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    Kazue Kato as a Special Guest of Honor 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, teams with the 2016 Anime Expo to welcome famed manga creator and illustrator Kazue Kato as a special Guest of Honor at this year’s event. The artist will make her first North American professional appearance by participating in a pair of insightful panel discussions and meeting fans in several autograph sessions. The 2016 Anime Expo is the largest dedicated anime/manga fan convention in North America and takes place July 1st–4th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets and full details are available at anime-expo.org. VIZ Media will be located on

    Event will Feature All-Star English Cast and Exclusive Entertainment to Celebrate the Upcoming Movie in 2017 Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: swordart-online.net (Japan), SwordArt-OnlineUSA.com (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki and Alex Crum Aniplex of America is proud to announce that they will be hosting the SWORD ART ONLINE Festival at this year’s Anime Expo to celebrate the worldwide release of SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE -ORDINAL SCALE- (??? ???????????? -???????????- Gekijooban Soodo Aato Onrain -Oodinaru Sukeeru-) in 2017. This exclusive event will be on July 2nd, 2016, (Day 2 of the convention) in Petree Hall (Live Programming 1) and features 11 members of the English dub cast from the series including: Bryce Papenbrook (Kirito), Cherami Leigh (Asuna), Cassandra Lee Morris (Leafa), Stephanie Sheh (Yui), Michelle Ruff (Sinon), Ben Diskin (Death Gun), Christine Cabanos (Silica),

    New Anime Movie Opens in Japan July 23rd Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Site: accel-world.net (Japan) Gentlemen -- This is "The Accelerated World". Warner Bros. Pictures Japan has provided information and images from their upcoming release, ACCEL WORLD: INFINITE BURST (?????????????????????, Akuseru Waarudoo Infinitto Baasutoo). The anime film will open in Japanese cinemas on July 23rd. ACCEL WORLD: INFINITE BURST is an original story by Accel World creator Reki Kawahara (Sword Art Online). Kawahara`s Accel World light novel series has sold more than 4.5 million copies, while the first novel also won the Grand Prize at ASCII Media Works’ 15th Dengeki Novel Prize in 2008. A 24 episode ACCEL WORLD television series from the famed animation studio Sunrise (TIGER & BUNNY, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM, CODE GEASS, COWBOY BEBOP, KEKKAISHI) debuted in 2012. Four years later, the cast and crew from the anime

    Preview of Upcoming Anime Film Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: onepiece-film2016.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei has provided SciFi Japan with another batch of images from their new anime film, ONE PIECE FILM GOLD (?????????????, Wan Piisu Firumu Goorudo). The movie opens in Japanese cinemas on Saturday, July 23, 2016. For more information on ONE PIECE FILM GOLD, please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan: ONE PIECE FILM GOLD Sets Sail in July ONE PIECE FILM GOLD Info & High-Res Images from Toei

    Press Notes and Materials for Upcoming Anime Film Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: onepiece-film2016.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Executive producer Eiichiro Oda presents the ultimate entertainment epic!!! 19 years after the manga debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, Eiichiro Oda`s ONE PIECE stands as an international anime and merchandising success. This summer, Toei unveils the long-awaited next chapter... ONE PIECE FILM GOLD (?????????????, Wan Piisu Firumu Goorudo). Oda returns as executive producer, while longtime ONE PIECE TV series director Hiroaki Miyamoto directs from the screenplay by Tsutomu Kuroiwa (BLACK BUTLER). Joining the ONE PIECE voice cast are several special guest stars, including Hikari Mitsushima (ULTRAMAN MAX, DEATH NOTE), Gaku Hamada (ULTRAMAN GAIA: THE BATTLE IN HYPERSPACE, FISH STORY), Nanao (WOLF GIRL AND BLACK PRINCE), Kendo Kobayashi (YATTERMAN) and Kinya Kitaoji (THE INCITE MILL ?7 DAY DEATH GAME?). The film`s theme

