Discotek Media Licenses Barefoot Gen, Yowamushi Pedal Film, and Photon OVA

Discotek Media has announced that it has licensed Barefoot Gen, Barefoot Gen 2, Yowamushi Pedal the Movie, and Photon: The Idiot Adventures. All three are slated for home video release in December 2017; the Barefoot Gen movies will be on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, Yowamushi Pedal will be released as a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack, and Photon will be DVD only.

Discotek will release the two Barefoot Gen movies together in Japanese with English subtitles. The release will also include the English dub for the first film.

The Yowamushi Pedal film will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

Discotek’s release of Photon: The Idiot Adventures will have the original English dub in addition to the Japanese language track.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces the Continuation of the Tokyo Ghoul Manga Series with Tokyo Ghoul: Re

VIZ Media announces the launch of the Tokyo Ghoul: Re manga on October 17, 2017.

The new series, by Tokyo Ghoul creator Sui Ishida, will be published in print and digital editions under the VIZ Signature imprint. Tokyo Ghoul: Re is rated “T+” for Older Teens; Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. The series will also be available digitally via VIZ.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the NOOK, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play Store. Subsequent volumes will be published in English on a bi-monthly basis.

In Tokyo Ghoul: Re, the Commission of Counter Ghoul is the only organization fighting the Ghoul menace, and they will use every tool at their disposal to protect humanity from its ultimate predator. Their newest weapon in this hidden war is an experimental procedure that implants human investigators with a Ghoul’s Kagune, giving them Ghoul powers and abilities. But both the procedure and the newly formed Qs Squad are untested. Will they become heroes… or monsters?

“Fans will not want to miss this riveting sequel, with its cast of colorful new characters and familiar favorites in a story that dives further into the lore of Tokyo Ghoul,” says Pancha Diaz, Editor. “Follow the Qs Squad this fall as they take on the lethal and often unpredictable attributes of the Ghouls they are charged with hunting!”

Manga creator Sui Ishida was born in Fukuoka, Japan. He is the author of Tokyo Ghoul and several Tokyo Ghoul one-shots, including one that won him the Young Jump 113th Grand Prix award in 2010. Tokyo Ghoul began serialization in Weekly Young Jump in 2011 and was adapted into an anime series in 2014.

Sentai Filmworks to Phase Out DVDs by 2019

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it will gradually phase out DVDs from its product lineup by 2019. However, the company will offer DVD releases for second or third seasons of titles that it has already released on DVD.

The company will release older titles on DVD that have no existing Blu-ray Disc materials. Sentai Filmworks will design future premium box sets to house Blu-ray Discs only.

The company is running a “DVD-to-Blu-ray (#DVD2BD)” promotion that is offering a free Blu-ray Disc player to people who spend at least US$299 on products through its online store. The promotion launched on September 18, 2017, and it will end on September 30, 2017.

Source: ANN

Go Nagai to End Gekiman! Cutie Honey-hen Manga on September 29, 2017

The 2,580th issue of Nihonbungeisha’s Weekly Manga Goraku magazine has revealed that Go Nagai will end his Gekiman! Cutie Honey-hen manga in its next chapter on September 29, 2017.

The autobiographical manga reveals the production of Nagai’s Cutie Honey franchise, going into particular detail about the intended simultaneous launch of the anime on TV Asahi and the manga in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in 1973. The manga also details the difficulties of launching the serialized manga.

Nagai launched the manga in Weekly Manga Goraku in July 2016. Nihonbungeisha published the manga’s second compiled book volume on July 10, 2017.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Adds More Anime Titles to Its Streaming Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that it has added the following anime titles to its streaming catalog:

  • Sands of Destruction – available to users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Trinity Blood – available to users in the United States and Canada.
  • Girls Bravo – available to users in the United States, Canada, and South Africa.
  • Kaleido Star – the first 26 episodes are available to users in the United States and Canada.
  • Master of Martial Hearts – available to users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa.
  • Kurau: Phantom Memory – available to users in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Source: ANN

Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses the Go For It, Nakamura! Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that it has acquired the license for Syundei’s Go For It, Nakamura! (Ganbare! Nakamura-kun!!) boys-love manga. The single volume is slated for print and digital release on July 3, 2018.

Seven Seas describes the story as:

Nakamura is a shy boy who falls in love at first sight with one of his classmates–his dreamy high school classmate, Hirose. But there’s a problem: they haven’t met yet. And Nakamura is a total klutz who might bungle things before they even begin!

Syundei first published the manga as a short in Akaneshinsha’s boys-love anthology Opera in December 2014, but began publishing new chapters in the magazine in June 2015. Akaneshinsha published one compiled volume for the manga in May 2017.

Source: ANN

Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses Himouto! Umaru-chan Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that it has acquired the license for Sankaku Head’s Himouto! Umaru-chan manga. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on May 22, 2018.

Seven Seas describes the manga’s story as:

In public, Umaru Doma appears to be the perfect high school student: hard-working, refined, and totally responsible. But the minute she gets home to her older brother Taihei–and dons her famous hamster hoodie–she devolves into the ultimate bratty little sister! She’s happy to roll around all day in an otaku cloud of games and junk food while her exhausted older brother takes care of everything in the house. In this hilarious comedy about family, friendship, and the nonsense we put up with (from the people we love), Umaru and Taihei will find a way to make it work!

Sankaku Head launched the manga in Weekly Young Jump in 2013 (after running an earlier two-chapter Himōto! Umaru-chan! version in Miracle Jump in 2012). The manga’s 11th compiled volume shipped in Japan on September 12, 2017.

Source: ANN