Crunchyroll Expo to Host the U.S. Premiere of The Wonderland Anime Film

Crunchyroll Expo has announced that this year’s convention will host the United States premiere of Keiichi Hara’s The Wonderland (Birthday Wonderland) anime film on August 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eleven Arts will also release the film.

The film opened in Japan on April 26, 2019 and screened in competition at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June 2019. Fantasia Festival in Montreal, Canada also screened the film in July 2019.

Crunchyroll Expo will be held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California from August 30-September 1, 2019.

Source: ANN

Happy Sugar Life Manga to Get a One-Shot Special in September 2019

The September 2019 issue of Square Enix’s Gangan Joker magazine has announced that Tomiyaki Kagisora will publish a special one-shot chapter for the Happy Sugar Life manga in the magazine’s next issue on September 21, 2019. The one-shot will focus on the character pairing that topped a previous character popularity poll for the manga.

Happy Sugar Life ended on June 22, 2019. Yen Press has the license for the manga.

Source: ANN

Takehiko Inoue to Resume the REAL Manga on August 29, 2019

This year’s 38th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump magazine has announced that Takehiko Inoue will resume his REAL wheelchair basketball manga in the magazine’s next issue on August 29, 2019.

Inoue launched the manga in 2000 as an irregular serialization, and the manga has been on hiatus since late 2014. Shueisha published the manga’s 14th compiled volume in December 2014. VIZ Media publishes REAL in English.

The manga won an Excellence Award at the 5th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2001. As of 2013, the manga had 14 million copies in print.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces September 2019 Anime and Manga Releases

In September 2019, science fiction fans are invited to dive into the home media release of Infini-T Force, the superhero-action series that unites the four legendary heroes Gatchaman, Polimar, Casshan, and Tekkaman. All twelve episodes of the series will be available in one Blu-ray set.

In partnership with The Pokemon Company International, the Pokemon: Black & White Movie Collection home media release arrives with four feature films that will delight Pokemon fans of all ages.

New publishing debuts for September 2019 kick off with the Assassination Classroom Complete Box Set, which collects Yusei Matsui’s hit action comedy about a tentacled teacher with superpowers and a heart of gold.

VIZ Signature debuts for September 2019 include Cats of the Louvre, the latest masterpiece from Eisner Award–winning creator Taiyo Matsumoto. No Guns Life is a cyberpunk series in which the protagonist’s head is replaced with a giant gun… and his memories erased. In the action-packed comedy The Way of the Househusband, a former yakuza legend desires to walk the straight and narrow. Finally, Levius debuts as a complete hardcover edition of the science fiction action series about cyborg arena fighters.

New Home Media Releases for September 2019:

Blu-ray MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN
Available September 10, 2019

When an interdimensional attack plunges the defiant, thrill-seeking teen Emi into a city-wide assault, a band of mysterious heroes from lost worlds appears to save her. But it seems both heroes and villains have their sights on The Case, a magical object with transmutational powers, currently in Emi’s possession. Only the combined strength of Gatchaman, Casshan, Polimar and Tekkaman could be enough to stop the man known as “Z” from destroying not only Emi’s world, but countless others.

Blu-ray MSRP: $24.98 U.S. / $29.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN
Available September 17, 2019

Sets each contain the following four Pokemon animated feature films on two Blu-rays or two DVDs:


When Ash and his friends enter a battle competition in Eindoak Town, they meet the Mythical Pokémon Victini, who becomes their newest friend. But disaster strikes when the misguided wanderer Damon seizes Victini for his own plans. Can Ash prove himself a hero and earn the help of the Legendary Reshiram—or Zekrom—to rescue Victini and save Eindoak Town? Two legends… and two versions of the story. Follow them both in Pokemon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and Pokemon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom. It’s twice the Pokemon adventure.


Ash and Pikachu, along with their friends Iris and Cilan, are on a train headed to the next stop on their journey. From the train, Ash spots an injured Pokemon they don’t recognize. They’re planning a rescue when the train is attacked by the Legendary Kyurem. The Mythical Pokemon Keldeo is on a mission, to rescue its friends—Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, the Legendary Pokemon known as the Swords of Justice—from Kyurem’s icy clutches. But Kyurem has other ideas, and when it transforms into Black Kyurem or White Kyurem for greater power, things look grim.


A vast Pokemon habitat amid the hustle and bustle of the big city seems like the perfect new home for a group of five Genesect. The arrival of these Mythical Pokemon quickly becomes a problem, though: their nest threatens the city’s power supply, and they keep attacking those who approach it. When the Genesect are joined by the Legendary Pokemon Mewtwo—who sympathizes due to its own origins—things only become worse, and the confrontation quickly rages out of control. Can Ash and friends stop these two powerful Pokemon before they destroy the city?

New Publishing Releases for September 2019:

MSRP: $189.99 U.S. / $249.99 CAN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available September 3, 2019

The complete bestselling Assassination Classroom series is now available in a boldly designed, value-priced box set. Includes all 21 volumes of this unique tale of a mysterious, smiley-faced, tentacled, superpowered teacher who guides a group of misfit students to find themselves—while doing their best to assassinate him. Action-packed, hilarious, and heartwarming, this title is famous for moving fans to tears through their laughter. Includes an exclusive, full-color, mini “yearbook” filled with images of favorite characters in different art styles and contexts (previously unreleased in the English editions).

