The first annual Anime NYC took place November 17 – 19 in Midtown New York. Over 20,000 anime and manga fans attended the convention at the Jacob Javits Center. If you missed it, no worries! Following is a list of news and announcements made that weekend.
Crunchyroll is a leading streaming platform for Japanese anime and Asian entertainment content. Crunchyroll brings fans more than 15,000 hours of content and programming that airs day and date with Japan’s schedule.
Crunchyroll is now available on VRV; an app that offers a family of streaming services also including Funimation and Rooster Teeth amongst others for one price.
- Gaming Announcement:
Back in August, Crunchyroll announced a new part of their business that would expand their presence into anime gaming. At Anime NYC, they announced a new mobile game which will launch early 2018 under Crunchyroll Games for the series, “Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?”.
- New shows added to Crunchyroll:
- Noein: To Your Other Self
12-year old Haruka and her friend Yu are approached by a member of the “Dragon Knights” from the future who believes she’s the keystone to ending an interdimensional battle.
- Yu Yu Hakusho
Yusuke Urameshi, 14-year old delinquent, manages to commit a selfless act and die in the process. He’s rewarded a second chance at life; but now must serve as a Spirit Detective, tracking down demons and humans who attempt to rule over the three realms of reality.
- Ouran High School Host Club
Haruhi attends the elite Ouran High School surrounded by wealthy teens which she is not. One day, she accidentally breaks an expensive vase owned by Ouran High School’s host club (an extracurricular club where the high school boys host the high school girls), requiring her to join the club to pay her debt.
- Star Blazers 2199
In the year 2199, humanity is on the brink of extinction. The Yamato battleship has one year to defeat the enemy, Gamilas, and save humanity before it ends.
- A Place Further than the Universe – Coming in January 2018
An original anime about a group of high school girls who go on an expedition to Antarctica.
Funimation, based in Texas, is one of the top distributors of anime and foreign entertainment content in North America; with a knack for English language dubs. They also have a streaming platform for fans to watch anime; some titles are offered in dub while the show simultaneously airs in Japan.
- The new hit anime series, “Black Clover,” will be airing on Toonami starting December 2, 2018.
- Black Clover takes place in a world where everyone possesses magic except for one 15-year-old, Asta, who unfortunately was born without any magic. However, that doesn’t stop him from setting off on his journey to become the Wizard King.
- Funimation Entertainment is releasing a new game for the anime, Seven Deadly Sins, in 2018.
Limited Edition DVDs (Available Now):
- This is the first time Fruits Basket is being offered as a DVD/ Blu-ray combo.
- Extras include Textless Opening & Closing Songs, Artwork, English Cast interview, Director interview and more.
- Extras include 88-page art book with original character art, Deku figure keychain, notebook signed by All Might and more.
- The first time Seasons one and two are offered inside one box.
- Extras include chipboard box, art book, fabric posters, and OVAs.
- December 5, 2017:
- Love Live! Sunshine!!: Season 2
- Mob Psycho
- One Piece Collection
- Taboo Tattoo
- December 12, 2017:
- D. Gray Man Season 3 Part 2
- Dragonar Academy
- Riddle Story of Devil
- January 9, 2018:
- Time Travel Girl
- February 6, 2018:
- Yuri!!! on ICE
- Ace Detective
GKIDS, based in New York, is a leading distributor of animated films worldwide (not only Japan) for both adult and family content. They handle all North American theatrical releases for the Studio Ghibli library and release those titles on DVD.
New Theatrical Release Announcement:
- “Mary And the Witch’s Flower” releases on January 19, 2018 in North American theaters; both as subtitled and dubbed.
- Features English voice actors such as Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, and Ruby Barnhill.
- Produced by Studio PONOC, an affiliate with Studio Ghibli, and directed by Academy Award Winning Director, Hiomasa “Maro” Yonebayashi.
- This film is a return to the form of fantasy genre often seen in Studio Ghibli films. Mary And the Witch’s Flower is based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 children’s book The Little Broomstick about a girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers only for one night.
- There will be a special one-night premiere event on January 18th featuring a Q&A with the director.
Other Films Coming to North America:
- December 15, 2017 – Theatrical Release
- A dark dystopian film from Spanish visionary Alberto Vázquez, and Pedro Rivero. Stranded on an island, Dinky and her fellow teenage friends attempt to escape in the hope of finding a better life.
