It’s very rare that I don’t enjoy something produced by Liden Films, so this is officially on my radar.
According to an official site launch, the manga series Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka (Mahou Shoujo Tokushuusen Asuka) from Makoto Fukami and Seigo Tokiya is getting an anime adaptation in January 2019.
Here’s what we know already:
The title character will be played by Aya Suzaki while the crew will be filled out by Hideyo Yamamoto in the director’s chair. Makoto Fukami and Norimitsu Kaihou will be handling the series composition.
The manga series first serialized in June 2015 in Monthly Big Gangan magazine. Seven Seas is currently publishing it in English and describes the story as:
When the Earth is threatened by the sudden appearance of undead creatures, a group of young women blessed with powers from a mysterious source rose to defeat them. Now, after three years of apparent peace, the same malevolent creatures have resurfaced. Five magical girls are once again conscripted to war as the Magical Girl Special-Ops force, to defend mankind from an unholy nemesis.
So, it’s a high action, magical girl series? I can dig that.
Anyone who has been connected to the anime blogs or social media accounts have no doubt heard the whispers over the last few months. Studio Khara had begun production on Shin Evangelion and was hiring people in various fields including animation.
Last night, however, we were all able to take a collective exhale as reports surfaced that the fourth and final Evangelion rebuild movie will be released to Japanese theaters in 2020.
No other details were released for the movie beyond that which came via a short announcement video which was tacked on before a screening of Mirai of the Future in Japan.
As you might expect, this is being treated as pretty big news by fans around the world. I’ve always had a weird relationship with Evangelion, but I won’t get into that here because that just gets in the way of the pleasant feeling. [Editor’s Note: Am I the only one who can’t wait to hear about LB’s “weird relationship” with Eva? I can’t be the only one.]
The Rebuild of Evangelion series has been going on for quite a few years now, with the first movie in the series released in 2007. Then we had to wait two years for the second. Then another three years for the third, and now after about six years of additional waiting, we’ll finally get to see the grand finale. For fans who came into this series via the original TV series in 1995, this is pretty special.
Stay tuned to this site for more details as they come out over the next couple of years!
Before anyone asks; this isn’t some weird comedy horror movie. Far from it, in fact.
Yesterday, a second English subtitled trailer went live for the upcoming movie I Want to Eat Your Pancreas. According to my research, the title is a variation on something that mothers say to their children when they’re sick.
The movie features an unnamed male main character who finds a diary in a hospital one day. The diary belongs to a female classmate who is dying from a terminal illness in her pancreas. No one, apart from family members and himself, know of the illness, or that she only has a few months left to live. The unnamed hero takes it upon himself to keep her secret and to be together with her for her last few months. So obviously, this is going to be a light-hearted, fun for the whole family kind of feature, right?
The cast for the movie features Mahiro Takasugi voicing the main male character and Lynn will play the female lead, Sakura Yamauchi.
The movie will open in Japan on September 1; Aniplex of America has already announced plans to screen this movie in theaters across the United States. The movie is being produced by Studio VOLN and features Shin’ichirou Ushijima as director and writer.
Yes, the title of this one sounds weird to our ears, but that doesn’t change the fact that this sounds like it’s going to be a powerful film.
Earlier today, the official Twitter account for the hit series Spice and Wolf announced that Holo and the crew are headed to the virtual world starting next year.
In the announcement, it was revealed that the next saga in the Spice and Wolf series will be a virtual reality anime. There aren’t a ton of details as of yet. We do know that common headsets such as VIVE and Rift will be supported, among others.
We also know that the original series author Isuna Hasekura will be involved along with the anime voice actors Jun Fukuyama (Kraft Lawrence) and Ami Koshimizu (Holo).
You’ll note that this isn’t the first time that the Spice and Wolf team have delved into virtual reality. Not too long ago (this year in fact), they released a virtual reality story titled Project LUX (a sample of which you can see below).
This is exciting though because it means fans get to experience the much-beloved story in a whole new way. I personally haven’t gotten into the virtual reality realm, but if it means getting to see and interact with Holo in an entirely new way, that’s something that I would pay good money for.
If you somehow missed the series entirely and have no idea what I’m talking about or why I’m so excited for it, please allow me to give you a brief overview on why you should be dropping everything to go watch both seasons of this show.
First launched in Japan as a light novel series in February 2006, the series found some traction with fans of ye olde fictional economics 101 and ran for a little over five years. Eventually, the series got a manga adaptation along with two TV anime seasons, the first of which aired in 2008.
Yen Press and Funimation hold the licenses to the light novel and anime respectively. Yen Press describes the story as:
The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft Lawrence is well acquainted. Wandering from town to town with just his horse, cart, and whatever wares have come his way, the peddler has pretty well settled into his routine-that is, until the night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Taking the form of a fetching girl with wolf ears and a tail, Holo has wearied of tending to harvests in the countryside and strikes up a bargain with the merchant to lend him the cunning of “Holo the Wisewolf” to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels. What kind of businessman could turn down such an offer? Lawrence soon learns, though, that having an ancient goddess as a traveling companion can be a bit of a mixed blessing. Will this wolf girl turn out to be too wild to tame?
I might be in the minority but I love Funimation’s Simuldubs. They are producing mostly high-quality dubs at an insane rate. It can’t be easy for anyone involved but I love them for giving me a way to enjoy series in a whole new way after I’ve watched them subbed.
