Anime Expo Announces Yoshitaka Amano as Guest

Anime Expo has announced that it will host artist Yoshitaka Amano at its 2016 convention.

Amano is most well known for his contributions to Vampire Hunter D and the Final Fantasy series, as well as his collaboration with English graphic novelist Neil Gaiman on Sandman: The Dream Hunters. He has been in the anime industry since he was 15, when he joined Tatsunoko Production, and has contributed to many anime and video game projects.

Source: ANN

First Trailer Posted for Eiga Chibi Maruko-chan

The official website for Eiga Chibi Maruko-chan, the first new anime film for Momoko Sakura’s Chibi Maruko-chan manga in 23 years, is now streaming the film’s first trailer.

The video previews the film’s story, in which six children from around the world visit Maruko’s town. One of them, an Italian boy, confesses his love to Maruko and tries to court her. The film will also follow Maruko and her classmates as they travel to Kyoto and Osaka.

Nippon Animation is animating the film, and Jun Takagi is directing. Momoko Sakura is in charge of the film’s script.

Eiga Chibi Maruko-chan will open in Japanese theaters on December 23, 2015 and is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the television anime’s broadcast.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Announces New Manga for Its Service

Crunchyroll announced at its manga panel at Anime Expo that it will add the Princess Jellyfish, Takahashi-san is Listening, Scum’s Wish, Sweetness and Lightning, and The Morose Mononokean manga to its web distribution service.

Kodansha Comics licensed the first 12 volumes of Princess Jellyfish for North America and will release the first 2-in-1 volume in February 2016. Kodansha Comics describes the story as:

Tsukimi, who has loved jellyfish from a young age, resides in Amamizukan, a fangirl-only dorm. One evening at the local pet store, Tsukimi sees a lovely jellyfish in danger, but a beautiful woman comes to the rescue. They go back to Amamizukan together, but this “woman”… is actually a man!

The first four volumes of Princess Jellyfish will launch on Crunchyroll on July 15, 2015 at 8pm EDT. Volumes will be added afterward at regular intervals.

Yū Hokuō serializes Takahashi-san is Listening (Takahashi-san ga Kiiteiru.) in Square Enix’s Gangan Joker. The series began in 2013 and Square Enix shipped the fifth compiled volume in Japan in April 2015.

Crunchyroll describes the story as:

High school student idol Ena Takahashi has a hobby she can’t tell anyone about… and that is listening in on the ridiculous conversations of class representative Nara-kun and the plain boy Mikage-kun. If her secret is discovered, people’s trust in her will be destroyed! She wants to retort, but she can’t! The eavesdropping short-gag manga full of tension and guilty conscience begins!

The series will launch on Crunchyroll on July 5, 2015 at 8pm EDT.

Mengo Yokoyari’s Scum’s Wish (Kuzu no Honkai) began in Big Gangan magazine in 2012, and Square Enix shipped the fifth compiled volume in Japan in June 2015.

Crunchyroll describes the story as:

Hanabi and Mugi are bathed in envious gazers from all around as a beautiful couple with excellent moral conduct. But these two apparently perfect people in an apparently perfect relationship share a secret they can’t tell anyone.

The series will launch on Crunchyroll on July 5, 2015 at 8pm EDT.

Gido Amagakure began Sweetness and Lightning (Amaama to Inazuma) in Kodansha’s good! Afternoon magazine in 2013. The fourth compiled volume shipped in Japan in March 2015.

Crunchyroll describes the story as:

Having lost his wife, math teacher Kouhei Inuzuka is doing his best to raise his young daughter Tsumugi as a single father. He’s pretty bad at cooking and doesn’t have a huge appetite to begin with, but chance brings his little family and one of his students, Kotori Iida, together for homemade adventures. With those three cooks in the kitchen, it’s no wonder this dinner table drama is so delicious.

The series will launch on Crunchyroll on July 15, 2015 at 8pm EDT.

Kiri Wazawa began The Morose Mononokean (Fukigen na Mononokean) in Square Enix’s Gangan Online in 2013 and the fourth compiled volume shipped in Japan in May 2015.

