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Shonen Magazine (and affiliated publications)
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The Jinni's Animation Studios/Production I.G anime, directed by Takayuki Hamana (Prince of Tennis) will feature Maaya Sakamoto and a returning Kouichi Yamadera as the leads in the Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell) adaptation.
Two compilations movies will be screened in Japan in June and October, with the first three episodes of the 13 episode series hitting DVD and Blu-ray in July.
S.A.C. SOLID STATE SOCIETY 3D
Sket Dance (under "Special")
Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Stars of Milo
Valkeria Chronicles OVA 3
"Sengoku Basara: The Last Party"
Ikoku Meiro no Croisée
Sora no Otoshimono: Tokei-jikake no Angeloid
Seikon no Qwaser II
Teaser for noitaminA's [C] Control: The Money Of Soul And Possibility
Kyoukaisen-jou no Horizon
Engage Planet Kissdum R
yikes... it's Sudoku: the Anime (actually called Phi-Brain: Puzzle of the Gods)
Aquarion Evol - Shoji Kawamori's follow-up to his spiritual take on planes that combine into robots
No. 6 is a Bones (Fullmetal Alchemist, Soul Eater) produced adaptation of an Atsuko Asano novel, slated to air on Fuji TV's Noitamina block starting in July.
Makoto Shinkai’s Children who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below
Disney and Toei's Fireball Charming
Hakuoki Hekketsu-roku OVA
Trailer for Ogrest - New Wakfu special Japanese episode, by Atsushi Takahashi and Hiroshi Shimizu
Naruto: Blood Prison movie
Kenji Kamiyama's (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East) short/NTT Docomo "Xi AVANT" - episodes are online here
schoolgirl/apartment of artists comedy Hidamari Sketch will be getting a new anime
Sengoku Otome ~Momoiro Paradox~ - a retelling of the pre-unification Warring States conflict with cute girls
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai - from the makers of the Toradora anime
Gantz: Perfect Answer (The second live action movie adaptation of the violent, bug hunt manga)
Last Exile -Fam, The Silver Wing-
Eric Khoo's TATSUMI - based on the work of the gekiga pioneer - and here
Saiyuki's new OVA
Air Gear OAD 3
Maria Holic Alive - classic throwback theme song
Nintama Rantaro - a Takashi Miike live action manga adaptation
The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya - the next novel
Paradise Kiss (live action)
Naruto Shippuden: Blood Prison
Studio Ghibli Inc.'s new Goro Miyazaki feature film, "Kokurikozaka Kara" (From Kokuriko Hill) will hit movie theaters across Japan on July 16.
The film of the "Kokurikozaka Kara" is set in Yokohama in 1963, as opposed to the original manga which is set in 1980.
Hayao Miyazaki Discusses His Next Feature Film - Miyazaki says "Because my script was two months late behind a plan, the production is the severe situation."
CLAMP and Production I.G will be collaborating on a new series in the Blood vampire franchise. CLAMP will be providing the Blood-C anime with story and character design. Ranmaru Kotone will be adapting it into manga
The Blood-C anime will consist of an anime series, slated to hit Japanese TV in July, and an anime movie - both directed by XXXHoLic's Tsutomu Mizushima
Hellsing OVA VIII is scheduled for a June 22 release
First illustration from Gainax' Dantalian no Shoka
The Blu-ray of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society's 3D conversion will feature four new Tachikoma na Hibi shorts
Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Sailor Moon) announced that his next anime will be called Mawaru PenguinDrum, planned to hit Japanese TV this year.
Junji Ito's absurd walking-dead fish horror manga Gyo will be adapted into an OVA by ufotable (Kara no Kyoukai)
An OAD episode of teen prison super-powered combat manga Deadman Wonderland will be packaged with a limited edition of volume 11 of the manga. The anime adaptation of the series premieres on Japan TV April 16th.
A third season of Hayate no Gotoku is expected after this summer's movie
AIC will be producing a short adaptation of the winner of the Kodansha Light Novel Bunko New Author Prize
A new Prince of Tennis OVA Another Story II ~Ano Toki no Bokura will mark the 20th anniversary of the series, episodes shipping in August and October.
