Tag Archives: anime

Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure to tour North America in 2020

Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure
Promotional artwork for Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure.

A symphonic concert will tour North America as part of the thirtieth anniversary of the Dragon Ball series through 2020, starting with Chicago, Illinois on Friday, March 27th, 2020.

Funimation and Toei Animation have partnered with Overlook Events and AWR Music Productions (the group behind the Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concerts), to bring the music from the Dragon Ball anime to life by a live orchestra using taiko drumming, and a score by Japanese composer Shunsuke Kikuchi.

While Chicago is listed as the first stop, no other cities were provided. As Funimation’s blog post mentioned “North America”, it is hoped that some Canadian cities would be included in the tour.

Tickets for the Chicago date of the Dragon Ball Symphonic Adventure go on sale through Ticketmaster at 10:00 am CST, on Friday, November 15th, 2019.

Source: Funimation

Goku to return to the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

Last year, Dragon Ball‘s Goku made his first appearance in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the distinction of being the first anime character in doing so.

In partnership with Toei Animation and Funimation, Goku is presented in his Super Saiyan Blue form, used in the 2018 film Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

Images of Goku soaring about midtown Manhattan in 2018 were shared on Funimation’s Twitter account.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is being held on Thursday, November 28th, 2019 and starts at 9:00 am EST.

Source: Funimation

Crunchyroll Hosting Special Anime Holiday Event in Toronto

Anime fans in Toronto can get into the Christmas spirit this December with the 2nd Annual Crunchyroll Holiday Party – Anime for the Holidays on Friday, December 13th, 2019.

This festive party will include live music, and a gift box for the first 100 attendees that arrive. The gift box includes a lanyard, stickers and a gift card with a free 30-day subscription to Crunchyroll Premium.

Local DJs include Virus, Pete Ellison, Epikuro, Sixtroke and Panic Pop and they’ll be serving up some hot anime tunes all night long.

The Crunchyroll Holiday Party – Anime for the Holidays is at See-Scape at 347 Keele Street in Toronto, Ontario. Doors open at 9:30 pm EST on Friday, December 13th, 2019 and runs until 3:30 am EST on Saturday, December 14th, 2019. Admission is $10 CAD at the door.

Konosuba anime film comes to Canadian theatres November 2019

KONOSUBA -God's blessing on this wonderful world!- Legend of Crimson
KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world!- Legend of Crimson is coming to select Canadian theatres this November!

In it’s first event in Canada, Crunchyroll Movie Night is bringing the film KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world!- Legend of Crimson to select Cineplex locations on Monday, November 18th, 2019.

Shown in Japanese with English subtitles, Canadian fans will also be treated to an exclusive interview with Kazuma’s voice actor Jun Fukushima and Megumin’s voice actress Rie Takahashi.

Satou Kazuma loves to play video games, rarely venturing into the outside world, is hit by a truck. Reincarnated into a parallel world filled with familiar elements from MMORPG games, Kazuma teams up with water goddess Aqua, explosive wizard Megumin, and the disturbed knight Darkness to save Megumin’s home village from destruction. Together with Yunyun, Kazuma and his friends encounter their most dangerous foe yet. Kazuma, who’s lead a boring life so far, is in for the experience of a lifetime.

KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world!- Legend of Crimson originally screened in Japanese theatres on August 30th, 2019

Tickets are available for purchase online through Cineplex.com.

The problem with vintage anime shirts

Every once in a while, I find myself browsing eBay or Instagram and I find older Naruto shirts being classified as “vintage”. Maybe I have a different expectation of what that word means, but seeing as how there’s so much misinformation on the Internet these days, I feel like I must shed some light on this topic.

