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  • Full Title: Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
  • Alias: Pocket Monster XY: Hakai no Mayu
  • Release Date: July 19, 2014

Plot:

In the underground Diamond Domain, home to many Carbink, the Mythical Pokémon Diancie serves as ruler. The Heart Diamond that sustains the land is beginning to fall apart, and Diancie is not yet strong enough to create a new one. While seeking help from the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas, Diancie encounters a group of thieves who want to take control of its diamond-producing power—and who awaken the Legendary Pokémon Yveltal from its cocoon in the process. Ash and his friends now must help Diancie discover its true power, stop Yveltal's rampage, and save the Diamond Domain.

Sources

For more Summer 2014 anime and movie trailers, please check out the Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide.

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  • Full Movie Title: Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone
  • Release Date: June 21-27 (at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 theater)

Plot

In the film, Lupin and Jigen infiltrate East Doroa to capture the secret treasure Little Comet. Queen Malta, a singer from East Doroa, was just assassinated in neighboring West Doroa, resulting in a tense situation at the border. The duo successfully steal the Little Comet, but a sniper tries to take out Jigen during their getaway. Jigen faces a powerful foe named Yael Okuzaki, an assassin who prepares graves for his targets before executing his kills. It is said that no one has survived after Yael Okuzaki makes a grave for that target.

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For more Summer 2014 anime and movie trailers, please check out the Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide.

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Welcome everyone to the summer anime trailer guide! This is the rough draft showing the progress that my teammates, Acura Max and BigHeart711, and I had done. Acura Max, BigHeart711, and myself hunt for trailers while I write the rough draft version of the guide. I thank my two friends for always helping out with the project. It will posted in the front page around July's first week. I thank Tom Pinchuk for giving my teammates and I the opportunity to promote this project since Spring 2012. Last time, an astute user, , picked out two anime titles I left off from the Spring 2014 guide. I'll be working harder to avoid little slip ups.

We're not finished yet. We're still hunting for trailers and turning them into discussion threads, located in the #Anime Vice Discussion Threads forum. We hope you check out the trailers and comment. It means a lot to us.

Past Anime Vice seasonal guides

Sources

Summer 2014 Anime Guide

2. Ai Mai Mi ~Mousou Catastrophe~
  • Producer: Seven
  • Genres & Themes: Slice of Life, Comedy
  • Release Date: July XX, 2014

Plot: Ai, Mai, and Mi, are the three girls that make up the manga club. Although they possess ample imagination, their far-out fantasies and insane adventures usually distract them from actually drawing any manga. From rescuing an abandoned cat, to getting addicted to video games, these girls handle ordinary things in extraordinary ways. (the second season of Ai Mai Mi)

Akame ga Kill
  • Genres & Themes: Action, Fantasy, Assassins, Cat Girls, Crime, Fighting, Tragedy, War
  • Producer: WHITE FOX
  • Release Date: July 7th, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: The dark action fantasy manga follows the title character, Akame, a girl who was bought, and raised by the Empire as an assassin. After meeting Akame, a boy named Tatsumi vows to stand up to the evil of the corrupt Empire with the secret assassin group Night Raid and special weapons known as Teigu.

Aldnoah.Zero
  • Genres & Themes: Mecha, Drama
  • Producer: A-1 Pictures
  • Release Date: July 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: In 1972, a hypergate was discovered on the surface of the moon. But then, humankind came into contact with beings from Mars, leading to war.

Ao Haru Ride
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Producer: Production I.G, Inc
  • Release Date: July 7th, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: Ao Haru Ride revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.

Bakumatsu Rock
  • Genres & Themes: Music
  • Producer: Studio DEEN
  • Release Date:
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: In the Bakumatsu era, at the end of the shoguns' rule over Japan in the middle of the 19th century: the Tokugawa shogunate uses the brainwashing Heaven's Songs by the top idols in Shinsengumi to subjugate the country and its people. In this Japan, writing or singing any songs besides the Heaven's Songs is a capital offence. Sakamoto Ryouma and the other rockers rise up and change the world with rock 'n' roll for freedom and justice.

Barakamon
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy
  • Producer: Kinema Citrus
  • Release Date: July 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: As a punishment for punching a famous Calligrapher, young handsome Calligrapher Handa Seishu is exiled on a small island. As someone who has never lived outside of a city, Handa has to adapt to his new wacky neighbors, like people traveling on a tractor, unwanted visitors who never use the front door, annoying kids using his home as a playground, etc. Can this city guy handle all the crazy hardships? Find out in this wacky island comedy full of innocence and laughter!!!

Black Butler: Book of Circus
  • Genres & Themes: Mystery, Bishounen, Dark Comedy, Horror
  • Producer: A-1 Pictures
  • Release Date: July 1, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: Ciel Phantomhive is the most powerful boy in all of England, but he bears the scars of unspeakable suffering. Forced to watch as his beloved parents were brutally murdered, Ciel was subsequently abducted and violently tortured. Desperate to end his suffering, the boy traded his own soul for a chance at vengeance, casting his lot with the one person on whom he could depend: Sebastian, a demon Butler summoned from the very pits of hell.
This season covers the Circus arc.
DRAMAtical Murder
  • Genres & Themes: Yaoi, Action, Sci-Fi, Psychological
  • Producer: NAZ, Nitroplus
  • Release Date: July 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

The story takes place many years in the future where the game "Rhyme," a virtual fighting game, is incredibly popular and people possess "AllMates," convenient AI computers. Aoba leads an ordinary life, working at a junk shop and living with his grandmother on the island of Midorijima. Unlike his friends, he doesn't participate in Rhyme, nor does he belong in a gang. However, when rumors of people disappearing spread, Aoba finds himself needing to unravel the mysteries behind the island in order to protect his everyday life.

