– Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha anime gets 3rd film
The anime division of the retailer HMV reported on Saturday that production on a third film in the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha anime franchise has been green-lit. The announcement was made at the end of the “Lyrical Party V” event marking the release of the second film, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 2nd A’s, on Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD
- New Mega Man project in the works -
CAPCOM made a series of announcements for its Mega Man franchise at PAX East’s World of CAPCOM Panel, which celebrated Mega Man’s 25th anniversary. CAPCOM hinted at a new project to answer the call of fans, but stated that they still are working “behind the scenes” before they can announce anything officially. Other announcements included the sale of Mega Man 4 (the NES game) on 3DS Virtual Console on April 25, Mega Man 5 on May 16, and Mega Man 6 in June.
- Anime Central to host voice actress Yuu Asakawa -
The organizers of the Anime Central convention announced on Friday that Japanese voice actress and singer Yuu Asakawa will be a guest at the convention. Anime Central notes one of Asakawa’s hobbies is English and fans can follow her English twitter account @Julia320. Asakawa is the sample voice for Vocaloid Megurine Luka, and she’s voiced numerous characters during her anime voice acting career.
- Final Fantasy X and X – 2 HD to get Western release -
Square Enix opened a website on Friday revealing that the Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 HD-remastered games will get a Western release on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. The website reveals that it will post an announcement trailer on Monday, and it is currently hosting screenshots from the Final Fantasy X HD game.
- Utada Hikaru returns as a radio personality -
Utada Hikaru will return to the entertainment business after three years away — not as a singer, but as a radio personality. She announced on Friday that she will begin hosting a monthly radio program called Kuma Power Hour with Utada Hikaru on the InterFM station on April 16. The program will run on the third Tuesday of every month in Tokyo and Yokohama’s Kanto region.
- Sailor Moon makes the cover of a fashion magazine -
The characters of Naoko Takeuchi’s magical girl manga Sailor Moon made the Vol. 3 cover of the fashion magazine TOKYOViVi on Friday. Sailor Moon’s Usagi and Chibi-Usagi share the cover with model Lena Fujii. Sailor Moon artwork also adorn the table of contents and reader questionnaire pages. According to the magazine’s official blog, the current issue’s art director is Chinatsu Wakatsuki, a singer who happens to be a fan of the original manga.