1. Japanese Anime Video Market in Decline
In ominous news, the Japanese Video Software Asociation (JVA) announced sales and rentals of anime DVDs and Blu-Rays dropped by 15.8% in 2016 ($574.3 million to $483.6 million). No matter how you slice it, the loss of 90.7 Million dollars in a year is inevitably going to hurt the anime industry in one way or another. We could easily see a decline in the amount of physical media available and see more anime become readily available to stream.
See the full report on ANN.
2. Sailor Moon Musical
The Sailor Moon Musical is making its way over to the United States this April. The musical, “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical-Amour Eternal” will make its debut on April 7-9 at the Anime Matsuri convention in Houston, Texas. The musical has rather fortuitous timing as April 7 will be Houston’s 3rd annual International Sailor Moon Day (Even though the inaugural event was August 15, 2015, and the second on August 6, 2016).
Single-day tickets range from $30-$55 dependent upon the day and 3-day passes are $70 until March 31.
3. Free! receives 2 Compilation Movies and 1 New Sequel
That’s right! Kyoto Animation recently announced your favorite anime about sexy, dripping abs swimming is getting 3 films in 2017. The first 2 films, Free! -Timeless Medley- Kizuna and Free! -Timeless Medley- Yakusoku, will be compilation films with new footage. Kizuna, releasing April 22, will focus on the members of the Iwatobi Swim Club, while Yakusoku, releasing July 1, will focus on Rin and Sosuke.
The third film will be a theatrical anime project called Free! -Take Your Marks-. The movie is intended to be a sequel to Free! Timeless Medley. This film will screen this fall in theaters in Japan. No American release date has been set, sadly.