AX News Announcements

If you have been unable to go to Anime Expo like me but you have been following the news, I will be announcing some exciting news in which may peak your interest. Just a heads up, if I missed anything, please comment down below and leave links so people can be informed as well. I won’t be able to get every news so feel free to help expand.

Aniplex of America

At the panel Aniplex of America announced that they will be releasing the home videos of the both anime Fate/Grand Order: First Order OVA and Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga.

Preoders will begin on July 5th for Fate/Grand Order: First Order OVA with the store price of $69.98 for Blu-Ray. The anime will be have English Sub and Dub, a booklet, soundtrack and other extras. Here is the synopsis:

The year is AD 2017
The last era in which magecraft still thrived.
The Chaldea Security Organization was founded to focus on preserving the continuation of human history. They observe a world which magecraft couldn’t observe and science couldn’t measure all to prevent the certain extinction of humanity. But one day, the future that Chaldea continued to observe disappears and humanity’s extinction in 2019 becomes clear. Rather, it had already happened.
The cause seems to be related to Fuyuki, a provincial town in Japan, in the year AD 2004. There, an “unobservable region” that had not existed before appears.
Based on the assumption that Fuyuki is the reason for humanity’s extinction, Chaldea issues an order to explore, investigate, and possibly destroy this singularity – a quest for the Holy Grail: the Grand Order.

Also announced is Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga. Aniplex will release the anime in two sets with the option to pay for DVD or Blu-Ray sets. The first set will be released on November 14, 2017 and the second set will be on February 13, 2018. The DVD will be priced as $29.96 and the Blu-Ray will be $59.96. The sets will each have bonus content. Here is the anime synopsis:
Assiah, the realm of humans, and Gehenna, the realm of demons. Normally, these two dimensions would never intersect, but having possessed all material substances, the demons are now intruding on the material world. But among the human race, there are those who can exorcise such demons—the exorcists.

Rin Okumura kept the fact that he was Satan’s offspring a secret from everyone and decided to become an exorcist. He began his training at True Cross Academy but following the incidents involving Amaimon’s raid, his lineage became apparent. Fearing his true nature and the blue flames marking his connection to Gehenna, Rin’s classmates all distanced themselves from him. Meanwhile, the academy was on high alert when they realized that the “Left Eye of the Impure King” had been stolen! What lies ahead for Rin and his classmates?

Sentai Filmworks

English anime company Sentai Filmworks announced at their panel in regards to English Dub anime. Here is the following anime that will receive English Dubs.

  • Haikyu!!
  • Flip Flappers
  • Tanaka-kun is always Listless
  • Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto
  • Squid Girl Season 2

FLCL

The classic and crazy anime FLCL (pronounced as FOOLY COOLY) returns and it’s coming back with two sequels. Production I.G announced that they will be making a FLCL 2 and FLCL 3 and it will be released in 2018. Both anime will have 6 episodes like the previous anime and character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto and Japanese Rock band The Pillows will return along with a new staff. Here is the synopsis from Adult Swim:

In the new season of FLCL, many years have passed since Naota and Haruhara Haruko shared their adventure together. Meanwhile, the war between the two entities known as Medical Mechanica and Fraternity rages across the galaxy. Enter Hidomi, a young teenaged girl who believes there is nothing amazing to expect from her average life, until one day when a new teacher named Haruko arrives at her school. Soon enough, Medical Mechanica is attacking her town and Hidomi discovers a secret within her that could save everyone, a secret that only Haruko can unlock.

But why did Haruko return to Earth? What happened to her Rickenbacker 4001 she left with Naota? And where did the human-type robot ‘Canti’ go?

FUNimation

FUNimation announced at their panel that they will be releasing some DVDs and Blu-Ray sets for certain anime. First they plan to release the anime Orange, The Testament of Sister New Devil (also includes season 2 BURST) and your name.

your name. is set to be release sometime this year with a “final” version of the movie with edits different from the theatical version supervised by the director Makoto Shinkai.

