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!

Free! – Dive to the Future – to air July 2018 in Japan

Free! – Dive to the Future – Promotional Artwork

The boys from Iwatobi are back with the newest season of the popular swimming anime Free! – Dive to the Future – airing this July in Japan.

Out of high school and bound for college, Haruka Nanase, Makoto Tachibana, Rin Matsuoka, Ikuya Kirishima and Asahi Shiina must now plan out their next steps in life. And that includes swimming.

Promotional artwork and video for the upcoming season includes Haruka Nanase, Makoto Tachibana, Rin Matsuoka, Ikuya Kirishima and Asahi Shiina and mentions the title of a new theme song, Heading to Over, by OLDCODEX.

Free! – Dive to the Future – will air on ABC TV, TOKYO MX1, TV Aichi, and BS11 in Japan starting July 2018.

Source: Natalie

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie comes to Canadian theatres for one day only

On Wednesday, April 25th, 2018, for one day only, select Cineplex locations across Canada will show a digital remastered re-release of the 2004 film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie.

The burning sands of the Egyptian desert hide a frightening secret: the spirit of Anubis. Sealed away since the times of past, Anubis has reawakened following the discovery of his tomb and is ready to seek revenge. Yugi and his rival Kaiba must duel it out to save themselves, their friends and stop Anubis from achieving his evil plan.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie will be shown dubbed in English. In addition to the film, fans can also catch the first episode of the sixth anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS.

US fans can catch Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie in two showings on Sunday, March 11th and Monday, March 12th, 2018.

Sources: Cineplex, Fathom Events

Japanese pair skates to Yuri!!! on Ice song at Winter Olympics

How often is it you get to hear music from an anime at a sporting event? Japanese ice skaters Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara thrilled anime fans with a song from the series Yuri!!! on Ice for their pairs performance at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The song, titled Yuri on Ice, was used by the main character, Yuri Katsuki, as the song for his free-style skating in the hit 2016 anime.

It wasn’t long before social media lit up with reactions from those watching. Yuri!!! on Ice creator, Mitsurou Kubo, even responded with her approval on Instagram with a photo of the pair skating overlaid by an image of Principal Skinner from the Simpsons giving a thumbs up pose.

Mitsurou Kubo’s Instagram featured a still photo of her watching the duo.

Don’t expect to find too many videos of Suzaki’s and Kihara’s dance online; the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is very strict over use of video taken at Olympic events.

Even the BBC reported on it, where it appeared in their trending news section.

Sources: Instagram, BBC

My Hero Academia season 3 starts April 7, 2018

On Saturday, April 7th, 2018, My Hero Academia returns to Japanese airwaves for its third season. A promotional image with this date features All Might, Katsuki Bakugo, and Izuku Midoriya.

The series will air in Japan at 5:30 pm JST; FUNimation will stream it online with English subtitles.

My Hero Academia Season 3 premiers on Saturday, April 7th 2018 🔥

Posted by My Hero Academia on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Source: Facebook

Live-action Gintama movie to screen in Canada

Hideaki Sorachi’s action-comedy manga series Gintama comes to life in a full-length feature film titled after the manga series of the same name from director Yuichi Fukuda. The film will be shown in Canada at select Cineplex locations in Japanese with English subtitles.

An alien group has overrun Japan, driving many samurai into hiding and giving up their trade. One such samurai, Gintoki Sakata, becomes a handyman, filling in wherever he’s needed to work. Another swordsman approaches Gintoki with a job, to seek out and secure the cursed sword Benizakura. If Benizakura falls into the wrong hands, the consequences for humanity become dire.

The cast of Gintama includes:

  • Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata
  • Masaki Suda as Shinpachi Shimura
  • Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura
  • Masaki Okada as Kotaro Katsura
  • Masami Nagasawa as Tae Shimura
  • Murotsuyoshi as Gengai Hiraga
  • Kankuro Nakamura as Isao Kondo
  • Yuya Yagira as Toshiro Hijikata
  • Ryo Yoshizawa as Sogo Okita
  • Ken Yasuda as Testuya Murata
  • Akari Hayami as Tetsuko Murata
  • Hirofumi Arai as Nizo Okada
  • Jiro Sato as Henpeita Takechi
  • Nanao as Matako Kijima
  • Tsuyoshi Domoto as Shinsuke Takasugi

Gintama was originally released in Japanese theatres on July 14th, 2017.

