Crunchyroll Is Adding the Onihei Television Anime and OVA to Its Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that it is adding the Onihei television anime and OVA to its catalog. The title will premiere on January 20, 2021 at 4 p.m. PST for Crunchyroll members worldwide except Asia.

The story of Onihei is described as:

It’s the latter half of the Edo period when cruel thieves feared Heizo Hasegawa, known as “Heizo the Oni.” He is the head of Arson Theft Control. He never tolerates injustice and punishes criminals who violate the three articles of a thief. Surrounded by quirky characters, Heizo rids the injustice that infests the city of Edo.

Source: Crunchyroll

English Cast Announced for the Venus Wars Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Venus Wars anime:

  • Adam Gibbs is Hiro
  • Maggie Flecknoe is Susan
  • Luci Christian is Maggie
  • David Matranga is Will
  • Christine Auten is Miranda
  • David Wald is Donner
  • Seán Patrick Judge is Kurtz
  • John Gremillion is Gary
  • Mark Allen Jr. is Rob
  • Scott Gibbs is Jack
  • Blake Jackson is Kenny
  • Mike Haimoto is Tao
  • Christina Kelly is Cathy
  • Rob Mungle is Col. Simms
  • Jay Hickman is Bartender, Adjutant
  • John Swasey is General, Maggie’s Dad

Additional voices include: Andrew Love, Benjamin McLaughlin, Blake Jackson, Blake Weir, Chris Patton, Christine Auten, Courtland Johnson, David Lascoe, Jay Hickman, Joe Daniels, John Gremillion, John Swasey, Josh Morrison, Kyle Colby Jones, Mike Haimoto, Rob Mungle, Scott Gibbs, and Ty Mahany.

Mike Haimoto is directing the dub.

Source: ANN

Attack on Titan Final Season: Episode 6 – “The War Hammer Titan”

The episode opens by backtracking to Willy Tybur’s departure to the event. We get to see him saying goodbye to his family, as well as talking with his military escort as they ride in a carriage to the event. At first, I thought this was simply done to remind the audience of what was happening, but when we return to the event, we see Willy Tybur falling into the Founding Titan’s mouth to his death. This made me think that the scenes we saw leading up to this could also represent Willy’s life flashing before his eyes before he dies.

But from here, the situation turns into utter chaos. Willy’s younger sister, who has come to the event, transforms into the War Hammer Titan, and a battle between her and the Founding Titan commences. Their fighting causes both military and civilian casualties as the spectators try to flee. In the chaos, two of the Warrior Candidates are killed (one has a heavy object fall on them, the other is trampled to death by the fleeing audience members). Pieck and Porco are rescued and are working toward joining the battle. It’s interesting to note that we never see either Falco or Reiner in this episode. At this point, all the audience can assume is that they have taken cover in the basement where they had been talking to Eren.

Just as it seems the War Hammer Titan is about to finish off Eren, the Survey Corps arrives. Mikasa seems to take the War Hammer Titan down, and begs Eren to return to Paradis Island. But, it turns out the War Hammer Titan isn’t down for the count, and Eren realizes that something seemed off about this Titan’s transformation. When he realizes what the deal is, he transforms back into the Founding Titan and proceeds with a plan.

I have to say, it was nice to see the Survey Corps again, especially getting to see how much they’ve changed in appearance over the four years that elapsed during the time skip between the third and fourth seasons. Their new looks will take some getting used to, but having them look so different is very realistic, especially when you take into account that most of our main characters weren’t full-grown adults yet at the end of the third season.

At the end of the writeup for the previous episode, I made a mention of how I expected this episode to the exciting and action-packed. There was definitely plenty of action, although “excitement” probably isn’t the right word for what happened here. The tension was high, and the mood was definitely dark when you take into account all the death and destruction that takes place. And this week’s episode ends in such a way that the action and heightened tension will continue into the next episode. But the story is now moving forward in a big way after taking a few episodes to establish Marley and the Warrior Candidates, as well as setting the stage for what’s happening now with Falco’s friendship with “Mr. Krueger.” While I have read this part of the manga before, it’s been quite a while, so I don’t entirely remember what’s going to happen next… so I’m looking forward to next week’s episode to getting my memory refreshed.

