Aniplex of America and Bang Zoom! Entertainment to Host Open Auditions for Magi: Kingdom of Magic Dub

Aniplex of America announced during the company’s Sakura-Con panel that it plans to dub the Magi: Kingdom of Magic television anime series.

Aniplex and dubbing studio Bang Zoom! Entertainment will be holding open auditions for the dub at Bang Zoom!’s booth at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California. Anime Expo is taking place July 3-6, 2014, and participants will be able to reserve audition times in advance.

Anime Expo and Japan Expo to Host World Premieres for K: Missing Kings

King Records has announced that Anime Expo in Los Angeles and Japan Expo in Paris will host the world premieres of the K: Missing Kings anime film before the film opens in Japan.

The film opens in Japan on July 12, 2014. Anime Expo will run from July 3-6, 2014, while Japan Expo will run from July 2-6, 2014.

More Sailor Moon Dub Voices to Be Guests at Anime Expo

Anime Expo has announced that more dub actors for the Sailor Moon television anime series will be guests at their next convention.

The following actors are joining previously announced guests Linda Ballantyne, Susan Roman, Katie Griffin, Karen Bernstein, and Stephanie Morgenstern:

  • Toby Proctor (Tuxedo Mask, seasons 1 and 2)
  • Mary Long (Molly Baker/Naru Osaka)
  • Rob Rubin (Artemis)

In addition, series voice director John Stocker will also be a guest at Anime Expo.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 3-6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

Anime Expo Announces Reunion of Sailor Moon English Dub Cast

Anime Expo has made their first guest announcement for their 2014 convention, which is a reunion of the English dub cast for the Sailor Moon television anime series. Susan Roman, Katie Griffin, Linda Ballantyne, Stephanie Morgenstern, and Karen Bernstein are participating, and the reunion will be used to celebrate the new series expected in January 2014 as well as the 20th anniversary of the US premiere on Fox’s former Fox Kids block.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 3-6, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

English Dub of Space Battleship Yamato 2199′s First Episode Shown at Anime Expo

Anime News Network is reporting that the English dub of the first episode of Space Battleship Yamato 2199, which is being released in English under the title, Star Blazers 2199, was shown at Anime Expo on Saturday, July 6, 2013.

Anime News Network also reported that the day before Anime Expo, Voyager Entertainment renewed its Star Blazers website with a 13-minute compilation of English-subbed trailers and a three-minute video explaining what Star Blazers 2199 is.

I’ve watched the 13-minute compilation of trailers, and I found the subtitling kind of interesting. In the subtitles, the ship is referred to as the Argo, and that Stasha’s name is referred to as “Starsha” (which was her name in the English adaptation of the original 1970s Space Battleship Yamato); however, the remaining characters are retaining their original Japanese names in the subtitles. So, it’s making me wonder if this will be the case in the actual dub, or if they’ll be using the English names from the adaptation of the original series.

I’m embedding a YouTube stream of the 13-minute compilation of trailers. Please feel free to share your thoughts and/or insights on Star Blazers 2199 in the comments!

Viz Media’s Manga Announcements at Anime Expo

Viz Media made several manga announcements at Anime Expo:

  • Viz will be publishing Kazuma Kondou and Jinsei Kataoka’s Deadman Wonderland manga. The company plans to release the first volume of the series on February 11, 2014 for US$9.99. Viz plans to release new volumes every two months.
  • Viz will be publishing Kohske’s Gangsta manga. The company is planning to release a new volume of Gangsta every three months, with the first volume shipping on February 18, 2014. The volume will retail for US$12.99.
  • Viz will be publishing Naoshi Komi’s Nisekoi manga. The first volume of the series will ship on January 7, 2014 for US$9.99, and the company plans to release new volumes in print every two months.
  • Viz will be releasing Dragon Ball Full Color Edition on February 4, 2014 for US$19.99. This release will be a larger size than a regular manga, and will roughly be the same size as an American graphic novel.
  • Viz will be putting Rumiko Takahashi’s Ranma 1/2 back in print. The new releases will read right to left for the first time in a North American release, and will be released in an omnibus format that includes two volumes in each omnibus. The first volume will ship on March 11, 2014, and will retail for US$14.99. Viz Media is planning to release new volumes every two months.

Kodansha USA Speeding Up Release of Attack on Titan Manga

Kodansha USA announced at Anime Expo that it will begin speeding up its release of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga series. Starting in August 2013, the company is planning to release one volume of Attack on Titan each month for the remainder of 2013.

Kodansha USA will be releasing the series in both print and digital formats at the same time.

Live ANNCast From Anime Expo 2013

This edition of ANNCast was recorded live at Anime Expo 2013. In addition to Zac Bertschy and Justin Sevakis, this edition of ANNCast also includes special guests Mike Toole, Lynzee Lamb, and Hope Chapman.

You can listen to this edition of ANNCast at the Anime News Network site:

ANNCast Live from Anime Expo 2013

Viz Media’s Anime Announcements at Anime Expo

Viz Media announced at its Neon Alley panel at Anime Expo that it has acquired the license for the Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet television anime series and the Blood Lad television anime series.

Viz will stream Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet on its website and on Hulu. The company said its license for this series includes streaming, home media, and merchandise rights. At this time, Viz is planning to release the series, with OVAs, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2014.

The company will also be streaming Blood Lad on its website and on Hulu. Viz’s license for this series includes home media, download-to-own, and streaming rights. The series will be streamed on Neon Alley in 2014, and will also be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in 2014.

Viz also announced that its Neon Alley service is now available online for PCs and Macs. The service will soon have a new feature to allow subscribers to catch up on episodes they’ve missed either on the Xbox 360 or PS3 app or online.

It was also revealed that Puella Magi Madoka Magica will begin streaming on Neon Alley in Fall 2013. In addition, more One Piece episodes will begin streaming on Neon Alley on July 12, the Naruto Shippuden: The Lost Tower anime film will begin streaming on July 28, and the Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning anime film will begin streaming on August 11.

Viz also announced that Naruto Shippuden: The Lost Tower will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on September 17, 2013.

Studio Trigger Launching Kickstarter for New Little Witch Academia Episode

Studio Trigger announced at Anime Expo that the company is planning to produce another episode of the Little Witch Academia anime short.

As part of this announcement, Studio Trigger revealed that it will be launching a Kickstarter campaign next week in order to help raise funds for the project.