Source: Azoland Pictures

Aniplex to release final Naruto album with five fan-picked songs

NARUTO FINAL BEST cover

Cover artwork for NARUTO FINAL BEST.

Aniplex held a poll for Naruto fans to select songs in the last compilation album for the animated series titled NARUTO FINAL BEST. The album has eleven songs, all opening and closing themes from the two series, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, which aired over the span of 14 years.

The songs included in NARUTO FINAL BEST are:

  1. Blood Circulator by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
  2. Blue Lullaby by Kuroneko Chelsea
  3. Pino to Amerie by Huwie Ishizaki
  4. Kara no Kokoro by Anly
  5. Tabidachi no Uta by ARUMIKURIKAMAKI
  6. ZetsuZetsu by Swimy

The songs chosen from the online poll are:

  1. Haruka Kanata by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
  2. GO!!! by FLOW
  3. Namikaze Satellite by Snorkel
  4. CLOSER by Joe Inoue
  5. Sign by FLOW

Accompanying the CD is a DVD of the endings and openings, a booklet and Naruto sticker.

NARUTO FINAL BEST goes on sale December 13th, 2017.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Aniplex

Yuri!!! on ICE DVD and Blu-ray combo arrives February 2018

Yuri!!! on ICE The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD box art

Artwork of the Yuri!!! on ICE The Complete Series Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD box set.

FUNimation unveiled their line-up of home releases for February 2018 and the hit anime series Yuri!!! on ICE was mentioned next to series Fairy Tail, Attack on Titan and All Out.

A limited edition combination pack includes all twelve episodes on both DVD and Blu-ray. This accompanied by an 80 page booklet chock full of artwork and interviews with the co-creators, three art cards, a three-inch button of Victor Nikoforov hoisting his golden medal, all inside a beautiful box that has a holographic Yuri!!! on ICE label and metallic silver snowflakes. A regular edition, minus all the goodies, is also available.

Yuri Katsuki made it to the Grand Prix Finals of ice skating, but winds up last. Upon returning to his home in Japan, Yuri contemplates on what to do next, until legendary Russian ice skater Victor Nikiforov shows up to be his coach. As the two train together, they learn more about each other and what they want to achieve, despite fierce competition from another Russian skater, Yuri Plisetsky and others from around the world. Will Yuri come out on top and win the gold this time?

This collectors edition of Yuri!!! on ICE is available for pre-order through FUNimation’s web site and is slated for release on February 6th, 2018.

Source: FUNimation

Free! to return with new anime in 2018

The boys from the Iwatobi Swim Club are coming back with a new series scheduled for summer 2018. Promotional artwork for this new anime is being screened at showings of the movie called Free! -Take Your Marks- in Japanese theatres.

Additionally, fans who purchase Blu-ray or DVD copies of Free! -Timeless Medley- and Free! -Timeless Medley- Promise movies, can receive tickets to enjoy episode 0 as a bonus; this episode isn’t being broadcast publicly.

Further details on the new Free! series will be added to the official web site at a later date.

Source: Free! -Take Your Marks-

Arby’s advertising wins over anime and gaming fans with their marketing

Arby’s joins the ranks of fast food companies with awesome social media campaigns (including Wendy’s sassy Twitter posts). The sandwich chain uses their food and packaging to recreate various pop culture scenes from video games, anime, television shows and more. Here’s a selection of some of their most recent anime and video game posts from Facebook.

InuYasha

Sit boy!

Posted by Arby's on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Third season of My Hero Academia approved

With the second season of My Hero Academia wrapping up this weekend, there’s news that a third season of this action packed anime is on the way. Twitter user @YonkouProd posted a sneak peek from an upcoming issue of Weekly Shonen Jump revealing the production is approved to move forward. When that season will air, though, is not known.

My Hero Academia is being streamed online by Crunchyroll.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Twitter

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