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    Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. © Delightful Love Letter to Japanese Pop Culture  Debuts Everywhere on Digital and  On Demand October 11, 2022 Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Eric McEver, Jeff Hammer, Bob Eggleton and Sarah J. De Bruin IKÉ BOYS key art by award-winning artist, Bob Eggleton. Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. ©   A charmingly offbeat fantasy adventure that mixes live action, original animation, and tokusatsu special effects, the new feature film IKÉ BOYS will debut on Digital and On Demand on all major platforms October 11, 2022 from Shout! Studios. Heart-warming yet comedic, IKÉ BOYS is a coming-of-age story of adventure and friendship set amongst high school friends in late ’90s Oklahoma who escape the dull reality of daily life via a shared obsession with all things Japanese. A love letter to kaiju, anime

    Source: HIDIVE press release, AMCN Entertainment Group Official Site: https://mushikaburihime.com/ (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto and Stephen Cox HIDIVE announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to BIBLIOPHILE PRINCESS (虫かぶり姫, Mushikaburi-hime, 2022), the arresting historical drama anime based upon the light novel and manga of the same name. The series will premiere exclusively on HIDIVE during the Fall 2022 season. Known as the Bibliophile Princess for her unquenchable love of books, Lady Eliana Bernstein wants nothing more than to shirk social duties in favor of retreating to the library. So, when the handsome Crown Prince Christopher promises to shield her from high-society drudgery in exchange for pretending to be his fiancée, she jumps at the chance to hide behind their sham relationship and read to her heart’s content (especially since he’s offered her access to the palace library). But much like the plot of her

    Source: HIDIVE press release, AMCN Entertainment Group Official Site: https://uy-allstars.com/ (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto and Stephen Cox HIDIVE has announced its acquisition of URUSEI YATSURA (うる星やつら), the highly anticipated, new TV series based on the best-selling manga of the same name by legendary mangaka Rumiko Takahashi, the renowned creator of Inuyasha, Ranma ½ and Maison Ikkoku. A new adaptation of the beloved classic series, URUSEI YATSURA features the instantly recognizable and utterly iconic character Invader Girl Lum and will premiere on HIDIVE during the Fall 2022 simulcast season. When an alien race known as the Oni invade Earth, the chronically unlucky and unapologetically lecherous Ataru Moroboshi is selected as humanity’s representative in a duel for the fate of the planet! His opponent is Lum, the Oni’s very pretty princess, and it’s only thanks to Ataru’s unscrupulous behavior that he’s able to scrape out a win

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. © Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto All eyes will be on legendary anime studio Toei Animation when it takes over New York’s iconic Times Square as part its largest ever fan experience at this year’s New York Comic Con 2022. This showcase of franchise properties, including ONE PIECE FILM RED, DRAGON BALL SUPER and WORLD TRIGGER, will offer fans an array of experiences over four days from October 6 – 9 and will encompass celebrity panel, screenings, a Dim Mak pop-up, giant and life sized character displays  and more. Toei Animation’s event line-up kicks off on Thursday, October 6 at 6:00 pm with the U.S. Red Carpet Premiere of ONE PIECE FILM RED, which opens November 4 in theaters across the U.S. and Canada. The finale takeover event happens Saturday,

    CAROLE & TUESDAY, December 20th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its December slate of releases which includes CAROLE & TUESDAY, a 24-episode anime television series directed by Shinichirō Watanabe. It was animated by studio Bones, in commemoration of the studio's 20th anniversary. A CAROLE & TUESDAY Limited Edition Premium Box Set will be released soon. Product details follow, in order of release...   Coming December 2022 Photo courtesy of Section23 Films. BEYOND THE BOUNDARY Published by:    Sentai Filmworks Distributed by:   Section23 Films Run Time:         495 min. Street Date:      12/6/2022 Format:             BD Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP:                 $79.98 As the last surviving member of her clan, Mirai Kuriyama was born with the ability to control her blood and wield

