Takara Tomy Is Streaming an English Dub of the Cap Kakumei Bottleman Net Anime

Takara Tomy has posted the first English-dubbed episode of the web anime for its Cap Kakumei Bottleman (Cap Revolution Bottleman) franchise. The web anime debuted on Takara Tomy’s YouTube channel in Japanese on October 9, 2020.

Itsuro Kawasaki directed the episode at Gaina (formerly Fukushima Gainax), and Sayaka Ono. The rock band The50kaitenz is contributing the theme song.

Takara Tomy describes the episode as:

“This is a cap revolution for me and COLAMARU!”

BOTTLEMAN, a new entertainment that has revolutionized the world. In the virtual space, Drink World, People use BOTTLEMAN to do Bottle battles with one another. All strong bottle fighters, aim to be the Bottle King.

The main character, COTA COGA, meets his partner BOTTLEMAN “COLAMARU” to become the best Bottle King in the world.

Source: ANN

Anime Biography: Toshio Oka

Toshio Oka is a lyricist who composed the lyrics to several anime theme songs, primarily during the late 1960’s, the 1970’s, and the early 1980’s. He was born in Fukushima Prefecture in 1917, under the name of Yasukichi Nishiyama. Oka studied under the poet Yaso Saijo at the age of 18. In 1942, around the end of World War II, he began working as a reporter for a newspaper called the Mainichi Shimbun.

In 1949, Oka started working as a lyricist for Nippon Columbia (which is now known as Columbia Music Entertainment). He wrote “Koukou Sannensei” for singer Kazuo Funaki. In 1963, this song helped Oka to earn the Lyricist Award at the Japan Record Awards. He also wrote “Akogare no Yubin Basha” and “Kougen Ressha wa Iku” for composer Yuji Koseki, and “Tokyo no Bus Girl” for composer Gento Uehara.

Oka has also worked with Chiyoko Shimakura and Kanae Wada. For Chiyoko Shimakura, his lyrics appear on these releases: Chiyoko Shimakura Zenshu (50th Anniversary), Shin Natumero Zenkyokushu Part 1, Shin Natumero Zenkyokushu Part 2, and Showa Kokumin Teki Hit2. With Kanae Wada, Oka composed music for Onnanoko Muki, Shudaika no Ayumi, Natsukashi no Bmen, Kurenai Sanshiro (“The Man in the Sunset”), Kabatotto (“Ippo Thomas”), and Kumiko Kaori Super Best. In 1973, Oka compsed the lyrics to the opening and closing theme songs for Kerokko Demetan (“Kerokko Demetan” and “Makeru na Demetan”). Some of Oka’s work also appears on the 40th anniversary CD box set from anime singer Ichiro Mizuki. His work has also appeared on compilation albums in Japan (such as Whole-Tone Pop Songs Complete Works 15 and Whole-Tone Pop Songs Complete Works 19).

Oka’s anime lyrics from the 1970’s begin in 1970, for a song from Hakushon Daimaou (“The Song in Hakushon Daimaou”). In 1972, Oka composed the lyrics for songs from Kashi-No Ki Mock (“Boku wa kanashii ki-no ningyo”) and Umi no Triton. In 1973, he composed the theme lyrics for Shinzo Ningen Casshan (“Tatakae! Casshan” and “Are wa Shinzo Ningen”). In 1979, Oka composed the lyrics for the theme songs for Science Ninja Team Gatchaman Fighter, which is also known as Gatchaman F (“Gatchaman Fighter” and “Bokura no Gatchaman”). His last known anime lyrics are for 1980’s Tondemo Senshi Muteking.

Toshio Oka passed away on November 24, 2009 at a Tokyo hospital from renal failure. He was 92 years old at the time of his passing.

Case Closed: Episode 985 – “The Two Faces (Part One)”

At the beginning of the episode, a beautiful woman comes to the Mori Detective Agency to ask Kogoro to take on a case for her. He’s smitten with her, which annoys Ran. But after the woman says her case is trying to locate her missing husband, we can see Kogoro’s face fall… and Ran’s full of triumph. I think Ran won the “best reaction award” for the episode.

Anyway, the woman gives Kogoro information about her husband and what led up to her husband’s disappearance. She had been out to lunch with friends, and as they parted, she saw her husband approaching another woman. She followed them, but didn’t see any signs of cheating going on. She decides to approach her husband, and when he sees her, he runs away. She lost sight of him at the river and hasn’t seen him since… but then later adds that she thought she saw a car drive off around the same time she lost sight of her husband.

