Black Rock Shooter to return in 2022

Huke’s Black Rock Shooter Project is set to make a return next year both in the form of a new anime series as well as a new mobile game (iOS and Android).

The anime titled Black Rock Shooter Dawn is set for an April 2022 release. The main cast will consist of Yui Ishikawa (Mikasa Ackerman from Attack On Titan) as Empress (Black Rock Shooter), Saori Hayami (Shinobu Kocho from Demon Slayer) as Dead Master and Megumi Han (Akko Kagari from Little Witch Academia) as Strength.

Here’s the link to anime official website (Japanese).

Teaser video to Black Rock Shooter Dawn Fall (Japanese)

Black Rock Shooter Fragment will be a mobile game (iOS/Android) published by Goodsmile Company and developed by G2 Studios. Release date is expected for Autumn 2022 in Japan (one could assume probably around the same time as the anime).

Here’s the link to the game official website (Japanese).

Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Amazon Trailer

EVANGELION: 3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME – Official Trailer | Prime Video

Amazon has released a trailer to go with their recent announcement of acquiring the international rights to release the hugely popular Evangelion 3.0+1.0 movie, set for release on August 13.

The music used in the trailer is “One Last Kiss”, sung by Utada Hikaru.

宇多田ヒカル『One Last Kiss』

Evangelion 3.0+1.0 to stream on Amazon Prime.

Amazon Prime Video has the exclusive international release (outside Japan) for anime hit Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon A Time. The fourth and final chapter will launch in over 240 countries on August 13th 2021.

This movie has grossed over 9.6 billion yen ($86 million US) in Japanese cinemas so far and been seen by nearly 6.3 million moviegoers since its March debut earlier this year. To help celebrate the finale of the franchise, Amazon Prime Video will also release the three previous movies, Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone, Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance and Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo.

The Amazon Prime international release will include being dubbed in 10 languages including English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian; as well as being subtitled in 28 languages.

“I’d like to thank every Eva fan in the world for your continued support.

We were looking for the best way to offer the movie to fans overseas as early as possible in a challenging situation with movie theatres during COVID-19, and are happy to have found Prime Video as a partner to stream it globally. We highly recommend watching it on a big TV screen for the best viewing experience.”

Hideaki Anno, Creator, Screenwriter and Chief Director.


Rurouni Kenshin: The Final – Official Trailer

The official Rurouni Kenshin: The Final live action movie trailer has been released with a Japanese release date.

Rurouni Kenshin: The Final will follow the final arc of the manga which will focus on the fight against Yukishiro Enishi.

After the fourth instalment of the franchise, this will be followed up with the last entry Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning, which will be a prequel storyline and explore the beginnings and Kenshin’s fabled “x” shaped scar. Both movies were filmed back to back.

Rurouni Kenshin: The Final and Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning is scheduled to be release in Japanese theaters 23 April and 4 June respectively.

New Code Geass Project (anime and mobile game)

Sunrise has announced Code Geass: Z of the Recapture (Dakkan no Zetto) the new anime series which will take place after Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection (released in 2019).

This will be directed by Yoshimitsu Ohashi (Amnesia, Galaxy Angel, Sacred Seven), the script by Noboru Kimura (Princess Principal: Crown Handler, Problem children are coming from another world, aren’t they?). The character designer is Takahiro Kimura which will once again be based on the original character designs by CLAMP. Astrays will be designing the Knightmare mecha this time. No release date has been set for the anime yet.

New Code Geass Project announcements (in Japanese).

Genesic ReCODE will include characters from every Code Geass title released to date with newly drawn illustrations. That includes not only the entire Lelouch saga, but also other side stories, such as Akito the Exiled, Renya of Darkness, and Oz the Reflection. Sunrise also aims for the mobile game to become the new portal for the whole franchise. The mobile game will have two battle formats in RPG and Simulation (Strategy).

The game’s cast includes 3 original new characters:

  • Shun Horie as Al, a boy with no memories
  • Yūki Takada as Gigi, a mysterious girl
  • Yumiri Hanamori as Archive, the librarian of the memory library

Code Geass Genesic Re;CODE will be available for smartphones in Spring 2021 in Japan.

Code Geass Genesic Re;CODE reveal trailer.

Evangelion 3.0+1.0 Trailer 3 and EVA EXTRA app

As reported previously, Evangelion 3.0+1.0 was delayed this year, due to the covid pandemic. The movie has now gotten a new release date for Japanese cinemas, 23rd January 2021.

In addition to the new release date, studio Khara has released a new trailer as well as a mobile app called EVA EXTRA for android and iOS devices. The app will provide you with news, videos, music, mini games and other goodies all exclusive to the app (please note, for now, all text within the app is in Japanese). Click here for app website.

Monster Hunter Movie Trailer

Sony Pictures has released the trailer for the upcoming Monster Hunter movie. Based on the popular video game franchise that saw it’s original release way back on the Playstation 2 (2004).

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson who’s previous work also involved another Capcom franchise being Resident Evil. The movie will star Milla Jovovich who plays as a member of a United Nations military team and Tony Jaa as the hunter, one of many skilled “Monster Hunters”.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Behind our world, there is another: a world of dangerous and powerful monsters that rule their domain with deadly ferocity. When an unexpected sandstorm transports Captain Artemis (Milla Jovovich) and her unit (TI Harris, Meagan Good, Diego Boneta) to a new world, the soldiers are shocked to discover that this hostile and unknown environment is home to enormous and terrifying monsters immune to their firepower. In their desperate battle for survival, the unit encounters the mysterious Hunter (Tony Jaa), whose unique skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the powerful creatures. As Artemis and Hunter slowly build trust, she discovers that he is part of a team led by the Admiral (Ron Perlman). Facing a danger so great it could threaten to destroy their world, the brave warriors combine their unique abilities to band together for the ultimate showdown.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Announcement

At Tokyo Game Show 2020, executive producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi, announced Resident Evil: Infinite Darknessis which will be a CGI episodic series coming to Netflix in 2021.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness will be based around the stories of Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, and “adds suspense into dynamic action scenes” to “reveal a Resident Evil world unlike anything seen before.”

Produced by TMS Entertainment, and animated by 3D animation studio Quebico, which also worked on the 2017 CG movie Resident Evil: Vendetta.

Check out the teaser trailer.

Sword Art Online Progressive Announcement

Now that Sword Art Online Alicization – War of Underworld anime has ended, the series has now gone back to it’s roots and announced Sword Art Online Progressive.

This will be TV anime adaptation of the six volume novel series. Sword Art Online: Progressive is a retelling of the events of the Aincrad arc, started nearly a decade after author Reki Kawahara wrote the original web novel.

The time line roughly takes place around episodes 1 through to 3 in the original Sword Art Online anime, it will mostly put the focus on Kirito and Asuna’s and their adventures together in the early parts of the game.

Here’s a short teaser for the upcoming anime series.