After Aniplex USA announced their acquisition of Durarara!! X2 and their streaming plans, Crunchyroll has followed through themselves and have confirmed that they will be streaming the series across the three seasons that will be coming out for it. While the service did confirm that the show will be there, they do not yet have any start dates, times or territories to announce yet as that has yet to be finalized through the various partners and agreements. Which is understandable as there hasn’t been a Japanese premiere date set yet nor which networks it will be broadcast on there at this time.
The Durarara!! X2 series is planned for three seasons, with the first part in January 2015, the second in summer 2015 and the third part in Winter 2016.
The main staff is returning to the production with Takahiro Omori directiong based on scripts by Noboru Takagi and character designs by Takahiro Kishida. Animation production is being done by studio Shuka, their first production, instead of Brains Base which handled the first series.
Plot concept: “6 Months Later…We haven’t changed at all… or it seems….”
Half a year after the turmoil that rocked the entire city of Ikebukuro—
Peace has once again returned to the city and people are living each day normally.
The high school students enjoy their days of youth as the strongest and most dangerous man of Ikebukuro works diligently. The informant plots a new scheme and the headless rider is pursued by the cops as she rides through the night…But soon this normal will be cut short by the abnormal. Slowly but surely, the unknown will seize the city and face an all new storm.
Set for an April 2015 debut, a new promo video has surfaced for Etotama, which brings about the updated cast and staff information about the series. Produced by Shirogumi Inc and TAblier communications, the series is directed by Fumitoshi Oizako based ons cripts by Deko Akao and character designs by Asami Takahashi and Satoshi Koike. The series is set to star Hiro Shimono as Takeru Tendo, Rie Murakawa as Nyaatan, Ai Ozawa as Umatan, Eriko Matsuki as Mootan and Yumiri Hanamori as Uritan.
Check out the latest minorly tweaked promotional video for the series.
Plot concept: Cat that got betrayed by a rat. Rat that betrayed the cat. A tale of 12 Chinese zodiac animals.
[Source: ANN ]
Typhoon Noruda debuts in Japan on June 5th for a limited three week engagement and now the studio behind it has put together a new minute long teaser that shows off a bit of the character interaction, some of the action and a taste of the opening song for it as well. We recently got the official update with the the main cast of characters as well as fleshing out the staff, noting that Norihiko Miyoshi is on board as the CG director, Mika Nishimura as the art director and Mitsuhiro Sato as the director of photography. It was also revealed that Galileo Galilei will be doing the opening song for the film.
The film comes from Studio Colorido, making their first feature film since they started back in 2011 as they’ve mostly focused on ONA material and more. The film is directed by Youjiro Arai while Hiroyasu Ishida is handling the character designs and serving as the chief animation director.
The cast for the film includes:
Shūhei Nomura as Shūichi Azuma
Daichi Kaneko as Kenta Saijō
Kaya Kiyohara as Noruda
Plot concept: The film takes place on a certain isolated island, at a certain middle school, and on the eve of the culture festival. A boy quits baseball after playing his whole life and has a fight with his best friend. Then, they suddenly meet a mysterious, red-eyed girl named Noruda, and a huge typhoon hits the middle school.
With its next episode due out on July 14th, 2015 in Japan and being simulcast by FUNimation, Media Factory has revealed two teasers for the next episode of the Overlord series. They’ve put out two teasers for it, mostly with the same animation, but going with different sets of narration for it to try and draw in different audiences.
Overlord comes from author Kugane Maruyama with illustrations by so-bin that’s published by Enterbrain. It began in the summer of 2012 and released its eighth volume earlier this year. The series has had two drama CDs released with previous volumes.
It’s being animated by Madhouse with Naoyuki Itou directing it based on scripts by Yukie Sugawara and character designs by Takahiro Yoshimatsu as they adapt from the original works. The series will star Kenta Miyake as Cocytus, Manami Numakura as Narberal Gamma, Masayuki Katou as Demiurge, Shigeru Chiba as Sebas Tian and yumi Uchiyama as Mare Bello Fiore.
Plot concept: The series follows a salary man who remains online when the service for an MMORPG ends. In doing so, he becomes a powerful skeletal wizard. In his new form, he begins attracting followers and conquering the digital world that remains.
The debut this season of High School Star Musical, which is going by the name Starmyu now, has gone over pretty well for its audience. Now the folks at NBC Universal Anime has put out its preview of its fourth CD that’s set for release right about now in Japan. The tracklist for the release includes:
The project is from an original plan by Rin Hinata and will be animated at C-Station. Shunsuke Tada is directing the project based on scripts by Sayaka Harara and character designs by Asami Watanabe.
The previously announced cast so far includes Natsuki Hanae as Yuuta Hoshiya,Kensho Ono as Tooru Nayuki, Arthur Lounsbery as Kaito Tsukikage, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Shou Taigeiji, Tomoaki Maeno as Yuu Kuga, Junichi Suwabe as Itsuki Ootori, Daisuke Hirakawa as Tsubasa Hiiragi, Nobuhiko Okamoto as Rui Tatsumi, Yūma Uchida as Eigo Sawatari, Kazuyuki Okitsu as Seishirō Inumine, KENN as Izumi Toraishi, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Akira Ugawa, Showtaro Morikubo as Kyōji Akatsuki, Kousuke Toriumi as Christian Leon Yuzuriha, Wataru Hatano as Sakuya Sazanami and Takehito Koyasu as Haruto Tsukigami.
Plot concept: The story involves a group of high school students at Ayana Academy, a school with music as its main focus. A trio of students are called Hanasakura-kai, designating the most talented from the music department. To get in, individuals must enter through a Star Frame class. The series tells the story of Yuuta Hoshiya*, Tooru Nayuki, Kaito Tsukikage, Shou Tengeiji, and Shuu Kuga as they aim for a position in the musical department after being spotted by Ootori, one of the Hanasakura-kai members.
Sentai Filmworks announced their anime DVD/BD slate for release coming out this October , and that means we’ve also got the first blush look at the cover artwork for them. As we say all the time, this is all very tentative and often they just use whatever artwork originally comes in for placeholder material, since it looks better via retail than having a blank image. With the Japanese license holders having to sign off on everything, that can go right up to the last minute sometimes.
So take a look at what’s on the way – though obviously there’s no information regarding the Beyond the Boundary collector’s edition in regards to pack-ins, but we have the tentative cover artwork. They’ll be doing a bigger roll out to showcase what they have in mind for that beast of a release.
Which covers do you hope stay and which do you want to see changed out?
Code Geass: Akito the Exiled with its third episode had it’s theatrical run begin this past weekend and one of the things revealed during it was that the four episode OVA is is now going to get a fifth episode. With the delays that the series has had, it’s hard to believe that the rewriting done for the fourth episode, redubbing pieces of it, and promising to have that out later this year and the fifth episode this fall is pretty daunting to say the least. The fourth episode currently has a July 4th, 2015 scheduled theatrical debut.
The third episode premiered on May 2nd, 2015 in theaters with a home video release to follow. The episode was originally going to get a March 2015 premiere, but was pushed back after the second episode got pushed back significantly previously.
The show has been picked up for release in North America by FUNimation and has been licensed in Australia by Madman. The original series was licensed in North America by Bandai Entertainment but has fallen out of print since the closure of the company. FUNimation picked up the rights to both properties back in the summer of 2013.
Plot concept: The story takes place in Europe in the year a.t.b. 2017. A Knightmare unit made of boys and girls from Area Eleven are thrown into a military operation with a 5% chance of survival. They must rescue an allied unit left behind on the European war front.
Check out ten minutes of the episode here: