Hot on the heels of the stellar Yuri on Ice movie news comes this joyful tidbit about the previously announced Violet Evergarden project.
According to the news, which was first revealed at a special event held over the weekend, the new project is going to be a movie which will be released in January 2020. So that’s two reasons to stay alive for at least the next two years! [Editor’s Note: Hey, another season of Free! is airing; that’s three reasons!]
The movie project will be an all-new story, but details on what that story will entail are still being kept under wraps.
For those who haven’t taken the time to watch Violet Evergarden on Netflix, please allow me to take some time to persuade you. A gorgeous, lush piece of artwork, this series is easily going to rank high on my list of best series of 2018. It might even top it, but we shall see about that, since we’re only halfway through the year.
The series was the first title to ever win a grand prize in the annual Kyoto Animation Awards back in 2014 (which still confuses me; can you really call it a “contest” if the grand prize is hardly ever awarded?) Regardless, the novel series was eventually turned into an anime which aired this year on Netflix.
Once again, if you haven’t watched this series yet, I urge you to go do so. It starts slow, but it’s well worth your time!
As reported here a couple of days ago, late last night/early this morning there was a special Yuri on Ice concert held in Osaka, Japan that came complete with the news that we’ve been waiting for.
We can finally reveal that the new Yuri on Ice movie (titled Yuri on Ice the Movie: Ice Adolescence) that we’ve been promised for many months now will be released in 2019. Additionally, we know that most of the crew will be returning to fill the roles that made this series such a special treat, including Sayo Yamamoto as director and series compositioner.
Originally a TV series released in October 2016, the series swept the globe in positivity thanks to an infectiously inspirational opening theme song and a story that was both entertaining and captivating.
In the series, the main character is a down-on-his-luck figure skater from Japan named Yuri Katsuki. After bombing out of his recent competitions, a sneaky practice video is released of him performing a routine made famous by his idol, Victor Nikiforov. Thanks to the video, the star skater comes to Japan and becomes Yuri’s new coach.
If you missed out on this series when it first aired and haven’t gone out of your way to check it out for whatever reason, I urge you to go do so right this second, and then come back to leave a comment thanking me for pushing you in the right direction.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!
So… the third season of Free! coming out this summer isn’t enough for you? You need MOAR MANSERVICE? Kyoto Animation has got you covered with yet another all-boy series coming out this October.
A new teaser trailer went live last night for the upcoming series Tsurune: Kazemai High School’s Archery Club. In the short 42-second trailer, we are introduced to all of the main characters though we don’t really get to see them in action. I also don’t speak fluent Japanese so if they revealed anything about the story, I missed it.
What we do know however is that along with visuals from Kyoto Animation, we will have Takuya Yamamura in the director’s chair and Michiko Yokote handling series composition.
I openly admit that I have zero problems with series that focus on budding relationships between young men who must overcome adversity together as a team. It’s a itch that doesn’t get scratched often enough, and I think that Kyoto Animation is doing a great service to the community by expanding everyone’s horizons and showing them something that doesn’t involve cute girls doing cute things.
Yuri on Ice fans, get ready to set your alarm clocks!
By this point, I think most of us are aware that Yuri on Ice is getting a brand new movie that will presumably pick up where the TV series left off. I think some of us were also aware that a big announcement was planned for this weekend.
Last night, however, the staff behind this series announced something big to coincide with that planned announcement. A special concert titled Yuri!! on Concert will be performed in Osaka, Japan and it is going to be streamed for free worldwide on YouTube; A major announcement is planned for the end of the show.
The concert will start at 6 pm Japan Standard Time on July 1 (which means it starts at 2 am Pacific/5 am Eastern). Be prepared to either stay up late with coffee or get up early because this is a show that you will not want to miss if you’re a fan of the series!
Do you plan on watching this show? I have every intention of at least trying to stay up for this one, so if anyone wants to turn the comments section of this article into a viewing party, sound off and let’s make it happen!
Now, this looks like a nice, nonoffensive comedy series that I can enjoy this October.
Earlier today, a brand new key visual was released for Ms. vampire who lives in my neighborhood along with some cast and crew details. Shall we just dive right in?
