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Distribution company GKids announced on Tuesday that it will release Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) this year. The company opened a Facebook page for updates.
The Tale of The Princess Kaguya is based on the famous Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter), which centers on a princess named Kaguya who was discovered as a baby inside the stalk of a glowing bamboo plant.
Bandai began streaming a preview on Tuesday for the rough draft footage that will be bundled with for the Space Dandy anime's first Blu-ray volume, which is scheduled to be released on April 25. Animator Yutaka Nakamura provided the storyboards for the clips being streamed.
It is confirmed today that 60-year-old actor Ken Matsudaira voices Matsutaro Sakaguchi, the protagonist character of the 2014 April TV anime Abarenbo Rikishi!! Matsutaro (The bold sumo wrestler Matsutaro). The anime is based on 75-year-old artist Tetsuya Chiba's classic sumo manga Notari Matsutaro published in 1973-1998. The TV anime produced by Toei Animation (Dragon Ball, One Piece, PreCure) will premiere on TV Asahi and its affiliates on April 6.
The official site for the TV anime adaptation of Hajime Segawa's psychic action manga Tokyo ESP launched today, and it announced that the anime will premiere on Tokyo MX and other stations in this summer, while the main staff and voice cast are still unknown.
At least four projects are marking the 25th anniversary of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga:
• Ghost in the Shell Arise border:less project
A collection of five short movies which will premiere on March 28.
• E-book release of the original Ghost in the Shell manga
Simultaneous June 20 release with: Ghost in the Shell Arise ~Sleepless Eye~ #3
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex ~The Laughing Man~ #1
Ghost in the Shell S.A.C Tachikomatic Days #6-7
• Ghost in the Shell art exhibition
With original art and design illustrations
• Ghost in the Shell Arise music event
Celebrating the 25th anniversaries of both the Space Shower TV station and Ghost in the Shell
More projects are also being teased.
The official teaser website for M3 ~Sono Kuroki Hagane~ (M3: That Black Steel), a new television anime that is premiering in April, opened on Thursday.
Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon, Kaleido Star, Aria franchise) is directing the project at the studio Satelight (Macross Frontier, Bodacious Space Pirates), and Mari Okada (anohana, Nagi no Asukara) is in charge of the scripts. Shoji Kawamori (Macross franchise, Cyber Formula franchise) is working on the mecha designs.
Update: Sato, Kawamori, and Satelight collaborated on a robot manga called Mortal Metal Shibagane in 2011.
Pony Canyon began streaming the first commercial for the television anime of Yun Kouga and Sunao Minakata's Riddle Story of Devil (Akuma no Riddle) manga on Thursday. The text in the video reads, “The target is a high school girl with a certain issue. All of her classmates are … assassins.”
The BS11 television channel aired a television commercial for selector infected WIXOSS, a new original anime:
The wraparound jacket band for Taishi Mori's Kuchibiru ni Uta (A Song on Our Lips) second compiled manga volume announced on Wednesday that it will get a film adaptation.
The story follows Kashiwagi, a stunningly beautiful, self-described NEET (Not in Employment, Education, or Training) part-time teacher who went to a music college in Tokyo. Her old middle-school classmate Matsuyama is now the advisor for a middle school chorus club on Nagasaki Prefecture's Gotō Islands, but she has to go on maternity leave. Matsuyama asks Kashiwagi to take over the club for one year. The chorus club had only female members before, but the arrival of Kashiwagi suddenly attracts lots of boys, resulting in conflict among its ranks. Despite this, the club prepares for NCon, NHK's real-life nationwide school music competition, with its newly diverse roster.
The official website for the Sailor Moon 20th anniversary project will open its animation page on Friday with a countdown to releasing content. The countdown page, which depicts the words "eight days left..." with a waxing moon, is currently visible, but the countdown does not begin until tomorrow.
The new Sailor Moon anime will begin streaming worldwide on the Niconico service in July. Producer Atsutoshi Umezawa (Precure franchise) said that it "is not remaking the previous anime, but adapting the original manga and starting from scratch again."
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