- Satellite Girl and Milk Cow
- A satellite girl, cow, and roll of toilet paper go an adventure to fix the world.
- February 2018 – VRV Release
Spring 2018 – Theatrical Release
Summer 2018 – Home Video Release
- Mind Game
- This film is being released for the first time on VRV December 22, 2017 to get ready for two new feature films coming from the creator, Masaaki Yuasa.
- February 2018 – Special theatrical engagements with exclusive giveaways
Late spring 2018 – Special edition home video launch
Upcoming DVD Releases:
- November 2017:
- January 2018:
- February 2018:
Kodansha, based in Tokyo, is Japan’s leading publishing house founded in 1909. They published titles such as Akira, The Ghost in the Shell and Attack on Titan.
Coming Soon to Print:
- Coming to print in December 2017.
- A gender bending romantic tale that plays off the story, Sleeping Beauty.
- Again!! By Mitsurou Kubo (from the co-creator of “Yuri!!! on ICE”)
- Coming to print in February 2018.
- After accidental fall Kinichiro, now a senior about to graduate high school, wakes up in the past as a high school freshman. Determined to do things differently, he joins the ouendan team (a sport in Japan that’s like cheerleading but with men).
- Golosseum By Baba Yasushi
- Coming to print Spring 2018
- A martial arts political parody action manga. With the invention of “peacemakers” (a new material which renders people immune to all weapons) battles ensue.
- Tokyo Tarareba Girls By Akiko Higashimura
- Available now digital. Coming to print in July 2018.
- Rinko is thirty-something and single. She vows that she’ll be married by time it’s the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- Grand Blue Dreaming By Kenji Inoue and Kimitake Yoshioka
- Available now in digital. Coming to print in July 2018.
- This story follows college student, Lori Kitahara, as he attends school in a seaside town full of diving beautiful girls and shenanigans.
Limited Edition Sets:
- First time it’s published in right to left in English.
- Has original sound effects by creator.
- Includes Iron on patch with the iconic pill design.
- Attack on Titan Anthology (Hardcover) – Available Now
- Featuring original stories reinterpreted by top comic talent such as Scott Snyder, Gail Simone, Faith Erin Hicks, Michael Avon Oeming, Paolo Rivera, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr.
- The Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Edition by Shirow Masamune – Available Now
- First time published right-to-left in English and with original Japanese sound effects.
- Lithograph exclusive art print.
- A Silent Voice Complete Series Box Set by Yoshitoki Olma – Releasing December 2017
- Extras include replica of notebook in manga, exclusive reversible poster and more.
- Sailor Moon Eternal Edition 1 Box Set By Naoko Takeuchi – Releasing January 2018
- Re-releasing 10 volumes as extra-large 7 x 10 size with glittering holographic coating, colored pages and a newly-revised translation.
- Attack on Titan Box Sets By Hajime Isayama
- Season One Part 1 and 2 – Releasing April 2018
- Season Two – Releasing July 2018
- Battle Angel Alita Deluxe edition By Yukito Kishiro – Releasing in 2018
- The entire series is being put back into print in time for the release of the new Robert Rodriguez film of the same title; releasing in July 2018.
- I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World By Taamo – Available Now
- Lovesick Ellie By Fujimomo– Releases November 28, 2017
- My Brother the Shut-In By Kinoko Higurashi – Releasing November 28, 2017
- Drifting Dragons by Taku Kuwabara
- Living-Room Matsunaga-san
- Pitch-Black Ten by Kenshirou Sakamoto
- The Prince’s Black Poison by Jun Yuzuki
Vertical Comics is a Japanese manga and novel publishing company located in New York that specializes in translating contemporary stories.
Coming Soon to Print:
- APOSIMZ by Tsutomo Nihei
- Releasing Fall 2018
- Fifty centuries ago, the people who lost a war against the core lost their right to reside legitimately in an artificial celestial body called APOSIMZ.
Viz media is a Japanese-American manga, anime, and entertainment distribution and licensing company based in San Francisco, California. They brought anime and mangas to the United States such as Sailor Moon, Naruto, My Hero Academia, and Black Clover.
You can watch anime and read digital manga for free at Viz.com. They also have a new partnership with Pluto TV, an pp that now carries an All-Day Anime channel.
