English Cast Announced for the Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside anime:

  • Aaron Campbell is Red
  • Dani Chambers is Rit
  • Tia Ballard is Ruti
  • Brandon McInnis is Ares
  • Aaron Roberts is Albert
  • Austin Tindle is Campbell
  • Josh Grelle is Dir
  • Aaron Campbell is Gideon
  • Kyle Phillips is Gonz
  • Ben Phillips is Keith
  • Kimmie Britt is Maya
  • Marisa Duran is Megria
  • Ivan Jasso is Mido
  • Sarah Roach is Nao
  • Doug Jackson is Newman
  • Josh Bangle is Oliver
  • Kristen McGuire is Tanta
  • Marcus Stimac is Taraxon

Christopher Wehkamp is directing the dub.

The English dub will begin streaming on FunimationNow on October 20, 2021.

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

Crunchyroll Adds More of the Hajime no Ippo Anime to Its Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that it will be adding more of the Hajime no Ippo anime to the site’s catalog. Episode 76 and the Mashiba vs Kimura OVA will premiere at 3:00 p.m. PDT for members in the United States and Canada.

Hajime no Ippo is described as:

Ippo Makunouchi’s gentle spirit and lack of confidence make him an easy target for the bullies at his high school. Rescued from a beating by Takamura, a professional boxer, Ippo aspires to learn the art of boxing, and attempts to join the Kamogawa Boxing Club. But, to find his fighter’s spirit, Ippo must first spar with Miyata, an extraordinarily talented and skilled boxer. Can Ippo even survive the first round?

Source: Crunchyroll

AsianCrush Is Streaming the Boogiepop Phantom Anime

The Fandom Post is reporting that AsianCrush is now streaming the original Boogiepop Phantom anime, and it is available to users in the United States and Canada. The episodes are available in both its original subtitled form and the English dub.

The story of Boogiepop Phantom is described as:

Five years ago, a string of grisly murders shook the city to its core. Now terror has returned, and this time it has a name: Boogiepop. Everyone knows about Boogiepop: death incarnate, she stalks the night in search of fresh victims. Meet her, and you simply… vanish. In the darkness, glass shatters and time stands still. There’s something out there, and it’s coming closer. Are you safe?

Source: The Fandom Post

The Japanese Broadcast of the Fourth Episode of the Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Arc to Be Delayed Due to Election Coverage

The official Twitter account for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime has announced today that the fourth episode of the Mugen Train arc will be delayed one week due to election coverage on Fuji TV. Japan is holding a national House of Representatives election on October 31, 2021 with televised coverage for the election set to run through the night, meaning Demon Slayer will be pushed back one week to November 7, 2021.

Because Fuji TV shows Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc one week ahead of every other channel in Japan, all the other TV stations showing the popular anime series will be pushed back one week as well, with the other channels airing the fourth episode on November 13, 2021.

Source: Crunchyroll

Mob Psycho 100 Anime to Get a Third Season

Warner Bros. Japan and anime studio BONES have announced that BONES is producing a third anime season for ONE’s Mob Psycho 100 manga, titled Mob Psycho 100 III.

The anime’s previous director Yuzuru Tachikawa is now credited as executive director, with Takahiro Hasui as the new director. Hiroshi Seko returns for series composition. Yoshimichi Kameda and Kenji Kawai all also return as character designer and music composer, respectively.

Setsuo Ito, Takahiro Sakurai, Akio Ohtsuka, Miyu Irino, and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka are all reprising their roles as Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama, Arataka Reigen, Ekubo, Ritsu Kageyama, and Teruki Hanazawa, respectively.

The first season of the Mob Psycho 100 anime premiered in Japan in July 2016, and the second season premiered in January 2019. Crunchyroll simulcast both series as they aired in Japan. FUNimation Entertainment streamed English dubs for the anime and released both series on home video. The first series aired on Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block starting in October 2018.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Is Adding the First Season of the Tawawa on Monday Anime to Its Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that it is adding the first season of the Tawawa on Monday anime to its catalog on October 18, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. PDT. It 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 Announces January 2022 Releases

FUNimation Entertainment has announced their releases for January 2022.

