Naoki Serizawa to End the Psycho Bank Manga

This year’s sixth issue of Kodansha’s Monthly Young Magazine has announced that Naoki Serizawa will end his Psycho Bank manga in the next issue on June 20, 2018.

The story follows high school student Mirai, who thought he could predict the future, until an overwhelming power turns his life around.

Serizawa launched the manga in 2015. Kodansha shipped the second compiled volume on April 6, 2018.

Source: ANN

Silent Möbius QD Manga to End in June 2018

This year’s sixth issue of Kodansha’s Monthly Young Magazine has announced that Kia Asamiya’s Silent Möbius QD (Quadriga) manga will end in the next issue on June 20, 2018.

The story is set 17 years after Asamiya’s original paranormal police manga Silent Möbius, which debuted in 1988.

Asamiya launched Silent Möbius QD in August 2013 and Kodansha published the fourth compiled volume on April 20, 2018.

Source: ANN

GKIDS Licenses Ronja The Robber’s Daughter for the United States

World Screen is reporting that GKIDS has acquired the rights to Goro Miyazaki and POLYGON PICTURES’ Ronja the Robber’s Daughter television anime in the United States.

United Kingdom-based distributor Serious Lunch previously acquired the worldwide rights to the series. World Screen also reported that Serious Lunch has licensed the anime to UYoung Media in China and PTS in Taiwan. The company also signed deals with TF1 Max in France, RTBF in French Belgium, and RTS in French Switzerland to begin production of a French version.

The anime adapts a children’s book of the same name by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.

Ronja the Robber’s Daughter won the Animation category at the International Emmy Kids Awards in April 2016.

Source: ANN

Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line: Episode 20 – “King of the Mountain”

There’s only 500 meters left until the mountain line, and it’s a close race between Sohoku, Hakone Academy, and Kyoto Fushimi. Mizuta starts freaking out about Imazumi and Yuto trying to crush his dream of taking the mountain line, but Midousuji covers his mouth and tells him that no one cares about his stupid dream. Ouch! And now Midousuji is telling him that no one cares about the insignificant King of the Mountain title, which directly contradicts what he told Mizuta in the previous episode!

When Midousuji lets Mizuta go, he tells him he can fall behind now, which now plays directly into Mizuta’s fears earlier that Midousuji would toss him aside. I think that dose of reality for Mizuta I mentioned in my writeup last week may finally be happening. Mizuta looks so crushed.

And now Midousuji looks around at what’s going on around him and examining his situation, and he seems to think he has some way of overcoming his disadvantages. And this includes grabbing Mizuta and throwing him back out front, asking who told him he could fall behind. *facepalm*

I’m actually starting to feel a little sorry for Mizuta here, because Midousuji has been yo-yoing with his emotions since the previous episode. I know if I were Mizuta, I would be quite pissed with this treatment. However, I expect that Midousuji will try to find some way to manipulate things to make it not look like he’s using Mizuta, and that Mizuta will stupidly fall for it. Yes, like the simpleton that he is, Mizuta falls for Midousuji’s lines. OMG, Midousuji literally THROWS Mizuta and his bike forward, after telling Mizuta not to give up on his dream. Yikes!

And then we get to see Midousuji’s reasoning, and yep, he’s being devious, as usual. There’s definitely more to what his actions are for than what can be seen on the surface. Ashikiba encourages Yuto to go ahead and race Mizuta to try to get the number tag. Yuto argues against it, though, because he wouldn’t be able to help Ashikiba with the race to the finish line. The two of them argue it out, and in the end, Ashikiba decides to go ahead since Yuto won’t. And, of course, this plays right into Midousuji’s plans… and he’s almost literally salivating over it. Ugh.

And Ashikiba takes the King of the Mountain title away from Mizuta, but now realizes that he’s useless to take the finish line. Mizuta starts complaining out loud about Ashikiba taking the title, and Midousuji and the others come up right behind him. He tries explaining what happened to Midousuji, but Midousuji just rides right past him. Oh, Mizuta, you poor simpleton. You got played… again. Instead, Midousuji catches up to Ashikiba and starts taunting him. Oh, but Ashikiba doesn’t seem to be intimidated by Midousuji’s taunting and psychological attacks.

YAY! We see that Makishima witnessed what happened at the mountain line, and he comments on how much of a roller coaster it was. Yes, Makishima, I couldn’t agree with you more.

We see Sohoku’s feed crew getting to the finish line, and overhearing how Sohoku caught up to the lead pack, and Sugimoto gets super excited when he hears Imaizumi’s name. Not only was it nice to see the feed crew, it was good to see Sugimoto get so excited for Imaizumi. It was such a pure moment.

Meanwhile, Imaizumi moves ahead to start his attack to take the finish line. But Onoda moves up quickly, so he can give Imaizumi a proper push and entrusting the team’s hopes to him before Imaizumi takes off for the finish line.

