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Letter to Momo Wins NY Children’s Film Fest’s Grand Prize

Anime studio Production I.G announced on Monday that Hiroyuki Okiura’s A Letter to Momo film won the Grand Prize for Best Feature FIlm at the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF). NYCIFF screened the film on March 3, 11, and 24.

A Letter to Momo follows a girl named Momo who struggles with her father’s sudden passing and resulting move to the countryside. Momo finds an otherworldly surprise at her new home. Okiura spent seven years planning, writing, storyboarding, and directing the film; it is his first return to the proverbial director’s chair since Jin-Roh in 2000.

Masashi Ando (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) oversaw the film’s animation process. Animators on the team included Toshiyuki Inoue (Akira), Ei Inoue (The Cat Returns), Takeshi Honda (Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance), Tetsuya Nishio (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence), and Hiroyuki Aoyama (Summer Wars). Hiroshi Ohno (Kiki’s Delivery Service) is serving as art director. The film held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and it will open in Japan on April 21.

[Via Jam Guru]


Saitama Prefecture Makes The Four Seasons Net Anime

The official website for central Japan’s Saitama Prefecture announced on Friday that it will release the original net anime (ONA) The Four Seasons on Wednesday. Saitama Prefecture will stream the promotional series’ 7-minute episodes on its Chokotabi Saitama tourism website and other video-streaming services.

Every episode will include a five-minute story segment that will showcase the prefecture in spring, summer, fall, or winter. Following each story, a two-minute explanation segment will include instructions on how to travel to featured areas from Tokyo by train.

Episodes will include the love story “Sakura no Omoide,” the gag comedy story “Saitama Kōkō Hōsō-bu ~Natsu no Kankō Annai~,” the fantasy story “Yūsha Higan to Hime-sama no Bōken,” and the family story “Winter sweet home.” The anime’s four episodes will be available in Japanese with subtitles in Japanese, English, Chinese (traditional and simplifed), Korean, and French. Eight people living or working in Saitama were selected from 223 applicants to voice act in the series.

Last spring, the prefecture also released the promotional 4-episode ONA Kankō Taisen Saitama ~Sakuya no Tatakai~ (Tourism War Saitama ~Evening Battle~), which highlights more than 50 tourist destinations throughout Saitama. Anime such as Lucky Star, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai., and Crayon Shin-chan have featured locations in Saitama Prefecture.

Source: Sankei Shimbun via Yaraon!


Ragnarok Odyssey XSEED Support thread.

Ragnarok Odyssey seems to be a must release in State Side and XSEED has a suggestion forums with a lively thread explaining why. More than a hundred pages into the post and there are new members signing up onto the XSEED forums every day to show their support for a localization. GA_Express even tweeted about this, stating, “ I have read every single post there. Thank you for your interest in our product.”!/GA_Express/status/184092594291212288

I, myself, have made an account on the XSEED forums to show my support and today I invite you all to do the same thing in hopes that Ragnarok Odyssey receives a state side release.

XSEED Ragnarok Odyssey (Vita) Support Thread.

My PS3 foreveralone.j(r)pg collection.
From top to bottom.
Final Fantasy XIII
Star Ocean: The Last Hope -International
Disgaea 4: Promise Unforgotten
Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
Ar-tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel
Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland
Cross x Edge
Hyperdimension Neptunia
Trinity Universe
Valkyria Chronicles
Eternal Sonata
Agarest War: ZERO

My PS3 foreveralone.j(r)pg collection.

From top to bottom.

  • Catherine
  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope -International
  • Disgaea 4: Promise Unforgotten
  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
  • Ar-tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel
  • Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland
  • Cross x Edge
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia
  • Trinity Universe
  • Valkyria Chronicles
  • Eternal Sonata
  • Agarest War: ZERO
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-Ryuugamine Mikado ; デュラララ!!.credit: 1/2/3/4/5


-Ryuugamine Mikadoデュラララ!!
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Redline to Play at Toronto After Dark Film Festival

The 2009 anime film Redline will be shown at the 6th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival. The event will run from October 20 to 27, and screenings will be held at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Redline is the only anime movie in the festival’s initial eight-film lineup. Event organizers will release a complete listing of movies and screening times later this month.

