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    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: tbs.co.jp/anime/mahosen Special Thanks to Christian Lopez Powerful magicians run rampant in the streets, and one more is about to enter the fray in Sentai Filmworks’ latest acquisition, MAGICAL WARFARE (????, Mahoo Sensoo, 2014). This 12 episode magical action series is directed by Yuzo Sato (HUNTER X HUNTER: PHANTOM ROUGE, KAIJI) with series composition by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (MISS MONOCHROME, PRINCESS RESURRECTION), art direction by Jirou Kouno (PHI BRAIN, AMNESIA) and animation production by the iconic Madhouse Studios (HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD, NINJA SCROLL). The last few years haven’t been easy for Takeshi Nanase. His parents are remote and distant, his little brother seems to despise him and even his relationship with Kurumi, his so-called girlfriend, isn’t exactly romantic in nature. In fact, for two years the only real high point in Takeshi’s existence has been studying the Japanese sword-fighting

    Young Jazz Musicians in 1960s Japan in Series from the Acclaimed Team Behind COWBOY BEBOP Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Series Site: noitamina-apollon.com (Japan), noitamina-apollon.com/index_en (English) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, announces a very special mid-season anime series debut with the launch of KIDS ON THE SLOPE (???????, Sakamichi no Apollon, 2012) on Neon Alley on Friday, January 17th at 9:30pm (PST). The 12-episode anime drama about a group of young Japanese jazz musicians originally aired in Japan as a part of the prestigious ‘noitaminA’ block on Fuji TV, is rated ‘TV-14,’ and new installments will debut every Friday. KIDS ON THE SLOPE is distributed in North America by Sentai Filmworks. Get ready to be blown away as the acclaimed team behind COWBOY BEBOP reunites

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: pierrot.jp/naruto (Japan), naruto.com (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has announced the debut of the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN (??? ???) anime series on Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block beginning in January 2014. North American fans can catch dubbed and uncut adventures featuring the world’s most popular ninja from the beginning with a new episode airing each week. Check local listings for specific airtimes and channel availability. Adult Swim, launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults. Airing nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), Adult Swim is basic cable’s #1 network with persons 18-34 and 18-49, and is seen in 99 million U.S. homes. Created by Masashi Kishimoto, NARUTO was first introduced in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan in 1999

    All Rights Revert Back to Tatsunoko Source: Tatsunoko Production press release The two SPEED RACER licensing lawsuits filed by Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd., entitled Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. v. Speed Racer Enterprises, Inc., et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court Civil Case No. BC477332, and Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. v. James E. Rocknowski, et al., U.S. Central District of California Court Civil Case No. 2:12-cv-09236-CBM (FMOx), have each been settled by mutual agreement of all parties and are being dismissed in full. The two lawsuits arose from that certain written agreement SPEED RACER aka MACH GO GO GO, dated June 1, 2000, between Tatsunoko and Speed Racer Enterprises, Inc. (“SRE”), as amended on April 15, 2010 (the “Licensing Agreement”), by which Tatsunoko previously licensed to SRE certain intellectual property rights pertaining to SPEED RACER. The settlement includes the parties’ mutual agreement that the Licensing Agreement was

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd., Lucky Red, GFM Films Official Site: harlock-movie.com (Japan) Toei Animation`s 3D CG anime feature HARLOCK: SPACE PIRATE (??????????, Kyaputen Haarokku, 2013), has been selected to represent Japan at the 2014 International 3D Society Awards. The movie opens today (as CAPITAN HARLOCK - 3D) in Italy from distributor Lucky Red, and is being offered for worldwide distribution by international sales agent, GFM Films. The Japanese Blu-ray and DVD will be released on February 21st. SciFi Japan is pleased to present a gallery of high-res images from the film, courtesy of Toei and Lucky Red.

