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Castle Town Dandelion English Dub Trailer



Streamed by Funimation

FUNimation Entertainment began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for its home video release of the Castle Town Dandelion (Jōkamachi no Dandelion) television anime on Tuesday.

The cast, under ADR director Clifford Chapin, includes:

Bryn Apprill as Akane Sakurada
Tia Ballard as Aoi Sakurada
Ricco Fajardo as Shu Sakurada
Michelle Rojas as Kanade Sakurada
Josh Grelle as Haruka Sakurada
Jad Saxton as Misaki Sakurada
Sarah Wiedenheft as Hikari Sakurada
Jeannie Tirado as Teru Sakurada
Kristin Sutton as Shiori Sakurada
Phil Parsons as Soichiro Sakurada
Stephanie Young as Satsuki Sakurada
Jill Harris as Hana Sato
Kristen McGuire as Karen Ayugase
Brittany Lauda as Anzu Shirogane
Anthony Bowling as Fukushima
Alexis Tipton as Sachiko Komesawa
Sonny Strait as Koji Matsuoka
Chuck Huber as Kusunoki
Alex Organ as Mr. Mashima
Lynsey Hale as Hitomi Ichijo
Dawn M. Bennett as Reiko Saotome
Sara Ragsdale as Nanao
Felecia Angelle as Uzuki
Caitlin Glass as Shizuru
Natalie Hoover as Chika
Tyson Rinehart as Takeda

Funimation will release the anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on November 15.

It Describes the Anime:

The Sakuradas are a perfectly normal family living in a perfectly normal apartment. Except that their father happens to be a king, making them all royalty. And they're watched by over 200 surveillance cameras and are kind of their own reality show! There's also the fact that each sibling has their own special power.

Ok maybe they're not so normal after all!

The nine Sakurada siblings have a common goal to become king! But only one can hold the throne, so they must compete to win the hearts and votes of their people. For one year, they'll campaign their hardest and prove who is most fit to be king. That means making speeches, showing off their special skills, and even becoming pop idols?! But campaigning is easier for some than others. Especially with powers like transportation, creating clones, or even materializing anything you want! But for middle sister Akane, even the power to control gravity won't be enough to help her. Between the constant surveillance and embarrassing situations galore, Akane has a long way to go to prove she's a worthy candidate.

Only one super-powered sibling can take the throne! Who will win the crown?

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Berserk Manga Goes on Hiatus



Hiatus Last Until Early 2017

This year's 19th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine is announcing on Friday that Kentarou Miura's Berserk manga will go on hiatus until early 2017. The manga had just returned as a monthly series in June from an earlier hiatus.

The manga follows Guts, a superhumanly strong warrior who wields a large sword, as he wanders a dark medieval world filled with demons, corrupt and decadent nobles, and other horrors. Every night, he is assailed by demons, attracted to the curse branded on him after a traumatic event. He makes his way through the world on a quest to slay a former friend turned demon, who took everything away from him.

Berserk's previous return on June 24 coincided with the release of the manga's 38th volume (seen right). akusensha published the 37th compiled book volume of Berserk in Japan in March 2013. Dark Horse Comics published the same volume in North America in December 2013.

The manga launched in 1989, and was adapted into a television anime series in 1997, as well as an anime film trilogy from 2012 to 2013. A new television anime series premiered in Japan on July 1, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. The anime's next arc will premiere in spring 2017.​


Death Parade English Dub



Video Preview by Funimation

Funimation will release series in standard, limited edition BD/DVD combo packs on November 29.

Funimation began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the Death Parade television anime on Tuesday. The video previews scenes from the anime, and teases Funimation's limited edition release for the anime.

Funimation will release the series on a Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack. While the video does not list the home video release's shipping date, Funimation's official website lists the release of both the standard and limited edition for November 29.

Funimation describes the anime:

When two people die at the same time, they're sent to a place that's neither heaven nor hell: a lavish bar between worlds where the stakes are high and the rules are simple: if you win you live again, if you die you're gone for good. Decim is the bartender charged with serving the souls who enter Quindecim. He may make a mean cocktail, but his true profession is to play the role of arbiter:a judge who determines whether or not a soul is worthy of reincarnation.

