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    Photo courtesy of Netflix. © Yoshihiro Togashi 1990-1994 Yu Yu Hakusho/WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP (Shueisha Inc.) © 2023 Netflix, Inc. Source: Netflix press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.netflix.com/title/81243969#YuYuHakusho #YoshihiroTogashi More than three decades after Yu Yu Hakusho (幽☆遊☆白書, Yū Yū Hakusho) first captured the imagination of readers, the beloved manga gets a live-action adaptation that will debut exclusively on Netflix on December 14. Takumi Kitamura as Yusuke Urameshi. Photo courtesy of Netflix. © Yoshihiro Togashi 1990-1994 Yu Yu Hakusho/WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP (Shueisha Inc.) © 2023 Netflix, Inc. The original manga by the legendary Yoshihiro Togashi made waves when it was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump for four years from 1990. The series breathes new life into the story, and fans old and new can expect to encounter their favorite characters in ways that have never been seen before. The story revolves around Yusuke Urameshi,

    Source: GKIDS Official Site: https://gkids.com/films/the-boy-and-the-heron/ (US)   Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©2023 Studio Ghibli GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of award-winning animation, has announced the English voice cast THE BOY AND THE HERON, the highly anticipated new film from the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, co-founder of Japan's celebrated animation house, Studio Ghibli. The movie will open in theaters and IMAX across America on December 8, 2023. Released in Japan as Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka (translated as HOW DO YOU LIVE?), the film is a hand-drawn, original story written and directed by the Academy Award-winning director. Produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, the film features a musical score from Miyazaki's long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The theme song for the film "Spinning Globe" was penned and performed by global J-pop superstar Kenshi Yonezu. English Voice Cast Shoichi Maki: Christian Bale The Parakeet King:

    North American Premiere Screening at Anime NYC 2023 on November 17 Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://sokushicheat-pr.com/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. Ⓒ An exciting new isekai anime adaptation is headed to HIDIVE next season. The popular streaming service HIDIVE revealed today that the new fantasy adventure TV show MY INSTANT DEATH ABILITY IS OVERPOWERED (full title MY INSTANT DEATH ABILITY IS SO OVERPOWERED, NO ONE IN THIS OTHER WORLD STANDS A CHANCE AGAINST ME!) will be joining its upcoming Winter 2024 season line-up as an exclusive simulcast series. MY INSTANT DEATH ABILITY IS OVERPOWERED is based on the popular isekai novel written originally by Tsuyoshi Fujitaka and illustrated by Chisato Naruse, and the manga serialization by Hanamaru Nanto. This is the newest title in the slate of anime TV series acquired as part of Sentai Filmworks’ (Sentai) multi-year agreement with Mainichi

    The Galaxian Wars return with a new generation of Knights of the Zodiac!Source: ABLAZE press release Special Thanks to Erik Jansen (MediaLab)  COVER A by Jérôme Alquié. Photo courtesy of Ablaze. ©1985 Masami Kurumada (AKITASHOTEN) ©Alquié – Dollen – Kana (Dargaud-Lombard s.a.) Comics and graphic novel publisher ABLAZE expands with the launch on October 11th of the new full color series Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Time Odyssey. The series will be published in print and digitally and features story and art by Jérôme Alquié who notably created the Space Pirate Captain Harlock series with the legendary Leiji Matsumoto that was published by ABLAZE in 2022. New issues of Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Time Odyssey will debut monthly. Issue 1 features two brand new covers, Cover B by Lesley “Leiriix” Li, and Cover C by David Mack, in addition to the

    North American Premiere Screening to be Held November 17 at Anime NYC 2023 Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://mabotai.jp/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ⒸTakahiro, Yohei Takemura/SHUEISHA/Chained Soldier Production Consortium In anticipation of its upcoming Winter 2024 season, HIDIVE announced today that it has acquired the new action dark fantasy TV series CHAINED SOLDIER (魔都精兵のスレイブ, Mato Seihei no Sureibu, 2024). Based on the long-running shōnen manga title of the same name by Takahiro and Yohei Takemura, CHAINED SOLDIER is set to premiere as an exclusive simulcast next January on the popular anime streaming service from AMC Networks. HIDIVE also revealed that it will host the North American premiere of CHAINED SOLDIER with a special screening of the first two episodes on November 17 at Anime NYC in New York City.   “We’re thrilled to host the North American premiere of CHAINED SOLDIER at

