Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Seven Seas Licenses "New Game!" Manga, Latest From "Dance In The Vampire Bund" Author And More

Today, Seven Seas announced their latest slate of manga licenses at Anime Expo. Much-requested New Game! is there. As in a Miss Kobayashi's spin-off. Also, the new sci-fi horror from Dance In the Vampire Bund's Nozomu Tamaki, and more! 


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

"The Seven Deadly Sins" to Bring Its PS4 Action to the West Next Year

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time isn't the only anime-based game coming to the west early next year. Bandai Namco Entertainment also announced plans to bring The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia—based on the manga by Nakaba Suzuki and its anime adaptation—to PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe.


You can see some of the "blisteringly fast battles" promised in the teaser below. 



More from Bandai Namco:

Based on the popular manga and anime series The Seven Deadly Sins, The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia is the first console video game adaptation of the manga and anime series that brings together the powerful characters from The Seven Deadly Sins for an action-packed adventure on the PlayStation 4. The Seven Deadly Sins anime series have started streaming in North America exclusively on Netflix earlier this year.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia provides BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. with a great new series to add to our growing portfolio of world-class anime games,” says Dennis Lee, Brand Director at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “We can’t wait for anime lovers and fans of The Seven Deadly Sins to experience this new and exciting franchise.”

The Seven Deadly Sins is a legendary gang of rebels who have been blamed for overthrowing the Kingdom of Liones and are hunted by elite guards called Holy Knights. When a young girl appears, with an earnest wish in her head and a determination to find The Seven Deadly Sins, the world gets turned on its head and an extraordinary adventure begins!



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS, every week at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

"Dissidia Final Fantasy" Adds a Stage Based on Final "FFIV" Dungeon

The latest stage to be added to the Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade game is another end-game locale for a classic entry, this time reimagining Final Fantasy IV's Lunar Subterrane. 



Lunar Subterrane will be added to the mix in Japanese arcades along with the next update on July 12. 



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS, every week at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

"Little Witch Academia" Game Heads to the West in Early 2018

This past weekend Bandai Namco Entertainment announced plans to bring Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time to PlayStation 4 and Steam in the west. The side-scrolling beat-'em-up RPG based on Trigger's anime—the first 13 episodes of which are now up on Netflix—is coming to North America and Europe in early 2018. 



More from the press release: 

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time is a heart-pounding 3D action RPG beat ‘em up featuring an original storyline carved from the popular anime series by Studio Trigger, a Tokyo-based anime production company; now streaming exclusively on Netflix.


Having been inspired by a famous witch named Shiny Chariot, an ordinary girl named Atsuko (Akko) Kagari enrolls at Luna Nova Magical Academy, a prestigious school for young girls training to become witches. Before starting summer vacation, Akko and her new classmates find out about an inexplicable phenomenon at Luna Nova caused by the Seven Wonders, which has been passed down for several centuries. Now it’s up to Akko as she takes on the adventure to unravel the mystery surrounding the Seven Wonders.


Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time features main characters from the anime and original storylines for players to explore as they make their way through Luna Nova Magical Academy. 



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS, every week at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.

Smell Like a Sumo Wrestler with New "J-Scents"


Ever wanted to smell like a sumo wrestler? No? Too bad, here we go.



The J-Scent collection strives to turn various uniquely Japanese experiences into a line of fragrances. With previous releases like "Hanamikaze" (which is meant to emulate the smell of the breeze at a cherry blossom festival) and "Hydrangea," they've been doing fairly well so far. But their new line -- "Ramune," "Yuzu," and "Sumo Wrestler" -- has raised a few eyebrows.


Before you go worrying they'll make you smell like soda and athletes, though, don't. The scents as described on their website actually sound pretty good.


The "Ramune" scent is a mix of herbs and flowers including lemon, mint, rose, and magnolia, meant to make people think of warm summer festival evenings. "Yuzu" includes (of course) the citrus it's named after, as well as orange and bergamot. And the dreaded "Sumo Wrestler" scent? Eucalyptus, anise, violet, and heliotrope, with undertones of musk, patchouli, and sandalwood. Not bad at all.


