Anime News For The Week Of 2-17-14

Anime News For The Week Of 2-17-14

1. Akira live action movie news: The current director attached to the film is Jaume Collet-Serra. He was recently interviewed by ( about his involvement in the film. At first the interview looks like it is going to be one those typical things, he loved the anime, read the manga, etc. But wait, not so fast. He then goes on to say that the Japanese never have strong characters. That the characters are used as a way to move the philosophy forward. This is not going to make fans of the movie happy or fans of Japanese culture too pleased either. I don’t know if the project should even go forward. Hollywood has not idea how to handle these types of properties.

2. From comes an interesting poll done by Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web asking about 500 fans between the ages of 10 to 50 what their favorite anime is this season. And the winner is: Hozuki no Reitetsu at 33%. And by the way, Sakura Trick is not listed in the top 9. They did not do a top 10. Others include Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions, Engaged to the Unidentified and at number 9 World Conquest Zvezda Plot. Hozuki is one of my favorites this season. So we agree!

3. Vertical licenses Ajin, Witchcraft Works and Garden of Words manga. All three are to be released this fall, 2014. This announcement came at Vertical’s panel at Katsucon on Saturday, February 15. The most exciting for me is that Witch Craft Works and Garden of Words is coming over here. And Vertical always does such a nice job with their licensed mangas. Random House listed last month that Vertical will release the first volume of Ryu Mizunagi’s Witch Craft Works manga on September 30. And no release date for the Garden of Words manga. I am looking forward to both of them. This news is via

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