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Philippine National University to Host Tanabata Festival

PNU Nami, the Japanese club of Philippine Normal University, will hold its annual celebration of Tanabata Festival tomorrow, August 15 at the PNU Gymnasium. Its free admission is open even to outsiders  as long as they present a valid ID for security purposes. There will be two separate cosplay competitions both for PNU students and outsiders and the winners will receive prizes and freebies from the sponsors. The PNUan who will also bag the first spot in the said contest will be given the honor to represent the university in the upcoming BOA (Best of Anime) Inter-school competition which will take place next month in Mall of Asia’s SMX Convention Center. On-the-spot drawing contest and other games will also add fun and excitement to the crowd.

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Several booths, including those that will be set up by other organizations and schools will also be available for those who are looking for some anime and Japanese-related merchandise. People also need to watch out for the song and dance performances of the Nami members.

Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, is a Japanese festival originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. According to legend, these lovers were separated and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August.

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SM Cinema to Screen “Boruto: Naruto the Movie” in the Philippines

Great news to all the Filipino fans of Naruto! It was confirmed by SM Cinema that it will screen the latest Naruto movie that features that newest generation of shinobi including Naruto and Sasuke’s children, Boruto and Sarada, respectively. The film will be exclusively shown by SM Cinema on September 2 (tentative date).

Boruto: Naruto the Movie, will premiere in Japan on August 7. It stars Yuko Sanpei as the voice of Boruto, and Kokoro Kikuchi as Sarada. Junko Takeuchi and Noriaki Sugiyama will be reprising their roles as Uzumaki Naruto and Uchiha Sasuke, respectively.

 

(via ANN)

Uta no Prince Sama to Return with a Fourth Season

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Just a few weeks after Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love Revolution concluded, a fourth season to its anime adaptation was already confirmed! The official website of the said anime series made the announcement last week after the final episode of season 3 flashed the messages “To Be Continued…” and “See You Next Season”.

The popular otome game published by Brocolli has spawned three anime adaptation series so far, with the first season being televised in 2011. The second part, entitled Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji LOVE 2000%, ended its 13th episode in June 2013, while the latest one concluded just last month this year.

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(via ANN)

“One Piece” Manga Becomes a Guinness World Record Holder

(C)Eiichiro Oda / Shueisha

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga has taken another milestone as it was recently awarded by the Guinness World Record for having “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.” The manga has printed 320,866,000 copies worldwide as of December 2014. The official website for One Piece shared the announcement on Monday.

Weekly Shonen Jump editor Yoshihisa Heishi received the award in behalf of Oda who couldn’t make it in the awarding ceremony held in Tokyo. The series has been serialized on Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since 1997, and has also been published in several countries worldwide. Its anime adaptation began airing in 1999 and is still ongoing.

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(Source: Oricon via ANN)

Congratulations to Oda and all the staff behind the success of One Piece! 

Five New Anime Series to Premiere Next Month

The month of July seems to be a promising and exciting month for anime lovers out there as five new anime series are going to premiere next month! Aquarion Logos, which will air on July 2 on Tokyo MX TV, AT-X, and other stations, is produced by Satelight and Eiichi Sato is directing it. The cast includes:

  • Nobunaga Shimazaki as Akira Kaibuki
  • Ayane Sakura as Maia Tsukigane
  • Yuto Adachi as Subete Kenzaki
  • Haruka Chisuga as Kokone Kikogami
  • Yuichiro Umehara as Hayato Kujyo
  • Takayuki Asai as Tsutomu Domon
  • Ari Ozawa as Karan Uminagi
  • Jouji Nakata as Sōgon Kenzaki
  • Saima Nakano as Shōko Iwagami
  • Ryoko Shirashi as Sakurako Soda

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On the other hand, Classroom Crisis, an original anime TV series animated by Lay-duce, will begin its broadcast on July 3. It is directed by Kenji Nagasaki and originally designed by Hiro Kanzaki. Minami Tsuda will voice Makoto Ryouke, and joining her in the cast are Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Kojirou Kitahara), Showtaro Morikubo (Kaito Sera), Ari Ozawa (Mizuki Sera), Sora Amamiya (Iris Shirasaki), Aya Suzaki (Tsubasa Hanaoka), and Shiina Natsukawa (Aki Kaminagaya).

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The third anime series to debut on July 4 is Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai (A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist).

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Its official website unveiled a visual and a promotional video for the anime, where Shizuka Ishigami will play the character of Ayame Kajō. Others who are included in the cast are:

  • Yūsuke Kobayashi as Tanukichi Okuma
  • Miyu Matsuki as Anna Ninomiya
  • Saori Goto as Hyōka Fuwa
  • Satomi Arai as Otome Saotome
  • Kenta Miyake as Raiki Gōriki
  • Yui Horie as Kosuri Onigashira
  • Sumire Uesaka as Oboro Tsukimigusa
  • Yui Ogura as Binkan-chan

The said anime adaptation of Hirotaka Akagi and Eito Shimotsuki’s light novel series is directed by Youhei Suzuki.

Prison School, a manga created by Akira Hiramoto, will also air its anime adaptation on July 10 under J.C Staff. The cast includes (from left to right) Hiroshi Kamiya as Kyoshi, Katsuyuki Konishi (Gakuto), Kenichi Suzumura (Shingo), Daisuke Namikawa (Joe),  and Kazuyuki Okitsu as Reiji “Andre” Andō, and for the female characters, they will be voiced by Sayaka Ohara as Mari (President), Shizuka Itou as Meiko (Vice President) and Kana Hanazawa as Hana (Secretary).

