Death Note to Get a New Netflix Live-Action Adaptation by the Creators of Stranger Things

Entertainment news website Deadline has reported on Wednesday that Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, also known as the Duffer Brothers, are working on a new live-action series adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note manga with Netflix at their newly formed studio Upside Down Pictures. Deadline states that this will be a “new take” from Netflix’s previous live-action Death Note film. The previous live-action adaptation premiered on Netflix in August 2017.

In Ohba and Obata’s original 2003-2006 manga, teenager Light Yagami finds a notebook with which he can put people to death by writing their names. He begins a self-anointed crusade against the criminals of the world, and a cat-and-mouse game begins with the authorities and one idiosyncratic genius detective.

Source: ANN

HIDIVE to Simulcast the Fourth Season of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Anime

HIDIVE has announced that it will simulcast the fourth season of the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime, which will include Episode 0.

The service will begin streaming Episode 0 on July 8, 2022 at 1:05 p.m. EDT, and then it will begin simulcasting the fourth season of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? on July 21, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EDT.

The fourth season is described as:

Intrepid adventurer Bell Cranel has leveled up, but he can’t rest on his dungeoneering laurels just yet. The Hestia Familia still has a long way to go before it can stand toe-to-toe with the other Familias of Orario — but before Bell can set out on his next mission, reports of a brutal murder rock the adventuring community. One of Bell’s trusted allies stands accused of the horrible crime, and it’s up to Bell and his friends to clear their name and uncover a nefarious plot brewing in the dungeon’s dark depths.

Source: HIDIVE

Anime Blu-ray Review: Eureka Seven: AO Complete Series

Eureka Seven: AO Complete Series is a four-disc Blu-ray set that includes all 24 episodes of the series, as well as one of the OVAs. This set takes the original two sets that were released for the series in 2013 and 2014 and combines them together. The set includes both the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Eureka Seven: AO Complete Series
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: June 23, 2020

The series is set in 2025, and the main character is a boy named Ao. He lives on the island of Iwato Jima in Okinawa. His friend, Naru, had an encounter with a Scub Coral 10 years earlier and has some of it within her. Scub Corals have been causing problems across the world for a while, and more people are becoming infected by them. But where a Scub Coral appears, entities known as Secrets also appear.

During the incident 10 years earlier with the Scub Coral that infected Naru, Ao’s mother Eureka vanished without a trace. Fans of the original Eureka Seven can see that this is the same Eureka from the original series, but it doesn’t become clear for quite a bit of the series about how Eureka ended up almost 10,000 years in the past.

Ao’s adventure begins when he stumbles upon three smugglers (Gazelle, Pippo, and Han Juno) trying to smuggle some items to the Japanese Armed Forces. During an incident when a Scub Coral appears, a bracelet falls out of the briefcase. Ao picks it up, and later realizes it was once owned by his long-lost mother. This bracelet allows him to pilot the Nirvash (a mecha) that had belonged to his mother.

Ao joins a group called Generation Bleu in the hopes of finding his mother and learning more about his birth. He becomes part of a team called The Piped Pipers, which includes Fleur Blanc and Elena Peoples. Fleur is the daughter of Generation Bleu’s CEO, and Elena is a mysterious girl with secrets. One of her secrets has a connection to Eureka.

After joining Generation Bleu, Ao encounters a stranger named Truth, who has a deep hatred for Eureka because of what happened 10 years earlier and is determined to acquire Nirvash for his own. When he learns Ao is Eureka’s son, his hatred passes down to Ao. Truth also manipulates Ao’s friend Naru into siding with him.

There’s also a bit of political intrigue going on in the series. Okinawa wants to assert its independence from Japan. Meanwhile, Generation Bleu, Japan, and the United States are trying to acquire the quartz from the Scub Coral, which causes a problem when it’s revealed that Generation Bleu has been hoarding quartz in its space station.

During the series, the quartz that Generation Bleu has gathered from various Scub Corals become a weapon for the Nirvash. When it’s fired, though, it has the ability to rewrite events, which causes problems for Ao.

