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    Anime News of the Week (2/3 - 2/9)

The Mother Of All Saiyans

Thirty years after the premiere of the Dragon Ball saga, creator Akira Toriyama has dropped a bombshell. The identity of Goku’s mother has been revealed. Her name is Gine and unlike her Saiyan race, she is a pacifist by nature. Toriyama has promised her official appearance will arrive on April 4 in his ongoing series Jaco the Galactic Patrolman. In addition, she will receive her own manga in the coming months. Link

The Keronian Invasion

The first trailer featuring the cast of the upcoming series Keroro has begun streaming. The spinoff to the well-received Sgt. Frog, the series will be animated using Flash and seeks to reunite the original cast. Keroro premieres on March 5th.

He’s Going The Distance

Racing franchise Initial D has announced a new film trilogy to begin on August 23. The first film, New Initial D Legend 1: Awakening, will recount the origins of main character Takumi Fujiwara in the first days of his illegal racing career on the highways of Tokyo.

7th International Manga Awards Presented

The International Manga Awards, given to comic artists for outstanding work, have awarded Thailand’s Prema Jatukanyaprateep the Grand Prize for her work, Bokbig. Silver Awards went to George Alexopoulos’ Paris (USA), Navar’s CARRIER (China), and Francis Porcel and Zidrou’s The Folies Bergère (France). Link

Japanese Composer Admits To Ghostwriter

Mamoru Samuragochi, known to fan's as "Japan's Beethoven,” has been credited with incredible orchestral works for decades, despite being completely deaf. This includes the video game franchises, Resident Evil and Onimusha. Now, in a shocking revelation, he has admitted to employing a ghostwriter for fifteen years. The ghostwriter in question, Takashi Niigaki, says his former employer is manipulative, not deaf, and cannot even read music. Link

Face the End

Mangaka Tomoko Hayakawa has decided to end her manga Real Face to focus on resuming her other manga, The Wallflower. Real Face followed two rookie cops in Tokyo’s Criminal Investigation Division and was based on a story by Tomihiko Tokunaga. The Wallflower has been on hiatus since August. Link

Patema Inverted To Premiere in New York

The anime film, Patema Inverted, directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Time of Eve), will make its American premiere at the New York Children’s International Film Festival. The film follows two children who, despite being in opposite gravitational pulls, forge a lasting friendship. The festival runs March 7-30. Link

Pokémon Bank Released In Europe

Originally scheduled for December 27, 2013, the 3DS service “Pokémon Bank” has made it to several European countries. Following a series of server issues and network outages, this release comes with a condition. The North American release has yet to be announced but should arrive in the coming months. Link

My Little Pony Can’t Be This Cute

Animator Karl “Galaxyart” Ehrnström has spent the past six months livestreaming his progress on a fan animation that can only be described as magic. His work, "My Little Anime," takes the characters of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and puts them into anime form. Galaxyart previously “ponified” the second opening of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Attack on Smash

Another fan animation, this time by YouTube user AmazingArtistYellow, takes two great concepts and turns them into one amazing video. The video uses characters from the Super Smash Bros. franchise and recreates the second Attack on Titan opening “Jiyuu no Tsubasa” by Linked Horizon.

RIP Kevin Seymour

ADR Director Kevin Seymour passed away from natural causes on February 7. His direction in English anime dubs can be seen in the Ghost in the Shell franchise, Akira, Armitage III, Metropolis, Perfect Blue, and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion. Seymour also appeared in the 2008 documentary Adventures in Voice Acting. Link

RIP Campbell Lane

Voice actor Campbell Lane passed away on January 30 from natural causes. He was 78. He is best known for his role as Rampage from Beast Wars: Transformers. Other roles included the Narrator for Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Mastermind in X-Men: Evolution, and Skeletor in The New Adventures of He-Man. Link

Anime Releases

  • AKB0048 next stage - Complete Collection DVD/Blu-Ray (English)
  • Fruits Basket - Complete Collection [Anime Classics Edition] DVD (English)
  • Saint Seiya - Sanctuary Classic Collection DVD (English)
  • Antique Bakery - Complete Collection [Litebox Edition] DVD (Japanese)
  • Blessings of the Campenella - Complete Collection DVD (Japanese)
  • Natsume's Book of Friends - Seasons 1 & 2 DVD (Japanese)
  • Wagnaria!!2 - Complete Second Series [Premium Edition] Blu-Ray (Japanese)

Manga Releases

  • A Centaur's Life Volume 2
  • Air Gear Volume 30
  • Bleach Volume 59
  • Dragon Ball [Full Color Edition] - Saiyan Arc Volume 1
  • Dragonar Academy Volume 1
  • Goong Volume 15
  • Happy Marriage!? Volume 4
  • High School Debut [3-in-1 Edition] Volume 1
  • Kamisama Kiss Volume 14
  • Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Volume 19
  • One Piece [Omnibus] - Baroque Works Arc Volume 8
  • Pokémon Adventures Platinum Volume 10
  • Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura Volume 12
  • The Wallflower Volume 32
  • Toriko Volume 20
  • Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Volume 3

Video Game Releases

  • Adam's Venture Chronicles (PS3) (USA/EU/AUS)
  • Bravely Default (3DS) (USA/EU/AUS)
  • Bureau: Kendall Rising (360) (USA/EU)
  • Double Dragon Neon (PC) (USA/EU/AUS)
  • Dustforce (VITA) (USA/EU/AUS)
  • Fable Anniversary (360) (USA/EU/AUS/JPN)
  • Fable Trilogy (360) (USA/EU/AUS)
  • Horizon (PC) (USA/EU/AUS)
  • Huntsman: The Orphanage (PC) (USA)
  • Jazzpunk (PC) (USA/EU/AUS)
  • Jets n' Guns Gold (PC) (USA/EU)
  • LEGO: The Movie (PS3/360/PS4/ONE/WIIU/PC/VITA/3DS) (USA/EU/AUS)
  • Moonbase Commander (PC) (USA/EU)
  • Outlast (PS4) (USA/EU/AUS)
  • One Piece: Romance Dawn (3DS) (USA/EU/AUS)
  • Oniken (PC) (USA/EU/AUS)
  • Paper Monsters (PC) (USA/EU/AUS)
  • realMyst: Masterpiece Edition (PC) (USA/EU)
  • Surge Deluxe (VITA) (USA/EU/AUS)
  • Super Killer Hornet: Resurrection (PC) (USA/EU/AUS)
  • Pokémon Bank (3DS) (EU/AUS)
  • Probably Archery (PC) (USA)
  • The Wolf Among Us Episode 2: SMOKE & MIRRORS (PS3/360/PC)

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