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!

New trailer for upcoming My Hero Academia film

A new teaser video for the upcoming film My Hero Academia The Movie Heroes: Rising was released on Wednesday.

The 30 second clip briefly introduces the villain, followed by the students of UA High School Class 1-A
before closing with Bakugo Katsuki and Izuku “Deku” Midoriya preparing for a fight.

My Hero Academia The Movie Heroes: Risingwill hit theatres in Japan on Friday, December 20th, 2019.

Source: YouTube

New promotional images and video for Live Spectacle Naruto stage show

New promotional images and videos for the upcoming Live Spectacle Naruto ~Song of the Akatsuki~ were released on Monday, July 22nd, 2019.

This live-action display performed on stage is based on the popular Naruto manga by Masashi Kishimoto, which started in 2015 and have held subsequent productions in 2016 and 2017. Japanese band FLOW, which had many of their songs used in the opening sequences of the animated series, recorded a new song for the show titled “Chasing Light”.

The first visual shows the heroes of the Hidden Leaf Village; Tsunade (Cecile Daigo), Sakura Haruno (Yui Ito), Naruto Uzumaki (Koudai Matsuoka), Kakashi Hatake (Yuuki Kimisawa), Yamato (Rei Fujita) and Sai (Fuuma Sadamoto). The second image is of the Akatsuki with Pain (Teruma), Tobi (Hironori Katayama), Itachi Uchiha (Shinji Rachi), Kisame Hoshigaki (Takeshi Hayashino) and Deidara (Ryo Tsuji).

The videos include comments from cast members of Naruto, Sasuke Uchiha (Ryuji Sato) and Itachi Uchiha.

Performances of Live Spectacle Naruto ~Song of the Akatsuki~ will be held from October 25th to November 4th, 2019 at the Osaka Mielparque Hall in Osaka, November 8th to November 10th, 2019 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo and November 15th to December 1st, 2019 at the Tennozu Galaxy Theater in Tokyo.

Sources: Natalie, Live Spectacle “NARUTO”

Death toll from Kyoto Animation fire increases to 34

The death toll from the tragic arson attack that devastated the Kyoto Animation Company in Kyoto, Japan has climbed to 34.

Kyoto police announced that a man admitted to hospital had succumbed to their injuries after Thursday’s fire.

Hideaki Hatta the president of Kyoto Animation, spoke with reporters on Friday morning, stating he was “crushed by the loss of colleagues” that he had worked with over the years.

The Twitter account for the Free! anime series posted a single tweet stating that the 2020 Summer update that was supposed to be released today is cancelled.

The third episode of the series Fire Force was also postponed, likely in respect to those affected by the fire, according to a tweet from Crunchyroll.

 

Sources: NHK 1, 2

Crunchyroll shares top countries from The Rising of the Shield Hero post card promo

Back in June, Crunchyroll had partnered with Postable to allow fans of The Rising of the Shield Hero send physical post cards to their friends and family for free. Crunchyroll shared some statistics from this promotion, showing that Canadians sent the second most post cards (third if the United States is factored in).

A map of all countries that took part in the The Rising of the Shield Hero post card promotion.

Four post card designs were available: 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).

In all, fans from over 60 countries participated, with the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, Brazil and Mexico in the top six.

Top six countries in The Rising of the Shield Hero post card promotion.

Fire at Kyoto Animation Company kills 33 people

At 10:30 am local time (6:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time), a fire broke out at building that housed the Kyoto Animation Company in Kyoto, Japan. A man in his 40s was suspected of starting the fire which killed 33 people, with another 36 injured, according to NHK.

Witnesses to the event recall seeing the suspect pour an accelerant on the building and shouting before starting the fire. He was arrested and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Kyoto Animation Company was founded in 1981 and worked on a number of anime series including K-ON, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Free!.

Anime fans from around the world took to social media posting messages of condolence and support for those affected by the fire.

 

 

Source: NHK

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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