A third Yozakura Quartet ~Hoshi no Umi~ episode will ship with a special edition of the manga in September
Aniplex confirmed that a television anime adaptation of Persona 4 is in the works.
Seiji Kishi (Angel Beats!, My Bride is a Mermaid) is directing the project at AIC ASTA. Game franchise designers Kazuma Kaneko and Shigenori Soejima are credited with the Persona concept designs and original character designs, respectively. Similarly, the game's Shoji Meguro is composing the music. The cast, also retained from the original game, includes Daisuke Namikawa (Yu Narukami), Showtaro Morikubo (Yosuke Hanamura), Yui Horie (Chie Satonaka), and Ami Koshimizu (Yukiko Amagi).
A bonus episode of Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei will be offered to consumers who purchase the Blu-rays of three Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei series.
Leiji Matsumoto (Captain Harlock) is supervising a Fuji TV adaptation of the Japanese space probe Hayabusa for the Fuji TV Yume Special: Tamori x SMAP Bokura wa Mirai o Shinjiyo! ~Uchu e no Chosen to Kiseki no Monogatari~
A third Princess Resurrection OAD anime is being produced.
An animated tie-in is being produced for Capcom's Monster Hunter game MonHun Nikki Girigiri Airu-mura Airu Kiki Ippatsu
RPG Eiyu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki (The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky) is being adapted into an Emotion produced anime directed by Masaki Tachibana ( .hack//Quantum), with scripts by by Makoto Uezu (Katanagatari, School Days, Utawarerumono). Atsuko Nozaki (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0) and character design by Kinema Citrus (.hack//Quantum)
Probably not primarily targeted at Japan... Studio 4C (TekkenKinkreet) and France's Ankama (Wafku) are collaborating on an adaptation of Guillaume Renard's (aka Run) urban sci-fi comic series Mutafukaz.
Alice in Wonderland inspired visual novel game Heart no Kuni no Alice ~Wonderful Wonder World~ (Alice in the Country of Hearts ~Wonderful Wonder World~) will be adapted into an anime feature film produced in collaboration with Asahi Production.
a 12th episode of cute girl meets HP Lovecraft anime Haiyoru! Nyaruani: Remember My Love (Craft-sensei) will be packaged with the DVD release of the web anime
a new “Kira” OVA based on the murder mystery games Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry) will mark the 10th anniversary of the series.
New footage is being produced for a 10th anniversary Scryed Alteration remastered, abridgment of the superhero action series..
NisiOisin's Bakemonogatari prequel light novel Kizumonogatari will be adaptated into anime movie
Risque samurai manga Manyu Hikencho will be adapted into anime
a second season of restaurant based comedy Working: Wagnaria has been announced
Kiichi Hotta's school like comedy Kimi to Boku will be getting an anime adaptation.
The July Japanese Blu-release release of Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart with feature English language audio and English subtitles
English subtitles will also be on the Arrietty: The Borrower DVD scheduled for a 6/17 release - the limited edition will have a clothes pin to commemorate the micro-heroine
Blade of the Immortal's Hiroaki Samura will be launching new manga Beageruta in the Nemesis anthology. The action story revolves around battles over money between three woman: a "passionate psychedelic revenger" named Nami, a "china dress-wearing killing machine" named Je-Mao, and a female gang leader named Shinobu Aza.
Fullmetal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa's next manga will be Silver Spoon, a high school/agricultural manga set in Hokkaido, to run in Weekly Shonen Sunday starting with issue 19
A Fullmetal Alchemist prototype will run in the June issue of Monthly Shonen Gangan
Battle Angel Alita: Last Order's has begun its Evening
Berserk has resumed its serialization
School Rumble's Jin Kobayashi will be launching romantic comedy Ichiro Heian! in the next issue of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine
Masami Tsuda's Kare Kano/His and Her Circumstances is return for a one shot in the June issue of LaLa.
A spin off will run in Feel Young starting in June
Bunny Drop, released in North America by Yen Press, soon to be adapted into anime and live anime, will be ending in April.
Masami Kurumada and Shiori Teshirogi's Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meio Shinwa Gaiden will launch in issue 25 of Weekly Shonen Champion
The main Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas prequel to the popular fight manga is ending in issue 18 of the anthology.
the 18th issue of Weekly Shonen Sunday will feature the conclusion of Yellow Tanabe's Kekkaishi - released in North America by Viz.
