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    When a mobile game turns deadly, only the fittest survive in this thrilling shonen series full of twists and turns. Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: darwins-game.com (Japan), darwinsgame-anime.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America is excited to announce that suspense thriller, DARWIN’S GAME (ダーウィンズゲーム, Dāwinzu Gēmu), has been added to the winter anime 2020 lineup and will premiere on FunimationNow on January 3rd with a special hour-long episode. Based on FLIPFLOPs serialized manga series in Bessatsu Shonen Champion by AKITASHOTEN, this heart pounding shonen story follows Kaname Sudo, an ordinary high school student who has been entwined in a high-stakes, life-or-death battle after receiving an invitation to download a mobile app called “Darwin’s Game.” Original creator and one half of FLIPFLOPs, Hide Fukuyama, is contributing to the series’ composition and screenplay, while animation

    Yasushi Akimoto produced digital idol and voice actor project celebrates third year anniversary with TV anime series Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: 227anime.com (Japan), 227anime-usa.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America is thrilled to announce that the long-awaited anime series 22/7 (nanabun no nijyuuni) is headed to FunimationNow on January 11th and Crunchyroll starting February 10th. This ambitious project produced by famed producer Yasushi Akimoto, creator of Japan’s top idol groups such as AKB48 and Nogizaka46, features original character designs from some of the industry’s most notable creators including anohana -The Flower We Saw That Day- and DARLING in the FRANXX‘s Masayoshi Tanaka, MONOGATARI Series’ Akio Watanabe, and SAEKANO: HOW TO RAISE A BORING GIRLFRIEND’s Kurehito Misaki, and K-ON!’s Yukiko Horiguchi, who also serves as the character designer for the series. The series has

    Source: Crunchyroll Special Thanks to Amanda Geraldo Attack on Titan Characters Show Their Holiday Spirit with Festive Costumes – Only in Attack on Titan TACTICS for iOS and Android Today, DeNA Co., Ltd. and Crunchyroll Games announced an upcoming in-game event and special in-game rewards for ATTACK ON TITAN TACTICS, an officially licensed mobile game based on the popular anime series Attack on Titan. To align with the holidays, players will have the opportunity to see some of their favorite ATTACK ON TITAN characters such as Eren Jaeger, Armin Arlelt, and Annie Leonhart, dressed up in festive costumes. More information is provided below: Fanciful Story Event – Holy Night’s Battle: This in-game event tells an original story that’s set in the time period when Eren Jaeger was in the 104th Cadet Corps. With the entire regiment tired from training and eager to hold a festival for the

    Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: 7dayswar.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Kadokawa Pictures has provided information and pics for SEVEN DAYS WAR (????7????, Bokura no Nanokakan Sens?), the feature film anime adaptation of Osamu Souda`s youth novel Our Seven-Days War. Souda`s novel was first published in 1985 and launched the Bokura series that has sold more than 20 million copies. Three years after the first edition, the book was turned into a live-action film starring actress Rie Miyazawa. The new anime version features a script by Ichirou Ohkouchi of the popular series CODE GEASS: LELOUCH OF THE RE;SURRECTION (?????? ????????, K?do Giasu: Fukkatsu no Rur?shu, 2019). STORY Aya Chiyono suddenly has to relocate to Tokyo because of her father`s job as local councilman. High school junior Mamoru Suzuhara is a childhood friend who has had a crush on her for ages, and he makes a

    Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: onepiece-movie.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/onepiecestampede (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Anime’s favorite pirates return to the big screen today to plunder North American audiences with a special 20th Anniversary feature film — ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE (ワンピーススタンピード, Wan Pīsu Sutanpīdo, 2019). Originally released in Japan and grossing more than $48M USD at the box office, ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE is now the most successful film ever for the global hit ONE PIECE franchise. And with strong advance ticket sales for the 550+ screen North American release, ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE will smash the franchise’s box office record here as well. Synopsis The world’s boldest buccaneers set sail for the great Pirate Festival, where the Straw Hats join a mad-dash race to find Gol D. Roger’s treasure. There’s just one little problem. An old member of Roger’s