  • A3! Season Autumn & Winter (Blu-ray + Digital) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 1/11/22
    Special Features: Promo Videos, Commercials, Textless Opening Songs – Autumn and Winter, Textless Closing Songs – Autumn and Winter
  • AKIRA (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray) – 124 minutes – $29.98 – 1/18/22
    Special Features: Akira Sound Clip (1988), Music for Akira, Kaneda’s Theme, Exodus, Ethnic Meets Hi-Tech, Awakening, Mutation, Requiem, Director Interview, Storyboard Collection, The Writing on the Wall, Original Trailers, Original Commercials, Restoring Akira, Picture, English Voice Over, English 5.1 Audio Mix, Glossary, U.S. Trailer (2013), Trailers
  • Assault Lily BOUQUET – The Complete Season (Blu-ray + Digital) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 1/18/22
    Special Features: Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Songs
  • Heaven’s Lost Property Final – The Movie: Eternally My Master (Blu-ray/DVD + Digital) – 50 minutes – $24.98 – 1/11/22
    Special Features: Trailer, Commercials
  • Maesetsu! Opening Act – The Complete Season (Blu-ray + Digital) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 1/25/22
    Special Features: Promo Videos, Commercials, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song
  • One Piece – Season 11 Voyage 6 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 325 minutes – $44.98 – 1/4/22
    Special Features: Textless Opening Song “Hard Knock Days”
  • Strike Witches: Road to Berlin – Season 3 (Blu-ray + Digital) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 1/11/22
    Special Features: Eyecatch Gallery, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Songs
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – Season 1 – SteelBook (Blu-ray + Digital) – 600 minutes – $59.98 – 1/25/22
    Special Features: Commentaries for Episodes 8, 11, 16 and 21, Video Commentaries for Episodes 7 and 14, Promo Videos, Commercials, Textless Opening Songs “Nameless Story” and “Meguru Mono”, Textless Closing Songs “Another colony” and “Little Soldier” Versions 1 and 2
  • Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero – The Complete Series – Essentials (Blu-ray + Digital) – 300 minutes – $29.98 – 1/4/22
    Special Features: Commentaries on Episodes 2 and 8, Original Videos Volumes 1-6, Promotional Videos, Akatsuki Promo Video, Haruka Promo Video, Miu Promo Video, Textless Opening Song “Realization,” Textless Closing Song “Ai no Sei de Nemurenai,” U.S. Trailer, Trailers
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer – Season 1 – Classics (Blu-ray + Digital) – 325 minutes – $29.98 – 1/4/22
    Special Features: Commentaries on Episodes 1 and 12, The Ente Isla Language: With Jamie Marchi, Textless Opening Song “ZERO!!,” Textless Closing Sons “Moon Flower” and “Starchart,” U.S. Trailer, Trailers

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: Episode 27 – “The Silver-Scale Curse”

The episode begins with Jaken remembering what happened 14 years earlier. His recollections run for almost 10 minutes, and over the course of that time, most, if not all, of the remaining lingering questions from the first season have been answered. We see Zero approach Rin after Sesshomaru has taken Towa and Setsuna away, and how Zero infects Rin with the silver-scale curse. With this, the thread of fate between the two women is connected… and if Zero dies, then Rin dies. It was Jaken who came up with the plan to put Rin into the Tree of Ages in order to prevent the silver-scale curse from spreading. But Jaken also realizes that if Inuyasha and Kagome find out what happen, they’ll try to kill Zero and inadvertently kill Rin… and this turns out to be the motivation for Sesshomaru seizing Inuyasha’s black and pearl and using it to send Inuyasha and Kagome away. We also see that it’s the spirit of the Tree of Ages who tells Jaken to put the cocoon of the Dream Butterfly onto Setsuna… because if Rin is put into a perpetual state of sleep, the curse will not spread.

