Adult Swim And Crunchyroll To Produce New Blade Runner Anime Series

Blade Runner Black Lotus

Adult Swim And Crunchyroll To Produce New Blade Runner Anime Series

WarnerMedia properties – Turner’s Adult Swim and Ellation’s Crunchyroll have partnered with Alcon Television Group to produce and distribute a new anime series based on the 2017 Oscar-winning movie Blade Runner 2049 (which is a sequel of the 1982 neo-noir science fiction film – Blade Runner) called Blade Runner: Black Lotus.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus will have thirteen 30-minute episodes produced by Japanese animation studio Sola Digital Arts (the same studio behind the new Ultraman anime series coming to Netflix in 2019). Shinji Aramaki (director of three Appleseed anime movies) and Kenji Kamiyama (director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) will direct all episodes of the premiere season, both will work on the new anime after the upcoming Ghost in the Shell series reboot. Shinichiro Watanabe (director of Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) will be serving as a creative producer on the new series.

At present, the plot for Blade Runner: Black Lotus remains a secret, however, the producers did disclose some info about the show, the new series will take place in the year 2032 and will include some characters from the Blade Runner universe.

Adult Swim will have the worldwide rights (excluding Asia) to distribute the English dubbed version of the series and will air the English dubbed episodes of Blade Runner: Black Lotus on Adult Swim’s anime programming block – Toonami. Crunchyroll will handle the rights for streaming worldwide for its 45 million registered users and 2 million subscribers. Adult Swim and Crunchyroll also collaborated to distribute Mob Psycho 100, another anime series that debuted on Toonami in October, also there’s many more anime shows in the pipeline too.

Alcon Television Group’s Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Al-Francis Cuenca, and Sola Digital Art’s Joseph Chou will executive produce the new series. Alcon executive Ben Roberts will serve as co-executive producer. Production IG’s Mitsuhisa Ishikawa will be contributing to the project as a production advisor.

From The Adult Swim Press Release: Adult Swim and Crunchyroll Producing All-New “Blade Runner” Anime Series With Alcon Television Group

Alcon Television Group, a division of Alcon Entertainment, has partnered with Adult Swim and Crunchyroll to produce and distribute a new anime series inspired by the critically acclaimed Oscar-winning movie BLADE RUNNER 2049.

BLADE RUNNER – BLACK LOTUS will feature thirteen 30-minute episodes produced by animation studio Sola Digital Arts (Ultraman). Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) will direct all episodes of the premiere season, which will follow their current directorial work on the upcoming Ghost in the Shell series reboot. Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) is a creative producer. While the series plot is being kept under wraps, producers have confirmed the story will take place in 2032 and will include some familiar characters from the BLADE RUNNER universe.

Adult Swim will have the worldwide rights (excluding Asia) to distribute the English dubbed versions of the series and will air the English dubbed episodes of BLADE RUNNER – BLACK LOTUS on the network’s popular anime programming block Toonami.Similarly, Crunchyroll will handle worldwide streaming for its community of more than 45 million registered users and 2 million subscribers.

Adult Swim and Crunchyroll are both divisions of WarnerMedia, with BLADE RUNNER – BLACK LOTUS being one of several upcoming exciting collaborations including the recently debuted Mob Psycho 100 on Toonami.

“I first saw BLADE RUNNER in 1982, at age 11. It has remained one of the defining films of my life,” said Jason DeMarco, SVP/creative director of Adult Swim on-air. “To be able to explore more of this universe, with the incredible talent we have on board, is a dream come true.”

“BLADE RUNNER is a seminal work, and its influence permeates the genre,” said Sae Whan Song, head of business development for Crunchyroll. “Adult Swim shares our excitement to bring this new series to fans, and we’re looking forward to building on this franchise together.”

Alcon’s Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Al-Francis Cuenca, and Sola Digital Art’s Joseph Chou will executive produce the project. Alcon exec Ben Roberts will serve as co-executive producer. Production IG’s Mitsuhisa Ishikawa is participating as production advisor.