    Source: Fathom Events press release Official Site: fathomevents.com/events/gundam-chars-counterattack (US) The re-mastered 1988 Mecha animated film MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM CHAR’S COUNTERATTACK (機動戦士ガンダム 逆襲のシャア, Kidō Senshi Gandamu Gyakushū no Shā) is coming to the U.S. for a special one-night event, “Gundam 40th Anniversary Celebration: CHAR’S COUNTERATTACK,” from Fathom Events and Sunrise Inc. Set in the Universal Century timeline of the celebrated franchise, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM CHAR’S COUNTERATTACK was the first original Mobile Suit Gundam theatrical release and marks the culmination of the original saga started in MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM (機動戦士ガンダム, Kidō Senshi Gandamu, 1979-80) and continued in MOBILE SUIT ZETA GUNDAM (機動戦士Ζガンダム, Kidō Senshi Zēta Gandamu, 1985-86) and MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM ZZ (機動戦士ガンダムΖΖ, Kidō Senshi Gandamu Daburu Zēta, 1986-87). As an exciting bonus, fans will also view an exclusive interview with the creator of the Gundam anime franchise Yoshiyuki Tomino, as

    Screenings To Include Both Subtitled and English Dub Versions Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: onepiece-movie.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/onepiecestampede (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto On October 24, anime’s favorite pirates return to the big screen to plunder North American audiences with a special 20th Anniversary feature film — ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE (ワンピーススタンピード, Wan Pīsu Sutanpīdo, 2019) — opening in 1,000 theater locations across the U.S. and Canada. Having grossed more than $48M USD at the box office in Japan, ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE is now the most successful film ever for the global hit ONE PIECE franchise. And with strong advance ticket sales, ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE is expected to smash North American box office records for the franchise. Synopsis ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE is a stand-alone film that celebrates the anime’s 20th Anniversary and takes place

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: sao-alicization.net (Japan), sao-alicization.com (US) HIDIVE announced today that it acquired streaming rights to sci-fi anime SWORD ART ONLINE ALICIZATION WAR OF UNDERWORLD (ソードアート・オンライン アリシゼーション War of Underworld, Sōdo Āto Onrain Arishizēshon War of Underworld, 2019), the exciting follow-up to SWORD ART ONLINE ALICIZATION, for audiences in North America. Fans can watch the HIDIVE premiere on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 16:30 UTC and catch new episodes on subsequent Saturdays. The battle with the Administrator has been won, but the fight isn’t over yet. Kirito remains unresponsive, shattered by the loss of his arm, his soul and his dear friend Eugeo. Alice has lost her drive to fight, putting her knighthood aside in order to care for Kirito. But the forces of darkness will not wait for the pair to recover before invading the Underworld, and unless

    Film Opens October 24 and Will Screen in Over 500 Theaters Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: onepiece-movie.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/onepiecestampede (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Ahead of tomorrow’s launch of ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE (ワンピーススタンピード, Wan Pīsu Sutanpīdo, 2019) ticket sales, Funimation Films, the theatrical division of Sony Pictures Television’s Funimation, revealed today the English dub cast for the 20th anniversary One Piece movie. As first announced two weeks ago, the film will screen in both subtitled and English dub during its North American theatrical run which commences on October 24. Advance tickets for ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE will be available for purchase starting September 27, on the official movie website. The English dub of ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE features the well-known actors and stars of the hit ONE PIECE anime series: Colleen Clinkenbeard, Christopher R. Sabat, Luci Christian,

    Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: sao-alicization.net (Japan), sao-alicization.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America is excited to announce the SWORD ART ONLINE ALICIZATION WAR OF UNDERWORLD Premiere with Special Guest Bryce Papenbrook at Anime Fest @ NYCC 2019 on October 6 at 3 PM (EST). The special event will feature the North American premiere of episodes one and two of the WAR OF UNDERWORLD, ahead of its October 12 premiere date for streaming, followed by a very special Q&A session with the voice actor of Kirito, Bryce Papenbrook. SWORD ART ONLINE series is the latest to join the schedule of events planned by Anime Fest, the celebration of all things anime at New York Comic Con, which describes itself as “the NYCC home for exclusive and intimate anime panels and signings, interactive and immersive

