your name. and Speed Racer Nominated for Saturn Awards

The Saturn Awards, the awards which honor the best science fiction, horror and fantasy movies and television programs of the year, have nominated your name. and Speed Racer for awards this year. your name. is up for Best Animated Film Release while the FUNimation Entertainment’s Speed Racer collector’s edition is up for Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release.

The other nominees for Best Animated Film include Cars 3, Coco, Despicable Me 3, and The Boss Baby. Other Special Edition nominees include releases of Lost Horizon, The Lost World, Night of the Living Dead, Re-Animator, and Suspira.

The 44th Annual Saturn Awards Ceremony will present the winners in June 2018.

Source: ANN

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Episode 20 – “Under a Rainbow Sun”

As I always do, I will include “aka” designations for the characters, so readers who are only familiar with the English names from Star Blazers will be able to follow who I am talking about.

In the previous episode, it was hinted that there would be a major showdown between the Yamato and Domel’s (aka Lysis’) fleet. The episode delivered on that hint. Most of the basic plot of this battle comes straight from the original Space Battleship Yamato anime (Domel has a drill missile that he launches into the Yamato‘s Wave Motion Gun, and the Yamato crew has to figure out how to stop it). In this version, Sanada (aka Sandor) gets Captain Okita (aka Captain Avatar) to agree to release Niimi from the brig. Through her help, she and Analyzer not only stop the missile, but they find a way to send it in reverse… which is very important and leads up to what happens at the end of the episode. I guess that in this version of the series, this story is being used as a redemption arc for Niimi.

But there’s a twist to the story here that didn’t exist in the original Space Battleship Yamato. Here, the second-class Gamilans who volunteered for the mission are sent to the Yamato disguised as team members to kidnap Yurisha (but they think that Yuki (aka Nova) is Yurisha). Yuki is kidnapped, and Susumu (aka Derek Wildstar) fails to rescue her. From the preview for the next episode, it looks like Yuki’s rescue will be an important part of the story. During the kidnapping attempt, Hoshina is shot as a possessed Misaki looks on. It appears Hoshina has been killed, although nothing has been outright stated that this is the case. But this incident seems to trigger the real Yurisha to finally awaken from her coma. The preview for the next episode shows that Yurisha will be playing an important role.

But since Yuki has been kidnapped here, I wonder how this will affect the episode when the Yamato finally reaches Iscandar. In the original version, some characters who lose faith in returning to Earth kidnapped Yuki to try to start a new life on Iscandar. Maybe those same characters will still lose faith in completing their mission, but won’t force a female character to go with them? It will be interesting to see what exactly transpires when they reach Iscandar.

But, back to this episode: The big event with Domel that ends it is basically what happened in the original Space Battleship Yamato, except in this version, Domel isn’t the loud braggart that he was in the original series. Instead, when he communicates with Okita, he is very subdued and respectful. I have to say that between the original series and Space Battleship Yamato 2199, I prefer Domel’s characterization in this version. In the original, he just came across as an overly arrogant and one-dimensional character. In the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 anime, though, we see he has much more dimension to him as a character.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of this new version of the story goes, and to see how much I recognize from the original series and how much is added or altered to fit in with the changes that were made for Space Battleship Yamato 2199.

BEASTARS Wins 11th Manga Taisho Awards

The executive committee for the 11th Manga Taisho awards announced during the awards ceremony that Paru Itagaki’s BEASTARS won this year’s award.

The manga takes place in a world of carnivores and herbivores, where there is a lot of hope, love, and anxiety. Regoshi is a wolf who is a member of Cherryton Academy’s drama club, and even though he’s a wolf, he’s very sensitive. The manga follows the adolescent life of Regoshi and many other animals.

Itagaki launched the manga in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in September 2016, and Akita Shoten published the seventh compiled volume on February 8, 2018. This is the first time a work published by Akita Shoten has won the award.

Source: ANN

Staff Announcement for the Voice of Fox Anime

A staff announcement has been made for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Voice of Fox Chinese comic.

Kōjin Ochi is directing the anime, and Yoshimi Narita is in charge of series scripts. Aki Tsunaki is designing the characters. Minami Nozaki is composing the music.

Voice of Fox is scheduled to premiere in Japan in 2018.

Source: ANN

Information on the To Be Hero Sequel Anime Series

The To Be Hero sequel anime series will be titled, To Be Heroing, and it is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on May 19, 2018. The series will air for seven episodes, with each episode being 24 minutes in length.

Li Haolin is credited with the original creation, scenario, screenplay, and as director. LAN is in charge of character design and is the animation director. Huang Xueting is the art director, Shintaro Nakamura is the director of photography, Li Haolin and Aya Hida are editors, Wu Ting is the sound director, and Emon and LAN are animating the series.

Source: ANN

Cast Announcement for the Radiant Anime

A cast announcement has been made for the forthcoming anime based on a French comic titled, Radiant:

  • Yumiri Hanamori is Seth
  • Aoi Yūki is Mélie
  • Shintarou Oohata is Doc
  • Romi Park is Alma

Seiji Kishi is directing the anime at Lerche, while Daisei Fukuoka is credited as series director. Makoto Uezu is in charge of the series scripts. Nozomi Kawano is designing the characters, and Masato Kōda is composing the music.

Radiant is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in October 2018.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Is Streaming the ReLIFE Finale OVA

Crunchyroll is now streaming the four-episode finale arc for the ReLIFE anime. The episodes are available worldwide outside of Japan, China, North and South Korea, and Syria.

Tomo Kosaka returned to direct the new anime arc, and Kazuho Hyodo was in charge of the series scripts without the original anime run’s co-writer Michiko Yokote credited. Junko Yamanaka again adapted Yayoiso’s character designs for animation. TMS Entertainment returned to produce the new arc with Double Eagle.

Source: ANN