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    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd., TBS Official Site: anime-chu-2.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Shochiku Co. has provided SciFi Japan with a preview of their upcoming film, LOVE, CHUNIBYO AND OTHER DELUSIONS! -TAKE ON ME- (?? ?????????? -Take On Me-, Eiga Chuunibyoo Demo Koi Ga Shitai -Take On Me-), the latest entry in the anime franchise based on the novels written by Torako. STORY Rikka is 18 and in the last year of high school. But she still acts like she’s in puberty. It’s spring break and high school seniors are looking ahead to their college entrance exams. Rikka Takanashi and her boyfriend, Yuta Togashi, have been an item for a long time and live together, but their relationship seems frozen in time, unable to mature to the next level. Then one day, Rikka’s elder sister, Tohka, declares she’s taking her sister

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd., Toei Animation Co., Ltd. Official Site: mazinger-z.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE It can be a god or a demon. Toei has provided SciFi Japan with more than 30 large, high-res images from their new anime film, MAZINGER Z: INFINITY (?????Z ? INFINITY, Majingaa Z/INFINITY). Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mazinger’s creator, Go Nagai, the movie is an all-new sequel to the classic 1972-1974 Super Robot television series. MAZINGER Z: INFINITY had its world premiere at the 2017 Rome International Film Festival and is now playing in Italy. The movie opens in theaters across Japan on January 13, 2018. VIZ Media has licensed the North American distribution rights for release in 2018. Story Humanity was once in danger of its downfall at the hands of the Underground Empire, which was led by the evil scientist Dr. Hell. Koji

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: donten-anime.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Shochiku Co. has provided SciFi Japan with a preview of their new film trilogy, LAUGHING UNDER THE CLOUDS GAIDEN (????????? ?????????, Donten ni Warau Gaiden Ketsubetsu Yamainu no Chikai). Based on Kemuri Karakara`s popular manga, the anime will be released as three 60 minute long movies, with the first chapter opening in cinemas on December 2nd. LAUGHING UNDER THE CLOUDS GAIDEN features animation by WIT Studio, the studio behind the TV anime series ATTACK ON TITAN and KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS. SYNOPSIS At the end of the Samurai era (Edo) the new Meiji government is founded in Japan. Three young brothers -- Tenka, Soramaru and Chutaro -- are the guardians of Kumou shrine who fight to save the country from demons. Tenka convenes the Yamainu squad 11 years

    Don’t Miss Brand New Season 2 Episodes Of The Zany Anime Comedy About The Mischievous Matsuno Sextuplets! Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: osomatsusan.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Jane Lu and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has announced details for Season 2 of MR. OSOMATSU (?????, Osomatsu-san). Episode 1 of the hilarious anime comedy series is available to stream for free on VIZ.com/Watch, and subsequent episodes will premiere every Tuesday this Fall. MR. OSOMATSU is a reimagined and modern series based on the bestselling manga series originally created in the 1960s by Fujio Akatsuka. In MR. OSOMATSU, forget double the fun because here’s a series that amps up the insanity six silly ways! The Matsuno sextuplets are quite a bunch. One’s always hanging out at the local Pachinko joint, one un-ironically wears sequined pants, one is a total otaku with a fancy for idols while another

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: ngnl.jp (Japan), nogamenolifezero.com (US) Special Thanks to Carolyn Medrano Sentai Filmworks, Azoland Pictures and Fathom Events will release the highly anticipated animated feature film, NO GAME, NO LIFE ZERO (??????????? ??, Noogeemu Nooraifu Zero, 2017), to movie theaters across the U.S. for two days in October 2017. NO GAME, NO LIFE ZERO will debut in select movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 PM local time with Japanese audio and English subtitles. The English-dubbed production by Sentai Filmworks will debut on Sunday, October 8 at 12:55 PM local time. In addition to the feature, movie theater audiences will all see exclusive content featuring special footage of members of the cast and crew of NO GAME, NO LIFE ZERO. The film takes place