When I see auctions for officially licensed North American Naruto shirts that are supposedly from 2002, I can’t help but laugh considering the shirt didn’t exist that far back. Yes, Naruto, the manga, was available in 2002, but the anime didn’t start airing in Japan until 2002, and it wasn’t until 2005 that the series was broadcast on North American television (who remembers the Americanized opening theme?). Viz Media, with Ripple Junction, started making the tops for 2005 and selling them through Viz Media’s online store and retailers like Hot Topic and FYE. So when you see the 2002 and 2007 dates on a shirt tag, it’s for the copyright dates of the Naruto and Naruto Shippuden anime series, not when the shirt was manufactured. By 2010, the tags on the neckline were replaced with the logo and license details printed on the inside to reduce costs; anything produced after that year doesn’t exactly fit into the vintage category.

Now, I’ve been buying anime-themed shirts for almost 15 years now and I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen the bootlegs, I’ve ordered shirts from Japan, I’ve stocked up at conventions. I have some of the first Naruto t-shirts that were released for sale — you can determine this by the earlier “Shonen Jump’s” versus the newer “Shonen Jump” wordmark over the Naruto logo. Just like many sneakerheads, I can point out differences and give you an estimate from when that shirt was initially on the market.

How much are you willing to pay for an anime tee from the mid-2000’s?

But I think the real gem was a vintage reseller on Instagram revealed a hoard of new, never worn, with the price tags on tees from Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach, InuYasha, One Piece, Yu Yu Hakusho and a few others. According to their Instagram story, the seller was going to drop the entire collection in the early morning and warned they would go quickly. So when they went up for grabs, I was astounded at the price — a handful started at $49.95 USD and went up, one clocking in at an astounding $149.95 USD (nearly $200 CAD after exchange). This was in August; it is now the end of October and some of those shirts are still waiting for a new home, still bearing hefty price tags. These shirts used to go for $17 USD a pop in the mid-2000’s, so you can see why I find the price beyond inflated.

Greed can get the best of us, and some see it as a way thinking they’ll get more than a few extra bucks from a hapless fan. Uniqlo shirts, originally from the Weekly Shonen Jump collaboration in 2018 and earlier this year, originally retailed at $14.90; you’ll be hard-pressed to find something from those lines under $30 USD or $40 USD today.

Not all resellers are greedy or dishonest. Many are nice people, who work hard to get things we may have missed out from back in the day. These are the respectable ones who are upfront with their prices and do their research into the articles they sell. For example, a good sneakerhead wouldn’t pass off a pair of 2010 retro Nike Air Jordan XI as originals from 1995; nor should a vintage reseller.

Now, there are some older shirts from the mid-to-late 1990’s that would come close to being vintage, those being from Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Akira to name a few. Keys to look for are the fabric weight (90’s tees were printed on much thicker cotton than today), the design and age. Some fade quite nicely, but shouldn’t appear to bright and vibrant as if they were printed just yesterday; image cracking is also a big giveaway. And don’t be afraid to compare or do an image search online. Pictures are worth a thousand words.

So, if you’re out looking for an anime shirt and you see the word “vintage” in title, ask yourself: Is it really vintage? Chances are you’re spending extra cash that you shouldn’t. I’m just waiting for the day when the apparel that’s available now is going to skyrocket in price under the premise that it’s vintage. Based on what everyone’s selling online, that may not be too far off.

Scare up some anime this Halloween with Crunchyroll

With Halloween just over a week away, the team at Crunchyroll has compiled a list of the creepiest and scariest anime to get you in the spirit. Be ready ready for a night full of frights with these spooky series.

Parasyte -the maxim-
They arrived in silence and darkness, descending from the skies with a hunger for human flesh. Parasites – alien creatures who must invade and take control of a human host to survive – have come to Earth. No one knows their secret except high school student, Shinichi Izumi, who’s right hand has been invaded by an alien parasite. Shinichi and Migi, the parasite in his hand, begrudgingly form a friendship and find themselves caught in the middle of a war between humans and parasites.

Angels of Death
When Rachel wakes up in the basement of an unfamiliar building, she finds herself lost all her memory. As Rachel tries to get clear of the basement, she runs into Zack, a scythe-carrying serial killer wrapped from head to toe in bandages. “Kill me, kill me please…” “I will do it, but only if you help me to get out of this building.” The bizarre promise brings these two together and somehow makes them an irreplaceable partner to each other. Where are they? Why are they trapped? And what is the destiny they have been looking for? The journey of death and life starts…

Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories
Yamishibai is a picture-story style of animation whose motif is surrounded and based on the rumors, and urban legends throughout the history of Japan.

Junji Ito Collection
The works of one of the most famous Japanese horror manga artists, Junji Ito, finally gets animated! This will be an omnibus animation where each episode will star different protagonists such as the famous Tomie, Soichi, and Fuchi!

ZOMBIE LAND SAGA
A typical morning. The usual music. Their normal lives. The peace these seven girls experience will suddenly be destroyed. By the living dead… zombies. A reality that they never wanted a part of, an amazing and terrifying zombie world. They all share one wish: “We want to live.” These girls will struggle through this saga, in order to achieve a miracle. MAPPA, Avex Pictures, and Cygames team up to bring you a juicy, 100% original anime. A timeless shocker for all audiences, a brand new style of zombie anime, will soon rise.

Calamity of a Zombie Girl
On a university campus where most students are out for summer vacation, five students sneak into the library storage to look for treasure. What they find are two sets of female antique mummies from Italy. One of the members, Sayaka rips open one of the mummies and takes out a stone, empowering the mummies to have super strength and eternal life. Having stolen their “stone of life”, the two mummies awaken and ferociously attempt to retrieve what was once theirs. The only way for the students to escape this situation is to find a way to kill the zombie girls… but will they be able to survive?

Beautiful Bones -Sakurako’s Investigation-
The story centers around high school student Shotaro Tatewaki and the beautiful Sakurako Kujo, who loves beautiful bones. Due to the nature of her interests, the two of them are involved in all kinds of incidents involving bones.

THE PERFECT INSIDER
Based on the award-winning novel Subete ga F ni Naru by Hiroshi Mori, The Perfect Insider finds Sohei Saikawa, a member of the Saikawa Research Lab, and Moe Nishinosono, the daughter of his mentor, on vacation when they discover a corpse. The two then work together to solve the mysteries of what becomes a serial murder case.

The Lost Village
30 young men and women who came together on a shady bus tour. The tour’s destination: an illusive, possibly nonexistent village called Nanakimura. In Nanakimura, one can lead a utopian existence, free of the world’s obstacles … or so it was rumored, like an urban legend. “In despair over the real world … wanting to escape the tedious daily life … wanting to restart your life from scratch…” The bus headed deep into the mountains, carrying 30 people each harboring their own expectations and wounds in their hearts…

The World YAMIZUKAN
The World Yamizukan is a collection of the various aspects of darkness that exist in our world including UFOs, UMAs, curses, ancient civilizations, ESP, ghost encounters, mysteries, parallel worlds, and urban legends, whether they are fact or fiction. We will present this world in a picture card story type animation. The art will have a Showa-era retro feel, similar to the occult specials that were printed in color in manga magazines and mystery books that were in the libraries of elementary schools.

Primitive Skateboarding announces Naruto Shippuden collaboration

Primitive Skateboarding revealed they are working on a Naruto Shippuden product line according to a post on Instagram.

The minimalist image included the Primitive Skateboarding and Naruto Shippuden logos, but with no information. Primitive recently worked on a collaboration with designs from Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball series.

No release date or other information was provided.

Editor’s Note: This was a pre-sale event, with more items returning on November 1st, 2019

Source: Instagram

Crunchyroll shares streaming data for August, September 2019

Top 20 Titles on Crunchyroll for August-September, 2019
Top 20 Titles on Crunchyroll for August-September, 2019

Crunchyroll is publishing some of its viewership data from the months of August and September 2019. The anime streaming service has over 50 million registered users and 30 million followers through its social media channels.

Serving more than 200 countries, Crunchyroll shared the top streaming countries per subscriber for this time period. These include:

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

Worldwide, Crunchyroll users spends roughly 85 minutes a day watching anime; below are the top 20 series, listed alphabetically.

  • Attack on Titan
  • Black Clover
  • Bleach
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Dragon Ball Super
  • Fairy Tail
  • Fire Force
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  • Isekai Cheat Magician
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

For Canada, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Black Clover
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Fairy Tail
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece

For the United Kingdom, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Attack on Titan
  • Black Clover
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto
  • Naruto Shippuden

For Mexico, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Attack on Titan
  • Black Clover
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece

For Brazil, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Attack on Titan
  • Black Clover
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • DR. STONE
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • My Hero Academia
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One Piece

For Russia, the top ten titles streamed are listed alphabetically.

  • Black Clover
  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • DR. STONE
  • Fairy Tail
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • Naruto Shippuden
  • One-Punch Man
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero

Source: Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll to stream NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019 on October 9, 2019

To celebrate the 20 years of Masashi Kishimoto’s manga Naruto, Crunchyroll is set to stream the 24-hour event NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019 which begins at 6:00 pm PDT (9:00 pm EDT), on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 and ends at 6:00 pm PDT (9:00 pm EDT) on Thursday, October 10th, 2019.

NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019
Promotional artwork for NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019.

NARUTO to BORUTO THE LIVE 2019 will include performances from the bands FLOW, KANA-BOON, Game-Jikkyosha Wakuwaku Band, Little Glee Monster, SNOWKEL, DISH//, and FUJIFABRIC. The Japanese voice cast from the anime series Naruto and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations will live-read special episodes in character. The cast includes Junko Takeuchi as Naruto Uzumaki, Noriaki Sugiyama as Sasuke Uchiha, Chie Nakamura as Sakura Uchiha, Nana Mizuki as Hinata Uzumaki, Yuko Sanpei as Boruto Uzumaki, Cocoro Kikuchi as Sarada Uchiha, Ryuichi Kijima as Mitsuki and Kensho Ono as Shikadai Nara.

There’s also additional treats to appear during this 24-hour event, so tune in to Crunchyroll to catch it.

Naruto first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump in September 1999.

The character, Naruto Uzumaki, has his birthday on Thursday, October 10th.

Editor’s Note:
To watch on Crunchyroll, visit this link.

Source: Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll shares list of anime to relax with this fall

Looking to unwind after a long day at school or work, but can’t think of what to watch? Or perhaps you’re all caught up and need something new. The team at Crunchyroll assembled a list of anime to share for those looking to relax and get comfortable with this autumn season.

Yuru Camp
Nadeshiko, a high school student who had moved from Shizuoka to Yamanashi, decides to see the famous, 1000 yen-bill-featured Mount Fuji. Even though she manages to bike all the way to Motosu, she’s forced to turn back because of worsening weather. Unable to set her eyes on her goal, she faints partway to her destination. When she wakes up, it’s night, in a place she’s never been before, with no way of knowing how to get home. Nadeshiko is saved when she encounters Rin, a girl who is out camping by herself. This outdoorsy girl’s story begins with this first encounter between Nadeshiko and Rin.

A Place Further than the Universe
Scenery that we have never seen. Sounds that we have never heard. Scent that we have never smelled. Food that we have never tasted. And the surge of emotion that we have never experienced. This is the expedition of recollecting the pieces torn apart and sensation left alone. When we reach that place, what will we think? Howling, 40-degree angle. Raging, 50-degree angle. Shouting, 60-degree angle. A wilderness beyond the heavy sea. The furthest south, far from civilization. At the top of the Earth. We will find lights through the girls’ eyes to live tomorrow.

NEW GAME!
After graduating high school, Suzukaze Aoba joins Eagle Jump, the game company that developed Fairies Story, the game she obsessed over as a kid. On her first day as a working member of society, Aoba heads to work swaying in a packed, morning rush hour train. She manages to get to the office building all right but hesitates, wondering if it was really okay for her to take that last step and go inside. That’s when a senior member of staff, Toyama Rin, shows up at work and safely leads Aoba inside the offices of Eagle Jump.

Flying Witch
Aomori, Japan In a land blessed by nature’s bountiful beauty, bizarre things begin to take place. Makoto Kowata, 15 years old, is a professional witch. She left Yokohama with Chito, her black cat, to live in the house of her relatives in Aomori. This is where she begins to train as a witch. Even though Makoto’s powers are still limited to just flying through the sky, she and her second cousins Kei and Chinatsu surely make the most out of each and every day.

Kino´s Journey
“The world is not beautiful, therefore it is.” A story about Kino, who travels around the world with nothing but guns for protection and the talking motorcycle Hermes. Kino travels to many mystical worlds, each with its unique customs and people, and learns about the world through their stories, at times conjuring humor and inspiration or other times piercing cynicism. However, Kino’s own custom is to stay no longer than three days in every town without exception, as it is enough time to learn almost everything important about the place while still leaving time to explore new lands.

sweetness & lightning
Kohei is a single father and high school teacher who lives with his only daughter. A chance encounter brings him together with Kotori, one of his students. The three of them start to meet together to make meals. None of them know how to cook, but they all love delicious food! ”sweetness & lightning” is a heartwarming and fun experience that you’re sure to love!

Tsukigakirei
It’s the third year of middle school. Kotaro, a bookish boy aspiring to become a novelist, and Akane, a track girl who loves to run, meet in the same class together for the first time. They’re put in charge of the equipment for the sports festival and slowly grow closer via LINE. How does Kotaro deal with his growing feelings for her? Meanwhile, Takumi has been in love with Akane since first year, and Akane’s friend, Chinatsu, becomes interested in Kotaro. A refreshing story of young love set in Kawagoe.

Restaurant to Another World
There is a certain restaurant in the first basement level of a multi-tenant building in one corner of a shopping street near the office district. The historical restaurant, marked by a sign with a picture of a cat, is called “Western Cuisine Nekoya.” This restaurant looks completely normal through the week, but on Saturdays, it opens in secret exclusively to some very unique guests. During these hours, doors in various areas of a parallel world open to allow customers of many different races and cultures into the restaurant.

Wakakozake
Murasaki Wakako is a 26-year-old OL that loves nothing more than delicious food and drink. Wakako’s favorite thing to do for relaxation is to go off by herself after work and go to various places to eat and drink, even if she’s never been there before. The moment Wakako is able to taste the pairing between the food she wants to eat and the perfect accompanying drink, the happy sound of “Pshuuu” leaves her lips. Now, then. Where shall we drink tonight? *(available as both a 12 episode anime or a 24 episode live-action drama)

Ore MONOGATARI
Takeo Goda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don’t want him! (They always go for his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn! Takeo can hardly believe it when he crosses paths with Yamato again, and he finds himself falling in love with her… But with handsome Sunakawa around, does Takeo even stand a chance?

Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge
Adapted from the popular web manga series published by Square Enix, this unconventional, surrealist comedy follows an exhausted high school boy who, despite multiple attempts from his friends, still manages to spectacularly… sleep. Much to the chagrin of the energetic (at times bossy) Ohta, Tanaka is often found in a blissful state of lethargy, possessing the ability to doze off in any situation, especially in mid-sentence!

Eve No Jikan
“Time of EVE” is the latest work by Yasuhiro YOSHIURA, director of “Pale Cocoon” & “Aquatic Language”. The series, produced by Studio Rikka & DIRECTIONS, Inc. released in 2008-2009. A 2013 Kickstarter to fund the global release of “Time of EVE: The Movie” received worldwide support. The Blu-ray features an English dub by Michael Sinterniklaas/NYAV Post & the OST. It also led to the English publication of “Time of EVE: Official Fan Book” & the light novel “Time of EVE: Another Act.”

Yama no Susume: Season 3
Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children, they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they’ve decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again. They have cooking battles with mountaineering gear, climb small hills in their neighborhood, and meet new mountaineering friends as they learn the ropes of the hobby. When will they finally see that sunrise again?