Pluto TV Launches Naruto Anime Channel

VIZ Media announced at its Naruto: 20th Anniversary Celebration panel at Anime NYC that streaming service Pluto TV has launched a channel dedicated to the Naruto anime. The Naruto Channel is the service’s channel 677.

The Naruto franchise includes multiple television anime, anime films, and original video anime. The original Naruto television anime aired from 2002 to 2007. The Naruto Shippūden anime series premiered in 2007 and ended in 2017. The Boruto sequel manga inspired the ongoing television anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, which premiered in April 2017.

Source: ANN

Sentai Filmworks’ Announcements at Anime NYC

Sentai Filmworks made the following announcements at its Anime NYC panel:

  • The company will be producing English dubs for the BanG Dream! 2nd Season and Run with the Wind anime.
  • HIDIVE will begin streaming an English dub for the O Maidens in Your Savage Season anime on December 20, 2019.
  • Sentai Filmworks has acquired the license for the Fragtime OVA.

Source: ANN
Source: ANN
Source: ANN

English Cast Announced for the To Love Ru Anime

The English cast has been announced for the To Love Ru anime:

  • Ry McKeand is Rito
  • Alexis Tipton is Lala
  • Bryn Apprill is Haruna
  • Brittney Karbowski is Mikan
  • Scott Gibbs is Zastin
  • Greg Cote is Saruyama
  • Holly Segarra is Peke
  • Marissa Lenti is Mikado / Marron
  • Katelyn Barr is Yami
  • Amber Lee Connors is Yui
  • Maggie Flecknoe is Saki
  • Greg Ayres is Ren
  • Christina Kelly is Run
  • Chris Hutchison is Buwartz
  • Andrew Love is Maur
  • Jay Hickman is Honekawa
  • Olivia Swasey is Aya
  • Chaney Moore is Rin
  • Juliet Simmons is Mio
  • Margaret McDonald is Risa
  • John Swasey is Principal / Ghi Blee
  • David Wald King is Deviluke
  • Adam Gibbs is Pikari
  • Marcy Bannor is Stella
  • Mark X Laskowski is Lacospo / Galaxy King
  • Christine Auten is Magical Kyouko
  • Gabriel Rojos is Gwingurd
  • Gareth West is Motemitsu
  • Heath Morrow is Rootman
  • Joe Daniel is Ogerman
  • Kira Vincent Davis is Ohara
  • Melissa Molano is Oshizu / Mian
  • Philip Hays is Carter

The dub cast also includes Aaron Emerson, Allison Sumrall, Antonio Lasanta, Avery Smithhart, Brooklyn Metzier, Courtland Johnson, Hilary Haag, Joanne Bonasso, Julia Traber, Keri Szeklinski, Kiba Walker, Lindsey Sweeney, Matthew Kuna, Mei Le, Michael Duran, Mike Haimoto, Mike Vance, Patricia Duran, Shelley Calene-Black, Taylor Fono, and Zoe Picciandra.

David Wald is directing.

Source: ANN

Square Enix Manga & Books Licenses Five Manga Titles

Square Enix announced five new manga licenses under its new Square Enix Manga & Books imprint during its Anime NYC panel:

  • Ragna Crimson by Daiki Kobayashi [the first volume is scheduled be published in August 2020]
  • The Apothecary Diaries (Kusuriya no Hitorigoto) by Natsu Hyūga and Nekokurage [the first volume is scheduled to be published in August 2020]
  • Beauty and the Feast (Yakumo-san wa Eduke ga Shitai) by Satomi U [the first volume is scheduled to be published in October 2020]
  • The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! (Jahysama ha Kujikenai!) by Wakame Konbu [the first volume is scheduled to be published in September 2020]
  • By the Grace of the Gods (Kami-tachi ni Hirowareta Otoko) by Roy and Ranran [the first volume is scheduled to be published in November 2020]

Source: ANN

Yen Press Announces New Manga Licenses at Anime NYC

Yen Press announced that it has licensed the following manga titles at its Anime NYC panel:

  • Bestia by Makoto Sanda
  • High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World! by Riku Misora and Sacraneco
  • Lust Geass by Osamu Takahashi
  • Restaurant to Another World by Takaaki Kugatsu
  • To Save the World, Can You Wake Up the Morning After with a Demi-Human? by Rekomaru Otoi
  • Sadako at the End of the World by Koma Natsumi
  • I Love You So Much, I Hate You by Yuni
  • Carole and Tuesday by BONES/Shinichiro Watanabe and Morito Yamataka

Source: The Fandom Post

Update on Leiji Matsumoto (November 17, 2019)

The Asahi Shimbun is reporting that Leiji Matsumoto did not suffer a stroke, but was hospitalized due to accumulated fatigue, according to Matsumoto’s office in Japan.

According to the hospital where he is being treated, Matsumoto had a breathing tube inserted after he was checked into the emergency unit. The Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata reported that doctors removed the tube at 4 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2019 as his condition had stabilized.

However, Matusomoto’s Japanese office says it is not clear when he will return to Japan as he will remain hospitalized for the time being.

Source: The Asahi Shimbun

Case Closed: Episode 959 – “The Poodle and the Shotgun (Part Two)”

The episode opened with what I would consider a relatively short recap for a Case Closed multiple part episode. However, this shorter recap still got across the main points from the previous episode. Anyone who missed the previous episode would have enough information to figure out what’s going on.

As we saw at the end of the previous episode, Anna’s boyfriend Hyodo was murdered, and the police are now investigating this murder in addition to Anna’s. The other three people from Anna’s company who were at the party in the previous episode are called back in.

Shortly before the halfway point, Anna’s poodle Sally brings Conan the final piece of evidence he needs to piece together the truth behind both Anna’s murder and Hyodo’s murder. As usual, Conan uses his watch to stun Kogoro and reveal the truth.

I had figured out who had murdered Hyodo before the revelation, because I could tell by the silhouette figure that was used to depict the person killing him. But all of the other things that were revealed during this sequence I hadn’t even come close to guessing.

There were definitely twists to this case that I hadn’t expected. And that’s a good thing for a mystery story.

Oh, and it was nice to see that the poodle did play an important role in the story in the end, since Sally was referenced in the title.

Unfortunately, after seeing the preview for next week’s episode, I’m not terribly excited for it. It’s a story featuring the Detective Boys, and nine times out of ten, those tend to not be very strong episodes. While the occasional Detective Boys-centric story can be decent, most are just not enjoyable. Hopefully the story next week will be better than the last Detective Boys one featuring the “bug people.”