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    'Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt 2nd Season' New Cast Members Announced

    By Koby,

    The official website for Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt 2nd Season has announced the new cast members, preview, and streaming dates for the anime.


    The ONA will start on March 24, 2017 with the fifth episode and will end on June 20, 2017 with the eighth episode.


    New Cast Members
    Bianca Carlyle: Yurina Furukawa Himouto! Umaru-chan)
    Vincent Pike: Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama.)
    Billy Hickam: Ryota Osaka (Tales of Zestiria the X 2nd Season)


    The first season of the series covered four 18-minute episodes animated by studio Sunrise.

    The anime was streamed online from December 25, 2015 to April 22, 2016.

    It was later released together as a movie on Blu-ray.

    Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory TV Anime Reveals Full Title

    By Koby,

    X2B4P86.jpgThe official website for the Full Metal Panic! franchise announced on Wednesday that the full title of the new Full Metal Panic! IV anime will be Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory. The television anime series is slated to premiere this fall.


    Katsuichi Nakayama (series director for Planetarian, assistant director for Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, Bodacious Space Pirates The Movie: Abyss of Hyperspace) is directing the series at studio XEBEC. Full Metal Panic! original novel author Shoji Gatoh is handling the series composition and writing all the scripts. Osamu Horiuchi (Full Metal Panic!, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid) is the character designer and chief animation director, and Aya Yamamoto (animation director for My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!) is the sub-character designer. Additionally, Takeshi Yoshioka (chief animation director for Classroom Crisis, Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid-) is the small arms designer and animation director, Kanetake Ebikawa (Full Metal Panic!, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid) and Toshiaki Ihara (Full Metal Panic!, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid) are the mechanical designers, Takayuki Yanase (Ghost in the Shell Arise, Gundam 00 mechanical designer) is the set designer, and Masanori Nishii (Star Blazers 2199) is the mechanical director.


    Additional staff members include:

    Prop Designer and Mechanical Animation Director: Takuya Matsumura
    Mechanical Animation Director: Yu Kato
    CG Director: Shōsuke Uechi
    Color Key: Chiaki Kitabayashi (XEBEC)
    Special Effects: Shin Inoie


    The schedule for a stage event had teased in August that the event would have an "important announcement" for the franchise. The Fantasia Bunko Daikanshasai event announced in 2015 that plans for a new anime adaptation of the Full Metal Panic! light novel series were underway.


    The website also announced that the second episode of the Odoru Very Merry Christmas (Dancing Very Merry Christmas) audio drama, titled "Yotei wa Mitei" (Plans Undecided), will launch on January 23. The website posted an image for the episode. The audio drama's first episode, "Queen's Gambit," is available now.



    Genocidal Organ Film's Theatrical Trailer Streamed

    By Koby,

    The official website for the anime film of Project Itoh's Genocidal Organ novel began streaming the film's full theatrical trailer on Thursday. The video previews EGOIST's theme song "Reloaded."



    U8Wyu0S.jpgThe film will open in Japan on February 3. Ticket pre-orders began last month and bundle an original clear file and three sheets of the film's concept art.


    The film stars:

    • Yūichi Nakamura as Clavis Shepherd
    • Akio Ohtsuka as Rockwell
    • Kaito Ishikawa as Realand
    • Sanae Kobayashi as Lucia
    • Satoshi Mikami as Williams
    • Takahiro Sakurai as John Paul
    • Yuuki Kaji as Alex


    Viz Media's Haikasoru imprint describes Genocidal Organ's original novel:

    The war on terror exploded, literally, the day Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear device. The leading democracies have transformed into total surveillance states, and the developing world has drowned under a wave of genocides. The mysterious American John Paul seems to be behind the collapse of the world system, and it's up to intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd to track John Paul across the wreckage of civilizations and to find the true heart of darkness—a genocidal organ.

    The new anime company Geno Studio is producing the film. Geno Studio took over production of the film after the studio Manglobe, which was originally animating the film, filed for bankruptcy in September 2015. The film's staff then announced in October 2015 that the film had been delayed.


    North American anime publisher FUNimation Entertainment debuted the other two Project Itoh films, The Empire of Corpses and Harmony, in select theaters last year in April and May, respectively. The company has also licensed Genocidal Organ.

    Eureka Seven AO Anime Gets New 'Final Episode' to Promote Game

    By Koby,

    Pachinko game maker Sammy began streaming an extra episode of the EUREKA SEVEN AO anime on Tuesday, as a promotional tie-in for its pachislot game based on the anime. The new episode is titled "Final Episode: One More Time -lord don't slow me down-." Currently, only the episode's "A-part" is available, with the B-part streaming on January 24, the C-part on January 31, and the D-part on February 7.



    The anime aired in Japan in 2012. Funimation streamed the series as it aired, and released it on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2013. The series is a sequel to the 2005 Eureka Seven anime series.


    The anime sequel featured the return of the original anime's director Tomoki Kyoda, as well as several mechanical designers, art director, color stylist, visual effects director, and director of photography. The first anime's character designer Kenichi Yoshida and main mechanical designer Shoji Kawamori were also credited for "key character designs" and "Nirvash designs," respectively.


    Bandai Entertainment released both the original Eureka Seven series and the anime film in North America on DVD in 2006. Funimation re-released the series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2014.

    Sentai Filmworks Licenses Ajin: Demi-Human Anime for Home Video

    By Koby,

    gv8PShQ.jpgSentai Filmworks announced on Tuesday that it has licensed Polygon Pictures' Ajin: Demi-Human anime for home video and video on demand. The company will release the series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD with special content and extras.


    The first season of the television anime premiered on January 15 and ran for 13 episodes. Netflix streamed new episodes in Japan three days after they premiered on Japanese television, and it began streaming the entire first season outside of Japan on April 12. The second season premiered in Japan on October 7, and Netflix streamed the season on December 27.


    The series is based on Gamon Sakurai's Ajin: Demi-Human manga. In the original manga's story, an immortal first appeared on an African battlefield 17 years ago. Later, rare, unknown new immortal lifeforms began appearing among humans, and they became known as "Ajin" (demi-humans). Just before summer vacation, a Japanese high school student named Kei Nagai is instantly killed in a traffic accident on his way home from school. However, he is revived, and a price is placed on his head. Thus begins a boy's life on the run from all of humankind.


    Aside from the television anime, the manga has also inspired 3D CG anime film trilogy and three original anime DVDs by Polygon Pictures, who also animated the television anime. The first film, titled Ajin: Shōdō, opened in Japan in November 2015. The second film, titled Ajin: Shōtotsu, opened on May 6. The third film, Ajin: Shōgeki (Ajin: Crash), opened in Japan on September 23. A live-action film starring Takeru Satoh has been green-lit and will premiere on September 30.


    Sentai Filmworks also licensed both seasons of Knights of Sidonia, another anime by Polygon Pictures that streamed on Netflix.