Eureka Seven: AO relies heavily on time travel and alternate universes in order to set up the story that’s presented in the series. While there were some interesting ideas being explored by utilizing these concepts, I wasn’t entirely convinced that the execution of those ideas was as strong as it could have been. Also, it felt like there was a lot going on and a lot to try to keep track of, between the time travel, Truth and his manipulation, and the various political intrigues taking place. Not to mention the teenage drama that characters like Ao, Fleur, and Elena go through. And then there’s the three smugglers and what they go through after joining Generation Bleu. As the series progressed, it felt like there was just so much I was trying to process and keep straight as a viewer. By the end of the series, the story felt kind of dense to me.

The OVA that was included in this release is set shortly after Ao joins Generation Bleu. It’s rather light-hearted in nature, and in the long run, didn’t really add anything to the series. The best bits were the references that were made to Ranma 1/2 in one of the scenes, and the fact that when Ao is dressed up as a girl, he’s dressed up in Eureka’s signature outfit from the original Eureka Seven anime. Honestly, outside of those two things, I found the OVA to be rather forgettable.

When all is said and done, I think that Eureka Seven: AO isn’t as strong of a series as the original Eureka Seven. However, I can say I did enjoy it more than I did the Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers anime film.

The Blu-rays included in this set have the video in 1080p High Definition 16:9 (HD Native). For the audio, it includes Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 2.0. I had no complaints about either the video or the audio quality for the episodes included on this release.

Since this release simply combines the two sets that were originally released for Eureka Seven: AO back in 2013 and 2014, the breakout of the episodes and bonus features aren’t what you would expect from a four-disc set. The first and third discs only include one episode commentary on them. The first disc includes a commentary for Episode Five, while the third disc includes a commentary for Episode 13.

The second disc includes several bonus features. The first is “Inside The Booth: Eureka Seven AO.” This runs for about 14 minutes and includes interviews and footage featuring Brandon Potter (the English voice for Gazelle) and Zach Bolton (the ADR Director for Eureka Seven AO). They talk about working on the series, and we also get to see footage of Brandon doing some recording for the dub. This isn’t a bad feature for what it is.

There is a commentary for Episode 10 on this disc. “Original Commercials” runs for a little over three minutes, and this includes Japanese television commercials to promote Eureka Seven: AO. There are four different textless versions for the first opening song, “Escape,” as well as three different textless versions for the first ending song, “Stand By Me.” The U.S. Trailer is the English trailer to promote the first half of the original Eureka Seven: AO home video release, which came out back in 2013. Trailers include trailers for properties that FUNimation Entertainment was promoting at the time the first half of Eureka Seven: AO was released.

The fourth disc includes a video commentary for Episode 21, as well as a regular commentary for Episode 24. “Promotional Videos” runs for about 10 minutes and includes a handful of videos that were made in Japan to promote the release of Eureka Seven: AO. The first video that was included in this feature didn’t make much sense to me, because it featured a song that I have no recollection of hearing in the series and included random images from throughout the entirety of Eureka Seven: AO. It felt like a random music video that had no context to it whatsoever. The other videos included in this feature made sense to me.

There is a textless version for the first opening song, “Escape,” as well as three textless versions for the second opening song, “Blazblue.” There is also one textless version each for the first closing song, “Stand By Me,” and the second closing song, “Iolite.” The U.S. Trailer included on this disc is the English trailer to promote the second half of the original Eureka Seven: AO home video release, which came out back in 2014. Trailers include trailers for properties that FUNimation Entertainment was promoting at the time the second half of Eureka Seven: AO was released.

If you’re a fan of the Eureka Seven: AO anime series and haven’t added it to your home anime library yet, I would recommend this Blu-ray release for the series. With this set, you get the entirety of the series in one package, and it’s ultimately a little cheaper than buying the two original sets separately.

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ABLAZE Launches the New Shonen Manga Series Blitz on September 14, 2022

Comics and graphic novel publisher ABLAZE dives into the tense and competitive world of chess as the setting for its new manga series launch – Blitz – debuting on September 14, 2022.

From the pages of Shonen Jump, Blitz is a new shonen manga that immerses readers into the “game of kings,” where intuition and mental agility are precious assets on the way to victory. Chess grandmaster and World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov, makes his manga debut in the series, written by Cédric Biscay and Harumo Sanazaki with artwork by Daitaro Nishihara.

Blitz will be available in-print and digitally in North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom. ABLAZE titles are distributed in-print by Diamond Comic and Diamond Book Distributors. Volume 1 will be available in comic shops on September 14, 2022, and bookstores on September 27, 2022.

