DiscoTek has announced its acquisition of domestic home video rights to Isao Takahata’s directiorial debut, the 1968 fantasy film Taiyo no Ouji: Hols no Daibouken (Hols, Prince of the Sun). DiscoTek will release the film this December.
DiscoTek has also license rescued Geneon’s 2002 domestic DVD release of director Hayao Miyazaki’s 1984 television series Meitantei Holmes. The complete 26-episode series will be re-released in a single bilingual collection on September 30.
Will be nice to have both of these titles on official American DVD. The original domestic DVD release of “Sherlock Hound” is one of the most rare and valuable of all American anime DVD releases.
GEN manga now hosts the English translated first chapter of independent Japanese manga artist Bash’s religious/fantasy/horror manga serial Eden.
Mysterious beings that do not belong in our world known as ANGELS are looking for a village that exists in between space and time. But, the village is also searching for something, a boy named TOURU. When the ANGELS find TOURU, a war breaks out and the ANGELS are determined to exterminate the villagers! What is the secret the village holds and why must the villagers find TOURU?
Shueisha has announced that Ayuko Hatta’s shoujo manga Okami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (“Wolf Girl & Black Prince”) will get an anime TV series adaptation. The ongoing manga series that premiered in 2011 revolves around a high school who claims that a boy in a photograph is her boyfriend. To sustain her image, she then has to convince the boy to pretend to be her boyfriend, but the boy turns out to be a spiteful sadist who treats the girl like a dog.
A production committee known as “GDW Project” has announced that Yu Yamamoto, creator of the J9 trilogy, will write a fourth J9 television series titled Ginga Jinpu Jinraiger. Yamamoto’s Ginga Senpu Braiger (“Galaxy Cyclone Braiger”) was loosely inspired by “Hissatsu” live-action samurai movie franchise and aired from 1981-1982. The Ginga Reppu Baxingar (“Galactic Gale Baxinger”) sci-fi adventure series loosely inspired by Japan’s historical Shinsengumi aired from 1982-1983. The Ginga Shippu Sasuraiger (“Galactic Whirlwind Sasuraiger”) series loosely inspired by Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in 80 Days aired from 1983-1984. The new “Jinraiger” sci-fi action anime will use the classic Chinese novel “Water Margin” as its theme.
Kodansha has formally announced the development of an anime TV series based on Nakaba Suzuki’s acclaimed shounen fantasy manga series Nanatsu no Taizai ~ The Seven Deadly Sins. The series is unrelated to Hobby Japan & OrchidSeed’s similarly named buxom bishoujo multimedia franchise. Suzuki’s manga series that premiered in 2012 revolves around a princess on the run who seeks the aid of her kingdom’s former elite knights, known as the Seven Deadly Sins.
Last year’s Sega Hard Girls lite novel by author Toru Shiwasu and illustrator & Hatsune Miku character designer Kei will get an anime adaptation. The serial novel reimagines 17 Sega video game consoles including the Dreamcast, Saturn, MegaDrive, SG-1000, and TeraDrive as anthropomorphized goddesses in modern Tokyo.
Publisher Enterbrain has announced that studio Trigger (Little Witch Academia, Kill la Kill) will produce the anime TV series adaptation of the Ninja Slayer lite novel series. The first novel composed by “translators” Honda Yu and Sugi Leika and credited to fictional American creators “Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez” premiered in 2012. An English language translated excerpt from the first novel is now available online from Tokyo Otaku Mode.
The “Neko no Dayan” (“Dayan the Cat”) series of anime shorts will premiere on the 26 as part of the weekly Music Launcher variety program. Author Akiko Ikeda published the first “Dayan” children’s picture book in 1984. The stories of the curious cat have become internationally beloved and have spawned over 30 books, drama CDs, and even a theme park.
King Records has released the first trailer for studio GoHands’s anime feature film K: Missing Kings. The film continues the story from the 13-episode 2012 television series. The movie will hit Japanese theaters on July 12.
NISA has announced plans for a domestic release of the current Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara (“Gaworare”) romantic comedy television series and the current second season of the Love Live! television series. NISA Announced its acquisition of distribution rights to the first Love Live television series in December 2012.