Crunchyroll Announces Simulpub Manga Additions to Its Service

Crunchyroll announced during its panel at the Anime Expo Lite event that it launched three new simulpub manga from Kodansha Comics, including Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm, and ASHIDAKA – The Iron Hero. All three titles are available now.

CLAMP launched the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card sequel manga in Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine in June 2016.

The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm launched in Kodansha’s Young Magazine in September 2019.

ASHIDAKA – The Iron Hero launched in Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Magazine on January 6, 2020.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment Licenses the Attack on Titan ~Chronicle~ Recap Film

FUNimation Entertainment announced during its FunimationCon2020 online event that it has licensed Attack on Titan ~Chronicle~ (Shingeki no Kyojin: Chronicle), the upcoming compilation film for the first three seasons of the Attack on Titan anime. FUNimation will collaborate with Kodansha to debut the film in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland later in 2020.

The film will open in Japan for a limited theatrical run on July 17, 2020, and will summarize the 59 episodes of the first three seasons.

Source: ANN

Manga Planet Licenses the Silent Möbius Manga

Fantasista, Inc.’s Manga Planet manga subscription service announced during the Anime Expo Lite online event that it has licensed Kia Asamiya’s Silent Möbius manga. It will reveal the release date for the manga at a later date.

It was also announced that the company will release Akira Itō, Yoshio Sekine, and Jun Ikeda’s Enchanted Racer; Sanyo and Himekawa Art’s Marin; Yoshiki Tanaka and Takeru Kirishima’s Prince of Lan Ling, and Yoshitaka Amano’s ZAN manga on July 18 and 19, 2020.

In addition, Fatasista Inc.’s futekiya manga subscription service announced it is in talks to add boys-love manga from publisher Libre Inc., and will reveal titles and release dates at a later date.

Source: ANN

Granblue Fantasy Season 2 Anime’s Extra Episode to Stream on Crunchyroll, HIDIVE, FUNimation, and AnimeLab

Aniplex of America announced at the digital Aniplex Online Fest event that the new “Djeeta-hen” (Djeeta Chapter) anime special for the Granblue Fantasy The Animation Season 2 anime will stream on August 26, 2020 on Crunchyroll, HIDIVE, FUNimation, and AnimeLab.

The special premiered in Japan on March 27, 2020.

Source: ANN

Aniplex of America to Release Persona 5 the Animation Complete Set on Blu-ray Disc

Aniplex of America announced at the digital Aniplex Online Fest event that it will release Persona 5 the Animation on Blu-ray Disc as a “Complete Blu-ray Set” on September 29, 2020.

The English dub of the anime series will debut in the Blu-ray Disc set, with the following cast, reprising their roles from the game:

  • Xander Mobus is Ren Amamiya
  • Max Mittelman is Ryuji Sakamoto
  • Erika Harlacher is Ann Takamaki
  • Cassandra Lee Morris is Morgana
  • Matt Mercer is Yusuke Kitagawa
  • Cherami Leigh is Makoto Niijima
  • Erica Lindbeck is Futaba Sakura
  • Xanthe Huynh is Haru Okumura
  • Robbie Daymond is Goro Akechi

The Persona 5 the Animation‘s “Complete Blu-ray Set” will include six discs with 26 episodes of the anime series as well as two anime specials Persona 5 the Animation: Dark Sun and Persona 5 the Animation: Stars and Ours. Extras include an illustration card set, commercials, trailers, and textless versions of the series’ opening and ending sequences.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Announces New Streams

Crunchyroll announced during its panel at the Anime Expo Lite online event that it will stream the TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You, So I’m a Spider, So What?, and EX-ARM anime as Crunchyroll Original anime series. The company will also stream the fourth and fifth OADs for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Monster Girl Doctor, With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun, How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω, and The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter anime.

Crunchyroll will begin simulcasting TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You in October 2020.

So I’m a Spider, So What? will begin simulcasting on Crunchyroll in January 2021.

Crunchyroll lists EX-ARM as “coming soon.” The anime has been delayed to “Fall 2020 or later” due to the effects of COVID-19. Crunchyroll will stream the anime worldwide outside of Asia.

The site will stream the fourth OAD for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime on July 8, 2020, and the fifth OAD in November 2020.

