Code Geass Gaiden to be Split Over 4 OVAs

April 20, 2012

It’s been a while since anything new was announced in regards to Code Geass Gaiden, but we now have a bit more information about it.

According to Ichiko Hashimoto, the lady behind the music in the Code Geass spin-off, the show will be a four-episode OVA that will premier in cinemas before seeing a DVD/Blu-ray release around three months afterwards. The episodes will also be around 50 minutes long.”

The first of these OVAs will be shown in the summer.


*Credit to Japanator for the info*

Bakuman Manga Ending in April

April 18, 2012

I am sad to say I have yet more bad news for Anime and Manga fans – the Bakuman Manga is going to end on Monday 23rd of April.

Unlike Bleach, Gintama and Beelzebub which all had their Anime cancelled, Bakuman ending appears to be the choice of the two authors themselves. Even so, it’s always a shame when a series like this comes to an end, particularly one as enjoyable as Bakuman.

Here’s what was recently said to confirm the news:

“Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata are ending their Bakuman manga series in this year’s combined 21st/22nd issue of Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Monday, April 23. The magazine asks their fans to look forward to their next work. The 18th compiled book volume will go on sale on May 2, and the 19th and 20th volumes will follow in June and July, respectively.

The manga has been running in Shonen Jump since 2008. Viz Media is publishing the 11th volume of the manga in North America in June. The manga inspired three television seasons, and the third one will premiere this fall.”


*Credit to Anime News Network for the info*

Fairy Tail The Movie – The Maiden of the Phoenix – Trailer 2 Released

April 11, 2012

Good news for fans of Fairy Tail – A new trailer has been released for the movie! Unfortunately there are currently no subtitled versions available, but below is the original Japanese one in any case.

*Note: If I find a video that has subs I may add it in future, but I cannot translate it myself, so please no comments asking me to do so*




New Naruto Shippuden: Road to Ninja Trailer Released

April 5, 2012

Earlier this year we heard the news that Masashi Kishimoto would be involved with the new Naruto Shippuden movie, titled  “Road to Ninja”. Well now I am happy to say that a new trailer for the movie has been released!

I unfortunately can’t embed the video on this site, but you can watch it by visiting TV Tokyo’s official website

It’s only 27 or 28 seconds long, but it looks fantastic so far. I don’t want to spoil what little we are shown, so I won’t comment about the details here.

What I will say though is I am really looking forward to it just from seeing the short trailer alone, so be sure to let me know your thoughts on it – including things like how can some of the stuff we see in the trailer be possible – in the comments section below!


Since originally posting this, someone has uploaded a subtitled version of the trailer on Youtube, which you can watch here

Viz Media Aquire European Rights For Bakuman Anime

March 27, 2012

As the title says, Viz Media have aquired the European rights to the Anime series of Bakuman. This was revealed in a statement released by the company itself:

VIZ MEDIA EUROPE is pleased to announce the acquisition of  TV, VOD, DVD, Blu-ray and merchandising rights for the “Bakuman” licence for France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

From the creators of Death Note, Bakuman is the latest hit TV series to be based on a top-selling manga title by Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba, with millions copies sold in Japan and published in France by Kana, Viz Media in the UK, Panini Comics in Italy, Norma Editorial in Spain and TokyoPop in Germany. Directed by Kenichi Kasai (Honey and Clover) and Noriaki Akitaya (Code Geass), Bakuman TV series is broadcast on the NHK channel in Japan.

With Bakuman, Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba radically changes the subject and theme from his work on the captivating thriller of Death Note in order to suck us into the backstage world of manga creation. The series is a realistic, funny and surprisingly immersive look into the dream industry of many teenagers today. The authors pays close attention to developing the main characters of this TV series – two passionate teenagers who will never stop dreaming about publishing their first manga.”

Key Art Revealed for Hanasaku Iroha Home Sweet Home Anime

March 21, 2012

This news has genuinely made my day, I can’t tell you how happy I am to have some kind of confirmation that another series of Hanasaku Iroha is going ahead. As those of you who read my review of the first series will know, I am a massive fan of Hanasaku, and this news has made me feel over the moon!

More Hanasaku Iroha anime was confirmed back in December via the wraparound jacket for the first collection of Jun Sasameyuki’s manga Hanasaku Iroha: Green Girls Graffiti. Now we have key art and a title, Hanasaku Iroha Home Sweet Home. The only other details known at the moment are that Hanasaku Iroha Home Sweet Home is now in production.”

Of course there is no word as to when the series will be ready for release, but the mere thought of more Hanasaku is enough to keep me happy.


*Credit to Crunchyroll for the info*

Masashi Kishimoto to Take Charge of Scenario and Designs for Next Naruto Movie

March 21, 2012

That’s right, Masashi Kishimoto himself will be involved with the next Naruto Shippuden movie. So far, this is what is known about his involvement:

The latest Japanese issue of Shonen Jump featured the announcement that Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto will be providing the story and character designs for this summer’s Naruto movie, Road to Ninja. The feature, which celebrates 10 years of Naruto anime, is scheduled to hit Japanese theaters on July 28th.”

Judging from the picture used, it appears as if Tobi will be involved in some form, as will Minato and Kushina. This is all my own speculation as I have heard nothing official about it, but if it does prove to be the case, anything that does have Minato and Kushina in is fine in my book.

*Credit to Crunchyroll and Shonen Jump for the info*

Gintama Anime Cancelled in March

March 19, 2012

In what has been an absolutely awful month to be a Shonen Anime fan, I can report things have now become even worse. Originally hit by cancellations of Bleach and Beelzebub, now Gintama’ has become the latest victim.

The second Gintama anime, entitled Gintama’ , will end on March 26th. It was confirmed thanks to the schedule found on TV Hokkaido. Gintama’ will be replaced by a new anime series entitled, “Gon”.

*TV Hokkaido Schedule*

Beelzebub Anime Cancelled in March

March 19, 2012

In what is more bad news for Anime fans, yet another series will be coming to an end this month in the form of Beelzebub.

The Beelzebub television anime series will end on Sunday, March 25, on its 60th episode. The anime magazines had revealed on March 10 that the anime is ending, and the official Twitter account for the anime corroborates this. However, Ryūhei Tamura‘s original manga is still continuing, and the last anime episode is titled “Sayonara wa Iimasen” (“We Don’t Say Farewell”).”



*Credit to Anime News Network for the info*

Madoka Magica Film To Air Fall 2012?

March 18, 2012

Although it’s far from definite, there are apparently plans to get the first Madoka Magica film released before the end of the year. Here are some more details:


We’ve received news that Akiyuki Shinbo is seeking to release the first Puella Magi Madoka Magica film, aka The End of Madoka, sometime this fall. While very few details about the project have been revealed, we know that the movie will be the first in a series of three. The tip was featured in an interview with the director published in the Chunichi Shimbun paper last Friday.

According to another story published on the December 2011 issue of popular otaku magazine Newtype, the first two Madoka films will recap the 12-episode TV series. The third will feature a completely new story that continues from where the show left off.”




*Credit to Japanator for the info*