The new scents went on sale today, and are available for 3,500 yen per bottle. Check out their shop for these and other previous scents, as well as testers for those who would like to sample first.


Source: Otakomu.jp




Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.

Vertical Announces More From Creators Of "Nichijou," "Monogatari" And "Yuri!!! On Ice"

Vertical had a series of new licenses to announce at Anime Expo, include City, the latest from Nichijou creator Keiichi Arawi, Moteki from Mitsurō Kubo, the co-creator and original character designer of Yuri!!! on Ice, and Monogatari writer NisioIsin's Strangulation, along with Hitomi Takano's My Boy. 



Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

How Powerful Is Anpanman? It's Time for Science!


He's a friend to children, a hero for the ages, and a delicious pastry product. Oh, and he can probably also destroy you.


Like many anime heroes, Anpanman has some pretty colossal powers -- one of which is the Anpunch, which can send his opponents clear to the horizon. But just how powerful would he have to be to send something like the Baikin UFO flying that far? Anime physics aside, inquiring minds want to know.


To find the answer, fans consulted Unit.Yakuri, a group of freelance writers who release the Arienai Science series in Japan. And what they came up with is, as you might expect, pretty nuts.



First off, we have to calculate the mass of the Baikin UFO. Unfortunately, the material it's made of doesn't exist in the real world, so Unit.Yakuri had to fudge the numbers a bit there. They set it at 500 kg, half the mass of a small helicopter.


Next comes the distance to the horizon. Assuming flat terrain, we're looking at a constant distance of about 16.6 km. As for starting altitude, Anpanman's air battles tend to appear to be about 10m above the tops of the trees, which was estimated to be a total height of 30 m. These two numbers can be used to find the true distance the Baikin UFO travels, taking into account both forward movement and drop.

And finally comes time. When timed, the Baikin UFO's journey via Air Anpunch comes out to about 2.47 seconds.

Using the equation velocity = distance/time, we come up with a speed of 6,710 meters per second. That's 24,155 km/h, or Mach 19.7. Just for reference, space shuttles re-enter our atmosphere at Mach 20.


But we're not done yet.



Now that we know the speed at which you travel after you've been Anpunched, we can calculate just how hard the UFO is being hit.



Energy (in joules) is equal to half an object's mass in kg times its velocity squared in m/s. That comes out to 11,255,227,716 joules. That's the same as nine GBU-28 Bunker Busters.



Fortunately for everyone, of course, this is all hypothetical, and we can watch Anpanman punch villains into the sun knowing he's not really hitting them with the force of multiple laser-guided artillery shells. Because that would be an awkward one to explain to the kids.


Source: My Game News Flash




Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.

Viz Presents Message From "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure" Creator

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure debuted January 1, 1987, and as the series celebrates its 30th anniversary, its cult following is just growing in North America. Big happening include the popular Stardust Crusaders headed to Toonami on July 29th. North American publisher Viz marked the big events with a message from creator Hirohiko Araki at Anime Expo. 




They also announced the cast for Stardust Crusaders' Iggy


Derek Stephen Prince joins Matthew Mercer's Jotaro Kujo, Richard Epcar's Joseph, Chris Tergliafera's Avdol, Kyle Hebert as Kakyoin, Doug Erholtz's Polnareff and Patrick Seitz's Dio Brando



Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

The Geniuses Behind Texhnolyze

Changing things up, the spotlight for this week doesn’t focus on a single individual, but rather the creative team behind the cyberpunk epic, Texhnolyze: director Hiroshi Hamasaki, producer Yasuyuki Ueda, character designer Yoshitoshi ABe, and scriptwriter Chiaki J. Konaka.




Texhnolyze is a recent addition to Crunchyroll’s catalogue of anime, and it’s one of the most viscerally powerful shows in their library. Originally airing in 2003 and produced by animation studio Madhouse, Texhnolyze was created during the cyberpunk anime boom and still has a strong cult following to this day. Painting a bleak vision of a slowly decaying world, the anime is like the death metal funeral of its genre. Dominated by its powerful soundscape and imagery, Texhnolyze is a brutal yet contemplative look at human struggle, a cybernetic arms race, and anarchy. Its ruthless depictions of violence and Lovecraftian symbolism (courtesy of scriptwriter Chiaki J. Konaka) are not for the faint of heart. However, for those that are able to look past that, they’ll find a meditative anime born from the minds of its brilliant creators; there’s nothing quite like Texhnolyze in anime.


