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    The Acclaimed Multi-Generational Fantasy Action Anime Series Launches On Leading Animation Network Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases 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, delivers exciting anime news as it announces the broadcast premiere of JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PHANTOM BLOOD (?????????? ?????????, JoJo no Kimyoo na Booken Fantomu Buraddo, 2012) on Adult Swim’s Toonami. The opening episode of Season 1 of the action-packed, multi-generational paranormal adventure series will debut on Saturday night, October 15th at 12:30 a.m. EST/PST, with future episodes scheduled to air each Saturday. Toonami is the anime programming block on Adult Swim, Turner’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults.

    Source: Source: DreamWorks Animation, Click Communications press release Official Site: Special Thanks to Brittany Sepulveda Following the first season cliffhanger, Season 2 of DreamWorks VOLTRON LEGENDARY DEFENDER sees the paladins scattered throughout the universe in wake of a tough battle with Zarkon, Haggar and the Galra Empire. The team will face new challenges as they bring mighty Voltron back together and plot to take down Zarkon once and for all when Season 2 premieres on Netflix January 20, 2017. At New York Comic Con, fans were treated to a sneak peek of Season 2 when the cast and crew screened a full episode and answered fan questions on the Main Stage at Javits Center. Voice actors Jeremy Shada (Lance) and Bex Taylor-Klaus (Pidge) joined executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery and story editor Tim Hedrick to tease what`s in store for Team Voltron.

    Source: Electro 89 press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Official Twitter: The animated TV series SWORD ART ONLINE (????????????, Soodo Aato Onrain) is based on author Reki Kawahara’s light novel (winner of the 15th Dengeki Novel Award Grand Prize) in which the protagonist Kirito fights to survive in the mysterious next-gen VRMMORPG called “Sword Art Online.” Since the first volume of the novel was published in April 2009, the series has proved extremely popular, with cumulative sales exceeding 12.5 million units in Japan and 19 million worldwide, spawning two TV anime adaptations, video games, comic books, and merchandise. In spring 2017, SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE – ORDINAL SCALE – (??? ???????????? -???????????-, Gekijooban Soodo Aato Onrain -Oodinaru Sukeeru-), a brand-new, original story written by Reki Kawahara, is set for

    Source: GKIDS Inc. press release Official Movie Site: (US) From award-winning director Keiichi Hara (COLORFUL) and Japanese powerhouse Production I.G (creators of GHOST IN THE SHELL) comes MISS HOKUSAI (????Miss HOKUSAI?, Sarusuberi, 2015), a remarkable story of the daughter behind one of history’s most famous artists. As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches -- sold under the name of her father -- are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. Shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe while sketching drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush. But despite this

    Two Popular Titles Slated to Receive Simulcast Schedule This October Source: Aniplex of America press release Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki Aniplex of America Inc. announced today at their industry panel at Anime Weekend Atlanta (Atlanta, GA) that they have acquired two new anime titles to join their upcoming fall season lineup -- OCCULTIC;NINE (???????????, Okarutikku Nain) and MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION (???????, 3 Tsuki no Raion). Both titles will premiere on Crunchyroll on October 8, 2016 -- OCCULTIC;NINE at 9:30AM PDT and MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION at 10:00AM PDT -- within hours of the original broadcasts in Japan. Additional broadcast platforms for both titles will be announced at a later date. OCCULTIC;NINE and MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION join WWW.WAGNARIA!! to round out Aniplex of America’s fall simulcast lineup. Based on the light novel series written by Chiyomaru Shikura (creator of

    Popular Slice-of-Life Comedy to Receive Simulcast Schedule This Fall Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki Aniplex of America Inc. announced today that they have acquired WWW.WAGNARIA!! (WWW.WORKING!!, 2016) for their upcoming fall season lineup. WWW.WAGNARIA!! will be simulcast on Crunchyroll starting on October 1, 2016 at 9:00AM PDT -- one hour after the broadcast in Japan. It will also be streamed on DAISUKI one week after the original broadcast. WWW.WAGNARIA!! has been adapted from the widely popular webcomic “Web-ban Working!!” by Karino Takatsu, the original creator of WAGNARIA!!. The setting for the new series is a sister restaurant to the one featured in WAGNARIA!!, featuring new characters with even quirkier personalities. The series features an all-star cast including Yuuichi Nakamura (The irregular at magic high school, DURARARA!!, OREIMO) as Daisuke Higashida, Haruka Tomatsu (SWORD ART

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: (Japan) Special Thanks to Carolyn Medrano Sentai Filmworks, a leading independent distributor of Japanese anime and pop culture programming, announced today that they have acquired extensive distribution rights to the highly acclaimed, record-breaking Japanese anime film, GIRLS UND PANZER DER FILM (?????????? ???, Gaaruzu & Pantsuaa Gekijooban, 2015), for North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other territories. Sentai Filmworks will release additional information on GIRLS UND PANZER DER FILM shortly, including distribution, release date, and streaming offerings. “After seeing GIRLS UND PANZER DER FILM last year, I knew we had to add this title to our already acclaimed library of movies. It’s one of the most exciting titles we’ve acquired this year,” said John Ledford, President of Sentai Filmworks. “Sometimes we

