Shonen Sunday might drop some famous manga series soon?

Latest issue of Shonen Sunday
Latest issue of Shonen Sunday

Shonen Sunday, the Shogakukan manga magazine that is hosting famous series like Magi, Detective Conan, Hayate the Combat Butler, RINNE and Silver Spoon will be overhauled and some famous series might be dropped in order to revitalize the magazine.

The new editor-in-chief, Takenori Ichihara (appointed in July this year) wrote a long letter explaining why this shake up is happening. He is aiming to bring in new talents with new series and combine them with the veterans together to create a broader appeal to the audience. The magazine also plans to have more one shots to explore new ideas, directions and concepts too. To give some perspective on this matter, on the economic side of things, it did not look too good for the magazine – a steady decline of circulation from 890,000 copies back in 2008 to the projected 390,000 copies for this year. That is a 50 percent loss in space of seven years, a big blow to the manga magazine that has been around since 1959.

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The editor is trying to balance the successful old series with new innovative series, he is confident that they will be able to push back the magazine back to prominence. He is also promising big things for the direction of the magazine.

Time will tell.

Via GarbageNews & Natalie

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More details on Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru

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Troyca ( Aldnoah Zero) is releasing more details about Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru (A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako’s Feet) or 櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている.

Set for an October 2015 release, the series is based on the famous mystery novel series written by Shiori Ota and illustrated by Tetsuo. It is already running into seven volumes by Kodakawa Shoten under Kadokawa Bunko label since 2013 with the eighth volume is on the way (25 September 2015). Besides the novels, three voice dramas based on the series have been made too.

The popularity is hugely evident from 600,000 copies already printed thus far. The story seems to be inspired by a live action American TV series Bones –  about a mid 20s woman named Sakurako Kujo who belongs to a prestigious family but has a deep fascination with bones. She forms a partnership with a high school student Shotaro Tatewaki to solve various crime cases via their understanding of bones.

Directed by Makoto Kato (Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha) and series composition by Takayo Ikami (Detective Opera Milky Holmes, Yurikuma Arashi) while illustrator Tetsuo will be onboard as the character designer. TRUE (Hibike! Euphonium) will be singing the OP song and ED piece is provided by three member techno pop group Technoboys Pulcraft Green-Fund (Witchcraft Work, Trinity Seven).

Cast members are:

Sakurako Kujo – Shizuka Itō (Assassination Classroom‘s Irina Jelavic, Fate/Stay Night: UBW‘s Luviagelita Edelfelt)

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Shotaro Tatewaki – Junya Enoki (Cardfight!! Vanguard G)

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Yuriko Kogami – Ayaka Imamura (Absolute Duo)

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Itsuki Isozaki – Akira Ishida (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed)

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Hiroki Utsumi – Hiroki Takahashi (Prince of Tennis)

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Ume Sawa – Masako Isobe (Gangsta.)

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Haruto Imai – Tetsuya Kakihara (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)

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Now, the official trailer:

Source: MOCA

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According to THR, the plot of the show is:

The untitled drama, which has received a script commitment from the network, revolves around two Hollywood special effects artists who are recruited by the CIA to complete seemingly impossible covert ops missions by creatively using the most basic tools from their craft.”

The Mythbusters crew signed up as the executive producers with sisters Lilla and Nora Zuckerman (Suits, Human Target, Fringe) as writers for the pilot project. The later duo will serve as showrunners if CBS decides to go ahead with it as a regular series.

As right now, not much info is known but the premise is very promising. Imagine a modern day MacGyver styled spy series using modern science and techniques to solve the crisis at hand. Or Chuck but with no Intersect, but instead, the hero has to rely on the proven scientific knowledge and ingenuity to fight the baddies and wins the day.

That itself, is worth at least a curious watch.

Source: THR

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Based on a novel by Andy Weir, the script has been entrusted to Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, World War Z) with supervision of a producer team consisting of Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Micheal Schaefer, Aditya Sood and Mark Huffam. The latest synopsis from 20th Century Fox:

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.

We shall see Matt Damon’s fight for survival on Mars in the cinemas come 2 October 2015.

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PSO2 first anime promo reveals characters and some plot details

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Harry Potter and Professor X reviving dead bodies in Victor Frankenstein?

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The studio’s official synopsis for the movie:

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It hasn’t been an easy journey for the organisers of this year’s Video Games Live, and now the concert has been postponed amidst venue problems and other issues that have been plaguing the show. This is on top of problems with ticketing and the apparent almost-cancellation of the show.

The show which was originally supposed to run on 29 August 2015 this Merdeka weekend, has now been pushed to 27 February 2016 to with a yet-unconfirmed venue. The new venue will be announced in three weeks time, according to the organisers 11Pass11. The reason for the sudden postponement is mostly due to there being numerous events surrounding Merdeka 2015, whcih includes the Bersih 4.0 rally which might be held at Bukit Jalil.

In the face of this uncertainty, for the safety of the concert goers the concert has been moved. 11Pass11 will be getting in touch with ticket holders with how to proceed with their tickets, refunds as well as the announcement of the new venue in the near future.

As a sign of apology, 11Pass11 will be giving away limited edition Video Games Live WristBands to ticket holders who do not apply for refunds. Ticket sales are to be temporarily halted and resumed at a later date.