News Roundup for June 8th, 2015

Child Soldiers 

Something fierce is rumbling over the horizon. It's not an inbetweenasode, OVA or a compilation film... no, the upcoming Girls und Panzer movie will be a full-length direct sequel! The trailer is set two years after the TV series and shows the Anglerfish Team surrounded by the enemy, including Chihatan Academy and their commander Kinuyo Nishi (voiced by Asami Seto). War comes home when the film opens in Japan on November 21.

Official homepage: http://girls-und-panzer.jp/

Fans Sing High Praise For

Utawarerumono was quite the virtual page turner when the visual novel first came out in 2002. The fantasy world based on Ainu mythology follows the adventures of a new emperor struggling to maintain peace and was made into an anime in 2006. Now over a decade later the sequel, Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen is coming for PlayStation 3 this September followed by a two-season anime produced by White Fox in October. With School Days director Keitaro Motonaga on board with the anime, I'm expecting it to pull at my heart strings before tearing them out.

Official homepage: http://utawarerumono.jp/

How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up?

Kotori-chan looks dazzling--if not a bit dazed--in this pose based on the cover illustration of the "LoveLive! First Fan Book." Of course, a true fan would already know that.

Love Live! - Kotori Minami LoveLive! First Fan Book Ver. 1/10 Complete Figure [Chara-ani]
Pre-painted Complete Figure
Scale: 1/10
Size: Approx. H160mm
Material: PVC, ABS (Non-phthalate Ester) 

Music, Mysteries and Moe

High school students Haruta and Chika have it hard enough recruiting members for the failing wind instrument club, but they even manage to find the time to solve the low-key mysteries of their school. Director Masakazu Hashimoto (Tari Tari) and series composer Reiko Yoshida (Tamako Market) join studio P.A. Works for the anime adaptation of light novel series HaruChika. Stay tuned to uncover more story details ahead of the 2016 release.

Official homepage: http://haruchika-anime.jp/

The Good Shepherd

ufotable cements their position as the go-to studio for video game adaptations with the announcement of a Tales of series animation project for 2016, just in time for the 20th anniversary of the franchise. And despite the mountain of evidence in the trailer, Bandai is still being coy about which title is being adapted. Of course, with the Japanese fan reaction to Tales of Zestiria, maybe there's a reason Bandai declined to comment.

Official homepage: http://20th-anime.tales-ch.jp/

Totally Boss Figure

SNAAAAAAAAKE

Bring the legendary one-eyed Snake home with this Play Arts Kai release. He comes with enough optional hands and weapon parts to blow up anything the open world of your figure shelf might throw at him.

Play Arts Kai - Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain: Venom Snake Sneaking Suit ver. [Square Enix]
Pre-painted Complete PVC Action Figure
Size: Approx. W110 x D70 x H265mm