FUNimation Entertainment to Simulcast the Magatsu Wahrheit -Zuerst- During the Fall 2020 Anime Season

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will simulcast Magatsu Wahrheit -Zuerst-, the television anime of KLab Games’ Magatsu Wahrheit smartphone role-playing game, during the Fall 2020 anime season.

FUNimation describes the story as:

Based on the popular RPG game from KLab. In the Wahrheit Empire, humanity’s spirit remains fragmented from a disaster in the past where many lives were lost to bloodthirsty monsters who were once summoned. But the fate of the capital is about to drastically change when shy transport worker Inumael and naive Empire soldier Leocadio get caught up in a smuggling incident.

Naoto Hosoda is directing the anime at Yokohama Animation Lab, and Hosoda is also supervising the series scripts and co-writing them with Yūichirō Momose. Akiko Sugizono is designing the characters. Masaru Yokoyama is composing the music.

Magatsu Wahrheit -Zuerst- is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on October 13, 2020.

Source: ANN

Case Closed: Episode 981 – “Welcome to Bocchan Restaurant (Part One)”

As the Detective Boys are wandering through a park, Ayumi finds a severely injured cat. They find strands of pink and yellow threads in its claws, which Conan carefully gathers to use as evidence to find the person who injured the cat. The group takes the cat to a nearby vet, who says the cat will live but will need time to heal. As they leave the vet, a group of police cars with sirens blaring go by. Of course, Conan and the Detective Boys decide to find out what’s going on.

The group finds that the police, as well as Kogoro, are at the Bocchan Restaurant. A body has been found on the grounds, so they are launching a murder investigation. The Detective Boys notice that the victim’s shirt has colors that match the thread they found in the cat’s claws. Seeing this, they decide to stay for the murder investigation. As the story continues, they deduce that the cat must have been a witness to the murder, and that the murderer panicked and beat the cat up because it was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

When the employees of the restaurant arrive, it’s revealed that the restaurant is inspired by a novel titled, Bocchan. I liked that Mitsuhiko knew what this was, in addition to Conan and Ai, and that Mitsuhiko was the one who got to explain the story to the others. Normally, these types of explanations come from Conan, so it was nice to see this get shaken up a bit.

As the police and Kogoro investigate, they discover that the actors playing the characters from the novel are nothing like the characters that they portray at the restaurant. Which becomes important, because it seems like Kogoro, at least, kept trying to think of the actors’ personalities and motives as being like their characters, which could seriously affect deducing who committed the crime. It comes out that the victim and the owner were both rivals for the affection of the woman portraying the love interest in Bocchan, and that three other employees with known animosity toward the victim don’t have alibis that could be corroborated by others. Through talking with various employees, the Detective Boys start picking up some information on the potential murderers.

Near the end, the Detective Boys visit the cat at the vet, and discover the cat has two broken legs. This makes Conan realize that the park where they found the cat was too far away from the restaurant for the cat to have made it to the park on its own. With this information, the Detective Boys realize the murder had to have been at the park and not at the restaurant.

After this, it’s discovered that one of the potential culprits for the murder is hanging from a tree, with a suicide note scrawled into the dirt nearby, as well as the murder weapon for the first death on his altar. Conan feels suspicious that this was set up to make this person look like the murderer, but he doesn’t have any solid proof to back up this suspicion.

The way this is going, I feel confident that the case will solved in the next episode. I really can’t see this going past two parts. There’s one character in the story that doesn’t seem to have any issues with their alibi, but a piece of information revealed about them earlier in the episode makes me think they could have been somehow involved with the second death at the end of the episode. Outside of that, though, I haven’t really figured anything out. I’m curious to see what the “one truth” to this crime is that Conan will reveal. At least this one doesn’t have a solution that’s easy to guess, so that helps to make me want to come back next week to find out what happens. Oh, and I also have to add that this is one of the better episodes of Case Closed that features the Detective Boys.

My Boy Manga to End in October 2020

This year’s 43rd issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine has announced that Hitomi Takano’s My Boy (Watashi no Shōnen) manga will end in its next chapter. The magazine will publish the final chapter in the magazine’s 48th issue on October 26, 2020.

Vertical is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the series as:

Satoko Tawada, a 30-year-old office worker at a sporting goods company, encounters Mashuu Hayami, a 12-year-old boy, playing soccer in a park at night. She was treated cruelly by a former lover, he is dealing with a high-handed and uninvolved family. Both are burdened with loneliness, and they sense that the other has something that they’re searching for…

Takano launched My Boy in Futabasha’s Monthly Action magazine in 2015, then moved the manga to Young Magazine in 2018.

Source: ANN

Lee Isaac Chung to Direct the Hollywood Remake of Makoto Shinkai’s your name.