States Kosove and Johnson, “The BLADE RUNNER universe is an incredibly deep well for story and character with its world and mythology that audiences have been debating and talking about since inception. We are excited to continue exploring that world via this anime series.

Lancaster added, “We are thrilled to have Shinji Aramaki, Kenji Kamiyama and Shinichiro Watanabe as our creative partners and look forward to the exciting journey ahead.”

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Children’s Anime Series Bakugan Revived For A New Animated Series – Bakugan Battle Planet Coming Soon To Cartoon Network USA, Latin America, EMEA And Australia

Children's Anime Series Bakugan Revived For A New Animated Series - Bakugan Battle Planet Coming Soon To Cartoon Network USA, Latin America, EMEA And Australia

Children’s Anime Series Bakugan Revived For A New Animated Series – Bakugan Battle Planet Coming Soon To Cartoon Network USA, Latin America, EMEA And Australia

Toy company – Spin Master, Japanese anime production company – TMS, Canadian animation company – Nelvana and Cartoon Network have teamed up to revive the popular Bakugan franchise for a global relaunch. The franchise has been revived for its tenth anniversary. Bakugan originally launched in 2008 and became an international success with a popular animated series and toy range. The animated series – Bakugan Battle Brawlers had a run of four seasons, which aired on Cartoon Network in several countries worldwide (between 2007 and 2012), the series also had a successful toy range. Bakugan was named Toy of the Year and License Property of the Year in 2009. The Bakugan franchise will be managed by a joint production committee managing a coordinated project which will include toys and a toy-based animated series.

The new series named “Bakugan Battle Planet” will air in most territories where Cartoon Network is present including the United States, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Latin America as well as Australia and New Zealand, the only notable exceptions are Canada and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region. In Canada, Bakugan Battle Planet will air on Teletoon (owned by Corus, who also own Nelvana and also operates Cartoon Network in Canada). The animated series is expected to premiere in North America in December 2018, and will premiere in Latin America and EMEA in 2019.

The new animated series will follow the adventures of Dan and his friends, who are the first kids on Earth to bond with the Bakugan – a mysterious race of alien creatures. Episode storylines will feature friendship as a major theme as well as battling and competition.

The Bakugan Battle Planet toy line will be very similar to the franchise’s previous incarnation but will also include new features that will bring together revolutionary card and app play. The new marble-like ball toys can instantly transform into multiple collectible characters when rolled over a magnetic card. The game will have different levels of difficulty ranging from beginner to advanced and will also allow the ability to compete against multiple opponents. The game will offer enhanced collectability because of the wide range of strategy options that are available to players.

The toy line will launch in North America and other select markets in the first quarter of 2019 and will be rolled out globally from the second quarter of 2019. Along with broadcasting rights, Cartoon Network Enterprises will be managing the product licensing program for Bakugan Battle Planet in all territories outside of Asia of which will be available at retail from 2019. In Asia, Takara Tomy will launch the toy line in Japan and TMS will manage the distribution of the toy range, animated series as well as the related licensing programme.

From The Spin Master Press Release: Spin Master Announces the Global Relaunch of “BAKUGAN” In Partnership with Cartoon Network, TMS Entertainment and Nelvana Limited

Spin Master Ltd. (TSX: TOY; http://www.spinmaster.com), TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd., and Nelvana Ltd., have announced an agreement in principle to relaunch the global hit “BAKUGAN”. Set to debut on the 10 year anniversary of the original series, the coordinated project also includes the development of toys, toy-linked TV animation and the formation of a joint production committee.

“BAKUGAN” originally launched in 2008 and quickly captured the imagination of children around the world. “BAKUGAN” became a global franchise, delivering multiple years of television content. “BAKUGAN” was named Toy of the Year and License Property of the Year in 2009.

The new series, “BAKUGAN Battle Planet”, will air on Cartoon Network in the US, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, and Teletoon in Canada. The animated series follows the adventures of Dan and his best friends, the first kids on Earth to bond with the mysterious alien creatures known as the Bakugan. With storylines themed around friendship, battling and competition combined with a new integrated toy line, “BAKUGAN Battle Planet” is anticipated to be one of the biggest and most dynamic franchises yet. In addition to the television series, additional short form content will be available online.

“BAKUGAN is a global legacy brand that aided in the evolution of Spin Master’s approach to entertainment and franchise development,” said Ronnen Harary, Co-Founder, Chairman and Co-CEO. “We are excited to be working with our global partners to relaunch BAKUGAN, bringing innovation, excitement and battling fun to children all over the world.”

The BAKUGAN Battle Planet toy line will retain the essence of what made the original toys so popular, with exciting new features that bring revolutionary card and app play. Innovative, all-new marble-like balls with ingenious technology instantly transform into multiple collectible characters when rolled over a magnetic card. The game will bring different levels of play, from beginner to advanced, and allow players to compete against multiple opponents. This will offer enhanced collectability due to its wide range of strategy options.

The toy line will be available in North America and other select markets in Q1, 2019 and will be rolled out globally beginning Q2 2019. The animated series will premiere in North America in December 2018, and Latin America and EMEA in 2019. The Bakugan licensing program, led by Cartoon Network Enterprises in all territories except Asia, will also be available at retail in 2019. In Asia, Takaratomy will launch the toy line in Japan and TMS will manage distribution of the toy, animated series and related licensing program.

For more information please visit http://www.bakugan.com.

About Spin Master

Spin Master (TSX:TOY; http://www.spinmaster.com) is a leading global children’s entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures, licenses and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Zoomer®, Bakugan®, Erector® by Meccano®, Hatchimals®, Air Hogs® and PAW Patrol®. Since 2000, Spin Master has received 96 TIA Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 28 wins across a variety of product categories, including 13 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year, more than any of its competitors. To date, Spin Master has produced six television series, including 2007 success Bakugan Battle Brawlers and current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally. Spin Master has 28 offices and employs over 1,700 people globally in Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

About TMS

TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd. (better known as TMS) is one of the world’s largest and most distinguished animation studios. TMS has won recognition from the international filmmaking industry for its highly-acclaimed animation, pioneering techniques and proud commitment to quality. With a dedicated team of development, production and design executives, TMS’s growing reputation is reflected by the versatility, artistry and originality of the programs the company has produced for international markets worldwide. Established in 1964, TMS has produced more than 200 features, and over 100 TV program series, with a total of 12,000 half hours for global distribution. TMS programs have attained worldwide recognition and TMS will continue to strive for excellence. Visit TMS at http://www.tms-e.com/english/.

About Nelvana Limited

Nelvana is Canada’s premier animation company and a world-leading producer and distributor of children’s content. Nelvana has delighted audiences around the globe for more than 40 years with a vast library of more than 4,000 episodes from original, award-winning series like Babar and Franklin. Nelvana’s content is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide and broadcasts across Corus Entertainment’s suite of leading kids networks. Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana, manages the organization’s portfolio of in-house and third-party brands with offices in Toronto and Paris. Nelvana Studio, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, employs more than 300 Canadian artists working with local and international producers to create premium children’s content for a global stage. For more information, visit http://www.nelvana.com.

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Doraemon UK Update: Doraemon Premieres 17th August On Boomerang UK

Doraemon UK

Doraemon UK Update: Doraemon Premieres 17th August On Boomerang UK: Doraemon UK Premiere Confirmed

The official Doraemon UK website has posted a news item confirming that Doraemon will premiere on Boomerang UK on 17th August at 7.30am. Don’t miss the adventures of the magical blue cat and his 10-year old friend Noby (Nobi in the original Japanese version), this will be the first time ever that this anime has aired in the UK.

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