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“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! 

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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

©Satelight

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).

©Lay-duce

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).

©Hirotaka Akagi/J.C.Staff/GENCO

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

©Akira Hiramoto/Kodansha/J.C.Staff

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

©Adachitoka/Bones/Kodansha

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

©石田スイ/集英社 ©舞台『東京喰種トーキョーグール』製作委員会

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.

(©Sui Ishida/Shueisha/Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play Production Committee)

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.

©Hiro Mashima/Kodansha

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)

“Run, Chopper, Run!” iOS/Android Game Released by Bandai Namco

Great news for the fans of One Piece and mobile games! Bandai Namco Entertainment released Run, Chopper, Run! on Google Play on April 30 and on iTunes on May 11. The adventure game is based on Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga and it lets the player customize Chopper’s costumes and even do his seven transformations! The game is free although in-app purchases are also offered.

©Eiichiro Oda/Shueisha/Fuji Television/ TOEI Animation ©2015 BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

Bandai Namco Entertainment also streamed an English trailer which previews the mechanics of the mobile game. Watch the video and download the game for free!

Cast Revealed for the Anime Adaptation of “One Punch Man”

One-Punch Man, a  webcomic originally created by ONE, is confirmed to have an anime adaptation this year! It will be directed by Shingo Natsume under Studio Madhouse, and Chikashi Kubota will be the character designer. Tomohiro Suzuki, on the other hand, will handle the series composition.

©ONE・村田雄介/集英社・ヒーロー協会本部

The official website for the anime adaptation recently unveiled some of the voice actors for the upcoming series which include Makoto Furukawa as the protagonist Saitama and Kaito Ishikawa as Genos, the main character’s disciple. Yuuki Kaji (Speed of Sound Sonic) and Aoi Yūki (Tornado of Terror) will also join Furukawa and Ishikawa in the cast. Yūsuke Murata began his remake of One Punch Man in 2012 on Shueisha’s Young Jump Web Comics website. Both ONE’s webcomic and Murata’s digital manga remake are still ongoing.

(via ANN)

Attack on Titan Live-Action Films to be Screened in the Philippines

Philippine film distributor Pioneer Films confirmed that it will screen the two live-action film adaptations of Hajime Isayama’s Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) manga. The first part of the movie will be shown on August 12, while the second installment, Attack on Titan: End of the World, will open in Philippine theaters on September 23.

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The live-action films are slated to be released in Japan on August 1 (Part 1) and  September 19 (Part 2). Yuusuke Watanabe and Tomohiro Machiyama are working on the scripts together with the supervision of Hajime Isayama. Shinji Higuchi, on the other hand, is directing the two-part live-action movies. The films star Haruma Miura (Eren Yeager), Mizuhara Kiko (Mikasa Ackerman) and Hongo Kanata (Armin Arlert). Aside from the original characters in the manga, new characters will also be included in the films.

Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan started its serialization in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009. It also spawned a 25-episode anime adaptation which was aired in 2013, and a second season is scheduled to broadcast next year. “Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow“, the first of the two-part anime films, was also released in November 2014, while the second installment, Attack on Titan Part II: Wings of Freedom will come out in June this year.