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    Anime News of the Week (1/21 - 1/27)

Manga Awards List Released
The Shogakukan Manga Award is one of the most prestigious manga awards in Japan. Every year it's conferred upon four manga, each representing a different genre. Below are this year's winners:

  • Children’s Manga: Mysterious Joker by Hideyasu Takahashi
  • Boy’s Manga: Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa
  • Girl’s Manga: Piece by Hianko Ashihara
  • General Manga: I am a Hero by Kengo Hanazawa

New Studio Releases Hilarious Demo
Yapiko Studio is a new studio collaboration between French and Japanese animators, including Eddie Mehong (Lupin the III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine), Masami Suda (Fist of the North Star), and Hiroshi Shimizu (Full Metal Alchemist). Their first work was Afureko!AR, an app that helps people practice their voice acting talents. You can watch a demo below.

Kurosawa Honored With Posthumous Award
Akira Kurosawa, director of classic films Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Yojimbo, and Ran, will be honored at the 2013 WGA Awards with the Jean Renoir Award for screenwriting achievement. Link

Toriko and Digimon’s Mimi Tachikawa Marry
No, not the characters. Voice actor Ryotaro Okiayu and voice actress Ai Maeda, both from Aoni Production, announced Sunday that they wed in a small ceremony. As voice actors, they worked on six projects together, including Zatch Bell, Denshin Mamotte Shugogetten, and Gegege no Kitaro.

Classic Novel Receives Manga Adaptation
Many consider Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes to be a piece of classic literature. Now you can read the chivalrous tale of Alonso Quijano and Sancho Panza in the form of manga, thanks to mangaka Yushi Kawata and artist Yukito. The manga runs in the serialization [email protected] Link

Give Blood, Get Naruto
The Japanese Red Cross and Naruto: Shippuuden know it's important to give blood. That’s why all donors in their teens and twenties will receive limited edition Naruto merchandise for their sacrifice. See yourself as a Hyouka fan? Gifu Prefecture Red Cross will hand out separate goodies to those donating in Takayama City, where the events of the anime take place. Link

Anime Premieres

  • None this week

Anime Releases

  • Elfen Lied Complete Collection DVD/R2 (English)
  • Maple Colors DVD (English)
  • Pokemon: Black and White Set 2 DVD (English)
  • Saiyuki Garden The Complete OVA Collection (English)

Manga Releases

  • A Bride’s Story (Volume 4)
  • Black Butler (Volume 12)
  • Black God (Volume 18)
  • Bloody Monday (Volume 9)
  • Genshiken Omnibus (Volume 3)
  • Miles Edgeworth: Ace Attorney (Volume 4)
  • The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan (Volume 3)
  • The Limit (Volume 3)

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