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Re: Tsutomu Nihei's Blame! & Knights of Sidonia

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:16 am
by mr.negativity
Blame! Anime Film's 2nd Trailer Previews angela Theme Song
Film opens in Japan, streams worldwide on Netflix on May 20
Anime News Network wrote:The movie's original soundtrack will go on sale on May 17, along with a Blu-ray Disc box for the earlier Knights of Sidonia and Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine anime.

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:14 am
by klen7
^ New trailer looks good. I'm pumped.

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:27 pm
by Rody
Makoto Shinkai's blockbuster-caliber hit film Your Name. is finally in American theaters, and is doing pretty well financially, with glowing reviews by critics:

Los Angeles Times review
Quad-City Times review
Vogue review (less glowing, but still positive)
New Yorker review
GQ review
Boston Globe review (less positive)
The Panther review
The Nerdist review
Anime News Network review (and another)

Having seen it just last night, I strongly encourage you all to see it. Your Name. is an emotional thrill ride, with some of the most gorgeous visuals you ever did see in film. Go see it while you can!

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:03 pm
by lhb412
^The character designs for Your Name really didn't pull me in (I guess that's a big factor for me with anime) so I didn't really pay much attention even with the extraordinary success of the film... but I think you've convinced me. It is playing for the next few days and I have the week off!

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:14 pm
by lhb412
^And I saw it on (what seems to be) the last day!

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:13 pm
by lhb412
Finally we get a listing for this! Amazon says it drops May 30.


Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 7:34 am
by mr.negativity
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Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 8:37 pm
by Henry88
Record of Lodoss War: The Complete OVA Series ... SGP4HAADY7

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:56 am
by mr.negativity
Forbes 08/04/2017:
Netflix Is Trying To Corner The Anime Market In The West, Starting With Titles Like 'Cannon Busters'
Following the news that Funimation is being acquired by Sony, we have had Netflix reveal more than ten new anime series and movies. So it is now clear that Sony’s jimmies were rustled with due reason.
Ollie Barder wrote:Following the news that Funimation is being acquired by Sony, we have had Netflix reveal more than ten new anime series and movies. So it is now clear that Sony’s jimmies were rustled with due reason.

Over at Deadline, they cover all the new anime that Netflix is behind and it is an impressive selection, not least for its insightful choice of die-hard releases but also progressive choices such as Cannon Busters.

I have said this previously but the future of anime is tied to how it integrates with Western production methodologies and creative approaches. Cannon Busters is made by a cross-cultural team of fascinating individuals and the fact that Netflix is on board is definitely note-worthy of what the future has to hold for the medium.

It also shows that Netflix ignores the whole perception game nonsense that has plagued anime and manga in the West for decades. In that, the perception is manga and anime are a niche market for weirdos that can be easily dismissed.

The numerical reality, as has become increasingly clear, is that anime and manga are, in fact, the mainstream in terms of viewing figures and demographics. These media are not consumed by a small group of people but by everyone, everywhere.

To understand the situation, only 10% of Netflix's anime market is in Japan. The remaining 90% is spread out across the globe. So anime is the actual mainstream for Netflix and it is embracing that with a considerable fervor.

Personally, I welcome this disruption caused by Netflix. Anime and manga are media that have been actively suppressed for as long as I have been interested in them. It seems that Netflix, while in the obvious pursuit of profit, is in the process of correcting that cultural injustice.

Deadline August 2, 2017:
Netflix Sets Anime Programming Slate With 12 New Series, ‘Godzilla’ Movie
Denise Petski wrote:
Netflix is expanding its anime slate with 12 new series and a Godzilla animated film set for release later this year and in 2018. The projects were announced Tuesday in Tokyo.

