Anime Studio Xebec’s Production Operations to Be Transfered to Sunrise

IG Port, the parent company of several anime studios including Production I.G and Wit Studio, announced that its board of directors has decided to transfer the production operations of one of its consolidated subsidiaries, the anime studio Xebec, to Sunrise.

Sunrise added that it plans to establish a new subsidiary to take in Xebec’s production operations on March 1, 2019. Sunrise, IG Port, and Xebec will agree to these terms under a letter of intent between the three companies on November 21, 2018. The companies plan to sign the finalized agreement on March 11, 2019, and formally transfer the operations on April 1, 2019 (which is the start of the Japanese fiscal year).

IG Port explained that Xebec’s primary business, production for animation and other onscreen works, has been running a deficit for a long time. Revenues from its licensing business has not made up for the shortfall. While it was running a deficit, Xebec implemented measures to improve its bottom line, such as stabilizing its revenue stream by accepting production work contracts for long series, reviewing its management structure, and moving its headquarters.

However, even though it had the capacity to produce popular works, Xebec’s financial results within IG Port’s group companies did not improve. So, IG Port considered ways to move forward including reorganizing its group companies.

Xebec has been in operation since its founding in May 1995. Its many works include Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202, Martian Successor Nadesico, Hana Kappa, and Future Card Buddyfight. Its current president is Nobuyoshi Habara.

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Announcements at Anime Expo

Anime Expo is taking place in Los Angeles this weekend, which means there will be plenty of anime and manga announcements at industry panels. I will be gathering up all of the announcements in this post, so please keep an eye here for updates.

Aniplex of America

  • Aniplex of America announced that it will screen the anime film of Yoru Sumino’s I Want to Eat Your Pancreas novel in theaters in the United States. However, the company did not reveal the opening date for the film.
  • The company also announced that it will screen Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly, the second film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel anime film trilogy, in theaters in the United States in 2019. It was also announced that the company will release Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower, the first film, on Blu-ray Disc on November 20, 2018.

Crunchyroll

  • Crunchyroll announced that it will simulcast the Music Girls anime in Summer 2018, and the RErideD: Derrida, who leaps through time, Double Decker! Doug & Kirill, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, and Radiant anime in Fall 2018.
  • The company also announced that it will debut of the first episode of The Rising of The Shield Hero anime at the Crunchyroll Expo event, which will be taking place September 1-3, 2018. Crunchyroll will also host guests for the event.
  • Crunchyroll announced that it will release the Planet With, Holmes of Kyoto, and Crossing Time manga to its digital manga platform. Planet With and Holmes of Kyoto will premiere on the platform on July 10, 2018, and simultaneous publication with Japan will begin on July 29, 2018. Crossing Time will premiere on the platform on July 10, 2018, and new chapters will launch every week.

Dark Horse Comics

  • Dark Horse Comics announced that it has licensed Lynn Okamoto’s Elfen Lied manga. The company will release the 12-volume series in four omnibus volumes, the first of which is scheduled to be released on May 22, 2019.

Eleven Arts Anime Studio

  • Eleven Arts Anime Studio announced that it will have theatrical screenings of Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation’s Liz and the Blue Bird anime film, as well as Wit Studio’s Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden anime film trilogy. It was also announced that it will open the Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2 film in theaters in Winter 2019.

FUNimation Entertainment

  • FUNimation has announced that it has licensed Studio Trigger and Tsuburaya Productions’ SSSS.Gridman anime series and will premiere it on its FunimationNow streaming service in Fall 2018. It will have an English dub.
  • The company also announced that it will continue its stream of Tokyo Ghoul:re with the second season in October 2018.
  • FUNimation announced that its home video releases of Pop Team Epic and Dragon Ball Super Part 5 are scheduled for October 2018.
  • The company announced that the High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- prequel film, Free! -Take Your Marks- film, and Free! -Timeless Medley- Kizuna and Free! -Timeless Medley- Yakusoku compilation films are scheduled to be released on home video in October 2018. A special box collection will also bundle all four films in an exclusive box.
  • FUNimation will release the four-episode finale arc for the ReLIFE anime on home video, as well as streaming on FunimationNow.
  • The company will re-release Witch Hunter Robin on home video on October 23, 2018.
  • The company will release Mamoru Hosoda’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and The Beast anime films in a box set.
  • FUNimation announced that it has licensed the Zillion (Akai Kōdan Zillion) anime and plans to release the complete series in October 2018. The release will be English-subtitled.

Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics

  • Kodansha Comics announced new manga licenses and print releases at a joint panel with Vertical Comics. Kodansha Comics will release the following series: The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days, Boarding School Juliet (in print), Love in Focus (Renzu-sō no Sankaku), Witch Hat Atelier (Tongari Bōshi no Atelier), Gleipnir, Quintessential Quintuplets (in print), Edens Zero (in print), Hiro Mashima’s Playground (Mashima-en), Fairy Tail: Lightning Gods, 10 Dance, Hitorijime My Hero, and Yuri Is My Job! (Watashi no Yuri wa Oshigoto Desu!).
  • The companies also announced that the 35th anniversary Akira manga box set will be back in stock in September 2018.

Netflix

  • Netflix has announced that Sanrio and Fanworks’ Aggressive Retsuko (Aggretsuko) anime will get a second season that will debut on Netflix in 2019.

Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment

  • Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced that Right Stuf will release the Mobile Fighter G Gundam Ultra Edition Blu-ray Set during the 2018 holiday season, and will release the Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Ultra Edition Blu-ray Set in 2019. The Gundam Seed release will include both English dubs.
  • Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced that Nozomi Entertainment will release the Gravitation, Please Teacher!, and Please Twins! anime on Blu-ray Disc. The company also confirmed an “Ultra Edition Blu-ray Set” for its previously revealed Blu-ray Disc release of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor anime.
  • Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced that Nozomi Entertainment has licensed the Galaxy Angel A, Galaxy Angel AA, and Galaxy Angel S anime, and will release those anime on Blu-ray Disc. The company also revealed that its release of Galaxy Angel Z will be available for pre-order starting on July 8, 2018, and will ship on October 2, 2018. The Galaxy Angel Z release will include all 19 episodes of the television series, a clean opening video, a clean ending video, a commercial collection, and a “Now I Get It!” Galaxy Angel Lectures Featurette. Nozomi Entertainment’s Galaxy Angel Z release will include both English and Japanese audio.

Section23

  • Section23’s Maiden Japan imprint announced that it has licensed the Human Crossing, Blue Gale Xabungle, Space Runaway Ideon, Armored Trooper Votoms, Hataraki Man, Basquash!, Yumeiro Pâtissière, and Maria Watches Over Us anime. Maiden Japan’s Maria Watches Over Us license includes all of the original video anime (OVAs), and the series will stream on HIDIVE prior to a Blu-ray Disc release. The panelists noted that there are talks for an English dub.

