Atsuo Ueda draws official sequel of Hiro Mashima's original manga

The live-streamed "Hiro Mashima Fan Meeting @ Mixalive Tokyo" ended on Saturday with an announcement that Hiro Mashima and Atsuo Ueda's Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest sequel manga is inspiring a television anime.

Ueda drew the following illustration to celebrate the news:

Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in English and it describes the story:

Natsu, Lucy, Happy, Erza, and the whole Fairy Tail guild are back in action! And they've decided to tackle the “100 Years Quest” - a job no one's dared take on since the founding of the guild more than a century ago. A mysterious town, a baffling spirit, a ghastly new enemy…and a brand new continent to explore. When you're with real friends, the adventures never stop!

Ueda (Dr. PrisonerHajime Shachō Monogatari) launched the official sequel of Mashima's original Fairy Tail manga in Kodansha's Magazine Pocket manga app on July 25, 2018. Mashima is providing the original storyboards for the manga, and Ueda is drawing the series. Kodansha published the ninth compiled book volume on July 9.

Mashima's original Fairy Tail manga inspired three earlier television anime (including a "final season" in 2018), two anime films, several original video anime projects, and spinoff manga. Kodansha Comics publishes the original manga and a number of its spinoffs in North America.

Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest Sequel Gets Anime Adaption

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The official website for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime announced on Monday that the upcoming Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yūkaku-hen) television anime will air on a programming block on Fuji TV in two cours (quarters of a year) this coming fall and winter season. The anime will air every Sunday night at 11:15 p.m.

Funimation will stream the new anime season when it premieres this year.

Fuji TV is slated to begin airing five special compilations of the anime's first season with new footage on five separate nights, each at 7:00 p.m.. The specials will air on the following days:

  • The Sibling's Bond - September 11
  • Asakusa Arc - September 12
  • Tsuzumi Mansion Arc - September 18
  • Mt. Natagumo Arc - September 19
  • The Hashira Meeting/Butterfly Mansion Arc - September 23

The specials' broadcast will lead up to the television broadcast premiere of the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film on September 25 at 9:00 p.m. JST on Fuji TV.

Three of the recompilation specials premiered with new footage in October and December 2020 in Japan. Sibling's Bond special opened in Japanese theaters in a limited screening run in March 2019, one month before the television anime's premiere. Sibling's Bond also aired on Fuji TV in October 2020, with the Mt. Natagumo Arc special airing later that month. The Hashira Meeting Arc special aired in Japan in December 2020.

Funimation streamed the specials in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub.

Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga inspired a television anime that premiered in April 2019. Aniplex of America licensed the series and streamed the show on HuluCrunchyroll, and FunimationAdult Swim's Toonami programming block premiered the television anime in October 2019.

The series was followed up by the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film in October 2020. The film sold a total of 28,966,806 tickets for 40,016,942,050 yen (about US$367.6 million) in Japan as of May 23 — and became the first film ever to pass the 40 billion yen milestone. It has since earned 40,096,913,600 yen (about US$366.53 million) in Japan as of June 6.

In 45 countries and territories worldwide, Mugen Train sold a total of 41.35 million tickets to earn the equivalent of 51.7 billion yen (about US$475 million) as of May 23. The film was the highest-earning film worldwide from 2020. It is the first non-Hollywood or non-American film to top the yearly box office worldwide since the beginning of cinema over a century ago. The film is now the #2 highest-earning anime film ever at the U.S. box office.

Four new Valentine's Day-themed shorts titled "Kimetsu Gakuen Valentine-hen" (Demon Slayer Academy Valentine Chapter) premiered online in February.

Gotouge launched the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in February 2016. The manga ended in May 2020. Shueisha published the manga's 23rd and final compiled book volume in December 2020. Viz Media is publishing the manga in English.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc Anime Premieres This October 2021!

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The official Twitter account for Saiyuki Reload -ZEROIN-, the television anime of the "Even a Worm" arc from Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Reload manga, posted the anime's first full promotional video on Sunday. The video announces additional cast members and the January premiere for the anime.

The new cast members in this anime are:

Kouichi Toochika as Hazel Grouse, a bishop who arrived from the west, and who is critical to the story arc

Rikiya Koyama as Gatti "Gat" Nenehawk, who works with Hazel

Houchu Ohtsuka as Ni Jianyi, a Sanzo practitioner with Muten Sutra and a scientist on Gyumaoh's side

The four main cast members of the previous SaiyukiSaiyuki ReloadSaiyuki Gunlock, and Saiyuki Reload Blast television anime are reprising their roles:

  • Toshihiko Seki as Genjo Sanzo
  • Sōichiro Hoshi as Son Goku
  • Hiroaki Hirata as Sha Gojyo
  • Akira Ishida as Cho Hakkai

LIDEN FILMS is animating the project.

