Hello, MANGA.TOKYO otaku readers!
Spring 2017 is going to be an interesting season. Attack on Titan returns for a second season and so does Berserk. Naruto’s son is flying off the nest to meet his own adventures, and SHIROBAKO is getting a sister anime in the ‘working series’, Sakura Quest. But the hype for the rest of the 2017 seasons never ceases, and everyday we get new info on upcoming anime series and live action adaptations; just like that awesome visual of Alphonse from the live action movie of Fullmetal Alchemist. Excited yet?
So, here they are: the anime and otaku news that had the most page views this last week, 24 February – 2 March 2017!
Which article really piqued your interest?
Crowdfunding’s been all the craze in the last decade or so. Anime has recently started taking advantage of the platforms and many projects have started asking fans for their direct support. Sae Okamoto had a very successful campaign for her MECHA-UDE series, and Aoshima Megu, an original character that was proposed to be the official mascot for Shima City in Mie Prefecture, managed to get 100% more than they asked.
Tomoyasu Murata is also taking the crowdfunding approach for his stop-motion anime adaptation of the children’s book The Animal Family, written by American poet and children’s author, Randall Jarrell.
Love Live! Sunshine!!, the popular spin-off of the Love Live! franchise is getting a second season! We don’t have many info yet, but be sure that girls are going to be back very soon. Check the article for a visual and more on the latest concert of the idol unit Aqours!
Now that Naruto is finally the Hokage, it is time for his son, Boruto to take on the mantle of the most famous ninja around and take his friends on some amazing adventures. We have some new visuals and the cast for the upcoming anime series!
Do you know Saku Sakamoto? If you don’t, then I will give you just one reason to read this article: Sakamoto is going to produce the horror anime film Aragne’s Insect Cage (Aragne no Mushikago) by himself. He is the director, writer, and animator of the film and he plans to also produce the score.
The Isetan branch in Shinjuku has been Lupinfied! Check the article for a photo gallery of the items you can find in the Lupin shops inside the Japanese department store. The ‘Isetan × Lupin the third Lupinissimo’ collaboration event has special shops for five characters: Lupin, Daisuke Jigen, Goemon Ishikawa, Fujiko Mine, and Inspector Zenigata. It also has a themed restaurant!
Live action adaptations are a hot potato in the otaku community. We have recently written a very interesting article on live action adaptations of anime and manga, and the opinions are divided. However divided they may be, there is no doubt that we are all excited about the upcoming Live Action Fullmetal Alchemist!
Check out the article for the first CG image of Alphonse!
It’s no secret that the Fairy Tail manga is coming to an end after 10 years of exciting adventures. The new Fairy Tail anime movie, Fairy Tail – Dragon Cry-, is going to reveal a big secret about Natsu. See the new teaser video in the article below!
The upcoming live action adaptation of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable has been steadily revealing visuals of all its main characters. We already have photos of Koichi Hirose and Yukako Yamagishi, of the Nijimura brothers, and of Angelo. This time it was Jotaro Kujo’s turn!
3-gatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion) is a popular manga by Chica Umino that will be turned into a live action movie by director Keishi Ohtomo. It is part of MANGA.TOKYO’s episodic anime reviews for Winter 2017, so if you want to learn more about the series you can check our review for Episode 1.
An official photo book called ‘Live Action: 3-gatsu no Lion Visual Book’ will be released on Friday 10 March 2017. You can check an exclusive photo gallery from the book in the article below!
Atom: The Beginning is leading this week’s page views. The news are not for the anime itself, though, but for an exhibition that started yesterday, 2 March, at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture. And how could fans not be excited, since Atom: The Beginning is a prequel to the popular Astro Boy by industry legend Osamu Tezuka.
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