FUNimation Entertainment to Simulcast the Astra Lost in Space and BEM TV Anime in Summer 2019

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will simulcast the television anime of Kenta Shinohara’s Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra) manga in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The company plans to also stream a dub of the anime.

FUNimation also announced that it will simulcast the BEM television anime in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. That anime’s streaming will start on July 7, 2019, and its dub will premiere on July 21, 2019.

Astra Lost in Space is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on July 3, 2019, while BEM is scheduled to premiere on July 8, 2019.

Source: ANN

Seven More Cast Members Announced for the Astra Lost in Space Anime

Seven more cast members have been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Astra Lost in Space manga:

  • Shunsuke Takeuchi is Zack Walker
  • Tomoyo Kurosawa is Quitterie Raffaëlli
  • Hina Kino is Funicia Raffaëlli
  • Risae Matsuda is Luca Esposito
  • Kouki Uchiyama is Ulgar Zweig
  • Saori Hayami is Yun-Hua Lu
  • Nobunaga Shimazaki is Charce Lacroix

Masaomi Andō is directing the anime at Lerche. Norimitsu Kaihō is in charge of the series’ scripts. Keiko Kurosawa is designing the characters and serving as the main chief animation director. Masaru Yokoyama and Nobuaki Nobusawa are composing the music.

Source: ANN

Main Cast Announced for the Astra Lost in Space Anime

The main cast has been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Astra Lost in Space anime:

  • Yoshimasa Hosoya is Kanata Hoshijima
  • Inori Minase is Aries Spring

Masaomi Andō is directing the anime at Lerche. Norimitsu Kaihō is in charge of the series’ scripts. Keiko Kurosawa is designing the characters.

Astra Lost in Space is scheduled to premiere in Japan in July 2019.

Source: ANN

Astra Lost in Space Wins 12th Manga Taisho Awards

The executive committee for the 12th Manga Taisho awards announced during the awards ceremony that Kenta Shinohara’s Astra Lost in Space (Kanata no Astra) won this year’s award.

The manga was also nominated for the 23rd Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in February 2019, and also ranked at #3 on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! male readers list in December 2018.

Shinohara launched the manga in May 2016 on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ app. The manga ended in December 2017, and Shueisha published five compiled book volumes for the manga.

Source: ANN

Nominees Announced for the 23rd Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize

The Asahi Shimbun paper announced the 11 nominees for the 23rd Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, which commemorate the contributions of the manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka by recognizing the manga that best follow his tradition:

  • Areyo Hoshikuzu by Sansuke Yamada
  • Umimachi Diary by Akimi Yoshida
  • Astra Lost in Space by Kenta Shinohara
  • Kenkō de Bunkateki na Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu (A Minimum Healthy and Cultural Life) by Haruko Kashiwagi
  • Sayonara Miniskirt (Good-Bye My Mini Skirt) by Aoi Makino
  • Sono Ko, Jiruba (Jitterbug The Forties) by Shinobu Arima
  • Daru-chan by Remon Haruna
  • Nagi no Oitoma (Nagi’s Long Vacation) by Misato Konari
  • Fragile – Byōrii Kishi Keiichirō no Shoken (Fragile – The Finds of Pathologist Keiichirō Kishi) by Bin Kusamizu and Saburō Megumi
  • Mashiro no Oto by Marimo Ragawa
  • The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu

This year’s committee – consisting of actress Anne Watanabe; author Kazuki Sakuraba; manga creators Osamu Akimoto, Machiko Satonaka, and Tarō Minamoto; professor and scholar Shōhei Chūjō; manga critic Nobunaga Shinbo; and author and manga researcher Tomoko Yamada – selected the nominees from titles recommended by specialists and bookstore employees. To be eligible, the manga had to have had a compiled volume published in 2018. This is the fourth nomination for Yoshida’s Umimachi Diary (the manga was previously nominated in 2008, 2009, and 2011, and the second consecutive nomination for Shirai and Demizu’s The Promised Neverland.

Asahi Shimbun will announce the winners in late April 2019, and will host an awards ceremony in Tokyo on June 6, 2019.

Source: ANN

12th Manga Taisho Awards Nominates 13 Titles

The executive committee for the 12th Manga Taisho awards has announced this year’s 13 nominated works:

  • 1122 by Peko Watanabe
  • Ikoku Nikki (Foreign Country Diary) by Tomoko Yamashita
  • Astra Lost in Space by Kenta Shinohara
  • Kengōji-san wa Mendōkusai (Kongōji-san is Annoying) by Minoru Toyoda
  • Golden Gold by Seita Horio
  • Sazan to Suisei no Shōjo (Sazan and the Comet Girl) by Yuriko Akase
  • Delicious in Dungeon (Dungeon Meshi) by Ryōko Kui
  • Nagi no Oitoma (Nagi’s Long Vacation) by Misato Konari
  • Hakumei & Mikochi – Tiny Little Life in the Woods (Hakumei to Mikochi) by Takuto Kashiki
  • The Blue Period. by Tsubasa Yamaguchi
  • Go with the Clouds, North by Northwest (Hokuhokusei ni Kumo to Ike) by Aki Irie
  • Mystery to Iu Nakare (Do not say mystery) by Rui Morita
  • Metamorphose no Engawa (The Balcony of Metamorphose) by Kaori Tsurutani

The nominating committee is composed mainly of bookstore staffers who are in charge of their respective stores’ manga. This year’s nominating committee consisted 94 individuals, who selected from 247 titles. Any manga title that was released in 2018 and has eight volumes or less is eligible. The volume cap is intentionally added so that the prize winners would be relatively new works that have not already earned their popularity through sheer longevity.

The second round of voting will determine the winner of Manga Taisho 2019, which will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held sometime in late March or early April 2019.

Source: ANN

Astra Lost in Space Manga to End on December 30, 2017

The 47th chapter of Kenta Shinohara’s Astra Lost in Space manga has announced that the series will end with the 49th chapter on December 30, 2017.

Shinohara launched the manga in May 2016 on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ app. Shueisha published the fourth compiled volume on August 4, 2017. VIZ Media began publishing the chapters online for free in August 2017.

Source: ANN