The series include Cannon Busters, created, directed and executive produced by LeSean Thomas (Children of Ether); Devilman Crybaby, from an original story by Go Nagai and directed by Masaaki Yuasa; B: The Beginning, directed by Kazuto Nakazawa and Yoshinobu Yamakawa; Sword Guy: The Animation, written by Toshiki Inoue; A.I.C.O. Incarnation, directed by Kazuya Murata; Lost Song, starring Yukari Tamura and Konomi Suzuki; stop-motion animated Rilakkuma Series (Working Title); Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, based on original stories and characters created by Masami Kurumada and directed by Yoshiharu Ashino; Baki; Kakegurui, based on the manga Homura Kawamoto and Toru Naomura; Fate/Apocrypha, directed by Yoshiyuki Asai and Children of the Whales, directed by Kyohei Ishiguro.

New animated movie Godzilla takes the franchise into a harsh world of the future in which Godzilla has dominated the Earth for the past 20,000 years, and a fateful final confrontation with mankind looms. Polygon Pictures produces.

Below are complete descriptions and credits for each, along with some accompanying art and a Devilman Cry Baby teaser trailer.

Cannon Busters
Created, directed and executive produced by LeSean Thomas (Children of Ether), the series follows the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end, royal-class friendship droid who’s joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive. Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M’s best friend, the heir to a powerful kingdom under siege. Twelve episodes are being produced by Manga Entertainment Ltd, Nada Holdings and Satelight (Macross Delta).
Writers: Natasha Allegri (Creator of Bee & Puppycat), Anne Toole (Writer’s Guild nominee for “The Witcher” video game), Nilah Magruder (M.F.K. web series) and LeSean Thomas, among others.
Story Editor – Matt Wayne (Justice League Unlimited, Niko & The Sword of Light)

Devilman Crybaby (watch teaser below)
The protagonist Akira Fudo (Koki Uchiyama) learns from his best friend, Ryo Asuka (Ayumu Murase), that an ancient race of demons has returned to take back the world from humans. Ryo tells Akira that the only way to defeat the demons is to incorporate their supernatural powers, and suggests that he unite with a demon himself. Akira succeeds in transforming into Devilman, who possesses both the powers of a demon and the soul of a human. The battle of Devilman and Akira Fudo begins. The series, comprised of 10 episodes, is a Science SARU production and will launch on Netflix globally in Spring 2018.
Original story: “Devilman” by Go Nagai.
Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Screenplay: Ichiro Okouchi
Music: Kensuke Ushio
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B: The Beginning (formerly known as Perfect Bones)
In a world powered by advanced technology, crime and action unfold in the archipelagic nation of Cremona. Koku, the protagonist. Keith, the legendary investigator of the royal police force RIS. A mysterious criminal organization. A wide variety of characters race through the fortified city as it is beset by the serial killer, Killer B, and a chain of crimes in this suspense drama by director Kazuto Nakazawa and Production I.G. The series is comprised of 12 episodes and is a Production I.G. series that is set to debut globally on Netflix in Spring 2018. B: The Beginning stars Hiroaki Hirata, Yuki Kaji, Asami Seto, Hiroki Touchi, Minoru Inaba, Ami Koshimizu, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Shintaro Tanaka, Atsushi Goto, Toshiyuki Morikawa and Kaito Ishikawa.
Original: Kazuto Nakazawa x Production I.G.
Directors: Kazuto Nakazawa, Yoshinobu Yamakawa
Producer Rui Kuroki
Screenplay: Katsunari Ishida
Character Designer and Key Animation Supervisor: Kazuto Nakazawa
Color Designer: Narumi Sakai
Art Supervisor: Yukio Nagasaki
Music: Yoshihiro Ike
Editor: Junichi Uematsu
Song: The Perfect World
Song-Arrange-Guitar: Marty Friedman
Bass: KenKen (aka LIFE IS GROOVE/RIZE/Dragon Ash)
Arrange-Programming: Koji Fujimoto

Sword Gai: the Animation
A weapon that has drawn the blood of countless victims becomes legend, and at times takes on a life of its own. When such a weapon’s human host is filled with hate and murderous intent, he becomes a demonic combination of weapon and man that thirsts only for slaughter.
An organization has faced these dangerous beings over the centuries. A young man named Gai is destined to live as a weapon. As humans are enthralled by their weapons’ power, epic battles unfold with the fate of humanity in the balance in this battle action fantasy. The series will debut globally on Netflix in Spring 2018.
Screenplay: Toshiki Inoue

