Ghost in the Shell Remastered and Re-released - New Promo Video stars

gits remasteredThe original Ghost in the Shell is getting remastered, and not only that, a limited re-release in five (count 'em, 5) Japanese theaters on July 12. The newly enhanced Mamoru Oshii cyberpunk masterpiece, titled Ghost in the Shell 2.0, will be revamped with CG and a new soundtrack overseen by Skywalker Sound. In addition, most of the original voice cast will return to reprise their roles in a new 6.1 surround sound recording. Yoshiko Sakakibara (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence) will play the Puppet Master, a character voiced by Iemasu Kayumi (RahXephon) in the original film.
 
A promo trailer for GitS 2.0 can be found on the official Japanese website of Mamoru Oshii's newest film The Sky Crawlers, which itself opens on August 2nd.
 
I'm crossing my fingers for a Blu-Ray release of the enhanced GitS flick. Please?
 
Source: ANN 

Fish Hentai for the Discerning Hentai Enthusiast stars

fish fishYes, there is fish hentai swimming around on the internet - Salmon hentai to be exact. I'm not surprised, it was just a matter of time (I'm just glad it's just fish. I don't think I'd be able to handle cephalopods).
 
The fairly brief story follows the seduction of a student fish by his (obviously sexy) tutor fish. Explicit fish frolicking ensues. Very hot.
 
If the above description (or the title image for that matter) wasn't repugnant enough to scare you away, read the rest here .
 
Via Japanator

'Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu new animation' - New Scans stars

haruhi 2Canned Dogs has a bevy of scans of the new Haruhi project from the latest Newtype. Apparently, Haruhi's return should not be considered a 2nd season in the traditional sense. Titled “Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu new animation”, the new series will be just that: a completely new series. Hoping not to retread on the same ol' same ol' Haruhi, the production team wanted to do a complete refresh on the Haruhi concept and story, that of which at this time they're still trying to figure out.
 
Oooh, Haruhi with long hair. 

Negima! Returns For Another Go; New OVA Preview stars

 

I have to be honest, I gave up on the Negima! manga after volume 9 (If my memory serves me right). To that end I never got around to the anime and I felt no urge to, especially after hearing not-so-good things about it. The second time around, studio SHAFT was given the reigns of the anime series after the first season -- produced by studio XEBEC -- failed to satisfy fans. Ultimately, SHAFT failed to raise eyebrows (mine included). Were Negima fans doomed to subpar anime adaptations of their favorite manga? 

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Disgaea Artist Takehito Harada @ Anime Expo stars

 In a newsletter sent out by NIS America on Friday May 30, character designer Takehito Harada will be coming to Anime Expo this year held at the L.A. Convention Center from July 3rd, to July 6th! Harada is most famous for his work on designing the characters from the hit tactical RPG series Disgaea. Harada will also be holding an autograph session most likely in our guess at NIS America's booth #311 in South Exit Hall. I'll take a stab at guessing that there probably will be a raffle ticketed sketch session. Definitely "Love Freak" Flonne for me if I get lucky. Anyone care to name their favorite character?
 Offficial statement from NIS America after the jump.

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U.S. Death Note Remake in the Works stars

death note usDeath Note is coming to Hollywood! Vertigo Entertainment USA (of no relation to Vertigo Comics or Vertigo Films), the production house behind remakes such as The Departed, The Grudge, and most recently Shutter, is helming a U.S. remake of the popular Death Note franchise. Hopefully Ryuk's love of apples won't be lost on the trip to Hollywood.
 

Batman Gotham Knight to be shown at Anime Expo stars

gotham knight axIt looks like Batman is set to take over both anime and the silver screen this summer. AX announced in a press release today that Batman Gotham Knight will be shown at the con two days before it is released on dvd. Set for release on July 8th on dvd and Blu Ray, Batman Gotham Knight is an anthology of six anime short films set between the events of Batman Begins and this summers' The Dark Knight. Produced by Studio 4ºC, Production I.G. and Madhouse, each short has its own artistic style and writing.
 
I'm a self-professed Batman junkie so his appearance at AX is great news. Batman + anime = something quite wondrous. The full press release can be found after the jump. (Click "Read more")
 
 
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