Welcome to this week’s Anime News Recap. First off the summer anime season has begun, and the first episode of Sword Art Online II has been released for simulcast on CrunchyRoll or Hulu. Speaking of new series, there’s news on Sailor Moon Crystal and a new special from Detective Conan plus some manga-related news. Check it all out below!

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image95.pngGranzella Announces Manga-making Game for PS Vita

Granzella is a studio most known for making some wacky clothes on the pseudo-social network, Playstation Home, but starting this year, they plan to start releasing different types of software. They announced that for the Playstation Vita, they are releasing “a game where anyone can easily have fun while creating manga.” With very little information having been released, we can only hope that this program will allow some of us more artistically challenged people to easily create our own characters and stories.

AnimeExpoNew Licensed Anime Announced at AX

This weekend at Anime Expo, NIS America and Sentai Filmworks both announced some new anime licenses. NISA announced Hanasaku Iroha the Movie: Home Sweet Home (releasingOctober 14, 2014) and  a second season of Nyaruko Crawling With Love! (releasing November 11, 2014). Sentai offered even more title announcements, seven in all: Akame Ga Kill, Argevollen, Blue Spring Ride, Glasslip, Rail Wars, Invaders of the Rokujoyama!?, and Sabagebu-Survival Game Club.

batmanga-1-sfcoverBatman Manga Gets an English Release

Back in the 1960s manga artist Jiro Kuwata, adapted Batman into a manga which ran in the Weekly Shonen King and Shonen Gaho magazines from 1966 to 1967. It has now been announced that DC Comics will be releasing the Batman manga in English in both print and digitally. DC will release a chapter each week online , and will conclude it by releasing three volumes of the entire manga later this year. The manga follows the same story general story as the American Batman, as he goes around being the world’s greatest detective. To keep authenticity, the manga will read in its original right-to-left format. Although the specific release date is unknown, the digital “Batmanga” will be released on the DC Comics App, Comixology, iBooks, Google Play Store, Kindle Store and the Nook Store.

sailor-moon-crystalNew Sailor Moon English Cast Revealed

At Anime Expo, Viz Media revealed the English cast  for the new Sailor Moon Crystal. Viz did their own dub for the original series with many of the those voice actors returning in Crystal. The subbed version is now available VizAnime and Crunchyroll. On a personal note, I’m a little disappointed that they decided to keep the original Zoicite as a male instead of how in the original series dub, he became a girl.  Nonetheless, here’s the revealed list:

Stephanie Sheh as Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon
Kate Higgins as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury
Cristina Vee as Rei Hino/Sailor Mars
Amanda C. Miller as Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter
Cherami Leigh as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus
Robbie Daymond as Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask
Michelle Ruff as Luna
Johnny Yong Bosch as Artemis
Danielle Nicole as Naru Osaka
Ben Diskin as Gurio Umino
Tara Platt as Ikuko Tsukino
Keith Silverstein as Kenji Tsukino
Nicolas Roye as Shingo Tsukino
Cindy Robinson as Queen Beryl
Todd Haberkorn as Jadeite
Liam O’Brien as Nephrite
Lucien Dodge as Zoicite
Patrick Seitz as Kunzite

While some series are getting a reboot, some series are still continuing strong today with no end and sight, as is the case with Detective Conan (Case Closed). This year marks its 20th anniversary, and to celebrate, a new special called Detective Conan: The Disappearance of Conan Edogawa: The Worst Two Days in History is in the works. In the special, Conan loses his memories, but that’s only part of the mystery. Here is the first released preview. (English translations provided here)

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