Crunchyroll Announces More Anime Additions to Its Streaming Library

Crunchyroll has announced that it is adding more anime to its service on February 25, 2021.

The service is launching Love Hina Again on February 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PST. It will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

The story of the anime is described as:

Keitaro and Naru have begun college life at Tokyo University. After a long period of studying, bizarre happenings, random trips, and misunderstanding upon misunderstanding, their dream has finally come true.

However, their feelings for each other are still a little… muddled. And just when Naru decides to get things out in the open once and for all, Keitaro disappears on an archaeological dig. With Naru’s old flame Seta.

And as if that’s not enough to cause trouble at the Hinata Apartments, a new manager has been selected to run the place during Keitaro’s absence. Kanako, Keitaro’s sister, has a lot of ideas about how things should be done and begins making changes. But while Keitaro was laid back and easy going, Kanako believes in rules and discipline. Will anyone survive Hinata Boot Camp?

Crunchyroll will begin streaming Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture and the Fatal Fury OVAs on February 25, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. PST. The anime will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

The story of the film is described as:

A chance encounter with a mysterious girl named Sulia sets Terry Bogard in a race to prevent the reincarnation of a god. Sulia’s brother Laocorn is out to collect the six shards of the Armor of Mars, which would grant him untold power if it were completed. The artifact belonged to their ancestor, Gaudeamus, said to be the man who finally stopped Alexander the Great’s conquest, but was killed himself soon after. With the power of the armor, Laocorn could turn back the tides of history and take revenge, conquering all that stands in his way. Already possessing three pieces of the armor, Sulia’s brother is way ahead of Terry, and what’s more, he’ll have to go through Laocorn’s minions, each powerful in their own right. Will he be able to defeat Laocorn and stop the rebirth of the god of war?

The story of the OVAs is described as:

Ten years ago, Terry and Andy Bogard swore over their father’s grave to get revenge upon Geese Howard, the man responsible for their father’s death. Having witnessed the murder with their own eyes, they know not even the police can help them as Geese’s power is too devastating. When they return to Southtown, they’ll have to deal with assassination attempts, the loss of loved ones, and the final decision of their master as to who will learn the ultimate technique, the Senpuken. Even if they manage to defeat Geese, they’ll have to contend with his half-brother, Wolfgang Krauser, who is said to be even more powerful than the man who killed their father.

The service will launch Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting and the Champion Road Special on February 25, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. PST. They will be available in the United States and Canada.

The story of Hajime no Ippo is described as:

Ippo Makunouchi’s gentle spirit and lack of confidence make him an easy target for the bullies at his high school. Rescued from a beating by Takamura, a professional boxer, Ippo aspires to learn the art of boxing, and attempts to join the Kamogawa Boxing Club. But, to find his fighter’s spirit, Ippo must first spar with Miyata, an extraordinarily talented and skilled boxer. Can Ippo even survive the first round?

Source: Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll Is Streaming the Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House Anime

Crunchyroll has announced that it is streaming the Kiyo in Kyoto: From the Maiko House anime, which is based on Aiko Koyama’s Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san (Makanai in the Maiko Lodge) manga. The first episode is available on the service, and new episodes will stream on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. EST.

The manga’s story is set in Kyoto’s “hanamachi” geisha quarter. Here, after geisha finish their work late at night, they spend the night resting at a lodge to prepare for the next day. The story centers on Kiyo, an Aomori native who works as a cook in a geisha lodge in Kyoto after finishing junior high school and leaving home. She also has a friend named Sumire who is a maiko, or apprentice geisha.

Youhei Suzuki is directing the anime at J.C. Staff, and Susumu Yamakawa is in charge of the series scripts. Go Sakabe is composing the music.