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Toei Animation Commemorates World Trigger Season 2 Premiere With Global Livestream Fan Event on January 30, 2021

On the heels of last week’s worldwide premiere of Season 2, Toei Animation Inc. has released details for its special World Trigger livestream event teased to fans just before Christmas. To celebrate the new season’s launch, Toei Animation will host its first-ever virtual global fan event – the World Trigger Season 2 Global Livestream Watch Party – on Saturday, January 30, 2021 when anime fans across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe can come together for this special simulcast event on Toei Animation’s U.S. Facebook and YouTube channels. Hosted by social media personalities Justin Rojas and LiSA Wallen, the World Trigger Season 2 Global Livestream Watch Party will include a series introduction and special video message to fans from Japanese cast members Tomo Muranaka (voice of Yūma Kuga), Kenta Tanaka (voice of Sumiharu Inukai), Toshiyuki Toyonaga (voice of Ratarykov) and Ayumu Murase (voice of Reghindetz) followed a screening of World Trigger Season 2 Episodes 1 and 2 (in Japanese with English subtitles) along with post-episode discussions and promotional giveaways. This two-hour fan event starts at 5:00 pm Pacific / 8:00 pm Eastern. International local times include: 7:00 pm Mexico City, 10:00 pm São Paulo, 2:00 am Paris (Sunday) and 12:00 pm Sydney (Sunday). Each episode will be followed by host commentary along with fan giveaways.

Based on the sci-fi action manga serialized by Shueisha, World Trigger was originally released by Toei Animation as a 73-episode series in 2014-2016. For the production of Seasons 2 & 3, Toei Animation has brought together a new series director, Morio Hatano, with the original voice cast and key members of the original staff including Hiroyuki Yoshino (series composition writer for Episodes 1-48), Kenji Kawai (music composer) and Toshihisa Kaiya (character designer).

Season 2 Synopsis:

Border Defence Agency was established to counter the attacks from the “Neighbors,” beings from the other world possessing unknown forces. A low rank Border agent, Osamu Mikumo, teams up with a Neighbor, Yuma Kuga, and a childhood friend, Chika Amatori. They strive to win through the Rank Wars within the Border to be selected for the away squads to the “Neighborhood,” the other world. Meanwhile, another attack from the Neighborhood was detected. Mikado City is still damaged from the second large-scale invasion by the largest military nation, Aftokrator. To prevent panic among the city and citizens, Border arranges a confidential interception based on the foresight of Yuichi Jin by mainly deploying selected A-Rank elite squads. But when a Gate appears, and Attacker rank #1 Kei Tachikawa set to take action, Jin sees an ominous future.

English Cast Announced for the Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear anime:

  • Marissa Lenti is Yuna
  • Xanthe Huynh is Fina
  • Mallorie Rodak is Helen
  • Steph Garrett is Kai
  • Lindsay Seidel is Kumakyu, Kumayuru
  • Justin Duncan is Lanz
  • Jamal Sterling is Ralock

Jad Saxton is directing the dub.
The English dub will be premiering on FunimationNow on January 20, 2021.

Source: ANN

Anime DVD Review: Pokemon Adventures in the Orange Islands The Complete Collection

Pokemon Adventures in the Orange Islands The Complete Collection includes 34 episodes of the Orange Islands episodes on three DVDs. This is labeled as being a complete collection two episodes are not included on this set (“Stage Fight” and “The Mandarin Island Miss Match”). Both of these episodes would have been removed due to Jynx’s appearance.

Pokemon Adventures in the Orange Islands The Complete Collection
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: May 5, 2015

After losing the match at the Indigo Stadium, Ash makes a quick stop at home in Pallet Town before heading on his way to the Orange Islands to compete in the Orange League. Ash’s original traveling companions are Misty and Brock, but Brock leaves the group to work on Pokemon research with Professor Ivy. Ash and Misty meet Tracey Sketchit, a young man who enjoys drawing pictures of Pokemon. Tracey accompanies Ash and Misty as they journey through the Orange Islands. When it comes to the change in traveling companions, I feel that replacing Brock with Tracey was a mistake. I think that Tracey really didn’t add anything to the franchise, either during the Orange Islands or in the future sections of the series, and I found him to be on the annoying side. Yes, Brock’s constant flirting with girls could be annoying, but I thought Tracey managed to edge Brock out in the annoying department.

During the course of these episodes, Ash earns the four badges he needs to compete against Drake, the Orange League champion. After a hard-fought battle, Ash comes out the victor and earns a spot in the Orange League Hall of Fame. For many years, this would be Ash’s biggest accomplishment in the Pokemon anime.