Encouragement to Climb 2
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Slice of Life
  • Producer: 8-Bit
  • Release Date: July 9, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they've decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again. They have cooking battles with mountaineering gear, climb small hills in their neighborhood, and meet new mountaineering friends as they learn the ropes of the hobby. When will they finally see that sunrise again?
9. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!
  • Genres & Themes: action, comedy, drama, fantasy, magical girl
  • Producer: SILVER LINK
  • Release Date: July 9, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: Illya (Illyasviel von Einzbern) is a typical young girl attending Homurabara Academy who just happens to have a slight crush on her brother-in-law. Then, one night, a magic wand called Magical Ruby falls from the sky into her bath and tricks her into signing a contract..

Francesca
  • Genres & Themes: Fantasy, Supernatural
  • Producer: HeART-BIT
  • Release Date: ?
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: Av group of undead warriors are attacking Japan, leaving an exorcist to be outnumbered. However, there's a zombified pop idol about that also aims to protect the country.
Free! Eternal Summer
Plot: Four boys named Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin all participated in a swimming tournament shortly before graduating elementary school and later parted ways. Years later, they reunite when Rin challenges Haruka to a race and wins. Not wanting to be defeated so easily, Haruka gathers Makoto and Nagisa and a new recruit named Rei to form the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club.
Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Locodol Yattemita
  • Genres & Themes: Fantasy, Supernatural
  • Producer: feel.
  • Release Date: July 3
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: High school girl Nanako Usami became her town Nagarekawa's local idol at the request of her uncle. She and her upperclassman Yukari- a girl who seems perfect but ends up being air-headed- both become idols of their provincial area. They get interviewed (by the town's shopping center), go on television (low-budget cable), and hold concerts (on the roof of the department store). The girls' salaries come from the town's taxes. Together, the two form the "locodol" unit Nagarekawa Girls.
Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Romance
  • Producer: Dogakobo
  • Release Date: July 7, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: Sakura Chiyo confesses her feelings to her schoolmate Nozaki. Due to a misunderstanding, Nozaki thinks Sakura is just a fan. She then discovers Nozaki's other identity; a shōjo manga artist. As she gets closer to Nozaki, she befriends Nozaki's quirky acquaintances who assist him and serve as inspirations for his manga.

Glasslip
  • Genres & Themes: Slice of Life
  • Producer: P.A. Works
  • Release Date: July 3th, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: The story follows six high school students who meet during the summer. The protagonist is Tōko Fukami, a 17-year-old born in Fukui Prefecture. Her dream is to become a glass artisan.
15. Hanayamata
  • Genres & Themes: Slice of Life
  • Producer: Madhouse Studios
  • Release Date: July 7, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: Ordinary in looks, ordinary in brains, ordinary in arts and athletics … 14-year-old Naru Sekiya is just ordinary in every way. Naru leads an ordinary day-to-day life even as she adores "heroines." She embarks on a path to an unordinary world called "Yosakoi" dance, guided by an exotic fairylike girl she met one moonlit evening.

16. Himegoto
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Romance, Cross Dressing
  • Producer: Asahi Production
  • Release Date: July 7, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: The story follows Hime Arikawa (Yūki Kuwahara), a boy who is being chased down by scary people. However, he is rescued from danger by the girls in his school's student council — 18-Kin-san (Yuka Saotome), President Unko (Saki Ono), and Bell-sempai (Hisako Tōjō). The student council will assume Arikawa's debt under one condition: "As the student council's dog, you will spend your high school life in women's clothes.

Invaders of the Rokujyōma!?
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Romance, Supernatural, Harem
  • Producer: SILVER LINK
  • Release Date: July 11, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: Due to his family’s financial circumstances, young Koutarou is forced to live in a small apartment (Rokujouma means 6-tatami, which is about 99 square feet) on a budget of 5000 yen a month (~$55US). On the plus side, he lives rent free, but on the minus side, that’s because room 106 of Corona Apartments is cursed. As is the norm in these supernatural high school comedies, the ghost is a cute young girl, and hijinks ensue when she tries to drive him out. Between the haunting, Koutarou’s nosy neighbors, and a self-styled magical girls flying to the unneeded rescue, there’s way too much for the impoverished young man to handle.

Jinsei (Alias: La Bonne Vie)
  • Genres & Themes: Slice of Life, Comedy, High School, (will add more)
  • Producer: feel.
  • Release Date:
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: The protagonist of the series is a high school boy Yuki Akamatsu who is belongs to the 2nd newspaper club at Kumon Gakuen. He is ordered to take charge of the life advice service for the paper by the head of the club Ayaka Nikaidou. He starts answering the consultations from the students with three girls in the club: science student Rino Endo, liberal art student Fumi Kujo, and sports-oriented student Ikumi Suzuki. Their opinions always collide with each other.