CATS OF THE LOUVRE by Taiyo Matsumoto
MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Rated “T” for Teens
Available September 17, 2019

The world-renowned Louvre museum in Paris contains more than just the most famous works of art in history. At night, within its darkened galleries, an unseen and surreal world comes alive—a world witnessed only by the small family of cats that lives in the attic. Until now.

NO GUNS LIFE by Tasuku Karasuma
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available September 17, 2019

After the war, cyborg soldiers known as the Extended were discharged. Juzo Inui is one of them, a man whose body was transformed, his head replaced with a giant gun. With no memory of his previous life—or who replaced his head and why—Inui now scratches out a living in the dark streets of the city as a Resolver, taking on cases involving the Extended.

MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available September 17, 2019

A former yakuza legend leaves it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But it’s not easy to walk away from the gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but.

LEVIUS By Haruhisa Nakata
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN · Rated “T+” for Older Teens
Available September 17, 2019

It’s the 19th century, and the world has entered the Era of Rebirth, recovering from the devastating flames of war. The sport of mechanical martial arts has galvanized the nations. Cybernetically augmented fighters turn their blood into steam and their bodies into brutal fighting—and killing—machines. Young Levius is one of those arena battlers, hell-bent on winning in order to simply survive.

Hayao Miyazaki Will Be Honored with the 2019 Sklar Creative Visionary Award

The annual Sklar Creative Visionary Award will be presented to Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki, creator of some of the most beloved animated films in recognition of his commitment to artistic excellence throughout his extensive body of work. Seen as one of the most influential creators of cinematic animation worldwide, Miyazaki has contributed masterfully to the art of storytelling and is an inspiration to animators, directors, and writers everywhere.

The Sklar Creative Visionary Award is presented annually by Ryman Arts to an individual whose distinctive contribution to the creative community and whose leadership in the art world has made a significant impact. Hayao Miyazaki, whose work spans over 50 years, truly exemplifies this award. The artist and director has 10 feature films and 11 television series to his credits and is currently working on a new project at his animation film studio, Studio Ghibli in Tokyo, Japan. Along with many other accolades, Miyazaki was presented with the 2014 Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement along with two Oscar nominations and one win for the 2001 animated film, Spirited Away.

“Ryman Arts is thrilled that the legendary Hayao Miyazaki will be the next recipient of the Sklar Creative Visionary Award. His incredible work has advanced the art of visual storytelling and influenced the entire genre of animation, while inspiring us all. I can’t imagine any other individual who so strongly exemplifies the essence of the visionary creativity which this award celebrates,” stated Phil Hettema, Ryman Arts Board President and President and Creative Executive of The Hettema Group.

The Sklar Award is named in honor of the co-founders of Ryman Arts, Marty and Leah Sklar. The late Marty Sklar was the legendary president of Walt Disney Imagineering. His wife, Leah Sklar is an education advocate and played a key role in defining the mission of Ryman Arts. This Los Angeles based non-profit has engaged over 21,000 youth from diverse communities around Southern California since 1990 and mentored over 6,000 promising art students, helping them prepare for a creative life through college and beyond. Many alumni currently work in positions in the entertainment field. Last year’s Sklar Award recipient, Kevin Feige, and his Marvel Studios creative team, were some of many professional mentors who worked with Ryman Arts students, believing in the mission of giving back to the next generation of artists.

The Sklar Creative Visionary Award will be presented at the annual Ryman Arts dinner and program on Friday, October 25, 2019, 5:30pm-10pm, Neuehouse, 6121 Sunset Bl., Los Angeles. Tickets will be available to the public and go on sale, September 10, 2019.

Promare Anime Film Lists Theatrical Screenings in Canada, Los Angeles, and New York

Cineplex is listing screenings for Studio Trigger and XFlag’s original anime film Promare in Canada on September 22-24, 2019. The screening on September 22, 2019 will have an English dub, and the screenings on September 23-24, 2019 will have English subtitles.

GKIDS has also announced that it and Fathom Events will release the movie on September 20, 2019 in select theaters in Los Angeles and New York. In Los Angeles, the film will screen at the AMC Citywalk Stadium 19, AMC Galleria At South Bay 16, and AMC Ontario Mills 30 theaters. In New York, the film will screen at the Metrograph and AMC Empire 25 theaters.

GKIDS and Fathom Events will screen the film in North America on September 17 and 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. local time. The screening on September 17, 2019 will have an English dub, and the screening on September 19, 2019 will have English subtitles.

Source: ANN

The First Volume of the Citrus+ Manga to Get Simultaneous Release in Eight Territories

The October 2019 issue of Ichijinsha’s Comic Yuri Hime magazine has announced that the first compiled book volume of Saburouta’s Citrus+ spin-off manga will have a simultaneous release in Japan, North America, South Korea, Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Spain, and Argentina on November 18, 2019.

Seven Seas Entertainment has confirmed with Anine News Network that it will release first volume of the manga in English digitally on November 18, 2019. The print version of the first volume is scheduled to be released on February 11, 2020.

Source: ANN