This year’s 15th issue of Shueisha’s Young Jump magazine is announcing on Tuesday that a television anime adaptation of Yuusuke Murata’s One-Punch Man manga has been green-lit. The cast and staff will be announced within a promotional video at Bandai Visual’s booth at the Anime Japan 2015 event on March 21 and 22.
Murata wrote that when he learned about the anime being green-lit, he was so happy that he wanted to immediately post on Twitter, but unfortunately had to hold back and be patient. ONE wrote that he is participating in production meetings for the anime.
The series revolves around the titular super hero who has trained so hard that his hair has fallen out, and who can overcome any enemy with one punch. However, because he is so strong, he has become bored and frustrated with winning all his battles so easily.
Murata’s manga series adapts ONE’s original web manga of the same name. Murata’s manga is currently running on Shueisha’s free Tonari no Young Jump spinoff website. The series passed the 2.2-million mark in November 2013, the 3.4-million mark last May, and the 4.5-million mark in November.Read More
This year’s 52nd issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Saturday that Tomohiro Matsu’s 18th and last Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! (Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai!) light novel volume will bundle a new original video anime (OVA). The bundle with the “Ijin-tachi to no Haru” original video anime will ship on March 25, 2015.
The new OVA will reunite the cast members from the earlier television anime, including:
Wataru Hatano as Yūta Segawa
Sumire Uesaka as Sora Takanashi
Eri Kitamura as Miu Takanashi
Hiromi Igarashi as Hina Takanashi
Yui Horie as Raika Oda
Daisuke Ono as Kōichi Nimura
Junji Majima as Shuntarō Sako
The 17th light novel volume will ship on January 23 with a “Saasha no Onegai! Hina ni da Otteitte Hosii o” drama CD. The audio drama will feature Saasha Takanashi, as voiced by Akemi Okamura. People who pre-order the limited editions of both the 17th and 18th light novel volumes will be eligible to attend an event that is in the works.
The novel series already inspired a television anime series in 2012, as well as an unaired 13th episode included in the television anime’s final Blu-ray Disc and an earlier OVA last year. Crunchyroll streamed the television anime into several countries as it aired in Japan.
Sentai Filmworks licensed the television series for DVD and Blu-ray Disc release in North America, and it describes the story:
When Yuta Segawa’s sister and her husband disappear after a plane crash, it’s up to him to raise her daughter and two stepdaughters. Yuta’s world is forever changed and, having just started college himself, caring for three girls whose ages range from an innocent 3 to a world-wise 14 won’t make it any easier. At least he can count on help from his friends, though how much help they’ll be is debatable.Read More
The wraparound jacket band on Kei Toru’s third Rokka no Yūsha manga volume is announcing on Friday that a television anime adaptation of Ishio Yamagata’s original Rokka no Yūsha fantasy light novel series has been green-lit.
The story centers around six heroes — except seven appear instead. One must be a fake and the heroes’ enemy.
When the Majin awoke from the depths of darkness, the deity of fate chose six heroes and bequeathed them with the power to save the world. Adoretto, a boy who proclaims himself the strongest on Earth, was selected among the Rokka no Yūsha (Heroes of the Six Flowers), and he goes to the rendezvous point — but seven have gathered there. The heroes suspect that someone among the seven is the enemy, and the initial suspicion falls on Adoretto.
Yamagata launched the novel series with illustrations by Miyagi in 2011, and Shueisha’s Dash X Bunko imprint is publishing the fifth volume on Friday. Yamagata wrote the orignal Tatakau Shisho light novel series that inspired The Book of Bantorra anime, and Toru has also drawn the Akame ga KILL! Zero manga.Read More
The January issue of Houbunsha’s Manga Time Kirara Miracle! magazine is announcing on Saturday that an anime adaptation of Ayumu Kasuga’s four-panel manga Jōkamachi no Dandelion (Castle Town Dandelion) has been green-lit.
In the manga’s story, the everyday lives of the nine super-powered siblings of the royal family are monitored by more than 200 surveillance cameras and broadcast nationwide. The people of the nation who are watching the broadcast will have the ability to elect the next monarch. The story focuses on Akane, the third-oldest sister who can manipulate gravity. She is shy and desperately does not want to be caught on camera.
Kasuga launched the manga in 2012, and Houbunsha published the second compiled book volume in June.
Kasuga also designed the characters for the now-airing Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! anime.Read More
A television anime adaptation of Tsukiuta, a music and original drama CD series about anthropomorphized months, has been green-lit. The announcement came during the Tsukiuta stage event at Animate Girls Festival 2014 this weekend.
Tsukiuta has two versions — a male version and a female version. The male version centers around the Tokyo idol unit Six Gravity (composed of characters representing December to May) and the sibling rival unit Procellarum (composed of idols born in Western Japan and representing June to November).
Unlike the male version which is set in modern Japan, the female version is set on another world. The people of this world live in a separate dimension from people of Earth. However, they manage and guide the spiritual energy of Earth people, thus converting it into life energy and maintaining a relationship of co-existence and co-prosperity between the two worlds. The women of this world are known by many on Earth as “goddesses.” The six characters (representing December to May) are students at a school that gathers talented individuals striving to become goddesses.Read More
Universal began streaming a video on Sunday that announces that an anime adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s manga of Yoshiki Tanaka’s The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) novel series has been green-lit:
Narrator: The country is burning. A prince born in a time of war, Arslan. The boy who had his kingdom destroyed in the invasion of another country follows a knight and embarks on a journey. The Heroic Legend of Arslan.
Text: The assault on an anime adaptation has begun!
Narrator: one boy. One knight. A journey to take everything back begins.
A website for the adaptation has also opened. Neither the website nor the video specify if the anime is a series or another kind of media.
The November issue of Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine teased early last month that an “earth-shaking important announcement” would be published on November 9. No other information was stated regarding the announcement in the magazine’s next issue.
Central Park Media describes the story in the earlier 1991-93 original video anime adaptation:
As an unnaturally heavy mist descends on the battlefield, King Andragoras and his most valued officers confer among the bodies of dead and dying soldiers. When Daryoon, a young but highly skilled officer, voices his reluctance to send men into battle under these conditions, the king, unstable and enraged, banishes him.
Now, Daryoon’s new mission is to insure the safety of the King’s only son, Prince Arislan. Daryoon and Prince Arislan set off on a quest of their own, but they can’t succeed alone. They must convince both the Lord Narsus and his companion, the archer Elam, to join them in their quest to somehow help the soldiers win the war.
Now a group of only six they must somehow overcome an enemy of 300,000 soldiers! These unlikely soldiers have fate on their side, so anything can happen!
Kodansha published the second volume in May, and Kodansha USA is publishing the manga in print in North America. Crunchyroll is also releasing the manga as it appears in Japan. Tanaka wrote Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Sohryuden – Legend of the Dragon Kings, and Tytania — all of which inspired anime.Read More
Voice actor Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sword Art Online’s Kirito, The IDOLM@STER’s Shota) announced during a new anime project unveiling held over a Niconico Live broadcast that a television anime adaptation of Fujino Ōmori’s Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka? (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) light novel series is in production. The anime will star Matsuoka as the protagonist Bell Cranel,, while Inori Minase and Saori Ōnishi will star as Hestia and Eyes Warenstein, respectively. Maaya Uchida will also star as Ririruka Ahde.
The anime is the first part of a number of projects being planned in celebration of the GA Bunko imprint.
Yoshiki Yamakawa (Hatsukoi Limited, Little Busters!) will direct the anime at J.C. Staff (A Certain Magical Index, Little Busters!) from series composition by Hideki Shirane (Date A Live, Bottle Fairy). Shigeki Kimoto (Sky Girls sub character design) is designing the characters for the anime, and GENCO will produce the series.
The story takes place in the town of labyrinths, Orario, also called “Dungeon.” Bell Cranel is a newbie adventurer that admires “Having a fateful meeting with a person of the opposite gender.” One day during an adventure, he is attacked by a Minotaur. Close to destruction, he is saved by a top-class female adventurer, Eyes Warenstein. He falls in love with her at first sight, and begins actions to become an adventurer that is on her level. He later encounters Hestia, a god called a “Lolita god” due to her stature who falls in love with him.
Omori began the novel under SB Creative’s GA Bunko imprint in 2013. The novel won the grand prize in the fourth GA Bunko Awards. The series has sold over 500,000 copies, and the novel has inspired three different manga series. Yen Press has licensed the novel series for English release in North America, and will release the first volume in December.Read More
Japanese publisher Takarajimasha opened an official website on Saturday announcing the anime adaptation of Ayano Takeda’s Hibiku! Euphonium Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-bu he Yōkoso (Sound! Euphonium Welcome to Kitauji High School’s Musical Instrument Club) novel. More information will be available on December 28.
The website will also publish a new short story every other week about the daily lives of the characters from the first novel and the upcoming anime. The first chapter is currently available on the website and the second chapter will be available on November 1.
The original novel’s story follows of the Kitauji Music club, which used to always advance to national competitions. Ever since the adviser changed, though, it hasn’t advanced past the Kansai tournament. However, thanks to the newly appointed adviser’s strict instruction, the students are steadily improving. The club members’ daily lives are full of ups and downs including fights over solos and the decision resign club activities to focus on studies.
Takeda debuted her first novel, Kyou, Kimi to Iki o Suru, last May after being nominated for Takarajimasha’s Japan Love Story Prize, which aims to uncover new genre writing talent. Takarajimasha published Hibiku! Euphonium Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-bu he Yōkoso last December as part of its Japan Love Story Prize series.Read More