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    Ghost in the Shell Gets New Anime From Kenji Kamiyama, Shinji Aramaki

    By Koby,

    nNQyyPS.jpgKodansha and Production I.G announced on Friday that a new anime based on Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga has been green-lit. Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) are co-directing the anime. The format and release date have not yet been announced.

    Kamiyama had teased in September that he wanted "to report" on new information about Ghost in the Shell "in the near future" in response to a fan inquiring about a possible third season of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime series.


    Production I.G previously produced Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence films in 1995 and 2004, respectively, as well as the 2002 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex television anime and its TV sequel, original video anime (OVAs), and film. In 2013, Production I.G adapted the material into the Ghost in the Shell Arise prequel OVA, which it later remixed into a television series. Most recently, the studio debuted Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie in 2015 and the Ghost in the Shell VR Diver smartphone video in 2017.


    Dark Horse Comics and later Kodansha Comics published Shirow's original 1991 manga and its sequels in North America.


    Dreamworks and Paramount's live-action film adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson opened in the United States on March 31. The film will open in Japan on Friday.

    Sekirei Manga to Return on May 2

    By Koby,

    bm4V6Mi.jpgThe wraparound jacket band on Sakurako Gokurakuin's 2nd Brave Star ☆ Romantics manga volume announced on Saturday that Gokurakuin's earlier manga Sekirei is returning as a regular series. Sekirei will resume in this year's 10th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine on May 2. The advertisement for the manga has the subtitle "Kanojo no Inai 365-Hi no Koto" (About 365 Days Without a Girlfriend). It further teases, "One year with his girlfriend gone. One year until she returns."


    Yen Press describes the beginning of the original manga:

    Minato Sahashi is a rounin, a two-time loser who's failed his college placement exams. Just as he's contemplating giving up and heading home, though, a chance encounter changes his life forever! Enter Musubi, a girl who literally falls into Minato's life! Musubi is a Sekirei, a modified human caught up in a game in which only one of her kind can be left standing. In order to be victorious in this contest, though, she needs to find her Ashikabi (her fated partner)...and guess who fits the bill??

    Caught up in battle he barely understands, can Minato survive "The Sekirei Project" and emerge victorious? Either way, with his buxom new cohort by his side, his life will certainly never be the same!

    Gokurakuin had originally stopped the Sekirei manga in August 2015. She began the series in 2004 and the series inspired two anime adaptations in 2008 and 2010. Funimation has released both anime in North America. Yen Press is publishing the Sekirei manga digitally, and will start publish the manga in print in July.


    Gokurakuin serialized the manga Kaisei no Caricature in Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine from September 2015 to December 2016. She was credited with the original idea, setting, and storyboarding, while Hiromu Mogi wrote the story and Sora Gōto provided the art. Gokurakuin launched Brave Star ☆ Romantics in November 2015.

    Hulu, Crafter Produce Original CG Anime Project The Relative Worlds

    By Koby,

    0rZtfbZ.jpgStreaming service Hulu and Hakuhodo's in-house animation studio Craftar are partnering to produce an original two-part "smart CG animation" project titled Soutai Sekai (The Relative Worlds). The first part will premiere via streaming on Hulu on April 28, and the second part will premiere on May 5.


    The anime's official website features the tagline, "The despair of my world was the hope of the other world." The story is set in Japan in 2020. The story centers on Shin Hazama, and a version of himself who led a different life in another Japan appears. A crack opens in the everyday life that he thought was impossible to change. Boys and girls have to decide what to think and choose when the world changes completely. The battle with another world and another self begins.


    Craftar is credited with the original work and planning for the anime. Yūhei Sakuragi (The Case of Hana & Alice CGI director) is debuting as director at Crafter and writing the script. The artist PALOW. is designing the characters, and Rui Tomono is providing the concept art. Hidehiro Kawai (live-action television series Quartet) is composing the music. Craftar and Lucky Pictures are collaborating on CGI production.


    Sakuragi previously worked with Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki on the planned "Kemushi no Boro" (Boro the Caterpillar) CG short for the Ghibli Museum. He also served as CG director for Japan Animator Expo's 32nd short "Neon Genesis IMPACTS," which debuted in 2015. Lucky Pictures worked with Sakuragi on the short.


    Craftar previously collaborated with Marza Animation Planet to produce a 13-minute short adaptation of Genki Kawamura's Moom picture book. Hulu Japan and California-based studio Tonko House are also planning a series of shorts titled "Dam Keeper no Nakama-tachi."


