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    Project Itoh's Genocidal Organ Film to Open in U.S. Theaters

    Koby
    By Koby,

    V8Fprjk.jpgFUNimation Entertainment announced on Friday that it will screen the anime film of Project Itoh's Genocidal Organ novel in United States theaters on July 12 and 13.

    Funimation previously debuted the other two Project Itoh films, The Empire of Corpses and Harmony, in select theaters last year in April and May, respectively. The Empire of Corpses screened with an English dub while Harmony had both English-dubbed and English-subtitled screenings.

     

    The film opened in Japan on February 3.

     

    The film stars:

    • Yūichi Nakamura as Clavis Shepherd
    • Akio Ohtsuka as Rockwell
    • Kaito Ishikawa as Realand
    • Sanae Kobayashi as Lucia
    • Satoshi Mikami as Williams
    • Takahiro Sakurai as John Paul
    • Yuuki Kaji as Alex

     

    Viz Media's Haikasoru imprint describes Genocidal Organ's original novel:

    The war on terror exploded, literally, the day Sarajevo was destroyed by a homemade nuclear device. The leading democracies have transformed into total surveillance states, and the developing world has drowned under a wave of genocides. The mysterious American John Paul seems to be behind the collapse of the world system, and it's up to intelligence agent Clavis Shepherd to track John Paul across the wreckage of civilizations and to find the true heart of darkness—a genocidal organ.

    The new anime company Geno Studio produced the film. Geno Studio took over production of the film after the studio Manglobe, which was originally animating the film, filed for bankruptcy in September 2015. The film's staff then announced in October 2015 that the film had been delayed.


    Made in Abyss Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video

    Koby
    By Koby,

    The official website for the television anime of Akihito Tsukushi's Made in Abyss manga revealed the show's second promotional video on Friday. The website also revealed more cast members, a second key visual, premiere times, and the show's theme song artists.

     

     

    The series will premiere on July 7 on AT-X at 9:30 p.m, and then on Tokyo MX later that evening at 1:40 a.m. and on BS11 at 3:00 a.m. The series will later air on TV Aichi, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, and Saga TV. The anime will stream in Japan only on Amazon Prime Video on Saturdays around 1:40 a.m. starting on July 7.

     

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    Miyu Tomita (voice of Rico) and Mariya Ise (Regu) are performing the show's opening theme song "Deep in Abyss" (previewed in above video). Tomita, Ise, and Shiori Izawa (Nanachi) are performing the ending theme song "Tabi no Hidarite, Saihate no Migite."

    t5XOewq.jpgThe anime stars: (Note: Name romanizations aren't official)

    • Miyu Tomita as Rico
    • Mariya Ise as Regu
    • Shiori Izawa as Nanachi
    • Sayaka Ohara as Ozen
    • Aki Toyosaki as Marulk
    • Taishi Murata as Jiruo
    • Mutsumi Tamura as Nut
    • Manami Numakura as Shiggy
    • Manami Hanawa as Kiyui
    • Maaya Sakamoto as Raiza

     

    In the story, an enormous pit and cave system called the "Abyss" is the only unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures reside in its depths, and it is full of precious relics that current humans are unable to make. The mysteries of the Abyss fascinate humans, and they head down to explore. The adventurers who venture into pit are known as "Cave Raiders." A little orphan girl named Rico lives in the town of Ōsu on the edge of the Abyss. Her dream is to become a Cave Raider like her mother and solve the mysteries of the cave system. One day, Rico starts exploring the caves and discovers a robot who resembles a human boy.

     

    Masayuki Kojima (Black Bullet, Tibetan Dog) is directing the anime at the studio Kinema Citrus (Scorching Ping Pong Girls, Barakamon). Hideyuki Kurata (Samurai Flamenco, The World God Only Knows) is in charge of series composition, and Kazuchika Kise (Ghost in the Shell: Arise Alternative Architecture, xxxHOLiC) is designing the characters. Kevin Penkin (Norn9, Under the Dog) is composing the music.


    American/Japanese Anime Project 'Indigo Ignited' Streams Trailer

    Koby
    By Koby,

    The official website for "Indigo Ignited," first project for Japan-based, American-run animation studio D'Art Shtajio, began streaming a trailer for the upcoming five-minute pilot film on Thursday. The staff also announced the lead voice cast: Nathan Sharp (Luck & Logic, NateWantsToBattle) is voicing Kieran, Sean Chiplock (Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) is voicing The Alderman, and Amanda Lee (Rio - Rainbow Gate!, LeeandLie) is voicing Galena.

