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Gangsta. Action Manga Gets TV Anime

Junichi SuwabeKenjiro TsudaMamiko Noto return from drama CD to lead cast of adaptation ofKohske‘s manga

The wrap-around jacket band on the sixth compiled volume ofKohske‘s Gangsta. manga is announcing on Wednesday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit. The band also lists that the cast from the manga’s drama CD will be returning, with Junichi Suwabe as Worick Arcangelo, Kenjiro Tsuda as Nicolas Brown, and Mamiko Noto as Alex Benedetto.

The manga revolves around Nick and Worick, two men who take on jobs from both the mafia and the police in the town of Ergastulum, a rotten town filled with mafia, hoodlums, prostitutes, and dirty cops.

Kohske launched the original manga in Shinchosha‘s Comic @ Bunch magazine in 2010.Viz has licensed the series for North American release, and will ship the third compiled volume in English on August 19.

Via 0takomu

Thanks to Shiori S., CeaseActivity for the news tip.


CLAMP’s xxxholic: Rei Manga Goes on Hiatus

New Tsubasa series to launch same day 3rd xxxHOLiC: Rei volume ships

This year’s 32nd issue of Kodansha‘s Weekly Young Magazine is announcing on Monday that CLAMP‘s xxxHOLiC: Rei manga will go on hiatus. The announcement asks readers to wait for information about the series’ return to the magazine.

After a magazine release delay, the series launched in the magazine in March 2013.Kodansha has published two compiled book volumes, and the third is slated to ship on August 20. Kodansha Comics released the first volume in North America in April, and the second is slated to ship in November.

The magazine is also announcing that the Tsubasa WoRLD CHRoNiCLE: Nirai Kanai-henmanga, the creator unit’s newest series, will launch in this year’s ninth issue of Kodansha‘sMagazine Special on August 20. The magazine announced the manga last month as “a new story of Tsubasa that is connected to xxxHOLiC: Rei.”

Clamp began Tsubasa, RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, their manga that brings together characters from their past series, in 2003, and ended it in 2009. The manga inspired two television anime series, a feature film, and two original video animation (OVA) projects, all of which are licensed by Funimation in North America. Del Rey once published all 28 compiled English volumes of Tsubasa, RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE in North America.

Sabagebu! Adds 3 New Cast Members Before Premiere

The official website for the Sabagebu! – Survival Game television anime announced three more supporting cast members on Thursday:

Kikuko Inoue will voice Kazue Sonokawa, main character Momoka Sonokawa’s mother.

Yui Horie will voice Ena Sakura, the Survival Game Club’s adviser.

Mika Kanai will voice Rozeria Haguro, an elementary school girl who challenges Miō.

Previously announced cast members include:

Ayaka Ohashi as Momoka Sonokawa
Lynn as Maya Kyōdō
Nao Tōyama as Kayo Gōtokuji
Rumi Ookubo as Urara Kasugano
Yumi Uchiyama as Miō Ootori

Masahiko Ohta (Yuruyuri – Happy Go Lily) will direct the anime from scripts by Takashi Aoshima(Kotoura-san) at Pierrot Plus (Beelzebub, Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee). Masashi Kudo will design the characters.

The story of the original manga, which is running in Kodansha‘s Nakayoshi shojo magazine, revolves around Momoka Sonokawa, a girl who transferred into a certain girls’ high school. The club she ended up joining at school was the “Sabagebu!,” a club that conducts survival games.

The series is set to premiere July 6 on TOKYO MX.

Source: Moca News


Free! Eternal Summer Anime’s Short Promo Streamed

Series to premiere on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. ET

North American anime distributor Funimation began streaming an English-subtitled promotional video for Free! Eternal Summer, the second season of Kyoto Animation‘s Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club anime, on Tuesday.

The first weekly episode will premiere on Funimation‘s streaming service on Wednesday, July 2 at 11:30 a.m. ET. Crunchyroll will also stream the series as it airs in Japan. Funimation licensed the home video rights as well.

The season will feature the new character Sōsuke Yamazaki, one of Rin’s best friends from elementary school who understands him well. Yoshimasa Hosoya plays Sōsuke.

Free! Eternal Summer will also premiere in Japan on July 2. The group OLDCODEX returns to performthe opening theme song “Dried Up Youthful Fame” after performing the first season’s opening theme. Similarly, the five main leads — Nobunaga Shimazaki as Haruka Nanase, Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Makoto Tachibana, Mamoru Miyano as Rin Matsuoka, Tsubasa Yonaga as Nagisa Hazuki, and Daisuke Hirakawa as Rei Ryugazaki — are singing the ending theme song “Future Fish.”

