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>

English-Subbed Gundam Seed Destiny HD Remaster Promo Released

An English-subbed promotional video for the Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny HD Remaster project has been released on the official Gundam portal site.

The first Blu-ray box for Seed Destiny will be released in Japan on 21 June, while the following 3 box sets are scheduled to be released in September, December, and March 2014.

The anime will start streaming on the Bandai Channel on 29 March at 11:00 pm in Japan, and will then premiere on the BS11 satellite channel and the Tokyo MX TV channel on 7 and 9 April respectively. 

Latest Sunrise Mecha Anime Valvrave the Liberator Promo Released

The animation studio Sunrise (Gundam) has released a new promotional video of its new mecha anime series Valvrave the Liberator. The video features the anime’s first end theme song “Boku Janai” (It’s Not Me), performed by the duo Angela (Asura Cryin’, K). The anime will premiere in Japan on 11 April.

Familiar territory for Gundam creator Sunrise, the story is set the year Shinreki (“True Calendar”) 71, where 70 per cent of the human population have migrated into space due to the development of space cities. Two major powers now survive — the Dorushia Military Pact Federation and the Atlantic Ring United States (ARUS) — but between them lies a small neutral colony called Jioru. Haruto (Ryota Ohsaka) is a high school student who lives in Jioru; when the Dorushia army invades Jioru, he discovers the mysterious, forbidden humanoid weapon Valvrave.

Kou Matsuo (Rozen Maiden) is directing the series, Ichiro Okouchi (Code Geass) is handling the series composition and manga creator Katsura Hoshino (D.Gray-man) is doing the character design.

First Preview of Gundam Breaker PS3/PS Vita Game

At the Tokyo Game Show 2012, Namco Bandai Games unveiled Gundam Breaker, a third person action game available for PlayStation 3 and Playstation Vita consoles. Unlike many of the other Gundam games that try to recreate the robot anime itself, this game uses digital versions of the plastic models. Players can chose either a 1/144, 1/100, or 1/60 scale digital plamo to fight against each other with backdrops of dioramas and miniature sets, including a diorama of Diver City Tokyo, the home of the real life-size Gundam statue (featured in the trailer).

The game will be available in 2013.

Video: “Gangnam Style” Anime Parodies

It was only a matter of time before parodies of Park Jae Sung’s (A.K.A PSY) Korean meme sensation “Gangnam Style” appeared. KatsuhonoProduction has created “Gundam Style”, based on the Japanese anime metaseries. Check it out.

Another popular anime parody, Avatar: Legend of Korra cosplayers get their Gangnam Style on.