Funimation will also release the anime Rosario Vampire in Blu-Ray, Speed Racer with the original English Subtitles and Japanese Dub, and the third season of D.Gray-Man.

That’s all I have for now. Feel free to comment down below your thoughts and opinions.

Sekirei (season 1) review

Rightstuf describes it:

Minato had no luck with the ladies until the day a well-rounded warrior-babe named Musubi fell into his life – and crushed his face with her ginormous cleavage. Hunted by a stunning pair of twin sisters, Musubi was searching for the right guy to give her a squeeze and unlock the hidden powers lurking beneath her ample assets. Minato fits the bill, and now he’s caught in the middle of a supernatural slugfest in which voluptuous vixens take turns beating each others’ clothes off!

(No spoilers)

(The DVD I owned is not from Madman Entertainment if you are wondering. I just found this wallpaper and wanted to use it.)

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News: Kingdom Hearts III and Aniplex USA!

Kingdom Hearts III

Even though Square Enix mentioned that they won’t be talking about Kingdom Hearts at E3, last night we got some in regards to video game news in regards to Kingdom Hearts III.  Premiered at the KH Orchestra -World Tour- at Los Angeles, fans were given a new trailer of Kingdom Hearts III. The trailer revealed Sora using new powers and fighting Heartless at Olympus Colosseum, Maleficent and Pete in search for an item, and a cliffhangar moment in regards to Roxas. There will be more information at the D23 Expo 2017 event on July 15.

Aniplex USA

Gurren Lagann

Announced at the A-Kon convention, Aniplex USA will be releasing a complete Blu-Ray set of the entire anime Gurren Lagann. The set will include the TV series and the movies -Childhood End- and -The Lights in the Sky Are Stars-. The set is to commemorate 10th Anniversary of the anime. THe series is set for preorders on June 12th and the product will be sold on August 8th.

Fate/Grand Order

At A-Kon, Anipkex USA announced that the upcoming app game Fate/Grand Order will be released for iOS and Androids on June 25th in United States and Canada. Besides the game app, they also revealed that they are producing the English Dub to the anime special Fate/Grand Order: First Order at Anime Expo.

Aniplex USA News: Hulu, Dubs and DVDS

Aniplex of America have been busy lately with some anime titles.

Hulu

If you have Hulu and you like English Dub, I got some news for you. Aniplex USA announced that they will be streaming Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga exclusively in English Dub for Hulu users. The voice actors in the previous anime returns and if you don’t remember, this arc covers the Impure King Arc from the manga.

Synopsis:

Assiah, the realm of humans, and Gehenna, the realm of demons. Normally, these two dimensions would never intersect, but having possessed all material substances, the demons are now intruding on the material world. But among the human race, there are those who can exorcise such demons—the exorcists.

Rin Okumura kept the fact that he was Satan’s offspring a secret from everyone and decided to become an exorcist. He began his training at True Cross Academy but following the incidents involving Amaimon’s raid, his lineage became apparent. Fearing his true nature and the blue flames marking his connection to Gehenna, Rin’s classmates all distanced themselves from him. Meanwhile, the academy was on high alert when they realized that the “Left Eye of the Impure King” had been stolen! What lies ahead for Rin and his classmates?

DVDs/Dubs

Aniplex USA participated in a convention called Anime Central and they released some new infomation.

They will be releasing a complete Blu-Ray DVD set of the first Blue Exorcist anime. The anime will collect all 25 episodes and OVA and a anime short called “Ura-Eki”. The set will be available on June 27th.

Aniplex also licensed the anime Occult; Nine and will also be releasing the anime in Blu-Ray sets in English and Japanese Dubs on September 26th and December 26th.

WWW.WAGINARIA!! is another anime licensed by Aniplex and will also be receving a Blu-Ray set but only in English Subbed. The anime will be released in sets in July 18th and October 17th for Blu-Ray.

There is more information left in the hyperlink above so you can read more. If you are interested in buying these DVDs, save up your money!

