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Rupert Sanders recruited for Ghost in the Shell live-action stars

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Rupert Sanders, director of Snow White and the Huntsman, has been chosen to direct the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. This project drifted around for sometime now since DreamWorks Studios bought the rights for the property in 2008. The script for the live-action adaptation will be written by William Wheeler (The Reluctant FundamentalistThe Hoax).

Steins;Gate’s Sato and anohana’s Okada to Work on J.C. Staff’s Series“selector infected WIXOSS” this April stars

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On Monday, a new website for the anime project selector infected WIXOSS was opened to reveal a brand-new project from Takuya Satō (Steins;Gate, Armitage III, Strawberry Marshmallow), who will be directing, and Mari Okada (anohana, Hana-Saku Iroha, Amazing Twins) who will be working on the series' scripts. Animation will be done by J.C. Staff with Kyuta Sakai (When They Cry- Higurashi, Steins; Gate) working on the character designs.

Sword Art Online II set to activate in 2014 stars

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A new season of Sword Art Online will be aired on 2014! It was announced right after the Sword Art Online: Extra Edition special episode. Its official website reveals the upcoming story arc as “Phantom Bullet” and released its first trailer on the website! Watch the trailer inside.

Tokyo Adventure Blog! stars

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Our next project, follow Kevin and Theo video adventure from start to finish as they kick off the new year in Tokyo!

Whether you are a seasoned traveler, or new to flying, Kevin and Theo will explain each step of the way. Watch them as they show you how to get to Tokyo from Narita airport and how to navigate the subway and train lines. Get introduced to some of the more popular and delicious places to eat in Tokyo!

Not just for pleasure, along with some other The-O Network team members, watch some exclusive behind the scene footage from events such as Japan’s largest televised show Kouhaku Uta Gassen which is set to feature artists such as Nana Mizuki, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, AKB48, Linked Horizon, and more!

At the end of the tour we will be putting together a compilation video that encompasses the entire trip. In the meantime, keep an eye on our Twitter page as we'll be keeping you updated with photos, videos and more!

If there are any places in Tokyo you would like Kevin and Theo to visit, let us know! The adventures begins on 12/28!

Sword Art Online: Extra Edition CM released! stars

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Sword Art Online: Extra Edition TV-CM have been released today! This New Years’ special episode will air in Japan on December 31, 2013 at 10PM (JST). There will also be a worldwide simulcast on websites, such as Crunchyroll, on December 31, 2013 at 7AM (PST).

Theatrical Release of 3rd Madoka Magica Film in U.S. and Canada Announced stars

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Madoka Magica fans in North America, embrace yourself. Aniplex of America recently dropped the word that the third and final Madoka Magica film (Gekijō-ban Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magica Shinpen: Hangyaku no Monogatari) will be making its theatrical debut in the U.S. and Canada starting on December 6th. With a brand new story arc and a new magical girl being added to the universe, excitement is buzzing all around for the movie.

Space Dandy Trailer, Art, and Stills from Japan Expo USA stars

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While there was clearly an industry presence at Japan Expo USA, we were surprised to find Studio Bones there with a booth as a part of Bandai Visual. Masahiko Minami, the President of Bones was present at the event as a Guest of Honor.

Bones was promoting one of their newest series, Space Dandy is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe who many Americans will recognized for his work on the much celebrated Cowboy Beebop and Samurai Champloo. Bones had on display several preproduction art (genga and douga) from Space Dandy along with a trailer (which can now be viewed inside/below this post) and productions tills along the wall. Space Dandy follows the story of an alien hunter, Dandy, who's job is to seek out new life to collect bounties.

Viewers who have seen the 2009 anime movie REDLINE will notice some similarities in style such as the funky space theme and colorful palette and we are definitely excited for it. Check out inside for the photos we took of the booth!

Studio TRIGGER's KILL la KILL Promo Video stars

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Studio TRIGGER has released a new awesome trailer for their upcoming anime series, KILL la KILL on Youtube. The new series will compromise primarily by many of the same staff who worked on Gurren Lagann including the director, Hiroyuki Imaishi. Unfortunately currently the video has been region locked so viewers in the United States will not be able too view it; however, it appears someone has reuploaded it to DailyMotion. Check it out and see for yourself! We have embedded the video inside.

Studio TRIGGER Responds to Little Witch Academia 2 Kickstarter Success stars

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Over the weekend in response to the overwhelming success of the Little Witch Academia 2 Kickstarter campaign, the president of Animation Studio TRIGGER, Masahiko Otsuka was overjoyed by the support the fans and released a statement:

“The pledged amount was well over what we expected, and we cannot thank everyone enough who supported the Little Witch Academia 2 project on Kickstarter. At the same time, we definitely feel the pressure because we have to respond to this new challenge with our title. We’ve received the baton from our fans. We are ready to run as fast as we can, baton in hand!”

The original Kickstarter goal was $150,000 but raised over $625,000 with over 7,938 backers. Little Witch Academia 2 is estimated to enter the production phase in 2014. Full press release inside.