Saiyuki, the original 1997 "fantasy road movie" manga series loosely inspired by the Chinese novel Journey to the West (Saiyuki in Japanese), has spawned the Saiyuki Gaiden and Saiyuki Ibun manga spinoffs. The Saiyuki Reload Blast sequel manga launched in Ichijinsha's Comic Zero Sum in 2009, but Minekura slowed down her publication of the manga in 2013 due to her health. The manga franchise as a whole has 25 million copies in circulation worldwide. Tokyopop published the original manga, and Kodansha re-released the manga.

The various manga series also inspired four television anime series, an anime film, three original video anime (OVA) series, and several stage musical productions.

The Saiyuki Reload Blast anime premiered in July 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and Funimation offered a simuldub.

Saiyuki Reload -ZEROIN- Anime's 1st Full Trailer Unveils More Cast And Debuts This Coming January 2022

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The official website for the television anime of Kotaro Shono's World’s End Harem science-fiction manga posted the full promotional video and a key visual on Sunday. The video announces information on the anime's theme songs, more main staff members, and October premiere. It also previews the main characters' voices and the opening theme song.

Singer H-el-ical// performs the opening theme song "Just Do It" while singer EXiNA performs the ending theme song "Ending Mirage."

Shigeyuki Koresawa (Digital Noise) and Tom (Digital Noise) are designing the props. Lin Ge (Studio Tulip) is directing the art with art designer Tomoyasu Fujise (Chiptune), and Aiko Matsuyama is the color key artist. Sōta Mikami (Chiptune) is the compositing director of photography, and Utako Hagiwara is editing. Fumiyuki Go is directing the sound.

The series will premiere on the Tokyo MXBS Fuji, and AT-X channels in October.

Seven SeasGhost Ship imprint is publishing the original manga in English, and it describes the story:

The Man-Killer Virus: a lethal disease that has eradicated 99.9% of the world's male population. Mizuhara Reito has been in cryogenic sleep for the past five years, leaving behind Tachibana Erisa, the girl of his dreams. When Reito awakens from the deep freeze, he emerges into a sex-crazed new world where he himself is the planet's most precious resource. Reito and four other male studs are given lives of luxury and one simple mission: repopulate the world by impregnating as many women as possible! All Reito wants, however, is to find his beloved Erisa who went missing three years ago. Can Reito resist temptation and find his one true love?

The previously announced cast members include:

  • Taichi Ichikawa as Reito Mizuhara
  • Haruka Shiraishi as Mira Suō
  • Yō Taichi as Akane Ryūzōji
  • Aya Yamane as Sui Yamada

Keiko Watanabe as Rea Katagiri, a staff member of the UW Japan Branch

Yurie Kozakai as Maria Kuroda, a staff member of the UW Japan Branch

Yukina Shutō as Mahiru Mizuhara, Reito's little sister

Takuya Eguchi as Kyōji Hino, the first of the males to wake up in the new world

Shizuka Ishigami as Neneko Isurugi, Kyōji's minder

Satomi Amano as Rena Kitayama, an actress

Kazuki Ura as Shōta Doi, the third man to awaken

Ayana Taketatsu as Karen Kamiya, Shōta's minder

Marika Hayase as Yuzuki Hanyū, the homeroom teacher in Shōta's class

Haruka Michii as Shunka Hiiragi, Shōta's classmate

Arisa Aihara as Natsu Ichijō, Shōta's classmate

Riho Iida as Akira Tōdō, Shōta's classmate
Natsumi Takamori as Chifuyu Rehn Kuroda, Shōta's classmate, and Maria Kuroda's younger sister

Yuu Nobuta (High School FleetMaesetsu! Opening ActKuma Kuma Kuma Bear) is directing the anime at Studio Gokumi and AXsiZTatsuya Takahashi (The IDOLM@STER Cinderella GirlsDomestic GirlfriendVal x Love) is in charge of the series scripts. Masaru Koseki (Happiness!Demon King Daimao) is designing the characters. Shigenobu Ookawa (Tayutama - Kiss on My DeityMiss Monochrome) is composing the music.