Conan tags along on the investigation, saying that Ran wants him to keep an eye on Kogoro. They investigate the couple’s home, including the husband’s office, and the only thing they find is a business card with another address on it. Upon investigating that location, it’s discovered that it’d a virtual office that the husband has rented. And examining the river, they find tire tracks to a microcar. But before they can do anything else, the wife calls. The police found her husband’s wallet near the river. While the cash is gone, his cards and some receipts are still inside.

After examining the receipts, Conan comes up with an idea of how to track down the husband. This idea works, and Kogoro and Conan find where the husband is. It turns out he’s trying to cover up a lie he told on their first date, because he never confessed to the lie before they got married. Kogoro convinces the husband to return home and tell his wife the truth.

And it seems like this should be the end… but since we already know this is a multi-part episode, we know that simply isn’t going to be the case. The final shot of the episode shows something being set on fire…

As I watched this episode, I started having the sense that something is “off” with the wife. There were some shots where I was picking up something odd with the wife’s facial expressions. But, could the animators have done this as a kind of “red herring” to throw the audience off? But considering how easily the husband was found in this episode, I have a suspicion that something more convoluted is going to play out over the course of the next episode. But I don’t have any specific ideas or theories when it comes to any potential twists in this case. I’m interested to see how this mystery will ultimately be solved, as well as how Conan will come up with the correct solution.

The Shin Tetsujin 28 Anime Is Now Available on Amazon Prime

The Fandom Post is reporting that the Shin Tetsujin 28 anime is now available on Amazon Prime. The series is available for free viewing if you’re a Prime member, and you can also buy episodes for 99-cents each or the whole first season for $20.99.

The story of Shin Tetsujin 28 is described as:

Shortly after pre-teen Shoutarou Kaneda discovers his late father’s legacy, a 60-foot-tall, 50-ton remote-controlled robot, he’s put in charge of it. Shoutarou accepts the V-controller and duty that his father intended for the giant robot, Tetsujin: to fight evil and keep the peace. As the youngest member of Interpol, Shoutarou’s adventures take him around the world, under the sea, through time, and the deepest reaches of space. His mentors are Dr. Shikishima, his father’s brilliant colleague, and Inspector Ohtsuka, the sometimes buffoonish chief Interpol liaison, but in someways, Shoutarou is closest to his giant avatar, Tetsujin. Together, they battle various menaces, from mad scientists to pirates to ninjas to international criminals, all with their own unique giant robots, but the deadliest villain that Shoutarou and Tetsujin build up to is the Space Demon King, an alien so powerful that he threatens to swallow up the Solar System.

Source: The Fandom Post

The Three Musketeers Anime Is Now Available on Amazon Prime

The Fandom Post is reporting that The Three Musketeers anime is now available on Amazon Prime. The episodes are available in their original Japanese with English subtitles where it’s free for prime viewing but you can buy an episode in HD for $1.99 or the whole thing for 86.99. There are a total of 52 episodes in the series.

The Japanese cast includes:

  • Eiko Yamada is Aramis
  • Tatsuya Matsuda is D’Artagnan
  • Akira Kamiya is Athos
  • Fumi Hirano is Milady
  • Masamichi Sato is Portos
  • Mayumi Tanaka is Jean
  • Noriko Hidaka is Constance Bonacieux
  • Takehito Koyasu is François.

The story of The Three Musketeers is described as:

The musketeers help a damsel in distress, but unfortunately she is found dead the following day. D’Artagnan is arrested as prime suspect since he was the last one seen with the lady. Investigating the murder reveals that the crime is not only connected to Aramis’s past, but to the French monarchy itself.

Source: The Fandom Post

Anime Biography: Takashi Miki

Anime composer Takashi Miki, whose real name is Tadashi Watanabe, was born in Tokyo in 1945. Originally, Miki wanted to be a singer after he graduated from junior high school. However, he changed his mind and taught himself how to compose music instead. Miki made his professional debut as a composer in 1967.

In anime, Miki is best known for composing “Anpanman no March,” the theme song for the Soreike! Anpanman franchise. Even though the song was originally written when the series premiered in 1988, “Anpanman no March” continues to used as the theme song for the franchise over 20 years later. Miki also wrote “Hoshi no Ojisama Petit Prince,” the theme song from 1978’s Little Prince anime series. Miki also composed music for director Gisaburo Sugii’s 1974 anime film, Jack to Mama no Ki (Jack and the Beanstalk).

