The January issue of Kiss Plus magazine that goes on sale in Japan this Sunday will formally announce the development of a live-action feature film based on Aoi Ikebe’s slice-of-life drama manga Tsukuroi Tatsu Hito. The ongoing manga series that premiered in 2010 revolves around a young woman that runs the western-style dressmaking shop that her grandmother founded.
During yesterday’s Sengoku Musou 10th Anniversary Presentation event, Tecmo KOEI announced that its popular Sengoku Musou (Samurai Warriors) game series will be getting an anime TV special. The “Sengoku Musou SP Sanada no Shou” (Samurai Warriors Special: Sanada’s Chapter) will air in March. The special will also be released on Blu-ray as a bonus disc packaged in limited edition copies of the Sengoku Musou 4 Playstation 3 game released on March 20.
The Japan Animation Creators Association & Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs’ collaborative annual “Anime Mirai” young animator training project has released a teaser trailer revealing its four sponsored 2014 productions. Each of the four studios selected to participate in the 2014 campaign will receive a grant of 38 million yen ($380,000 USD) to create an original short anime film. The productions will be created by novice professional animators under the tutelage of veteran producers & directors.
Director Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Eve no Jikan, Sakasama no Patema) will direct “Harmonie” at studio Ultra Super Pictures.
Director Ayumu Watanabe (Uchuu Kyodai, Danchi Tomoo) will direct “Okii Ichinensei to Chiisana Ninensei” (The Big First-Grader and the Small Second-Grader) at studio A-1 Pictures.
Porfy no Nagai Tabi and Doraemon episode director Kazuaki Imai will direct “Paroru no Miraijima” (Paroru’s Future Island) at studio Shinei Animation.
King of Thorn & Psycho-Pass animation director Naoyuki Onda will direct “Kuro no Su -Chronus-” at studio 4°C.
The four shorts will be screened theatrically in limited Japanese release beginning March 1, 2014 before being broadcast on Japanese television.
Anime studio Bones has released a full trailer for its next television series, an adaptation of Adachitoka’s fantasy adventure manga Noragami. The story of a minor good who enlists the assistance of a high school girl to help him earn recognition features character designs by Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain). Baccano! episode director Kotaro Tamura is directing the series for premiere next month.
Kenji Studio has launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowd-fund its original anime OVA Santa Company. Creator & director Kenji Itoso, who has worked with Satoshi Kon and Studio Ghibli, is seeking $50,000 USD to create an original OVA about young girl whos take a job working as delivery agents for Santa Claus.
Anime studio Sunrise has announced its development of an original “traditional robot action” anime television series titled “Buddy Complex” (not to be confused with Kishimoto Miyuki & Kuroiwa Yoshihiro’s robot action manga Buddy Spirits, which received an anime promotional video last September). Battle Spirits & Kiddy Girl-and episode director Yasuhiro Tanabe will helm the show about two high school boys who must pilot robots to defend the earth. The first episode will get an advance premiere broadcast on the Tokyo MX network on the 29th before beginning its weekly broadcast in January.
Studio ARMS (Queen’s Blade, Hyakka Ryoran Samurai Girls) will produce the TV anime adaptation of Elfen Lied creator Lynn Okamoto’s school sci-fi manga Gokukoku no Brynhildr (Brynhildr in the Darkness). The series revolves around a high school boy who becomes entangled with a schoolgirl witch on the run. Seitokai no Ichizon Lv.2 director Kenichi Imaizumi will helm the series for broadcast beginning next April.
Publisher Square Enix has formally announced the development of an anime TV series based on Hiroyuki’s four-panel slice-of-life Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to (The Comic Artist and His Assistants). The original “Mangaka” manga was published from 2008 until 2012. A sequel series premiered last August. Creator Hiroyuki’s previous manga series Doujin Work was adapted into an anime television series in 2007.
Last weekend’s Yama no Susume Fan Event included a formal announcement that the anime franchise will receive a second TV series next spring. Unlike the first TV series from early this year that consisted of 12 five-minute episodes, the second TV series will consist of two broadcast seasons of 15-minute episodes. The adaptation of the manga by Shiro revolves around junior high school girls whose hobby is casual mountain climbing.