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    A Certain Magical Index Editor: Please Wait a Little Longer for Season 3

    By ani-me,

    kiJBF2r.jpgAt the end of the "New Work Announcement" panel at the "Dengeki Game Festival 2017 & Dengeki Bunko Spring Festival 2017 & Dengeki Comic Festival 2017" event on Sunday, light novel editor and anime producer Kazuma Miki asked fans to "please wait a little longer for season 3!" Miki did not specify which franchise his statement was referencing, but he said it after announcing the Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On fighting game.

    As the title indicates, the game is a collaboration between Kazuma Kamachi's A Certain Magical Index fantasy light novel series and Sega's Virtual-On robot-fighting video games. Kamachi had written a Toaru Majutsu no Index x Dennō Senki Virtual-On: Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On (A Certain Magical Index x Cyber Troopers Virtual-On: A Certain Magical Virtual-On) crossover novel (pictured at right) last year.


    Miki wrote on his Twitter account last April, "Please understand that this is an unofficial statement. I am always receiving everyone's passionate opinions on this. Index anime [season 3] is plausible, so please wait!!"


    A Certain Magical Index light novel series has inspired two television anime series, a 2013 anime film, and multiple manga adaptations. A Certain Scientific Railgun spinoff manga has also inspired two TV anime adaptations and an original video anime (OVA) project.


    Yen Press is releasing the original light novel series in English, and Funimation has released all of the anime adaptations in North America outside of the A Certain Scientific Railgun OVA. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the A Certain Scientific Railgun manga and the A Certain Scientific Accelerator manga in English, and Yen Press is releasing the A Certain Magical Index manga in English.


    Kantai Collection licensed for Home Video Release

    By ragnawind,

    izvTIPz.jpgJust announced at Naka-Kon! Funimation has licensed the home video rights to KanColle – Kantai Collection!


    The shipgirl phenomenon that filled Japan with Burning Love is hitting our shores on Blu-ray/DVD, with both English dub and Japanese dub with English subtitles on June 27th!


    This marks FUNimation's second home video title coming out as part of their partnership with Crunchyroll. Look out for pre-orders March 15th!



    With the seas under constant threat from the hostile "Abyssal Fleet," a specialized naval base is established to counter them. Rather than standard naval weaponry, however, the base is armed with "Kanmusu"—girls who harbor the spirits of Japanese warships—possessing the ability to don weaponized gear that allows them to harness the powerful souls within themselves. Fubuki, a young Destroyer-type Kanmusu, joins the base as a new recruit; unfortunately for her, despite her inexperience and timid nature, she is assigned to the famous Third Torpedo Squadron and quickly thrust into the heat of battle. When she is rescued from near annihilation, the rookie warship resolves to become as strong as the one who saved her.

    Samurai Warriors English Cast Announcement

    By ragnawind,

    Just announced at the Funimation Industry Panel at Naka-kon: FUNimation has the English cast of Samurai Warriors to reveal! See who lends their talents to this historical battle, coming to home video on 6/27!



    Based on the hit video game, this dramatic re-imagining of one of Japan’s most revered historical periods drops audiences into the middle of an epic battle royal. Great warriors and dashing rogues from cherished Japanese tales come to life in this rousing series. Follow along as your favorite hacking, slashing characters from the video game meet once more on the field of battle.



    CAST & CREW  
    Yukimura Sanada Jason Liebrecht
    Nobuyuki Sanada J. Michael Tatum
    Kunoichi Skyler Davenport
    Tsukimaru Heather Walker
    Ina Morgan Garrett
    Hideyoshi Toyotomi Jeffrey Schmidt
    Hideyori Toyotomi Brandon McInnis
    Lady Nene Jennifer Seman
    Ieyasu Tokugawa Michael Johnson
    Hidetada Tokugawa Tyler Walker
    Tadakatsu Honda Philip Weber
    Ujiyasu Hojo Jason Douglas
    Kojuro Katakura Ian Mead Moore
    Keiji Maeda Brandon Potter
    Takatora Todo Todd Haberkorn
    Young Yukimura Luci Christian
    Young Nobuyuki Morgan Berry
    Narrator Kent Williams
    ADR Director/Writer Tyler Walker
    ADR Engineer Jeremy Woods
    Mixer Neal Malley

    Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film Streams 2 More Videos to Introduce Major

    By Koby,

    uqnMWzM.jpgParamount Pictures began streaming two more videos on Friday for the live-action Ghost in the Shell film. The first video features interviews with actresses Scarlett Johansson and Juliette Binoche and director Rupert Sanders about the role of the Major. The second video introduces the Major and links to a website where fans can make a custom image using the "I Am Major" logo and share the image on social media.




