Discotek Media Announces Anime Releases for December 2021

Discotek has announced that it will release the Ronin Warriors and Girly Air Force anime on Blu-ray Disc on December 28, 2021. The company will also release the Robot Carnival original video anime (OVA) on Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc on the same day.

Discotek’s release of Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers (Ronin Warriors) will include all 39 episodes and the three OVA sequels, for a total of 50 episodes. The release will also include the English Ronin Warriors dub. Discotek stated it undertook “an extensive remastering process … to ensure that the dubbed version would be included.” Discotek previously release the anime on DVD in 2015.

The release of Girly Air Force will include all 12 episodes in Japanese with English subtitles.

Discotek’s release of Robot Carnival will present the OVA for the first time in 4K/HDR10, and will include both 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio presentations. The release will also include The Memory of Robot Carnival documentary. Discotek previously released the OVA on DVD in 2015, and on Blu-ray Disc in 2018.

Source: ANN

HIDIVE to Simulcast the Waccha PriMagi! Anime

HIDIVE has announced that it will begin simulcasting the Waccha PriMagi! anime on October 3, 2021. The simulcast will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, Spain and Portugal.

The story of Waccha PriMagi! is described as:

Matsuri Hibino spends her days in middle school dreaming about PriMagi, the sparkling stage show that combines song, dance and fashion with actual magic. She’d love to star in the PriMagi one day, and when the spirited troublemaker Myamu appears from another, magical world to scout Matsuri as her PriMagi partner, the pair takes to the stage to become the top stars of PriMagi hand in hand.

Source: HIDIVE

World Trigger Manga to Take One Month Break Due to Author’s Health

The official Twitter account for Shueisha’s Jump SQ. magazine has announced that Daisuke Ashihara’s World Trigger manga will not appear in the magazine’s November 2021 issue on October 4, 2021, due to the author’s “sudden illness.” The Twitter account posted a letter from Ashihara where he stated that his head/neck specifically is what is in poor health right now. World Trigger is planned to resume in the December 2021 issue, which will ship in early November 2021.

The manga also took breaks in the March 2021 and May 2021 issues.

Ashihara debuted World Trigger in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2013. The manga went on hiatus in November 2016 due to Ashihara’s poor physical health, and returned in the magazine in October 2018 for five issues before moving to Shueisha’s Jump SQ. magazine in December 2018. VIZ Media is publishing the manga in English.

Source: ANN

The Soundtrack for the Fifth Season of the My Hero Academia Anime Comes to Streaming and Digital

Milan Records has announced that Yuki Hayashi’s soundtrack for My Hero Academia Season 5 is coming to streaming and digital. The music will be available on a wide range of music services.

Recently, Milan Records released a comprehensive collection of music from Naruto, Naruto Shippuden, and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations for the very first time outside of Japan. The company has also released music from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shaman King, various Fate anime, Eden, Blue Exorcist, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Aldnoah.Zero, The Seven Deadly Sins, Cowboy Bebop, Promare, Japan Sinks 2020, FLCL, Mirai, B The Beginning, Akira, Summer Wars, Blood Blockade Battlefront, The Boy and the Beast, Attack on Titan, Ninja Scroll, Paprika, and Ping Pong The Animation.

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

Manga Review: Ranma 1/2 Omnibus Volume 13

Ranma 1/2 Omnibus Volume 13 is a new release for the Ranma 1/2 franchise, which includes the 25th and 26th volumes of the series. These omnibus editions are the first “unflipped” release of Ranma 1/2 in North America. These editions have also been “remastered,” with sharper images and a “spiffed up” translation.

Ranma 1/2 Omnibus Volume 13
Written by: Rumiko Takahashi
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 8, 2016

The volume numbers for this release are for the Japanese manga, not the original VIZ Media manga release for Ranma 1/2. The chapters that appear in this volume correspond with all of Volume 23 and all of Volume 24 of VIZ Media’s release of Ranma 1/2.

The first two chapters conclude the storyline with the three members of the Musk Dynasty and Ranma competing for the Kettle of Liberation. Obviously, Ranma has to somehow negate the power of the Pail of Preservation in order to become a man again, but it doesn’t necessarily happen in the way the reader might have expected it to. Or, perhaps a reader of this series might have figured that something quirky or unusual would have happened since that would fit in with the tone of Ranma 1/2.

