Nominees Announced for the 21st Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize

The Asahi Shimbun paper has announced the eight nominees for the 21st Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The awards commemorate the contributions of the manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka by recognizing the manga that best follow his tradition.

The eight nominees are:

  • Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau by Abi Umeda
  • Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda
  • SAD GiRL by Kan Takahama
  • Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū by Haruko Kumota
  • Tokusatsu Gagaga by Niwa Tanba
  • Dokonjō Gaeru no Musume by Yūko Ōtsuki
  • Hana ni Somu by Fusako Kuramochi
  • Rainman by Yukinobu Hoshino

This year’s committee (which consisted of actress Anne Watanabe, author Kazuki Sakuraba, manga creators Machiko Satonaka and Tarō Minamoto, professor and scholar Shōhei Chūjō, manga editor Haruyuki Nakano, manga critic Nobunaga Shinbo, and author and manga researcher Tomoko Yamada) selected the nominees from titles that were recommended by specialists and bookstore employees. To be eligible for nomination, the manga had to have had a compiled volume published in 2016. Noda’s Golden Kamuy has been nominated the second time in a row. This is also the second time Kumota’s Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū manga has been nominated, after being nominated in the 17th awards back in 2013.

The winners will be announced in Asahi Shimbun in late April 2017, and Asahi Shimbun will host an awards ceremony in Tokyo on May 31, 2017.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces Preorders for One-Punch Man Home Media Release

VIZ Media delights fans with news of preorders for the forthcoming home media release of One-Punch Man on April 25, 2017.

The first release of the popular anime series about an unlikely superhero with a knockout punch will debut as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, a Standard Edition Blu-ray and a Standard Edition DVD set. Each edition will feature Episodes 1-12 and will contain both English dubbed and original Japanese (with English subtitled) dialogue selections.

Preorders are available now from a variety of leading outlets and online retailers. Fans that order the One-Punch Man Limited Edition Combo Pack from will receive a special gift with purchase – while supplies last.

The One-Punch Man Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will carry an MSRP of $59.99 U.S. / $69.99 CAN; the Standard Edition Blu-ray Set will carry an MSRP of $49.99 U.S. / $57.99 CAN; the Standard Edition DVD-only Set will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / $52.99 CAN.

The One-Punch Man Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack contains a deluxe, four-disc collection (two DVDs and two Blu-ray discs), packaged in an exclusive chipboard box with specialty printing. The Combo Pack also includes six exclusive OVA anime shorts (only available on the Blu-ray Edition and the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack) as well as six full-color collectible art cards and a premium full-color booklet featuring episode summaries, character profiles, interviews and more. Blu-ray episodes are presented in crisp 1080p HD video.

The One-Punch Man Standard Edition Blu-ray also features episodes in 1080p HD video and also contains the six exclusive OVA anime shorts.

The One-Punch Man Standard DVD Set features two discs with beautifully illustrated O-card packaging and specialty foil printing. Episodes are presented in 480p standard video format.

The One-Punch Man anime series centers on Saitama, a man who only became a hero for fun. However, after three years of “special” training, he finds that he can beat even the mightiest opponents with a single punch. Though he faces new enemies every day, it turns out being devastatingly powerful is actually kind of a bore. Can a hero be too strong?

One-Punch Man has garnered a massive following with its dynamic mix of comedy, action and unique tale of an average-looking superhero with a not-so-average power,” says Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media’s Senior Manager of Animation Marketing. “We’re very excited to be releasing these amazing home media editions and invite fans of the manga, superhero comics, over-the-top action and everything in-between to get in on the One-Punch Man fun with the debut of this celebrated series.”

VIZ Media is the official North American distributor of the One-Punch Man anime and manga properties and holds the digital and print publishing rights as well as broadcast rights, digital streaming rights, home video rights and master merchandising rights to the series.

Director Seijun Suzuki Passes Away

Filmmaker and actor Seijun Suzuki passed away in a Tokyo hospital on February 13, 2017 due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 93 at the time of his passing.

Suzuki was born in Tokyo in 1923. He joined Nikkatsu Studio in 1954 as an assistant director, and debuted as a full-fledged director with his film Victory Is Mine in 1956. He also directed such films as A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness and Zigeunerweisen.

In anime, Suzuki served as the chief director of the Lupin III: Part II anime series, as well as the director of the 1985 Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon anime film.

