VIZ Media Announces the New Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War Manga Series

VIZ Media announces the release of the new romantic comedy Kaguya-Sama: Love IS War on March 6, 2018.

The series, by creator Aka Akasaka, is rated “T” for Teens and will be published under the Shonen Jump imprint. Volume 1 carries a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War also launches digitally via and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the NOOK, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Future volumes of the series will be published by VIZ Media on a bi-monthly basis.

As leaders of their prestigious academy’s student council, Kaguya and Miyuki are the elite of the elite. But it’s lonely at the top. Luckily for them, they’ve fallen in love. There’s just one problem—they both have too much pride to admit it. And so begins the daily scheming to get the object of their affection to confess their romantic feelings first. Love is a war you win by losing.

Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War is a hilarious spin on a classic high school love story,” says Annette Roman, Editor. “Readers will be dying of suspense waiting to see who will be the first to surrender in this battle of love and wits.”

Star Blazers: Space Battleship 2199: Episode 16 – “A Choice for the Future”

As I do with every one of these write-ups, I will be using “aka” designations for the characters, so readers who are only familiar with the English names from Star Blazers will be able to follow who I’m referring to.

This is an episode that focuses solely on the Yamato and her crew. The only thing from the original series to appear in this episode is the planet of Beemela, which was a planet that the crew visited in the original Space Battleship Yamato. Outside of this reference, this is absolutely no equivalent story from the original series.

The Yamato arrives at Beemela-4 in order to resupply, and a landing party that includes Susumu (aka Derek Wildstar), Misaki, and Analyzer (aka IQ-9) go down to the planet. Misaki starts acting strangely while they’re on the planet, but in this state, she is able to reveal some very important information about Iscandar. Some other discoveries are made as well that will have an impact on the series. I’m not saying anything further in order to avoid providing spoilers.

But the main focus of the episode is on a coup d’etat that takes place on the Yamato while the landing party is away. Niimi, along with the skeevy security guy (who is named Ito, by the way), are part of the Izumo Plan supporters who infiltrated the crew for this mission. I always knew from the first moment I saw Ito that he couldn’t be trusted.

Through her observations, Niimi determines that Beemela-4 could work as a second Earth and wants to abandon the Yamato plan in order to return to Earth and give information on this planet. When Sanada (aka Sandor), the acting officer, denies the request, Ito and his crew jump into action. I was a little disappointed to see that Shima (aka Mark Venture) was dragged into being involved with this plot as well, and I had strong feelings about this throughout the episode. Ito makes some interesting insinuations about Yuki, but what we saw a couple of episodes ago sees to contradict this insinuation. I have to hand it to the writers of this plot for how much they built up this coup. As a viewer, it got to the point where it felt like there was going to be no way out. I knew that something had to happen in order for the story of the series to continue, but I wasn’t sure what it would be. It turns out that someone else on board was included in the crew for a very specific purpose, and this coup makes them have to act out on their orders.

I have to say that I like how the writers of Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 have found a way to retain the essence of the original series, yet finally find their own path for the storytelling. This coup storyline was very compelling, and I found myself wrapped up in what was happening. The preview for the next episode makes it appear that we will see the Gamilans again, and that there will be some very important exposition revealed as well. I’m truly looking forward to seeing how this version of Space Battleship Yamato will continue to evolve.

Two More Cast Members Announced for the Kakuriyo Yadomeshi Anime

Two more cast members have been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Kakuriyo Yadomeshi

light novel:

  • Kazuhiko Inoue is Shirō Tsubaki
  • Reina Ueda is Shizuna

Yoshiko Okuda is directing the anime at GONZO. Tomoko Konparu is in charge of series composition, and Youko Satou is designing the characters. Takurō Iga is composing the music, and Flying Dog is handling the music production. Tōyama is performing the opening theme song “Tō no Manimani,” and Manami Numakura is performing the ending theme song “Sai -color-.”

Kakuriyo Yadomeshi is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in April 2018.

Source: ANN

Cast Members Announced for the Banana Fish Anime

A cast announcement has been made for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Banana Fish manga:

  • Yūma Uchida is Ash Lynx
  • Kenji Nojima is Eiji Okumura
  • Unshō Ishizuka is Dino Golzine
  • Hiroaki Hirata as Max Lobo

Hiroko Utsumi is directing the anime at MAPPA, and Hiroshi Seko is in charge of the series scripts. Akemi Hayashi is designing the characters. Shinichi Osawa is composing the music.

The show’s staff has revealed that the anime will take place in modern day New York, instead of in the 1980s when the original manga took place. The anime will be two cours in length, with 24 episodes, and will adapt the entire manga to the end, changing only the setting to the modern day.

Banana Fish is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in July 2018.

Source: ANN

Father and Son Manga to End on March 12, 2018

The March 2018 issue of Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine has revealed that Uchiko’s Father and Son (Chichi to Ko) manga will end in the magazine’s next issue on March 12, 2018.

Uchiko launched the manga in Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine in 2013, and has been serializing it on both the magazine and the publisher’s Gangan Online website. Square Enix published the manga’s ninth compiled book volume in October 2017.

Source: ANN

Main Cast Announced for the Real Girl Anime

The main cast has been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Real Girl manga:

  • Teppei Uenishi is Hikaru “Tsuttsun” Tsutsui
  • Yū Serizawa is Iroha Igarashi
  • Shouta Aoi is Yūto Itō
  • Takuma Terashima is Mitsuya Takanashi
  • Minami Tsuda is Arisa Ishino
  • Reina Ueda is Sumie Ayado

Takashi Naoya is directing the anime at Hoods Entertainment. Deko Akao is in charge of series composition. Satomi Kurita is designing the characters.

Real Girl is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in April 2018.

Source: ANN