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    Photo courtesy of The Loot Company. ©SOTSU・SUNRISE The Gundam Fans Have Spoken with the Loot Crate Gundam Capsule Collection Source: The Loot Company press release Special Thanks to George Roush Are you ready to live the G-Life? Celebrate this super special series of wear focusing on the winning mechs of our Gundam universe tournament polls! With a design focus decided on by the fans on our @GundamLifeCrate Instagram, this capsule collection fully complements the Loot Crate Gundam Life Crate Series! This limited-edition collection can only be purchased from Loot Crate. The Gundam Capsule Collection includes five pieces of apparel, voted on by the fans, including a Gundam Wing Henley, Gundam Seed T-shirt, Mobile Suit Gundam T-shirt, Gundam 00 Long-Sleeve Tee, and a Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans T-shirt. Each item is 100% cotton and made in the U.S.A. Created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise, Mobile Suit Gundam

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Shannon Meehan Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. © 2020 SHIROBAKO PROJECT A love letter to the anime industry, the highly anticipated new film SHIROBAKO The Movie (劇場版 SHIROBAKO, Gekijōban Shirobako, 2020) will be released on digital download and on Blu-ray+ DVD combo pack on October 26, 2021 from Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory. The fan-favorite anime about making anime makes its home entertainment debut following a North American theatrical release this summer. Bonus features on the Blu-ray + DVD combo pack release include a teaser and trailer never before seen in North America, and a 4-page booklet with stunning character art.   SHIROBAKO The Movie is the eagerly awaited sequel to the television anime series of the same name, which has also been adapted as a manga series. SHIROBAKO The Movie’s director Tsutomu Mizushima (GIRLS UND

    ©2021 Funimation Global Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Source: Funimation press release Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. (SPE) and AT&T Inc.* (NYSE:T) today announced that SPE has completed its acquisition of AT&T’s Crunchyroll anime business through Funimation Global Group, LLC.  Funimation is a joint venture between SPE and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.’s subsidiary, Aniplex Inc. The agreement was first announced in December 2020.  Crunchyroll is a premier anime direct-to-consumer service with 5 million SVOD subscribers and growing. It serves 120 million registered users across more than 200 countries and territories offering AVOD, mobile games, manga, events merchandise and distribution. The deal provides the opportunity for Crunchyroll and Funimation to broaden distribution for their content partners and expand fan-centric offerings for consumers. “We are very excited to welcome Crunchyroll to the Sony Group,” said Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Group Corporation. “Anime is a rapidly growing medium

    Fred Ladd, Ray Owens, Billie Lou Watts and Gilbert Mack at a dubbing session for GIGANTOR. Photo courtesy of William Winckler. Author: Bob Johnson Special Thanks to Jennifer Ladd and William Winckler SciFi Japan is saddened to pass on the news of the passing of Fred Ladd. Fred passed away at his home in Southern California. Fred Ladd wrote and directed the Americanization of Osamu Tezuka's ASTROBOY. ©Tezuka Production Fred Ladd was a pioneer in entertainment and the man responsible for introducing Japanese animation or as it is known now anime, to the Western world. Ladd was born in Toledo, Ohio on February 19, 1927. He graduated from Ohio State University with degrees in radio and speech. He soon moved to New York where he worked at an FM radio station and then Cayton, Inc., adapting existing nature documentaries into feature films. Cayton

    Source: Crunchyroll press release Special Thanks to Bianca Doria   Photo courtesy of Crunchyroll. ©2021 Imago Productions LLC Crunchyroll and Adult Swim revealed more about the highly-anticipated animated series from Alcon Entertainment, BLADE RUNNER: BLACK LOTUS, including new key art and the series’ opening today at Virtual Crunchyroll Expo. The series, premiering later this year, follows a young woman as she seeks to exact revenge on those who have wronged her, to understand her own identity, and to uncover the mysteries of her past. During the panel, “The Making of BLADE RUNNER: BLACK LOTUS,” Crunchyroll’s head of development Sarah Victor spoke with directors Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama about their process for creating the series and how it fits into the legendary Blade Runner universe. Aramaki and Kamiyama also spoke at length about themes within this new series and how they worked