Tomochika Miyano's (Yubisaki Milk) new series Rika will start in issue 5 of Young Animal Arashi
Tohru Fujisawa (GTO) will be collaberating with on new manga police manga Soul Messenger
Two girl rockband K-on characters will be launching, one with Manga Time Kirara with the characters in college and one in Manga Time Kirara Carat, with the characters in high school.
Tezuka's Phoenix is getting a new Japanese release
Bamboo Blade story creator Masahiro Totsuka and Samurai Harem: Asu no Yoichi manga creator Yuu Minamoto confirmed in a shared April 7 blog entry that they are launching a new series called Haru Polish in the June issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Shonen Champion magazine on May 6.
Mizu Sahara, author of the Voices of a Distant Star manga, will have new drama series Tetsugaku Retora running in Monthly Sunday
Not in Japan... but a Korea adaptation of shoujo manga Hana-Kimi is in the works.
Kentaro Otani will be directing a "Young Black Jack" special for NTV with Masaki Okada as Osamu Tezuka's renegade surgeon.
The bizarre Arakawa Under the Bridge, already the inspiratio for two anime series, will be getting a live action TV series, slated for summer 2011. Hayashi Kento (20) and Kiritani Mirei (21) have been cast
The sequel to JIN, the adaptation of a manga about a brain surgeon transported back to the Bakumatsu era has been licensed to 80 territories
casting is being done for a TV adaptation of 70's manga Ore no Sora: Keiji-hen, about the son of an industrial who choses to become a police officer
The Korean adaptation of City Hunter is now filming
Sayaka Yamazaki's manga Shima Shima, about a stores that rents men to sleep besides insomniac women is getting a live action TV drama with Akiko Yada and Shohei Miura as the leads
Yuuki Obata's shoujo manga We Were There, released in North America by Viz, will be adapted into a live action movie
Thermae Romae, an award winning manga about the Roman and Japanese shared love of public bathes, will be adapted into a live action movie
Boxing manga Avec Punch is getting a live action movie from director Furusawa Takeshi
Chuya Koyama’s manga Uchu Kyodai, about two brothers seeking to become astronauts, will be adapted into a live action movie
Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno and Khara, the studio behind the Rebuild of Evangelion movies will be producing live-action documentary film called Kantoku Shikkaku about late actress Yumika Hayashi.
Indie tokusatsu Houjin Yatsurugi - running on Chiba TV
NisiOisin (Bakemonogatari), Kouhei Kadono (Boogiepop Never Laughs), and Otaro Maijo (Ashura Girl) are writing Jojo's Bizarre Adventure novles to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Victor Entertainment will release YOKO KANNO produce Cyber Bicci on June 8, 2011. This has been described as "a long-awaited personal album" from the composer of music for anime that has included classics such as Macross Plus and Cowboy Bebop. Songs will be sung by Ilaria Graziano, an Italian born vocalist heard on the soundtracks for Ghost in the Shell:Stand Alone Complex, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie and Wolf’s Rain.
The album track list includes:
01: Velveteen (From Ghost in the Shell: STAND ALONE COMPLEX O.S.T.)
02: Monochrome (From Ghost in the Shell: STAND ALONE COMPLEX O.S.T.)
03: dew (From Ghost in the Shell: STAND ALONE COMPLEX O.S.T. 3)
04: Valse De La Lune (From WOLF’S RAIN O.S.T)
05: EINSTEIN GROOVIN’ (COWBOY BEBOP TANK! THE! BEST!)
06: Flying To You (From WOLF’S RAIN O.S.T. 2)
07: DIAMONDS COWBOY BEBOP (From TANK! THE! BEST!)
08: i can’t be cool (From Ghost in the Shell: STAND ALONE COMPLEX O.S.T. 2)
09: PEARLS (From COWBOY BEBOP TANK! THE! BEST!)
10: Christmas in the Silent Forest (From Ghost in the Shell: STAND ALONE COMPLEX O.S.T. 3)
11: i do (From Ghost in the Shell: STAND ALONE COMPLEX O.S.T. 2)
12: UN SOFFIO DI VENTO (New Song)
13: RR LYRAE (New Song)
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