    Second in Series of Project Itoh Film Adaptations to Screen in U.S. on May 17 & 18 Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: project-itoh.com/harmony (Japan), funimationfilms.com/harmony (United States) On the heels of their limited theatrical engagement of THE EMPIRE OF CORPSES (?????, Shisha no Teikoku, 2015), Funimation Films has announced that advance tickets are now available for the movie HARMONY (?????, Haamonii, 2015), the second in the series of three animated films adapted from Project Itoh’s novels. The film, produced by award-winning Studio 4°C, is co-directed by the duo of Michael Arias and Takashi Nakamura. Presented in both Japanese with English subtitles and English dub versions, HARMONY will screen in more than 60 theaters across the United States on May 17 and 18, 2016. Local theater listings will provide specific dates and times

    Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release Official Site: dragonball2015.com (Japan), dragonballz.com (US) Toei Animation Co., Ltd. announced that DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ (???????????????, Doragon Booru Zetto: Fukkatsu no `F`, 2015), an animated film produced and distributed by the Company that was released last April, won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Animated Film at the 39th Japan Academy Awards. DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ , the 19th installment in the series, marked the first time that the original writer of Dragon Ball, Mr. Akira Toriyama, was actually involved in production. Mr. Toriyama wrote the screenplay for the film. The movie was released on April 18, 2015 in Japan and made 3.7 billion yen at the domestic box office. It was then released in 44 other countries, becoming a smash hit. The box office sales worldwide including that of Japan has reached 7.7 billion yen

    Intense Ninja Action of All 10 Movies From The NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Universes Offered For Digital Purchase Source: Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Erik Jansen and Jane Lui VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, brings the action and excitement of NARUTO to Steam, a leading interactive content delivery platform by software company, Valve Corporation. All 10 full-length feature films from the NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN story arcs are available (English dubbed) for purchase and rental on Steam in the U.S. and Canada, including: · NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW · NARUTO THE MOVIE: LEGEND OF THE STONE GELEL · NARUTO THE MOVIE: GUARDIANS OF THE CRESCENT MOON KINGDOM · NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE · NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BONDS · NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: THE WILL OF

    Climactic Film Based on TV Series to Screen in U.S. and Canada on March 15 & 16 Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: psycho-pass.com (Japan), funimationfilms.com/movie/psycho-pass-the-movie (United States) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski Funimation Entertainment has announced the North American theatrical dates for the release of PSYCHO-PASS THE MOVIE (??? PSYCHO-PASS ?????, Gekijooban Saikopasu, 2015). This climactic feature film is based on the 33-episode, hit TV series of the same name and marks the return of renowned script writer Gen Urobuchi, who wrote the original story for the first season of the anime series. PSYCHO-PASS THE MOVIE will screen in more than over 100 theaters across the United States and Canada on March 15 and 16, 2016. Advance tickets for the movie will be available for purchase beginning February 18 at funimationfilms.com/psychopass.

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: onepiece-film2016.com (Japan) Debuting in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in July 1997, Eiichiro Oda`s pirate adventure One Piece (?????, Wan Piisu) has achieved worldwide sales in excess of 320 million copies. In June 2015, the manga was certified by Guinness World Records as "most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author". Toei Animation premiered the ONE PIECE anime television series on October 20, 1999. The show is still in production, with more than 720 episodes to date, and has spun-off a dozen animated theatrical features. In 2009, ONE PIECE FILM: STRONG WORLD (????? ?????????, Wan Piisu Sutorongu Waarudo) topped the Japanese box office with ticket sales of ¥4.8 billion ($40,941,696 US). The success continued with the following movie, ONE PIECE FILM Z (????????? ???, Wan Piisu Firumu Zetto, 2012), which grossed ¥6.87 billion ($58,597,802

