Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and The Beast Film Is Getting a Manga

The Boy and The Beast (Bakemono no Ko), the upcoming anime film from director Mamoru Hosoda, is inspiring a manga series before the movie opens. The May 2015 issue of Kadokawa Shoten’s Monthly Shonen Ace magazine has announced that Renji Asai will launch the manga in the next issue on April 25, 2015.

The story of the film is set in the human realm (Tokyo’s Shibuya ward) and the bakemono realm (“Jutengai”). In these two worlds which must not intersect, there lives a lonely boy and a lonely bakemono. One day, the boy gets lost in the bakemono world, becomes the disciple of the bakemono Kumatetsu, and is renamed Kyuta.

The film will open in Japan on July 11, 2015.

Source: ANN

Idea no Hana Manga Is Ending in Japan

The May 2015 issue of Hakusensha’s Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine has announced that Emura will end her Idea no Hana “exotic fantasy” shojo manga in the magazine’s next issue, which Hakusensha will publish on April 25, 2015.

The magazine teases:

What unbelievable sight was reflected on that day?

The manga’s story focuses on Azuraito, a traveling entertainer with the talent to see spirits. One day he meets Ruby and Sand, who both have the same power.

Emura first launched the manga in June 2012, and Hakusensha published the fifth compiled book volume in Japan on February 20, 2015.

VIZ Media published all 14 volumes of Emura’s W Juliet in North America. She is also drawing a W Juliet II sequel in Hakusensha’s irregularly published Za Hana to Yume (The Hana to Yume) spinoff magazine.

Source: ANN

Naruto Spinoff Manga Mini-Series to Begin on April 27, 2015

This year’s 18th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump is announcing that the spinoff manga mini-series, Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki (Naruto Spinoff: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring Month) will begin on April 27, 2015. The combined 22nd/23rd issue of Weekly Shonen Jump will ship on that date, and the magazine teases, “Urgent News: The story enters a new generation…”

Hanatsuzuki is a month in the traditional Japanese lunar calendar, and it roughly falls around late March to early May in the modern calendar.

The main Naruto manga by Masashi Kishimoto ended in Weekly Shonen Jump on November 10, 2014 after 15 years of serialization. However, the magazine had revealed then that “a newly budding Konoha story” will begin this spring.

Source: ANN

Promotional Video for the Second Season of The Testament of Sister New Devil

Kadokawa is now streaming the first promotional video for The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST, which is the second season of The Testament of Sister New Devil anime series. The second season is scheduled to debut in Japan in October 2015.

The “rather risque battle action” story focuses on Basara Tojo, a first-year high school student who is flustered by a sudden question by his eccentric father, “Hey, didn’t you used to say you wanted a little sister?” In addition, his father announces that he is getting remarried. His father brings over two beautiful step-sisters, but then embarks on an overseas trip. However, the two sisters Mio and Maria Naruse are actually a novice devil and succubus.

Basara almost ends up forming a dangerous servant and master contract with them, but due to an error, the contract becomes reversed, and Basara becomes the master instead. To add to things, erotic situations continuously start to happen in Basara’s life. However, it turns out Mio is having her life targeted by other monsters and heroes. And so, the “desire/action” tale of the strongest contracter begins.

Crunchyroll simulcast the first season of the series in various territories as it aired.

Source: ANN

First Promotional Video for High School Star Musical

The official website for the forthcoming High School Star Musical anime has posted a two-minute promotional video featuring its theme song “☆☆EIEN★STAGE☆☆” sung by the five main voice cast. The video was first screened at NBC Universal Entertainment’s booth in the Anime Japan 2015 event last week.

The anime is being produced by C-Station, and is being directed by Shunsuke Tada. Asami Watanabe is designing the characters, and Sayaka Harada is in charge of series composition.

The main voice cast includes:

  • Natsuki Hanae is Yuta Hoshiya
  • Kensho Ono is Toru Nayuki
  • Arthur Lounsbery is Kaito
  • Yoshimasa Hosoya is Sho Tengeji
  • Tomoaki Maeno is Shu Koga
  • Junichi Suwabe is Takashi Otori
  • Daisuke Hirakawa is Tsubasa Hiiragi

High School Star Musical is scheduled to debut in Japan in Fall 2015.

Source: Crunchyroll

Sony Pictures Acquires Live-Action Robotech Film Rights

Variety is reporting that Sony Pictures has acquired the live-action film rights to the Robotech property, and “views the project as a potential film franchise.”

The Deadline website reported in February 2015 that the “Hollywood Gang” producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton had hired Michael Gordon to write the script. Variety reports that Sony Pictures Entertainment Group President Doug Belgrad, Columbia Pictures Production Chief Michael De Luca, and Sony Pictures Vice President of Creative Production Matthew Milam will oversee the project. The executive producers include Harmony Gold founder Frank Agrama, Gordon, and Jehan Agrama.

Robotech was Harmony Gold’s edited and rewritten 1985 adaptation of three separate anime science-fiction series: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada. The producers have yet to announce which, if any, of the three anime that the proposed live-action project will most follow, or how it will deal with the copyright dispute between Harmony Gold’s partner Tatsunoko Production and the creators of The Super Dimension Macross, which was the most popular of the three anime.

The proposed live-action film was first announced in 2007 with actor Toby Maguire involved at Warner Brothers. In 2008, Lawrence Kasdan was attached to the project as scriptwriter, with Charles Roven and Akive Goldsman joining as producers. In 2009, British TV writer Tom Rob Smith was slated to write the film’s story. In the same year, Roven backed out of the project for undisclosed reasons. In 2013, Warner Bros. was in talks to hire director Nic Mathieu to helm the film.

Source: ANN

Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses A Certain Scientific Accelerator

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that the company has the manga A Certain Scientific Accelerator. The first volume is scheduled for October 2015 and the second is scheduled for January 2016.

Arata Yamaji began the spinoff series about the A Certain Magical Index character Accelerator in Kadokawa’s Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh in 2013. Kadokawa will ship the third compiled volume in Japan in April 2015.

Yen Press is publishing Kazuma Kamachi’s original A Certain Magical Index light novel series with illustrations by Kiyotaka Haimura as well as Chuya Kogino’s A Certain Magical Index manga. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the A Certain Scientific Railgun manga. FUNimation Entertainment handles North American distribution of the anime adaptations.

Source: ANN