Netflix Has Launched the Third Part of the Pokemon Master Journeys: The Series Anime

The Fandom Post is reporting that Netflix has launched the third part of Pokemon Master Journeys: The Series, which is billed as the 24th season of the Pokemon anime. Netflix premiered Pokemon Master Journeys: The Series on September 10, 2021, and launched the second part on January 21, 2022.

Pokemon Master Journeys: The Series is described as:

You’ll see our heroes continue their Pokemon research for Cerise Laboratory, and Ash, of course, remains dedicated to his dream of becoming a Pokemon Master as he climbs higher in the World Coronation Series rankings. Meanwhile, Goh works to complete his Pokedex and his ultimate goal of catching Mew, and Chloe takes her first steps as a Pokemon Trainer when she meets a mysterious Eevee.

Source: The Fandom Post

English Cast Announced for the Everything for Demon King Evelogia Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Everything for Demon King Evelogia anime:

  • Ciarán Strange is Evelogia
  • Patrick M. Seymour is Gozu/Young Gozu
  • Elsie Lovelock is Tishia
  • Will de Renzy-Martin is MacKiddie
  • Edwyn Tiong is Merchant
  • Bradley Gareth is Eve’s Father
  • Aimee Smith is Eve’s Mother
  • Steve Warky Nunez is Lead Mobster
  • Chelsea Simmons is Young Boy 1A
  • Kirsten Candelore is Young Boy 1B
  • John Montoya is Assassin
  • Darnell Anderson-Lloyd is Male Townsperson 4C
  • Justice Washington is Innkeeper
  • Lisle Wilkerson is Festival Woman 9C

Additional voices include:

  • Steven Aries
  • Julie Rei Goldstein
  • Ashley Rose Kaplan
  • Darrel Guilbeau
  • Venus Carey
  • Reece Bridger
  • Ryan Hoyle
  • Sean Tay
  • Lisle Wilkerson
  • Chelsea Simmons
  • Kirsten Cadelore
  • Danielle McRae
  • Kevin Frane
  • Dominique Dinh
  • Shane Tay

Patrick M. Seymour and Kiba Walker are directing the English dub.

Source: ANN

English Cast Announced for the Blue Reflection Ray Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Blue Reflection Ray anime:

  • Kayli Mills is Hiori
  • Brianna Knickerbocker is Ruka
  • Michelle Marie is Lime
  • Maureen Price is Mio
  • Madeline Dorroh is Miyako
  • Natalie Van Sistine is Miyako’s Mother
  • Erica Mendez is Momo
  • Katelyn Barr is Niina
  • Kimberley Anne Campbell is Shino
  • Lindsay Sheppard is Uta
  • Lizzie Freeman is Yuzu
  • Maddie Matsumoto is Saya

Peter Hawkinson is directing the English dub.

Crunchyroll will begin streaming the dub of Blue Reflection Ray on June 7, 2022.

Source: Crunchyroll

GKIDS Brings the Inu-Oh Anime Film to Theaters Nationwide on August 12, 2022

GKIDS, the producer and distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, has announced that it will bring Inu-Oh, the latest feature film from director Masaaki Yuasa, to cinemas nationwide starting on August 12, 2022. The film made its world debut at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, followed by a North American premiere at the 46th Toronto International Film Festival, marking the director’s first invitation to both festivals. Following the film’s previous presentation as a work in progress at the 2020 Annecy Film Festival, Yuasa returns to Annecy honored as the patron of the 2022 Mifa campus. The visionary filmmaker will also present the new rock musical at a screening event at the festival.

Featuring character creation from manga artist Taiyo Matsumoto, who previously collaborated with Yuasa on the anime adaptation of Matsumoto’s series Ping Pong the Animation, the musical animated feature tells the story of the friendship between the legendary 14th century Noh performer Inu-oh, and the blind biwa player Tomona. As the two rise from hardship to stardom through their creative partnership, they also come to break each other’s curse.

Animated by Japanese production company Science SARU INC., in collaboration with its partner, the Japanese production, distribution, and sales company Asmik Ace, Inc., the feature opens domestically in Japan on May 28, 2022.

Inu-Oh marks GKIDS’ fifth title from director Masaaki Yuasa, following local releases of Lu Over the Wall, The Night is Short, Walk On Girl, Mind Game, and most recently, Ride Your Wave.

SYNOPSIS

From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa, hailed by IndieWire as “one of the most creatively unbridled minds in all of modern animation,” comes a revisionist rock opera about a 14th-century superstar whose dance moves take Japan by storm.

Born to an esteemed family, Inu-oh is afflicted with an ancient curse that has left him on the margins of society. When he meets the blind musician Tomona, a young biwa priest haunted by his past, Inu-oh discovers a captivating ability to dance. The pair quickly become business partners and inseparable friends as crowds flock to their electric, larger-than-life concerts. But when those in power threaten to break up the band, Inu-oh and Tomona must dance and sing to uncover the truth behind their creative gifts.

Featuring character design by Taiyo Matsumoto and awe-inspiring vocals by Avu-chan and Mirai Moriyama, Inu-Oh is a glam-rock ode to the power of music and a forceful statement on artistic freedom from one of animation’s singular talents.

