With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

THE ADVENTURERS is available on digital today; a Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack will be coming on January 2nd

Well Go USA
presents
The Adventurers / Xia dao lian meng
Directed by Stephen Fung
Starring Andy Lau & Jean Reno
China/Hong Kong/Czech Republic, 2017, 104 minutes

Hong Kong Superstar Andy Lau (House of Flying Daggers, Internal Affairs) is a charismatic thief who is pursued by French icon Jean Reno (Leon: The Professional, The Da Vinci Code, Mission Impossible) as a tenacious detective in the globetrotting caper film The Adventurers. It's available on digital starting today, Tuesday, December 5th from Well Go USA Entertainment. A Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack will become available on January 2nd, 2018.

Infamous thief Cheung Tan (Lau) has recently been released from prison. Cheung immediately plots a heist with his partners in order to steal precious jewels in Europe. Meanwhile, French detective Pierre (Reno) has been hot on Cheung’s trails for many years. This time, he decides to capture Cheung and his gang of thieves for good.

Directed by Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero, Tai Chi Hero), The Adventurers also stars Shu Qi (The Transporter, The Assassin) and Zhang Jingchu (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation). Bonus materials include a three-part Making-of featurette that highlights the talented cast.

Synopsis:
In this slick, high-stakes action-adventure, the world’s top thieves – the infamous and charismatic Cheung (Andy Lau), his former partner in crime, Xiao (Tony Yang), and beautiful chameleon Ye (Shu Qi) - join forces to pull off the heist of a lifetime. But when they find themselves pursued across Europe by a legendary French detective (Jean Reno), they’ll have to take their game to the next level.

Friday, December 01, 2017

YUZO KAWASHIMA X AYAKO WAKAO film series at Japan Society NY this Saturday and Sunday

Japan Society NY
presents
Elegant Beast © 1962 Kadokawa
Yuzo Kawashima X Ayako Wakao
When: December 2nd and 3rd, 2017
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC

Just ahead of his centenary, Japan Society presents three brand-new 4K restorations of director Yuzo Kawashima’s collaborations with legendary actress Ayako Wakao. Each of the three films (schedule with links below) will be shown once each day.

Known for his acidic urban comedies and satires, the highly modern Kawashima (1918-1963) left behind 51 films, all of which remain criminally underseen in the U.S. These bold Kawashima gems featuring the luminous Wakao, full of playful visual surprises and sharp social commentary, offer a rare opportunity to reintroduce a master filmmaker who bridges the gap between the classical Japanese cinema of the 1950s and the New Wave of the 1960s.

“I know of no other director who reveals so much of himself in his work.”
— Shohei Imamura

Schedule:

Women Are Born Twice (a.k.a. A Geisha's Diary)
Saturday, December 2, 2:15 PM
Sunday, December 3, 4:30 PM

Elegant Beast
Saturday, December 2, 4:30 PM
Sunday, December 3, 6:45 PM

The Temple of Wild Geese
Saturday, December 2, 6:45 PM
Sunday, December 3, 2:15 PM

Tickets (per screening): $13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members
Special Offer: Purchase all three Yuzo Kawashima x Ayako Wakao films in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket!

Related Screening: Manji, an erotic and darkly comic melodrama by Japanese New Wave auteur Yasuzo Masumura that stars a stunning Ayako Wakao; tonight, Friday, Dec. 1st at 7:00 PM

Monday, November 20, 2017

Yasuzo Masumura's MANJI at Japan Society NY on Friday, December 1st

Japan Society NY
presents
© 1964 KADOKAWA
Manji
Directed by Yasuzo Masumura
With Ayako Wakao, Kyoko Kishida, Eiji Funakoshi, Yusuke Kawazu
Japan, 1964, 91 minutes
35mm, color
In Japanese with English subtitles

When: Friday, December 1, 7 PM 
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC
Map
Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$5 Japan Society members

This erotic and darkly comic melodrama by Japanese New Wave auteur Yasuzo Masumura stars a stunning Ayako Wakao as Mitsuko, a beguiling woman at the center of a tangled bisexual love quadrangle between bored housewife Sonoko (Kyoko Kishida), her husband and Mitsuko’s equally deceptive former fiancé. Adapted from the novel by Junichiro Tanizaki, the film’s story of destructive obsession, jealousy and manipulation is brilliantly rendered visually by Masumura and cinematographer Setsuo Kobayashi (Fires on the Plain), whose highly stylized compositions effectively portray the increasingly fractured psyches of four people constantly trying to out-maneuver each other for love at the risk of death.


Related Film Series: Yuzo Kawashima x Ayako Wakao (December 2 & 3, 2017)

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

SANRIZUKA - HETA VILLAGE at Japan Society this Saturday evening

Japan Society NY
presents
Image © Athénée Français Cultural Center
Sanrizuka – Heta Village / Sanrizuka Heta Buraku
Directed by Shinsuke Ogawa
Japan, 1973, 146 minutes
Digital, b&w
In Japanese with English subtitles

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC
Map
Tickets: $13/$10 seniors and students/$5 Japan Society members

“The first of two masterpieces by Ogawa Productions” - Markus Nornes, author of Forest of Pressure: Ogawa Shinsuke and Postwar Japanese Documentary (University of Minnesota Press, 2006)

In the summer of 1968, Ogawa Productions, led by visionary filmmaker Shinsuke Ogawa, entrenched themselves in the middle of the site of violent conflict wherein ongoing resistance to the construction of the Narita International Airport was demonstrated by local farmers, activists and students. Committing their lives to documenting the farmers’ struggle, the collective produced their most famous series of seven films known as the “Sanrizuka Series.” Amidst increasing police violence and tragedy, this meditative sixth film in the series focuses on life in Heta village itself, documenting its customs and people through eleven quiet scenes that convey deep empathy for the villagers and their experiences.

Related Screening: Barbara Hammer’s Devotion: A Film About Ogawa Productions (Saturday, November 11th at 4:00 PM)

Monday, November 06, 2017

DEVOTION: A FILM ABOUT OGAWA PRODUCTIONS at Japan Society this Saturday, November 11th

Japan Society NY
presents

(c) Barbara Hammer, Devotion (still), 2000. Courtesy of Barbara Hammer
Devotion: A Film About Ogawa Productions
Directed by Barbara Hammer
Japan/USA, 2000, 84 minutes
Digital, color
In Japanese with English subtitles

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC
Map
Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members

Introduction and Q&A with director Barbara Hammer
moderated by documentary filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda

Lesbian feminist artist and filmmaker Barbara Hammer (whose life work is currently being celebrated throughout New York City) screens her documentary about the influential and controversial Japanese filmmaking collective Ogawa Productions that most famously made films about the lives of farmers who stood in direct opposition to the construction of Narita International Airport on their land. Shot shortly after the death of the influential founding filmmaker Shinsuke Ogawa, this probing documentary utilizes archival material and firsthand interviews with Ogawa’s closest collaborators to parse out the complex, fascinating inner workings of one of Japanese cinema’s most uncompromising film movements.

"My film came alive when I interviewed the previously unheard voices of the few women that were in the collective and who had been relegated to the kitchen during their life in the commune." - Barbara Hammer, Hammer! Making Movies out of Sex and Life (The Feminist Press, The City University of New York, 2010).

This screening is co-organized with Carmel Curtis and Staci Bu Shea, curators of Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies at the Leslie Lohman Museum for Gay & Lesbian Art on exhibition from October 7, 2017 – January 28, 2018.

At 7:00 PM in Saturday, there will be a separate showing at Japan Society of SANRIZUKA - HETA VILLAGE, a documentary from Ogawa Productions.

