As part of Tatsunoko Production’s 55th Anniversary this year they produced an Inini-T Force anime series and film, part of the Gatchaman franchise. AnimeNews Network has reported that Viz Media has picked up the distribution rights for both so hopefully we’ll see them here in the North American market. The trailer below is for Inini-T Force the Movie: Farewell Gatchaman My Friend. Gatchaman was my first true dive into anime so I for one am definitely looking forward to this release. Here’s the trailer from Tatsuoko’s YouTube channel:
AnimeNews Network has an interesting interview/article with Sentai Filmworks announcement that in 2019 it will phase out the majority of it’s DVD production and go primarily to a Blu-ray production. This will probably be the trend with other distributors as well. Think back to when VHS’ were phased out, now it’s DVD’s turn. Such is the march of time, but in reality our household still has a VHS player to play some of the VHS’ that don’t have an updated format. Here’s the link over to the article
Toei Animation has announced that the new feature Mazinger Z will be debuting in theaters in Japan on January 18, 2018. Junji Shimizu is the director and the film will feature the new design for the Hover Pilder. When it is all said and done this might get a North American release, but no international dates have been released yet. Thanks to AnimeNews Network and Toei’s YouTube channel for the following trailer:
AnimeNews Network is reporting that the Yokai Girls manga, by Kazuki Funatsu, has been licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment. The first volume is planned for a November release date. When pre-orders go up this might be one to look at to see if you want to include it in your manga library.
The Boy and the Beast looks like another great anime feature with a little bit of drama, action, and will pull a your heart a little. You can pick it up now from FUNimation. Thanks to FUNimation’s YouTube channel for the trailer:
Cartoon Network Toonami started airing a new Mobile Suit Gundam series entitled Iron-Blooded Orphans. Check you local time and listings for this new series especially all the Gundam fans out there. Thanks to Gundaminfo’s YouTube channel for the following trailer:
The first anime film project from Honeyworks’ is being released this week in Japan, entitled Kokuhaku Jikko Iinkai Renai Series. Honeyworks’ is a vocaliod song project that consists of composors Gom & shito, guitarist Oji, illustrators Mogeratta & Rokuru, video productionist ziro, keyboardest cake and drummer AtsuyuK. Their first anime film project is I’ve Always Liked You: Confession Executive Committee that is based around the singles “Kokuhaku Yoko Renshu” (Confession Rehearsal), “Hatsuki no Ethon” (The Picture Book of the First Love) and “Yokimochi no Kotai” (The Answer to Jealousy). This looks to be an interesting project and with Aniplex backing it hopefully we will see it distributed in the North American market. Thanks to AnimeNews Network, Dennis R., and the film’s official website, Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita and DailyMotion, for the following trailer:
Nintendo is being super cool on their YouTube channel. The Star Fox Zero Wii U game is being released and they have, of course put up the trailer for the game, but they have also are streaming a Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins a 14 and a half minute short. The short film was worked on by Shigeru Miyamoto, Production I.G., and Wit Studio. Check out the trailer below and then watch the short under that.
The I Am A Hero, by Kengo Hanazawa, rights have been acquired by Dark Horse Comics and was popular enough to have a live action film based on it open in Japan and the film has already started racking up awards at film festivals. It has won Grand Prize at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Audience Award and the Jury Prize in the Orient Express section at Portugal’s Fantasporto-Oporto International Film Festival, and Grand Audience Award and Award for Best Special Effects at the 48th Sitges Film Festival in Catalonia, Spain. So with all this attention maybe we will see a distribution deal for I Am A Hero for the North American market as report by AnimeNews Network. Here is the live action film’s trailer for their YouTube channel: