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    North American Theatrical Release Starts with Premiere Event in Los Angeles Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan, AniplexUSA, Eleven Arts Official Site: madoka-magica.com (Japan), MadokaMagicaUSA.com/rebellion (US) Special Thanks to EJ Rivera and Erika T. Wright PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA THE MOVIE -REBELLION- (??? ????????????????????, Gekijoo-ban Mahoo Shojo Madoka Magica Shinpen: Hangyaku no Monogatari, 2013), the highly anticipated third film based on the PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA (???????????, Maho Shojo Madoka Magika, 2011-2012) anime series, will open in Japan on October 26, 2013. Madoka Kaname has changed the world. In this new reality, is what the magical girls see a world of hope... or despair? Featuring a brand new story written by Gen Urobuchi (FATE/ZERO, PSYCHO PASS) of Nitroplus, the original storyline begins after the events of PART 2 -ETERNAL- (???

    Source: Production I.G On August 15th, they told us we had lost the war. At that time, we did not really understand. Then one day, everything changed. Many soldiers, wearing uniforms we had never seen before, arrived on the island. That was the day I met Tanya. Production I.G announces GIOVANNI`S ISLAND (???????, Giovanni no Shima) a new hand-drawn animated feature film directed by Mamoru Oshii`s longtime collaborator, Mizuho Nishikubo, and penned by Shigemichi Sugita (FROM THE NORTHERN LANDS) and Yoshiki Sakurai (GHOST IN THE SHELL: S.A.C.). The film is presented by the Japan Association of Music Enterprises (JAME) to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and it is planned to be theatrically released in Japan early spring 2014 by Warner Entertainment Japan. Production I.G is handling international sales worldwide. Story In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan

    Source: Showgate Official Site: bayonetta-movie.com (Japan) Introduction GONZO and internationally acclaimed director Fuminori Kizaki have teamed up to create BAYONETTA: BLOODY FATE (????? ?????????, Beyonetta Buraddi Feito), a feature-length animated film based on the hugely popular video game BAYONETTA. The film faithfully captures the extreme action and sexiness of the original, crafting a storyline that expands and further establishes the world of BAYONETTA. Bayonetta is a witch with an incredible body and insane supernatural powers. She mercilessly and stylishly shoots down her enemies with her pistols and decimates them. With stunning battle sequences and an unforgettable climax, feel the pleasure of going up to hell! Synopsis The angel hunter Bayonetta remembers nothing but the fact she is a witch. One day she heads to the sacred city of Vigrid to find her lost memory.There she meets a mysterious lady who knows her past, a journalist who tries

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: precure-movie.com (Japan) Additional Material: Tokyo International Film Festival Let`s go to the world of the future! On October 20th, the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival will host the world premiere of DOKIDOKI! PRETTY CURE THE MOVIE: MEMORIES FOR THE FUTURE (???????????? ????!!?????????????, Eiga Dokidoki! Purikyua Mana Kekkon!!? Mirai ni Tsunagu Kiboo no Doresu) for its Special Screenings section. Based on DOKIDOKI! PRETTY CURE (??????????, Dokidoki! PuriKyua, 2013), the 10th series of the popular TV anime PRETTY CURE, the movie is an original story enjoyable for both parents and children. The evil Matthew tries to manipulate the future by destroying everyone`s precious memories. To protect the future, Pretty Cure must give an outstanding performance! Participatory screenings for the audience will feature the Miracle Light where children can join the ending dance. Director Naoyuki Ito Naoyuki Ito worked at

    Source: AniplexUSA Official Site: swordart-online.net (Japan), SwordArt-OnlineUSA.com (US) SWORD ART ONLINE Contest Site: aniplexusa.com/contest Special Thanks to EJ Rivera This month, SWORD ART ONLINE (????????????, Soodo Aato Onrain, 2012) fans will be treated to something special. Aniplex of America has just announced they will be hosting a special SWORD ART ONLINE “Watch and Win” contest on Adult Swim’s Toonami. Viewers will have the opportunity to win a wide variety of prizes including SWORD ART ONLINE Blu-ray sets and DVDs. Other prizes include Sword Art Online Weib Schwarz trial decks from Bushiroad. Three special grand prize winners will receive a brand new 3D Personal Viewer courtesy of Sony Electronics. The New Sony 3D Personal Viewers will let fans submerge themselves into the world of SWORD ART ONLINE as if they were Kirito and Asuna.

