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    Highly Anticipated Feature From ELEVEN ARTS, Aniplex of America Inc. and Fathom Events Source: Fathom Events press release Official Site: sao-movie.net (Japan), sao-movie.net/us (US) Official Twitter: twitter.com/sao_anime The wildly popular anime series SWORD ART ONLINE (????????????, Soodo Aato Onrain) is set to make its U.S. cinematic premiere with the English subtitled “SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – A Special Event.” At this exclusive event, anime fans will experience an all-new adventure with Kirito, Asuna and their party members as they explore the world of “Ordinal Scale,” a new hit game utilizing augmented reality technology. This one-night event comes to movie theaters on Thursday, March 9 at 8:00 p.m. local time, from Fathom Events, Aniplex of America Inc. and ELEVEN ARTS. In addition to the full-length, English

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Official Site: konosekai.jp (Japan), inthiscornermovie.com (English) Special Thanks to Tom Chen Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and Animatsu Entertainment, a London-based producer, licensor and distributor of anime in the UK and Ireland, have entered into an exclusive film deal to distribute the new animated feature IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (????????, Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni, 2016) in North America. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Animatsu Entertainment’s Chief Operating Officer, Jerome Mazandarani. Based on the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno, the film is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi. Director Katabuchi began his career working closely with Hayao Miyazaki before directing his own animated films, including the acclaimed animated features MAI MAI MIRACLE (????????????, Maimai Shinko to Sennen no Mahoo, 2009) and PRINCESS ARETE

    Details for New Anime Feature Film from Toei Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: precure-dreamstars.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei has provided information and high-res images from PRETTY CURE DREAM STARS! THE MOVIE (????????????????, Eiga Purikyua Doriimu Sutaazu!), the twenty-second feature film in the PRETTY CURE series. The movie features Precures from the two most recent television series, GO! PRINCESS PRETTY CURE (GO!??????????, GO! Purinsesu PuriKyua, 2015-16) and WITCHY PRETTY CURE! (???????????, Mahoo Tsukai Purikyua, 2016-17) plus the upcoming KIRAKIRA ? PRETTY CURE A LA MODE (???????????????, Kirakira ? Purikyua Ara Moodo, 2017). PRETTY CURE DREAM STARS! THE MOVIE will open in Japanese theaters on March 18th. Story I will go with you! Go through the door of light to a lush world -- with three Precures to protect you! One day, Ichika Usami (aka Cure Whip) of Pretty

    International Emmy Award-Winning Animated Series From Polygon Pictures and Studio Ghibli Source: Amazon.com, Inc. press release Official Site: nhk.or.jp/ronja (Japan) Amazon`s original kids series, RONJA, THE ROBBER`S DAUGHTER (????????, Sanzoku no Musume Roonya, 2014-15), is set to premiere on Prime Video on January 27 in the US and UK. An animated adventure for kids and families, the new series is narrated by Golden Globe Award-winning actress Gillian Anderson (THE X-FILES), directed by Gor? Miyazaki (UP ON POPPY HILL, TALES FROM EARTHSEA), animated by Polygon Pictures (upcoming GODZILLA anime film), and presented by the Academy Award-winning Studio Ghibli (SPIRITED AWAY, HOWL`S MOVING CASTLE) and Saltkråkan (the Astrid Lindgren Company). RONJA, THE ROBBER`S DAUGHTER is already a full-fledged hit in Japan, winning the International Emmy Award for “Best Kids Animation.” The series is based on the wildly-popular children`s fantasy book of the same name by

    Following its U.S. Debut, Film to Hit More Than 30 Canadian Cities on January 26, 2017 Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: girls-und-panzer.jp (Japan), girlsundpanzerderfilm.com (North America) Special Thanks to Carolyn Medrano Sentai Filmworks, a leading independent distributor of Japanese anime and pop culture programming, has announced its Canadian release schedule for the English-dubbed, critically acclaimed, and record-breaking Japanese anime film, GIRLS UND PANZER DER FILM (?????????? ???, Gaaruzu & Pantsuaa Gekijooban, 2015). Beginning January 26, 2017, GIRLS UND PANZER DER FILM will screen in more than 30 major Canadian cities, including: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. “GIRLS UND PANZER DER FILM has a massive global fan following -- from its record-breaking run in Japan, to its national U.S. release -- and we know Canada has an immense fan base,” said John

