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‘Genshin Impact’ announces anime in the works with ‘Demon Slayer’ animation studio Ufotable

GENSHIN IMPACT
  • “Genshin Impact” will get the anime treatment in a collaboration with Ufotable, the animation studio that worked on “Demon Slayer.”
  • Announced during the game’s “Version 3.1 Special Programme” stream on Friday by developers HoYoverse, a trailer was dropped but no official title has been released.
  • The “Project Launch: Concept Trailer” shows the game’s two protagonists, Lumine and Aether, standing hand-in-hand with one another.
  • “Genshin Impact” will celebrate its two-year anniversary later this month.

A “Genshin Impact” anime is on the way thanks to a collaboration with Japanese animation studio Ufotable, which is known for their work on “Demon Slayer.”

Game developers HoYoverse made the announcement alongside a trailer drop on Friday during the game’s Version 3.1 Special Programme stream. The project seems to be in early development with no formal title as of yet, simply being called “Project Launch: Concept Trailer.”

Japan’s Nippon TV licenses 13 popular anime series to Netflix

Nippon TV
  • Nippon TV has licensed 13 of its popular anime series to Netflix.
  • The first three titles — “Hunter x Hunter,” “Ouran High School Host Club” and “Claymore” — will be released this year on Sept. 2.

Leading Japanese entertainment company Nippon TV has licensed 13 of its popular anime series to Netflix to be streamed non-exclusively on the platform. 

The anime titles, listed in order of Netflix’s release date, include the following:

‘Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero’ tops North American weekend box office

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  • Toei Animation’s latest film in the “Dragon Ball” franchise "Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero" earned $21 million in its North American weekend debut, outperforming Idris Elba’s "Beast," which opened to a dismal $11.5 million from August 19-22, 2022.
  • Crunchyroll, which specializes in distributing Japanese anime content, secured the year’s widest anime release for “Super Hero,” which got a 3,940 theater launch, including IMAX and other premium large formats (PLFs).
  • “Super Hero” also outperformed its 2018 predecessor, “Dragon Ball Super: Broly,” which ended the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with $11.9 million.
  • The film has so far generated over $45 million worldwide, with more markets to cover, including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Written by Dragon Ball series creator Akira Toriyama, the film follows Piccolo and Gohan as they try to save the world from the Red Ribbon Army.

“Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero,” Toei Animation’s latest film in the “Dragon Ball” franchise, topped the North American box office with a $21 million debut this weekend.

The second installment to the “Dragon Ball Super” film series earned nearly twice as much as the Idris Elba-starrer “Beast,” which opened to a dismal $11.5 million from August 19-22, 2022. 

‘One Punch Man’ Season 3 announced over 3 years after its previous season

  • “One Punch Man” Season 3 was officially announced on Thursday, after more than three years since the end of the popular anime’s second season.
  • The announcement came paired with a teaser image drawn by Chikashi Kubota, the character designer for the first and second seasons of the show.
  • Details about the studio responsible for the show’s animation have yet to be shared.
  • The change in animation studios from Studio Madhouse to J.C.Staff in Season 2 were met with mixed opinions, with some viewers complaining that the show’s visual quality had diminished following the shift.

“One Punch Man” Season 3 has officially been announced.

After more than three years since the show’s second season ended, the official “One Punch Man” website and its social media platforms confirmed on Aug. 18 that production on the anime has finally begun.

‘Chainsaw Man’ revs up the gore in bloody new trailer that announces Oct. anime adaptation premiere

  • A gory new trailer for Mappa’s anime adaptation of “Chainsaw Man” was released Friday, announcing an October Crunchyroll debut just in time for the Halloween season.
  • Based on the manga written and illustrated by Tatuski Fujimoto, “Chainsaw Man” takes place in a world where monsters called Devils are manifested in reality by collective human fears.
  • The new trailer boasts the stunning animation Mappa has become known for, having worked on anime such as “Attack on Titan,” “Jujutsu Kaisen” and “”Vinland Saga.”
  • The cast includes Kikinosuke Toya as Denji, Tomori Kusunoki (Natsume in “Deca-Dence”) as Makima, Shogo Sakata (Karin Sasaki in Fire Force) as Aki Hayakawa and Fairouz Ai (Jolyne Kujo in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean) as Power.

