Cocoro Adds the Princess Knight Anime to Its Service

The Fandom Post is reporting that Cocoro has added all 52 episodes of the Princess Knight anime to its service. The episodes are available with an English dub for U.S. and Canadian viewers.

The series originally ran for 52 episodes between 1967 and 1968 as animated by Mushi Production.

The story of Princess Knight is described as:

Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Silverland, a princess named Sapphire was born. Thanks to the prank of a mischievous little angel, Sapphire ended up with both the blue heart of a boy and the pink heart of a girl. Thus, the new little princess would be as rambunctious and brave as she was gentle and caring.

However, all was not well in Silverland. By law, only a son could inherit the throne. So, to stop the evil Duke Duralumon from being next in line to rule the kingdom, the King announced to his subjects that Sapphire was a boy.

Now, several years later, everyone in the kingdom sees Sapphire as a swashbuckling prince. Very few people know her secret. But the Duke still lurks in the shadows, waiting for a chance to make his move… So begins the story of Sapphire – the courageous Princess Knight – as she fends off the Duke’s wicked schemes and fights for justice and the happiness of her people.

Source: The Fandom Post

Kodansha Comics Reveals Spring 2022 Manga Licenses

The Fandom Post is reporting that Kodansha Comics has announced the manga licenses that will be released in Spring 2022.

The upcoming licenses include:

The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse
By: Nakaba Suzuki
Release Date: Spring 2022

The newest manga from Nakaba Suzuki, which continues the adventures in the world of The Seven Deadly Sins. This series can be read on its own or as part of The Seven Deadly Sins experience.

Island in a Puddle
Story by: Kei Sanbe
Release Date: Spring 2022

The new manga series from Kei Sanbe, the master of suspense behind Erased, plunges an innocent young boy into Tokyo’s criminal underworld, as he fights to keep his younger sister alive, and to return his soul to his own body.

The tiny apartment where Minato lives may as well be an isolated island in the middle of the ocean. Despite still being in elementary school, it falls on his shoulders to care for his little sister Nagisa, who never stops asking when their mother will make one of her infrequent visits home. On one of those visits, their mother takes them to an amusement park, only to give Minato some cash and leave them on a Ferris wheel… but as the wheel reaches the top, lightning strikes, and, instead of his sister, Minato sees the corpse of a woman… and, reflected in the glass looking back at him, an unfamiliar and menacing face.

A Galaxy Next Door
By: Gido Amagakura
Release Date: Spring 2022

The new sweet and wild romantic comedy from the creator of the hit manga and anime about food and family, Sweetness & Lightning. A desperate manga artist, called on to support his two young siblings, meets a new art assistant. But her arrival isn’t just a small step, it’s a giant leap…

Since his parents died, manga artist Ichiro has barely scraped by, forced to support his two younger siblings on just a middle school education. He doesn’t even have time to learn how to use a computer, which forces him to keep wrestling with pen and paper. When his art assistants quit to strike out on their own, on top of juggling deadlines, family, and the constant fear of losing his job, Ichiro feel close to a total breakdown. But then a new assistant pops into Ichiro’s life, and his prospects immediately start to brighten. She’s an incredible artist, she always finishes on time, and she’s beautiful, to boot. But she also seems to know an awful lot about him, and, soon, she makes a confession that bends Ichiro’s mind beyond the confines of Earth…

Phantom of the Idol
By: Hijiki Isoflavone
Release Date: Spring 2022

The story of a lazy male idol, ready to quit (or get fired), and the peppy poltergeist who brings him back from the brink, and rocketing to the heights of stardom. This madcap musical comedy is perfect for fans of My Dress-Up Darling, Kiss Him, Not Me! and Horimiya.

Yuuya, one half of the boy pop duo ZINGS, may be the laziest performer in the Japanese music industry. His partner is out there giving 110% every night (and, thankfully, he’s quite popular), but Yuuya’s half-assed, sloppy dancing, and his frankly hostile attitude toward the audience, has the fans hating him and his agent looking for any excuse to cut him loose. The career of a pop idol just isn’t the path of easy leisure and adulation Yuuya expected…

After a particularly lifeless concert appearance, Yuuya meets a girl backstage. She’s dressed to the nines in a colorful outfit, she’s full of vim and vigor, and all she wants from life is to perform. There’s just one problem: She’s been dead for a year. This is the ghost of Asahi Mogami, the beloved singer whose time on the stage was tragically cut short, unless… If ghosts are real, is spirit possession really that much of a stretch?