    First Feature Film Of The Legendary Magical Girl Anime Series Makes A Big Screen Premiere With A Celebrated English Cast Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: viz.com/sailor-moon-r-the-movie-coming-to-theaters (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media and Los Angeles-based film distribution company, ELEVEN ARTS, have notably increased the number of cities and theatres that will present the U.S. premiere of SAILOR MOON R: THE MOVIE (??? ?????????????, Gekijooban Bishoojo Senshi Seeraa Muun Aaru, 1993). The special limited engagement is now being hosted in more than 240 theaters, with theaters continuing to be added in the coming weeks. Newly added screenings are in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, and more! The exclusive event will also feature the North American theatrical debut of the original SAILOR MOON short, MAKE UP! SAILOR GUARDIANS (??????? ??????,

    Mamoru Oshii Classic to Screen in 110 U.S. Theaters Source: Funimation Films, Lionsgate press release Official Site: funimationfilms.com/ghostintheshell (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto The GHOST IN THE SHELL (?????, Kookaku Kidootai) franchise has been entertaining audiences for more than 25 years and this February, Lionsgate and Funimation Films are partnering together to bring the 1995, groundbreaking anime film back to theaters for a two-day limited theatrical engagement. The original GHOST IN THE SHELL movie from acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii, will return to the big screen on February 7 – 8, 2017 in 110 theaters across the United States. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy both the original Japanese version with subtitles as well as the English dub of the film. Each will be available on

    The Sunny Is Reaching Shore! Source: Funimation Films press releases Official Site: onepiece-film2016.com (Japan), funimationfilms.com/onepiecegold (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Toei Animation`s ONE PIECE FILM: GOLD (?????????????, Wan Piisu Firumu Goorudo) hits select theaters TOMORROW from Funimation Films. It`s only playing until January 17th -- don`t miss it! The film, from Eiichiro Oda, original creator and executive producer of the ONE PIECE anime series, is the 13th film in the franchise and the first since 2012. ONE

    Ticket Sales to Begin January 6 on the Official Homepage 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 Joanna Metoki Aniplex of America announced today that they will begin ticket sales for the upcoming nationwide theatrical release of the highly anticipated movie, SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – (??? ???????????? -???????????-, Gekijooban Soodo Aato Onrain -Oodinaru Sukeeru-), this Friday, January 6th, on their official homepage at 12:00 p.m. (PST). Aniplex of America, along with the film distribution company ELEVEN ARTS, will be kicking off their national release of this mega-hit animated feature on Thursday, March 9th with a special one-night Fathom Event. SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – will be distributed in the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: kurobas.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Shochiku Co., Ltd. has provided information and high-res images for the upcoming anime film, KUROKO’S BASKETBALL: LAST GAME (??? ?????? LAST GAME, Gekijooban Kuroko no Basuke Rasuto Geemu). The movie opens in Japan on March 18, 2017. Kuroko’s Basketball began as a manga by Tadatoshi Fujimaki, which was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 2009 to 2014. The collected volumes have sold more than 30 million copies. The TV adaptation from Production I.G (GHOST IN THE SHELL) ran for three seasons beginning in 2012. The franchise jumped to the big screen in 2016 with KUROKO’S BASKETBALL: WINTER CUP HIGHLIGHTS (?????? ???????????, Kuroko no Basuke Uintaakappu Sooshuuhen) -- aka KUROKO’S BASKETBALL: WINTER CUP OMNIBUS -- three movie compilations of the series’ third season. Now comes LAST GAME, an all-new

