Welcome to this week’s Anime News Recap. This week features a couple of Studio Ghibli announcements as well as trailers from some upcoming movies, including the first Pokemon XY movie, a live-action Kite movie, the new Studio Ghibli film, and Vegeta getting a little too excited over a bingo game.
English Voice Actors for Tale of Princess Kaguya Announced
The Tale of Princess Kaguya is a recent Studio Ghibli film that is based off of the Japanese folk tale, the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. It is about an old bamboo cutter who finds a tiny baby inside a stalk of bamboo, and he and his wife decide to raise her. As she grows older, rumors of her beauty spread across the land. This attracts many suitors, who attempt perilous challenges that Kaguya gives them in hopes of having her hand in marriage. It has been announced by GKids, the company who will be doing the English dub, that actress Chloe Grace Moretz (Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass) will provide the voice of Kaguya. The list of cast members also includes big names such as Lucy Liu, Dean Cain, Mary Steenburgen and Beau Bridges. GKids also announced that the English version of Kaguya will see a theatrical release October 17.
Studio Ghibli Releases Soundtracks to North American Markets
It is no secret that one of the reasons that Studio Ghibli movies do so well is the music that accompanies each story. Each Ghibli film has an outstanding soundtrack that makes it memorable. Studio Ghibli also announced this week that they are releasing a wide array of their movie soundtracks on the North American iTunes store. All the way from the beginning with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind to the more recent When Marnie Was There and many of the classics, including Princess Mononoke, Castle in the Sky, The Cat Returns and Tales of Earthsea are all now available for purchase.
When Marnie Was There Trailer
Continuing with Studio Ghibli news, the first theatrical preview of When Marnie Was There was released recently. It is accompanied by the film’s main theme song, “Fine on the Outside” by Priscilla Ahn.
1st Pokemon XY Movie Trailer
The Pokemon Company released their new preview for the new Pokemon movie, Pokemon XY: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction. This trailer is complimented by the film’s ending theme, “Daybreak Meteor Cluster” by SCANDAL.
Live-Action Kite Movie
For those of you who have not heard of Kite, it is about a girl who became an assassin to track down the people who murdered her parents. ) The anime was known for its strong violence and strong sexual content. The first preview for the American adaptation of the film was released and features lead actress India Eisley and who else but Samuel L. Jackson? Jackson is no stranger to the anime world, as he was the voice behind Afro Samurai.
Vegeta and Bingo, Dragon Ball Z Battle of the Gods Trailer
Vegeta has always been a serious and angry individual. You would never accuse him of being a fun guy to hang out with, but that might have changed quite a bit. In one of the new previews for the new DBZ movie, we see Vegeta get a little too excited over a game of bingo, dancing included.
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