To aid in his judgment, the bar's patrons are forced to play simple games laced with sadistic twists designed to bring their true natures to light. To Decim, judgment has always been black and white -- that is until he meets a mysterious young woman whose fate seems impossible to decide. His indecision shakes the very foundation of the games and raises the biggest question of all: who is fit to judge the dead?

The anime premiered in January 2015. Funimation streamed the anime as it aired in Japan with English subtitles, along with an English broadcast dub.

Yuzuru Tachikawa returned to direct the series at Madhouse, and as with the original Death Billiards short that inspired this anime, he also provided the scripts, original concept, and storyboards. Shinichi Kurita also returned as character designer and animation director.


Castle Town Dandelion Anime's English Dub Cas



Brought To You by Funimation

FUNimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for its home video release of the Castle Town Dandelion (Jōkamachi no Dandelion) television anime on Monday.

The cast, under ARD director Clifford Chapin, includes:

Bryn Apprill as Akane Sakurada, Tia Ballard as Aoi Sakurada, Ricco Fajardo as Shu Sakurada

Michelle Rojas as Kanade Sakurada, Josh Grelle as Haruka Sakurada, Jad Saxton as Misaki Sakurada

Sarah Wiedenheft as Hikari Sakurada, Jeannie Tirado as Teru Sakurada, Kristin Sutton as Shiori Sakurada

Phil Parsons as Soichiro Sakurada, Stephanie Young as Satsuki Sakurada, Jill Harris as Hana Sato

Kristen McGuire as Karen Ayugase, Brittany Lauda as Anzu Shirogane, Anthony Bowling as Fukushima

Alexis Tipton as Sachiko Komesawa, Sonny Strait as Koji Matsuoka, Chuck Huber as Kusunoki

Alex Organ as Mr. Mashima, Lynsey Hale as Hitomi Ichijo, Dawn M. Bennett as Reiko Saotome

Sara Ragsdale as Nanao, Felecia Angelle as Uzuki, Caitlin Glass as Shizuru, Natalie Hoover as Chika, and Tyson Rinehart as Takeda

Funimation will release the anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on November 15.

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Aquarion Logos Anime's English Dub Cast



Revealed by Funimation

FUNimation Entertainment announced the English dub cast for its home video release of the Aquarion Logos television anime on Monday.

The cast, under ADR director Christopher Bevins, includes:

Todd Haberkorn as Akira Kaibuki
Luci Christian as Maia Tsukigane
Alexis Tipton as Kokone Kikogami
Eric Vale as Hayato Kujo
Josh Grelle as Tsutomu Domon
Jason Liebrecht as Subete Kanzaki
Caitlin Glass as Sakurako Soda
Tia Ballard as Shoko Iwagami
Jeremy Inman as Kento Yoshida
Justin Cook as Suzuki
Kara Edwards as Okazaki
Ian Sinclair as Tanaka
Sarah Wiedenheft as Oura
Barry Yandell as Ito
Brandon Potter as Shinji Hatano
R Bruce Elliott as Sougon Kenzaki
Colleen Clinkenbeard as Nesta
Jamie Marchi as Ranko Umanagi

Funimation will release the anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on November 22.

It describes the anime:

Long ago, the human voice defined the true nature of everything. That is, until text� came along and opened up the Logos World, a futuristic battlefield where monsters loom. These monsters, known as M.J.B.K., are spawned from texts injected with the magical syringe of Master Sougon, the mysterious gatekeeper of all written word. When these texts are injected, their concept on Earth is erased, and an M.J.B.K. is born in the Logos World. Lucky for humanity, there are a group of young-gun heroes known as the Verbalism Club who counter the text monsters with their Aquarion vectors and the art of voice. It's up to self-proclaimed savior Akira Kaibuki and the rest of the Verbalism Club to protect the world from being erased as long as their silly antics don't get in the way.

The 26-episode anime premiered in July 2015, and Funimation streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.

Eiichi Sato directed Aquarion Logos at the studios Satelight and C2C. Jun Kumagai, Yuniko Ayana, and Mariko Mochizuki wrote the scripts. Takashi Mamezuka designed the characters, and also served as chief animation director. R.O.N composed the music.​


Digimon Adventure tri. English Dub Clip Features T.K., Kari



Featuring T.K. and Kari

Toei Animation began streaming an English dub clip from Digimon Adventure tri. on Thursday. The clip features a conversation between T.K. (Johnny Yong Bosch) and Kari (Tara Sands).