    Source: Showgate Inc. Official Site: goemon-ishikawa.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Showgate Inc. has provided additional images from their upcoming release, LUPIN THE IIIRD: GOEMON ISHIKAWA’S SPRAY OF BLOOD (LUPIN THE IIIRD ????????, Lupin the IIIrd Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon). The latest Lupin the 3rd anime movie will open in Japan on February 4, 2017. About Showgate Inc./Hakuhodo DY music & pictures Inc. Established in 1990, Showgate Inc. (aka Hakuhodo DY music & pictures Inc.) develops, produces, & distributes a wide range of film and animation contents. The company is also seeking rights in all media for non-Japanese features, both commercial & arthouse, as script stage or as completed films. They also handle worldwide sales of Japanese features & animations. For more information on LUPIN

    Highly Anticipated Feature Film to Hit U.S. Box Offices on March 9, 2017 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 Joanna Metoki Aniplex of America Inc. announced today that the nationwide release of the highly anticipated feature film SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – (??? ???????????? -???????????-, Gekijooban Soodo Aato Onrain -Oodinaru Sukeeru-) will take place on March 9, 2017. Details on theater locations and tickets for the nationwide release will be announced at a later date on the official homepage. SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – will be distributed by ELEVEN ARTS in the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. The animated TV series SWORD ART ONLINE (????????????, Soodo Aato Onrain) is based on author Reki

    Source: Showgate Inc. Official Site: goemon-ishikawa.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Showgate Inc. has provided information and images from their upcoming release, LUPIN THE IIIRD: GOEMON ISHIKAWA’S SPRAY OF BLOOD (LUPIN THE IIIRD ????????, Lupin the IIIrd Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon). The anime will open at the Shinjuku Baltic 9 and other theaters across Japan on February 4, 2017. GOEMON ISHIKAWA’S SPRAY OF BLOOD will be the third entry in a series of prequels by Telecom Animation Film based on Monkey Punch`s manga Lupin the Third -- detailing the master thief`s first encounters with his most famous allies -- that began with the 13 episode LUPIN THE THIRD: THE WOMAN CALLED FUJIKO MINE (LUPIN THE THIRD ??????????, Lupin the Third ?Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna, 2012). The feature film LUPIN THE THIRD: JIGEN`S GRAVESTONE (LUPIN THE IIIRD ???????, Lupin the IIIrd

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Site: hirunehime.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Scheduled for release in Japan on March 18th, HIRUNE HIME is the first feature film from Signal.MD, the animation division of IG Port (Production I.G/Mag Garden). Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures Japan is promoting the movie with the English title ENSHEN AND HER MAGIC TABLET. ENSHEN is written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama (GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX, MORIBITO: GUARDIAN OF THE SPIRIT, EDEN OF THE EAST, 009 RE:CYBORG). Additional credits for the film include music by Yoko Shimomura (KINGDOM HEARTS, KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV), character designs by Satoko Morikawa (THE CAT RETURNS, EDEN OF THE EAST) and Shigeto Koyama (Rebuild of Evangelion, BIG HERO 6), and animation direction by Atsuko Sasaki (EDEN OF THE EAST, GHOST IN THE SHELL: THE NEW MOVIE). Set in Kojima in the city of Kurashiki,

    Film to Receive Nationwide Theatrical Release Following Premiere 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 Joanna Metoki Aniplex of America Inc. has announced that they will be hosting the North American premiere of the highly anticipated feature film SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – (??? ???????????? -???????????-, Gekijooban Soodo Aato Onrain -Oodinaru Sukeeru-). The premiere will take place at the historic Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 1, 2017. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase on the official website starting next Tuesday, November 15, at 12PM (PST). Aniplex of America has also announced their plan to release SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – in theaters nationwide following the premiere event. Details on theater locations and tickets for the nationwide release will be announced at

