Mamoru Hosoda Wins Inaugural Locarno Kids Award

The staff of the Locarno Film Festival has announced that Mamoru Hosoda has won the first-ever Locarno Kids Award. The festival, taking place August 4–14, 2021, will host the Swiss premiere of his latest anime film Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally “The Dragon and the Freckled Princess”) at the Piazza Grande. BELLE opened in Japanese theaters on July 16, 2021.

The story of Belle is described as:

Our protagonist, Suzu, is a 17-year old high school girl, who lives in the countryside of Kochi Prefecture with her father, after losing her mother at a young age. She loves singing with her mother more than anything else, but as a result of her mother’s death was no longer able to sing.

It wasn’t long before she and her father grew more and more distant from each other, and Suzu closed her heart to the rest of the world.

When Suzu felt that writing music was her only purpose left in life, she then discovers the massive online space known as “U,” where she takes on her persona, Belle.

Another me.
Another reality.
We are no longer limited to a single world.

Suzu quickly realizes that when she is inside “U” as her avatar, Belle, she can sing quite naturally. As she continues to showcase her own music in the virtual world, she fast becomes the rising star of “U.”

Nonetheless, that surprise is short-lived. Suddenly, a mysterious dragon-shaped creature appears before her…

Source: ANN

Anime Weekend Atlanta 2021 Announces Mask and Vaccination Policy

The official website for the Anime Weekend Atlanta convention has announced that all participants will be required to wear a mask during its 2021 event. The mandate applies to “hotel staff, convention staff, AWA directors and crew, vendors, artists, exhibitors, and any human over the age of 2.”

The event staff also stated it is requiring vaccinations for “all participants,” but added, “If you are unable to receive the vaccine due to extenuating circumstances (age, religion, medical), you are participating in the event at your own risk.”

Vaccination cards will not be required to pick up a badge. However, attendees can also present vaccination cards while picking up their badges so as to get a “special sticker that completes [their] badge design.” The sticker will let other attendees know of a participant’s vaccination status.

The website also detailed what constitutes a mask and other COVID-19 pandemic related protocols, and also stated that the policy is subject to change.

The convention will take place October 28-31, 2021 at the Cobb Galleria Centre & Renaissance Waverly in Atlanta, Georgia.

Source: ANN

Tite Kubo Writes a New Bleach One Shot Manga

This year’s 35th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced that the magazine will publish a new 73-page chapter of Tite Kubo’s Bleach manga in the magazine’s combined 36th and 37th issue on August 10, 2021 The “new episode” for the manga will have a color page, and will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the manga’s launch. The magazine teases the story of the one shot: “Ichigo was invited to Soul Society for a certain ceremony but!?”

Kubo launched Bleach in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2001, and ended it in August 2016. VIZ Media published the manga in North America digitally in English as Shueisha published new chapters in Japan. VIZ Media also published the manga in print.

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Anime to Take a Week Off Due to the Tokyo Olympics

The official Twitter account for the My Hero Academia anime series has announced that the next episode, Episode 107, will be broadcast on Japanese TV on August 14, 2021, taking a week off due to the broadcast of the Tokyo Olympics.

To make up for the missed week, a special live stream will be held on August 7, 2021 with the voice actors of Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki to celebrate the “climax” of the 5th season of the TV anime series and the film, My Hero Academia THE MOVIE World Heroes’ Mission, which is set to open in Japanese cinemas on August 6, 2021. The “HeroAca Summer Special 2021” will stream on the Toho Animation YouTube channel at 5:30 p.m. on August 7, 2021, the same time as the anime usually airs on TV in Japan.

Source: Crunchyroll

Star Fruit Books Announces Two Manga Licenses

Star Fruit Books has announced that it has licensed zaki’s Doomsday Cleaning (Shūmatsu no Osōji) manga and Makoto Aizawa’s Transit manga.

The company will release the 44-page Doomsday Cleaning manga digitally and in print, and it describes the story as:

The story about a robotic vacuum that keeps cleaning after the apocalypse, and a mysterious life forms called pig. After collecting a lot of garbage, something begins to happen to the robot…

Star Fruit Books will release the 60-page Transit one-shot manga digitally and in print, and it describes the story as:

Life is just a repetition of encounters and partings, and where we are now is in any case a transit point. A series of coming of age stories about the days we go through feeling lost.

Source: ANN

Glacier Bay Books Announces Two Manga Licenses

The American-based online bookstore Glacier Bay Books has announced that it has licensed Yumi Tada’s The Mermaid and the Prince manga and Konomi Oumi’s From This Flame manga.

The 24-page The Mermaid and the Prince manga is a “modern retelling of the classic Mermaid fairytale,” and Glacier Bay Books will release the manga in full color in both digital and physical editions. Glacier Bay Books describes the story as “the classic short story of a lonely mermaid and the ‘useless’ prince she rescues.”

Glacier Bay Books describes From This Flame:

A mix of quietness and fury, an unraveling yarn in the night… From This Flame collects eight stories that reach into the wellspring of myth and imagine the world that comes “after.”

