Manga creator Machi Kiachi ('Shōjo, Tokimeki ni Shinu,' Dekiai Kiss) launched a short manga adaptation of director Masaaki Yuasa's Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara (tentative English title: "Riding a Wave with You") anime film in the April issue of Shogakukan's Deluxe Betsucomi manga magazine on Saturday. The manga will be two chapters long with a total of about 80 pages. The manga depicts an original story of Minato and Hinako's first meeting.
The official website for the television anime of Tsuyoshi Yoshioka's Kenja no Mago (The Wise Grandson or lit. The Sage's Grandson) novels revealed additional cast members, the April 10 premiere, and a new key visual on Monday.
TOHO began streaming a teaser trailer for Studio 4°C's anime film adaptation of Daisuke Igarashi's Children of the Sea (Kaijū no Kodomo) manga on Wednesday. The video previews music from the film's composer Joe Hisaishi, of Studio Ghibli fame.
The official website for the Strike Witches franchise revealed the theme songs, a key visual, and the April 9 premiere on Tuesday for the anime adaptation of Makoto Fujibayashi's Strike Witches 501 Butai Hasshinshimasu! (Strike Witches 501st Unit, Taking Off!) manga. The series will premiere on Tokyo MX on April 9 from 24:45 to 25:00 (effectively April 10 from 12:45 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.), and it will later debut on TV Aichi, MBS, and BS11. The anime will also stream online.
The Dokuganryū Masamune ~Sengoku no Arcadia Gaiden~ manga launched with a scenario by Masaki Waji (name romanization not confirmed) and illustrations by Anajiro on Kakao Japan's Piccoma website on Wednesday. The series is based on Leiji Matsumoto's various science-fiction works.
The manga's main character is Captain Harlock, who fights against the Metanoids and their leader the dark goddess Darqueen. While the Arcadia is advancing toward the final battle, Harlock is suddenly transported into Earth's past due to a super-gravity wave. Harlock meets the famous samurai Date Masamune, whose face greatly resembles his own. In the place of Masamune, who seems to die, Harlock faces samurai brought back to life through the power of the Metanoids.
The work celebrates the 80th year since Matsumoto's birth in 1938. Five two-part chapters are currently available to read for free on Piccoma. New chapters will debut every Wednesday.
The official Japanese website for Spin Master's new Bakugan Battle Planet television animation series revealed a new visual, the Japanese cast, and the series' April 1 Japanese premiere on Wednesday. (Note: The site is also streaming a promotional video that is region-locked to Japan.)
Spin Master describes the new series:
When Bakugan began emerging from the earth's crust in a mysterious worldwide "awakening," Dan and his friends find themselves at the epicenter of a new age. Dan and Company quickly learn that they must grow into more than just suburban kids looking for quick fame in the post-Bakugan era. They must learn how to work with their Bakugan and deploy them in battle in order to survive the seemingly endless forces out to control, enslave or just plain destroy the mysterious race of alien creatures. Dan and his friends will evolve into bona fide heroes by protecting their Bakugan, the Earth and ultimately the incredible secrethidden beneath our feet: Our planet has merged with another, living planet... Vestroia!
The official website for the Crayon Shin-chan anime films unveiled a new trailer and poster visual for Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Shinkon Ryokō Hurricane ~Ushinawareta Hiroshi~ (Crayon Shin-chan the Movie: Honeymoon Hurricane, Lost Hiroshi), the series' 27th film, on Wednesday. The trailer previews the film's theme song "Haru no Hi" (Spring Day) by Aimyon.
The film will open in Japan on April 19.
The anime is set in Australia and follows the Nohara family on an inexpensive and family-friendly honeymoon trip that Misae discovered. Instead of the romantic trip they envisioned, Misae, Hiroshi, and their children get wrapped up in a dangerous adventure. Hiroshi is the center of the story and becomes the key to a treasure. Hiroshi is taken away soon after the family's arrival in Australia. The remaining family members must rescue him while dealing with a mysterious masked group and treasure hunters.
The official website for director Keiichi Hara's Birthday Wonderland film revealed a new poster visual for the film on Wednesday. The tagline on the poster reads, "Akane heads to a land tinged with happiness! There, she embarks on an emotional adventure to find a lost treasure …" The poster also notes that this anime is the latest work from a director known for making even adults cry.
The film is slated to open in Japan on April 26. Russian artist Ilya Kuvshinov is designing the characters and visuals. Miho Maruo is writing the script. The film is an adaptation of Sachiko Kashiwaba's 1988 children's book Chikashitru Kara no Fushigi na Tabi (Strange Journey From The Basement)
The story follows Akane, a girl with no self-confidence. On the day before her birthday, she meets a mysterious alchemist Hippocrates and their student Pipo, who both tell her they're on a mission to save the world. Together, they set out from the basement for "Wonderland," and Akane finds herself labelled Wonderland's savior.
Some Japanese retailers are listing the cover for the April issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Carat magazine, which reveals that a television anime adaptation of Quro's Koisuru Asteroid (Asteroid in Love) manga has been green-lit.
The manga centers on Mira, who a girl who dream of joining the astronomy club once she got into high school, after meeting a man and promising to discover new asteroids when she was younger. But the high school she got into had abolished its astronomy club the year before she enrolled, and it has now been combined with the earth sciences club.
A new key visual has been published for Re:Stage! Dream Days♪, an upcoming TV anime based on the idol-themed mixed media project by I am a fool. Canyon and Comptiq. The new key visual features the main cast of the series as well as the setting of the Takao Middle School Campus of Homareboshi Academy.
Re:Stage! Dream Days♪ is directed by Makoto Katagai and features animation production by Yumeta Company and Graphinica. The story is follows Amane Makino, a girl who once dreamed of being an idol, but who decided to live a more ordinary life in junior high school. When Amane transfers to the Takao Middle School Campus of Homareboshi Academy and joins the Singing and Dancing Club, a club which is on the verge of being shut down, her dreams of being an idol reawaken.
Manga creator Kia Asamiya announced on his Twitter account on February 10 that he will launch a new manga titled Speope!! (Space Opera!!) in the May issue of Shonengahosha's Young King Ours magazine on March 30. The manga centers on the protagonist Opera Cat Rune and the protagonist's machine, the "Fragile," as they travel through space. At the same time, Kamon the Robot contemplates where it is from, where it is headed, and what it will become.
The official website for the anime franchise based on Hiroshi Hirayama and Type-Moon's Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya manga revealed on Thursday that the title of the franchise's new original video anime is Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm. The site also revealed that the OVA will screen in theaters in Japan this year before shipping on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.