Junichi Suwabe, Kenjiro Tsuda, Mamiko 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.
Thanks to Shiori S., CeaseActivity for the news tip.
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 Ōji, Kyoto Animation/Iwasobi High School Swimming Club
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.
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: Sponichi, Yahoo! via 0takomu, Hachima Kikō
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:
According to Nippon Ichi, the player can only save the one heroine they choose.
Other characters include:
Shiki Aoki as Pheles Izayoi.
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.
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.