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Megalobox Debuts on Anime Toonami this Weekend

Megalobox

VIZ Media has announced the North American broadcast debut of the hit boxing series, Megalobox, on Adult Swim’s Toonami.

The first episode of the sports action drama premieres on Saturday, December 8th at 12 a.m. EST/PST, with future episodes scheduled to air each Saturday. Toonami is the anime programming block on Adult Swim, which offers a variety of original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults.

The protagonist of the series is a young man with no origin and known only by his ring name: “JNK.DOG.” He survives by fighting in rigged, underground matches of a sport called Megalobox, a form of fighting utilizing powered exoskeletons. JD is bored, resigned and unfulfilled—until the day he encounters Yuri, the reigning official champion of Megalobox.

The English dub cast for Megalobox features Kaiji Tang (as Joe), Jason Marnocha (as Coach Nanbu), Erica Mendez (as Sachio), Lex Lang (as Yuri) and Erika Harlacher (as Yukiko).

Nana Yaa’s Goldfisch Manga Being Developed as Anime!

Tokyopop has announced their adaptation of Nana Yaa‘s Goldfisch manga into an animated series.

With the script being written by Simon Thummet, the project will be produced by Tokyopop together with European animation studio Studio Seufz in Stuttgart, Germany. Funding is provided by the Media and Film Funding of Baden-Wuerttemberg (MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg), whose jurors in their last award session of the year approved around 3.7 million EUR for a total of 23 projects in the fields of script development, preproduction and production, with 15,200 EUR awarded to Goldfisch for the initial phase.

One of the first titles in Tokyopop’s International Women of Manga initiative, two volumes of Goldfisch are already available in English and in Nana Yaa’s native German from Tokyopop, and the first volume has been released in French (asGoldfish) by nobi nobi!. A new take on the legend of King Midas, the shonen action adventure title is inspired by the tales Yaa heard from her grandmother when she was growing up.

Say hi to Morrey Gibbs! A fisher-boy in a flooded world overrun with dangerous mutated animals known as “anomals”, he’s got his own problems to worry about. Namely, how everything he touches turns to gold! Sure it sounds great, but gold underpants aren’t exactly stylish — or comfortable!

Together with his otter buddy and new inventor friend Shelly, Morrey’s on a quest to rid himself of his blessing-turned-curse and undo the tragedy it caused. That is of course, if they can dodge the treasure-hungry bounty hunters…

Nana Yaa is now among the most productive artists in the German manga scene and has already published numerous amateur manga and short stories, including the Boys Love webcomic, CRUSHED!!. In addition to her contributions to anthologies by the independent publisher Schwarzer Turm, her first full-length work, Patina was published by Droemer Knaur in 2016. Her slice-of-life drama MCS was awarded Doujinshi of the Year in 2016.

The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist Out November 13. We’ve Got an Early Look

The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist contains more than 280 pages and over 300 illustrations of Fullmetal Alchemist by creator Hiromu Arakawa.

The book contains the artwork collection in two previously published art books as well asl all new content covering work from 2001 to 2017. It features original chapter title pages, graphic novel covers, portraits, promotional artowkr and more as well as an exclusive interview and step-by-step illustration creation discussion with Arakawa.

You can order yours now:
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Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon Complete Collection Gets a Six-Disc Set November 6

VIZ Media has announced the home media release of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon Complete Collection on November 6th.

Under license from The Pokémon Company International, the Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon Complete Collection will debut exclusively on DVD and will feature all 43 episodes on six discs. The set will carry an MSRP of $49.99 U.S. / $57.99 CAN with episodes presented with English-dubbed as well as English SDH-subtitled dialogue options. Extras include clean opening and ending credits.

In Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, what starts as a summer vacation in the tropical Alola region turns into the next exciting chapter in Ash Ketchum’s quest to become a Pokémon Master! There’s plenty for Ash and Pikachu to explore in this sunny new region, with exciting new Pokémon to discover and interesting people to learn from along the way—including the cool Professor Kukui and the fun-loving Samson Oak. More new faces will help guide Ash’s Alolan adventure, in the form of a group of skilled Trainers—Kiawe, Lana, Mallow, and Sophocles—and a mysterious research assistant called Lillie. Frequent foes Team Rocket have also made the trip to Alola, looking to swipe some high-powered new Pokémon. But they have some heavy competition on the villainy front: the ruffians of Team Skull, who delight in causing chaos and may have more sinister intentions…

Anime NYC Reveals their Programming Schedule

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll, New York’s largest dedicated anime convention, will present three days of entertaining and educational programming about Japanese culture, the anime industry, gaming, and more at New York’s Javits Center (655 W 34th St) from November 16-18. A full schedule of events can be accessed now, where fans can also purchase tickets, learn more about special guests, and more. General admission tickets are priced from $40-65.

