Sunday, July 28, 2013

Kyousogiga to become a full fledged TV anime series this Fall 2013

When the legendary Toei Animation studio collaborated with Banpresto for the first time, Kyousogiga was born. Originally a one-episode video on Youtube, Kyousogiga made a modest entry into the world in December of 2011. However, popular reception prompted Toei and Banpresto to create the five-episode net series Kyousogiga Dainidan at the end of last year.

And now again, due to popular demand, Toei Animation and Banpresto will come together for a Kyousogiga series this fall. The series is planned to be thirteen episodes consisting of ten regular episodes, two special episodes, and a summary episode.

Rurouni Kenshin film review

Here at AnimeIowa, or at anime conventions in general, you can usually check out some really cool things in the video rooms. In my case, I missed out of Golgo 13 and Evangelion 3.0, but I settled for that Rurouni Kenshin live action film from back in 2012.

I didn't expect much of this from what I'd heard--I saw the trailer and thought it looked pretty cool, but you can't garner much from a trailer. What I mostly got out of it was a pretty exciting film with good visuals for what it was trying to do.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Anime: Ryo

Ryo was the first project I watched for the 2012 batch. It has in some way shaped my view of the other projects, in terms of expectation of the quality of both the story and the animation. It's a story that has been told time and time again, and for audiences in Japan, it's probably one that is fairly familiar. There's a good deal of anime and manga that have portrayed the Bakumatsu period, notably Shura No Toki (which is on my to-watch list) and Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto (which I quite enjoyed). Also pretty near the same period is the legendary Rurouni Kenshin as well as Peacemaker Kurogane both of which are really good series.

This particular short is beautifully animated. The movements are gorgeous and fluid. There's some really highly quality going on. Add to that a fairly intriguing plot and characters and you have a project that I wished more people appreciated. It's a simple story, but it's executed well. The characters are memorable, even funny and unique individuals. There's actual character development even though the anime is just an episode long. There's a variety of characters and it does take time to absorb everything that is happening, but it's not overly complex.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Live Action Gatchaman Film Full Promo

The TOHO official YouTube page started streaming the first full trailer and a 30-second teaser for the live-action film adaptation of the classic sci-fi anime "SCIENCE NINJA TEAM GATCHAMAN". Check out the awesomeness after the jump!

The TOHO official YouTube page started streaming the first full trailer and a 30-second teaser for the live-action film adaptation of the classic sci-fi anime "SCIENCE NINJA TEAM GATCHAMAN". Check out the awesomeness after the jump!

"Rurouni Kenshin" Gets 2 Live Action Films for Kyoto Arc

The latest issue of Jump Square magazine had announced that two new RUROUNI KENSHIN live action films are scheduled to be released by 2014, centering around Nobuhiro Watsuki's original manga's Kyoto Arc. It centers around the battles against Shishio's factions.

The "Kyoto Arc" took place several months after Kenshin joins the Kamiya Dojo. Shishio Makoto plans to conquer Japan by destroying the Meiji Government, starting with Kyoto. Feeling that his friends may be attacked, Kenshin goes to meet Shishio alone in order to defeat him. However, many of his friends, including a young Oniwabanshnamed Makimachi Misao, decide to help him in his fight.

Death Note's Tatsuya Fujiwara is Shishio Makoto in "Rurouni Kenshin"

Jump SQ announced that Tatsuya Fujiwara (Death Note's Light Yagami) had been confirmed to play as the powerful Shishio Makoto in the two upcoming RUROUNI KENSHIN live action films. Directed by Keishitomo (Ry maden), it will premiere on Summer 2014.

The two films will be entitled "RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE GREAT KYOTO FIRE ARC" and "RUROUNI KENSHIN: THE END OF A LEGEND ARC". TAKERU SATO (Kamen Rider Den-O) will be reprising his role from the first film as Kenshin Himura.

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action 2


Perhaps one of the biggest summer blockbuster in Japan, nopossibly the World last year: RUROUNI KENSHIN LIVE ACTION, featuring SATOH TAKERU as the former Battosai, is now due for a sequel! The latest buzz is about his next opponent, MAKOTO SHISHIO, an assassin played by FUJIWARA TATSUYA. Who's FUJIWARA TATSUYA you ask? He's the actor who played YAGAMI LIGHT from Death Note Live Action (which by the waywas a very awesome Live Action interpretation of the hit Anime/Manga series!). Can't say I am a fan of his work but seeing Fujiwara's face again filled me with glee. He played a pretty awesome Light so I have no doubt he will do this villian's roleJUSTICE. See what I did there? Last summer, I was also filled with glee when I heard Satoh was playing Kenshin. I loved him in BECK LIVE ACTION, sans him not actually singing.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Sequel Confirmed

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Sequel Confirmed - Two New Live Action Films Green-Lit will be released in summer 2014 !

