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The Japanese company Beyond Perspective Solutions (BPS Co., Ltd) has launched the Manga Reborn website to allow users to legally read manga digitally in English and Japanese. The website allows for the users themselves translate the manga into different languages and then post the translated versions on the website. Currently, manga series are available in Japanese and English, but the website plans to allow for translation into other languages in the future.
The wraparound jacket band on the seventh volume of Adachitoka's Noragami manga is announcing on Monday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit.
At the boundary between this realm and another, there live eight million gods, dead spirits who serve the gods, and other assorted spirits who help and meddle in the affairs of humans. A sweet middle school girl named Hiyori Iki has been enduring bullying from her classmates, and she goes to the restroom by herself to cry. Scrawled on the bathroom wall is a phone number and the message, "I solve your troubles."
After Hiyori calls the number, she encounters a homeless, unemployed figure who proclaims himself a "god." Crude, unpredictable, and worthless, he does not answer people's prayers and no one acknowledges him. However, he has one sole power, the ability to cut all who pass between this world and the next.
Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is the recent remake of the venerable series that is taking Japan by storm. It was only a matter of time before Bandai decided to make a new Soul of Chogokin of the Yamato as it appears in 2199. This massive ABS and diecast battleship is a whopping 42 centimeters long and comes with numerous gimmicks such as built in LEDs to light up the engine, bridge, and wave motion gun. It also features numerous sound effects that can be activated via remote control. You also get two rocket anchors, moving wings, an opening hangar, four Cosmo Falcons, and two Cosmo Zeroes. This is due in Winter 2013 for 26,000 yen.
The discovery of the film for Mogura no Aventure (Mole's Adventure), the oldest surviving Japanese television animation, was revealed on Friday. The color work aired on NTV on October 15, 1958.
Despite being almost 55 years old, the condition of the film is good. The anime was produced with paper cut-outs with a runtime of eight minutes, 53 seconds. It told a humorous story of a mole named Kuro-chan who embarks on a space voyage in his dreams. Actress Sonomi Nakajima voiced the dialogue and sang the song in the anime.
While the existence of this work was known to researchers, they could not confirm that a film of it had survived until now. Then, it was discovered in a warehouse in NTV's Ikuta Studio in Kawasaki City this past February.
Japan began full-fledged color television broadcasts in 1960, but experimental color works were produced on a trial basis beforehand. Since color televisions were not in widespread use, most viewers saw this anime in black-and-white.
The anime channel BS Animax will air Mogura no Aventure on July 21 at 7:00 p.m. as part of the TV Anime 50-nen no Kinjitō special.
This year's 14th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine will launch the Rokumonsen Rock manga with story by Buronson and art by Ryoichi Ikegami on June 28. The announcement was made in the previous issue on Friday.
The "unprecedented Sengoku youth ballad" story will take place during Japan's Warring States Period. It will show the early years of such famous historical figures as Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Mitsuhide. Rokumonsen are six coins traditionally used as a burial accessory, and they became the family crest for the Sanada warrior clan of the old Shinano Province.