Love Stage!!
  • Genres & Themes: Romance, Showbiz, Yaoi
  • Producer: J.C. Staff
  • Release Date: July 9, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: The anime series revolves around Izumi Sena, a boy born into a family of ultra-famous entertainers. However, he is the only member of the family who is not in the entertainment industry, and he is a super otaku college student, too. He has been striving hard to become a manga creator, but he ends up starring in a television commercial. He eventually cross paths again with the very famous actor Ryūma, who becomes aware of his attraction towards Izumi.

Majimoji Rurumo
  • Genres & Themes: Action, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Producer: J.C. Staff
  • Release Date: July 9, 2014
Plot: The story of the TV anime centers on a witch-in-training Rurumo and a high school student Kouta Shibaki. In order to train Rurumo and to make his wishes, Kouta doesn't hesitate to use the magic tickets. The amount of the tickets means, however, the length of his life. Each time she uses the magical power, his life is getting shorter. Finally, the day he has to use the last ticket comes....
7. Minarai Diva

14 Minarai Diva (Diva-in-Training) is an anime series animated with the MikuMikuDance software and motion-capture technology. The lines and songs of the characters are being performed live, along with their through motion-capture technology. Rie Murakawa will play Ruri Aoi, while Nozomi Yamamoto wil play Ui Harune. During the program, the two voice actresses will try to think up lyrics for a new song. As the program is live, they will even accept suggestions for lyrics from Twitter and email submissions.

9. Mobile Suit Gundam-san

July 6 The four-panel comedy manga features Amuro, Lalah, Char, and other characters from Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise's classic real robot anime franchise in "side-splitting gags." It's now a 3 minute anime series.

Momo Kyun Sword
  • Genres & Themes: Fantasy
  • Producer: Project No.9 and Tri-Slash
  • Release Date: July 8, 2014
Plot: The story begins with a female re-imagining of Momotarō, a famous character in Japanese folklore. Momoko is a beautiful young sword fighter who was born inside a peach (momo in Japanese). She lives with her constant companions — the dog god Inugami, the monkey god Sarugami, and the pheasant god Kijigami — in a peaceful paradise. However, a demon army led by devil king invades the paradise and steals the precious treasure that protects Momoko's land. To retrieve the treasure and save the people, Momoko embarks on a great adventure with her three companions.
8. Nobunaga Concerto
  • Producer: Fuji TV
  • Release Date: July 11

Fuji TV The story centers around Saburō, a high school boy who time-travels to Japan's Sengoku Era. He must become Oda Nobunaga, the famed warlord who helps unite Japan.

Persona 4: The Golden Animation
  • Genres & Themes: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Slice of Life
  • Producer: Aniplex
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: In the spring when the cherry blossom petals fall, Yū Narukami moves to Yaso Inaba to live with his uncle and cousin due to his family's circumstances. He transfers to Yasogami High School, where his event-filled school life begins. However, when serial murders begin occurring in the peaceful town, Yū is awakened to the power of his heart turned to physical form: A Persona. Within these new mysteries is Marie, a resident of the alternate world, the Velvet Room, who has no memories of her past. Together with his friends, Yū must solve all the riddles set in front of him and save Yaso Inaba from further violence.
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal
  • Genres & Themes: Magical Girl, Action
  • Producer: Toei Animation
  • Release Date: July 5
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess. Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold…. Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess…!?

35. PriPara

Plot: Lala Manaka is a 5th-grader at Paprika Academy. Like most girls, she admires the world of PriPara, a sport that tests idol girls on song, dance, and fashion. Unfortunately for her, the world of PriPara does not send PriPara tickets to elementary school students. However, through miraculous circumstances, Lala passes the audition to become a PriPara idol.

10. Psycho-Pass New Edit Version
  • Genre & Themes: Science Fiction, Action
  • Producer: Production I.G.
  • Release Date: July 10

Plot: The "new edit version" will take the first series and re-cut it into 11 one-hour episodes with new cuts of footage.

Rail Wars!
  • Genres & Themes: Action
  • Producer: Passione
  • Release Date: July 3
  • Check the Trailer guide!

Plot: Naohito Takayama is an ordinary high school boy who dreams of a comfortable future working for the top-rated Japanese National Railways. He is assigned as one of four high school trainees in the Railways Security Force. Also in his group is Aoi Sakurai, a female troublemaker who hates men. On top of his sudden transfer, an extremist group called "RJ" plots to privatize the Japanese National Railways.

Re: Hamatora
  • Genres & Themes: Action, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Supernatural
  • Producer: Toei Animation
  • Release Date: July 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: "Minimum"— Otherwise known as "small miracles", is a special power that only manifests within a few, select humans. Those who possess this ability are called "Minimum Holders." 2014: Yokohama. The detective duo of Nice and Murasaki, otherwise known as "Hamatora," wait again today for work with their friends at a table at Cafe Nowhere that they use as their agency. Suddenly, a job they receive seems to have a weird connection with the serial killer that their police friend, Art is searching for.

Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance (Alias: Spirit Elementalist's Blade Dance)
  • Genres & Themes: Action, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, Comedy, Slice of Life, Supernatural
  • Producer: TNK
  • Release Date: July 14, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: In the "elemental fantasy" of Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance, only a pure girl may enter into a spirit contract. At Areishia Spirit Academy, the daughters of nobility are assembled to take elite classes and become spirit elementalists. A boy named Kamito happened to be peeping on a student named Claire while she was taking a bath, and he accidentally makes a contract with a spirit instead of Claire. Now, Kamito has become something once thought impossible in this world — a male spirit elementalist.
Sengoku Basara: Judge End

Genres & Themes: Action Producer: Telecom Animation Film Release Date: July 5, 2014 Plot: The story of Judge End is set in the Battle of Sekigahara, which was also told in the 2010 PS3/Wii game Sengoku Basara 3 (Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes). In the real history of Japan, it occured in 1600 as one of the most famous and fateful battles between the eastern and western armies to decide who would rule the whole country.

Shōnen Hollywood
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Slice of Life
  • Producer: Zexcs
  • Release Date: July 5, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: The TV anime is based on Ikuyo Hashiguchi's boy's idol novel Shonen Hollywood and animated by Zexcs (Diabolik Lovers, The Flowers of Evil). The novel was originally posted on a web-novel site. Every star and a book version titled Shonen Hollywood -Red, Green, Pink- was published in July 2012. The forthcoming TV anime tells the original story set 15 years after the 2012 novel. It centers on a new five-member group Shonen Hollywood performing in a theater named "Hollywood Tokyo" placed in Harajuku, Tokyo, and is scheduled to premiere on TOKYO MX, Chiba TV, tvk、TV Saitama, Sun TV, TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, and BS 11 in July.
Silver Will Argevollen
  • Genres & Themes: Mech, Action
  • Producer: Xebec
  • Release Date: July 3, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: The story takes place in a world where two countries, Arandas and Ingelmia, have been warring against each other for a very long time. Tokimune, a young man belonging to the eighth autonomous unit of Arandas, saves a girl named Jamie when she is attacked by enemy forces. In order to survive, he rides the new weapon Argevollen and fights.
Space Dandy 2
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Comedy, Parody
    Produced by: Bones
  • Release Date: July 5
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: Space Dandy is a dandy guy in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it’s first come – first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety aliens. Join the best dressed alien hunter in all of space and time as he embarks on an adventure that ends at the edge of the universe!
Survival Game Club! (Alias: Sabagebu)
  • Genres & Themes: Action, Comedy, Supernatural, Military
  • Producer: Pierrot Plus
  • Release Date: July 6, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: The story revolves around a 15-year-old first grade high school girl Momoka Sonokawa. At the high school she recently transferred to, she is forced to join the Survival Game Club by the head of the club Miou Outori who is confident in her shooting skills. Unfortunately for her, none of the members of the club is an ordinary high school girl.
Shin Strange +
  • Producer: Seven, Dream Creation
  • Genres & Themes: Slice of Life, Comedy, Shoujo
  • Release Date: July 4, 2014

Plot: Kou comes to a certain city, in search of his older brother Takumi, who ran away from home and disappeared. Thinking it'd be rather difficult to find his older brother, Kou decides not to go back until he finds him... but he ends up finding him immediately. However, when Kou is reunited with Takumi, he had become the head of the Mikuni Detective Agency. Takumi appears to have no intentions to go back home. Kou then decides that if his older brother isn't going to come home, he's going to stay at the Mikuni Detective Agency.

Super Radical Gag Family
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy
  • Producer: Studio DEEN
  • Release Date: July 6
Plot: The slapstick gag comedy follows a second-grade boy named Kotetsu Ōsawagi and his misadventures with his family and friends in Urayasu City, near Tokyo.
Sword Art Online II
Plot: Sequel to Sword Art Online. Technological innovation named Nerve Gear allows players to enter virtual world, achieving the true immersion. Soon after the invention of Nerve Gear, beta invitations of MMO named Sword Art Online are sent to numerous players. The game was fun to play until player realized that they cannot log out of the game. Suddenly creator of Sword Art Online appears and announces that everybody in the game are trapped within, until they defeat boss at top of dungeon.
Terror in Resonance (Alias: Zankyo no Teroru)
Plot: One summer day, a terrorist attack strikes Tokyo. The perpetrators are two boys who call themselves "Sphinx." The attack was just the beginning of the grandiose game they are playing that will envelop all of Japan.
Tokyo ESP
  • Genres & Themes: Action, Comedy, Science fiction
  • Producer: ?
  • Release Date: July 11, 2014
  • Check out the trailer!

Plot: The science fantasy story begins with Rinka, an extremely poor high school girl who lives with just her father in modern Tokyo. One day, she is going home from school when she chases a "flying penguin" to the top of New Tokyo Tower — only to have "fish swimming in the air" suddenly appear before her. One of the fish goes through Rinka and gives her extraordinary powers beyond those of normal humans, particularly the ability to slip through solid objects.