    Funimation to Produce English Dub of New Series Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: toei-anim.co.jp/dragon_s (Japan), funimation.com/shows/dragon-ball-super (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski Building upon their more than 20-year association with the DRAGON BALL franchise, Funimation Entertainment and Toei Animation Inc. have expanded their partnership to include DRAGON BALL SUPER (???????? (????), Doragon Booru-Choo (Suupaa), 2015-) -- the first new storyline from original creator Akira Toriyama in more than 18 years. Encompassing streaming, digital download and home video distribution, their multi-year agreement will introduce DRAGON BALL SUPER throughout the USA & Canada. In addition, the partnership also covers broadcast and merchandising opportunities for DRAGON BALL SUPER as well. Fans can immediately begin watching current subtitled episodes of DRAGON BALL SUPER (episodes 1 – 10 and 47 – 64) on FunimationNow followed by

    Series Launches in North and Latin America, South Africa, Australia & New Zealand Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Official Site: toei-anim.co.jp/dragon_s (Japan) Special Thanks to David Syatt Toei Animation Inc. has debuted an English subtitle simulcast of DRAGON BALL SUPER (???????? (????), Doragon Booru-Choo (Suupaa), 2015-) on multiple digital platforms. For the first time, fans in North and Latin America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand are able to view DRAGON BALL SUPER simulcast. Since its debut in Japan in July 2015, the hit follow-up to one of the greatest anime series of all time has been eagerly awaited by followers around the world. Through non-exclusive streaming partnerships with Crunchyroll, Daisuki.net and Anime Lab, DRAGON BALL SUPER is finally available. The simulcasts kicked off on Saturday October 22 at 6:00pm PST, allowing

    Popular Anime Series to Receive New Season in January 2017 Source: Aniplex of America press release ao-ex.com (Japan), blueexorcist.com (US) Special Thanks to Alex Crum Aniplex of America Inc. announced that they have acquired BLUE EXORCIST: KYOTO SAGA (????? ??????, Ao no Futsumashi Kyoto Fujoo-o-hen, 2017) for their upcoming winter season lineup. BLUE EXORCIST: KYOTO SAGA has been adapted from the Kyoto Arc of the widely popular Blue Exorcist manga series by original author Kazue Kato. The series is scheduled to run weekly in Japan starting in January 2017. The series returns an all-star cast including Nobuhiko Okamoto as Rin Okumura, Jun Fukuyama as Yukio Okumura, Kana Hanazawa as Shiemi Moriyama, Kazuya Nakai as Ryuji Suguro, Koji Yusa as Renzo Shima, Yuki Kaji as Konekomaru Miwa, Eri Kitamura as Izumo Kamiki, Rina Sato as Shura Kirigakure, Ayahi Takagaki as Kuro, and Hiroshi Kamiya as Mephisto Pheles.

    Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: funimation.com/p/fall Ready to start watching all your favorite Fall anime in English? All the shows Funimation would typically release as soon as possible after their original Japanese release will now be given English dubs faster than ever -- as soon as two weeks after broadcast. The first premiere is less than a week away! Don`t miss a single episode of the Fall season, start your free trial today. DRIFTERS Premiere: Nov 6 at 10:00 pm ET Weekly Time: Sundays at 10:00 pm ET 91 DAYS Premiere: Oct 23 at 9:00 pm ET Weekly Time: Sundays at 9:00 pm ET MOB PSYCHO 100 Premiere to be announced ORANGE Premiere: Oct 24 at 9:30 pm ET Weekly Time: Mondays at 9:30 pm ET ReLIFE Premiere: Oct 26 at 9:30 pm ET Weekly Time: Wednesdays at 9:30 pm ET JOKER GAME Premiere: Oct

    Author: Daisuke Ishizuka Official Site: sampo-shojo.oops.jp The Japanese screening schedule of the Japanese animation movie SAMPO SHOJO (????, 2016) has been announced. The film`s title translates as "Algorithm Girl", with sampo referring to classic Japanese mathematics also known as wazan, san-gaku, san-jutsu and san-do, etc. They were mainly used during the Edo-period (1600 – 1868). Sampo Shojo is also the title of a book about wazan that was originally published in 1775. The original edition of the book can be found in the National Diet Library. The anime SAMPO SHOJO is a drama about a thirteen year old girl who lives during the Edo-period. The story was written by Ms. Hiroko Endo as a novel based on the original Sampo Shojo book. The producer of the

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