After having an 80-episode journey through the Kanto Region, the Orange Islands section is a nice break before Ash heads off to the next region to continue his quest to become a Pokemon Master. Even though Ash doesn’t truly enter a new region, there’s still a noticeable shift in the feel of the anime. This is due in large part, of course, to replacing Brock with Tracey, but there was more to this shift than that. I’m not entirely sure I can truly put it into words. I think this is something you can only truly understand if you watch and experience it for yourself.

When it comes to this DVD release, it’s clear that VIZ Media really didn’t put a lot of effort into it. The DVD menus look like they were done on the cheap and feel more like menus that would have been made in the earlier days of the DVD format (early 2000’s) than a menu that would have been made for an item released in the 2010’s. I know that this release compiles three single disc releases together, so perhaps VIZ simply took those original singles releases and did nothing to update the menus for this release. But even for the time period those singles would have been released, these menus still look and feel cheaply done. On the menu, there is an option for “subtitles,” even though only the English dub is included. There is an option to turn on “English Subtitles,” This may sound strange at first, this is likely meant to be an option to be used for viewers who have impaired hearing. I think VIZ should be applauded for thinking about these viewers and making it that they can also enjoy the episodes included in the set.

On the first disc, the only extra is a preview for the Pokemon 4Ever film. This is the theatrical trailer for the film. There are no bonus features on either the second or the third disc.

Even though this a very budget line release, Pokemon Adventures in the Orange Islands The Complete Collection is still the only way to get these Pokemon episodes on home video in the United States. If you’re a Pokemon fan that wants to own as many episodes of the series as they can on home video, then you have to acquire this release in order to have the episodes set in the Orange Islands.

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Hulu Adds the Third Season of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Anime

The Fandom Post is reporting that Hulu is now streaming the third season of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime. According to the report, the entire season is available on the service in the original Japanese language with English subtitles.

The story of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is described as:

Some adventurers delve into the sprawling labyrinths beneath the city of Orario to find fame and fortune. Others come to test their skills against the legions of monsters lurking in the darkness below. However, Bell Cranel’s grandfather told him a different reason: it’s a great place to rescue (and subsequently meet) girls. Now that Bell’s a dungeon delver himself, the ladies he’s encountering aren’t the helpless damsels in distress he’d imagined, and one of them, the beautiful swordswoman Ais Wallenstein, keeps rescuing Bell instead. As embarrassing as that is, it’s nothing compared to what happens when goddesses get involved. Freya, Hephaistos, and Loki, with their powerful Familias, are intimidating enough, but there’s one goddess whose relationship with Bell is certain to spark trouble.

Source: The Fandom Post

Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku Manga to End on January 25, 2021

Yūji Kaku has announced that the Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku manga will end with its 127th chapter, which will be published on January 25, 2021.

The story of the manga is described as:

Gabimaru, once exalted as the strongest ninja, but who has now quit his trade, violates the laws of his village. After being captured, he claims he has nothing left to live for. However, due to his superhuman levels of training, he has inadvertently survived multiple executions, from attempts at beheading to burning at the stake. The executioner Sagiri Asaemon tells him that he has lingering attachment to life, and issues him a mission to win his acquittal: to find the elixir of immortality.

Kaku launched Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ website and app in January 2018. VIZ Media is releasing the manga digitally through its Shonen Jump service, and Shueisha is also releasing the manga through its MANGA Plus service. VIZ Media also releases the manga in print.

Source: ANN

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: Episode 15 – “Farewell Under the Lunar Eclipse”

First of all, I’ve got to say: YES! We finally get answers to a lot of the questions that the series has raised up to this point. There’s still a handful of unanswered questions, but most of the big ones now have answers. Unfortunately, you had to have some serious patience to get here. Viewers who were able to make it through some of the slower pacing early on, as well as being willing to come back after watching the problematic Episode 14, were rewarded immensely.

The framework for the episode is that Riku is telling a story that first started 18 years prior to the beginning of the series. We see Riku talking with Hosenki II, a character who created a black pearl using Riku’s rainbow pearl and Lady Izayoi’s rouge. Hosenki II delivers the black pearl and the rouge to Inuyasha. The black pearl is a gateway to the grave of the Great Dog-Demon (Inuyasha’s father), and he immediately puts it in his eye. Kagome insists on holding on to the rouge, so Inuyasha doesn’t do something irresponsible with this other keepsake from his mother.

