I’ve been swamped this month; unusually busy, so my apologies for the lack of updates.
Unexpectedly, a friend offered me nearly $4,000 for practically all of the duplicates from my anime collection. I’m pained to see any of my beloved collection go, but when even my spare copies have spare copies, I suppose it’s best for everybody if I finally relocate some of them to new homes.
Good Lord! I actually have a collection copy and five spare copies of the Megazone 23 graffiti album mook!
Shogakuan has revealed word that Flash anime studio DLE is developing an anime TV series based on writer Toshiki Inoue & illustrator Osamu Kine’s dark fantasy/action manga series Swordgai. The manga revolves around a swordsman whose artificial right arm is composed of a demonic sword. The anime is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2016 premiere.
Studio Digital Frontier produced a short CG Swordgai promotional video last year:
The TV Kanagawa (tvk) and KBS Kyoto television networks have announced the development of a retro mecha anime titled Doamaiger D. The show about a traditional Japanese candy-maker who pilots a giant robot to defend Kyoto against attacks by “mechkaiju” mechanical giant monsters will premiere next spring.
The homepage for the Hozuki no Reitetsu anime franchise has added a trailer for its upcoming OAD series. The Wit Studio staff that produced this year’s TV series will reunite to produce new OAD episodes that will be included in limited edition copies of the 17th, 18th, and 19th collected volumes of Natsumi Eguchi’s comedy manga released on February 23, May 22, and August 21, 2015. The first OAD will get a limited theatrical premiere in 11 Japanese theaters nationwide in December.
The 13th collected volume of Kentaro Yabuki and Saki Hasemi’s To Love-Ru -Trouble- Darkness manga series will be released next year with a limited edition OAD. Publisher Shueisha has announced that the number of book & DVD combinations printed will be limited to pre-order amount only. The 5th, 8th and 9th volumes of the manga have been released with limited edition OADs. The 12th volume scheduled for release on December 4 will also include an exclusive OAD.
The advertising obi found on new copies of the 14th collected volume of Naoshi Komi’s comedy manga Nisekoi states that the franchise will get a second anime TV series. The romantic comedy manga premiered in 2011 and got a 20-episode TV series earlier this year. The 14th & 16th volumes of the manga will be released with new OADs produced by the TV series staff.
Production I.G has released the first trailer for creator/director Mamoru Oshii’s first fully English-language motion picture, Garm Wars: The Last Druid. The sci-fi/fantasy action film was first announced in 2012. Oshii co-wrote the picture with American screenwriter Geoffrey Gunn based on a concept that Oshii created in late 1995. The movie stars Mélanie St-Pierre & Lance Henriksen and will have its world premiere on the 25th at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Pop vocalist Pharrell Williams’ latest single “It Girl” features an anime music video animated by “Superflat” contemporary artist Takashi Murakami’s art studio Kaikai Kiki. Kaibutsu Oujo, Psycho-Pass, and Sekirei episode animation director Sorato Shimizu provided the character designs for the video directed by fantasista utamaro and Mr. and produced by Takashi Murakami.
Japanese entertainment producer & distributor Pony Canyon has launched an English language website and confirmed plans to self-publish anime DVD/BD releases for the American market. Pony Canyon is also promoting its upcoming Denki-gai no Honya-san and Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru television anime series, both of which will simulcast on Crunchyroll starting next month.
Sentai Filmworks has announced plans to begin releasing the Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse television series on domestic bilingual DVD and Blu-ray in January. The 24-episode mecha/action anime from 2012 is based on author Yoshimune Kouki’s 6-volume light novel series, which is a spin-off from AGE Soft’s 2006 PC game Muv-Luv Alternative, the sequel to the 2003 PC game Muv-Luv.
Can’t say that this is much of a surprise. “Total Eclipse” has always felt like a title for Sentai’s wheelhouse.