The Redline race is a dangerous, no-rules competition held once every five years. JP gets voted into the race, but government opposition to the race could put his life at even greater risk. The losing racer must put everything on the line and keep his enemies at bay in order to survive the final race.

A home video release is planned in North America.

[Via Dave Merrill, AICN Anime]


Kotoko to Sing Shakugan no Shana III (Final) Opening (Updated)

The official website for the Shakugan no Shana anime franchise announced on Saturday that singer KOTOKO will return to perform the opening theme song “Light My Fire” for the Shakugan no Shana III (Final) television anime series. The composer Ryo of the supercell group is writing, composing, and arranging the song. The single for the song will go on sale on November 16.

The revamped website is also streaming the 148-second promotional video first shown at the Comic Market 80 event last month. Altima, the new unit composed of motsu, fripSide’s sound producer sat, and Maon Kurosaki, is performing the ending theme song.

Shakugan no Shana III will premiere in Japan on October 7. Like the two previous television series, the new series will adapt Yashichiro Takahashi’s light novels which are ending with the 22nd volume on October 10. KOTOKO performed songs for both of the previous television series and the film.

Image © Yashichiro Takahashi/Noizi Ito/ASCII Media Works/Shakugan no Shana F Production Committee
© Yashichiro Takahashi/Noizi Ito/ASCII Media Works/Shakugan no Shana S Production Committee
  © Yashichiro Takahashi/Noizi Ito/ASCII Media Works/Shakugan no Shana II Production Committee
© Yashichiro Takahashi/ASCII Media Works/Shakugan no Shana Production Committee

Update: More information and image added.

Update: The final novel volume has been pushed back to October 10. Thanks, filus69.


Squid Girl’s English Cast Revealed by Media Blasters (Updated)

Media Blasters announced the English dub voice actors for the comedy anime Squid Girl (Shinryaku! Ika Musume) for Friday. The cast and staff listings are as follows:

  •     Christine Marie Cabanos as Squid Girl
  •     Heather Pennington as Eiko
  •     Jason Wishnov as Goro
  •     Amanda C. Miller as Takeru
  •     Shelby Lindley as Chizuru
  •     Cristina Vee as Nagisa
  •     Xanthe Huynh as Sanae
  •     Laura Post as Cindy
  •     Sarah Williams as Ayumi
  •     Amanda Lee as Noh Mask Rider
  •     Tony Oliver as Father
  •     Lauren Landa as Announcer
  •     Jonathan Meza as Devil Squid
  •     Juicey Flannigan as Principal
  •     Erika Harlacher as Customer
  •     Matt Wolfrom as Customer
  •     Victor Sgroi as Customer
  •     Director/ADR Writer: Tony Oliver

Based on Masahiro Anbe’s manga, the anime follows the story of Squid Girl, who comes out of the sea to make humanity pay for polluting the ocean. However, two pushy girls force her to work at a restaurant to produce squid ink. Squid Girl must overcome the bossy waitresses before she can complete her goal of conquering humankind.

The first Squid Girl DVD set with episodes 1 through 6 will ship in North America on September 27, the day after season two of the television anime debuts in Japan.

Source: The Fandom Post

Update: The Amanda Lee that is voicing Noh Mask Rider is a different person from Amanda Winn Lee. Thanks, NJ_.

Image © Masahiro Anbe/Weekly Shonen Champion
© Masahiro Anbe (Weekly Shonen Champion)/Umi no Ie Lemon


Friday, September 9th, 2011

Oreimo Portable PSP Game Sequel Being Produced

Bandai Namco makes 2nd Ore no Imōto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai adventure game

