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    Amazon Launches Anime Streaming Service

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    Amazon has long pushed Amazon Prime as its main streaming service. In the past it has picked up streaming services such as Twitch, the live game streaming service, to expand its catalog. Now, for the first time, Amazon is launching its own subscription-based streaming service. 

     

    Anime Strike is $4.99 a month and comes with 1,000 movie and TV shows including “classics, exclusives, and hard-to-find content (like new episodes from Japan’s famed late-night anime blocks),” the company says. It adds that the lineup has “recent hits like The Great Passage, and same-day-as-broadcast series with episodes released weekly direct from Japan, including Scum’s Wish and Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga.” If you want to try out the service you can get a free 7-day trial of Anime Strike to see if it will work for you.

     

    Amazon Channels allows you to manage your subscriptions to more than a 100 services through Amazon, which enables you to subscribe to channels such as HBO, Showtime, Starz, and many more without the need for a separate app or the need to enter your billing information for each service. It will be interesting to see how successful this service is for Amazon. It is possible this may be the first of many new services that Amazon will be rolling out. It could allow Amazon to offer specific content without having to force it into the Amazon Prime subscription.


    'Constantine' Resurrected as Animated Series by CW Seed

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    By Koby,

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    The DC Comics drama, which was most recently adapted for TV by NBC, will return as an animated series on CW Seed, it was announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. Matt Ryan, who starred on the short-lived NBC drama, will voice the lead character. 

     

    The animated series will consist of five or six 10-minute episodes that will premiere during the 2017-18 TV season. On CW Seed, Constantine joins fellow animated DC Comics series Vixen, which launched its second season in October. Additionally, the 13 episodes of the live-action Constantine drama are available for streaming on CW Seed.

     

    Like Vixen, which is set in the Arrow universe that consists of The CW's live-action dramas Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Constantine has crossed over with Arrow in the past.

     

    Ryan reprised the role in a 2011 episode of Arrow shortly after the series was canceled by NBC. Both Constantine and Arrow, like all of DC Comics-inspired TV series, are produced by Warner Bros. Television. When asked on Sunday about another possible crossover, The CW president Mark Pedowitz said "there are no plans to," but added that he'd love to have Ryan back.

     

    Based on the DC character created in 1985, Constantine centers on John Constantine, a man who struggles with his faith as he is haunted by the sins of his past and suddenly is thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness. In the NBC series, he was a British exorcist and occult detective who spends his days hunting supernatural entities.

     

    Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) adapted Constantine for NBC in 2014 from the DC series Hellblazer. The series drew poor viewership and was canceled in May 2015. Despite efforts by Warner Bros. TV to find a new home for the drama, reportedly at NBC cable network Syfy, among other outlets, the cast was released from their contracts the following month.

     

    Goyer also will be an executive producer on the animated series, along with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, who also are exec producers on The CW's superhero slate.

     

    Constantine joins a crowded lineup of DC properties on the small screen. In addition to The CW's slate of superhero series, all of which were renewed Sunday for the 2017-18 season, the network also has iZombie; Fox is home to Gotham and Lucifer; and AMC boasts Preacher. NBC also is getting ready to launch the first DC Comics comedy, Powerless, this spring.


    Blood-C Anime Gets Live-Action Film With New Story This Fall

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    By Koby,

    The "Asura Girl Project" launched a website on Friday to announce that CLAMP and Production I.G's Blood-C anime series will receive a live-action film adaptation. The film is titled Asura Shōjo ~Blood-C Ibun~ (Asura Girl: Blood-C Another Story), and it will premiere in Japan in early fall. The film will feature a completely new story set in the military regime of pre-World War II Japan, and will follow a bloody conflict that erupts between villagers and Japan's Special Higher Police forces.

