The Third Season of the Fruits Basket Anime to Premiere in 2021

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that the third season of the Fruits Basket anime will premiere in 2021. According to FUNimation’s report, this information comes from a special graphic celebrating the finale of Fruits Basket Season 2.

Looking at the image that’s posted on FUNimation’s announcement, the third season will be titled, Fruits Basket The Final. So, the questions that remain are: 1) When in 2021 is this season going to premiere? and 2) Will this final season run for one cour or for two cours?

But I’m still excited to know that at some point next year, there will be a third season of the Fruits Basket anime.

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld Part 2: Episode 11 – “New World”

The episode opens with Kirito getting a call from Rinko that Alice has disappeared from Rath. Suddenly, his doorbell rings, and there’s a deliveryman with a large package. It was pretty easy to guess that Alice had mailed herself from Rath headquarters to Kirito’s house. At first, Alice is rather angry with Kirito and she lets out all of the emotions she’s been feeling. Kirito finds the words to calm her down.

A lot of the episode shows Kirito interacting with Alice at his house. First, there’s a scene in the training hall, and we see they have a sparring match. It’s pretty short, though, because they both break their wooden swords, and Alice manages to get a headbutt in with her metal head. Ouch, that had to hurt. But they end up in an awkward position of Alice being on top of Kirito. I bet Asuna would’ve been ticked if she’d seen that.

We also get a scene of Kirito, Alice, and Suguha talking at the dinner table with Kirito’s parents. I remember seeing the mom in previous series, but I don’t recall seeing the dad prior to this. I could be misremembering, though. Kirito gets a talk from his parents, with the dad emphasizing Kirito’s future. Kirito announces his intentions to change his focus when he’s out of high school, which includes studying at a college in Japan and getting what he needs in order to work at Rath. This makes Alice happy, of course, because that would allow the two of them to be near each other. We see that while Kirito’s parents want him to think about his future, they’re also proud of him for how he’s saved both game worlds and the real world. His dad even knows Kirito’s nickname of “The Black Swordsman.” It was amusing to see Kirito’s reaction when his dad referred to him by that nickname.

Alice receives a message that she shares with Kirito. They determine it’s a code to reveal an IP address. Kirito believes it’s the IP address that will allow them to return to Underworld. Rinko believes this is Heathcliff’s doing, and she sends Kirito, Alice, and Asuna back to Underworld with that IP address. What they find there surprises them… and me. They end up in outer space, and are looking down at the planet that Underworld inhabits. A lot has changed since we last saw it. The descendants of Kirito and Eugeo’s pages are now flying fighter jets in order to fight against space monsters. While there is a gap of generations, these two girls look eerily similar to the pages. It must be something in the DNA, but they recognize Kirito and Alice. Yeah, I guess it was interesting to see this, but at the same time, I was kind of like, “Uhhh… what?” I know 200 years had progressed, but goodness! I was not expecting to see fighter jets.

To be honest, though, this episode is kind of a letdown. The ending was quite vague. Yes, it was leaving open the idea that there can be adventures in the future with these characters, but still. At least the previous Sword Art Online series didn’t have such unsatisfying and vague conclusions. And we still have the major loose end of Vassago’s whereabouts. I’m sure that if the story continues at some point, he will likely reappear as a villain. But this ending, though. It’s like, “I followed this series all the way through, even though the pacing was awkward in the first series, and this is the conclusion we get?” Can you tell I’m disappointed with this ending?

Actor Yousuke Saitou Passes Away

Anime News Network is reporting that actor Yousuke Saitou passed away on September 19, 2020 due to pharyngeal cancer. He was 69 years old at the time of his passing.

Saitou was born in Nagoya City and made his acting debut in the 1979 “Sharin no Ippo” episode of the NHK series Otoko-tachi no Tabiji. In anime, he voiced the crow in The Cat Returns. He also played Chief Uramura in the live-action film Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins.

Saitou’s other credits include Shinichi Miyazaki in the 1994 TBS drama Ningen Shikkaku, and Tadamasa Oguri in the 2010 NHK Taiga historical series Ryōmaden. His most recent role was in Kuruimusashi, which only opened in Japan in August 2020.