    Source: Fathom Events press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/digimon-adventure-02-the-beginning/Special Thanks to Scott Barretto (Publicity Partners) Photo courtesy of Fathom Events. © Akiyoshi Hongo, Toei Animation, Toei This November the DigiDestined are back in theaters with a brand new movie.  Toei Animation and Fathom Events revealed today details for the U.S. theatrical release of DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING (デジモンアドベンチャー02 THE BEGINNING, Dejimon Adobenchā 02 THE BEGINNING, 2023) as a two-day event on November 8 & 9. It is present day and the chosen children from DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 have returned with all new adventures — but now they’re 20 year old young adults! Fans are invited to join the fun and can watch the movie in 750 theaters across the United States through Fathom Events. DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING will be presented nightly at 7:00 pm local time in both English dub (November 8) and Japanese with English subtitles

    Source:  Ghost X Ghost press release Special Thanks to Brock Otterbacher GHOST X GHOST has signed a licensing agreement with Harmony Gold for the classic anime series, ROBOTECH! GXG will be producing limited edition apparel, posters, pins, and skate decks based on both original art and classic imagery from the legendary series. ROBOTECH is a sweeping science-fiction anime epic of humans defending their home world against alien domination. The saga is told through the eyes of characters caught up in a series of wars that erupts when a mysterious spacecraft crash-lands on Earth at the turn of the millennium. The secrets of alien knowledge aboard this vessel were unlocked, leading to the development of "Robotechnology" and the creation of a vast arsenal of robotic "mecha" to defend the Earth against the alien threats that would eventually strike to lay claim to the mysterious power source known as "protoculture." ROBOTECH

    Concept art of the Monkey D. Luffy balloon for this year's Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, TOEI ANIMATION Iconic Character from Global Hit Anime Series Created by Eiichiro Oda and Produced by Toei Animation to Debut as Featured Character Balloon on Thanksgiving Day Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto (Publicity Partners) This Thanksgiving, anime’s favorite pirate Monkey D. Luffy will embark on his newest adventure. However, this time, the beloved captain of the Straw Hats isn’t setting sail across the sea. Instead, he’ll be venturing down the streets of New York City— as part of the 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! On November 23, 2023, Monkey D. Luffy, from the celebrated global anime franchise ONE PIECE, will debut as one of the iconic featured character balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As the most iconic

    GKIDS and Shout! Factory bring the SPIRITED AWAY stage play to Blu-ray and Digital. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©Studio Ghibli ©Toho Co., Ltd.   THE FIRST-EVER STAGE PRODUCTION OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI’S ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING MASTERPIECE DIRECTED AND ADAPTED BY TONY AWARD-WINNER JOHN CAIRD Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Lizbeth Galeno   Hayao Miyazaki’s legendary Academy Award-winning animated feature is brought to life in Tony Award-Winner John Caird’s stage adaptation masterpiece, SPIRITED AWAY: Live on Stage. Filmed during the hit production’s 2022 run at the historic Imperial Theatre in Tokyo, the critically acclaimed stage show will be available on all major digital platforms and on Blu-Ray this November 14, 2023 from GKIDS with distribution from Shout! Studios. Photo courtesy of GKIDS. ©Studio Ghibli ©Toho Co., Ltd. The wondrous stage play adaptation entertaining in master puppetry, brilliant costuming, magical sets

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Official Sites: https://movies.shochiku.co.jp/kagaminokojo/ (Japan), https://gkids.com/films/lonely-castle-in-the-mirror/ (North America) Special Thanks to Lauren Blum   Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. © 2022 Lonely Castle in the Mirror Film Partners Step into the fantastic adventure LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR (かがみの孤城, Kagami no Kojō, 2022) now on Blu-ray and all major digital platforms from GKIDS with distribution by Shout! Factory. Bonus features include trailers and an art gallery of the film’s stunning visuals. LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR is available to order from GKIDS and Shout! Factory, as well as Amazon. From acclaimed director Keiichi Hara (MISS HOKUSAI, COLORFUL, THE WONDERLAND) and based on the bestselling novel by Mizuki Tsujimura, LONELY CASTLE IN THE MIRROR is a heartfelt drama about the pains of growing up and the unlikely bonds that can bring people together. Shy outcast Kokoro has been avoiding school

    Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business, Cinema City press releases Official Sites: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee On October 15, the Cinema City theater complex in Tachikawa, Tokyo will host a pair of special screenings for the first episode of GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu). Between the two there will be a live talk show with the anime series' director Hiroyuki Seshita, lead voice actor Hisako Kanemoto (Boco) and sound director Yoshikazu Iwanami. Cinema City is known for their "Extreme Bombastic Screening" where the theater's ultra-high-spec sound system is altered for each screening to create an overwhelming sense of immersion for the audience. For GAMERA -Rebirth-,  Yoshikazu Iwanami will meticulously adjust the audio to maximize the sensation of Kaiju in Cinema City.   ■ GAMERA -Rebirth- Episode 1 Screenings With Talk

    Photo courtesy of Toei Animation. ©BIRD STUDIO/SHUEISHA, TOEI ANIMATION ©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha, TOEI ANIMATION ©Akiyoshi Hongo, TOEI ANIMATION Programming Line-Up Includes Trio of Panels Featuring Multiple Japanese Guests Together with a Multi-Booth Fan Experience Including a Special One Piece Booth Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto (Publicity Partners) Legendary anime studio Toei Animation returns to New York Comic Con (“NYCC”) this year to celebrate a trio of its top franchises. For 2023, guests at one of the largest annual pop culture conventions in North America will be treated to a bevy of location-based entertainment experiences spotlighting  Dragon Ball, One Piece and Digimon over four consecutive days. From October 12 – 15, Toei Animation will showcase these three fan-favorite properties with a line-up spanning celebrity panels to multiple exhibition spaces (Booths #2635 & #2821), which will include not only a pop-up shop, life-sized statues,

    Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. Ⓒ2022 Mei Hachimoku, Shogakukan / The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbyes Film Partners Romantic Fantasy to Open in Theaters Throughout the United States on November 3; World English Dub Premiere & Movie Panel to Take Place at New York Comic Con Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: tunneltosummer.comSpecial Thanks to Scott Barretto (AMCN Entertainment Group) HIDIVE, AMC Networks’ fast-growing anime streaming service, and IFC Films unveiled today their U.S. theatrical release for the critically acclaimed anime film THE TUNNEL TO SUMMER, THE EXIT OF GOODBYES (夏へのトンネル、さよならの出口, Natsu e no Tonneru, Sayonara no Deguchi, 2022). The highly anticipated romantic fantasy, which is based on the popular light novel and manga series of the same name by Mei Hachimoku, will open in theaters starting Friday, November 3 throughout the United States. THE TUNNEL TO SUMMER, THE EXIT OF GOODBYES recently took top honors

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: https://seikengakuin.com/ (Japan)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of HIDIVE. ⒸYū Shimizu, Asagi Tohsaka/KADOKAWA/Excalibur Academy Project Ahead of the kick-off of its Fall 2023 season, HIDIVE revealed that it has acquired the new action fantasy TV series THE DEMON SWORD MASTER OF EXCALIBUR ACADEMY (聖剣学院の魔剣使い, Seiken Gakuin no Makentsukai, 2023) based on the popular shōnen light novel series written by Yū Shimizu, illustrated by Asagi Tōsaka and adapted into manga by Keigen Asuka. The long-awaited THE DEMON SWORD MASTER OF EXCALIBUR ACADEMY series premieres October 2 and joins the recently announced title THE VEXATIONS OF A SHUT-IN VAMPIRE PRINCESS as an exclusive simulcast series during HIDIVE’s upcoming Fall 2023 season. “We’re excited to bring THE DEMON SWORD MASTER OF EXCALIBUR ACADEMY to fans as an exclusive simulcast series on HIDIVE this fall,” said John Ledford, President of HIDIVE. “Together with THE VEXATIONS OF A

    Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Sites: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee ©ペンギンボックス・KADOKAWA/おでかけ子ザメ As part of their celebration of the worldwide release of their anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu) on Netflix, Kadokawa Corporation is taking part in Gamera-themed collaborations with popular creators. First up was "Mini-Gamera" (ミニガメラ), with cute SD-style versions of Gamera and his foes by manga artist Penguin Box. The second project was a collaboration with the comedy manga Nights with a Cat (夜は猫といっしょ, Yoru wa Neko to Issho) by Kyuryu Z. For the third collaboration, Kadokawa has circled back to Penguin Box for a crossover with the artist's hit baby shark manga, Odekake Kozame (おでかけ子ザメ). This series, which depicts the heartwarming daily life of a little shark, began as a short story posted

    Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee ©Kyuryu Z・KADOKAWA/Nights with a Cat Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Sites: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirthSpecial Thanks to Yuna Kishita Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee ©Kyuryu Z・KADOKAWA/Nights with a Cat As part of their celebration of the worldwide release of their anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu) on Netflix, Kadokawa Corporation is taking part in Gamera-themed collaborations with popular creators. Following "Mini-Gamera" (ミニガメラ) by manga artist Penguin Box, the second project is a collaboration with the comedy manga Nights with a Cat (夜は猫といっしょ, Yoru wa Neko to Issho) by Kyuryu Z. Nights with a Cat began as a short story that Kyuryu Z posted on his Twitter page. It quickly developed a wide readersip who had fallen for the charms of

    Source: KADOKAWA Corporation Global Anime Business Official Sites: https://gamera-rebirth.com (Japan), https://www.netflix.com/title/81087387 (US) Official Twitter: @gamera_rebirth #Gamera Rebirth #gamera_rebirth Photo courtesy of Kadokawa. ©2023 KADOKAWA/ GAMERA Rebirth Production Committee For 40 years, master kaiju illustrator, Yuji Kaida, has amazed fans worldwide with his artwork for books, posters, model kits, CD and home video covers, dioramas and more depicting the likes of Godzilla, Gamera and Ultraman. Today, Kadokawa released a new Kaida illustration as part of their celebration of the worldwide release of their anime series GAMERA -Rebirth-  (ガメラ リバース, Gamera Ribāsu) on Netflix.   Comment from Yuji Kaida At first, I was worried about whether the charm of the monsters could be brought to life in an anime. But when I watched the series, I was captivated by the dynamic actions of the monsters, which were depicted in realistic 3D. The

    Source: Sentai press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video label Sentai Filmworks today announced its December slate of releases. Product details follow, in order of release...   Photo courtesy of Sentai. BIBLIOPHILE PRINCESS Published by:    Sentai FilmworksDistributed by:   Distribution SolutionRun Time:         300 min.Street Date:      12/5/2023Format:             BDLanguage:        Japanese with English SubtitlesSRP:                 $59.98 Lady Elianna Bernstein's entire family loves to read, and they retain so much knowledge that they're considered a national resource. Despite that, they've always remained politically neutral… until Elianna agrees to pretend to become betrothed to the Kingdom's heir, keeping unwanted suitors away from the Prince and giving Elianna access to the Royal Library. But when she notices that Prince Christopher might be seeing another woman, Elianna realizes she may not be on the same page that she thought she was on concerning her part in this story.

    FEATURING EXTENDED FILM CUT NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN U.S. THEATERSSource:  Toei Animation Co., Ltd. press releaseOfficial Site: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/Dragon-Ball-Z-Battle-of-Gods-2023 (North America)Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Photo courtesy of Fathom Events. ©BIRD STUDIO /SHUEISHA ©2013 DRAGON BALL Z the Movie Production Committee This October, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS, Goku and his friends return to the big screen to save Earth in one of the most epic battles of the Dragon Ball franchise. Toei Animation and Fathom Events today announced plans to re-release DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS as a special two-day event on October 17 & 18 in theaters across the United States. DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS is an original work from Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, who penned the story, screenplay and character designs for the movie. It premiered in Japan in 2013 and, at the time, was the

    Digimon returns to the big screen with the new movie DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING. Photo courtesy of Toei. © Akiyoshi Hongo, Toei Animation, Toei Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: https://www.toei-anim.co.jp/movie/digimon-adventure/ (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Photo courtesy of Toei. © Akiyoshi Hongo, Toei Animation, Toei Toei has provided information and pics for their upcoming anime feature film, DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 THE BEGINNING (デジモンアドベンチャー02 THE BEGINNING, Dejimon Adobenchā 02 THE BEGINNING). The movie opens in Japanese cinemas on Friday, October 27th.   INTRODUCTION In 1999, the Digimon Series became a huge hit and attracted many children with the release of the movie DIGIMON ADVENTURE and the animated TV series DIGIMON. The first animated TV series, DIGIMON ADVENTURE (1999-2000), was followed by a second series, DIGIMON ADVENTURE 02 (2000-2001). In the second series, Daisuke Motomiya, Veemon, other new "DigiDestined" and their

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