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    A girl, a chair, and a door take center stage in Makoto Shinkai's latest masterpiece, SUZUME. Image courtesy of Wild Bunch International. © 2022 Suzume Film Partners Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Crunchyroll, Wild Bunch InternationalOfficial Sites: https://suzume-tojimari-movie.jp/ (Japan), https://www.suzume-movie.com// (United States)Specia Thanks to Sarah Jarvis, Jessica Xie and Léa Renaudin   Key art, courtesy of Crunchyroll. © 2022 Suzume Film Partners The following SUZUME (すずめの戸締まり, Suzume no Tojimari, 2022) images and text are taken from Japanese and English press materials provided by Toho, Crunchyroll and Wild Bunch International...   ■ Introduction SUZUME is the latest film from award-winning creator, writer and director Makoto Shinkai. Shinkaihas been a visionary in the animation space for decades, with the most recent films being YOUR NAME (君の名は。Kimi no Na wa, 2016) and WEATHERING WITH YOU (天気の子, Tenki no Ko, 2019), both of which have catapulted him as leading

    Ride the Godzilla Interception Operation zipline at a massive discount this summer! Photo courtesy of Pasona Group. ©TOHO CO., LTD.   Source: Nijigen No Mori press release For a limited time, the "Nijigen no Mori" anime theme park in Awaji Island Park, Hyogo Prefecture is now offering special discount one-day tickets, with unlimited access to all attractions, for up to 54% off the standard price. These passes can be purchased from the the ticket sales site Asoview and can be used any day up Friday, July 14, 2023. Nijigen-no Mori combines world-famous Japanese anime and manga with the natural beauty of Awaji Island. Visitors can enjoy attractions based on anime favorites like "Dragon Quest Island: The Ancient Demon God and the Guided Adventurers" (ドラゴンクエスト アイランド いにしえの魔神と導かれし冒険者たち, Doragon Kuesuto Airando Inishie no Majin to Michibika Reshi Bōkenshatachi), "NARUTO & BORUTO Shinobi Village" (NARUTO&BORUTO忍里, NARUTO & BORUTO Shinobizato),

    Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ©赤坂アカ×横槍メンゴ/集英社・【推しの子】製作委員会 Source: HIDIVE press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto The North American debut of HIDIVE Exclusive Series【OSHI NO KO】(【推しの子】) on April 12 shattered records to become the #1 series launch in the streamer’s history. Overwhelming fan response over its first seven days of release vaulted【OSHI NO KO】to #1 in total streams and new subscribers (first streams) – not only for the Spring 2023 season but also for all-time. Additionally, the new anime drama’s debut shattered all trial starts records for HIDIVE, delivering the most trials added in the streamer’s history.   Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ©赤坂アカ×横槍メンゴ/集英社・【推しの子】製作委員会 【OSHI NO KO】launched on Wednesday, April 12 on the heels of HIDIVE’s North American premiere screening of the series’ special 90-minute first episode at Anime Boston. ”We’ve been anxiously awaiting the premiere of【OSHI NO KO】and we’re absolutely elated with the response from fans

    Source: HIDIVE press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ©Daisuke Aizawa・KADOKAWA/Shadow Garden On Friday afternoon anime fans were treated to a special edition of the HIDIVE Industry Panel as part of the streaming channel’s Anime Boston 2023 fan experience. On the heels of the North American premiere of【OSHI NO KO】(【推しの子】) Episode 1 earlier in the day, attendees were welcomed back to the Sheraton Boston Hotel by hosts HIDIVE’s Star Butler and Jacki Jing (THE CIRCLE). During the hour-long panel, the host duo announced a trio of acquisitions, shared upcoming English dubs and showcased new video content, including a greeting from the Japanese cast of URUSEI YATSURA. Topping the list of acquisition announcements was fan-favorite series THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW (陰の実力者になりたくて!,  Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!), which will return to HIDIVE for a second season. It will be joined by the new fantasy

    Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ©toufu・芳文社/Lv1魔王とワンルーム勇者製作委員会 Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://lv1room.com/ (Japanese) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Today, HIDIVE revealed its acquisition of LEVEL 1 DEMON LORD AND ONE ROOM HERO (Lv1魔王とワンルーム勇者, Reberu Wan Maō to Wan Rūmu Yūsha) during its opening day industry panel at Anime Boston 2023. The fantasy comedy series will premiere later this year in Japan and will stream as an exclusive simulcast on HIDIVE. LEVEL 1 DEMON LORD AND ONE ROOM HERO is based on the popular manga series of the same name created by toufu, which launched in Houbunsha’s Comic Fuz and later in 2021 in English from Seven Seas Entertainment. “We’re excited to bring this humorous new anime series to HIDIVE later this year,” said John Ledford, President of HIDIVE. “LEVEL 1 DEMON LORD AND ONE ROOM HERO joins our ever-expanding line-up of 2023 simulcasts alongside some of

    Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its July slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. THE EXECUTIONER AND HER WAY OF LIFE Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         300 min.Street Date:      7/4/2023Format:             BD – (Limited Edition Premium Box Set will be released Soon)Language:         English & Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $69.98 When interdimensional travelers from an otherworldly land known as "Japan" appear, death and destruction always follow. It's up to Executioners like Menou to exterminate the Lost Ones before they wreak havoc. When Menou encounters a Lost One named Akari, it's bloody business as usual… until Menou discovers Akari can cheat death. Even so, Menou has a job to do, and she is committed to her executioner's mission come hell

    Conan Edogawa returns to cinemas with his 26th feature film, DETECTIVE CONAN: BLACK IRON SUBMARINE. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2023 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved. Source: Toho Co., Ltd.Official Site: https://www.conan-movie.jp/ (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. © 2023 GOSHO AOYAMA/DETECTIVE CONAN COMMITTEE All Rights Reserved.     IntroductionThe comics by Gosho Aoyama, the author of the original manga series, have already reached 102 volumes (with a cumulative total of more than 270 million copies sold worldwide!) The DETECTIVE CONAN series continues to gain momentum, with the TV anime series having aired more than 1,000 times. The latest installment of the film series, which has established an unshakeable position as a work loved around the world, will return this year as well!The 25th movie, DETECTIVE CONAN: THE BRIDE OF

    Photo courtesy of Netflix. Source: Netflix press releaseSpecial Thanks to Patrick Sebastian Henkel Returning to Japan 2023, Netflix revealed their diverse slate of current and upcoming anime releases for 2023... Photo courtesy of Netflix. ŌOKU: THE INNER CHAMBERSSERIES Coming in 2023 Fumi Yoshinaga’s manga masterpiece Ōoku: The Inner Chambers will be adapted into an anime for the first time. Inspired by the Ōoku, the historic women’s quarters of the Edo Castle, this tale unravels the history of the inner chambers, where gender roles have been reversed. When a mysterious plague causes a rapid decline in the male population, the nation’s women are forced to take up the central roles of authority in Edo society. Curious as to why women take the names of men when succeeding the family line, Yoshimune, the eighth shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, consults an archive of the Ōoku,

    Photo courtesy of TOKYOPOP. Doubling down on its commitment to the extremely popular vertical, MBC GROUP expands its anime content on Shahid and introduces an investment fund for anime productionSource: TOKYOPOP press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab) At Anime Japan in Tokyo, MBC GROUP, the largest and leading media company in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), announced the formation of MBC Anime – a brand-new hub dedicated to the licensing, promotion, and production of anime content in the region. MBC Anime is a venture led by renowned anime and manga expert, Stu Levy, founder and CEO of TOKYOPOP, a leading international distributor, licensor, and publisher of anime and manga. Through the new initiative, MBC Anime will commission, produce, and invest in a series of world-class quality anime titles. Often aimed at adults, anime refers to the wide range of Japanese animation

    Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. Source: HIDIVE press releaseSpecial Thanks to Scott Barretto Ahead of Saturday’s April 1st premiere, HIDIVE is pleased to share with you the newly released Official English Subtitled Trailer and First-Look Stills from Episode 1 of the new rom-com series THE DANGERS IN MY HEART (僕の心のヤバイやつ, Boku no Kokoro no Yabai Yatsu), which is based on manga series by Norio Sakurai and serialized in Akita Shoten’s Manga Cross. Official English Subtitled Trailer (YouTube) Catch tomorrow’s premiere at 6:00 pm GMT / 2:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm CT / 11:00 am PT.  New episodes of The Dangers in My Heart stream weekly on HIDIVE – at the same time, every Saturday. Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. Official English Synopsis Fascinated by murder and all things macabre, Kyotaro daydreams of acting out his twisted fantasies