Prison School

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Meanwhile, the third season of Junjō Romantica will premiere on July 8. The boys-love anime series will once again be directed by Chiaki Kon under Studio DEEN. Takahiro Sakurai and Hikaru Hanada will return as Misaki Takahashi and Akihiko Usami, respectively. Hiro Shimono will also join the original cast as Mizuki Shiiba.

Which among these new anime TV series are you looking forward to watch? 

“Death Note” TV Series Reveals Cast

It was recently reported that the popular manga “Death Note” will be having a live-action television series this year, and last Monday, the cast was revealed in full costume. The main actors, Masataka Kubota (Light Yagami) and Kento Yamazaki (L) differ from the other cast who portrayed the story’s characters in the live-action film adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s manga. Mio Yūki will join Kubota and Yamazaki as Near, and it will be the first time that the said character will be included in the live-action series.

Shueisha made the announcement regarding the cast in this year’s 26th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The drama will be broadcasted on NTV on Sundays starting in July.

Death Note was published from 2003-2006 and it also inspired a 37-episode anime series which was aired in 2006. Three live-action films were also released, which starred Tatsuya Fujiwara as Light Yagami and Ken’ichi Matsuyama as L.

(via ANN)

“Noragami” Anime Teases Fans with a Video for the Second Season

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The May issue of Kodansha’s Monthly Shounen Magazine recently announced the return of the cast and staff for the second season of the anime adaptation of Adachitoka’s “Noragami” manga. The first season, which was aired from January to March last year, was produced by Studio Bones and directed by Kotaro Tamura. Deko Akao and Toshihiro Kawamoto will reunite with Tamura for the second season of the anime series under the production of Bones. Hiroshi Kamiya and Maaya Uchida will also return as Yato and Hiyori Iki, respectively, together with Yuuki Kaji (Yukine), Miyuki Sawashiro (Bishamon), Jun Fukuyama (Kazuma) and Daisuke Ono (Daikoku), among others. Joining them are Aki Toyosaki (Kofuku), Toru Ohkawa (Tenjin), Kazuhiko Inoue (Kuraha), Asami Imai (Mayu)  and Rie Kugimiya (Nora).

The second season will adapt the series’ Bishamon arc and a video was recently uploaded by the official website for the anime which contains images from Adachitoka’s manga.

Cast of Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play in Full Costume Revealed

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The official website for the stage play adaptation of Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul manga recently revealed the names of the cast, led by Yūki Ogoe who will portray the manga’s protagonist Ken Kaneki. And just last week, the website also updated its visuals of the cast in their costumes!

Yūki Ogoe as Ken Kaneki

Aya Tabata as Tōka Kirishima

Shōgo Suzuki as Nishiki Nishio

Shūto Miyazaki as Hideyoshi Nagachika

Yuri Hamada as Rize Kamishiro

Mitsu Murata as Uta

Tomokazu Yoshida as Renji Yomo

Yoshitaka Yamagami as Yamori

Masaaki Okuno as Asaki Fueguchi

Yūki Kimisawa as Kōtarō Amon

Jiyū Arima as Kureo Madō

Tadayoshi Katō as Yoshimura

The show, which will be directed by Isamu Kayano, will take place at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo from July 2-8 and at the Kyōto Gekijō from July 18-20.

Tokyo Ghoul was first published on Weekly Young Jump magazine in 2011 and it recently concluded last year. A sequel  entitled Tokyo Ghoul:re has been serialized by Shueisha in addition to Sui Ishida’s prequel story Tokyo Ghoul: JACK. An anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot was aired in 2014. The 12-episode series is then followed by Tokyo Ghoul √A. The second season started its broadcast in January this year and concluded in March.

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Bakuman Releases First Live-Action Film Trailer

The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Bakuman manga recently released a trailer for the movie which will be shown in Japan on October 3. Takeru Satoh and Ryunosuke Kamiki will portray the characters of Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi, respectively. Kenta Kiritani (Shinta Fukuda), Hirofumi Arai (Kazuya Hiramaru), Sarutoki Minagawa (Takurō Nakai) and Takayuki Yamada (Akira Hattori) will join Satoh and Kamiki in the movie.

Other members who are also included in the cast are the following:

Lily Franky as Sasaki

Kankuro Kudo as Tarō Kawaguchi

Shōta Sometani as Eiji Niizuma

Nana Komatsu as Miho Azuki

A 30-second teaser was released this week which features the narration of One Piece’s Luffy’s voice actress Mayumi Tanaka. The video was streamed a few days after stills from the film showing Satoh and Kamiki in the office of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump  were also uploaded.

(c)Bakuman Production Committee

(c)Bakuman Production Committee

(via ANN)

Second “Fairy Tail” Anime Film Confirmed

The 25th issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine confirmed that a second anime film adaptation of Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail manga has been green-lit! The first film, titled “Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess”, was released in 2012.

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An imageboard art for the film drawn by Mashima himself is also unveiled in the magazine. The latest issue also includes two new chapters of the manga which tease the fans about a shocking development in the story.

The ongoing series began its serialization in 2006 and an anime TV adaptation also started airing in 2009.

(via ANN)