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Manga creator Shuho Sato (Say Hello to Black Jack, The Isle of TOKKOU) said on Friday that he is cutting ties with Fuji TV. As a result, Sato said there would "absolutely" be no more live-action films based on his Umizaru coast guard manga.
Sato claimed that Fuji TV flooded his agency with sudden interviews without an appointment. He said that the first time this happened, the chief producer of Fuji TV's news center did apologize to him. However, Sato said he received no apology when it happened again.
In addition, Sato claimed that Fuji TV sold Umizaru film-related books without a contract. Sato said on his Twitter account that he is very angry with Fuji TV and the company no longer deserves his trust.
It's been a while since we've heard from Negiman, the leek shaped who hero fights to save Tottori Prefecture and maybe the world! But, a year to the month later, the GAINAX (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, FLCL, Gunbuster, Medaka Box) co-produced independent tokusatsu film star is back!
The anime studio Gainax and director Nobuhiro Yamashita's live-action hero comedy series EA's Rock is spawning a compilation film, which will play in two theaters as part of different festivals on November 3.
The story follows the former members of the "Kankaku Senshi Gokan Five," a super sentai group that successfully protected the Earth's peace and now goes about their daily lives in other occupations due to a lack of hero-related work. 45-year-old Gokan Red (Hiroshi Yamamoto) works as a bartender at Tokyo's Shooting Bar EA, a combination airsoft shooting range and bar run by the former Gokan Blue (Jō Hyuuga). Momoka (Kotone Sheena), a 17-year-old high school girl, joins the team part-time as a waitress and Gokan Peach.
LA EigaFest 2012, a Japanese film festival held in Los Angeles, revealed on Monday that it will host the North American premiere of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film on its opening night. Director Keishi Ōtomo will make an appearance at the film festival's red carpet and opening ceremony. The film festival is set to run from December 14 to December 16.
The Nakamura Group Advantage, a Canadian entertainment company, announced on Monday that the next film from acclaimed anime director Mamoru Oshii will be a live-action military science-fiction thriller called The Last Druid: Garm Wars. This will be the first live-action English-language film from the director of the first two Ghost in the Shell films, The Sky Crawlers, and the live-action film Avalon.
The Nakamura Group Advantage describes the story:
Taking place in a world of war known as Annwn, Garm Wars sets the scene with clone soldiers from 3 military tribes, in a bloody and perpetual battle of air, land and technology. One clone, Khara, finds herself separated from battle and on the run with unlikely companions. In seeking to know more about their joint existence, the fugitives instead find an unrelenting truth and the greatest battle of their lives.
Masahiro Onai, the editor of Ryō Ikehata's Aru Zombie Shōjo no Sainan (The Misfortune of a Certain Zombie Girl) light novels, revealed in a Mantan Web interview posted on Friday that tentative plans are in the works for a live-action adaptation. More information about the live-action and anime projects will be revealed in the December 1 release of the first and second Aru Zombie Shōjo no Nyūgaku (The Enrollment of a Certain Zombie Girl) volumes.
The live-action Rurouni Kenshin movie has done pretty well critically and pretty well commercially ($36.7 million in Japan, $25 million internationally). So, it's little surprise that a sequel is going to be produced. Semi-official word comes that this is in fact the case with Spanish distributor Mediatres Studio telling a crowd at XVIII Salón del Manga de Barcelona that a sequel that stays true to the manga is being planned.