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Dark Horse to Publish New Zelda Art Book

Coming In February

Dark Horse announced on Monday that it will publish a new book based on Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda franchise titled The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. The book is slated for February 21.

The book will be the first in a new line of The Legend of Zelda books.

Dark Horse Describes The Book:

Readers can peruse over four hundred pages of fully realized artistic masterpieces, exclusive interviews with the design team behind the beloved video game franchise, the official pixel art of the early series, and rare promotional art never before published in this format. The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts offers fans a sneak peek at art from the newest game in the series, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, prior to its official release.

Dark Horse released The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia encyclopedia in full color in January 2013.

Viz Media licensed Akira Himekawa's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga, and will release it in March.​

Akame ga Kill! Manga Ends

Ends On The 15th Volume

The 14th compiled book volume of Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro's Akame ga KILL! manga revealed on Monday that the manga's 15th volume will be the last. The volume is slated for this winter.

In addition, the 14th volume's wraparound jacket band revealed that the manga series, including the Akame ga KILL! Zero spinoff, has 3,300,000 copies in print.

The manga entered its final arc in the 12th volume in 2014.

The dark fantasy action manga centers on Tatsumi, a young warrior who travels to the Imperial capital to join the military, and instead finds a world of corruption, decay, and brutality. Tatsumi encounters Night Raid, an assassin group that supports the efforts of a growing underground revolution, joining their ranks after they reveal the true nature of the Imperial nobility to him. Among Night Raid's number is Akame, a reticent swordswoman who has a past as an imperial assassin.

The Akame ga KILL! Zero prequel focuses on Akame's former life as a professional assassin in Imperial employ. The manga announced in June last year that the prequel is also "approaching its climax."

Takahiro and Tashiro launched the original manga in Square Enix's Monthly Gangan Joker magazine in 2010. Artist Kei Toru launched the Akame ga KILL! Zero prequel in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine in October 2013. Yen Press publishes both manga in North America.

Akame ga KILL! inspired a TV anime, which premiered in Japan in July 2014. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan, and Sentai Filmworks licensed and released the series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video. The anime began airing on Adult Swim's Toonami block starting in August 2015.​

Dub Cast for Rio - Rainbow Gate! Anime

Media Blasters Reveals Cast

Media Blasters announced the full English dub cast for the Rio - Rainbow Gate! television anime series at Liberty City Anime Con in New York on Friday.

The full cast includes:

Amber Lee Connors as Rio Rollins, Amanda Julina as Mint Clark, Brittany Lauda as Rina Tachibana, Natalie Hoover as Anya Hellsing, Amanda Lee as Elle Adams, Caitlynn French as Ille Adams, Natalie Van Sistine as Rosa Canyon, Todd Haberkorn as Mr. Clark, Mike Pollock as Tom Howard, Michelle Rojas as Dana, Melissa Sternenburg as Tiffany, Marissa Lenti as Cartia Goldschmidt, Sarah Anne Williams as Linda, Kira Buckland as Jack Mighty, Michele Knotz as Queen, Matt Shipman as King, Cheryl Li as Yang-Yang, Billy Bob Thompson as Bull Hard, Jason Marnocha as Olrin Dunhill, Vic Mignogna as Elvis, Meli Grant as Joker, Anthony Sardinha as Carlos, Eddy Lee as Robert, Felecia Angelle as Jane, Emily Fajardo as Irina, Howard Wang as Ray an Nick Landis as Charlie

The company had previously revealed four of the cast members and streamed a preview clip of the dub in June.

Sound Cadence Studios and Fever Dreams Sound Factory are sharing the production of the dub, and Connors and Lauda is in charge of ADR directing, and Connors, Wang, and Justin Briner are in charge of ADR writing.

Media Blasters plans to release the English dub on Crunchyroll, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc. The company is now advertising the anime under the title Rio Rainbow Gate: Reshuffle.

Media Blasters licensed Rio - Rainbow Gate! in 2013, and released the series in a subtitle-only DVD set in 2014.

The anime features a casino dealer named Rio Rollins (Marina Inoue) who has starred in several pachi-slo(pachinko parlor slot machine) games from Net and Tecmo. In the anime, Rio is a popular casino dealer at the Howard Resort, an entertainment resort hotel where people from all over the world gather. She competes for the greatest honor among dealers — "Most Valuable Casino Dealer" (MVCD) — by collecting 13 legendary cards known as "Gates."