Sentai Filmworks

  • Sentai Filmworks announced that it will release Tada Never Falls in Love, Real Girl, UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2, Takunomi., and My Girlfriend is Shobitch anime series and the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! – Take on Me anime film with English dubs.
  • It was also announced that the company has licensed the second season of Real Girl.
  • Sentai Filmworks also announced the main cast for the English dubs for the Made in Abyss and Scum’s Wish anime.
  • The company announced that it has licensed the Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues (Chūkan Kanriroku Tonegawa) anime, and that it will stream an English dubcast on HIDIVE beginning in August 2018.

Seven Seas Entertainment

  • Seven Seas Entertainment announced the following new manga licenses: Kiyoko Iwami’s Transparent Light Blue (Tōmei na Usui Mizuiro ni) yuri manga, Yasuhito Nogi’s A Certain Scientific Railgun: Astral Buddy (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Gaiden: Astral Buddy) spin-off manga, Ayami Kazama’s Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Elma’s Office Lady Diary (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon: Eruma no OL Nikki) spin-off manga, Muraji’s Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Heed My Call, Beast! manga (Japanese title Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi: Wa ga Yobigoe ni Kotae yo, Kemono), Asumiko Nakamura’s Classmates manga (both Dōkyūsei and the two-volume Sotsugyōsei; spring/summer 2019), and Mine Yoshizaki’s Dragon Quest Monsters+ manga (scheduled for Winter 2019).

Studio Trigger

  • Studio Trigger announced that it is launching a Patreon page. Patrons who pledge US$1 per month will have access to a high resolution .jpg file from Studio Trigger’s live drawing sessions. Those who pledge US$5 per month will have access to .psd, .ai, and clip studio files with the layers untouched from Trigger’s live drawing sessions. Once the studio hits US$1,500 per month, it will start streaming a live-drawing session with one of its animators/illustrators. The studio will use the initial earnings to prepare equipment for the live streams. As of this writing, the page has 1,121 patrons have pledges totaling US$3,643 per month.

Sunrise

  • Sunrise President & CEO Yasuo Miyakawa announced that Sunrise is collaborating with Legendary Pictures on a live-action Gundam film.

VIZ Media

  • VIZ Media announced that it has licensed the Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection manga and the Megalobox anime. The license for Megalobox includes the exclusive theatrical, broadcast, and home media rights, as well as the non-exclusive streaming, merchandise, and consumer products rights.
  • VIZ Media announced during its JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure panel that it has licensed both Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable manga, as well as the manga’s live-action film adaptation. The company also announced it has licensed the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind anime. The company revealed that Billy Kametz will voice the character Jōsuke Higashikata in the English dub of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable anime, which will premiere on Toonami on August 18, 2018.

Warner Bros. Anime

  • Warner Bros. Anime announced that the first two episodes of Hi Score Girl will premiere in the United States at Otakon 2018, which will be held from August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event will host special guests for the screening.

Yen Press

  • Yen Press announced the following new manga licenses: Kei Sanbe’s Yume de Mita: Anoko no Tame ni manga, author Memarei and artist Chabane Uchida’s Monster Wrestling manga, Okada Atsushi’s Nyankees manga, Suu Minazuki’s Plunderer manga, author Homura Kawamoto and artist Katsura Saiki’s Kakegurui Twins manga, and Tomiyaki Kagisora’s Happy Sugar Life manga.
  • The company also announced that it will begin publishing print editions for Shut-In Shoutarou Kominami Takes on the World and The Witch’s House – The Diary of Ellen manga. Yen Press is already offering the series digitally.

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Right Stuf, Inc. and Sunrise Inc. Announce Mobile Suit Gundam AGE TV Series Collection 1

Right Stuf, Inc. and Sunrise Inc. announce the upcoming release of Mobile Suit Gundam AGE TV Series Collection 1. Mobile Suit Gundam AGE TV Series Collection 1 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on May 1, 2018.

The Blu-ray is a four-disc set with an SRP of $74.99, while the DVD is a five-disc set with an SRP of $59.99.

Both sets include:

  • Episodes 1-28 of Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
  • Special Features: Clean Closing 1 & 2, Clean Openings 1 & 2, Promo, TV Commercials
  • Audio: English and Japanese 2.0 LPCM
  • Subtitles: English

The Blu-ray video is presented in 1080P, 16:9, HD Native. The video on the DVD is presented in a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) Coming March 2018 From Right Stuf, Inc. and Sunrise Inc.

Right Stuf, Inc. and Sunrise Inc. announce the upcoming release of Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn). Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 6, 2018.

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN) BLU-RAY COLLECTION

Format: Blu-ray
Pre-Book: 2/6/2018
Street Date: 3/6/2018
SRP: $64.99
Catalog #: RSBLU1850
ISBN: 978-1-57032-586-1
UPC: 7-42617-1850-2-1
Runtime: 450 minutes
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Rating: TV14
Audio: English and Japanese 5.1, English and Japanese 2.0
Subtitles: English
Video: 16:9
Disc Count: 4
Case Qty: 30

Original story by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yatate
Directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Music by Hiroyuki Sawano

Contains episodes 1-7 of Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn).

Special Features: The “Story So Far”, Episode EX “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, Episode Recaps, Episode 5 Ending with Lyrics, Trailers, Promotional Videos, Commercials, MS & Character Highlights, Episode 3 Textless Ending.

Product specifications and content subject to change.

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN) DVD COLLECTION

Format: DVD
Pre-Book: 2/6/2018
Street Date: 3/6/2018
SRP: $49.99
Catalog #: RSDVD1852
ISBN: 978-1-57032-587-8
UPC: 7-42617-1852-2-9
Runtime: 450 minutes
Genre: Science Fiction
Age Rating: TV14
Audio: English and Japanese Dolby 5.1, English and Japanese Dolby 2.0
Subtitles: English & Spanish
Video: 16:9
Disc Count: 4
Case Qty: 30

Original story by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yatate
Directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Music by Hiroyuki Sawano

Contains episodes 1-7 of Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn).

Special Features: Textless Ending, Episode 5 Ending with Lyrics, The Story So Far, Episode EX “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, Promotional Videos, TV Commercials, Trailers, MS & Character Highlights.

Product specifications and content subject to change.

Announcements from Otakon 2017

Otakon is taking place August 11-13, 2017, and this post will consolidate all of the announcements made during the convention. Please watch this post over the weekend for updates.

