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    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:

    Streaming Premiere of New SAILOR MOON SUPER S and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Episodes Plus COPPELION Complete Series Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: NeonAlley.com Special Thanks to Elizabeth Ellis and Erik Jansen VIZ Media continues the summertime anime fun with new content for its Neon Alley streaming platform throughout August. Out of this world Sailor Guardian anime action continues all month long with a two subtitled SAILOR MOON episodes premiering each Monday, beginning with SAILOR MOON Episodes 128 & 129 as well as Episodes 130 & 131, which are available now. The newest episodes also mark the beginning of the epic fourth season of the legendary series. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN simulcasts also take place throughout August with subtitled streams of the latest action packed episodes straight from Japan every Thursday. Don’t miss the newly simulcast Episodes 422 & 423 on Hulu freshly added this week. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: akame.tv (Japan) Special Thanks to Christian Lopez Sentai Filmworks’ series, AKAME GA KILL! (??????!, Akame ga Kiru!, 2014), earned 1.8+ million viewers for its series premiere during the hugely popular Adult Swim Toonami block. TV By The Numbers reported that it ranked second among the Top 100 cable shows among adults 25-54 for the whole day. Adapted from the original manga written by Takahiro and illustrated by Tetsuya Tashiro, AKAME GA KILL! follows a desperate team of assassins known as Night Raid, as they take on the brutal tyranny of a corrupt empire. This supernatural action series is directed by Tomoki Kobayashi (AMAGAMI SS+, ROZEN MAIDEN), with series composition by Makoto Uezu (HUMANITY HAS DECLINED, DEVIL SURVIVOR 2), art direction by Yoshito Takamine (SONI ANI – SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION, JORMUNGAND) and animation production by WHITE FOX (IS THE

    Film Earns Unprecedented Box Office and #9 Spot on List of Highest Grossing Anime Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: dragonball2015.com (Japan), dragonballz.com (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto FUNimation Entertainment announced today that its limited event-style theatrical release of the anime film DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ (???????????????, Doragon Booru Zetto: Fukkatsu no `F`, 2015) has shattered industry expectations -- closing out its official run at $8 Million in North American box office gross. Opening just 9 days ago with a $1.97 Million opening night box office, DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ vaulted into the Top 10 list of highest grossing domestic anime films of all time -- a feat that took just 5 days and landed the film ahead of two major studio releases by director Hayao Miyazaki -- HOWL`S MOVING CASTLE ($4.7M) and THE

    Takes #9 Position on List of Highest Grossing Anime Films In Record Time Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: dragonball2015.com (Japan), dragonballz.com (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto FUNimation Entertainment announced its limited event-style theatrical release of the anime film DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ (???????????????, Doragon Booru Zetto: Fukkatsu no `F`, 2015) has surged to $5.97M in box office gross since opening last Tuesday. For the 3 day weekend total, the film brought in $1.81 Million, bringing its total North American gross to a staggering $5.97 Million. With Saturday’s result, DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ became the first independent film to make the Top 10 list of highest grossing anime films domestically. “It’s a great film that loyal DBZ fans, and fans of anime, have helped push into the record books

    Limited Theatrical Event Holds #1 Spot in Average Per Screen and Moves Up to #5 among Top 10 Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: dragonball2015.com (Japan), dragonballz.com (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto FUNimation Entertainment announced another record box office for Day 2 of its limited theatrical release of the anime film DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ (???????????????, Doragon Booru Zetto: Fukkatsu no `F`, 2015) With a slight increase to 901 theaters over opening night’s 895 theaters, FUNimation Films brought in an astounding $1.55 Million box office on Wednesday -- for a total of more than $3.5 Million in two days. The movie held onto 1st place among the Top 10 with a per screen average of $1,724 -- ahead of such films as MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION. With its 2-day gross, DRAGON BALL Z:

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Site: dragonball2015.com (Japan), dragonballz.com (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto FUNimation Entertainment will release Toei`s anime feature film DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ (???????????????, Doragon Booru Zetto: Fukkatsu no `F`, 2015) in theaters across the U.S. and Canada from August 4-12. DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ was written by the series creator Akira Toriyama. The movie is directed by Naoyoshi Yamamuro. The following production notes and images are courtesy of Toei and FUNimation... FRIEZA IS BACK AND BADDER THAN EVER! The movie`s plot came from an idea I had while I was still struggling to decide what story to tell in the film. My friend turned me on to a song called `F` by Maximum the Hormone. I remember the band

    Biggest Simulcast Season Ever with Twice as Many Shows as Last Summer Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: funimation.com/summer Special Thanks to Scott Barretto FUNimation Entertainment has announced details on its Summer 2015 simulcast season. This summer, FUNimation has assembled a line-up of 20 titles -- a mix of fan favorites as well as brand new titles. Each and every week, subscribers will be able to enjoy new episodes of each show in commercial-free 1080p. “Fans are in for the biggest and best season of simulcasts from FUNimation this summer,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of FUNimation. “With a mix of new episodes from popular series like FAIRY TAIL and THE HEROIC LEGEND OF ARSLAN as well as new series including GANGSTA. and SNOW WHITE WITH THE RED HAIR -- now is the time to become a FUNimation streaming service subscriber.”

    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). 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. YU-GI-OH!: THE DARK SIDE OF DIMENSIONS will be released theatrically in Japan during the Golden Week holiday (spring 2016). STORY Back to the stage of battle! Long ago, when the pyramids were still young, Egyptian kings played a game of great and terrible power. These Shadow Games erupted into a war that threatened to destroy the entire world -- until a brave and resourceful Pharaoh locked the magic away, imprisoning it within the mystical Millennium Items. Centuries

    Source: Madman Entertainment Official Site: dragonball2015.com (Japan), dragonballz.com.au (Aus) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Madman Entertainment is proud to announce the latest blockbuster film in the DRAGON BALL Z franchise, DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ (???????????????, Doragon Booru Zetto: Fukkatsu no `F`, 2015) will screen across 69 locations and counting in Australia and New Zealand from August 6th, 2015. Select locations will also screen the film in English 3D, 2D Japanese with English subtitles and 3D Japanese with English subtitles. For a full list of locations, visit the official site dragonballz.com.au. Hot on the heels of last year`s blockbuster, BATTLE OF GODS, DRAGON BALL Z is back in cinemas. DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION ‘F’ is the second film personally supervised by the series creator himself, Akira Toriyama. The new movie showcases the return

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