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Anime Expo Announces Screening of Kase-san and Morning Glories

Don’t miss this premiere at AX!

Anime Expo keeps up the momentum with another big announcement!

Earlier today on their official website, AX announced that they will be premiering the anime Kase-san and Morning Glories at a special screening,  attended by director Takuya Sato and producer Yusuke Terada. The anime will be shown on Sunday, June 8 at 12:30 pm in room LP2.

Based on the original work from Hiromi Takashima, this release will feature animation produced by ZEXCS (Say “I love you”, Rental Magica, Sister Princess). The series is currently licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment who describe the series as:

Kase-san and Morning Glories is the debut release of Hiromi Takashima’s ongoing yuri series about a high school romance between the clumsy, flower-adoring Yamada and the exuberant Kase-san, the school’s track and field star.

Regardless of how you feel about yuri content, this looks like a movie that plans to play it right down the middle and tell an honest, coming-of-age story, much like other important titles such as Wandering Son.

It’s always great to see something progressive come out of Japan, and I’m certain that this title will be no exception.

Funimation Announces June 30 License Expiration for Shiki

Shiki Leaves the Funi Catalog This Month

This is news that a few of us already knew about but wasn’t widely reported on until Funimation made it official yesterday via social media. If you’ve never seen the vampire horror series Shiki, you have until June 30 before it disappears off Funimation’s catalog.

The series first premiered in Summer 2010 and was licensed by Funimation a few days before it premiered. While it rarely gets brought up as one of the best horror series ever, those who have seen it know that they watched something special even if they didn’t truly appreciate it at the time.

Funimation describes it as:

As citizens of a secluded village die off in alarming numbers, the head doctor tries desperately to save them—but his efforts are in vain. Panic and disillusionment run rampant as loved ones’ corpses rise from the grave with an insatiable thirst for human blood. Haunting and hallucinogenic, Shiki stares into the hearts of both the hunter and the hunted—and blurs the line between man and monster.

This just serves as a reminder that licenses don’t last forever so if you want to watch something or buy something, strike while the iron is hot. Remember Baccano? It goes for over $200 on Amazon right now. Black Butler? Almost $100.

Shiki is about to join an elite group of series that never got their time in the spotlight. Series such as FLAG, Petite Princess Yucie, Now and Then Here and There, and others are part of this special club and sadly Shiki is becoming one of them. At least it’s still up on Crunchyroll.

Three New Summer Anime Promotional Videos Hit the Web

Three promotional videos hit the internet within the last day or so and we’re going to watch all three of them!

First up, we have the one that’s whole name is steeped in irony, Happy Sugar Life. This trailer is titled the “Painful” version for a reason. Yes, that’s right. This is 15 seconds of hot yandere action. Enjoy!

The series premieres on July 13 and features animation from studio Ezo’la while Nobuyoshi Nagayama is directing. The story is described as:

High-schooler Matsuzaka Satou has a reputation for being easy, but one day her lifestyle of sleeping with one boy after another comes to an end. It happens when she meets the child Shio, for whom she is convinced she feels true love for the first time. Satou may seem sweet and innocent, but there is nothing she won’t do to protect their life together, including committing murder. But from where did she acquire the little girl, and how long can their “Happy Sugar Life” together last?

Next up we have a trailer for one of the anticipated series of the season for many of you, Hi Score Girl. It’s another 15-second TV spot but it also features one of the theme songs in the background, so that’s something.

Premiering on July 13, this one features animation from J.C. Staff and has Yoshiki Yamakawa sitting in the director’s chair. The title is described as:

The year is 1991 and 6th grader Yaguchi Haruo only has video games to live for. He’s not popular in school and he’s neither handsome, funny, nice nor even friendly. The only thing he has going for him is that he is good at video games. One day at the local arcade, he plays Oono Akira, a fellow classmate but who’s popular, smart, pretty and a rich girl that absolutely destroys him at Street Fighter II. Not only does he lose to her 30 times in a row, he can’t beat her at any game. Haruo can’t seem to shake Akira off as she follows him from arcade to arcade everyday after school and beats him every time. As weird as it sounds, the odd pair begins a strange bond and friendship.

Finally, we come to the trailer that makes the least amount of sense to me because I’ve never played any of the “Tales” games. Apparently this show is based on a Japanese smartphone game and will be run in a 24-hour marathon loop at 8 pm local time in Japan on July 20, which doesn’t really matter to us because this series also received a global release that ended back in late May.

Regardless, if you’re a fan of the “Tales” RPG series you should absolutely be checking this one out.

If you’re wondering what it is you just watched, that would be 50 seconds of the title Tales of Rays Gekijou which, as mentioned, premieres in Japan later this summer.

And there you have it. We made it through all three videos! Any of these whet your appetite for seeing more? I definitely plan on checking out Happy Sugar Life, but we’ll see how far I make it before it creeps me out too much.

Via [1], [2], [3]

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Movie Reveals New Trailer

I’m not going to do it. You can’t make me and if you think that looking at me like that is going to change my mind, you’ve got another thing coming.

…..

Fine. PLUS ULTRA!

That’s right, a new trailer for the upcoming My Hero Academia: Two Heroes movie hit the internet yesterday and it is a glorious 92 seconds of everything we love about this show.

The trailer is more than just a 92-second sizzle reel though, as it also reveals a new cast member: Rikiya Koyama playing the villain, Wolfram. If you’re listening not-so-closely, you’ll also hear the movie’s theme song Long Hope Philia by Masaki Suda kick in at about the minute mark.

