Some major Ao no Exorcist updates

It was revealed in the recent issue of Jump Square Magazine that the stage play adaptation of the recent popular manga/anime franchise, Ao no Exorcist, will be happening in 2012. Also, with regards to the upcoming movie of Ao no Exorcist, it was revealed that the assistant director of Spirited Away (Studio Ghibli) and Rideback, will be serving as the director. Finally, Aniplex will be releasing th...

Cowboy Bebop Dream Team Returns with ‘Sakamichi no Apollo’ Anime

That’s right, the dream team of Shinichiro Watanabe and Yoko Kanno have joined forces once again. This time they are teaming up on an adaptation of the popular Monthly Flowers Magazine manga called Sakamichi no Apollo. Many know Shinichiro Watanabe and Yoko Kanno for their work on the infamous Cowboy Bebop. This new series marks Watanabe’s first time directing an adaptation and will fe...

Madoka Magica, The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan, Soul Eater Not! and Until Death Do Us Part manga to be released in May

Hitting the manga shelves in America in May are some spin offs and continuations of very popular manga stories released by Yen Press. These include the recent ‘Madoka Magica’ and the not so recent, but still fantastic ‘Soul Eater’, and the classic ‘The Disapperance of Haruhi Suzumiya’. Both these manga sets have had their own anime adaptions, and are now releasing spin off’...

How Bleach Saved Man from Burglary

It’s not every day that an anime series potentially saves someone’s life. But that’s exactly what happened when Sydney resident Jake Terrey, stumped upon an intruder who had broken into his apartment. Terrey, a fan of the manga series Bleach used a replica sword from the series to protect himself from the home invasion. Terrey initially confronted the intruder which led to a scuffle between the pa...

Hunter x Hunter longest continual run to date, “No hiatus any time soon,” says Togashi

Yoshihiro Togashi the man behind the Hunter x Hunter manga has revealed the interesting and self-mocking news in his Weekly Shonen Jump author notes, that this is the longest consecutive serialisation of Hunter x Hunter without taking a hiatus of any sort. Togashi is known to take breaks from his manga at times throughout the series run and in his author’s note write up he even mocked his se...

Hayate the Combat Butler Manga 60% Complete

Recently through his official twitter page, Kenjirou Hata the man behind the manga Hayate the Combat Butler, confirmed that his popular manga was approximately 60% of the way through it’s planned story. His manga is currently on hiatus until the 13th of February, for reasons that are not clearly defined, but I am sure fans of the series would be pleased to know that Hata has planned the enti...

The Bandai Situation – Assessing the Damage and Causes

As many of you should know by now, Bandai Entertainment of North America have dissolved their Anime and Manga division effective February 2012. An order handed down directly from the Bandai bigwigs in Japan. Many people have been left completely puzzled by this and what it means for the industry as a whole. I will be assessing the damage and causes, as well as divulging information on who will be ...

Rurouni Kenshin Manga Returns in 2012!

Following the plethora of Rurouni Kenshin news as of late, is the absolutely unexpected announcement of the revival of the manga series 12 years on from it’s conclusion. Who would have guessed that next year, Nobuhiro Watsuki would choose to continue the Rurouni Kenshin manga? Regardless, it is officially happening as Shueisha have announced earlier today that the manga will return in May 20...

Bakuman Gets 3rd Season

First Bakuman was a manga about making manga. Then it was an anime about making manga, then it was an anime about making manga again, then it was a DS Game about making manga and well, next year it will be once more be an anime about making manga, when it begins it’s third season in the Fall of 2012. Bakuman is an adaptation of the popular manga series of the same name and thanks to it’...

Hunter x Hunter Manga Compilation Re-Releases heading to Japan

To coincide with the massive revival of the Hunter x Hunter series (the return of the manga and the anime reboot), Shueisha have announced that they will be releasing compilation volumes of the series. Not only will this be quite handy for those just jumping in to the series, it’s also great for those who have yet to collect the series. These new compilation volumes will cover each saga of t...

SMASH 2012 Date Announced!

This year SMASH Con went from a small convention to a mammoth sized convention, with A-List guest to boot. Following such an overwhelming amount of positive feedback regarding the Sydney Convention Centre venue, it looks like SMASH Con will be returning there for round two in 2012. That’s not all though, SMASH have officially confirmed the date of the event for SMASH 2012. We can now officia...

Viz Speed-Up One Piece Manga Digital Release

Because they have a functioning brain, Viz Media have announced that they will be speeding up digital releases for the global phenomenom One Piece manga. The speed-up is in attempt to lessen the gap between the Japanese releases and the English releases. The 59th and 60th volumes of the One Piece manga have recently been made available and to continue the trend, Viz Media will be releasing volume ...

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