Source: ANN

Ohayocon Event to be Held Digitally on January 22-24, 2021

Ohayocon has announced on its official website that Ohayocon 21 will be a digital event named E-hayocon and will take place on January 22-24, 2021. The event can be accessed for free on the Ohayocon Public Discord Server.

The event has been postponed from January 15-17, 2021 and will feature special guests as well as a sales platform for artists and dealers. The convention is currently accepting applications for the Ohayocon Artist Alley and will start accepting applications for the Ohayocon Dealers Room on October 1, 2020.

Ohayocon stated on its website:

We know it is not the same—and we’re not trying to pass it off as a real, live convention. But we do have some tricks up our sleeve. We’ll run gaming tournaments on a similar schedule to last year, starting later this calendar year. We’re also in talks with some of our special guests to do talks or chats, and that’s something you’ll only be able to enjoy during the convention weekend. Additionally, we know this year has been very tough on artists and dealers who depend on conventions as a platform for sales, so we’re going to have a special online area just for them. So come relive old (better?) times with us and drop in for a chat!

Source: ANN

Star Fruit Books Licenses the Vasilisa! The Wise Princess and Other Classic Folktales Manga

Manga publisher Star Fruit Books has announced as part of the “#smallpubmanga” indie manga licensing event that it has licensed Keshi Kuraibe’s Vasilisa! The Wise Princess and Other Classic Folktales manga and Yoko Miyako’s 36-page one-shot manga “Look Into My Eyes.”

Star Fruit Books describes Vasilisa! The Wise Princess and Other Classic Folktales as:

The Golden Apples have been stolen! Follow Vasilisa through a tale of epic adventure, Full of friendships, tears and laughter. Set in and fantasy world full of Siberian, Scandinavian, and other Eastern European folklore.

The publisher describes “Look Into My Eyes” as:

An idol group says their final goodbye to their fans. What dreams will they each pursue after breaking up for good?

Star Fruit Books will release the titles on its website and the releases will be DRM free.

Source: ANN

Glacier Bay Books Licenses the En chan and Glaeolia 2 Manga

Glacier Bay Books has announced as part of the “#smallpubmanga” indie manga licensing event that it has licensed Ayumu Arisaka’s En chan manga and will release the second compiled volume of the Glaeolia collection of indie manga.

The publisher describes En Chan as a manga that “combines modern artistic technique and a whimsical vision of creation mythology.” Glacier Bay Books plans to serialize the manga digitally on its website and “potentially other platforms.”

The Glaeolia 2 collection of indie manga will feature the work of Maiko Dake, Kenya Oba, Masami Kuroki, Miki Yamamoto, Yoshiharu Mishima, Masayuki Mori, Ruri Morita, Daisuki Neruno, Shino ura, and several other artists. Oratnir designed the cover.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment to Simulcast the Magatsu Wahrheit -Zuerst- During the Fall 2020 Anime Season

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will simulcast Magatsu Wahrheit -Zuerst-, the television anime of KLab Games’ Magatsu Wahrheit smartphone role-playing game, during the Fall 2020 anime season.

FUNimation describes the story as:

Based on the popular RPG game from KLab. In the Wahrheit Empire, humanity’s spirit remains fragmented from a disaster in the past where many lives were lost to bloodthirsty monsters who were once summoned. But the fate of the capital is about to drastically change when shy transport worker Inumael and naive Empire soldier Leocadio get caught up in a smuggling incident.

Naoto Hosoda is directing the anime at Yokohama Animation Lab, and Hosoda is also supervising the series scripts and co-writing them with Yūichirō Momose. Akiko Sugizono is designing the characters. Masaru Yokoyama is composing the music.

Magatsu Wahrheit -Zuerst- is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on October 13, 2020.

Source: ANN

Case Closed: Episode 981 – “Welcome to Bocchan Restaurant (Part One)”

As the Detective Boys are wandering through a park, Ayumi finds a severely injured cat. They find strands of pink and yellow threads in its claws, which Conan carefully gathers to use as evidence to find the person who injured the cat. The group takes the cat to a nearby vet, who says the cat will live but will need time to heal. As they leave the vet, a group of police cars with sirens blaring go by. Of course, Conan and the Detective Boys decide to find out what’s going on.

