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The recent interview with James Cameron that everyone's been linking this week isn't as bad as it sounds, for fans of Battle Angel Alita (Gunnm) who were hoping to see its live-action film adaptation at some point in life. The interview made it sound like Cameron would only make Avatar sequels (and deep-sea diving documentaries) for the rest of his career. But that's not entirely accurate, as it turns out.

Battle Angel Alita / Gunnm

Ain't It Cool News got in touch with Cameron for a comment on the state of the Battle Angel Alita movie project, and although it is indeed a far-fetched dream of his, (...)

>  Continue reading 'No Battle Angel Alita Live-Action Anytime Soon'...
The Air Gear manga series is slowly coming to an end, after ten years of serialization in the Weekly Shounen Magazine. Publisher Kodansha is announcing that the manga's creator Oh! Great (Ougure-Ito) is ending the series in 5 more chapters. The final chapter will be either 356 or 357, depending on whether or not they included chapter 352 in the count.

Air Gear OVA

Meanwhile, the Yumeiro Patissiere manga is making a return, following the original series' finale in July 2011. This time, author Natsumi Matsumoto wrote a one-shot story (...)

>  Continue reading 'Checkpoint: Air Gear, Yumeiro Patissiere, Akira'...
The new Junjou Romantica anime project that was announced earlier this week turns out to be a 20-minute OVA. Kadokawa's Asuka Ciel magazine writes that the OVA is planned as a DVD bundle with the 16th volume of Shungiku Nakamura's boys-love manga, in celebration of the series' 10th anniversary. The OVA will feature all three main couples from the manga: Junjo Romantica, Junjou Egoist, and Junjou Terrorist.

Junjou Romantica OVA

Dan Mazeau, the screenwriter of Wrath of the Titans who was recently tasked with the script for the upcoming Bleach live-action movie, talked to IFC about (...)

>  Continue reading 'Checkpoint: Junjou OVA, Bleach Movie, Koichoco'...
The classic samurai manga Lone Wolf and Cub is getting yet another live-action movie adaptation, it seems - Hollywood style, this time. Deadline is reporting that Kamala Film has acquired the film rights to this manga authored by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Goseki Kojima, and that Justin Lin (Fast Five) is already set to direct, based on a script written by David and Janet Peoples (Twelve Monkeys). Sooo... what about that anime?!

Lone Wolf and Cub

A new anime adaptation of Junjou Romantica is in the works, according to this week's issue of Asuka Ciel magazine, based on Shungiku Nakamura's boys-love manga (...)

>  Continue reading 'Checkpoint: Lone Wolf, Junjou, SKE48, Uniforms'...
Last update - Mar 27, 05:30 GMT (00:30 EST, 21:30 PST)

A new Hatsune Miku themed manga created by Ontama, titled Mikubon Vocaloid in Wonderland / Hachune Miku Kenkyuusho, began serialization today, in the May issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Comp Ace magazine. The same issue also kicked off a few other manga series, including Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai S (by Hamao Sumeragi), Danshi Kinsei!! Fureeze Jogakuin (by Yuki Azuma), and Lens Drops (by Renga Kijima).

Hatsune Miku gallery

Akira manga creator Katsuhiro Otomo revealed that he is preparing a new long-term manga series for "a certain shounen magazine", with a story set in the Meiji period. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Checkpoint: Miku Manga, Akira Mangaka, Oldboy'...
The pretty pic below is just about the only reason I bring this up: a new official website has just come online, for this summer's Type-Moon 10th Anniversary event. The festival will be held on the 7th and 8th of July, at the Pacifico Yokohama convention center. Nevermind that they actually released their debut eroge, Tsukihime, in 2000, so their 10th anniversary has been going on for some time...

Type-Moon 10th Anniversary

A live-action film adaptation of Rumic Theater, Rumiko Takahashi's manga series, is being announced in this year's 6th issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine. (...)

>  Continue reading 'Checkpoint: Type-Moon, Rumic Theater, Oldboy'...
The upcoming To Aru Majutsu no Index Movie (nope, still no idea when it's releasing) will have an entirely new story written for the big screen by the original novels' author Kazuma Kamachi. This announcement comes in response to a user asking on Twitter if the film's story would be taken from volume 15 of the light novel series. And, by the way, volume 4 of Kamachi's sequel novels - Shinyaku To Aru Majutsu no Index - is releasing in Japan this Saturday, March 10.

To Aru Majutsu no Index Movie

The upcoming TV anime Uchuu Kyoudai (Space Brothers) was briefly listed as a "48+ episodes" series, which would make it a year-long show. The listing was posted (...)

>  Continue reading 'Checkpoint: Index Movie, Space Bros., Atashin'chi'...
Some good stuff today for fans of Another, as well. Earlier in the day, a teaser trailer for the upcoming live-action film adaptation was posted around here somewhere, giving fans an intriguing glimpse, ahead of the movie's August 4 premiere in Japan. Like the ongoing TV anime, the live-action Another film is based on Yukito Ayatsuji's school horror mystery novel.

Another Live-Action Movie Teaser Trailer

And now comes word that the upcoming OVA Another Episode 0 has received a firm release date, set for May 26. That's according to (...)

>  Continue reading 'Another Episode 0 Dated, Live-Action Teaser'...
The live-action movie adaptation of Bleach has been a rather dormant project up to now, even though Warner Bros. had acquired the live-action feature rights a couple of years ago or something... But today, at last, a sign of life shines through, thanks to a Variety report that's bound to bring joy into the hearts of... anyone crazy enough to think that a Hollywood-produced Bleach movie could possibly work out well... Anyone?


Warner Bros. is tasking Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) to write the script based on Tite Kubo's ultra-popular manga, which has over 75 million print copies (...)

>  Continue reading 'Bleach Live-Action Movie Gets Writer, Producer'...
First a doujinshi manga, then a couple of anime adaptations, not to mention that PS3 / X360 video game... and now, a live-action film of Afro Samurai is officially on the way, as well, with actor Samuel L. Jackson producing it alongside The Indomina Group (a U.S. / Dominican Republic company) and Gonzo Studios - who of course adapted the 2007 TV anime series and its 2009 anime film sequel Afro Samurai: Resurrection.

Afro Samurai

Although Indomina's press release doesn't explicitly mention this, we can safely (...)

>  Continue reading 'Afro Samurai Gets Movie, With Samuel L. Jackson'...
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