Good evening, readers, and welcome to an all-new AniWeekly! This weekend, anime fans from across the country flocked to San Francisco for the first-ever Crunchyroll Expo. And, on the news front, we saw a few major reveals, including a new effort to bring dubs to the world market.
But, before I start to ramble, let’s dive into the details!
In the News
Our newest hero is… an elderly salaryman. A new teaser trailer for Inuyashiki hit the web, which introduces the show’s major cast members. Fumiyo Kohinata will play the lead role as Ichirō Inuyashiki.
Sing a song… nay, an aria that spans one and a half times its original expected length! Right Stuf’s Aria the Animation Kickstarter continues to push forth with reckless abandon. The campaign cracked the $180K mark last week, which ensures that Aria the Natural Part 1 will receive a dub. It currently stands just about $228,000 as of press time, under $11,000 shy of the goal to dub Aria the Natural‘s second half.
Best wishes to an AniSong legend. Last week, Hiroshi Kitadani announced that he’s taking a break from performing due to hearing issues. The original posting, which appeared on SolidVox, uses the term “sudden deafness.” We wish Kitadani-san the very best, and a speedy recovery.
We are the crystal gems… we got a huge info-dump on the upcoming Land of the Lustrous anime, including a visual, a trailer, and a full cast list. The series will star Tomoyo Kurosawa as Phosphophyllite when it hits the airwaves this fall. (Now, who will play Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl…?)
Odaiba a-go-go, baby! A brand-new Gundam statue is set to be erected in Odaiba next month. The new figure will feature the sleek Gundam Unicorn and stand at 64.6 feet tall.
Working together, we can make great things happen. Chinese streaming site iQIYI announced that they are working with Japanese animation studio Tezuka Productions and game developer Success. The three companies will work together to produce a pair of Chinese animated productions.
Vweep? The live-action Gintama movie is getting a mega-release across the globe. In addition to runs in North America and Europe, the film will get a massive push in mainland China. Over 8,000 films (and 12,000 screens!) will carry the flick starting September 1.
Bringing the dub scene to a country near you! Crunchyroll announced that they’ll start producing localized foreign-language dubs for selected anime titles. Dubs will be offered on a per-region basis, with the first language being Spanish. The confirmed launch lineup includes Schwarzes Marken, Yamada-kun And The Seven Witches, and Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers-
You wa RAD! Sega’s Yakuza studio announced that they’re producing a new game. Not just any game, though. The group is producing their own quirky take on the historic Fist of the North Star franchise. The title will hit the PS4 in Japan next year.
But why? In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, live-action Death Note director Adam Wingard revealed that Netflix is open to producing sequels to the film… granted the first film performs well, of course.
From the AniBlogging Community
Taking life, one step at a time. Lauren at Otaku Journalist published a deeply personal piece this week, about a loss of a dear friend, the pain and suffering that comes from it… and how an event like an anime con can help to make things better, even if it’s just for a day or two. It’s a truly heart-felt article, and one that deserves a spot in your reading list this week. No excuses, readers.
From one home to another. Manga Therapy takes a look at the very concept of “home” this week, tying the idea, and the very tenets behind it to The Ancient Magus’ Bride.
Weekly Fun Stuff!
Today, we’re taking a trip into the well of just-plain weird. In the days of the mid-oughts, a user put together a remix of End of Evangelion theme song Komm, Susser Todd. The catch is that it was done entirely in the sound profile of classic Nintendo 64 game Banjo-Kazooie. So… yeah. That’s a thing we have now.