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New trailer for Digimon Adventure movie released, has Spring 2020 launch

A new teaser for the upcoming film Digimon Adventure: Last Adventure Kizuna was unveiled by Toei Animation at a special screening during Anime Expo this past Sunday.

This brief trailer has Agumon asking Tai if they will remain together as Tai grows older. Tai reassures his digital friend that he will always remember him as they go on one last adventure together.

Digimon Adventure: Last Adventure Kizuna is expected for a spring 2020 release in the United States.

Source: Facebook

New My Hero Academia movie to screen in Japan December 2019

My Hero Academia The Movie Heroes: Rising promotional artwork.

My Hero Academia The Movie Heroes: Rising promotional artwork.

The title and date of the upcoming My Hero Academia film was unveiled earlier today. My Hero Academia The Movie Heroes: Rising will hit theatres in Japan on Friday, December 20th, 2019.

Also included was a new visual with Katsuki Bakugo and Izuku Midoriya standing together in front of All Might.

Source: 『僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE ヒーローズ:ライジング』公式サイト

Fourth season of Attack on Titan anime to be final in 2020

Pony Canyon, the distributor for the Attack on Titan anime series, announced that there is a fourth season coming in 2020, but that it will be the last for the animated series.

A brief, 15 second video posted to YouTube reveals this, and that it will be broadcast on NHK.

Funimation currently streams both subtitled and dubbed versions of Attack on Titan for North American viewers through their FunimationNow service.

Source: Funimation

VIFF to host first ever Anime Day

The Vancouver International Film Festival is hosting their first ever Anime Day this Sunday, June 30th, 2019 with four films at the Vancity Theatre in downtown Vancouver.

These four films are Penguin Highway, Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Millennium Actress.

In Penguin Highway, penguins start to materialize in Aoyama’s home town, causing confusion among the locals. While Aoyama works to find out from where and why the penguins have come, he finds that involves a local dental assistant… Penguin Highway is based on a novel by Tomihiko Morimi.

From a manga series by Akihito Tsukushi, Made In Abyss: Journey’s Dawn follows young orphan Riko as she journeys down through a massive volcano. Joining Riko is a small robotic boy that she has named after her lost dog, Reg.

Mamoru Hosoda’s popular film The Girl Who Leapt Through Time returns to the big screen. Finding that she can go back in time to events in her past, Makoto Konno takes advantage of this ability, but it’s not without consequences. Her friends and family become affected by these leaps into her past, Makoto must undo the damage shes done before she loses everyone she loves.

Millennium Actress is the second film by Satoshi Kon where a reporter infatuated with actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, who lives out of the public eye. Granting this reporter a single chance to interview her, Fujiwara’s storytelling begins to blend fact and fiction into an incredible tale, one that combines her on screen presence and personal life together.

Tickets are available online, including a day pass for viewing all four films at $30 CAD.

Source: VIFF

Crunchyroll offers postcards from The Rising of the Shield Hero

Canadian fans of The Rising of the Shield Hero anime can send themed postcards from the series to their friends or family courtesy of Crunchyroll and Postable.

There are four designs to choose from, featuring characters from The Rising of the Shield Hero: Naofumi, Raphtalia, Filo or Melty. Each card also includes a message and autograph from the English voice cast of the series, including Billy Kametz (Naofumi), Erica Mendez (Raphtalia), Brianna Knickerbocker (Filo) and Jackie Lastra (Melty). There is a limit of one free postcard per person while supplies last.

Upon selecting a postcard, there’s an option to add a personalized message on the back. Crunchyroll handles the printing and postage for the cards.

The Rising of the Shield Hero is available on Crunchyroll, with the season finale airing on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019.

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Naruto Shippuden DVD box set 38

Naruto Shippuden DVD box set 38

Naruto Shippuden DVD box set 38

While Naruto Shippuden ended in 2017, Viz Media was still releasing DVD box sets of the animated series which has now concluded with the release of the 38th and final DVD box set.