 

News: Black Butler expiring license

Sad news for Aniplex anime.

It is confirmed on Thursday that the FUNimation anime Black Butler season 1 license will expire on May 29th. However, it is also mentioned that the other anime like Black Butler II, Black Butler: Book of Circus, Black Butler: Book of Murder will be available especially for streaming.

This is not new for other anime. This sort of events have happened to others like Fullmetal Alchemist, Bacanno!, and Sekirei. If you haven’t got this anime yet, now it’s the time to buy the first season and the rest of the anime before they disappear.

Sakura-Con news: Anime Dub and Fate App

First, Happy Resurrection Day! Second, here is some news from Sakura-Con!

FUNimation

I found out this news from a blogger named Takuto’s Tweet in Twitter first and then I had to check at Anime News Network to confirm it and it’s true. Feel free to check out his blog here.

At Sakura-Con, FUNimation announced that they got license to release Kyoto Animation’s anime Hyuoka. This anime is 22 episodes long and the anime director is the same person who did Full Metal Panic Fumoffu and Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. Here is the plot for the anime:

The story follows a boy named Hōtarō who is not assertive about getting involved, but was ordered by his older sister to join the classic literature club. In the club, he gets close to the truth about an incident, involving a female member’s uncle, which happened 33 years ago. The “energy-saving” boy is joined by an inquisitive girl in this adolescent mystery.

FUNimation states that the first part of the anime will be released on July 4th in DVD with an English Dub.

They also announced another anime to join in the July release. The anime Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches will be released in DVD with English Dub. Here is the plot:

The story begins when high school boy Yamada bumps into the beautiful female honor student Shiraishi on the stairs, and their lips touch as they fall. When they regain their wits, they realize that they have swapped bodies. As time progresses, the two realize that this is not the only mysterious happening in the school.

Aniplex

Anime from Aniplex of America is also joining the news!

Well-known for making anime fans cry harder than Clannad and Angel Beats, the anime anohana – The Flower We Saw That Day will be receiving an English Dub. Led by voice actor Patrick Seitz (Franky in One Piece, Dio in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and Isshin from Bleach), the anime already found a cast to play as the characters. It’s unknown when will the anime will be released for DVD or stream.

Aniplex will also be releasing complete Blu-Ray Sets for the anime Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic and Magi: The Kingdom of Magic for $119.98. Both sets are in English Dub and Sub with textless opening and ending songs.

Fate/Stay Go

Even though this is not another anime news but related, Aniplex of America announced that they will be releasing the app game Fate/Grand Order for U.S. and Canada. This game is well-known for fans especially since they played the JP version. Aniplex announced some updates to the game in regards to players who have access to the JP version such not being able to transfer accounts and keeping up with campaign events. The app is planned to be released in the summer but you can read the details here.

 

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale movie review and experience

[official site synopsis]

In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba. Called NerveGear, it was the first full-dive system and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.
In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.
Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games…

Story is created by original author Reki Kawahara

Director is Tomohiko Itoh

(may have some spoilers but I will keep it a minimum)

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Movie News: Sailor Moon R and Sword Art Online!

2017 will be busy with some anime films! One is Sailor Moon R and the other is Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale.

Sailor Moon R

Announced at the official Sailor Moon livestream event, Moonlight Party livestream, Viz Media will be working with production film Eleven Arts and will be screening the Sailor Moon R: The Movie (or also called Sailor Moon R: Promise of the Rose). The movie will be in theaters in the United States in January. The film will also include the anime short “Make Up! Sailor Guardians” ( or Make Up! Sailor Senshi) and both film and short will be in English Dub and Sub. Fans will have the option to watch one or the other. Fans who also goes to the theaters will be given special gifts while supplies last!

Sword Art Online

Also announced at a livestream, Aniplex of America announced more news of the upcoming film Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale. Aniplex announced that the film will get an early premiere on March 1st if you watch the film at Hollywood, California. The movie will be screened at the Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre. Tickets go on sale on November 15th PST.

