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New Ikkitousen Video Anime Launches

Posted by Koby On August - 11 - 2011

The Japanese production company Media Factory began streaming a 41-second promotional video on Wednesday for the launch of a new original video anime project of Ikkitousen. The official website for the franchise has also been updated with the new Ikkitousen: Shūgaku Tōshi Keppu-roku anime project.

Geneon Entertainment once released the first Ikkitousen anime series in North America, and Funimation now has the license. Media Blasters has licensed both the second Ikkitousen anime series, Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny, and the third series, Ikkitousen: Great Guardians. Tokyopop held the license to the original manga in North America under the name Battle Vixens until the company closed its North American publishing branch.

Ikkitousen: Shūgaku Tōshi Keppu-roku is the third OVA in the Ikkitousen franchise, after Ikkitousen: Dragon Destiny and Ikkitousen: Great Guardians both received OVA projects. The last entry in the franchise, Ikkitousen: Xtreme Xecutor, aired in 2010.

Sentai Filmworks Licenses No. 6 Anime

Posted by Koby On August - 3 - 2011

The North American anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks announced on today that it licensed the ongoing No. 6 anime series.

According to the press release, Sentai Filmworks will distribute the anime on home video next year with additional digital distribution outlets coming “soon.” Crunchyroll currently streams the anime outside Japan every Friday.

Sentai Filmworks offers its past products through digital outlets such as iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Zune Marketplace, The Anime Network, PLAYSTATION Network, and YouTube.

No. 6 is a post-apocalyptic, mystery anime series revolving around a young man named Shion (voiced by Yuuki Kaji), who houses another young man named “Nezumi” for the night. Nezumi (voiced by Yoshimasa Hosoya) is on the run from the authorities and disappears by morning — only to reappear four years later to rescue Shion from arrest. Together, the two resist capture and attempt to uncover the secrets of City Number 6.

The anime is adapted from a series of light novels penned by Atsuko Asano and illustrated by Hinoki Kino. The series continued for nine total volumes from Kodansha since its debut in October of 2003. Asano also wrote novels that inspired the 2006 The Comedy Team manga and 2008 The Telepathy Girl Ran anime.

2011 Hunter x Hunter Anime’s Main Cast Listed

Posted by Koby On August - 2 - 2011

The combined 35/36th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing the main cast of the 2011 television anime adaptation of Yoshihiro Togashi’s Hunter x Hunter manga on Monday:

  • Megumi Han (live-action Otomen) as Gon Freecs
  • Mariya Ise as Killua Zaoldyeck
  • Keiji Fujiwara as Leorio
  • Miyuki Sawashiro as Kurapika
  • Daisuke Namikawa as Hisoka

The same characters were played by the following cast members in the earlier 1999-2001 anime:

  • Junko Takeuchi as Gon Freecs
  • Kanako Mitsuhashi as Killua Zaoldyeck
  • Hozumi Gôda as Leorio
  • Yuki Kaida as Kurapika
  • Hiroki Takahashi as Hisoka

The “definitive” new anime will premiere on NTV on October 2 and run every Sunday at 10:55 a.m. NTV opened a web page for the new anime, which will retell the manga’s story from the beginning.

Hiroshi Koujina (Rainbow – Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin, Neuro – Supernatural Detective) will direct the anime at MADHOUSE (Death Note, NANA), and Atsushi Maekawa (Dragon Ball Z, Fresh Precure!) is in charge of the scripts. Takahiro Yoshimatsu (“Something Yoshimatsu” of Future GPX Cyber Formula, Slayers) is designing the characters, while Toshio Nakatani is producing.

Fairy Tail TV Anime’s 3rd Year Confirmed

Posted by Koby On August - 1 - 2011

Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine is confirming that the television anime version of Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail fantasy adventure manga will continue into its third year this September. The third year will begin with the “Tenrōjima” story arc.

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Next Season of Code Geass Aimed for 2012

Posted by Koby On August - 1 - 2011

Masayuki Ozaki, the General Manager of Overseas Development at the anime studio Sunrise, confirmed that the studio is “looking forward to releasing” the new Code Geass anime project next year, although its production is behind schedule. During Sunrise’s industry panel at Otakon on Sunday, Ozaki referred to the new project as the “next season of Code Geass” and noted that its director is Kazuki Akane (The Vision of Escaflowne, Noein – to your other self).

Ozaki described the project as taking place “in the same world as Lelouch [the protagonist of the earlier Code Geass anime] except with different characters (…) the stage is set in Europe, so we’ll see a lot of European countries.”

The Code Geass Gaiden Bōkoku no Akito project was announced in April of last year. The side story is set in the European warfront, where a Knightmare unit made of boys and girls from Zone Eleven is sent into a military operation with a 5% chance of survival. They must rescue an allied unit left behind on the European warfront. Apart from Akane, the credits include Shigeru Morita (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, Blood+), with Takahiro Kimura once again adapting CLAMP’s original character designs for animation (as he did for the previous Code Geass anime). Akira Yasuda returns to design the mechanical Knightmare units.