If you’re going to Anime Expo in July, you might want to save a seat so you can see some exclusive anime movies. Anime Expo will begin on July 4th and ends on July 7th at Los Angeles, California. According to ANN, Japanese Animation Studios TMS Entertainment announced that attendees will be able to see an exclusive screening to Lupin the Third movies: Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko’s Lie and Lupin the IIIrd: Geomon’s Blood Spray. In order to see these movies, you have to be at least over the age 18+ and the movies will begin on July 6th at 10:30 AM. The director of the movies is Takeshi Koike who previously did the movies Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine and Lupin the III: Jigen’s Gravestone. Yūya Takahashi is also joining this movie as the screenwriter; this is the same person who did the screenwriting for the previous movies and Lupin III: Part IV.
Even though the news about Monkey Punch is depressing, we should look at the bright side and see that his creation is still admirable and his work will live on in the anime Lupin the 3rd. It’s been announced yesterday that Toonami will be adding the anime Lupin the 3rd Part V in June 15th. It’s unknown what time slot will the anime be on, but Lupin is back on the schedule. Part V takes place after the events of Part IV and the story will focus on Lupin’s friends and foes in France.
Sad news for Lupin the 3rd or Lupin III fans, it’s been reported by news site that the manga of the Lupin III manga Monkey Punch (real name is Kazuhiko Katou) passed away on April 11th. The cause of death was pneumonia and he was the age of 81.
Kazuhiko Katou was born Hamanakka, Hokkaido, Japan on May 26, 1937 and he began his manga career in 1965. His first manga published was Playboy School. He created the manga Lupin III in 1967 and the series got into anime format in 1971. Lupin has appeared in many movies, TV anime episodes and specials, spinoffs, and live action movies.
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Remember this picture above? I got some news about it. Square Enix announced that the Magitek Exosuit DLC will be back and be available for download for free this month as an update. If you didn’t know, this DLC costume was going to be with Booster Pack DLC way back in February but it was pulled off because the costumes looked stikingly familiar to the recent Power Rangers film in March. Square Enix mentioned that these costumes will be changed and modified to avoid copyright conflicts.
The popular moe anime New Game! will finally be getting English Dub. FUNimation announced that they will be dubbing the anime in English with directors like Caitlin Glass and Gliford Chapin. The characters already have the voice actor/actress and FUNimation also announced that will be releasing the first 6 episodes today and Episode 7-12 will be on July 28. There are no news on the second season yet. Here is the anime synopsis:
In the original New Game! workplace manga by Shōtarō Tokunō, the main character Aoba Suzukaze graduates from high school and joins a game company. The person who made the game that Aoba loved as a grade-schooler just happens to be Aoba’s senior at the company. The story follows girls who work and aspire at the Eaglejump company.
If you Lupin III and you also like Hayao Miyazaki, I got good news. Fathom Events announced yesterday that they will be screening the 1979 anime film Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro on September 14th and 19th. The movie will be in English Dub while some may play in sub. The local screen time is 7:00 PM. Tickets will be on sale on August 18th.
This may true or false or good or bad but here is what I saw this morning. According from Anime News Network and from Eiga.com, Masami Kurumada manga series Saint Seiya (or English known as Knights of the Zodiac) will become a Hollywood live-action film. Toei Animation and Chinese distribution company A Really Good Film Company (ARGF) will be co-producing the film. Director Tomasz Bagiński will be in charge of the film along with Kozo Morishita and Yoshiyuki Ikezawa as producer and executive producer.
The story is described in the series here:
The story follows Seiya, a mortal who has trained to earn the sacred cloth of Pegasus. He joins the Saints, a group of fighters who must defend the universe and the reincarnation of the goddess Athena.
Lupin the 3rd
Announced through Twitter and PRWEB.com, the anime series Lupin the 3rd: Part 4 will be joining Toonami on June 17th, 2017. The anime will be English Dubbed by Pioneer dub, the same team who previously did the Dub when Lupin the 3rd was in Adult Swim years ago.
After leaving Twitter in September 2015, Bleach creator Tite Kubo returns to the social media Twitter! Even though it’s not a verified account, Yusuke Murata (One-Punch Man character art designer) says that in his Twitter that he has returned. This is the only evidence we have.
The final volume for Bleach will be released in Japan on November 4th. The last volume is number 74.
If you haven’t heard the news, Tim Miller (director of Deadpool) left the production for the second film for Deadpool. Instead, he will be working on the live-action/CG film adaptation of Sonic the Hedgehog. He will be the executive producer while working with the Oscar Nominee director Jeff Fowler (“Gopher Broke”) and script writers Patrick Casey and Josh Miller (Golan the Insatiable).
Lupin III: Part IV
Announced last night, American anime distributor Discotek Media have licensed the anime series and sequel Lupin III: Part IV. The anime will have an English dub and sub track. The anime was first premiered in October 2015, first it was premiered in Italy August 2015 and then in Crunchyroll in January 2016.
The story of the new series takes place in Italy and San Marino, and it features a blue-jacketed Lupin in his 20s. The series open with an invitation to Lupin’s wedding to a new character named Rebecca (played by Yukiyo Fujii in the Japanese version).
With 2015 coming to an end, it is time to get ready for 2016. As we approach the new year, new anime and video games have been announced and some are unexpected.
It has been announced that the game JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven will be heading to North America and Europe in Summer 2016. The game was released in Japan in December 17 for PS3/PS4.
Konami recently announced that there will be three new Yu-Gi-Oh! games and it will be available for smartphones, Nintendo 3DS, and PC. The smartphone game titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links will be released on Spring 2016 for Android and iOS. The 3DS game is expected to be released in the summer and the PC is the winter.
Announced in Twitter, the Gurren Lagann franchise posted a link to a website with a “Coming Soon” tagline. It is unknown what is this project and some people speculate it is either an anime reboot or video game.
At Jump Fiesta, it was announced that the manga series D.Gray-man will be having a new anime series in 2016. Also announced but in Young Animal magazine, Kentaro Miura’s manga Berserk will have a new anime in 2016; the promo revealed the main character Guts in his new appearance.
Anime DVD Release
Discotek Media recently announced that they licensed the Lupin the Third series 2 (Lupin III: Part II) TV anime and will be releasing the whole anime series in 2016. The set will have 4 discs episodes 80-155 from 1977-1980. According to the company, they stated that they will have the episodes in English Subbed and any episodes that has English Dub already there.