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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

News from Japan

Upcoming Projects from Overseas...
[Source: AICN.com by Scott Green] 
Aniplex confirmed that a television anime adaptation of Persona 4 is in the works. Seiji Kishi (Angel Beats!, My Bride is a Mermaid) is directing the project at AIC ASTA. Game franchise designers Kazuma Kaneko and Shigenori Soejima are credited with the Persona concept designs and original character designs, respectively. Similarly, the game's Shoji Meguro is composing the music. The cast, also retained from the original game, includes Daisuke Namikawa (Yu Narukami), Showtaro Morikubo (Yosuke Hanamura), Yui Horie (Chie Satonaka), and Ami Koshimizu (Yukiko Amagi).


A bonus episode of Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei will be offered to consumers who purchase the Blu-rays of three Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei series.

Leiji Matsumoto (Captain Harlock) is supervising a Fuji TV adaptation of the Japanese space probe Hayabusa for the Fuji TV Yume Special: Tamori x SMAP Bokura wa Mirai o Shinjiyo! ~Uchu e no Chosen to Kiseki no Monogatari~

A third Princess Resurrection OAD anime is being produced.

An animated tie-in is being produced for Capcom's Monster Hunter game MonHun Nikki Girigiri Airu-mura Airu Kiki Ippatsu

RPG Eiyu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki (The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky) is being adapted into an Emotion produced anime directed by Masaki Tachibana ( .hack//Quantum), with scripts by by Makoto Uezu (Katanagatari, School Days, Utawarerumono). Atsuko Nozaki (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0) and character design by Kinema Citrus (.hack//Quantum)

Probably not primarily targeted at Japan... Studio 4C (TekkenKinkreet) and France's Ankama (Wafku) are collaborating on an adaptation of Guillaume Renard's (aka Run) urban sci-fi comic series Mutafukaz.

Alice in Wonderland inspired visual novel game Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~ (Alice in the Country of Hearts ~Wonderful Wonder World~) will be adapted into an anime feature film produced in collaboration with Asahi Production.

a 12th episode of cute girl meets HP Lovecraft anime Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Love (Craft-sensei) will be packaged with the DVD release of the web anime

a new “Kira” OVA based on the murder mystery games Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry) will mark the 10th anniversary of the series.

New footage is being produced for a 10th anniversary Scryed Alteration remastered, abridgment of the superhero action series..

NisiOisin's Bakemonogatari prequel light novel Kizumonogatari will be adaptated into anime movie

Risque samurai manga Manyu Hikencho will be adapted into anime

a second season of restaurant based comedy Working: Wagnaria has been announced

Kiichi Hotta's school like comedy Kimi to Boku will be getting an anime adaptation.

The July Japanese Blu-release release of Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart with feature English language audio and English subtitles
English subtitles will also be on the Arrietty: The Borrower DVD scheduled for a 6/17 release - the limited edition will have a clothes pin to commemorate the micro-heroine

Manga
Blade of the Immortal's Hiroaki Samura will be launching new manga Beageruta in the Nemesis anthology. The action story revolves around battles over money between three woman: a "passionate psychedelic revenger" named Nami, a "china dress-wearing killing machine" named Je-Mao, and a female gang leader named Shinobu Aza.

Fullmetal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa's next manga will be Silver Spoon, a high school/agricultural manga set in Hokkaido, to run in Weekly Shonen Sunday starting with issue 19
A Fullmetal Alchemist prototype will run in the June issue of Monthly Shonen Gangan

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order's has begun its Evening

Berserk has resumed its serialization

School Rumble's Jin Kobayashi will be launching romantic comedy Ichiro Heian! in the next issue of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine



Masami Tsuda's Kare Kano/His and Her Circumstances is return for a one shot in the June issue of LaLa.

A spin off will run in Feel Young starting in June

Bunny Drop, released in North America by Yen Press, soon to be adapted into anime and live anime, will be ending in April.

Masami Kurumada and Shiori Teshirogi's Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meio Shinwa Gaiden will launch in issue 25 of Weekly Shonen Champion

The main Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas prequel to the popular fight manga is ending in issue 18 of the anthology.

the 18th issue of Weekly Shonen Sunday will feature the conclusion of Yellow Tanabe's Kekkaishi - released in North America by Viz.

Tomochika Miyano's (Yubisaki Milk) new series Rika will start in issue 5 of Young Animal Arashi
Tohru Fujisawa (GTO) will be collaberating with on new manga police manga Soul Messenger
Two girl rockband K-on characters will be launching, one with Manga Time Kirara with the characters in college and one in Manga Time Kirara Carat, with the characters in high school.

Tezuka's Phoenix is getting a new Japanese release

Bamboo Blade story creator Masahiro Totsuka and Samurai Harem: Asu no Yoichi manga creator Yuu Minamoto confirmed in a shared April 7 blog entry that they are launching a new series called Haru Polish in the June issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shonen Champion magazine on May 6.

Mizu Sahara, author of the Voices of a Distant Star manga, will have new drama series Tetsugaku Retora running in Monthly Sunday

Live Action
Not in Japan... but a Korea adaptation of shoujo manga Hana-Kimi is in the works.

Kentaro Otani will be directing a "Young Black Jack" special for NTV with Masaki Okada as Osamu Tezuka's renegade surgeon.

The bizarre Arakawa Under the Bridge, already the inspiratio for two anime series, will be getting a live action TV series, slated for summer 2011. Hayashi Kento (20) and Kiritani Mirei (21) have been cast

The sequel to JIN, the adaptation of a manga about a brain surgeon transported back to the Bakumatsu era has been licensed to 80 territories

casting is being done for a TV adaptation of 70's manga Ore no Sora: Keiji-hen, about the son of an industrial who choses to become a police officer

The Korean adaptation of City Hunter is now filming


Sayaka Yamazaki's manga Shima Shima, about a stores that rents men to sleep besides insomniac women is getting a live action TV drama with Akiko Yada and Shohei Miura as the leads

Yuuki Obata's shoujo manga We Were There, released in North America by Viz, will be adapted into a live action movie

Thermae Romae, an award winning manga about the Roman and Japanese shared love of public bathes, will be adapted into a live action movie

Boxing manga Avec Punch is getting a live action movie from director Furusawa Takeshi

Chuya Koyama’s manga Uchu Kyodai, about two brothers seeking to become astronauts, will be adapted into a live action movie

Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno and Khara, the studio behind the Rebuild of Evangelion movies will be producing live-action documentary film called Kantoku Shikkaku about late actress Yumika Hayashi.

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