Production I.G. releases a new trailer for the first of four Ghost in the Shell ARISE films. This quatrology features a reimagined origin story for the protagonists’ integration into Section 9; along with altered designs for all of the characters, more in line with their original manga attire (before S.A.S).
The first film, Border 1: Ghost Pain, releases in Japanese theaters on June 22nd.
Super Robot Wars OE gets its first trailer, briefly showing off some of the gameplay mechanics, as well as new animations for a few of its headlining units.
New franchises to this iteration, which still has more series to be announced, include: Zoids: Chaotic Century, Patlabor, and Sgt. Frog.
This PSP downloadable title will be episodic with eight chapters planned for distribution starting this Summer. The first episode will cost 500 yen and additional chapters will be 1000 yen. There is also a ”Season Pass”-like option for 6,480 yen.
Tomoko Kuroi is a unkept Freshman who yearns for the attention of boys at her new High School. Unfortunately, she soon learns that she is quite the opposite of what people would consider popular, and many of her special interests don’t carry over to normal society. The original manga that this anime is based off of has had a large cult following grow over the last year due to the facial expressions and awkward black humor contained within.
The series starts this July in Japan. Yen Press has announced that they are localizing the manga later this year.
Being in development for several years, Ragnarok Online 2 was a nearly forgotten pipe dream, even after all the hype the original built up almost a decade ago. In 2010, it was even completely scrapped and re-announced all over again as Ragnarok Online 2: Legend of the Second.
While it finally was released on the Gamebryo engine last year in Korea, there were only a few quips of localization being revealed in the last few weeks. But after a brief April beta, GRAVITY CO.’s game is finally released in the West and available on Steam as a F2P title.
The Fate series by Type-Moon is known for its many alternative universes, and timelines. But now, the long awaited Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA manga is getting an animated series. This version of the franchise stars Illyasviel (Ilya) von Einzbern, originally a side character and adoptive sister to main character, Shiro Emiya. In this spinoff, she becomes a magical girl in a far more peaceful (albeit far-removed) version of her world.
(Header Image from related series: “Puchimas!: Petit Idolm@ster”)
Siliconera uncovered trademark licenses for the three Idolm@ster Shiny Festa games a few months ago, and it turns out the games ARE now localized and have been ported to iOS devices without any PR fanfare. The three games have pre-rendered music videos based on the 3D models from The Idolm@ster 2 and 2D designs from The Idolm@ster animated series.
The three have been renamed for the localization. Honey Sound is now Harmonic Score, Groovy Tune is now Melodic Disc, and Funky Note is now Rhythmic Record. The games each feature different groups of girls from the franchise, along with three 30-minute OVA of said girls going on a tropical vacation. Shiny Festa’s progression revolves around building up “Memory Hearts” with the girls depending on the songs you play and competing to become the “Star-Of-Festa”.
The caveat in all of this is that each of the three games cost $54.99 a piece. That’s currently just as expensive as the retail PSP games in Japan at launch. Getting all three of them will ring up at $164.97 and there’s additional DLC, but we have yet to see the pricing (if any).
UPDATE: Video deleted and reuploaded by Trigger. A new link has been updated.
A newish production company, Trigger, has released official subs for their new anime project, Little Witch Academia. This is the end product of the 2012 Young Animator Training Project, which introduces and trains new artists with funding from Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs.
A standalone story about a school of magic, some young witches embark on whimsical and dangerous training exercises in this 26 minute long adventure.