Toei previously streamed a clip featuring the main returning female cast and their Digimon partners.

The English dub cast includes:

Joshua Seth as Tai (returning)
Colleen O'Shaughnessey as Sora (returning)
Cherami Leigh as Biyomon
Melodee M. Spevack as Birdramon (returning)
Tom Fahn as Agumon (returning)
Kyle Hebert as Greymon
Mona Marshall as Izzy (returning)
Jeff Nimoy as Tentomon, Kabuterimon (returning)
Cristina Vee as Meiko Mochizuki
Kate Higgins as Meicoomon
Robbie Daymond as Joe
R. Martin Klein as Gomamon (returning)
Philece Sampler as Mimi (returning)
Anna Garduno as Palmon (returning)
Mari Devon as Togemon (returning)
Doug Erholtz as Nishijima
Johnny Yong Bosch as T.K.
Laura Summer as Patamon (returning)
Dave Mallow as Angemon (returning)
Tara Sands as Kari
Kate Higgins as Gatomon, Himekawa
Vic Mignogna as Matt
Kirk Thornton as Gabumon, Garurumon (returning)

While several of the cast members are returning from Digimon Adventure, Daymond is replacing Michael Lindsay as Joe, Higgins is replacing Edie Mirman as Gatomon, Bosch is replacing Wendee Lee and Doug Erholtz(Digimon Adventure 02) as T.K., Sands is replacing Lara Jill Miller as Kari, Mignogna is replacing Michael Reiszas Matt, Leigh is replacing Tifanie Christun as Biyomon, and Hebert is replacing Michael Lindsay as Greymon.


One Piece: Heart of Gold Anime Special Getting Dubbed



Getting Dubbed by Funimation

The NBC Dallas-Fort Worth station aired a segment on Texas-based FUNimation Entertainment on Wednesday that reveals that Funimation is dubbing the One Piece: Heart of Gold anime special (the clip showing the dub of the special starts at 2:05 in the linked video).

Funimation has not yet officially announced a release format or date for the dub.

Funimation and Crunchyroll both streamed the special with English subtitles in July after it aired.

The two-hour special aired in Japan on July 16. The special ties in to One Piece Film Gold, which opened in Japan on July 23 and will screen in 33 countries worldwide.

The One Piece: Heart of Gold special's story centers around a mysterious treasure called "Pure Gold" that even Gild Tesoro desires. The Straw Hat Pirates meet a girl named Olga who knows the treasure's location, and together they sail to the legendary island Alchemi. Original manga creator Eiichiro Oda drew the designs for the new characters as well as new costume designs for the Straw Hat Pirates for the special.​


Pokemon Manga Ends



Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Ending

Shogakukan's Web Sunday digital manga website published the last chapter of Satoshi Yamamoto and Hidenori Kusaka's Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire manga on Tuesday. The chapter notes that the manga's third and final compiled book volume will ship on September 28 with an added epilogue chapter.

Viz Media is publishing the manga in North America.

It describes the story:

Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald face a new crisis of epic proportions: a giant meteor hurtling toward the planet! Don't miss these awesome new adventures inspired by the best-selling Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire video games and picking up where the Pokémon Adventures Ruby and Sapphire saga left off!

Shogakukan's Web Sunday digital manga website began serializing Pocket Monsters Special Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire arc manga in January 2015. The second compiled volume shipped in February. The manga serves as the 13th part of the Pocket Monsters Special manga series.Viz Media is publishing the first volume on Tuesday, September 6.

Nintendo released Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire in November 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS as remakes of the Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire games for the Game Boy Advance. Viz Media releases the Pokémon: Black and White, Pokémon Adventures - Ruby & Sapphire, Pokémon Adventures: Platinum, and other manga in the franchise in North America.​


Osamu Akimoto's Kochikame Manga Ends After 40 Years Of Serialization



Ending September 17th

Shueisha announced on Saturday that Osamu Akimoto will end his long-running Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo("Kochikame") police comedy manga in the 42nd issue of Weekly Shonen Jump on September 17. Akimoto stated that he has an idea for his next work, but any development is as-yet undecided.

The manga centers on the crazy adventures of middle-aged policeman Kankichi Ryōtsu. Akimoto debuted Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo in 1976, and it has become Weekly Shonen Jump's longest-running manga series. Shueisha published the 199th compiled book volume on June 3, and the 200th volume will be the final volume for the series and will also ship on September 17.

