Anime Expo in Los Angeles is now under way and there are already some big announcements being made.
Viz Media announced today during their panel that they will be releasing both the Professor Layton Film - Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva (2009, Japan), and the Bleach Film - Bleach: Fade to Black (2008, Japan) - this fall on DVD and Blu-ray. (I know I've said this a lot about DVD and Blu-ray releases from Japan lately but...Finally! Two to three years is a long time!)
Viz also announced that they will be premiering Season Two of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Demon Capital - simultaneously with the Japanese premier on Sunday, July 3rd over at their website.
"Based on the bestselling manga series by Hiroshi Shiibashi, the story follows young Rikuo, a typical junior high school student... But little does anyone know - he's 1/4 yokai, and heir to the fearsome Nura Clan, leader of all the yokai! He's successfully navigated the territory conflict against the Shikoku yokai in Season 1, but now he must contend with the most powerful enemy yet - the Hagoromo-Gitsune and her Kyoto yokai!"
If you need to catch up, go marathon through all of Season One at Viz's Webite or over at Hulu. This cool trailer for Season One should give you a good idea of what you're in for.
To celebrate the premier of Season Two, Viz is also giving away Volume 1 of the Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan manga for a limited time through their digital device Manga App (for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch). Go download it now before it's too late!
Stay tuned for more updates from Anime Expo 2011 here at Big Shiny Robot!