Keijo Manga Cancelled Because Of Poor Anime Reception

This year's combined 22nd and 23rd issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is going to publish the final and last chapter of Daichi Sorayomi's "Keijo!!!!!!!!" aquatic sports manga on Wednesday. The manga's 16th volume will ship in May, the 17th in June, and the 18th in July.
The manga is going to end due to poor anime reception and bad sales.

Author translated comment:
"I'm very sorry to write this but the timeline was not on my side. You see, the editor came to me last week and informed myself to increase the popularity of Keijo!!!. This is not something you can do overnight. I was lost for words, as I believed we were doing fine in rankings. Today, I was informed by my editor that my manga is being removed due to the poor reception of the anime. The anime failed to make an impact, for advertising purposes, and the studio is carrying a loss because of it. It is my fault, and I am sorry. The source material should have been better and I've done a great burden. I was actually very surprised by the reception overseas. In various conversations, I was told it was greatly talked about in America. I'm glad some of you enjoyed it, but I'm sorry once again for failing. My sincerely apologies to Takahashi-san and XEBEC."

The manga was launched in Weekly Shonen Sunday in 2013, and Shogakukan published the 15th compiled volume on March 31.

The manga takes place in an alternate Japan where a sport called "Keijo" by law in 2003 became a sport alongside horse racing, boat racing, and cycling that allows for gambling. In the sport, contestants stand on platforms floating on the water and must use their butts and chests to fight against each other to push each other off the platform. Nozomi Kaminashi, a high school student, aims to join the sport after she graduates. Nozomi was raised in a poor family and hopes to make lots of money by playing Keijo. She grew up training in gymnastics, and she has good balance and flexibility. After high school, Nozomi joins a training boarding school and enters the world of Keijo.

There also is an 12-episode anime series that premiered in October inspired by the manga. Funimation streamed the series with an English dub.

All six Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video releases for the series are bundling a "completely new bonus anime."

via Yaraon

You Will Be Able To Marry VR Waifus

On Japanese gaming market there are lots of romance games and dating simulators. There is also a lot of eroge with graphic sexual content and to top it off we have strange games like "Hatoful Boyfriend" with birds as characters. But we are going one step further as the creators of  "Niitzuma LovelyxCation" are providing us with something new!

"Niitzuma" speeds up dating sequences so you will be able to spend a lot of time on a blissful married life which also includes an actual marriage ceremony!
Developer Hibiki Works announced that they will be holding a virtual reality marriage ceremony at a Tokyo chapel so you will be able to "marry" your girl of choice! Also, tuxedos will be provided upon arrival.

Hibiki Works has yet to disclose the actual location. but first mass ceremony will be help on June 30, 2017.
On this ceremony, "groom" will have to change into a tuxedo, slip on a VR headset, and exchange vows with his bride of choice. "Niitzuma's" cast includes:

         Aiko Kurihara

         Yuki Isurugi

         Nono Naruse

Hibiki Works seems to be very confident that they will find enough husbands applicants to participate in the ceremony.

Future is here!

Kana Hanazawa on the Top of Fan Poll of Most Popular Voice Actresses

The Charapedia website made a poll to determine the top 20 most popular voice actors among its readers for 2017. There were 10,000 anime fans surveyed from which 47,6% were male and 52,4% were female. People in their 10s and 20s made up 64,8% of respondents, and 35,2% were in their 30s or older. Results were shared on Thursday on their website.

Kana Hanazawa was first in the poll since 2014, and once again she came out on top. She was topping many fan polls such as those that ranked the most attractive and most in-demand voice actress.

Here are the poll's results for voice actresses:

1.Kana Hanazawa (721 votes) - Psycho-pass' Akane Tsunemori, To Love-Ru's Mikan Yūki

2.Inori Minase (644 votes) - Re:Zero's Rem,  Danmachi's Hestia

3.Saori Hayami (563 votes) - Higashi no Eden's Morimi Saki, Koe no Katachi's Nishimiya Shouko

4.Miyuki Sawashiro (544 votes) - Canaan's Canaan, Durarara's Celty

5.Ai Kayano (433 votes)  - Anohana's Honma Meiko, Guilty Crown's Yuzuriha Inori

6.Aoi Yūki (395 votes)  - Madoka's Kaname Madoka, Nanatsu no Taizai's Diane

7.Ayane Sakura (384 votes) - My Hero Academia's Uraraka Ochako, Charlotte's Tomori Nao

