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“Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix,” said the Disney-owned comic giant and the streamer in a joint statement to Deadline today. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is proud of the series and grateful for all of the hard work from our incredible cast, crew and showrunners,” Marvel and Netflix added. “We’re thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership we’ve shared on this series. While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on.”
This is the first small screen series termination from the comic giant by the Reed Hastings run Netflix and a hard blow for the Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick led show about the mystically empowered NYC-based marital arts hero and Defenders member. Cast members on the series that as most recently run by Raven Metzner were informed of the cancellation in the last few hours, I hear.
Of course, while out for the count at Netflix, the tale of billionaire Danny Rand and Colleen Wing may “live on,” to quote Friday’s statement, on other platforms. That “other” being the streaming service that Disney is expected to launch next year, which already has series on Marvel fan favorites Loki and the Scarlet Witch in the pipeline, with Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen expect to reprise their big screen roles. I hear that while Marvel wanted Iron Fist to continue on Netflix, the parent company’s new rival to the streamer has put the idea of a resurrection in consideration as it fosters the likes of the already announced Jon Favreau produced Star Wars series too.
At present, a migration of the other three Marvel series that evolved out of the lucrative 2013 deal between Disney and Netflix is not in the cards. A third season of the Krysten Ritter led Jessica Jones was order in April and a third season of fellow Defender Luke Cage is expected to get the formal go-ahead any day now. The first Marvel series to appear on the streamer back in 2015, Daredevil‘s third season is about to launch on Netflix on October 19.
The expectation is the apparently widely watched and critically acclaimed tale of the Man Without Fear will be back for a fourth Charlie Cox led season. Daredevil spinoff The Punisher was given a second Jon Bernthal fronted season in late 2017, soon after Season 1 launched.
So, where ever Iron Fist does or doesn’t land, there’s still a lot of Marvel to come for a while on Netflix.
An official website for a mini crossover anime has been launched. Titled Isekai Quartet, the anime will consist of deformed characters from these four anime series: Overlord, Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, and Youjo Senki, and is slated for next spring.
A mysterious switch appeared one day. When pressing it, they were sent to a different alternative world!! There are also characters from other alternative worlds gathered together...!?
Director, Script: Minoru Ashina (Re:Petit kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu)
Character Design, Chief Animation Director: Minoru Takehara (Overlord: Ple Ple Pleiades animation director)
Studio: Studio PuYUKAI
Overlord is a light novel series by Kugane Maruyama and so-bin. 13 volumes were released with latest went on sale on April 27. Third season was just aired this summer.
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! is a light novel series by Natsume Akatsuki and Kurone Mishima. 14 volumes were released with latest went on sale on July 1. A new movie adaptation by J.C.Staff was announced.
Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu is a light novel series by Tappei Nagatsuki and Shinichirou Ootsuka. 17 volumes were released with latest went on sale on September 25. Memory Snow OVA was premiered on Saturday and Hyouketsu no Kizuna OVA was announced.
Youjo Senki is a light novel series by Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki. 10 volumes were released with latest went on sale on September 29. A sequel movie to Winter 2017 TV anime was announced.
Craftar Studios has launched an official website and announced an original anime movie. Titled Ashita Sekai ga Owaru toshitemo (Even If the World Ends Tomorrow), it will premiere in Japanese theaters on January 25 of next year.
Shin has shut his heart ever since his mother died when he was young. His childhood friend Kotori has been looking after him ever since. Now that they are in the third year of high school, and it seems like they can finally move forward, another Shin from another Japan has suddenly appeared in front of them.
Director, Script: Yuuhei Sakuragi (Soutai Sekai)
Studio: Craftar Studios
Production: "Ashita Sekai ga Owaru toshitemo" Production Committee
Distribution: Shochiku Media Business Division
A novel of the same title will be written by Youhei Sakurai, and will start in the November issue of Da Vinci magazine releasing on October 6. An audition for the couple will be held by Tokyo Cawaii Media.
Funimation has revealed at NYCC that will be coming out early next year with the first part of The Ancient Magus’ Bride. The show will be getting a bilingual DVD/BD/Digital release that will arrive on January 29th, 2018. While more details will be forthcoming, it was revealed that the extras will include the 3-part prequel OVA “Those Awaiting a Star” and the Twitter Q&A with director Kyle Phillips and voice actors Dani Chambers (“Chise”) and Brian Mathis (“Elias”).
The series is based on the manga by manga creator Kore Yamazaki and had Norihiro Naganuma directing it based on the series composition by Aya Takaha. Hirotaka Kato handled the character designs for it.
The English language had had Kyle Phillips directing it based on the scripts by Bonny Clinkenbeard with the two leads cast with Dani Chambers as Chise Hatori and Brian Mathis as Elias Ainsworth.
Known as Mahou Tsukai no Yome in its original Japanese form, Seven Seas Entertainment acquired The Ancient Magus Bride manga back in 2014 for release. The manga series comes from Kore Yamazaki, their third professionally published work, and the first North American volume landed in May 2015. The series is currently being serialized in Monthly Comic Garden with six volumes have been released so far in Japan.
Plot concept: Hatori Chise is only 16, but she has lost far more than most. With neither family nor hope, it seems all doors are closed to her. But, a chance encounter began to turn the rusted wheels of fate. In her darkest hour, a mysterious magus appears before Chitose, offering a chance she couldn’t turn down. This magus who seems closer to demon than human, will he bring her the light she desperately seeks, or drown her in ever deeper shadows?
The official website for the delayed Manaria Friends television anime, which was formerly known as Rage of Bahamut: Manaria Friends, announced on Tuesday that the series will premiere in January 2019. The website also announced the series as anime shorts and revealed a promotional video, key visual, character visuals, cast, and staff.
Hideki Okamoto (D.C. II: Da Capo II, Battle Girls - Time Paradox) is replacing Takafumi Hoshikawa as director, and Cygames Pictures is replacing Studio Hibari to animate the series. Satoko Sekine (Is This a Zombie? of the Dead, Tayutama - Kiss on My Deity) is replacing Hoshikawa for series composition. Minami Yoshida (chief animation director for Terraformars Revenge, Love Live! School idol project) is replacing Megumi Ishihara to design the characters. Takashi Watanabe (live-action Teiichi no Kuni, Nigakute Amai films) is composing the music.
The anime will tell an original story and center on the characters Anne and Grea from the "Manaria Mahō Gakuin" (Mysteria Academy in the English version) event in Cygames' Rage of Bahamut social game. In the game, Mysteria Academy is a prestigious magic school that teaches magic without discrimination to the three factions (men, gods, demons), who usually are engaged in battle with each other. The anime will be set in Mysteria Academy in the kingdom of Mysteria.
The anime was originally planned to premiere on April 1, 2016. However, the official website announced in March 2016 that the series had been delayed "due to various circumstances." The website added that the finalized premiere date had not been decided, and the scheduled special advance screening on March 20 was cancelled. The website also removed its entire staff listing except for Cygames, the creator of the original fantasy social card game that inspired the anime.
The Rage of Bahamut fantasy social card game already inspired MAPPA studio's 13-episode Rage of Bahamut Genesis TV anime series which premiered in 2014. The second season, titled Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul, premiered in 2017.
Funimation streamed the first Rage of Bahamut Genesis anime season as it aired, and Amazon's now-defunct Anime Strike streaming service streamed Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul as it aired.
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