Monster Girl Doctor will premiere on TV in Japan on July 12, 2020, but debuted online in Japan on July 4, 2020. Crunchyroll is simulcasting the anime during Summer 2020, and the first episode is available now.

Crunchyroll will begin simulcasting With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun in October 2020.

The site will begin simulcasting How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Ω in 2021 outside of Asia.

Crunchyroll provided no further information for The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter anime.

Source: ANN

Kodansha Comics to Release the A Sign of Affection Manga in Print, and Vertical Will Release the Blood on the Tracks Manga Digitally

Kodansha USA Publishing, which handles the Kodansha Comics and Vertical imprints, announced during its Anime Expo Lite panel that Suu Morishita’s A Sign of Affection manga will get a print release in March 2021. In addition, Vertical will release Shūzō Oshimi’s Blood on the Tracks (Chi no Wadachi) manga digitally starting in August 2021. The company will premiere the second volume digitally ahead of the print release.

Kodansha Comics launched the A Sign of Affection manga digitally on March 31, 2020, and it is getting a simulpub on Comixology, Crunchyroll, and BookWalker.

Vertical released the Blood on the Tracks manga’s first volume in print on February 25, 2020.

Source: ANN

Denpa Licenses the Vampeerz Manga

Manga publisher Denpa announced during the KuroCon 2020 digital event that it has licensed AKILI’s Vampeerz manga, and will debut the manga in summer 2021.

The manga focuses on 14-year-old Ichika, who meets the vampire Aria at Ichika’s beloved grandmother’s funeral, and falls in love with her at first sight.

AKILI launched the manga in Shogakukan’s Sunday GX magazine in February 2019.

Source: ANN

One Piece Anime’s Dub Episodes 588-600 to Debut in August 2020

FUNimation announced during its panel at FunimationCon 2020 that it will launch episodes 588-600 of the One Piece anime’s English dub digitally in August 2020. The release marks the continuation of the anime’s “Punk Hazard” story arc.

The company released episodes 575-587 of the dub digitally on Microsoft and Amazon Prime Video on April 28, 2020, which marked the return of the company’s English dub. The anime’s Season Ten, Voyage 1 DVD shipped on June 9, 2020 with the same set of episodes.

Source: ANN

Case Closed: Episode 975 – “The Secret of the Search for His Wife”

I was pleasantly surprised to see that a new episode of Case Closed was available on Crunchyroll.

The episode begins with a man standing outside with flyers. He’s looking for his wife who has been missing for three days, but hardly anyone is giving him the time of day. That is, until Ran and Conan come along. When Ran looks at the picture on the flyer and recognizes her as an employee at a florist shop. Ran and Conan take this man to see Kogoro, who at first is trying not to take the case. But after some prodding from Ran, he decides to take it on.

Conan ends up tagging along with Kogoro as he goes to interview the neighbors. The neighbors on the same side of the street as the man’s house only reveal that the wife was excited for a dinner date she had coming up with her husband. But when they question the neighbors in the houses behind the man’s house, they start hearing some things that make it sound like the husband and wife had been arguing, and the words that were being said sounded like the husband was going to murder the wife. As I watched, I thought this didn’t sound good for the husband, but I had some nagging doubts… this just seemed too easy.

When Kogoro and Conan return to the man’s house, they find the police there. Apparently, they received an anonymous tip that the husband murdered the wife and buried her in the backyard. The police dig in the yard and find the wife’s body. While this certainly looked damning, I still thought something felt a little off about this. There was no way a Case Closed mystery would end up being so cut and dried.

Thanks to the picture on the flyer and Conan’s inquisitive nature, Conan uncovers that, yes, this mystery was not as cut and dried as it would seem. The true killer is exposed, and the motive for this person to kill the victim was ridiculous. When the husband gets pissed and picks up a shovel to attack her, I could understand his frustration, especially since the motive wasn’t something worth killing someone over, but I knew that wouldn’t be a wise thing for him to do. Fortunately, Inspector Megure was able to get him to stand down.

Overall, it was a decent mystery for a single episode story. While I’ve seen better, I’ve also seen a lot worse.

But I don’t know if we’re getting another episode next week, since there was no preview for the next episode or any of the other things that usually show up at the end of the episode. Case Closed went on hiatus without any fanfare, and then came back without any fanfare, so I have no idea how often new episodes will be airing in the coming months. All I can do is just keep checking every Saturday morning to see if Crunchyroll has added a new episode.