This breaking news was revealed on Thursday in the August issue of Shueisha's Jump Square magazine. The films will cover the Kyoto arc of Nobuhiro Watsuki's original manga -- specifically, the Great Kyoto Fire and Legend's End storylines.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

2004, Part 1: Rebellious, Yet Respectful

George J. Horvath had been a fan of Toonami's airing of G Gundam and Rurouni Kenshin as well as Fox's airing of Digimon and Escaflowne before being an "anime fan", but in 2004 he went into the medium full-bore, always looking for what came from the past while also seeing what the future would bring. After writing a for GameSpot and two reviews for , though, he decided to take use his B.A.-quality education in Journalism and Media Studies from Rutgers University and start reviewing, on his own, the obscure and forgotten anime and manga of the past (and present). He now runs , talking about anime you may or may not have heard of, and posts semi-randomly over at .When it comes to the history of anime, 2004 was a great showing of how the industry was changing. More titles debuted in letterbox format instead of the usual "full screen". Digital animation was replacing cels. Late-night anime was hitting just about every major TV station in Japan after its slow, growing presence was felt starting from the late 90's. Most importantly though, chances were being taken on all sorts of genres and ideas while also celebrating the history that had already been made. To truly understand how diverse the year was for anime one must look deep into the jungle and see what titles defined themselves among others. Among a list of some of the most well-known titles to have come and gone were shows that dared to be different and change the way we viewed anime. In the first half of the year they managed to not only respect the past and even the viewer but some also challenged tradition and made the viewer think of anime in brand new ways.

Before 2004 the last real vestige of the magical girl genre was Sailor Moon, which finished back in the late-90s. There were titles like Magical Doremi (Ojamajo Doremi in Japan) in between that span of years, but none of them truly broke through that glass ceiling and became major hits, even if they had multiple season runs. Toei, though, didn't just rest on their laurels, and in this year they debuted Futari wa PreCure, also known simply as PRETTY CURE. On the surface the show's plot about two girls with completely different ways of life who end up becoming guardians of good against the powers of darkness wasn't anything original, but what made people tune in was the execution.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Rurouni Kenshin to become a trilogy

Announcements have just been made that two more live action films will be added to the film series and production will begin next summer. The new films will cover the fan-favorite Kyoto arc of the manga, specifically the Great Kyoto Fire and Legend's End storylines. Satoh will be reprising his role as Kenshin.

Rurouni Kenshin, one of the most popular anime and manga series ever, had its successful adaptation into a live action feature film last year. The film directed bytomo Keishi, which opened in Japan last August, was a critical and commercial success. It starred Satoh Takeru (Kamen Rider Den-O, Beck) as Himura Kenshin and Takei Emi (For Love's Sake / Ai to Makoto) as the heroine Kamiya Kaoru.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Anime Expo 2013

Yes. This is indeed what you think it is.

Let me preface this by saying just how scared I was that I wouldn't be able to make it this year.I wasn't frightened solely from the fact of not being able to go; I was terrified that after registering, figuring out my hotel situation, and purchasing my flight ticket, that work would not approve the time off for those couple of days around the Fourth of July.Since I'm newly hired and the only person in my department, my leaving depended greatly on how busy we were in the few days leading up to my proposed days.Thankfully, things worked out and I was able to follow through on my oft-repeated agreement to meet up with people. (More pictures at the very end)DAY 0

Saturday, July 13, 2013

RUROUNI KENSHIN: Wandering Samurai

STOP! Anime time! . . . Sort of.

Based on Nobuhiro Watsuki's best-selling manga (which birthed an anime series and several OAV features as well), RUROUNI KENSHIN is the story of Kenshin Himura, formerly an assassin during the Meiji Restoration, now a wanderer. Using a sakabato (reverse-bladed katana), Kenshin has vowed to use his skills to protect life rather than ending it. He stumbles into the life of Kaoru Kamiya, who's dojo has been implicated in several murders that have claimed her school's style as the one used by the killer. A killer that has ties to Kenshin's blood-soaked past. Things get even more complicated from there.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Anime Expo!

So here I am guys! I've made the full journey from being a hater to actually cosplaying at an expo(mah dream for a couple months.

My costume(Ciel Phantomhive from Kuroshitsuji I did get some compliments and waves and some people even asked to take my picture which made me really happy. I got a lot more attention outside of the con hall, like in hotel lobbies and stuff though XD.

Two new Rurouni Kenshin live-action films green-lit; films to adapt Kyoto arc

According to the August issue of Shueisha's (publisher of the Rurouni Kenshin manga) Jump Square magazine, and are expected to be released in the summer of 2014. Both films will adapt the manga's Kyoto arc. This would effectively make them sequels of the first film, which premiered on 25th August 2012 and . The article also states that Takeru Satoh will be reprising his role as the titular character Kenshin Himura.