Aniplex of America

  • Aniplex of America announced that the English dub for the Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga anime will begin streaming exclusively on Hulu on September 1, 2017.
  • The company announced the release dates and details for Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen, Koyomimonogatari, and Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale. Koyomimonogatari will be released as a two-disc Blu-ray Disc set on December 19, 2017. The set will bundle a deluxe booklet, pin-up postcards, and a package illustrated by Akio Watanabe. The release will have a suggested retail price of US$89.98 and a sales price of US$69.98. The release will include English subtitles and Japanese audio, and will feature a promo video and commercial collection. Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen will be released on November 21, 2017. The Blu-ray Disc will bundle a soundtrack, deluxe booklet, pin-up postcard set, and package illustrated by Akio Watanabe. The set will have a suggested retail price of US$89.98 and a sales price of US$69.98. The release will include Japanese audio and English subtitles, and will also include a theatrical trailer, promo videos, and commercials. Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale will be released on December 19, 2017 as a limited edition Blu-ray Disc, a standard edition Blu-ray Disc, and a standard edition DVD. Both Blu-ray Disc releases will also include the “Sword Art OFFline –Ordinal Scale–” anime short. The releases will all feature Japanese and English audio and English and Spanish subtitles. The limited Blu-ray Disc set will bundle a bonus music CD, a deluxe booklet, and a rigid box, and has a suggested retail price of US$79.98 and a sales price of US$69.98. The standard Blu-ray Disc has a suggested retail price of US$49.98 and a sales price of US$39.98. The DVD has a suggested retail price of US$39.98 and a sales price of US$29.98.

Crunchyroll

  • Crunchyroll announced that it is adding Jūni Taisen to its Fall 2017 simulcast lineup, and that the series will be simulcast under the title, Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War.
  • The service is hosting Jūni Taisen voice actors Hiromi Igarashi and Shun Horie at its Crunchyroll Expo event on August 25-27, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

Discotek Media

  • Discotek Media announced that it has licensed Cyborg 009, Project ARMS, NieA_7, Tomorrow’s Joe (Ashita no Joe), Bananya, and Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon. The company will release the 2001 Cyborg 009 The Cyborg Soldier television series on DVD. Project ARMS will ship on DVD with Japanese audio and English subtitles and an English dub. The release will include both seasons and all 52 episodes. The DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of the Tomorrow’s Joe film will have both Japanese audio with English subtitles and an English dub. The English dub will be from the Tai Seng DVD. The release will be an HD transfer, the same as the Japanese Blu-ray Disc release. Discotek will release Bananya on DVD and on Blu-ray Disc for the first time. The company is producing an English dub for the anime. The release will also include Japanese audio with English subtitles. Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon will be available on DVD and for the first time in HD on Blu-ray Disc. NieA_7 will be available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The release will include the same bonus videos as Geneon’s previous release.
  • Discotek is releasing Hells on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, and the release will feature the original Japanese audio with an all-new subtitle translation. Discotek is collaborating with Team Four Star and Sound Cadence Studios on an English dub for the anime.
  • The company is releasing Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer, and it will have a 16:9 aspect ration preferred by director Mamoru Oshii. The release will have both Japanese audio with improved English subtitles and an English dub from the original master. The release will include director commentary and theatrical trailers.
  • Discotek is releasing the 30th Anniversary Edition of Robot Carnival on Blu-ray Disc with both Japanese audio and English subtitles and an English dub. Bonus features will include a production art gallery, behind-the-scenes notes, “storyboard to screen” videos, and a short documentary about the film.
  • Discotek will release its second collection of Lupin III: Part II with remastered video, the same as the first collection. The release will include episodes 41 to 79 and include Japanese audio with improved English subtitles and an English dub. The release will have commentaries and an interview with Richard Epcar, the English dub director and voice of Daisuke Jigen.
  • The company will first release an English-dubbed version of Lupin III: Part IV, followed by a release with Japanese audio and English subtitles. The two versions will have some different video content with scenes of different lengths and alternate animation. The English dub is based on the original Italian cut of the series. The release will include all episodes, including the two bonus episodes. The release will feature interviews with English dub directors Richard Epcar and Ellyn Stern.

FUNimation Entertainment

  • FUNimation announced that it will release the anime film based on Project Itoh’s Genocidal Organ novel on home video on November 7, 2017. The company also revealed the English dub cast and staff for the release. The cast, under ADR director Clifford Chapin, script writer Deborah Crane, mixer Nathanael Harrison CAS, and engineers Jamal Roberson and Matt Grounds, includes: Josh Grelle as Clavis, Ricco Fajardo as John Paul, Jeannie Tirado as Lucie, Ian Sinclair as Williams, Christopher R. Sabat as Rockwell, Clifford Chapin as Alex, David Wald as Lucius, and Joel McDonald as Leland.
  • The company also announced several upcoming home video releases. Kiddy Girl-and will be released as a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on November 28, 2017. Hybrid×Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia (Masō Gakuen H×H) will be released as a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on on November 21, 2017. Myriad Colors Phantom World will be released as a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on November 21, 2017, with both a regular and limited edition. The Future Diary will also be released as a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on November 21, 2017, and will include the original video anime (OVA) with the “true end.”

Nozomi Entertainment

  • Nozomi Entertainment announced during the Right Stuf panel that it has launched a Kickstarter to provide an English dub for its HD release of Aria the Animation. If funded, the dub will be recorded at Headline Studios in New York.

Right Stuf

  • Right Stuf has announced that it will release the Mobile Fighter G Gundam anime as part of its partnership with Sunrise. Mobile Fighter G Gundam, a spin-off of Mobile Suit Gundam, will ship in two sets in 2018. Right Stuf will release the series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with English and Japanese audio and English subtitles.
  • The Mobile Suit Gundam Wing television anime series will ship as two sets on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in November 2017. Right Stuf and Sunrise will release both the original video anime (OVA) and film versions of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in December 2017. The Endless Waltz release will also include the four-part Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor OAV, which Right Stuf will release for the first time in North America. The releases will include both English and Japanese audio and English subtitles, but Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor will have only Japanese audio with English subtitles. In addition, Right Stuf will release the Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collector’s Ultra Edition with the television series, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Operation Meteor OAV, and OVA and film versions of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz in December 2017. The release will include a bonus disc of video content such as the “New Mobile Report Gundam Wing: Frozen Teardrop” picture drama and cast interviews. The Ultra Edition will bundle five large art cards, five tarot cards, three posters, a five-piece metal pin set, and a 180-page art book. The art book will feature key and promotional art, mecha and character designs, staff and cast interviews, and storyboards.

Sunrise

  • Sunrise announced at its official Gundam panel that it will release the HD remastered versions of Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny with new English dubs recorded at NYAV Post. The dub will have a brand new cast. The cast includes Max Mittelman as Kira, Chris Hackney as Athrun, Stephanie Sheh as Lacus, Sandy Fox as Haro, Cherami Leigh as Cagalli, Erica Mendez as Flay, Lucien Dodge as Sai, Cassandra Morris as Miriallia, Colin DePaula as Tolle, Eddy Lee as Kuzzey, Daman Mills as Yzak, Johnny Yong Bosch as Dearka, and Casey Mongillo as Nicol.