Over 30,000 fans are expected to convene at Anime NYC to dive into even more exclusive screenings, talks with iconic creators and industry leaders, Japanese games, and incredible concerts than were featured at the inaugural show in 2017. With over 200 hours of programming planned, fans are sure to fill the three days with unforgettable experiences.

All Anime NYC events take place at the Javits Center unless otherwise indicated. Highlights from Anime NYC include:

Friday, November 16

  • Anisong World Matsuri – Day 1 (7:00PM – OFF SITE at Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W 34th StAnime NYC is proud to welcome the globally renowned Anisong World Matsuri concert series to New York City for the first time! Anisong World Matsuri – the largest Japanese pop concert in the history of New York City – brings together headlining Japanese pop stars Luna Haruna, Konomi Suzuki, TRUE, and nano for a show-stopping concert. A separate ticket is needed to attend.
  • North American Premiere of K: SEVEN STORIES “Memory of RED – BURN” (3:15PM – Main Stage) Join VIZ for the North American premiere of K: SEVEN STORIES “Memory of RED – BURN”! As the boys in Homura prepare a surprise birthday party for their princess Anna Kushina, the colorless king sets his plan to devour all the other kings in motion. Unaware of the danger, Totsuka Tatara heads out into the night to film one last video for Anna’s birthday gift. All attendees will receive a special giveaway item while supplies list.
  • “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” Screening & Talk Show (6:00PM – Room 1) Come enjoy the first two episodes of “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime” followed by a short panel featuring Director Yasuhito Kikuchi and Character Designer Ryoma Ebata.
  • “Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond” North America Premiere (7:45PM – Panel Room 2) Ever since he was little, Takashi Natsume has been able to see what others could not – namely monstrous spirits known as the Yokai. Natsume’s late grandmother, Reiko, would challenge the Yokai to contests and the ones that lost had to sign a contract with her, binding their names to her “Yujin-cho.” Since inheriting the book, Natsume along with his self-proclaimed bodyguard Nyanko Sensei spends his days trying to return the names within the book to their rightful owners. Be the first to experience this enchanting tale at the North America premiere of “Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond”. Plus receive a free commemorative gift upon attending (while supplies last!)
  • Arc System Works presents Kill-la-Kill: IF (1:15PM – Panel Room 3) Join members from the Arc System Works America team to find out juicy details on Kill-la-Kill: IF, the latest title from the premiere fighting game studio. Special guests from Studio TRIGGER will join the panel to answer questions and talk about new characters. Giveaways within!
  • Inti Creates: Developing Japanese-Style Multiplayer Games on the Nintendo Switch (5:45PM – Panel Room 3)Takuya Aizu (Mega Man 9 & 10, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Gal*Gun, and more) and Yoshifumi Hashimoto (Rune Factory, Harvest Moon, and more) share their experiences with game development on the Nintendo Switch from a Japanese developer’s point of view and what it’s like to create multiplayer-focused action games.
  • HIDIVE Presents: LGBTQ+ Representation in Anime (7:45PM – Panel Room 4) Explore how LGBTQ+ representation in anime has evolved over the last few years with special guest panelist, voice actor, and ADR director David Wald.

 