We then switch to the rest of Sohoku and Hakone Academy catching up Naruko. It’s an amusing reunion between Naruko and his team. And we see that Hakone Academy is actually kind of impressed by Naruko’s actions, and how they ultimately helped get Sohoku to the front.

Now we return to the four leaders as they get ever closer to the second day’s finish line. We see Imaizumi, Ashikiba, and Yuto thinking over Ashikiba’s decision to jump forward and take the mountain line… which boils over into Yuto scolding Ashikiba for what happened. Yuto and Ashikiba have a back and forth here, with Ashikiba insisting he can’r given up on the finish line yet.

We then get a flashback of Yuto’s, showing when he first joined Hakone Academy’s team. When he first enters the room, he hears some of the team members talking about him, and they obviously have high hopes for Yuto since he’s Shinkai’s younger brother. Instead of being pleased, he decides he’ll come back to join the team another day. It has to suck being the younger brother of such a respected senpai of the team, and the expectations and the pressure that comes with those expectations would likely be exhausting. Unfortunately, one of the team members catches up to him and realizes who he has to be. He hates having all of these people pointing at him… OK, seeing this flashback, it makes a lot of sense why he saw Yuto wearing a mask before the Inter-High race started. But we see that this incident makes things awkward with the team. As the team practices, it’s shown that as a climber, Yuto is beating the upperclassmen. We then see how Ashikiba and Yuto first talk. Unfortunately, the flashback isn’t going to end in this episode. Instead, the episode ends on a cliffhanger moment in the flashback, and we’ll have to wait until next week to see how this flashback ends.

While this episode may not have been quite as exciting at last week’s, there’s still a lot of tension. And the beginning of the backstory for Yuto was also nice to get. Next week, we should be seeing how this flashbacks ends, and likely the four in front will get ever closer to the second day’s finish line… but no one will probably cross it by the end of the next episode.

VIZ Media Announces the North American Home Video Rights for the Accel World: Infinite Burst Anime Film

VIZ Media announced home media rights for the Accel World: Infinite Burst movie during its official panel event held at Anime Central 2018. The film is a sequel to the 2012 Accel World animated series, which are based on the light novels of the same title written by Reki Kawahara. Accel World: Infinite Burst will be released in Fall 2018 on Blu-ray and DVD, with special extras including the two OVAs “Reverberation” and “Vacation.”

In Accel World: Infinite Burst, Haruyuki and his friends are playing the online fighting game Brain Burst, locked in a territory battle with a rival group as usual. But things take an unexpected turn when a mysterious black cloud kicks them out of the game and prevents them from reentering. The seemingly impossible phenomenon isn’t just an isolated incident—it’s spreading and preventing all Burst Linkers from accelerating. Haruyuki and the others soon learn that to protect the bond that connects them, they must confront a powerful ancient being that has been sealed away since the dawn of the “Accelerated World”!

In addition to the feature film, Accel World has thrilled audiences and anime fans as a popular 24-episode series that was produced by the studio Sunrise. Author Reki Kawahara entered his first Accel World novel into ASCII Media Works’ 15th Dengeki Novel Prize in 2008 and won the Grand Prize. VIZ Media is the North American master licensor and retains the home media and digital streaming rights for the Accel World anime series.

VIZ Media Announces the Supernatural Romantic Comedy Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits

VIZ Media expands its shojo manga catalog with the acquisition of Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits.

The supernatural romantic comedy will launch in Fall 2018 in print and digital editions under VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint. The series is rated “T” for Teens and features story and artwork by creator Wako Ioka, with character designs by Laruha. Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits is based on several light novels by author Midori Yuma and has also been adapted into an anime series. The new publishing acquisition was detailed during VIZ Media’s official panel held this past weekend during Anime Central 2018 in Chicago.

In Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits, Aoi Tsubasa inherited her grandfather’s ability to see spirits – and his massive debt to them. Now she’s been kidnapped and taken to Kakuriyo, the spirit world, to make good on his bill. Her options: marry the head of the inn her grandfather trashed or get eaten by the supernatural creatures who work there. But Aoi isn’t the type to let spirits push her around, and she’s determined to redeem her grandfather’s IOU on her own terms.

30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 21 – Favorite Goofy Anime Character

Today’s prompt asks me to talk about my favorite goofy anime character. For this category, there was no contest, because there was only one possible character who could fit.

And that character is Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece. Luffy wants to be the King of the Pirates, but he ate a Devil Fruit that turned him into a rubber man and he is no longer able to swim. But Luffy doesn’t let this get him down or deter him from his dream. He’s the leader of the Straw Hats, a ragtag team traveling together to try to reach the end of the Grand Line and find the One Piece. Even though Luffy may be the leader, it doesn’t mean he necessarily takes things very seriously. Most of the time, Luffy can be seen goofing off while using his rubber body, or sometimes doing things like putting chopsticks in his nose alongside Usopp and Tony Tony Chopper on the deck of the Going Merry. Yes, Luffy can get serious if something upsets him enough, but he’s definitely more of a laid back and goofy character. Sometimes, you never know what goofy or crazy thing Luffy will decide to do!