VIZ Media

  • VIZ Media announced that it has licensed Yuki Shiwasu’s Takane & Hana and Meca Tanaka’s The Young Master’s Revenge manga.
  • The company announced plans to publish Shirow Miwa’s RWBY manga in print and a hardcover edition of The Art of The Secret World of Arrietty.
  • It was also announced that VIZ Media has acquired the digital streaming, electronic sell-through, home video, and merchandise rights for the Mr. Osomatsu (Osomatsu-san) anime. The license includes the 25-episode first season and the upcoming second season.

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Announcements at Anime Expo 2017

Rather than make separate posts for announcements made at ever company panel, I will be compiling them all in this post. Please keep checking back over the course of Anime Expo for updates.

A-1 Pictures

  • A-1 Pictures announced that the television anime of TYPE-MOON and Yuichiro Higashide’s Fate/Apocrypha novels will premiere outside of Japan on Netflix on November 7, 2017. The company did not specify the regions it will be available on that date.

Aniplex of America

  • Aniplex of America will release Fate/Grand Order: First Order on Blu-ray Disc on October 24, 2017. Pre-orders begin on July 5, 2017. The release will include Japanese and English audio, and English and Spanish subtitles. The release will include a booklet, a soundtrack CD, and a package illustrated by original character designer Takashi Takeuchi. Video extras include an announcement trailer, gameplay trailer, character trailers, and a cast interview. The release will have a store price of US$69.98.
  • The company will release Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga in two DVD or Blu-ray Disc sets. The sets will feature Japanese and English audio and English subtitles. The first set ships on November 14, 2017, and the second set ships on February 13, 2018. The DVDs will each have a store price of US$29.98, and the Blu-ray Discs will each have a store price of US$59.98. The first set will feature the first six episodes, textless opening and ending, episode 1 textless ending scene, a booklet, illustration postcards, and a package illustration by character designer Keigo Sasaki. The second set will include episodes 7-12, to-be-determined bonus content, a booklet, illustration postcards, and a package illustration by Sasaki.
  • Aniplex of America announced that it will release Hell Girl 4, Owarimonogatari season 2, Record of Grancrest War, and Blend S anime. The company confirmed that Hell Girl 4 will stream on Crunchyroll in addition to Anime Strike, and Owarimonogatari season 2 will premiere “first” on Crunchyroll in August 2017. Aniplex did not announce detailed plans for Record of Grancrest War or Blend S. Record of Grancerest War is listed as “coming in January 2018” and Blend S is “coming in October.”

Crunchyroll

  • Crunchyroll announced that it will stream the new television anime adaptation of Keiichi Sigsawa’s Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World- light novels in Fall 2017. The streaming service also announced that URAHARA, the anime adaptation of Patrick Macias and Mugi Tanaka’s webcomic PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team!, will begin streaming in Fall 2017.
  • The company announced that it will publish the following three manga titles simultaneously with Japan: Hazuki Minase and Itsuki Kameya’s Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger (launching July 12, 2017), Hisago Amazake-no and Takuji Katō’s Knight’s & Magic (launching July 5, 2017), Junpei Inuzaka and Takaaki Kugatsu’s Restaurant to Another World (launching July 2, 2017)
  • Crunchyroll announced that it will stream the following anime during the Summer 2017 season: Aho-Girl, Elegant Yokai Apartment Life (premiering worldwide outside of Asia on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. EDT), Netsuzou Trap -NTR- (streaming worldwide outside of Asia), and Tsuredure Children. Unless otherwise noted above, the streaming times and regions have not yet been announced.
  • The site also began streaming the first episode of the fifth Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories anime season on July 2, 2017.
  • Crunchyroll announced that it will host illustrator Yoshitaka Amano and animator Hiroshi Shimizu at its first Crunchyroll Expo event in August 2017. In addition, Crunchyroll announced that it will host Final Fantasy XV voice actors Ray Chase, Max Mittelman, Adam Croasdell, Chris Parson, as well as Youtuber Gigguk. Crunchyroll Expo will be held August 25-27, 2017 at Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
  • The site also announced that it will stream The Rising of the Shield Hero and A Place Further Than the Universe anime; both were listed as “coming soon.”

Eleven Arts

  • Eleven Arts has announced that it will host theatrical screenings for the A Silent Voice and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection anime films in October 2017. A Silent Voice will screen at Anime Expo on July 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

FUNimation Entertainment

  • FUNimation announced that it will simuldub the following Summer 2017 anime series: 18if, A Centaur’s Life, Classroom of the Elite, Restaurant to Another World, Hina Logic: From Luck & Logic, Knight’s & Magic, and Saiyuki Reload Blast. In addition, it will continue the simuldub streams for My Hero Academia, Sakura Quest, and Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON. The company also announced that it will stream a simuldub of Lupin III: Part IV, which will premiere on FunimationNOW on July 2, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. EDT (with new episodes on Sundays).
  • The company announced that its theatrical release of the Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry film is scheduled for Summer 2017. FUNimation premiered the film in Japanese with English subtitles at Anime Central on May 20, 2017.
  • FUNimation announced that it has licensed both seasons of the Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans television anime in partnership with Sunrise. The company will release the first season on home video in two parts in late 2017, and the second season in 2018. A special limited-edition release combining both parts is also planned. The limited-edition release will bundle an exclusive “HG (High Grade) 1/144 Scale Gundam Barbatos + Smoothbore Gun [Metallic Gloss Injection]” Gundam plastic model kit. The metallic finish variant will be exclusive to this home video release of the anime and will not be available anywhere else, including in Japan. In addition the limited edition will include an artbook and chipboard box with space for the two-part release of the anime’s second season.
  • The company announced that it will release The Testament of Sister New Devil, its second season The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST, and Orange on home video through its partnership with Crunchyroll. FUNimation didn’t reveal a release date for The Testament of Sister New Devil or The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST. Orange will ship on a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack in Fall 2017. FUNimation will offer a limited edition that comes with art cards and an artbook with letters from the English dub cast.
  • The home video release for your name. is scheduled for 2017. It will include the “final” version of the film, which includes edits to the theatrical release made under the supervision of director Makoto Shinkai. A standard DVD-only edition, a standard Blu-ray/DVD Combo, and a special edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo will be available. The special edition will feature exclusive artwork and materials from the Japanese release and will not be included with the Standard Editions.
  • The company will release Speed Racer in a collector’s edition Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack in Fall 2017. Unlike FUNimation’s earlier dub-only release, the new release will include both Speed Racer and the original Japanese version Mach Go Go Go. The set features the head of Speed Racer with a sound chip.

Kadokawa

  • The company announced three new anime titles: Angolmois (Angolmois: Genkō Kassen-ki), Project D, and Chio’s School Road (Chio-Chan no Tsugakuro).
  • The company also formally announced The Rising of the Shield Hero (Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari).
  • Kadokawa announced that the company is working on two additional anime titles: an anime adaptation of Tsukumizu’s Girls’ Last Tour (Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō) manga, and the second is an original anime titled A place further than the Universe (Uchū yorimo Tōi Basho: A Story That Leads to Antarctica).

