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    Japanese Sports Anime Series Binge Session Plus Special Greeting from Series Producer Source: Fathom Events press release Special Thanks to Katherine Schwappach and Erik Stein This fall, anime fans are set to discover that nothing is better than big screen binge-watching the most critically-acclaimed sports anime ever released. Crunchyroll and Fathom Events will bring episodes one through twelve of the ground-breaking animated show YURI!!! ON ICE (???!!! on ICE, 2016) to select U.S. cinemas in a one day marathon with “YURI!!! ON ICE Series Marathon.” In addition to viewing the 12 episodes with friends and fellow fans, attendees will view a video message from the series’ producer along with a “hello” from Makkachin, Victor Nikiforov`s pet poodle. Tickets for “YURI!!! ON ICE Series Marathon” are available at and participating box offices. “YURI!!!

    Source: HIDIVE press release HIDIVE announced that it has acquired the streaming rights to the English-language dub of PRINCESS PRINCIPAL (????????????, Purinsesu Purinshiparu, 2017) and will make the series available to its subscribers in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland and other select territories. Subscribers can watch the clandestine crew including Ange, Princess Charlotte, Dorothy, Beatrice and Chise do their dirty work starting on September 21, 2018 at 17:00 UTC with subsequent episodes released weekly every Friday. Albion is a nation divided into the Kingdom of Albion and the Commonwealth of Albion. After a decade of separation, the Commonwealth launches a daring plan, “Operation Changeling,” in hopes of reuniting the two halves by replacing the current princess with a look-a-like sympathetic to the Commonwealth cause. However, much to the spies’ surprise, the princess wants to help change the kingdom from within and agrees to

    Source: HIDIVE press release HIDIVE announced today that it acquired the streaming rights to A SPIRIT OF THE SUN (??????, Taiyou no Mokushiroku, 2006) for subscribers in the USA and Canada. Produced by the award-winning studio Madhouse (NO GAME NO LIFE, HUNTER x HUNTER), the two-part OVA series will premiere on September 17, 2018 at 16:00 UTC with the latter half premiering on September 24, 2018 at 16:00 UTC with English subtitles and an English-language dub. After the eruption of Mount Fuji and subsequent tsunamis and earthquakes, Japanese citizens are forced to start over as refugees in surrounding countries after China and the United States assume control of the broken country. Genichiro Ryu tries to navigate life amid the mounting tension between the citizens of two different countries 15 years after the disasters. Can he help resolve things peacefully or is conflict inevitable? For more information, a

    GKIDS Presents English Language Voice Cast, Partners With Fathom Events For Theatrical Release Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for MFKZ (Mutafukaz, 2017). MFKZ is a collaboration from French comic artist Guillaume “Run” Renard, original creator of the comic series, and ultra-hip Japanese animation house Studio 4°C, creators of the acclaimed anime features TEKKONKINKREET (???????? Tekkonkinkuriito, 2006), GENIUS PARTY (??????????, Jiiniasu Paati, 2007) and MIND GAME (????????, Maindo Geemu, 2004). The film will feature the voices of Michael Chiklis (THE SHIELD, AMERICAN HORROR STORY), Giancarlo Espositio (BREAKING BAD, THE USUAL SUSPECTS), Jorge Gutierrez (THE BOOK OF LIFE, SON OF JAGUAR), Dascha Polanco (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, JOY), RZA, Vince Staples, and

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: (Japan) HIDIVE has announced that it acquired streaming rights to INITIAL D LEGEND 3: DREAM (????????D?Legend3-??-, Shin Gekijoo-ban Inisharu Dii Legend 2 -Mugen-, 2016), the final installment of the turbocharged New INITIAL D feature-film trilogy. HIDIVE subscribers in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and other select territories can watch the English subtitled and English-language dub starting on September 10, 2018 at 17:00 UTC. Fresh from his victory against members of the NightKids racing team, Takumi is ready for a new challenge. Enter Ryosuke, leader of the RedSuns, whose reputation as a skilled racer ignites a fire within Takumi. Ryosuke is prepared to put everything on the finish line, vowing to never race again if he loses. Despite Takumi’s talent behind the wheel, pressure mounts as race day approaches. Will Takumi’s passion and drive leave Ryosuke in the dust

    Source: HIDIVE press release HIDIVE has announced that it acquired the streaming rights to the absurdly entertaining magical mashups based on the manga by Love Hina creator Ken Akamatsu, NEGIMA! and NEGIMA!?. HIDIVE subscribers in the USA and Canada can watch the first three episodes of NEGIMA! English-language dub and English subtitled versions on September 6, 2018 at 16:00 UTC with three episodes releasing every Thursday with NEGIMA!? to follow in November 2018. NEGIMA! Series Description: Wizard-in-training Negi Springfield has one final challenge before becoming a Master Wizard: become an English teacher at an all-girls boarding school! And despite Negi’s skill with a wand, this 10-year-old has a lot to learn about becoming a great teacher, including how to keep his magical talents hidden from his students. Wanting to protect his secret no matter what, Negi agrees to help student Asuna with her love life as long

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures #DetectivePikachuMovie Warner Bros. Pictures has released the title treatment for their upcoming live-action movie, POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU. Starring Ryan Reynolds (DEADPOOL series), Ken Watanabe (GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS), Justice Smith (JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM) and Kathryn Newton (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI), the film is from director Rob Letterman (GOOSEBUMPS, GULLIVER’S TRAVELS) and writers Nicole Perlman and Letterman — with Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy having completed the production polishes. POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU arrives in theaters in North America in Summer 2019. Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for over two decades. With more than 300 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion Pokémon TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment properties in the world.

    Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Tickets for the special premiere event of SWORD ART ONLINE -ALICIZATION- (???????????? ????????, Soodo Aato Onrain Arishizeeshon) are now on sale as Aniplex of America hosts a special one-night event ahead of the highly anticipated mega hit anime series’ third season. Part of a worldwide celebration alongside six other countries including Japan, Australia, France, Germany, Russia, and Korea, the U.S. special premiere event will be held on Saturday, September 15th at the stunning Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood, California. Fans will receive an original illustration board at the event and be treated to a special English subtitled screening of a supersized one hour first episode of SWORD ART ONLINE -ALICIZATION-, several weeks in advance of the series’ premiere in October.

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) HIDIVE has announced that it acquired streaming rights to NO GAME, NO LIFE ZERO (??????????? ??, Noogeemu Nooraifu Zero, 2017), the feature-length film and prequel to the wildly popular NO GAME, NO LIFE anime series. Beginning September 1, 2018 (16:30 UTC), HIDIVE subscribers in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and other select territories can experience what audiences described as the perfect, action-packed adaptation to the light novel during its hugely successful theatrical release. HIDIVE subscribers can also experience the film with English and Spanish dubs as well as English and Spanish subtitles. Travel 6,000 years before Shiro and Sora’s epic journey through Disboard and witness humanity’s struggle to survive as other more powerful races battle for dominance. Despite being on the edge of extinction, a young man named Riku holds on to the

    Source: HIDIVE press release HIDIVE has acquired the streaming rights to YONA YONA PENGUIN (????????, 2009), Madhouse’s (CARDCAPTOR SAKURA, MY LOVE STORY!!) first fully 3D CGI feature-length film. HIDIVE subscribers in the USA and Canada can now enjoy the English-language dub of this delightfully charming feature. Directed and created by iconic director, Rintaro (METROPOLIS, GALAXY EXPRESS 999, SPACE CAPTAIN HARLOCK TV Series), YONA YONA PENGUIN follows the adventurous Coco who, armed with an enchanted penguin suit her late father gifted her, wanders out each night to explore, play and make new friends. After accidentally ending up in a new realm inhabited by friendly goblins, Coco is mistaken for the fabled “Valiant Flightless Bird” and asked to help her new friends fight the evil Emperor of Darkness. Will she be able to vanquish the evil emperor who wishes to enslave her goblin friends? For more information, a full

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: (Japan) HIDIVE has announced that it acquired the streaming rights to the English-language dub of ARMED GIRL`S MACHIAVELLISM (????????????, Busoo Shojo Makyaverizumu, 2017) for subscribers in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland and other select territories. The first dubbed episode premieres August 18, 2018 at 16:00 UTC with a new episode added every Saturday. After being expelled from his old high school, the headstrong and hot-headed Nomura is sent to the Aichi Coexistence Academy where he learns, that as a problematic student, he has to dress and act like a girl! He refuses to give in to the rules and ends up facing the wrath of the Supreme Five Swords, an all-female group well versed in weaponry. Despite decades of subduing even the most stubborn student, the Supreme Five Swords face a true challenge. For more information,

    Source: Funimation Entertainment Official Site: (US) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Funimation Films is offering SciFi Japan readers in the United States and Canada a chance to win a 27" x 36" North American theatrical poster for the anime feature film COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE – KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR (????????? ????, Kaubooi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira, 2001). The pop cultural phenomenon returns to theaters for two days, August 15th (Japanese with English subtitles) and August 16th (English dubbed). Don’t miss out on this piece of heaven. In COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE – KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR, what should have been an easy bounty turns into biological war after a terrorist gets ahold of a deadly virus. Drawn in by the pretty price on the mastermind’s head, Spike and the Bebop crew are

    Partners With Fathom Events To Bring New Digital Transfer To Cinemas Across the U.S. Only For 20th Anniversary Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events press release Official Site: GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced that it is has acquired the theatrical distribution rights to PERFECT BLUE (?????????, Paafekuto Buruu, 1997), the legendary first film from the late auteur director Satoshi Kon. GKIDS and Fathom Events will continue their extended partnership and bring the feature to U.S. cinemas only in a brand-new digital transfer for a special two-night event pm September 6 and 10. In addition to the full feature, attendees will view exclusive bonus content to be announced closer to the event date. PERFECT BLUE, celebrating its 20th anniversary, is the