Catch a promo video for Blitz Volume 1 at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQBgmEfPE4U

BLITZ Volume 1 by Cédric Biscay, Harumo Sanazaki and Daitaro Nishihara
MSRP: $12.99
Release Date: September 14, 2022

As seen in the pages of Shonen Jump, Blitz is a new shonen manga exploring the elite world of chess.

Immerse yourself into the world of chess, where intuition and mental agility are precious assets on the way to victory.

Tom, a young high school student, has a crush on his classmate Harmony. When he learns about her passion for chess, Tom quickly decides to sign up for the school’s chess club. But he doesn’t even know the rules. To impress Harmony, he is left with no choice: he must learn quickly and train seriously.

Soon Tom discovers the existence of Garry Kasparov, the greatest player in the history of chess. He stumbles upon a virtual reality machine that promises to help him analyze the most legendary matches of the master.

In an unexpected twist of event, Tom soon is granted access to the highest echelons of the chess world.

Bonus material included:
In each volume, chess strategy tips and a chess lexicon to turn every reader into a chess master.

“I’m extremely happy about this ABLAZE collaboration which bring the Blitz to the USA,” says Cédric Biscay. “Initiated by Garry Kasparov’s support between Monaco and Japan, this adventure never stops surprising me, in a positive way. With Daitaro Nishihara and Tsukasa Mori, we want to bring Blitz to the widest audience possible. I would like to thank ABLAZE co-founder Rich Young for this opportunity. I hope to meet all Americans readers as soon as possible!”

Garry Kasparov adds, “I have always dedicated myself to democratizing the game of chess in all possible ways, and it is a unique opportunity to be able to do it, especially in Japan, a country where it is not popular and where Shogi is the most known. If you want to communicate effectively, you must speak the language of your audience and manga is a kind of mother tongue for many young people. Therefore, the invitation from Cédric seemed to me the ideal opportunity to promote chess to a new audience, through a medium that is both visual and dynamic.”

About BLITZ Co-Writer Cédric Biscay
Creator of the Blitz universe and co-writer of the manga, Cédric Biscay is the producer behind the return of the Shenmue saga in 2019 on PS4 and PC and holds three World Records in the Guinness book. He is also the producer of the multi-award-winning documentary Sad Hill Unearthed, available globally on Netflix, and the upcoming rebooted Astro Boy anime series. He is also a recipient of a Certificate of Honor from the Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs.

About BLITZ Co-Writer Harumo Sanazaki
Co-scriptwriter of Blitz Volume 1, Harumo Sanazaki is a prolific Japanese mangaka having participated in more than 130 manga including The Phantom of the Opera.

About BLITZ Artist Daitaro Nishihara
Born in 1971 in Hiroshima, Daitaro Nishihara started as a manga-ka in the magazine Monthly Shonen Jump. From 2001, several of his series were pre-published in the magazine Korokoro Comic (Shogakukan), notably Pokemon 6 – Jirachi: The Genius of Wishes.

About BLITZ Consultant Garry Kasparov
Born in 1963 in Baku, Azerbaijan, Soviet Union, Garry Kasparov became, at the age of 12, chess champion of the USSR’s under-18 age group. Then, at the age of 17, he won the Under-20 World Chess Champion title. In 1985, at the age of 22, he gained international notoriety as the youngest World Chess Champion in history. He defended his title five times, including a series of legendary matches against his great rival Anatoly Karpov. Kasparov broke Bobby Fischer’s record in 1990 and his own record remained undefeated until 2013. His famous matches against IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer in 1996-97 played a key role in the integration of artificial intelligence into the world of chess.

HIDIVE to Begin Streaming the English Dub of the I’m Quitting Heroing Anime on July 12, 2022

HIDIVE has announced that it will begin streaming the English dub of the I’m Quitting Heroing anime on July 12, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

The English cast has also been announced:

  • Joe Daniel is Leo
  • Olivia Swasey is Echidna
  • Luci Christian is Shutina
  • Andrew Love is Edvard
  • Patricia Duran is Mernes
  • Christina Kelly is Lily
  • Scott Gibbs is Eibrand
  • Brandon Hearnsberger is King
  • Brittany Karbowski is Dianette

Additional voices include:

  • Brandon Hearnsberger
  • James Marler
  • John Swasey
  • Leraldo Anzaldua
  • Patrick Marrero
  • Scott Gibbs
  • Shelley Calene-Black
  • Tiffany Grant

John Swasey is directing the dub.