Kodansha Comics

  • Kodansha Comics announced that it licensed the Battle Angel Alita prequel manga Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle (Gunnm: Kasei Senki), the print edition of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card sequel manga series, and the Fairy Tail S collection of short stories by Hiro Mashima. The company will begin releasing Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle in English in February 2018. The first print volume of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card on November 14, 2017. The first of two Fairy Tail S volumes is scheduled for October 2017.
  • The company also announced that it will release the Battle Angel Alita manga in hardcover 2-in-1 omnibus volumes starting in November 2017, although the company is releasing the manga digitally before the hardcover release.
  • Kodansha Comics also announced that it will release “Eternal Edition”s, and the first volume is scheduled to be released in January 2018. Each volume will be around 350 pages.
  • The company announced that Vertical Comics has licensed the following manga titles: Keiichi Arawi’s CITY and Mitsurou Kubo’s Moteki
    Hitomi Takano’s My Boy
    (Watashi no Shōnen). Vertical will release CITY beginning in March 2018, and will release the first volume of My Boy in April 2018.
  • The company announced that manga creator Hiro Mashima will be a guest at New York Comic Con.

Pony Canyon

  • The company announced that the second season of Yuki Yuna is a Hero will stream with English subtitles in October 2017.
  • The company also promoted its upcoming Sanrio Boys, which is scheduled to premiere in January 2018. However, it has not confirmed subtitled streaming or a physical release, as it is in negotiations.

Right Stuf/Nozomi Entertainment

  • The company announced that its Nozomi Entertainment imprint has acquired the license for the Junjō Romantica 3 anime. The company will release the series on Blu-ray Disc in North America in 2018. Nozomi Entertainment will release the first season on Blu-ray Disc on July 11, 2017.
  • Right Stuf and Sunrise will release Mobile Suit Gundam Wing with both the original video anime (OVA) and film versions of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz in three sets on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in Fall 2017. The companies will also release a Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Ultimate Collector’s Edition during the 2017 holiday season. The releases will have English and Japanese audio and English subtitles.
  • Nozomi Entertainment will release the Revolutionary Girl Utena television anime in three Blu-ray Disc collections starting in October 2017. The release will have English and Japanese audio with English subtitles. The Revolutionary Girl Utena Ultra Edition 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Collection will also be available in the 2017 holiday season with all 39 episodes of the television anime, as well as the film and other limited-edition items.
  • Nozomi Entertainment will release The Irresponsible Captain Tylor television anime series and 10-part OVA series on two Blu-ray Discs in 2018. The release will have English and Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Sentai Filmworks

  • The company announced that it will offer the following titles with English dubs: Haikyu!!, Flip Flappers, Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, and Squid Girl Season 2.
  • It was also announced that Haikyu!! will get a box set that will be available for pre-order on July 2, 2017. Sentai Filmworks previously released the first season of Haikyu!! on two Blu-ray Disc and DVD sets.

Seven Seas Entertainment

  • Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that it has licensed the following manga: Kina Kobayashi’s Nameless Asterism (Nanashi no Asterism), Nozomu Tamaki’s Soul Liquid Chambers, Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi’s Getter Robo Devolution (Getter Robo Devolution: Uchū Saigo no 3-bun Kan), Akihito Tsukushi’s Made in Abyss, Mitsuhiro Kimura’s Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna’s Daily Life (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon: Kanna no Nichijō), and Shōtarō Tokunō’s New Game!. The company will begin releasing Nameless Asterism in January 2018, Soul Liquid Chambers in March 2018, Getter Robo Devolution in May 2018, Made in Abyss in January 2018, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna’s Daily Life in January 2018, and New Game! in March 2018.
  • The company will publish Orange: Future, the sixth volume of Ichigo Takano’s Orange manga. The company will release the volume in February 2018.

Studio Trigger

  • Studio Trigger announced three new anime titles: a new original science-fiction television anime titled DARLING in the FRANKXX, Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad Gridman, and Promare.

Sunrise

  • Sunrise confirmed that the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt anime will be dubbed into English. Sunrise is producing the dub track from NYAV Post.

VIZ Media

  • The company announced that it has licensed the Fire Punch and Kenka Bancho Otome: Girl Beats Boys manga. The company will begin releasing Fire Punch in January 2018, and will begin releasing Kenka Bancho Otome: Girl Beats Boys in the beginning of 2018.
  • It was also announced that the company will be releasing a new hardcover “Fullmetal Edition” of Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist manga. VIZ Media will begin releasing the new version in May 2018.
  • The English cast for the Terra Formars anime was announced.
  • The company announced at its Shonen Jump panel that Naoshi Komi’s Nisekoi – False Love manga will launch in the free section of the Shonen Jump website in English on July 10, 2017.

Warner Bros. Japan

  • Warner Bros. Japan announced that it is planning to release the upcoming the anime film adaptations of Waki Yamato’s Haikara-san ga Tooru manga in United States theaters with English subtitles. No release date has been set, as the release dates have not yet been confirmed in Japan.

Yen Press

  • Yen Press announced that it will release the following manga in print: Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa, Kemono Friends: Welcome to Japari Park (Kemono Friends: Yōkoso Japari Park e!) by Furai, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Days of goddess (Kamisama no Nichijō) by Masaya Takamura, Tales of Wedding Rings (Kekkon Yubiwa Monogatari) by Maybe, Oh, My Sweet Alien (Yome ga Kore na Monde.) by Kōji Miyata [single volume manga scheduled to be released in January 2018], Mermaid Boys by Yomi Sarachi, Zo-Zo-Zombie-kun by Yasunari Nagatoshi, The Demon Who Became My Sister (Ane Naru Mono) by Pochi Iida, Hatsu*Haru by Shizuki Fujisawa, Baccano! by Shinta Fujimoto, Stupid Love Comedy (Lovecome no Baka) by Shushushu Sakurai, and Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts (Niehime to Kemono no Ō) by Yu Tomofuji.
  • The company also announced that it will release the following manga digitally: Tokyo Ravens by Atsushi Suzumi, MAOYU (Maoyū Maō Yūsha “Kono Waga no mono to Nare, Yūsha yo” “Kotowaru!”), Baka and Test (Baka & Test – Summon the Beasts) by Mo-suke Mattaku and Yumeuta, Now Playing by Hifumi, Thou Shalt Not Die (Kimi Shinitamō Koto Nakare) by Tarō Yokō and Daisuke Moriyama, Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun (Jibaku Shōnen Hanako-kun) by Iro Aida, and Kuzumi-kun Can’t You Read the Room (Koizumi-kun, Kūki Yomemasu ka?) by Mosuko.
  • Yen Press announced that the following digital manga will launch simultaneously with Japan: Goblin Slayer Year One manga adaptation (starting in September 2017) and Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger by Hazuki Minase (starting on July 12, 2017)
  • The company will release Pandora Hearts in a repackaged deluxe box called the “Pandora Box” in November 2017 for US$230. The new release will have a metal box, larger pages, and reproduced color pages.

