Actor Yukihiro Takiguchi Passes Away

The official blog of actor Yukihiro Takiguchi has announced that Takiguchi passed away due to heart failure early on November 13, 2019. He was 34 years old at the time of his passing.

Takiguchi voiced roles in The World Yamizukan anime, and has also acted in stage play or musical adaptations of Inuyasha, A3!, and The Prince of Tennis. He appeared in the live-action film adaptations of the Seven Days manga and the Takumi-kun novels. Takiguchi also played the role of Akira Hayase in the 2014 Kamen Rider Drive series.

Source: ANN

Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts Anime Studio Present Donten: Laughing Under the Clouds – Gaiden: Three Film Collection on Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack and Digital Download

For the first time in North America, the anime feature film trilogy Donten: Laughing Under the Clouds – Gaiden: Three Film Collection will be released on Blu-ray + DVD combo pack on February 4, 2020 from Eleven Arts Anime Studio and Shout! Factory. Fans will receive three Japanese mini-posters in the set, available while supplies last. The films will also be available for digital purchase separately on the same day.

The three-film collection includes Laughing Under the Clouds films One Year After the Battle, The Tragedy of Fuuma Ninja Tribe, and Conspiracy of the Military, and contains the original Japanese audio and a new English dub.

Directed by Tetsuya Wakano and from the celebrated Wit Studio, Donten: Laughing Under the Clouds – Gaiden is based on the supernatural manga series by Karakara-Kemuri and was previously adapted into an anime television series.

It’s been a year since brothers and shrine guardians, Tenka, Soramaru, and Chutaro, have defeated the legendary giant snake that threatened to destroy humanity. However, their lives are thrown into upheaval when they discover a plot to revive the evil serpent.

Lupin the 3rd: Goodbye Partner Available for Digital Purchase on November 18, 2019

TMS Entertainment USA has announced that Lupin the 3rd : Goodbye Partner, the latest feature length installment of the long-running anime series, will be made available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada on all major digital distribution services including iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Digital starting November 18, 2019.

In Goodbye Partner, Lupin has his eyes set on the rare diamond dubbed the Time Crystal. The heist seems to be going well enough when he’s betrayed by his trusted partner Jigen. Is this the end of the Lupin gang? Join the world’s greatest thief again in his latest adventure to find out.

To celebrate the digital release, the English dub of Lupin the 3rd: Goodbye Partner will see its world premiere at Anime NYC on Sunday, November 17, 2019, making it an exciting opportunity to catch the anticipated feature of Lupin and his gang on the big screen at East Coast’s popular anime fan gathering.

Event Details for Lupin the 3rd: Goodbye Partner English Dub World Premiere
Date & Time: November 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Anime NYC – Javits Center Room 1E02
More information: www.animenyc.com

The latest installments of Lupin the IIIrd series’ Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko’s Lie (50min) and Lupin the IIIrd: Goemon’s Blood Spray (50 min), are also available for purchase through digital distribution services in both sub and dub.

Section23 Films Announces February 2020 Release Slate

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its February 2020 slate of releases featuring Sentai Filmworks smash hit series Food Wars! The Third Plate. Available on Blu-ray, DVD and special Limited-Edition Premium Box Set.

Product details follow, in order of release

Coming February 2020

Title: THE MAGNIFICENT KOTOBUKI
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 2/4/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98

SYNOPSIS: In a desolate world where the safest form of transporting cargo is by zeppelin; air pirates roam the sky, preying on aerial commerce and holding remote towns for ransom. Against these airborne marauders, the only defense is to hire high-flying protection of your own, and that’s where mercenary pilots like the girls of the Kotobuki Squadron come in. Behind the joysticks of their lightweight Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa fighters, these lady falcons play a deadly game of escort, where a single mistake can end up in a fiery crash or mid-air collision. But for birds of prey like Kylie, Reona, Chika, Emma, Kate, and Zara, the danger is worth it for the chance to spread their wings and soar into the heavens. The wild blue yonder gets even wilder as every dogfight becomes a catfight in The Magnificent Kotobuki.

