Shout! Factory has announced that it will release P.A. Works and Mari Okada’s Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms anime film on a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack on February 5, 2019. In addition, Eleven Arts Anime Studio announced that they will release a deluxe edition Blu-ray Disc that will include additional bonus features, an 80-page booklet, a short scenario written by Okada, and an art box. The deluxe edition is slated for March 2019 through Right Stuf instead of Shout! Factory.
Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory announced a home video distribution deal in October 2018. Eleven Arts also announced a home video distribution deal with Right Stuf in August 2018.
Eleven Arts Anime Studio began screening the film in theaters in the United States and Canada with English subtitles on July 20, 2018 and with an English dub in the United States on September 21, 2018.
VIZ Media has announced the release of Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha! and Bleach Box Set 3 in early November 2018.
A hilarious manga spin-off based on famed creator Akira Toriyama’s original series, Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha! will debut in print and digital editions on November 6, 2018. Shonen Jump fans can also enjoy the exclusive print release of the final manga box set for the bestselling supernatural action adventure series Bleach.
DRAGON BALL: THAT TIME I GOT REINCARNATED AS YAMCHA!
Print MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / Digital MSRP $6.99
Rated “T” for Teens · Debuts November 6, 2018
A Dragon Ball fan’s greatest dream is getting to live in the Dragon Ball universe and fight alongside Goku and his friends. But one particular fan is in for a rude awakening when he suddenly dies and gets reincarnated as everyone’s favorite punching bag, Yamcha.
BLEACH MANGA BOX SET 3
MSRP: $199.99 U.S. / $259.99 CAN
Rated “T” for Teens · Debuts November 6, 2018
The third and final Bleach manga box set. This set completes the series and contains volumes 49-74, along with an exclusive booklet containing a cover art gallery and author interview. The box set also contains a full-color, double-sided poster.
Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts—he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow—a malevolent lost soul—Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace. Find out why Tite Kubo’s Bleach has become an international manga hit.
VIZ Media is releasing The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist on November 13, 2018.
The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist contains more than 300 illustrations of Fullmetal Alchemist by creator Hiromu Arakawa. The MSRP for The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist will be $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN. The release contains the artwork collected in the two previously published art books from Fullmetal Alchemist as well as all new content, perfect for collectors and fans of the bestselling series.
This massive hardcover collection contains all the Fullmetal Alchemist color artwork by manga artist Hiromu Arakawa from 2001 to 2017, including the series’ entire run and beyond. The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist contains over 280 pages of gorgeous full-color illustrations, including all the original chapter title pages, the graphic novel covers for the single-volume and collected editions, portraits of the main characters, and promotional artwork. Includes an exclusive interview and a special step-by-step illustration creation discussion with Hiromu Arakawa.
“The influence of Fullmetal Alchemist continues to reverberate across the world of manga and beyond,” says Hope Donovan, VIZ Media’s Managing Editor. “This extraordinary new art book is the ultimate collection for all fans of the series and is a fitting tribute to this essential property and its celebrated creator.”
Fullmetal Alchemist fans can also enjoy VIZ Media’s re-release of the original manga series in new, fully remastered collector’s volumes with Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition. Featuring an updated translation and completely fresh lettering, the Fullmetal Edition is presented with bonus color pages on large-trim archival-quality paper.
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) has announced that it will grant a Career Achievement Award to anime director Hayao Miayazaki. The organization’s annual awards dinner will take place at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, California on January 12, 2019.
LAFCA president Claudia Puig explained in announcing the honor, “The way in which Miyazaki inspires an audience’s sense of wonder is unmatched. I particularly admire his depiction of self-sufficient, determined and courageous female characters who don’t need saving. He has explained his cinematic approach simply: ‘Any woman is just as capable of being a hero as any man.’ These words resonate more powerfully than ever in our current times.”
Section23 Films’ Maiden Japan imprint has announced that it has cancelled its planned standard definition Blu-ray Disc release for the Space Runaway Ideon (Densetsu Kyojin Ideon) anime and plans to release a high definition version instead. The company has not yet announced the new release date.
The release was scheduled for December 11, 2018. Those who pre-ordered the set will receive a refund.
Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has licensed the Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu anime in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and other territories. The company plans to release the series digitally and on home video.
Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu premiered on Japanese television on October 21, 2018, and Crunchyroll is simulcasting the series as it airs.
Anime voice actor Kouji Tsujitani passed away on October 17, 2018 due to a stroke. He was 56 years old at the time of his passing.
Tsujitani performed with fellow voice actor Fumihiko Tachiki as the new band Tachiki Fumihiko to BLUSEED for their debut performance on October 14, 2018. Tsujitani was reportedly in good health at the event. He suddenly collapsed at his home on October 17, 2018 and passed away the same day.
Tsujitani was born in Kodaira, Tokyo in 1962. After graduating from Chiba Prefectural Akibo Senior High School, he attended Butai Geijutsu Gakuin in Tokyo, and he joined the Gekidan Tōen theatrical company in 1983. Tsujitani began voice acting in anime in 1988 and played Bernard “Bernie” Wiseman in Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket in 1989. His other credits include Seabook Arno in Mobile Suit Gundam F91, Bernie Wiseman in Mobile Suit SD Gundam’s Counterattack, Knight Zeta in Mobile Suit SD Gundam: SD Gundam Legend, Miroku in Inuyasha, Tylor in The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Kazuma Iwasaki in Stratos 4, Annote Itsuki in Yū Yū Hakusho, and Solomon in Blood+.
In recent years, Tsujitani also worked as a sound director. He served on anime such as Gurazeni: Money Pitch, Freezing, Fate/stay night, and Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū.