Actor Takamasa Suga will serve as a jury member at this year’s Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Yubari film festival set for Feb. 25-29 in Hokkaido
Film director Hiroshi Kashiwabara and actor Takamasa Suga will serve as judges at the 26th Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival that will be held from Feb. 25 to 29 in Hokkaido.
Featuring manga characters created by Fujiko Fujio A, the name card for Himi Mayor Yujiro Hongawa comes in seven different designs. (Provided by the Himi city government).
ANIME NEWS: Business cards add character to 'Fujiko Fujio A Manga World'
HIMI, Toyama Prefecture--Manga fans would definitely approve of the snazzy “meishi” (business cards) being brandished by city officials and politicians here.
An illustration from "The Boy and the Beast" ((c) 2015 The Boy and the Beast Film Partners)
ANIME NEWS: ‘The Boy and the Beast’ set for U.S. premiere
Mamoru Hosoda’s runaway anime feature "The Boy and the Beast” will premiere in the United States on March 4 after grossing 5.85 billion yen ($49.8 million) in Japan last year.
A scene from Chika Umino's "March Comes in Like a Lion" (Provided by Hakusensha Inc.)
ANIME NEWS: ’March Comes in Like a Lion' anime coming to NHK in fall
An animated TV series adaptation of Chika Umino’s “shogi” (Japanese chess)-themed manga “March Comes in Like a Lion” will premiere on Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) in autumn.
NGT48 captain Rie Kitahara, center, and other members of the idol group sing during a dress rehearsal prior to the opening of their own theater in Niigata in January. (Atsushi Nagata)
ANIME NEWS: NGT48 to play main roles in ‘Higurashi When They Cry’ TV drama
Ryukishi07’s popular novel-style “Higurashi When They Cry” horror game series will be adapted into a live-action TV drama series premiering in May, with members of idol group NGT48 playing the main characters.
Katsuhiro Otomo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Katsuhiro Otomo to attend Angouleme festival as guest of honor
Manga legend Katsuhiro Otomo will attend the 43rd Angouleme International Comics Festival, which starts Jan. 28 in the French city, as a guest of honor.
A scene from Yoshitoki Oima's "A Silent Voice" (Provided by Kodansha Ltd.)
ANIME NEWS: Animated feature film adaptation of ‘A Silent Voice’ to premiere in fall 2016
An animated feature film adaptation of Yoshitoki Oima’s manga “A Silent Voice” will be released in fall this year.
"When Marnie Was There" ((c) 2014 GNDHDDTK)
ANIME NEWS: Studio Ghibli’s ‘When Marnie Was There’ nominated for Oscar
Studio Ghibli Inc.’s “When Marnie Was There” has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Animated Feature Film category.
A "life-sized" Gundam robot statue stands in Tokyo's Odaiba district in 2010. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Thailand, Indonesia top dogs at Gunpla Builders World Cup
Contestants from Thailand and Indonesia won the top prizes at an annual competition to create plastic models of robots from the “Mobile Suit Gundam” anime franchise.
"Berserk Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey" ((c) Kentaro Miura=Studio Gaga=, Hakusensha/ Berserk Film Partners)
ANIME NEWS: ‘Berserk’ manga gets third anime adaptation
A new anime adaptation of the globally popular “Berserk” manga series is on its way this year.
Film celebrities hit the red carpet to mark the opening of the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2015. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: TIFF to run from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3
The 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will run for 10 days from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3 at the Roppongi Hills complex and other venues in the capital.
An illustration by Masashi Kishimoto created for the first exhibition themed on his “Naruto” manga series ((c) Masashi Kishimoto, Scott/ Shueisha)
ANIME NEWS: ‘Naruto’ creator Kishimoto to return with ‘Boruto’ manga series
“Naruto” fans hungry for new morsels of the ninja manga franchise don’t have long to wait. A new series titled “Boruto” will start this spring in Shueisha Inc.’s Weekly Shonen Jump manga anthology.
A scene from "Dragon Ball" ((c) Bird Studio, Shueisha Inc.)
ANIME NEWS: 'Dragon Ball’ anime franchise to mark 30 years with new series
The anime series based on Akira Toriyama's popular “Dragon Ball” manga will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a new TV series that will begin broadcasting on Jan. 24.
Life-size panels of anime characters welcome fans at the entrance of a booth at AnimeJapan 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Record 166 companies, organizations to join AnimeJapan 2016
A record 166 companies and organizations will set up exhibition booths at AnimeJapan 2016, the nation’s largest anime expo, at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center in the capital’s Koto Ward.
Characters from the "Yo-Kai Watch" anime (Provided by Level-5 Inc.)
ANIME NEWS: 3rd ‘Yo-Kai Watch’ film to hit theaters in December
The wildly popular “Yo-Kai Watch” franchise will premiere its third full-length anime feature in December.
"Assassination Classroom" ((c) 2015 Fuji Television, SHUEISHA, J Storm, Toho, ROBOT (c) Yusei Matsui/ SHUEISHA)
ANIME NEWS: ‘Assassination Classroom’ sequel coming to the big screen in March
A star-studded cast will be front and center when a sequel to live-action feature “Assassination Classroom” hits cinemas on March 25.
Isao Takahata (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Studio Ghibli’s co-produced ‘The Red Turtle’ to be released in September
Anime house Studio Ghibli Inc. will release the first feature film by acclaimed Dutch-British director Michael Dudok de Wit this year.
Director Makoto Shinkai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Makoto Shinkai’s new film ‘Kimi no Na wa’ set for August release
Internationally acclaimed animation director Makoto Shinkai is returning after a three-year hiatus with “Kimi no Na wa.” (your name.) slated for an August release.
"Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary" (c) 2014 Masami Kurumada/ Saint Seiya LEGEND of SANCTUARY Production Committee
ANIME NEWS: Akihabara exhibition to celebrate 30th anniversary of ‘Saint Seiya’
A retrospective exhibition will be held in Tokyo in June next year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Masami Kurumada’s “Saint Seiya” manga series.
Fuchico on the Cup figurines strike various poses on the rim of a glass at a special exhibition in Shizuoka in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Fuchico on the Cup craze honored with Kitan Club anniversary show
Kitan Club Co. is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special exhibition at the Shibuya Parco department store in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, showcasing its iconic Fuchico on the Cup capsule toys and other figurines.

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