To say that I am excited would be a gross understatement. The first live-action film was wonderfully handled, and watching it was a dream come true. I hope that we'll be getting confirmation that the rest of the excellent main cast from the first movie will also be reprising their roles:

Tatsuya Fujiwara joins new Rurouni Kenshin live-action film cast; other details revealed

Yep, lots of news.


1999: Towards A New Era

In middle school, Naru appreciated anime, fanfiction, and pretty guys just as much as the next internet-surfing pre-teen, but it was actually in her high school years when she began to discover what was so "special" regarding the former. On a whim, she created her main blog where you can occasionally find her explaining or rambling endlessly about the Japanese pop culture and its secrets unknown to outsiders. If she ever disappears from her blog, you'll easily find her at as an anime/manga reviewer or ranting on . Before we begin focusing on the quiet year of 1999, I believe I should be honest with you all and straight out say 1999 was a year I personally did not know much about until I made the decision to participate in this project. Between the end of the 90's and the beginning of the 2000's, my little self was rather occupied with shonen anime being aired in my country at the time-Yu Yu Hakusho, Gundam, and the like-which aided and formed me into the grumpy hard-to-please anime appreciator that I am today.

However, it is until just recently that I've taken the time to search around the deepest parts of the dark hole that is the Internet to find out that, while 1999 isn't the most memorable year for some of us, it certainly wasn't an uneventful year. Heck, the year 1999 gave birth to cult anime adaptations that are still present in the minds of old fans, and now to new fans of the current generation.

Arise of the Import


GHOST IN THE SHELL: ARISE/ARISE , a three part OVA series with the first episode seeing a Japanese DVD/Blu-ray release on July 26th, seems like the sort of spin-off that most people will probably like, yet nobody actually asked for. Major Motoko KUSANAGI is all but legendary in both the anime fandom and even the broader Science Fiction community - a smart, hard-as-nails and sexy of the future who dabbles in brain-hacking to keep a world safe in which the boundary between man and machine has meant anything for several generations. Mamoru OSHII's 1995 internationally co-produced animated film remains a landmark for one-of-a-kind visual splendor and fascinatingly relevant pre-internet introspection about the nature of the all but inevitable digital future, and Kenji KAMIYAMA's 2002 "Stand Alone Complex" TV series - and its 2004 direct sequel, "2nd Gig" - is every bit as good as its predocessor, if in a completely different format and style. GITS's original format, a free-form cyberpunk thriller written and rendered by Masamune SHIROW, is arguably the most cohesive version of the story proper, but it's safe to say that both of the visionaries behind the adaptations took everything positive about Shirow's world and only expanded upon it, focusing more on the questions he himself didn't feel fully comfortable answering and leaving the creator to literally fetishise the technology behind it all.

New to Blu: July 10-16


"As always, the video quality is as Walter White's blue meth

Rurouni Kenshin is Coming Back, Twice!!


Himura Kenshin returns in two sequels set for release in Japan in 2014.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Rurouni Kenshin is Coming Back, Twice!!

Himura Kenshin returns in two sequels set for release in Japan in 2014.

Yeah that was intended to be grammatically confusing. I guess I cannot be witty or original with titles right now as I am still cartwheeling with joy from the announcement that my favorite scarred samurai is coming back for not one, but TWO confirmed sequels!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Nurarihyon No Mago~ Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan~ Sunshine

Have you ever started on an anime just cause of one song you like form it?

I let my 3 year old watch anime on Animax (Anime channel in India which ROCKS btw!) while I work, and while she was watching this one the opening song came up, I was watching something on my desktop and I froze, then watched the entire song, 2 minutes later I was watching the full episode with her xD

Cosfest 2013

Its that time of the year again and here I am busting my ass to take cosplay photos. Its been 2 hectic days and I am tired as f**k right now after running around like a complete idiot.Anyway, like any other year, "Cosfest" is back, and apparently, this is their 12th year doing it. Have Singaporeans been such otakus for such a long time?

The "Heart & Soul" of cosplay, bold words if you ask me. However, in my opinion I enjoy "Cosfest" a lot more than most other anime related events because the amount of cosplayers are just staggering each year. So much otakus, each doing what they love best, be it the photographers/roamers like me or the cosplayers themselves. Gives me a little bit of a confidence boost when I see people with such a passion for games and anime, and that maybe I'm still not TOO old to be into stuff like that (I'm 19, 20 soon). I have faith in the community....and with that, lets get on with the pictures!

[Fantasia '13] 'Curse of Cucky,' 'V/H/S/2,' 'Frankenstein's Army,' 'Hell Baby' and 'Raze' Round Out Fest!!