A.I.C.O. Incarnation
In Japan in the year 2035, an accident known as the “Burst” occurs during a research project, spawning an out-of-control artificial life form called “Matter” that has spread throughout the Kurobe Gorge. The research city that was once hailed as the hope for humanity is cordoned off by the government. Two years later, 15-year-old Aiko Tachibana, who lost her family in the Burst, learns something unbelievable from Yuya Kanzaki, a new student at her school. A secret is hidden within her body, and the answer to the puzzle lies at the “Primary Point” that was the center of the Burst. Aiko resolves to infiltrate the restricted area, escorted by a team of divers and with Yuya as her guide. When boy meets girl with the fate of humanity in their hands, what new truth will come to light? The series comprised of 12 episodes is produced by Bones, whose notable works include “Psalms of Planets EUREKA SEVEN” and “My Hero Academia.” The series will debut globally on Netflix in Spring 2018.
Director: Kazuya Murata

Lost Song
An all-new, classic fantasy starring Yukari Tamura and Konomi Suzuki as the two heroines.
Rin (Konomi Suzuki), an energetic girl who loves to eat, lives in a verdant frontier village.
Deep within the royal palace in the bustling capital city, the songstress Finis (Yukari Tamura) spends her days in solitude. Both share a special power no other person has. A miraculous power that can heal wounds, create water and stir the wind — the power of song. Guided by destiny, the two young women each face an arduous journey with the power of song. The shadow of war looms over the kingdom, tainting even the miraculous songs with the blood of innocents. Loved ones meet their deaths as silent screams echo through a stone prison. As two destinies intersect, will the final song be one of despair, hope or…? The series is comprised of 12 episodes, and is a LIDENFILMS x Dwango co-production. Lost Song will debut globally on Netflix in 2018.
Director and screenplay: Junpei & Morita
Original character design: Tomonori Fukuda
Lyrics: Aki Hata
Music: Yusuke Shirato
Background art: Dehogallery

Rilakkuma Series (Working Title)
Ever since its merchandise first went on sale by San-X in 2003, the “Rilakkuma” character has enjoyed immense popularity especially among women. After being featured in many merchandising and industry campaigns, it is now widely recognized both in Japan and abroad. To mark its 15th anniversary, Dwarf Studio now brings to bear its world class stop motion animation skills to produce the first animated series featuring “Rilakkuma.”
Rilakkuma is a soft toy bear who showed up one day to live with an office worker named Kaoru. He spends his days lounging around the apartment. Although there’s a zipper on his back, what’s inside is a mystery. He loves pancakes, rice omelets, custard pudding and “dango” rice dumplings. His friends are Kaoru’s pet bird Kiiroitori and a small white bear cub named Korilakkuma who also showed up out of the blue.
The series, comprised of 13 episodes, is produced by Dwarf and is the first stop motion animated series featuring “Rilakkuma”.

Knights of the Zodiac: SAINT SEIYA
The series follows modern day adventures of young warriors called “Knights”, who are sworn protectors of the reincarnated Greek goddess Athena. Each Knights wears a powerful armor based on their chosen zodiac constellation, and are called Knights of the Zodiac. They aid Athena in her battle against powerful Olympian gods who are bent on destroying the humankind. The series is comprised of 12 episodes and is produced by Toei Animation.
Based on Original Stories and Characters Created by: Masami Kurumada
Director: Yoshiharu Ashino
Story Editor & Head Writer: Eugene Son
Character Design: Terum Nishii
Armor Design: Takashi Okazaki

The protagonist, Baki Hanma, trains with an intense focus to become strong enough to surpass his father, Yujiro Hanma, the strongest fighter in the world. Five of the world’s most violent and brutal death row inmates are gathering to face Baki. Their objective is to taste defeat — their unmatched strength and skill have led them to grow bored of life itself, and they now seek out Baki in the hopes that he can overwhelm and utterly crush them. In this crisis, other underground martial art warriors gather to fight by Baki’s side: Kaoru Hanayama, Gouki Shibukawa, Retsu Kaioh, and Doppo Orochi. An epic showdown between violent death row inmates and Baki and his friends begins! More than 63 million copies of the original manga series have been printed and the series will be comprised of 26 episodes for Netflix, produced by TMS Entertainment.