[ full article | 16 hours, 21 minutes ago - 2011-09-09 22:35 EDT ] manga Tokyopop Gauges Interest in Limited Hetalia #3 Release Founder Stu Levy asks about manga volume slated for May, before firm’s N. American publishing shutdown [ full article | 17 hours, 11 minutes ago - 2011-09-09 21:45 EDT ] games Hatsune Miku -Project Diva- extend’s Kagamine Rin Video Posted Rhythm action PSP game ships in Japan on November 10 [ full article | 17 hours, 26 minutes ago - 2011-09-09 21:30 EDT ] anime Working’!! TV Sequel’s 2nd Character Trailer Streamed Restaurant comedy based on Karino Takatsu's manga to launch on October 1 after preview [ full article | 18 hours, 26 minutes ago - 2011-09-09 20:30 EDT ] games Ico/Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection Ads Streamed Remastered game collection featuring 3D, trophy support to be released on the PS3 on September 27 [ full article | 18 hours, 56 minutes ago - 2011-09-09 20:00 EDT ] anime Fate/Zero TV Anime’s Kirei/Assasin, Ryūnosuke/Caster Ads Streamed 3rd, 4th of 7 commercials to air before October premiere [ full article | 19 hours, 26 minutes ago - 2011-09-09 19:30 EDT ] New Italian-Designed Hello Kitty Apparel Line Offered New high-end “Pynkiss” line to launch during Milan’s Fashion Week 2011 [ full article | 20 hours, 26 minutes ago - 2011-09-09 18:30 EDT ] anime Hot Topic to Sell Sailor Moon T-Shirt for Men Hybrid Apparel to add men’s shirt next month to 4 girl’s shirts already on sale [ full article | 21 hours, 26 minutes ago - 2011-09-09 17:30 EDT ] anime Seiji Mizushima, BONES’ Un-Go TV Ad Streamed Ryo Katsuji, Aki Toyosaki star in mystery anime from Fullmetal Alchemist staff [ full article | 22 hours, 26 minutes ago - 2011-09-09 16:30 EDT ] Tai Chi Chasers Premieres on U.S. TV This Afternoon 4Kids’ 1st new Japanese-animated kids’ license in 3 years then moves to Saturdays [ full article | 1 day, 1 hour ago - 2011-09-09 13:50 EDT ] games Konami Streams 5 Senritsu no Stratus Game Videos “Dramatic exterminating action” game to ship on October 27 [ full article | 1 day, 1 hour ago - 2011-09-09 13:30 EDT ] manga New York Times Manga Best Seller List, August 28-September 3 New Amulet, Ultimo, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Naruto, FMA 3-in-1, Negima 3-in-1, new Kannagi, 2 Blue Exorcist books, new Air Gear [ full article | 1 day, 2 hours ago - 2011-09-09 12:30 EDT ] anime Madoka Magica Production Note Book Archive Gets 2nd Run 2nd pre-order round to ship in October, but will still have 1st-printing extras [ full article | 1 day, 3 hours ago - 2011-09-09 11:30 EDT ] manga Code Geass Inspires KMF Variation Project with Manga Manga featuring customized Knightmare Frame mecha to run in Newtype Ace mag [ full article | 1 day, 4 hours ago - 2011-09-09 10:30 EDT ] anime music Supercell Selects 15-Year-Old Singer for Next Album Koeda sings Guilty Crown anime’s opening; fellow newcomer chelly to sing ending [ full article | 1 day, 5 hours ago - 2011-09-09 09:30 EDT ] Gundam/Ideon’s Yoshiyuki Tomino to Launch G Reko Director’s new project revealed in 1st Newtype Ace mag issue [ full article | 1 day, 6 hours ago - 2011-09-09 08:45 EDT ]

manga games Final Fantasy Type-0 RPG Gets Manga in November Takatoshi Shiozawa to adapt Square Enix game in Shonen Gangan mag [ full article | 1 day, 7 hours ago - 2011-09-09 07:30 EDT ] anime games New Digimon TV Series to Assemble Franchise’s Heroes Digimon Xros Wars: Toki o Kakeru Shōnen Hunter-tachi to have lead characters from Digimon's history [ full article | 1 day, 14 hours ago - 2011-09-09 00:45 EDT ]