Entertainment news website Deadline has reported that Lee Isaac Chung will direct the planned live-action Hollywood adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s your name. anime film. Chung will also rewrite the film adaptation’s script based off of a draft from Emily V. Gordon and not the previously penned script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer. Deadline describes the adaptation’s story: “Two teenagers discover they are magically and intermittently swapping bodies. When a disaster threatens to upend their lives, they must journey to meet and save their worlds.”

Chung made his directorial debut in 2007 with Munyurangabo, a human drama set in Rwanda and scripted in the Kinyarwanda language, and the film played as an official selection at festivals in Cannes, Toronto, and Berlin. His most recent film, Minari, drew inspiration from his own childhood living in a Korean-American family on an Arkansas farm, and the film garnered the top two U.S. awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Deadline had previously reported in February 2019 that Marc Webb was directing the planned live-action Hollywood adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s your name. anime film.

Paramount Pictures and J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions is producing the new film. Abrams and Lindsey Weber from Bad Robot are credited as producers alongside Genki Kawamura, the original film’s producer. Paramount and Bad Robot will work with the original film’s producer TOHO, who will distribute the new film in Japan.

Source: ANN

Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses the A Tale of the Secret Saint Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that it has licensed the A Tale of the Secret Saint manga by Tо̄ya, Chibi, and Mahito Aobe. The company will publish the manga’s first volume physically and digitally in November 2021.

Seven Seas describes the manga’s story as:

Fia always dreamed of becoming a knight. Born into a family of knights, she’s the least talented among them, but she still clutches to her hope and trains with everything she has. When the day comes for her to slay a small demon and prove her worth, she ends up face to face with a dragon instead. A deadly injury makes her life flash before her eyes… and she suddenly remembers her former life, when she was a powerful Saint in a bygone era who defeated the Demon King. That life ended in pain because of who she was, making her fear ever becoming a Saint again. Now that the magic from her previous life has been rekindled, she may become a more powerful knight than she ever dreamed–if only she can survive long enough.

The manga launched on Earth Star Entertainment’s Comic Earth Star website in November 2019.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll to Begin Streaming the Burn the Witch Anime on October 1, 2020

Crunchyroll has announced that it will begin streaming the theatrical anime based on Tite Kubo’s Burn The Witch one-shot and serialized manga on October 1, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. EDT in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Crunchyroll describes the anime:

Historically 72% of all the deaths in London are related to dragons, fantastical beings invisible to the majority of the people. While unknown to most, some people have been standing up to these dragons.

Only inhabitants of Reverse London who live in the hidden “reverse” side of London can see the dragons. Even then, only a selected few become qualified enough as witches or wizards to make direct contact with them.

The protagonists of the story are witch duo Noel Niihashi and Ninny Spangcole. They are protection agents for Wing Bind (WB), an organization for dragon conservation and management. Their mission is to protect and manage the dragons within London on behalf of the people.

Source: ANN

Akira Film’s 4K Remaster to Get IMAX Screenings in the United States on September 24, 2020

IMAX has announced that the 4K remaster of the Akira anime film will screen in select theaters in the United States on September 24, 2020. The screening will have Japanese with English subtitles.

Both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas began listing a September 24, 2020 screening for the 4K remaster earlier in September 2020.

FUNimation Entertainment will release Akira on a limited-edition 4K Blu-ray Disc and DVD on December 22, 2020.

Source: ANN

Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (September 18, 2020)

It’s kind of funny to realize that among anibloggers, there really hasn’t been a lot of consistent talk about current shows airing during the Summer 2020 season. However, we’re seeing more love for older titles this summer, which I think is a neat thing.

Here are the blog posts that grabbed my attention this week:

Hulu to Stream the English Dub of the Dragon Ball Super Anime

The Fandom Post is reporting that Hulu will begin streaming the English dub of all 131 episodes of Dragon Ball Super on October 5, 2020.

Dragon Ball Super marked the first new series for the Dragon Ball franchise in 18 years.

FUNimation Entertainment holds the North American rights for Dragon Ball Super. The company simulcast the series as it aired in Japan, and also produced the English dub that Hulu will be streaming.

Source: The Fandom Post

Shōjo Manga Creator Shō Akechi Passes Away

Hakusensha has announced that manga creator Shō Akechi passed away on August 4, 2020. The publisher did not give a cause of death.

Akechi is known for drawing shōjo manga that featured sci-fi, occult, or everyday stories.

Akechi’s manga was featured in Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume and Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazines. Akechi wrote the Shimatsunin series, starting with the Meirō Kenzen Shimatsunin manga. Akechi also wrote the following manga: Sample Kitty, Shinigami no Wakusei, Pandora, and Mainichi no Ceremony.

Source: ANN