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd., 4K Media Inc. Official Site: yugioh20th.com (Japan), yugioh.com (US) The YU-GI-OH! franchise celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016 with a new anime feature film, YU-GI-OH!: THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS (????? THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS) opening theatrically in Japan on April 23, 2016. The Yu-Gi-Oh! manga began in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1996. The anime series first aired in 2000, followed by the best-selling trading card game. A decade in the making, the long-awaited movie features new designs and an all-new story from Kazuki Takahashi, creator of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. CREDITS Japanese Release Date: April 23, 2016 (Golden Week) Voice Cast Yugi Muto: Shunsuke Kazama Seto Kaiba: Kenjiro Tsuda Sera: Kana Hanazawa Mani: Satoshi Hino Anzu Mazaki: Maki Saito Katsuya Jonouchi: Hiroki Takahashi Hiroto Honda: Hidehiro Kikuchi Mokuba Kaiba: Junko Takeuchi Ryo Bakura: Rica Matsumoto

    Special Virtual Live Stream Party With SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL English Dub Premiere +Live Commentary, Real Time Q&A and Trivia Prizes! Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press release Official Site: sailormoon-official.com (Japan), VIZ.com/sailormoon (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media sends a call out to all U.S.-based anime fans and SAILOR MOON aficionados to join the company as it stages a special virtual Moonlight Party to mark the English dub premiere of SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL on its anime streaming platform on VIZ.com. The SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Moonlight Party will take place on Friday, November 20th, beginning at 6:00pm PST on VIZ Media’s YouTube channel. The interactive live-stream event will complement the VIZ Media/Hulu streams that evening of SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Episodes 1 and 2.

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: ittoshura.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez Sentai Filmworks has announced an agreement with Hulu for exclusive simulcasting of CHIVALRY OF A FAILED KNIGHT (????????, Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan, 2015). Episodes will be available to stream for Hulu subscribers for $7.99 per month with limited commercials and $11.99 per month with no commercials. Each episode of CHIVALRY OF A FAILED KNIGHT will stream exclusively on Hulu during the first week of simulcast with free-to-user streaming available one week later. Simulcasting is slated to begin October 3, 2015. Based on a series of light novels by Riku Misora, CHIVALRY OF A FAILED KNIGHT takes place in a world where human knights can materialize weapons from their souls. The story follows a knight who is widely considered a failure by those around him, and his struggle toward mastery of his weapon.

    Crunchyroll to Begin Streaming on October 3 Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: monogatari-series.com (Japan), AniplexUSA.com/monogatarifinalseason (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera Following their announcement of their acquisition of THE ASTERISK WAR, Aniplex of America Inc. has announced OWARIMONOGATARI as their next title for the fall 2015 season. The first episode is scheduled to premiere on October 3rd and will be streaming exclusively on Crunchyroll. As part of the MONOGATARI Final Season, OWARIMONOGATARI follows the events of Koyomi Araragi as he meets a transfer student that turns his world upside-down. Director Akiyuki Shimbou (PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA) returns along with animation studio SHAFT (PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA, NISEKOI) to produce the series. For more information on OWARIMONOGATARI, please visit AniplexUSA.com/monogatarifinalseason. About OWARIMONOGATARI (???) During the month of October of his third year in high school, Koyomi Araragi is introduced to a transfer student named

    Crunchyroll to Begin Streaming October 3 Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: asterisk-war.com (Japan), AsteriskWar.com (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera Aniplex of America Inc. announced that they have acquired the anime series THE ASTERISK WAR (??????????, Gakusen Toshi Asutarisuku, 2015) for this upcoming fall season. The first episode is scheduled to premiere on October 3rd and will be streaming exclusively on Crunchyroll. From the same producer of SWORD ART ONLINE, Shinichiro Kashiwada, THE ASTERISK WAR will be animated by studio A-1 Pictures (SWORD ART ONLINE II, YOUR LIE IN APRIL), directed by Manabu Ono (The irregular at magic high school) and featuring music by Swedish EDM sensation Rasmus Faber. About THE ASTERISK WAR Invertia (meteor storm)... an unprecedented disaster that struck the world during the 20th century. Because of this disaster, numerous cities around the world were destroyed. However, within the