The series is based off a four-panel manga series created by Amatou and serialized in Monthly Comic Cune since 2015. It has four volumes out in Japan so far, but hasn’t been picked up for an English release as of yet.
In the series, a young girl named Akari Amano is rescued by a socially awkward, mild otaku vampire Sophie Twilight who has a doll-like appearance. Akari happens to love dolls, so she falls in love with Sophie and decides to move in with her. Hilarity ensues.
The October series will feature animation from Studio Gokumi and AXsiZ, with Noriaki Akitaya sitting in the director’s chair. Tackling series composition will be Tatsuya Takahashi while Takahiro Sakai handles character designs.
As for the main cast, we know that the leads will be played by the following:
As I stated in the beginning, this looks like it will be a fun and lighthearted series that I can just enjoy without putting too much thought into it and honestly, the world needs more of this right now.
Usually, when Japanese games are censored in the west or denied release at all, it’s a moot point for me because it wasn’t a game I wanted to play. When a risqué feature was removed from the English-language version of the mobile game How to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon: Memoria Freese, I thought that the game should not have been changed, but I wasn’t that invested in the subject. I am anti-censorship, but I understand that private companies aren’t obligated to localize features they think won’t do well in their market, etc. etc. etc. It didn’t seem like that big a deal overall.
Now the game Omega Labryinth Z has been cancelled outright, and this seems a lot more important to me, only because it sounds like something I want to play. Ever since trying Lightning Warrior Raidy almost (gasp) ten years ago, I’ve been kind of intrigued by the naughty-dungeon-crawler genre. I haven’t devoted the time to play any besides Raidy, but I’ve always wanted to go back and explore the subgenre. I’m not generally a fan of ero media– I’ve seen maybe two hentai anime in my entire life– but something about the combination of really ribald sexual humor and the grindy, meticulous gameplay of roguelike dungeon-crawlers appeals to me. It seems like a fun send-up of the type of masochism inherent to the genre. Plus, I don’t need much of an excuse to play a dungeon-crawler.
According to Eurogamer, the reason why the game was canned (by Sony itself, no less) is because of the youth of the characters: the girls are explicitly minors, making their sexualization unacceptable in Western markets. This is a problem that always leaves me scratching my head, because while I understand the reticence regarding sexualization and children in general terms, anime girl drawings are not minors.
Some anime depict children that look like children and adults that look like adults, but a lot of anime media portrays characters of an indeterminate age, and you need to know the background of the story to know what age anyone is supposed to be. Anime use similar designs for characters that are supposed to be 13, 23, even 33 or 43 at times. Just to pick a recent example, in Comic Girls, Kaos’ mother doesn’t look any older than the rest of the girls on the show; she’s just dressed in a more mature fashion. One of the things I commented on while watching Comic Girls was that Ruki is supposed to be 14 years old, but successfully pulls off an “older sister” act to an audience of 30-something women with only the aid of a little lipstick and eye shadow. Age is just weird in anime and it’s sister media.
I’m not saying “age is weird in anime” is a handwave that can be used to dismiss any criticisms or concerns about the sexualization of minors, but it does make me wonder. The developers could have choose to make everyone in the game exactly 19-years-and-four-months old, and then the sexualization would have been deemed acceptable, even if neither the artwork or writing had been changed in any way other than that.
I’m not getting super-upset here and calling for a boycott of Sony or anything; actually, considering my love of PSX-era games, boycotting Sony would hurt me a helluva lot more than it would ever hurt them. I just wonder what opponents of this sort of game being localized expect to happen. If this continues, when developers of erotic Japanese games want their product to have an opportunity to sell in the west, they’ll just change their premise from “everyone is always in high school!” to “everyone is always in college,” while leaving everything else exactly the same. Does that solve the underlying problem here, assuming there is one?
In any case, reading about this issue has given me an urge to play a hentai dungeon crawler again, and Lightning Warrior Raidy was never really my cup of tea; I may have to import Omega Labryinth Z. If I do, I’ll be sure to let you know how that goes, in exquisite (excruciating?) detail.
