On Monday, the English website for Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has posted the Naruto and Toriko original anime shorts that were screened exclusively at the Jump Super Anime Tour events in Japan this past fall. (The videos require the website’s proprietary browser software for the Microsoft Windows platform.) Weekly Shonen Jump‘s Japanese website also posted special footage that the Jump Super Anime Tour screened from next month’s One Piece Film Strong World. The Japanese website promises to offer special footage from the 3D 10th Anniversary Yu-Gi-Oh! film, Gekijō-ban Yu-Gi-Oh! ~Chō-Yūgō! Jikū o Koeta Kizuna~, in the near future.
The Naruto: The Cross Roads short tells an original story set when the fan-favorite character Sasuke was with Kakashi’s ninja squad. The Toriko anime short was the first anime adaptation of Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro‘s manga. In Toriko‘s story, “Bishokuya” (gourmet food providers) travel the world to hunt down the animals and plants needed for the finest cuisine dishes. Viz Media is releasing both manga series as well as the Naruto anime in North America.
One Piece Film Strong World will open in Japan on December 12; for the first time, creator Eiichiro Oda is personally overseeing the production of a One Piece anime film based on his pirate manga. The Yu-Gi-Oh! film will mark the 10th anniversary of TV Tokyo‘s anime franchise by bringing together the main heroes of all three TV Tokyo anime series. Viz Media is releasing the manga versions of One Piece and Yu-Gi-Oh! in North America. Funimation handles the One Piece anime, while 4Kids handles the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime.
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