Dragon Ball Super: Broly Film Ranks #3 at U.S. Weekend Box Office With US$10.7 Million

The Box Office Mojo website has reported that the Dragon Ball Super: Broly anime film earned an estimated US$10,657,442 in 467 theaters in the United States and Canada from January 18-January 20, 2019. If the film’s chart ranking holds up after updated box office receipts are reported on January 21, 2019, it will be the #3 film at the domestic box office — below another new film, Glass, and The Upside, but above the fifth weekend of Aquaman.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly already earned over US$7 million on 1,440 screens, including 180 IMAX and Cinemark XD screens, in its opening day on January 16, 2019. Altogether, Box Office Mojo reports that the film has a five-day total of US$21,077,471. That total already ranks the film at #3 on the all-time chart of anime films in the United States and Canada, behind 1999’s Pokemon: The First Movie and Pokemon 2000 – The Movie.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly already earned over US$65 million outside the United States and Canada, including nearly US$32 million in Japan alone. That brings its combined domestic and foreign total to nearly US$87 million.

Source: ANN

Sword Art Online: Alicization: Episode 15 – “The Relentless Knight”

This episode begins where the previous episode left off, with Kirito and Eugeo encountering two young girls on the stairway leading to the top of the Central Cathedral. Let’s just say that the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” applies here. They turn out to be girls who know how to use swords, and they get close to the two of them and stab them. Fortunately, all they did was to use the swords to inject a paralyzing poison into both of our main characters.

We get more exposition as the girls are dragging Kirito and Eugeo up the stairs to the 50th floor. But it turns out this exposition is important, At the 50th floor, they find a high ranking Integrity knight, and the two girls begin taunting the knight. But Kirito surprises everyone when he can move. It turns out that while Kirito had Eugeo talking with the girls, claiming that he’s no good with kids, that he was hiding the fact that he was reciting an anti-poison spell of some kind. In his explanation, Kirito mentions why he suspected the girls of lying, but I never heard an explanation as to how he knew the girls had poison and were going to attack them with it. This just felt a little too convenient, you know? This was definitely the one part of the episode where I had hard time using my “willing suspension of disbelief.”

But we do get a pretty impressive fight between Kirito and the Integrity Knight, which helps makes up for the mini exposition dump we got earlier in the episode. During the fight, Kirito manages to unmask something about the Integrity Knight that had been kept a secret. Eugeo manages to help to some extent during the fight after Kirito has given him an antidote for the poison that he found on the girls, but again, it’s ultimately Kirito who ends up being the hero. Yes, he needed Eugeo’s assistance, but it’s ultimately Kirito who actually makes progress. The episode ended on a cliffhanger, though, so I’m sure the next episode is going to pick back up where this one left off.

I hope that at some point, Eugeo can finally truly do something heroic on his own. Yes, his main purpose in the story is to be Kirito’s sidekick, but it would be nice to see some development for Eugeo which allows him the chance to truly evolve as a character.

Why am I starting to get the feeling that this cour of Sword Art Online: Alicization is going to be primarily focusing on Kirito and Eugeo as they climb up to the top of the Central Cathedral? I’m just envisioning 12-13 episodes of fighting Integrity Knights, with little to no progression on the actual plot. Perhaps we’ll get some more exposition, likely as info dumps as we’ve already seen happen with this series. I also have the feeling, especially from the images that appear in the new opening credits, that we won’t be seeing Asuna or the real world at all during this cour of Sword Art Online: Alicization.

The one problem I have with looking at this series is the fact that I don’t have familiarity with the original source material, so it’s hard for me to judge the effectiveness of the pacing of the story. Is this series following the original light novel rather closely, or is the anime creative crew doing everything they can to stretch the story out in order to cover four cours?

Hopefully I’m wrong on some of my predictions when it comes to the second cour of Sword Art Online: Alicization. At this point, I’ve already made it through one cour, so I’m committed to seeing this series all the way through. I just hope the story starts doing more to help keep my interest as I continue watching the series.

HIDIVE to Add the English and Spanish Dubs of the Land of the Lustrous Anime Starting on January 23, 2019

HIDIVE has announced that it will add both the English and Spanish dubs of the Land of the Lustrous anime starting on January 23, 2019, with new episodes added on Wednesdays. The English dub will be available to viewers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. The show’s Spanish dub will be available in the United States and Canada.

The English cast includes:

  • Sarah Wiedenheft is Phos
  • Savanna Menzel is Diamond
  • Shelley Calene-Black is Rutile
  • Brian Mathis is Kongo
  • Genevieve Simmons is Bort
  • Avery Smithhart is Cinnabar
  • Heidi Hinkle is Jade
  • Alyssa Marek is Antarcticite
  • Luci Christian is King Ventricosus
  • Allison Sumrall is Yellow Diamond
  • Serena Varghese is Euclase
  • Shelby Blocker is Alexandrite
  • Teresa Zimmerman is Amethyst 33
  • Teresa Zimmerman is Amethyst 84
  • Olivia Swasey is Morga
  • Brittney Karbowski is Zircon
  • Cat Thomas is Red Beryl
  • Elissa Cuellar is Benito
  • Juliet Simmons is Goshe
  • Maggie Flecknoe is Aculeatus
  • Christina Kelly is Padparadscha
  • Shanae’a Moore is Obsidian
  • Carli Mosier is Neptunite
  • Kalin Coates is Ice

Kyle Colby Jones is directing the dub.

Sentai Filmworks will release Land of the Lustrous in a complete collection on January 22, 2019.

Source: ANN

Kagerou Daze Manga to End on February 15, 2019

The official website for Kadokawa’s Monthly Comic Gene magazine has announced that JIN and Mahiro Satou’s Kagerou Daze manga will end in the magazine’s next issue on February 15,2 019. The manga’s final chapter will have a color opening page and the manga will feature on the issue’s front cover.

JIN’s Kagerou Project began as a Vocaloid song series that JIN wrote and composed in 2011. JIN launched the Kagerou Daze novel series in May 2012, with illustrations by Sidu. Kadokawa published the eighth and final volume in December 2017.

Satou launched the manga adaptation of the novels in Kadokawa’s Monthly Comic Gene magazine in June 2012.

Source: ANN

Duel Masters! Anime Gets New Series in April 2019

The official YouTube channel for Shogakukan’s Coro Coro Comics magazine has announced that the Duel Masters! anime franchise is getting a new series titled Duel Masters!! (with two exclamation points) that will premiere in April 2019. The new anime will enter the “Chōten” arc, and will again feature Joe as the protagonist.

Shinobu Sasaki is directing the series at Ascension, and Yoichi Kato is overseeing the series scripts. Yosuke Yabumoto is designing the characters, and Jun’ichi Igarashi is composing the music.

Source: ANN

Anime Central Announces Aya Suzaki as Guest

Anime Central has announced that voice actress Aya Suzaki will be a guest at their upcoming convention.

Suzaki’s credits include Kill la Kill‘s Mako, The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls‘ Minami, Tamako Market‘s Tamako, Assassination Classroom‘s Kayano, and Release the Spyce‘s Mei. She also has contributed to theme song performances for a number of anime, including those listed above.

Anime Central 2019 will take place from May 17-19, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

Source: ANN