Crunchyroll Announces Four New Additions to Its Anime Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that it has added the Welcome, Chitose (Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan) anime for users in the United States and Canada, with the first eight episodes already available. Eight new episodes will premiere every Wednesday.

The site also added the Osomatsu-kun, Swan Lake, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz anime. Osomatsu-kun is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. Swan Lake and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are available for users in the United States and Canada, and Crunchyroll is streaming those titles with an English dub and English subtitles.

Source: ANN

Anirevo Announces Ryoka Yuzuki as Guest

Anirevo has announced that voice actress Ryoka Yuzuki will be a guest at their upcoming convention.

Yuzuki’s credits include Satsuki Kiryuin (Kill la Kill), Ino Yamanaka (Naruto), Shamal (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s), Arcueid Brunestud (Carnival Phantasm), Shizuka Hiratsuka (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU), Lisa Momioka (To Love-Ru), Naomi Armitage (Armitage: Dual-Matrix), Minagi Tohno (Air), Eruru (Utawarerumono), Charlotte Hazellink (Princess Lover!), Oriana Thomson (A Certain Magical Index II), and Akio Fudo (Trinity Seven).

Anirevo will be taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, Canada from August 9-11, 2019.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Expo Announces Yasuharu Takanashi as Guest

Crunchyroll has announced that composer Yasuharu Takanashi will be a guest at their forthcoming Crunchyroll Expo event.

Takanashi has composed the music for a number of anime, including four anime from the Precure franchise: Fresh Pretty Cure, Heartcatch Precure!, Suite Precure, and Smile Precure!. He has also composed music for Naruto Shippūden, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Sailor Moon Crystal, Fairy Tail, Ikki Tousen, Hell Girl, Gantz, Log Horizon, The Testament of Sister New Devil, ēlDLIVE, GeGeGe no Kitarō, and Zombie Land Saga.

Crunchyroll Expo will be held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California from August 30-September 1, 2019.

Source: ANN

Otakon Announces Hiromi Wakabayashi, Shigeto Koyama, and Hiroyuki Imaishi as Guests

Otakon has announced that Studio Trigger staff members Hiromi Wakabayashi, Shigeto Koyama, and Hiroyuki Imaishi will be guests at their upcoming convention.

Wakabayashi previously worked at Gainax, and was involved in the Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt anime. He also worked as assistant episode director for two episodes of The IDOLM@STER, and joined Studio Trigger in 2011. He was the creative producer for Kill la Kill, wrote the script for Inferno Cop, and was credited for story cooperation for the first two Little Witch Academia films. He was scriptwriter on some episodes of Space Patrol Luluco, and also directed and storyboarded the anime’s opening sequence. He is the creative producer on the upcoming Promare film.

Koyama debuted with his design work on the Diebuster anime, and since then has done design work on such anime as Eureka Seven, Gurren Lagann, Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit, Heroman, Star Driver, Inferno Cop, Kill la Kill, Captain Earth, Gundam: Reconguista in G, Space Patrol Luluco, The Dragon Dentist, Napping Princess, DARLING in the FRANXX, and Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan. He recently designed the character Alexis for Trigger’s SSSS.Gridman anime, and drew character designs and mechanical designs for the studio’s upcoming Promare film.

Imaishi previously worked at Gainax, and made his animator debut as an in-between and key animator in Neon Genesis Evangelion. He went on to work as key animator and as animation director on select episodes of many other Gainax projects. He made his directorial debut with the Dead Leaves anime, and later became best known for directing the Gurren Lagann anime. Imaishi later left Gainax and co-founded Studio Trigger alongside other Gainax alumni. There, he directed the Kill la Kill and Space Patrol Luluco anime, and is directing the studio’s first feature film Promare.

Otakon will be taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. from July 26-28, 2019.

Source: ANN

GKIDS Licenses Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You Anime Film

GKIDS has announced that it has licensed Makoto Shinkai’s new anime film Weathering With You (Tenki no Ko). The film will have an “awards qualifying” theatrical run in 2019, with a broader theatrical release scheduled for early 2020 with both English subtitles and English-dubbed screenings.

Weathering With You will open in Japanese theaters on July 19, 2019.

Source: ANN

Netflix Announces Anime Additions for June 2019

Netflix has announced several anime additions for its lineup in June 2019:

  • anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day – June 1, 2019
  • March comes in like a lion (both seasons) – June 1, 2019
  • Angel Beats! – June 1, 2019
  • A Silent Voice – June 5, 2019
  • Kakegurui×× – June 13, 2019
  • Aggretsuko Season 2 – June 14, 2019
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion – June 21, 2019
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth – June 21, 2019
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion – June 21, 2019
  • Forest of Piano Second Season – June 24, 2019

Source: ANN

Anime DVD Review: Naruto Shippuden Set 37

Naruto Shippuden Set 37 includes episodes 473-486 on two DVDs. Audio options for the set are the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Naruto Shippuden Set 37
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: March 26, 2019

The seven episodes included on the first disc presents the conclusion of the main story arc of the Naruto franchise. Personally, while I liked how the overarching story concluded, it wasn’t as effective as it could have been because of how much the fight with Madara had been stretched out, as well as all the filler that was included when the majority of the characters were in the Infinite Tsukuyomi. If the Fourth Ninja War arc hadn’t been stretched out for as long as it was, the series would have been stronger.

The first four episodes of the second disc featured short stories about some of the main characters when they were younger. Each episode included stories for two characters, with the first half of the episode devoted to one character, while the second half was devoted to the other. Hinata’s story not only contradicted a fact that was presented in the canon material, it also seemed to focus more on Neji than it did on Hinata. These stories were cute but didn’t truly add much of anything. They were more more “fluff” than anything else.

The final three episodes in this set begin a story arc that comes from one of the novels that takes place after the end of the main story arc. This story focuses on Sasuke while he’s on his journey to atone for his sins. While this arc is just getting started, I have the feeling that this arc is meant to bring about redemption for Sasuke. I’ll find out for sure when I watch the next (and final!) Naruto Shippuden set.

When it comes to the bonus features on this set, there was something in addition to the usual storyboards, clean opening and closing, art gallery, and English credits. Also included is an almost six-minute interview with Amanda C. Miller, who provides the voice for the title character of the Boruto anime. Of the three interviews with the Boruto cast members that have been included on these Naruto Shippuden sets, this one was the most interesting to me. I thought Amanda had a great understanding of her character, and she also seemed to have the most boisterous personality of the three voice actors.

Set 37 is important for viewers who want to see how the overarching story of the anime finally comes to an end. Sasuke’s story arc near the end of the set is also interesting, especially for viewers who are also following the Boruto anime, in order to understand how Sasuke gets to the point he’s at in the latter.