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

manga live action Umizaru Coast Guard Manga Gets 4th Film Next July Onmyoji's Hideaki Ito returns to adapt jumbo jet’s water landing disaster from manga [ full article | 1 day, 17 hours ago - 2011-09-08 21:00 EDT ] manga ComiPo! Manga Creation Software to be Released in English Trial version of software available now, full version to be released on September 15 [ full article | 1 day, 18 hours ago - 2011-09-08 20:30 EDT ] events music Miyavi Concert to Be Streamed Worldwide Ustream, NicoNico to stream Miyavi’s 30th birthday concert on September 13; Miyavi to tour N. America in October/November [ full article | 1 day, 18 hours ago - 2011-09-08 20:00 EDT ] manga Green Lantern vs. Kinnikuman Drawing Held by Creator Winner will receive illustration by Kinnikuman creators Yudetamago [ full article | 1 day, 19 hours ago - 2011-09-08 19:00 EDT ] manga live action Live-Action Higanjima Horror Film’s English Trailer Posted Funimation to ship Kōji Matsumoto's manga-based film in BD/DVD combo in October [ full article | 1 day, 20 hours ago - 2011-09-08 18:00 EDT ] events We Heart Japan to Host Performance for Disaster Relief October event to feature voice actress Mari Iijima, English cast of unannounced classic anime series [ full article | 1 day, 21 hours ago - 2011-09-08 17:00 EDT ] Japan’s A.P.P.P. Works on Moksha with Cybergraphix, Stan Lee Stan Lee voices protagonist’s grandfather in supernatural action story [ full article | 1 day, 23 hours ago - 2011-09-08 15:50 EDT ] anime manga Kakko-Kawaii Sengen! Anime DVD to Add Original Episode 2 seasons based on Jigoku no Misawa's comedy manga to ship on DVD in December [ full article | 2 days, 6 minutes ago - 2011-09-08 14:50 EDT ] games 11th/12th Street Fighter x Tekken Teaser Videos Posted Fighting game slated for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita [ full article | 2 days, 1 hour ago - 2011-09-08 13:50 EDT ] anime C³ (C Cube) TV Anime’s 2nd Promotional Video Streamed Anime of Hazuki Minase's supernatural action comedy novels to premiere on October 1 [ full article | 2 days, 1 hour ago - 2011-09-08 13:20 EDT ] anime 17-Year-Old Wins Supercell Audition to Sing Guilty Crown Songs (Updated) 2nd promotional video for Production I.G's October anime streamed [ full article | 2 days, 2 hours ago - 2011-09-08 12:50 EDT ] games Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena Video Posted Atlus, Guilty Gear’s Arc System Works develop 2D fighter set 2 months after Persona 4 RPG [ full article | 2 days, 2 hours ago - 2011-09-08 12:20 EDT ] manga Butterfly, Flowers’ Yoshihara to End Chocolate Girl Manga Also in Petit Comic: Tomu Ohmi to launch Majo no Biyaku/Witch’s Potion [ full article | 2 days, 3 hours ago - 2011-09-08 11:50 EDT ] anime manga Sora no Manimani School Romantic Comedy Manga Ends in Japan (Updated) Mami Kashiwabara's manga inspired 2009 anime; 10th & final volume to ship on September 23 [ full article | 2 days, 5 hours ago - 2011-09-08 09:50 EDT ] games Moe Moe Daisensō Gendai-Baan ++ Game Video Streamed Latest in moe war simulation/adventure series slated for PS Vita [ full article | 2 days, 6 hours ago - 2011-09-08 08:50 EDT ] anime Gurren Lagann Quake Charity Book Sold on Kindle Store Believe in Yourself features art from project members Sushio, Imaishi, Shokotan [ full article | 2 days, 6 hours ago - 2011-09-08 08:20 EDT ] manga Hetalia’s Himaruya to Resume Chibisan Date in Comic Spica Mag’s 1st issue to feature Rie Arai, Ryo Ikuemi, Kita Konno, others on October 28 [ full article | 2 days, 7 hours ago - 2011-09-08 07:50 EDT ] anime Fate/Zero Opening Theme ‘oath sign’ Sung by LiSA TV anime to premiere on October 1 with 1-hour special [ full article | 2 days, 8 hours ago - 2011-09-08 06:50 EDT ] toys 1/1 VOTOMS Builder Is Now Making a Robot He Can Ride 4-meter-tall iron robot has 4 legs with wheels, diesel-powered hydraulics [ full article | 2 days, 13 hours ago - 2011-09-08 01:30 EDT ] anime Un-Go Episode:0 to Run in Theaters Instead of on TV 45-minute “UN-GO episode: 0 Inga-ron” will not air with rest of series; Noitamina expands to 15 stations [ full article | 2 days, 14 hours ago - 2011-09-08 00:35 EDT ]