Monday, October 30, 2017

THE VILLAINESS coming to digital November 7th, Blu-ray Combo pAck and DVD on November 21st

Well Go USA
Presents
The Villainess / Ak-Nyeo
Directed by JUNG Byung-gil
South Korea, 2017, 124 minutes

Bloody revenge is at the heart of the stylish, kinetic action-thriller The Villainess, debuting on digital November 7 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD November 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Certified “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, this welcome shot of adrenaline to the classic femme fatale story follows a ruthless female assassin who leaves a trail of bodies behind her as she seeks her blood-spattered revenge.

Directed by JUNG Byung-gil (Confession of Murder), The Villainess stars KIM Ok-bin (Thirst, The Front Line), SHIN Ha-kyun (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) and BANG Sung-jun (Horror Stories 2, Pluto).

Bonus materials include a Making-of featurette that highlights the action choreography and the characters.

Synopsis:
Honed from childhood into a merciless killing machine by a criminal organization, assassin Sook-hee is recruited as a sleeper agent with the promise of freedom after ten years of service - and she jumps at the chance for a normal life. But soon enough, secrets from her past destroy everything she’s worked for, and now nobody can stand in her way as she embarks on a roaring rampage of revenge.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

DAGUERROTYPE opens on VOD on Tuesday, November 7th

UNDER THE MILKY WAY
Presents
(Photo Credit: Under The Milky Way)
Daguerrotype / Le secret de la chambre noire
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Starring Tahar Rahim, Constance Rousseau, and Oliver Gourmet 
France/Belgium/Japan, 2016, 131 minutes
In French with English subtitles

From acclaimed Japanese master Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Creepy, Pulse), comes Daguerrotype, a classic ghost story bent through the lens of one of the most singular horror visionaries at work today. It will open on VOD Nationwide on Tuesday, November 7 on all major platforms including iTunes, Sony, Google Play, Amazon, Microsoft, Vudu, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Vimeo, and various other cable operators.

Jean (Tahar Rahim, A Prophet), a young Parisian with few skills and even fewer prospects, seems an unlikely candidate for assistant to famed photographer Stéphane (Olivier Gourmet), an obsessive perfectionist living in isolation since his wife’s unexpected death. Yet he soon finds himself in his new employer’s vast, decaying mansion, helping to create life-sized daguerrotypes so vivid they seem almost to contain some portion of their subjects’ souls.

Their model is most often Stéphane’s daughter and muse, Marie (Constance Rousseau), and as she and Jean fall in love they realize they must hatch a plot to leave Stéphane’s haunted world forever. But is there something malevolent within the massive daguerrotypes that will prevent their escape?

Daguerrotype was an official selection of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sentai Filmworks Has Acquired ‘The Life of Budori Gusko’



Sentai Filmworks has announced its acquisition of the Japanese animated feature film, The Life of Budori Gusko.

Based on the 1932 fantasy novel by Kenji Miyazawa, the film is a fairy tale that follows an anthromorphic cat named Budori living in the forests of Ihatov. After a series of misfortunes, including the spiriting away of his beloved sister, Budori sets off to build a better life - but a deadly winter is coming, and Budori finds himself the unlikely hero with a plan that can save everyone.

The Life of Budori Gusko will soon be available on select digital outlets, with a home video release to follow.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

SECTION23 FILMS ANNOUNCES DECEMBER SLATE OF RELEASES


INITIAL D LEGEND 1: AWAKENING! Available December 5th

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its December slate of releases which includes the first of the three New Theatrical Initial D Legend movies by Sentai Filmworks, INITIAL D LEGEND 1: AWAKENING!

Product details in order of release:

Title: CLANNAD / CLANNAD AFTER STORY COMPLETE SEASONS 1 & 2 BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 1225 min.
Street Date: 12/5/2017
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $149.98

SYNOPSIS: Ever since the death of his mother, Tomoyo's life has been in a downward spiral. Nagisa's declining health has been so fragile that she's been forced to repeat a year of school. But when he agrees to help her restart the school's disbanded Drama Club, they learn that sometimes, if you find the right people to help you, you can get a second chance at happiness. Join the ambitious Tomoyo, who dreams of becoming class president; Kotomi, a troubled genius with a secret past; and the mysterious Fuko, whose connection with the world has become so tenuous that she's literally fading from existence. Discover the healing power of kindred souls, and experience the complete classic story of life, love, and the power of the human spirit in two extraordinary series: CLANNAD and CLANNAD AFTER STORY.


Title: HAKKENDEN: EIGHT DOGS OF THE EAST COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 650 min.
Street Date: 12/5/2017
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98

SYNOPSIS: Strangely, even though they aren’t brothers, Shino and Sosuke bear identical birthmarks. And when a fire destroys their village, leaving the two of them and Hamaji as the only survivors, they are forced out into the world. There they meet Genpachi and Kobungo, two soldiers who also have the same birthmark and whose confrontations with demons have left them irrevocably changed. Now however, they are on the run as the Imperial Church tries to capture Shino and take his mysterious powers for themselves. The unlikely quartet’s only hope is to discover the secret behind their birthmarks, which will lead them to eight magical gems and their owners. Brothers-in-arms unite as one of Japan’s greatest works of literature is born again in the complete collection of HAKKENDEN: EIGHT DOGS OF THE EAST – Seasons One & Two!


Title: INITIAL D LEGEND 1: AWAKENING
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 60 min.
Street Date: 12/5/2017
Format: COMBO
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $39.98

SYNOPSIS: When aspiring racer Koichiro Iketani witnesses an unplanned street duel between Keisuke Takahashi, a member of a rival race team, and a mysterious Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86, Koichiro's totally blown away by the skill of the 86's driver. What Koichiro doesn't know is that the driver is fellow gas station attendant Takumi Fujiwara, who was making a late-night tofu delivery for his father, a legendary Mt. Akina driver himself. Unforeseen events are about to springboard Takumi into the center of the street-racing world, turning the rivalry between Iketani's Akina Speedsters and Takahashi's Akagi Red Suns into an all-out street war! The legendary series that introduced the west to the sport of drift racing is reinvented in an all new feature film that's even faster and more furious than ever before: NEW THEATRICAL MOVIE INITIAL D LEGEND 1: AWAKENING!


Title: CHAIKA THE COFFIN PRINCESS COMPLETE SERIES BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 575 min.
Street Date: 12/12/2017
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98

SYNOPSIS: The war with the Gaz Empire ended with the act of cutting the Emperor's body into pieces which were then carried off across the kingdoms. Without a war to fight in, it didn't take much convincing for unemployed saboteur Toru Acura and his sister Akari to join a coffin-carrying girl on her ghoulish mission of gathering those severed parts. But is Chaika the dead man's daughter, picking up the pieces for burial, or is there something far more sinister in the works? As rumors come forth of other, identical girls engaged in the same task, the winds of war seem to be stirring, and there are those who believe that rejoining the Emperor's scattered body could unleash a new nightmare! At long last, both seasons of the CHAIKA series are collected together in CHAIKA ~ THE COFFIN PRINCESS and CHAIKA ~ THE COFFIN PRINCESS: AVENGING BATTLE!


Title: GARO TV COLLECTION 2 BLU-RAY
Published by: Kraken Releasing
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 300 min.
Street Date: 12/12/2017
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $39.98

SYNOPSIS: For thousands of years, the Makai Knights and their allies have fought a secret war against the Horrors. But now the threads of trust that have held the Knights together are unraveling. As Kouga and Zaruba continue to seek a cure for Kaoru's lethal exposure to Horror blood, the tension between the current wearer of the golden Garo armor and the wearer of the silver Zero armor, Rei, hits the breaking point. Was Kouga somehow responsible for the death of Rei's family? Why are the watchdogs forcing them to work together when they know what Rei believes? And meanwhile, will Kaoru's trusted advisor turn out to have the darkest secret of all? Friends die, love shatters, heroes fall, and monsters reign in the spectacular conclusion to the first epic series of GARO!