Later in the episode, there was one more revelation regarding Riku and the truth behind him and how he came to be. Unfortunately, with this truth, Zero no longer wants to have him by her side. Right near the end of the episode, we see Zero seeing what memories are in each of the rainbow pearls, and becomes quite upset when she realizes that the three pearls that Moroha, Setsuna, and Towa had have layers of their memories. And with Moroha’s pearl, it also includes Izayoi’s memories, since it was in her rouge. Zero was really pissed off, but I thought she got what she deserved.

Now that all that is out of the way, I can focus on our three main characters. They are on their search to find Bokusen-Oh, and as they travel, Setsuna keeps sensing someone following them. She gives the other two an excuse to stay behind and sends them on their way. At first, three demons pop out and attack her, but she is saved by Riku, who is watching from nearby. Setsuna and Riku have an important conversation here, and it ends with Riku giving Setsuna Bokusen-Oh’s true location as a kind of “thank you gift.”

They discover that Bokusen-Oh is a tree spirit, and he tells them the root they’re looking for is from the Tree of Ages, which is located on Mount Musubi… the same mountain Towa has been looking for all this time because of the Dream Butterfly. It looks the storyline of looking for the Dream Butterfly and the story of looking for the root are finally coming together and becoming intertwined. I’ll admit, I was surprised that they found Bokusen-Oh so quickly, because I was sure this was going to be stretched out a little more. So having this development happen relative quickly was a pleasant surprise. And Bokusen-Oh tells them where to find Mount Musubi, but he neglects to tell them about the barrier around it. Setsuna realizes the barrier’s existence when they get there right near the end of the episode.

In the opening credits, there’s been a shot of a character that I’ve never seen before, and I was wondering who she was. We get a glimpse of this new character right at the end of the episode. Hopefully we’ll start learning about her in the next episode.

I was glad to finally have several of the remaining unanswered questions from the first season finally being answered. I kind of wish we could have gotten some of this information a little sooner, though. But with this week’s explanations, all of Sesshomaru’s actions finally make sense.

I noticed in the preview that it looks like Setsuna is going to find Rin in the Tree of Ages. But after this week’s explanations, there’s a real conundrum for rescuing Rin. If Rin leaves the Tree of Ages, the silver-scale curse will spread and she will die. But if they kill Zero, Rin will also die. Unless there’s some weird magic or concept that can save Rin, I don’t see that there can be a happy ending for her.

So far, this second season has been better than I was expecting, but I admit that I had set the bar pretty low when I went into this season. However, while I haven’t been terribly disappointed by any of the episodes yet, my fear is that somehow over the course of the season, the writers will find a way to mess things up again. At this point, I’m still taking this season one episode at a time with my lowered expectations.

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The Kingdom Anime Is Getting a Fourth Series

The 26th and final episode of the third Kingdom anime series ended with an announcement that a fourth series will premiere in Spring 2022.

The third anime series based on Yasuhisa Hara’s Kingdom manga premiered on Japanese television in April 2020. The anime’s production committee announced later that month that it was delaying the broadcast of the series’ Episode 5 and later episodes due to the Japanese government’s first state of emergency against COVID-19. The third series resumed airing on Japanese television on April 4, 2021. The anime restarted its airing from the first episode. FUNimation Entertainment simulcast the anime as it aired in Japan.

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Manga to Take a One Issue Break

This year’s 46th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced that Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia manga will not appear in the magazine’s 47th issue on October 25, 2021, and will return in the 48th issue on November 1, 2021. The magazine did not give a reason for the break. The manga did not appear in this year’s 41st issue in September 2021 due to Horikoshi’s poor health.

Horikoshi launched the My Hero Academia manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in July 2014. VIZ Media publishes the manga in English digitally and in print in North America. Shueisha’s MANGA Plus service also publishes the manga in English digitally.

Source: ANN