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd., Lucky Red Official Site: dragonball2013.com (Japan) The international release of Toei Animation`s box office hit DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS (???????Z ???, Doragon Booru Zetto: Kami to Kami, 2013) continues into 2014. Distributor Lucky Red will open the film in Italy on February 1st, and Madman Entertainment will release the movie to theaters in Australia and New Zealand early next year. A North American release has yet to be announced. The following production notes and images from DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS are courtesy of Toei and Lucky Red... INTRODUCTION The strongest start moving. Now, the wish of all mankind will be fulfilled. The top-selling comic for more than 10 years in a row after its start as a serial in Weekly Shonen Jump (????????, Shuukan Shonen Janpu) in 1984... Dragon Ball (???????, Doragon Booru),

    Filmmakers to Attend World Premiere at the Louvre Museum in January Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: buddha-anime.com (Japan) Toei will release OSAMU TEZUKA`S BUDDHA 2 (BUDDHA 2 ????????????????, BUDDHA 2 Tezuka Osamu no Budda ~ Owarinakitabi ~) nationwide in Japan on February 8, 2014. Produced by Toei Animation in association with Tezuka Productions, the film continues the life story of Siddhartha -- later known as Buddha -- begun in OSAMU TEZUKA`S BUDDHA -THE GREAT DEPATURE- (???????? -?????????-, Tezuka Osamu No Budda Akai Sabaku Yo! Utsukushiku, 2011). After Siddhartha witnesses the deaths of his friends, he struggles with the questions "Why must mankind suffer? Why we do live?" BUDDHA 2 is directed by Toshiaki Komura, who made his debut with the television anime GENJI TSUUSHIN AGEDAMA (?????????, Murasaki Shikibu Genji Monogatari)

    CG Anime Film to Open in Early Summer 2014 Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: saintseiya2014.com (Japan) The Seiya legend began here... Toei has released advance images from their upcoming computer animated theatrical feature SAINT SEIYA: LEGEND OF SANCTUARY (????? LEGEND of SANCTUARY, Seinto Seiya Legend of Sanctuary). The film will open in Japanese cinemas in early summer 2014. LEGEND OF SANCTUARY is the sixth movie -- but the first CG film -- based on Masami Kurumada`s manga Saint Seiya. Originally serialized in Shueisha`s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from January 1986 to December 1990, the series was later collected in 28 volumes. Toei adapted the manga in an animated series which aired on TV Asahi from October 11, 1986 to April 1, 1989. The SAINT SEIYA anime continued with theatrical films, an OVA series, and the current TV series, SAINT SEIYA OMEGA (??????????????????,

    NISEKOI and WORLD CONQUEST ZVEZDA PLOT to Stream in January 2014 Source: Aniplex of America press release NISEKOI Official Site: nisekoi.jp (Japan), NisekoiUSA.com (US) WORLD CONQUEST ZVEZDA PLOT Official Site: sekaiseifuku-zzz.com (Japan), AniplexUSA.com/zvezda (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera Starting 2014 with brand new titles, Aniplex of America Inc. has announced that they will be simulcasting two highly-anticipated shows for this winter anime season: NISEKOI (????, 2014) and WORLD CONQUEST ZVEZDA PLOT (???? ???????????, Sekai Seifuku: Booryaku no Zvezda, 2014). Both titles are set to start streaming in January just hours after its original broadcast in Japan. Both titles will be produced by animation studios that have produced multiple hit anime series including popular Aniplex of America titles. In addition to their streaming plans, Aniplex of America is also planning on a home video release of these titles. Details about the physical releases will be announced at

    Source: Shochiku Co., Ltd. Official Site: tamakolovestory.com (Japan) Shochiku will release the anime feature film TAMAKO LOVE STORY (??????????, Tamako Rabusutoorii) on April 26, 2014. Produced by Kyoto Animation (CLANNAD, K-ON!), the movie is a sequel to the 12 episode series TAMAKO MARKET (????????, Tamako Maaketto, 2013). Both the film and show are directed by Naoko Yamada (K-ON!) and feature scripts by Reiko Yoshida (LA CORDA D’ORO) and character designs by Yukiko Horiguchi (K-ON!, LOVE, CHUNIBYO & OTHER DELUSIONS). Advance tickets will be available from the Kyoto Animation booth at Comiket 85, running December 29-31, 2013 at Tokyo Big Sight. CAST Tamako: Aya Suzaki Mochizou: Atsushi Tamaru Midori: Yuki Kaneko Kanna: Juri Nagatsuma Shiori: Yurie Yamashita CREW Director: Naoko Yamada Screenplay: Reiko Yoshida Character Design: Yukiko Horiguchi Production: Kyoto Animation Distributor: Shochiku © Kyoto Animation/ Usagiyama Shoten Machi