The group finds that the police, as well as Kogoro, are at the Bocchan Restaurant. A body has been found on the grounds, so they are launching a murder investigation. The Detective Boys notice that the victim’s shirt has colors that match the thread they found in the cat’s claws. Seeing this, they decide to stay for the murder investigation. As the story continues, they deduce that the cat must have been a witness to the murder, and that the murderer panicked and beat the cat up because it was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

When the employees of the restaurant arrive, it’s revealed that the restaurant is inspired by a novel titled, Bocchan. I liked that Mitsuhiko knew what this was, in addition to Conan and Ai, and that Mitsuhiko was the one who got to explain the story to the others. Normally, these types of explanations come from Conan, so it was nice to see this get shaken up a bit.

As the police and Kogoro investigate, they discover that the actors playing the characters from the novel are nothing like the characters that they portray at the restaurant. Which becomes important, because it seems like Kogoro, at least, kept trying to think of the actors’ personalities and motives as being like their characters, which could seriously affect deducing who committed the crime. It comes out that the victim and the owner were both rivals for the affection of the woman portraying the love interest in Bocchan, and that three other employees with known animosity toward the victim don’t have alibis that could be corroborated by others. Through talking with various employees, the Detective Boys start picking up some information on the potential murderers.

Near the end, the Detective Boys visit the cat at the vet, and discover the cat has two broken legs. This makes Conan realize that the park where they found the cat was too far away from the restaurant for the cat to have made it to the park on its own. With this information, the Detective Boys realize the murder had to have been at the park and not at the restaurant.

After this, it’s discovered that one of the potential culprits for the murder is hanging from a tree, with a suicide note scrawled into the dirt nearby, as well as the murder weapon for the first death on his altar. Conan feels suspicious that this was set up to make this person look like the murderer, but he doesn’t have any solid proof to back up this suspicion.

The way this is going, I feel confident that the case will solved in the next episode. I really can’t see this going past two parts. There’s one character in the story that doesn’t seem to have any issues with their alibi, but a piece of information revealed about them earlier in the episode makes me think they could have been somehow involved with the second death at the end of the episode. Outside of that, though, I haven’t really figured anything out. I’m curious to see what the “one truth” to this crime is that Conan will reveal. At least this one doesn’t have a solution that’s easy to guess, so that helps to make me want to come back next week to find out what happens. Oh, and I also have to add that this is one of the better episodes of Case Closed that features the Detective Boys.

My Boy Manga to End in October 2020

This year’s 43rd issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine has announced that Hitomi Takano’s My Boy (Watashi no Shōnen) manga will end in its next chapter. The magazine will publish the final chapter in the magazine’s 48th issue on October 26, 2020.

Vertical is releasing the manga in English, and it describes the series as:

Satoko Tawada, a 30-year-old office worker at a sporting goods company, encounters Mashuu Hayami, a 12-year-old boy, playing soccer in a park at night. She was treated cruelly by a former lover, he is dealing with a high-handed and uninvolved family. Both are burdened with loneliness, and they sense that the other has something that they’re searching for…

Takano launched My Boy in Futabasha’s Monthly Action magazine in 2015, then moved the manga to Young Magazine in 2018.

Source: ANN

Lee Isaac Chung to Direct the Hollywood Remake of Makoto Shinkai’s your name.

Entertainment news website Deadline has reported that Lee Isaac Chung will direct the planned live-action Hollywood adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s your name. anime film. Chung will also rewrite the film adaptation’s script based off of a draft from Emily V. Gordon and not the previously penned script by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Heisserer. Deadline describes the adaptation’s story: “Two teenagers discover they are magically and intermittently swapping bodies. When a disaster threatens to upend their lives, they must journey to meet and save their worlds.”

Chung made his directorial debut in 2007 with Munyurangabo, a human drama set in Rwanda and scripted in the Kinyarwanda language, and the film played as an official selection at festivals in Cannes, Toronto, and Berlin. His most recent film, Minari, drew inspiration from his own childhood living in a Korean-American family on an Arkansas farm, and the film garnered the top two U.S. awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Deadline had previously reported in February 2019 that Marc Webb was directing the planned live-action Hollywood adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s your name. anime film.

Paramount Pictures and J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions is producing the new film. Abrams and Lindsey Weber from Bad Robot are credited as producers alongside Genki Kawamura, the original film’s producer. Paramount and Bad Robot will work with the original film’s producer TOHO, who will distribute the new film in Japan.

Source: ANN