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Distributor Toei Co., Ltd. has provided press notes and high-res imagess from THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS -PRISONERS OF THE SKY- (??? ????? ???????, Nanatsu no Taizai Tenk? no Torawarebito), the first feature film spin-off from the anime series based on Nakaba Suzuki`s manga. Featuring animation by A-1 Pictures (SWORD ART ONLINE), the movie is directed by Noriyuki Abe and Yasuto Nishikata (BLEACH, BLACK BUTLER: BOOK OF THE ATLANTIC), written by Makoto Uezu (ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM), features character designs by Keigo Sasaki (THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS series, BLUE EXORCIST) and music by Hiroyuki Sawano (ATTACK ON TITAN, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC) and Ttakafumi Wada (TERRAFORMARS: REVENGE). THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS -PRISONERS OF THE SKY- opens in Japanese cinemas on August 18th. STORY This is the world where

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: (Japan) HIDIVE announced that the DUBCAST edition of the immensely popular, enchanting series, REVUE STARLIGHT (????? ??????????, Shojo ? Kageki Revuyuu Sutaaraito), will premiere August 4, 2018. New episodes of the early-access English dub will be added every Saturday for subscribers in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Ireland and other select territories. This coming-of-age story steeped in magical realism focuses on childhood friends, Karen and Hikari, who’ve dreamt of becoming stars together but instead have to compete against each other alongside other passionate and talented girls for the lead role in the popular Starlight play. For more information on upcoming shows, visit HIDIVE at and follow them on social media: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: About HIDIVE LLC HIDIVE is a streaming service offering subscribers hit titles and a catalog

    It’s Lights, Camera, Action for New Anime Film Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: (Japan) Sentai Filmworks has announced the USA premiere of LOVE, CHUNIBYO AND OTHER DELUSIONS! TAKE ON ME (?? ?????????? -Take On Me-, Eiga Chuunibyoo Demo Koi Ga Shitai -Take On Me-, 2018), the highly anticipated feature-length film from beloved Kyoto Animation franchise, at the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival. Attendees can experience the exclusive English-dub or subtitled versions of the film on September 21, 2018. Love takes an adorably strange turn as Rikka and Yuta, now in their final year of high school, decide to take their relationship to the next level and elope! With Yuta letting Rikka grow out of her chunibyo syndrome, where she believes she has magical powers, at her own pace, it sets

    Source: HIDIVE press release HIDIVE announced today it has acquired the streaming rights to the classic slice-of-life animated movie, THE LIFE OF BUDORI GUSUKO (??????????, Gusuko Budori no Denki, 2012), premiering on July 21, 2018, at 17:00 UTC for subscribers in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the UK and other select territories. Based on a beloved novel, Night on the Galactic Railroad by Kenji Miyazawa, THE LIFE OF BUDORI GUSUKO explores the story of Gusuko as he tries to find his place in the world after suffering the loss of his home to a natural disaster. As he wanders the countryside, contemplating what his future holds, the beauty of the landscape reflects Gusuko’s thoughts and feelings, creating a dynamic setting which mesmerizes and enthralls. Mixing otherworldly elements with a melancholic story, THE LIFE OF BUDORI GUSUKO touches the philosophical topics of destiny, free will and

    New York Comic Con and Anime Expo Join Forces Source: Anime Expo press release Official Site: Anime-Fest-At-NYCC-x-Anime-Expo Join Anime Expo in New York at Pier 94 October 4-7, 2018 for Japanese guests, prolific artists, and other New York Otaku at a festival of autograph signings, cosplay, Instagram-worthy activations, a curated Artist Alley, live music, and creative Japanese pop culture classes. More surprises will be revealed in the coming months as Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo creates programming and content that brings the best of both worlds into one major anime festival. Tickets for Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo will go on sale on July 15. Tickets are available to fans with Fan Verification accounts at a discounted rate when they purchase their New York Comic Con badges (or if

    Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America revealed at their industry panel at Anime Expo 2018 (Los Angeles, CA) that they will be bringing anime film, I want to eat your pancreas (?????????, Kimi no Suizoo o Tabetai, 2018), to theaters in the near future. Based on Yoru Sumino’s award winning novel by the same name, I want to eat your pancreas will be produced by Studio VOLN (IDOL INCIDENTS, USHIO & TORA) and directed by Shinichiro Ushijima (HUNTER x HUNTER, ONE PUNCH MAN) with Yuichi Oka (EROMANGA SENSEI, TO-LOVE RU) serving as both character designer and chief animation director. The two title characters will be voiced by popular actor and 72nd Mainichi Film Awards Best New Actor winner, Mahiro Takasugi, who will voice the unnamed protagonist, “me,” while veteran voice actress, Lynn

    It’s the oddly relatable and interesting story that is the life of cells! Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: (Japan), (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America announced on their Aniplex Live! show on Facebook that the highly anticipated summer anime series, CELLS AT WORK! (??????, Hataraku Saibou, 2018), will be premiering on Crunchyroll, the world’s largest destination for anime and manga in the world, on July 7th at 9:30 AM PDT. The series is an anime adaptation of a popular manga by Akane Shimizu from publisher Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Sirius. CELLS AT WORK! takes viewers to an interesting world featuring anthropomorphized cells as blue collar workers hard at work within the human body. Throughout the series, the workforce, which includes characters like red blood cells, white blood

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