Sentai Filmworks has released an English-dubbed trailer of the Girls und Panzer anime series; the video promotes the values of ‘Tankery’ and the positive effects it has on girls’ developement. The trailer premiered at Anime Expo earlier this month, but the English dub cast has yet to be announced. Sentai Filmworks plans to release the series on home video later this year.
To showcase the English capabilities of the Hatsune Miku Version 3 software, Sapporo-based artist BSC a.k.a. kuni has composed a song called “Coming Together” to express “the wish that everyone is able to connect to each other through music.” The English vocal database has been recorded with the original Miku voice Saki Fujita.
Crypton Future Media debuted the song at Japan Expo and Anime Expo earlier this month, and the full software package will be released at the end of this summer. Available as a retail package and digital download, the Version 3 software will include the vocal editor Piapro Studio, a set of over 200 PreSonus sound files for instruments and the Studio One 2.5 Artist Piapro Edition digital music workstation software.
Masuo Ueda, the president and CEO of A-1 Pictures (Black Butler) anime studio, revealed during an Anime Expo panel that the studio is working on an original robot anime that it hopes will replace the ever-popular Gundam. The anime project will be 3D-animated,but details are otherwise scarce; Ueda did, however, preview a selection of clips from A-1 Pictures’ future releases.
The studio’s current and future projects include: Oreimo 2, Servant × Service, Silver Spoon, the film adaptation of anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, this October’s Galilei Donna – Storia di tre sorelle a caccia di un mistero TV anime, and THE IDOLM@STER MOVIE: Kagayaki no Mukōgawa e (The Idolm@ster Movie: To the Glittering Other Side)./p>
Studio Trigger announced at this year’s Anime Expo that it will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the production of another episode of Little Witch Academia, a fantasy anime short that was created for this year’s Anime Mirai project.
Localisation and games company Acttil also recently announced that it would be collaborating with Studio Trigger to produce a standard and Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of the first Little Witch Academia this summer. The entire 30-minute anime has, however, be released on YouTube with English subtitles, and an official English language website has also been launched.
Little Witch Academia is about a young girl named Akko Kagari, who is inspired by a witch called Shiny Chariot and joins Luna Nova, an academy for young witches. Akko is not the best in her class, but when they are sent to explore a labyrinth under the Tower of Luna Nova, an ancient dragon is released from its seal and Akko is the only one who might be able to destroy it.
An anime adaptation of Tomonori Inoue’s post-nuclear meltdown Coppelion manga was announced back in 2010, but production was put on hold after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011. Volume 18 of the manga is set to announce that the anime adaptation is being rebooted and will be released this autumn on the BS-11 Japanese channel; however, special previews of the first episode will be shown at Japan Expo in Paris and Anime Expo in Los Angeles this month.
The series is set in 2036, 20 years after a nuclear meltdown devastated Tokyo and turned it into a ghost town. The city may not be as dead as expected, though, when a distress signal is received from the area. Three highschool girls are sent into the city to locate the survivors. These highschool girls were genetically engineered to withstand radiation from birth, and they are part of a special forces unit, codenamed “Coppelion”, in the 3rd Division of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force.
The main cast includes Haruka Tomatsu (Sword Art Online) as Ibara Naruse, Kana Hanazawa (Haganai) as Aoi Fukasaku and Satomi Akesaka (gdgd Fairies) as Taeko Nomura.