The manga series has approximately 150 million copies in print as of June when the 199th volume shipped.

The manga inspired a 1996-2004 television anime adaptation and two anime compilation films in 1999 and 2003. Additionally, the manga inspired an anime special in 1985 and then various other anime specials that aired between 2005-2008.

In addition to the anime, the manga inspired live-action films in 1977 and 2011, and a live-action drama adaptation in 2009.

The manga has also inspired several stage plays, and a new stage play will run from September 9-19 at Tokyo's AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo, and from September 23-25 at Osaka's Sankei Hall Breeze. LaSalle Ishii, who played Kankichi Ryōtsu in the previous anime adaptations, and in earlier stage play adaptations, will star in the play.

The manga is also inspiring a new one-hour television anime special that will air on Fuji TV on September 18.​


Funimation's Birdy the Mighty: Decode Rights Expire



Expires This October

FUNimation Entertainment announced in a blog post on Friday that its streaming and home video license for the Birdy the Mighty: Decode television anime series will expire on October 14. After that time, Funimation will remove the anime from streaming, and will not reprint the DVDs after they have sold out.

Funimation describes the series:

Birdy is a jaw-dropping, pin-up sensation with a secret. Under cover of darkness, this dream girl becomes a bad guy's worst nightmare. Birdy dons her crime-fighting costume and hits the street as a lethal, interstellar federation agent charged with nailing the most dangerous criminals in the galaxy. Her latest case involves a gang of extraterrestrial terrorists and a stolen space weapon that could nuke every living thing on Earth. Birdy's got the moves to stop them dead in their tracks, but there's one big problem: she's got a nasty habit of going berserk, and somebody always gets hurt. Yeah, Birdy may be dreamy, but she's also the only thing more dangerous than the bad guys.

The first 13-episode season aired in 2008, and the second 12-episode season, titled Birdy the Mighty Decode:02, aired in 2009. The anime series is the second anime adaptation of the Birdy the Mighty manga from Masami Yuuki, the manga artist of Mobile Police Patlabor. Funimation released separate sets of both seasons on DVD in 2010, before releasing a set featuring both seasons on DVD in 2011.

Funimation then released both seasons again in a set as part of its S.A.V.E. collection in 2013. The second season set and the 2011 and 2013 sets also included the 2009 Birdy the Mighty Decode: The Cipher video anime episode.​


The Sacred Blacksmith Approaching Climax



Ending In 2 Chapters

Artist Kōtarō Yamada posted on his Twitter account on Sunday that his manga adaptation of author Isao Miura's The Sacred Blacksmith light novels will conclude in the next two chapters. If the manga is not delayed, it will end in Monthly Comic Alive's December issue on October 27. The manga's ninth compiled book volume previously noted that the manga's 10th volume would be the last.

Seven Seas is releasing the manga in North America.

It describes the story:

Like her father and grandfather before her, Cecily Campbell has entered the knighthood and joined the ranks of the Knight Guards of Houseman. Eager to do her heritage proud and defend her city, Cecily rushes to the marketplace to stop a madman from terrorizing the populace. She quickly realizes, however, that she is hopelessly outmatched and ill-prepared for an actual fight. A lone figure named Luke Ainsworth swoops to the rescue, a swordsman and blacksmith of much renown, who will repair the broken sword Cecily has inherited from her father and take her down a road of perilous adventure beyond her wildest dreams.

Yamada began the manga in Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Alive magazine in 2009, and Kadokawa shipped the ninth volume in February 2015. Seven Seas shipped the ninth volume last November.

Miura began the original light novel series in 2007, and ended the series in 2013 with a total of 16 volumes.

Miura's light novel series also inspired a 2009 television anime series, and Funimation released the anime in North America.​


New Anime Project for Read or Die



Novels Being Considered

The wraparound jacket band on the 12th volume of Hideyuki Kurata and Studio Orphee's R.O.D -Read or Die- novel series revealed on Thursday that a new anime project is "under consideration." A quote on the jacket band by Tomonori Ochikoshi, producer of the 2003 television anime adaptation and president of anime studio A-1 Pictures, teases ongoing discussions.

The novel series received a three-episode original video anime (OVA) adaptation in 2001, as well as a television anime in 2003.