Tokyo Ghoul
  • Genres & Themes: Horror
  • Producer: Pierrot
  • Release Date: July 3, 2014
  • Check out the trailer!
Plot: The dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious "ghouls" who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. An ordinary college student named Kaneki encounters Rize, a girl who is an avid reader like him, at the café he frequents. Little does he realize that his fate will change overnight.
Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 2
  • Genre & Themes: Horror, Supernatural
  • Producer: Ilca
  • Release Date: July 7

Plot: Yamishibai is a picture-story style of animation whose motif is surrounded and based off the rumors, and urban legends throughout the history of Japan.

OVAs

Girls und Panzer
  • Genre: action, comedy, slice of life, tournament
  • Producer: Actas
  • Release Date: July 5th

In this world, Sensha-do (戦車道), the art of tank-combat, is a traditional Japanese martial art for girls. Miho, a girl who just transfered into the Ōrai Girls' Academy in Ibaraki Prefecture, has been ordered by the academy's student council chairperson to join the school team and compete in the national Sensha-do championships.

Movies

1. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
  • Producer: Toei Animation
  • Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi, Psychological
  • Release Date: March 30, 2013 August 5-9, 2014

Plot: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is the fourteenth Dragon Ball Z anime film, and the first theatrical release in the Dragon Ball franchise since Dragon Ball: The Path to Power in 1996. It takes place between chapters 517 and 518 of the manga and is an official part of the Dragon Ball storyline.

2. Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Border:3 Ghost Tears
  • Producer: Production I.G., Bandai Visual, and FUNimation
  • Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi, Psychological
  • Release Date: June 28, 2014

Plot: Posing as lovers on vacation, Motoko and Batou work to try to stop a terrorist organization whose symbol is the Scrasath. Meanwhile, Togusa investigates a murder of a man who possessed a prosthetic leg manufactured by the Mermaid's Leg corporation.

3. K Movie
  • Producer: GoHands
  • Release Date: July 12
Plot: Set in a world where history has taken a slightly different course from the one we’re familiar with, K follows the story of a young boy whose life is caught in a psychic war between seven kings. Yashiro Isana, also known as Shiro, is wanted for a crime he has no recollection of committing. He finds himself being hunted by the groups HOMRA, led by Mikoto Suoh, “The Red King,” and SCEPTER 4, led by Reisi Munakata, “The Blue King.” While on the run, a young man named Kuroh Yatogami helps him. This fated encounter will change Shiro’s life forever.
4. Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone
  • Producer: TMS Entertainment
  • Release Date: June 21

In the film, Lupin and Jigen infiltrate East Doroa to capture the secret treasure Little Comet. Queen Malta, a singer from East Doroa, was just assassinated in neighboring West Doroa, resulting in a tense situation at the border. The duo successfully steal the Little Comet, but a sniper tries to take out Jigen during their getaway. Jigen faces a powerful foe named Yael Okuzaki, an assassin who prepares graves for his targets before executing his kills. It is said that no one has survived after Yael Okuzaki makes a grave for that target.

5. New Initial D the Movie
  • Producer: Sanzigen, Liden Films
  • Genre: Drama, Racing
  • Release Date: August 23, 2014

The film trilogy will retell the beginning of the story from Shuuichi Shigeno's original car-racing manga. High school student Takumi Fujiwara works as a gas station attendant during the day and a delivery boy for his father's tofu shop during late nights. Little does he know that his precise driving skills and his father's modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno make him the best amateur road racer on Mt. Akina's highway. Because of this, racing groups from all over the Gunma prefecture issue challenges to Takumi to see if he really has what it takes to be a road legend.

Persona 3 the Movie #2: Midsummer Knight's Dream
  • Producer: A-1 Pictures
  • Release Date: June 7, 2014

After realizing the value of life and the importance of his own allies, Makoto finally got his smile back. As spring turns into summer, he finds himself learning more about those comrades and getting closer to them, especially to Yukari. He even meets new friends, including Aegis, an anti-Shadow android, Ken, a grade-schooler who seeks to get revenge for his late mother, and Koromaru, a dog who can use a Persona. Makoto wishes that everything will continue just as they are. However, little by little, the pieces and people in Makoto's new, happy life

Pokémon XY: The Cocoon of Destruction
  • Alias: Pocket Monster XY: Hakai no Mayu
  • Producer: OLM
  • Release Date: July 19, 2014

In the underground Diamond Domain, home to many Carbink, the Mythical Pokémon Diancie serves as ruler. The Heart Diamond that sustains the land is beginning to fall apart, and Diancie is not yet strong enough to create a new one. While seeking help from the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas, Diancie encounters a group of thieves who want to take control of its diamond-producing power—and who awaken the Legendary Pokémon Yveltal from its cocoon in the process. Ash and his friends now must help Diancie discover its true power, stop Yveltal's rampage, and save the Diamond Domain.

Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary
  • Producer: Toei Animation
  • Release Date: June 21, 2014 (June 11 at Annecy)

The film follows Saori Kido (Ayaka Sasaki), a young girl troubled by her mysterious powers. She is saved by Pegasus Seiya (Kaito Ishikawa) from an assassin sent to kill her. Saori then learns she is the reincarnation of the Goddess Athena with Seiya being one of her 88 Saints. Upon learning of her destiny, she heads to the Sanctuary and wage war against its Pope. Seiya, alongside fellow Bronze Saints Cygnus Hyōga (Kenshō Ono), Dragon Shiryū (Kenji Akabane), Andromeda Shun (Nobuhiko Okamoto), and Phoenix Ikki (Kenji Nojima) must pass through the twelve Zodiac Temples in Athena's Sanctuary in twelve hours, in order to save their goddess Athena from imminent death. They must confront each of the twelve Gold Saints that guard each of the temples in order to reach the cure that will save Athena.

Space Brothers #0
  • Producer: A-1 Pictures
  • Genre: drama, psychological, science fiction
  • Release Date: August 9, 2014

The manga's story follows two brothers, Mutta and Hibito, who made a vow as kids to travel to space. The younger brother Hibito did become an astronaut, but not Mutta. However, Mutta's life changes one fateful day.

Stand by Me Doraemon
  • Producer: ?
  • Release Date: August 8
The first 3DCG film for the franchise is co-directed by Takashi Yamazaki (Always, Space Battleship Yamato) and Ryuichi Yagi (Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki) with a script by Yamazaki. The story is based on the manga's 1st episode "Mirai no Kuni Kara Harubaru to" (All the way from the country of the future), with two of the most popular episodes, "Sayonara, Doraemon" (Good bye, Doraemon), and "Nobita no Kekkonzenya" (Nobita's night before wedding). Judging from the trailer, it focuses on a love story between Nobita and Shizuka-chan.
Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow
  • Producer: Silver Link
  • Genre: action, magic, science fiction
  • Release Date: September 20, 2014

Three 30-minute shorts will explore the activities of the military mahou shoujo between operations starting with Episode 1: The Thunder of Saint Trond, premiering at Cinema Shinjuku and Ikebukuro Sunshine Cinema September 19th, then expanding to other venues on the 20th.

When Marnie Was There
  • Producer: Studio Ghibli
  • Genre: Supernatural?
  • Release Date: July 19, 2014
Anna hasn't a friend in the world - until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn't all she seems...An atmospheric ghost story with truths to tell about friendship, families and loneliness. Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises - and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna's first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays - and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed...
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Welcome to the June's 2nd week of manga releases! This week, we had a record breaking for adult manga series. Right Stuf has 7 manga titles, but I omitted one because ANN had listed back in May, Virgin Games. This week has three lovely art books. My Quick Pick choices would be Deadman Wonderland, Magi, and Tiger & Bunny since I had watched their respective anime series. I love them both. Deadman Wonderland is a gruesome and dark show full of over the top graphic violence. Not that violent like Gantz which I heard is more brutal. Thank god, Deadman Wonderland has no rape in it. Magi is one of my favorite Shonen series to follow. If you're looking for a refreshing Shonen series after getting tired of the Shonen Trinity, give Magi a try. It is a fantasy and adventure series about Aladdin who finds out he plays a role in saving the world from Al Sarmen who seeks to drown the world into depravity. Finally, Tiger and Bunny is my fave for lovable characters who are heroes working to make a living and a difference.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. Thank you.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

Sources

Notes

For the adult manga releases, there are different release dates:

Hard Temptation

  • Right Stuf: June 11
  • Amazon: June 3
  • Comic Vine: May 20
Ladies Full of Love
  • Amazon: June 3, 2014
  • ANN: June 10, 2014
  • Comic Vine: May 21, 2014
  • Right Stuf: June 11, 2014
Private Teacher
  • Amazon: June 3, 2014
  • Comic Vine: May 21, 2014
  • Right Stuf: June 11, 2014

Past Articles

This Week's Manga Releases

Android Angels Volume 1
  • Distributor: Gen Manga
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.95

Wouldn't it be great to live with the perfect woman or perfect man? Android butlers and maids are the future. These short stories are tales from a land beyond, where androids not only protect humans, but also live and are intimate with them. Android Angels depicts a future world in which consumers can easily rent android companions, but only for a three-year span, leading to questions about the morality of erasing the memories of artificial humans and what happens to human relationships abruptly broken off every three years.

Arata: the Legend Volume 18
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Both Arata of the Hime and Arata Hinohara come under attack by members of the Six Sho, a group from Hinohara's world who found themselves in the other, gained great power, and now wish to return home for reasons more sinister than just being homesick. Arata of the Hime is tasked with protecting his classmate and friend Oribe, who turns out to be a lot more than either of them suspected, while Arata Hinohara faces perhaps his greatest challenger yet among the Six Sho: Isora, who wields the power of the written word!

Deadman Wonderland Volume 3
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Ganta enters the Carnival Corpse, a battle between two Branch of Sin users. Ganta’s next opponent is a timid girl; can he even take her on? Meanwhile, deep in the bowels of the prison, the warden stands face to face with the Red Man. Who really murdered Ganta’s friends?

Magi Volume 6
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Alibaba finally takes a stand for his homeland. What power does he need to acquire? The true ability of the Djinn's Metal Vessel becomes clear!

Mobile Suit Gundam Origins Volume 6
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $29.95

Caught in the crossfire of a space civil war, teenager Amuro Ray accidentally finds a new mobile weapon - the RX-78 Gundam. To protect himself and his friends he climbs into the cockpit and is immediately thrust into the frontlines defending those he loves from a silent enemy.

