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New Anime Releases 01/09/2014 Sun, 31 Aug 2014
Yen Press License No Game No Life, Log Horizon And More Sat, 30 Aug 2014

Recently, the U.S. manga publisher Yen Press started a new wave of light novel publishing with big name licenses like Sword Art OnlineAccel World and A Certain Magical Index being slated for release by the company as part of their new Yen On imprint. Today, their commitment to the expanding market is growing once more, with news that they will be bringing even more novels to the English speaking market! The new acquisitions are as follows:

  • Log Horizon by Mamare Touno (illustrated by Kazuhiro Hara)
  • No Game No Life by Yu Kamiya
  • The Devil Is A Part-Timer! by Satoshi Wagahara (illustrated by Oniku)

All three titles are due out in 2015. They will also be releasing the manga adaptations of Log Horizon and The Devil Is A Part-Timer. Yen Press' publishing director Kurt Hassler also confirmed with Publisher's Weekly that their release of Sword Art Online: Aincrad has sold over 30,000 copies since it was released in April. 

Anime adaptations of both Log Horizon and No Game No Life aired in Japan earlier this year, with the former receiving a second season in October. A TV anime series based on The Devil Is A Part-Timer! was released Japan last year and is due out on DVD and blu-ray in the United Kingdom on 27th October, courtesy of Manga Entertainment UK.

Scotland Loves Anime 2014 Details Announced Fri, 29 Aug 2014

It's getting near that time of year again - when the Scotland Loves Anime festival kicks off in you guessed it, Scotland, in October. Starting off in the Glasgow Film Theatre between 10-12th October, the festival will then move to Edinburgh's Filmhouse between 13-19th October.

Listings have emerged online for the Glasgow leg of the festival, which also confirms that Mizuho Nishikubo, the director of Giovanni's Island will be present at the Glasgow screening of the movie to take part in a Q&A session. The Edinburgh event though, will have BONES Inc President Masahiko Minami (who will also be doing a special Q&A at Edinburgh) and Jonathan Clements as guests.

Glasgow:

Friday 10th October:

Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii, 1995), 11:00.

Saturday 11th October:

K: Missing Kings (2014), 13:45.

Appleseed Alpha (Shinji Aramaki, 2014), 15:40.

Wings of Honneamise (Hiroyuki Yamaga, 1987), 18:00.

Sunday 12th October:

Lupin III vs Detective Conan (Hajime Kamegaki, 2013), 12:30.

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate (Fuminori Kizaki, 2013), 15:00.

Giovanni's Island (Mizuho Nishikubo, 2014), 17:30.

Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods (Masahiro Hosoda, 2013), 20:15.

Edinburgh:

Times and specific dates have yet to be confirmed, but the films have been announced as:

Appleseed Alpha (Shinji Aramaki, 2014).

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate  (Fuminori Kizaki, 2013).

Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods (Masahiro Hosoda, 2013).

K: Missing Kings (2014).

Lupin III vs Detective Conan (Hajime Kamegaki, 2013)

Sword of the Stranger (Masahiro Ando, 2007)

Time of Eve (Yasuhiro Yoshiura, 2010)

Giovanni's Island (Mizuho Nishikubo, 2014)

Wings of Honneamise (Hiroyuki Yamaga, 1987)

Studio Bones: Talk Show(Masahiko Minami) - Two episodes of Space Dandy and a 60 minute Q&A with Masahiko Minami

And one mystery film!

Hayao Miyazaki To Receive Honorary Academy's Governor Award Fri, 29 Aug 2014

On Tuesday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to honour the critically acclaimed Japanese animator and movie director Hayao Miyazaki with Academy's Governor Award, which is a statuette given to acknowledge extroadinary lifetime achievements, contributions to the industry or for service to the Academy. The award will be presented at the Academy's 6th Annual Governers Awards on Saturday 8th November.

Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away famously became the first anime film to win an Acadamy Award when it won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2002. Hayao Miyazaki went on to be nominated for the award on two other occasions, with Howl's Moving Castle in 2005 (which lost to Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Wererabbit) and in 2013 for The Wind Rises, which lost to Disney's Frozen.