There is one absolute rule in gambling — at the end of the day, there is a winner and a loser. The winner gains riches and prestige, while the loser is branded a failure and left with nothing. In the silence leading up to the moment that separates winners and losers, instincts are sharpened and desires reach the point of ecstasy. This is a harsh microcosm of life in a capitalist society. Why are people captivated by a world filled with risk? What lies beyond the madness? As the class system of modern society crumbles, an unprecedented adrenaline-pumping anime sweeps the world. Based on the manga by Homura Kawamoto and Toru Naomura (Serialized in Monthly Gangan Joker published by Square Enix), twelve episodes of the series are being produced by MAPPA. Kakegurui stars Saori Hayami, Minami Tanaka, Tatsuya Tokutake, Yuki Wakai, Karin Nanami, Mariya Ise, Yu Serizawa, Tomokazu Sugita, Mayu Udono, Ayaka Fukuhara and Miyuki Sawashiro. The series will premiere in 2018 on Netflix, everywhere except Japan.
Director: Yuichiro Hayashi
Series Composition: Yasuko Kobayashi
Character Design: Manabu Akita
Art Directors: Haruka Matsuda, Masanobu Nomura
Color Designer: Chikako Kamata
CGI Director: Shin Jaehoon
Director of Photography: Takashi Yanagida
Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose
Sound Director: Akiko Fujita
Sound Production: HALF H・P STUDIO

Fourteen Heroic Spirits gather for an apocryphal Holy Grail War. In a city called Fuyuki, seven magi and their Heroic Spirits once clashed in a Holy Grail War. But amid the chaos of the Second World War, a magus made off with the Grail. Decades later, the Yggdmillennia clan holds the Grail high and secedes from the Mage’s Association, declaring their independence. Angered by the move, the Association sends assassins after them, only to have them wiped out by a Yggdmillennia Servant. The choice is made to fight Servants with Servants, and the Holy Grail War system is expanded to two factions of seven Servants each. A Holy Grail War of unprecedented scale — a Great Holy Grail War — begins in Trifas, Romania.
The series stars Natsuki Hanae, Maaya Sakamoto, Koki Uchiyama, Miyuki Sawashiro, Junichi Suwabe, Saori Hayami, Shunsuke Takeuchi, Koji Yusa, Ryotaro Okiayu, Makoto Furukawa, Rumi Okubo, Tetsu Inada, Mitsuru Miyamoto, Satoshi Tsuruoka, Ai Nonaka, Kei Shindo and Sakura Tange. Fate/Apocrypha is an ANIPLEX/A-1 Pictures production. The series will be 25 episodes that premiere is the US and Canada on November 7 and everywhere else, except Japan, on December 2.
Original Story: Yuichiro Higashide・TYPE-MOON
Original Character Design: Ototsugu Konoe
Director: Yoshiyuki Asai
Story Editor: Yuichiro Higashide
Music: Masaru Yokoyama
Studio: A-1 Pictures

Children of the Whales
In a world covered by oceans of sand, 513 people live in complete isolation on the “Mud Whale,” an island-like ship adrift on the sand. Children of the Whales is an adaptation by director Kyohei Ishiguro and anime studio J.C.Staff based on Abi Umeda’s hit manga of the same name (serialized in Akita Shoten’s “Monthly Mystery Bonita”). Chakuro, the island’s archivist endowed with special powers, meets a mysterious girl named Rikosu as he investigates an abandoned ship that drifted up to the Mud Whale one day. It is the first time anyone on the island has made contact with someone from the outside world, but is it an auspicious sign that a new world awaits?
Children of the Whales stars Natsuki Hanae, Manaka Iwami, Yuichiro Umehara, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Mikako Komatsu, Daiki Yamashita and Hiroshi Kamiya. The series will debut everywhere except Japan on Netflix in 2018.
Director: Kyohei Ishiguro
Series Composition: Michiko Yokote
Character Design: Haruko Iizuka
Art Director: Toshiharu Mizutani (Moonflower)
Color Designer: Miyuki Ishida
Director of Photography: Yoshio Okouchi
Editor: Masahiro Goto (REAL-T)
Sound Director: Jin Aketagawa
Music: Hiroaki Tsutsumi
Animation Production: J.C.Staff