Title: WHEN THEY CRY COMPLETE SERIES BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 1400 min.
Street Date: 12/12/2017
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $129.98

SYNOPSIS: It's hard enough moving to a town where everyone has known each other their entire lives. Ever since Keiichi arrived in the picturesque town of Hinamizawa, he keeps discovering ominous happenings that don't make any sense. Unsolved murders. Disappearances. Mutilations. The worst part is that he can't be sure whether or not his new friends like Rena, Mion, Satoko, and Rika are aware of the events or involved in what's happening. All he knows is that it's not paranoia if someone really is trying to kill him, and escaping Hinamizawa alive may no longer be an option. All the buried secrets will be revealed, and all the horrors will be unleashed as the entire epic horror series that shocked Japan finally becomes available in the complete collection of WHEN THEY CRY!


Title: CROSS ANGE: RONDO OF ANGEL AND DRAGON COMPLETE SERIES BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 625 min.
Street Date: 12/19/2017
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98

SYNOPSIS: Betrayed, stripped of her birthright, and declared less than human. Everything that Princess Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi of the Misurugi Empire thought she knew about her world was a lie. Now, for the crime of not being able to use magic, she's been sentenced to certain death as a slave-soldier. The girl now known as Ange is no longer an innocent Princess: she's learning how to kill draconic invaders, defending the same traitors who stole her life. However, they made a fatal mistake: they gave her access to an incredible weapon. Get ready for a stunning new epic in animation as giant robots, a princess, and dragons engage in the ultimate duel to the death in CROSS ANGE: RONDO OF ANGEL AND DRAGON - THE COMPLETE COLLECTION!


Title: FAMILIAR OF ZERO COMPLETE SERIES BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 1250 min.
Street Date: 12/19/2017
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $129.98

SYNOPSIS: Between her poor spellwork and long name, the other students at the Tristain Academy of Magic have taken to calling poor Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière, "Louise the Zero." Things only get worse when the students summon up their familiars, because while others receive fantastic creatures like dragons, Louise summons a normal teenager from Tokyo! While Louise may be stuck with Hiraga Saito, and Saito's stuck with the lousy life of being her familiar, maybe there's more going on than meets the eye. Maybe Saito's not quite as normal as everyone thinks, and Louise just hasn't figured out what she's good at yet. In fact, they might even have the makings of a great team once they start to get 'familiar' with each other! One of anime's wildest romances is unleashed in the ultimate complete collection of THE FAMILIAR OF ZERO!


Title: TO LOVE RU COMPLETE SERIES BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 1600 min.
Street Date: 12/19/2017
Format: BD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $129.98

SYNOPSIS: The bathroom is the most dangerous room in most people's houses, but when Rito Yuki's washroom becomes the site of an unexpected close encounter, the fabric of the entire galaxy might unravel! That's because fabric's the one thing that Princess Lala of Deviluke isn't wearing when she teleports into Rito's tub, and on Deviluke boobie-touching is a proposal of marriage. Suddenly Rito has an alien girl with a tail moving in, a potential father-in-law who looks like the Devil, and, oh yes, Rito's going to be the Prince of an alien planet if he can survive all the challengers, rivals, assassins, femme fatales and alien hangers-on who start showing up on his doorstep! At long last the complete series that answers the question "What do you say to a naked alien?" is available in the ultimate epic collection of TO LOVE RU!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sentai Filmworks Announces Acquisition Of ‘DYNAMIC CHORD’


Sentai Filmworks has announced its newest addition to the Fall 2017 simulcast season: DYNAMIC CHORD.

This anime adaptation of the otome game by Honeybee Black follows the professional and personal lives of four hot boy bands under the “DYNAMIC CHORD” agency and music label. There’s progressive rock band rêve parfait; newcomer Liar-S; veteran rock band KYOHSO; and international sensation, apple-polisher.

Shigenori Kageyama (Himawari!) will both direct and handle series composition duties. Character designs will be helmed by Yasuomi Umetsu (Kite, Kite Liberator, Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil). The show’s art director will be Shinji Katahira (Hellsing, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Restaurant to Another World), with animation production courtesy of Pierrot (Naruto, Tokyo Ghoul, Black Clover).

DYNAMIC CHORD is scheduled for an October 2017 broadcast in Japan. It will soon be available to stream on HIDIVE and select digital outlets for the Fall 2017 simulcast season, with a home video release to follow.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Sentai Filmworks Licenses ‘Hozuki’s Coolheadedness 2’


Dare to tread into Hell for a second time with Sentai Filmworks’ newest addition to the Fall 2017 simulcast lineup: Hozuki’s Coolheadedness 2.

The second season of the supernatural comedy Hozuki’s Coolheadedness thrusts viewers back into Eternal Hell! Just as in this life, the afterlife needs a calm troubleshooter to deal with the bureaucratic headaches that come from keeping things in order. After all, Lord Enma is a very busy (and kind of incompetent) overlord, and he needs the help of his most charismatic shadow hero to keep Hell from calling into chaos. Enter Hozuki: a cool and collected demon who’s badly in need of a vacation.

Kazuhiro Yoneda (Kabukibu!, Yona of the Dawn, Hozuki’s Coolheadedness OAV 2) acts as director for the second season. Midori Gotou (Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun), who was in charge of script writing for the first season, returns for the same role. Studio DEEN (Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, Rurouni Kenshin) will handle animation production for the second season.

Hozuki’s Coolheadness 2 is scheduled for an October 2017 broadcast in Japan. It will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets for the Fall 2017 simulcast season, with a home video release to follow.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Musical Madness Returns to Sentai Filmworks with ‘ClassicaLoid 2’


Sentai Filmworks welcomes back Motz, Beet-san, Cho-chan, and the rest of their favorite musical masters in ClassicaLoid 2!

The second season of the slapstick comedy ClassicaLoid reunites normal high school girl Kanae with her least favorite house guests. There’s Beet-san (otherwise known as Ludwig van Beethoven) and free-spirited Motz (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), as well as fellow squatters Chopin, Liszt, and Schubert. These maestros have already proven they have the skill to save the world with their explosive melodies called "Musik," but with the addition of two new Classicaloids – Richard Wagner and Antonin Dvorak – Kanae is sure to be at her wits' end. What new realities will these Classicaloids compose with their Musik?

Kei Umabiki takes over as director for the second season ClassicaLoid. First season director Yoichi Fujita will act as story supervisor, with Michihiro Tsuchiya returning for series composition. The show was created by NHK & BN Pictures..

The person involved with the music for works like Final Fantasy X and more, Masashi Hamauzu, is in charge of BGM creation, with “mujik” contributions by Japanese electronic producers and rock musicians, including Tomoyasu Hotei (Transformers Live Action), Daisuke Asakura (producer of T.M. Revolution), Tsunku (composer and lyricist for Morning Musume), and MTV Video Music Award nominee tofubeats. ClassicaLoid 2 proudly adds two additions to the musical staff: Chisato (from rock band, Penicillin) and Kouchi Tsutaya (music producer of groups like Ikimono-gakari and more).

ClassicaLoid 2 is scheduled for an October 2017 broadcast in Japan. It will soon be available to stream on select digital outlets for the Fall 2017 simulcast season, with a home video release to follow.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Sentai Filmworks Announces Acquisition Of ‘Just Because!’