    Advanced Tickets Now Open for New Feature-Length Film from the Hit Anime Series FAIRY TAIL Source: Funimation Films press release Official Site: gaga.ne.jp/FT.DC (Japan), funimationfilms.com/fairytaildragoncry (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Funimation Films is bringing back the wizards from FAIRY TAIL to U.S. and Canadian theaters this August to unleash a new tale of destruction! FAIRY TAIL: DRAGON CRY (??? ???????? -DRAGON CRY-, Gekijooban Fearii Teiru Doragon Kurai, 2017), from the critically acclaimed original creator of Fairy Tail, Hiro Mashima, is the newest feature-length film and second from the franchise in five years. The movie will be screened in approximately 300 U.S. and 12 Canadian locations during its limited theatrical release -- on Monday, August 14 in Japanese with English subtitles only then in English dub only on August 16, August 17

    Source: HIDIVE press release Special Thanks to John Parent HIDIVE will soon begin streaming SWORD ORATORIA: IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? ON THE SIDE (????????????????????????????????????, Soodo Oratoria Danjon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Daroo ka Gaiden, 2017). Episodes of SWORD ORATORIA: IS IT WRONG TO TRY TO PICK UP GIRLS IN A DUNGEON? ON THE SIDE will be available to stream on HIDIVE.com in June 2017 in the following territories: United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvado, Falkland Islands, Guyana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Guyana, Peru, Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Greenland, Syria, Faroe Islands Sentai Filmworks describes the series: “Almost half the population of the town of Sakurada

    Source: Anime Expo press release, TMS The US premiere of the special LUPIN THE 3RD: ITALIAN GAME (????? ?????????, Rupan Sansei Itarian Geimu, 2016) is coming to Anime Expo 2017, July 3rd (Day 3), 2:00PM-4:00PM at the JW Marriott Diamond Ballroom/ Room Video 2. There will be a giveaway at the screening of free exclusive T-shirts, specially designed by character designer Hisao Yokobori. Synopsis There`s message from Lupin the Third, but this time, he`s not announcing a heist. Instead, it`s an invitation to his wedding with the young and famous tabloid queen, Rebecca of the wealthy Rosselini conglomerate. Lupin`s true motive behind his nuptials is to steal the Libertas crown, also known as San Marino`s national treasure. The crown is only brought out during their marriage ceremony. But as Lupin attempts to steal

    Aniplex of America to host Launch Celebration for English-language version of acclaimed mobile RPG Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: fate-go.jp (Japan), fate-go.us (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America has announced that it will host a Launch Celebration for the English-language release of FATE/GRAND ORDER (????/????????, Feito/Gurando Oodaa) at the upcoming Anime Expo in Los Angeles, CA. The event will be held on July 1st at 3:00 pm local time in Petree Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, and will open admittance to approximately 2,000 show attendees. The celebration will include special guest appearances by franchise luminaries including FATE/GRAND ORDER Producer and Aniplex Inc. President Atsuhiro Iwakami, DELiGHTWORKS Creative Director Yosuke Shiokawa, and FATE series voice actor Ayako Kawasumi (Saber). A printed mini-poster with Ms. Kawasumi’s signature will be

    Subtitled and English Dub Versions to Screen in Select Theaters June 12 & 14 Source: Funimation Films press release Official Site: kuroshitsuji-movie.com (Japan), FunimationFilms.com/BlackButler (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Funimation Films announced today that advance tickets are now available for the upcoming release of BLACK BUTLER: BOOK OF THE ATLANTIC (??????? Book of the Atlantic, Gekijooban Kuroshitsuji Book of the Atlantic, 2017), the newest film based on the New York Times Best Seller Black Butler manga series. The film, produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Noriyuki Abe (BLACK BUTLER: BOOK OF CIRCUS, BLACK BUTLER: BOOK OF MURDER and YU YU HAKUSHO), will screen in theaters across the United States on June 12 and 14, 2017 in both the original Japanese version with subtitles as well as the English dub. Each