    All New Feature by the ANOHANA Creators to Hit Select Box Offices This Fall Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: kokosake.jp (Japan), AnthemoftheHeart.com (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki Aniplex of America Inc. have announced their plans to screen the theatrical feature, THE ANTHEM OF THE HEART –BEAUTIFUL WORD BEAUTIFUL WORLD- (????????????, Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda), in North American theaters starting November 1st. Tickets are now on sale today on the official U.S. homepage for theaters located in the U.S. and Canada. Aniplex of America has also confirmed that participating theaters will distribute an exclusive giveaway item, the “Cast Message Board,” from Japan to patrons while supplies last. THE ANTHEM OF THE HEART –BEAUTIFUL WORD BEAUTIFUL WORLD-, will be distributed by ELEVEN ARTS and will be featured in the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. THE ANTHEM

    Source: Tokyo International Film Festival press release Official GUNDAM Site: gundam.jp (Japan) Following the last year’s hugely popular special screenings of “The World of Hideaki Anno”, the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will continue to focus on Japanese animation in 2015 with “The World of Gundam”, a special program of the revolutionary series MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM (????????, Kidoo Senshi Gandamu). With this special screening of GUNDAM, a monumental work of robot animation that ran for 36 years and has been shown in more than 25 countries and region, the secrets of one of Japan’s most successful anime franchises will be unveiled. MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM was first released in 1979. The Japanese animation studio Nippon Sunrise (currently SUNRISE Inc.) and director Yoshiyuki Tomino created an epic tale of a universe in which an era

    Begins Streaming on the Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll and Hulu September 8 Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: durarara.com (Japan), durararausa.com (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera Aniplex of America Inc. announced today that they will begin streaming the English dubbed episodes of the second arc of the DURARARA!!×2 (?????!!×2, 2015) anime on the Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll and Hulu.com. The first episode of the second arc is scheduled to premiere on September 8th at 12PM (PST) with new episodes added every Tuesday. Along with subbed and dubbed episodes of the first arc of DURARARA!!×2, Aniplex of America also currently offers subbed and dubbed episodes of the first season of DURARARA!! on the aforementioned streaming platforms. About DURARARA!!×2 The Second Arc The story continues as more chaos ensues -- Ikebukuro, a city teeming with the most peculiar characters and the twisted schemes they indulge

    Source: Tokyo International Film Festival press release Official GUNDAM Site: gundam.jp (Japan) Following the last year’s hugely popular special screenings of “The World of Hideaki Anno”, the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will continue to focus on Japanese animation in 2015 with a special program of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM (????????, Kidoo Senshi Gandamu), a monumental work of robot animation. This will be the first-ever major screening occasion to showcase the GUNDAM franchise as well as the first time in TIFF history that the festival will present special screening of animated works specific to a single series. It is nearly 35 years since the theatrical version of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM was released. Numerous works, whose creators have publicly stated they were influenced by GUNDAM, have been worldwide big hits. One such work,

    Action-Filled New Anime Adventure Features The Rebellious Son Of The Legendary Ninja Naruto Source: Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: boruto-movie.com (Japan), elevenarts.net/boruto-naruto-the-movie (US) Special Thanks to Erik Jansen and Jane Lui VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces the expansion of its partnership with Los Angeles-based film distribution company ELEVEN ARTS to premiere BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE (???????????????, Boruto: Naruto za Muubii, 2015) in a series of exclusive theatrical engagements. In addition to a big-screen debut in over 80 U.S. cities, Canadian fans also will have a very special opportunity to catch the premiere in 9 major cities, including Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and more beginning on October 10th! Featuring the son of the world’s most popular ninja, BORUTO:

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