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Focus: Behind the Scenes of the New 'City Hunter' Movie

Focus: Behind the Scenes of the New 'City Hunter' Movie

City Hunter began as a Weekly Shounen Jump manga series by Tsukasa Hojo in February 1985, where it ran for a total of 35 volumes until November 1991. Between 1987 to 1991, it was adapted to four TV anime series totaling 140 episodes and three animated films, all with director Kenji Kodama at the helm. The series was not only popular in Japan, but also abroad. In France, it was dubbed as Nicky Larson and a live-action movie, Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon, was released in February 2019. In...

Jan 17, 4:47 AM by Kineta 2 Comments

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Voice Actress Aya Suzaki Marries Writer Takashi Ifukube

Voice Actress Aya Suzaki Marries Writer Takashi Ifukube

Voice actress Aya Suzaki and writer Takashi Ifukube announced on their Twitter accounts on Tuesday that they have gotten married. Suzaki is affiliated with I'm Enterprise. Some of her roles include Mako Mankanshoku from Kill la Kill, Tamako Kitashirakawa from Tamako Market, and Minami Nitta from The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls. She also voiced herself in Suzakinishi The Animation, which adapted a radio program she recorded with fellow voice actress Asuka Nishi. Ifukube has penned scripts for ani...
Interview: 'Gibiate' Team's Yoshitaka Amano and Ryo Aoki at NYCC 2019

Interview: 'Gibiate' Team's Yoshitaka Amano and Ryo Aoki at NYCC 2019

Artist Yoshitaka Amano's career began with a letter of acceptance sent to his home in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan when he was 15 years old. The animation studio Tatsunoko Production, famous for Mach GoGoGo and Space Ace at the time, wanted the teenage Amano working for them. A few weeks prior, Amano toured their studio with a friend while visiting Tokyo, bringing with him a collection of loose leaf illustrations he intended to hand over. He didn't see any harm in putting his name and work out th...

Nov 29, 2019 1:15 PM by ImperfectBlue 1 Comment

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Interview: 'Bean Bandit' OVA Team on Car Action, Natto-Flavored Candy, and More

Interview: 'Bean Bandit' OVA Team on Car Action, Natto-Flavored Candy, and More

Kenichi Sonoda, the veteran mangaka behind Riding Bean and Gunsmith Cats, announced in 2018 that he would be launching a Kickstarter project for a new anime OVA titled Bean Bandit. The project raised ¥23,343,872 (about $215,000 USD at campaign close), and completed Blu-rays are expected to ship some time this month. During Anime Central 2019, MyAnimeList had the opportunity to join a press conference with Kenichi Sonoda and two other members of the Bean Bandit team, composer Marco D'Ambrosio an...
Interview: Studio Trigger Discusses 'Promare' Before North American Premiere

Interview: Studio Trigger Discusses 'Promare' Before North American Premiere

MyAnimeList had the opportunity to sit down with Promare Director Hiroyuki Imaishi (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill), Producer, Creative Director Hiromi Wakabayashi, and designers Shigeto Koyama and Takashi "Super Log" Shibuya at Anime Expo 2019 to talk about the sci-fi film. Promare was released in Japanese theaters in May 2019 and premiered in North America at Anime Expo on July 5. The film will be screened in North American theaters by GKIDS, in both subtitled and dubbed English. Th...
Interview: Kinema Citrus Staff Reflect on 'Made in Abyss'

Interview: Kinema Citrus Staff Reflect on 'Made in Abyss'

From left to right: Kevin Penkin, Masayuki Kojima, Hiromitsu Iijima Following the success of its 2017 TV anime adaptation of the Made in Abyss manga, Kinema Citrus announced in early 2018 that it would be releasing two recap movies for the series, titled Made in Abyss Movie 1: Tabidachi no Yoake and Made in Abyss Movie 2: Hourou Suru Tasogare (Made in Abyss: Wandering Twilight), respectively. Members of the Kinema Citrus team were guests at this year's Anime Central to present a special screeni...
Interview: Wit Studio's George Wada and Staff of 2020 TV Anime 'Great Pretender'

Interview: Wit Studio's George Wada and Staff of 2020 TV Anime 'Great Pretender'

From left to right: George Wada, Ryota Kosawa, Hiro Kaburagi, and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto In 2012, George Wada and Tetsuya Nakatake, producers at Production I.G, were named President and Director, respectively, of the newly formed Wit Studio, a subsidiary of IG Port. Wit Studio, which has worked on various anime projects, is most notable for producing the anime adaptation of the Shingeki no Kyojin manga series, as well as its original anime project Koutetsujou no Kabaneri. After Wit Studio premiered...