Set in the sprawling underground city of Lux, Texhnolyze follows the story of a stoic prize fighter named Ichise. Waking up in a dilapidated underpass with no memory of what has transpired, our first view into Texhnolyze’s world are through Ichise’s eyes. His emotionless face serves as an honest vantage point as we see him wandering the abyss of a dark and foreboding underworld. Ichise’s first steps are without a destination, but they reveal so much about the state of the world around him. Surrounded by silence and distorted scenes of architectural decay, his detached expression speaks more than any dialogue would. Driven entirely by diegetic noise and poignant imagery, Texholyze’s first episode is not one to forget. With Ichise’s journey culminating in a disturbing sexual encounter and the dismemberment of one of his arms and legs, the anime establishes an unshakable precedent for its chaos.




The opening scenes of Texhnolyze are some of the strongest moments of cinema to come out of a TV anime, and highlight the best work of director Hiroshi Hamasaki’s career. The anime has a distinctive visual ethos which is defined by Hamasaki’s washed out color palette and blinding white lighting. Lux is a barren wasteland ruled by crime and mafia, with its inhabitants being more lifeless than the city itself. Although the flames of rebellion linger beneath the surface, people have accepted their state of hopelessness and entered a dormant state.


Hamasaki’s directing style is the perfect complement to the cold and unforgiving world that scriptwriter Chiaki J. Konaka creates throughout Texhnolyze. He emphasizes sound and scenery in any given scene, creating a mood more for the audience as opposed to one that reflects the characters’ experiences in the story. It’s an uncommon approach in anime, but is fitting of Texhnolyze as many of its human characters rarely show visible emotion. Rather than attempt to get the audience to emphasize with these characters, the director aims to paint more of an all-encompassing view of their existence. This is not to say that characters in the anime aren’t relatable or well-written, but rather that Hamasaki approaches Texhnolyze as more of an atmospheric art piece.  


The primary exception though is Ichise, who serves as the viewpoint character throughout Texhnolyze. Although he rarely speaks or shifts from his stoic demeanor, the key moments during the narrative where Ichise lets his feelings out are some of the most impactful in the series. During the scenes where Ichise has to drag himself up a flight of stairs with his newly texhnolyzed limbs, we see a young man essentially give up all hope as his body fails him. Hamasaki’s silent long-takes are beautiful pieces of cinema that express deep sorrow and frustration. Ichise’s silent scream is without a doubt one of the most chilling moments in anime.




While Hamasaki is a talented director capable of great cinematic feats, he owes a lot to Texhnolyze’s core production staff for the anime’s groundwork. Producer Yasuyuki Ueda has been the forefront of many imaginative and thought-provoking anime series. Back in the late 90s, Ueda formed a core team that he would work with on many productions. When he wrote the basic concept, setting, and story as a proposal for Serial Experiments Lain, he approached graphic artist Yoshitoshi ABe and scriptwriter Chiaki J. Konaka (individuals who he felt would be able to visualize his ideas). With ABe providing character and concept artwork and Konaka handling the TV screenplay, Lain was born.  


Ueda, ABe, and Konaka are all talented individuals who tend to create their most brilliant stories when in each other’s company. Ueda is a producer who plays an active role in the planning stages of an anime, cementing the project’s ideas, themes, and potential impact from the get-go. He then collaborates with other creators as they begin shaping his ideas into a more concrete story. For Ueda, he enjoys taking risks with animation projects and would rather create a piece that provokes a strong response from viewers as opposed to one that sold well. Serial Experiments Lain was a multimedia project that communicated the relationship between the self, technology, and the world to youth audiences, but was not explicit about what it stood for. Ueda wanted his audiences to interpret the show as they saw fit and find their own theme.


