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:
The next anime film to come from Project Itoh is Harmony. If you are one of the lucky you will actually be able to see it in the theater today or tomorrow (May 17 and 18). Go to this website http://www.funimationfilms.com/movie/harmony/#theater_locator?utm_medium=display-static&utm_source=ann&utm_campaign=052016-th-harmony&utm_content=skin-051716 and type in your zip code to see if it is playing in your area and set up a movie night for this evening or tomorrow. Thanks to FUNimation’s YouTube channel for Harmony’s 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:
Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita ~Kokuhaku Jikkou… by pKjd
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:
Eric Stimson has posted a cool article with photos on AnimeNews Network about a new Sailor Moon exhibit opening in Japan. The exhibit opened on April 16 and is scheduled to run through June 19 at Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills Observation Deck. The exhibit contains giant scrolls drawn by Sailor Moon’s creator Naoko Takeuchi, several other pieces of artwork anime artifacts, manga artifacts, costumes, and memorabilia and collectibles divided among six different rooms. So if you happen to be traveling in the area and are a Sailor Moon fan you might want to make plans to swing by the exhibit. Follow the link to additional pictures, of the Sailor Moon exhibit, at AnimeNews Network’s page: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2016-04-17/sailor-moon-exhibit-opens-in-usagi-hometown/.101123