Say I Love You Volume 2
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

It seems like just yesterday, Mei was a prickly loner who never spoke to anyone in her high school class. Now, popular boy Yamato has started calling Mei his girlfriend! She's not sure how she feels about that... but she'll have to decide quickly, because this kind of social earthquake is sure to stir up jealousy, and soon Mei faces rivals for Yamato's affections - and her own!

Tiger & Bunny Volume 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Because of a kidnapping threat, Kotetsu and Barnaby have their hands full babysitting the mayor's infant son, who is also a telekinetic Next! Unfortunately, Kotetsu's face just makes the child cry, setting off his destructive wailing. Pao-Lin and Karina have the right touch for this job, but sinister forces are lining up against them!

Art Books

Fate/Complete Material Artbook 1: Art Material
The Fate franchise has grown from a popular visual novel into multiple anime and manga series, video games, and more. Fate/Complete Material Volume 1 is the first in an art book series, and collects the in-game artwork from the original "Fate/Stay Night" visual novel, plus key visuals and promotional artwork.

Gurren Lagann Art Works Artbook

Bust through the heavens with your soul, Gurren Lagann! Featuring buxom babes, brutal beastmen, and mountainous mecha as only Gainax can deliver, Gurren Lagann is a non-stop roller coaster of all-out anime action! Gurren Lagann Art Works collects the imagery of the series, including DVD covers, magazine artwork, poster images, promotional illustrations, and more!

Art by Gainax.

Mikucolor: Kei's Hatsune Miku Illustration Works Artbook
Collecting the artwork of official Vocaloid character illustrator, KEI! Mikucolor collects KEI's dazzling illustrations of your favorite Vocaloids like Luka, Rin & Len, and of course the supreme musical idol herself - Hatsune Miku! Included are magazine & book illustrations, DVD covers, rare pinups, exclusive new artwork, and much more!

Adult's Releases

Warning! Not Safe For Work

Crimson Spell Volume 4
  • Distributor: SuBLime
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The key to discovering the secret behind Vald's cursed sword is somewhere in the empire of Zenedoura. With information obtained from Limris - new companion and former Consul of the Empire - Prince Vald decides to head there to see what he can find. Along the way, in order to save a gravely wounded Rulca, he deliberately chooses to turn into his demon self! Vald's uncharacteristic recklessness provokes a tirade from Halvir, who then leaves the group without a word...

Hard Temptation
  • Distributor: Project-H Books
  • Suggested Retail Price: $17.95

Yuusuke has finally earned the keys to paradise! With a brand-new apartment and a bevy of beautiful neighbors, things are bound to get interesting in no time. But what if this busy, happy house suddenly turns into the hottest harem on the block?

Ladies Full of Love
  • Distributor: Project-H
  • Suggested retail price: $17.95

Clumsy Masato is on a mission! If he can just travel back in time and change one tiny little detail from his fateful tryst with the super-sexy Kaori, then his lousy life will finally turn out perfectly... or will it? Was Masato's fumbling first time actually meant to be a total disaster? How far will one guy go to secure the affections of his quarrelsome swim coach? And can two identical kimono-clad girls actually be better than one?

Makunouchi Deluxe Volume 2
  • Distributor: Project-H Books
  • Suggested Retail Price: $17.95

Feisty, catty Rei and insatiable Ryou know better than to mix work with pleasure…but they just can’t help themselves! After all, solving cases all day leaves a lot of pent-up energy for nighttime. Can these two sometimes-lovers keep it together in the midst of crime sprees and jealous meddlers? Makunouchi Deluxe plays to win with the tightest outfits and the biggest laughs! Can a sassy cat and a perplexing panda prove to be the hottest heroines in the city? And will a rivalry over one guy get in the way of their ferocious fighting technique?

Nurse's Paradise Volume 2
  • Distributor: Project-H Books
  • Suggested Retail Price: $17.95

Sly Shouma won't be leaving the fantastic females-only clinic he now calls "home" any time soon! After all, what hot-blooded man in his right mind would walk away from a garden of gorgeous nurses? But what will happen if his paradise opens its perfect, pearly gates to (gasp!)... other men?

Private Teacher Vol. 4
  • Distributor: Digital Manga Publishing
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.95

Things really start to heat up in this last volume as the two lovers take on the toughest obstacle thus far - each other's families! While living together with Kaede, Rintaro decides to start a part-time job as a private teacher. But he's met with objections from Kaede and in order to ascertain how suitable he is, it's decided that he'll teach Kaede's little brother, Tsubaki! Rintaro suddenly starts going to Kaede's family house, but what will happen?

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TWelcome to the 2nd week of June's DVD and Blu-Ray releases! Out of the list, I'm familiar with Dog & Scissor, Maoyu, and Karneval. Here's a quick two cents on them. Dog & Scissor is a weird one filled crazy, over the top humor. From the cover, it seems to border weird fetishes, but it's innocent fun. Maoyu is a fantasy show that's a bit heavy on economics. If you can tolerate massive info dumps, you can enjoy the series for its characters and story. Finally, Karneval is a Josei themed show with a light, colorful humor with some gritty dark elements. The bad thing about Karneval that it's too short, being adapted from a manga series.