    HoneyWorks’ Romantic Musical Film will be Available on Crunchyroll Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki Aniplex of America announced at their industry panel at Yaoi Con (San Francisco, CA) that they will begin streaming the animated film, I’VE ALWAYS LIKED YOU (?????????????????????, Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita: Kokuhaku Jikkoo Iinkai) through Crunchyroll starting October 4, 2016 at 10AM (PDT). Aniplex of America also unveiled the English subtitled trailer of I’VE ALWAYS LIKED YOU which listed the main staff and cast for the project. They have also confirmed that the official premiere date and time will be announced at a later date. I’VE ALWAYS LIKED YOU is an animated adaptation of creator unit HoneyWorks’ music series called “Confess Your Love Committee - Romance Series-” which includes hit songs from their 2014 debut album, “I’ve Always Liked

    Source: Toei Co., hLtd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei has provided information and images from POP IN Q (????Q, PoppinQ), the 60th anniversary film from Toei Animation. The musical`s director, Naoki Miyahara, and production team have previously created dance sequences for the PRETTY CURE shows and movies. POP IN Q is the story of the special time in the lives of adolescent girls -- the transition from middle to high school -- and the bonds of friendship that can be forged during that period of hope, trouble, confusion and nurturing. On the eve of their graduation from middle school, five girls are pulled into a fantasy world on the brink of destruction. The world`s tiny inhabitants tell the girls that their only hope is for the girls perform a song of love and unity. But the girls are

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE The KUROKO`S BASKETBALL (??????, Kuroko no Basuke) anime series comes to the big screen with a quartet of films. Also known as THE BASKETBALL WHICH KUROKO PLAYS, the anime is adapted from Tadatoshi Fujimaki`s manga, which ran in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 2009 to 2014. The collected volumes of Kuroko’s Basketball have sold more than 30 million copies. The first three movies are being billed as the KUROKO`S BASKETBALL: WINTER CUP OMNIBUS (?????? ???????????, Kuroko no Basuke Uintaakappu Sooshuuhen). They are compilations of the series` third season -- currently streaming in North America on Crunchyroll -- in which the Seirin High School basketball team competes in the Winter Cup tournament. Each film will open in Japanese theaters on a Saturday (September 3, October 8, December 3) and have a 2 week limited

    Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki Aniplex of America announced at their industry panel at OTAKON (Baltimore, MD), their plans to premiere -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 2: NEKKETSU (?????????, Kizumonogatari ?? nekketsu-hen?, 2016) in the U.S. starting in October 2016. Aniplex also confirmed that theater patrons will receive an exclusive giveaway item with each purchased ticket while supplies last. Ticket sales for -KIZUMONOGATARIPART 2: NEKKETSU will begin at a later date through the official -KIZUMONOGATARI- website. -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 2: NEKKETSU will be distributed by AZOLAND PICTURES in the original Japanese language with English subtitles. This is the highly anticipated second installment of the -KIZUMONOGATARI- film trilogy. Aniplex of America premiered the first film, -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 1: TEKKETSU this past February across the U.S. and also in Canada starting on August 28th. -KIZUMONOGATARI- PART 2: NEKKETSU features the

    Source: Madman Entertainment press release Official Site: (Japan), (AU) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Madman Entertainment is thrilled to announce that the stunningly animated KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV (???????? ???????????XV, Kingusugureibu: Fainaru Fantajii Fifutiin, 2016) will screen in cinemas across Australia & New Zealand from August 27 -- for a strictly limited season. Featuring the voices of Aaron Paul (BREAKING BAD), Lena Headey (GAME OF THRONES) and Sean Bean (THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, GAME OF THRONES), KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV is the standalone CG companion feature film to FINAL FANTASY XV, one of the year`s most anticipated games -- to be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, 30 September 2016. The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the sacred Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases 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 a partnership with Tubi TV, a leading provider of free movies and TV shows, to stream some of VIZ Media’s most popular anime titles to audiences across North America, including to legions of viewers based in Canada. Based in San Francisco, CA, Tubi TV is the largest North American ad-supported provider of free streamed movies and TV shows. In addition to its own website, the Tubi TV app is accessible from platforms including Apple TV, Xbox One & Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and Samsung televisions -- in addition to iOS and Android mobile devices. All VIZ Media content on Tubi TV is presented with original Japanese dialogue and features English subtitles.

