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While the Ghost in the Shell: Arise, four part anime series kicks off with the first 50 minute episode premiering in Japanese theaters June 22nd, ahead of its July Blu-ray release, the manga tie-in has already launched with a 45 page chapter in Gekkan Young Magazine. There, Fujisaku "the man who knows everything about GiTS" Junichi and Ooyama "the artist with a stunning, contemporary style" Takumi explore the story of how The Major and Batou met while the latter was still a Ranger.
King Records' Starchild Records label began streaming a promotional video for the new Namiuchigawa no Muromi-san (Muromi on the Shore) anime series on Wednesday. The video features the theme song "Nanatsu no Umi Yori Kimi no Umi" sung by Sumire Uesaka, who also plays Sumita-san in the series.
Japanese adult game maker August announced on Thursday that an anime adaptation of its Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai: A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd visual novel has been green-lit. More information will be posted on the official website.
sdsichero wrote: I'm not hip on the crowdfunding scene, but aside from kickstarted, I have heard of these guys: http://www.indiegogo.com/
Have no idea how good or reliable they are though.
Yes, but so far most of the GrayHaven / Gathering comics have been funded through Kickstarter, so there are many contributors in Kickstarter that are familiar with the comics. And I want to take advantage of that.
Arion wrote: Yes, but so far most of the GrayHaven / Gathering comics have been funded through Kickstarter, so there are many contributors in Kickstarter that are familiar with the comics. And I want to take advantage of that.
Diamond Book Distributors, the comic book distributor for many publishers, signed a deal to distribute Studio Ghibli-related merchandise. The collectibles, toys, and home goods were mainly available through independent importers before.
John Parker, Diamond Vice President of New Business Development, said, "Diamond will be able to offer the widest selection of products for My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, and many others."
Diamond became the "preferred partner" for Osamu Tezuka property merchandise in December.
Animation production studio Gonzo confirmed on its official blog on Friday that it is producing the upcoming anime Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyō. It also revealed the first visual for the series, as well as announced that a promotional video for the series will be screened at its booth at the Tokyo International Anime Fair that will be held next week.
The absurd mystery comedy centers around Kazuhito Harumi, a high school boy who is obsessed with reading books. One day, he is killed in the middle of a robbery — and resurrected as a dachshund dog. Unable to read in his new form, the hapless Kazuhito now belongs to Kirihime Natsuno, a sadistic novelist who uses scissors on Kazuhito to abuse him.
Kumi Shimizu, the general manager of Kodansha USA Publishing, has donated 200 books published by Kodansha USA Group, including some manga titles like Sailor Moon and Akira, to help restock the shelves of libraries in Queens, New York that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October. In addition, Mitsuhiko Kawai, president of the JCC Fund and president and CEO of Mitsui & Co. (USA), Inc., and Motohiro Satoh, executive director of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York (JCCI), donated US$10,000 toward rebuilding the libraries.
Shimizu said regarding the donation, "We, the Kodansha USA Group, are delighted to donate our books to help local libraries recover from the damage suffered during Hurricane Sandy. The Japanese people will never forget all the help that the United States provided when Japan was devastated by the Great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami which took place on March 11, 2011, and we'd like to take this opportunity to repay your generosity. The books are our silent ambassadors. And we hope everything is restored as soon as possible, and that the people of Queens enjoy our books."
The "Game no Dengeki Kanshasai 2013 & Dengeki Bunko: Haru no Saiten 2013" event announced on Sunday that an anime adaptation of Gakuto Mikumo's Strike the Blood light novel series has been green-lit. The event also announced that the Golden Time light novel series was also getting an anime adaptation.