Manga Winners at the 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

The 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards revealed its winners at Comic-Con International: San Diego, and Akiko Higashimura’s Tokyo Tarareba Girls manga won this year’s Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award.

The manga competed against Nie Jun’s My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder, Tsutomu Nihei’s Abara: Complete Deluxe Edition, Inio Asano’s Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction, and Afro’s Laid-Back Camp.

Junji Ito’s “Frankenstein” story in the Frankeinstein: Junji Ito Story Collection also won the “Best Adaptation from Another Medium” category.

Source: ANN

Updates from the Kyoto Animation Fire: July 20, 2019

These are the most recent updates from the Kyoto Animation Fire, as of July 20, 2019:

  • Kyoto Animation president Hideaki Hatta has stated that after the deadly fire at Kyoto Animation’s 1st Studio building, he is considering demolishing the building and creating a public park at the spot of the fire that will include a monument. He added, “when I consider the staff and the people in this neighborhood, there are people who don’t want to see such a gruesome sight.” Hatta is also considering hosting a memorial ceremony for the victims.
  • Hatta also told the press that all the messages of support from around the world are “becoming our emotional support.”
  • Hatta also stated that of the 34 injured victims, one victim had to have their legs amputated.
  • South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a statement that confirmed that one of the injured is a South Korean citizen.
  • NHK has reported through an interview with a relative of a victim that the relative was told that police will need to conduct DNA testing to identify some of the victims, and that testing will take up to a week.

Source: ANN

Fruits Basket: Episode 16 – “She Said Don’t Step on Them!”

This episode begins with Uo, Hana, and Tohru enjoying the pool. Uo realizes that Tohru is wearing her school swimsuit from middle school, and decides they need to get her a real swimsuit as a present. Through some convincing, she gets Shigure, Yuki, and Kyo to agree. But poor Yuki and Kyo are forcefully dragged along on the shopping trip, and their embarrassment is amusing.

But the main point of this episode is to provide backstory for Uo. While having lunch at a soba place, Uo starts explaining about her admiration for Tohru’s mom, who had been a legendary gang member. This episode shows how Uo and Tohru met, and how she was stunned that her hero didn’t meet up to her expectations when Uo met her. But between how the episode ends and the title for the next episode, this flashback isn’t over yet. We still need to see how Uo and Tohru actually became friends, since here, the two of them have just met, and Uo is disappointed in what Kyoko has become.

We also see three younger delinquents who recognize Uo as someone who left her gang. At first, they seem to be serious characters, but when they keep getting distracted by how handsome Kyo and Yuki are, it’s quickly apparent that these three were going to end up being comic relief characters. And with the scene right at the end of these three and Momiji, it reinforced the comic relief idea for these three characters.

While we always knew the basics of Uo (that she was a former delinquent who looked up to Kyoko), I appreciate getting to see glimpses on Uo from the past, we learn about her family life, and find out how she and Tohru met. This episode is starting to give a little more depth to Uo as a character, and it helps the audience to care more about her than they already do.

I’m looking forward to next week’s episode, so we can see the ending of the flashback story.

Fire Force to Debut on Toonami on July 27, 2019

Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block has announced that the Fire Force (En En no Shōbōtai) anime will premiere on Toonami on July 27, 2019 at 12:00 a.m. EDT (effectively July 28, 2019).

The anime’s official website announced that the planned airing and streaming of the show’s third episode, which was planned to air late at night on July 20, 2019, has been halted. The website stated it will reveal more information about the future broadcast of the show at a later date. Jason DeMarco, senior vice-president and creative director for Adult Swim, said on Twitter, “we will deal with delays if and when we have to.”

FUNimation Entertainment is streaming the television anime on its FunimationNOW streaming service, and is also streaming an English dub. Crunchyroll is also streaming the series.

Fire Force premiered on July 5, 2019, and it is planned to have 24 episodes.

Source: ANN

Russo Brothers’ AGBO Studios Developing an Adaptation of Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets Anime

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo announced at their panel at San Diego Comic-Con that their AGBO Studios is developing an adaptation of the Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets) television anime series. The Russos added that they could not say if they will direct the project, nor could they say if the project will be animated or live-action. However, they said that if they do direct, it would be in live-action.

The first Gatchaman anime premiered in Japan in October of 1972. The original series premiered in the United States in 1978.

Source: ANN

Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (July 19, 2019)

While this week’s list primarily focuses on the Summer 2019 anime season, there are also some other topics being covered as well.

These are the posts that grabbed my attention this week:

Updates from the Kyoto Animation Fire: July 19, 2019 (Updated)

These are the developments that I am aware of. This post could potentially be updated later today if there are any new developments.

As of this writing, none of the names of the victims have been released. While the name of the perpetrator has been made public, I am choosing to follow Anime News Network’s lead and not publish his name.

But this is what has happened so far:

  • Kyoto Animation president Hideaki Hatta has said in an interview that all of the past animation materials and computers housed in Kyoto Animation’s 1st Studio building were destroyed in the fire. Hatta also told the media, “The [monetary] amount of the damage? Extreme. I don’t know the full details.”
  • The official website for the Fire Force anime announced that it has halted the planned airing and streaming of the show’s third episode. The website also stated it will reveal more information about the future broadcast of the show at a later date.
  • The official Twitter account for Kyoto Animation and Animation DO’s Free! franchise announced that the studios have cancelled the planned screenings of the new trailer for the upcoming all-new Free! film in theaters. The trailer was planned to screen alongside the current Free! ~Road to the World~ Yume compilation film, which opened in theaters in Japan on July 5, 2019.
  • The official Twitter account for the Keihan train line, which goes from Osaka to Kyoto, announced that it is delaying its planned collaboration with Kyoto Animation’s Sound! Euphonium anime. The collaboration was originally scheduled to start on July 20, 2019.
  • A 34th victim of the fire has passed away. Kyoto Prefectural Police announced that one more male passed away while being treated for his injuries at a hospital.

Source: ANN
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