“DA VINCI” Magazine Featuring “Mr. Osomatsu” VAs Sold Out Only in Five Days


As reported, the latest November 2017 issue of Kadokawa’s monthly general literature magazine DA VINCI, released on October 6, features the six main voice actors from the Osomatsu-san/Mr.Osomatsu TV anime series on its cover. The publisher confirms today that the issue is almost sold out only in five days of release and decides to reprint it immediately. According to Japan Magazine Publishers Association (JMPA), the magazine’s confirmed circulation in 2016 was 120,000 copies.

 

The reprinted copies are scheduled to be available at stores by the end of this month. This is the first time for the magazine to reprint its issue in two years and three months since its July 2015 issue featuring Naoki Matayoshi, 37-year-old Japanese comedian who won the 153rd Akutagawa Prize. 

 

The six all wearing black suit and tie are: Takahiro Sakurai (43/Osomatsu), Yuichi Nakamura (37/Karamatsu),

Hiroshi Kamiya (42/Choromatsu), Jun Fukuyama (38/Ichimatsu), Daisuke Ono (39/Jyushimatsu), and Miyu

Irino (29/Todomatsu). It is the first time for the magazine to feature the six VAs all together on its cover.

In commemoration of the premiere of the TV anime second season, the issue offers a 42-page feature for

the series, including interviews with the six.  

  

“DA VINCI” November 2017 issue cover

  


 

The highly anticipated TV anime second season premiered in Japan on October 2, and has been

also available to Crunchyroll members worldwide except Aisia.

 

2nd season key visual

  

Source: Kadokawa press release

 

©Fujio Akatsuka/Osomatsu-san Production Committee

 



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“Puzzle Fighter” Mounts a Comeback on Mobile Devices


If you’ve played much Puzzle Fighter in your life, you can probably hear its ear-worming sounds and songs right this very moment. Get ready to hear them again, because Capcom is bringing the co4mpetitive puzzle-battling back on mobile devices in a new Puzzle Fighter built from the ground up. Some of the characters getting in on the action include Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, X from Mega Man X, Morrigan from Darkstalkers, and Frank West and Chuck Greene from Dead Rising. 

 

 

 

Check out a pair of promos:

 

 

Puzzle Fighter is due out on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices globally in late 2017, and folks attending this weekend’s PAX West will be able to try it out for themselves. 

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his webcomic, BIG DUMB FIGHTING IDIOTS at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.



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Anime To Adapt “Harukana Receive” Volleyball Manga


An early look at the cover of the September issue of Manga Time Kirara Forward, out in Japan on July 24th, has shown plans for TV anime

An early look at the cover of the September issue of Manga Time Kirara Forward, out in Japan on July 24th, has shown that Jizai Nyoi’s 2015 Okinawa based beach volleyball manga Harukana Receive is set to be adapted into a TV anime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

via @the4_ch

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My Neighbor “Tote-oro”: Cute Totes for Ghibli Fans


 

Show your love for Studio Ghibli with the latest adorable merch release: Totoro tote bags, and they look as cuddly and friendly as the critter whose likeness they share. The bags will be sold at post offices and post office websites all around Japan.

 

 

The totes were released by merch maker Ensky, which also handles a few other Ghibli properties. The bags measure 28 cm x 35 cm x 9 cm and cost 1,550 each.

 

Also available are two other little goodies: a coin pouch and a puzzle.

 

 

The zippered pouch can be used for coins, keys, stamps, or anything else that might get lost in a bigger bag. It features a strap that you can use to clip the pouch to a bag or belt loop, or that you can remove entirely. The pouch with its tiny dancing Small Totoros costs 1,250 yen.

 

 

And finally — appropriately for post offices — there will be a special “letter puzzle” pack. The package contains a 30-piece puzzle, along with an envelope and seals. Assemble the puzzle, write a letter on the back of it as you would a postcard, then take it apart and send the pieces to a friend! The set costs 700 yen.

 

All items can be picked up at various post offices around Japan, or by visiting JP Post’s official website.

 

Source: Anime! Anime!

 

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Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.



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Game Designer Turns Comic Hero Thanks to “Pop Team Epic” Creator


 

Designer, commentator, and all-around game dude Mafia Kajita has a massive fan following online — partly for his work, but also for his, er, Mafia-style aesthetic. Merchandise has been released featuring his likeness, but so far he’s never gone truly 2D.

 

Until now.

 

 

In what is probably one of the most common-sense pairings ever, Pop Team Epic creator Bkub Okawa has taken it upon himself to create a webcomic with Kajita as the protagonist. Titled GOHO Mafia! Kajita-kun, it is featured on the Dengeki G’s Magazine website. So far, the first installment includes a handful of 4koma.

 

Dengeki G’s Magazine is also known for running the Love Live! and Yuki Yuna manga.

 

Kajita says he was at first unsure about “becoming a manga,” but once he found out Okawa was behind it, he was definitely excited.

 

Check out the first release of GOHO Mafia! Kajita-kun on the Dengeki G’s website.

 

Source: Dengeki G’s, 4Gamer.net

 

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Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.



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“Gintama” Live-Action Film 2nd Trailer Reveals More Action, Theme Song by UVERworld  


The official website for the highly anticipated live-action film adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi’s action comedy manga Gintama today released a “super serious version” second trailer introducing more action scenes, including the confrontation between Gintoki and Takasugi, and also featuring the theme song “DECIDED” performed by six-member Japanese rock band UVERworld. They have provided many theme song for Japanese TV anime series, such as Bleach, Blood+, D.Gray-man, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Blue Exorcist, and The Heroic Legend of Arslan. “DECIDED” will be available as their 31st single on July 12, two days before the film’s theatrical release in Japan.

