has hacked into the Logicoma. As she transports the machines in order to check them for abnormalities, she is suddenly attacked by an armed unit. Not long after, she meets up with Batou, the man with the "eye that never sleeps," Ishikawa, a former member of the army who is good at finding information through the Internet, and Borma, an electronic warfare expert.

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Kingdom Hearts III D23 Expo trailer + Tetsuya Nomura's ‘Conversations With Creators’ video

Square Enix debuted a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III at D23 Expo in Japan this weekend, featuring new abilities, attacks, and enemies.

You’ll see Sora, Donald, and Goofy battle Shadow and Large Body Heartless in Twilight Town; Sora make use of a new dual pistol weapon; and what look to be two Disney attraction-based attacks, Pirate Ship and Big Magic Mountain.

The still to be dated sequel is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Iconic Japanese comic & cartoon character ‘Anpanman’ creator Takashi Yanase dies at 94


Manga artist Takashi Yanase, best known for his 1973 work Anpanman, died at the age of 94 on Tuesday (Oct.15). He was already in his 70s when comic & cartoon character Anpanman became a hit, which caused others to consider him a late-bloomer, as a manga artist. He is also known for his other works, which garnered him recognition and awards.

Yanase was drafted into the military during World War II. When the war ended, he was in China and later worked at the Kochi Shimbun newspaper and the Mitsukoshi department store’s publicity department. In 1953, Yanase became a freelance artist. Seven years later, he became in charge of the stage art and effects for Rokusuke Ei’s musical Miagete goran yoru no hoshi wo (“Look up at the stars in the night”).

In 1967, Yanase won the Shukan Asahi manga award for his work Mr. Bo, while the 1970 Mainichi Film Awards recognized and awarded his anime movie Yasashii Raion (“Kind Lion”). He also worked with Osamu Tezuka, put in charge of character design in 1969 for the movie “One Thousand and One Nights.” The experience helped him develop characters for his later projects.

Anpanman was created with an unusual inspiration: his desire to eat “anpan,” or a red bean paste filled bread, during the war. It first appeared in a picture book series in 1973. Its fame among children has been credited to its wide range of characters appearing over the years. Anpanman became a TV series in 1988. Its fame even prompted the construction of the Anpanman Museum in Kami, Kochi Prefecture in 1996.