Black Butler’s A-1 Pictures to Create Original Robot Anime to Supersede Gundam

A-1 Pictures’ anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day will be released in Japan this summer

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>

Devil Survivor 2 Anime Character Trailers Released

Production company Pony Canyon have released two new videos previewing the anime adaptation of the RPG, Devil Survivor 2: The Animation. The videos focus on characters Yamato Hotsuin (Junichi Suwabe – Bleach‘s Grimmjow, Black Butler‘s Undertaker) and Anguished One (Takahiro Sakurai – Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children‘s Cloud Strife, Code Geass‘ Suzaku Kururugi).

The story follows 13 “devil survivors”, who’ve cut deals with devils in order to gain special abilities to defeat unknown invaders, but there’s only seven days until a worldwide catastrophe.

The series is being directed by Seiji Kishi (Persona 4: The Animation), and Yoshimichi Hirai (Angel Beats!) is the assistant director at the studio Bridge. Devil Survivor 2: The Animation will premiere in Japan in April.

Vampire Franchise Diabolik Lovers Gets Anime

It was announced at the Rejet Fes 2013 Viva La Revolution event that an anime adaptation of the drama CD and PSP game franchise, Diabolik Lovers, has been green-lit.

The story revolves around the six sadistic Sakamaki brothers, who happen to be vampires, and Yui Komori, a girl who can see ghosts. When Yui’s father is called away for work, she transfers to a night school and is sent to stay with the Sakamaki brothers. Each one of the brothers wants to suck her blood, and they become obsessed with Yui.

Left to right: Subaru, Shu, Kanato, Ayato, Raito and Reiji

Subaru will be voiced by Takashi Kondo (Blade of the Immortal), Shu will be voiced by Kousuke Toriumi (Black Butler), Kanato – Yuuki Kaji (Blue Exorcist), Ayato – Hikaru Midorikawa (Clannad), Raito – Daisuke Hirakawa (The Familiar of Zero F) and Reiji – Katsuyuki Konishi (Gurren Lagann).

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Tegami Bachi: Reverse Anime

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_FQI5oiIzd5k/TSokhj4ikGI/AAAAAAAAL70/51FbpZV-k3o/s1600/Tegami+Bachi+REVERSE+-+14+-+Snapshot+01.jpgThe North American anime licensing company Sentai Filmworks has confirmed they have acquired the rights to the second series of the anime adaptation of Hiroyuki Asada’s fantasy manga, Tegami Bachi: Reverse. The anime will available on subtitled DVD and through digital outlets later this year.

Tegami Bachi: Reverse is the sequel to Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, a series that revolved around a young boy named Lag Seeing who becomes a “letter bee”. His job is to deliver messages throughout the world of AmberGround, which exists in eternal night.

The series was directed by Akira Iwanaga (Gunslinger Girl), with Masanao Akahoshi (Psychic Squad) and Shou Aikawa (Fullmetal Alchemist) scripting most of the series, and Minako Shiba (Black Butler) doing the character design.

Yen Press Adds Two New Madoka Magica and K-ON! Manga

At a New York Comic Con 2012 panel, the North American manga publisher Yen Press announced  that it had acquired new titles for some of the most popular manga series’ available. Two of the licensed titles are spin-offs of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica series, Puella Magi Oriko Magica (by Kuroe Mura) and Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice (by Masaki Hiramatsu and Takashi Tensugi). 

 Also included are K-On! Highschool and K-On! College (by Kakifly).

Yen Press will also be publishing the bishonen manga Are You Alice?, a Soul Eater art book and volumes 5 to 7 of Highschool of the Dead in a colour omnibus edition.

The North American publishers have also revealed that they will be collaborating with Square Enix to produce digital English-language editions of Black ButlerSoul Eater and Pandora Hearts; these digital titles will be available worldwide from Winter 2012.

New York Times Releases Best-Selling Manga List

Not sure what to read next? Here’s the list of the top ten current manga reads, taken from the United States in the week ending July 28.


 

1. Black Butler, Vol. 10 – Yana Toboso                      RRP: £7.99

 

 


 

 2. Pandora Hearts, Vol. 11 – Jun Mochizuki             RRP: £7.99

 

 


 

3. Alice in the Country Of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz, Vol. 1 – QuinRose and Mamenosuke Fujimaru                     RRP: £9.99 

 

 


 

4. Finder, Vol. 6 – Ayano Yamane                           RRP: £8.92

 

 


 

5. Naruto, Vol. 57 – Masashi Kishimoto                RRP: £6.99

 

 


 

6. Soul Eater Not!, Vol. 1 – Atsushi Ohkubo         RRP: £7.99

 

 


 

7. Durarara!!, Vol. 3 – Ryohgo Narita                     RRP: £7.99

 

 


 

8. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Volume 5 – Kenji Kuroda       RRP: £7.03

 

 


 

9. Sailor Moon, Vol. 6 – Naoko Takeuchi                RRP: £7.99

 

 


 

10. Highschool of the Dead, Vol. 7 – Daisuke Sato                     RRP: £9.99