With that out of the way, Funimation has announced their premiere schedule for the summer season which reads as follows:
ISLAND – July 21 Angels of Death – July 23 Harukana Receive – July 24 Chio’s School Road – July 25 Hanebado! – July 25 How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord – July 25 The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar – July 28 Magical Girl Raising Project – July 29 Overlord III – July 31 Free! Dive to the Future – August 2 Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King – August 2 Dies irae – August 28
What’s interesting to me about this is that Funimation isn’t dealing with different start times for each series and instead are just listing every series with a 4:00 pm Eastern start time. Additionally, you’ll notice that Attack on Titan Season 3 also isn’t listed among the simuldubs which makes me wonder if Funimation has something bigger in store for it (I mean besides the AX screening… and the theatrical screening).
There are a number of series on this list that I am looking forward to checking out including the third season of Free! but none more so than Magical Girl Raising Project. I raved about this series on the Otakusphere podcast and will continue to do so for a long time to come.
If you like dark magical girl series and missed it the first time around, this is not one that you’ll want to miss.
Forgive me fellow anime brethren, for I have sinned.
While I have watched the Cowboy Bebop TV series, I just never got the chance to watch the Cowboy Bebop movie despite the many, many times that it’s been released and re-released. The shame, it washes over me. The good news for people like me though is that Funimation aims to fix that!
For two nights next month, Funimation will be screening the Cowboy Bebop movie in theaters across the nation. On August 15, the movie will be screened in the original Japanese with subtitles and on August 16 the movie will be screened in English.
The movie, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, originally opened in 2001 and has been screened in US theaters before. It’s also been released to DVD about a half dozen times over the years.
Funimation describes the movie as:
Caught up in a world of dreams, lost in the cruelty of reality.
What should have been an easy bounty turns into biological war after a terrorist gets ahold of a deadly virus. Drawn in by the pretty price on the mastermind’s head, Spike and the Bebop crew are ready to collect a much-needed reward. Unfortunately, the gang’s about to find themselves in more trouble than money when the terrorist threatens to unleash the virus on Halloween—effectively killing everyone on Mars. With little time and leads that seem more dreamy than helpful, they’ll have to use their own bag of tricks to stop a dangerous plot.
It’s another good day for fans of romantic comedy manga because Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) is getting a TV anime! Making this announcement just a bit sweeter, though, is the news that this just isn’t any announcement; it’s a full announcement complete with a key visual, primary crew, and cast!
Let’s start with what the series is. First serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine in April 2014, the series has been steadily producing content ever since. The 17th volume is actually set to be released in Japan in the next few days.
Kodansha USA has been publishing an English language version since April 2017 and describe the story as:
High schooler Natsuo is hopelessly in love with his cheerful and popular teacher, Hina. However, one day at a mixer, he meets a moody girl by the name of Rui and ends up sleeping with her. Soon after, his father announces that he’s getting remarried to a woman with two daughters of her own. And who shows up in tow, other than both Hina and Rui?! Natsuo’s outrageous new life starts now!
Crew and cast for the series read as follows:
Animation Production – Diomedéa Director – Shota Ihata Series Composition – Tatsuya Takahashi Character Designs – Naomi Ide
Rui Tachibana – Maaya Uchida Hina Tachibana – Yoko Hikasa
PonyCanUSA announced via Twitter today that they will be releasing Sound Euphonium Season 2 on home video later this month. It’s been two years since the release of the first season on home video in the US. Coincidentally, it’s also been two years since the release of the second season of this internet darling of a series.
Crunchyroll streamed both seasons as they aired and describe the series as:
Spring in the first year of high school. Kumiko, a member of the brass band in junior high school, visits the high school brass band club with classmates Hazuki and Sapphire. There, she comes across Reina, her former classmate from junior high. Hazuki and Sapphire decide to join the club, but Kumiko can’t make up her mind. She recollects her experience with Reina at a competition in junior high school.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t love this show as much as others out there did. I enjoyed the first season well enough but didn’t feel the need to continue on with it beyond that. This is still excellent news for collectors, who have been waiting patiently for this news to appear.
[Editor’s Note: It has come to our attention that LB does not absolutely adore Sound! Euphonium, which is in violation of the Otakusphere policy to love Sound! Euphonium unconditionally; he has been flogged appropriately.]
Now that Anime Expo is officially done, we can get back to business as usual around these parts. Let’s start with some hot Index III news.
We’ve already gotten our first look at the series thanks to the Warner Bros panel at AX, but now we also know who will be performing the theme songs for the highly-anticipated series.
The opening theme song (which doesn’t have an announced title yet) will be performed by Maon Kurosaki (who you might remember sang the two ending themes for the last TV season, back in 2010). Meanwhile, the ending theme song will be performed by Index’s voice actress, Yuka Iguchi.
The series is set to premiere in October 2018. Because it was just so damn nifty, let’s take a look at the trailer one more time…
– New Licenses: Galaxy Angel A, Galaxy Angel AA, and Galaxy Angel S
– New Licenses: NEKOPARA Extra ~The Kittens’ First Promise, 9 – nine -, Last Stanza, Re;Lord 2 ~ The witch of Cologne and black cat ~, Idol Connect, – AsteriskLive -, Harumade Kururu, Witch’s Love Diary
– New Licenses: The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days, Love in Focus, Witch Hat Atelier