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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!

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

New My Hero Academia movie coming this winter

Following the success of the animated film My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, there’s another movie based on Kohei Horikoshi’s popular manga on its way to Japanese theatres this coming winter.

Promotional art for My Hero Academia: The Movie was uploaded to Twitter today, featuring Bakugo as a kaiju while a horrified Midoriya, Ochaco, Iida and Todoroki look on.

A brief 15 second spot was also posted to YouTube earlier this week.

Sources: Twitter, 『僕のヒーローアカデミア THE MOVIE』公式サイト

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

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