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2014 In Review: Notable Anime and Manga Headlines From 2014

While there was a lot of news to come out during 2014, this post will focus on the most notable headlines, and they are listed chronologically by month. The only headlines missing will be deaths of people involved in the anime and manga industries, because those will be covered in special “In Memoriam” posts that will be posted on December 31, 2014.

January 2014:

Speed Racer Licensing Lawsuits Settled: Tatsunoko Productions announces that the suits have been settled by mutual agreement of all parties and being discussed in full. According to the settlement, the Speed Racer rights terminated in their entirety on May 31, 2011; at that date, the rights automatically reverted back to Tatsunoko. With this settlement, Tatsunoko alone now owns and controls the rights to Speed Racer intellectual property rights worldwide.

New Sailor Moon Anime to Debut in July 2014: It was announced that a new Sailor Moon anime would debut in July 2014.

FUNimation Adopts Elite Subscriber Model for Its Streams: FUNimation Entertainment announced that its Elite Video subscribers will get first access to most of its latest streamed episodes as they air in Japan. Free users will gain access to new episodes a week later.

Two Anime Receive Oscar Nominations: Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises was nominated for Best Animated Feature, while Shuhei Morita’s “Possessions” from Katsuhiro Otomo’s Short Peace anthology was nominated for Best Animated Short Film. Unfortunately, neither anime won the Oscar that they were nominated for.

Cross Media International Bringing Osamu Tezuka’s Animated Properties and Characters to North America: Cross Media International announced that the company has entered into an agreement with Tezuka Productions to develop distribution opportunities for Tezuka’s portfolio of popular properties and characters within North America.

Winners of the Second Manga Translation Battle Announced: Mangapolo announced the winners of the second official Japanese-to-English manga translation battle. Sarah Kim Perry was the grand prize winner. First prize winners were Ami Ross, Nina Matsumoto, and Emily Balistrieri and Juri Ishikawa. D.M Akie won the audience award.

Nippon Television Network Corporation Acquires Tatsunoko Productions: Nippon Television Network Corporation has announced the acquisition of 54.3% of anime production company Tatsunoko Productions from Takara Tomy, who will continue to hold a 20% stake in the company.

February 2014:

Wandering Son Named on ALA’s Rainbow List for Children & Teens: The American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) has selected Takako Shimura’s Wandering Son manga for its Rainbow List.

Strobe Edge in YALSA’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens: The American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released its 2014 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. 10 manga titles are on the list, and includes Io Sakisaka’s Strobe Edge, which also ranked in the Top Ten graphic novels overall this year. The  10 manga titles include Strobe Edge, No. 6, The Heart of Thomas, Tropic of the Sea, Sunny, Kitaro, Knights of Sidonia, Tiger & Bunny, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, and Vinland Saga.

Hayao Miyazaki Wins Annie Award for Writing The Wind Rises: Hayao Miyazaki won the Annie Award for Writing in an Animated Feature Production for The Wind Rises.

Anime Limited Launches Kickstarter for U.S. and UK Release of Mai Mai Miracle: Anime Limited launched a Kickstarter campaign to release the Mai Mai Miracle film in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Kickstarter ended up being fully funded in one day. The Kickstarter reached its stretch goal for an English dub on February 11, 2014.

VIZ Media Announces Changes for Neon Alley: VIZ Media announced significant changes for its Neon Alley service as the company moved to consolidate all of its digital streaming anime content offerings under the Neon Alley brand. On April 1, 2014, VIZ Media transitioned its weekly episodic anime programming to the free ad-supported Hulu and subscription-based Hulu Plus Video-on-Demand services.

March 2014:

Kadokawa’s “ComicWalker” App to Offer Manga in English: Japanese publisher Kadokawa announced that its web comic service “ComicWalker” would launch on March 22, 2014, and that the service would include manga in Japanese, English, and traditional Chinese.

Taiyo Matsumoto’s Sunny Manga Wins Cartoonist Studio Prize: The online magazine Slate Book Review and Vermont’s Center for Cartoon Studies announced the winners of their second annual Cartoonist Studio Prize. The first two volumes of Taiyo Matsumoto’s Sunny manga series received the Best Graphic Novel prize.

Ghibli Co-Founder Toshio Suzuki Retires as Producer: Producer Toshio Suzuki voluntarily stepped down from his position at Studio Ghibli, although he will be assuming the new title of “general manager.” Yoshiaki Nishimura will be serving as the producer of Studio Ghibli’s films going forward.

GKids to Release The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in North America: GKids announced that it will be releasing Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya anime film in North America in 2014.

Ranma 1/2 Reissued With New Manga and Home Video Releases: VIZ Media began reissuing the Ranma 1/2 manga as omnibus editions with two volumes included in March 2014. These releases are also the first Ranma 1/2 manga to be released in an “unflipped” version. The anime also began being reissued in March 2014, on both DVD and Blu-ray. These new home video releases present the episodes in their original Japanese series order, and the Blu-rays featured the episodes in full 1080p High Definition, taken straight from the original Japanese Blu-ray masters.

April 2014:

Attack on Titan to Air on Toonami: Adult Swim announced that its Toonami block would begin airing the Attack on Titan television anime series on May 3, 2014 at 11:30 p.m. PT.

New Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Film Announced: It was announced that the Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Star-Voyaging Ark film was scheduled to be released in Japan on December 6, 2014.

Hunter x Hunter Returning to Weekly Shonen Jump: The English and Japanese editions of Weekly Shonen Jump announced that the Hunter x Hunter manga would be returning to the magazine on June 2, 2014. Unfortunately, after only a short amount of time back in the magazine, Hunter x Hunter went back on hiatus.

Oldest Surviving Anime Short by Kon Ichikawa Found: Anime News Network reported that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the United States discovered the oldest known surviving anime short by director Kon Ichikawa. “Yowamushi Chinsengumi” (Cowardly Samurai Squad) is a five-minute animated short dating back to 1935.

NIS America Licenses Cardcaptor Sakura Anime Series: NIS America has announced that the company would release the Cardcaptor Sakura television anime series in a Blu-ray Premium Edition and a DVD Standard Edition in North America.

May 2014:

DisneyXD to Air Doraemon Anime: Digital cable and satellite television channel DisneyXD began airing the Doraemon television anime series in the US in Summer 2014.

Attack on Titan Draws More Than a Million Viewers on Toonami: Attack on Titan debuted on the Toonami programming block of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim with 1,341,000 viewers and ranked as the night’s top non-NBA original with a 0.6 in adults 18-49.