    Funimation Releasing KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: LOVE WOVEN IN THE STARS Film in Theaters in the U.S. and Canada starting September 13 Source: Funimation press release Special Thanks to Jennifer St Clair and Brian Eley KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: LOVE WOVEN IN THE STARS key art, courtesy of Funimation. ©TSUTOMU NIHEI, KODANSHA/KOS FILM PARTNERS In a sweeping new story based on the manga by Tsutomu Nihei, Earth is destroyed and humankind lives on a massive spaceship called Sidonia to defend themselves  from hostile aliens. Welcome to KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA, the epic adventure tale set a thousand years in the future where the fate of humans rests in the hands of a brave few. Funimation, the market leader in anime serving fans worldwide, brings the popular sci-fi anime KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA to theaters and television. Funimation announced today it has partnered with Polygon Pictures for the film release

    Photo courtesy of SPJA. © Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation 2021. All rights reserved. Anime Expo Lite 2021 Draws Over 375,000 Views and Raises $77,000 for CharitySource: SPJA, MediaLab Public Relations press release Official Site: www.anime-expo.org Special Thanks to Erik Jansen The nation’s largest anime fan convention marked its 30th anniversary earlier this month with Anime Expo Lite. Held online again due to the continuing effects of the COVID pandemic, this year’s Anime Expo Lite garnered over 375,000 views from fans in more than 100 countries such as the UK, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Malaysia. Fans tuned into watch the livestream event on July 3 & 4 as well as during the VOD period from July 5 through 16. Program highlights included the STAR WARS: VISIONS Sneak Peek, the SHIKIZAKURA world premiere, and the LisAni!LIVE L.A. concert

    PETER GRILL AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S TIME Available October 12th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its October slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks laugh-out-loud anime series, PETER GRILL AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S TIME. A Special Steelbook release will be available on October 12th. Product details follow, in order of release... Photo courtesy of Section 23 Films. NAKAIMO ~ MY LITTLE SISTER IS AMONG THEM! Published by:    Sentai Filmworks Distributed by:  Section23 Films Run Time:         325 min. Street Date:      10/5/2021 Format:             BD Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP:                $59.98 The terms of Shougo Mikadono's late father's will are strangely specific:  To claim his substantial inheritance, Shougo must first transfer to Miryuin Private Academy, find a nice girl from among the student body, and convince

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: athome.sentai.com Today Sentai revealed the event and exclusive guest lineup for Sentai at Home 2021, Sentai’s digital panel experience for anime fans around the world. Anime enthusiasts can catch Sentai at Home 2021 on Wednesday, August 20, 2021 at 2 PM CDT and should visit athome.sentai.com to learn more about this free event. To bring the joy of anime to fans at home, Sentai will treat viewers to a lineup of exclusive interviews with an array of Japanese talent, including cast members from NON NON BIYORI, REDO OF HEALER, GETTER ROBO ARC, PRINCESS PRINCIPAL, MOTHER OF THE GODDESS’ DORMITORY and other Sentai favorites. Fans can also look forward to interviews with anime directors Morio Asaka (NANA), Masayuki Kojima (MADE IN ABYSS), Jun Kawagoe (GETTER ROBO ARC), Takuya Asaoka (REDO OF HEALER), Shinya Kawatsura (NON NON BIYORI) and Masaki Tachibana (PRINCESS PRINCIPAL),

    Mockup of the Tamashii Nations Pop-Up Shop coming to Santa Monica this Friday. Image courtesy of BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles. ©BANDAI Santa Monica Store Will Be Open from July 16 – September 26 and Showcase an Array of Toys,  Action Figures and Model Kits Featuring Characters from Demon Slayer, Dragon Ball, Gundam and More< Source: BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) press release Official Site: tamashiinations.com/popup/santamonica Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Collectors in Southern California are in for a special treat with today’s announcement from BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) and BANDAI SPIRITS Collectors Department that they are travelling west to open a new official pop-up, the “TAMASHII NATIONS Pop-Up Shop in Santa Monica,” this Friday, July 16. Fans in Los Angeles and Orange counties as well as across surrounding areas are invited  to head to Santa Monica and visit the new store. The shop (will not only feature some of