Title: GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES STEELBOOK
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 89 min.
Street Date: 2/11/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98

SYNOPSIS: As the Empire of the Sun crumbles upon itself and a rain of firebombs falls upon Japan, the final death march of a nation is echoed in millions of smaller tragedies. This is the story of Seita and his younger sister Setsuko, two children born at the wrong time, in the wrong place, and now cast adrift in a world that lacks not the care to shelter them, but simply the resources. Forced to fend for themselves in the aftermath of fires that swept entire cities from the face of the earth, their doomed struggle is both a tribute to the human spirit and the stuff of nightmares. Beautiful, yet at times brutal and horrifying. Based on the retellings of survivor Nosaka Akiyuki and directed by Iaso Takahata (co-founder, with Hayao Miyazaki, of Japan’s legendary Studio Ghibli,) Grave of the Fireflies has been universally hailed as an artistic and emotional tour de force. Now digitally remastered and restored, it is one of the rare films that truly deserves to be called a masterpiece.

Title: REAL GIRL
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 2/18/2020
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $89.98

SYNOPSIS: Hikari Tsutsui has never been popular, his one real friend is an even worse otaku than he is, and the only girls he’s known are the two-dimensional women from his manga and video games. Until, that is, he’s sent to help clean the pool as punishment and is partnered with the school’s resident “bad girl,” the very real, very three-dimensional Iroha Igarashi. Brash, beautiful, and known for her promiscuous behavior, Iroha is loathed by other girls but loved by the guys. And yet, inexplicably, she not only seems to be interested in Hikari, but proposes that they enter into a relationship. Unable to resist, Hikari agrees, but there’s one big catch – Iroha’s moving away in six months, so no matter what happens between them, in half a year Hikari’s guaranteed to lose his Real Girl.

Title: SPACE BROTHERS #0
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 100 min.
Street Date: 2/18/2020
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $39.98

SYNOPSIS: Once, there were two very different brothers who conceived a dream: that someday they would go into space themselves. However, brothers being brothers, once younger sibling Hibito announced that he would go to the moon, older brother Mutta declared that HE would go to Mars. Unfortunately, Mutta’s adult life isn’t going the way that he had hoped. Despite his hard work, his situation at his job is deteriorating and he ultimately finds himself transferred back to Japan. To make things even more frustrating, luck has been kinder to Hibito, who has already begun training with JAXA to become an astronaut. But Mutta isn’t ready to quit just yet. Four years before the events of the epic TV series, a new space race begins as brother chases brother on the path to the stars in Space Brothers #0 – The Movie.

Title: FOOD WARS! THIRD PLATE
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 600 min.
Street Date: 2/25/2020
Format: BD, DVD, PBS
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $89.98, $69.98, $179.98

SYNOPSIS: Young Soma Yukihira – who has honed his cooking skills while working as an assistant at “Yukihira,” the family eatery – has successfully entered Tohtsuki Fine Dining Academy, a cooking school for the ultra elite. At the academy, he meets various chefs and develops his skills while striving to create his own unique brand of cooking. It is during the Lunar Feast, a time-honored Tohtsuki tradition, that Soma chooses to take on one of the members of The Ten, which comprises the academy’s most accomplished chefs. Meanwhile, Azami Nakiri – the father of one of Soma’s fellow students – has worked behind the scenes to found Central, a pivotal organization dedicated to haute cuisine, yet has remained barred from cooking aside from select recipes taught in his lectures. Finding themselves at opposition with how Central operates, Soma and some of the other Tohtsuki students decide to stand and confront this threat head-on. As this is going on, Soma and the others will be faced with the Promotional Exam, referred to as one of the greatest hurdles at Tohtsuki. An even more heated battle is about to begin.