Sentai Filmworks has announced its newest acquisition for the Fall 2017 season: Just Because! The series will soon be available to stream in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

For a group of high school seniors, a chance reunion with a transfer student will change the course of their final year. Eita Izumi has come back to his hometown after four years and encounters some unlikely acquaintances: Haruto Soma, Eita’s childhood friend; Ena Komiya, the photography student who witnesses Eita and Haruto's reunion; Mio Natsume, whose feelings for her middle school crush still linger; and Hazuki Morikawa, a girl who seems uninterested in romantic relationships. When the paths of these five cross, their fates turn in a way none of them could have seen coming.

The series will be helmed by Atsushi Kobayashi in his directorial debut, with scripts by Hajime Kamoshida and original character design by Kiseki Himura. Animation production will be handled by PINE JAM (GAMERS!, Mahou Shoujo Nante Mouiidesukara).

Just Because! will soon be available to stream on Anime Strike for $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial, and available to non-US territories through select digital outlets for the October 2017 simulcast season, with a home video release to follow.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Sentai Filmworks Licenses ‘My Girlfriend is Shobitch’


Sentai Filmworks’ has announced its newest acquisition for the Fall 2017 season: My Girlfriend is Shobitch. The series will soon be available to stream in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

When high school student Haruka Shinozaki confesses his feelings to the beautiful and aloof class representative, Akiho Kosaka, the last thing he expected was for her to say “yes.” Like everything else in her diligent life, Kosaka takes dating quite seriously. In an effort to be a good girlfriend, Kosaka decides to meticulously study (and bluntly suggest) all manner of ways to keep Shinozaki sexually satisfied… in the theoretical sense, that is. This innocently lewd relationship is only just beginning!

Animation production for the series will be helmed by diomedea (Aho-Girl, Girlish Number, Squid Girl) and Studio Blanc. Nobuyoshi Nagayama directs the series, with Hideki Shirane (Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) in charge of series composition.

My Girlfriend is Shobitch is scheduled for an October 2017 release in Japan. It will soon be available to stream on Anime Strike for $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial, and available in non-US territories through select digital outlets for the Fall 2017 simulcast season, with a home video release to follow.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

COLA TIME! Sentai Filmworks Licenses ‘Himouto! Umaru-chan R’


Grab a refill of cola and strap in for another season of our favorite hamster-hooded, snack-loving menace! Sentai Filmworks is proud to license Himouto! Umaru-chan R, the second season of the wildly popular comedy series, Himouto! Umaru-chan. The series will soon be available to stream in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

Umaru Doma has a secret: in public, she’s a reserved and perfect beauty. At home, she devolves into a junk food connoisseur whose talents include video games, reading manga, watching anime, and annoying her big brother, Taihei. This season reunites Umaru with her friends: busty country girl Nana, quiet Kirie, and closet nerd Sylphynford. What adventures await Umaru-chan now?

Masahiko Ohta, director of the first season of Himouto! Umaru-chan, returns to direct the second season, along with original series composition writer Takashi Aoshima. Doga Kobo (New Game!, Majestic Prince, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun) is once again in charge of animation production.

Himouto! Umaru-chan R is scheduled for an October 2017 release in Japan. It will soon be available to stream on Anime Strike for $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial, and in non-US territories through select digital outlets for the Fall 2017 simulcast season with a home video release to follow.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Sentai Filmworks Announces Acquisition Of ‘Land of the Lustrous’


Sentai Filmworks delves into a mysterious new land in their newest acquisition for the Fall 2017 season: Land of the Lustrous. The series will soon be available to stream in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

In the distant future, microscopic organisms have left the planet desolate and given way to a new life form: Houseki. However, all is not peaceful. The 28 Houseki must fight against the Moon Dwellers, beings who attack them without discrimination and use their shattered bodies as decorations. For this reason, each Houseki is assigned a role, whether it be a fighter or a medic. Phosphophyllite, or Phos, is the youngest of their kin, and has not been given an assignment due to a lack of skill. Everything changes when Kongou, the leader of the Houseki, assigns Phos the task of creating an encyclopedia of natural history.

Animation Production will be handled by Orange (Dimension W, Ginga Kikotai Majestic Prince Movie). Takahiko Kyogoku (GATE, Love Live! School Idol Project) will direct the series, with series composition by Toshiya Ono (Gatchman Crowds, Perfect Insider).

Land of the Lustrous will soon be available to stream on Anime Strike for $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial, and available in non-US territories through select digital outlets for the October 2017 simulcast season, with a home video release to follow

Monday, October 02, 2017

GLOBAL YAOI MANGA PUBLISHER SUBLIME ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION AT YAOICON 2017

FINDER 
© 2017 Ayano Yamane/libre

Yaoi Manga Publisher SuBLime Hosts Exciting Panel And Offers
Convention-Exclusive Discounts On Fan-Favorite Titles

SuBLime, the leading global English-language yaoi manga publisher, heads to North America’s largest dedicated yaoi fan convention as it announces its participation at YaoiCon 2017. YaoiCon takes place October 6th-8th at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, CA. SuBLime will be located in Booth #22 in the Dealer’s Hall.

This year, SuBLime is proud to welcome YaoiCon 2017 official Guest of Honor, Sakira, who is the creator of SuBLime’s PRETTY MEN FIGHTING DIRTY. Attendees are also invited to catch the official SuBLime panel and stop by the SuBLime booth for exclusive discounts on a variety of top yaoi manga.

YaoiCon is a one-of-a-kind 18+ convention for fans of all things yaoi. The annual convention delights attendees with a fun, fan-centric atmosphere and unique programming, which includes the Guest of Honor panel and autograph session, industry and fan panels, and the iconic and not-to-be-missed Bishounen Auction. Additional information is available at YaoiCon.com.

Saturday, October 7th

5:00pm – 6:30pm SuBLime Industry Panel, Bayshore Panel Room 2
Will your OTP finally make its debut in English? Join SuBLime for its panel full of yaoi news, games, and prizes and be the first to hear this year's new yaoi title announcements!

During YaoiCon 2017, SuBLime’s booth will offer a wide array of popular yaoi manga titles for sale at discounted rates, including THE WORLD’S GREATEST FIRST LOVE, FINDER DELUXE EDITION, TEN COUNT and more! Fans can also pick up a prestreet copy of JACKASS! before it’s available anywhere else.

FINDER DELUXE EDITION • By Ayano Yamane
Show Special Price: $10 each or $36 for all 4 volumes available!
Freelance photographer Akihito Takaba is captured by the very subject he’s been stalking in his viewfinder – the handsome and enigmatic crime lord Ryuichi Asami! The older man ravages him, both body and mind. Does this mean the end for the naive photographer, or will he live to shoot another day?

JACKASS!
© 2016 Beriko Scarlett  / SHINSHOKAN

JACKASS! • By Scarlet Beriko
Show Special Price: $10 – prestreet!
Practical Keisuke’s incredibly handsome best friend Masayuki has always rubbed him just a little bit the wrong way. Maybe it’s because Masayuki is rich, carefree, and so stunningly handsome that he can, and does, have any girl he wants? But one day, when Keisuke accidentally wears his older sister’s panty hose to gym class, it’s suddenly his hot friend who’s doing the rubbing…on Keisuke’s panty hose-clad legs! Has he unwittingly unleashed a secret fetish that will change their relationship forever?

