The Oricon news source has confirmed this weekend that Slam Dunk 10 Days After, the epilogue that manga creator Takehiko Inoue drew for his Slam Dunk basketball manga on a 23 school blackboards, will finally get reprinted this year. Inoue had hinted on his website on January 15 that this story will get a general release after four years. Inoue drew the epilogue to thank his readers for buying 100 million copies of his manga.
On Saturday, the February issue of Kadokawa Shoten’s Newtype magazine published an interview in which Yasuhiro Irie confirmed that he is directing the new Fullmetal Alchemist anime series. The new television adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s “dark fantasy” manga will premiere in Japan in April. Aniplex producer Ryo Oyama said that the production began on the series around last spring, and Irie added that the script for the 18th episode had been written as of December. Irie said that the project will be the first work by the BONES animation company’s new D Studio and that the creators are still casting the voices. (BONES animated the previous 2003-2004 Fullmetal Alchemist anime series.)
Thursday marks the first same-day premieres of Naruto Shippūden and Kurokami The Animation episodes in more than one country. Naruto Shippūden is the most popular anime series thus far to stream worldwide within an hour of its Japanese airing, while Kurokami is the first anime to premiere on television in three countries within 24 hours of each other.
Natsume Takashi with his “death” grandmother, Reiko
The official Japanese website of the Zoku Natsume Yūjin-Chō anime series has began streaming a 30-second promotional movie on Tuesday. This series continues the story after the first 13-episode anime adaptation of Yuki Midorikawa‘s Natsume Yūjin-Chō ghost-story manga. The first episode of Zoku Natsume Yūjin-Chō just premiered in Japan on January 5. The promotional movie features the “Ano hi Time Machine” opening theme song by LONG SHOT PARTY.
The Crunchyroll video-sharing website announced that its English-subtitled streaming of the first Zoku Natsume Yūjin-Chō episode will be delayed until next Monday. However, on that day, the website will host all 13 episodes of the first Natsume Yūjin-Chō anime series, the first episode of the Zoku follow-up, and the second Zoku episode one hour after it airs in Japan. Every episode after that will also be posted online one hour after it airs.
Yukana as C.C. (code geass), Testarossa (Full Metal Panic!), Tear(Tales of Abyss), Tenko Kuugen (Wagaya no Oinari-sama)
Ameba News posted the first part of an interview with Shōmu Shirogane, who is a seiyū (voice actor), a narrator, and the president of the Winner Entertainment voice-acting management agency. According to Shirogane, there are about 1,600 people who work as seiyū in Japan. Of that number, about 10% work full-time as freelancing seiyū. However, 80% cannot make ends meet with their voice-acting assignments alone, and have to take on part-time jobs elsewhere. The remainder including actors, idols, and media talents who perform in other fields. Another 80,000 are said to be potential seiyū and people who are applying to be seiyū.
Over the first three days of the new year, an estimated 300,000 visitors are coming to the Washinomiya Shrine, the Tokyo area’s oldest shrine and a real-life backdrop for the Lucky Star anime series. Otaku have been flocking to this shrine since the 2007 anime featured Kagami and Tsukasa Hiiragi — twin sister characters who supposedly work at the shrine as miko (shrine maidens). This year’s attendance estimate is 130,000 higher than the attendance at last year’s festivities.
Viz Media’s Naruto.com website, the Crunchyroll video-sharing website, and the Hulu.com website have begun streaming the first eight English-subtitled episodes of the Naruto Shippūden ninja anime sequel series for free at 6:00 a.m. ET on Friday.
The websites will continue adding eight more episodes of Shippūden at that same time every week until they are caught up with the latest episodes broadcasted in Japan. Crunchyroll will also simulcast the latest episodes of Shippūden within an hour of their Japanese broadcast to Crunchyoll Anime Membership subscribers, starting on January 8. Naruto.com, Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Joost.com will stream the same episodes for free a week later.