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New ‘Sailor Moon’ Anime To Premiere In July

Sailor Moon 20th anniversary

After some delays that set it back for a year, a new Sailor Moon anime series will finally debut premiere this July, according to the franchise's 20th anniversary project website.

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon from Toei animiation, the same company responsible for the mid-1990s anime series, will be available worldwide, subtitled in 10 different languages, streaming on the Niconico service. Munehisa Sakai, who has worked on the One Piece TV series and the One Piece: Strong World, Suite Precure movie is the new series' director and the theme music is by pop group Momoiro Clover Z.

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‘The Simpsons’ Studio Ghibli Homage Is Something Special [Video]

The Simpsons Studio Ghibli Homage
FOX

If you thought that Comic Book Guy marrying a mangaka named Kumiko in this Sunday's new The Simpsons episode, "Married to the Blob" was going to be all Hulk Hands and Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison cameos, rest assured that principally western pop culture references aren't going to hog all of the airtime. In a new clip posted by Fox's Animation Domination channel, fans can watch an intoxicated Homer and the father of the bride-to-be stumble through a Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki-inspired wonderland chock full of homages to Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the SkyKiki's Delivery Service and more. It may be the best thing you'll see all week... with the full episode probably being the best thing you'll see on Sunday.

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Japanese Government Launches New ‘Japan Channel’ To Bring More Anime To The World

Cool Japan
Cool Japan

The government of Japan has had the goal of being "a nation built on intellectual property" for more than a decade now, and it's moving to really amp up its cultural exports in 2014. The country is spending nearly $15 million (about 15.5 billion yen) to produce programming including subtitled and dubbed anime, live-action dramas, travel programs and music shows for its new "Japan Channel."

The channel will launch in Thailand in January. In February, it's coming to Indonesia, then it will launch in Cambodia in April. The channel will eventually come to the United States, Europe and Africa, but there are no solid dates for those launches.

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Sailor Venus To Make Her S.H. Figuarts Debut In May

S.H. Figuarts Sailor Venus
Bandai

Yet another of Sailor Moon's Sailor Senshi is set to get immortalized action figure style in Bandai's S.H. Figuarts line. Sailor Venus is set to follow Sailors Moon, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter with a new action figure in May, complete with her white cat Artemis and her alternate masked "Sailor V" ensemble.

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Captain Levi Gets A Suitably Deadpan ‘Attack On Titan’ Figma

Attack on Titan Levi Figma
Good Smile Company

The strongest -- and most deadpan -- soldier from Attack on Titan will get the full range of Figma action figure articulation and accessorizing in 2014. Captain Levi of The Survey Corps Special Operations Squad will join AoT protagonists Eren Jaeger and Mikasa Ackerman sometime around their respective June and July releases to help defend humanity and its last walled stronghold against the scourge of the mysterious man-eating titans. And he'll do looking kinda like Grumpy Cat.

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‘Getter Robo’ And ‘Getter Robo G’ Combining Action Figure Sets Coming This Spring From FREEing

Getter Robo Freeing Action Figure Sets
FREEing

Earth's first and last line of defense against the Dinosaur Empire and the alien Clan of the 100 Devils is getting the combining action figure treatment this spring from Hong Kong toy company FREEing with a reissued Dynamic Change Getter Robo Set, followed by an all new Dynamic Change Getter Robo G Set.

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‘Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers’ Anime Toy Images Arrive Online

Marvel Disk Wars- The Avengers toys Bandai
Bandai

Marvel Disc Wars: The Avengers -- perhaps the most prominent team-up between Marvel and Toei since Japanese Spider-Man in 1978 -- still has a few months before it's set to debut on TV in Japan, but Big Bad Toy Store already has a low-res look at its toys from Bandai. The assortment of action figures and transforming disks doesn't necessarily clarify the show's plot, but it is nice to see a more anime-style Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man and the Hulk in articulated 3D.

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Why Yes, You Can Go On A ‘Hello Kitty’ Holiday Cruise

Hello Kitty Cruises
starcruises.com

Most cats are afraid of water, but it appears Sanrio's Hello Kitty is a straight up sea captain on Star Cruises' specially-themed voyages departing from Singapore and Malaysia. While this news post would almost certainly have made a solid Holiday Gift Guide entry, we doubt many of you will be able to set sail aboard the SuperStar Virgo or the SuperStar Libra (...I had no idea cruise ships had such awesome names). Still, we must insist on detailing all of the fun most of us will surely miss out on while the cruises run through December 29.

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Shinji Higuchi To Direct Live Action ‘Attack on Titan’ Movie

Attack on Titan Movie Concept Art
shingeki.net

The live action Attack on Titan movie based on Hajime Isayama's manga and its anime adaptation seems to have assembled something of a dream for fans of civilization-destroying anime and tokusatsu. Filling a slot that's been vacant since the departure of Tetsuya Nakashima last december is new director Shinji Higuchi, known for his work as a storyboard artist on Kill la Kill, the original Neon Genesis Evangelion and its "rebuild" films. Higuchi also served as the special effects director on Gamera and Godzilla movies and Studio Ghibli's stunning live action prequel to Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo. Truly, this is a director who knows a thing or two about depicting giants wiping out humanity.

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Toynami Celebrates ‘Voltron’ Turning 30 With Awesome New Diecast Action Figure

Voltron 30th Anniversary Die Cast Collectors Set
Toynami

Between its 6" articulated Voltron action figure, deluxe Voltron Force toys and massive 23" tall Voltron assembled from five sizable robotic lions and their 3.75" pilots, Mattel covered a number of toy bases while holding the brand's toy license through 2012. And yet, there was always a sweet spot defined by the Shogun Warriors and Trendmasters toys of the past that only Toynami ever seemed to truly rekindle. Now following up a 25th anniversary Voltron set from a few years ago, Toynami has returned to held defend the universe with an 11" tall diecast Voltron 30th Anniversary Collectors Set.

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