Here’s the official trailer if you want to get an idea what the game looks like; for more detail on the gameplay, look forward to my upcoming Let’s Play! HAHAHAHAHAHA…am I kidding? I’m not sure. I might not be kidding.
Dipping back into the well for this piece of news, and I hope that you’ll forgive me for doing so, but did you hear that yokai mystery series The Morose Mononokean is getting a second season? It’s true and that’s fantastic news!
The series will see the return of the beautiful animation that peppered the first season by Pierrot Plus. Also included in the announcement is that the primary cast and crew will be returning for the second season as well! Double score!
The series is based off a manga of the same name and began running in Gangan Online magazine in September 2013. Crunchyroll is serializing the series on their website and describe the series as:
The duty of the morose guide who leads mononoke from one world to the next. Ashiya has spent the first seven days of high school stuck in the infirmary because of a youkai attaching itself to him. He ends up asking the owner of a small tea room called the “Mononokean” for help.
The series was adapted into an anime series in June 2016 and simulcast by Crunchyroll. Funimation eventually released it on home video earlier this year.
From what I understand though, this series received something of a lackluster reception, which is a criminal shame. This is a series that I watched on a whim earlier this week and I was absolutely floored that I had never stumbled across it before, or had even really heard of it before now.
If you haven’t checked out this easily digestible thirteen episode series, I urge you to go show it some love.
The last time we heard anything about KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!! was about a year ago, when it was revealed that a new anime project was in the works. No other details were revealed at the time, so everyone just kind of forgot about it and moved on to other titles.
Earlier today, however, that changed when the Konosuba camp broke their year-long silence to reveal that a brand new movie is in the works! No other details are available at this time (naturally), but we’ll keep you informed as new details arrive.
The series is based on a light novel series of the same name. Yen Press is currently releasing the light novels in English and describe the story as:
Game loving shut-in Kazuma Sato’s life as a young schoolboy in Japan abruptly comes to an early end…or at least it was supposed to. When he opens his eyes, though, he sees a beautiful goddess that offers him a once in an after-lifetime chance to be reborn in a parallel world. The catch is that the world is violent and threatened by a growing evil! Fortunately, he can choose any one thing to bring with him. So he chooses the goddess, Aqua! And so his adventure with his gorgeous companion begins–if he could just get enough money and food to survive, keep his goddess out of trouble, and avoid grabbing the attention of the Demon King’s army!
The series was eventually adapted into two TV anime seasons, simulcast by Crunchyroll as they aired.
While I didn’t love Konosuba, I have to admit that it definitely has its charm and can be quite fun to watch. I’m really quite excited to see what the staff does with a theatrical movie budget. [Editor’s Note: Just don’t give that budget to Aqua, she’ll waste it.]
Sad news for those of us who are watching the simuldub of My Hero Academia on Funimation. Earlier this weekend it was revealed that the simuldub is undergoing a bit of a timing change.
While up to this point Funimation has been fantastic about releasing the new dubbed episodes the same day as the subbed episodes, this streak is now coming to an end.
According to the announcement, My Hero Academia will now be released on a two-week delay starting with episode 50. That means that the next episode of My Hero Academia won’t be hitting the website until July 7 with future episodes being posted weekly after that. Womp womp.
This is understandable, but still a kick to the gut for those of us who have been watching this series week to week on Funimation. I’d like to say that hopefully, Funimation will be able to get back on track for same-day release, but that doesn’t appear to be happening at any point in the near future. I guess the rest of us will just have to tiptoe through the wilds of the internet to avoid spoilers from here on out. How sad for us.
Following up on yesterday’s simulcast news, Funimation is stepping up next to follow up with their own huge list of simuldubs, which will be hitting their website this summer. While many of these titles were obviously going to be there (Attack on Titan and Overlord III for instance), there are some surprises hidden within the announcements that will please plenty of fans.
Keep in mind that most of these titles do not have streaming premiere dates as of yet (I have listed the Japanese air dates, however, along with information on how fans can see these series as soon as possible such as via theatrical or convention screenings) but as soon as more details emerge, we’ll do our best to report on them here.
