Anime

Anime, or Japanese animation, along with manga is becoming increasingly popular outside of Japan. The latest DVD releases, new series announcements and other goodies can be found here. Dattebayo!

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes comes to Blu-ray/DVD combo on March 26, 2019

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Blu-ray/DVD Combo

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack with limited-edition Deku button from Funimation.

If you missed catching My Hero Academia: Two Heroes in theatres last year, you can now take home the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019.

Izuku Midoriya, hero alias Deku, a young hero in training, receives an invite to attend a Quirk expo with his idol All Might. At the event, Deku encounters Melissa, a girl who had a similar Quirkless upbringing. The fun doesn’t last as a group of villains override the complex’s security system, putting their evil plan in action. Can the heroes help stop these villains and save the day?

The combo includes the feature film on Blu-ray, DVD and a digital download, an exclusive interview with the English vocal cast on Blu-ray and a Deku button (limited and only when purchased through Funimation’s web store).

Source: Funimation

New Gintama anime is in development

There’s another anime series based on Hideaki Sorachi’s manga Gintama that’s under development according to a tweet by official Gintama anime Twitter account.

The news was also mentioned at the Gintama Shirogane Matsuri 2019 event on March 3rd, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

No date for the when the new Gintama anime would air was provided.

Sources: Twitter, Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll unveils first season of Rooster Teeth’s gen:LOCK

gen:LOCK promotional art

Promotional artwork for gen:LOCK.

The first season of gen:LOCK, Rooster Teeth’s newest sci-fi/mecha animated show, is now available on anime streaming service Crunchyroll.

The future of the world is at stake as a brutal organization seeks to conquer it. Despite this, humanity’s last hope lies with a squad piloting mechas using weaponized neuroscience; utilizing this power means they need to cede everything they have to to protect the planet.

There are eight episodes in the first season, with an all-star cast including Michael B. Jordan, Maisie Williams, Dakota Fanning and David Tennant. The animation and intense action will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more.

Source: Crunchyroll

Digimon to celebrate 20th anniversary with new film in 2020

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Digimon, a new film, tentatively titled Digimon Adventure, is in the works and expected to screen in Japan sometime in early 2020.

Promotional artwork drawn by Kazuaki Nakatsuru for the upcoming film shows Taichi Yagami standing with his Digimon, Agumon. Taichi, now older than when the franchise started, is clutching his trademark goggles in his right hand, while holding Agumon’s in his left.

Source: Twitter

Crunchyroll Anime Awards live streams on Saturday, February 16, 2019

Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2019

Crunchyroll Anime Awards streams live on Twitch

For this year’s Crunchyroll Anime Awards, the anime streaming service has partnered up with Twitch to bring more interactivity to the event this Saturday, February 16th, 2019.

During the show, viewers can take advantage of functions that allow them to cast votes for categories in real time during the live stream. Crunchyroll has also included 15 new custom Twitch emotes along with eight special emotes of their mascot Hime so viewers can share their reactions. Tier 1 subscribers to the Crunchyroll channel on Twitch can enjoy these emotes for free; subscriptions are $4.99 USD a month.

Over a thousand Twitch streamers have signed up to co-stream during the awards show, allowing their commentary to their own communities. Crunchyroll and Twitch are still welcoming more to join in. Co-streamers are also entered in for prizes if they take advantage of the voting extension, allowing their communities to entered in for one month premium memberships to Crunchyroll.

Viewers who correctly guess all the winners during the event using the #AnimeAwards hashtag on social media platforms will have a chance at a raffle to win cool prizes.

The Crunchyroll Anime Awards takes place on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 at 6:00 pm PST.

Source: Crunchyroll

Dragon Ball Super: Broly surpasses $17 million USD

Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Promotional artwork for Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

In the North American weekend premiere of Dragon Ball Super: Broly, the anime film exceeded $17 million USD in revenue, and has become the fifth top anime film in the United States according to a Facebook post by FUNimation.

The legendary Super Saiyan Broly is here and ready to exact his revenge on those who banished him after childbirth. Goku and his friends band together to take on all-powerful Broly, but will they be able to stop him and save the Earth from his terror?

Canadian fans, don’t worry, Cineplex is still showing Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Be sure to visit the Cineplex web site for locations and showtimes.

Source: Facebook

Crunchyroll to host That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime party in Toronto

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Promotional artwork for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime.

Anime-streaming service Crunchyroll is throwing a party celebrating the series That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime on Saturday, January 26th, 2019 the The Hive eSports venue in Toronto, Ontario.

The six-hour event includes screenings of episodes from the second season, live music from Kawaii Bass, Slime-themed gift bags and loot, drinks, and fans can pose for photos in front of a pop-up wall.

Crunchyroll began streaming the second season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime on Monday, January 7th, 2019. Falling victim to a random stabbing, office worker Mikami Satoru finds himself reborn as a slime in another world. Assuming the name Rimuru, he sets off on adventure with new creatures to better himself and this strange new realm.

Doors open at 9:00 pm EST on Saturday, January 26th, 2019 and ends at 3:00 am EST on Sunday, January 27th, 2019.

There’s a $10 (cash only) cover fee to enter.

Fourth season of Haikyu!! anime announced

Haikyu!! season 4 promotional artwork

Promotional artwork for season four of Haikyu!!.

The anime based on Haruichi Furudate’s popular volleyball manga, Haikyu!!, is getting a fourth season. Announced during the Jump Festa event, it included new artwork with the main characters Shoyo Hinata and Tobio Kageyama.

This also coincides with the Haikyu!! anime’s fifth anniversary.

A specific date of when the new season starts was not provided.

Sources: Twitter, Haikyu!!

My Hero Academia season 4 to air October 2019

Shortly after the conclusion of the third season of My Hero Academia, a fourth season was announced, but lacked a date. While an official day was not specified, the fourth season of My Hero Academia is scheduled to air October 2019 in Japan.

This season airs much later than the previous season (which began in April 2018) and is likely due to a broadcast conflict.

Accompanying the date was a new visual featuring Izuku “Deku” Midoriya and Mirio Togata.

Source: Twitter

FUNimation ends licensing deal with Crunchyroll

FUNimation Entertainment's office in Flower Mound, Texas

FUNimation Entertainment’s office in Flower Mound, Texas

For the last two years, Funimation and Crunchyroll have shared a license agreement where Funimation-licensed titles would also appear on the Crunchyroll streaming service. As of today, October 18th, 2018, Funimation has ended that agreement in order to pursue their own streaming services under FunimationNow.

This change will see “several hundred new shows” appear on FunimationNow, with the loss of some titles; the titles shared with Crunchyroll would continue with some minor changes. My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, Black Clover, Dragon Ball Z and One Piece are a few of the series shared between the two companies. A finalized list of affected titles was not provided.

An added casualty of this is Funimation leaving the VRV streaming service on November 9th, 2018.

Crunchyroll streams anime series in Japanese with subtitles, where as Funimation was involved with dubbing shows and films in English and handling physical distribution through DVD and Blu-ray.

Sony Pictures Television announced their acquisition of a 95% stake in Texas-based Funimation on July 31st, 2017.

AT&T acquired Crunchyroll’s parent company Otter Media on August 7th, 2018.

Sources: Funimation, Crunchyroll

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