Takashi Nakamura (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Details on 3 Project Itoh films bound to please die-hard fans
Details are now available on the directors and anime studios handling three much-anticipated animated feature film adaptations of Project Itoh's sci-fi novels.
"Attack on Titan" ((c) Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ "Attack on Titan" Production Committee)
ANIME NEWS: 'Attack on Titan'-themed escape game planned for U.S.
Mass-participation escape games based on the "Attack on Titan" manga and anime series have been scheduled for three U.S. cities from February to April.
Motoko Kusanagi uses an "optical camouflage" device to blend in with the environment and disappear. ((c) Shirow Masamune ・ Production I.G/ Kodansha ・ Ghost in The Shell Arise Production Committee)
ANIME NEWS: NTT Docomo project seeks to create 'Ghost in the Shell' gadgetry
NTT Docomo Ventures Inc. announced an ambitious project in which it will team with experts to bring to life the fictional technologies found in the cyberpunk world of the "Ghost in the Shell" manga and anime franchise.
Naruto ((c) Masashi Kishimoto, Scott/ Shueisha)
ANIME NEWS: New 'Naruto' movie to make leap onto U.S. screens in February
"The Last: Naruto the Movie," the latest animated feature film adaptation of the popular ninja manga series by Masashi Kishimoto, will be released in 20 major U.S. cities starting in late February.
 (c) Hirohiko Araki & Lucky Land Communications/ Shueisha/ JoJo's Bizarre Adventure SC Production Committee
ANIME NEWS: Second half of 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders' anime now airing
The second half of the hit animated TV series "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders" returned to the airwaves in January, pursuing the Egypt arc.
ANIME NEWS: 'Gundam: The Origin' series to premiere on Feb. 28
“Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin,” a new animated series adapted from a manga of the same name by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, will start its run this winter.
From "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" ((c) 2013 Hatake Jimusho・GNDHDDTK)
ANIME NEWS: 'The Tale of the Princess Kaguya' wins Best Animated Feature Film award at APSA
Studio Ghibli Inc. co-founder Isao Takahata's "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" walked away with Best Animated Feature Film award at the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).
Jiyong (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Ex-Kara member Jiyong to make film debut in 'Assassination Classroom'
Jiyong, a former member of the South Korean pop girl group Kara, will make her film debut in the much-anticipated live-action feature film adaptation of "Assassination Classroom."
(c) 2014 “Garo The Animation” Keita Amemiya / Tohokushinsha
ANIME NEWS: 'Garo' live-action franchise will mark 10th anniversary in 2015 with new productions
Live-action "tokusatsu" (special effects) TV series "Garo" is set to make a huge return in 2015 with a second season of its TV anime series, feature film adaptations and several spin-offs.
"Appleseed Alpha" ((c) 2014 Lucent Pictures Entertainment Inc./ Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Inc., All Rights Reserved.)
ANIME NEWS: 'Appleseed Alpha' to hit Japanese cinemas on Jan. 17
Cyberpunk sci-fi film "Appleseed Alpha" made its long-awaited return home with its Japan premiere at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival on Oct. 28.
The AV-98 Ingram robot from the "Patlabor" franchise (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Final chapter of 'Patlabor' to be sequel to 1993 anime film
The 7th chapter of live-action adaptation "The Next Generation: Patlabor" will serve as a sequel to "Patlabor 2: The Movie," an animated feature film released in 1993.
 (c) TOMY (c) DeAGOSTINI All Rights Reserved.
ANIME NEWS: Tomy set to release talking robot Robi jr.
Tomy Co. will release a talking humanoid robot that has 1,000 or so phrases at its command and can sing about 50 songs.
(c) 2014 "Stand By Me Doraemon" Production Committee
ANIME NEWS: 'Doraemon' film tops 8 billion yen at Japanese box office
“Stand By Me Doraemon,” the first 3-D-CG feature film starring the robotic cat from the 22nd century, has become one of the top-grossing Japanese films in 2014.
Comic book artists from home and abroad mingle with fans in the Artist Alley section of the International Manga Festival. (Photo by Shin Yamamoto)
ANIME NEWS: Top talents lure throngs of comic enthusiasts to 3rd global manga fest in Tokyo
The third International Manga Festival was held last month at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center, drawing a large number of comic book fans to a venue that included more artist booths than last year's installment.
(c) PSYCHO-PASS Committee
ANIME NEWS: 'Psycho-Pass' movie takes place on global scale
A trailer, key visuals, anime cuts and voice cast members for the much-anticipated feature film adaptation of the "Psycho-Pass" animated TV series are now available, raising expectations among fans.
From "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" ((c) 2013 Hatake Jimusho・GNDHDDTK)
ANIME NEWS: 'Princess Kaguya,' 'Giovanni's Island' submitted for Oscar consideration
Two Japanese titles are among 20 films up for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 87th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said.
The Comic Market (Comiket) held in Tokyo's Koto Ward on Dec. 30, 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Comiket accepting overseas fan entries for Otaku Summit 2015
Comic Market (Comiket) is now accepting entries from overseas fan circles to join the Otaku Summit 2015 (Comiket Special 6), once reserved for Japanese speakers.
"Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal" ((c) Naoko Takeuchi/ PNP/ KODANSHA/ TOEI ANIMATION)
ANIME NEWS: 2nd half of 'Sailor Moon Crystal' series to feature 'Black Moon' saga
“Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal” will adapt the “Black Moon” story arc from the manga in a fresh run of episodes slated for the new year, it has been confirmed.
A scene from "Expelled from Paradise" ((c) Toei Animation, Nitroplus / EFP Society)
ANIME NEWS: 'Expelled from Paradise' making-of videos streamed on YouTube
The official YouTube channel of “Expelled from Paradise” is streaming making-of videos of the animated feature film that show how the traditional cel look was incorporated into the 3-D CG movie.
X Japan leader Yoshiki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: X Japan's Yoshiki unveils official Hello Kitty theme song
X Japan drummer, pianist and songwriter Yoshiki debuted the official theme song for Sanrio Co.'s ubiquitous Hello Kitty on Oct. 29 in Los Angeles in front of more than 2,000 excited Kitty fans.

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