Starting things off, we’re going to go through the sequels and continuing series that have been announced along with their plot synopsis:
Attack on Titan Season 3 –
After recovering Eren and Historia, the recruits are put under the care of Levi. Stuck out in the middle of nowhere, Hange subjects Eren to a series of experiments in an attempt to find out more about his ability. But when their link to the secrets behind the wall is murdered, the squad must move out and find a new refuge. Except, a figure from Levi’s past has his own plans to stop them.
It premieres in Japan on July 22 but Funimation has already announced that they will be premiering the first episode of the new season along with the second season recap movie in early July so be sure to check your local listings if you want to be among the first to see it!
My Hero Academia Season 3 –
Summer is here, and the heroes of Class 1-A and 1-B are in for the toughest training camp of their lives! A group of seasoned pros pushes everyone’s Quirks to new heights as the students face one overwhelming challenge after another. Braving the elements in this secret location becomes the least of their worries when routine training turns into a critical struggle for survival.
Black Clover –
Asta and Yuno live in a world where magic is everything. While Yuno excels with powers, Asta is completely powerless. But when they receive their grimoires, the outcome shocks everyone! Who will become the next Wizard King?
Steins;Gate 0 –
A divergent continuation of the original Steins;Gate ending, Steins;Gate 0 explores an alternate worldline where Okabe abandons time travel. While attempting to forget past traumas and get his life back on track, he meets an AI that re-opens old wounds.
Overlord III –
A continuation of this fantasy series about a man trapped in an MMO that was supposed to be shut down.
No premiere date has been listed for this one beyond “July,” but fans who are attending Anime Expo will be able to check out an advanced screening.
Kakuriyo – Bed & Breakfast for Spirits –
A young girl is kidnapped by an ogre who tells her that she has been promised to him as a bride by her now deceased grandfather in order to settle a huge debt.
Now… what about the new stuff? Funimation has you covered!
How NOT to Summer a Demon Lord – Based off the light novel series (licensed by J-Novel Club), the story is described 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 a world outside his own– but with the same appearance he had in the game! There, he meets two girls who both proclaim themselves to be his Summoner. They perform an Enslavement Ritual to turn him into their Summon… but that’s when Takuma’s passive ability <> activates! Instead, it is the girls who become enslaved! Though Takuma may be the strongest Sorcerer there is, he has no idea how to talk with other people. It is here 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!
This one premieres in Japan on July 5.
The Master Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar – Another adaptation of a light novel series (also licensed by J-Novel Club), it is described as:
Some urban legends are best left untested! Yuuto Suoh gets more than he bargained for when he joins his childhood friend Mitsuki Shimoya in testing out an urban legend. When he uses his phone to take a picture of himself with the local shrine’s divine mirror, he is whisked off into another world – one heavily steeped in the lore of the old Norse myths. Using his knowledge gained from school and from his solar-powered smartphone, he has the chance to bring the Wolf Clan, the same people who cared for him, to prominence, all while earning the adoration of a group of magic-wielding warrior maidens known as the Einherjar.
The Japanese premiere date for this title is listed as July 7.
Angels of Death – An adaptation of the manga series (licensed by Yen Press), the story for this one is described as:
When Rachel Gardner wakes up in the basement of an unfamiliar building, she finds herself face-to-face with Zack, a serial killer wrapped from head to toe in bandages. Narrowly escaping his bloody scythe, she makes it to the next floor, where she meets a man named Danny who claims to be her doctor. Rachel breathes a sigh of relief, but she can’t help noticing that Danny’s got a strange look in his eyes…
Japan will be getting its first glimpse of this series on July 6.
Magical Girl Raising Project – Now we come to the final addition to the list, which originally premiered a few seasons ago, but is finally getting a dub this summer. Funimation describes it as:
For the girls of N-City, being a magical girl is a dream come true! At least, online it is. When a lucky few are given the chance to be real-life magical heroines, their lives go from sweet to deadly. And after the city decides to halve the magical girl numbers, what once seemed like a race for glory becomes a desperate fight for survival. Cute turns wicked in the prettiest death game around.
This series originally premiered in the fall of 2016, so it’s a couple of years old now, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable than anything else on this list!
Are you excited to check out anything on this list after it premieres? Sound off in the comments!