Images © Kōji ŌjiKyoto Animation/Iwasobi High School Swimming Club

3rd Kuroko’s Basketball Season’s 2015 Release, Visual Unveiled

Kurobas Festival to be held to celebrate new season

This year’s 32nd issue of Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jumpmagazine is unveiling the 2015 release date and a new illustration for the third Kuroko’s Basketball television animeseason on Monday. There will be a Kurobas Festival event to celebrate the new season with exhibits, original goods, original drinks and food, and other points of interest.

The first anime season based on Tadatoshi Fujimaki‘s manga ranfrom April to September of 2012. The second season premieredlast October.


South Korean Group Kara Adds Youngji Heo After Nicole, Jiyoung Resign

Former Pretty Rhythm idol unit PURETTY members So-min JeonChae-kyung YoonShi-yoon Choalso competed in audition

DSP Media idol Youngji Heo was chosen as the new fourth member of South Korean girls’ group KARA on Tuesday during the “KARA Project Survival Audition” program. Heo was chosen by fan votes, with the three other finalists being Chaewon Kim, Sojin Ahn, and former PURETTY member So-min Jeon. Yooji Son and former PURETTY members Chae-kyung Yoon and Shi-yoon Cho were eliminated from the race in the previous round.

The renewed group will release their first single with Heo in Japan on August 27, and the group will go on tour in October. The audition to find a new member for Kara began shortly after members Nicole and Jiyoung left the group in January.

The Japanese official website for PURETTY had announced in May that PURETTY would be disbanding due to its membersHye-in Yoo and Jae-eun Jeon graduating the group. Yoo left the group in order to focus on her career as an actress, while the youngest member of the group Jeon left to focus on her studies.

PURETTY, a “little sister” group to Kara, formed in 2012 to appear in the Pretty Rhythm Dear My Future anime for girls, and performed the “Cheki Love” (Check It Love) and “Shuwa Shuwa Baby” (Fizz Fizz Baby) ending theme songs for the series. In addition to appearing in the live-action portion of the show, the girls also inspired characters named after them in the anime itself (seen below; from left to right, Jae Eun, Shi Yoon, Hye In, Chae Kyoung, and So Min).

The group Kara has performed theme songs for the live-action adaptation of Yoko Kamio‘s Boys Over Flowers manga, as well as for the South Korean broadcast of Naruto Shippūden. The original five members of Kara also inspired an anime featuring animated versions of themselves titled Kara The Animation.

Update: Error corrected. Thanks, checarlos87.

Source: Nikkan SportsYahoo! Japan

AKB48 Resumes Handshake Events With New Security Measures


Also: 4th documentary film opening July 4 will cover May incident

Idol group AKB48 will resume hosting handshake events starting on July 5 with a large handshake event at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center. The official website for the group explained that because staff were addressing operational concerns and security issues, they decided to postpone all handshake events in June. The staff have been working with security firm JSS, and preparations are now complete on the new security measures for handshake and photographing events.

Security personnel will now hand search all bags, and attendees will have to pass through a metal detector. Attendees are limited to bringing one bag per person, and the three dimensions of the bag must not exceed 90 centimeters. Attendees also cannot bring their bags with them when they actually shake hands with the group members.

Additionally, the new AKB48 documentary film, titledDocumentary of AKB48 The Time has come Shōjo-tachi wa, Ima, Sono Senaka ni Nani wo Omou?, will cover the May handshake attack incident. The film is slated to open in Japan on July 4. The film, which is the fourth documentary about the idol group, will cover the group’s activities from January 2013 to June 2014, with particular focus on the handshake event incident and reactions from the other members in the second half.

On May 25, a man attacked AKB48 group members Anna Iriyama and Rina Kawaei at a handshake event in Takizawa, Iwate Prefecture. A male part-time staff member was also injured. Kawaei suffered a laceration and bone fracture in her right thumb, while Iriyama suffered a fracture in her right pinky finger and a laceration to the head. The male staff member suffered cuts to his left hand. Both idols underwent surgery and were then released from the hospital. The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Satoru Umeta, allegedly admitted to the charge of attempted murder on Iriyama and Kawaei after he was arrested.

Sources: SponichiYahoo! via 0takomuHachima Kikō


The Guided Fate Paradox Sequel Game’s Promo Video Previews Gameplay

RPG where player can only save one of two heroines ships September 25

Nippon Ichi Software released a new promotional video for Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Cross Thesis (The Cross Thesis of God and a Fateful Revolution), the sequel to Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Paradox (The Guided Fate Paradox). After delays, the role-playing game will ship for PlayStation 3 in Japan on September 25.

The game will star one hero and two heroines:

Jun’ichi Miyake as Shin Kamikaze

Asami Imai as Jupiel Soraumi

Yumi Hara as Arle Agarie.