Source: ANN

Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table: Episode 7 – “Not A Curse”

This episode tells the second part of Misa and Rieze’s puppet show. At the beginning, Kanami finds Krusty, who has fallen into Sirius Grotto. Youren makes an appearance, and begins a battle with Krusty. We do get a brief backstory moment for Krusty, and we get to see him as a young child. We learn why he always appears to be detached from people, as well as why he tries not to “rock the boat,” so to speak. But during the battle with Youren, he utilizes something that Shiroe figured out back in the first season to his advantage. But with this move, Krusty finally recalls what happened to him when he was whisked away to the Chinese server, and it turns out that Youren’s mother had a major hand in how Krusty ended up in the shape he was in when he was taken to the temple. I liked how during this sequence, Kristy went from not wanting to attract attention and shaking things up to making major changes through the “contract” that was made with Youren’s mother in order to get the upper hand.

A corrupted Elias Hackblade also makes an appearance, and gets into a fight with Leonardo. Leonardo tries to get through to him, but it takes speaking through fighting instead of words to see a difference. His motivation of being frustrated with his fairy curse drove him to be manipulated by Youren, but after her defeat, Leonardo mentions that he broke the cure… Elias got his HP under 25%. I also appreciated Leonardo explaining that what he had wasn’t a curse, because Elias had decided to never kill his enemy. How does Leonardo know this? From reading through Elias’ backstory that came with the game. To be honest, the title “Not A Curse” could also apply to Krusty as well as to Elias (who it was obviously a reference to). Both of these characters broke past their respective curses and can now move forward.

When Shiroe realizes what Krusty was trying to communicate, he takes on the “Villain with Glasses” look (the black shadow over his face) and starts laughing. I think Shiroe is plotting something, but what exactly it is, I don’t know yet. And Rayneshia’s reaction when she realizes what Krusty is up to was priceless.

This episode didn’t rely as much on the puppet show motif as the first one did, although we did get a couple of amusing scenes of Akatsuki during the puppet show portions. But with this episode, it was more important to convey information through watching the story unfolding rather than with the puppets. But I was happy to finally learn what has happened to Krusty during his absence from Akihabara.

From the preview for the next episode, though, it appears that whatever Shiroe is planning will be staying on the backburner for now. The preview indicates that we will be introduced to two new characters who have been shown in the opening credits. It’s hinted that they have some kind of connection with Shiroe, so it will be interesting to learn more about who they are and their connection with Shiroe.

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FanimeCon Goes Virtual for Its 2021 Event

The staff of FanimeCon has announced that FanimeCon 2021 will be a virtual event. The physical event was scheduled to take place on May 28-31, 2021, after the 2020 event was deferred to 2021.

Tickets rolled over from FanimeCon 2020 will be valid for FanimeCon 2021 and FanimeCon 2022. The staff have not yet announced registration dates for the virtual event. The convention will cancel hotel reservations made through the FanimeCon block automatically and without penalty.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll to Add Three More Anime to Its Streaming Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that it is adding the following anime to its catalog on February 24, 2021:

  • Tales of Symphonia: The Animation
  • Tetsujin 28: Morning Moon of Midday
  • Like the Clouds, Like the Wind

Crunchyroll will begin streaming Tales of Symphonia: The Animation on February 24, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. EST in the United States and Canada.

The story of the series is described as:

A journey to regenerate the world…

Two parallel worlds occupy the same space, unknown to each other. But if one prospers, the other withers. The dying world of Sylvarant has one chance to survive. Colette, the “Chosen One,” is sent on a journey to replenish her planet’s supply of mana, the source of all life. In exchange, though, she must become an angel, leaving her human life far behind. Colette is joined on her travels by childhood friends Lloyd and Genis, who swear to protect her. However, as they get closer to their goal, the Tower of Salvation, the group learns the terrible truth behind “world regeneration.”

The service will stream Tetsujin 28: Morning Moon of Midday on February 24, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EST in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

The story of the anime is described as:

Japan, ten years after World War II. Boy detective Shoutarou solves mysteries and fights crime with the help of Tetsujin 28, the 50-foot tall giant robot left for him by his late genius father. But one day he’s shocked to learn that his father also adopted and raised another boy named Shoutarou, now a repatriated soldier. Just as surprising to our young hero is the fact that his “big brother” can also control Tetsujin, even better than he can. But with the emergence of this elder brother comes danger, as a mysterious assassin, Morning Moon, closes in on the boy for being unworthy of controlling the robot. Meanwhile, the capital faces destruction when multiple bombs are discovered, planted by the two Shoutarous’ father himself.

