VIZ Media Forges Publishing Partnership With Rooster Teeth Productions to Develop RWBY Titles

VIZ Media has announced a partnership with Rooster Teeth, the Austin, Texas-based entertainment and media company behind the globally acclaimed animated series RWBY, the first western anime series to be distributed to Japan.

VIZ Media and Rooster Teeth will focus on a variety of publishing formats based on RWBY, starting in 2017.

RWBY is Rooster Teeth’s award-winning anime series that tells the story of four different girls brought together for one legendary purpose. Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are students at Beacon Academy, an ancient school designed to train the monster-slayers knows as Hunters and Huntresses. Unfortunately, monsters aren’t the only threat in the world of Remnant, and if these girls want to graduate, they’ll have to learn to work together – both on the battlefield and in the classroom.

“The Rooster Teeth-VIZ Media partnership will showcase the strong creative vision and production expertise between our two entertainment companies to expand the vivid and exciting world of RWBY globally in bold new ways that fans will love,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director for VIZ Media.

“Through the new RWBY titles, readers will discover more about the RWBY universe and delve deeper into the characters and storylines they love, as well as go on all new adventures,” said Rooster Teeth Head of Animation Gray G. Haddock. “We are thrilled to be working with VIZ Media to bring such beautiful books to RWBY’s audience.”

Rooster Teeth has one of the most active and engaged fan bases in the world and possesses a massive global footprint of more than 25 million subscribers to its YouTube network, and more than 3 million unique monthly visitors to and 1.8 million registered community members. Rooster Teeth is a subsidiary of Fullscreen, Inc., a global youth media company that develops online creators and produces multi-platform entertainment experiences.

Otakon Announces Stephanie Sheh as Guest

Otakon has announced that voice actress Stephanie Sheh will be a guest at their upcoming convention.

Sheh’s credits include Usagi Tsukino in Sailor Moon, Hinata in Naruto, Orihime in Bleach, Eureka in Eureka 7, Yui in K-ON!, and Mikuru in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Otakon will be taking place August 12-14, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Five More Cast Members Announced for the All Out!! Anime

Five more cast members have been announced for the forthcoming All Out!! anime:

  • Toshinari Fukamachi is Taihei Nōga
  • Kōtarō Nishiyama is Yūto Keta
  • Fuminori Komatsu is Toshinosuke Matsuo
  • Chiharu Sawashiro is Natsuki Ise
  • Taishi Murata is Masaru Ebumi

Kenichi Shimizu is directing the anime at TMS Entertainment and Madhouse. Masahiro Yokotani is in charge of series composition, and is writing the scripts alongside Shingo Irie. Masanori Shino is designing the characters for animation.

All Out!! is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in October 2016.

Source: ANN

English Cast for the Strike Witches Anime Film

The English cast has been announced for the Strike Witches anime film:

  • Cristina Valenzuela is Shizuka Hattori
  • Bryn Apprill is Heidemarie W. Schnaufer
  • Krystal LaPorte is Nikka Edvardine Katajainen
  • Monica Rial is Aleksandra I. Pokryshkin
  • Alison Viktorin is Rosalie de Hemricourt de Grunne
  • Rachel Robinson is Heinrike Prinzessin zu Sayn-Wittgenstein
  • Sarah Wiedenheft is Amelie Planchard
  • Cherami Leigh is Yoshika Miyafuji
  • Kira Vincent-Davis is Mio Sakamoto
  • Anastasia Munoz is Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke
  • Kate Bristol is Lynette “Lynne” Bishop
  • Jad Saxton is Perrine H. Clostermann
  • Luci Christian is Erica Hartmann
  • Stephanie Sheh is Gertrud Barkhorn
  • Trina Nishimura is Francesca Lucchini
  • Jamie Marchi is Charlotte “Shirley” E. Yeager
  • Caitlin Glass is Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen
  • Jennifer Forrester is Sanya V. Litvyak
  • Alexis Tipton is Martina Crespi
  • Jasmine Mendigo is Luciana Mazzei
  • Maxey Whitehead is Fernandia Malvezzi

Source: ANN

More English Cast Members Announced for Digimon Adventure tri.

More English cast members have been announced for the Digimon Adventure tri. – Chapter 1: Reunion film:

  • Johnny Yong Bosch is T.K.
  • Laura Summer is Patamon
  • Dave Mallow is Angemon
  • Tara Sands is Kari
  • Kate Higgins is Gatomon and Himekawa

Eleven Arts and Toei Animation will release the English language version of Digimon Adventure tri. – Chapter 1: Reunion in theaters in the United States as a one-night Fathom Events screening in more than 300 theaters on September 15, 2016. It will be followed by a national theatrical release in major cities.

Source: ANN

Main Cast Announced for the Time Bokan 24 Anime

The main cast has been announced forth the forthcoming Time Bokan 24 anime:

  • Akihisa Wakayama is Tokio
  • Akari Kitō is Calen
  • Eri Kitamura is Bimajo
  • Hiroaki Hirata is Tsubuyakky
  • Kenta Miyake is Suzukky

Takayuki Inagaki is directing the series, and Yoichi Kato is in charge of series composition. Level-5 is contributing the original character and mechanical designs and planning the project with Tatsunoko Productions.

Time Bokan 24 is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in October 2016.

Source: ANN

Cast Announcement for the Scorching Ping Pong Girls Anime

The main cast has been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Scorching Ping Pong Girls manga:

  • Yumiri Hanamori is Koyori Tsumujikaze
  • Minami Tanaka is Akari Kamiya
  • Marika Kōno is Hanabi Tenka
  • Yūki Kuwahara is Hokuto Itsumo
  • Ayaka Imamura is Munemune
  • Hisako Tōjō is Kiruka Ushirode

Yasuhiro Irie is directing the anime at Kinema Citrus. Kaori is serving as assistant director, and Hideyuki Kurata is supervising the series’ scripts. Junko Sugimura is designing the characters for animation. MONACA is handling the music.

Source: ANN