Earlier this year, the recently retired Hayao Miyazaki was offered a place in the Acadamy earlier this year, although as he has declined this invitation in the past, it is unknown if he will accept on this occasion. 

As well as Hayao Miyazaki, the acclaimed French actor and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière and the Irish actress Maureen O'Hara will be receiving the honour, while the American singer and actor Harry Belafonte will be receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

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Seraph Of The End Anime Receives Green Light Fri, 29 Aug 2014

Takaya Kagami, Daisuke Furuya and Yamato Yamamoto's Seraph of the End dystopian vampire manga has been serialised in Viz Media's English edition of the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine since late last year, following its debut in Japan's Jump Square magazine in 2012. Yesterday, it was announced that a TV anime adaptation has been green-lit, although no other details were confirmed.

Seraph of the End's story centres on Yuichiro Hyakuya, one of the last surviving humans in a Japan that is controlled by vampires. After escaping a vampire stronghold, he finds himself enlisted in the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, humanity's last stronghold against the vampires.

Viz Media are publishing the original manga in English. Source

 

Final Fantasy: A New World Tickets on Sale Tomorrow Thu, 28 Aug 2014

A New World: intimate music from Final Fantasy will return to London for a performance on Friday, October 31st at St. John Smith Square. Tickets go on sale tomorrow from 10:00. Here are the details on the site:

A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY

Friday, 31 October, 2014 - 20:00

A New World returns to London for an up-close and personal Halloween performance, featuring the extraordinary music, characters, and settings of over 25 years of FINAL FANTASY, scored for a variety of chamber ensembles. Limited number VIP tickets for best seats and post-show meet and greet with Arnie Roth and Nobuo Uematsu available!

 

Navarra String Quartet New World Players

Arnie Roth conductor, violin soloist

Nobuo Uematsu composer, in attendance

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25/08/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 25 Aug 2014
Kunihiko Ikuhara To Direct "Yuri Bear Storm" Anime Sun, 24 Aug 2014

Today, a teaser website opened for a brand new TV anime project from Silver Link (Fate/kaleid liner Prisma IlyaKokoro Connect) announcing Yuri Bear Storm (Yuri Kuma Arashi), which will be helmed by Kunihiko Ikuhara of Revolutionary Girl Utena and Penguindrum fame. Etsuko Sumimoto (animation director of Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion) is handling the character designs.

The plain and unnoticable high school girl Kureha is the lead of the self-described "intellectual fantasy", where she has mysterious dreams involving an invisible storm and her classmate Ginko Yurishiro, who appears in the form of a bear.

A manga adaptation of the project by Akiko Morishama Akiko Morishama started serialisation in Japan's Monthly Comic Birz magazine in February. The project has been teased from as far back as 2012.

Penguindrum was released in the United Kingdom by Manga Entertainment, who distributed the title on behalf of Kazé.

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New Anime Releases 24/08/2014 Sun, 24 Aug 2014
Hibi Rock Live Action Trailer Thu, 21 Aug 2014

Fans of manga, comedy and rock music might be interested in the trailer for the live-action adaptation of Katsumasa Enokiya’s comedy manga Hibi Rock has been released as well as more information and poster.

More information on the plot, plus the trailer, can be found on the forum.

Info on The London International Animation Festival 2014 Wed, 20 Aug 2014

The Barbican has released some early informational about this year’s London International Film Festival (October 24th – November 02nd), a place which usually programmes a strong selection of Japanese films:

The London International Animation Festival (LIAF14)

Barbican Cinema, Barbican Centre, UK
barbican.org.uk/film
Box Office 0845 120 7527 

Fri 24 Oct – Sun 2 Nov

The London International Animation Festival (LIAF14) returns to the Barbican with a whopping 10-day celebratory feast of forums, workshops and over 200 of the best recent, historical and retrospective animated films from around the world. This year’s uncompromising programme promises to inspire and delight - and also challenge the notion that animation is merely for the 3D-CG blockbuster genre. Indie animation is an artform that continues to thrive and develop as a breathtaking medley of styles, materials, techniques and production - from hand drawn, paint on glass, collage, sculpture, cut outs, puppets, abstract, sand/salt, solely digital to some of the more interesting developments in 3D – all of which can be seen at this year’s LIAF.