Since it was first released as a feature film in 1954, Godzilla has become a colossal cultural icon loved by millions around the world. The 2016 release of “SHIN GODZILLA”, directed by Hideaki Anno, reinvigorated the franchise with a novel and realistic depiction of the iconic monster story, earning 82.5 million US dollars at the box-office and capturing the imagination of new and old fans alike. Now in 2017, GODZILLA evolves in an unexpected direction as a feature-length animated film.
The animated movie takes the franchise into uncharted territory — a harsh world of the future in which Godzilla has dominated the Earth for the past 20,000 years, and a fateful final confrontation with mankind looms. The animated film stars Mamoru Miyano, Takashiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Tomokazu Sugita, Yuki Kaji and Junichi Suwabe. Prepare for the earth-shattering roar of a brand new GODZILLA, unlike anything heard or seen before.
Production Studio: Polygon Pictures
Directors: Kobun Shizuno / Hiroyuki Seshita
Original Story / Screenplay: Gen Urobuchi (Nitroplus), Sadayuki Murai

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:44 am
by lhb412
^Naturally, I'm all in for Godzilla - but as far as Netflix's other anime ventures are concerned: I'm really excited for Devilman, and Saint Seiya will be fun because the franchise is huge worldwide and not a big deal here in the US so hopefully it'll make a nice intro.

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:40 am
by EricDent
Yeah, I'm also really interested in the Godzilla thing.
As well as the new Fate show.

I might check out the others if I have time.

Re: Makoto Shinkai's your name

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:26 pm
by mr.negativity
mr.negativity wrote:How Anime 'Your Name' Became an Unlikely Phenomenon
The low-budget Makoto Shinkai-directed megahit is now the highest grossing film Japanese film in history.

J.J. Abrams, Paramount Team Up for Sci-Fi Love Story 'Your Name'
Borys Kit wrote:Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams are teaming up to adapt Your Name, an anime film that is one of the biggest hits of all time in Japan.

Eric Heisserer, who was nominated for an Oscar for penning the script to the Denis Villeneuve-directed sci-fi drama Arrival, is on board to write the screenplay for the adaptation, which will be live action.

Abrams will produce via his Bad Robot banner along with the banner’s Lindsey Weber. Also producing is Genki Kawamura, the producer of the original 2016 film.

Name, described as a sci-fi infused love story, centered on a teenage boy and girl from different parts of Japan who discover they can swap bodies. They also discover they are separated by time as well as space, and when an impending space disaster threatens one of their towns, they must find a way to meet and stop it from happening.

Makoto Shinkai wrote and directed the movie that became the fourth-highest grossing film of all time in Japan and the highest grossing anime film at the worldwide box office, earning $355 million. It was also nominated for best animated movie of the year at the 40th Japan Academy Prize.

"Your Name is a film created with the innate imaginations of a Japanese team and put together in a domestic medium,” said Shinkai in a statement. “When such a work is imbued with Hollywood filmmaking, we may see new possibilities that we had been completely unaware of. I am looking forward to the live-action film with excited anticipation.”

Paramount and Bad Robot will work with Toho Co., which produced the original, on the development of the project. Toho will handle distribution of the film in Japan.

The original film was exec produced by Minami Ichikawa, Keiji Ota, and Yoshihiro Furusawa via Toho and Noritaka Kawaguchi via CoMix Wave Films.

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:29 pm
by Henry88
oh, let the hate flow like wine.

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:39 pm
by lhb412
He's faced the hate of Star Wars die-hards, but is JJ ready for the anime fans? They fight dirty, and many are without basic human compassion.