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Austin’s Fantastic Fest to Premiere Live Action Smuggler

Also showing: Zombie Ass, A Boy and his Samurai, Boys on the Run, Yakuza Weapon

[ full article | 2 days, 15 hours ago - 2011-09-07 23:30 EDT ]
anime events Daily Cosplay - FLCL’s Haruko Haruhara Photo was taken at Otakon 2011 [ full article | 2 days, 16 hours ago - 2011-09-07 22:30 EDT ]
anime toys Unofficial Tiger & Bunny 3D Mousepads Offered Barnaby, Kotetsu 3D mousepads sold at dōjinshi retailer Toranoana [ full article | 2 days, 17 hours ago - 2011-09-07 21:30 EDT ]
anime Gundam’s Zaku Jacket with Helmet-Style Hood Offered Military green jacket with Zaku “mono-eye” hood to be released in Japan in December [ full article | 2 days, 18 hours ago - 2011-09-07 20:15 EDT ]
anime music Fate/Zero Ending Theme ‘Memoria’ by Eir Aoi Previewed CD single to go on sale on October 19 after TV anime’s premiere [ full article | 2 days, 19 hours ago - 2011-09-07 19:15 EDT ] anime GKids to Distribute 13 Ghibli Anime Films in N. America (Update 2) 13 films from 1984-2002, including Mononoke, Totoro; Disney keeps home video rights [ full article | 2 days, 20 hours ago - 2011-09-07 18:45 EDT ] manga Japanese Comic Ranking, August 29-September 4 Blue Exorcist, Gintama, Toriko, Nura, New Prince of Tennis land in top 5 [ full article | 2 days, 20 hours ago - 2011-09-07 18:15 EDT ] manga novels Blue Exorcist’s Latest Manga Book, 1st Novel Top Charts 7th manga volume sells 432,000; 1st novel sells 62,000 in 1st week of sales [ full article | 2 days, 22 hours ago - 2011-09-07 16:30 EDT ] manga people Former Prime Minister Asō Confirms Rozen Maiden Story Tarō Asō confirms he read the manga in airport, but does not read it regularly [ full article | 2 days, 23 hours ago - 2011-09-07 15:00 EDT ] manga Jiro Taniguchi Plans New Historical Manga Distant Neighborhood/Ice Wanderer creator awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre in France [ full article | 3 days, 26 minutes ago - 2011-09-07 14:30 EDT ] anime Midori-Ko Independent Anime’s 2nd Trailer Streamed Keita Kurosaka spent 10 years animating pencil sketches by hand [ full article | 3 days, 56 minutes ago - 2011-09-07 14:00 EDT ] anime Kono Danshi, Uchū-jin to Tatakaemasu. Anime’s Trailer Posted 21-year-old auteur director Soubi Yamamoto creates alien invasion/teen story [ full article | 3 days, 1 hour ago - 2011-09-07 13:30 EDT ]
anime Mirai Nikki’s Staff, Cast, Premiere Date, Songs Revealed Anime of Sakae Esuno's manga to debut October 9 with songs by Yousei Teikoku, Faylan [ full article | 3 days, 1 hour ago - 2011-09-07 13:00 EDT ]
games Monster Hunter Heads to 3DS with Slide Pad Peripheral Nintendo to sell “expansion slide pad” attachment that Monster Hunter 3G will use [ full article | 3 days, 10 hours ago - 2011-09-07 04:30 EDT ] anime toys Konami’s Busou Shinki Moon Angel Episode 1 Streamed 1st weekly anime short based on Busou Shinki armed female action figures [ full article | 3 days, 11 hours ago - 2011-09-07 03:45 EDT ] anime novels 9th Dantalian no Shoka Novel with Unaired Anime Cancelled (Updated) Both regular & DVD-bundled editions of Gakuto Mikumo's 9th novel no longer offered [ full article | 3 days, 12 hours ago - 2011-09-07 02:25 EDT ] manga Monthly Shōnen Magazine + to Launch on October 20

Sakura Wars, Red Eyes return; Cromartie’s Nonaka launches basketball gag manga; Pumpkin Scissors gets 1-shot; Q.E.D./C.M.B. cross over

North American Anime, Manga Releases: September 4-10

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