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Third Bleach movie listed for December release in Japan stars

bleachJapanese movie distributor TOHO put out a December listing for the third Bleach flick. Noriyuki Abe, the director of the Bleach television series as well as the previous two films, will direct the new Bleach movie. No cast has been announced with the exception of Masakazu Morita, who will return as series protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki.
 
Via ANN  

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 

'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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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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'Shikabane Hime' - Gainax's New TV Series stars

shikabane himeI'm a bit late to the party, I know, but bear with me. ANN confirmed a couple days ago that Gainax's new TV series is Shikabane Hime, a TV adaptation of a horror manga with the same name. Hiroyuki Yamaga and Gurren Lagann producer Yasuhiro Takeda will co-produce while Chikashi Kubota, director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, will design the characters including protagonist of the new series Makina Hoshimura. Shikabane Hime will air this fall.

Macross Frontier New Songs Leaked stars

 Those remembering Ranka singing "Watashi no Kare wa Pilot" from episode 4, well it seems a full low quality version of the song has been leaked online. "What 'bout my Star?" from episode 1 and 5 by Sheryl Nome is also out along with "Infinity" from episode 7. 

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Haruhi Website trickles out new info stars

yukiThe official website for The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi anime has updated its homepage, and now features Yuki instead of Haruhi, who has recently "disappeared". Also updated is the staff list for the second series, which lists director Tatsuya Ishihara and assistant director Yasuhiro Takemoto (both of whom worked on the first season) as returning. Keep your eyes peeled for the July issue of Newtype, as it is expected to contain more info on the whereabouts of Suzumiya Haruhi.

Source: Haruhi update at Anime News Network [ANN]