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Netflix Announces Anime and Live Action Projects: Gundam, Ultraman, More

During the Netflix Festival Japan 2021, Netflix doubles down on creative investment in Japanese content and creators across both anime and live-action. Betting big on Japanese content and storytelling, Netflix today celebrated an ambitious slate of projects and collaborations with top local creators and talent at the Netflix Japan Festival 2021, proudly expanding on the …

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Catwoman Gets An Anime Movie

Warner Bros. reveals that Catwoman is getting an Anime movie and releases the first image and announces the cast. Catwoman: Hunted stars Elizabeth Gillies (Dynasty) as the titular character Selina Kyles, Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as Batwoman, and Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul) as the villain Black Mask. Catwoman: Hunted picks up with Catwoman as …

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Anime Expo: Live Convention Returns In 2022

Anime Expo announces it is returning to a live event in 2022, July 1-4, which follows its recent online “Lite” convention. “For the 2nd year in a row, Anime Expo was held online due to the Covid pandemic, but we were gratified and amazed at the continued strong support we received from so many fans …

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Akira Coming To IMAX; Poster Released

Neo Tokyo is about to explode in 4K. Experience Katsuhiro Otomo‘s classic 1988 post-apocalyptic cyberpunk animated film, Akira, in select IMAX theaters. Hurry, this special IMAX engagement is available for one night only in the select theaters listed below. Akira, the crown jewel of anime and science fiction, returns to theatres with remastered 4K visuals …

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Avengers Confidential: Black Widow And Punisher Trailer

Check out the trailer for the upcoming anime movie Avengers Confidential: Black Widow And Punisher.

Synopsis:

After interfering with a top secret mission, The Punisher is taken into custody by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and Avenger Black Widow. At the orders of Director Nick Fury, Punisher and Black Widow are sent on a mission to stop Leviathan, a global terrorist organization that plans to sell stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. technology to the highest bidder. Now, the vigilante and spy must work together to prevent this technology from falling into the wrong hands. The fate of the world, and of the Avengers, hangs in the balance.

Marvel’s Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher becomes available March 25.

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Disney Announces Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers Japanese Anime TV Series

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The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. announced today that it will produce the first Japanese Marvel animated television series targeted at boys. Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers is based on Marvel’s most popular team of Super Heroes, The Avengers and will premiere nationwide on terrestrial television in spring 2014.

Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers will be produced by Nerima-ku, Tokyo-based Toei Animation Co., Ltd., which has produced multiple successful animated series for kids in Japan. Taito-ku, Tokyo-based Bandai Co., Ltd., which has a highly successful track record with major titles, will be responsible for character merchandising. The three companies will collaborate in creating a fully localized Japanese series as well as providing a lineup of attractive products and merchandise targeting the boys market.

The story will revolve around how The Avengers – Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk together with the help of Spider-Man and a group of teens, will harness their respective fighting skills and superhuman powers to foil Loki’s scheme to take over the world. Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers will target boys in the 6-12 age group.

Walt Disney Japan, through its local content strategy—delivering content tailored to meet the needs of local consumers—is actively localizing content to fit the tastes and sensibilities of Japanese audiences. Though the company has produced and broadcast several localized programs, from the animated short-form series Fireball in 2008, Disney’s first animated series produced entirely in Japan, to Stitch!, which stars the popular Disney character with a change of setting from Hawaii to Okinawa. Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers will be its first animated television series specifically targeted at boys and will delight Japanese viewers with an entirely new action-packed storyline that unfolds before their eyes in a high quality 2D animated format. Most recently, this Super Hero team was seen in the 2012 live-action movie, Marvel’s The Avengers, with a world-wide box office revenue that exceeded $1.5 billion and was the third-top grossing film of all time.

Through this collaboration, Marvel, Walt Disney Japan, Japan’s top animation studio Toei Animation, and character merchandising leader Bandai will together leverage their respective strengths to deliver a television series for nationwide broadcast and a range of merchandise that is sure to breathe new life into the boys market in Japan.

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