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    New Dragon Quest Heroes II Game Trailers Highlight More Playable Characters

    By Koby,

    The official Dragon Quest YouTube channel began streaming a new trailer on Thursday that highlights the characters Jessica and Angelo from Dragon Quest Heroes II (Dragon Quest Heroes II: Futago no Ō to Yogen no Owari). The trailer also reveals that a demo of the game is now available through the PlayStation store.



    The YouTube channel previously streamed three other character trailers last month and earlier this month:


    Maribel and Ruff


    Carver and Terry


    Meena and Maya


    The channel previously streamed videos for Desdemona, Cesar, Lazarel, Teresa, and Healix in March.


    Square Enix will release the game for PlayStation 4 in North America on April 25 and in Europe on April 28. The game is also getting a release on PC via Steam on April 25. In Japan, the game shipped for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita in May 2016.


    Those who pre-order the game will receive 15 in-game bonus weapons.


    Square Enix released Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below in Japan in February 2015 for the PS3 and PS4. Square Enix then released the game in North America and Europe in October 2015.

    Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness Manga Approaches Climax

    By Koby,

    DUivHxx.jpgThe May issue of Asahi Shimbun Publications' Nemuki+ magazine revealed on Thursday that Nahoko Uehashi and Yū's Yami no Moribito (Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness) manga series is approaching its climax. The word "climax" written in phonetic katakana often indicates a manga series' final chapter.

    Yū resumed the manga in last year's September issue on August 12 with the start of the manga's final arc.


    The manga adapts Uehashi's second novel in her Moribito novel series. Yū launched the series in Nemuki+ in April 2014, and Asahi Shimbun Publications published the manga's second compiled volume (pictured at right) in March 2016.


    Production I.G and Kenji Kamiyama (Eden of the East, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) adapted the first book in Uehashi's series into a 26-episode television anime series that originally aired in 2007. NHK is adapting Uehashi's entire novel series into a live-action television series. The first four-episode season premiered in March 2016. The second nine-episode season premiered in January, and the third nine-episode season will premiere in November.


    Uehashi's novel series centers on a traveling spear-wielding bodyguard named Balsa who has sworn to save the lives of eight people to atone for a past sin. In the first novel, Balsa meets Chagum, the second prince of the New Yogo Empire, whose life is in danger because he is possessed by a sacred spirit that poses a danger to his country. Balsa swears to protect Chagum, and the two undertake a journey to find out how to rid Chagum of the spirit possessing him.


    Scholastic has released the first two books in Uehashi's novel series in English. Uehashi, who also wrote the Kemono no Sou-ja Erin novel series, won the Hans Christian Andersen Author Award in 2014.

    AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day English Dub Cast Announced

    By Koby,



    Aniplex of America announced at Sakura-Con on Saturday that supernatural drama anime Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. will receive an English dub, with Patrick Seitz in charge of the direction. The cast members, along with a teaser video, have been revealed.


    Jinta Yadomi: Griffin Burns
    Jinta (Child): Tara Sands
    Meiko Honma: Xanthe Huynh
    Naruko Anjo: Erica Lindbeck
    Atsumu Matsuyuki: Ray Chase
    Atsumu (Child): Michelle Ruff
    Chiriko Tsurumi: Erica Mendez
    Tetsudo Hisakawa: Kaiji Tang
    Tetsudo (Child): Abby Trott
    Atsushi Yadomi: Kirk Thornton
    Touko Yadomi: Laura Post
    Haruna: Cherami Leigh
    Aki: Brianna Knickerbocker
    Manabu Honma: Christopher Corey Smith
    Irene Honma: Karen Strassman
    Satoshi Honma: Marianne Miller

    Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. is an original TV anime created by Cho Heiwa Busters and produced by A-1 Pictures. The anime aired during Fuji TV's noitaminA programming block in Spring 2011 for a total of 11 episodes. NIS America licensed the series and released a two-disc DVD and Blu-ray set in July 2012, and a complete collection in October 2013. A sequel movie retelling the TV series and including original scenes premiered in August 2013. Aniplex of America screened the movie in US theaters in January 2014, and released it it in a Blu-ray and DVD volume in July 2014.




    Mary and the Witch's Flower Anime Film Reveals 2nd Trailer, Additional Cast

    By Koby,

    The official YouTube channel for Studio Ponoc began streaming a second trailer for Hiromasa Yonebayashi's Mary and the Witch's Flower (Mary to Majo no Hana) anime film on Thursday. The video has English subtitles.



    The staff also announced additional cast on Thursday. The new cast members are as follows, from left to right in the image below starting with the top row:




    • Fumiyo Kohinata as Doctor Dee
    • Yūki Amami as Madame Mumblechook
    • Hikari Mitsushima as Red-haired Witch
    • Eri Watanabe as Banks
    • Shinobu Ōtake as Charlotte
    • Jiro Sato as Flanagan


    Hana Sugisaki (When Marnie Was There, live-action Blade of the Immortal) will play the lead character Mary.


    The film will open in Japan on July 8. The English trailer lists a 2017 release window.


    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.

    Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy and Trilogy announced

    By Xykan,

    6ThTkMA.jpgBandai Namco Entertainment announced that Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy, which includes four titles from the Naruto Shippuden series, spanning the entire Naruto and Shippuden storylines.

    Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Legacy collects all four games (Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 1, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto) into one epic remastered compilation.

    The set will also include an exclusive metal case, Naruto art book, and bonus anime disc, making this the perfect addition for any fan of the Naruto series.

    The collection will be available for the PS4, Xbox One and PC this Autumn 2017.

    Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe also unveils the upcoming release of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Trilogy containing the critically acclaimed; Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 1, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst.

    Revive the Storm with this exclusive collection of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm titles ported digitally on PS4, Xbox One and PC this Autumn 2017.