The story then skips ahead to the time that Rin is giving birth to the twins. Yes, we finally got official confirmation that Rin is Towa and Setsuna’s mother. There had been some hints dropped throughout the series up to this point, but this is the official confirmation. As a very pregnant Kagome is on her way to see Rin, she notices that a lunar eclipse is starting. She is stopped by Riku, who warns her about a comet that’s on it’s way and visits every 500 years. Previously, the Great Dog-Demon and Kirinmaru had defeated the comet fragment that threatened the Earth. He asks Kagome to convince Sesshomaru and Inuyasha to work together in order to defeat it. She is told the comet will arrive in seven days’ time. Meanwhile, Seeshomaru is approached by Zero, a mystery demon who has connections with the currently slumbering Kirinmaru. She warns him that Kirinmaru will soon awaken, and that his twin daughters are going to be in danger. This explains why Sesshomaru takes the twins away shortly after their birth. Jaken creates a barrier and says he will raise the twins until such a time that he can bring Rin to the barrier. We obviously know that Rin never made it to the barrier, but this episode doesn’t answer how Rin ended up in suspended animation in the Tree of Ages. So that’s one of the major questions that’s still left unanswered.

After this, we see Sesshomaru and Inuyasha successfully destroy the comet fragment, and everything seems to be fine. But then, we see Kirinmaru awakened and being informed about Sesshomaru taking a human wife and the birth of the half-demon twins. He also learns that a quarter-demon child is soon to be born. Apparently, the Shikon Jewel had left a prophecy that something that should not exist and “not of this world” would destroy Kirinmaru, and Zero pieces together that the half-demon girls and the quarter-demon soon to be born could be the ones to fulfill the prophecy. Sesshomaru barges in, and says he he will help Kirinmaru kill Inuyasha.

We then skip to the flashback scene of Kirinmaru and Sesshomaru approaching as Kagome asks Hachi to take Moroha away to safety. We then get to see what happens afterward, and it turns out Sesshomaru isn’t there to help Kirinmaru. After taking the black pearl out of Inuyasha’s eye, he uses it to send Inuyasha and Kagome to the Dog-Demon’s grave. Now we know what happened to Inuyasha and Kagome, and why we haven’t seen them this whole time. My guess is that when the time comes, Sesshomaru will use the black pearl to bring them back. It’s also revealed where Moroha went to: Hachi took her to Koga’s wolf tribe. Knowing this, Moroha’s clothing style and behavior make a lot of sense, since she would have been raised by the wolf tribe. But we still don’t know how Moroha has acquired the debt that she’s so desperately trying to pay off. So there’s a second unanswered question. Although, from the preview, we may potentially get an answer to this in the next episode.

And then we see the first scene from the second episode, when Towa and Setsuna were separated by the forest fire. We still don’t get to see what happened to Setsuna, so there’s another unanswered question left hanging out there. At this point, we return to Riku, saying that’s all he’s going to tell, and chides the audience for being so hasty. Let’s face it, the writers were smart enough to know that the audience would be left wondering what happened to Setsuna, so they used Riku’s personality to bring across the idea that they were aware of this. But it’s interesting to note that Riku ended up being an important player in the events depicted in this episode. Riku is still rather mysterious, and I’m still not entirely sure if he should be seen as a hero, a villain, or as an anti-hero. Maybe we can count that as another unanswered question?

Overall, though, I’m glad that several of the major questions hanging over this series have finally been answered. But could we have had this episode somehow happen a little earlier, or have the information in this information sprinkled in throughout the series up to this point? By waiting until the 15th episode, they were really asking the audience to be patient, but they risked losing audience members who simply don’t have the patience to wait this long.

But it’s going to be interesting to see how Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon progresses from here.

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Moriking Manga Ends

Tomohiro Hasegawa’s Moriking (Shinrin Ōsha Mori King or Forest Ruler Mori King) manga has ended with its 35th chapter in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.

The story of the manga is described as:

Third-grader Shota Aikawa’s pet beetle evolves from a larva to a pupa to a superhot human. The wacky adventures of the Aikawa family and the fabulous beetle who would be king now begins. You’re gonna LARVA this new comedy manga.

Moriking debuted in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on April 13, 2020. VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump service launched the manga in English. MANGA Plus also published the manga in English.

Source: ANN