Outside of anime, Miki wrote songs for numerous artists in Japan, with songs ranging from enka to pop music. Miki wrote songs for such artists as Ruriko Asaoka, Ryoko Moriyama, Teresa Teng, Fuyumi Sakamoto, Hideki Saijo, Agnes Chan, Hiromi Iwasaki, Sayuri Ishikawa, and the female trio Warabe. Songs Miki composed include: “Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyugeshiki,” “Toki no Nagare ni Mi wo Makase,” “Tsugunai,” “Yozakura Oshichi,” “Boomerang Street,” and “Medaka no Kyodai.” Miki also composed “Furimukuna Kimi wa Utsukushii,” a theme song for the All Japan High School Soccer Tournament. He has also contributed compositions to musicals produced by the Shiki Theatre Company.

Back in the 1970’s, Miki was part of a jury panel for a popular singer TV audition program that aired on Japanese television. Miki was recommended for the jury panel by lyricist Yu Aku. Miki and Aku also teamed up to write the song, “Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyugeshiki.” This song, which was sung by Sayuri Ishikawa, became a hit in 1977. Miki wrote “Toki no Nagare ni Mi wo Makase” in the 1980’s, and it was sung by Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng.

In 2004, he served as the administrative director for the Japan Composer’s Association. The following year, Miki was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon for his works. In 2006, Miki underwent surgery for throat cancer. However, after the surgery, he returned to working on his compositions.

Takashi Miki passed away on May 11, 2009 at a hospital in Okayama City. He was 64 at the time of his passing. Takashi Miki is survived by his sister, a singer named Jun Mayuzumi, along with other relatives.

Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (October 23, 2020)

I’m really not sure what to say in regards to this week’s list…

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

Mangamo Manga Subscription App for iOS Now Available Everywhere

Mangamo, the mobile manga subscription app that gives readers unlimited access to hundreds of titles from multiple publishers while supporting creators, is now available for iOS globally (excluding Japan, China and Korea). The app can be downloaded now on the Apple App Store.

Mangamo’s library includes mega-hits like Fire Force, Attack on Titan, The Seven Deadly Sins, Fairy Tail, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, In/Spectre, Knights of Sidonia, and Ajin – Demi-Human; manga based on current anime hits like Japan Sinks 2020, Arte, Dropkick on My Devil!, and Somali and the Forest Spirit; and award-winning series like Loving Yamada at LV999! and Reset Game.

In addition to the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Mangamo for iOS is now available in:

Europe

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovia
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom

Asia Pacific

  • Australia
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Fiji
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Micronesia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

Latin America and the Caribbean:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Montserrat
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Africa, Middle East and India:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Chad
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Cote D’Ivoire
  • Egypt
  • Eswatini
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

VIZ Media’s Website Removes Free Anime Videos

Anime News Network is reporting that VIZ Media’s website has removed its free Hulu-embedded streams of anime episodes. The company’s website now directs visitors to watch the anime on other streaming platforms, such as Crunchyroll, FUNimation, Hulu, and Netflix.

The company previously offered free streams via Hulu for several of its licensed anime, including Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Naruto, One-Punch Man, Bleach, Sailor Moon, Hunter x Hunter, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Death Note, Inuyasha, and Ranma 1/2.

Source: ANN

More Dubbed Episodes of the Fourth Season of My Hero Academia Added to Hulu

The Fandom Post is reporting that Hulu will begin streaming English dubs for Episodes 77-88 of My Hero Academia on November 24, 2020.

The anime is directed by Kenji Nagasaki based on the series composition by Yousuke Kuroda. Yoshihiko Umakoshi is on board as the character designer and chief animation director, with the series being produced at BONES.

The story of My Hero Academia is described as:

It’s an exciting age of heroes, where most people develop supernatural abilities known as Quirks. Bright-eyed kids like Izuku Midoriya—Deku for short—dream of the day they become champions of the people. There’s just one little problem standing in Deku’s way. In a world full of heroes, he’s Quirkless. Crushed, but not down for the count, this superhero-fanboy dedicates his time to studying the pros in hopes that he, too, can join a prestigious high school for heroes. In the face of despair, Deku’s courage catches the eye of his ultimate idol, the symbol of justice known as All Might. With special training from the big guy himself, Deku and the talented first-years of the academy may finally have a shot at achieving their dreams. But these amateurs are put to the test of a lifetime when routine training becomes a battle against real villains.

The My Hero Academia anime began airing on Japanese television on April 3, 2016. FUNimation Entertainment is simulcasting the series as it airs.

Source: The Fandom Post