Anime/Manga News: Jack Skellington, Kenshin, Outlaw Star and Sword Art Online?!

The Nightmare Before Christmas manga sequel!

If you like Tim Burton’s movies, you may have remember the classic Disney animated movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s been announced by manga company Tokyopop that they are planning to do a special manga sequel to the beloved 1993 movie. The sequel will be called the Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey. The story will focus on the ghost dog Zero and the story is about him getting lost in Christmas Town and Jack must go and find him. The manga will be led by DJ Milky  (pseudonym for Stu Levy and founder of Tokyopop) and the art will be from Studio DICE, they also did the manga art of Beauty and the Beast. The manga will be out in Spring 2018 with two different formats: a black-in-white pocket sized volume and full color paperback formats.

Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc

Revealed in a September issue in Japan, the upcoming manga series Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc will begin in September 4th. The protagonist will star as Kenshin yet again and the manga arc will have 5 arcs.

Outlaw Star joins Toonami

Recently announced, Toonami will be ending the anime series Ghost of the Shell and replacing the slot is the classic anime series Outlaw Star. The anime will be joining Toonami in August 19th, 2:30 a.m.

Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale gets novel sequel in Japan copies!

Remember the movie Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale? Aniplex announced that in the Japanese Limited Edition DVD/Blu-Ray copies of the movie will have a novel that takes place 8 days later after the movie written by Reki Kawahara himself and character designer abec. The novel sequel is called Sword Art Online: Cordial Code. Here is the plot synopsis:

The sequel story is set eight days after the “Ordinal Scale” incident told in the film. Kirito finally decides to retire from Ordinal Scale, and when he starts initializing the data, he receives a new message from Yuna for her desktop mascot app. Kirito automatically tries to install it and to say good-by to the AR idol, but she says, “Kirito, help me.” with mysterious gestures. Is this just a gimmick of the app, or…? To find out the truth, Kirito goes to see a man.

Currently in Japan, the movie is set to be released in September 27th for home DVDs.

News: Upcoming Rurouni Kenshin manga arc! Sword Art Online movie English Dub

Rurouni Kenshin

English license company Viz Media posted up an English-Subtitled interview of Hisashi Sasaski (vice president for global Shonen Jump at Viz Media and former editor-in-chief of Shueshia’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine). In the interview, he mentions his experience as editor to Rurouni Kenshin Nobuhiro Watsuki. In this news however, it appears that he and Watsuki are meeting together again for an upcoming arc for the Rurouni Kenshin manga. The new arc is called the “Hokkaido Arc”. The new series will have 5 arcs. The manga will be published in the spring.

Recently, he and his wife Kaoru Kurosaki have worked together to release a two-chapter prologue to the arc called Rurouni Kenshin Hokkaido Arc Prologue: The Criminal Ashitaro.

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale

If you enjoyed the Sword Art Online movie Ordinal Scale and you want more, I got some news for you. Recently tweeted, the Sword Art Online Twitter page announced that fans can experience the anime again but with English Dub. If you love the movie with the Japanese actors but you like actors like Bryce Papenbrook and Cherami Leigh, you can watch it again. The English Dub movie will be on April 22nd.

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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News Updated: Attack on Titan Season 2! Sword Art Online film!!

As we approach the end of 2016, we, as anime fans, must prepare for great things for 2017.

Attack on Titan

Revealed in the Japanese version of the Attack on Titan vol. 21 manga jacket, the long awaited second season of Attack on Titan will premiere on April 2017.

The second season was originally going to be released for 2016 but it got delayed for 2017.

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Sword Art Online

Announced today, the upcoming film “Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale” will be premeired in the United States theaters on March 9, 2017. However, Aniplex of America will be hosting a special premeire at Hollywood, California on March 1, 2017.

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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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Sword Art Online news: Wordwide movie release! New app game for the West!

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale

With the news of the film’s release date and introduction to new characters, we are given more exciting news! Publisher Kadokawa announced today the upcoming film Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale will be released to theaters wordwide on February 18, 2017! There are yet for full details but the staff informed that the movie will be premiered in 1,000 theaters all over the world.

Sword Art Online app

Besides the upcoming film, we have more Sword Art Online news but this is for mobile phones!

Video game company Bandai Namco Entertainment recently streamed a video trailer of a new app game called Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag. The game is available for iOS and Android phones. The video trailer reveals that this game will be playable in the West. The free game was recently released in Japan in August 31.

game description:

The side-scroll-type action RPG features both the television show’s story and an original story. It supports online co-operative play.

Bandai Namco Entertainment is holding a preregistration campaign where all customers preregistering will receive in-game gifts. The number of bonuses will depend on the number of preregistered users. The rewards include five memory diamonds, apron and kitchen knife equipment, and Asuna in a camisole.