The next seven chapters follow one story arc, and it’s one of the stories from the manga that was adapted for the Ranma 1/2 anime OVA series. A new character named Hinako Ninomiya, who has been hired by Prinicpal Kuno to be the new homeroom teacher for Ranma’s class. Hinako has a reputation for conquering schools of delinquents. But everyone is shocked when they meet Hinako, because she’s small and almost looks like she could be the same age as her students. Ranma gets on her bad side and discovers that she has a secret to her. She knows the Anything Goes Eight Treasures of the Deadly 5-Yen Piece technique. By using a coin and chanting the right words, she can absorb someone’s battle aura, which transforms her into a mature-looking buxom woman. Ranma learns that Happosai taught Hinako this technique 10 years earlier when she was a sickly girl in the hospital in order to help her gain strength and get well. Ranma tries to get close to Hinako in order to learn about this technique, but all of Ranma’s love interests (Akane, Shampoo, Ukyo, and Kodachi) think he’s flirting with her. Shampoo, Ukyo, and Kodachi team up to take her down, while Ranma tries to take down Hinako by striking her pressure points (he has to strike them all that the same time). Let’s just say there’s a lot of misunderstandings and hijinks as various characters try to launch their plan to take down Hinako. Poor Akane, though. Even though she doesn’t admit it, she’s emotionally hurt when she thinks Ranma is interested in Hinako. This is a story I enjoyed in the Ranma 1/2 series, and I’m glad that it was adapted into a story for the OVAs.

The remaining 13 chapters in Ranma 1/2 Omnibus Volume 13 focus on one story arc, and the story is completed at the end of the final chapter in this volume. Akane has a memory of something from her childhood but wonders if it was just a dream. When a news report about a mysterious gigantic being in the location Akane is thinking of shows up on TV, Kasumi makes a comment that makes it clear that this was an actual memory of Akane’s, not a dream. When the Tendo Dojo is called about trying to locate and do something about the creature, Akane takes it upon herself to take care of it. After some “encouragement” from Soun, Ranma chases after her.

Akane encounters a young man named Shinnosuke, who is the boy in her memory who rescued her. Unfortunately, Shinnosuke has problems remembering things, so he has no recollection of this ever happening. But there are clues that Akane picks up on that make it clear that Shinnosuke is the one who saved her all those years ago. When Shinnosuke’s grandfather (who lives with Shinnosuke) discovers their well is dry, Akane learns that the only thing keeping Shinnosuke alive is the Water of Life, which is the water in that well. By all accounts, Shinnosuke should not have lived after rescuing Akane from the creature. But Shinnosuke’s grandfather gave him some of the Water of Life, and drinking it keeps the young man alive. Akane stays with Shinnosuke out of guilt, since she feels it’s her fault he got so hurt when he was a child. Ranma sees the two of them together and misunderstands what’s going on. Ryoga also stumbles into the story, as Akane is trying to help Shinnosuke and his grandfather take on the being that is causing the Water of Life to stop flowing. Even with the misunderstandings going on, Ranma still pitches in to help Shinnosuke and his grandfather. What I find really important about this story is that you can clearly tell that when Ranma and Akane react to each other’s misunderstandings, that they do have feelings for each other, even if either of them can’t admit it. This was another story from the manga that was adapted for the Ranma 1/2 OVA series, and I’m glad it was.

Unlike a lot of the previous omnibus editions, Volume 13 only has part of one story, then two complete stories. It seems like at this point in the series, Takahashi was focusing more on bigger stories that would encompass a lot of chapters, rather than on several smaller stories. So far, these longer stories have worked very well, and they don’t feel like Takahashi is trying to stretch the stories out just to have longer stories for the series.

I feel that this remastered volume of the Ranma 1/2 manga is worth picking up and adding to your manga library, even if you already own a copy of the series. This release of Ranma 1/2 is a much needed upgrade from VIZ Media’s original release of the series.

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Dr. Stone and Black Clover Manga to Take a One Week Break

This year’s 43rd issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced that Boichi and Riichirou Inagaki’s Dr. Stone manga is entering its final arc. The magazine also stated the manga will be on a break in the 44th issue on October 4, 2021 so the authors can do research, and will return in the 45th issue on October 11, 2021.