The manga launched in May 2016 on the Shonen Jump+ website and app. The manga recently resumed under a new title of Shūmatsu no Harem: After World on May 6. The manga franchise has more than 5 million copies in print.

LINK and SAVAN debuted a fantasy-setting spinoff titled World’s End Harem: Fantasia in 2018. The manga runs in Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine, and on the Shonen Jump+ service and Young Jump! app. Seven SeasGhost Ship imprint is also releasing that manga in English.

Okada Andō launched a spinoff of World’s End Harem: Fantasia titled Shūmatsu no Harem: Fanatasia Gakuen (World's End Harem: Fantasia Academy) in Ultra Jump on May 19. Kira Etō launched the third spinoff manga, World’s End Harem ~Britannia Lumiére~ (Shūmatsu no Harem: Britannia Lumiere), on Shonen Jump+ on June 26. Shueisha's MANGA Plus website publishes that manga in English.

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A livestream event for the World Trigger franchise revealed on Sunday that the anime's third season will premiere on October 9 on TV Asahi's NUMAnimation programming block and will air on Saturdays at 1:30 a.m. The staff will host another livestream event on September 8. The below new promotional video and the archived livestream event video are both region-locked to Japan only. ANN will update this article with a region-free video if one becomes available.

The third season will feature a returning cast, including

  • Tomo Muranaka as Yūma Kuga
  • Yuuki Kaji as Osamu Mikumo
  • Nao Tamura as Chika Amator
  • Yūichi Nakamura as Yūichi Jin
  • Nobunaga Shimazaki as Hyuse

Daisuke Ashihara debuted the World Trigger manga in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2013. The manga went on hiatus in November 2016 due to Ashihara's poor physical health, and returned in the magazine in October 2018 for five issues before moving to Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine in December 2018.

Viz Media and MANGA Plus both publish the series simultaneously in English digitally. Viz Media also publishes the manga in print.

The manga inspired two television anime in 2014 and 2015. The second season of the anime premiered on January 9 and aired for 12 episodes. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.

The manga is inspiring a stage play that will run at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Stellar Ball in Tokyo from November 19-28, and at Sankei Hall Breeze in Osaka from December 2-5. 

World Trigger Anime 3rd Season Debuts on 9th October 2021

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A livestream event for the anime series adaptation of Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean manga revealed the show's promotional video, cast, staff, and key visual on Sunday. The event also revealed the anime will premiere exclusively on Netflix worldwide in December, and will then air on television in Japan in January on Tokyo MX, MBS, and BS11.

The below video has English subtitles.

The new cast includes:

Mutsumi Tamura as Ermes Costello

Mariya Ise as F.F (Foo Fighters)

Atsumi Tanezaki as Emporio Alnino

Yuichiro Umehara as Weather Forecast (Weather Report)

Daisuke Namikawa as Narciso Anastasia (Narciso Anasui)

Daisuke Ono as Jotaro Kujo

As previously announced, the anime will star Ai Fairouz as Jolyne.

David Production is returning to produce the series. Kenichi Suzuki is returning from Parts 1-3 as the chief director, and Toshiyuki Kato (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable series director, Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan director) is the director. Yasuko Kobayashi is returning from the previous anime to handle the series composition, and Masanori Shino (Black LagoonGungraveNo Guns Life) is the character designer. Shun'ichi Ishimoto (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind chief animation director) is the Stand designer. Yoshikazu Iwanami is returning as the sound director, and Yūgo Kanno is returning from Parts 3-5 as composer.

Other staff members include:

  • Sub-Character Design: Kei Tsuchiya
  • Prop Design: Daisuke Niitsuma
  • Art Designers: Reeki TakiJunko Nagasawa, Yuriko Watanabe
  • Art Director: Keito Watanabe
  • Color Designer: Hiroko Sato
  • Director of Photography: Kazuhiro Yamada
  • Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose
  • CG Producer: Yutaka Hamanaka
  • CG Director: Kōtarō Shishido

The manga is the sixth part of Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, and it continues the story from the previous entries. Netflix describes the series:

Florida, U.S.A, 2011 After an accident while on a drive with her sweetheart, Jolyne Cujoh falls into a trap and is sentenced to fifteen years. She is sent to the state-run maximum-security correctional facility Green Dolphin Street Prison—AKA "the Aquarium." On the verge of despair, she receives a pendant from her father that causes a mysterious power to awaken inside of her. "There are things in this world that are more terrifying than death, and what's happening in this prison is definitely one of them." A message from a mysterious boy who appears before Jolyne, inexplicable events that occur one after another, the horrifying truth told to her by her father when he comes to visit, and the name DIO... Will Jolyne ultimately be set free from this stone ocean they call a prison? The final battle to end century-long fateful confrontations between the Joestar family and DIO begins!

