Before moving on to other big anime announcements, let's get some smaller updates out of the way first. Up to now, we were listing the TV anime sequel Sengoku Basara Ni
for a July 4, 2010 debut in Japan - a rushed prediction which turns out to be off by one week. July 4 will actually mark the end of studio Bones' renewed Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
anime, which has been airing since April 2009.
Episode 64 will be the final one for FMA: Brotherhood, according to a report picked up by ANN
. However, readers of the FMA manga will be the first to discover how things turn out, as the manga's final chapter is being published by Square Enix this Friday, June 11, in the July issue of Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine.
With that, the first episode of Sengoku Basara Ni
is now cleared for a July 11 debut in Japan, during the same timeslot. The first episode of the upcoming Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail
OVA, on the other hand, will premiere sooner than expected.
Last month, the Anime Expo website was claiming
that this year's convention from Los Angeles would host the "world premiere" of said OVA, on July 1. This also turns out to be inaccurate. The first episode of Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail will actually premiere
on several Japanese TV stations starting from June 26 after midnight (so technically June 27), although these are listed as "long TV Edit" and "short TV Edit" versions - so they might not show quite the full episode.
Speaking of Anime Expo 2010, the event will host another premiere
: "10+ minutes" of exclusive footage from the Black Rock Shooter
anime project will be screened at AX, thanks to Danny Choo
. He obtained the anime footage from Good Smile Company, and promised to show it during one of his AX sessions (between July 1 and July 4).
In other minor anime news, the soccer RPG and anime franchise Inazuma Eleven
will be getting some sort of movie version
this winter. Whether live-action or anime, we don't know yet. Meanwhile, the TV anime series will drag on throughout March 2011.
And finally, the Bleach
anime simulcast began yesterday on Crunchyroll, as intended
, and so we added the embedded streams for episodes 266-274
locally, as well. Viz Media will likewise begin streaming it on their Viz Anime
website "very, very soon". Too little, too late.