Aug 18, 2019 11:28 PM by Naruleach 9 Comments

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Police Release Names of 10 Victims in Kyoto Animation Fire

Police Release Names of 10 Victims in Kyoto Animation Fire

Kyoto Prefectural Police announced on Friday the names of ten victims in last month's apparent arson attack on the No. 1 Studio building of animation production company Kyoto Animation. The incident has killed 35 people in one of Japan's deadliest mass murders since World War II. Police have identified all of the victims using DNA analysis and are seeking approval from family members to release the remaining names. Yuka Kasama (22) A recent graduate of Osaka Seikei University, Kasama joined the...

Aug 3, 2019 10:50 PM by arsonal 33 Comments

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Interview: Atsushi Nakayama and Ryoma Ebata Talk 'Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken'

Interview: Atsushi Nakayama and Ryoma Ebata Talk 'Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken'

In a unique spin on the thriving isekai subgenre, Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime) tells the tale of a 37-year-old man who reincarnates as a slime after he dies. Aired over two cours beginning in October of 2018, the anime adaptation of the best-selling light novel currently holds a score of 8.21 on MyAnimeList. A second season was announced in March, with a planned air date in 2020. A number of Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken's anime staff were guests at...
Interview: 'Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari' Team Talks Music and Direction

Interview: 'Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari' Team Talks Music and Direction

From left to right: Kevin Penkin, Takao Abo, Hiromitsu Iijima A year after the completion of its critically-acclaimed anime adaptation of Made in Abyss, Kinema Citrus released a new project in early 2019: Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero). While not as highly-rated as Made in Abyss, Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari was the most-watched show of Winter 2019 on MyAnimeList, ranking in the top 200 most popular anime of all time despite the recent saturation of isekai ("other wo...
Interview: 'Yakusoku no Neverland' Team Discuss Their Winter 2019 Success

Interview: 'Yakusoku no Neverland' Team Discuss Their Winter 2019 Success

Released in Winter 2019, studio CloverWorks' TV adaptation of the dark fantasy manga, Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland), currently sits as MyAnimeList's 39th highest rated anime of all time. A second season is in production and is slated to air in 2020. Courtesy of Aniplex of America, MyAnimeList had the honor of joining a group interview at this year's Sakura-con with four members of The Promised Neverland's team: director Mamoru Kanbe, producers Shinobu Ono and Kenta Suzuki, and...

May 26, 2019 12:26 AM by Congress 24 Comments

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Interview: 'Code Geass' Production Team Discuss Latest Movie

Interview: 'Code Geass' Production Team Discuss Latest Movie

From left to right: Eiji Nakada, Yuriko Chiba, Gorou Taniguchi, Koujirou Taniguchi After its first episode aired in October 2006, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion went on to capture the hearts and minds of millions of fans around the world. Even now, over ten years after they finished airing, the two seasons of Code Geass's original saga rank as the 11th and 25th most popular anime on MyAnimeList, respectively. In late 2016, Sunrise announced that Code Geass would be getting four new movies...
Director Yutaka Yamamoto Files Debt to Ultra Super Pictures

Director Yutaka Yamamoto Files Debt to Ultra Super Pictures

On Monday, Mizonokuchi Law Office released a statement regarding director Yutaka Yamamoto's filing. According to Mizonokuchi, Yamamoto has no money to pay a debt of over one hundred million yen that Ultra Super Pictures requested. The reason the company requested this payment is unknown. Regarding the movie Hakubo, scheduled to premiere in Fukushima movie theaters on May 24, Yamamoto's lawyer explained that the debt does not affect it, though production may be delayed. Yamamoto will concentrate...
Illustrator loundraw Establishes His Own Animation Studio

Illustrator loundraw Establishes His Own Animation Studio

Illustrator loundraw announced on Friday that he has established his own animation studio called Flat Studio. loundraw has been active as an illustrator since his teens. He has been drawing book novel covers and manga art, including Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai, which received an anime adaptation and where loundraw was involved as an original character designer. He was also involved in producing Kimi no Iru Basho, Tsuki ga Kirei, and an anime promotional video to Boku wa Robot-goshi no Kimi ni Koi...

