Netflix first original anime series looks Robotech-level awesome
Netflix is launching its first original anime series on July 4: the futuristic Knights of Sidonia. The first season, already broadcasted in Japan, is 12 episodes of space opera epic drama that apparently is full of cool spaceships and mechas. Here’s the synopsis:
The first Netflix original anime series, Knights of Sidonia, based on the popular manga series of the same name, follows Nagate, a low-born youth in a society of genetically engineered refugees who escaped the destruction of Earth one thousand years earlier and now occupy the massive ship Sidonia. When Nagate’s talent as a pilot is revealed he becomes one of Sidonia’s elite defenders against the Guana, shapeshifting aliens bent on eliminating humans from existence.
The Evangelion 3.0 movie is coming to select US & Canada movie theaters in January ‘14! Check out its trailer above.
Evangelion 3.0 to Screen in U.S., Canada in January 2014
Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainmentannounced on Monday that they will screen the Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo film in theaters across the United States and Canada in January 2014. The companies note that they will screen the film “in major cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.” Additionally, most of the screenings will feature the film’s English dub, but some theaters will screen the film in Japanese with English subtitles. Eleven Arts will announce cities and dates within the next few weeks.
Funimation had announced that it had licensed the film when its Facebook page had hit 1 million likes in June. The company has already revealed the film’s English dub cast.
The third film in Hideaki Anno's four-part remake of Gainax's Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series earned more than 5.1 billion yen during its theater run. While the first film hewed closely to the original television series, the second film went in a different direction, and the third film went still further in its own storyline.
Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Escaflowne, Witch Hunter Robin, and more are getting Blu-ray releases!!
Cowboy Bebop is finally coming to Blu-ray in North America
Dear anime fans who have been waiting for a truly HD version of the Cowboy Bebop: Your wait is almost over. At Otakon this past weekend, Funimation announced they “rescued” over a dozen Bandai Entertainment titles, and will finally be releasing a Blu-ray version of Bebop in America next year.
Here’s everything else Funimation announced:
• Tales of the Abyss • Witch Hunter Robin • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion • Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 • Code Geass: Lelouch Akito the Exiled • Angel Links • Banner of the Stars • Banner of the Stars II • Passage of the Stars “Birth” • Crest of the Stars • Outlaw Star • The Escaflowne movie • The Vision of Escaflowne TV series • My-Hime • My-ZHime • My-ZHime O~S.ifr~ • My ZHime Zwei
Seeing as Code Geass was released pretty recently, I imagine after Bebop folks will be most excited by Outlaw Star and Escaflowne, since they’re both popular anime that made it to TV in the U.S. and haven’t been available in years. I also imagine Bandai Japan forced Funimation to take Banner of the Stars in order to get Bebop and the others, since no company in its right mind would license it willingly, but oh well. If that’s the price Funi has to pay so I can get Cowboy Bebop on Blu-ray, I will gladly let them pay it.
Yep, the live action Akira movie is still on Hollywood’s cue…
Jaume Collet-Serra Returns to Direct ‘Akira’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Jaume Collet-Serra is in discussions to return to the “Akira” directors chair, signing on to helm Warner Bros. adaptation of the popular anime pic. The helmer left in early 2012 after production stalled.
In early 2012, the studio shut down pre-production so that fixes could be made to the script, including tightening the budget from its original $90 million range. At the time, Collet-Serra was in such high demand coming off the recent success of the Liam Neeson action pic “Unknown,” that he decided to leave instead of waiting for the changes to be made so that he could pursue other projects. He eventually landed another Neeson pic, “Non Stop,” which bows next February.