Source: ANN

Yuri!!! on Ice Voted as Tokyo Anime Award Festival’s Animation of the Year

The 2017 Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) held a poll for the Animation of the Year: Anime Fan Award. Fans voted on anime that screened or aired between October 18, 2015, and October 15, 2016. An earlier poll had already narrowed down a larger list of 550 to 100, and fans could vote once per day. The poll ended on February 16, 2017, and the organizers have revealed that Yuri!!! on Ice got first place with 41,439 votes.

The full top 20 list:

1. Yuri!!! on Ice (41,439 votes)
2. Joker Game (37,552 votes)
3. High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- (16,094 votes)
4. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (14,997 votes)
5. Mob Psycho 100 (14,623 votes)
6. Dream Festival! (11,078 votes)
7. TO BE HERO (9,398 votes)
8. Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare (9,345 votes)
9. Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! (8,797 votes)
10. Gintama (8,030 votes)
11. K: Return of Kings (7,311 votes)
12. Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions (6,627 votes)
13. Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike (6,576 votes)
14. Fafner EXODUS (5,295 votes)
15. World Trigger (3,592 votes)
16. Ponkotsu Quest: Maō to Haken no Mamono-tachi (2,994 votes)
17. Kuroko’s Basketball Winter Cup Highlights -Shadow and Light- (2,810 votes)
18. One-Punch Man (2,730 votes)
19. Utawarerumono: The False Faces (2,456 votes)
20. Seraph of the End: Battle in Nagoya (2,276 votes)

The Tokyo Anime Award Festival will be held in Ikebukuro in Tokyo from March 10-13, 2017.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Expands Best-Selling Video Game Inspired Series With the Launch of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

VIZ Media announces the publication of the manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda’s most famous video game with the release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on March 14, 2017.

Set for an exclusive print release, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is based on the classic Nintendo® role playing, puzzle-solving, action video game series. The manga features story and artwork by creator Akira Himekawa, the team widely renowned for their previous Zelda manga adaptations. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 1 is rated “T” for Teens and will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Volumes will be released on a yearly basis.

Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards’ power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, Princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.

Zelda fans will love this latest release for one of the franchise’s most popular games,” says Michael Montesa, Editor. “The 13th video game in the Zelda saga, Nintendo’s Twilight Princess takes a notably darker, more mature tone than previous installments. This foreboding atmosphere is captured in this exciting new adaptation, which fans and players will want to add to their personal collections.”

The Legend of Zelda manga series was created by Akira Himekawa, which is the pen name of two women known simply as A. Honda and S. Nagano. The pair created The Legend of Zelda manga series which was inspired by several games and story arcs in the Zelda video game series. To-date they have created ten manga adventures, which are published by VIZ Media, featuring Link and the popular video game world of The Legend of Zelda, including Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Seasons, Four Swords, and more.

Anime Boston Announces Shingo Natsume as Guest

Anime Boston has announced that anime director Shingo Natsume will be a guest at their upcoming convention.

Natsume’s credits include Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, Hori-san to Miyamura-kun, Space Dandy, One-Punch Man, and ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.

Anime Boston will be taking place March 31-April 2, 2017 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Some of the 11th Annual Seiyū Awards Winners Announced

The organizers of the 11th Annual Seiyū Awards have announced some of the winners.

Merit Awards
Award for the seiyū who have contributed to many genres, including foreign works, over the years

  • Kiyoshi Kobayashi (Daisuke Jigen in Lupin III, Bem in Yōkai Ningen Bem)
  • Mari Shimizu (Astro Boy/Tobio Tenma in Astro Boy, Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island, Jetter Mars in Jetter Mars)
  • Junko Hori (Kanzou Hattori in Ninja Hattori-kun, Q-Taro in Shin Obake no Q-Taro, Kurio Mifune in Speed Racer)

Kei Tomiyama Award
Award for the male performer who broadened the profession of voice acting in every form of media

  • Ryusei Nakao (Freiza in Dragon Ball Z, Baikin-man in Soreike! Anpanman, Hideyoshi Hijiri in Baribari Densetsu, Mayuri Kurotsuchi in Bleach)

Kazue Takahashi Award
Award for the female performer who broadened the profession of voice acting in every form of media

  • Sumi Shimamoto (Nausicaä in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Lady Clarisse de Cagliostro in Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Shokupan-man in Soreike! Anpanman, Kyoko Otonashi in Maison Ikkoku)

The awards ceremony, which will reveal the full list of awardees, will be held on March 18, 2017. This year’s Special Merit Award, which honors deceased voice actors and actresses that have contributed to many genres, will be replaced this year with an honoring of all voice actors and actresses that passed away in 2016.

Source: ANN