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:22 pm
by lhb412
But seriously: Your Name is so completely, ludicrously culturally Japanese that only the most basic setup can be used in an Americanization. From the shrine maiden stuff to the specific cultural difference between Tokyo and rural Japan, etc.

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:51 pm
by EricDent
Looking at the main news page, they list the Sentai stuff coming out in December/January.

Just how many times have they released Clannad by now...big deal it's both Clannad AND After Story, there is no way that's worth $150 (even on Blu-Ray).

Also the Familiar of Zero, the first season was dubbed, but it's not included in a set with all the seasons?

Anyhow, those & To Love Ru are about all that sound interesting IMO.

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:28 pm
by lhb412
I've got a good feeling about this.

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Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2017

PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:54 pm
by lhb412
Guys, this music video has caught me up on everything I need to know about Devilman!

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Also: there's a band that does jazz covers of anime songs.

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2018

PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:56 am
by EricDent
Two words

Coming May 8

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2018 - gen:LOCK

PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:20 pm
by mr.negativity
io9 7/11/17:
Get Your First Look at Gen:Lock, the Mecha Action Drama from the Creators of RWBY
Evan Narcisse wrote:Ever since its debut in 2013, Rooster Teeth’s fantasy-action series RWBY has amassed a devoted mass following of fans who thrill to the series’ high-energy fight scenes. Now, the people making RWBY will be branching out into giant mech scifi, aiming to tell cool stories in a whole new genre.

Announced at Rooster Teeth Expo (RTX) 2017, Gen:Lock is still early in development and the Austin, Texas production house expects it to be ready for a release sometime next year. It’s keeping much of the early production details under wraps but describes the show like this:

“On the losing side of a global culture war, an Experimental Science Unit is pushed to identify a team of young pilots who can control a variety of prototype, next-generation mecha—giant, robotic, weaponized bodies. The recruits will find, however, that their newfound abilities come at no small cost.”

Last Saturday at RTX, I spoke with Gen:Lock writer/director Gray G. Haddock—who’s also the studio’s head of animation—to find out where the six-year Rooster Teeth veteran and his team are drawing inspiration from.

io9: So, you’ve been working on RWBY up until this point, which is rooted in magical fantasy, and Gen:Lock is a mecha show. Can you talk about the differences between the genres and where the ideas for Gen:Lock came from?

Gray G. Haddock:
We’re entering volume five of RWBY right now, which is our action-based magical-girl monster-hunter show. We wanted to do something that was slightly more mature in storytelling and could appeal to the RWBY fans as they continue to grow up, and start branching out into more kinds of animated shows. We want to say hello to all the fans of big-idea science fiction storytelling, and our own Red vs. Blue audience that, you know, might have checked out RWBY, but, maybe it wasn’t quite for them. So we want to make sure that they got something new to enjoy as well.

io9: You mentioned big-idea science fiction; what kind of things are in that wheelhouse for you?

I’m not ready to go into too much detail about the main gimmick of the show, but me and the team working on it, we’re all just huge fans of anime, of Ghost in the Shell, and any of the Gundam anime we love. Aldnoah Zero. Gargantua. I’m a huge fan of the writing of Gen Urobuchi, who did a whole bunch of science fiction anime in Japan. I would say all of my stuff is heavily influenced by his stuff, or at least we share very similar tastes. We’re started with some ingredients that everybody here is craving to see in a new series. Whether it’s stuff from a mech show, or cyberpunk like Ghost in the Shell or Psycho-Pass, or really strong, character-driven emotional storytelling like Kiznaiver. I thought that Trigger’s brilliance with Kiznaiver was that they got rid of all the trappings of what’s going on with the world and just focused on this one scientific experiment with the kids. We’re going to take a lot of that stuff, put it in a blender, add a whole bunch of new ingredients, and see what happens.

io9: Mecha is the kind of genre that people tend to associate so strongly with Japanese sensibilities and culture. How do you strike a balance, in terms of paying homage versus trying to ground it in sensibilities that are your own?

