Crunchyroll to Add the GANBARE DOUKICHAN and Tawawa on Monday Anime to Its Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that it is adding both the GANBARE DOUKICHAN and Tawawa on Monday anime to its catalog on September 20, 2021.

GANBARE DOUKICHAN will be available in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS.

Tawawa on Monday will be available in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS.

Tawawa on Monday is described as:

Twitter’s Monday morning illustration series “Tawawa on Monday” has become an anime with help from original author Himura Kiseki.

While suffering through Monday morning blues, enjoy a moving and speaking “Tawawa!”

Source: Crunchyroll

FUNimation Entertainment to Simulcast The Vampire Dies in No Time Anime During Fall 2021

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will be simulcasting The Vampire Dies in No Time anime during the Fall 2021 anime season. FUNimation will stream the series in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand as it airs in Japan, as well as Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Brazil with simulcast dates to be confirmed.

Based on the manga of the same name from Itaru Bonnoki, The Vampire Dies in No Time stars voice actors Makoto Furukawa as Ronaldo, Jun Fukuyama as Draluc, and Mutsumi Tamura as John.

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

Manga Creator Kayono Saeki Passes Away

Kaoru Shintani has announced that his wife and fellow manga creator Kayono Saeki passed away on August 29, 2021 due to lung cancer. She was 69 years old at the time of her passing.

When Saeki was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, her cancer was already in stage four and had metastasized to various parts of her body, so she was no longer able to have surgery. Her condition took a turn for the worse in March 2021.

Saeki debuted the Smash! Meg manga in Sho-Comi in 1980. She also created the Kuchibeni Combat and Akihi manga. Saeki won the 23rd Japan Cartoonists Association Award in 1994 for her Hi no Ryōsen manga.

Saeki married Shintani in 1973. They launched the Quo Vadis manga together in 2007.

Source: ANN

Drawn & Quarterly to Publish Murasaki Yamada’s Talk to My Back Manga

Drawn & Quarterly has announced that it will publish a compiled edition of Murasaki Yamada’s Talk To My Back manga in English. The book will have 368 pages and will retail for US$29.95. Drawn & Quarterly plans to release the manga in July 2022. Ryan Holmberg is translating the manga.

Talk to My Back is described as:

Set in an apartment complex on the outskirts of Tokyo, Yamada Murasaki’s Talk To My Back (1981–84) explores the fraying of Japan’s suburban middle-class dreams through a woman’s relationship with her two daughters as they mature and assert their independence, and with her husband, who works late and sees his wife as little more than a domestic servant.

Source: ANN

English Cast Announced for the Future Boy Conan Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Future Boy Conan anime:

  • Sabrina Pitre is Conan
  • Erin Mathews is Jimsy
  • Lili Beadoin is Lana
  • Aaron Chapman is Dyce
  • Kazumi Evans is Monsley
  • Alex Zahara is Lepka
  • Michael Dobson is Gucchi
  • Ian Hanlin is Kuzuu
  • Hiro Kanagawa is Dr. Briac Lao
  • John Innes is Grandpa

GKIDS will be releasing Future Boy Conan on Blu-ray and digitally on November 16, 2021.

Source: ANN

The Duke of Death and His Maid Anime to Get a Second Season

It has been announced that The Duke of Death and His Maid anime will be getting a second season.

The story focuses on the titular Duke of Death, cursed to steal the life from any living thing that he touches. He is accompanied by his maid Alice, who enjoys teasing him, but is the only remaining person devoted to him.

The Duke of Death and His Maid premiered on Japanese television on July 4, 2021. FUNimation Entertainment is simulcasting the anime with English, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles, along with an English dub that’s currently streaming.

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

Manga Review: Inuyasha VIZBIG Volume 13

Inuyasha VIZBIG Volume 13 combines Volumes 37 through 39 of Rumiko Takahashi’s Inuyasha manga into one volume. In addition to putting three volumes into one book, the physical size of the book has also increased and the pages were flipped back to their original right-to-left orientation.

Inuyasha VIZBIG Volume 13
Written by: Rumiko Takahashi
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 13, 2012

The first half of this volume has a strong emphasis on Kohaku, Kagura, and Hakudoshi. Inuyasha and the others encounter Kohaku, who has been trying to hide the fact that he has regained his memory in order to take down Naraku. When Sango witnesses Kohaku doing things that seem to be helping people instead of hurting them, she starts to wonder if perhaps Kohaku has regained his memory. This realization, though, causes Sango to be confused and have mixed feelings regarding her younger brother. There ends up being a brief period of time in this volume where Sango and Kohaku are reunited, and Kohaku travels with Inuyasha and the others. Sadly, this doesn’t last, because Kohaku feels he still has his mission to accomplish. But the reunion between the siblings was such a sweet moment and was one I was wanting to see for a long time.

