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    Anime News of the Week (9/30 - 10/6)

Wolf Children Dub Trailer Revealed

Directed by Mamoru Hosada (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars), Wolf Children debuted in Japan last year to great praise, including a 9/10 review on this site. FUNimation has now begun streaming the English trailer for the film's American release.

Production I.G. Releases Defunct Project Art

In a case of what could have been, animation studio Production I.G. revealed artwork for a defunct anime film called Snake. The film would have been based on the character of Snake Plissken, played by Kurt Russell, of Escape From New York and Escape from L.A. fame. Plissken is better known in Japan as the inspiration for the character Solid Snake of the Metal Gear Solid franchise. Link

Attack on Titan Season 2 Not Yet Greenlit

Now that the anime phenomenon has ended its first season run, many fans are wondering about a second season. According to several staff of the show, including lead voice actors Yuuki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, and Marina Inoue, the show has yet to resume production. They are all, however, eager to continue. Link

Minecraft/Attack of Titan Superproject Nearing Finish

In other AoT news, we first reported in June that a group in Japan sought to recreate a scale-model of the anime's Shiganshina district. We can officially report that the project is two-thirds complete and, quite simply, looks massive and spectacular.

Pokémon Jumbo Jet Flies For Last Time

The All Nippon Airways jumbo jet Boeing 747-700 "Pikachu Jumbo" was officially decommissioned on Monday at Naha Airport. Premiering in 2004, the "Pikachu Jumbo" is the eighth of ten airplanes classified as a "Pokémon Jet." Each jet bears images of the creatures on their sides and features exclusive in-flight entertainment based on the franchise. The video below shows the plane's last trip.

NYC To Host PokéParty

In other Pokémon news, Nintendo World in Rockefeller Center, New York City, will host the Pokémon X and Y Launch Party on October 11 from 8PM to 1AM. Attendees will be the first in the country to have a crack at the game, while other events include costume contests, trivia, and a guest appearance by Pikachu himself. LInk

Nintendo History Meets In Playing Cards

In a last bit of Pokémon related news, Nintendo honors two quintessential traditions that define the company. When Nintendo first premiered in 1889, their first product was playing cards for the Japanese game hanafuda. In 1996, they released the first Pokémon video game on the Game Boy. So what if the two were to meet? Link

France Gets Crunchy

Anime streaming service Crunchyroll has announced the fourth country where it will be available. France joins The United States, Mexico, and Portugal with twelve simulcast titles from the 2013 fall anime season. Link

Evangelion Gets Shanghaied

Being called the largest Neon Genesis Evangelion event in Chinese history, the upcoming Eva Expo in the city of Shanghai looks to have it all. A total of over 1,000 displays will tell the history of the legendary anime series. Major attractions include scale recreations of NERV HQ and Rei Ayanami’s bedroom, and a 3-D light show. The event runs from November 16 to December 1. Link

TOHO Registers Lupin Domain Name

According to a document retrieved from the Japanese domain name database, production company TOHO has filed for the online domain name lupin-the-movie.jp. This is a possible reference to the Lupin III franchise, though no new films have been announced outside of the upcoming Lupin vs Detective Conan movie. Link

400-Year Old Japanese Erotica On Display

To those who say that hentai isn’t art, the British Museum in London begs to differ. Their newest exhibit, simply titled “Shunga,” features erotic Japanese art dating back to the Edo Period that for centuries was considered taboo. Included are works from the legendary artist Hokusai, best known for "The Great Wave at Kanagawa." The exhibit runs from October 3 to January 5. Link

Japanese Download Law Hurts Music Industry

On October 1, 2012, the Japanese government signed to law an anti-piracy bill outlawing the ripping of digital media for personal use. Since then, the Japanese music industry has felt the consequences, with legal sales of digital music dropping 24% and file sharing on the websites Winry and Share freefalling by 40%. Link

Anime Premieres

Note: For the 2013 Fall Season and onward, if an anime is being streamed, we will note the service(s) carrying the title.

  • Aikatsu! Season 2
  • Beyond The Boundary (Crunchyroll)
  • Bottom Biting Bug Season 2
  • Coppelion (Viz Media)
  • Freezing Vibration
  • Gaist Crusher
  • Golden Time (Crunchyroll)
  • Hajime no Ippo Rising (Crunchyroll)
  • I couldn't become a hero, so I reluctantly decided to get a job. (Crunchyroll)
  • Infinite Stratos Season 2 (Crunchyroll)
  • Kill la Kill (Aniplex USA, Crunchyroll)
  • Kuroko's Basketball Season 2 (Crunchyroll)
  • Kyuosogiga
  • Little Busters! Refrain (Crunchyroll)
  • Log Horizon (Crunchyroll)
  • Miss Monochrome (Crunchyroll)
  • Nagi no Asukara (Crunchyroll)
  • Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden Mō Iccho
  • Outbreak Company (Crunchyroll)
  • Strike the Blood (Crunchyroll)
  • Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono
  • White Album Season 2 (Crunchyroll)

Anime Releases

  • Godannar - Complete Collection DVD (English)
  • Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom - Dawn of the Shinsengumi DVD/Blu-Ray (English)
  • Tiger and Bunny The Movie: The Beginning DVD/Blu-Ray (English)
  • Steins;Gate Part 2 DVD/Blu-Ray (UK Release)
  • Aria the Animation - Season 1 Litebox DVD (Japanese)

Manga Releases

  • A Devil and Her Love Song Volume 11
  • Bakuman. - Complete Box Set Volumes 1-20
  • Black Bird Volume 17
  • Bleach Volume 58
  • Claymore Volume 23
  • Dawn of the Arcana Volume 11
  • Dive in the Vampire Bund Volumes 1 and 2
  • Haganai Volume 4
  • Hana-Kimi Volume 6
  • Happy Marriage!? Volume 2
  • Love in Hell Volume 1
  • Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Volume 17
  • One PIece - Baroque Works [Omnibus] Volume 7
  • Pokémon Adventures Platinum Volume 9
  • Pokémon Black & White Pocket Comics Volume 1
  • Pokémon Black & White Volume 12
  • Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura Volume 11
  • Slam Dunk Volume 30
  • Toradora! Volume 6
  • Toriko Volume 18
  • Trigun [Omnibus] Volume 1
  • Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Volume 1

Video Game Releases

  • Agarest: Generations of War (PC) (USA/EU/AUS/JPN)
  • Rune Factory 4 (3DS) (USA)

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