    Image courtesy of Shochiku. © SOTSU • SUNRISE Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd.Author: Andrew Nguyen Official Site: https://g-doan.net/(Japan), https://www.crunchyrollmovienight.com/ (US)   Image courtesy of Shochiku. © SOTSU • SUNRISE After defending its main headquarters in Jabruo, South America, the Earth Federation Forces prepare to launch an operation to capture Odessa, the headquarters of the Principality of Zeon’s Earth Attack Force and the key linchpin of Zeon’s supply network on Earth. Amuro Ray, the pilot of the titular Gundam mobile suit, and the White Base, an Earth Federation spaceship that he is serving on, head to Belfast to resupply before the operation. On the way to Belfast, the White Base is given a new mission; to head to an uninhabited island, commonly known as the "Island of No Return" to wipe out any Zeon stragglers. Amuro and his friends set out to search for any Zeon spies,

    Source: Sentai press release, AMCN Entertainment Group Official Site: http://caroleandtuesday.com/index.html (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto and Stephen Cox Sentai revealed today that it has acquired the home entertainment rights to the critically-acclaimed music anime CAROLE & TUESDAY (キャロル&チューズデイ, Kyaroru & Chūzudei, 2019) from original creator and chief director Shinichiro Watanabe, who is wildly admired for such commercially successful titles as COWBOY BEBOP, SAMURAI CHAMPLOO and SPACE DANDY. Animated by production studio Bones (FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD, MOB PSYCHO100, SPACE DANDY, MY HERO ACADEMIA) and directed by Motonobu Hori (animation director for PSYCHO-PASS) with soundtrack by record label FlyingDog, CAROLE & TUESDAY will be released on home video by Sentai later this fall. In the not too distant future, AI-generated music dominates entertainment on Mars, where the cutthroat music industry churns out dozens of plastic stars manufactured for mass appeal. It is here that Carole Stanley, an

    Source: HIDIVE press release, AMCN Entertainment Group Official Site: https://shinmai-renkin.com/ (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto and Stephen Cox HIDIVE announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to MANAGEMENT OF A NOVICE ALCHEMIST (新米錬金術師の店舗経営, Shinmai Renkinjutsushi no Tenpo Keiei, 2022), the heartfelt fantasy anime series based on the light novel of the same name by Mizuho Itsuki. The series will premiere exclusively on HIDIVE this fall. Orphaned Sarasa just graduated from the Royal Alchemist Academy, and that means her longed-for life of elegance and riches is close at hand! As a graduation gift, her teacher gifts her a house to set up shop — but Sarasa’s dilapidated new digs are beyond far-flung. What’s a novice alchemist to do when they're stuck in the middle of nowhere with a business to run and supplies to gather from a very dangerous natural world? Whether it’s facing down frightening

    Source: HIDIVE press release, AMCN Entertainment Group Official Site: https://shippona-anime.com/ (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto and Stephen Cox HIDIVE announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to MY MASTER HAS NO TAIL (うちの師匠はしっぽがない, Uchi no Shishō wa Shippo ga Nai, 2022), the anime adaptation of the manga serialized in Kodansha’s good! Afternoon magazine. The series will premiere exclusively on HIDIVE this fall. Throughout time, supernatural, shapeshifting tanuki loved playing tricks on humankind. One plucky tanuki, Mameda, is no different. But there's one big problem. She wasn’t born in the days of yore — she was born in modern, more cynical times! How can she fulfill her mischievous tanuki destiny when supernatural hijinks are a thing of the past? She finds an angle when she meets Bunko, a master of the Japanese art of rakugo, which uses storytelling to beguile its audience. Mameda is determined to

    Source: HIDIVE press release, AMCN Entertainment Group Official Site: https://www.yamanosusume.com/ (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto and Stephen Cox HIDIVE announced today that it acquired exclusive rights to ENCOURAGEMENT OF CLIMB: NEXT SUMMIT (ヤマノススメ Next Summit, Yama no Susume Nekusuto Samitto, 2022), a new adaptation of the mountaineering manga of the same name in Comic Earth Star magazine. The series will premiere exclusively on HIDIVE this fall. Aoi Yukimura’s fear of heights won’t hold her back in the next adaptation of Encouragement of Climb! Joined by fellow mountaineering enthusiasts, including the spirited Hinata Kuraue and the other climbers they’ve met on their journey to great heights, Aoi and friends tackle tough challenges and conquer new summits while they embark on adventures throughout the mountain ranges of Japan. Fans new to the franchise will get to know the world of ENCOURAGEMENT OF CLIMB via a selection of