 Rocks in My Pockets dir Signe Baumane

Guests include world-renowned animators Andreas Hykade (Germany), Priit Tender (Estonia), Ulo Pikkov (Estonia) and Steven Woloshen (Canada) who will deliver workshops and screenings. LIAF14 will also screen the UK Premieres of the acclaimed feature films Rocks in My Pockets – Signe Baumane (USA) and The Boy and The World – Ale Abreu (Brazil) which scooped top awards at this years Annecy, France and Ottawa, Canada animation festivals. As well as the usual competitive collections of the best, most recent short animated films from every corner of the world LIAF 2014 will also screen special programmes celebrating the centenary of Norman McLaren - the worlds most influential animator, and 3 Days in Paris – two screenings staking a claim for Paris as the animation capital of the world.

The Boy and The World dir Ale Abreu

The full programme will be available online from September 04th at liaf.org.uk and barbican.org.uk/film. Tickets on sale to Barbican Red and Orange members on 4th and general sale on 5th September via Barbican website and box office.

Ticket prices:

Film festivals: http://www.barbican.org.uk/film/festivals.asp

Standard: £11.50

Barbican Members: £9.20

Concessions: £10.50

 

For more information visit barbican.org.uk/film or call the box office: 0845 120 7527

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Anime Limited Reveal New Gurren Lagann Ultimate Edition Details Tue, 19 Aug 2014

Your release is the release that will pierce the heavens!

For a while now, Anime Limited, the aptly named anime distributor, has been preparing what they call the "Ultimate Edition" of Gainax's cult hit Gurren Lagann. Their planned release is one of the most ambitious the UK market has ever seen, which has unfortunately caused it to see its set backs in the past. However, in a new blog post on their website, Anime Limited have now secured a final release date of 29th September, 2014.

Anime Limited explains that the reason for the shift from the original 1st September date is due to them only receiving the final approval of the art book last week, which will need at least five weeks to get ready for the release. To make up for that though, the distributor is working harder to improve the quality of the project. The art-book's dimensions are now 18.1cm x 21cm as opposed to the originally planned A5 and has been given an additional 6 pages, making the final page count 116 pages. As a result of quality checking from fans, the bit-rate of the TV series episodes has also been increased to 30MBPs (if any of the readers can explain what that means in the forum's discussion thread, that'll be great). The art box will now also be large enough to fit the art book inside, allowing you to keep everything in a neat package.

When Gurren Lagann's Ultimate Edition is released in September, it will include all 27 episodes of the television anime series, as well as the movies Childhood's End and The Lights in the Sky Are Stars, as well as the Gurren Lagann Parallel Works music videos. You can find a full break down of their release here

The release has an SRP of £149.99, but it can be found for considerably cheaper at the usual online outlets.

 

18/08/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 18 Aug 2014
Log Horizon Season 2 Confirmed For 4th October Mon, 18 Aug 2014

Last October, NHK E broadcast an anime adaptation of Mamare Touno's Log Horizon light novel series, which was simulcast worldwide by Crunchyroll and became quite a hit. At the end of the series' final episode back in March, it was revealed that a second season would be premiering this autumn and now, we finally have our first details, courtesy of NHK's blog.

The second season will begin airing on 4th October 2014 and will have Yun*ichi returning to performing the new ending theme, which is titled "Wonderful Wonder World". We also learned of the casting of some of the series' new characters (Character - Actor):

Lisé - Rie Murakawa (Vividred Operation‘s Aoi Futaba)

Tetra - Yukiyo Fujii (Patema Inverted‘s Patema)

Kinjo - Tsubasa Yonaga (Free!‘s Nagisa Hazuki)

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