Saturday, November 17

  • Anisong World Matsuri – Day 2 (5:00PM – OFF SITE at Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W 34th St) Anime NYC is proud to welcome the globally renowned Anisong World Matsuri concert series to New York City for the first time! Anisong World Matsuri – the largest Japanese pop concert in the history of New York City – brings together headlining Japanese pop stars Morning Musume。’18, Hironobu Kageyama, Hiroshi Kitadani, and Shoko Nakagawa for a show-stopping concert.  A separate ticket is needed to attend.
  • “Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel]” Special Event featuring Aimer (1:00PM – Main Stage) Anime NYC, Aniplex of America and Sony Music Entertainment Japan are proud to host the “Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel]” special event featuring Aimer. This special celebration of the “Fate/stay night” series and the “Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel]” film trilogy will showcase the beloved English cast of the “Fate” series including Kari Wahlgren (voice of Saber), Cristina Vee (voice of Sakura Matou), Bryce Papenbrook (voice of Shirou Emiya) and Tony Oliver (English ADR Director and voice of Lancer) on stage. Don’t miss the electrifying concert as part of the event from Japanese songstress Aimer. A separate ticket is needed to attend.
  • “Mob Psycho 100” II: World Premiere Screening (1:00PM – Panel Room 1) Are you ready for a brand-new episode of “Mob Psycho 100”? Come and join us for the world premiere screening of “Mob Psycho 100” II with a guest from Japan… the Japanese voice of Mob, Setsuo Ito! Claim your free giveaways, watch exclusive comment videos from cast and creators, and don’t miss your chance to win super special prizes.
  • World Premiere of K: SEVEN STORIES “Circle Vision – Nameless Song” with Special Guests (3:45PM – Main Stage) Join VIZ for a memorable event with special guests featuring prize giveaways, Q&As and so much more! Afterwards, stay tuned for the world premiere of K: SEVEN STORIES “Circle Vision – Nameless Song”! Misaki Yata is still having a blast with Homura, Seri Awashima continues working diligently for SCEPTER 4, and Sukuna Gojo runs across the battlefield to fulfill the dream of JUNGLE. But as the days go by, some begin to realize that this perfect world where everyone is alive and happy seems too good to be true. All attendees will receive a special giveaway item while supplies last.
  • “Mobile Suit Gundam NT (Narrative)” Panel presented by SUNRISE (3:00PM – Panel Room 1) Head to the official panel for “Mobile Suit Gundam NT (Narrative)”, the latest Gundam work set in the Universal Century, to hear the film’s producer Naohiro Ogata talking about the inside story of the production. The panel will also feature freshly made video clips of the film, set to be released this year in Japan and the United States, and a raffle will be held at the end of the event.
  • Funimation Presents: “Fairy Tail” Final Season Panel & SimulDub Episode Premiere (6:00PM – Main Stage) Meet the voices of Natsu, Lucy and Happy as well as the ADR Director for the entire “Fairy Tail” series. Join an exciting panel with voice actors Todd Haberkorn, Cherami Leigh, Tia Ballard, and Director Tyler Walker and see the newest SimulDub episode from the final season of “Fairy Tail” before it’s available anywhere else. Plus, participate in Q&A and win free “Fairy Tail” promo items.
  • “Kase-san and Morning Glories” Screening (7:30PM – Panel Room 2) Based on the manga series written by Hiromi Takashima, “Kase-san and…”, the enormously popular short form web anime “Your Light (Kimi no Hikari)” paved the way for “Kase-san and Morning Glories” – the long-awaiting film adaptation. The renowned director Takuya Sato (Steins;Gate,Selector) will attend the screening and panel along with his producer – Pony Canyon’s Yusuke Terada – to discuss the film’s universal themes.

Sunday, November 18

  • “Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki” (2:45PM – Panel Room 2) GKIDS presents an Anime NYC exclusive sneak preview of the upcoming documentary “Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki”, which profiles the master filmmaker as he directs a new short film.
  • Ramen Summit 2.0 (1:30PM – Panel Room 1) Featuring Keizo Shimamoto (Chef-owner – Ramen Shack / Ramen Burger) and Kenshiro Uki (VP of Operations – Sun Noodle / Ramen Lab) alongside amateur ramen cooks Mike Satinover (Akahoshi Ramen, Chicago), David Chan (Nichijou Ramen, Sacramento), and Josh Reisner (S2 MasterChef Junior, Top-8 finalist, NYC)! Ramen has taken America’s hearts and stomachs by storm with no signs of stopping. The infatuation with this dish borders on obsession with our Ramen Summit 2.0 panelists – three super-passionate amateur ramen cooks and their top industry Superstar mentors! Hear how they’ve each discovered endless inspiration, deep friendships, and a lifelong calling all in the name of spreading the love and deliciousness of craft ramen. Moderator and fellow amateur ramen cook Sho Spaeth (Senior Editor, Serious Eats) will lead this exciting discussion about American ramen culture followed by a Q&A.
  • Funimation Presents: “Fairy Tail” Final Season Live Reading Panel (11:00AM – Main Stage) “Fairy Tail” fans, ever wanted to see your favorite voices acted in person? Funimation presents an exclusive opportunity for you to see the “Fairy Tail” voice actors read lines from the latest SimulDub episodes LIVE at a once-in-a-lifetime panel celebrating the last season of “Fairy Tail”.
  • “Sound! Euphonium, The Movie I want to resonate with you…” (11:00AM – Panel Room 2) The anime series “Sound! Euphonium” purely and sincerely depicts high school girls growing through their experience in the school’s brass band. Ogawa Taichi – who oversaw the anime series’ second season – directs this film forming a central narrative axis around the characters of Kumiko and Asuka.
  • Official “Sailor Moon” Panel (12:45PM – Main Stage) Join VIZ and members of the “Sailor Moon” cast as we celebrate all things “Sailor Moon”! Get ready for exclusive announcements, awesome prizes and most importantly MORE GLITTER! All attendees will receive a special giveaway item while supplies last.
  • A Guide to Professional Gaming from the Women’s Perspective (1:30PM – Panel Room 2) A panel of women who are in various parts of the gaming field talk about their experiences in professional gaming, from team ownership, professional play, streaming, journalism and how other women can get into it.
  • Blerds in Geekdom: Black Nerds, POCs, and Representation in Anime, Gaming and Comics (3:30PM – Panel Room 3) Blerd culture is on the rise in almost every geek genre! Where is the diversity and representation in YOUR fandom and how can the Blerd movement move the needle for ALL underrepresented groups?