Jan 11, 2019 7:06 PM by tsubasalover 22 Comments

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Akira Miyazaki, Writer of World Masterpiece Theater Anime Titles, Dies at 84

Akira Miyazaki, Writer of World Masterpiece Theater Anime Titles, Dies at 84

Akira Miyazaki, the screenwriter who was responsible for writing half a dozen of Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater anime titles in the 1970s and 1980s, died on Sunday from bile duct cancer. He was 84. Japanese news agency Jiji Press reported Miyazaki's death on Monday evening. Miyazaki, who grew up in Tokyo and began his career in the film industry in 1961 at the production company Shochiku, had no background in animation before writing for animation productions. Prior to the mid-1970...

Nov 26, 2018 4:09 PM by arsonal 7 Comments

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Seiyuu Kouji Tsujitani Dies

Seiyuu Kouji Tsujitani Dies

Reports announced on Tuesday that seiyuu Kouji Tsujitani died last Wednesday October 17 from cerebral infarction. He was 53 years old. The funeral was held among family including his seiyuu wife Kumiko Watanabe and close friends this past weekend. Born Yasufumi Tsujitani, he entered Gekidan Toei in 1983. He voiced Miroku from the Inuyasha series, Itsuki from Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho, Takumi Fujii from the 3x3 Eyes series, Bernard Wiseman from Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, Seabook Arno from...
Composer Nobuo Uematsu Enters Hiatus

Composer Nobuo Uematsu Enters Hiatus

Composer Nobuo Uematsu has announced via his Line blog that he will take a break sometime throughout this year, citing that his physical condition is getting weak from composing and holding many concerts. He mentions that he hopes to return soon after taking break. Uematsu is a well-known game music composer who has composed most of Final Fantasy series and more. For anime, he has composed music for series such as Aa Megami-sama! Movie, Blue Dragon series, and Granblue Fantasy The Animation. He...

Sep 19, 2018 9:44 PM by tsubasalover 7 Comments

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Mecha Animator Kunihiro Abe Dies

Mecha Animator Kunihiro Abe Dies

Renowned mecha animator, Kunihiro Abe, died last Wednesday from a disease not specified. His death was announced by his wife Ayumi Abe and daughter via their Twitter accounts. He was 50 years old. Shown is the final illustration done by Abe, which was given to his daughter during her birthday this July. It was his favorite, too. Kunihiro Abe was well-known for his work with mecha animation, especially with Sunrise's Gundam franchise, among many other projects throughout his career. Fellow anima...

Aug 18, 2018 9:10 AM by tsubasalover 21 Comments

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Mangaka Yoshihiro Kuroiwa Dies

Mangaka Yoshihiro Kuroiwa Dies

The wife of mangaka Yoshihiro Kuroiwa has announced via his blog on Wednesday that he died on May 8 from cardiac infarction. He was 56 years old. The funeral has already been held among family members. She apologized that she didn't announce his death on time because it happened too sudden. As a mangaka Kuroiwa drew the Kishin Douji Zenki, Beyblade Taisen Seiryuuden, Buddy Spirits, and Fushigi Hunter manga series. Two of his manga series have received anime adaptations, in which he did the seri...
Director Isao Takahata Dies

Director Isao Takahata Dies

The official website of Studio Ghibli announced on Friday that director Isao Takahata died on Thursday, April 5 at 1:19 a.m. in a Tokyo hospital due to lung cancer. He was 82 years old. The funeral will be held among family and friends. Toshio Suzuki, after discussing with Hayao Miyazaki, decided to hold a grand memorial meeting for him on May 15, to honor him as an influential member of Studio Ghibli. Takahata entered Toei Douga, later known as Toei Animation since 1998, in 1959 after graduatin...

Apr 5, 2018 8:49 PM by tsubasalover 70 Comments

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