    ROYAL SPACE FORCE – The Wings of Honnêamise 4K Remastered Memorial Box Available November 4th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its November slate of releases which includes a special collaboration with Bandai Namco Filmworks Inc. to distribute ROYAL SPACE FORCE – The Wings of Honnêamise the first feature-length animated film by renowned anime studio GAINAX. The film has been remastered in stunning 4K in honor of the legendary film’s 35th anniversary. Product details follow, in order of release...   Coming November 2022 Photo courtesy of Section23 Films. FATE/KALEID LINER PRISMA ILLYA 2WEI! Published by:    Sentai Filmworks Distributed by:   Section23 Films Run Time:         500 min. Street Date:      11/1/2022 Format:             BD Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP:                 $79.98 Magical

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation ©“2009 One Piece” Production committee Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, Toei Animation ©“2009 One Piece” Production committee ONE PIECE, the  global hit anime series from Toei Animation, will air its 1,000th episode this November. To celebrate this franchise milestone, Toei Animation and Fathom Events will present ONE PIECE FILM: STRONG WORLD as a special two-night theatrical event on November 7 (English Dub) & November 9 (English Sub) in select U.S. theaters. This will be the first-ever U.S. theatrical release of ONE PIECE FILM: STRONG WORLD – the 2009 movie written by creator Eiichiro Oda and 10th film in the ONE PIECE franchise. As part of this special event, moviegoers will also experience the U.S. premiere of the ONE PIECE: MUGIWARA CHASE featurette.

    Photo courtesy of The Loot Company. ©SOTSU・SUNRISE The Gundam Fans Have Spoken with the Loot Crate Gundam Capsule Collection Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Are you ready to live the G-Life? Celebrate this super special series of wear focusing on the winning mechs of our Gundam universe tournament polls! With a design focus decided on by the fans on our @GundamLifeCrate Instagram, this capsule collection fully complements the Loot Crate Gundam Life Crate Series! This limited-edition collection can only be purchased from Loot Crate. The Gundam Capsule Collection includes five pieces of apparel, voted on by the fans, including a Gundam Wing Henley, Gundam Seed T-shirt, Mobile Suit Gundam T-shirt, Gundam 00 Long-Sleeve Tee, and a Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans T-shirt. Each item is 100% cotton and made in the U.S.A. Created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise, Mobile Suit Gundam

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. © 2020 SHIROBAKO PROJECT A love letter to the anime industry, the highly anticipated new film SHIROBAKO The Movie (劇場版 SHIROBAKO, Gekijōban Shirobako, 2020) will be released on digital download and on Blu-ray+ DVD combo pack on October 26, 2021 from Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory. The fan-favorite anime about making anime makes its home entertainment debut following a North American theatrical release this summer. Bonus features on the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack release include a teaser and trailer never before seen in North America, and a 4-page booklet with stunning character art.   SHIROBAKO The Movie is the eagerly awaited sequel to the television anime series of the same name, which has also been adapted as a manga series. SHIROBAKO The Movie’s director Tsutomu Mizushima (GIRLS UND

    ©2021 Funimation Global Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Source: Funimation press release Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (SPE) and AT&T Inc.* (NYSE:T) today announced that SPE has completed its acquisition of AT&T’s Crunchyroll anime business through Funimation Global Group, LLC.  Funimation is a joint venture between SPE and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.’s subsidiary, Aniplex Inc. The agreement was first announced in December 2020.  Crunchyroll is a premier anime direct-to-consumer service with 5 million SVOD subscribers and growing. It serves 120 million registered users across more than 200 countries and territories offering AVOD, mobile games, manga, events merchandise and distribution. The deal provides the opportunity for Crunchyroll and Funimation to broaden distribution for their content partners and expand fan-centric offerings for consumers. “We are very excited to welcome Crunchyroll to the Sony Group,” said Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Group Corporation. “Anime is a rapidly growing medium