Is your appetite sufficiently whetted? Good, because there isn’t much time left before this movie premieres around the world. It gets its world premiere at Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 5th before hitting the big screen in Japan on August 3rd.

Funimation holds the license to this series and describes this movie as:

The climactic finals are over, and U.A. is getting ready for the summer training camp. Deku and All Might receive an invitation from a certain person to go overseas to a giant artificial moving city called I-Island. This island, a kind of “science Hollywood” that gathers the knowledge of scientists from around the world, is holding an exhibition called I-Expo showcasing the results of Quirk and hero item research. In the midst of all this, Deku meets a Quirkless girl named Melissa and remembers his own Quirkless past. Out of the blue, the impregnable security system the island boasts is hacked by villains, and all the people on the island are taken as hostages! Now, a plan that could shake hero society has been put into motion! The man who holds the key to it all is the number one hero and Symbol of Peace, All Might.

Via Gigazine

TV Anime Adaptation Announced for An Angel Flew Down to Me Manga

An Angel Flew Down to Me Coming to TV!

Big news out of Japan this morning as we have a brand new TV anime adaptation to tell you about!

According to the third compiled volume of the manga series, An Angel Flew Down to Me! (Japanese title: Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!), a TV anime adaptation has been green-lit at studio Doga Kobo (Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun, Gabriel Dropout).

Along with the production studio, we also have some key members of the staff already!

Director – Daisuke Hiramaki
Character Designs – Hiromi Nakagawa
Series Composition – Yuka Yamada

The series’ main character is a shy, otaku, female college student named Miyako who has a younger sister in elementary school. When this younger sister brings a friend home to visit, Miyako falls in love instantly. Yeah, there’s a reason why I waited a bit before I told you about the story.

The series was originally launched in 2016 in the magazine Comics Yurihime with story and art by Nanatsu Mukunoki and, as mentioned, has three compiled volumes to date.

I’m not going to lie to you, that story synopsis isn’t filling me with vast amounts of hope for this one. I could always be surprised but until I see a promotional video that shows me otherwise, I have to chuck this one in the ‘possibly creepy’ bin.

Via Moca News

How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Reveals New PV and Key Visual

Yep, it’s another isekai series filled with demons and magic and stuff.

Earlier today a brand new promotional video and key visual was revealed for the series set to premiere on July 5th, How NOT to Summon a Demon. In the video (which lasts for almost two and a half minutes), we are given a pretty good idea of what to expect from this one. I’m not going to comment specifically about what I think of this one (that’s what Twitter is for) but I’ll let you see and judge for yourself.

At the very least, we at least get to sample the opening and ending theme songs.

J-Novel Club is releasing the light novel series in English via their website and describes the story as:

In the MMORPG Cross Reverie, Takuma Sakamoto is so powerful that he is lauded as the “Demon Lord” by other players. One day, he is summoned to another world – but with the same appearance he had in the game! There, he meets two girls who both proclaim themselves to be his Summoner. They had performed an Enslavement Ritual to turn him into their Summon… but that’s when Takuma’s passive ability “Magic Reflection” activated! Instead, it was the girls who had become enslaved! Though Takuma may have been the strongest Sorcerer there was, he had no idea how to talk with other people. That’s when he makes his choice: to act based on his persona from the game!

“Amazing? But of course… I am Diablo, the being known and feared as the Demon Lord!”

So begins a tale of adventure with an earth-shakingly powerful Demon Lord (or at least someone who acts like one) taking on another world!

The cast for this series includes (character names first):

Rem Galleu – Azumi Waki
Shera L. Greenwood – Yuu Serizawa
Diablo – Masaaki Mizunaka
Alicia Crystella – Yumi Hara
Sylvie – Rumi Okubo
Edelgard – Emiri Katou
Klem – Atsumi Tanezaki
Celestine Baudelaire = Sayaka Senbongi
Mei – Yuuka Morishima

Via Getchu

Attack on Titan Season 3 to Get World Premiere at Anime Expo

Attack on Titan is back!

Hey, anime fans! My name is L.B. and I’ve been tasked with filling you in on just some of the hottest anime news to hit the wires each and every day.

Anime Expo is proving to be THE place to be this summer. It’s not enough that they are hosting the world premiere of Overlord Season 3 dub but earlier today it was announced on their official website that they are also hosting the world premiere of Attack on Titan Season 3 ahead of its July 22nd air date! Yes, you may commence your excited squees now (provided that you actually plan on attending the event, to begin with). Not only that but both Bryce Papenbrook and Yuki Kaji will be in attendance for the screening.

The screening will take place on Sunday, July 8th at 11:30 AM in Hall B of the LA Convention Center.

Not planning on attending Anime Expo this summer? That’s alright because Funimation has already announced that they will be doing a nationwide theatrical screening of the season 2 recap movie AND showing the first episode of the third season.

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the last few years, Attack on Titan is an intense, dramatic thrill ride filled with danger, blood, and violence around every single corner. The first volume of the manga hit store shelves in Japan way back in 2010 before being released in English by Kodansha in 2012.

Kodansha describes the story as:

A century ago, the grotesque giants known as Titans appeared and consumed all but a few thousand humans. The survivors took refuge behind giant walls. Today, the threat of the Titans is a distant memory, and a boy named Eren yearns to explore the world beyond Wall Maria. But what began as a childish dream will become an all-too-real nightmare when the Titans return and humanity is once again on the brink of extinction.