     

    3QmwZ8K.jpgThe announced cast includes:

    • Kaede Aono (appeared in the Blood-C: The Last Mind stage play)
    • Ryūnosuke Matsumura (appeared in the Blood-C: The Last Mind stage play)
    • Arata Furuta
    • Kanon Miyahara (appeared in the Blood-C: The Last Mind stage play)
    • Maki Sakai
    • Tōru Tezuka
    • Ren Yagami
    • Yōji Tanaka
    • Miki Mizuno
    • Naoya Gōmoto
    • Eiji Takigawa (appeared in the Blood-C: The Last Mind stage play)
    • Keisuke Minami (appeared in the Blood-C: The Last Mind stage play)
    • Takashi Yūki
    • Yūki Tomotsune
    • Mashū Ishiwatari (appeared in the Blood-C: The Last Mind stage play)
    • Takeshi Nakayama
    • Riku Tokimitsu
    • Kaname Kohakura
    • Kōdai Miyagi
    • Asami Yoshikawa (appeared in the Blood-C: The Last Mind stage play)
    • Judai Shirakashi
    • Ginpunchō


    Shutaro Oku (Persona 3, Persona 4, Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena stage plays) is directing the film, while Jun'ichi Fujisaku is writing the scripts. Oku previously directed the 2015 Blood-C: The Last Mind stage play, while Fujisaku wrote the scripts for the 2011 television anime and the stage play adaptation. Sennosuke Okumura is producing the film, and Kentarō Nakao is composing the music.

    Manga creator team CLAMP developed the story and original character designs for both the 2011 Blood-C television series and the sequel film, titled Blood-C: The Last Dark. Production I.G animated both projects. The sequel film premiered in Japan in June 2012. Funimation has licensed and released both the television series and film in North America.

     

    Ranmaru Kotone published a manga adaptation of the series in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine from May 2011 to August 2012. Dark Horse Comics is releasing the manga in English. Dark Horse Comics is also releasing Ryo Haduki's Blood-C: Demonic Moonlight prequel manga.


    Swords Flash and Blood Flows in "Onihei" Teaser Trailer

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    By Koby,

    lkMWaeM.pngA new teaser trailer gives viewers a taste of the characters and setting of Onihei, an upcoming TV anime based on the Onihei Hakancho samurai historical fiction novels written by Shōtarō Ikenami. 

     

     

    The Onihei TV anime is directed by Shigeyuki Miya and features animation by Studio M2. The story of Onihei follows the adventures of Hasegawa Heizō, aka Onihei ("Demon Heizō"), the head of a special police force dedicated to investigating robberies and acts of arson in Edo during the Tokugawa period.

     

    Onihei will air on TV Tokyo, TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, and TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting beginning on January 09, 2017. Later broadcasts are also scheduled on TV Setouchi, TV Osaka, and the Jidaigeki Senmon Channel.


    Chain Chronicle TV Anime's Prologue Video Streamed

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    By Koby,

    Sega began streaming a three-minute promotional video on Thursday for the Chain Chronicle: Haecceitas no Hikari (Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas) television anime adaptation of Sega's Chain Chronicle smartphone game. The prologue video introduces the setting, main characters, and plot of the series, and previews some of the anime's fight scenes.

     

     

    The end of the video features the anime's opening theme song "My Liberation" by Nano. A trailer streamed last month previewed Nao Tōyama's ending theme song, "True Destiny." Tōyama is also performing the film version's opening theme song "Chain the world," and Nano is performing the film version's ending theme "PARAISO."

     

    The anime project has both a theatrical and a television version. The theatrical version is split into three films, with each film screening in a two-week limited engagement in theaters. The first film debuted in Japan on December 3, the second will debut on January 14, and the third film will debut on February 11. The 12-episode television anime version will premiere on January 7. Each of the three anime films has the same story content as four television episodes.

     

    Crunchyroll and FUNimation Entertainment are streaming the anime films and television anime. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime in Japanese with English subtitles, while Funimation is offering an English SimulDub.

     

    Synopsis:

    This is the story of the Chain Chronicle, a book that describes everything that happens in the world.

     

    The citizens of the remote continent of Yggd once thought that there was nothing beyond their continent. The continent was divided into several regions, each with its own king. Though there were small skirmishes amongst them, a lord, chosen by the kings in conference, always maintained balance -- until the evil Black Army arrived. The Volunteer Army, led by Yuri, was no match for the Black Army. During the fighting, the Lord of Black captures half of the Chain Chronicle, as well as the capital. During their retreat, Yuri and the Volunteer Army encounter a boy fighting the Black Army all by himself.

     

    So begins the story of the Chain Chronicle, of the Volunteer Army's and Black Army's battles for the fate of the world, and of friendship.