Six more returning cast members have been announced for the forthcoming Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime:
- Hideyuki Tanaka is Fujitaka Kinomoto
- Yumi Touma is Spinel Sun
- Ryoka Yuzuki is Nakuru Akizuki/Ruby Moon
- Issei Miyazaki is Takashi Yamazaki
- Miwa Matsumoto is Chiharu Mihara
- Emi Matoi is Naoko Yanagisawa
Morio Asaka is returning from the first television anime series and two films to direct the new series at Madhouse. CLAMP’s Nanase Ohkawa is handling the series composition and is writing the scripts. Kunihiko Hamada (animation director for previous TV series and two films) is the character designer with costume and card designs by CLAMP’s Mokona. Takayuki Negishi is composing the music.
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on January 7, 2018.
Three more cast members have been announced for the forthcoming new anime adaptation of the Hoshin Engi manga:
- Yōko Hikasa is Dakki
- Daisuke Namikawa is Chū Ō
- Nobuhiko Okamoto is Ōtenkun
Masahiro Aizawa is directing at C-Station, and Natsuko Takahashi is in charge of the series scripts written by Yoshiki Ōkusa and Rintarou Ikeda. Yoshimitsu Yamashita is designing the characters, while Maiko Iuchi is composing the music.
The new Hoshin Engi anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on January 12, 2018.
Japanese publisher Shueisha has announced that Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin manga is going on hiatus, due to Watsuki being charged for possession of child pornography. For more details on this, please read Anime News Network’s article.
The manga will not run in Shueisha’s Jump SQ. Magazine as of the January 2018 issue, which will ship on December 4, 2017. Shueisha commented that it is taking this news seriously, and that Watsuki expresses deep regret. The publisher added that it has not decided what to do with Watsuki’s manga volumes already in print, because the matter is still under discussion.
Watsuki first launched his 28-volume Rurouni Kenshin manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1994. The manga has more than 60 million copies in print.
Most recently, Watsuki and his novelist wife/story collaborator Kaoru Kurosaki launched the Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc (Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan: Hokkaido-hen) in Shueisha’s Jump SQ. magazine in September 2017.
The staff has been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Magical Girl Site manga.
Tadahito Matsubayashi is directing the anime at production doA, and Takayo Ikami is in charge of the series scripts.
Magical Girl Site is scheduled to premiere in Japan in Spring 2018.
The official website for Kadokawa’s Nyantype magazine has announced that the magazine will cease publication after the January 2018 issue on November 30, 2017. However, the staff are having discussions on continuing the “Nyantype” brand name with mooks (magazine/books) and special edition magazines.
The magazine launched in 2008 as a spin-off of Newtype magazine with a focus on bishōjo (pretty girl) characters. The magazine includes pinups and features, and was serializing Humikane Shimada and Nanateru’s World Witches: Contrail of Witches manga. The manga is also running online.
VIZ Media announced new publishing acquisitions during its official panel held at Anime NYC.
The manga titles announced are scheduled for release beginning in Summer 2018 and include My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, an edgy spin-off set in the world of the hit Shonen Jump series My Hero Academia. Also announced was the tender LGBT coming-of-age drama, That Blue Sky Feeling.
MY HERO ACADEMIA: VIGILANTES
Rated “T” for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018
In a superpowered society, there is nothing ordinary about evil anymore. Heroes, trained and licensed to protect and defend the public against supervillains, stand above all the rest. However, not everyone can be an official hero, and there are those who would use their powers to serve the people without legal sanction. But do they fight for justice in the shadows or for reasons known only to themselves? Whatever they fight for, they are called vigilantes.
THAT BLUE SKY FEELING
Rated “T” for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018
Outgoing high school student Noshiro finds himself drawn to Sanada, the school outcast, who is rumored to be gay. Rather than deter Noshiro, the rumor makes him even more determined to get close to Sanada, setting in motion a tale of first love.
A cast announcement has been made for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Devils’ Line manga:
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is Yūki Anzai
- Yui Ishikawa is Tsukasa Taira
- Ryohei Kimura is Hans Lee
- Yoshimasa Hosoya is Takashi Sawazaki
- Miyuki Sawashiro is Juliana Lloyd
- Takahiro Sakurai is Kirio Kikuhara
- Hiroshi Kamiya is Takeshi Makimura