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Aniplex to release final Naruto album with five fan-picked songs

NARUTO FINAL BEST cover

Cover artwork for NARUTO FINAL BEST.

Aniplex held a poll for Naruto fans to select songs in the last compilation album for the animated series titled NARUTO FINAL BEST. The album has eleven songs, all opening and closing themes from the two series, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, which aired over the span of 14 years.

The songs included in NARUTO FINAL BEST are:

  1. Blood Circulator by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
  2. Blue Lullaby by Kuroneko Chelsea
  3. Pino to Amerie by Huwie Ishizaki
  4. Kara no Kokoro by Anly
  5. Tabidachi no Uta by ARUMIKURIKAMAKI
  6. ZetsuZetsu by Swimy

The songs chosen from the online poll are:

  1. Haruka Kanata by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
  2. GO!!! by FLOW
  3. Namikaze Satellite by Snorkel
  4. CLOSER by Joe Inoue
  5. Sign by FLOW

Accompanying the CD is a DVD of the endings and openings, a booklet and Naruto sticker.

NARUTO FINAL BEST goes on sale December 13th, 2017.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Aniplex

Yuri!!! on ICE DVD and Blu-ray combo arrives February 2018

Yuri!!! on ICE The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD box art

Artwork of the Yuri!!! on ICE The Complete Series Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD box set.

FUNimation unveiled their line-up of home releases for February 2018 and the hit anime series Yuri!!! on ICE was mentioned next to series Fairy Tail, Attack on Titan and All Out.

A limited edition combination pack includes all twelve episodes on both DVD and Blu-ray. This accompanied by an 80 page booklet chock full of artwork and interviews with the co-creators, three art cards, a three-inch button of Victor Nikoforov hoisting his golden medal, all inside a beautiful box that has a holographic Yuri!!! on ICE label and metallic silver snowflakes. A regular edition, minus all the goodies, is also available.

Yuri Katsuki made it to the Grand Prix Finals of ice skating, but winds up last. Upon returning to his home in Japan, Yuri contemplates on what to do next, until legendary Russian ice skater Victor Nikiforov shows up to be his coach. As the two train together, they learn more about each other and what they want to achieve, despite fierce competition from another Russian skater, Yuri Plisetsky and others from around the world. Will Yuri come out on top and win the gold this time?

This collectors edition of Yuri!!! on ICE is available for pre-order through FUNimation’s web site and is slated for release on February 6th, 2018.

Source: FUNimation

Free! to return with new anime in 2018

The boys from the Iwatobi Swim Club are coming back with a new series scheduled for summer 2018. Promotional artwork for this new anime is being screened at showings of the movie called Free! -Take Your Marks- in Japanese theatres.

Additionally, fans who purchase Blu-ray or DVD copies of Free! -Timeless Medley- and Free! -Timeless Medley- Promise movies, can receive tickets to enjoy episode 0 as a bonus; this episode isn’t being broadcast publicly.

Further details on the new Free! series will be added to the official web site at a later date.

Source: Free! -Take Your Marks-

Arby’s advertising wins over anime and gaming fans with their marketing

Arby’s joins the ranks of fast food companies with awesome social media campaigns (including Wendy’s sassy Twitter posts). The sandwich chain uses their food and packaging to recreate various pop culture scenes from video games, anime, television shows and more. Here’s a selection of some of their most recent anime and video game posts from Facebook.

InuYasha

Sit boy!

Posted by Arby's on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Third season of My Hero Academia approved

With the second season of My Hero Academia wrapping up this weekend, there’s news that a third season of this action packed anime is on the way. Twitter user @YonkouProd posted a sneak peek from an upcoming issue of Weekly Shonen Jump revealing the production is approved to move forward. When that season will air, though, is not known.

My Hero Academia is being streamed online by Crunchyroll.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Twitter

Live-action Tokyo Ghoul movie comes to Canada

The live-action film of the popular horror manga Tokyo Ghoul is coming to Cineplex theatres across Canada. Sui Ishida’s work comes to life in this 2 hour showing named after the manga and anime series in Japanese with English subtitles on October 16th, 2017.

The world has become a mixture of humans and ghouls who eat flesh. University student Ken Kaneki is forced to undergo surgery with what’s supposedly a routine organ transplant. While the operation is successful, Kaneki develops a taste for human flesh; becoming something he hated. Now as a half-human half-ghoul, he must hide his fearful tendencies from the rest of the public and authorities, finding refuge in an unlikely place — with other ghouls. Can Keneki save himself and his newfound acquaintances?

Directed by Kentarō Hagiwara, the cast includes:

  • Masataka Kubota as Ken Kaneki
  • Fumika Shimizu as Toka Kirishima
  • Yu Aoi as Rize Kamishiro
  • Nobuyuki Suzuki as Kotaro Amon
  • Yo Oizumi as Kureo Mado
  • Shunya Shiraishi as Nishiki Nishio
  • Hiyori Sakurada as Hinami Fueguchi
  • Shoko Aida as Ryoko Fueguchi
  • Shuntaro Yanagi as Renji Yomo
  • Bandon Minosuke II as Uta

Visit the Cineplex web site for a list of showtimes, participating locations and to purchase tickets.

Sources: Cineplex, FUNimation

Canada showcased in anime short by staff who worked on film Your Name

If you’ve ever wondered what Canada would like if it were made into an anime, this would be it. The production staff behind the animated film Your Name created a 30 second short of winter in Canada for a promotional tourism campaign in Japan (in Japanese).

The video includes scenes in the Rocky Mountains at Jasper National Park and Banff National Park, two locations in Vancouver: Granville Island Public Market and the Drop sculpture at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, along with another two stops in Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto Harbour. If you look closely, you can see the signs for JJ Bean and Duso’s Italia in the Granville Island scene; a testament to the artistic detail that went into this video.

The contest is only open to Japanese citizens and closes Thursday, November 30th, 2017.

Source: あったかい、冬カナダ | カナダシアター

Yowamushi Pedal to return for fourth season January 2018

Grab your helmets as Yowamushi Pedal is back for a fourth season starting January 2018! The announcement came at the Le Tour de Yowapeda 2017 event Sunday for the third season of the animated cycling series.

Also mentioned at the event was Yowamushi Pedal Re: Generation, a movie using footage from the third season, with additional scenes added in. It’s scheduled for screening October 2017 in Japan.

Yowamushi Pedal is based on the manga of the same name by Wataru Watanabe.

Source: Natalie

Attack on Titan season 3 to air in 2018

With the second season of Attack on Titan now over, there’s another video for the popular animated series announcing a third season in 2018.

In the video, artwork of the characters flips by before stopping at one of Eren, Mikasa and Armin standing in front of the ocean, with a caption over the image: “behold, the sea…”.

This comes as good news for fans of Attack on Titan who endured a four-year drought between the first and second seasons (2013 and 2017 respectively).

Attack on Titan Season 3 Preview Video

Attack on Titan Season 3 is confirmed to arrive in 2018! Stay tuned for more details on Funimation.com/attackontitan!

Posted by Attack on Titan on Saturday, June 17, 2017

Source: Facebook

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions coming to Blu-ray & DVD

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray and Digital HD cover.

After being screened at theatres across Canada and the United States earlier this yearYu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is now on its way to Blu-ray and DVD on June 27th, 2017.

With a story written by mangaka Kazuki Takahashi, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions sees the return of Yugi Muto with his pals Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor, Téa Gardner, and Bakura, along with the egotistical Seto Kaiba. From another dimension comes a boy intent on challenging the Pharaoh Atem by befriending Yugi. With lost pieces of the Millennium Puzzle finally acquired, Yugi must fight to save his life and those of his friends. One card is all it takes to change the tide of battle. It’s game on!

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