With Texhnolyze, Ueda left most of its original planning to ABe, going off his original concept artwork for the anime. ABe has a distinctive art style with dark colors and edgy, sharp line work, with many of his dojinshi being stories conceptualized around an abstract theme. For example, Haibane Renmei was originally a short dojinshi about angels living in a strangely soothing state of purgatory that Ueda liked and adapted into a full-length TV anime.




ABe’s artwork is not just striking to look at, as he’s very keen on expressing specific themes or emotions to his audiences. While he didn’t have as clear of a roadmap for Texhnolyze (compared to Haibane Renmei), he has stated in an interview that he was fascinated by the concept of an organic being with mechanical limbs. ABe had little experience drawing machinery, but wanted to design a story revolving around a character with a severed arm. In Texhnolyze, he hoped to express the pain of loss to viewers with the narrative of Ichise losing his real limbs and having to live with a mechanical substitute. As a result, he wanted the first half of Texhnolyze to stress Ichise’s struggles as he slowly adapts to his texhnolyzed limbs.


With Ueda and ABe forming Texhnolyze’s concepts and ideas, they left it to Konaka to script the anime’s scenarios. Konaka is a very unique scriptwriter in anime, as his primary influences are H.P. Lovecraft and Lewis Carroll. Many of the anime that Konaka had a hand in, such as Digimon Tamers, often contained heavy elements of Lovecraftian horror – and Texhnolyze is no exception. With the anime revolving around cybernetic body modifications, Konaka’s influence can certainly be seen during the series’ later half. Horror is a literary device that is very central to dystopian science fiction, and can be used to express people’s fears surrounding new forms of technology. Konaka builds off that literary theme in many disturbing ways with some truly haunting creations during Texhnolyze’s series’ finale.


Texhnolyze is brutal in terms of its subject matter, but thoughtful in its approach. It is not an anime for the faint of heart, but is clearly a passion project born from the genius of its creative team. Very few anime can express pain, sorrow, and emptiness in such a raw and affecting manner. Cyberpunk anime are sadly a vestige of a bygone era, but Texhnolyze remains as one of the genre’s greatest achievements. 




Let us know your thoughts about Texhnolyze and its creative staff in the comments below! 


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Discount Store Don Quijote Schools "Konosuba" Girls With Collaboration Illustration

Don Quijote, aka Donki, is a discount chain that specializes in basic groceries in cheap items. So, perfect for the low-rent adventurers of Konosuba. This summer, they'll be teaming up, and previewing the July 22nd kick-off, its art of Megumin, Aqua and Darkness in school girl art has been previewed. A special site will launch at a later date. 


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

Trigger Reveals Trio Of New Anime At Expo

As promised, Trigger had a multiple anime projects to reveal at Anime Expo. With A-1 Pictures, they are producing sci-fi Darling in the FrankXX. Akira Amemiya (Ninja Slayer, Infero Cop) is on collaboration with Ultraman's Tsuburaya, Gridman (previously seen in as part of the Animator Expo shorts series). Also, the Gurren Lagann and Kill La Kill team of Hiroyuki Imaishi and Kazuki Nakashima are back together on Promare, developed with XFLA. 




via HDKirin


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

It's The End of the World As We Know It in "Girls' Last Tour"


The main staff has been announced for Girls' Last Tour (known in Japan as Shojo Shumatsu Ryoko), an upcoming TV anime based on the web manga by Tsukumizu about a pair of young girls traveling the post-apocalyptic wasteland of their ruined world.



The main staff for Girls' Last Tour includes:


  • Original work: Shojo Shumatsu Ryoko by Tsukumizu (serialized in Shinchosha's Kurage Bunch digital manga magazine)
  • Director: Takaharu Ozaki
  • Series composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
  • Character design: Mai Toda
  • Animation production: WHITE FOX


An official home page and Twitter feed (@girls_last_tour) have also been published for Girls' Last Tour.



In Girls' Last Tour, many years have passed since the collapse of civilization. Machines have broken down and cities have turned into crumbling mazes. Most of the human race has died off, but Chito and Yuuri still travel the world in their beloved Kettenkraftrad tractor. Described as a "heart-warming, dystopian fantasy", Girls' Last Tour follows the everyday lives of Chito and Yuuri as they struggle to survive together.






Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.

Zuramaru Gotta To Go Fast! Sega Picks Next Generation "Love Live!" Image Girl

Sega has introduced its second generation Love Live! image girl, and, this time, it's Hanamaru Kunikida teaming up with Sonic (if you look at her hip, you can see a key chain of OG Rin Hoshizora).  Running July 15-August 4th, it will feature promo paper fans advertising the collaboration and Sunshine! single Happy Train, plus UFO game prizes (acrylic stands, cushions, tumblers, muffler towels).








Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

High School Girls Explore the South Pole in "A Place Further Than the Universe"

Announced at Anime Expo 2017, the team that brought audiences the anime adaptations of No Game No Life is joining forces once again to create an original TV anime entitled A Place Further Than the Universe (known as Uchuu Yorimo Tooi Basho in Japanese).



In addition to the key visual above, the main staff for A Place Further Than the Universe has been revealed, including:


  • Director: Atsuko Ishizuka
  • Series composition, screenplay: Jukki Hanada
  • Character design: Takahiro Yoshimatsu
  • Animation production: MADHOUSE


The story of A Place Further Than the Universe involves a group of high school girls making an expedition to Antarctica.




Animate Times

Official Uchuu Yorimo Tooi Basho TV anime home page


Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.

Monday, July 3, 2017

"Gurren Lagann" Announcement Teased

In honor of the series's 10th anniversary Gainax mecha spectacular Gurren Lagann is getting rebroadcast starting July 5th on Tokyo MX1 and BS11. And, there might be something more to this. Plans for a major announcement are now being teased, with the reveal scheduled to air with the first episode of the re-run.



via Anime!Anime!


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

Takehito Koyasu and Others Join the Cast of "Violet Evergarden"


Four more voice actors have joined the cast of Violet Evergarden, an upcoming TV anime based on the series of light novels published by Kyoto Animation about a world in which robots who assist people with disabilities are re-purposed as weapons of war. The new cast additions include:


  • Takehito Koyasu as Claudia Hodgins.
  • Daisuke Namikawa as Gilbert Bougainvillea.
  • Aya Endo as Cattleya Baudelaire.
  • And Kōki Uchiyama as Benedict Blue.



The story of Violet Evergarden involves a world where Professor Orlando, a scientist, creates a series of robots (known as "Auto Memory Dolls") to assist his wife Molly, an author, in writing her novels after she loses her sight. Later, the Auto Memory Dolls are repurposed as weapons of war.



At the conclusion of a 4 year war that tore the continent of Tersis apart, an Auto Memory Doll named Violet Evergarden retires from fighting and takes a job with a postal company. Violet is haunted by a word that she heard on the battlefield, a word that was told to her by the most important person in her life, a word that she doesn't understand. By touching human lives and human hearts through her work in taking dictation, Violet Evergarden searches for the meaning of the word.



Violet Evergarden is directed by Taichi Ishidate and features animation by Kyoto Animation. The series will begin broadcasting in Japan in January of 2018.


Source: Ota-suke


Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.

"Gintama" Anime To Return This Fall

TV Tokyo's site for the Gintama anima has been updated with news that the adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's samurai comedy-action manga will be returning in October's fall season with an adaptation of the Porori Arc. Leading into the live-action movie, opening July 14th, a best-of re-run of the series aired with bonus segements starting this spring.




via MangaMagJapon


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime. 

SEKAI NO OWARI Releases "Mary and The Witch's Flower" Theme Song MV Featuring Anime Scenes

Five days before the film's theatrical release in Japan, the official website for four-member Japanese musical group SEKAI NO OWARI has posted a three-minute music video for their next 11th single song "RAIN," which is featured as the theme song for Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty, When Marnie Was There)'s new anime feature film Mary to Mahou no Hana/Mary and The Witch's Flower. Director Yonebayashi draws a jacket illustration of the CD single to be released on July 5. 





