Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Studio Ghibli to Open 'Ghibli Park' in Aichi in Early 2020

Park will be situated at 200-hectare area in Aichi's Expo Park

Glitter Force Title Trademark Moves From Saban Brands to Toei

The trademark for Saban Brands' Glitter Force, the localized name for Toei Animation's Smile Precure anime, is, as of May 24, now no longer registered...

Manga Delves Into Early Careers of Famed Game Creators

1st chapter focuses on Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi

Final Trailer Drops for Illumination’s ‘Despicable Me 3’

Third and final trailer for Illumination Entertainment’s forthcoming ‘Despicable Me 3’ shows Gru at loose ends in the wake of a disastrous encounter with mega-villain Balthazar Bratt. Source

Annecy’s MIFA Brings Together the Professional Animation Community

Mifa, the world’s largest marketplace for the professional animation community continues its expansion and opens its doors 6/13 – 6/16. Source

Annecy International Animated Film Festival

Over 50 years of honoring the best in animation - Anncey International Film Festival is coming up June 12 – 17. Source

Shout! Factory, Funimation Announce U.S. Release of Sunao Katabuchi’s ‘In This Corner of the World’

Highly-anticipated anime feature opens in U.S. cinemas in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and other major markets starting August 11, 2017. Source

God Wars PS4/Vita Game's 1st English-Dubbed Character Trailer Streamed

Game ships in Japan, Europe, N. America in June after delays

Fate/Grand Order Game's English Short Trailer Features Caster Servant Class

Smartphone game launches in English this summer

Yuri!!! on Ice Characters Cameo in Steven Universe Comic

The figure-skaters from MAPPA and Sayo Yamamoto's Yuri!!! on Ice anime series took a break from practicing at the rink to check out a local Renaissance...

Funimation Licenses Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film

Theatrical release in Japanese with English subtitles planned

Beyond Fan Service: On the messed-up people of Scum's Wish

Scum’s Wish is twelve episodes of a mature, romantic and psychological drama set at a Japanese high school. I will emphasise the “psychological” tag because this series is one hell of a mindf*** and perhaps because of that it has made it into my all-time favourite anime list (woop woop!). It is based on a 2012 manga by Mengo Yokoyari and produced by Studio Lerche.

The story centres around students Hanabi Yasuraoka and Mugi Awaya, both of whom are in love with different teachers from their school. Hanabi has the hots for her homeroom teacher/childhood friend/ big brother figure (she calls him “onii-chan” - meaning older brother in Japanese) Narumi Kanai. However, her passionate and excitingly forbidden love is one-sided as Narumi has his sights set on his female colleague and music teacher, Akane Minagawa. Now, Akane is a spectacularly messed up, sadomasochistic woman who is the focus of Mugi’s tragically unrequited love. She used to tutor Mugi when he was in middle school and that’s where his ruin began. Ah, a wonderful love quadrangle!

To complicate things further, there are three other main supporting characters:  Sanae Ebato who has feelings for her friend Hanabi, Noriko Kamomebata (aka the only sort of likeable character) – a childhood friend of Mugi’s who is in love with him, and a creepy dude (Atsuya Kirishima) who is Sanae’s cousin and claims he loves her. Basically, everyone wants someone they cannot have but try to win them over anyway. They are desperate, VERY flawed (scum’s indeed), lack common-sense in some instances which had me screaming at my laptop screen, and appear to spend most of their time indulging in sexual activity. There is a LOT of sex and although it isn’t porny, I’m sure a lot of the viewers masturbated to this. But hey, no judgments here! 

Beyond Fan Service: On the messed-up people of Scum's Wish screenshot


Discotek Streams 1st Chargeman Ken Anime Episode

7-minute episode debuted in 1973

Uta no Prince-sama Staff Apologize for Starting Concert Before All Attendees Entered

The "Utano☆Princesama Maji LoveLive 6th Stage" event was held this past Saturday and Sunday at the MetLife Dome in Tokorozawa, Saitama. The event drew...

