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    Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Gets Anime Tie-in Short

    By Koby,

    Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the "pilot edition" of an animated short inspired by the Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet game. The anime is titled Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet -The Third Episode-. The complete version will air on Tokyo MX on March 19.



    The website describes the anime as a "third episode" that is not part of the Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet story. The short follows a boy looking for a girl he met in the Gun Gale Online game. The boy believes they have a connection, but to the girl their connection is part of a fantasy. The time to test whether their bond is real or fantasy will come.


    YKBX is directing the short. The staff are holding an audition for the girl character over Twitter, where those interested can submit recordings of themselves reading a line provided by the website.


    The Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC game will launch in Japan on February 8, and will then launch in the West on February 23.


    Dimps is developing the game. The game will be a third-person shooter and the first role-playing game based in the fictional Gun Gale Online virtual-reality massively multiple online role-playing game. Original light novel creator Reki Kawahara is supervising the game's original story. Players' choices and interaction will determine the course of the story.

    Funimation Announces Re:Zero Home Video Release

    By Koby,

    cx6y1dP.jpgFUNimation Entertainment announced at its Katsucon panel on Saturday that it will release Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- on home video starting with "season 1 part 1" this summer.

    The 25-episode anime premiered in April 2016. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. Crunchyroll is also streaming both the Re:Zero ~Starting Break Time From Zero~ and Re:PETIT ~Starting Life in Another World from PETIT~ short anime spinoff series. The anime's staff announced in September that an original video anime is in the works.


    The anime adapts author Tappei Nagatsuki and illustrator Shinichirou Otsuka's Re:Zero light novel series. Nagatsuki launched the story on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website in 2012, and Kadokawa is publishing the volumes in print. Yen Press is publishing the light novel series in English, and is also releasing Daichi Matsuse's manga adaptation of the series, as well as the Re:Zero Ex spinoff light novel series.


    The story follows Subaru Natsuki, an ordinary high school student who is lost in an alternate world and rescued by a beautiful, silver-haired girl. He stays near her to return the favor, but the destiny she is burdened with is more than Subaru can imagine. Enemies attack one by one, and both of them are killed. He then finds out he has the power to rewind death, back to the time he first came to this world. But only he remembers what has happened since.

    'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' Anime Gets 2nd Season, Film Project

    By Koby,

    nko1lCX.jpgThe "GA Bunko 2018 Happyō Stage" presentation at the Wonder Festival event announced on Sunday that Fujino Ōmori and illustrator's Suzuhito Yasuda's Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? light novel series is inspiring a second anime season and an anime film.


    The film is titled Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darō ka: Arrow of the Orion (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion).


    The presentation revealed the film's first visual, and also revealed that the film will have an original story written by Ōmori.

    The Twitter account for GA Bunko had teased last month that the franchise was getting a "new project."

    J.C. Staff adapted the novels into a television anime in 2015. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for North America, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.


    Ōmori and illustrator Kiyotaka Haimura's Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria spinoff light novel series inspired an anime that premiered last April. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime under the title Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side and simulcasted the series in the United States on Amazon's now-defunct Anime Strike streaming service.


    Yen Press is releasing both the original novel series and Sword Oratoria, as well as their respective manga adaptations, in North America.



    Sword Art Online: Alicization Anime to Cover Entire Alicization Arc

    By Koby,

    SCUlkTO.jpgKazuma Miki, the light novel editor and an anime producer for Sword Art Online, stated at a "SAO and GGO New Anime and Original Work Stage" presentation at a Sword Art Online fan meeting event on Saturday that the upcoming Sword Art Online: Alicization anime will cover the entirety of the Alicization arc from Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series. Miki didn't mention any information regarding the length of the new anime.

    The series will again star Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kirito and Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna. Ai Kayano will play Alice, and Nobunaga Shimazaki will play Eugeo. The Alicization arc is in volumes 9 through 18 of the original novel series.


    The anime series has two television anime adaptations, an anime special, and a recent film. The franchise has also inspired multiple manga series, games, and a virtual reality demonstration in Japan. Aniplex of America releases the anime in North America. Skydance Television is planning a live-action series on Netflix based on the novels.


    The Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film, which opened in Japan in February 2017, had teased that "SAO will return."

    Goblin Slayer Light Novel Series Gets TV Anime

    By Koby,

    oTNiUiP.jpgThe "GA Bunko 2018 Happyō Stage" presentation at the Wonder Festival event announced on Sunday that Kumo Kagyu's Goblin Slayer light novel series is getting a television anime adaptation.


    WHITE FOX is animating the series. The anime will feature the same cast as an earlier drama CD adaptation:

    • Yuichiro Umehara as Goblin Slayer
    • Yui Ogura as Priestess
    • Nao Tōyama as High Elf Archer
    • Yuka Iguchi as Cow Girl
    • Maaya Uchida as Guild Girl
    • Yūichi Nakamura as Dwarf Shaman
    • Tomokazu Sugita as Lizard Priest
    • Yōko Hikasa as Witch
    • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Spearman

    SB Creative published the first volume of the Goblin Slayer dark fantasy novel series in February 2016, and the company published the sixth volume on September 14. SB Creative will publish the seventh volume on March 14. Noboru Kannatsuki illustrates the novel series.

    Kōsuke Kurose (The IDOLM@STER Neue Green for Dearly Stars) launched the main manga adaptation in May 2016.


    Yen Press has licensed both the novels and Kurose's manga adaptation. The company published the fourth novel in print on December 19, and released the manga's 20th chapter digitally on January 25.


    Yen Press describes the series:

    A young priestess has formed her first adventuring party, but almost immediately they find themselves in distress. It's the Goblin Slayer who comes to their rescue--a man who's dedicated his life to the extermination of all goblins, by any means necessary. And when rumors of his feats begin to circulate, there's no telling who might come calling next...

    Yen Press is also publishing Kento Eida's Goblin SlayerSide Story: Year One manga in English. Yen Press launched the manga in September, on the same day the manga premiered in Japan. The company published the seventh chapter on February 2.