    VIZ Media’s First Original Anime Series Delivers Intense Action, Original Storytelling And A Star-Studded Cast Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, Netflix, Inc. and Powerhouse Animation Studios announced that the anime series SEIS MANOS will launch globally on Netflix on Thursday, October 3rd. All eight episodes will premiere with English and Spanish audio and multiple subtitled language options. SEIS MANOS is VIZ Media’s first original animated property and was developed and produced with Powerhouse Animation Studios (Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA). Set in Mexico in the 1970’s, SEIS MANOS centers on three orphaned martial arts warriors who join forces with a DEA agent and a Mexican Federale to battle for justice after their beloved mentor is murdered in their tiny border town. SEIS MANOS features a notable

    Funimation Films to Release New Blockbuster ONE PIECE Film from Toei Animation Source: Funimation Entertainment press release Official Site: onepiece-movie.jp (Japan), funimationfilms.com/onepiecestampede (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Anime’s favorite pirates are back on the big screen and set to plunder North American audiences later this year with the announcement that Funimation Films, the theatrical division of Sony Pictures Television’s Funimation, has acquired the new feature length film ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE (???????????, Wan P?su Sutanp?do, 2019) from Toei Animation, Inc. From producer Toei Animation, ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE is the 14th film from global hit ONE PIECE anime series which marks its 20th anniversary this year. ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE is already a smash hit since its opening in Japan in early August -- grossing more than $28.7 million to date and setting the Japanese record for the

    The World’s Most Popular Ninja Marks His Platinum Anniversary With Special Products, Activations And Collaborations With Top Lifestyle Brands Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: Naruto.com (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen Multimedia entertainment company VIZ Media will mark the 20th anniversary of NARUTO with a national brand campaign, the YEAR OF NARUTO, launching at the upcoming New York Comic Con 2019 (NYCC). The beloved action/adventure franchise has become synonymous with Japanese pop culture and exemplifies the massive international popularity of anime and manga. To celebrate NARUTO’s manga origins and kick off the YEAR OF NARUTO, VIZ Media will debut one-of-a-kind, limited edition manga-inspired products at NYCC. The exclusive items available to North American fans for the first time include an official NARUTO skateboard deck by Hypland and

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: violet-evergarden.jp/sidestory (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Japanese distributor Shochiku has provided information and large, high-res images for the anime feature film VIOLET EVERGARDEN - ETERNITY AND THE AUTO MEMORY DOLL - (???????????????? ?? -?????????-, Vuaioretto Evu?g?den Gaiden - Eien to Jid? Syuki Ningy? -). The movie is a side story to the popular Kyoto Animation anime VIOLET EVERGARDEN, revolving around a young girl burdened with the task of writing on someone`s behalf, sometimes called a `self-chronicling doll`. At the helm is Haruka Fujita, who served as series animation supervisor under television series director, Taichi Ishidate. Production was completed shortly before the arson attack on the Kyoto Animation studio. VIOLET EVERGARDEN - ETERNITY AND THE AUTO MEMORY DOLL - will have a three week limited theatrical run from September 6th to the 26th. STORY Isabella York (voice:

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Site: ninokuni-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures Japan has provided information and images from NI NO KUNI (???), their new anime film adaption of Level-5`s popular RPG series. The movie opens in theaters across Japan on August 23rd. NI NO KUNI is directed by Yoshiyuki Momose, who previously worked on numerous Hayao Miyazaki films while at Studio Ghibli. STORY Kindhearted high school student Yu (Kento Yamazaki) and his childhood friend Haru (Mackenyu Arata) suddenly find themselves in a strange place called "the other world." There they meet Princess Asha, who looks just like Haru`s girlfriend Kotona (Mei Nagano). The teens struggle as they are forced to make life-and-death decisions. CREDITS Japanese Theatrical Release: August 23, 2019 (Nationwide Roadshow) Running Time: 88 Minutes Cast Yu: Kento Yamazaki Haru: Mackenyu Arata Kotona/Princess Asha: Mei