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: tm.iwatobi-sc.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Shochiku Co. has provided SciFi Japan with a preview of their upcoming FREE! -TIMELESS MEDLEY- anime films. Following the pattern of the recent KUROKO’S BASKETBALL movies, the theatrical releases will start with compilations of footage from Kyoto Animation`s FREE! television series mixed with new material, and conclude with an all-new story. The films kick off this Saturday, April 22nd with FREE! -TIMELESS MEDLEY- BONDS (???Free!-Timeless Medley-?, Gekijoo-ban Free!-Timeless Medley- Kizuna). As a young boy, Haruka Nanase loved to be in the water. Now in high school, he encounters his former swimming class friends Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki and Rin Matsuoka, who reignite his passion for the sport. Along with a new classmate, Rei Ryugazaki, they form the Iwatobi High School Swim Club. An unbreakable bond is forged. Rin

    Japan’s Newest Social Phenomenon Receives TV Series Adaptation Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: katsugeki-touken.com (Japan), Katsugeki-ToukenUSA.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino At the Nitroplus panel at Sakura Con in Seattle, Washington today, Aniplex of America announced the acquisition of KATSUGEKI TOUKEN RANBU (?? ????, 2017) for their summer 2017 line up. Based on the immensely popular game TOUKEN RANBU ONLINE developed by DMM Games/Nitroplus, the series will be produced by the much loved ufotable, known for their groundbreaking work on FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS] and GOD EATER. Aniplex of America also showed a trailer for the series, which they plan to start streaming in July 2017. Since its debut in 2015, the online game spawned a rabid fan movement within Japan and has been described as nothing short of a social phenomenon thanks to their very popular characters. As a result,

    Source: Madman Entertainment press release Official Site: koenokatachi-movie.com (Japan), asilentvoice.com.au (Australia) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Madman Entertainment will bring A SILENT VOICE (?? ???, Eiga Koe no Katachi, 2016) to Australian and New Zealand cinemas for a limited run starting April 6, 2017. Based on the highly regarded, award-winning manga by Yoshitoki Oima, the film was made by Kyoto Animation (THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA, LUCKY STAR) and Naoko Yamada, the director of K-ON! A SILENT VOICE was a strong contender against Makoto Shinkai’s YOUR NAME. (?????, Kimi no Na wa.) as anime film of 2016, reaching #21 in the Japanese box office charts for that year. STORY Sometimes the answer is as simple as learning to listen. Shoya Ishida starts

    Source: Electro 89 Official Site: sao-movie.net (Japan), sao-movie.net/us (US) Official Twitter: twitter.com/sao_anime A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The Japanese promotional agency Electro 89 has provided a gallery of high-res images from the new anime film, SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – (??? ???????????? -???????????-, Gekijooban Soodo Aato Onrain -Oodinaru Sukeeru-, 2017). After a successful American theatrical run featuring the original Japanese language with English subtitles, – ORDINAL SCALE – will return to U.S. theaters starting April 22, 2017 with the highly anticipated English dub, courtesy of Aniplex of America and Azoland Pictures. Visit the film`s official homepage for further details. Synopsis The NerveGear, the world’s first dedicated full-dive device developed by the genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba in 2022... a revolutionary machine that opened up infinite possibilities for the world of VR (Virtual Reality.) 4 years later... A next-generation, wearable multi-device

    SimulDub Episodes to Stream Exclusively on FunimationNow; Season 2 to Premiere on All Three Platforms Together on April 1 Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: heroaca.com (Japan), funimation.com/myheroclass (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto On the heels of its acquisition of MY HERO ACADEMIA (???????????, Boku no Hiiroo Akademia) Season 2 earlier this month, Funimation Entertainment has announced that English-subtitled simulcast episodes of the new season will stream on both Crunchyroll and Hulu, which will launch on April 1 along with the English SimulDub on FunimationNow as part of the simultaneous premiere with Japan. As part of this announcement, Funimation will now exclusively stream English SimulDub episodes of MY HERO ACADEMIA Season 2 on FunimationNow while English-subtitled simulcast episodes of the new season will exclusively stream on Hulu and Crunchyroll. As previously revealed, the first six episodes of both the English-subtitled simulcast and English SimulDub