Meanwhile, Hakudoshi convinces Kagura to let Moryomaru, a demonic construct that is being controlled by Naraku, out of confinement. But as it’s revealed during the first half of this volume, Kagura, Hakudoshi, and Moryomaru are all trying to find ways to betray Naraku and gain their freedom. But Naraku realizes Kagura and Hakudoshi’s treachery. Naraku makes it possible to weaken Hakudoshi and allow Miroku to use his wind tunnel to take care of him. But Naraku appears and toys with Kagura… while he gives her her heart back, he injects miasma into her that slowly begins to kill her. This is a frustrating moment, because while Kagura has finally gained her freedom, she ends up having that freedom for such a short time.

In this volume, we get a couple of notable appearances from Sesshomaru. The first time, he appears when Inuyasha is trying to fight Moryomaru on the night of the new moon (when Inuyasha’s demon power is weakened). The other is when Sesshomaru comes across Kagura as she’s dying. He realizes that his Tenseiga is unable to save her, and all he can do is watch her die. Inuyasha and the others come upon the scene as Kagura passes away. Kagura had been a villain all this time, so I hadn’t expected her death to affect me as it did. Yes, she did have the occasional moment when she took actions that could have potentially redeemed her, but in the end, she was still a villain. Takahashi made Kagura just enough of a sympathetic character to make her death have an impact on the reader.

But with both Hakudoshi and Kagura gone, this turns Goryomaru into the new main villain for Inuyasha and the others to face. Kikyo returns to the series, realizing that if she doesn’t do something, she will wither away before finishing off Naraku. This leads into Inuyasha and the others visiting a cavern where a priestess lived hundreds of years ago. The priestess, Midoriko, used spells to extract demons’ souls and purify them. Midoriko was the one who created the Shikon Jewel, and when they see a mummy in the cave, it has something glowing in its chest. Kikyo uses her soul collectors grab the object in the mummy’s chest, which she uses on herself. But Kikyo has now unleashed Midoriko’s power, which she plans to use to take down Naraku when he tries to finish the Shikon Jewel and defile it. This is the point where Kohaku leaves Inuyasha and the others… it seems he wants the shard in him to be used to complete the Shikon Jewel so Kikyo can finish off Naraku, even though this would mean that Kohaku would die. At this point, both Goryomaru and the influence of Midoriko (through Kikyo) are important story elements that run throughout the rest of the volume.

Right at the end of the first half of the volume, Koga and his two sidekicks return, and they are important characters throughout most of the second half. After an encounter with Moryomaru, Koga decides to go to the burial ground of the wolves to retrieve a legendary weapon. Of course, a weapon of this caliber is being protected by a three-headed wolf and is not going to be easy to acquire. Two chapters focus on Koga’s battle, where in the end, he ultimately gains possession of the weapon. Unfortunately, it’s revealed that the weapon isn’t necessarily as strong as one would think it is, and it can only be used once to protect Koga from Midoriko’s will that’s controlling the shards in his legs. This seems to be strongly hinting that this weapon will be used at some point in the series. It’s just a matter of when Koga will have to use it and what event will trigger the weapon’s usage.

We then get three chapters about a girl trying to strengthen her sword by having it absorb demon powers. The girl befriends Shippo, under the pretenses that she lost her father the same way Shippo did. Poor Shippo gets fooled not just once, but twice. The first time, Mujina (the girl) hides the fact that she’s wanting to power up the sword in order to take over the world. The second time, it’s revealed that the girl is actually a male giant raccoon dog. The sword is taking away Tetsusaiga’s power while fighting with Inuyasha, but the raccoon dog is still defeated in the end. The sword, which Inuyasha broke during the fight, is taken to Totosai. Totosai reveals that this sword is Dakki, but it is actually a badly forged copy and not the real one. Inuyasha is told that if this had been the real Dakki, he would have easily lost.

The last couple of chapters see Inuyasha and the others looking for a human swordsmith named Toshu, since he forged Dakki. Toshu is paid a visit by the demon who commissioned the sword, but the swordsmith refuses to give it to him. Inuyasha and the others take on the job of protecting Toshu, and Inuyasha fights with the demon. But the demon’s shield draws out an opponent’s power, much like Dakki does. While Inuyasha manages to defeat the demon, the volume ends with Toshu taking the demon’s power and wielding Dakki. And that was quite the cliffhanger to end on, with the person Inuyasha and the others were protecting turning on them and taking the powerful sword for himself. The reader is left wondering what Toshu is planning to do with the sword.