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd., Fuji Television Network Official Site: onepiece-movie.jp (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Toei Co. has provided info and high-res image from ONE PIECE: STAMPEDE (???????????, Wan P?su Sutanp?do, 2019), the 14th ONE PIECE movie. Celebrating the anime`s 20th anniversary, the film takes place outside the main continuity of the animated series and movies. STORY The world’s greatest exposition of the pirates, by the pirates, for the pirates -- the Pirates Festival. Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hat Crew receive an invitation from its host Buena Festa who is known as the Master of Festivities. They arrive to find a venue packed with glamorous pavilions and many pirates including the ones from the Worst Generation. The place is electric. The highlight of the festival is a hunt for the treasure left behind by Roger, the King of the

    Author: Daisuke Ishizuka The annual “TV Asahi Summer Festival” has started on Jul. 13th and Doraemon monuments have returned to Roppongi, Tokyo. Full-scale size Doraemon statues are displayed there during the event season. In 2019, 20 types of Doraemon gathered at the 66 Plaza area, each wearing one of his magical items and with a dinosaur egg on their heads. The dinosaur eggs are for the promotion of the upcoming movie “Doraemon, Nobita no Shin-Kyoryu" (DORAEMON: NOBITA`S NEW DINOSAUR) which will be screened in March 2020. The Doraemon theatrical movies started from 1980 and the coming one will be the 40th anniversary film. You should look carefully after leaving 66 Plaza and in several places you will be able to see the traditional types of Doraemon instead of special movie versions. The event

    Special Thanks to Jenny Perillo SciFi Japan has been asked to share details on the GoFundMe campaign set up for the victims and the families of those effected by the tragedy at Kyoto Animation. This GoFundMe has been launched by Sentai Filmworks based in Houston, TX. The campaign can be found at gofundme.com/f/help-kyoani-heal. Please show your support. Campaign description On July 18, 2019, an arsonist set the Kyoto Animation studio on fire injuring several people and leading to the loss of lives. Details on this unbelievable act are still developing. Sentai Filmworks hopes to help the KyoAni team during this time of need and asks that you join us in this endeavor. Update: 7/18/19 8:15am CST Although the situation

    Author: Daisuke Ishizuka Leiji Matsumoto (he uses “L” instead of “R” in his English spelling) is the manga artist who is well known as the author of Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, Space Battle Ship Yamato, etc. His works have been adapted as popular TV animation series and theatrical animation movies. Matsumoto was born in Kurume-city, Fukuoka prefecture and lived in Kokura-city in Fukuoka in his youth. Locals and visitors can see many of his characters at the Kokura area. Full-scale size bronze statues of Captain Harlock, Maetel with Tetsuo from Galaxy Express 999 greet guests at the Kokura station. The Kitakyushu Manga Museum opened near Kokura station in 2014 and he was inaugurated the honorary curator of the museum. The bronze statues were set there at the timing of opening the museum. There is another full-scale monument to Captain Harlock inside the museum.

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: iwatobi-sc.com (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Japanese distributor Shochiku has provided information and large, high-res images for the anime feature film FREE! -ROAD TO THE WORLD- THE DREAM (??? Free!-Road to the World-?, Gekij?-ban Fur?! -Road to the World- Yume). This theatrically released movie is a rebuild of the popular television anime series FREE! -DIVE TO THE FUTURE-, which detailed the story of youths who dedicated their adolescence to swimming. The production by Kyoto Animation portrays young people who are thoroughly committed to swimming and striving towards their dreams. STORY Haruka (Nobunaga Shimazaki) and Makoto (Tatsuhisa Suzuki) have entered university where they are reunited with teammates from their middle school days; Asahi (Toshiyuki Toyonaga) and Ikuya (Koki Uchiyama). Looking at Ikuya, Haruka senses a problem and decides to help him somehow. CREDITS Japanese Theatrical Release: Friday,

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