The May 2019 issue of Kodansha’s Kiss magazine has announced that Akiko Higashimura will launch the Tokyo Tarareba Musume Season 2 manga in the magazine’s June 2019 issue, which will ship on April 25, 2019. The new manga will follow the young part-time workers at the library.
Higashimura launched Tokyo Tarareba Girls in Kiss in March 2014 and ended it in April 2017. Kodansha published the ninth and final compiled book volume in July 2017. She later drew three new “side story” chapters in Kiss in 2018.
A staff announcement has been made for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the BEASTARS manga.
Shinichi Matsumi is directing the anime at CG anime studio Orange. Nanami Higuchi is writing the scripts, Nao Ootsu is designing the characters, Eiji Inomoto (Kan Colle, Ghost in the Shell Arise) is the CG chief director, and Satoru Kousaki (Wake Up, Girls!, Oreimo both seasons, Monogatari Series Second Season) is composing the music.
BEASTARS is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in October 2019, and will stream exclusively on Netflix.
Discotek Media has announced that it has licensed The Twelve Kingdoms and Nagasarete Airantou anime for Blu-ray Disc, and will also release the Sonic X anime on Blu-ray Disc. All three Blu-ray Disc sets are scheduled to be released on May 28, 2019.
The Twelve Kingdoms release will have all 45 episodes in 1080p, and will have Japanese audio with English subtitles, as well as the English dub.
The Nagasarete Airantou release will have all the episodes in 1080p, available in Japanese audio with English subtitles.
The Sonic X release will have all 78 episodes in standard definition. It will have the English dub, and optional English closed captions.
Four more cast members have been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Dr. Stone manga:
- Gen Sato is Chrome
- Manami Numakura is Kohaku
- Tomoaki Maeno is Kinro
- Ayumu Murase is Ginro
Shinya Iino is directing the anime at TMS Entertainment. Yuichiro Kido is in charge of series composition and is writing the scripts. Yuko Iwasa is designing the characters. Tatsuya Katō, Hiroaki Tsutsumi, and Yuki Kanesaka are composing the music.
Dr. Stone is scheduled to premiere in Japan in July 2019.
With the way this episode didn’t have the usual opening theme song, and instead ran the credits during the opening scene, I assumed that this was going to be the final episode. But nope, it turns out that this is the penultimate episode.
The theme of this episode is: sacrifice. Both Cardinal and Eugeo make sacrifices in order to move the story along. While I was glad to finally see Eugeo do something important to try to save the day, it was a little disappointing that he became a martyr by doing so.
Another theme of this episode: Administrator is a psychotic bitch. Yes, we knew she was psychotic and that she could be a bitch, but this episode showed just how much of a combination she has of both of these traits. Yikes!
Near the end of the episode, Kirito has an epiphany, when he once again has someone jump in front of him while he’s kneeling on the ground so they can try to save his life. At least Kirito finally realized that he could get up and fight, and was able to save Alice from becoming yet another sacrifice.
This episode ends with Kirito preparing to fight against Administrator one-on-one. So I hope this means that the next episode will be action-packed.
It’s too bad that Sword Art Online: Alicization finally found its pacing with the last couple of episodes of the series. After the slow start for most of the series, and then the overly fast paced episode a couple of weeks ago, it’s been very uneven in its pacing. But I wonder if I’ll be satisfied with how this story ends, and I assume that ending will take place in the next episode. I can’t see Kirito and Administrator’s fight taking more than one episode.
Three more cast members have been announced for the forthcoming Ace of Diamond Act II anime:
- Daisuke Ono is Masamune Hongō
- Junichi Suwabe is Enjō Renji
- Ayane Sakura is Yoshikawa Haruno
Ace of Diamond Act II is scheduled to premiere in Japan on April 2, 2019.
More cast members have been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka? light novel series:
- Iori Nomizu is Mao Nanjō
- Kaede Hondo is Mizuha Kiryū
- Keisuke Koumoto is Shōma Akiyama
Itsuki Imazaki is directing the anime at Geek Toys, with Seven credited for animation production assistance. Kenichi Yamashita is supervising the anime’s scripts. Yōsuke Itō is designing the characters and is also the chief animation director. Youichi Sakai is composing the music.
Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasuka? is scheduled to premiere in Japan in Summer 2019.