Arielle Holmes, left, the female lead in "Heaven Knows What," receives the Tokyo Grand Prix prize in 2014. The film was directed by Joshua Safdie, center, and his brother Benny. (Noriki Ishitobi)
ANIME NEWS: Tokyo International Film Festival expands to 10 days for 2015
The 2015 Tokyo International Film Festival will run for 10 days instead of the usual nine, according to organizers.
(c) 2014 "Stand By Me Doraemon" Production Committee
ANIME NEWS: Full-CG 'Stand By Me Doraemon' wins Japan Academy Prize
“Stand By Me Doraemon” became the first full-CG animated film to win the coveted Japan Academy Prize for best animation of the year, the Japan Academy Prize Association has announced.
Taiyo Fujii (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Authors Fujii, Hase win sci-fi award
Authors Taiyo Fujii and Satoshi Hase have been awarded the 35th Nihon SF Taisho Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan (SFWJ) for their works "Orbital Cloud" and "My Humanity," respectively.
(c) Fujita Kazuhiro/ Shogakukan・Weekly Shonen Sunday
ANIME NEWS: Mega-hit manga 'Ushio and Tora' set to return, make TV debut
Kazuhiro Fujita's popular 1990s manga "Ushio and Tora" will hit the small screen this summer.
Life-size panels of popular anime characters welcome fans at the entrance of a booth at AnimeJapan 2014. (Atsushi Ohara)
ANIME NEWS: AnimeJapan names cosplay star Alodia official envoy
AnimeJapan 2015 has appointed renowned cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao as its official ambassador.
Naruto ((c) Masashi Kishimoto, Scott/ Shueisha)
ANIME NEWS: 'Naruto' musical set to be a hit across Asia
A musical based on the popular "Naruto" ninja manga and anime series will hit stages across Asia in May.
(c) Shirow Masamune ・ Production I.G./ Kodansha ・ Ghost in The Shell Arise Committee
ANIME NEWS: 'Ghost in the Shell: Arise' series to start in April with two new episodes
With two new episodes, the "Ghost in the Shell: Arise" will hit the airwaves on April 5 as "Ghost in the Shell: Arise: Alternative Architecture."
"Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary" (c) 2014 Masami Kurumada/ Saint Seiya LEGEND of SANCTUARY Production Committee
ANIME NEWS: New 'Saint Seiya' anime series to premiere online in spring
"Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold," the newest addition to the popular "Saint Seiya" animated series, is scheduled for release online this spring.
"Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal" ((c) Naoko Takeuchi/ PNP/ KODANSHA/ TOEI ANIMATION)
ANIME NEWS: Fans to get new 'Sailor Moon Crystal' series in April
A new "Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal" series, known as the Dark Kingdom arc, is set to air in April.
A scene from the "Yokai Watch" animated TV series ((c) LYW)
ANIME NEWS: 'Frozen,' 'Yokai Watch' nominated in Anime of the Year category at TAAF
Four feature films and four TV series were nominated for Grand Prizes in the Anime of the Year category at the 2015 Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF).
(c) Eiichiro Oda/ Shueisha
ANIME NEWS: 1st official 'One Piece' app makes waves in China
The first official "One Piece" game app was released in China in January for iPhones and Android-based smartphones.
Osamu Tezuka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: 'Astro Boy' live-action film in pipeline
Osamu Tezuka's legendary "Astro Boy" will be adapted into a live-action feature film, Australian digital production house Animal Logic Entertainment has announced.
Director Makoto Shinkai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Exhibition on director Shinkai to embark on 3-year China tour
An exhibition dedicated to critically acclaimed anime director Makoto Shinkai will head off on a three-year tour across China.
(c) 2014 "Stand By Me Doraemon" Production Committee
ANIME NEWS: Anime films topping 1 billion yen shrink to 8 in 2014
The Japanese animation industry saw a huge drop in the number of feature films earning more than 1 billion yen ($8.53 million) at the box office in 2014, with only eight films crossing the threshold, according to a report compiled by Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan.
ANIME NEWS: 'Gundam: The Origin' set for worldwide simultaneous streaming
“Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin,” a new animated series from the space opera franchise, is set for global release after the first episode titled "Blue-Eyed Casval" hits Japanese theaters on Feb. 28.
(c) DYNAMIC PLANNING・Toei Animation (c)Robot Girls Laboratory
ANIME NEWS: 'Robot Girls Z' second season to start in spring
Anime girls designed after super robots from the 1970s created by Go Nagai will be reunited when a sequel to the “Robot Girls Z” animated short series premieres in spring.
The National Art Center, Tokyo, stands in the capital's Roppongi district. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Japanese pop culture from past 25 years to showcase at Tokyo museum
Manga, anime and video games will take center stage in a special exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo, this summer in the capital's Roppongi district.
(c) Masashi Kishimoto, Scott/ Shueisha
ANIME NEWS: 'Naruto' says sayonara with 72nd and final manga volume
The globally popular "Naruto" ninja manga series lowered the curtain on its 15-year run on Feb. 4 with the release of its 72nd and final volume.
An illustration for a character representing a Murasame-class destroyer (Provided by MULE Co.)
ANIME NEWS: Second MSDF-themed bath salt video released online
A second in a series of video clips promoting a Maritime Self-Defense Force-themed bath salt is now available online, featuring characters in a motif of MSDF naval vessels.
Life-size panels of popular anime characters welcome fans at the entrance of a booth at AnimeJapan 2014. (Atsushi Ohara)
ANIME NEWS: AnimeJapan 2015 to add events for younger fans
AnimeJapan 2015 will open on March 21 with organizers aiming to attract 120,000 visitors for the second edition and adding events to appeal to children of elementary school age or younger and their families.

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