THE WORLD’S GREATEST FIRST LOVE • By Shungiku Nakamura
Show Special Price: $10 each or $72 for all 8 volumes available!
When Ritsu Onodera changes jobs, looking for a fresh start, he's not exactly thrilled when his new boss turns out to be his old flame. Ritsu's determined to leave all that in the past – but how can he when his boss is just as determined that they have a future!

TEN COUNT • By Rihito Takarai
Show Special Price: $10 each or $45 for all 5 volumes available!
Corporate secretary Shirotani suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. One day he meets Kurose, a therapist who offers to take him through a ten-step program to cure him of his compulsion. As the two go through each of the ten steps, Shirotani 's attraction to his counselor grows.

Visit SuBLimeManga.com for a complete array of additional yaoi manga titles that are available digitally in a download-to-own format for $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) each and are viewable as a PDF on any enabled eReader device or computer or accessed via the online manga viewer found on the web site.

25th Anniversary Screening of PORCO ROSSO at Japan Society NY on Friday

Japan Society NY
Presents
Porco Rosso © 1992 Studio Ghibli—NN.
Porco Rosso / Kurenai no Buta
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Japan, 1992, 94 minutes
35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles

When: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC

An ace fighter pilot and ex-member of the Italian Air Force during WWI is mysteriously cursed with a pig's face. Disillusioned with humanity, he adopts the name Porco Rosso ("Crimson Pig") and spends his time near the Adriatic Sea, drinking at a local bar and fighting off air pirates for cash. Famous for his unsurpassable flying skills, Porco draws the envy and antagonism of an American pilot who plots to take him down with the help of the fascist Italian police. This sixth film by Hayao Miyazaki is among the master animator's most personal and underrated, highlighting his deep love for aviation and pacifist worldview within an action-adventure story perfect for adults and children alike. Screening in 35mm!

Part of Monthly Classics
Year-round screenings of beloved classics, hidden gems and recent discoveries of Japanese cinema. Only $5 for Japan society members!

Sunday, October 01, 2017

SECTION23 FILMS ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER SLATE OF RELEASES


HAIKYU!! SEASON 1! Available November 14th

Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its November slate of releases which includes three Sentai Filmworks titles that have Limited Edition Premium Box Sets! HAIKYU!! SEASON 1, HAVEN'T YOU HEARD? I'M SAKAMOTO COMPLETE COLLECTION and THE SQUID GIRL COMPLETE COLLECTION!

Product details in order of release:

Title: LOVE, CHUNIBYO & OTHER DELUSIONS! COMPLETE COLLECTION BLU-RAY
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 650 min.
Street Date: 11/7/2017
Format: BD
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98

SYNOPSIS: Thousands of Japanese students have "chunibyo", a state where they've convinced themselves that they have secret knowledge and hidden powers. Yuta Togashi knows that all too well, as he spent his middle school years living in a complete fantasy world. With work and effort, he's overcome his delusions, and he's ready to go to high school as a normal kid. Unfortunately, the girl who lives above him is deep into her own case of chuni, and she's decided that he's her soul mate! Can Yuta survive a girl who may be literally mad about him? And what happens when Yuta's FORMER "one true soul mate" returns? Maybe the best thing that could happen is for Yuta to re-embrace his own chunibyo as things get seriously wild and crazy in LOVE, CHUNIBYO & OTHER DELUSIONS! and LOVE, CHUNIBYO & OTHER DELUSIONS! -HEART THROB-


Title: TO HEART 2 COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Maiden Japan
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 11/7/2017
Format: BD, DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $59.98, $49.98

SYNOPSIS: Sometimes life leads us in circles. Sometimes it takes us on strange detours. Takaaki and Konomi have been friends since they were kids, but now that they're in high school, Takaaki's finding out the fact that he's a boy and she's a girl can change everything, especially since there are a lot of other attractive girls who are also suddenly demanding his attention. Between the Himeyuri twins: electronics geek Sango and brash Ruri; the awkward class representative Manaka; mystery loving Karin; mountain biker Yuma; the mysterious Yuki; and even Lucy, who's convinced that she's an alien, Takaaki's not sure which way to turn. And when his OTHER female childhood friend, Tamaki, arrives having changed so much from attending an exclusive boarding school that the others barely recognize her, things are really going to get romantically complicated in TO HEART 2!


Title: HAIKYU!! SEASON 1 COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 625 min.
Street Date: 11/14/2017
Format: BD, DVD, COMBO
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98 $79.98, $199.98

SYNOPSIS: Shoyo Hinata isn't a large guy, but he's got huge ambitions: to become the next big thing in high school volleyball. Unfortunately, his junior high team was trashed in their first and only match. But now that he's enrolled in a high school with a top volleyball program, things are going to be different. There's just one problem: Tobio Kageyama, whose team beat Hinata's and is already considered a star player, is attending the same school. Can a kid out of nowhere hold his own against the King of the Court? Or could the rivalry and competition actually be the best thing for both of them? Get ready for a knock-down, throw-down, ultimate showdown barrage of volleys, spikes, and blocks as two rivals face off in HAIKYU!!


Title: MEZZO FORTE
Published by: SoftCel Pictures
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 60 min.
Street Date: 11/14/2017
Format: DVD
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $19.98

SYNOPSIS: Mob boss Momokichi Momoi has one way to deal with those who fail him: he kills them. Even when they're not criminals, but simply people who work for his legitimate businesses, no one is safe. Needless to say, that kind of poor employee relations has earned Momokichi a lot of enemies, and someone has recruited the elite Danger Services Agency to take him out of the picture. But the D.S.A., comprised of ex-cop Kurokawa, tech guru Harada, and the lovely but lethal Mikura, is going to have their hands (and other body parts) full handling this case. Because while Momokichi kills for profit, his daughter Momomi is even worse and kills because she gets off on it! Two ultimate bad girls face off as the blood and bullets fly in the adult-only anime classic that tops sex and violence… with a side helping of EXTRA violence: MEZZO FORTE!.


Title: HAVEN'T YOU HEARD? I'M SAKAMOTO COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 325 min.
Street Date: 11/21/2017
Format: BD, DVD, COMBO
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $69.98, $59.98, $169.98

SYNOPSIS: Step into classroom 1-2 and meet the coolest guy in school. In fact, Sakamoto may just be the coolest guy ever. And that's not just because he makes his student uniform and glasses look like a fashion magazine cover. There's also the fact that nothing ever seems to surprise or rattle him. The girls are all crazy for him, of course, but even the most macho delinquents start to feel a little funny when he's around. However, Sakamoto never seems to notice, let alone take advantage of the attention. He's too busy being cool and mysterious without even trying! This does drive some people crazy, but the more someone tries to challenge Sakamoto, the more they start to fall under his spell. Intrigued? Then come join the class and get a lesson in cool from the master in Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto!


Title: THE SQUID GIRL COMPLETE COLLECTION
Published by: Sentai Filmworks
Distributed by: Section23 Films
Run Time: 675 min.
Street Date: 11/28/2017
Format: BD, DVD, COMBO
Language: English & Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $99.98, $79.98, $199.98

SYNOPSIS: Angered by mankind's pollution of her beloved ocean, Squid Girl rises from the dark and mysterious depths in order to punish the loathsome human race! Unfortunately, that plan immediately hits more snags than a dozen fishing lines in a washing machine. Not only does her small stature not intimidate humans, but instead of unleashing a tsunami of destruction, her attempts only cause minor damage to a pleasant little beachside restaurant. And then, the unexpectedly aggressive Aizawa sisters, who run the Lemon Beach House, force her to work there to pay it off! They even make her provide her own squid ink for a tasty squid ink spaghetti! Thus begins our tale of a poor not-quite fish out of water: SQUID GIRL

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sentai Filmworks Announces Acquisition Of ‘Girls’ Last Tour’


Sentai Filmworks has announced its acquisition of Girls’ Last Tour for the Fall 2017 anime simulcast season. The series will soon be available to stream in the U.S. on Anime Strike, the curated on-demand anime subscription from Amazon Channels.