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    Escha Chron Anime is 2-Episode OVA

    By Koby,

    The official website for the anime adaptation of Avex Pictures' DIVE II Entertainment music label's "Escha Chron" stage recital project announced on Saturday that the anime will be a two-episode OVA. The website also revealed a new key visual and two "guest" cast members.




    Wataru Hatano will play guest character #1 Junta Kasai and Rina Satou will play guest character #2 Shiori Saitō. (Note: Name romanizations are not official.)


    DIVE II Entertainment had presented the stage recital during its "D-world vol.0" event on July 10.

    The "heartwarming" anime's story follows the two titular women Escha and Chron, whose contrasting personalities are like the sun and moon. The two women are from "Terminal," a future post-apocalyptic world that's empty and monochrome. The two women cross worlds and arrive in the present day, which they call "Transit." As Escha and Chron experience the light (scenery) and sound (music) of the real world, the future world of Terminal gradually changes into a more vivid world.

    Kiyono Yasuno and Chika Anzai are reprising their roles from the stage recital as Chron (pictured above left) and Escha (pictured above right), respectively, for the anime.


    Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Concrete Revolutio) is serving as chief director of the anime at studio Lerche (Assassination Classroom, Danganronpa The Animation). Hikaru Yamaguchi (Mr. Osomatsu storyboard and episode director) is directing the anime. Tatsuya Takahashi (The IDOLM@STER, The Eden of Grisaia) is writing the script, Toru Minazuki (To Heart) is the original character designer, and Satomi Watabe (Aikatsu!, Aikatsu Stars! design) is adapting those designs for animation. Hifumi,inc. is composing the music at DIVE II Entertainment. Terminal is credited with the original work.

    Granblue Fantasy TV Anime's 3rd Promo Video, Additional Cast Revealed

    By Koby,

    7wi4Ck6.jpgThe official website for the television anime of the Granblue Fantasy smartphone role-playing game began streaming a new promotional video on Friday. The video highlights a scene where Gran first meets Lyria, and previews the anime's ending theme, "Sora no Parade" (Parade of the Sky) by HARUHI.



    The website also announced this month that Kazuhiro Yamaji (The Boy and The Beast's Iozan, One Piece Film Gold's Gildo, Gintama.s Uranus) will join the cast as Eugen.

    Previously announced cast members include:

    • Yuuki Ono as Gran
    • Nao Tōyama as Lyria
    • Rie Kugimiya as Vyrn
    • Miyuki Sawashiro as Katalina
    • Hiroaki Hirata as Rackam
    • Yukari Tamura as Io
    • Rie Tanaka as Rosetta
    • Emiri Katō as Sierokarte
    • Tomokazu Sugita as Drang
    • Kanae Itō as Sturm

    The website also revealed a new key visual earlier this month featuring the series's characters.


    The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS11, Tochigi TV, and Gunma TV channels (and the AbemaTV service) on April 1 at 24:00 (effectively, April 2 at midnight Japan Time or April 1 at 11:00 a.m. EDT).

    Aniplex of America will stream the series on the services Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and Anime Strike. Aniplex of America describes the story:

    This is a world of the skies, where many islands drift in the sky. A boy named Gran and a talking winged lizard named Vyrn lived in Zinkenstill, an island which yields mysteries. One day, they come across a girl named Lyria. Lyria had escaped from the Erste Empire, a military government that is trying to rule over this world using powerful military prowess. In order to escape from the Empire, Gran and Lyria head out into the vast skies, holding the letter Gran's father left behind - which said, "I will be waiting at Estalucia, Island of Stars".

    The Zankutinzeru-Hen (Zankutinzeru Arc) anime special already debuted on Tokyo MX and the Abema TV streaming service in Japan, and Aniplex of America streamed the special on Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and Anime Strike. The television series was also originally slated for January.


    The anime adapts Cygames' Granblue Fantasy smartphone game. Yuuki Itoh (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid) is directing the anime at A-1 Pictures with Ayako Kurata as anime series director. Cygames itself is credited for the scripts, and Toshifumi Akai (Kokoro Connect, Sound of the Sky) is designing the characters. Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy games I-XI), Tsutomu Narita (Final Fantasy XIV composer and arranger), and Yasunori Nishiki are composing the music. BUMP OF CHICKEN performs the anime's theme song "GO."