FUNimation Entertainment to Stream the Bungo and Alchemist -Gears of Judgement- Anime in Spring 2020

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will stream the Bungo and Alchemist -Gears of Judgement- (Bungō to Alchemist: Shinpan no Haguruma) anime as part of the Spring 2020 season in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Toshinori Watanabe is directing the anime at OLM. Jun Kumagai is writing and supervising the series scripts. Atsuko Nakajima is serving as character designer and chief animation director. Hideki Sakamoto is composing the music.

Bungo and Alchemist -Gears of Judgement- is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on April 4, 2020.

Source: ANN

Anime Blu-ray Review: SHIROBAKO Collection 1

SHIROBAKO Collection 1 is a single disc that contains all 12 episodes of the first cour of the series. The set only has the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

SHIROBAKO Collection 1
English Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: February 9, 2016

SHIROBAKO starts out with five friends in a high school animation club producing an animation to screen at their school cultural fair. Aoi, Ema, Shizuka, Misa, and Midori swear that they’ll eventually reunite in Tokyo and make another anime together. The story then jumps ahead in time two-and-a-half years, where Aoi is working as a production assistant at Musashino Animation, a company that’s in the process of working on an anime titled, Exodus. Ema is also at Musashino Animation; she’s just getting her foot in the door as an animator. Shizuka is a newbie voice actress at Akaoni Production, Misa is working at a computer graphics studio, and Midori is a university student.

The first half of the series places a strong focus on Aoi and Ema as they’re just starting out in the industry, and we get to see all the issues that go on behind the scenes during the production of an anime. Shizuka is also seen trying to break into anime voice acting, but she doesn’t have confidence and gets nervous at her auditions. Misa is dissatisfied with her job, because she’s always given the same thing to do over and over, and she has no interest in what the company is giving her.

When I first heard about SHIROBAKO prior to the start of the Fall 2014 season, the idea of an anime about producing anime appealed to me. But I admit at the time that the “cute” designs for the protagonists had me a little worried that the series would end up being too cutesy. I decided to give SHIROBAKO a chance, and I’m glad that I did. While there a lot of characters introduced in the series near the very beginning, these 12 episodes gives many of them a chance to shine.

The Blu-ray video for this set has 1080p High Definition / 16×9, and the audio includes Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. I had no complaints about either the audio or the video quality of this release.

There are only three bonus features included on the release: a clean opening animation, two clean closing animations, and trailers for other releases from Sentai Filmworks. When it comes to the clean closing animation, the only difference between the two is that the doll’s reaction to the bear’s love letter changes in the final episode. I’m not terribly disappointed with the bonus features, since this is rather standard for releases put out by Sentai Filmworks.

If you’ve streamed SHIROBAKO and enjoyed what you’ve seen, then this Blu-ray release for the first half of the anime would be a good addition to your anime home video library.

Sentai Filmworks Licenses the Third Season of the My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has licensed the third season of the My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU anime. The company will release the series globally outside of Asia. The series will simulcast in Spring 2020, and will be followed by a home video release.

The third season of the My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on April 10, 2020.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment to Stream the Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls Anime

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will stream the Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls for the Spring 2020 season. The stream will debut on April 1, 2020.

Toshinori Fukushima is directing the anime at Studio A-Cat. Touko Machida is in charge of series composition. Koichi Kikuta is designing the characters.

Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on April 1, 2020.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment to Stream the Third Season of the Kingdom Anime in Spring 2020

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will stream the third season of the Kingdom anime during the Spring 2020 season in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

The third season will have a new production staff compared to the previous series. Kenichi Imaizumi is directing the anime at Studio Signpost (the new name of Pierrot Plus). Noboru Takagi is in charge of series scripts. Hisashi Abe is designing the characters.

The third season of Kingdom is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on April 6, 2020.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment to Stream the Gal & Dino Anime in Spring 2020

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming the Gal & Dino anime as part of the Spring 2020 season in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Jun Aoki is serving as series script supervisor and series director. Gin is composing the music.

The anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on April 5, 2020.

Source: ANN

GKIDS and Shout! Factory to Release the Tokyo Godfathers Anime Film on Blu-ray Disc

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced that they will release Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers anime film on Blu-ray Disc and BD/DVD combo pack on June 2, 2020. The release will be the film’s first on Blu-ray Disc, and it will also be available with both an English dub and the original Japanese audio for the first time. The anime film will debut digitally on May 19, 2020.

The release will include bonus features such as an interview with English dub cast member Shakina Nayfack (voice of Hana), featurettes about the film’s creation, and Kon’s “Ohayo” short film, which will be available on home video for the first time outside Japan. People who pre-order the film from Shout! Factory will receive a limited-edition lithograph of the anime’s cover art while supplies last.

The 4K restoration of Tokyo Godfathers screened in the United States with English subtitles on March 9, 2020 and with a new English dub on March 11, 2020. The film earned US$131,297 on March 9, 2020 and US$100,461 on March 11, 2020 at the U.S. box office, for a total of US$231,758.

Source: ANN