Friday Feature News


Welcome back to this week’s FFN with yours truly. This week we have a quite the laundry list of news for the week including studio ghibli’s game designed collaboration, another possible sword art online premised anime, another Makoto Shinkai tragedy piece, Beach queens, and Shonen Jump Alpha.

How far would you go for someone you love in “Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the white witch?”

With Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch released in North America this week, and in Europe on February 1st, Namco Bandai has posted a launch trailer for the PlayStation 3 game, developed by Level-5 (Professor Layton) with designs from Studio Ghibli.

Another Anime based on an MMO for the fall

Looks like the fall anime season is starting to take shape. Ready for another take on Sword Art Online’s premise? Mamare Touno’s (MAOYU) light novel series about  a massively multiplayer online game, Log Horizon is slated to be adapted for TV by Macross F’s Satelight.

The project is being planned for 25 episodes on NHK.

Makoto Shinkai on a roll

Anime auteur Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimers Per SecondThe Place Promised in Our Early DaysVoices of a Distant Star)  has prepared anime short Dareka no Manazashi (Someone’s Gaze), set to be screen by the Nomura Real Estate Group as part of their Proud Box Thanksgiving presentation at the Tokyo International Forum in February.

Spice up your summer indoors with these figures

Wave’s line of Beach Queen figures is now producing swim suit wearing heroines year round, but the character goods line has now moved into scheduling releases for the seasonally appropriate months. June and July is being filled out with new figurines based on Girls und Panzer, Star Driver, Binbougami ga! and a lot more.

The 1/10 (16cm) scale figures retail for 3,990yen ($50)

Binbougami ga! – Sakura Ichiko  – due in June

Shonen Makes an even bigger splash with this Jump

Today marks the beginning of a new era for Viz Media’s North American edition of Shonen Jump. The weekly publication has officially dropped the Alpha and is now on a simultaneous schedule with Japan, bringing with it a new look and more. The redesigned website is now live at, and the issue that hits subscribers today features the debut of ONE and Yūsuke Murata’s One-Punch Man.



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