A gory new trailer for Mappa’s anime adaptation of “Chainsaw Man” was released Friday, announcing an October Crunchyroll debut just in time for the Halloween season.

Based on the manga written and illustrated by Tatuski Fujimoto, “Chainsaw Man” takes place in a world where monsters called Devils are manifested in reality by collective human fears. Denji, a destitute teenage Devil Hunter living with his pet Chainsaw Devil Pochita, is killed trying to clear his late father’s debt. Betrayed and left to rot, Denji is resurrected after making a contract with Pochita, merging himself with the Devil and becoming Chainsaw Man.

‘Anti-Japanese’: Netizens upset over rumors about anime adaptation of popular manhwa ‘Solo Leveling’

  • Anime streaming giant Crunchyroll confirmed during Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles that an anime adaptation of the popular Korean comic book series "Solo Leveling" is scheduled to premiere in 2023.
  • The anime adaptation will be developed by A-1 Pictures, the Japanese animation studio behind several popular titles such as “Fairy Tail,” “Sword Art Online” and “Black Butler.”
  • While not much has been revealed about the anime yet, some reports are speculating that it might take some details from the original manhwa's Japanese adaptation, which was first released as a light novel in January 2021.
  • The Japanese adaptation of “Solo Leveling” takes place in Tokyo, not Seoul, and focuses on the story of a Japanese man named Shun Mizushino instead of Korean protagonist Sung Jin-woo.
  • Additionally, while the original manhwa paints Japan as the "bad guy,” as several readers have claimed, the Japanese adaptation's creators reportedly found a workaround by creating a fictional country.
  • Several netizens have been expressing their disapproval of "Solo Leveling"'s anime adaptation, with one commenting, “I have heard that it is based on an anti-Japanese story. I wonder what is the intention of A-1 Pictures in making an anime of such a thing in Japan.”

New rumors about the anime adaptation of the popular manhwa “Solo Leveling” are circulating, with several reports suggesting that certain details, including the story’s setting and the protagonist’s background, will be changed.

Anime streaming giant Crunchyroll confirmed earlier this month during Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles that an anime adaptation of the popular Korean comic book series “Solo Leveling,” created by Chugong and illustrated by Dubu (Jang Sang-rak), is in the works and is scheduled to premiere in 2023.

‘My Hero Academia’ Season 6 trailer teases all-out war between heroes and villains

  • Toho Animation uploaded a new trailer for “My Hero Academia” (“Boku no Hero Academia”) Season 6 to YouTube on Sunday.
  • The trailer teases what could be in store for Deku, his Class 1-A classmates, U.A. High School students and other heroes in Japan as they finally face off the organization of villains known as the Paranormal Liberation Front.
  • “My Hero Academia” Season 6 will premiere later this year, but an official release date has yet to be announced.

A new “My Hero Academia” (“Boku no Hero Academia”) Season 6 trailer has been released, briefly showing Midoriya Izuku (Deku) and Katsuki Bakugo rushing into an all-out war between heroes and villains.

The one-minute trailer, released by Toho Animation on Sunday, teases what could be in store for Deku, his Class 1-A classmates, U.A. High School students and other heroes in Japan as they finally face off the organization of villains known as the Paranormal Liberation Front.

Beloved anime classic ‘Astroboy’ is getting an official reboot made by French and Monacan studios

Astroboy
  • “Astroboy,” a classic Japanese anime and manga series, will be rebooted by the creator of “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir,” Thomas Astruc.
  • The upcoming CGI-3D series will consist of 52 half-hour episodes, and will include themes that address modern day issues such as social media and the internet.
  • “Astroboy” was serialized between 1952 and 1968, and follows the story of a robot boy with human emotions who goes on many adventures while learning to live a normal life with a robotic family.

The director and creator of “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir,” Thomas Astruc, is rebooting the classic Japanese anime and manga series “Astroboy.”

“Astroboy,” one of the best-selling manga series of all time, ran between 1952 and 1968 along with an animated TV series that was released in 1963. Created and written by Tezuka Osamu, the manga series sold over 100 million copies worldwide, becoming a popular children’s icon and the best-known superhero of Tezuka’s works.

