The First Season of the Love Live! School Idol Project Anime Is Removed From Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll has removed the first season of the Love Live! School Idol Project anime from its service. The second season, as well as both seasons of Love Live! Sunshine!! are still available as of this writing. Anime News Network has reached out to Crunchyroll for comment about the removal of this anime, but a company representative declined to give a comment.

The first season of Love Live! School Idol Project is currently available for free for Amazon Prime members in the United States.

The 13-episode anime premiered in January 2013. Crunchyroll simulcast the series as it aired. NIS America released the anime on Blu-ray Disc in 2014 and 2016.

Source: ANN

English Cast for Love Live! School Idol Festival

Asian entertainment television network Mnet America and North American anime distributor NIS America announced that an English dub of Love Live! School Idol Festival anime is now airing on Mnet America. Both the first and second season will air, with new episodes debuting on Fridays.

The network is available through Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Cox, Bright House, and Verizon FiOS.

The English cast for the series includes:

  • Marieve Herington is Honoka Kosaka
  • Erica Lindbeck is Eli Ayase
  • Cristina Vee is Kotori Minami
  • Kira Buckland is Umi Sonoda
  • Faye Mata is Rin Hoshizora
  • Caitlin Glass is Maki Nishikino
  • Laura Post is Nozomi Tojo
  • Xanthe Huynh is Hanayo Koizumi
  • Erica Mendez is Nico Yazawa
  • Erika Harlacher is Erena
  • Corina Boettger is Anju
  • Natalie Hoover is Fumika

Sources: ANN, The Fandom Post

Love Live! School Idol Project to Get an English Version and NIS America Acquires Rights to the Film

NIS America has announced that the Love Live! School Idol Project will have an English version for both the first and second season of the series. The new releases that will be coming will feature the English version, as well as the original Japanese voice track with English subtitles for the North American market. Release details of 2nd Season will be announced at a later date, and the English version of the 1st Season will only be released as a standard edition.

To commemorate the English version, the company will be releasing a limited reprint of Love Live! School Idol Project 1st Season Premium Edition with original Japanese audio and English subtitles in July 2015.

NIS America has also announced that the company has acquired the rights to the Love Live! The School Idol Movie, which will be coming to select theaters in North America. The plans are for the theatrical screenings to begin on September 12, 2015, with the original Japanese voice track and English subtitles. This limited theatrical release will be showing in, but will not be limited to, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, New York City, and Washington, D.C. with more details to be announced later.

Source: The Fandom Post

Yomiuri Shimbun Announces Winners of Sugoi Japan Awards

The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper published the winners of its Sugoi Japan Awards. Genre experts nominated approximately 50 anime, manga, light novel and entertainment novels from the last 10 years and allowed visitors to vote for their favorites. The anime and manga winners include:

Anime Series
1. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
2. Tiger & Bunny
3. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
5. Love Live! School Idol Project
6. Mushi-Shi
7. Attack on Titan
8. Natsume’s Book of Friends
9. Psycho-Pass
10. Steins;Gate

Manga Series
1. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
2. Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa
3. Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate
4. March comes in like a lion by Chika Umino
5. Space Brothers by Chūya Koyama
6. Nichijo by Keiichi Arawi
7. One-Punch Man by ONE and Yuusuke Murata
8. A Bride’s Story by Kaoru Mori
9. Saint Young Men by Hikaru Nakamura
10. Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui

Source: ANN

Winners of the 9th Annual Seiyu Awards

The organizers of the 9th Annual Seiyu Awards have announced the award winners:

Best Lead Actor Award
Award for best leading performances from an actor during the year
Daisuke Ono
Agency: Mausu Promotion
Roles: Valvrave the Liberator, Sengoku Musou, Durarara!!×2 Sho

Best Lead Actress Award
Award for best leading performances from an actress during the year
Sayaka Kanda
Roles: Frozen, Good Luck Girl!

Most Votes Award
Hiroshi Kamiya
Agency: Aoni Production
Roles: Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Durarara!!×2 Sho

Best Supporting Actor Award
Award for best supporting performances from an actor during the year
Katsuyuki Konishi
Agency: Ken Production
Roles: Akame ga KILL!, D-Frag!