Source: HIDIVE

Hulu Adds 200+ Episodes of the English Dub of the Naruto Shippuden Anime to Its Service

The Fandom Post is announcing that Hulu has added 200+ episodes of the English dub of the Naruto Shippuden anime to its service.

Naruto Shippuden is described as:

Naruto Uzumaki is back. After two and a half years of training on the road with Jiraiya of the Sannin, Naruto is back in the Village Hidden in the Leaves and he’s ready to show off his new skills. He and Sakura team up to take on their old master Kakashi, who’s pretty impressed with their progress. They’ll have plenty of opportunity to put it into action when news arrives from the Sand Village that Gaara, Naruto’s former rival and now Kazekage of the Sand, has been kidnapped. And the culprits are the very same group who are after Naruto – the Akatsuki.

Source: The Fandom Post

Tubi TV Adds the Doomed Megalopolis Anime to Its Service

The Fandom Post is reporting that Tubi TV has added the Doomed Megalopolis anime to its service. The anime is available with both the English dub and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Doomed Megalopolis is described as:

Yasuori Kato, an oni who mastered the art of onmyodo and shugendo, is determined to destroy the Imperial Capital Tokyo to appease the grudges of his ancestors. To accomplish this, he attempts to awaken a powerful angry spirit, Taira no Masakado, to use as a tool for his destruction. When his initial attempts fail, Kato seeks out Masakado’s descendant, a young woman with psychic powers, to use as a medium to communicate with the spirit. Opposing Kato’s efforts is Yasumasa Hirai, the greatest onmyoji in all of Japan as well as the Soma Family, another lineage of Masakado. The conflict that results from this encounter will shape the history of Tokyo.

Source: The Fandom Post

Otakon 2022 Announces Yuki Hayashi as Guest

Anime composer Yuki Hayashi will be a guest at Otakon 2022, according to Otakorp Inc. His works will be part of the Sun and Stars concert on July 31, 2022, with both a chamber orchestra and a rock band playing songs arranged by the composer. The Sun and Stars Otakon Anime Concert will include works from Inuyasha, Haikyu!!, My Hero Academia, and more.

Yuki Hayashi was born in Kyoto in 1980. He was a competitor in rhythmic gymnastics, where the task of selecting the music got him into the world of music. In college, he started composing music without formal training. After college, Yuki learned the basics of track making from Hideo Kobayashi and started his career by composing music for various competitive dances. From his experience as a rhythmic dancer, he derived a unique style, where the emphasis is on the unity between the music and the visual.

His main titles include My Hero Academia, Haikyu!!, One Piece Film Gold, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, Death Parade, Gundam Build Fighter series, Pokemon, Shaman King, and Run with the Wind.

Otakon will be held from July 29-31, 2022 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Otakon 2022 Announces Kaoru Wada as Guest

Anime composer Kaoru Wada will be a guest at Otakon 2022, according to Otakorp Inc. His works will be part of the Sun and Stars concert on July 31, 2022, with both a chamber orchestra and a rock band playing songs arranged by the composer.

Kaoru Wada is active in a wide range of musical fields, including anime, film, television, theatre and events, and has been involved in the musical side of well-known anime.

After graduating from the Tokyo College of Music, Wada resided in Europe. In 1986, his “Three Fragments for Orchestra” was debuted by the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra, and was an enormous success. The following year, the work was performed again at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as a piece on the Program of the Regular Season [Annual] Concert of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1987, Wada’s work, “Aikake [Discourse] for Flute, Harp and Percussion,” won an award in the International Contemporary Music Composer Competition in New York City. In 1988, the premier of “Folkloric Dance Suite for Orchestra” was performed in Sweden, by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra. The work was performed again thereafter in many countries, including in the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Norway, the United States, and Japan. The work was released worldwide in 1990 on the Grammaphone Bis label.

Following his return to Japan, Wada was in charge of film music and accompanying music for animation including Inuyasha, as well as for movies, television, video, CD, dramas, and the stage. In 1995, his music for the Shochiku Film, Crest of Betrayal, was awarded a Japan Academy Prize. He has also served as an arranger for several television music programs, including The Untitled Concert of TV-Asahi, and Meikyoku Album and Minna-no-Dowa of NHK. He has also been responsible for the arrangement of the works of artists such as Yoshikazu Mera, Sojiro, and Eitetsu Hayashi.