The Stone Ocean arc of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga ran from 1999 to 2003, and has 17 volumes, consisting of volumes 64 through 80 of the overall manga.

David Production has produced television anime series for all of the previous parts of the manga. The anime of the first two arcs, Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency, aired as a 26-episode series in 2012-2013. The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders anime aired for 24 episodes in 2014, and the second half, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Battle in Egypt Arc, aired for 24 episodes in 2015. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable aired for 39 episodes in 2016.  JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind aired for 39 episodes in 2018-2019.

Crunchyroll has streamed all of the anime as they aired. Viz Media is releasing the anime in North America, and has released up through JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden WindViz Media is also releasing the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga in English.

The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable arc also inspired a live-action film that opened in Japan in August 2017. Viz Media has also licensed the film for home video.

Araki's spinoff manga Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai) has also inspired several OVAs and a live-action mini series. Netflix began streaming the anime worldwide on February 18. The live-action mini-series aired in Japan in December 2020.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean Anime Reveals A Promo Video, List Of Cast and Staff Debuting JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean Anime Reveals A Promo Video, List Of Cast and Staff Debuting This December On Netflix Worldwide his December On Netflix Worldwide

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The official website for the second television anime season of Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami's Restaurant to Another World (Isekai Shokudō) light novel series updated on Thursday with a new teaser promotional video, new key visual, and more staff members on Thursday.

The newly announced staff members are:

  • Prop Design: Shinobu Ookawa
  • Art Director: Kenji Kato
  • Color Key Artist: Tatsue Ohzeki
  • Compositing Director of Photography: Atsushi Satou
  • Editing: Mayumi Komori
  • Sound Director: Masanori Tsuchiya
  • Music: Miho TsujibayashiTOMISIRO
  • Music Production: Flying Dog

Satou, Tsuchiya, Tsujibayashi, TOMISIRO, and Flying Dog are returning from the first season, but the other staff members above are new for this season.

The website also confirmed that the anime will premiere in Japan in October on TV TokyoTV OsakaAT-X, and other channels. The cast will appear in a talk session that will play in advance screenings of the first two episodes on September 11 at nine theaters throughout Japan.

The returning cast includes:

Junichi Suwabe as Shopkeeper

Sumire Uesaka as Aletta

Saori Ōnishi as Kuro

Masato Jinbo returns as director and series script supervisor, but OLM replaces SILVER LINK as the animation studio. Yasukazu Shoji (Go-Go Tamagotchi!Kami-sama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama) is the new character designer, replacing Keiichi Sano and Takao Sano.

Seven Seas
 is publishing the light novel series in English, and it describes the story:

“Western Cuisine Nekoya” seems like a typical restaurant on the outside, but it hides an amazing secret: on Saturdays, portals to another world appear that allow all manner of unearthly creatures to sit down for a nice meal. Elves, dragons, or anyone else who wants to sample our world's cuisine is welcome to partake before returning to their world, sated and ready for their next quest. This lovely light novel series, never before published in English, celebrates even the simplest of our foods as fantastical adventures in fine dining. Bon appétit!

The Virtual Crunchyroll Expo event will screen the world premiere of the Restaurant to Another World 2 season next week.

Inuzuka launched the story on the Shōsetsu-ka ni Narō (literally, "Let's Become Novelists") website in 2013, and Shufunotomo's Hero Bunko imprint published the first print volume in February 2015. Inami has been drawing the illustrations. The fifth volume shipped in Japan in March 2019.

The novels inspired the first television anime that premiered in July 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired, and FUNimation Entertainment streamed a dub.

Crunchyroll also began offering simultaneous publication of Takaaki Kugatsu's earlier manga adaptation in July 2017. The manga launched in November 2016 and ended in 2019.