English Cast Announced for the Ahiru no Sora Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Ahiru no Sora anime:

  • Cameron Bautsch is Sora
  • Andrew Love is Chiaki
  • Joe Daniels is Momoharu
  • Michael Wronski is Shinichi
  • Benjamin McLaughlin is Masahiro
  • Greg Cote is Ryuhei
  • Olivia Swasey is Madoka
  • Margaret Lewis is Harumi
  • Christina Kelly is Sayuri
  • Christie Guidry is Sachi
  • Carli Mosier is Yoko
  • Maggie Flecknoe is Yuka
  • Brittney Karbowski is Young Sora
  • David Wald is Chiba
  • Heath Morrow is Takitaka
  • Blake Jackson
  • Gabriel Regojo
  • Antonio Lasanta
  • John Swasey
  • Monica Rial
  • Rachel Landon

Kyle C. Jones is directing.

The English dub of the series debuted on HIDIVE on November 13, 2019.

Source: ANN

Dragon Ball Symphonic Experience Kicks-Off North American Tour with Premiere Performance in Chicago

As part of the year-long 30th anniversary celebration of Dragon Ball Z, Toei Animation Inc. and Sony Pictures Television’s FUNimation have announced that the “Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure,” a one-of-a-kind concert experience, is coming to North America. Produced by Overlook Events and presented by AWR Music Productions, the “Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure” combines scenes and sounds of Dragon Ball together with live vocals, a 60-piece orchestra and the music of legendary Japanese composer Shunsuke Kikuchi to create an immersive multimedia event for fans. The North American tour of the “Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure” kicks off on March 27, 2020 with its premiere performance in Chicago, Illinois at the Rosemont Theatre featuring the World Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eric Roth. Additional dates and locations to be announced.

Produced by Toei Animation and distributed in the U.S. and Canada by FUNimation, the Dragon Ball anime franchise consists of four TV series, namely Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super, and now 20 feature films including this year’s blockbuster film Dragon Ball Super: Broly. This year marks the global 30th anniversary of the Dragon Ball Z anime TV series.

Based on its Narrative Symphonic Experience concept, Overlook Events mixes a symphony orchestra with rock instruments, live vocals, sound effects and light synchronized to a compilation of Dragon Ball video excerpts projected on giant screens, following a strict narrative – to create the Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure. The result is a concert experience that achieves a musical and technical mastery still very rare in an industry dominated by cinema-concerts.

Overlook describes their creative process:

“As great enthusiasts of Akira Toriyama’s saga, we spent long months carefully selecting and analyzing each scene to draw out the essence of the Dragon Ball story. While reconstructing each arc, each scene was thoughtfully set to new orchestrations of the classic music, to align with our Narrative Symphonic Experience concept. Nothing was left to chance. Now, we invite you to enjoy every minute of this concert experience, from the opening trumpet notes heralding the first transformation of Son Goku, ready to unleash his uncontrollable fury against the mighty Frieza.””

Tickets for the premiere performance of “Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure” will go on sale at 10am CST on November 15, 2019 via Ticketmaster at http://bit.ly/DBSymphonicAdventure.

Discotek Media to Release the Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, and God Mazinger Anime on January 28, 2020

Discotek Media has announced that it will release Blu-ray Discs for the Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan anime and the Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy anime film on January 28, 2020. The company will also release standard definition Blu-ray Discs for the Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo and God Mazinger anime on the same day.

Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan will feature both series on Blu-ray Disc with both English and Japanese audio. The release will feature a 1080i upscale.

The Blu-ray Disc of Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy will have a new English dub by Sound Cadence Studios and feature 1080p high definition.

Bobobo-bo Bobo-bo will be released as a standard definition Blu-ray Disc set that includes all 76 episodes both in English and in Japanese with subtitles.

God Mazinger will be released on standard definition Blu-ray Disc. The release will include all 23 episodes of the 1984 anime in Japanese with English subtitles.

The company also announced that it will release the fourth and final DVD collection for the Lupin III: Part II anime on January 28, 2020. This set will include the anime’s final 38 episodes (118-155) in Japanese with English subtitles. Two episodes, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, will also have the original English dub.

Source: ANN