[media-credit id=2 align="alignright" width="290"][/media-credit]Viz Media representatives confirmed during its NYCC/AF panel on Sunday that the Tiger & Bunny English dub was in pre-production stages, while Sunrise representative Masayuki Ozaki reiterated his desire to reveal the next step for the burgeoning Tiger & Bunny franchise next month at its special event in Japan, confirmed after the airing of the last episode last month.
Closing out Funimation’s spate of announcements, the company also announced today that it has licensed the 2004 Fafner anime series from Xebec. The license also includes the companion animated film which takes place 2 years after the events of the TV series. The series focuses on a group of children who pilot the titular Fafners in a war against the Festum—giant aliens who destroyed much of the world.
At the beginning of the story, much of the world has been destroyed by the Festum and the remote Japanese island of Tatsumiyajima (竜宮島?, lit. Dragon Palace Island) has only remained unscathed by virtue of an advanced cloaking shield. The island’s young people continue with their daily lives unaware of these events, but after many years of peace a lone Festum discovers Tatsumiyajima and attacks. The adults activate Tatsumiyajima’s hidden defense systems and attempt to repel the attacker but to no avail. In desperation they order the deployment of the Fafner Mark Elf but its pilot is killed en route to the hangar. Left with no further options, they send a young boy named Kazuki Makabe as the replacement pilot assisted by Soushi Minashiro from within the Siegfried System.
The Festum is destroyed but with Tasumiyajima’s whereabouts exposed the adults choose to abandon the island’s current location. Production is accelerated on the additional Fafner units and more children are recruited to pilot them. It is also revealed that the cloaking was not meant to conceal Tatsumiyajima from only the Festum, but the rest of humanity who would seek to use its technology in the greater war against them. Before long this is precisely what happens and Tatsumiyajima is coerced into giving the Fafner Mark Sechs to the Neo United Nations.
Funimation and NicoNico have jointly announced the formation of a new venture in order to increase the quantity of anime simulcast in a given season. The new Funico partnership will see C3, Future Diary, Guilty Crown, Haganai, Last Exile Fam The Silver Wing, Shakugan no Shana III Final and Maken-Ki being simulcast via NicoNico.com
The venture will also serve to expand NicoNico’s presence in the US, with an increased emphasis on advertising the portal’s community features as well as its proprietary comment overlay system on its videos. The portal is currently ramping up its marketing with ads being shown on 4chan and other sites.
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Crunchyroll has announced during its NYCC/AF panel that it will simulcast the Sunrise animated Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere anime adaptation starting later today at Noon PDT for users in the US/Canada. The anime is helmed by Manabu Ono of the first Hellsing anime adaptation.
“History is coming to an end. When humans came down from the sky they brought with them the Testament, the guide to the path they must follow if they wish to return to the skies again. Now, in a strange world where only the islands of Japan are inhabitable, the nations of the world vie for power and protect the portions of Japan that they have claimed, each armed with its own ultimate weapon: a Roysmoi Opro, the Armor of Deadly Sins.
But there may be a far greater threat to mankind than the Roysomi Opro, for the Testament ends abruptly, and it is now the last year. Is this the end of humanity, or can Tori Aoi and his fellow students from the aerial metropolitan ship Musashi somehow affect the course of destiny? Who and what is the HORIZON IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE?”
[media-credit name="Weekly Shonen Sunday" align="alignright" width="75"][/media-credit]The latest issue of Weekly Shonen Champion has announcedthat a new History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi OVA will be produced with animation production being handled by Brain’s Base, of Durarara and Baccano fame. The TV series is currently licensed by Funimation. Further information is expected to be revealed in future issues.
[media-credit name="Famitsu/TBS" align="aligncenter" width="348"][/media-credit]The official Twitter account for the Amagami SS anime adaptation has announced that the next series will air next January under the title AmagamiSS+Plus.
The production staff and cast from the previous series will reprise their respective roles with two key changes in Kobayashi Tomoki being the new director and Kimura Noboru will handle series composition instead of scripting while AIC will return to animation production. The new site for the series has also been opened, with new key art.
The previous Amagami SS series is currently licensed by Sentai Filmworks.
[media-credit name="ASCII Media Works/Dengeki Bunko" align="aligncenter" width="230"][/media-credit]Following yesterday’s announcement of the Persona 4 anime adaptation, Sentai Filmworks has announced the license to the forthcoming Lantis/Sunrise production of Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere.
