Back in April, there was a pair of Tales of Vesperia related announcements. While loli pirate characters are nice and all, the second announcement of a Tales of Vesperia anime has me all aflutter. Produced by Production I.G., the anime takes place before the events of the video game. It is being released October 3rd in Japan on the big screen under the name Tales of Vesperia ~ The First Strike ~. Famitsu posted a couple of new images on their site to hold you over until October. No words on an domestic release, but I’m sure some of you more clever readers will find a way to make that sooner rather than later.
January 23, 2010 is the data announced for the premiere of the new Fate/Stay Night movie: Unlimited Blade Works. Series director Yuji Yamaguchi, script supervisor Takura Sato, and animation director Megumi Ishihara along with Studio DEEN are on board. ANN futher reports that all the seiyuu are back, as well.
Fate/Stay Night official home page [Japanese]
What has been rumored for awhile now appears to be confirmed. The LA Times report Hayao Miyazaki is slated to appear at Comic Con 2009 to promote his newest film, Ponyo. Miyazaki’s previous films that had made it to the big screens in the US, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, were both critically acclaimed but did poorly in the domestic box office, only taking in $10 million and $4.7 million respectively. Both have grossed over $200 million internationally.
It seems that Miyazaki is trying to combat this but not only appearing a major pop culture event, but also by casting many top names for the English adaptation. The voice talent features Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Liam Nesson, Betty White, Lily Tomlin and Cloris Leachman. Will it be enough to make Ponyo a domestic hit after it has already grossed $182.1 million internationally?