"The Goddess of Victory" Rio first appeared in 2003 in the Super Black Jack game franchise from the pachi-slo company Net. She was the brainchild of Net's collaboration with Tecmo (Dead or Alive) to create female characters. Rio's popularity led to several more games, including 2005's Rio Carnival, 2007's Rio Paradise, and 2009's Rio 2 -Cruising Vanadis-.

The anime premiered in January 2011, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime into several countries as it aired in Japan.​

Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Film's English Dub

Dan Green and Eric Stuart Return

4K Media announced on Friday that voice actors Dan Green and Eric Stuart are reprising their roles as Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba, respectively, for the North American English dub of the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions film.

The Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions film opened in Japan on April 23 and will open outside of Japan in early 2017. Satoshi Kuwabara(Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal II) directed the film.

The film opened on 137 screens, ranking #6 and selling 92,396 tickets, earning 133,010,600 yen (about US$1.2 million) in its first weekend. The film eventually earned over 800 million yen (about US$7.5 million). The film will get 4DX and MX4D screenings in Japan beginning on September 24.

Funimation Previews Dubs for Escaflowne

TV Series & Film in Videos

Funimation's official YouTube channel began streaming two trailers on Saturday for its new English dub of the The Vision of Escaflowne television series and film. Funimation will release a Blu-ray Disc collector's edition that will include both the television series and the film, and also release the film and both halves of the television anime on separate Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo packs. All releases are slated for October 18.

The original anime series aired in Japan in 1996 and Bandai Entertainment previously released the series with an English dub. Funimation launched a Kickstarter in February to gauge interest in a new English dub that would cover the director's cut of the series. The Kickstarter reached its goal of US$100,000 within 3 days of launching, and ended in March with US$318,784 raised by 2,058 backers.

The anime centers on high school student Hitomi. One day, Hitomi is transported from Earth to the magical world of Gaea, where she meets boy prince Van Fanel, and is caught up in his quest to unite the countries of Gaea against the ominous Zaibach empire. On the way, she discovers an hidden ability and strives to unravel layers of mystery surrounding Van, his past, and the giant machine known as Escaflowne.​

Naruto's Masashi Kishimoto's Next Project

To Be Announced This Year?

In an interview that is appearing in this year's second issue of Shueisha's Jump GIGA (formerly Shōnen Jump NEXT!!) magazine on Saturday, manga creator Masashi Kishimoto confirmed that he is already planning his next project, and that he has already done research for it. He said in the interview that he thinks he can announce the project this year, but there is no definite date. He did not specify the project's format.

Kishimoto ended his main Naruto manga after 15 years of serialization in November 2014. He then wrote the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring one-volume sequel manga, and also worked on the script and character designs and served as the chief production supervisor on the Boruto -Naruto the Movie- film sequel. A series of novels continued the story after the manga's end.

At a preview screening for Boruto -Naruto the Movie- in July 2015, Boruto voice actress Yuko Sanpei said that she "wanted to see the films continue," and Kishimoto responded with a wry smile, "I can't. Please let me rest now." After finishing Naruto, Kishimoto said, "During this time, I finally went on my honeymoon. Even though my son has grown as big as Boruto." Kishimoto had gotten married over a decade ago.

Kishimoto attended last year's New York Comic Con event in October. He confirmed there that he is working on plans for his next manga, a science-fiction story.

Mikie Ikemoto launched a sequel manga to Naruto titled Boruto in Weekly Shonen Jump on May 9. Kishimoto is supervising the series.​

Full Metal Panic! Important Announcement

Teasers With Voice Cast

The schedule for Fantasia Bunko Daikanshasai 2016 (Fantasia Bunko Big Thanksgiving 2016), an October 22 event for Fujimi Shobo's Fantasia Bunko imprint, teases an "important announcement" for the event's Full Metal Panic!Special Stage session. The schedule for the event's main stage lists voice actor Tomokazu Seki (Sōsuke Sagara), voice actress Satsuki Yukino (Kaname Chidori), voice actress Yukana (Teletha "Tessa" Testarossa), producer [Atsushi] Itou, original novel author Shoji Gatoh, and others as guests. The event's website adds that the Special Stage session is a "must-see for Full Metal Panic! fans."

Last year's Fantasia Bunko Daikanshasai event announced that plans for a new anime adaptation of the Full Metal Panic! light novel series were underway.

Full Metal Panic! centers around a mercenary group called Mithril on a parallel Earth in which the Cold War did not end in 1991.

