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    Overlord Anime's 2nd Season Teaser Video Streamed

    By Koby,

    The official website for the television anime adaptation of Kugane Maruyama's Overlord novel series began streaming a teaser promotional video for the series' second season on Saturday. The video debuted at a screening event for the anime's films on Friday.



    E9iH2pB.jpgThe series will premiere in January 2018.

    Naoyuki Itou is returning as director, along with Yukie Sugawara on series composition. Satoshi Tasaki (Rideback, Fairy Musketeers, No Game, No Life Zero) is joining previous character designer Takahiro Yoshimatsu on character designs. Madhouse returns to animate series.


    The first 13-episode Overlord television anime series premiered in Japan in July 2015. 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 in November 2016.


    The first compilation film, Overlord: Fushisha no Ō, opened in Japan on February 25. The second film, Overlord: Shikkoku no Senshi, opened on March 11. The films added new scenes, and original character designer (and original novel illustrator) so-bin drew rough drafts for new characters. The 11th novel volume also bundled a Blu-ray Disc in September 2016.


    The novels and anime's 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.


    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 is releasing the novel series in North America. The company is also releasing Hugin Miyama and Satoshi Ōshio's manga adaptation.

    Digimon Adventure tri. 6th Anime Film Reveals Visual, May 5 Debut

    By Koby,

    8UKTPZc.jpgThe official website for the Digimon Adventure tri. anime film project revealed on Friday that the sixth and final film in the project, Digimon Adventure tri. Bokura no Mirai (Our Future), will open in Japan on May 5, 2018.


    The site also revealed the film's visual (pictured on the right).


    The film will screen in Japanese theaters for three weeks. As with previous films in the series, theaters screening the film will also sell a limited-edition Blu-ray Disc. The film will also be available to stream online for a fee on the same day in Japan.


    Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 1: Reunion opened in November 2015, Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 2: Determination opened in March 2016, Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 3: Confession opened in September 2016, Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 4: Loss opened on February 25, and Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 5: Coexistence opened on September 30. The fifth film in the franchise earned more than 100 million yen (about US$882,457).


    Crunchyroll began streaming all five films on the same day that they premiered in Japan.


    Shout! Factory has licensed the first three films for home video. The company will release the third film on home video on December 5.


    Fate/Apocrypha English Dub Debuts on Netflix

    By Koby,

    eaOhGg1.jpgThe first 12 episodes of the anime adaptation of TYPE-MOON and Yuichiro Higashide's Fate/Apocrypha novels premiered in the United States and Canada in multiple languages on Netflix on Tuesday. Voice actors who have announced their involvement with the English dub on Twitter include:

    • Erika Harlacher as Jeanne d'Arc/Ruler
    • Zach Aguilar‏ as Sieg
    • Chris Niosi as Karna/Lancer of Red
    • Sarah Anne Williams‏ as Frankenstein/Berserker of Black
    • Erica Lindbeck as Mordred/Saber of Red
    • Tom Bauer as Caules Forvedge Yggdmillennia
    • Erica Mendez as Assassin of Black and Roche Frain Yggdmillenia
    • Faye Mata as Astolfo/Rider of Black
    • Jalen K. Cassell‏ as Chiron/Archer of Black
    • Allegra Clark‏ as Semiramis/Assassin of Red, Atalante/Archer of Red, and Reika Rikudō
    • Khoi Dao as Flat Escardos
    • Kayli Mills as Fiore Forvedge Yggdmillennia
    • Katelyn Gault as Morgan Le Fay


    Erica Mendez also adapted the script for the English dub.


    The anime premiered in Japanese television on July 1 and on Netflix in Japan on July 3. The anime is currently airing its second cour, and it will have a total of 25 episodes. The anime will debut on Netflix in all other territories outside of Japan, the United States, and Canada on December 2.


