Japanese Film Festival 2014 Dates, Rurouni Kenshin Sequels Confirmed

The Japanese Film Festival is said to be the largest outside of its homeland, drawing an audience of some 25,000 people last year in theatres across Australia. Although the full program of over 45 films is yet to be revealed, the two-part sequel to Rurouni Kenshin will be making an appearance as a full trilogy. Set to return for the eighteenth time, JFF will kick off mid-October in Adelaide before...

Yu Aida Returns With New Manga Released Today

It’s been two years since the award winning manga Gunslinger Girl ended, but today sees the return of the popular mangaka Yu Aida with his brand new series. The manga 1518 focuses around a high school student council, it will be published in this years 37/38th issue of Big Comic Spirits alongside five other new series created by various mangaka. The double issue seinen magazine will be available a...

PA Works Announced Original Anime For October

There’s always sense of mystery whenever an original anime title has been announced, especially if the only thing you’re given is a title. P.A. Works recently created a website for their upcoming anime Shiro Bako showing the title, month of premier (but no date confirmed) and a link to the official twitter page. Although no details about the synopsis or characters have been given the anime will be...

Madman Announces Three New Acquisitions at SMASH!

  SMASH! 2014 at Rosehill Gardens, Sydney, has entered its second day with a range of announcements by Madman including One Piece Film: Z, Giovanni’s Island and, finally, Grave of the Fireflies on Blu-ray for the first time. Check out the details for each title below and let us know if you’ll be picking any of these up! ONE PIECE FILM: Z finds Luffy and his crew of Straw Hat Pirat...

Hanabee Announces Gargantia, Fate/kaleid and more at SMASH!

Australian anime distributor Hanabee has announced five new releases during the SMASH! 2014 convention earlier today. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, RWBY Volume 2, Hatorimonogatari, Red Vs. Blue Season 12 and Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma Illya Season 1 will all be released on DVD and Blu-ray later this year. Hanabee has provided some detailed release info for each title: Gargantia on the Verdurous...

Madman to Screen Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods This Month

Madman has announced that the new Dragon Ball Z movie, “Battle of Gods”, will screen in our region across Australia and New Zealand during a special Reel Anime theatrical event. The anime publisher has also uploaded it’s own English trailer which you can check out below. The screenings will take place on Saturday, August 30 at the following locations and cinemas: Australia MELBOU...

Evangelion Creator to be Featured at Tokyo Film Festival

It’s been announced that the Tokyo International Film Festival will play host to “The World of Hideaki Anno”, a showcase of the filmmaker’s works throughout his career including the cult-hit Evangelion series and rare titles from his undergraduate days. Hideaki Anno, who is currently working on the fourth and final Rebuild of Evangelion film, has been described by Toshio Su...

X Japan Tickets for Madison Square Garden On Sale This Week

Legendary rock group X Japan has recently announced that tickets for its upcoming performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden will go on sale on August 1, 10:00am EDT. The date was previously thought to be July 25 but was changed according to band leader and drummer/pianist Yoshiki’s Twitter post. Not 725 Now 81 — Yoshiki (@YoshikiOfficial) July 24, 2014 The group has also re...

Izumi Matsumoto to be guest of honor at Japan Expo 2nd Impact

Japan Expo has revealed that this year during their second annual convention that takes place August 22nd through August 24th, manga author Izumi Matsumoto will be attending as a guest of honor and will hold a special conference and signing event, though the exact schedule has not been released at the moment. Some of you may recognize Izumi Matsumoto’s name as and those that do will probably...

Final Pages Turn For Bakuto And Kyou No Kira-Kun Manga

Two manga series that began publication back in 2011 will be printing their last chapters in this month and the next. Koji Shinasakas’ Gambling manga Bakuto had its final chapter released today in this year’s 15th issue of Young Champion magazine and Kodanshas’ Bessatsu Friend magazine will end the series Kyou no Kira-kun (Today’s Kira-kun), created by Rin Mikimoto, in next month’s iss...

BABYMETAL Video And Performances With Lady Gaga

So far the three pop metal idols have performed in France, Germany and the UK, now it seems more gigs have been set up for them in North America and alongside Lady Gaga. BABYMETAL are currently doing their world tour which began at the beginning of this month, their last two shows were at the Sonisphere music festival and at London’s Forum Theater (which was a sold out gig). Before they head...

Buddy Complex Artists Perform Suisei no Gargantia Sequels OP and ED

Female vocalists ChouChou and True will be performing the OP and ED for the Suisei no Gargantia sequel OVAs, the news was recently confirmed on the official website of the anime which will be premiering the first episode in September this year. Both vocalist provided the opening and ending tracks for the anime Buddy Complex which aired at the beginning of the year; True will be performing the open...

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