The is proud to announce the rest of their 120-feature lineup that comprises our 2013 event, along with a string of additional details that mark our 17th edition as a standout. Be sure to visit for detailed essays on every title announced here, as well as all films previously disclosed over the last weeks. Fantasia will engulf the city of Montreal from July 18 - August 7, 2013.

Joining waves and , Fantasia will host the World Premiere of Don Mancini's CURSE OF CHUCKY, as well as showings of our V/H/S/2, Dark Sky's FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY and HATCHET III, the horror comedy HELL BABY, and even the girl fight thriller RAZE!

Friday, July 5, 2013

ANIME NEWS: Live-action 'Rurouni Kenshin' rakes in 555 million yen in first ...

ANIME NEWS: Live-action 'Rurouni Kenshin' rakes in 555 million yen in first ...Asahi ShimbunThe live-action adaptation of the "Rurouni Kenshin" manga and anime series raked in 555.48 million yen ($7 million) at the box office in the first five days...
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Studio Swan to produce two more sequels of 'Rurouni Kenshin' live-action film

Of course, re is only one Himura that comes into mind for anime fans. That simply is Battousai. Studio Swan, company that produced live action film adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin, as well as Paradise Kiss, is said to create two more sequels ...

'Rurouni Kenshin' film gets 2 sequels: magazine

MANILA – The live action film adaptation of the hit “Rurouni Kenshin” manga and anime series will get not one, but two sequels, according to a magazine in Japan. Jump Square announced on its website, as translated by the Anime Network, that Keishi ...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Live Action RUROUNI KENSHIN To Become A Trilogy

Rurouni Kenshin, one of the most popular anime and manga series ever, had its successful adaptation into a live action feature film last year. The film directed by Ōtomo Keishi, which opened in Japan last August, was a critical and commercial success.

Bleach, Kenshin Join J-Stars Victory Vs. Team Battle Game

This year's 28th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Bleach 's Ichigo Kurosaki and Rurouni Kenshin 's Kenshin Himura are joining the lineup of Namco Bandai Games ' J-Stars Victory Vs. "team battle action" video game.

Viz Media Announces New Summer Digital Manga Debuts On Viz Manga App

Viz Media kicks off summer 2013 with a super-hot dose of exciting new digital manga (graphic novel) series available now with others set to launch throughout the first-half of June adding to the company's extensive digital library at and ...

Otakon to Host Novelist Kaoru Kurosaki, Exhibit of Original Rurouni Kenshin ...

Kaoru Kurosaki , a talented novelist herself (and occasional collaborator on works like Buso Renkin ), is also the wife of Rurouni Kenshin creator Nobuhiro Watsuki , who is sadly unable to attend. But he was kind enough to send us an exhibit of ...

Viz Media Releases the Samurai Manga Action of Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration

San Francisco, CA, June 7, 2013 – Viz Media , LLC ( Viz Media ), the largest distributor and licensor of and manga in North America, celebrates the return of one of manga's most iconic samurai – Rurouni Kenshin – with the release of RUROUNI ...

Posted by Frank Inglese on Jun 9, 2013

From the great mind of Nobuhiro Watsuki, the man who created Rurouni Kenshin, Buso Renkin was originally a manga that twisted the myths of Alchemists and threw it into the modern age. Mr. Watsuki, while originally making the series, thought it would be ...

Madman's June 2013 Release Roundup

Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc 2 – Fresh from the release of the Live-Action feature film comes a new vision of one of the most beloved story arcs in this classic series. (Check out our North American review); Battle Girls: Time Paradox Series ...

Gintama, KochiKame Confirmed for J-Stars Victory Vs. Crossover Game

Previously announced characters include Toriko 's title character, Luffy ( One Piece ), Goku ( Dragon Ball Z ), Naruto 's title character, Ichigo (Bleach), and Kenshin ( Rurouni Kenshin ). Fans could also vote for some of the characters that will be ...

Rurouni Kenshin Gets 2 New Live-Action Kyoto Arc Films

An series aired in Japan from 1996 to 1998 and spawned several film and video projects. Viz Media publishes both manga in North America, while Media Blasters released the television . ADV Films released two later original video  ...

The Film Room: Sam Montgomery

()Antonio Smith's alter ego is a ninja, Arian Foster is an athletically gifted Socrates, and Brennan Williams is an anime nerd (who I should also note was labeled as "weird" in our meetings, probably because there are not a lot of Rurouni Kenshin fans in ...

Studio Swan developing 2 additional 'Rurouni Kenshin' live-action films

"Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story" also known as "Rurouni Kenshin" and "Samurai X", is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The story is about a fictional assassin named Himura Kenshin, from the ...