    In the story, there was once a Holy Grail War waged by seven Mages and Heroic Spirits in a town called Fuyuki. However, a certain Mage took advantage of the chaos of World War II to steal a Holy Grail. Several decades have passed, and the Yggdmillennia family, who took upon the Holy Grail as its symbol, defected from the Mages' Association and declared their independence. Furious, the Association sent a force to deal with the Yggdmillennia, but they were defeated by the summoned Servants. With the Holy Grail War system changed, war at an unprecedented scale, with seven versus seven, breaks out. And so, the curtain rises on the epoch-making Great Holy Grail War.


    Higashide himself is in charge of the anime's series scripts, and Yoshiyuki Asai (Charlotte) is directing at A-1 Pictures. Yūkei Yamada is adapting Ototsugu Konoe's original character designs for animation. Masaru Yokoyama (The Lost Village, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Nobunaga Concerto) is composing music.

    Black Clover Anime Listed With 51 Episodes, 4 Openings & Endings

    By Koby,

    0BDXJOq.jpgThe official website for the Black Clover television anime series is listing the anime's five Blu-ray Disc and DVD box set releases with a total of 51 episodes, with 9-12 episodes per set.

    The sets also list that the anime will have four cours, and list four creditless opening and ending videos as bonus extras. The sets each list a "Black Clover Special Volume" bonus video extra, but don't state if the videos will be animated videos.


    The first set will ship on February 23 and will retail for 17,000 yen (about US$149) for the Blu-ray Disc set and 15,000 yen (about US$131) for the DVD set. The other four box set releases, listed as "Chapter II" through "Chapter V," will ship on May 25, July 27, October 26, and January 25, 2019. The first 2018 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump on December 4 will reveal the extras that will come with the first edition of the first box set.


    The anime is based on Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga, and it premiered in Japan on October 3. Crunchyroll is streaming the series in Japanese with English subtitles. Funimation began streaming the show's English dub on October 29.

    ‘Lord of the Rings’: Amazon, Warner Bros. in Talks for Series Adaptation

    By Koby,

    U1YdhpQ.jpgWarner Bros. Television and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien are in talks with Amazon Studios to develop a series based on the late author’s “The Lord of the Rings” novels. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is said by sources with knowledge of the situation to be personally involved in the negotiations, which are still in very early stages. No deal has been set.


    The studio and the Tolkien estate have been shopping a series based on the classic fantasy novels and their assortment of hobbits, wizards, and warriors, sparking a competitive situation from which Amazon has emerged as the frontrunner. Representatives for Amazon and Warner Bros. declined to comment.


    It is uncommon for Bezos — known to be a fan of high fantasy and science fiction — to involve himself personally in dealmaking for Amazon Studios. But talks for “The Lord of the Rings” come at an uncommon moment for the e-commerce giant’s video-entertainment division. Last month Amazon Studios flushed its executive ranks, with president Roy Price, head of scripted Joe Lewis, and head of unscripted Conrad Riggs all departing. Price’s departure came just days after he was suspended on the heels of a sexual harassment allegation made against him by a producer on the company’s original series “The Man in the High Castle.” Lewis and Riggs’ departures followed a week later.


    But the pursuit of “The Lord of the Rings” is in line with a new programming mandate dictated this year by Bezos, who, months before Price departed, ordered him to shift Amazon Studios away from niche, naturalistic series such as “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle” and toward large-scale genre programming with potential for broad international appeal. As part of that shift, Amazon canceled two series, “Z: The Beginning of Everything” and “The Last Tycoon,” and began shifting resources away from Lewis’ development team and to a unit led by event-series exec Sharon Tal Yguado. With Lewis’ departure, Tal Yguado was named head of scripted series, reporting to Price’s interim replacement, Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng.


    The fact that a “Lord of the Rings” series is being shopped by Warner Bros. marks a thaw in the relationship between the studio and the Tolkien estate, which in July settled a massive lawsuit that had dragged on since 2012. The dispute, with Tolkien’s heirs and publisher HarperCollins on one side and Warner Bros. — which produced director Peter Jackon’s live-action feature film adaptations of “The Lord of the Rings” and its prequel, “The Hobbit” — on the other, stemmed from the use of characters from the movies in online slot machines and other games. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but a legal filing stated that no fees or costs were to be awarded by the court and that no party was entitled to recover fees or costs.