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    Gantz Made Into 2 Live-Action Films in 2011

    Koby
    By Koby,

    The NTV News 25 program and Sports Hochi newspaper report on Thursday that Hiroya Oku's Gantz science-fiction action manga will be adapted into two live-action films starring Kazunari Ninomiya (Tekkonkinkreet, Letters from Iwo Jima) of the Arashi musical group and award-winning actor Ken'ichi Matsuyama (Death Note, Detroit Metal City, NANA, The Legend of Kamui). Shinsuke Sato (The Princess Blade, Suna-dokei, Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror) is directing.

    The story follows a young Tokyo college student who is reanimated after a deadly subway accident. Kei Kurono (Ninomiya) and his friend Masaru Kato (Matsuyama) go on violent, seemingly endless missions at the behest of an unseen host.

    This is the first time that these two well-known actors have worked together. Filming begins next month and is slated to end next April. The two leads have been undergoing training and practicing action sequences. The films will open in the winter and spring of 2011.


    Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th Anniversary Anime to Be Film in 2010

    Koby
    By Koby,

    The November issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is announcing on Saturday that the 10th Anniversary Yu-Gi-Oh! anime will be a film that will open in Japanese theaters in early 2010 with 3D graphics. Gekijō-ban Yu-Gi-Oh! ~Chō-Yūgō! Jikū o Koeta Kizuna~ will feature the main heroes of all three TV Tokyo anime series: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters' Yuugi Mutou, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monster GX's Judai Yuki, and the ongoing Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Yūsei Fudō. The story will bring together the three heroes to fight Paradox, a powerful new enemy that will appear for the first time in the film.


    Gundam Unicorn to Be 6 50-Minute OVAs

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    By Koby,

    The Gundam Big Expo event in Tokyo and the official website for the anime adaptation of the Gundam Unicorn novels confirmed on Friday that the anime will launch in the spring of 2010 in the form of six original video anime volumes of 50 minutes each. The anime will be presented on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, shown at events, distributed through unspecified means, and exhibited overseas.

    The original Gundam Unicorn novels are set in the same Universal Century (UC) timeline as Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise's first Mobile Suit Gundam science-fiction television anime series and its sequels. Fukui finished serializing the novel version in the August issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine in June. The final two compiled book volumes, #9 and #10, will ship in Japan on Monday.

    Novelist Harutoshi Fukui had already confirmed in an interview on Wednesday that the first anime episode will incorporate material from the first two novel volumes. Although Fukui said that the anime will be a "reconstruction" with new ideas developed between himself scriptwriter Yasuyuki Muto (Afro Samurai: Resurrection, Le Chevalier D'Eon, Persona -trinity soul-), he emphasizes that it is faithful to his original work.

    The Sunrise anime studio had previously announced that the project will launch this winter. Sunrise had not specified the release format of the anime version until now, and Kadokawa Shoten had retracted two magazine articles which described the project as a television anime. The animeanime.jp news website reported in April that Sunrise is planning to release the Gundam Unicorn anime around the world simultaneously.


    Mahoromatic: Tadaima Okaeri Anime in October

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    By Koby,

    An official site has opened for Mahoromatic: Tadaima Okaeri, a two-part television special edition scheduled to premiere on the BS-TBS satellite and cable channel on October 17 and 24. The television premiere will be followed by a DVD and Blu-ray Disc release on December 23.

    Shouji Saeki is returning from Mahoromatic: Summer Special to direct this new work at the Gainax anime studio, and Kazuhiro Takamura is returning from every previous Mahoromatic anime project to design the characters and oversee the animation production. Also reprising their roles are most of the cast members and the musical composer Toshio Masuda. Tatsuhiko Urahata (Strawberry Panic!, Ichigo 100%) is writing the scripts based on Bow Ditama and Bunjuro Nakayama's original Mahoromatic manga.


    Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~ TV Anime Green-Lit

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    By Koby,

    The official website of the Sekirei television anime has announced on Sunday that production on a new Sekirei television anime series, Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~, has been green-lit. The new anime series is described as the second season of Sekirei. Director Keizou Kusakawa, writer Takao Yoshioka, character designer Shinpei Tomooka, musical composer Hiroaki Sano, and the Seven Arcs anime studio all return from the first anime adaptation of Sakurako Gokurakuin's manga. Shinnosuke Tachibana (Minato), Saori Hayami (Musubi), Marina Inoue (Tsukiumi), and Kana Hanazawa (Kusano) lead the main cast in reprising their respective roles.