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News: Blue Exorcist! Sword Art Online film date!! Accel World vs Sword Art Online game!!! Aniplex!!!!

Blue Exorcist

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Announced in the November issue of Shueisha’s Jump SQ magazine, the upcoming return of Blue Exorcist, “Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc“, is scheduled to premiere on January 2017.  The magazine revealed the cast of the previous anime will return and new people will join in the anime, such as new voices for characters and team that will handle the anime. As a reminder, the new anime will focus on the “Kyoto Impure King Arc”. Here is what is described based on Viz’ description on volume 5th volume:

In the late Edo Period, a demon known as the Impure King killed thousands of people. After defeating the demon, the Knights of the True Cross kept its left eye safely sealed away on Academy grounds—but now someone has stolen it! Hearing the thief has taken a child hostage, Yukio and Rin go to help. The investigation and pursuit will lead Rin and his friends to Kyoto and involve them even deeper in a sinister plot! But will his friends’ knowledge that Rin is the son of Satan drive a wedge between them?

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale

According to the official website, the website streamed a new teaser video showing new characters joining the film, “Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale”. Thanks to Aniplex of America, here are the new characters and the descriptions:

Yuna: “An idol in the AR world of Ordinal Scale. If a player encounters her in the game, they can acquire special upgrades.”

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Dr. Shigemura: “A developer and an authority on non-invasive BMI (Brain Machine Interface) research. He is also a professor in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at Toho Technological University. Due to his radical theories on electrical physiology, his peers regard him as a crackpot.”

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Eiji: “A mysterious young swordsman, who is the top ranked player in Ordinal Scale. Kirito and his friends encounter him during gameplay.”

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The film also released a new visual key art and it is also announced that the film will be released in theaters in February 18 in Japan. Aniplex of America are hoping to release the movie outside of Japan in spring 2017. Here is what the plot states:

It’s just a game,or so I thought..

A brand new story written by original author, Reki Kawahara!! People everywhere were enjoying a new game called Ordinal Scale, an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma, a new wearable console designed for AR (augmented reality) gaming. But, the players had no idea that a nightmare from the virtual world was starting to spread into reality!! As his fellow players find themselves in danger, the hero is called upon once again.

Accel World VS Sword Art Online

Announced today, Bandai Namco Entertainment announced of a new video game titled “Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight“. It was first revealed at the “Dengeki Bunko Aki no Saiten 2016” event. The game will be playable for PS4 and PS Vita for 2017. The game will be an action-action roleplaying game. The tagline for the video and website translate into this:

“Cross through time, and the worlds of acceleration and imagination will clash.”

aw-vs-sao-pngSword Art Online and Accel World are all owned and created by Reki Kawahara. Sword Art Online takes place in 2022 and Accel World takes place  2046.

Aniplex of America

Last but not least, announced at the Anime Weekend Atlanta, Aniplex of America will license two anime series. One is called March comes in like a lion and the other is called Occultic; Nine. These two anime will be streamed at the same time as it airs in Japan in Crunchyroll and Daisuki.

  • March comes in like a lion will premiere on October 8 and at 1:00 pm EDT at Crunchyroll and October 15 at 11:00 am EDT at Daisuki in North America.
  • Occultic; Nine will be on Crunchyroll on October 8 and at 12:30 pm EDT at Crunchyroll and October 15 at 12:00 pm EDT at Daisuki in North America.

March comes in like a lion description:

a solitary shōgi player named Rei and his relationships with a neighboring family. He becomes acquainted with Akari, and two young girls, Hinata and Momo, who also have have a large number of cats.

Based on Chika Umino’s manga

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Occultic; Nine description:

The “paranormal science” story follows nine idiosyncratic individuals, linked by the “Chōjō Kagaku Kirikiri Basara” occult summary blog run by 17-year-old second-year high school student Yūta Gamon. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world.

based on the light novel series by MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura (Steins;Gate)

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