    Fred Ladd, Ray Owens, Billie Lou Watts and Gilbert Mack at a dubbing session for GIGANTOR. Photo courtesy of William Winckler. Author: Bob Johnson Special Thanks to Jennifer Ladd and William Winckler SciFi Japan is saddened to pass on the news of the passing of Fred Ladd. Fred passed away at his home in Southern California. Fred Ladd wrote and directed the Americanization of Osamu Tezuka's ASTROBOY. ©Tezuka Production Fred Ladd was a pioneer in entertainment and the man responsible for introducing Japanese animation or as it is known now anime, to the Western world. Ladd was born in Toledo, Ohio on February 19, 1927. He graduated from Ohio State University with degrees in radio and speech. He soon moved to New York where he worked at an FM radio station and then Cayton, Inc., adapting existing nature documentaries into feature films. Cayton

    Source: Crunchyroll press release Special Thanks to Bianca Doria   Photo courtesy of Crunchyroll. ©2021 Imago Productions LLC Crunchyroll and Adult Swim revealed more about the highly-anticipated animated series from Alcon Entertainment, BLADE RUNNER: BLACK LOTUS, including new key art and the series’ opening today at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo. The series, premiering later this year, follows a young woman as she seeks to exact revenge on those who have wronged her, to understand her own identity, and to uncover the mysteries of her past. During the panel, “The Making of BLADE RUNNER: BLACK LOTUS,” Crunchyroll’s head of development Sarah Victor spoke with directors Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama about their process for creating the series and how it fits into the legendary Blade Runner universe. Aramaki and Kamiyama also spoke at length about themes within this new series and how they worked

    Funimation Releasing KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: LOVE WOVEN IN THE STARS Film in Theaters in the U.S. and Canada starting September 13 Source: Funimation press release Special Thanks to Jennifer St Clair and Brian Eley KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: LOVE WOVEN IN THE STARS key art, courtesy of Funimation. ©TSUTOMU NIHEI, KODANSHA/KOS FILM PARTNERS In a sweeping new story based on the manga by Tsutomu Nihei, Earth is destroyed and humankind lives on a massive spaceship called Sidonia to defend themselves  from hostile aliens. Welcome to KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA, the epic adventure tale set a thousand years in the future where the fate of humans rests in the hands of a brave few. Funimation, the market leader in anime serving fans worldwide, brings the popular sci-fi anime KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA to theaters and television. Funimation announced today it has partnered with Polygon Pictures for the film release

    Photo courtesy of SPJA. © Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation 2021. All rights reserved. Anime Expo Lite 2021 Draws Over 375,000 Views and Raises $77,000 for CharitySource: SPJA, MediaLab Public Relations press release Official Site: www.anime-expo.org Special Thanks to Erik Jansen The nation’s largest anime fan convention marked its 30th anniversary earlier this month with Anime Expo Lite. Held online again due to the continuing effects of the COVID pandemic, this year’s Anime Expo Lite garnered over 375,000 views from fans in more than 100 countries such as the UK, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Malaysia. Fans tuned into watch the livestream event on July 3 & 4 as well as during the VOD period from July 5 through 16. Program highlights included the STAR WARS: VISIONS Sneak Peek, the SHIKIZAKURA world premiere, and the LisAni!LIVE L.A. concert

    PETER GRILL AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S TIME Available October 12th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its October slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks laugh-out-loud anime series, PETER GRILL AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S TIME. A Special Steelbook release will be available on October 12th. Product details follow, in order of release... Photo courtesy of Section 23 Films. NAKAIMO ~ MY LITTLE SISTER IS AMONG THEM! Published by:    Sentai Filmworks Distributed by:  Section23 Films Run Time:         325 min. Street Date:      10/5/2021 Format:             BD Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP:                $59.98 The terms of Shougo Mikadono's late father's will are strangely specific:  To claim his substantial inheritance, Shougo must first transfer to Miryuin Private Academy, find a nice girl from among the student body, and convince

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