    Dreamworks and Paramount are co-financing and co-producing the film. Paramount Pictures is the film's new distributor, after Dreamworks ended its distribution deal with Walt Disney Pictures. The film is slated for release on March 31. Principal photography began in Wellington, New Zealand in January 2016.


    The film's Japanese title is "Ghost in the Shell" in the phonetic katakana alphabet, instead of the "Kōkaku Kidōtai" title in kanji (攻殻機動隊) that is the Japanese title of the other works in the franchise in Japan. The film will open in Japan on April 7. The film's Japanese dub will feature Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ohtsuka, and Kouichi Yamadera reprising their roles as the Major, Batou, and Togusa, respectively.


    Scarlett Johansson stars in the film as the Major, and Pilou Asbæk (Lucy) plays Batou. Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) plays the Laughing Man. Director, comedian, and actor Beat Takeshi (also known as Takeshi Kitano) plays the Public Security Section 9 founder and chief Daisuke Aramaki.


    VYkCllc.jpgFrench actress Juliette Binoche (2014's Godzilla, The English Patient, Chocolat) plays Dr. Ouelet, and Kaori Momoi (Sukiyaki Western Django, Memoirs of a Geisha, Helter Skelter) and Rila Fukushima (The Wolverine) also have roles in the film. The actors for the other Section 9 task force members are as follows: Lasarus Ratuere (Terra Nova) as Ishikawa, Tawanda Manyimo (The Rover) as Borma, Yutaka Izumihara (Unbroken) as Saito, Danusia Samal (Tyrant) as Ladriya, and Chin Han (Independence Day: Resurgence) as Togusa.


    Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) is directing the film. Jonathan Herman (Straight Outta Compton) reworked the earlier drafts of the script written by William Wheeler (Hoax, The Reluctant Fundamentalist) and Jamie Moss (Street Kings). Weta Workshop and its co-founder Richard Taylor are working on the film.


    Additional staff members include cinematographer Jess Hall (The Spectacular Now), editor Neil Smith (Snow White and the Huntsman), production designer Jan Roelfs (Fast & Furious 6), and costume designers Kurt Swanson and Bart Mueller (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay).

    TV Anime 'Overlord' Receives Second Season

    By Koby,

    BKqXWsK.jpgScreenings of the second Overlord anime compilation film, Overlord: Shikkoku no Senshi (Overlord: The Dark Warrior), revealed on Saturday that the Overlord television anime series is getting a second season. The screenings are showing an announcement video to reveal the new season.


    The first compilation film, Overlord: Fushisha no Ō (Overlord: The Undead King), opened in Japan on February 25. (The films' titles are also the titles of the first two volumes in Kugane Maruyama's original Overlord light novel series.) The films added new scenes, and original character designer (and original novel illustrator) so-bin drew rough drafts for new characters.


    The 13-episode Overlord television anime series premiered in Japan in July 2015. The story takes place in the year 2138 when virtual reality gaming is booming. Yggdrasil, a popular online game, is quietly shut down one day. However, the protagonist Momonga decides to not log out. Momonga is then transformed into the image of a skeleton as "the most powerful wizard." The world continues to change, with non-player characters (NPCs) beginning to feel emotion. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.


    Funimation streamed the anime series as it aired in Japan, and the company released the series with an English dub on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on November 8.


    The 11th novel volume also bundled a Blu-ray Disc in September that contains 30 minutes of new footage of the Ple Ple Pleiades chibi anime short series, featuring the appearance of the Pleiades combat maids, as well as the rest of the Floor Guardians.


    Maruyama began the original light novel series online in 2010, and Kadokawa's Enterbrain imprint then published it in print with illustrations by so-bin in 2012. The series has over 2.5 million copies in print in Japan. Yen Press licensed the novel series for North America, and it released the third volume on January 31. Yen Press released the third volume of Hugin Miyama and Satoshi Ōshio's manga adaptation on December 20.