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei has provided information and high-res images from MAHO GIRLS PRETTY CURE! THE MOVIE (???????????????????????????, Eiga Mahoo Tsukai Purikyua! Kiseki no Henshin! Kyua Mofurun!), the twenty-first feature film in the PRETTY CURE series. Thirteen-year-old Mirai Asahina (aka Cure Miracle), her stuffed teddy bear Mofurun, and the young magician Riko Izayoi (aka Cure Magical) return to Japanese theaters on October 29th. MAHO GIRLS PRETTY CURE! THE MOVIE will be paired with a new short film, CURE MIRACLE AND MOFURUN`S MAGIC LESSON! (????????????????????, Kyua Mirakuru to Mofurun no Mahoo Ressun!). The computer animated short will have a running time of approximately 5 minutes. Story Mofurun becomes a Cure this autumn! Do you know the "wishing stone"? On one day every 100 years, any wish made on the stone will come

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Shochiku has provided additional images from their upcoming anime film, A SILENT VOICE (?? ???, Eiga Koe no Katachi). The movie opens in Japan on September 17th. About Shochiku Co., Ltd. Shochiku traces its origins to 1895 when Takejiro Otani presented his first stage play. They also produced the first color motion picture in Japan, and have expanded into TV dramas, video contents, Kabuki presentation, theater operations, and real estate. The company has become a symbol of enduring tradition as the exclusive promoter of the Kabuki theater in Japan as well as widely known as the

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) PRETTY CURE ALL STARS: SING TOGETHER ? MIRACLE MAGIC! (???????????? ?????????????, Eiga Purikyua Ooru Sutazu Minna de Utau ? Kiseki no Maho!) is the twentieth feature film in the PRETTY CURE series. Produced as the first-ever authentic musical in the series, the movie had composer and lyricist Mori Yukinojo in charge of music production. Mirai Ashina (Rie Takahashi) and Riko (Yui Horiei) visit a town for the first time. However, they get separated by the witch Sorciere (Seiko Niizuma) and her servant Torauma (Koji Yamamoto), who are after "Pretty Cure tears." 44 Pretty Cure girls from over the years unite to save the world by keeping the witches from executing their evil magic. Credits Japanese Theatrical Release: Saturday, March, 19th, 2016 (Roadshow) Running Time: 70 Minutes Cast Cure Miracle/ Mirai Ashina: Rie Takahashi

    New Story Arc for DRAGON BALL SUPER Source: Toei Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: (Japan) In February 2016, the television animation series DRAGON BALL (???????, Doragon Booru) produced by Toei Animation Co., Ltd. celebrated the 30th anniversary of its initial broadcast. Toei Animation has now announced a piece of truly “super” news worthy of this milestone memorial year for DRAGON BALL. ? New plot development about to begin for DRAGON BALL SUPER! Trunks is back again from the future! New “Future Trunks” story arc begins! The DRAGON BALL SUPER (???????? (????), Doragon Booru-Choo (Suupaa), 2015-) television series is poised for a new plot development. Trunks arrives from the future and appears before Goku and his companions after they have just finished their battle with Universe 6. This is the beginning of a new “Future Trunks” plot arc, with story and

    New Series from Hellsing Creator to Debut in October 2016 Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: (Japan) At its annual Industry Panel at Anime Expo 2016, Funimation Entertainment revealed to the capacity audience its acquisition of DRIFTERS (??????, Dorifutazu) -- the eagerly anticipated new anime series from Hellsing creator Kouta Hirano. Funimation has secured international rights to home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast distribution of the title from NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan. DRIFTERS is set to premiere this October on the company’s subscription streaming service, FunimationNow, in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland. “We’re excited to expand our partnership with NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan following last year’s acquisition of SERAPH OF THE END: VAMPIRE REIGN,’” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “We are anticipating a great response from fans for Kouta Hirano’s DRIFTERS -- given the tremendous popularity of his Hellsing series.” DRIFTERS

    Details for New Anime Double Feature from Toei Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei has provided information and high-res images from the upcoming anime feature, AIKATSU STARS! THE MOVIE (????????????, Gekijooban Aikatsu Sutaazu!). Based on the enormously successful Bandai Data Carddass collectible card arcade game, the movie is produced by Bandai Namco Pictures, the new family/children`s division of the Sunrise animation studio. Toei will distribute the film in Japanese cinemas starting August 13th. AIKATSU STARS! THE MOVIE features the new Aikatsu (Idol Activities) characters from in the currently running AIKATSU STARS! (?????????, Aikatsu Sutaazu!) television series. The lead is Yume Nijino, a first year student at Four Stars Academy who wants to become a member of S4, the school`s top singing, dancing and acting idols. In the film, Yume and her classmates travel to the

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE There is a "voice" I want to tell. There is a "voice" I want to hear. Shochiku has provided some information and images from their upcoming anime film, A SILENT VOICE (?? ???, Eiga Koe no Katachi). The movie is based on the best-selling -- and award-winning -- manga by Yoshitoki Oima, originally serialized in Kodansha`s Weekly Shonen Magazine. Produced by Kyoto Animation (K-ON! franchise, TAMAKO LOVE STORY), A SILENT VOICE is directed by Naoko Yamada (K-ON!, TAMAKO LOVE STORY), written by Reiko Yoshida (THE CAT RETURNS, GIRLS UND PANZER, OSAMU TEZUKA’S BUDDHA 2 and features character designs by Futoshi Nishiya (THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA). The lead characters Shoya Ishida and Shoko Nishimiya are voiced by, respectively, Miyu Irino (SPIRITED AWAY, ANOHANA -THE FLOWER WE SAW THAT DAY THE

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