    Image courtesy of SRS Cinema. ©Se Ki Corporation Source: SRS Cinema LLCSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE SRS Cinema is proud to announce the acquisition of South Korea’s first ever animated feature, A STORY OF HONG GIL-DONG (홍길동,Hong Gil-Dong, 1967). Directed by  Shin Dong-Hun, the film is adapted from a comic strip that was based on an ancient story of a Korean hero. A special boy is born on a day where hurricanes and wicked spirits struck medieval Korea. The citizens and family learn that the infant has superhuman strength and cunning intelligence. As the boy grows up, he vows to his family, the emperor of Korea and the high deities to rid Korea of chaos and disorder caused by wicked beings. A special Blu-ray release will be coming later in 2023, and a DVD/Digital release in 2024.  67 mins

    Photos courtesy of HIDIVE. Weekend Line-Up Will Also Feature THE EMINENCE IN SHADOW English Dub Cast Panel and Special Screenings of both TSURUNE THE MOVIE: THE FIRST SHOT and RE:CYCLE OF THE PENGUINDRUMSource: HIDIVE press releaseSpecial Thanks to Scott Barretto In less than two weeks, HIDIVE will present one of its largest ever fan experiences at this year’s Anime Boston 2023 (April 7 – 9). Encompassing multiple panels, numerous screenings and bonus content, HIDIVE will be showcasing some of its top series and films set to debut online and in theaters this spring. The company’s event line-up kicks off on Thursday, April 7 at 11:30 am with the North American premiere of the special 90-minute first episode of【OSHI NO KO】ahead of the series’ global TV and streaming launch in Japan and on HIDIVE on April 12. Guests will be treated to a special pre-show video featuring the

    Photo courtesy of Netflix. Source: Netflix press releaseSpecial Thanks to Patrick Sebastian Henkel Returning to AnimeJapan 2023, Netflix showcased their diverse slate of current and upcoming anime including fan-favorites like PLUTO or newly announced series ŌOKU: THE INNER CHAMBERS, delighting fans both in and outside Japan during multiple booth presentations and a star-studded stage event.  The broad lineup across genres like sci-fi, action and more includes newly announced titles ŌOKU: THE INNER CHAMBERS (Coming in 2023), the first anime adaptation of the hit manga by Fumi Yoshinaga, or YAKITORI: SOLDIERS OF MISFORTUNE (May 2023), an anime series adapted from a brand-new military science fiction novel by Carlo Zen, who made his debut with The Saga of Tanya the Evil. These and more titles are joining the previously announced ONMYOJI (Coming in 2023), an animated series based on the world of Baku Yumemakura’s well-known tales about the ancient

    New Key art for the anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee Source: Kadokawa Pictures Official Site: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth The last summer. Friends. And a Kaiju. The boys witness a legend... Kadokawa Pictures have provided multiple updates for "GAMERA -Rebirth-"  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu), the 6-episode anime series which will be distributed worldwide on Netflix later this year. Photo courtesy of Kadokawa Pictures. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee GAMERA -Rebirth- Stage Presentation will be held at AnimeJapan 2023! The 10th anniversary of AnimeJapan 2023, the world's largest anime event, will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight international exhibition center on March 25 and 26, 2023.  A GAMERA -Rebirth- presentation will be held on the main stage of the festival, and will also be broadcast live

      Image courtesy of GKIDS. © 2015-2023 GKIDS, INC. © 1988 STUDIO GHIBLI © 2022 Toho Co., Ltd. © 2008 Studio Ghibli - NDHDMT © 1989 Eiko Kadono - Studio Ghibli - N © 1984 Studio Ghibli - H © 1986 Studio Ghibli © 1997 Studio Ghibli - ND © 1992 Studio Ghibli - NN © 2013 Studio Ghibli - NDHDMTK © 2004 Studio Ghibli - NDDMT © 2001 STUDIO GHIBLI - NDDT Source: GKIDS press releaseOfficial Site: https://gkids.com/ghiblifest/   Studio Ghibli Fest is back and bigger than ever! From March to November, experience all ten of Hayao Miyazaki's iconic animated films made at Studio Ghibli in this first-ever nationwide retrospective. Each film will have an exclusive selection from the documentary series 10 YEARS WITH HAYAO MIYAZAKI so you can step behind the scenes with the animation master. New to this year is

