Case Closed: Episode 954 – “The Unsolved Cocktail Case (Part Three)”

The episode opened with just enough of a recap to help the audience remember what happened in the first episode and a brief bit of Amuro’s flashback from the second episode. But the recap makes it clear that the flashback helps Amuro to get an idea of something related to the poisoning case that they’re currently investigating.

The resolution to the case itself ended up being the cliche that I feared that it would be during the first episode of this story arc. There was also a bombshell revealed about Kogoro’s rich client. However, a viewer who had paid attention to some of the dialogue in the second part would have likely pieced this bombshell together before it was revealed (which is what I ended up doing). So this revelation didn’t surprise me nearly as much as it did the characters in the episode.

But after the case is solved, we finally circle back to the opening scene of the first episode of this arc, where Amuro and Akai are facing off and pointing guns at each other. We learn that Amuro has broken into the Kudo’s home and that Akai has caught him. After a tense build up, the resolution to this scene is actually rather humorous. I’m not going to say what it is, though, in order to avoid providing spoilers.

According to the end of the episode, Case Closed will not be airing in Japan next week. However, from seeing the preview for the next episode, I’m not entirely excited to see it in a couple of weeks. It’s an episode that features the Detective Boys, and the premise that’s being presented just seems a little silly. While there have been the occasional decent episode that focused on the Detective Boys, these episodes are usually weaker than the stories that don’t have a strong focus on them. I’m hoping to be proven wrong about the quality of the next episode in a couple of weeks, but I’m going into it expecting it to be on the weaker side. Well, I guess I’ll find out in a couple of weeks!

Fruits Basket: Episode 24 – “Let’s Go Home”

This episode features the section of the story that I was very interested in seeing this reboot adapt. And I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed by what I saw in this episode.

We get some backstory for Kyo, and we learn about what happened to his mother and the type of relationship she had had with Kyo. This is incredibly important for what happens in the climax of the episode. We also learn that Kazuma, Kyo’s teacher, was more like a father to him. And since Kazuma’s grandfather had been the previous Soma member to have the cat spirit, Kazuma likely has the best understanding of the cat spirit and the person who has it.

This episode finally reveals the secret that Kagura was referring to in the previous episode. It turns out that when the rosary bracelet that Kyo wears around his wrist is taken off, he turns into a completely different form. Through flashbacks, we see Akito and other Somas reacting negatively to it. Well, Kazuma decides to put Tohru to a test, and he takes Kyo’s rosary bracelet off in front of her. Kyo panics and flees after he’s changed into this monstrous form.

What I appreciate in Takaya’s storytelling is that Tohru doesn’t automatically accept this other form. It’s handled much more realistically, with Tohru being shocked and scared by it, and being torn on how to respond. And it’s also realistic that when Tohru makes up her mind to talk to Kyo in this other form, he tries to push her away. Everyone else has reacted negatively to this form, so he sees no reason for Tohru to act differently. In an attempt to try to get her to leave him alone, he pushes her in his monstrous form and actually gives Tohru an injury… which is something he never would intentionally do when he’s his regular self.

Again, Tohru acts realistically right after this. She starts walking away right at first, but after a short bit, realizes that she doesn’t want to lose Kyo. I liked how, instead of the regular closing credits, we get to see the credits in the corner as Kazuma sees the results of the test he gave to Tohru.

But with the way this episode ended, it really felt like it should have been the season ender. But, there was the usual preview screen at the end of the episode, indicating that there is indeed one more episode for this season. It’ll be interesting to see how this remaining episode will end the season and what hook it will have to make the audience want to come back when the second season comes out.

Animation Is Film Fest to Screen the Weathering With You, Children of the Sea, and Ride Your Wave Anime Films

The Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles has announced its lineup. The festival will host the United States premiere of the Weathering With You film and the North American premiere of the Children of the Sea film. It will also screen the West Coast premiere of the Ride Your Wave film, and it will screen the Cencoroll Connect anime. Weathering With You, Children of the Sea, and Ride Your Wave are all screening in competition.

Weathering With You director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura, and Children of the Sea director Ayumu Watanabe will attend the festival for Q&A sessions at their respective films’ screenings. The anime films will screen in Japanese with English subtitles.

The Animation Is Film Festival will be taking place October 18-20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Source: ANN

Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (September 13, 2019)

While the main focus of this week’s list is on currently airing anime for the Summer 2019 season, there’s also a nice amount of other topics in this list as well.

Here are the blog posts that grabbed my attention this week:

Domestic Girlfriend Manga Takes a One-Week Break

Manga creator Kei Sasuga has revealed on their Twitter account that their Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) manga will take a one-week break. The manga did not have a new chapter in this year’s 41st issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine on September 11, 2019, but it will return in the magazine’s next issue on September 19, 2019.

Sasuga launched the ongoing series in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine in April 2014. Crunchyroll is also publishing chapters of the manga as they are released in Japan.

Source: ANN

Aniplex of America to Release the Natsume’s Book of Friends Film on Blu-ray Disc in November 2019

Aniplex of America has announced that it will release the Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond anime film on Blu-ray Disc on November 26, 2019. The film’s home video release will have English subtitles.

Aniplex of America screened the film at the Anime NYC convention in November 2018.

Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond topped the Japanese box office rankings in its opening weekend on September 29-30, 2018, selling 117,473 tickets to earn 172,144,780 yen (about US$1.5 million). The film eventually earned 725,058,820 yen (about US$6.43 million).

Source: ANN

Toonami to Premiere the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime on October 12, 2019

Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block has announced that the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba television anime will premiere on October 12, 2019.

Aniplex of America announced in July 2019 that the anime will premiere on Toonami with an English dub.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba premiered on April 6, 2019, and Aniplex of America licensed the series. The show is streaming on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and FunimationNow.

Source: ANN