Crunchyroll describes the story as:

Ashiya has spent the first seven days of high school stuck in the infirmary because of a youkai attaching itself to him. He ends up asking the owner of a small tea room called “Mononokean” for help. This is volume 1 of the mysterious stories involving the very morose owner of Mononokean guiding the youkai that happened to wander into this world go to the next world.

The series will launch on Crunchyroll on July 5, 2015 at 8pm EDT.

Source: ANN

Yen Press Announces New Manga Licenses at Anime Expo

Yen Press announced at its Anime Expo panel that it has licensed the following manga and will release them in print:

  • Maomichi Io’s My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected
  • Satsuki Yoshino’s Handa-kun
  • Koyuki’s Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade
  • Kōtarō Yamada’s Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet
  • Tsubasa Haduki’s Sword Art Online: Mother’s Rosario
  • Matra Milan’s Demonizer Zilch
  • Shinjiro’s Taboo-Tattoo
  • Takeshi Moriki’s How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend

Handa-kun was previously licensed as a digital-only release. Handa-kun is a spinoff of Yoshino’s Barakamon, and according to Yen Press it is selling better in Japan than the original.

Yen Press announced that it will release the following manga digitally.

  • Karuna Kujō’s Aphorism
  • Sakurako Gokurakuin’s Sekirei
  • Ritz Kobayashi’s Saki
  • Yen Hioka’s Black Detective
  • Naoe’s Aoharu x Machine Gun
  • Yoshiichi Akahito’s Corpse Princess
  • Souta Kuwahara’s Crimson Prince
  • Shamu Itou’s Renaissance Eve

The company also announced that it will begin simultaneous publication of the following Square Enix titles in October 2015:

  • Yana Toboso’s Black Butler
  • Satsuki Yoshino’s Handa-kun
  • Ato Sakurai’s Today’s Kerberos
  • Higasa Akai’s The Royal Tutor
  • Writer Homura Kawamoto and artist Tooru Naomura’s Kake Gurui
  • Karino Takatsu’s My Monster Girl’s Too Cool for You (Ore no Kanojō ni Nanika Yōkai, or My Girlfriend is Some Kind of Monster)
  • Tomoo Yokoyama’s Demon King Ena-sama Goes to a Manga School (Mansen Maō Shōjo Ena-Sama)

The last three are new license announcements.

Source: ANN

Viz Licenses Matsuri Hino’s Shuriken and Pleats and Bisco Hatori’s Behind the Scenes Manga

Viz Media announced at its Shojo Beat panel at Anime Expo that the imprint will release the Shuriken and Pleats (Shuriken to Pleats) manga by Matsuri Hino, as well as the Behind the Scenes (Urakata!!) manga by Bisco Hatori.

Shuriken and Pleats focuses on Mikage, a schoolgirl who is the descendent of ninjas. She lives in modern-day Kyushu, and she serves a certain man. Hino launched the series in the September 2014 issue of Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine, and Hakusensha released the first compiled volume on February 5, 2015. The manga will end in the September issue of LaLa, which ships in Japan on July 24, 2015.

VIZ Media will debut the series in early Winter 2016.

Hatori launched Behind the Scenes in Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine in May 2014. Hakusensha published the first compiled volume on January 5, 2015. The story follows Ranmaru, a super-negative college student. One day, he encounters a mysterious group on campus who turns his life into turmoil.

VIZ Media will debut the series in Spring 2016.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment Has the Rights to the Unaired Free! Eternal Summer Episode

FUNimation Entertainment confirmed at its Anime Expo panel that it has the rights to the unaired Free! Eternal Summer episode. The company will release the original video anime episode in 2016, and it will offer a discount to those who buy the Premium Edition of the television series from by September 29, 2015.

The Premium Edition will come with the contents of the Free! Eternal Summer Limited Edition plus a full-color art book, seven art cards, a sports towel, an Iwatobi decal and a Samezuka decal, and a collector’s box. The Premium Edition retails for US$119.98, and is selling the edition for US$89.98. Those who order the Premium Edition from will also be entered into a raffle to win a 1/8-scale figure of Haruka Nanase.

Source: ANN