By: Coffee
Release Date: Spring 2022

A boy named Kaboku sees a girl named Wanda dance, and suddenly burns with a need to join in. With its thrilling scenes of Japanese hip-hop dance and quirky, charming characters, this is a new, inspirational manga for fans of coming-of-age stories like Blue Period and Your Lie in April. Get up and join the Wandance.

Kaboku has always just gone with the flow, marching in step to the drumbeat of the expectations of those around him: parents, school, plans for the future. It feels predictable, safe, and… empty. But one night, Kaboku’s at school late, and he happens on a girl alone, moving wildly, turning a blank space of concrete into a canvas. This is Hikari Wanda, a member of the hip-hop dance club. Kaboku is immediately smitten, but the road to stepping out of his shell is a long one. The club is almost entirely girls, and they’re all, well, way better than him. What’s ahead is unknown, and that’s terrifying, but it also means, for the first time in Kaboku’s life… a taste of freedom.

Welcome Back, Alice
By: Shuzo Oshimi
Release Date: Spring 2022

Yohei, Kei and Yui are childhood friends and things get complicated when Yohei witnesses Kei and Yui in an intimate moment. But when Kei unexpectedly moves away and returns a few years later to reunite in high school, he seems to be a bit different.

Devil Ecstasy
By: Shuzo Oshimi
Release Date: Spring 2022

Noboru Kusakabe is an 18-year-old virgin college student who developed a trauma for big breasts. Desperately wanting to lose his virginity, Noboru and his friend discover a mysterious brothel called “Devil Ecstasy.” Although he was nervous about his first experience, Noboru is thrilled by a beautiful girl with small breasts named Meruru who holds a scary secret about the brothel.

Sensei’s Pious Lie
By: Akane Torikai
Release Date: Spring 2022

Misuzu Hara is a 24-year-old high school teacher. Her peaceful days of instructing her students begin to change with the advent of her friend Minako’s fiancé, Hayafuji. What happened between them?

A dramatic story about sexual inequalities that lie between men and women.

By: Ryo Hanada
Release Date: Spring 2022

A new dark fantasy from the creator of Devils’ Line, Ryo Hanada.

The world is suddenly overrun by monsters called “shojo” and anyone who is bit by one is infected with a mysterious virus, which turns them into the same being. To defeat the shojo, humans live in “aerial cities” and formed units called “guards.” Nanao Minami, also known as the Blackguard, fights but without regard for his own life. What is his motivation and why does he want to die so readily?

Tezuka New Omnibus Editions – Apollo’s Song, Princess Knight, Ode to Kirihito
By: Osamu Tezuka
Release Date: Spring 2022

From the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame inductee creator

  • Classic Osamu Tezuka titles are back in print in an all new format
  • Each title will now be one volume, complete omnibus editions for the first time ever
  • New covers created by renowned designer Peter Mendulsund

The Shining Sea
By: Koji Suzuki
Release Date: Spring 2022

A young woman who attempted suicide by drowning has lost her memory. Her lover, a young man, is on a pelagic tuna fishing boat. What happened between them? From renowned author Koji Suzuki, the creator of the Ring series.

AKIRA: Art of Wall
By: Katsuhiro Otomo
Release Date: Spring 2022

A UNIQUE ARTIFACT: Reproduction of an art project inspired by Akira and carried out with the involvement of the original creator.

RARE COLLECTIBLE: Akira is one of the most important and popular manga ever published, and official merchandise based on this property is vanishingly rare.

HUGE FRANCHISE: The complete, $200 box set published by Kodansha in 2017 is the #1 best selling ISBN ever published by the imprint by net dollars.