According to Nippon Ichi, the player can only save the one heroine they choose.

Other characters include:

Mikako Komatsu as Mariel Soraumi.

Shiki Aoki as Pheles Izayoi.

Takehito Koyasu as Hien Inugami.

Yui Itsuki as Latisha Liberadeus.

NIS produced The Guided Fate Paradox “destiny revolution RPG” last year as its first 20th anniversary commemorative title. The creative team behind NIS’ Disgaea role-playing game series planned and developed the project. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya light novel illustrator Noizi Ito served as a character designer for the game along with Airi Hori, and Yousei Teikoku (The Future Diary,Katanagatari theme songs) provided soundtrack and theme song. The voices of Love Live!‘s idol group voiced several characters in the game under the alias of their Love Live! character’s names.

The first game shipped in Japan last January. NIS America shipped the game in North America and Europe last fall.

Akatsuki no Yona Shōjo Fantasy Manga Gets TV Anime

Chiwa Saito plays princess in Pierrot anime of story by Mugen Spiral‘s Kusanagi

This year’s 15th issue of Hakusensha‘s Hana to Yume magazine is announcing on Saturday that a television anime adaptation ofMizuho Kusanagi‘s shōjo manga Akatsuki no Yona (Yona of the Dawn or Yona, the girl standing in the blush of dawn) has been green-lit.

The manga is an “epic fantasy romance set in a country in ruins.” Since Yona is the only princess of a grand kingdom, she has been raised with great care by her doting father and protected by her childhood friend/guard Hak and others. However, her fate changes on her 16th birthday, when her beloved cousin Soo-won murders her father to claim the throne. She flees the castle to Hak’s hometown and begins her new life.

The anime will reunite the cast from the earlier drama CD adaptation, with new cast members:


Kazuhiro Yoneda (technical director on Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Rising-Aquarion Evol) is directing the anime at Studio Pierrot (The World Is Still Beautiful). Shinichi Inotsume (Hayate the Combat ButlerZettai Karen Children) is in charge of the series scripts, and Maho Yoshikawa(Amnesia) is designing the characters. Kunihiko Ryo (The Twelve KingdomsEmma) is composing the music with sound director Yukio Nagasaki (Ao Haru RideLove Live!).

Mizuho Kusanagi, the creator of Mugen SpiralGame X Rush, and NG Lifelaunched the Akatsuki no Yona manga in 2009, and Hakusensha published the 14th volume in April. The ninth manga volume bundled the drama CD adaptation.

Tokyopop published the two volumes of Mugen Spiral in North America in 2007, and also publishedGame X Rush and NG Life.

Viz’s Shonen Jump Publishes 2nd Nisekoi/My Love Story Crossover

2-chapter manga special was published in Japan last year

Viz Media announced on Monday that it published the “girls’ side” chapter of creator Naoshi Komi‘s Nisekoi: False Love and writer Kazune Kawahara (High School Debut) and artist Aruko‘sMy Love Story!! (Ore Monogatari!!) crossover manga. Viz published the manga in Monday’s issue of its digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The special manga originally ran for twochapters last year. The “boys’ side” chapter appeared in last year’s 40th issue of Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on September 2, and the “girls’ side” chapter appeared in the October issue of Shueisha‘s Bessatsu Margaret magazine on September 13.Viz Media published the first “boys’ side” earlier this month.

Viz Media‘s Shojo Beat line will release the first compiled volume of My Love Story!! on July 1. The fourth volume of Nisekoi will also ship in North America on July 1.

My Love Story!! is a romantic comedy that revolves around the love triangle between the unattractive Takeo Gouda, his cool and attractive childhood friend Sunagawa, and the pure Yamato, whose specialty is making candy. The original 100-page story was published in an issue of Bessatsu Margaret Sister in October 2011, but the manga then returned in Bessatsu Margaret as a serialized work. The series won Best Shojo Manga at the 37th Kodansha Manga Awards last year.

Nisekoi is a romantic comedy that follows the story of high-schooler and yakuza family member Raku Ichijo, who is forced into a fake relationship with Chitoge Kirisaki, the daughter of a rival gang’s boss. While acting out their romance, Raku realizes that Chitoge has mysterious key from her past, which she can’t remember, and he has a pendant that can only be unlocked by his childhood sweetheart. To complicate matters, two more girls with keys also appear.

Komi, the creator of the Double Arts manga, first made Nisekoi as a one-shot manga in Shueisha‘s seasonal Jump NEXT! magazine in 2011. Komi then launched the manga as a regular series in the main Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in November 2011. Viz Media‘s English version of Shonen Jumpthen began serializing the manga in 2012. The 20-episode anime adaptation ended last month.