I’d definitely say it requires a balance. We want to acknowledge the roots and make a show that was a combination of all these other shows that we love. The mantra at Rooster Teeth is, “If there’s something that you find cool, go make that and see if you can find some other audience and friends out there in the community who will be like-minded and check out your stuff and follow you on that show as well.” We don’t want to just blindly repeat. It’s not the case that our animation studio just wants to keep cycling through all the different genres of anime. We’re not going to go all “slice-of-life, yandere…”, you know.

THR 5/21/2018:
Michael B. Jordan Joins Voice Cast of Rooster Teeth Animated Series

Variety JULY 6, 2018:
Dakota Fanning, Kōichi Yamadera Join Cast of Rooster Teeth’s ‘gen:Lock’ Starring Michael B. Jordan

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2018

PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:26 pm
by mr.negativity
'Giant Robo' Is Finally Getting A Western Blu-Ray Release
The classic 90’s mecha anime Giant Robo is finally going to receive a Western Blu-ray release.

While there has been an amazing Japanese Blu-ray release available for Giant Robo for a good few years now, Discotek recently announced that they will be bringing the much-loved series Westward in the same high-definition format.

Based on the story and characters by the famous manga artist Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Giant Robo was in many ways a homage to his various other works, as multiple characters were included.

It also had some serious production value behind it, with not only the animation being top notch but also Masamichi Amano’s sweeping orchestral score.

However, the origins of this series were somewhat accidental, as it was the result of a canceled Space Battleship Yamato series, as mecha designer Makoto Kobayashi explained when I interviewed him.
The Giant Robo OVA was done at the same place where they were working on Yamato back in the 80s. At the time, they were working on the story for Yamato Resurrection and the producer bought an awful lot of red and blue paints to prepare for the project. Then suddenly Nishizaki cancelled the whole thing, which meant there was a lot of leftover blue and red paint. So they approached me about whether they could do something with Giant Robo, as the main mecha was red and blue. So this was around 85 or 86 and TBS were going to do this as a TV series. Again, this got cancelled but it resurfaced as an OVA and they took around two years to do the first episode. So to put it really simply, Giant Robo was a byproduct of when Nishizaki tried to resurrect Yamato and failed.

From the pathos-driven direction of Yasuhiro Imagawa to the affable character designs by Toshiyuki Kubooka, who also worked on the Lunar series of games, Giant Robo is one of the few real classic anime out there and we are now finally getting it in the best format available.

Discotek hasn’t stopped there either, as the company also has plans to release classic series such as Baldios, Voltes V and God Mars as well, so a lot of classic mecha anime is finally becoming more widely available.

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2018

PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:43 pm
by lhb412
^ Most of the anime releases I've bought in the last few years are Discotek releases. They know what's good and deliver a quality product.

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2018

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:58 pm
by EricDent
Voltus V has never got a full release in the USA before.
There was a VHS tape that had maybe 3-4 episodes on it from Hi-Tops Video (I had a copy).

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2018

PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:37 am
by O.Supreme
EricDent wrote:Voltus V has never got a full release in the USA before.
There was a VHS tape that had maybe 3-4 episodes on it from Hi-Tops Video (I had a copy).

I did also, now I have the whole series but it has a questionable (I'm guessing hong kong) English Dub. I wonder if it was the same dub for the VHS compilation, or did an actual US based studio do it? I also remember there being a Daimos VHS very similar, but I never got it.

That's also coo. to hear about God Mars, I wasn't aware of that. Also, though it may not be official, I'm starting to see more fan subs of classic Super Robot Anime never available before, so it gives me hope.

Re: Upcoming U.S. Anime Releases - 2018

PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:50 pm
by EricDent
It says an American English dub was done for the VHS.
However I can't see the site that gives the info.

Anyhow on the main Sci-Fi Japan page it says Funimation got all the live action Death Note movies.
However for some odd reason, they are only releasing them in Japanese w. Subs.
The first 2 movies were dubbed into English by the same dub voices as the anime series.
They have used Brad Swaille in the past for the dub of Black Lagoon Roberta's Blood Trail, so not sure what's going on...
Unless they don't want to pay Viz to use the dubs?