The magazine also revealed that Yūki Tabata’s Black Clover manga is taking a break in the 44th issue, and will return in the 45th issue. The magazine did not give a reason for the one week break.

Source: ANN

The Second Half of the IDOLiSH7 Third Beat! Anime to Premiere in 2022

IDOLiSH7 Third Beat!, the third IDOLiSH7 anime season, ended its first half on September 26, 2021 with an announcement that the second half will premiere in 2022.

The third season is running for two split cours (quarters of the year). The first half of the season premiered on July 4, 2021, and Crunchyroll simulcast the anime in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The first television anime based on the IDOLiSH7 smartphone game premiered in Japan in January 2018 and had 17 episodes. Crunchyroll simulcast the series as it aired. The second season of the main anime premiered in Japan on April 5, 2020. The second season was delayed starting with the fifth episode due to the state of emergency declaration against the spread of COVID-19. The season resumed with Episode 3 on October 4, 2020.

Source: ANN

The Cells at Work! Baby Manga to End in Two Chapters

This year’s 43rd issue of Kodansha’s Morning magazine has announced that Yasuhiro Fukuda’s Cells at Work! Baby (Hataraku Saibō Baby) spin-off manga of Akane Shimizu’s Cells at Work! manga will end in two chapters. If the series does not take any breaks, it will end in the 45th issue on October 7, 2021.

The story of the manga is described as:

It’s no easy feat to keep a body happy and healthy, so even the newest cells have their tiny-winey, chubby-wubby hands full! Join these cute baby cells as they work hard within their newborn baby body, in this newest (literally!) spin-off of Cells at Work.

Fukuda launched Cells at Work! Baby in Morning in October 2019. Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga in English.

Source: ANN

Anime Director Eiichi Yamamoto Passes Away

Researcher and illustrator Renato Rivera Rusca reported on Twitter on September 25, 2021 that at a screening of the Belladonna of Sadness anime film in Tokyo on the same day, the organizers of the event stated that director Eiichi Yamamoto passed away on September 7, 2021. He was 80 years old at the time of his passing.

The event planning company Anime Novecento also confirmed the news, and stated that the family of Yamamoto happened to see news about the event on social media, and contacted the organizers to confirm that Yamamoto had passed away.

Yamamoto was born in Kyoto in 1940. After graduating high school he joined Ryuichi Yokoyama’s Otogi Productions studio. He met Osamu Tezuka in 1960 and joined Mushi Productions a year later. There, he co-directed Mushi Productions’ first work, Tales of the Street Corner, with Yûsaku Sakamoto. He then served as an animator and episode director for Astro Boy in 1963, and directed Kimba the White Lion in 1965, the Jungle Emperor Leo film in 1966, and A Thousand & One Nights in 1969. He directed the Cleopatra film in 1970 along with Tezuka, and then directed Belladonna of Sadness in 1973. He also directed the Wansa-kun television anime in 1973.

After Mushi Productions declared bankruptcy, Yamamoto worked for Yoshinobu Nishizaki, writing scripts and supervising the original Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers) television anime series. He also designed the logo for the anime. He also supervised the Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend OVA.

Yamamoto released a book in 1989 titled Mushi Pro Kōbōki: Ani Meita no Seishun (The Rise and Fall of Mushi Pro: The Youth of Ani Meita), which is a semi-fictionalized but autobiographical account of his time at the studio.

Source: ANN

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Anime to Get a Second Part in January 2022

It was announced at the end of the 13th episode of the How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom anime that the series will be getting a second part in January 2022. FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will be simulcasting the second part as it airs in Japan.

The story of the series is described as:

Suddenly summoned to a fantasy world and betrothed to the princess, Kazuya Souma is crowned the new king after providing the royal family with impressive advice.

To rule the kingdom, he’s taking the nontraditional (and very human) route of administrative reform. In a realm of dragons and elves, will this revolutionary’s unique path prove effective?

Based on the light novel by Dojyomaru, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdomis directed by Takashi Watanabe at studio J.C.Staff, with original character design by Fuyuyuki, character designs by Mai Otsuka and music by Akiyuki Tateyama.

Source: FUNimation Entertainment