Source: GKIDS

Anime Film Review: One Piece Film: Z

One Piece Film: Z is the 12th anime film in the One Piece franchise.

One Piece Film: Z
Directed by: Tatsuya Nagamine
Written by: Osamu Suzuki
Starring: Mayumi Tanaka, Kazuya Nakai, Akemi Okamura, Kappei Yamaguchi, Hiroaki Hirata, Ikue Ohtani, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Kazuki Yao, Yuichi Nagashima, Hochu Otsuka, Ryoko Shinohara, Teruyuki Kagawa, Takehito Koyasu, Unsho Ishizuka, Fumihiko Tachiki, Hiroshi Naka, Takko Ishimori, Mika Doi, Koichi Nagano, and Minori Matsushima
Run Time: 108 minutes

The One Piece television anime series had four episodes that made up a filler arc that had a connection to this film. The Neo Marines, as well as Ain (one of the characters from One Piece Film: Z) make an appearance during this filler arc. Z also shows up right near the end, and his appearance sets the stage for the beginning of One Piece Film: Z. From where this filler arc is placed, the film would be set between when the Straw Hats leave Fishman Island and when they arrive at Punk Hazard.

The film opens with Z, his subordinates Ain and Binz, and the Neo Marines arriving at Firs Island to grab the Dyna Stones, which are said to be comparable to the Ancient Weapons and are the Marines’ trump card. Admiral Kizaru arrives and begins blowing away the Neo Marines’ ships, but Z steps in and the two battle it out. It’s revealed in the film that Z (formerly known as Zephyr), is a former Marine Admiral who trained many of the Marines that the viewers have come to know during One Piece. But because he’s a former Marine Admiral who’s now causing trouble, Z’s enemies include both pirates and the Marines.

Z uses one of the Dyna Stones in his battle with Kizaru, and the blast engulfs the entire island. It turns out the island is one of the three mythical “End Points,” and Z is out to destroy them in order to stop the pirates and to destroy the New World. Kizaru gets away, but it appears that Z is lost.

Meanwhile, the Straw Hats are goofing off and having a fun time until volcanic ash starts falling. Around the same time, they see someone floating in the water. They rescue this person, who turns out to be Z. When Z awakens and finds out that Luffy and the others are pirates, he begins attacking. Ain and Binz arrive with the Neo Marines, and Ain and Binz use their powers against some of the Straw Hats. Ain has an ability to make a person become younger by 12 years by touching them, and she manages to touch Nami, Chopper, Robin, and Brook. Binz, meanwhile, can summon vines and uses them to subdue most of the others. Luffy, however, tries to fight with Z, but Z’s mechanical arm is made from sea prism stone, which affects Devil Fruit users. With some help, Franky is freed and uses the Coup de Burst to escape. Unfortunately, the Thousand Sunny is damaged from the Neo Marines’ cannon attacks.

The Straw Hats end up going to Secon Island, where Franky starts to fix the Thousand Sunny. It’s a small island, but there’s not much there. After learning about a nearby island from the family that owns the shipyard, the Straw Hats (except Franky) go on the sea train in order to try to find out information about Z and the Neo Marines. They need to find them so they can get Nami, Chopper, Robin, and Brook back to normal. It was kind of amusing to see what Usopp, Nami, Robin, and Chopper end up doing as they are trying to gather information.

Meanwhile, the other Staw Hats have a surprise reunion with Aokiji, who has left the Navy is now out on his own. They learn that Aokiji has a connection with Z, since Z had been one of his teachers. While Aokiji is willing to help out the Straw Hats, he also takes it upon himself to try to reach out to Z as well. Aokiji knows what Z is up to and wants to find some way to stop it.

It turns out the island the Straw Hats and Aokiji are at is the second of the three “End Points,” so of course Z is there. There’s another battle between the Straw Hats and Z’s forces, as well as another fight between Luffy and Z. This time, Z takes Luffy’s straw hat and flees, along with his forces, before the Dyna Stones placed on the island explode. The Straw Hats manage to flee from the island after a harrowing and chaotic escape from moving lava, and they return to Secon Island.

There is also some time spent in the film with Garp telling Coby and Helmeppo about Z and his backstory. If you couldn’t guess, a tragic backstory has led Z to where he is now. Normally, I can sympathize with characters after hearing this kind of a backstory, but I had a hard time with this when it came to Z. With how he had been portrayed up to that point, Z came across as being full of himself and was kind of annoying. While I appreciated getting the backstory, I found that I had a hard time seeing him in a more sympathetic light afterward. Perhaps if this story had been told over a longer runtime (an arc that lasted for several episodes that allowed for more character development), then perhaps I might have been more affected by Z’s backstory.

Aokiji provides the Straw Hats with the final bit of information they need in order to find Z and his Neo Marines, which leads to a climax between the Straw Hats, Z’s forces, and the Marines.

Even though I had a hard time sympathizing with Z, I still did enjoy One Piece Film: Z. The story itself was riveting enough, and I appreciated getting to see some characters I really hadn’t seen in a while (such as Aokiji and Kizaru). I also liked the shrunk down versions of Nami and Chopper. Chopper’s smaller version was especially amusing near the end of the film during one of the battles, because when he goes into some of his other forms, they look more chibi than usual. He can still fight effectively in these smaller versions, but they looked so cute and a lot less intimidating. Many of the character interactions in this film were on point, and it almost felt like this story could have fit in with the canon material. However, knowing that this is an original story, I knew that at the end, the story would have to do the typical shonen anime trope of “resetting to zero” so it wouldn’t affect the continuity of the canon storyline from the manga.

If you’re a fan of the One Piece franchise and haven’t watched this film yet, I would recommend it. Of the One Piece anime films that I’ve seen at the time I’m writing this review, this is by far the strongest one.

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Tubi TV Adds SHIROBAKO The Movie to Its Service

The Fandom Post is reporting that Tubi TV has added SHIROBAKO The Movie to its service. The film is available for streaming with the original Japanese audio and English subtitles.

The story of the film is described as:

Four years after the events of SHIROBAKO the series, Musashino Animation has gone through unprecedented changes and things are looking bleak for the studio. One day, Aoi Miyamori is offered a role managing a new theatrical animation project. With only a few months left before the deadline, can MusAni complete the project in its current state? It’s up to Aoi to work alongside both familiar faces and new to finish the project in time.

Source: The Fandom Post

eigoMANGA Heads to FanimeCon 2022

Comic book publisher, EigoMANGA announces its participation at Northern California’s largest anime convention, FanimeCon 2022. FanimeCon 2022 is on May 27–30, 2022 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.

EigoMANGA will host a series of panels to showcase their latest production of comics, animation, games, and mobile apps.

This is EigoMANGA’s first anime convention since the COVID-19 pandemic.

First, EigoMANGA will commemorate its 20th anniversary as well as discuss upcoming manga, games, apps, and animation projects like Swipa The Fox, Vanguard Princess, Oldman, Winter Ember, and much more. “EigoMANGA’s Industry Panel” is scheduled for May 27, 2022 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. PDT at Panel 4.

Second, EigoMANGA’s team will hold a tutorial workshop to teach the fundamentals of manga self-publishing and distribution. They will also be on hand to critique portfolios from up-and-coming creators. “How To Self-Publish Your Manga” is scheduled for May 27, 2022 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. PDT at Panel 4.

Third, EigoMANGA’s development team will host a panel to discuss anime/manga app development for the mobile devices; referencing their experiences from developing and releasing the upcoming anime mobile fighting game Vanguard Princess, the mobile virtual reality app “ComX VR” and media streaming app “Comic Climax.” “Developing Anime Mobile Apps” is scheduled for May 27, 2022 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. PDT at Panel 4.

EigoMANGA will deliver special greeting messages and announcements from Oldman‘s manga creator Shang Cheng and Beast Code manga creator, Takahiro Yonemura at FanimeCon.

Ascendent Animation Wins a Silver Telly Award for The Titan’s Bride Anime

Ascendent Animation has announced that they have brought home Silver from The 43rd Annual Telly Awards for 2022 in New York City. They won the award for their English dubbed series, The Titan’s Bride.

Ascendent tweeted out after receiving their award, “Thank you to everyone involved with The Titan’s Bride. The cast and crew worked tirelessly on this project and it was well rewarded. We’re even happier to know that a LGBTQ+ show was recognized and humbly share this award with the community. Special thanks to WWWave and Coolmic for their support as well.”

The Telly Awards were founded in 1979 and honors groundbreaking video and film productions. Winners represent the best work of advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, and corporate video departments in the world. Less than 5% of entries are chosen as winners of the Silver Telly Award.

You can watch The Titan’s Bride on Amazon Prime Video, or purchase a physical edition from Right Stuf Anime or Amazon.

Genre: Romance/BL/Fantasy
Episodes: 9
Opening & Ending Theme: “The One Who Cried Love in the Center of the World”. It is performed by Caius (Original CV. Yūki Ono) and Kouichi Mizuki (Original CV. Kento Itō)”
© ITKZ
©2022 Suiseisha Inc.
©2022 Ascendent Animation. All Rights Reserved.

Oiko Komaru’s Omae no Toriko ni Narumonka! to Be Released on futekiya

futekiya, the online boys’ love manga subscription service, has announced the license acquisition of Oiko Komaru’s Omae no Toriko ni Narumonka! from Home-sha Inc.

Narumi Ebihara has lost the ability to say no to a job. It’s not his fault, though. The shady company he used to work for conditioned him to overwork himself on a terribly low wage. But when that company goes under overnight, Narumi is left scrambling for new employment.

Thanks to his luck (and frankly, his gullibility), Narumi lands a one month trial period as a live-in manager for a promising new actor, Leo Uchiumi.

If all goes well, Narumi will have a higher salary, nicer accommodation, and a rewarding job after a month. A new wind is blowing in Narumi’s direction… but that’s not the only thing blowing.

Narumi Ebihara has lost the ability to say no to a job. To any job.

*English title and release date will be announced later.