Crunchyroll will begin streaming Like the Clouds, Like the Wind on February 24, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST in the United States and Canada.

The story of the special is described as:

The country of Sokan is in turmoil. Following the death of the Emperor, a power struggle over the line of succession ensues. To cement the crown prince’s rule, he must find a suitable bride. And so, the hunt for a new empress begins. Ginga is a straightforward, lively country girl who joins the competition for the emperor’s hand. Her earnest innocence shocks and reinvigorates the denizens of the palace. But can one girl’s optimistic spirit help to save a kingdom facing threats both from within and from without?

Source: ANN

Tubi TV Announces Several Anime Additions

Streaming service Tubi TV has announced that it is adding seven television anime series and six television specials from Toei Animation, including the English-subtitled Dr. Slump and Saint Seiya – Hades anime.

The service will add the following anime series:

  • Dr. Slump
  • Saint Seiya – Hades
  • One Piece
  • Toriko
  • GeGeGe no Kitarō
  • Slam Dunk
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō

In addition to several seasons of One Piece, the service is adding the following television specials from the One Piece series:

  • One Piece 3D2Y: Overcoming Ace’s Death! Luffy’s Pledge to His Friends
  • One Piece Episode of Sabo
  • One Piece Special – Adventure of Nebulandia
  • One Piece: Heart of Gold
  • One Piece Episode of East Blue: Luffy to 4-nin no Nakama no Daibōken
  • One Piece: Episode of Skypiea

Source: ANN

Attack on Titan Final Season: Episode 11 – “Deceiver”

We basically have two storylines going on in this episode. The first focuses on Gabi and Falco, who manage to escape from their cell and make it out into the wilderness. Gabi is still as crazed as she has been since being captured by the Scouts. Falco keeps trying to talk sense into her, although his efforts seem to be in vain. They are discovered by a girl named Kaya and invited to breakfast at her home. You can see that Gabi just sees a “Paradis devil” and starts to grab a rock. Luckily, Falco stops her;

Falco takes the lead when they go the girl’s home, which is the home of Sasha’s parents (this isn’t a spoiler since we saw the family at Sasha’s gravesite in an earlier episode). Falco gives fake names and refers to “Mia” (aka Gabi) as his younger sister. Gabi is having a hard time adjusting to life at the stables, and blaming everything that happens to her on the “devils.” At one point, while having a conversation with Kaya, Gabi starts spouting off all the talking points of Marley. Kaya asks the two of them if that’s what they’re taught in Marley, and it’s revealed that she heard them arguing when she first found them and has known all along that they’re from Marley. And to me, one of the most important scenes of this episode takes place after this conversation. Kaya takes Gabi and Falco to her village and talks about how her mother was eaten alive by Titans. This leads to a shouting match between Gabi and Kaya, with Gabi spouting off the sins of Kaya’s ancetors, and Kaya retorting that had nothing to do with her mother and that her mother did nothing wrong… so why did she die? What I liked about this scene is that it forced Gabi to have to stop and maybe start to question the worldview that she’s been taught her whole life. Kaya also reveals how she was rescued by a girl a bit older than her who had an ax. From the flashback, the audience knows it’s Sasha, but Gabi and Falco have no idea. The irony here is that this story is being told to the one who killed Sasha. At the end of this sequence, Kaya brings up that Sasha’s parents and the orphans they’re raising have been invited to a restaurant run by a Marlyean, and that if they come, they might be able to find a way home.