Kangmin Kim’s ‘Deer Flower’ Now on Vimeo

Stop-motion animated short film produced by Studio Zazac and Nonetheless Productions utilizes 3D printing, textured 2D printouts, hand-drawn animation and 35mm film. Source

Resident Evil: Vendetta CG Film's Promo Videos Show Heroes, Antagonist

Film opened May 27 in Japan, slated for June 19 in U.S., Canada

Weekly Shonen Jump Author Comments #47

Issue 26 / 2017 Source

Moyocco Anno's Happy Mania Manga Gets New Chapter

Sequel story to debut in July

Sakura Quest episode 9


Transforming Digimon Toy Line Gets Anniversary Upgrade

Tamashii Nation's 1999 release of Digimon character figures that Digivolve via Transformers-style moving parts are getting an upgrade. The "Digivolving...

Japan's Video Game Rankings, May 22-28

Ys VIII -Lacrimosa of DANA-, Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 games debut

Sakurada Reset episode 9


Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism episode 9


Room Mate episode 8


Festival Stop Motion Montreal Announces Call for Entries

Festival Stop Motion Montreal, September 15 - 17, promotes all forms of stop motion animation; from puppet animation and Claymation to object animation and pixilation. Source

A3! Ikemen Game Gets 1st Manga Anthology, Serialization

The "ikemen-raising" mobile game A3! has over three million downloads, top selling tie-in CDs, and a new ad campaign that played on big screens outside...

Tsuredure Children Anime's 1st Short Promo Shows Umbrella-Sharing Scene

Romance anime to premiere in July

Makeruna!! Aku no Gundan! episode 9


Toei Animation Creates Net Anime Based on 'Butt Detective' Children's Books

3-minute preview streamed for anime starring Yuko Sanpei

Jun Fukuyama's Jobs Include Dance Instructor in KFC Shorts

KFC Holdings Japan revealed the details on Thursday of voice actor Jun Fukuyama's (Black Butler, Assassination Classroom) appearance in the second part...

Paramount’s ‘Ghost in the Shell’ arrives on Blu-ray July 7

‘Ghost in the Shell’ will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand July 25, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution, with the Digital HD version dropping early on July 7. Source

Love Kome: We Love Rice episode 9


New Hell Girl Anime's 2nd Promo Reveals July 14 Premiere

Series also reveals new visual, haunted house collaboration

Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Reveals New Visual, Stills

Lauch event on June 2 features appearances by Masataka Kubota, Kentarō Hagiwara, Sui Ishida

Kenka Banchou Otome: Girl Beats Boys episode 8


Irregular at Magic High School Anime Film's Trailer Streamed

1st theatergoers receive original novel about Lina before joining Stars

A Centaur's Life Anime's 1st TV Ad Reveals July 9 Premiere

12-episode series stars Seria Fukagawa, Yūki Kuwahara, Haruka Shiraishi

I Have a Question Leah Shore

In which Chris Robinson asks animators profound and inane questions that have little to do with animation. Today's guest is American animator/cookie maker, Leah Shore. Source

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations episode 9


Sailor Moon Musical's Cast Visual Unveils Galaxia, Sailor Animamates

Koko Isuzu, Iriya Yūto, Shion Aoki, Miyu Hashigaki, Yuka Kobayashi join cast

Pokéland Game App Lets Players Collect, Battle 'Toy' Pokémon

Smartphone app holds Japanese alpha test until June 9

Tekken 7 Game's Tutorial Videos Show New Mechanics

PS4, Xbox One, PC game slated for Friday

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer Lesson: Alison Snow Slated for June 22

New work stars English-speaking girl unveiled in 2015

Last Yuri!!! on Ice TV Anime Blu-ray Tops Series Record in 1st-Week Sales

BD sold 45,276 copies to rank #1 on animation & overall charts; DVD ranked #1 on animation chart

Natsume Yuujinchou Roku episode 8


Animation Showcase ‘SVA Premieres’ Returns to Hollywood

SVA ushers in a new wave of animators, artists and filmmakers with Hollywood showcase and alumni networking opportunities. Source

New Megazone 23 Anime's Crowdfunding for Promo Video Reaches Goal

TV anime planned for Megazone 23 XI with Monogatari, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure designers

Cardiff Animation Festival to Launch April 2018

June event celebrating Lotte Reiniger and a Late Night Work Club-themed event in July lead up to the inaugural Cardiff Animation Festival running April 20–22, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. Source

Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine episode 9