Anime & Manga
Saint Seiya Manga’s Live-Action Knights of the Zodiac Film Screens in U.S. on May 12
Sony Pictures announced on Wednesday that Knights of the Zodiac, the live-action film of Masami Kurumada‘s Saint Seiya manga, will begin screening in the U.S. on May 12. The film will screen internationally on the following dates:
- April 27 – Brazil, Mexico, Latin America
- April 28 – Kenya, Romania
- May 12 – Nigeria, Poland
- May 16 – Germany
- May 24 – France
- May 25 – Middle East, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Portugal
- May 26 – Spain, Bulgaria
- June 26 – Italy
- June 23 – South Africa
- July 28 – U.K.
The film will open in Japan on April 28. The film is titled Saint Seiya: The Beginning in Japan.
The film stars Mackenyu (Pacific Rim: Uprising, Rurouni Kenshin Saishūshō The Final, live-action Chihayafuru films), Madison Iseman (Jumanji sequels, I Know What You Did Last Summer television series), Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, Snowpiercer series), Famke Janssen (X-Men, Taken, The Vault), Nick Stahl (Fear the Walking Dead), Diego Tinoco (On My Block), and Mark Dacascos (John Wick: Parebellum, Hawaii Five-O, Crying Freeman, Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight, Iron Chef America).
Polish animator and special effects creator Tomasz Baginski (Academy Award-nominated short animation “Katedra,” The Witcher) is directing for Toei with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Andy Cheng (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) is the stunt coordinator and fight coordinator. Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken (10 Cloverfield Lane) are the latest writers of the film script. Toei is distributing in Japan, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions is distributing outside Japan except in China and the Middle East.
Pop singer P!nk performs film’s theme song “Courage.”
The Hollywood Reporter describes the film’s story:
In what is labeled an origin story, Mackenyu is starring as Seiya, a street orphan and the title hero of the franchise. When a mystical energy known as Cosmo awakens in him, Seiya embarks on a journey to conquer the ancient Greek armor of Pegasus and choose his side in a preternatural battle for the fate of Sienna (Iseman), a young girl who struggles to control her godly powers.
Bean plays a mentor named Alman Kiddo, a man who recruits Seiya into the Knights order, which he founded when he discovered the reincarnated goddess. Tinoco is a man hired to kill the vulnerable goddess.
Toei Animation producer Yoshi Ikezawa told the news website Variety that Toei Animation is “looking at six movies as a package” for the live-action franchise. He added Toei Animation has “already started the conversation” to make sequels.
Kurumada published the original Saint Seiya manga from 1986 to 1990. The manga has inspired a number of television anime, original video anime projects, anime films, and spinoff manga. The original series has 35 million copies in print. The Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō spinoff manga also has an anime.
Viz Media published the original manga in English under the title Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac. ADV Films released Toei Animation‘s anime adaptation with an English dub under the title Knights of the Zodiac, and later released it unedited under the title Saint Seiya. New Video Group later also released the series on DVD.
Crunchyroll began streaming Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Battle for Sanctuary –, the second season of the CG anime remake on July 31. The first part, consisting of the first six episodes, debuted worldwide in July 2019. The anime’s first 12-episode season covers the story from the Galaxian Wars to Silver Saints arcs of the manga. The anime will get a third season.
Source: Email correspondence
Anime & Manga
Otakon 2023 Hosts Macross Artist Hidetaka Tenjin
Event scheduled for July 28-30 at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
The staff of Otakon 2023 announced on Saturday that illustrator Hidetaka Tenjin (Macross Frontier) will attend the event as a guest.
Tenjin is an illustrator and mechanical artist whose works include Macross Zero, Aquarion, Noein – to your other self, Hellsing Ultimate, and Macross Frontier. He also drafted mechanical art for the Gundam and Space Battleship Yamato franchises. He started his career drawing the Macross‘ signature fighter, the VF-1 Valkyrie, for a fansite while he was in college. This later led to work for the official publications Macross Chronicle and Space Battleship Yamato Fact File. He worked on mechanical design for LeSean Thomas and MAPPA‘s Yasuke anime. He is also a voice actor, having played roles such as Rafael Banderas in Garo the Animation and Goreinu in Hunter x Hunter.
Comic-Con International in San Diego awarded its Inkpot Award to Tenjin (Macross Frontier) in 2022. He attended the event in person, where Udon Entertainment offered early copies of Tenjin’s Artistry of Macross: From Flashback 2012 to Macross Frontier book before its October 18 release.