VIZ Media Licenses Original Sailor Moon Anime: Viz Media announced after its Anime Central panel that it licensed the original Sailor Moon television anime series, which include streaming, digital and home video rights for all 200 episodes from the five television series, the three feature films, and the assorted tie-in specials. This will include the first North American release of the final television series, Sailor Moon Sailor Stars.

Tenchi Muyo to Return in a Series of Anime Shorts: The Okayama-based Sanyo Shimbun reported that Takahashi City has presented plans to invest in the production of a Tenchi Muyo revival. The new production, called Ai Tenchi Muyo!, was planned as a 50-episode run of 5 minute shorts, which were scheduled to debut in October 2014.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods to Have Limited Theatrical Release in the U.S.: FUNimation announced that the Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods anime film would have a limited theatrical release in the U.S. According to their announcement, the film would be screened on August 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2014.

June 2014:

Digital Manga, Inc. Launches Kickstarter for Osamu Tezuka’s Captain Ken: Digital Manga, Inc. launched a project on Kickstarter to translate and publish the two volumes of Osamu Tezuka’s Captain Ken manga in English for the first time. The company reached its goal on June 18, 2014. Kickstarter backers are scheduled to receive their copies of the manga in February 2015.

VIZ Media Comes to Comixology: ComiXology and VIZ Media announced a digital distribution agreement to bring fan-favorite manga series to comiXology’s entire platform across North America.

CLAMP to Launch New Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Manga in August 2014: The July issue of Kodansha’s Magazine Special announced that CLAMP will debut their newest manga series in its August issue. The new manga was a miniseries with “another story.”

Hayao Miyazaki to Be Inducted Into the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame: The Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame announced that it is inducting Studio Ghibli co-founder and Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki this year, alongside artist Frank Frazetta, author Leigh Brackett, author Olaf Stapledon, and director Stanley Kubrick.

July 2014:

Harmony Gold Announces Kickstarter for New Robotech Series: Harmony Gold announced at Anime Expo that the company had launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new Robotech series called Robotech Academy. The company cancelled the Kickstarter campaign six days before the deadline, since it was readily apparent that the project would not succeed. The company says it will “continue to explore its options with Robotech Academy” and further updates will be made on the project’s official website.

VIZ Media Announces the Return of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Manga to North America: VIZ Media announced at the 2014 Anime Expo that Hirohiko Araki’s manga series, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, is making a return to North America.  JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 – Phantom Blood will launch in print beginning in February 2015, with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2 – Battle Tendency scheduled to debut Fall 2015.

New Dragon Ball Z Anime Film Scheduled for 2015: The September issue of V Jump magazine announced that the new Dragon Ball Z anime film is scheduled to debut in the 2015 Golden Week block of spring holidays (April 29-May 5, 2014). It was later announced that the film will be titled, Dragon Ball Z: Revival of ‘F,’ and will premiere in 2D and 3D in Japan on April 18, 2015.

Leiji Matsumoto to Launch New Captain Harlock Manga: The September issue of Akita Shoten’s Champion RED magazine announced that Leiji Matsumoto would launch the Captain Harlock ~Jigen Kōkai~ in the issue released on August 19, 2014. Koichi Shimahoshi illustrates the series.

Anime Sols Tries New Crowdfunding Approach: Instead of focusing on crowdfunding money in order to release DVD sets of series, the company decides to try crowdfunding various series in order to continue subtitling them and streaming them to site visitors. The first two series launched under this new approach were Dororo and Gordian, The Warrior. As of this writing, Dororo reached its first crowdfunding goal. A second goal has been launched for Dororo, but as of this writing, it’s still $2,220 short of succeeding.

New Naruto Film Being Released in Japan in December 2014: This year’s 35th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced that The Last -Naruto the Movie-, the first Naruto anime film in two years, would open in Japanese theaters on December 6, 2014.

Osamu Tezuka’s The Mysterious Underground Men Wins an Eisner Award: Osamu Tezuka’s The Mysterious Underground Men won this year’s Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia award at the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony at San Diego Comic Con.

Hayao Miyazaki Inducted Into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame: Hayao Miyazaki was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame during the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony at San Diego Comic Con.

August 2014:

Studio Ghibli Is Not Closing Down at This Time: Rumors swirled on the Internet about Studio Ghbili shutting its doors after Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki appeared on the TBS program Jonetsu Tairiku to discuss the studio’s future after Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement from directing feature films. Anime News Network clarified Suzuki’s comments with an article of their own, and the information below came from that article. During the interview, Suzuki discussed the changes that the entire studio is undergoing at the studio’s shareholders meeting; he mused that some of these changes could include dismantling the production department. While there has been some talk of dissolving the studio outright, Suzuki said the studio is considering “housecleaning” or restructuring for now. The end result would be “rebuilding” the studio in order to create an environment for the next generation. Suzuki also said during the interview: “On what to do with Studio Ghibli’s future, it is by no means impossible to keep producing [movies] forever. However, we will take a brief pause to consider where to go from here.”

Kickstarter Campaign for the Under the Dog Sci-Fi Anime: A Kickstarter campaign was launched for an original 24-minute anime titled, Under the Dog. If funded, the project would be in Japanese with English subtitles, and will also include the original soundtrack and behind-the-scenes diaries and interviews. The campaign reached its goal on September 4, 2014.

Hayao Miyazaki to Receive Honorary Award From Oscars’ Academy: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to award anime director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki with an Honorary Award at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on November 8, 2014.

September 2014:

Star Blazers Live-Action Film Has Been Green-Lit: The Sports Nippon magazine is reporting that that a Hollywood live-action adaptation of the Space Battleship Yamato anime (which was released in North America under the title, Star Blazers) has been green-lit. According to the report, the film will be released as Star Blazers as soon as 2017. Skydance Productions will be producing the project, and Christopher McQuarrie will direct as soon as he finishes 2015’s Mission: Impossible 5.

VIZ Media Announces “Jump Start” Initiative to Deliver English Premieres of Brand New Weekly Shonen Jump Manga Series on the Same Day as Japan: VIZ Media will simultaneously premiere the first three chapters (one chapter per week) of every brand new, first-run manga series that appears in the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump in its digital English language edition on the same day of that issue’s general print release in Japan. The first title in the initiative was Judos, which launched on September 8, 2014.

Attack on Titan Wins a 2014 Harvey Award: The Harvey Awards announced its winners for 2014 at a banquet on September 6, 2014. Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan series won an award in the “Best American Edition of Foreign Material” category.

VIZ Media to Reprint Yu Yu Hakusho Manga: VIZ Media announced on Twitter that the company will be reprinting all 19 volumes of the Yu Yu Hakusho manga series.

AnimeNation Retailer Closes After 20 Years: AnimeNation.net’s Gene Field announced on both the company’s site and social media accounts that the online retail company would be closing shop after 20 years.

VIZ Media Announces the Finale of Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight: VIZ Media announced that the company would be releasing Vampire Knight Volume 19, the final volume of the series, on October 14, 2014.