    Heartwarming Movie to Screen in 28 U.S. Theaters and 35 Canadian Theaters Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: anohana.jp (Japan), aniplexusa.com/anohanamovie (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki Aniplex of America has announced their plans of screening ANOHANA THE MOVIE: THE FLOWER WE SAW THAT DAY (????????????????????, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai., 2013) in theaters across the U.S. and Canada. The film will premiere on January 18, 2014 in select U.S. theaters and on February 9, 2014 in select theaters in Canada. Aniplex of America has also announced that ANOHANA Producer, Hiroyuki Shimizu, will be coming to Los Angeles for a special appearance. For details on theater locations, showtimes, and ticket purchases please visit Aniplex of America’s official ANOHANA THE MOVIE website. Ticketholders have the opportunity to receive

    Complete 13-Episode Anime Action Series Launches on the Leading Online Video Streaming Service Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: k-project.jpn.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has announced a special limited run of the psychological thriller “K” on the free, ad-supported Hulu video streaming service and the Hulu Plus subscription service. The complete series (13 episodes) is now available with dubbed English dialogue and will run until Wednesday, January 15th. Please visit Hulu.com/k for complete details. K introduces fans to Shiro, an easygoing teenager content with just being a student -- until his seemingly perfect life is suddenly halted when a bloodthirsty clan, glowing red with fire, attempts to kill him in the streets. Unbeknownst to Shiro, he is suspected of murdering a member of their clan and will need a miracle to escape their vengeance. Miraculously, a young man

    Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: 6109.jp/aoex (Japan), blueexorcist.com (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki Aniplex of America has announced on their Aniplex Live Show that their popular title, BLUE EXORCIST (?????????????, Ao no Exorcist, 2011) TV Series, will be making its U.S. network television debut on Adult Swim’s TOONAMI in March 2014. Details of the air date and time will be announced on a later date. The BLUE EXORCIST TV Series is based on Kazue Kato’s hit manga published in Jump Square (by SHUEISHA) and it saw a multi-stream simulcast on websites such as Hulu, Crunchyroll (subtitled version), and as well as on Neon Alley (English dub version). In response to its worldwide popularity, the series was also adapted into a film and theatrically released across North America this past August. Produced by the highly-acclaimed studio A-1 Pictures, (SWORD ART ONLINE, MAGI: THE LABYRINTH OF MAGIC,

    FUNimation Presents Sneak Preview with Guests Ian Sinclair and Zach Bolton Source: FUNimation press release Official Site: space-dandy.com (Japan), funimation.com/space-dandy (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski FUNimation will present the first episode of the highly anticipated new anime SPACE DANDY (?????????, Supeesu Dandi, 2014) in a special launch event at Otakon Vegas on Saturday, January 4, 2014, featuring the US voice of Space Dandy, Ian Sinclair, as well as ADR director Zach Bolton. The anime will premiere in English on Adult Swim Toonami block at 11:30 pm that same day, and in Japan and throughout Asia hours later. SPACE DANDY, the new anime from the entire creative team behind COWBOY BEBOP, was announced at Otakon this past August by Shinichiro Watanabe (COWBOY BEBOP, SAMURAI CHAMPLOO), who serves as general director for the series. Also

    Source: Production I.G press release Official Website: momo-letter.jp (Japan) Hiroyuki Okiura`s award-winning second directorial effort, A LETTER TO MOMO (??????, Momo e no Tegami, 2012) has been nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 41st annual Annie Awards. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony to be held in Los Angeles, CA on February 1, 2014. The Annie Awards celebrate accomplishments in animation, and are considered the Academy Awards of the animation industry. The Annie Awards have been presented by the Los Angeles branch of the International Animated Film Association, ASIFA-Hollywood since 1972. The Annie Award for Best Animated Feature was introduced in 1992. A LETTER TO MOMO is the third Production I.G feature film nominated for Best Animated Feature, along with BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE and GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE.