Anime NYC Returns with Expanded Plans for the Second Year November 16 to November 18

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll, New York’s largest dedicated anime convention, returns to the Javits Center (655 W 34th Street, Manhattan) with an expansive and diverse celebration of anime and Japanese culture from Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 182018. Show attendees can expect much more from Anime NYC this year – more exclusive screenings; iconic creators and industry leaders; the latest in Japanese gaming technology; and show-stopping performances from Japan’s hottest stars. Tickets are available with general admission tickets priced from $40-65, and Mega tickets priced at $295 guaranteeing access to premiere programming and special guests.

In response to growing fan demands, LeftField Media has expanded the scope and offerings at Anime NYC 2018 in partnership with international animation and manga publishers including Aniplex, Bandai Namco, Crunchyroll, Denpa, Kodansha, Sentai Filmworks, Vertical, VIZ Media, and Yen Press. New this year, more companies direct from Japan including Studio Trigger, King Records, and Pony Canyon will take over double the hall space to accommodate additional programming. In 2017, the convention’s inaugural year, Anime NYC welcomed over 20,000 attendees from 38 states and 10 countries across the globe gathering to share a love of anime, manga, and Japanese culture. Fans attending this year will love exciting additions to the show like the Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] Special Event featuring Aimer and Fate’s U.S. cast, Gunpla Builders World Cup, Manga Library, and Natsume Yujin-cho U.S. Premiere.

Anime NYC also expands outside of the Javits Center for new special performances as a part of the show, including the first ever Anisong World Matsuri concert in NYC, featuring headlining Japanese pop stars Luna HarunaShoko NakagawaMorning Musume’18, and New York native nano. Anisong World Matsuri is the largest Japanese concert series in the history of New York City, and it will take over the Hammerstein Ballroom on November 16 and 17.

Anime NYC also welcomes professionals for the first time with a dedicated Professional Badge and the launch of the Anime Business Conference – a first-of-its-kind B2B summit. The Anime Business Conference will unite those working in Japanese pop culture and all professionals across New York involved in publishing, licensing, marketing, and entertainment who want to learn more about the business of pop culture. The Anime Business Conference is co-curated by leading anime website Anime News Network and takes place November 15 at New York’s historic Japan Society.

When:

  • Friday, November 16
    • Exhibit Hall 1pm – 7pm, Artist Alley 2pm-9pm, Programming until10pm
  • Saturday, November 17
    • Exhibit Hall 10am – 7pm, Artist Alley 11am-9pm, Programming until 10pm
  • Sunday, November 18
    • Exhibit Hall hours 10am – 5pm, Artist Alley 11am-5pm, Programming until 5pm

Where:

  • Javits Center 655 W 34th St New York, N.Y. 10001

Special Guests and Events:

  • Anisong World Matsuri with Morning Musume。’18, Luna Haruna, Shoko Nakagawa, TRUE, nano, Konomi Suzuki, Hironobu Kageyama, and Hiroshi Kitadani
  • Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] Special Event with Aimer, Kari Wahlgren, Cristina Vee, Bryce Papenbrook, and Tony Oliver
  • Studio Trigger guests Hiromi Wakabayashi and Shigeto Koyama
  • The Japanese voice of Tuxedo Mask – Toru Furuya
  • Voice Actor guests Max Mittelman, Ray Chase, Robbie Daymond, and Vic Mignogna
  • Cosplay guests Azulette, Becky Noel, Dhareza Cosplayza, Mikal Mosley, Mica Burton, and Vampy Bit Me
  • Gunpla Guilders World Cup
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime guests Ryoma Ebata and Yasuhito Kikuchi
  • Anime Business Conference co-curated with Anime News Network at Japan Society

Cost:

  • Daily and full weekend passes available
    • Friday Only Admission: $40
    • Saturday Only Admission: $50
    • Sunday Only Admission: $40
    • 3-Day Weekend Ticket: $65

Castlevania Season 1 Debuts on Blu-Ray and DVD December 4

VIZ Media has announced preorders for the home media release of Castlevania Season 1.

