An anime adaptation for the dark fantasy/horror manga series Tokyo Ghoul has been green-lit. The news broke on volume 10 of the manga, which had a wrap-around jacket headlining the mega spoiler. More details will be revealed soon on further volumes of Weekly Young Jump according to sources. Click the jump to learn more about Tokyo Ghoul.
To celebrate Hayao Miyazaki’s nomination for the Best Animated Feature Oscar for The Wind Rises, we have a short video summarizing his career highlights. The video above briefly shows us all of his films ranging from The Castle of Cagliostro to The Wind Rises, and everything in-between. This brilliant short was put together by the folks over at Madman Entertainment, the company in charge of licensing The Wind Rises in Australia.
Japanese animator extraordinaire Hayao Miyazaki has done it yet again with the latest entry in his legendary line of work. Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises is competing against The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest and Celestine, and Frozen. This is the first time an anime film has been nominated for the Oscar since 2004′s Howl’s Moving Castle, another Studio Ghibli picture directed by Miyazaki. It’s been around 11 years since Miyazaki was nominated and won the coveted award for Spirited Away. The Wind Rises is also nominated for the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year.
If it wasn’t surprising enough that the Mushishi anime returned to the small screen with a televised special that aired this past Saturday, then how about an entire second season devoted to our favorite Mushi master and his adventures? It turns out that at the end of the special, the second season was unveiled alongside a list of the staff members who will be involved in its production. Most will be pleased to know that Hiroshi Nagahama will stay as the head honcho and director behind the project.
It’s been months since we’ve heard about the new adaptation of Fate/stay night, and everything’s been neatly kept under wraps. Fear not, however, for new details are now slowly surfacing on the upcoming project to be produced by studio ufotable. A new website by Aniplex opened this past Friday, and on it, a trailer introducing the characters from Fate/Zero is being streamed. Within this same teaser, new characters from the “next generation” such as Archer are also introduced. You can view the trailer below.
This sure is a surprise. The highly acclaimed Mushishi anime is set to return with a one-hour special that will air on Japanese televisions. This episode will be streamed simultaneously on Crunchyroll for premium US members at 11:30 a.m. EST on January 4, 2014. The special will also be available for members in Europe, Canada, and Latin America. This continuing episode in the Mushishi saga is based on two chapters previously published on Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine, and was done by original author Yuki Urushibara. These chapters were recently published in Japan this year.
This year we saw the release of a number of high profile and interesting anime come out of Japan. From space Nazis and disturbed school girls, to tanukis and overly flamboyant swimmers; 2013 was memorable to say the least. Out of everything I watched, and despite a rather disappointing conclusion, I believe that the best anime of this year was definitely Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin). Produced by Wit Studio with help from Production I.G., and based on a manga by Hajime Isayama, Attack on Titan brought a lot originality and freshness to the art form which I hadn’t seen in years. In a way, it made me fall in love with anime again and brought back memories of being a kid and waiting every week just to see what would happen next.
Instead of being nominated for Best Animated Feature, The Wind Rises is up against live-action movies in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 71st Golden Globes. Hayao Miyazaki’s latest feature is squaring off against France’s Blue is the Warmest Color, Italy’s The Great Beauty, Denmark’s The Hunt, and Iran’s The Past. Despite the fact that The Wind Rises was submitted for consideration in the animation category, it was snubbed in favor of The Crood, Despicable Me 2, and Frozen. In addition, no other anime films were nominated in any other category either.
Funimation has officially licensed Eureka Seven and plans on re-releasing it on Blu-ray and DVD. Unfortunately, not much else was said about this re-release. Previous licensor Bandai Entertainment had released the series over several DVD volumes and box sets between 2006-07. Funimation has also licensed its sequel Eureka Seven: AO and released it on North America in two sets of Blu-ray/DVD this year. The popular series once aired on Adult Swim way back in 2006, and recently wrapped an encore run on Toonami. The anime was popular enough to commission a film called Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers in 2009.