Riichi Ueshiba to Launch New Manga in May 2017

The June 2017 issue of Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine has revealed that Riichi Ueshiba will launch a new manga titled Ōkumo-chan Flashback in the magazine’s next issue on May 25, 2017. The manga will have four color pages and will appear on the magazine’s front cover.

Ueshiba is the author of the Mysterious Girlfriend X manga, which ran in Afternoon manga from 2006 to September 2014. Kodansha published 12 compiled book volumes for the series. Vertical Comics is releasing Mysterious Girlfriend X physically in omnibus volumes, and shipped the fifth omnibus volume on March 14, 2017.

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Annecy International Animation Film Festival Announces Film Screenings

The Annecy International Animation Film Festival has announced the official selection of films that will be screened in and out of competition during the event.

Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation’s A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi), Sunao Katabuchi and MAPPA’s In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni), and Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU’s Lu over the wall (Yoake Tsugeru Lu no Uta) will screen in competition.

Ancien and the Magic Tablet (Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari) from Kenji Kamiyama and Signal.MD, as well as Rudolf the Black Cat (Rudolf to Ippaiattena) from Kunihiko Yuyama, Motonori Sakakibara, and OLM, will screen out of competition. The festival will also host screenings of Hiroyuki Seshita and Polygon Pictures’ Blame! and the first footage of the new Mazinger Z film.

Established in 1960, Annecy is the world’s oldest and largest animation film festival. This year, it runs from June 12-17, 2017 at the French community of the same name.

Source: ANN

Winners Announced for the 21st Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Awards

The Asahi Shimbun newspaper has announced the winners for the 21st Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards.

Grand Prize

  • Hana ni Somu by Fusako Kuramochi

New Creator Prize

  • Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū by Haruko Kumota

Short Work Prize

  • Yomawari Neko by Kahoru Fukaya

The committee awarded the Special Prize to Osamu Akimoto for his Kochikame manga, which he ended in September 2016 after four decades of serialization.

This year’s committee – consisting of actress Anne Watanabe, author Kazuki Sakuraba, manga creators Machiko Satonaka and Tarō Minamoto, professor and scholar Shōhei Chūjō, manga editor Haruyuki Nakano, manga critic Nobunaga Shinbo, and author and manga researcher Tomoko Yamada – selected the eight nominees from titles recommended by specialists and bookstore employees. To be eligible, the manga had to have had a compiled volume published in 2016. This is the second time Kumota’s Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū manga has been nominated, after being nominated in the 17th awards in 2013.

The newspaper awards a two million yen (about US$20,000) Manga Grand Prize along with a statuette of Tezuka’s Mighty Atom (Astro Boy) character. In addition, one million yen (US$10,000) goes to each of the winners of the New Creator Prize, Short Work Prize, and the Special Prize every year. The actual awards presentation ceremony will take place in Tokyo on May 31, 2017.

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AnimeNEXT Announces Tomochi Kosaka, Junko Yamanaka, and Reina Ueda as Guests

AnimeNEXT has announced that Tomochi Kosaka, Junko Yamanaka, and Reina Ueda will be guests at their upcoming convention.

Kosaka directed the television anime adaptation of Yayoiso’s ReLIFE manga. Previously, Kosaka served as episode animation director for series such as Yowamushi Pedal and Giant Killing. Kosaka’s other credits include key animation on Detective Conan and Hetalia Axis Powers: Paint it, White!

Yamanaka’s character design credits include ReLIFE, Detective Conan, Ninja Girl & Samurai Master, Kamisama Kiss, Servamp, Aoharu x Machinegun and The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior. She has also served as chief animation director on Kamisama Kiss 2, Servamp, and Aoharu x Machinegun.

Ueda’s anime voice credits include An Onoya in ReLIFE, Hane Sakura in Bakuon!!, Neyka in Blood Blockade Battlefront, Naru Sekiya in Hanayamata, Katra Paige in Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy, Jasminka Antonenko in Little Witch Academia, and Ajime Kiki and Jewlulu in PriPara. She was a winner of the Best New Actress award at the 9th Annual Seiyū Awards in 2015.

AnimeNEXT will be taking place June 9-11, 2017 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Source: ANN

your name. Anime Film Tops US$4 Million in North America

The Box Office Mojo website has updated its box office estimates for the your name. anime film up through April 23, 2017. The film earned about US$336,855 at 168 theaters in the United States and Canada over the weekend of April 21-23, 2017, and ranked at #24. In total, the film has earned an estimated US$4,074,629 in the United States and Canada after three weeks in theaters.

your name. earned US$1,813,781 in its debut weekend beginning on April 7, 2017, and ranked at #13 at the box office. The film had a per-screen average of US$5,832, and the film’s per-theater average for April 7, 2017 was higher than any film in the top 12. The film had topped US$3.4 million by the end of its second weekend.

Box Office Mojo estimates the film’s current worldwide total at US$353,596,712 as of April 23, 2017.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces Plans for the Hello Kitty & Friends Coloring Book

VIZ Media expands its partnership with Sanrio Inc. and its Hello Kitty roster with the acquisition of the publishing rights for The Hello Kitty & Friends Coloring Book.

Scheduled for print release in October 2017, The Hello Kitty & Friends Coloring Book will feature more than 40 original line art illustrations depicting Hello Kitty, My Melody, Keroppi, Badtz-Maru, Chococat and more Sanrio characters. Adults and children will have hours of fun bringing these illustrations to life in full color.

“Hello Kitty and the Sanrio characters are universally beloved brands that enjoy widespread popularity,” says Leyla Aker, Senior Vice President, Publishing for VIZ Media. “Filled with beautiful, detailed art, we’re incredibly excited to share this new coloring book with Sanrio fans of all ages.”

Hello Kitty is a global pop icon, loved by fans of all ages. Her popularity worldwide is proven by more than 13 million followers on her Facebook page alone.

VIZ Media’s roster of Hello Kitty titles also features full-color original graphic novels that include Hello Kitty: Here We Go!, Hello Kitty: Delicious!, Hello Kitty: Surprise!, Hello Kitty: Just Imagine…, Hello Kitty: Work of Art, Hello Kitty: It’s About Time and Hello Kitty: Fashion Music Wonderland as well as the Hello Kitty, Hello 40 official full-color celebratory anthology.

Angel Heart 2nd Season Manga to End in May 2017

The June 2017 issue of Tokuma Shoten’s Monthly Comic Zenon magazine has announced that Tsukasa Hojo’s Angel Heart 2nd Season manga will end in the next issue on May 25, 2017. The announcement image includes the messages “Angel Heart, conclusion” and “Thank you, City Hunter.”

Hojo began the Angel Heart manga in 2001 in Shinchosha’s Comic Bunch. The manga relaunched with Angel Heart 2nd Season in Tokuma Shoten’s Monthly Comic Zenon after Comic Bunch ceased publication in 2010. Tokuma Shoten released the 15th compiled book volume of Angel Heart 2nd Season on February 20, 2017.

Source: ANN