Five More Cast Members Announced for the Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON Anime

Five more cast members have been announced for the forthcoming Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON anime:

  • Ayaka Asai is Mil
  • Michiyo Murase is Hyoro
  • Yūma Uchida is Jini
  • Itaru Yamamoto is Stone
  • Takanori Ohyama is Noel

Mitsuru Hongo is directing the anime at David Production. Natsuko Takahashi is writing and overseeing the scripts, and Takuya Saito is designing the characters.

Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in October 2016.

Source: ANN

More Cast Members Announced for Magical Girl Raising Project Anime

Three more cast members have been announced for the forthcoming Magical Girl Raising Project anime:

  • Ayane Sakura is La Pucell
  • Yumi Uchiyama is Top Speed
  • Kurumi Mamiya is Fav

Hiroyuki Hashimoto is directing the anime at Lerche, with Takao Yoshioka supervising and writing the scripts. Yukiko Aikei is designing the characters for animation.

Magical Girl Raising Project is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on October 2, 2016.

Source: ANN

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: August 7-13, 2016

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of August 7-13, 2016, according to the New York Times.

1. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 moves back up nine spots to number one in its 58th week on the list.

2. Fairy Tail Volume 55 by Hiro Mashima

Kodansha Comics’ release of Fairy Tail Volume 55 enters the list at number two.

3. My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kohei Horikoshi

VIZ Media’s release of My Hero Academia Volume 5 falls two spots to number three in its second week on the list.

4. One Piece Volume 79 by Eiichiro Oda

VIZ Media’s release of One Piece Volume 79 holds steady at number four in its second week on the list.

5. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 re-enters at number five in its 49th week on the list.

6. Yona of the Dawn Volume 1 by Mizuho Kusanagi

VIZ Media’s release of Yona of the Dawn Volume 1 falls one spot to number six in its second week on the list.

7. Attack on Titan Volume 19 by Hajime Isayama

Kodansha Comics’ release of Attack on Titan Volume 19 falls five spots to number seven in its second week on the list.

8. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo GHoul Volume 2 re-enters at number eight in its 35th week on the list.

9. Haikyu!! Volume 2 by Haruichi Furudate

VIZ Media’s release of Haikyu!! Volume 2 falls two spots to number nine in its second week on the list.

10. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Volume 8 by Hajime Isayama, Ryo Suzukaze and Satoshi Shiki

Kodansha Comics’ release of Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Volume 8 enters the list at number ten.

Source: The New York Times

Cast Announcement for The Great Passage Anime

The cast has been announced for the forthcoming The Great Passage anime:

  • Takahiro Sakurai is Mitsuya Majime
  • Hiroshi Kamiya is Masashi Nishioka
  • Maaya Sakamoto is Kaguya Hayashi

Haruko Kumota is in charge of the original character designs for the series. Toshimasa Kuroyanagi is directing the series at ZEXCS. Takuya Satō is in charge of the series composition, and Hiroyuki Aoyama is adapting Kumota’s character designs for animation.

The Great Passage is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in October 2016.

Source: ANN

Cast Announcement for Cyborg 009 Call of Justice

A cast announcement has been made for the forthcoming Cyborg 009 Call of Justice trilogy anime:

  • Keisuke Koumoto is 009/Joe Shimamura
  • Risa Taneda is 003/Françoise Arnoul
  • Misato Fukuen is 001/Ivan Whisky
  • Takuya Satō is 002/Jet Link
  • Satoshi Hino is 004/Albert Heinrich
  • Kenji Nomura is 005/Geronimo Jr
  • Mitsuaki Madono is 006/Chang Changku
  • Setsuji Satoh is 007/Great Britain
  • Haruki Ishiya is 008/Pyunma

Kenji Kamiyama is credited as chief director of the project. Koudai Kakimoto is directing the film. I.G Port’s new anime studio subsidiary Signal.MD is animating the films, with Ishinomori Production and Production I.G producing. Masatsugu Saitō is designing the characters.

All three parts of the trilogy will receive limited two-week theatrical runs in Japan starting on November 25, December 2, and December 9, 2016, respectively.

Source: ANN

Guardians of the Galaxy and Gravity Falls Writers in Talks for Live-Action Pokemon Film

Variety has reported that screenwriters Alex Hirsch and Nicole Perlman are in negotiations with Legendary Entertainment to write its planned live-action Pokemon film.

Alex Hirsch is the creator of Disney’s Gravity Falls animated series. Nicole Perlman co-wrote the script for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and is co-writing the script of the Captain Marvel film.

The live-action Pokemon film is scheduled to start production in 2017, and features the Detective Pikachu character, which debuted in the Meitantei Pikachu Nintendo 3DS in February 2016.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Acquires Publishing Rights for Super Mario Adventures and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Manga Series

VIZ Media prepares to deliver two fresh doses of video game-inspired manga excitement as it announces the acquisition of the publishing rights for the classic series Super Mario Adventures, as well as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the latest manga title inspired by the ‘80s-era video game title.

Super Mario Adventures is set for release in October 2016; The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is scheduled to launch in March 2017.

New VIZ Media Manga Publishing Acquisitions:

SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES · Available October 2016
Long out of print, this stunning, full-color graphic novel features a story by Kentaro Takekuma and art by Charlie Nozawa, and will become available once again for the first time in more than 20 years. Super Mario Adventures, inspired by the bestselling Super Mario™ video game franchise, is a collection of comics that originally ran in Nintendo Power™ magazine in 1992-93.

The peril-plagued Princess Toadstool is kidnapped by the diabolical deadbeat Bowser™ but super plumbers Mario™ and Luigi™ hatch a plan with their new friend Yoshi™ to rescue her. Are the Super Mario Bros’ plans a pipe dream? Can they stop the Koopa King before he forces the Princess to be his bride?

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS · Available Spring 2017
The newest series from The Legend of Zelda manga creator Akira Himekawa continues the fantastic adventures inspired by the video game of the same name and is set for an English debut in March 2017.

Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards’ power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, Princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.