    Official Site: https://godzilla.store/chibigodzilla/Official Twitter: @chibigodziSpecial Thanks to Andrew Nguyen   Photo courtesy of Toho. © 2023 TOHO CO., LTD.   The latest entry in the long-running Godzilla series, the anime CHIBI GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (ちびゴジラの逆襲, Chibi Gojira no Gyakushū), will premiere in Japan at 7:00am on Saturday, April 1, 2023. The show is part of the TV Tokyo station's Iniminimanimo (eeny, meeny, miney, mo) block of children's programming. Chibi Godzilla was introduced in 2018 as part of the lead-in for Godzilla's 65th anniversary the following year. He was designed by Chiharu Sakazaki, a popular illustrator known for Suica Penguin (Suicaのペンギン, Suika no Pengin), a character appearing on East Japan Railway Company’s prepaid IC cards, and Chiba Prefecture's mascot Chi-ba+kun (チーバくん).  Chibi Godzilla  is intended to be an "introductory Godzilla" that younger children can relate to and hopefully become the first step in creating

    Source: https://leijisha.jp/ The legendary Leiji Matsumoto, creator of Space Battleship Yamato (宇宙戦艦ヤマト, Uchū Senkan Yamato), Captain Harlock (宇宙海賊キャプテンハーロック, Uchū Kaizoku Kyaputen Hārokku) and Galaxy Express 999 (銀河鉄道999, Ginga Tetsudō Surī Nain) , has passed away due to accute heart failure. His company, Leijisha Co., Ltd., has issued a statement...   Manga artist Leiji Matsumoto left for the Sea of Stars from a hospital in Tokyo on February 13, 2023, at the age of 85. The funeral ceremony was already held with only close relatives. I think he had a happy life as he ran through his thoughts of continuing to draw stories as a manga artist. Matsumoto always said, "Where the wheels of time meet, we will meet again." We believe in those words and look forward to that day. To all the fans who have supported us so far, to

    Concept art from the upcoming kaiju short film, MIDNIGHT THE ERA. Photo courtesy of Studio Mujaku. ©Studio Mujaku Author: Keith AikenSource: Studio MujakuSpecial Thanks to Avery Guerra  A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of Studio Mujaku. ©Studio Mujaku   SciFi Japan is pleased to present an exclusive preview of MIDNIGHT THE ERA, an upcoming kaiju short, created by an exceptional team of university students, that combines animation with traditional Japanese tokusatsu FX techniques. MIDNIGHT THE ERA is being produced by the independent film studio, Studio Mujaku. Established in Noivember 2021, Studio Mujaku is fully staffed by college students, mainly those studying art. The movie is being financially backed through a fundraising campaign, with a tentative completion date of July 2023. Unlike many student works, MIDNIGHT THE ERA will not be released on YouTube. Instead, it is scheduled to premiere at the Summer 2023

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. © BIRD STUDIO / Shueisha ・ Fuji Television ・ Toei Animation Source: Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto DJ Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak and Toei Animation have joined forces to activate two of the world’s most iconic anime titles at New York Comic Con from October 6-9, 2022 – DRAGON BALL SUPER and ONE PIECE. Located in the Toei Animation Booth 2537 at Jacob K. Javits Center in NYC, Dim Mak and Toei Animation will present an immersive experience for fans to engage with their favorite characters while shopping the official merchandise exclusively unveiled at the event. Steve Aoki. Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. DIM MAK x DRAGON BALL SUPER follows the Universe Survival Arc as Goku discovers and achieves power level “Ultra Instinct” to rescue the multiverse from instant annihilation. The action-packed collection

    Source: HIDIVE press release, AMCN Entertainment Group Official Site: https://akibamaidwar.com/ (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto and Stephen Cox HIDIVE has announced that it will debut AKIBA MAID WAR (アキバ冥途戦争, Akiba Meido Sensō, 2022) , an original anime project from P.A. Works (YA BOY KONGMING!) and Cygames (ZOMBIE LAND SAGA), in October as part of its Fall 2022 simulcast lineup. Akihabara is the center of the universe for the coolest hobbies and quirkiest amusements. In the spring of 1999, bright-eyed Nagomi Wahira moves there with dreams of joining a maid café. She quickly dons an apron at café Ton Tokoton, AKA the Pig Hut. But adjusting to life in bustling Akihabara isn’t as easy as serving tea and delighting customers. Paired with the dour Ranko who never seems to smile, Nagomi must do her best to elevate the Pig Hut over all other maid cafés vying

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