11th Monthly Topic: “Failure”
One of the best ways we can learn is through failure. This month we will be talking about the failures of our favorite characters in pop culture media and what we can learn from them. We will also reflect on our own mistakes and failures and how those experiences have allowed us to grow as human beings.
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Thanksgiving is an important holiday for us Americans. Not only we carve the turkey and share food with a friends and family, we reflect what are we thankful for in life. After Thanksgiving, it’s the start of the Christmas season. Black Friday and Cyber Monday become the big hitters for Thanksgiving for shoppers who wants to buy gifts for others and buy something sweet for themselves. If you are going to stay home and watch TV on Black Friday or you want to do something fun, we have the Macy Thanksgiving Parade. Last year, Funimation and Toei Animation teamed up together to create a Super Saiyan Blue Goku float for the Macy Thanksgiving Parade. Goku got to experience a parade with other iconic characters such as Pikachu, Spider-Man and even SpongeBob. It’s been announced that Goku is coming back again for this year.
Depending on your experience, 2019 has had some good and bad moments. In the anime community, besides the Vic and Funimation debacle, we had the worst tragedy in which an arson had attacked the Kyoto Animation building and staff. If you didn’t know, in July of this year, a man attacked the Japanese studio Kyoto Animation with fire. The work of KyoAni was safe but this attack costs the lives of many workers. Because of this attack, most of planned anime projects are all delayed and workers and families are trying to recuperate and deal with the losses.
There is some slight of hope for KyoAni fans. Fans can still hope for the anime movie Violet Evergarden: The Movie. It’s not the spin-off Violet Evergarden: Spin-Off – Eternity and Auto Memory Doll –; This movie was premiered in Japan and it will be heading towards to Australian cinema. Now, Kyoto Animation announced at their website that Violet Evergarden: The Movie will be in Japanese theaters in April 24, 2020. Originally, this movie was expected to come out on January but after the attack, it got delayed.
If you think there’s too much of Goku and Vegeta in Dragon Ball FighterZ, maybe a Broly character will take your mind off these characters. Bandai Namco released a gameplay trailer of Dragon Ball Super version of Broly. This Broly is from the movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly and it was created by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama. DBS Broly is the last DLC character for the second season pass. There is no release date yet. What do you think about this version of Broly?
If you’re a One Piece fan and you are enjoying Jump Force, you might want to keep an eye on this character. If Toshiro isn’t enough for you to get this game, maybe you’ll like Law. Joining the game is another DLC character from One Piece. The character that is joining the fight roster is Trafalgar D. Water Law. Law is Captain of the Heart Pirates and he is one of the Worst Generation Pirates along with Monkey D. Luffy and Blackbeard. Law has formed an alliance with Luffy and his crew in order to take down Kaidou, one of the Four Great Emperors. According to Bandai Namco, Law will be joining the game in December.
Law is the seventh character from One Piece that will be joining Jump Force.
You may have seen the commercials through Crunchyroll, Nissin has partnered with Shonen series One Piece and promote cup noodles. What makes the commercials unique is that with a different animating team, the One Piece characters appear as high school students in a slice of life world. Even characters like Brook and Chopper appear as humans as oppose to them appearing like a talking skeleton and reindeer. In the past commercials, we seen videos of focusing on Zoro and another one about Nami. Today, Nissin teamed up again but this time, they got the band BUMP OF CHICKEN to do a music video about One Piece and cup noodles. The song is called “Kinen Satsuei”.
Hello anime fans! If you were watching Toonami last night, you might have seen this commercial pop up on your TV.
Recently started early on other streaming services, My Hero Academia has started on its fourth season. You can watch this anime on Crunchyroll, Hulu and Funimation, but Funimation has the simuldub feature where you can watch the anime in subbed and dubbed. Now, if you don’t have either of them, you can watch season 4 of MHA on TV. My Hero Academia season 4 will be on public TV on Toonami on November 9th. According to Crunchyroll, here is the new schedule (Dragon Ball Super is gone and Boruto is replaced with Attack on Titan):
11:00p: My Hero Academia (Season 4 premiere)
11:30p – One Punch Man
12:00a – Dr. Stone
12:30a – Fire Force
1:00a – Food Wars!
1:30a – Demon Slayer
2:00a – Black Clover
2:30a – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
3:00a – Naruto: Shippuden
3:30a – Lupin the 3rd part 5
4:00a – Attack on Titan
In my past post, I mentioned that Jump Force will be adding Toshiro Hitsugaya to the crossover game Jump Force. Captain Histugaya is from Bleach and the game will be using his final arc form the manga. Today, Bandai Namco has released a gameplay trailer of Toshiro in action. No release yet, but he is expected to come out late 2019.
If you read my past post about Vic’s trial case on Funimation, I wrote that the the judge dismissed voice actor Vic Mignogna’s case against his former co-workers Monica Rial, her fiancee Ron Toye and her friend Jamie Marchi for defamation and alleged accusation on sexual harassment. To make along story short, the judged dismissed Vic’s case and this means the Funimation employees Monica, Jamie and Ron won the case.
However, it looks like Vic may be able to fight back for a second chance. According to Bounding Into Comics, it was hinted by a YouTuber named Nick Rekieta that Vic was going to appeal and then following this, YouTuber HeroHiei revealed an electronic document revealing that Vic wishes to appeal his case.
He filed the appeal on Oct 24th and Funimation will have a hearing for Nov 21st, 2019. This appeal will be heard by Judge Chupp, the judge who dismissed Vic’s case.
Even though Vic lost the battle, could he win the war or lose it? Now we just wait.
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If you are an Android user, you might have remembered the anime app Wake Me Up, Asuna. That app allowed fans to talk to Asuna and she responds back at you whether you are speaking English or Japanese. She would wake up if your phone was on as an alarm and she will always hi to you. She was also voiced by the same voice actress in the anime (only the Japanese voice actress). Unfortunately, this app later discontinued in January 15th, 2019.
Now, looks like Asuna has some competition in the app world. Once was an an exclusive Japanese app, there is an English app where you can have the explosive mage girl Megumin from Konosuba in your phone. According to Crunchyroll, there is an app called Isekai where you can talk to the characters and have them respond and perform functions like doing a timer and alarm. Currently, Isekai will allow fans to talk to Megumin. The app has just released an English pack DLC where she will respond back to you and understand you in English. The voice actress is still the same person, Rie Takahashi.
The English pack is around $7 and this will allow her to speak in English text and hear you in English. The app will be for Android AND Apple users.
Sorry Asuna, as much as I love having you in my phone, I have to move. Are you excited to have Megumin in your phone?