These closing episodes delve into the childhoods of Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Hinata, Gaara, Shikamaru, Jiraiya and Kakashi, before moving onto the present day where missing villagers are transformed into human bombs. And, after all these years, a familiar face makes the decision to return home. But of course that can’t top the last few episodes dedicated to the wedding of Naruto and Hinata.

The box set contains two DVDs with both Japanese and English voice casts for episodes 487 thru 500. Also included are interviews with the English voice actors for Naruto and Boruto: Maile Flanagan and Amanda C. Miller.

Naruto Shippuden DVD box set 38 became available for purchase on June 11th, 2019.

Source: Viz Media

Dr. STONE comes to Crunchyroll in July 2019

Dr. STONE Promotional Artwork

Promotional artwork for Dr. STONE.

The anime Dr. STONE, based on the manga series written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Boichi, is coming to Crunchyroll as their first simulcast for the summer.

Thousands of year after humanity was petrified during a global catastrophe, two friends trapped in their rocky prison manage to break themselves free. Now Senku Ishigami and Taiju Ōki must use their knowledge of science and physical strength together as they journey to recreate what was lost.

The Japanese voice cast features Yūsuke Kobayashi as Senku Ishigami, Makoto Furukawa as Taiju Ōki, Kana Ichinose as Yuzuriha Ogawa, and Yuuichi Nakamura as Tsukasa Shishiou.

Dr. STONE has sold more than 1,940,000 volumes in Japan since July 2017. Viz Media publishes the manga in North America.

Dr. STONE begins streaming on Crunchyroll in July 2019.

Crunchyroll brings free anime to Twitch Prime members

Crunchyroll Twitch Prime Partnership

Crunchyroll brings bring 30 days of free anime to Twitch Prime members.

Crunchyroll and Twitch Prime are working together to bring 30 days of free anime to Twitch Prime members. This bonus is the first non-gaming loot for Twitch Prime members.

Members of Twitch Prime have their choice of free PC games each month, with free in-game items, along with free channel subscriptions on Twitch, plus chat colours and emotes.

For the last two years, Twitch has hosted the live-stream for Crunchyroll’s annual Anime Awards, where 1.3 million viewers tuned into the pre-show anime marathon, consuming almost 19 million minutes. The official stream garnered half a million unique views.

Amazon Prime members are automatically given Twitch Prime membership and can take advantage of this offer through Twitch.

Crunchyroll to regularly share data on popular anime streams

The top 20 total titles on Crunchyroll for the last week of March 2019

With 45 million users, Crunchyroll streams anime to all corners of the world and plans to release statistics on a steady basis of what their fans watch and from where.

Over a one week period, from March 25th to 31st, 2019, Crunchyroll provided an alphabetical list of their 20 most watched series.

  • Black Clover
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • DARLING in the FRANXX
  • Domestic Girlfriend
  • Dragon Ball Super
  • Fairy Tale
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
  • Sword Art Online
  • THE PROMISED NEVERLAND
  • The Quintessential Quintuples
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Also included were top ten lists from different countries, including Canada. Canada’s most watched series for this period were (in alphabetical order):

  • Black Clover
  • Fairy Tail
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece
  • Sword Art Online
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero

As Crunchyroll serves anime fans in over 200 countries, for the week of March 25th to 31st, 2019, the top ten countries per subscriber paints an interesting picture of where the service is being enjoyed.

  1. Uruguay
  2. Portugal
  3. India
  4. Philippines
  5. Italy
  6. Colombia
  7. Poland
  8. Dominican Republic
  9. Ecuador
  10. Peru

Second season of The Promised Neverland coming in 2020

A second season for the anime series The Promised Neverland, based on the manga by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu, is coming in 2020.

The date was unveiled in a short video at the end of the episode that aired on Fuji TV March 28th, 2019. The 15-second clip was uploaded to Aniplex’s YouTube channel.

The first season of The Promised Neverland is now streaming on Crunchyroll.

Source: Natalie

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