A lot of changes take place over the course of Inuyasha VIZBIG Volume 13. We get some touching scenes here, such as Kagura’s death and the reunion between Sango and Kohaku. While we see a couple of our villains killed, Moryomaru becomes the new baddie to take their place. While Inuyasha and the others have figured out how Naraku is using Moryomaru and the infant to protect his heart, they’re still no closer to catching up with or defeating Naraku. Even though some very important plot points and character progression take place in this volume, it’s still clear that the story still has a way to go before it reaches its conclusion.

These VIZBIG editions are a great and economical way for Inuyasha fans to collect this long-running series if they hadn’t already collected all of the original volumes. Also, I’d recommend it to readers who may have the original volumes but who want to be able to read the series in its original right-to-left orientation.

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VIZ Media and MANGA Plus Publish the PPPPPP Manga in English

VIZ Media and MANGA Plus have published the first chapter of Mapollo 3’s PPPPPP manga in English. Both services will publish the next chapter of the manga on September 26, 2021.

The story of PPPPPP is described as:

Kuon Otogami was a genius pianist whose name is among the greatest in the annals of the music world. He had seven children who also all became genius pianists. All seven except for the one named Lucky that is. This is the miraculous story of a regular kid taking on godly talent.

Mapollo 3 launched the PPPPPP manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on September 18, 2021.

Source: ANN

Battle in 5 Seconds After Meeting Anime Debuts on YouTube

The Fandom Post is reporting that Crunchyroll has made the first episode of the Battle in 5 Seconds After Meeting anime (which is also known as Battle Game in 5 Seconds) available on YouTube. The YouTube video is available to audiences worldwide outside of Asia and a few countries in Africa. The series premiered as a simulcast on Crunchyroll on July 12, 2021, and the English dub began streaming on Crunchyroll on August 30, 2021.

The story of Battle in 5 Seconds After Meeting is described as:

A new kind of battle of abilities for a new generation is about to begin. It all started on a regular morning like any other. Akira Shiroyanagi is a high school kid who loves nothing more than konpeito candy and games. One day, he ends up in a fight due to a mysterious girl named Mion. Mion then tells the people she had gathered that they no longer officially exist in any records. They were given powers and were about to be test subjects. Akira makes up his mind to use his powers to climb up the ranks and then crush this organization. Armed with unexpected abilities and unique powers, a battle using various abilities for the new generation is about to begin.

Source: The Fandom Post

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu No Yaiba- the Movie: Mugen Train Arrives to the Station on Blu-ray™ on December 21, 2021

The record-breaking global phenomenon Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train arrives with both a Limited Edition Blu-ray™ from Aniplex of America and Standard Edition Blu-ray from FUNimation for the first time in the United States on December 21, 2021.

The Limited Edition Blu-ray from Aniplex of America comes with an original soundtrack CD, deluxe booklet, rigid box with exclusive art by character designer Akira Matsushima, special digipak featuring art by ufotable, as well as audio commentary with English subtitles from Natsuki Hanae, Akari Kitō, Hiro Shimono, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, and Satoshi Hino. The film’s Limited Edition Blu-ray is accepting pre-orders now at online retailer Right Stuf Anime and will be released in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The Standard Edition Blu-ray will be available from FUNimation through the FUNimation Shop as well as Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Right Stuf, and more.

Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train is directed by Haruo Sotozaki featuring the original story by Koyoharu Gotoge with screenplay and animation production by studio ufotable. Set after the events of the television series, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train has Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, and Inosuke embark on a new mission. Together with one of the most powerful swordsmen of the Demon Slayer Corps, Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku, they investigate the mysterious disappearance of over 40 people aboard the Mugen Train.

The critically acclaimed Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train earned over $470 million globally at the box office becoming the #1 film worldwide in 2020, the first non-Hollywood, non-U.S. film to achieve this. The film opened in the United States and Canada on April 23, 2021 as the #1 Foreign-Language film debut in U.S. box office history and hitting #1 at the box office the second week of release, earning more than $49 million+ to date. The film is currently available to stream exclusively to FUNimation subscribers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Chile, and Columbia.

The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba TV series premiered in 2019 and is based on Koyoharu Gotoge’s manga, which boasts over 150 million copies in circulation in Japan. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is an action-packed, thrilling tale of a young man in search of a cure for his sister, who has been turned into a demon after their family is viciously slaughtered by demons.

For more information on Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train, visit demonslayer-anime.com and follow the official Facebook and Twitter.

TECHNICAL BLU-RAY™ INFORMATION:
Street Date: December 21, 2021
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 HD Wide Screen / 1920x1080p
U.S. Rating: R
Languages: English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1CH; Japanese DTS HD Master Audio 5.1CH
Subtitles: English
Run Time: 1 hour 57 minutes