3rd trailer featuring the theme song


Director Yonebayashi, producer Nishimura, SEKAI NO OWARI members


"RAIN" first press limited edition CD jacket A


First press limited edition CD jacket B



The film's premiere screening event was successfuly held at Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills in Tokyo

on June 22.




Countdown message from Hana Sugizaki (Mary)


Message from Ryunosuke Kamiki (Peter)




Main Voice Cast: 


 Mary: Hana Sugizaki

 Peter: Ryunosuke Kamiki

 Madam Mumblechook: Yuuki Amami

 Red Hair Witch: Hikari Mitsushima

 Charlotte: Shinobu Ohtake

 Dr.Dey: Fumiyo Kohinata

 Flanagan: Jiro Sato

 Banks: Eri Watane


Main staff:

Screenplay: Riko Sakaguchi (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya *co-written with Takahata)

Screenplay/Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Music: Muratsugu Takamatsu (Hime Chen! Otogi Chikku Aidoru Rirupuri, When Marnie Was There)

Producer: Yoshiaki Nishimura


Poster visual



Source: "Mary and The Witch's Flower" official website, Studio Ponoc Twitter


(C)2017 "Mary and The Witch's Flower" Production Committee, NTV, Hankyu Hanshin Toho Group


Shaft's "Magical Suite Prism Nana" Gets Stage Play Adaptation in September 2017

Tokyo-based film/stage play producing company Odd Entertainment has announced that a stage play based on Shaft's magical girl project Magical Suite Prism Nana is set to be performed at Sunshine Theater in Tokyo eight times from September 13 to 18 in 2017, and revealed its main cast members today. The company has been also working on the Gekidol idol anime project. 





Main Cast:

 Mako Hiiragi/Lightning Nana: Nozomi Maeda (Amami Hibiki in Re-Kan! stage play)

 Itaru Washioka/Heat: Riho Miaki (ex-AKB48/NMB48 member)

 Asuka Asagi/Earth Nana: Ruka Endoh (AIKATSU☆STARS!)

 Kotone Oribe/Aqua Nana: Yuno Ohhara (ex-Dream5)


 Ako Sugawara: Lamu Tamagawa (ex-Idoling!!!)

 Hina: Ayame Tajiri (ex-Otome Shinto)

 Tachibana-san: Ayaka Yamagami (ex-DiVA)

 Shion: Hinano Ayakawa (LinkStars')

 Ria: Kaede Fujimoto (ex-SUPER☆GiRLS)



The Magical Suite Prism Nana project features the characters designed by Kantoku (The "Hentai" Prince and

the Stony Cat., Garakowa: Restore the World). It was launched in August 2012, then two pachislot machines

featuring the magical girls were released in April 2013 and February 2015. Shaft has produced two OVA episodes

(originally planned at least seven), and the upcoming stage play titled "Magical Suite Prism Nana: The Starry

Stage" is based on its second episode "Hoshizora-hen" (Starry Sky Chapter) released in April 2016. Ichidai

Matsuda (Silent Möbius, TRICKSTER the STAGE) will direct on a script by Sho Kubota.



Muisc videos from the OVA


"hollow girl"


"Hoshizora Harmony"


"starry melody"



Source: Odd Entertainment


"Blood Blockade Battlefront & BEYOND" TV Spots Posted for October 2017 Premiere

During the rebroadcast of the first season that started on BS11 last night, a new 30-second spot CM for Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond, the upcoming second season of the TV anime adaptation of Yasuhiro Nightow's supernatural action manga, was also aired for the first tine on TV. The anime's official website has posted two versions of the CM narrated by Leonardo Watch (CV: Daisuke Sakaguchi).


The highly-anticipated second season tells more about the relationship between Leonardo Watch and his little sister Michella (CV: Nana Mizuki), and offers episodes focusing on the mysterious "All Seeing Eyes of God." It is set to premiere on MBS, TOKYO MX, and BS11 in this October. And according to the Twitter comment by Nightow on July 1, the voice recording session for its first episode was already done. All of the main voice cast members from the first season are confirmed to return.


30-second CM


15-second CM




Key visual




Source: "Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond" official website, Twitter


©2017 Yasuhiro Nightow/Shueisha, Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond Production Committee