    VIZ Media Announces Theatrical Premiere at Cinemas in Houston, TX Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: berserkfilm.com (Japan), facebook.com/BerserkFilm (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, delivers the bloody arms and armor action of the BERSERK: THE GOLDEN ARC anime feature film trilogy (rated TV-MA) to Houston for a pair of very special triple-feature screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Houston Mason Park and Vintage Park locations. BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I, II and III (subtitled) premieres on Saturday, October 26th at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Vintage Park, located at 114 Vintage Park Blvd., Houston, TX; (713) 715-4707. BERSERK: THE GOLDEN

    Special Simulcast Series Premiere on VIZ Anime, Hulu and Hulu Plus Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: starchild.co.jp/special/coppelion (Japan) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has announced the very special online simulcast premiere of the new sci-fi anime action series -- COPPELION (??????, 2013) -- on VIZAnime.com, the company’s own website for free anime, as well as on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service. The new program (presented in Japanese with English subtitles) launches in North America on Wednesday, October 2nd, the same day after its debut broadcast in Japan, with a new episode to be available to stream domestically each Wednesday. COPPELION takes place in the not-so-distant future as a catastrophic event has turned the old capital of Japan into a wasteland, forever changing

    Source: FUNimation, Tugg, Inc. Official Site: ookamikodomo.jp (Japan),funimation.com/wolf-children, wolfchildrenmovie.com (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski WOLF CHILDREN (???????????, Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki, 2012), 2013 winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Best Animated Film, will be released theatrically this fall by Tugg, Inc. WOLF CHILDREN will open in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Town Center 5 on September 27th, and will simultaneously be available to audiences nationwide through Tugg’s unique platform for crowdsourcing events in movie theaters. Tugg and WOLF CHILDREN distributor, Group 1200 Media, will collaborate to support distribution and marketing to help bring the film to wider audiences. WOLF CHILDREN is a staggeringly beautiful animated feature film from director Mamoru Hosoda (SUMMER WARS). This epic cinematic achievement follows Hana, a woman who

    Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and More -- New Fall Lineup Covers a Wide Range of Fan-Favorite Genres! Source: AniplexUSA press release Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki Following their recent acquisition of SAMURAI FLAMENCO (?????????, 2013), Aniplex of America Inc. has announced today that they will be simulcasting three highly-anticipated titles for this fall anime season. These titles are: KILL LA KILL (?????, Kiru ra Kiru, 2013), MAGI: THE KINGDOM OF MAGIC (??, 2013), and VALVRAVE THE LIBERATOR 2nd Season (??????????, Kakumeiki Varuvureivu, 2013). All titles will be available for streaming through the AniplexChannel.com, Crunchyroll, DAISUKI, and Hulu and will be simulcast just hours following their original air time in Japan. All titles feature an all-star staff and cast who have previously worked on 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

    Theatrical Release in 2014 Source: Madman Entertainment Official Site: dragonball2013.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Madman is proud to announce the acquisition of the latest feature in the evergreen DRAGON BALL Z franchise, DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS (???????Z ???, Doragon Booru Zetto: Kami to Kami, 2013). DRAGON BALL Z: BATTLE OF GODS is the first DRAGON BALL Z movie to receive a Japanese theatrical release in 17 years, and with original manga creator, Akira Toriyama heavily involved, the first film in the series to be considered an official part of the original DRAGON BALL manga storyline. When Birus, The God of Destruction awakes from a long slumber, he learns of the defeat of the galactic overlord Freeza by the hands of Son Goku.

