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Community website Wikia is collaborating with artists Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy game series, Vampire Hunter D), Kazuo Koike (Lone Wolf and Cub, Crying Freeman, Lady Snowblood), Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai), and Sin'Ichi Hiromoto (Hells Angels, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, STONe) on the "The Masters of Animanga: A Wikia Collaborative Writing Project." MAPPA producer and MADHOUSE co-founder Masao Maruyama (Ninja Scroll, Claymore, Trigun) and Hiroaki Ikegami (publicity producer Space Battleship Yamato 2199) will oversee the project.
On September 3, users will be invited to Wikia to submit one paragraph each to the collaborative story project. Following each submission, a new user will have the opportunity to add to the story. Over the course of three weeks, the project will develop three different Stories around the themes "vampire," "samurai," and "girls." Users can also upload fanart to accompany the Stories as they develop, and the Masters will offer feedback on the submissions.
The September issue of Ichijinsha's Zero Sum Ward magazine announced on July 16 that Hakase Mizuki will launch a manga series called Dracul in the next issue on September 14. The story centers around a young man whose father was a vampire. This will be Mizuki's first manga in this magazine.
One of anime music's legends, Yoko Kanno's has just had one of her greatest masterpieces released on ITunes, the original soundtrack for Cowboy Bebop, through Flying Dog INC.
This release coincides with Kanno's upcoming performance at Otakon 2013(August 9-11), in Baltimore, Maryland. Yoko Kanno will perform The main event of the last day is her live appearance with one piano “PIANO ME”.
In edition to this, Flying Dog is also releasing these soundtracks: * the movie Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door * The Vision of Escaflowne * Escaflowne: The Movie
Production company and distributor Shochiku opened a website for the latest project directed by Junichi Sato (Sailor Moon, Kaleido Star, Princess Tutu, Pretear, Sgt. Frog, Aria, Umi Monogatari ~Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto~, Tamayura) on Wednesday. The website features the tagline "Zenryoku Gu Shōjo!! Action!!" (100% Foolish Girl!! Action!!) and a countdown that will end on August 8 at 11:00 p.m. JST.
Media Factory's @comic_alive has broadcast the news that five light novel series from the MG Bunko J line, focusing mainly on harem comedies for young adult males, are newly slated to be adapted into anime series. This includes No Game, No Life, Mahou Sensou, Seireitsukai no Kenbu, Seikoku no Dragonar and Madan no Ou to Senki.