8.Sora Amamiya (297 votes) - Akame ga Kill's Akame, Konosuba's Aqua

9.Rie Kugimiya (286 votes) - Fairy Tail's Happy,  FMA Brotherhood's Elric Alphonse

10.Haruka Tomatsu (244 votes) - Anohana's Anjou Naruko, Motto To Love-Ru's Lala

11.Yoshino Nanjō (219 votes) - Clockwork Planet's Miura Naoto, Love Live's Ayase Eri

12.Rie Takahashi (215 votes) - Konosuba's Megumin, Fate/Grand Order: First Order's Mash

13.Maaya Uchida (166 votes) - Noragami's Iki Hiyori, Rail War's Koumi Haruka

14.Nao Tōyama (151 votes) - Bakuon's Suzonoki Rin, Kancolle's Kongou

15.Nana Mizuki (145 votes) - Boruto's Hyouga Hinata, Kuoshitsuji's Trancy Alois

16.Megumi Hayashibara (137 votes) - Cowboy Bebop's Valentines Faye, Hello Kitty's White Kitty

17.Yui Ogura (128 votes) - .hack's Hermit, Hinako Note's Hiiragi Mayuki

18.Suzuko Mimori (121 votes) - Btoom's Himiko, Love Live's Sonoda Umi

19.Risa Taneda (tied at #20 with 120 votes) - Gate's Mercury Rory, Gokukoku's Kuroha Neko

20.Yui Horie (tied at #20 with 120 votes) - Bakemonogatari's Hanekawa Tsubasa, Black Bullet's Tendou Kisara

Charapedia will announce the poll's results for male voice actors on April 6.

Attack on Titan Production Committee publishes an "Apology" ad in today's (March 31st, 2017) Nihon Keizai Shinbun (Japan Economy News)

We've translated the above Japanese Report into English down below :

"We really appreciate your support for "Attack on Titan" and would like to express our deepest gratitude.

In the TV Anime "Attack on Titan" Season 2 which begins airing on April 1st, 2017,
We have found a risk that it would make you unable to focus your study, work, house chores and so on,
because of curiosity for the next episode, not to mention, while the airing.

Our aim for improving the quality of anime caused the situation,
We deeply apologize for it from the bottom of our heart.
We would like you please to understand the above and keep it in your mind when you watch it.

Besides, the above has not been shared to everyone yet.
We would like you to share it and call attention to your family and friends.
We would appreciate it if you would add "#shingeki" when you post about it on SNS.

We terribly do apologize for all the trouble we have caused for this."

The 2nd Season of Attack on Titan premieres this Saturday (April 1st 2017) on Funimation

2nd Season of "One-Punch Man" Anime Is In Production

"One-Punch Man" cast Makoto Furukawa, Kaito Ishikawa, Yuki Kaji, Aoi Yūki, and Saori Hayami, along with performers of the theme song, JAM Project and Hiroko Moriguchi, reunited on Fall Festival last September. They revealed over there the second season of the TV adaptation of ONE and Yusuke Murata's web manga. Now, an update reports that the anime is in production.

We still don't know the exact date of the premiere of 2nd Season yet.

 via @KenXyro

New Promotional Video For "No Game No Life: Zero"

A promotional video for upcoming anime film "No Game No Life: Zero" has been revealed! Madhouse will be animating the film which opens in Japan July 15th.

"No Game No Life -Zero-" Main Staff:

Director: Atsuko Ishizuka (Hanayamata, Prince of Stride: Alternative)

Screenplay: Jukki Hanada (Love Live!, Sound! Euphonium)

Character Design: Satoshi Tasaki (Fairy Musketeers, RIDEBACK)

Anime Production: Madhous

2nd "sin Nanatsu no Taizai" Trailer (NSFW)

"sin Nanatsu no Taizai" got a new preview video video that's available online. It's an upcoming ecchi fantasy TV anime based on Hobby Japan's cross media franchise that re-imagines the 7 worst human failings as anime girls.

Do not confuse this seties with "The Seven Deadly Sins" manga by Nakaba Suzuki!

Source: Ota-suke

No Game No Life Zero Film to open in theaters July 15th, 2017

Kadokawa announced that the 3 main voice actors from No Game No Life, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sora), Ai Kayano (Shiro) and Yoko Hikasa (Stephanie Dola), will be joining a stage event for the film to be held at 13:40 at the AnimeJapan event on March 26th.

An early look at the promotional material for the event has shown that the movie is scheduled for July 15th.

The TV anime's director Atsuko Ishizuka (Hanayamata, Prince of Stride: Alternative) is confirmed to helm the film as well.

