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    Anime News of the Week (6/3 - 6/9)

The Otaking Plans

Studio GAINAX co-founder Toshio "Otaking" Okada has announced a collaboration with Japanese Internet provider Livedoor to create a new science fiction anime. He and Livedoor’s co-founder, Takafumi Horie, call the work "unprecedented" and want to attract people and funding from fans online. Link

A Magical Girl Sequel!? God Only Knows

The official website for the anime The World God Only Knows has begun streaming an advertisement for a magical girl spinoff. Magical Star Kanon 100% is an OVA based on the manga of the same name that focuses on the character Kanon Nagakawa.

A Stop To The Madness

Magazine Shonen Gangan has announced that the widely acclaimed manga Soul Eater will end within the next two chapters. Created by Atsushi Ohkubo, the manga is about a magical academy where students, under the tutelage of Death, hone their skills as demon hunters. Soul Eater has been syndicated for nine years. Link

Kaze Tanichu Cast Fully Revealed

On the heels of the surprising news that Hideaki Anno would voice the protagonist in Hayao Miyazaki's film Kaze Tanichu, Studio Ghibli has revealed the rest of the cast. Included are former idol Naoko Satomi, Masahiko Nishimura (Princess Mononoke) and Ghibli film translator Steve Alpert. Link

From Academics to Aliens

Tohru Fujisawa, the creator behind Great Teacher Onizuka, has announced his next manga. Tokko Zero is the sequel to his previous work Tokko and follows the story of a detective who joins a special police force to avenge the supernatural death of his parents. Link

After 8 Years, Moon Comes Full Circle

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Sailor Moon franchise, Kodansha and manga creator Naoko Takeuchi are pleased to announce the return of the Sailor Moon stage musical. After eight years, the show returns with a new cast for a twenty-date run at Shibuya’s AiiA Theatre. Link

Big Name To Voice Snake

Back in March, voice actor David Hayter announced he would not return in his role of Solid Snake for Metal Gear Solid V. Who is filling the shoes, you may ask? None other than action star Keifer Sutherland of 24 and Armitage III fame. Many Hayter fans are upset at this turn of events. Link

2013 Anime Announces New Opening, Ending

Attack on Titan has what many call the best intro song of the year. As memorable as “Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen” is, however, the second half will include a new opening and ending song. Linked Horizon is set to deliver again with the song "Jiyū no Tsubasa" while Cinema Staff provides the thus far nameless ending. Link

A City Rebuilds

In other Attack on Titan news, a Japanese Minecraft team by the name of Studio Miyabi is undertaking a massive project. They intend to accurately build a scale replica of the town of Shiganshina, with two Colossal Titans in tow. The video below shows only 15% of the full build.

RIP Takkou Ishimori

Voice actor Takkou Ishimori, best known for his role as One Piece’s Sengoku, passed away at the age of 81 on Wednesday. Despite his limited presence in anime titles, his career spanned nearly five decades, going back to 1968’s Star of the Giants. Fellow voice actor Nobuyuki Kobushi commented on his passing, saying, “I really…wanted to act more and more together, and I wanted to learn a lot more from him.“ Link

Anime Premieres

  • Kingdom 2

Anime Releases

  • Birdy The Mighty Decode- Complete Collection DVD (English)
  • Dusk maiden of Amnesia - Complete Collection DVD/Blu-Ray (English)
  • Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom - The Complete Series DVD/Blu-Ray (English)
  • Dirty Pair - Part One [Litebox Edition] DVD
  • Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Reverse - Season Two Part 2 DVD (Japanese)
  • The Everyday Tales of a Cat God - Complete Series [Premium Edition] Blu-Ray (Japanese)

Manga Releases

  • A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 9
  • Attack on Titan Volume 5
  • Bleach Volume 57
  • Blood-C Volume 2
  • Dawn of the Arcana Volume 10
  • Demon Love Spell Volume 3
  • Dragon Ball [3-in-1 Edition] Volume 1
  • Haganai Volume 3
  • Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossom Pink Complete Collection
  • Knights of Sidonia Volume 3
  • Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Volume 15
  • One Piece Volume 67
  • One Piece [Omnibus] Volume 6
  • Pokémon Adventures: Platinum Volume 8
  • Pokémon: Black and White Volume 10
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration Volume 1
  • Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura Volume 10
  • Skip Beat! Volume 31
  • Slam Dunk Volume 28
  • The Sacred Blacksmith Volume 1
  • Toriko Volume 16
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Volume 3

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