- New Manga Announcement:
- “That Blue Sky Feeling” manga is being adapted into an anime series coming June 2018. It is a coming of age teen LGBT series about a 17-year old boy, Noshiro Dai, who transfers to a new high school and befriends a loner, Sanada Kou.
- Current Manga Announcements:
- New Film Announcements:
- “Mazinger Z: Infinity”, the mecha anime film, will be released in North America in 2018.
- “Infini-T Force,“ the anime series commemorating the 55th anniversary of Tatsunoko Production, is getting a film coming to North America in 2018.
- Limited Edition DVDs:
Available Now. This set includes 26 episodes on 4 Blu-ray discs.
Extras includes 168-page booklet, 9 art cards, and more.
Available Now. Four Naruto movies in one box set: Naruto Shippuden The Movie, Bonds, The Will of Fire; and The Lost Tower.
This Season 1, 52-episode set on 6 Blu-ray discs is available now.
Extras includes complete Pokedex, Poke gallery and Poke Rap, evolution art, manga sampler, recipe cards and more.
The third set is releasing on December 5, 2017 (Sailor Jupiter’s Birthday).
Extras includes full color art booklet, English cast interviews, and three full color art cards.
- Upcoming DVD Releases:
An American company who publishes manga, graphic novels and light novels; including titles such as Black Butler, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Sword Art Online.
Coming Soon to Print:
- Pandora Hearts Box Set by Jun Mochizuki
- 15-year-old Oz Vessalius’s coming-of-age ceremony takes a bad turn when he is condemned for a sin he has no knowledge of.
- Available Now. This set contains 12 ominbus’ (2 volumes per omnibus) in a beautiful die cut, chest shaped box.
- Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, Art by Yuusaka Kamiyama
- New manga adaptation of the 2015 novel is releasing on May 1, 2018.
- Caterpillar Girl and Bad Texter Boy by Sanzo
- A girl gets turned down by a boy she likes because he thinks she’s out of his league. She disappears for a month and returns as a caterpillar. Now the boy must take care of her and carry her around.
- Defeating the Demon Lord’s a Cinch (if You Have a Ringer) By Tsukikage, Art by Bob
- A holy warrior must defeat the Demon King.
- Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile by Nojima Kazushige
- Collection of short stories set in between the Final Fantasy VII game and Advent Children, the CG film.
- Fruits Basket Another by Natsuki Takaya
- 3 volume series follow up to the beloved series, Fruits Basket, which takes place at the same high school Tohru attended a few years after she graduates. It centers around protagonist, Sawa, who also run into members of the cursed Sohma family.
- Little Witch Academia by Yoh Yoshinari; Illustrated by Terio Teri
- Atsuko Kagari attends the elite witch’s girl school, Luna Nova, and dreams to become like her idol, Shiny Chariot.
- Shibuya Goldfish by Hiroumi Aoi
- Man eating goldfish take over Tokyo.
- The Strange Creature at Kuroyuri Apartments by Yuzuki Gao
- As punishment, the leader of the Demon World sends his lazy daughter to Earth. She ends up finding an apartment with landlord, Sentaro.
- Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gal Online by Keiichi Sigsawa and Reki Kawahara
- Side story which follows, Karen, a girl who feels out of place in the world due to her extreme height but feels at home when she plays the cute, chibi avatar in the MMO game, Gun Gale Online. Releasing 2018.
- Teasing Master Takagi-san By Soichiro Yamamoto
- A boy, Nishikata, vows to tease the girl who used to tease him and succeeds.
- Tsuno No Gakuen By Mito Aoi
- In this world people have horns that harness magic. Eru is a new high school student who is self-conscious that his horns are smaller than everyone else’s. But things change when he learns he can unlock abilities when he touches other horns.
- World End: What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us?
- Written by Akira Kareno, Illustrated by Ue
- Willem wakes up several hundred years later to an Earth where humans have gone extinct by “beasts”. Along with the female fairy warriors he continues his fight against beasts.
Written by DY
DY is an aspiring filmmaker and writer; she loves all genres but is increasingly becoming interested in writing fantasy and sci-fi. She enjoys spending all her time watching anime and movies, and reading comic books. Follow her on twitter @dyprinzess.
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