Trailer: Visionary director Masaaki Yuasa’s ‘Inu-Oh’ combines theatrics from two distant eras

  • The latest trailer for the upcoming Japanese animated film “Inu-Oh” showcases the vibrant world of visionary director Masaaki Yuasa’s “revisionist rock opera.”
  • Taking place during 14th century Japan, the film follows a pair of performers who band together to stage electrifying large-scale concerts.
  • The duo and their performances are inspired by a classical Japanese form of theater called Noh, which is famed for its subtlety and expressiveness.
  • The film was released in Japan on May 28 and will have a limited release in the U.S. on August 12.

The latest trailer of the upcoming Japanese animated film “Inu-Oh” showcases the vibrant world of visionary director Masaaki Yuasa’s “revisionist rock opera.”

Taking place during 14th century Japan, the film follows a pair of performers — Inu-Oh, a masked dancer who has been afflicted by an ancient curse, and Tomona, a blind musician haunted by his past — who band together to stage electrifying large-scale concerts. 

Netflix releases first teaser trailer for upcoming anime series based on ‘Cyberpunk: 2077’

  • The upcoming Netflix anime series, based on the highly polarizing 2020 action RPG “Cyberpunk: 2077,” follows a street kid who becomes a mercenary to survive in the cybernetics-obsessed Night City.
  • The video game, while critically acclaimed, was pulled from shelves shortly after its release as it was marred by glitches particularly when played on older hardware.
  • The developers of the video game, CD Projekt Red, will be heavily involved in the production of the anime.
  • “‘Cyberpunk: Edgerunners’ is our love letter to cyberpunk as a whole, and to stories told in animated form,” said studio head Adam Badowski.
  • CD Projekt Red enlisted the talents of acclaimed Japanese animation company Studio Trigger, best known for their work on “Kill la Kill,” to animate the upcoming show.
  • “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” will be released on Netflix in September.

The new trailer for Netflix’s upcoming anime “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” highlights a beautifully animated Night City in all of its neon-soaked glory.

The upcoming series, based on the highly polarizing 2020 action RPG “Cyberpunk: 2077,” follows a street kid who becomes a mercenary to survive in the cybernetics-obsessed city of the future.

Netflix brings iconic ‘One Piece’ locations to life in sneak peek of new live-action series adaptation

ONE PIECE LIVEACTION
  • Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates are gearing up to sail into a live-action-adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s beloved manga, “One Piece,” with Netflix sharing a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the show’s sprawling setpieces.
  • Showrunners Matt Owens and Steve Maeda believed it was necessary to recreate the manga’s various settings to bring its story and characters to life
  • “Because of the level of detail and attention that goes into all of these sets, they take a good amount of time,” Owens said.

Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates are gearing up to sail into a live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s beloved manga, “One Piece,” with Netflix sharing a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the show’s sprawling setpieces.

To bring the characters that populate the swashbuckling stories to life, showrunners Matt Owens and Steve Maeda believed it was necessary to recreate the manga’s various settings, from the decks of the Going Merry to the floating docks of the Baratie. 

‘Hunter x Hunter’ fan pledges 1,000 punches of gratitude a day until the end of its 3-year hiatus

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  • While manga lovers awaited the return of “Hunter x Hunter,” one loyal fan took matters into his own fists by pledging to throw 1,000 punches every day until the manga resumes serialization.
  • YouTuber Totsugeki Tarue posts daily, hour-long videos showcasing his punches while clad in a white martial arts gi.
  • His routine is an homage to the intensive training regimen of one of the most powerful characters in the “Hunter x Hunter” universe, Isaac Netero, who expresses gratitude for martial arts with 10,000 punches a day
  • Tarue’s 1,000 punches is his own way of expressing gratitude for the efforts of the manga’s creator and author, Yoshihiro Togashi.
  • Though Togashi has announced new “Hunter x Hunter” chapters are in the works, Tarue does not intend on stopping his daily ritual.

While manga lovers around the world have anxiously awaited the highly anticipated return of “Hunter x Hunter,” one loyal fan took matters into his own fists by pledging to throw 1,000 punches every day until the manga resumes serialization.

YouTuber Totsugeki Tarue posts daily hour-long videos showcasing his punches while clad in a white martial arts gi.