     

     

    The trailer reveals a planned August 8 release date. The staff plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign to release the anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

     

    Henry Thurlow (animator on Sweetness & Lightning, Naruto Shippūden, Tokyo Ghoul) is directing the anime, Arthell Isom (A Letter to Momo, Blood-C, Gintama) is painting the backgrounds as art director, Yoshiharu Ashino (D.Gray-man Hallow, Azuki-chan) is serving as the storyboard artist, Asuka Tsubuki (Gugure! Kokkuri-san) is the animation director, Rejean Dubois is designing the characters, and David Butler is directing the musical score. D'Art Shtajio will be the main production studio, though the project was initially tied to Bang Bang Animation, where Thurlow previously worked. Bang Bang Animation is no longer involved with the project.

     

    The anime is based on an independently published comic of the same name by Americans David Pinter and Samuel Dalton. The website describes the story:

    Enter the world of INDIGO IGNITED, a post-apocalyptic dark fantasy anime. A shattered world sustained by bloodshed and built upon the remnants of an ancient order that was abolished in their conquest to rid the world of Fear. Driven out of their homeland, KIERAN and his comrades descend into a maddened environment driven by chaos in hopes of being the last ember of light within a darkened world.

    Arthell Isom, his brother Darnell Isom (Avatar, Pacific Rim, TMNT), and Thurlow established D'Art Shtajio to act as a bridge between the Japanese animation industry and outside markets. In particular, the studio aims to assist foreigners seeking to produce anime-style videos from Japanese studios.


    Mary and the Witch's Flower Film's Trailer Previews Sekai no Owari Theme Song

    Koby
    By Koby,

    The official Facebook for Studio Ponoc and Hiromasa Yonebayashi's upcoming Mary and the Witch's Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) anime film began streaming a third trailer on Friday, and announced that rock band SEKAI NO OWARI (live-action Attack on Titan, Princess Jellyfish) is performing the film's theme song "RAIN." Studio Ponoc's YouTube channel is streaming an English-subtitled version of the new trailer, which previews the song.

     

     

    The film will open in Japan on July 8. Earlier English trailers have listed a 2017 release window.

     

    Hana Sugisaki (When Marnie Was There, live-action Blade of the Immortal) will play the lead character Mary and Ryunosuke Kamiki (The Secret World of Arrietty's Sho, your name.'s Taki) will play Peter. The rest of the cast include (from left to right in the image below starting with the top row):

     

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    U.K.-based company Altitude Film Sales has acquired the worldwide rights to the film, and will release the film in the United Kingdom. Madman Entertainment will release the film in Australia and New Zealand.

     

    Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who directed Studio Ghibli's Arrietty and When Marnie Was There, is directing Mary and the Witch's Flower, and is also penning the script for the film alongside Riko Sakaguchi, who wrote the screenplay for Isao Takahata's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Takatsugu Muramatsu (When Marnie Was There) is handling the music. Yoshiaki Nishimura is credited as producer. The staff page on the film's website further notes that many former staff from Studio Ghibli have joined Ponoc in the film's production.

     

    The film is based on Mary Stewart's book The Little Broomstick. Studio Ponoc scouted locations in Shropshire, U.K., the setting of the original novel. Amazon's description of the original The Little Broomstick novel describes the story:

    It is Tib the black cat who leads Mary to the strange flower in the woods. When she discovers a little broomstick shortly afterwards, she is astonished to feel it jump in to action. Before she can gather her wits, it is whisking her over the treetops, above the clouds, and in to the grounds of Endor College, where: 'All Examinations Coached for by A Competent Staff of Fully-Qualified Witches.' Here she discovers evidence of a terrible experiment in transformation - deformed and mutant animals imprisoned in cages. In the moment after her broomstick takes off, she realises that Tib has been captured. Returning to the College the following day, she manages to free the animals, but not before the Head of the college, Miss Mumblechook, and her colleague, Doctor Dee, have seen her. Mary manages to flee ...but the evil pair are in hot pursuit!

    Nishimura founded Studio Ponoc on April 15, 2015. Nishimura named the studio after the Croatian word for "midnight," signifying the beginning of a new day. Nishimura left Ghibli at the end of 2014. Yonebayashi also left Ghibli at around the same time. Yonebayashi previously stated that he wanted his next film to be the "opposite" of When Marnie Was There.


    'Cowboy Bebop' Receives Live-Action TV Series

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    By Koby,

    rRI11vu.jpgTomorrow Studios, a joint venture between producer Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios, has been announced to adapt the 1998 anime Cowboy Bebop into a live action TV series. Animation studio Sunrise, which produced the original series, will executive produce the live-action series along with Midnight Radio, which consists of Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg. Other executive producers include Tomorrow Studio's Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, and Matthew Weinberg. Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) will compose the adaptation.

    Cowboy Bebop is an original TV anime that aired for 26 episodes between 1998-1999. The anime inspired the Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door movie, which premiered in September 2001. The series was originally licensed by Bandai Entertainment for North American distribution, before FUNimation relicensed it and released the anime in Blu-ray and DVD volume in December 2014. The TV series aired in the US via Adult Swim in 2001 with many reruns. The anime series became a commercial success in Japanese and international markets, particularly in the US, and is widely considered as one of the best anime series of all time.


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