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The Guinness World Records committee recognized the anime adaptation of Machiko Hasegawa's Sazae-san manga as the longest-running animated television series in the world on Thursday. On the same day, a ceremony was held to commemorate the event, with Midori Kato (voice of the title heroine Sazae) accepting the award.
Katou commented on the event, saying, “This is such a famous award throughout the world, so I'm excited. I've been doing this for 45 years, so when I see this award knowing that people all over Japan have been watching and that Fuji TV has watched over this work, my heart is full of emotions.”
The anime adaptation of Machiko Hasegawa's Sazae-san manga began airing in 1969, and the show celebrated its 45th anniversary of airing this year. The anime has had over 2,250 episodes (with about 7,000 short stories) as of September 1, and constantly ranks high on the Japanese TV rankings.
The Niconico video service will stream the Friday press conference on Hayao Miyazaki's retirement from feature films — not only with Japanese audio, but also with English audio.
Both streams will begin on Friday at 2:00 p.m. (1:00 a.m. EDT). Miyazaki will appear in person to explain his reasons for retirement. Also attending will be Studio Ghibli President Koji Hoshino and Miyazaki's longtime producer Toshio Suzuki.
TV Tokyo announced on Wednesday that the Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals (Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden) anime is returning in a new series on October 1. Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden Mō Iccho will air every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
Former Ghibli president and current producer Toshio Suzuki revealed at Hayao Miyazaki's retirement press conference on Friday that the next film from Studio Ghibli (after Isao Takahata's Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) will open next summer in Japan. Suzuki told reporters that he could not reveal any details about the film, but it is still in production.
The official website for Noitamina announced on Friday that in addition to the second season of the Psycho-Pass anime, a brand-new film for Production I.G's anime is also green-lit. A trailer was screened for the film at Friday's Psycho-Pass screening event in Tokyo.
The October issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Newtype magazine is reporting on Tuesday that the anime studio BONES is reuniting Star Driver's director Takuya Igarashi and series script supervisor Yoji Enokido for a robot television anime called Captain Earth. The magazine is presenting an exclusive discussion between the two creators and image visual art from the project.
The official website for the upcoming anime series Log Horizon began streaming a promotional video on Friday for the series' first episode, titled "Great Disaster." The video introduces the lead character Shiroe (played by Takuma Terashima) and his two companions: his old friend Naotsugu (Tomoaki Maeno) and the beautiful assassin Akatsuki (Emiri Katō). The series will premiere on October 5.
This year's 41st issue of Shueisha's Young Jump magazine is announcing on Thursday that an anime adaptation of manga creator Lynn Okamoto (Elfen Lied, Nononono)'s Gokukoku no Brynhildr science fiction manga is in the works.
The original manga revolves around high school boy Ryōta Murakami, who cannot forget his female childhood friend whom he let die in an accident. Feeling that he must fulfill their promise of proving the existence of aliens, he has continuously looked up at the sky as a member of the astronomy club. One day, a girl named Neko Kuroha who looks exactly like his childhood friend appears as a transfer student. It turns out that she is a magic-user that has run away from a research lab.