Right Stuf’s License for the Cat’s Eye Anime Expires

Anime retailer and distributor Right Stuf has announced that its license to the Cat’s Eye anime has expired. The anime’s home video release is going out of print, and Right Stuf is offering the anime at 60% off, although the complete collection set featuring both seasons is no longer available.

The Cat’s Eye television anime series is based on Tsukasa Hojo’s manga of the same name. The first 36-episode season aired between 1983-1984, and the second 37-episode season aired from 1984-1985. Yoshio Takeuchi directed the first season and Kenji Kodama directed the second season. Tokyo Movie Shinsha animated the series.

Source: ANN

J-Novel Club Licenses The Faraway Paladin, The Unwanted Undead Adventurer, Sweet Reincarnation, Marginal Operation, and Discommunication Manga

J-Novel Club has announced that it has licensed the following five manga: Mutsumi Okuhashi and Kanata Yanagino’s The Faraway Paladin (Saihate no Paladin), Haiji Nakasone and Yū Okano’s The Unwanted Undead Adventurer (Nozomanu Fushi no Bōkensha), Nozomu Koryū and Seriko Iida’s Sweet Reincarnation (Okashi na Tensei), Yūri Shibamura and Daisuke Kimura’s Marginal Operation, and Riichi Ueshiba’s Discommunication.

All except Discommunication are manga adaptations of light novels, and J-Novel Club plans to release all the manga digitally. The first chapters of all the manga except The Unwanted Undead Adventurer are available now, and J-Novel Club plans to start its release of The Unwanted Undead Adventurer manga “in just a week or two.”

Source: ANN

VIZ Originals to Host Portfolio Reviews at Leading 2019 Pop Culture Conventions

VIZ Media reaches the next stage in the development of its VIZ Originals imprint. Aspiring artists and writers are invited to apply for portfolio reviews taking place at some of North America’s biggest pop culture shows. The VIZ Originals imprint will develop innovative, English-language creator-owned graphic novel content for a global market, and is committed to supporting independent artists and helping them execute their creative visions.

VIZ Originals portfolio review sessions will be led by Executive Editor, Fawn Lau, and will occur during the following 2019 shows:

  • Toronto Comics and Arts Festival – May 11-12, 2019
  • Anime Central – May 17-19, 2019
  • Anime Expo – July 4-7, 2019
  • Comic-Con – July 17-21, 2019
  • New York Comic Con – October 3-6, 2019
  • Anime NYC – November 15-17, 2019

Individuals MUST be at least 18 years old and already a registered/ticketed attendee. A VIZ Originals portfolio review appointment does not include show admittance. To be considered, please complete the online form at viz.com/originals.

To give VIZ Originals the best idea of your talents and the scope of your work, please provide a portfolio that demonstrates:

Artists:

  • Samples of sequential works that best highlight your art style and storytelling
  • Best works that showcase composition, character expressions, and scene details
  • Include finished pieces, not only sketch or concept work
  • Include original character art pieces – some fan work is acceptable

Writers:

  • Samples of sequential works that highlight writing and story development
  • Samples and lists of creative writing work – prose and fan work is acceptable

VIZ Originals looks to collaborate with talented independent artists, creators and writers to develop original stories that ignite the imagination. Its titles will showcase dynamic paneling, skillful black and white artwork and compelling, diverse stories for both young adult and adult readers.

Discotek Media Licenses the Entire City Hunter Anime Franchise Including the City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes Film

Sunrise announced at its panel at Sakura-Con that Discotek Media has licensed the original City Hunter anime projects as well as the recent City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes anime film.

Anime News Network has confirmed with Discotek Media that the company has the license to the following installments of the franchise:

  • City Hunter TV series (51 episodes)
  • City Hunter 2 TV series (63 episodes)
  • City Hunter 3 TV series (13 episodes)
  • City Hunter ’91 TV series (13 episodes)
  • City Hunter: .357 Magnum of Love film
  • City Hunter: Secret Service special
  • City Hunter: Bay City Wars film
  • City Hunter: Million Dollar Conspiracy film
  • City Hunter: Goodbye my Sweetheart special
  • City Hunter: Death of the Vicious Criminal Ryo Saeba special
  • City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes film

Source: ANN

Aniplex USA to Release the Monogatari Series Second Season Anime on Blu-ray in June 2019

Aniplex of America has announced that it will release the Monogatari Series Second Season anime on Blu-ray Disc for the first time on June 25, 2019. The release will include all 28 English-subtitled episodes that include the Nekomonogatari (White), Hanamonogatari, Onimonogatari, Kabukimonogatari, Otorimonogatari, and Koimonogatari anime. The box set will retail for US$269.98.

The anime, which is based on NisiOisin’s Monogatari Series light novels, premiered in 2013. Daisuki and Crunchyroll both streamed the series as it aired.

Source: ANN

Yen Press Adds a Simulpub for the Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc Manga

Yen Press has announced that it will release Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc manga as a digital simulpub. The first chapter will debut on April 23, 2019.

The first chapter shipped in the magazine’s combined 10th and 11th issues on April 20, 2019, the second chapter will ship in the 13th issue on June 5, 2019, and the third chapter will ship in the 15th issue on July 5, 2019. The three chapters will center on “The Mabudachi Trio” (Hatori, Shigure, and Ayame; known as “The Three Musketeers” in English) from the original manga.

Takaya serialized the original Fruits Basket manga in Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume magazine from 1998-2006.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll to Add the Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin: Advent of the Red Comet TV Recompilation Anime

Crunchyroll has announced that it will simulcast Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin: Advent of the Red Comet (Kidō Senshi Gundam: The Origin Zenya – Akai Suisei), the 13-episode television series recompilation of the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin anime. The series will launch on the service on April 28, 2019.

The anime project adapts Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s manga of the same name, which in turn is inspired by the first Mobile Suit Gundam anime’s story.

The anime will premiere on Japanese television on April 29, 2019.

Source: ANN