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Cara contributes new original song "Feel You Now" with new key art also unveiled

The staff and cast for this fall's Blade Runner: Black Lotus anime series debuted a new trailer and key art for the project during their streamed Comic-Con@Home 2021 panel on Friday. They announced that Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Alessia Cara is contributing music to the series, including the original song "Feel You Now" as heard in the trailer:

The dark science fiction anime series delves into who is running the world in the aftermath of the Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 anime short — after the Tyrell Corporation from the original Blade Runner film (set in 2019) and before the Wallace Corporation from the Blade Runner 2049 sequel. Unlike the films, the series is set from the perspective of the hunted -- a female replicant or an artifically created humanoid being. The staff emphasized that the anime series reflects the dystopian world with the anti-capitalist themes from Philip K. Dick's original novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Because of that, it also reflects what is happening in the real world now in that, despite the class divide, discrimination, and alienation, there could still be love and hope.

The cast includes (English/Japanese):

  • Jessica Henwick/Arisa Shida as Elle, a female replicant created for a secret and unknown purpose
  • Will Yun Lee/Shinshū Fuji as Joseph, a mysterious figure who owns a spare parts junkyard in Los Angeles
  • Samira Wiley/Takako Honda as Alani Davis, a fresh LAPD recruit
  • Brian Cox/Takaya Hashi as Niander Wallace Sr, founder and CEO of the Wallace Corporation
  • Wes Bentley/Takehito Koyasu as Niander Wallace Jr, a brilliant scientist working for his father
  • Josh Duhamel/Taiten Kusunoki as Marlowe, a deadly Blade Runner
  • Peyton List/Yoshiko Sakakibara as Josephine Grant, the wife of the police chief
  • Stephen Root/Hochu Otsuka as Earl Grant, Police Chief of the LAPD
  • Barkhad Abdi/Takayuki Kinba as Doc Badger, a black market dealer
  • Gregg Henry/Masane Tsukayama as Senator Bannister, a politician with strong feelings on replicant production.
  • Henry Czerny/Akio Nojima as Doctor M, a brilliant doctor and professor of medicine
  • Jason Spisak/Kazuki Yao as Hooper, a journalist in the pocket of the Wallace Corporation

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim are partnering with Alcon Entertainment to produce the 13-episode television anime series. The anime is based on Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the 1982 Blade Runner film. The series' story will take place in 2032, between the two films, and will include some familiar characters.

Shinji Aramaki (UltramanAppleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (UltramanGhost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) are directing all the episodes at Sola Digital Arts. Both directors previously worked together on Ultraman and Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy BebopSamurai Champloo) is a creative producer on the series.

Andrew KosoveBroderick JohnsonLaura Lancaster, and Al-Francis Cuenca of Alcon Entertainment are executive producers on the project along with Sola Digital ArtsJoseph ChouAlcon executive Ben Roberts is serving as co-executive producer, and Production I.G's Mitsuhisa Ishikawa is a production adviser.

Adult Swim has worldwide distribution rights to an English-dubbed version of the show outside of Asia, and will air the anime in the United States on its Toonami block. Crunchyroll will stream the anime worldwide. The anime is scheduled to premiere this fall on Adult Swim in Canada. 

Crunchyroll previously streamed the "Blade Runner: Black Out 2022" anime short in September 2017, shortly before the debut of Blade Runner 2049. Watanabe directed the anime short at Cygames PicturesShukou Murase (Halo LegendsMobile Suit Gundam Wing) served as character designer and animation director, and Flying Lotus composed the music.

The original film from director Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford is based on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? novel. The Blade Runner 2049 sequel debuted in October 2017.

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 The Harvey Awards, which honors outstanding work in comics and sequential art, revealed its list of nominations for this year's awards on Friday. The nominees for the Best Manga category include:

  • Naoki Urasawa's Asadora! (Viz Media)
  • Keito Gaku's Boys Run the Riot (Kodansha Comics)
  • Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man by (Viz Media)
  • Junji Ito's Remina (Viz Media)
  • Tatsuya Endō's SPY x FAMILY (Viz Media)

The Harvey Awards
 added the Best Manga category in 2018. Kabi Nagata's My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness manga won the first award in this category. Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia won the award in 2019. Kamome Shirahama's Witch Hat Atelier won the award last year with the "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka being inducted into The Harvey Awards' Hall of Fame.

In previous years, manga were nominated alongside other comics in the "Best American Edition of Foreign Material" category. The last manga to win the category was 
Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan in 2014. One-Punch Man and Showa: A History of Japan (1953-1989) were nominated in 2016 but did not win. "Best American Edition of Foreign Material" is no longer a category.

Unlike the Eisner Awards and other awards in the North American comic book industry, the Harvey Awards are nominated and selected by the comic book professionals themselves.

The Harvey Awards will have a digital event this year for the second year in a row. The ceremony will have a livestream during New York Comic Con, which will take place from October 7-10.

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