Monday, October 22, 2012

After Hours Weekly News

Steins;Gate Film Announced!

     The new Steins;Gate movie will be premiering in Japan inSpring 2013.  The MAGES president ShikuraChiyomaru tweeted that the anime movie will feature an original story with a new conclusion to the time travel mystery. The TV series directors will also beback: Hiroshi Hamasaki and Takuya Sato (chief directors). Tickets will go onsale on November 10 and will come bundled with one of four metal charactercharms. Also, the movie will be shown at 17 theaters across Japan. Hopefully itmakes its way over to the US and other countries.

     Something I might add is that a new character has beenannounced for the upcoming Steins;Gate novel that will be released this winter; thenovel is called Steins;Gate: Heijikyokuson no Epigraph. Her name is Maho Hiyajo(who is voiced by Sayuri Yahagi) and she’s the Japanese American university associate(or senpai) of Kurisu Makise and is an expert in neuroscience/artificialintelligence. There’s some fan speculation that the new novel will tie in withthe new movie that is coming out next year. Opens Online Pokémon Store

     In a partnership with game developer Game Freak andNintendo, Amazon has launched an online Pokémon store that offers over 10,000Pokémon merchandise! Some of the things they offer in the store were once only availableat the Japanese Pokémon Store (Pokemon Center Tokyo). They also offer alifesized Pikachu that’s priced at ¥3,800 or $48 US dollars. The shipping costis somewhat expensive when you’re shipping to the United States or any othercountry but if you’re a big fan of the series, this is a great opportunity tobuy unique merchandise.

New Puella Magi MadokaMagica Show Considered After 3rd Film

Artist: Yamasan

     This week, writer Gen Urobuchi revealed in a newspaperinterview that the Madoka Magica staff is considering making a new televisionseries after the third film. In the interview, he said that plans for ahalf-year series are being considered. He also commented that he would like tosee new writers working on this project. Hopefully this new series (if its evermade) will be just as good as the last series.
The new Madoka movie has been doing quite well in Japan. Injust over a week, it earned $3.9 million (US dollars) and has been sitting atthe #11 spot in the Japanese box office.

Evangelion: 3.0 YouCan (Not) Redo

With less than a month to go before (November 17th)the next Rebuild of Evangelion movie premieres in japan, a lot of newinformation, advertisements, and new merchandise have been popping up all overJapan. Here’s a trailer that was played on the wall of Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 Theater. 

There's also a new Sante FX eye drop commercial:

and last but not least, Sante FX ads in Akihabara, Japan. Photos taken by Mikikazu Komatsu.

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