The original Full Metal Panic! light novel series debuted in 1998, and Fujimi Shobo published the series' 12th and final novel in the main series in 2010. The novels have more than 11 million copies in print. Tokyopop published the first five volumes before the company shut down its North American branch in 2011.

The franchise inspired the 24-episode Full Metal Panic! TV anime series in 2002, the 12-episode Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu TV anime in 2003, and the 13-episode Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid TV anime series in 2005. Additionally, the light novels inspired the Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid video anime episode in 2006. Gonzo animated the 2002 anime series, and Kyoto Animation animated the two sequel series and the video anime.

Funimation has released all three TV anime series and the video anime on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, and ADV Films released the first two anime series on DVD before Funimation relicensed the series. Kadokawa released all three television series and the video anime on Blu-ray Disc in Japan with an English dub in 2013 to celebrate the franchise's 15th anniversary.

The original novel series has also inspired several manga spinoff series, as well as several light novel spinoffs (including Another) and short story collections. Naoto Ōkuro published the Full Metal Panic! Another spinoffnovel series from August 2011 to February 2015. Shikidouji illustrated both the original Full Metal Panic! series and Full Metal Panic! Another.​

How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Manga Ends

Girls Side Sequel Starts in September

The September issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine published the final chapter of Takeshi Moriki's manga adaptation of Fumiaki Maruto and Kurehito Misaki's How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend light novel on Tuesday. Moriki will launch a sequel manga titled Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata Girls Side in the magazine's next issue in September.

Yen Press publishes the manga in North America.

It describes the story:

Aspiring visual-novel game designer Aki Tomoya thinks he's just met his dream girl, but reality comes crashing down when he finds out that this girl is none other than his beautiful but boring classmate Megumi Kato! Fueled by a desire to make Megumi the heroine of his dating sim game, he recruits two more beauties--Eriri, his artistic childhood friend, and Utaha, a genius writing prodigy--to form Blessing Software. The road to making a dating sim game is full of fun and romance--especially when life begins to imitate art!

The manga adapts Maruto and Misaki's light novel series of the same name. The novel series' 10th volume shipped on July 25. Moriki launched the manga in Monthly Dragon Age in 2013. Kadokawa published the manga's seventh compiled book volume on June 9. Yen Press published the third volume on July 26.

The light novel series inspired a television anime series, which premiered in January 2015, with a sequel slated for April 2017. Aniplex of America released the series on two Blu-ray Disc volumes in March and May. The novels also inspired two other manga series titled Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata ~egoistic-lily~ and Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata: Koi-suru Metronome. The former ended in 2014, while the latter is ongoing, with the sixth volume released in Japan on June 19.​

The Seven Deadly Sins: The Seven Scars Left Behind Novel

To be Released by Vertical

Manga and light novel publisher Vertical announced at its panel at Otakon on Saturday that it will release Shuka Matsuda's The Seven Deadly Sins: The Seven Scars Left Behind (Shōsetsu Nanatsu no Taizai-Gaiden- Karera ga Nokoshita Nanatsu no Kizuato) novel. The company plans to release the novel in May 2017.

Matsuda wrote the novel, and original The Seven Deadly Sins manga creator Nakaba Suzuki provided the illustrations. Kodansha originally shipped the novel in Japan in October 2015.

The novel revolves around Margaret and Gilthunder. These two people know the truth about what happened the day the Seven Deadly Sins were framed for plotting to kill Zaratras and to overthrow Liones, but they keep the truth that would shock the country to themselves. With their mutual adoration of each other, they resolve to walk in the footsteps of the Seven Deadly Sins and grow stronger. The novel is a story that ties together the time from after the tragedy until the Seven Deadly Sins return to Liones.

Matsuda previously wrote the Shōsetsu Nanatsu no Taizai -Gaiden- Sekijitsu no Ōto Nanatsu no Negai novel, which shipped in December 2014, and Kodansha lists that The Seven Deadly Sins: The Seven Scars Left Behind is a sequel of that novel. Matsuda is also writing the Shōsetsu Nanatsu no Taizai -Gaiden- Nanairo Tsuioku novel, which Kodansha will publish in Japan on October 17.

Vertical's Ed Chavez also mentioned at the penal that Vertical is actively pursuing another Gundam manga license, but didn't provide more details. Chavez also mentioned that the first Nisemonogatari novel may be delayed until May or June 2017. The novel is currently slated for April 2017.​

Danganronpa 3: Future Arc & Despair Arc

English Dubs Previewed in Videos

Funimation began streaming two clips previewing its English broadcast dub of the Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc and Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Despair Arc anime on Thursday.