I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

Notes

  • Anime News Network did not list Deltora Quest, Dog & Scissor, and Leviathan - The Last Defense.
  • Amazon does not have Deltora Quest.

Sources

DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Date A Live DVD/Blu-Ray Complete Series
  • Producer: FUNimation
  • Suggested Price: $69.98 (Limited Ed), $64.98 (DVD)

In a world devastated by mysterious Spatial Quakes, Shidoh isn't what you'd expect in a hero. He's an average Joe who gets bossed around by his adorable little sister and mocked by the popular girls at his school. You'd definitely pick him last for dodge ball, but when it comes to saving the planet from imminent destruction, Shidoh's got one thing going for him: intergalactic hotties can't keep their hands off him!

When the secret to stopping the Spatial Quakes turns out to be romancing the extraterrestrial Spirits responsible for all the chaos, Shidoh the loveable loser becomes the hero of all humanity. For every Spirit he makes out with, mankind breathes a little bit easier. Kiss the girls – save the world. That name of the game is driving the space babes crazy, and nobody does it better than Shidoh!

  • This limited edition includes a chipboard artbox.
  • Contains episodes 1-12 plus the OVA "Date to Date." Special Features: Actor Commentaries, Textless Songs, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Deltora Quest DVD Complete Series
  • Producer: New Video
  • Suggested Retail Price: $79.95

The heroic Lief must venture into the darkest and most terrible places in Deltora to find the seven magical gems that can free everyone from the evil tyranny of the Shadow Lord. With his friends Jasmine and Barda, Lief vows to recapture the gems and return them to the magical Belt of Deltora before it's too late.

  • Contains episodes 1-52. Special Features: Art Gallery. Spoken Languages: English.
Dog & Scissors DVD Collection
  • Producer: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $49.98

Harumi Kazuhito was the ultimate bookworm, spending days at a time with his head buried in his beloved books, and little could make him happier than perusing the pages of his favorite author, Kirihime Natsuno. Unfortunately, Harumi's life goes to the dogs - literally - when he gets himself killed while trying to stop a robber!

Thanks to the power of a true bookworm, however, Harumi inexplicably finds himself reincarnated as a dog... which might not be so bad if dogs could read. Or if the woman who adopts him didn't have twin predilections for playing with scissors and tormenting her new pet! But what truly makes this strange reincarnation the worst of all possible worlds is that she's also his favorite author! The horror! Can Harumi find a way to live with this tantrum-throwing typist, or will her crazed clippings prove to be his undoing? Can he escape her constant hounding via the doggy door, or is he barking up the wrong tree?

  • Contains episodes 1-12. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Karneval DVD/Blu-Ray Complete Series
  • Producer: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $69.98 (Limited Ed), $64.98 (Regular)

Circus is a super-powered security force of entertainers who keep villains off the streets by serving up justice with a side of razzle-dazzle. Despite their best efforts, a sinister organization named Kafka is gaining power throughout the world using grotesque monsters to carry out their plots. When Circus saves a mysterious boy from Kafka's grasp, the kid gets swept up in the crime-fighting spectacle - but why was Kafka after him in the first place

  • This limited edition includes a chipboard artbox.
  • Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Actor Commentaries, Textless Songs, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Leviathan - The Last Defense Complete Collection
  • Producer: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $59.98 (Blu-Ray), $49.98 (DVD)

The lands of Aquafall were a paradise, where water flowed freely, the hills were covered with lush vegetation, and life in all forms flourished in peace and abundance. But that was before the meteors began to fall, each impact spawning new, hideous monsters until it soon became clear that there were others who wanted to claim the entire green world for themselves. An enemy that would not stop until all opposition had been vanquished.

Fortunately, the fairy Syrup was on guard and knew exactly what to do. Working quickly, she began to recruit an extraordinary team of young women to form the base of the Aquafall Defense Force: the incredibly strong Jormungandr, the extravagant Bahamut, and the stoic Leviathan. But can three girls - alone - really turn the tide of an alien invasion? They can when each of the ladies in question is also a member of a Dragon Clan, and when it comes to fighting tooth, nail and claw, the invaders have just met their match!


Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Maoyu Complete Collection
  • Producer: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98 (Blu-Ray), $49.98 (DVD)

Names can be deceiving, something the warrior known as Hero quickly discovers when he storms the castle of the dread Demon King that mankind has fought for fifteen years. For one thing, the "king" turns out to be a queen! Even more shocking, though, is that she's waiting for him with an unexpected proposal.

She points out that it would be bad for both sides if the war was to end immediately, as without a common enemy, the individual factions of the winning side are certain to turn on each other in a new series of civil wars. However, she has a plan to end the war, bring democracy and advanced knowledge to humanity, and ensure lasting prosperity for both sides, no matter who "wins". But to accomplish this, she needs a collaborator on the human side, and she's chosen Hero as the one partner she can trust! Is it a deal with the devil, or mankind's only hope for lasting peace?

  • Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Commercials, Blu-ray Spots, Social Game Spots, Japanese Previews, Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
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