"No Game No Life -Zero-" Main Staff:

 Director: Atsuko Ishizuka (Hanayamata, Prince of Stride: Alternative)
 Screenplay: Jukki Hanada (Love Live!, Sound! Euphonium)
 Character Design: Satoshi Tasaki (Fairy Musketeers, RIDEBACK)
 Anime Production: Madhouse

Source : moetron

2nd Album of Linked Horizon Includes "Attack on Titan 2" OP Song Will Hit Stores May 17

Official project of Revo's one-person unit "Linked Horizon" has been confirmed on it's official site. It's going to be it's 2nd album "Shingeki no Kiseki" and will be released in two editions on May 17. Among 11 songs on this album will also be the OP theme song for the upcoming second season of the "Attack on Titan" TV anime.
Second season of "Attack on Titan" is set to premiere on Tokyo MX at 22:00 on April 1 (JST), and the OP song's TV size version will be available digitally two hours later.

Also, on the unit's site the schedule for it's 2017 tour to visit 30 cities that starts July 8 (Ichihara-city, Chiba Prefecture) and ends  November 10 (Kawasaki-city, Kanagawa Prefecture) was announced.
It will be the largest tour for Revo in his professional career. The price for advance tickets is 9,500 yen (about 82 US dollars).

Linked Horizon new artist visual

"Shingeki no Kiseki" CD single limited edition

Regular edition

"Attack on Titan" 2nd season key visual


Trilogy Film Project For "Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution" Announced

The official website for anime made by studio Bone, Eureka Seven, revealed Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution, the three-part film project based on first 50-episode Tv series aired in 2005/2006 today.
The tune "Acperience 7" in the clip is newly provided by German electronic music duo Hardfloor.

The trilogy will again feature the two protagonists of the first TV anime series, Renton Thurston and Eureka, but will also introduce the "First Summer of Love" incident that occurred 10 years before the TV anime story and was never directly illustrated in it. The site says that it will not be a remake or a remix, and all dialogues will be reconstructed. With newly filmed and produced footage, the trilogy will show a totally new ending "nobody has ever known."

All of main staff members of the TV series, Tomoki Kyoda (general director), Dai Sato (screenplay writer), and Kenichi Yosida (character designer) are set to return. It is, however, still not confirmed if the original voice cast members will reprise their roles (Takeshi Aono, who voiced Renton's grandfather Axel, past away in 2012). The first film is scheduled to be released before the end of this year, then the second and third will follow in 2018 and 2019.

Toonami Is Replacing One Piece With Tokyo Ghoul Starting March 25

Toonami (a late Saturday night adult-orientated animation block on Adult Swim) announced on their official Facebook page on Friday that One Piece will be taken off it's schedule starting on March 25 to be replaced by Tokyo Ghoul anime series on the same day.

One Piece was airing on Toonami since May 2013 (from episode 207). The premiere gathered 995.000 viewers.

1st October onward Toonami's programming block was pushed back by half an hour, and now runs on Saturdays from 12:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.

Recently "Dragon Ball Super" and "Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096" were added to the programming block (precisely starting on January 5). Toonami will also debut with Mamoru Oshii and Production I.G's five-part hybrid live-action/CG micro-series "Sand Whale and Me" six days from now (on March 18).

2nd Season of "Overlord" TV Anime Confirmed!

Screenings of the second "Overlord" anime compilation film, "Overlord: Shikkoku no Senshi" (Overlord: The Dark Warrior) confirmed that "Overlord" is getting 2nd season with an announcement video which was shown there.

The first film, "Overlord: Fushisha no Ō (Overlord: The Undead King), which opened in Japan on February 25 added new scenes. Also an original character designer (and original novel illustrator)
so-bin drew rough drafts for the new characters.

Funimation streamed the anime series as it aired in Japan. "Overlord" is an 13-episode long TV anime series that premiered in July 2015 in Japan. The story takes place in the year 2138 when virtual reality gaming is booming. Yggdrasil, a popular online game, is quietly shut down one day. However, the protagonist Momonga decides to not log out. Momonga is then transformed into the image of a skeleton as "the most powerful wizard." The world continues to change, with non-player characters (NPCs) beginning to feel emotion. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.

Also the 11th novel contained 30 minutes of new footage of the "Ple Ple Pleiades" which is an chibi anime short series, featuring the appearance of the Pleiades combat maids, as well as the rest of the Floor Guardians.