    Photo courtesy of Crunchyroll. Source: Crunchyroll press release Special Thanks to Bianca Doria   Crunchyroll and Adult Swim today revealed the characters and all-star cast of the much-anticipated animated series BLADE RUNNER: BLACK LOTUS. The new series is inspired by the award-winning and critically lauded Blade Runner movie franchise. A first look at the new series will debut at Comic-Con@Home 2021 panel hosted online on Friday, July 23rd. The English and Japanese voice cast includes: Elle, a female replicant created for a secret and unknown purpose, will be played by Jessica Henwick / Arisa Shida  Joseph, a mysterious figure who owns a spare parts junkyard in Los Angeles, will be played by Will Yun Lee / Shinshu Fuji  Alani Davis, a fresh LAPD recruit, will be played by Samira Wiley / Takako Honda  Niander Wallace Sr, founder and

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: https://megamiryou.com (Japan) © 2021 Ikumi Hino / Mother of the Goddess Sentai announced today that it acquired irreverent comedy series MOTHER OF THE GODDESS’ DORMITORY (女神寮の寮母くん。, Megami-ryō no Ryōbo-kun, 2021) for the Summer 2021 simulcast season. Sentai will distribute the series to audiences in North America, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Nordic Countries, Spain, Portugal and Central and South America. Down-on-his-luck Koushi Nagumo wanders the streets unemployed, homeless and in search of his next meal. His fortunes improve after a chance meeting with a vivacious young woman whose proposition seemingly solves nearly all his problems. Thanks to her, Koushi enters the welcoming halls of a dormitory at a women’s college… only this particular assignment is no stuffy, sleepy affair. The Goddess’ Dormitory is known for housing the college’s most unruly students! If he wants to

      ©1997 MADHOUSE Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Sarah J. De Bruin Photo courtesy of Shout! Factory. ©1997 MADHOUSE Sophisticated yet unsettling, the groundbreaking psychological thriller PERFECT BLUE makes its North American SteelBook debut September 14, 2021 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory.   The directorial debut of acclaimed director Satoshi Kon (PAPRIKA, TOKYO GODFATHERS), the critically-acclaimed PERFECT BLUE has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time. This new SteelBook edition features a new exclusive 12-page art booklet, the digitally remastered version of the film and an original definition presentation, as well as a bevy of bonus features including Lectures by Satoshi Kon, an Into the Blue featurette, the Angel of Your Heart recording sessions, the full English version of Angel of Your Heart, interviews with the English cast and crew, and theatrical trailers and TV

    Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Sarah J. De Bruin Studio Ghibli and GKIDS, with distribution by Shout! Factory, will release PORCO ROSSO and FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, from the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, on September 21, 2021 in limited edition SteelBook packaging with striking new art. Each SteelBook will house a Blu-ray & DVD combo pack, presenting the film alongside hours of bonus features and a booklet with stunning art and statements from the filmmakers.    With this release, two films from one of the world’s most coveted animation collections can come home to collectors in limited edition SteelBook packaging for the first time in North America.    Porco Rosso and From Up on Poppy Hill now join SPIRITED AWAY, CASTLE IN THE SKY, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, PRINCESS MONONOKE,

      The latest film in the legendary Japanese anime franchise will premiere in over 240 countries and territories excluding Japan Source: Amazon press release Official Site: https://www.evangelion.co.jp/final.html (Japan) Photo courtesy of Amazon. © khara / Project Eva. © khara / EVA Production Committee © khara Amazon Prime Video today announced the exclusive global premiere (outside of Japan) of the highly anticipated Japanese anime blockbuster EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版:𝄂, Shin Evangerion Gekijōban:𝄂, 2021) on August 13th. EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME is the fourth and final chapter of the new theatrical edition of Evangelion. The anime film – which is the highest-grossing in all movies by chief director Hideaki Anno and most-watched movie in Japanese theatres in 2021- is from directors Kazuya Tsurumaki, Katsuichi Nakayama and Mahiro Maeda as well as legendary creator, screenwriter and chief director Hideaki Anno (SHIN GODZILLA). To