In addition, Wada has also published many works for Japanese indigenous instruments, plus works that use Japanese folklore and folksongs as motifs. He has published numerous works commissioned from Japan and abroad, including from the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and several others. In November 2003, he conducted his first concert dedicated solely to his own works, “The World of Kaoru Wada” in Tokyo’s SUNTORY Hall, with joint sponsorship by the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Otakon will be held from July 29-31, 2022 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Manga Review: Kaiju No. 8 Volume Three

Kaiju No. 8 Volume Three sees the stakes going up for Kafka, as well as for the Defense Force.

Kaiju No. 8 Volume Three
Written by: Naoya Matsumoto
Publisher: Shueisha Inc.
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 12, 2022

Volume Three continues Kafka (as Kaiju No. 8)’s fight with the humanoid kaiju. While he’s able to weaken this kaiju, it still manages to get away. Unfortunately, when Kafka finds a spot to transform back into his normal self, he’s spotted by Hoshina, who starts fighting him. Poor Kafka is in a position where he needs to defend himself, yet not harm Hoshino. But Hoshino is incredibly talented, so it’s taking everything Kafka has to try to avoid Hoshino’s attacks. Kafka manages to get away, but this encounter causes issues for both Kafka and Hoshino.

For Hoshino, he realizes that something’s off about Kaiju No. 8, because it fights more like a human than it does a kaiju. Because of this, he thinks Kaiju No. 8 is a daikaiju. And for Kafka, he has to try to act normally around Hoshino and not give away that he is actually Kaiju No. 8. It also turns out that thanks to the information that Kafka provided in Volume Two to help defeat a kaiju (which is something he knew from his previous job at Monster Sweeper Inc.), Hoshino recommends Kafka for promotion to a general officer. I think these elements add an interesting dynamic to Kaiju No. 8, and it’s going to be interesting to see how Matsumoto handles this new dynamic between Hoshino and Kafka going forward in the series. It should also be mentioned that the promotion is good for Kafka, though, since it gets him closer to the promise he made to Mina about fighting kaiju by her side.

But things get crazy when a group of kaiju perform an aerial raid on the Defense Force base. But these wyvern-type kaiju aren’t acting normally, because they usually act alone but have come together as a group. Hoshino figures there must be a super-powerful leader pulling the strings, and Hoshino ends up facing off against the leader, since Mina is currently away.

Meanwhile, Kafka is able to provide information to the others that should help them defeat the wyvern-type kaiju. Unfortunately, these kaiju are making sure to keep this strategy from working, but Shinomiya was recently provided with a special prototype weapon, and this weapon helps her take down the wyvern-type kaiju that the others are having a hard time fighting. It wasn’t surprising to learn that Shinomiya is number three in combat power at the base, and that she is being included as part of the main force even though she’s still a cadet. The series had made it pretty clear up to this point that even though she’s a teenager, she has a lot of natural combat abilities that are effective against the kaiju.

Unfortunately, this fight isn’t concluded at the end of Volume Three. The volume ends with Hoshino unleashing more of his combat power and preparing to face off against the leader of the invading kaiju. I thought this was a great spot to end the volume on, because it makes the reader want to read the next volume in order to find out what’s going to happen next.

Kaiju No. 8 Volume Three has a good mix of action, story progression, and character progression to make it a riveting read. But with that being said, though, the action is focused on more at the beginning and at the end of the volume, with the development aspects being focused on more in the middle of the volume. Right at first, Volume Three comes across as if it’s going to be a quick read, and then once the action is over, the middle portion of the volume feels like it slows down quite a bit. With this sudden change in pacing, it almost feels like being a passenger in a car and the driver has to suddenly hit the brakes. However, the pace of the volume picks back up again when the kaiju attack the base, so at least the reader isn’t feeling nearly as bogged down by the end of the volume. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can potentially distract a reader if they pick up on this shift.

When it comes to the art, I was really getting the impression that Matsumoto really likes Hoshino’s character. Of the characters that appear in this volume, he was consistently getting some impressive close-up panels or being the main focus in many of the panels that he appeared in. It would almost make one think that the focus of the series is on Hoshino, not Kafka.

This volume realistically continues the story that’s been presented up to this point, and I think that readers who enjoyed the previous two volumes of Kaiju No. 8 will be able to appreciate Volume Three.

The reader was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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