Maruyama began the original light novel series online in 2010, and Kadokawa's Enterbrain imprint then published it in print with illustrations by so-bin in 2012. The series has over 2.5 million copies in print in Japan. Yen Press licensed the novel series for North America, and it released the third volume on January 31. Yen Press released the third volume of Hugin Miyama and Satoshi Ōshio's manga adaptation on December 20.

Source: MoCa News

Cast and New Visual For "Seven Deadly Sins" (Ecchi One) Anime Revealed

The new TV anime "Seven Deadly Sins" (ecchi one) is scheduled to run late on Fridays (25:05) on Tokyo MX starting April 14th. It will feature girls personifying the capital vices, so get ready!
Accompanying this announcement was the introduction of Megumi Toda ("New Game!'s Hajime Shinoda) as Maria Totsuka which is a kind, gentle schollgirl but somehow she gets mixed up with Lucifer and Leviathan!
And also new visual was published
Staff includes 
Director: Kinji Yoshimoto, 
Story Concept and Configuration: (I couldn't become a hero, so I reluctantly decided to get a job., Genshiken 2, Plastic Little, Queen's Blade: Beautiful Warriors, Grimoire & Exiled Virgin)
Chief writer: Masahi Suzuki (Shuffle, Isuca) 
Original Character Design: Niiθ 
Character Design: Shōko Yasuda 
Chief Animation Director: Shōko Yasuda , Masaru Koseki, Junji Goto 
Industrial Design: Kiyoshi Edamatsu 
Art Director: Kenta Masuda 
Visual Coordinator: Sadahime Matsubara 
Music: Masaru Yokoyama, Hiroaki Tsutsumi 
Produced by Genco 
Production: TNK × Artland

Theme songs will be performed by three-member anison vocal unit Mia REGINA

Cast includes
Sin of Pride, Lucifer is Eri Kitamura ("Madoka Magica's" Sayaka, "My Hero Academia's" Mina Ashido)

Sin of Jealousy, Leviathan is Akane Fujita (titular lead lead in Oreimo creators' new Eromanga-sensei)

Sin of Wrath, Satan is Arisa Sakuraba

Sin of Sloth, Belphegor is Ai Kakuma (Amagi Brilliant Park's Isuzu Sento, Monster Musume's Lala, D.Gray-Man Hallow's Lenalee Lee)

Sin of Greed, Mammon is Yōko Hikasa (Berserk's Farnese)

Sin of Gluttony, Beelzebub is Yui Ogura (The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat.'s Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi)

Sin of Lust, Asmodeus is Chiaki Takahashia (IdolM@ster's Azusa Miura)

Sin of Vainglory - Belial and Sin of Meloncholy - Astaroth from Shizuka Itō and Azusa Tadokoro

Main Voice Cast for TV Anime "Souryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni..." and Key Visual Revealed

Key visual of "Souryo to Majiwaru Shikiyoku no Yoru ni..." and it's main voice cast including Maika Hara (as the main heroine Mio Fukaya) has been announced on the official website for upcoming TV adaptation of Leon Maomi's love story web manga.
Maika Hara has worked mainly for adult PC games and its anime adaptations, so this will be her first major role in anime series for all ages. It will be 12-episode five-minute series which is set to premiere on Tokyo MX on April 2.

Key visual
The web manga has been available on various digital manga platforms, such as ComieFesta, Mecha Comics, Comic Cmoe, and Renta!, and currently three tankobon volumes have been released from Seiunsha. The story centers on an university student Mio Fukaya. She has a reunion with her first love in her junior high days, Takahide Kujo. He has inherited his parents' temple and became a priest. After drinking too much and spending a night with him, Mio is unexpectedly introduced to his family as his fiancée.

Main Voice Cast

Mio Fukaya: Maika Hara

Takahide Kujo: Yo Suzushiro

Yukitaka Kujo: Renya Koitsuda
Kiyotaka Kujo: Perma KyouKyou
Shiori Kujo: Yurine Akiyama

Main Staff:

Director: Hideki Araki (Paradise of Innocence)
Series Composition/Scripts: Makoto Takada (My Wife is the Student Council President)
Character Design: Mizuki Aoba 
Anime Production: Seven (Ai Mai Mi, My Wife is the Student Council President)
Production: Kujo-kun no Bonnou wo Mimamorukai

Manga tankobon 1st and upcoming 4th volume to be released on April 18

Cast And Key Visual For "Shingeki no Bahamut Virgin Soul" Revealed

First season of Cygames and MAPPA's "Shingeki no Bahamut" was a huge success and following that we have second season based on the medival mobile game, "Shingeki no Bahamut Virgin Soul".
The TV anime will premier on April 7th in Japan. The second season will also feature new cast members in Maaya Sakamoto, Yasuhiro Mamiya and Kenshou Ono with their characters being listed below, along with the new key visual:

Maaya Sakamoto as Sophie

Yasuhiro Mamiya as Diaz
Kenshou Ono as Alesund
Mugallo - Voice Actor To Be Decided

And here is the key art for the series

The latest teaser is posted below featuring opening theme "Let It End" by SiM and ending theme "Dear Sir Goodbye, Goodbye" by DAOKO

"No Game No Life -Zero-" Film Teaser Confirms Release in 2017

The official website for the anime adaptation project which is based on Yuu Kamiya's fantasy light novel series "No Game No Life" released a 30-seconds long teaser for its upcoming feature film "No Game No Life -Zero-" today. The teaser itself is confirming that the film will be released sometime in 2017. Also, according to the clip, the story of the film is set over 6,000 years before the novel's main story.

Kadokawa also announced that the three main voice cast, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sora), Ai Kayano (Shiro) and Yoko Hikasa (Stephanie Dola) will be joining a stage event for the film to be held at 13:40 on March 26 in the Anime Japan 2017. More visuals and footage from the film are expected to be revealed there.


"No Game No Life -Zero-" Main Staff:

Director: Atsuko Ishizuka (Hanayamata, Prince of Stride: Alternative)
Screenplay: Jukki Hanada (Love Live!, Sound! Euphonium)
Character Design: Satoshi Tasaki (Fairy Musketeers, RIDEBACK)
Anime Production: Madhouse

Novel key visual

Rough sketch

Teaser And Character Designs for "Fairy Tail Dragon Cry"

After we got information on the staff and cast for the "Fairy Tail Dragon Cry" film that is on it's way we received the first 30-second teaser and character designs for the film.

Also the manga creator, Hiro Mashima, told us that this arc will be the last one so "Fairy Tail" climax is aproaching!

via Moetron

Fairy Tail Manga Is Approaching It's Climax

"Fairy Tail", just like "Bleach" and some other popular manga series, will be coming to an end. We don't have any information on how far away that end really is but the official website for an upcoming "Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry" anime film confirmed that Mashima's manga is now in it's last arc.
"Fairy Tail" celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016, which is just one of its many achievements. The movie's website also announced that the manga currently has over 60 million copies in print around the world. The manga also reached its 500th chapter in September.
"Fairy Tail" manga is also published in North America by Del Ray and in English by Kodansha Comics. Crunchyroll streamed the second television anime into several countries as it aired in Japan, and it also has been released as a DVD/Blu-ray Disc sets by Funimation.

We've Got Some Informations on "Hell Girl" Season 4

According to ad copy included in solicitations from Japanese online retailers Tsutaya and Honya Club for an upcoming "Hell Girl" manga omnibus, a 4th season of "Hell Girl" (Jigoku Shoujo") will start broadcasting in July of 2017.

The manga compilation is collecting chapters from Miyuki Etoo's "comicalize" adaptation of the "Hell Girl" TV anime and which is going to be published in Japan on March 13, 2017, lists a booklet featuring setting materials from the new anime as a bonus.

Because there are no official announcements, details on the new production are currently scarce. Seasons 1 and 2 of "Hell Girl" are directed by Takahiro Omori, while Season 3 is directed by Hiroshi Watanbe. Also all 3 seasons were animated by Studio Deen.

Sentai Filmworks describes the story of Hell Girl as follows: "They call her Jigoku Tsushin - the Hell Girl. For endless years Ai Enma has served as the embodiment of revenge itself. If you desire to send another's soul to eternal torment, contact her via the internet and she'll come from her land of endless sunset to deliver your revenge... at the cost of sending your own soul, of course, but it's a price a surprising number of people are willing to pay."

"Bungo Stray Dogs" Movie Announced

Today, on February 19th, "Bungou Stray Dogs" cast Yūto Uemura (Atsushi Nakajima), Mamoru Miyano(Osamu Dazai), Yoshimasa Hosoya (Doppo Kunikida), Hiroshi Kamiya (Ranpo Edogawa), Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Junichirō Tanizaki), Kenshō Ono (Rūnosuke Akutagawa), Kishō Taniyama (Chūya Nakahara) alongside with theme song performers Granrodeo reunited to join Luck Life and Screen Mode at Yokohama Pacifico for a live-event.

A pair of big projects for the series a based on Kafka Asagiri and Harukawa 35 were announced includin an all-new movie and stage production. Futher details are TBA.

Source: MOCA
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