The voice cast for Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School: Future Arc returns from Danganronpa The Animation.

The cast, under voice directors Christopher Bevins and Christian LaMonte, includes:

Bryce Papenbrook as Makoto Naegi
Caitlin Glass as Kyoko Kirigiri
Felecia Angelle as Aoi Asahina
Christopher Bevins as Yasuhiro Hagakure
Greg Ayres as Monokuma
Anastasia Munoz as Monomi
Tia Ballard as Daisaku Bandai
Chris Rager as The Great Gozu
Ian Sinclair as Juzo Sakakura
Kaiji Tang as Kohichi Kitakura
Justin Briner as Ryota Mitarai
Ricco Fajardo as Kyosuke Munakata
Jad Saxton as Ruruka Ando
Erin Fitzgerald as Seiko Kimura
Brandon McInnis as Sohnosuke Izayoi
Mark Stoddard as Kazuo Tengan
Colleen Clinkenbeard as Chisa Yukizome

Regarding the cast for the Despair Arc, Funimation said, "we tried our best to get as many of the voice actors from the Danganronpa games."
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Sound! Euphonium 2 Anime's 1st Promo Video

Teases Story In English

The official website for Hibike! Euphonium 2 (Sound! Euphonium 2), the second season of Kyoto Animation's television anime adaptation of Ayano Takeda's Hibike! Euphonium Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu e Yōkoso novel, began streaming the anime's first promotional video on Friday. The video teases the anime's story and features English narration.

The website also notes that the Kitauji High School Concert Band's first regular concert recitals at Kyoto will feature Yuri Yamaoka as a talk show guest on October 1 and 2, while the Kanagawa performances will feature Minako Kotobuki as a talk show guest on November 20.

The new series will premiere in October on Tokyo MX, ABC Asahi Broadcasting, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, tvk, and BS11.

TRUE will perform the anime's opening theme song "Soundscape." TRUE also performed the first season's opening theme song. Kitauji Quartet will perform an as-yet untitled ending theme song.

Takeda's original 2013 novel and the first Sound! Euphonium television anime's story follows the Kitauji High School Concert Band, which used to always advance to national competitions. Ever since the adviser changed, it has not advanced past the Kansai tournament. However, thanks to the newly appointed adviser's strict instruction, the students are steadily improving. The band members' daily lives are full of ups and downs including fights over solos and the decision to resign extracurricular activities to focus on studies.

Takeda followed up the original novel with the Hibike! Euphonium 2Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu no Ichiban Nagai Natsu (The Kitauji High School Concert Band's Longest Summer) novel in March 2015, then the Hibike! Euphonium 2 Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu, Saidai no Kiki (The Kitauji High School Concert Band's Worst Disaster) novel in April 2015, and then the Hibike! Euphonium 2 Kitauji Kōkō Suisōgaku-Bu no Himitsu no Hanashi (The Kitauji High School Concert Band's Secret Story) novel in June 2015.

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God Eater Anime's English-Dubbed Trailer

Streamed by Aniplex USA

Aniplex of America posted an English-dubbed trailer for its North American Blu-ray Disc home video release of the God Eater television anime on Monday. The trailer previews the English dub's main cast.

The Series' English Dub Cast Includes:

Robbie Daymond as Lenka Utsugi
Kyle Hebert as Lindow Amamiya
Crispin Freeman as Soma Schicksal
Michelle Ruff as Sakuya Tachibana
Lucien Dodge as Kota Fujiki
Cherami Leigh as Alisa Illinichina Amiella
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Tsubaki Amamiya
Patrick Seitz as Johannes von Schicksal
Spike Spencer as Paylor Sakaki
Wendee Lee as Aisha Gauche

Aniplex of America will ship the series in two Blu-ray Disc volumes. The first volume containing the first seven episodes is slated for November 29, and the second volume containing episodes eight through 13 is slated for January 31, 2017. Both volumes will contain video interviews with the creators, trailers and commercials for the anime, deluxe booklets, and both English and Spanish subtitles.

Aniplex of America describes the show:

In the early 2050s, unknown life forms called “Oracle Cells” began their uncontrolled consumption of all life on Earth. Their ravenous appetite and remarkable adaptability earned them first dread, then awe, and finally the name Aragami, the "Mad Gods." In the face of an enemy completely immune to conventional weapons, urban civilization collapsed, and each day humanity was driven further and further toward extinction. The year is now 2071... the domain of the mad gods lies here in the Far East. One single ray of hope remains for humanity. Following the development of “God Arcs”—living weapons which incorporate Oracle Cells—their wielders are organized into an elite force. In a world ravaged by mad gods, these “God Eaters” fight a desperate war...