In a future where most of humanity has perished, two young girls named Chito and Yuuri explore the ruins of civilization on their Kettenkrad gun tractor, looking for food and fuel. Despite their bleak existence, the two find meaning in their simple, shared experiences. With Chito behind the wheel and Yuuri handling gun duties, these two set out to salvage what’s left of their post-apocalyptic world.

Animation production for the series will be handled by WHITE FOX (Akame ga Kill!, Grimoire of Zero, The Devil is a Part-Timer!). Takaharu Ozaki (Persona 5 the Animation -The Day Breakers-) directs the series, with series composition by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Is the Order a Rabbit?, Monster Musume: Everyday Life of Monster Girls, Hetalia The Beautiful World).

Girls’ Last Tour is scheduled for an October 2017 release in Japan. It will soon be available to stream on Anime Strike for $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial, and available in non-US territories through select digital outlets for the Fall 2017 simulcast season, with a home video release to follow.

Friday, September 29, 2017

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE HOME MEDIA RELEASE OF "NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE - RASENGAN COLLECTION"

© 2002 MASASHI KISHIMOTO /2007 SHIPPUDEN © NMP 2010
Four Acclaimed Full-Length
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Movies
In New Home Media Release Available
On Blu-Ray For The First Time

VIZ Media delivers action and edge of the seat anime excitement as it announces the home media release of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE - RASENGAN COLLECTION on October 3rd.

The new set will be released in 4-disc DVD and Blu-ray editions and contain four complete full-length NARUTO anime feature films - NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE - BONDS, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE - THE WILL OF FIRE and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE - THE LOST TOWER.

The NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE - RASENGAN COLLECTION Blu-ray edition will carry an MSRP of $29.98 U.S. / $34.99 CAN. Films are presented in vivid 1080p High Definition with DTS Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 selections with both Japanese and English dubbed dialogue options. Notable bonus features for the Blu-ray edition include theatrical trailers for all of the films as well as a digital art gallery and a bonus NARUTO animated short.

The NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE - RASENGAN COLLECTION DVD edition will carry an MSRP of $24.98 U.S. / $39.99 CAN. Films are presented with 16x9 video aspect ratio and audio selections for both Japanese and English dubbed dialogue options. Bonus features on the DVD set will include theatrical trailers, a digital art gallery and a bonus NARUTO animated short.

In NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE (rated TV-14), a powerful spirit that once threatened to destroy the world is back! Naruto’s mission is to protect a priestess named Shion, which is the only one with the power to seal away the monster. She also has the uncanny ability to predict someone’s fate. Her latest prediction: Naruto will soon die. Naruto’s only hope is to abandon Shion, but that is not the young ninja’s style. He decides to face her fatal prediction head on – and die!

In NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE - BONDS (rated TV-14), a group of mysterious flying ninja have arrived from overseas to launch a sudden attack against the Hidden Leaf Village, leaving behind a wake of destruction. The group is revealed to be the “Sky Ninja” from the Land of Sky, a nation thought to have been destroyed by the Hidden Leaf Village long ago. To save their village, Naruto and his friends set out to stop this new threat. During the course of the mission, Naruto crosses paths with Sasuke, his friend who has parted ways from the Leaf Village.

In NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE - THE WILL OF FIRE (rated TV-14), four ninjas with Kekkei Genkai justsu abilities that have been guarding the Hidden Villages of Cloud, Stone, Mist and Sand mysteriously disappear from their respective villages. The Land of Fire comes under suspicion as it is the only country to have suffered no loss. Mounting suspicion among the four countries could potentially set off the 4th Great Ninja War. In the Hidden Leaf Village, Tsunade orders her men to keep strict guard and to try to find out what really happened. At the same time, it turns out that Kakashi has left the village. The bad news deeply disturbs Naruto and his friends.

In NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE - THE LOST TOWER (rated TV-14), the Rogue Ninja Mukade is about to be caught by Naruto's team when he summons forth the power of the LeyLine - an ancient underground channel of chakra. Naruto gets caught up in the chakra and is sent back in time to the city of Loran, known for its thousand towers. There he encounters the future Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, on a top-secret mission, and the Queen of Loran, Sarah, whose rule is threatened by Mukade. Will Naruto be able to return to his own time, and can a chance encounter in the past save the future?

The NARUTO SHIPPUDEN feature films are based on the acclaimed NARUTO manga and animated series, following Naruto Uzumaki, who wants to be the best ninja in the land. He's done well so far, but Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN begins two and a half years later, when Naruto returns to find that everyone has been promoted up the ninja ranks – except him. Sakura’s a medic ninja, Gaara’s advanced to Kazekage, and Kakashi…well he remains the same. But pride isn’t necessarily becoming of a ninja, especially when Naruto realizes that Sasuke never returned from his search for Orochimaru. Plus, the mysterious Akatsuki organization is still an ever-present danger. As Naruto finds out more about the Akatsuki’s goals, he realizes that nothing in his universe is as it seems. Naruto is finding that he’s older, but will he also prove wiser and stronger?

VIZ Media is the North American master licensor for NARUTO and distributes the NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime series and feature films as well as publishes the bestselling NARUTO manga series in print and digital editions.

Additional information on NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN is available at VIZ.com/Naruto.

For more information on anime titles available from VIZ Media, visit VIZ.com.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF THE LIGHT NOVEL "JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR"

JUUNI TAISEN © 2015 by NISIOISIN, Hikaru Nakamura/SHUEISHA Inc.
Warriors Of The Chinese Zodiac Converge For A Fateful
Battle To The Death In A New Light Novel Release

VIZ Media delivers the English release of the popular Japanese light novel JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR on October 10th.

The novel was written by the prolific multi-genre author, NISIOISIN, and features illustrations by Hikaru Nakamura. JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR’s release also coincides with the launch of an anime series based on the novel in Japan in early October. JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR will be released in a handsome hardcover edition with an MSRP of $18.99 U.S. / $25.99 CAN. An eBook edition also will debut on October 10th on the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, the Kobo eBooks Store, and the Google Play Store.

Rampage. Weep. Kill. Every twelve years, the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac take the form of warriors and engage in the ultimate battle royal. They face one another in battles to the death, using all the powers of their star signs, and the sole survivor is granted the ultimate prize – a wish. Any wish.

“The Zodiac signs come to life with distinct personalities in a gripping war of cosmic gladiatorial combat called Juni Taisen,” says Nick Mamatas, Editor. “It’s a battle to the death and only one warrior will be left standing in this tense new release. We look forward to readers discovering it this fall.”

Illustrator Hikaru Nakamura made her debut in 2001 with her manga, Kairi no Sue, in the Monthly Gangan Wing magazine. Her other works include Arakawa Under the Bridge, also published in Young Gangan, and the 2009 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize-winning Saint Young Men, which was published in Monthly Morning Two. She previously collaborated with NISIOISIN for his Ōgiri series with “The One Wish I Really Want to Come True, and the Ninety-Nine Others I Don’t So Much.”

In 2002, NISIOISIN’s novel, The Beheading Cycle, won the 23rd Mephisto Prize and became his debut publication. His other notable works include the Zaregoto series, the Monogatari series, the Densetsu series, and the Bōkyaku Tantei series. NISIOISIN also wrote the manga tie-in novel Death Note: Another Note. As a manga writer, he has appeared in the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine with his series Medaka Box – also collected in a 22-volume set – and his Ōgiri series of one-shot manga stories have been featured in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump, Jump Square, Weekly Young Jump, and Bessatsu Margaret.