Otakon 2023 is scheduled for July 28-30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This year’s event will also host manga artist Kyoko Aiba. The event announced its its COVID-19 policy for this year’s event on March 3. The policy says that masks and proof of vaccination are no longer mandatory for attendees of the event in alignment with “local and federal guidance.”
Last year’s event took place on July 29-31, 2022.
Source: Press release
Anime & Manga
NetEase Games Launches Anici Anime Brand
NetEase Games recently launched the Anici (pronounced ah-nee-shee) anime brand as part of Nici Co. Ltd. Anici had its first AnimeJapan exhibit at this year’s event last weekend. The brand aims to provide content with respect to content creation and the spirit of challenge under the theme of “that passion, even 10 years later.”
NetEase Games established Nici Co. Ltd. in Tokyo in June 2020 to “support the anime industry,” delivering a variety of animation together with various partners.
Anime listed on Anici’s official website include upcoming titles Skip and Loafer, Heavenly Delusion, Otaku Elf, and Kizuna no Allele. There are also anime listed from the past few years that Nici has been involved with, such as Cells at Work Black, Black Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall, and Yurei Deco.
NetEase Games is the online games subsidiary of NetEase, Inc. NetEase Games formed Nagoshi Studio Inc. in January 2022. The creator of Sega‘s Yakuza (Ryū ga Gotoku) game series Toshihiro Nagoshi serves as the Representative Director and CEO of the company while former Yakuza series producer Daisuke Satō serves as a producer. While NetEase Games is located in Guangzhou, China, Nagoshi Studio Inc. is located in Tokyo.
NetEase Games acquired Gōichi Suda‘s (SUDA51’s) game developing studio Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. in 2021. Game developer and Devil May Cry 5 designer Ryosuke Yoshida left his job at CAPCOM in July 2020 to work as a senior game designer at NetEase Games‘ Sakura Studio. Game producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Resident Evil, Dragon’s Dogma, Sengoku Basara, Devil May Cry) left CAPCOM in March 2022 after 27 years to join NetEase Games as a producer.
Sources: Anici, Animation Business Journal (Tadashi Sudo)
Anime & Manga
Ayakashi Triangle Anime Returns in July After COVID-19 Delay
Anime re-airs from episode 1
The official website for the television anime of Kentaro Yabuki‘s Ayakashi Triangle manga announced on Tuesday that the anime will restart its originally scheduled broadcast of 12 episodes in July. The anime will re-air from episode 1. Broadcast dates and times will be announced in the future.
The staff delayed the fifth episode and beyond in January due to the effects of COVID-19 on the production schedule. The fourth episode aired on schedule on January 30, but the anime began reruns on February 6, the fifth episode’s originally scheduled air date. The fifth episode later aired on March 6 after a delay, and the sixth episode followed on March 13. However, instead of the seventh episode on March 20, a recap special for the first six episodes aired on that day. A special program then aired the following week.
The first Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume of the anime has also been delayed from March 29 to September 27. The subsequent second to the sixth monthly volumes have also been delayed to October 2023 to February 2024.
Ayakashi Triangle is the third Aniplex television anime this season to suffer from delays, following NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a and UniteUp!.
The show premiered on January 9 in Japan, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs.
Noriaki Akitaya (Bakuman., Castle Town Dandelion, Slow Loop) is directing the anime at CONNECT, with Kei Umabiki as assistant director. Shogo Yasukawa (Hyperdimension Neptunia, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, The Executioner and Her Way of Life) is in charge of the series scripts. Hideki Furukawa (Strike The Blood III, IV, FINAL, Battle Girl High School, Invaders of the Rokujyōma!?) is designing the characters. Jin Aketagawa is the sound director, and Rei Ishizuka (A Couple of Cuckoos, PriPara) is composing the music.
Viz Media and Shueisha are both publishing the manga in English digitally, and Seven Seas is releasing the compiled book volumes digitally and physically in English. Seven Seas describes the story:
Teenager Kazamaki Matsuri has long been part of an elite force of ninja exorcists, tasked with fighting malicious ayakashi spirits who threaten Japan–especially those after his childhood friend, the spirit medium Kanade Suzu. As he fiercely protects her, and his relationship with her blooms from friendship into something more, a powerful cat ayakashi vows to get between the lovebirds: by casting a forbidden spell that turns Matsuri into a woman! With no apparent way to undo the spell, Matsuri must continue battling ayakashi–and go back to school–in this new feminine body until he can find a way to turn back.
Seven Seas released the second uncut volume on February 7.
Source: Ayakashi Triangle anime’s website
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