    New Option on 24/7 Anime Channel Permits Members to Access and Watch Recent Episodes Whenever They Want Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: NeonAlley.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has unveiled a new “Catch-Up” feature available now for the web-based version of Neon Alley, the company’s 24/7 anime channel. With this new expanded feature, Neon Alley members may select either a “Watch Live” or “Catch Up” option upon logging onto the service. The “Watch Live” option provides fans with the 24/7 linear English-dubbed channel that the network has come to be known for, and with the addition of the Video-On Demand “Catch Up” option, fans now have the flexibility to watch shows at their convenience. The “Catch Up” option also allows viewers to search for

    From the Director of DURARARA!! Comes an Original Anime Series about Truth, Justice and Superheroes! Source: AniplexUSA Official Site: samumenco.com (Japan), AniplexUSA.com/samuraiflamenco (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki Aniplex of America Inc. has announced today that they have acquired the highly-anticipated title, SAMURAI FLAMENCO (?????????, 2013) for this fall season. SAMURAI FLAMENCO will begin its streaming schedule this October. This brand new series features an all-star staff including director Takahiro Omori, whose previous works include popular titles such as DURARARA!! and BACCANO! along with Hideyuki Kurata whose previous works include titles such as R.O.D. –THE TV- and OREIMO 2 for the chief screenplay. The studio that will be producing SAMURAI FLAMENCO will be manglobe, the anime studio that brought popular titles such as SAMURAI CHAMPLOO and MICHIKO & HATCHIN. SAMURAI FLAMENCO will be available for streaming just hours following its initial air time in Japan. In

    Lineup Includes THE FAKE, 009 RE:CYBORG and the Eagerly Awaited EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO Source: Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia press release Official Site: sitgesfilmfestival.com Animated movies will be one of the main focuses at the upcoming Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain), to be held from October 11 to 20. SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK (??????????, Kyaputen Haarokku, 2013), by Shinji Arakami, a spectacular version of Leiji Matsumoto’s famous manga, produced by Toei Animation and the biggest production to come out of this legendary studio -- with a budget of over 30 million dollars -- will be one of the animated films competing in the Official Fantàstic Selection. The movie is the result of the most modern animation techniques, captured in one of the very best

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd., GFM Films, FilmPressPlus Official Site: harlock-movie.com (Japan) SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from a new movie. Toei Animation`s CG anime feature film SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK (??????????, Kyaputen Haarokku, 2013) is now being offered for international sales under the English title HARLOCK: SPACE PIRATE. The following English production notes and high-res images are courtesy of Toei, international sales agent GFM Films, and press office FilmPressPlus. THE LEGENDARY SPACE PIRATE IS REBORN LEIJI MATSUMOTO’S MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTER, CAPTAIN HARLOCK, MAKES A GLOBALLY-ANTICIPATED REVIVAL AFTER 30 YEARS HARLOCK: SPACE PIRATE is truly an epoch-making CG animation which has been created by a team of Japan’s top animators & CG specialists over the last five years. Avatar director James Cameron has described it as ‘Mythic, epic and visually unprecedented’. This action adventure is based on Space

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: harlock-movie.com (Japan) Translations: John Paul Cassidy Based on original characters and stories created by Leiji Matsumoto, the feature film SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK (??????????, Kyaputen Haarokku) opens in Japan on September 7, 2013. The latest movie by anime director Shinji Aramaki (APPLESEED) boasts "state-of-the-art CG motion capture animation" and will be released in both 3D and 2D formats. The following press notes are courtesy of Toei Co., Ltd... INTRODUCTION Leiji Matsumoto’s legendary character, “Captain Harlock,” is being resurrected for this reboot after 30 years. At last, it will set sail to the whole world! The sci-fi anime works of Leiji Matsumoto -- a shining epoch among masters of Japanese animation history who brought you classics such as GALAXY EXPRESS 999 (???????, Ginga Tetsudoo Surii Nai, 1978-1981) that caused a huge boom in the 1970s and `80s --

