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

VIZ Media Launches the Astra Lost in Space Manga Series

VIZ Media delivers the sci-fi survival epic Astra Lost in Space on December 5, 2017.

The new manga series, by Kenta Shinohara, will be released in print under the Shonen Jump imprint and is rated “T” for Teens. Series volumes will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 each. Volume 1 is available now as a digital-first release via viz.com and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the NOOK, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future print and digital editions of Astra Lost in Space will be released in English on a quarterly basis.

As Astra Lost in Space opens, it’s the first day of Planet Camp, and Aries Spring could’t be more excited. Aries, along with eight other strangers, leave for Planet McPa for a weeklong excursion. Soon after they arrive, however, a mysterious orb appears and transports them into the depths of space, where they find an empty floating spaceship…

Astra Lost in Space has thrilled readers of the Weekly Shonen Jump free section with its engaging characters, unpredictable plot twists and next-level storytelling,” says Marlene First, Editor. “We’re proud to present readers with the series’ print release and invite them to experience a fantastic sci-fi survival epic this winter!”

Creator Kenta Shinohara began his manga career as an assistant to the legendary creator, Hideaki Sorachi, of Gintama. In 2006, he wrote and published a manga one-shot, Sket Dance, that began serialization in 2007 in Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan. Sket Dance went on to win the 55th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shonen manga category and inspired an anime adaptation in 2011. Shinohara began Astra Lost in Space in 2016 for Jump+.

VIZ Media Announces New Manga Acquisitions at 2017 Anime Boston Convention

VIZ Media detailed the acquisition of several notable new Shonen Jump manga properties this past weekend during its official panel event at Anime Boston 2017.

One of the most successful manga of all time will receive premium collectible treatment in the Death Note All-in-One Edition, debuting in Fall 2017. The monstrously large edition collects the complete 12-volume series in one massive book, and includes an epilogue chapter never before seen in English.

Two titles currently serialized on the Shonen Jump site will receive a digital-first full volume debut followed by a print release. Fans can look forward to Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend, an action-packed comedic spin-off focusing on one of the most-loved characters from the best-selling manga series created by Masashi Kishimoto. The science fiction survival epic Astra Lost in Space will also receive a digital-first and print volume release. Continuing chapters of both series are available for free on VIZ.com/ShonenJump/chapters/all.

In addition, the chilling suspense drama The Promised Neverland will make the leap from the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine to a full manga volume release. The first volume will debut first digitally in October 2017, followed by a print debut in December 2017.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

New Fall & Winter 2017 VIZ Media Publishing Acquisitions

DEATH NOTE (All-in-One Edition)
Rated “T+” for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2017

This hefty omnibus combines all 2,400 pages of the megahit thriller into a single massive tome, presented in a beautiful silver slipcase. A perfect collectible conversation piece and a must-have for Death Note fans. Also contains an epilogue chapter never before seen in English.

NARUTO: CHIBI SASUKE’S SHARINGAN LEGEND · Rated “T” for Teens
Volume 1 Digital First Debut July 2017, Print Debut September 2017

Uchiha Sasuke, the brooding loner who will do anything to avenge his clan and kill his older brother… Yes, this is that story, but with a hilarious twist. In Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend, the characters and story have been flipped on their heads, all for the sake of comedy. With his Taka teammates Suigetsu, Karin and Jugo, Sasuke travels the land and gets into all kinds of wacky adventures. This is a side of Sasuke you’ve never seen before. One bit of advice: do not mock the Uchiha.

ASTRA LOST IN SPACE · Rated “T” for Teens
Volume 1 Digital First Debut October 2017, Print Debut December 2017

In the year 2063 interstellar space travel has become the norm. Eight students from Caird High School and one child set out on a routine planet camp excursion. While there, the students are mysteriously transported 5,000 light-years away to the middle of nowhere. Will they ever make it back to Earth?

THE PROMISED NEVERLAND · Rated “T” for Teens
Volume 1 Digital First Debut October 2017, Print Debut December 2017

In this masterful suspense story, life at Grace Field House has been good for Emma and her fellow orphans. While the daily studying and exams they have to take are tough, their loving caretaker provides them with delicious foods and plenty of play time. But perhaps not everything is as it seems.