The novels center on protagonist Yomiko Readman, an agent who performs missions for the British Library's Special Operations Division in an alternate world where the British Empire has remained a superpower.

The 12th volume is the first novel volume for the series in 10 years. While the postscript of the 11th volume previously noted that the 12th volume would be the last, there are now 13 planned volumes, with the 13th slated for 2017.

Shueisha's Super Dash imprint published the first volume in 2000 and the 11th volume in 2006. Taraku Uon illustrates the novels.

The novel series also inspired the Read or Die manga and its sequel Read or Dream, both of which were published in North America by Viz Media, as well as the R.O.D Rehabilitation spinoff manga. Kurata penned the scripts for the Read or Die OAV and R.O.D -The TV- television anime adaptation of Read or Dream. Manga Entertainment once released the 2001-2002 Read or Die OAV series in North America, and 2003-2004 Geneon Entertainment (then known as Pioneer) released the television series sequel. Aniplex of America later released both on Blu-ray Disc.​


Blue Giant Jazz Manga Ends, But Getting A Sequel Series



Coming In September

This year's 17th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine published the final chapter of Shinichi Ishizuka's Blue Giant manga on Thursday. Starting in the next issue on September 10, Ishizuka will launch a sequel series titled Blue Giant Supreme, which sees protagonist Dai travel overseas.

The manga centers on Dai Miyamoto, who is in the basketball club in middle school. One day, his friend takes him to a live jazz performance, which touches him on a deep level. From that point on, he begins to practice the tenor sax by himself, with no formal education, and no ability to read sheet music. He aims to become the world's best saxophone player.

Ishizuka launched the manga in Big Comic in May 2013. Shogakukan published the manga's eighth compiled book volume on April 28, and will publish the ninth and final volume on September 9. The manga was nominated for the eighth Manga Taisho Awards, and was also nominated for the ninth awards this year.

In 2008, Gaku was awarded the first ever Manga Taisho award for his Gaku mountain-climbing manga, and in 2009, it received the 54th Shogakukan Manga Award under the "General" category. A live-action film adaptation of the manga starring Shun Oguri also debuted in 2011.​


Silver Spoon Manga Returning



Resumes August 31st

This year's 39th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Hiromu Arakawa is resuming her Silver Spoon manga in the following issue on August 31. The manga will be featured on the following issue's cover, and the magazine will offer readers a replica of the cover's art as a present. The manga went on hiatus in February, shortly after returning from an eight-month hiatus in January.

The manga centers on Yūgo Hachiken, as well as the cast of characters that surround him when he decides to attend an agricultural high school in the countryside. Yūgo's decision to attend an agricultural school is influenced in part by disagreements with his parents, but when he gets to school, he finds himself not used to the realities of a life of farming, agriculture, and animal husbandry. To keep up with his classmates, he finds that he needs to adapt, learning to respect the knowledge of everybody around him.

The manga's 13th compiled volume revealed in June 2015 that the climax of the manga's story will be "imminent."

Arakawa created Fullmetal Alchemist before penning Silver Spoon. Silver Spoon won 2012's Manga Taisho (Cartoon Grand Prize) and Booklog awards, and 2013's Shogakukan Manga Awards in the boys' category.

The first season of the anime adaptation of the manga aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina late-night programming block in summer 2013 and the second season premiered in January 2014. Aniplex USA released both seasons on home video, and Crunchyroll streamed both seasons of the anime. A live-action film adaptation opened in Japan in March 2014.

The television anime adaptation of Arakawa's The Heroic Legend of Arslan manga premiered in April 2015 in Japan, and the second season premiered in July. Funimation streamed both both seasons as they aired in Japan.​


Ookiku Furikabutte/Big Windup Manga



Goes On Hiatus

The October issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine is revealing on Thursday that Asa Higuchi will put her Ookiku Furikabutte (Big Windup!) manga on hiatus until July 2017. She will take maternity leave for her second baby.

Higuchi took a similar hiatus for 11 months between December 2010 and November 2011. While before that hiatus, the magazine's editors said that Higuchi was taking a break "for her health and to recharge," it was later revealed after the manga resumed that her hiatus was due to the birth of her first baby.

The manga has been running in Monthly Afternoon since September of 2003, and the 27th volume (pictured above) shipped on July 22. The story inspired two television anime seasons, and Funimation released part of the anime in North America.​