    Digital, Broadcast, Home Media And Merchandising Rights Acquired For North And Latin America Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/boruto (Japan), viz.com/boruto, hulu.com/boruto (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, has announced the acquisition of digital, broadcast, home media and master merchandising rights to BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS (BORUTO-???- NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS, 2017). VIZ Media acquired the rights for the highly-anticipated anime series for the North American and Latin American markets. In partnership with VIZ Media, the first episode of the new series will make its U.S. simulcast premiere on Hulu beginning April 5th, the same day as its premiere in Japan. New episodes will continue to premiere weekly on Wednesdays. BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS is the action-packed continuation of the famed

    Ticket Sales to Begin Today (3/14) on the Official Homepages Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: sao-movie.net (Japan), sao-movie.net/us (US) Official Twitter: twitter.com/sao_anime Special Thanks to Anthony Foronda Aniplex of America announced today that they have begun ticket sales for the upcoming dubbed theatrical release of SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – (??? ???????????? -???????????-, Gekijooban Soodo Aato Onrain -Oodinaru Sukeeru-), today, March 14, on the official homepages sao-movie.net/us and azolandpictures.com/sao-movie. After a successful theatrical run featuring the original Japanese language with English subtitles, – ORDINAL SCALE – will return to U.S. theaters starting April 22, 2017 and feature the highly anticipated English dub. Aniplex of America also confirmed that theater patrons will receive an exclusive giveaway item with each purchased ticket while supplies

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: precure-dreamstars.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei has provided additional high-res images from PRETTY CURE DREAM STARS! THE MOVIE (????????????????, Eiga Purikyua Doriimu Sutaazu!), opening in Japanese theaters on March 18th. About Toei Company, Ltd. Established in 1951, Toei Company is not only producing and distributing films, but is also one of the major exhibitors in Japan. The company owns two film studios located in Tokyo and Kyoto. The films produced cover wide range of genres, exceeding 20,000 titles. About Toei Animation Company, Ltd. With headquarters in Tokyo and sales offices in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Paris, Toei Animation ranks among the world’s most prolific animation production studios. Toei Animation’s operations include animation development and production, and worldwide marketing and program licensing with flagship titles such

    The Original, Legendary Super Robot Animation Is Revived in Theaters Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: mazingerz-world.com (Japan) MAZINGER Z is being revived as a movie for the first time in 45 years! The super robot animation MAZINGER Z, which swept through Japan in the 1970s, is reborn! MAZINGER Z (??????, Majingaa Z, 1972–1974) was an enormously successful animation on broadcast television in the 1970s with the highest audience rating of more than 30%. As an original animation about a combining/boarding-type robot, it inspired many boys to dream and hope. The animation, which was broadcast worldwide including Europe and Latin America, is representative of Japanese animation culture and influenced science fiction action robots in each country. It still has avid fans today. Now the super robot, Mazinger Z, will be revived for the first time in 45 years on the big screen (produced by

    VIZ Media Heads To The Washington D.C. Metro Area To Celebrate SAILOR MOON, BORUTO And More! Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media heads to Katsucon this coming weekend to participate in its first anime convention of 2017. VIZ Media will support the event with a pair of panel discussions and a very special BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE English dub world premiere. Katsucon 2017 takes place February 17-19, 2017 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, located in the D.C. metro area in National Harbor, MD. The annual convention for multicultural enthusiasts and entertainment is produced by Katsucon Entertainment, Inc. (KEI), an educational organization dedicated to bringing information about Japanese animation, society, and traditional and popular culture to fans everywhere. Additional information is available

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