The anime will be simulcast via The Anime Network beginning Tuesday October 4th with additional releases such as VOD and home video planned for 2012. Staff for the series consists of Manabu Ono, four character designers – Tomoyuki Fujii, Shinya Nishizawa, Yukiko Aikei and Kanta Suzuki with script supervision and adaptation by Tatsuhiko Urahata.
[media-credit name="Index Corporation/Aniplex/Sony Music" align="aligncenter" width="490"][/media-credit]Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has licensed the long awaited Persona 4: The Animation series ahead of next month’s premiere. The series will be “begin soon through many outlets”, with a home video release on DVD & Blu-Ray in 2012.
The adaptation will consist of an all-star team, with Seiji Kishi, script supervision by Yuuko Kakihara while the signature original character designs are being adapted by Kazuaki Morita. The series will begin airing on UHF stations in Japan on October 6th with simulcast partners to be confirmed as the series is closer to its premiere.
When Yu Narukami’s family moves to the rural country town of Inaba, he’s expecting a lot more peace and quiet than he’s been used to in the big city. Instead, the peace has been shattered and the only quiet is the quiet of the grave, as a rash of mysterious murders and kidnappings sweep the countryside. With the police stymied, Yu finds himself joining with a group of eight other teenagers in a desperate bid to solve the mystery. A mystery that is somehow connected to both the local weather patterns and a strange video game world which Yu, his friends and the enigmatic killer can all enter. And where each must wield a unique weapon and learn to use amazing powers if they wish to survive. Journey beyond the Velvet Room as the hit PlayStation 2™ game becomes a spectacular anime in PERSONA 4 the Animation!
[media-credit name="A.C.G.T" align="aligncenter" width="448"][/media-credit]Buried in its announcement for Winter releases earlier this afternoon, Section 23 has announced that it will release the currently out of print Kino’s Journey anime adaptation on December 13th. The new collection will be priced at an MSRP of $34.98 and include the previous video release authored by ADV Films. Interestingly, the solicitation lists ADV Films as the publisher while listing Section 23 as the distributor. The series is based off of the light novel series of the same name and was previously published by Tokyopop in the US before being left in limbo due to the publishers shutdown in May. The overwrought synopsis follows below.
Destination is a state of mind. Travelers not only find themselves in a variety of locations and geographic phenomena, but they also bear witness to the whims of culture and the skewed effects of subtle circumstance. Kino is such a traveler. Sitting astride Hermes, an internal combustion companion, Kino searches for life’s answers, life’s questions, and the myriad of interpretations connected to them. A wielder of cutlery, firepower and a piercing tongue, Kino is ready to embark on a journey unlike any other. Drift along for the ride.
[media-credit name="TBS" align="aligncenter" width="717"][/media-credit]Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has re-licensed the Rozen Maiden anime adaptation previously licensed by Geneon USA and formerly distributed by Funimation. The series is adapted from the manga written by the author team known as Peach Pit while all three titles in the series (Rozen Maiden, Traumend, Overture) were directed by Kou Matsuo using character designs and script supervision by Jukkii Hanada and character designs by Kumi Ishii
In addition, the new license includes the home video exclusive Rozen Maiden: Overture episodes that serve as an end cap to the series and were previously unlicensed in the US. The Overture episodes will also be dubbed into English by Bang Zoom Entertainment, while being released as a stand-alone DVD instead of being included in the new complete collection. The series will be released during the holiday season via digital distribution as well as a DVD release. Obligatory horrid PR copy follows below.
Remember those nightmares you had as a child, where your toys came to life? That’s the reality that Jun Sakurada suddenly finds himself living when Shinku arrives in a box, the first of several magical Rozen Maidens to invade his secluded life. Worse, he’s found himself magically bound to Shinku, his life force powering hers, and she’s not too crazy about the way he’s been living his life. Unfortunately, fixing everything that’s wrong with Jun is going to have to take a back seat to making sure that Shinku survives the Alice Game, a competition that pits Rozen Maiden against Rozen Maiden for the prize of becoming a real girl, while the losers’ life essence is drained and they become lifeless toys again. Now, in order to win this deadly game, Jun and Shinku will have to find a way to work together. But to do that they’ll have to start trusting each other first! Get ready for a whole new kind of ‘guys and dolls’ as ‘action figure’ takes on a new meaning in ROZEN MAIDEN – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION!