In case you missed it, HBO Max is teaming up with Crunchyroll and will allow anime fans to stream popular anime like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Berserk and other 17 confirmed titles. According to Bounding into Comics, these anime titles will be available for HBO Max subscribers on Mary 27th. This also includes all of Studio Ghibli films.
This may excite anime fans who wants to enjoy watching anime and exclusive content from HBO Max. In recent news of Crunchyroll, it looks like it’s going to be in possession with Sony in which they bought Funimation. According to Bounding Into Comics, internet provider AT&T is in talks of selling Crunchyroll to Sony. Sony currently owns Funimation. According to the site, it is believed that AT&T is selling Crunchyroll to reduce a debt which has been a struggle since last year. Some reports say that the Coronavirus is the reason why the sales have been slow.
What do you think about this news?
Movie director Makoto Shinkai is going to have his hands full with whatever project he hopes to make. According to Crunchyroll, Shinkai wrote on Twitter that he is currently working on another project.
“I’m gradually assembling my new work while following the pace of the production of ‘Weathering With You’ three years ago. I don’t have the brain power to imagine the story, the characters, and the visuals all at once, so I’ve been working on it for months and months, trying to build it up and break it down again. It’s already early summer…”
It has been 10 months since the recent release of Weathering With You was released in Japan and this movie will be released in Japan for home video on May 27th, 2020. There is no news for an English release yet. Shinkai has also created the movie Your Name. Weathering With You was released in July 2019 in Japan, and this movie would later get an English Dub. If you couldn’t get enough of his movies, keep your eyes peeled for more news and upcoming titles.
If you like spending on Aniplex titled anime and don’t want to spend money on buying individual volumes, get ready to cough up some dough. Joining along with Sword Art Online Alicization and Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Aniplex announced that the popular anime Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works will be released in a complete Blu-Ray set. Instead of buying volumes 1 and 2 of this anime, just spend approximately $200 on the entire set which includes episodes 0-25, an OVA and a mini-booklet. This anime will be released in July 14th.
Available for pre-order.
In case you missed it, Funimation got a lot of trouble in the recent episode of Kaguya-sama: Love is War season 2 due to a translation the subtitles. Despite Kaguya-sama being an Aniplex title, Funimation has the exclusive rights to stream the second season of the anime. You can watch the first season of this anime anywhere, but season 2 can only be watched on Funimation.
Reported on May 11th from Nicchiban, Funimation got into trouble from fans when one of the recent episodes included an anti-coronavirus conversation with the characters. Many fans pointed fingers at Funimation for tampering the official translations. Here is what the original said:
Original: “何でそんな遠い所にいるんだ？” (“Why are you staying away from me?”)
Original: “もちろんです！50センチ以内の接近も禁止します！” (“Of course! I will forbid being within less than 50 cm each other.”)
In recent spark of news, Aniplex wrote on Twitter acknowledging the translations and will revise it. This error was in episode 5.
What do you think about this news? Do you think the fault was solely on Funimation? Aniplex? or do you think this is just an overreaction from fans? Does this translation bother you?
Ever since the news broke out with this Inuyasha sequel, fans are stoked for the return of this anime. In recap news, we know that the anime studio Sunrise Studio will be back to animate this anime and the anime music composer, Kaoru Wada will return.
In new news, according to Anime News Network, Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon will be planned to be a fall 2020 anime. Also according to the site, Viz will have the rights to this anime for North and Latin America territories. This will include streaming rights and DVD releases.
At the Tohtsuki Culinary Academy, the first rule is survival of the fittest, and if you don’t have what it takes to become a master chef, you need to get out of the kitchen before you get burned. With the wheat of first-year students separated from the chaff, cocky former diner cook Yukihira Soma is one of the handful of kitchen whizzes still standing.
As the next round of the Autumn Elections gets underway, can he survive a brutal bento boxing match with the chemistry-obsessed granddaughter of the Academy’s director? And which of the other contenders; Megumi, Ryo, Akira, Hisako, Takumi or sinister dark-horse Subaru; will advance to fight for the gold medal? Get ready for another cut-throat season of eat, beat, and defeat!
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With COVID-19 affecting every business in the world, this makes things hard to do normal activities. This pandemic has also affected in the entertainment section in the world such as movies and anime. Unfortunately, this affected some new anime seasons in which they would be released in later 2020 in summer and fall. For example, the final season of Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld was planned to be streamed in the spring, but it got pushed back to summer instead.
Fortunately, we did get some news from the team who is making the final season. According to sources from Crunchyroll, the official Dengeki Online Youtube Channel released a livestream revealing some information on the anime. The livestreamed included Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara, Aniplex producer Masami Niwa and many more. Despite them having to stay home, they are constantly working hard and creating the anime’s episode by working on the script, storyboards and animation. Even with COVID-19 affecting work, the team is working hard to bring this anime season to life and hopefully release it in July.
As a way to promote people to stay home, the official Sword Art Online website is allowing fans to download a wallpaper featuring Kirito and Eugeo. In this wallpaper, it says “Stay Home.”
If you’re staying home and want to get excited to see the final season of the war in Alicization, feel free to binge watch the Alicization arc.
Sword Art Online Alicization official site
Whether if you already bought the movie in digital or debating on getting the movie in physical release, GKIDS has something in stored for people wanting to get a copy of the movie Promare. It has been revealed online this weekend that GKIDS will be releasing a collector’s edition of Promare. However, unlike the the other versions, the collector’s edition will have bonus extras that are different the other versions. This editions will have many extras such as soundtrack CD, posters and stickers and a copy souvenir script. So far there isn’t a confirmation to pre-order this edition. It is also revealed that if want to snag this version, the collector’s edition will be released on August 4th. The standard DVD/Blu-Ray is set to be released in May 19th and the digital is already available for purchase. Best Buy is selling their version with a steelbook case.
Are you getting this movie? If so, which version do you want to get?
As a follow up to the previous news I wrote the other day, in case you missed it, it has been revealed that an Inuyasha sequel anime project was announced.
English company Viz Media wrote in their blog page that this sequel is happening and it will have a returning crew from the previous anime. Inuyasha manga creator Rumiko Takahashi will design the characters and the animation company Studio Sunrise will return. The new sequel will focus on the daughters of Inuyasha and Sesshomaru who are also half-demons. Here is the synopsis for the sequel anime:
In Feudal Japan, Half-Demon twins Towa and Setsuna are separated from each other during a forest fire. While desperately searching for her younger sister, Towa wanders into a mysterious tunnel that sends her into present-day Japan, where she is found and raised by Kagome Higurashi’s brother, Sota, and his family.
Ten years later, the tunnel that connects the two eras has reopened, allowing Towa to be reunited with Setsuna, who is now a Demon Slayer working for Kohaku. But to Towa’s shock, Setsuna appears to have lost all memories of her older sister.
Joined by Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome, the three young women travel between the two eras on an adventure to regain their missing past.
With this confirmation news, are you excited for the return of Inuyasha?
If Bleach can come back with a sequel, so can Inuyasha. It looks like the half-demon dog Inuyasha is back according to some recent news. According to a visual image and translation, an Inuyasha sequel is in the works. Sources say that this project is called “Hanyo no Yashahime” and it will focus on the daughters of Inuyasha and his older brother Sesshomaru. It is also revealed that the mangaka and Inuyasha creator Rumiko Takashi was involved with designing the characters and it appears the anime music composer Kaoru Wada will be back to create music for the project.
I am not sure if it’s going to be an anime series, OVA or movie, but I will try to keep you up to date. Just like Bleach, I will try to stay vigilante and give you more updates.