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Trinity Seven Anime's English Dub Cast Revealed

Clip Preview

Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it will release the Trinity Seven anime on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on August 16. In addition, the company revealed the English dub cast and streamed a preview clip for the dub.

The English dub cast, under director Kyle Colby Jones, includes:

Cameron Bautsch as Arata Kasuga
Allison Sumrall as Lillith Asami
Chelsea McCurdy as Mira Yamana
Kira Vincent-Davis as Hijiri Kasuga
Shelby Blocker as Lieselotte Sherlock
Carli Mosier as Levi Kazama
Christina Stroup as Arin Kannazuki
Brittney Karbowski as Selina Sherlock
Cynthia Martinez as Yui Kurata
Jad Saxton as The Grimoire
Kregg Dailey as Headmaster G
Shunté Lofton as Lugh
Melissa Molano as Ilia
Chaney Moore as Liber

Sentai Filmworks describes the anime:

Things have been looking sunny for Arata Kasuga lately. Unfortunately it's been the wrong sun in the sky, and the mysterious Breakdown Phenomenon that accompanied it destroyed his town and stole his beloved cousin Hiijiri, leaving Arata in a fantasy world of his own creation! There's still a chance to save her, however, as the appearance of the Black Sun also revealed Arata's potential abilities as a mage, placing him in the powerful Demon Lord class. But first, since Arata and his newfound magical talents are far too dangerous to leave to their own devices, he's immediately whisked off to the Royal Biblia Academy. That's where he'll meet seven beautiful female mages whose powers are intrinsically tied to the same sins that Arata has to master to put his world back together. Of course, the tricky part is that they have their own plans for him as well! The lessons in sin are about to begin as Arata takes on the TRINITY SEVEN!

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Attack on Titan Anime's 2nd Season

Premieres in Spring 2017

The staff of the Attack on Titan franchise revealed at the "Shingeki Matsuri" event on Sunday that the anime's second season will premiere in spring 2017. The announcement also reveals a new visual (below) and the second season's staff and cast.

The Staff Includes:

Chief Director: Tetsuro Araki (director of first season)
Director: Masashi Koizuka (storyboard, episode director for first season)
Series Composition: Yasuko Kobayashi
Character Design: Kyoji Asano
Chief Animation Director: Kyoji Asano, Satoshi Kadowaki, Ayumi Yamada
Animation Production: WIT STUDIO
Assistant Director: Hiroyuki Tanaka
Action Animation Director: Yasuyuki Ebara, Arifumi Imai, Takuma Ebisu
Art Setting: Yuuho Taniuchi
Titan Setting: Takaaki Chiba
Prop Design: Takuma Ebisu
Color Key: Ken Hashimoto
Art Director: Shunichiro Yoshihara
3DCG Director: Shigenori Hirozumi
3DCG Producer: Shuhei Yabuta
Director of Photography: Kazuhiro Yamada
Editing: Aya Hida
Sound Director: Masafumi Mima
Music: Hiroyuki Sawano
Sound Effects: Shizuo Kurahashi
Sound Production: Techno Sound

The Returning Cast Includes:

Yuuki Kaji as Eren
Yui Ishikawa as Mikasa
Marina Inoue as Armin
Kishō Taniyama as Jean
Yu Shimamura as Annie
Yu Kobayashi as Sasha
Shiori Mikami as Christa
Hiro Shimono as Conny
Yoshimasa Hosoya as Reiner
Tomohisa Hashizume as Bertholt
Saki Fujita as Ymir
Hiroshi Kamiya as Levi
Daisuke Ono as Erwin
Romi Park as Hanji
Keiji Fujiwara as Hannes

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One-Punch Man to Premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami

Starting July 16th

Adult Swim announced at its Anime Expo panel on Friday that One-Punch Man will debut on its Toonami block on July 16.

A promo was released showcasing the announcement.

Viz Media announced the main English dub cast at its panel earlier on Friday:

Max Mittleman as Saitama
Zach Aguilar as Genos
Robbie Daymond as Mumen Rider
Erik Kimerer as Speed 'o' Sound Sonic

Madhouse and director Shingo Natsume's anime adaptation of ONE and Yuusuke Murata's manga premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo and Niconico Live in October, and it ended in December. Viz Media and Daisuki both streamed the series outside of Japan as it aired.

The anime's Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD volumes include original video anime episodes.​