For more information on JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR and other titles available from VIZ Media, visit VIZ.com.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION AT ANIME WEEKEND ATLANTA 2017

Anime And Manga Fans Invited To Catch Special Panels
On NARUTO And SAILOR MOON Highlighted By Renowned
Japanese And English Voice Cast Members

VIZ Media heads to Atlanta, GA for Anime Weekend Atlanta, one of the southeast region’s largest anime and manga fan conventions, with an impressive array of activities. Highlights at the convention include SAILOR MOON and NARUTO panels with special English and Japanese voice cast appearances followed by signing sessions.

Anime Weekend Atlanta (AWA) 2017 takes place September 28th – October 1st at the Renaissance Waverly Cobb Galleria Center. Details and ticket information on AWA is available at AWA-con.com.

VIZ Media Anime Weekend Atlanta Panels & Special Events Include:

Friday, September 29th

4:15 – 5:15PM VIZ Media Industry Panel , Williams CDF
Join VIZ as they talk about some of your favorite titles like NARUTO, ONE-PUNCH MAN, TOKYO GHOUL, SAILOR MOON, and the recently announced HOMESTUCK! We’ll also be making announcements, showing off exclusive first looks at new titles, and giving away prizes!

Saturday, September 30th

12:30 – 1:30PM Official NARUTO Panel , Williams CDF
Celebrate all things NARUTO! Join us for a fun discussion about the world's most popular ninja with key insights from the Japanese and English anime voice cast members. Notable panelists will include Japanese voice actors Kazuhiko Inoue (Kakashi), Chie Nakamura (Sakura), Nobutoshi Canna (Kabuto) as well as English voice actor Stephanie Sheh (Hinata).

2 – 3PM NARUTO Voice Cast Autograph Session, AWA Official Autograph Area
Don’t miss a special opportunity to meet the Japanese and English NARUTO voice actors in this autograph session. Meet Japanese NARUTO voice actors Kazuhiko Inoue (Kakashi), Chie Nakamura (Sakura), and Nobutoshi Canna (Kabuto).

1:45 – 2:45PM Official SAILOR MOON Panel, Williams Ballroom A&B
Everyone’s favorite Guardian of Love and Justice is back and better than ever! Join the SAILOR MOON team for all the can’t-miss news and updates on the legendary anime series, as well as the all-new SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL. Also participating in the panel will be SAILOR MOON voice actors Stephanie Sheh (Sailor Moon), Cristina Vee (Sailor Mars), Christine Cabanos (Sailor Saturn), and Keith Silverstein (Professor Tomoe).

3:15 – 4:45PM SAILOR MOON Voice Cast Autograph Session, AWA Official Autograph Area
Don’t miss this chance to meet English SAILOR MOON voice actors immediately following the panel. Join Stephanie Sheh (Sailor Moon), Cristina Vee (Sailor Mars), Christine Cabanos (Sailor Saturn), and Keith Silverstein (Professor Tomoe) for this special autograph session.

Anime Weekend Atlanta attendees are also invited to catch convention screenings of an exciting selection of VIZ Media anime series and movies including SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL episodes and a first-time High Definition presentation of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: THE MOVIE. Check AWA’s screening schedule in the official convention program guide for a complete listing of all VIZ Media anime screenings.

For additional information anime and manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit VIZ.com.

BROKEN SWORD HERO debuts on digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on October 31st

Well Go USA
Presents 
 Broken Sword Hero / Thong Dee Fun Khao
Directed by Bin Bunluerit
Thailand, 2017, 122 minutes

The latest feature by renowned Thai director Bin Bunluerit (The Elephant Boy) and starring Muay Thai superstar Buakaw Banchamek,  Broken Sword Hero debuts on digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD October 31 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

The martial arts epic introduces to a variety of fighting styles practiced in Thailand, including Muay Thai, and recounts the story of Thongdee, a real warrior from Thailand’s Ayutthaya period who later became a national hero for continuing to fight despite having a badly broken sword.

Synopsis:
Based on a real warrior from Thailand’s Ayutthaya period, Broken Sword Hero follows the heroics of legendary military general Thongdee. From the disparity as a young runaway to the toughest warrior among his people, a legendary fighter with unparalleled skills in Muay Thai and swordplay, fights for the freedom of his people.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

L.O.R.D: LEGEND OF RAVAGING DYNASTIES is available today

Lionsgate
Presents
L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties
Directed by Jingming Guo
Starring Fan Bingbing (Iron Man 3, X-Men: Days of Future Past),
Kris Wu ( xXx: Return of Xander Cage, The Mermaid), and
China/Cambodia, 2015, 118 minutes
Suggested Retail Price: $14.98

Qi Ling (Cheney Chen) is young tavern worker who joins forces with powerful warriors in L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties, which arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand today, Tuesday, September 26th from Lionsgate. (I'm not sure why there's no period after the "D" in the title; perhaps with the colon that follows, it was thought that two consecutive punctuation marks would be too much.)

The animated film, based on epic fantasy novels by Guo Jingming, features the voices of Kris Wu and Fan Bingbing as sorcerers battling an evil traitor in order to restore peace in an ancient kingdom.

The animation, which utilizes both computer animation and motion-capture, is by the visual effects team that worked on James Cameron’s Avatar and on Warcraft.

The human figures have elongated bodies and limbs, so the female ones look like animated versions of Chinese Victoria's Secret models. There are Spirit Beasts (such as a Winged-Lion), Blood Weapons (Resurrection Chains being one example) and other elements of the supernatural. Overall the animation is very good.

Disc Specs:
— Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
— Subtitles
   — English
   — Spanish
   — Off
— Trailers - from other Lionsgate offerings, none for L.O.R.D.

The movie comes across as an animated Chinese variation of Lord of the Rings. Which brings me to the one issue I have. L.O.R.D: Legends of Ravaging Dynasties ends with the story-line hanging. Clearly one or more films is anticipated. According to its Wikipedia entry, the film opened well, but its "earnings fell significantly after its opening day due to poor word of mouth and competition from Operation Mekong".

I have found no indication that a sequel is in the works or even contemplated. So one may wind up paying for a film whose full story will not be told. Still, what we have here is well-worth watching. (And keep in mind that the Japanese classic live-action film Sword of Doom,1966, was intended as the first film in a trilogy that never materialized.)

AsianCineFest Rating: 3 out of 4 stars. Just bear in mind that there may never be a L.O.R.D: Legend of the Ravaging Dynasties, Part II (or III).

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sentai Filmworks Licenses ‘UQ HOLDER!’


Sentai Filmworks has announced its newest addition to the Fall 2017 anime simulcast season: UQ HOLDER!, a shonen action series based on the manga by Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina, Negima!). The series will be available on Anime Strike with Amazon Channels—a service that gives Prime members the ability to watch over 100 on-demand channels—no cable required, cancel anytime, and no additional apps to download.

Set in the same universe as Akamatsu’s Negima! series, the story begins decades later with a young boy named Tōta Konoe being struck down while protecting his guardian, Yukihime, against a ruthless bounty hunter. Though his wounds should have been fatal, Tōta not only survives, he learns the reason behind his limited memories - Yukihime is actually a sorceress and 700-year-old vampire who saved his life two years ago by making him a vampire as well. With his powers awakened, Tōta’s life will only get more interesting when he joins a secret society for outcasts and fellow immortals: UQ Holder.