    Source: Madman Entertainment press release Official Site: reelanime.com Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Madman Entertainment are proud to announce final dates and cinema details for the REEL ANIME 2013 theatrical festival. Opening September 26 in Adelaide, then followed closely on October 3 in all other states, REEL ANIME 2013 will showcase a stellar line-up of the finest animated features, direct from Japan, including EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO (?????????????Q, Evangerion Shin Gekijooban: Kyuu, 2012), 009 RE: CYBORG (??????? ???????, Zero-Zero-Nine Re: Cyborg, 2012), A LETTER TO MOMO (??????, Momo e no Tegami, 2012) and a double-bill of THE GARDEN OF WORDS (?????, Kotonoha no Niwa, 2013) and GHOST IN THE SHELL: ARISE (?????ARISE -GHOST IN THE SHELL-, Kookaku Kidootai Araizu -Goosuto In Za Sheru-, 2013). Australian cinema locations will include:

    Creators of GURREN LAGANN Reunite for Smashing Original Series this Fall! Source: AniplexUSA Official Site: kill-la-kill.jp (Japan), KilllaKill.com (US) Special Thanks to Emmanuel Rivera Recently at their panel at the Otakon anime convention in Baltimore, Aniplex of America Inc. announced their the acquisition of the new animation series KILL LA KILL (?????, Kiru ra Kiru, 2013). The duo that brought us the fan favorite GURREN LAGANN, director Hiroyuki Imaishi and script writer Kazuki Nakashima, team up once again to bring fans this brand new series. KILL LA KILL will be streaming online starting in October 2013. In addition to their streaming plans, Aniplex of America is also planning on a home video release of KILL LA KILL on disc. Details will be announced at a later date. About Aniplex of America Inc. Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary

    Source: Warner Bros. Pictures Japan Official Site: warnerbros.co.jp/budori (Japan) Additional Material: Nippon Connection SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from a new Japanese movie not yet released in the United States. Following the Japanese theatrical run and several international festival screenings, the anime feature THE LIFE OF BUDORI GUSUKO (??????????, Gusuko Budori no Denki, 2012) made its North American premiere June 16, 2013 at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival and Comic Con International. The film was directed by acclaimed animator Gisaburo Sugii with character designs by Masumura Hiroshi, and is based on the classic fairy tale A Biography of Gusuko Budori by poet and author Kenji Miyazawa, first published in the April 1932 edition of Japan Children’s Literature (??????, Nihon Jido Bungaku). The same creative team was responsible for the award-winning box office hit NIGHT ON THE GALACTIC RAILROAD

    Source: Toei Co., Ltd. Official Site: asura-movie.com (Japan) Additional Material: Nippon Connection Abandoned in the barren wasteland of Kyoto, an abandoned boy does whatever it takes to survive in the wild -- until he is confronted by humanity. Toei`s anime feature ASURA (????, Ashura, 2012) is based on George Akiyama`s legendary banned manga (originally serialized in Kodansha`s Weekly Young Magazine in 1970-1971). Directed by anime veteran Keiichi Sato (TIGER & BUNNY, KARAS) and featuring two legendary Japanese voice actresses, Masako Nozawa (DRAGON BALL, GALAXY EXPRESS 999) and Megumi Hayashibara (COWBOY BEBOP, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION), the film made its North American premiere at the New York Asian Film Festival/Japan Cuts in July 2012 and began its Japanese theatrical run last September 29th. Toei is now offering ASURA for foreign distribution. The following text was prepared by the company for international sales and publicity... SYNOPSIS

    Final Films Announced for Anime Film Festival Touring Australia Source: Madman Entertainment press release Official Site: reelanime.com Special Thanks to Ben Pollock Madman Entertainment are proud to announce the final two films in the REEL ANIME 2013 program -- GHOST IN THE SHELL: ARISE and THE GARDEN OF WORDS. GHOST IN THE SHELL: ARISE (?????ARISE -GHOST IN THE SHELL-, Kookaku Kidootai Araizu -Goosuto In Za Sheru-, 2013) In GHOST IN THE SHELL: ARISE, Motoko Kusanagi -- cyborg and hacker extraordinaire from the military’s 501st Secret Unit -- finds herself wrapped up in the investigation of a devastating bombing. In the first of four all-new OVA (original video animation) installments from the renowned Production I.G. -- caretakers of the GHOST IN

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