The company plans to release the manga digitally and in print in the third quarter of 2021.

Glacier Bay Books also confirmed it will release Arata Imai’s F manga in print in September 2021, and stated it plans to release an expanded print collection of MISSISSIPPI’s Tsukiko and the Satellite and other stories manga in the third quarter of 2021.

Source: ANN

World’s End Harem ~Britannia Lumiére~ Manga Ends

Shueisha’s manga app Manga Mee has published the 22nd and final chapter for Kira Etō’s World’s End Harem ~Britannia Lumiére~ (Shūmatsu no Harem: Britannia Lumiere) manga, the third spin-off series of LINK and Kotaro Shono’s World’s End Harem (Shūmatsu no Harem) manga.

The spin-off series launched on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ and Manga Mee apps in June 2020. The manga went on hiatus in December 2020 due to the author’s health, and returned on June 18, 2021. Shueisha’s MANGA Plus website added the series in English in August 2020.

Source: ANN

Case Closed: Episode 1014 – “The Novelist Known as the Demon King”

We just had a single episode murder mystery last week, and now we have a single episode murder mystery again this time. The frustrating thing to me is that Kogoro and Conan become involved in this case the exact same way they did last week. The two of them are walking down the street and they come across Megure and Takagi at the murder scene and insert themselves into the investigation. When Megure sees them, he asks, incredulously, “You again?” I found myself thinking, “I feel you, bro.” Yes, this is a common way for Conan and Kogoro to become involved in a case, but to have this exact same setup two episodes in a row was a little frustrating. It just highlighted just how unoriginal this setup really is in this series.

The murder victim this time is a mystery novelist named Shintaro Tawake. He was shot in the stomach while sleeping in a room with north-facing windows (this bit about the direction the windows is facing is an important fact for the investigation). They find the shotgun that killed him discarded at the scene, and Conan notices a blood splatter on a window with closed curtains… but the curtains are not stained. This makes Conan wonder why the culprit would have closed the curtains after the murder, especially after learning that the property across the way is unoccupied.

We are then introduced to Tawake’s four assistants: Naoya Akaike, Miyuki Degawa, Ryunosuke Bito, and Haruo Chigasaki. It’s quickly revealed that Tawake had taken these four on as “apprentices,” but was really using them as ghostwriters with promises of helping them make their debut later. Which means all four of them had a motive for killing Tawake. Of the four, Akaike has an alibi for the time of the murder, while the other three don’t. With these four suspects being mystery writers themselves, it was interesting to see what theories they could come up with. That at least made these suspects a little more interesting to watch than the usual murder case suspects.

Of course, Conan starts piecing everything together, especially after gaining entrance to the unoccupied property right across from Tawake’s. And the mystery is solved thanks to Conan claiming that Kogoro wanted to demonstrate how the murder happened, and then using the usual watch dart and voice changing bowtie trick to reveal the truth of the murder.

Overall, this wasn’t bad for a single episode murder mystery, but I’m still frustrated by the fact that the writers utilized the exact same method for getting Kogoro and Conan involved in the murder investigation two episodes in a row. I’ve definitely seen worse Case Closed episodes.

The preview of the next episodes shows us that the Detective Boys are going to be involved. Hoo boy. The Detective Boys episodes tend to be among my least favorite in the series, so I’m hoping for the best but I’m also anticipating the worst. Hopefully the episode will come across better than the preview portrays it.

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Netflix to Stream the Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Anime

The Fandom Post is reporting that Netflix will begin streaming the Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai anime on August 15, 2021. As of this writing, the language options for the anime are unknown.

The story of Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai is described as:

Sakuta Azusagawa is a second-year high school student living in “Fujisawa,” where the sky and sea shines. The exciting everyday life with his upperclassman and girlfriend, Mai Sakurajima, takes a turn at the appearance of his first love, Shoko Makinohara. For some reason, “two versions” of Shoko exists—a junior high student and an adult. Sakuta is made a fool by “Adult Shoko” as he somehow but reluctantly ends up living with her. His relationship with Mai becomes strained. Meanwhile, Sakuta learns that “Junior High Shoko” is diagnosed with a serious illness and his scar starts to hurt again.

Source: The Fandom Post

English Cast Announced for the How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Anime

The English cast has been announced for the How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom anime:

  • Alejandro Saab is Souma
  • Anairis Quinones is Liscia
  • Keith Silverstein is Albert
  • Ernesto Jason Liebrecht is Castor
  • Cory Phillips is Chief Priest
  • Anastasia Munoz is Elisha
  • Marti Etheridge is Excel
  • Marcus Stimac is Georg
  • Michelle Rojas is Jeanne
  • Dawn M. Bennett is Maria
  • Ivan Jasso is Marx
  • Chris Guerrero is Narrator
  • Jad Saxton is Roroa
  • Neil Kaplan is Sebastian
  • Mark Stoddard is Souma’s Grandfather
  • Brook Chalmers is Tolman

Shawn Gann is directing the dub.

FUNimation Entertainment will begin streaming the English dub on July 31, 2021.

Source: ANN