The series will be directed by Yohei Suzuki (The “Hentai” Prince and the Stony Cat., Sword Oratoria: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side, Urara Meirocho). Series composition will be handled by Shogo Yasukawa (Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Food Wars!, Alderamin in the Sky) and original manga creator Ken Akamatsu.

UQ HOLDER! is scheduled for an October 2017 release in Japan. It will soon be available to stream on Anime Strike for $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial, and available in non-US territories through select digital outlets for the Fall 2017 simulcast season, with a home video release to follow.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

GLOBAL YAOI MANGA PUBLISHER SUBLIME DELIVERS THE ROMANTIC COMEDY "JACKASS!" THIS FALL

© 2016 Beriko Scarlett  / SHINSHOKAN
Love And Lust Ensue When A Pair Of Panty
Hose Entangle The Lives Of Best Friends

SuBLime, the leading global English-language yaoi manga publisher, announces the English-language debut of creator Scarlet Beriko’s JACKASS! on October 10th.

JACKASS! is rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers and will be available as a single-volume release in both print and digital formats. Print editions will carry an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN each. The digital versions will carry an MSRP of $6.99 U.S. Readers have two methods of digital access to the volume on SuBLimeManga.com – via a DRM-free downloadable PDF, viewable on any enabled eReader device and computer, as well as via the online manga viewer. Readers can also purchase a digital version through the NOOK, Kindle and Kobo eReaders as well as on Google Play.

In JACKASS!, practical Keisuke’s incredibly handsome best friend Masayuki has always rubbed him just a little bit the wrong way. Maybe it’s because Masayuki is rich, carefree, and so stunningly handsome that he can, and does, have any girl he wants. But one day, when Keisuke accidentally wears his older sister’s panty hose to gym class, it’s suddenly his hot friend who’s doing the rubbing…on Keisuke’s panty hose-clad legs! Has he unwittingly unleashed a secret fetish that will change their relationship forever?

“Fans are going to enjoy this steamy love story that explores an unexpected sexual attraction between best friends and the sticky situations they find themselves in,” says SuBLime Editor, Jennifer LeBlanc. “Find out how a pair of panty hose can change the lives of best friends in this exciting fall release!”

Yaoi manga creator Scarlet Beriko began her career in 2010, and she has since gone on to create several manga in the BL genre, including Minori no Te, Yondaime Ooyamato Tatsuyuki, and Jealousy. She has also published several tutorials on drawing manga.

Visit SuBLimeManga.com for a complete array of additional yaoi manga titles that are available digitally in a download-to-own format for $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) each and are viewable as a PDF on any enabled eReader device or computer or accessed via the online manga viewer found on the web site.

Friday, September 22, 2017

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EVENTS, ACTIVITIES, AND EXCLUSIVES AT NEW YORK COMIC CON 2017

©Hirohiko Araki&LUCKY LAND COMMUNICATIONS/SHUEISHA・JOJO’s Animation SC Project
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Manga Creators, RWBY, Retail
Exclusives And More At New York Comic Con 2017

VIZ Mediadetails special creator events, official panels, fun booth activities, and retail exclusives during New York Comic Con 2017.

New York Comic Con takes place October 5th – 8th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and is the nation’s biggest pop culture convention. The annual event plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. For more information, please visit NewYorkComicCon.com. VIZ Media will be located at Booth #1336.

This year, VIZ Media proudly welcomes the creative team behind THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga series, Akira Himekawa (A. Honda and S. Nagano), as New York Comic Con Guests of Honor. Fans will be able to catch the duo’s first East Coast professional appearance as they participate in several panel discussions and autograph sessions throughout the convention.

VIZ Media / New York Comic Con Panels & Special Events Include:

Thursday, October 5th

4:00pm – 5:00pm VIZ Media Panel with Special Guests, Room 1A06
Join us for exciting announcements, exclusive first looks at new titles, and prizes! Akira Himekawa will also make a special appearance.

Friday, October 6th

4:00pm – 5:00pm THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Panel, Room 1A06
Welcome the creators behind the bestselling THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga, Akira Himekawa, as they discuss the work on their hit series. Fans attending this panel will receive a special collectible.

Saturday, October 7th

1:45pm – 2:45pm Shonen Jump Panel, Room 1A10
Hang out with the U.S and Japanese editors of the world's most popular manga! We've got exciting news about what we're doing to bring you the world's best manga!

NYCC On-Site Akira Himekawa Autograph Sessions Include:

Thursday, October 5th at 6:00pm – limited to 100 people
Friday, October 6th at 6:30pm – limited to 100 people

Signing session attendees will each receive an exclusive shikishi art board from VIZ Media for Akira Himekawa to autograph. Official signings are ticketed before the event. Please visit the NYCC Pre-Show Lotteries page for more information, at http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/Content/Pre-Show-Lotteries/.

NYCC Presents - Akira Himekawa Off-Site Autograph Sessions:

Barnes & Noble Tribeca Book Store, 97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007 Saturday, October 7th, 1:30pm

Kinokuniya Book Store, 1073 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10018 Saturday, October 7th, 8:30pm
Be among the first 100 people to purchase any THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga from the Barnes & Noble Tribeca and Kinokuniya stores that day, and receive a wristband for the autograph session. Signing session attendees may choose to have either their purchased manga or a VIZ Media-supplied shikishi board signed.

Akira Himekawa at the Nintendo World Store Rockefeller Center, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020 
Sunday, October 8th, 2:00pm
An encore appearance by THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga creators! Event details will be announced shortly by the Nintendo World Store.

Check the daily schedule for fun activities taking place at the VIZ Media booth, including:

• RWBY In-Booth Signing Session – Celebrate the upcoming release of the RWBY manga! Meet Kerry Shawcross, RWBY Director and Co-Writer, and Miles Luna, Head Writer of Animation for Rooster Teeth and voice of Jaune Arc, and get a personalized, signed RWBY poster! - Friday, Oct. 6th at 5:30pm
• JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Pose Off
It’s more fun than you can… STAND! Strike a pose with one of our JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE cosplayers and epic, life-sized Jotaro statue, and get a free art card set featuring favorite characters from STARDUST CRUSADERS.
• THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS Bag Giveaway
Get a legendary drawstring bag to keep your rupees secure!
• TOKYO GHOUL: RE Pin Collection
Stop the Ghoul threat! Visit the VIZ Media booth each day to pick up exclusive TOKYO GHOUL: RE pins, available in three different designs.

The VIZ Media retail area will offer a variety of must-have NYCC 2017 exclusives. Each purchase comes with a special VIZ Media 2017 exclusive tote bag offered in three designs featuring SAILOR MOON, SHONEN JUMP (featuring BORUTO and ONE-PUNCH MAN) and POKÉMON. Additional notable VIZ Media products include:

• Exclusive & Limited-Edition
o ONE-PUNCH MAN and ONE PIECE Manga Replicas – exclusive from Japan: $15 each
o JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Jotaro Kujo Figure: $60
o NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Enamel Sliding Pin: $10
• Pre-Street / Pre-Order Items
o HELLO KITTY & FRIENDS Coloring Book: $17
o TOKYO GHOUL: RE Vol. 1: $13
o TOKYO GHOUL ILLUSTRATIONS: ZAKKI: $25
• Special Bundles And Gifts With Purchase
o BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS Manga Vols. 1-2 – with exclusive postcard set: $15
o THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS Manga Vols. 1-2 – with exclusive gift with purchase
o Premium WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Annual Subscription – with exclusive WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Hat and YU-GI-OH! trading Card: $30

For additional information on anime and manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit VIZ.com.