Set to debut on December 4th, the four-episode first season of the series is produced by Frederator Studios and has streamed to wide acclaim on Netflix. Castlevania will be available on Blu-ray, with an MSRP of $24.98 U.S. / $29.99 CAN, and on DVD, with an MSRP of $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN.

Bonus features for the Castlevania Season 1 home media release include on-disc storyboards and art galleries for both the BD and DVD. Exclusive Blu-ray extras include the sketch art-to-animation animatic sequences of Castlevania’s most exciting moments!

Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepes himself. In Season 1, Trevor Belmont, embittered and excommunicated, finds himself drawn into a battle for the survival of Europe – a region that has brought doom upon itself by taking away the one thing its greatest monster loved.

VIZ Media Teams with Cryptozoic and Quidd for Anime-Based Digital Collectibles

Cryptozoic Entertainment, VIZ Media, and Quidd, Inc. have announced an extensive partnership to create digital collectibles based on major anime properties. Naruto Shippuden is the first title from VIZ Media’s catalog that Cryptozoic has brought to Quidd which is available on iOS and Android. Fans will soon also be able to buy and sell digital stickers, trading cards, and figures based on BleachDeath Note, and other classic series.

Founded in 2015, Quidd’s innovative platform for collecting, rare digital goods blends the notions of emotional and functional ownership while leveraging scarcity in the digital retail experience. With over 1.9 billion individually serialized items sold since launch in 2016, Quidd’s digital goods ledger is the largest on the planet.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is Getting a Twitch Livestream

VIZ Media has announced the debut of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime streaming event on Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and online community for gamers.

The first three seasons of the acclaimed multigenerational action adventure property begin streaming today through August 25 on VIZ Media’s Twitch channel. The 113 episodes on Twitch constitute the first three seasons and multiple story arcs of the series (PHANTOM BLOOD, BATTLE TENDENCY, STARDUST CRUSADERS, and DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE). Fans can enjoy the subtitled stream and interact with the vast online community starting at 10AM PST each day with an encore broadcast of the stream at 3PM PST. The stream will only be available for audiences in US and Canada.

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Twitch Air Dates:

Season 1, PHANTOM BLOOD

  • August 13th – Episodes 1-9

Season 1, BATTLE TENDENCY

  • August 14th – Episodes 10-18
  • August 15th – Episodes 19-26

Season 2, STARDUST CRUSADERS

  • August 16th – Episodes 1-9
  • August 17th – Episodes 10-18
  • August 18th – Episodes 19-26
  • August 19th – Episodes 27-35
  • August 20th – Episodes 36-44
  • August 21st – Episodes 45-48

Season 3, DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE

  • August 21st – Episodes 1-5
  • August 22nd – Episodes 6-13
  • August 23rd – Episodes 14-22
  • August 24th – Episodes 23-31
  • August 25th – Episodes 32-39

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is based on Hirohiko Araki’s critically acclaimed Shonen Jump manga series that depicts the multigenerational exploits of the heroic Joestar family and their never-ending battle against evil. In the anime series, the Aztecs – the people of the sun – once prospered in ancient Mexico. They had a bizarre stone mask that brought eternal life and the power of a domineering ruler to he who wore it, but at some point, the mask disappeared without a trace. Years later, in the late 19th Century, when men’s lifestyles and outlooks on life were quickly changing, Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando meet, and the stone mask binds them to a rather curious fate…

For additional information on JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE and other anime and manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.

Otakon’s Attendence Grows, Up Nearly 5,000 From the Previous Year

The official attendance for Otakon 2018 has bounced back up from a slower year, Otakorp Inc. has announced. The final number, including all departments, is 29,293.

The number is up roughly 5,000 from the 2017 final number of 24,894. The final attendance
number includes total memberships/attendees, both pre-registered and at door, as well as staff,
dealers, artists, industry, contractors, guests, and members of the registered press.

Significantly, the total number of paid registrations — 26,590 — exceeds last year’s total
attendance numbers, according to convention president Andrew Zerrlaut.

This was the second year the convention was held in Washington, D.C.

Otakon 2019 will be held from July 26 to 28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center,
Washington, D.C.

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