 

2nd trailer

 

 

UVERworld

 

“DECIDED” to be released on July 12, 2017

 ・First-press limited edition (CD+DVD) SRCL-9460-61 / ¥1,574 + tax

 ・Standard release (CD Only) SRCL-9462 / ¥1,204 + tax

 


 

1st trailer

 

Poster visual

 

 

Source: “Gintama” live-action film official website, Twitter

 

© Hideaki Sorachi/Shueisha

© 2017 “Gintama” Production Committee

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“Shenmue III” Pushed Back to the Second Half of 2018


Yu Suzuki sends a message to backers of the ambitious project

It’s okay, Yu Suzuki, we all knew Shenmue III would be delayed at some point. It’s now expected to release sometime in the second half of 2018, and Suzuki relayed the message to backers of the original Kickstarter. More details will be revealed this month in the next backer report, but for now you can see what Suzuki had to say about it below. 

 

 

Shenmue III is currently in the works for PlayStation 4 and PC. 

 

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“In This Corner of the World” To Screen At New York’s Japan Cuts 2017 And Anime Expo


This July, New York and LA will both get screenings of acclaimed anime movie In This Corner of the World. First, it will be at Anime Expo with a screening on July 2nd featuring a Q&A with director Sunao Katabuchi. Then, on July 23rd, it will be the closer for the New York Japan’s Society’s Japan Cuts 2017 film series, which will have a Q&A with producer Taro Maki.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Director Katabuchi began his career working closely with Hayao Miyazaki, starting out as a scriptwriter on Miyazaki films while still a student. He was assistant director on Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989), and debuted as director with TV series Famous Dog Lassie (1996). He then directed Princes Arete (2001). Katabuchi directed and wrote the script for Black Lagoon (2006). He later directed the acclaimed animated movie Mai Mai Miracle (2009).

FILM SYNOPSIS
Bolstered by emotionally resonant storytelling and exquisite hand-drawn animation, this acclaimed animated feature recently won the coveted Animation of the Year award at this year’s 40th Japan Academy Prize. In This Corner of the World is set to open across U.S. cinemas on August 11, 2017.

The award-winning story of In This Corner of the World follows a young lady named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband’s family. Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her perseverance and courage underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country. This beautiful yet poignant tale shows that even in the face of adversity and loss, people can come together and rebuild their lives.

 

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Sentai Filmworks Cools Down “Gate” Dub Announcements With a Piña Co Lada


“Why did we come all the way out here to fight a bunch of crazed, blood-thirsty bandits?” Princess Piña Co Lada (played by Jessica Boone) has a rallying cry for you! Section23 will be releasing Sentai Filmworks’ collection of Gate on July 11th, and to prepare, they’ve started announcing the English dub cast. 

 

 

They previously introduced Yoji Itami (played by David Wald) 

 

 

 

Title:                 GATE COMPLETE COLLECTION

Published by:    Sentai Filmworks

Distributed by:  Section23 Films

Run Time:         600 min.

Street Date:      7/11/2017

Format:             BD, DVD COMBO

Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles

SRP:                $99.98, $79.98, $199.98

 

SYNOPSIS:  When a mysterious gate suddenly appears in Tokyo’s Ginza district and begins spewing armed warriors and flying monsters, the world is thrown into turmoil. Although the deadly attack is thrown back by Japan’s Self Defense Force, there’s now a new and entirely unknown land on the other side of the portal, and Japan is effectively at war with a nation on the other side. Determined to secure peace, the JSDF must send an armed force into the Gate, but ogres, dragons and a ruthless Empire populated by elves, humans, and half-animal warriors aren’t the only dangers they’ll face. With the resources of two worlds at stake, the balance of power on both sides of the Gate is destabilizing, and betrayal can come at any time, from any quarter. There, trapped right in the middle of the ensuing firestorm, stands officer Yoji Itami and the JSDF’s Third Reconnaissance Team as they plunge into the GATE.

 

 

 

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Voice Actress Maaya Uchida Posts Highlights from Her 2nd Live DVD/Blu-ray “Smiling Spiral”


Pony Canyon’s official anime YouTube channel has posted a three-minute dugest video from 27-year-old popular anime voice actress Maaya Uchida’s upcoming 2nd live DVD/Blu-ray “Smiling Spiral” to be released on August 23. The disc contains the 20 songs performed in her third solo concert at Yoyogi National Gymnasium’s 1st Gymnasium (capacity: 13,000) in Tokyo on February 25 and 26, 2017.

 

Uchida is best known as Rikka Takanashi in Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Ranko Kanzaki in The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls, and Sharo Kirima in Is the Order a Rabbit?, and has released four singles as a solo singer.

 

“UCHIDA MAAYA 2nd LIVE ‘Smiling Spiral'” digest

 

Blu-ray jacket

 


 

In addition, her next 5th single “+INTERSECT+” will be also released on June 21. The song’s two-minute short

version music video and a 30-second CM are now available on Pony Canyon’s official anime YouTube channel.

 

“+INTERSECT+” short MV

 

30-second CM

  

First press limited edition CD jacket

 

Regular edition

 

Artist photo

 

Source: Maaya Uchida official website

 

©PONY CANYON

 



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