Toshiyuki Morikawa
Agency: Ken Production
Roles: Naruto Shippuden, Hero Bank

Best Supporting Actress Award
Award for best supporting performances from actresses during the year
Miyuki Sawashiro
Agency: Mausu Produce
Roles: Sword Art Online II, Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun

Kana Hanazawa
Agency: Office Osawa
Roles: D-Frag!, Durarara!!×2 Sho

Best New Actor Award
Award for noteworthy performances from an actor who debuted within the last five years
Ryota Ohsaka
Agency: Early Wing
Roles: Hamatora, Valvrave the Liberator

Soma Saito
Agency: 81Produce
Roles: Mysterious Joker, Haikyu!!

Natsuki Hanae
Agency: Across Entertainment
Roles: Nagi no Asukara, Your Lie in April

Best New Actress Award
Award for noteworthy performances from actresses who debuted within the last five years
Sora Amamiya
Agency: Music Ray’n
Roles: Akame ga KILL!, Aldnoah.Zero

Reina Ueda
Agency: 81Produce
Roles: Hanayamata, CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon

Aya Suzaki
Agency: I’m Enterprise
Roles: Tamako Love Story, Kill la Kill

Best Singing Award
Award for singing by a voice actor or actress under own name or in a role
μ’s unit from the Love Live! School idol project franchise

Personality Award
Award for a voice actor or actress that have done notable work in radio, web radio, or TV as a personality, whether under their own name or a character’s.
Daisuke Ono
Hiroshi Kamiya

Merit Awards
Award for the seiyu who have contributed to many genres, including foreign works, over the years
Hiroshi Ohtake
Agency: 81produce
Roles: Cyborg 009‘s Albert Heinrich/004, Kaibutsu-kun Dracula, Paman’s Booby

Fuyumi Shiraishi
Agency: Ken Production
Roles: Cyborg 009‘s Ivan Whiskey/001, Kaibutsu-kun‘s titular character, Mobile Suit Gundam‘s Mirai Yashima

Synergy Award
Award for the work that demonstrated the appeal of voice-acting to the fullest
Yokai Watch
Haruka Tomatsu (Music Rayn)

Kei Tomiyama Award
Award for the male performer who broadens the profession of voice acting in every form of media
Akio Ohtsuka
Agency: Mausu Promotion
Roles: Metal Gear Solid‘s Solid Snake, Regal Bryan in Tales of Symphonia the Animation: Tethe’alla Episode, voice-overs for Antonio Banderas and Steven Seagal in various works

Kazue Takahashi Award
Award for the female performer who broadens the profession of voice acting in every form of media
Gara Takashima
Agency: Haikyo
Roles: Slayers Revolution‘s Gioconda, Ah! My Goddess: Flights of Fancy‘s Hild, voice-overs for Carrie Fisher, Sharon Stone, Julia Roberts in various works

Kids/Family Award
Award selected by children
Etsuko Kozakura
Agency: Little Portal
Roles: Pocchama in Pocket Monsters: Diamond & Pearl, Jibanyan in Yokai Watch, Tamama in Sgt. Frog

Performers, works, or acts that do not fit within a category that deserve commendation
Wake Up, Girls! idol unit (represented by Mayu Yoshioka, Minami Tanaka, Yoshino Aoyama)
Agency: 81produce

Source: ANN

Tokyo Anime Award Festival Announces Nominees for 2015 Animation of the Year

The Tokyo Anime Award Festival has announced the nominees for its “Animation of the Year” award.

Theatrical Animation Division

  • Frozen
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Episode 7 – “Niji no Kanata ni” (Over the Rainbow)
  • Stand By Me Doraemon

Television Animation Division

  • Knights of Sidonia
  • Ping Pong
  • Yo-kai Watch
  • Love Live! School Idol Project

To be eligible, the works had to have been screened in theaters or broadcast on television in Japan between November 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014. The nominees were selected by 100 judges, including anime producers and members of The Association of Japanese Animations.

The titles will all screen during the Tokyo Anime Award Festival from March 19-23, 2015, and the winners will be selected.

Source: ANN