The Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store Manga Switches to Digital Publication

The January 2019 issue of Kadokawa’s Monthly Comic Gene magazine has announced that Matsukoma and Hashimoto’s Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store (Nietzsche-sensei: Konbini ni, Satori Sedai no Shinjin ga Maiorita) manga is switching from the magazine to the “Comic Bridge” website. The next chapter will debut on the website on January 29, 2019.

Matsukoma and Hashimoto launched the manga in Monthly Comic Gene in August 2013 as an adaptation of a series of popular Twitter posts chronicling real-life exploits of convenience store staffers. Kadokawa published the manga’s ninth compiled book volume on July 27, 2018, and the 10th volume will ship on January 26, 2019.

Source: ANN

Sword Art Online: Alicization: Episode 11 – “Central Cathedral”

This ended up being an episode that was focused more on exposition than on action. I could say there was some action right at the very beginning, when Alice takes Eugeo and Kirito into custody for violating the Taboo Index, and right near the end, when the two of them escape from their cell and encounter and Integrity Knight. Outside of that, there emphasis was more on “info dumping” or characters talking things out.

The “info dumping” primarily happened in the brief section of the episode that takes place in the real world at Ocean Turtle, where Asuna is watching over Kirito. She wishes she could dive into the Underground and save him. But the “info dumping” happens when Asuna encounters a robot and learns from Higa and Suguha about this robot, as well as another one that we don’t get to see. These robots are actually have some kind of a tie-in with the Alicization project, but neither one is ready for the role it’s supposed to play.

There was also a scene on Ocean Turtle where Asuna passes by two male scientists, and reacts to one of them as if she somehow recognizes him or something. But this remains a mystery to the viewer, because when Suguha asks what’s wrong, Asuna says it’s nothing. There must be something important here that I either am not remembering from earlier in the series, or it’s something that will be explained later. Even though we got a couple of scenes with Asuna, it’s disappointing that she really didn’t get to do anything. I really hope she will become more important to the story as the series progresses.

And in the game world, Kirito and Eugeo spend time talking about Alice and theorizing over why she seems to not remember Eugeo before they escape. And even after they successfully escape from the cell, they spend some more time talking about things, especially after a notice a bunch of roses (which don’t seem to be common in the world the game is set in).

But with the way the episode ends, it appears there’s a set up for some action to start off the next episode. The Integrity Knight that Eugeo and Kirito encounter is ready to mete out punishment, but these two obviously aren’t going to take the punishment withou a fight. I expect that a fight will be taking place at the beginning of the next episode, but who knows how much time it will end up taking in the episode?

Hopefully next week’s episode will be more exciting. While the information that’s imparted is important, and the theories being brought up need to be addressed, this episode as a whole was on the boring side. Boring is not a word I normally use in connection with Sword Art Online, but this week’s episode needs to have that word attached to it.

12 Days of Anime: Day 3

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been focusing my simulcasting and anime viewing on watching continuations of anime I’ve already seen. While I would love to be searching out new anime and follow several new series each season, I just don’t have the time. But one new anime title got some attention, and I watched it and enjoyed it.

Earlier this year, I was browsing online and came across an article about Aggretsuko, an anime that had just launched on Netflix. I was sharing the article with my family and made a mental note that perhaps this was something I would want to check out. One night, I came home from work and found my teenage son watching Aggretsuko on Netflix. He said he had enjoyed it, and he also pointed out that the episodes are short. He said something along the lines of, “Mom, you could binge watch this within a couple of hours.”

One day, when I had a day off from work, I binge watched Aggretsuko. I found that I enjoyed it, and I could see why the anime had been getting the hype in the media and the love on Tumblr that I had been seeing. It really does a great job of depicting various personality types you’ll find in the workforce, and it presented several job-related situations that viewers can relate with. And Retsuko’s way of letting off steam was wonderful and amusing.

Anime Central 2019 Announces Mai Nakahara as Guest

The Anime Central convention has announced that it will host voice actress Mai Nakahara at the convention’s 2019 event.

Nakahara debuted as a voice actress with the agency I’m Enterprise in 2000. Her anime credits include My-HiME and My-Otome (Mai Tokiha), Fairy Tail (Juvia Lockser), When They Cry – Higurashi (Rena Ryūgū), Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (Karen Kimishima), Vampire Knight (Maria Kurenai), Kaleido Star (May Wong), Servant X Service (Saya Mihoshi), and Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse (Yui Takamura).

Her video game credits include Priere in Disgaea, Estellise Sidos Heurassein in Tales of Vesperia, Akagi in Azure Lane, Nakoruru in The King of Fighters XIV, Luchell in Summon Night 6: Lost Borders, and Yuzuha in Utawarerumono.

Anime Central 2019 will take place May 17-19, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

Source: ANN

Sazae-san Anime to Get a One-Hour New Year’s Special

Fuji TV has announced that it will air a one-hour New Year’s special for the Sazae-san anime series on January 6, 2019. The special is celebrating the start of the anime’s 50th anniversary in 2019. The special will air four mini episodes titled “Isono-ke no Kaiun Ryokō: Chichibu wo Iku” (A Trip of Better Fortune for the Isono Family: Going to Chichibu), “Otoshidama wa Tsurai yo” (New Years Gifts are Painful), “Mikan Kobanashi” (A Short Story about Mikan Oranges), and “Eiga no Okazu-tachi” (The Movie of Okazu and Friends).

“Isono-ke no Kaiun Ryokō: Chichibu wo Iku” will focus on the Isono family going to Chichibu Shrine for a first shrine visit of the new year, where Katsuo receives a paper fortune that has an unusual message when soaked in water.

The anime adaptation of Machiko Hasegawa’s family life manga Sazae-san began airing in October 1969. The anime is usually the highest ranked animated series in Japan each week. In 2013, the show was awarded the Guinness World Record for longest-running animated television series.

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Takes Seven of the Top 20 Spots on the November 2018 BookScan List

Kōhei Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia takes seven of the top 20 spots on BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels list for November 2018. Five additional manga titles also made it onto the list:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#2)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 15 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#7)
  • RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 3 (#8)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 14 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 4 by Akira Himekawa (#12)
  • Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha! by Akira Toriyama (#15)
  • One Piece Volume 88 by Eiichiro Oda (#16)
  • Mob Psycho 100 by ONE (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Volume 2 by Hideyuki Furuhashi and Kōhei Horikoshi (#20)

The BookScan rankings represent sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases — but not sales at comic book stores, Walmart.com, and some other venues.

Source: ANN

HIDIVE to Add the Legend of the Galactic Heroes Films to Its Streaming Catalog

HIDIVE has announced that it will add the Legend of the Galactic Heroes films to its streaming catalog, marking the first time the films have been legally available for streaming in the West. The titles will be available in the United states, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest is a Sea of Stars will debut on December 22, 2018.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Overture to a New War will debut on December 29, 2018.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Golden Wings will debut on January 5, 2019.

Source: ANN