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: https://getterrobot-arc.com (Japan) © Go Nagai・ Ken Ishikawa / Dynamic Planning ・ Masao Otome Institute Sentai announced today that it acquired partial rights to the anime TV series GETTER ROBO ARC (ゲッターロボ アーク, Gettārobo Āku, 2021), the hotly anticipated next chapter of the iconic GETTER ROBO saga, based upon the original work of Ken Ishikawa and legendary mangaka Go Nagai. Sentai will distribute the series in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, and Central and South America. The world is on the brink of apocalypse following an onslaught of invaders. To fight the attacking hoard, one of the original Getter Robo pilots, Hayato Jin, has finished Getter Arc, a new fighting unit based on the final work and ultimate masterpiece of Professor Saotome. Now the son of Ryoma – one

    Source: Crunchyroll press release Special Thanks to Bianca Doria   Global anime brand Crunchyroll has announced the first slate of series heading to the platform as part of the upcoming anime season, including the returns of TOKYO REVENGERS and TO YOUR ETERNITY alongside Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Original series FENA: PIRATE PRINCESS and other highly-anticipated series like MISS KOBAYASHI'S DRAGON MAID S, and THAT TIME I GOT REINCARNATED AS A SLIME Season 2  New simulcast series streaming on Crunchyroll for the upcoming anime season include: FENA: PIRATE PRINCESS - After an orphan escapes to the high seas, she takes her place as captain of a pirate crew for a swashbuckling adventure! FENA: PIRATE PRINCESS is a Crunchyroll and Adult Swim Original premiering this summer. MISS KOBAYASHI'S DRAGON MAID S

    Famed anime producer Michihiko Suwa joins writer Toshinari Shinohe and producer Uko Oshia to offer insights on new film exploring Japanese mythology Source: SPJA, MediaLab Public Relations press release Official Site: www.anime-expo.org Special Thanks to Erik Jansen   Photo courtesy of Anime Expo. ©2021 Child of Kamiari Month Movie Production Anime Expo Lite proudly presents a special first look at the upcoming anime feature film, CHILD OF KAMIARI MONTH (神在月のこども, Kamiari no Kodomo, 2021), as part of this year’s two-day, livestream convention running Saturday, July 3rd th through Sunday, July 4. Join the prolific anime producer, Michihiko Suwa (DETECTIVE CONAN, CITY HUNTER, INUYASHA, MAGIC KNIGHT RAYEARTH), as he shares insights about CHILD OF KAMIARI MONTH. Based on Japanese mythology, the feature film explores the root of the nation’s history and explores what it means to follow destiny. Suwa will be joined by writer Toshinari Shinohe and fellow producer,

    GIRLS UND PANZER DAS FINALE – Part 1 Available September 14th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has announced its September slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks highly anticipated film follow-up to the GIRLS UND PANZEr anime series. GIRLS UND PANZER DAS FINALE – Part 1 will be available on English dubbed Blu-ray September 14th. Product details follow, in order of release... Photo courtesy of Section 23 Films. HEAVEN'S MEMO PAD Published by:    Sentai Filmworks Distributed by:  Section23 Films Run Time:         325 min. Street Date:      9/7/2021 Format:             BD Language:         English & Japanese with English Subtitles SRP:                $59.98 Narumi Fujishima has never fit in with his classmates.  Joining the gardening club didn't make him Mr. Popularity, as there was only one other member… but when he's introduced

    Photo courtesy of SPJA. © Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation 2021. All rights reserved. Source: SPJA, MediaLab Public Relations press release Official Site: www.anime-expo.org Special Thanks to Erik Jansen Anime Expo Lite 2021 teams with anime music media outlet, LisAni!, to present – Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A. – a very special live online concert featuring performances by ASCA, BURNOUT SYNDROMES, JO☆STARS, Liella! (LOVE LIVE! SUPERSTARS!!) and Morfonica (BANG DREAM!) to complement this year’s two-day, livestream convention running Saturday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 4th. This year’s online live Anime Expo Lite x LisAni!LIVE L.A. concert event is a special edition of “LisAni!,” a festival event that has been held annually in Japan since 2010 featuring a wide array of the latest ani-song music artists and groups. Anime Expo Lite x

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