The other storyline going on is that the citizens are questioning why Eren, their savior, is being detained. Hange is the one getting harangued about it, and unfortunately, has to act differently toward the public than in the past. Hange also leads the questioning of Floch and some of the recruits, who were discovered to have leaked the information about Eren to the public. Floch argues that Eren shouldn’t be held captive because he did nothing wrong. And with a scene Mikasa has talking with one of the other recruits later, it’s obvious that Eren seems to have developed a kind of a cult following with some of the members of the Scouts. We also see Yelena being questioned as well, and the questioning seems to implicate that she may have been the one to encourage Eren to act on his own in the first place. While this isn’t definitively answered, it’s strongly hinted at.

There’s an after credits scene that takes place in Marley, and it’s made clear that they have figured out that Zeke has betrayed them. The government wants to wait six months before trying to rescue Gabi and Falco in order to build up their global coalition. However, Reiner argues that this would give Zeke the opportunity to plan something, and that they should strike immediately.

It appears that this episode is setting up a couple of potential story threads, especially from the Gabi and Falco storyline and the Marley portion at the end. The portion with the “Eren cult” will likely lead to something as well, although I think the other two will lead to more hard-hitting plot points.

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The English Dub for the Remaining Episodes of the Second Season of Fire Force to Be Added to Hulu in March 2021

The Fandom Post is reporting that the English dub for the remaining episodes of the second season of the Fire Force anime are scheduled to be added to Hulu on March 26, 2021. The English dub for the first half of the season was added to the service in January 2021.

Tatsumi Minakawa is directing this season based on the scripts overseen by Yamato Haishima. Hideyuki Morioka is handling the character designs. David Production is animating the season.

The story of Fire Force is described as:

Terror has paralyzed the clockwork metropolis of Tokyo. Possessed by demons, people have begun to burst into flame, leading to the establishment of a special firefighting team: the Fire Force, ready to roll on a moment’s notice to fight spontaneous combustion anywhere it might break out. The team is about to get a very unique addition: Shinra, a boy who possesses the unique power to run at the speed of a rocket, leaving behind the famous “devil’s footprints” (and destroying his shoes in the process). Can the Fire Force discover the source of this strange phenomenon and put a stop to it? Or will the city burn to ashes first?

Source: The Fandom Post

Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses the I Got Caught Up In a Hero Summons, but the Other World was at Peace! Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that it has acquired the license for the I Got Caught Up In a Hero Summons, but the Other World was at Peace! manga by Toudai and Jiro Heian, an isekai fantasy that’s more about making friends than making war.

When you get summoned to another world, things are supposed to go a certain way: become a hero, battle monsters, and slay demons, right? But when Kaito gets his summons, things are a little different. First off, he’s not even the hero… but it doesn’t matter, because the world he’s been thrust into is at peace. With nothing better to do, Kaito finds himself taking it easy in this unexpectedly mellow fantasy world. Now he can breakfast with its beautiful denizens, learn magic with the help of a spunky demon girl, go to barbeques, and so much more.

Seven Seas will publish the I Got Caught Up In a Hero Summons, but the Other World was at Peace! manga for the first time in North America in print and on digital platforms in single volume editions. Volume 1 will be released in August 2021 for $12.99 USA / $16.99 CAN.

Source: Seven Seas Entertainment

Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses the Chillin’ in Another World with Level 2 Super Cheat Powers Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that it has acquired the license for the Chillin’ in Another World with Level 2 Super Cheat Powers manga by Miya Kinojo and Akine Itomachi, a charming isekai comedy about an unremarkable merchant summoned to another world to be a hero… or maybe just hang out.

Banaza, a humble merchant, is summoned to another world as a hero candidate, in the hopes that he has what it takes to defeat the demon army. When his summoners discover that he possesses no special skills, Banaza is summarily dismissed… but something goes wrong, and he can’t go back home. Now he must find a way to survive in this new kingdom. Luckily, Banaza might be more powerful than anyone–including Banaza himself–realized.

Seven Seas will publish the Chillin’ in Another World with Level 2 Super Cheat Powers manga for the first time in North America in print and on digital platforms in single volume editions. Volume 1 will be released in August 2021 for $12.99 USA / $16.99 CAN.

Source: Seven Seas Entertainment