    The Movie that Moved the Hearts of Millions in Japan to Play U.S. Theaters January 2014 Source: AniplexUSA press release Official Site: anohana.jp (Japan), aniplexusa.com/anohanamovie (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki On their Live Show last Friday, Aniplex of America announced their plans of bringing the heart-warming tale of ANOHANA THE MOVIE: THE FLOWER WE SAW THAT DAY (????????????????????, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai., 2013) to U.S. theaters next January. The movie will be presented with English subtitles and will be distributed by ELEVEN ARTS in select theaters. Details on theater listings and screening dates will be announced at a later date. Aniplex of America has also announced that those who attend the showings will receive an exclusive item called “Letters from Menma” featuring a replica of the letters

    Source: AniplexUSA Official Site: swordart-online.net (Japan), SwordArt-OnlineUSA.com (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera During a talk show at Anime Festival Asia 2013 in Singapore, Aniplex Inc. announced their plans of a worldwide simulcast of the special year-end program, SWORD ART ONLINE EXTRA EDITION (???????????? Extra Edition, Soodo Aato Onrain Extra Edition). In Japan, SWORD ART ONLINE EXTRA EDITION is scheduled for broadcast on 12/31/2013 at 10PM (Japan Time), on TOKYO MX, BS11, and Nico Nico Douga. Fans of SWORD ART ONLINE all over the world will now be able to welcome the New Year while enjoying this special episode right alongside their fellow fans in Japan! Worldwide Simulcast Details Simulcast in Japan Date & Time: 12/31/2013 (Tues) 10PM~ (Japan Time) • Simulcast on 3 channels: TOKYO

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: pierrot.jp/naruto (Japan), naruto.com (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media has announced the debut of the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN (??? ???) anime series on Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block beginning in January 2014. North American fans can catch dubbed and uncut adventures featuring the world’s most popular ninja from the beginning with a new episode airing each week. Check local listings for specific airtimes and channel availability. Adult Swim, launched in 2001, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults. Airing nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), Adult Swim is basic cable’s #1 network with persons 18-34 and 18-49, and is seen in 99 million U.S. homes. Created by Masashi Kishimoto, NARUTO was first introduced in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan in 1999

    Source: FUNimation press release Official Site: space-dandy.com (Japan), funimation.com/space-dandy (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski Get ready to blast off with SPACE DANDY (?????????, Supeesu Dandi, 2014), a dazzling new anime from the entire creative team behind COWBOY BEBOP! FUNimation Entertainment (a Group 1200 Media Company) has announced that it has acquired the home entertainment, digital, theatrical, and merchandise rights to the animated sci-fi action series. English production will be done by FUNimation Entertainment, in association with the Space Dandy Production Committee in Japan. Adult Swim will broadcast the English dub version of SPACE DANDY on television in North America beginning January, 2014. This is the first time an anime series on Adult Swim will have a simultaneous TV broadcast with Japan. In addition to Japan and North America, the show will have a simulcast broadcast in numerous countries in Asia. Space Dandy

    Witness the Spectacle of an Upside-Down Journey Source: Asmik Ace Entertainment, Inc. Official Site: patema.jp (Japan) Additional Material: Annecy, Tokyo International Film Festival, Scotland Loves Animation PATEMA INVERTED (????????, Sakasama no Patema) is a powerfully unique feature-length animation from Yasuhiro Yoshiura, a director from the world of independent animation who has also drawn attention for his abilities as an original storyteller. With his indies background, he is at home throughout the entire production process, creating the story, writing the script, directing, performing as a voice actor, and editing this dramatic tour de force of a unique upside-down world. In 2012, the backstory for the film was introduced in the four episode ONA (Original Net Animation) series PATEMA INVERTED: BEGINNING OF THE DAY (???????? Beginning of the Day, Sakasama no Patema: Beginning of the Day). Story If you let go of her hand, she

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