Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers Of The Sky has been green-lit as an anime adaptation. It will premiere April 12th on the Pokémon Sunday variety program.
The Fanroad anime magazine ended it’s 29 year old run this Saturday with it’s April issue. The magazine was a spinoff of Big Comic magazine and it specialized in reader-submitted art and manga.
Toy maker Yamato posted in their blog a multimedia project called Enka Ōdō Dai Shōgun. The project will include an anime adaptation by Studio Anima, illustrations, figures, novels, manga, drama CDs, and 3D computer graphics.
The live-action Dragonball film opened as the #1 film in five of the eight Asian markets. The film opens in the United Kingdom on April 3rd and the United States on April 8th. I imagine this film turning out to be so bad that it’s good. Anybody else agree?
Anon Pictures plans to exhibit the slapstick comedy Inuwari-san at the Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF). Keiko Yamamoto will play the canine police officer who loves law, order, and tea.
Shirow Miwa debut manga Dogs will get an anime adaptation this summer with the fourth volume of the manga Dogs: Bullets & Carnage. The official website has launched with a promotional video.
The adult-adventure game Princess Lover! will be getting an anime. Hiromitsu Kanazawa will be helming the project as director with Makoto Nakamura doing the scripting. The official website promises an update March 18th.
The Kampfer light novel series has an anime adaptation in the works. Toshihiko Tsukiji also wrote the Maburaho light novels and the Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~ pachinko games.
Lucent Pictures Entertainment and Studio 4°C are launching a new animation studio called Lucent 4°C (LFC). The first joint project will be announced sometime at the end of the year.
The Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden manga will not resume until spring of 2010. Manga-ka Yuu Watase announced through her website that the delay is due to her physical condition and her commitment to her other titles.
4Kids Entertainment announced yesterday net losses of US $19.6 million in the last three months of 2008. Net revenues dropped to $14.3 million and contributed to the increase of total losses of the year as a whole. Doesn’t look so good for 4Kids. Hopefully 4Kids sees this as a sign that it’s time to stop focusing so much time selling toys to kids and spending a bit more time on the original material.
Takashi Ikeda‘s Sasameki Koto yuri manga was green-lit for an anime.
Manga-ka Rumiko Takahashi‘s latest work starts in the 16th issue of Shogakukan‘s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine on April 22nd. The issue also marks Shonen Sunday’s 50th anniversary in which a special 30-page one-shot by Takahashi and Mitsuru Adachi will be published called My Sweet Sunday.
According to Yahoo! research, Wikipedia is the third most credible source of information media in Japan. It fell behind newspapers and radio, but surprisingly it beat out television.
Crunchyroll has announced that it will stream a worldwide simulcast of the Katekyo Hitman Reborn! anime. The episodes will be available for it’s Anime Subscribers within an hour they premiere on Japan’s TV Tokyo station every Saturday at 10:30 AM (Friday at 9:30 PM EDT).
At the Tokyo International Anime Fair Studio Bones announced an original series entitled Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 this July. The series is about the 70% or higher possibility that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake will happen in Tokyo sometime in the next 30 years. The anime will follow a what-if scenario if an 8.0 earthquake took place. I really enjoyed Xam’d Lost Memories so I think this will be a series I’ll watch.
Clannad artwork courtesy of 茨乃 on pixiv (account needed to access)