Pony Canyon Launches North American Anime Distributor: Japanese distributor Pony Canyon announced that the company is making a leap into the North American anime market by launching a new brand called PONYCAN USA. The first two titles being released by PONYCAN USA are Denki-Gai no Honya-san and Yuki Yuna wa Yusha de Aru. In addition to worldwide streaming, PONYCAN USA plans to release new anime titles on Blu-ray and DVD throughout North America in 2015, and promising the same high standard of quality as the Japanese editions.

The CW Brings an End to the Vortexx Programming Block: The CW’s Vortexx Saturday morning programming block came to an end on September 27, 2014. As of October 4, 2014, the block will be airing a live-action E/I block. Vortexx replaced the CW’s former Saturday morning block, Toonzai, on August 25, 2012. This change took place after 4Kids Entertainment, the original North American rights holder for the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise that programmed Toonzai, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Saban Entertainment acquired 4Kids’ Toonzai assets, and the company renamed the block to Vortexx. The occasional anime appeared on the Vortexx block, and this included B-Daman Crossfire, Sonic X, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Digimon Fusion, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal.

October 2014:

Naruto Manga to End: The official website for Weekly Shonen Jump announced that Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto manga would end in this year’s 50th issue of Shonen Jump on November 10, 2014.

Sunrise Partnering With Right Stuf to Release the Gundam Franchise in North America: Sunrise announced during the company’s panel at New York Comic Con that the studio is partnering with Right Stuf, Inc. to release the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise in North America. The company will release the first Mobile Suit Gundam television series and the Turn A Gundam anime series next spring. In a press release, Right Stuf also mentioned that the company will be releasing Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ for the first time in North America.

LINE Service to Offer Digital Manga in English and Chinese This Year: LINE Corp., the operators of the voice-chat/messaging app LINE, has announced that the company will launch a new subsidiary called LINE Book Distribution; this new subsidiary will be releasing manga internationally. LINE Book Distribution will release properties from Kodansha, Shogakukan and other Japanese publishers in English and Traditional Chinese globally via the LINE manga app. LINE Corp. plans to launch the LINE Manga Global Version app later in 2014.

Digital Manga Planning Kickstarter to Cover Six Tezuka Titles: Digital Manga has announced that the company planned to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund six Osamu Tezuka manga for a total of 31 volumes. While Digital Manga managed to launch this massive Kickstarter campaign, it ended up not reaching its goal.

Anime Director Keiichiro Kimura Launches Kickstarter Campaign: Awesome Japan launched a Kickstarter campaign for an animated short film created by anime director Keiichiro Kimura titled, “Go! Samurai.” Kimura’s son will be directing and editing the work. The campaign reached its goal during November 2014.

FUNimation Announces Broadcast Dubs Initiative: FUNimation announced a new initiative called “Broadcast Dubs,” which features English dubbed episodes of select shows that are currently broadcasting in Japan. FUNimation’s Broadcast Dubs will be available exclusively for FUNimation subscribers. With this new initiative, select series are dubbed into English using the broadcast/simulcast materials from Japan just weeks after broadcast. Following the release of the Broadcast Dub, FUNimation will continue to produce a final English dub for the DVD/Blu-ray release, using materials from Japan’s DVD/Blu-ray release. This final version can be different from the broadcast version, including uncut footage not seen in the broadcast. The first two shows to be included in this initiative were Laughing Under the Clouds and Psycho-Pass 2.

Crunchyroll Acquires the Rights to Simulcast Case Closed: Crunchyroll announced that the site acquired the rights to simulcast the Case Closed anime as it airs in Japan. As of right now, only the most recent episodes of the series are available for streaming on the service.

November 2014:

Naruto Manga Mini-Series to Launch in Spring 2015: This year’s 50th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced that a new, tentatively titled Naruto manga mini-series will launch in Spring 2015. According to the announcement, the mini-series will tell “a newly budding Konoha story.”

Nozomi Entertainment’s Lucky Penny License Rescues Looking Up At the Half Moon: Nozomi Entertainment announced that its Lucky Penny imprint has license rescued the Looking Up At The Half Moon anime and plans to release the six-episode series in Spring 2015. Crimson Star Media had held the license for this title until legal troubles caused the company to not release it.

Digital Manga Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Osamu Tezuka’s Ludwig B Manga: Digital Manga, Inc. has launched a new Kickstarter campaign for Osamu Tezuka’s two-volume manga, Ludwig B. If the campaign succeeds, the company plans to release this title in July 2015. The campaign reached its goal on December 26, 2014, with only four hours to spare before the deadline.

December 2014:

19th Detective Conan Film Opening in Japan in April 2015: The first 2015 issue of Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday announced that the 19th Detective Conan film, Detective Conan: The Hellfire Sunflowers, will open in Japanese theaters on April 18, 2015. The film will tell the story of Conan trying to track down Kaito Kid, who has supposedly stolen a replica of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” during an auction.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Nominated for Three Annie Awards: Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya received three nominations: Best Animated Feature, Isao Takahata is up for “Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production,” and Joe Hisaishi is up for “Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production.”

Streaming of SHIROBAKO Episode Six Suspended Due to Rights Issue: Niconico has announced that “streaming of SHIROBAKO episode 6 has been temporarily suspended due to circumstances regarding rights.” The site also added that the return date of the streaming has not been determined, but the service will announce it as soon as it is confirmed. Crunchyroll is also streaming SHIROBAKO in the Americas and several countries in Europe as well as other regions, and it also no longer lists episode 6 “Idepon Miyamori: On the Move.” The episode reappeared on Crunchyroll later in December 2014.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Film Scheduled for 2016: The third issue of 2015 of Shueisha’s Shonen Jump magazine announced that a new Yu-Gi-Oh! film will premiere in 2016 and will focus on Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba. The magazine also says that the film will have an original story.

Kodansha Temporarily Suspends Vinland Saga Manga in the U.S.: Kodansha USA has stated that its Vinland Saga manga releases are “temporarily suspended.” Volume Six was supposed to be released on January 6, 2015. However, Amazon is now listing a 2017 release date for this volume.

Crunchyroll Streaming Service Down Amid DDoS Attack: The Crunchyroll streaming service announced on December 30, 2014 that it is currently down due to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack “of the same magnitude” as those recently targeted towards Sony and Microsoft consoles. The Crunchyroll service went down at approximately 4:00 a.m. EST on December 30, 2014.

FUNimation Acquires Several New Licenses

Sunrise announced at the company’s panel at Otakon that FUNimation Entertainment has acquired the licenses for the following anime series:

  • Tales of the Abyss
  • Witch Hunter Robin
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
  • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2
  • Angel Links
  • Crest of the Stars
  • Banner of the Stars
  • Banner of the Stars II
  • Passage of the Stars – Birth

Source: ANN