Source: The Fandom Post

RetroCrush Announces Debuts for June 2021

Digital Rights Media has announced the new titles and release dates for the anime titles that will stream on its RetroCrush streaming service in June 2021.

The titles will launch on consecutive Fridays in June 2021:

  • Puppet Princess – June 4, 2021
  • Galaxy Angel – June 4, 2021
  • Galaxy Angel Z – June 4, 2021
  • Princess Knight – June 11, 2021
  • Kimba the White Lion – June 18, 2021
  • Astro Boy (1960) – June 25, 2021

Puppet Princess, Galaxy Angel, and Galaxy Angel Z will stream with English subtitles and with an English dub. Princess Knight, Kimba the White Lion, and Astro Boy will only stream with an English dub.

RetroCrush is a free, ad-supported video-on-demand service available in the United States and Canada. The service has apps on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, and smart TVs, in addition to being available on browsers. The service launched in March 2020.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment Announces the Addition of Nozomi Entertainment Titles to Its Streaming Library

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming the following anime from Nozomi Entertainment on February 18, 2020:

  • Astro Boy (1963)
  • Kimba the White Lion (1965)
  • Princess Knight
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena
  • The Adolescence of Utena anime film
  • Martian Successor Nadesico
  • Martian Successor Nadesico: Prince of Darkness anime film

The anime will stream in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, and Princess Knight will stream in English. The other anime will stream in English and in Japanese with English subtitles.

Source: ANN

Vertical Announces Osamu Tezuka eBook License

Vertical has announced that the publisher has acquired the new eBook rights for their library of Osamu Tezuka manga.

“In the coming months expect to see all of our Tezuka titles available through the Apple iBookstore, Kindle, Nook, and hopefully Google Play. We will focus first on the series that are out of print – Apollo’s Song and Black Jack.”

Their library includes:

  • Apollo’s Song – omnibus
  • Black Jack 1 through 17
  • Dororo – omnibus
  • Princess Knight 1&2
  • Ode to Kirihito – omnibus
  • MW
  • Ayako
  • Book of Human Insects
  • Buddha 1 through 8
  • Message to Adolf 1&2
  • Twin Knights

Source: ANN

Right Stuf Announces Princess Knight License

Right Stuf has announced that the company has acquired the license for Osamu Tezuka’s Princess Knight television anime series.

According to the announcement, Right Stuf is planning to release Princess Knight in North America on two limited-edition DVD box sets in 2013. The releases will feature the original English-language dub, as well as a Spanish-language audio option.

Due to the availability of materials, the DVDs will be using the edited and cut broadcast footage from Princess Knight‘s television syndication during the 1960s and 1970s. Unfortunately, there will be no Japanese audio option on these sets because it cannot be synced with this footage.

Source: ANN

Vertical’s Announcements at Otakon

Vertical Inc. Marketing Director Ed Chavez made several announcements during the company’s panel at Otakon:

  • Vertical’s release of the Black Jack manga had been on hiatus for a year, but they are now back on track. The company is planning to release volumes of the title every other month.
  • Vertical is releasing Osamu Tezuka’s Book of Human Insects. The volume will be available in hard cover with a slip jacket.
  • Vertical is releasing a one volume manga titled, Velveteen & Mandala by Jiro Matsumoto.
  • Volume 9 of the Twin Spica manga will be released in September 2011. Chavez said the series had not been selling particularly well; however, there are no plans to cancel the series. Instead, Vertical will be raising the page count to approximately 400 in each release starting with Volume 10.
  • Vertical is also releasing The Drops of God by Tadashi Agi and Shu Okimoto.
  • The first volume of the No Longer Human manga will be released at the end of September 2011.
  • Chavez announced that Vertical will be releasing Osamu Tezuka’s Princess Knight manga series. The first volume will feature a chapter that has not been published in Japan in 30 years. Also, the version Vertical used for this release is their own translation, rather than Kodansha’s bilingual version. The first volume will be released in September 2011.
  • Vertical has licensed GTO: 14 Days in Shonan.
  • Vertical is releasing a compilation edition of Osamu Tezuka’s Dororo. All three volumes will be available in this compilation, which will be released in February 2012. The price for the compilation is $24.95.