Staff and Cast Announced for The Quintessential Quintuplets Anime

A staff and cast announcement has been made for the forthcoming anime adaptation of The Quintessential Quintuplets manga.

Satoshi Kuwabara is directing the series at Tezuka Productions. Keiichirō Ōchi is in charge of series composition. Michinosuke Nakamura and Gagakuga are designing the characters. Natsumi Tabuchi, Hanae Nakamura, and Miki Sakurai are composing the music.

The cast includes:

  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is Futaro Uesugi
  • Kana Hanazawa is Ichika Nakano
  • Ayana Taketatsu is Nino Nakano
  • Miku Itō is Miku Nakano
  • Ayane Sakura is Yotsuba Nakano
  • Inori Minase is Itsuki Nakano

The Quintessential Quintuplets is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in January 2019.

Source: ANN

Anime Spotlight: The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments

The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments is another anime series based on The Seven Deadly Sins manga. The series aired on Japanese television from January 13-June 30, 2018. Netflix has the license for the English release of the series, and streams The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments as a Netflix exclusive.

This 24-episode series picks up where The Seven Deadly Sins left off… except for the fact that the first episode reveals that the final scene we saw at the end of the previous series was actually from a dream that Elizabeth has.

The overarching story of this series has to do with the revival of the Ten Commandments, who are demonized warriors who are intent on destroying the Seven Deadly Sins. They are led by a possessed Dreyfus.

With the protagonists, we see that Gowther has been causing some mischief by erasing memories, which angers Diane. While the two fight each other, Gowther decides to erase some of Diane’s “precious memories.” After a while, she loses her memories of her time with the Seven Deadly Sins, and runs off to return to her homeland. We get some more backstory for Diane during her travels.

Shortly before this, though, Ban goes on his away to leave the Seven Deadly Sins behind. His destination is the Fairy King’s Forest. King follows Ban, and it’s revealed that Ban is trying to find a way to bring King’s sister, Elaine, back to life. Jericho, a female Holy Knight apprentice, also decides to tag along with Ban. It’s clear that she’s in love with him, although Ban doesn’t return her feelings. During Ban’s travels, we get some backstory for him that’s both important and touching.

The first half of the series ultimately sees the six members of the Deadly Sins either heading their separate ways and having experiences away from the group. The ones that stay together either have things happen to them or secrets are revealed about them.

Speaking of backstory, there are also important details revealed for both Meliodas and Elizabeth. And it turns out that Meliodas’ backstory ties in very heavily with the overarching story of the Ten Commandments. We also learn a couple of details about Gowther as well.

One of the important developments during these episodes is finally meeting Escanor, the only member of the Seven Deadly Sins who had not been introduced in the series prior to this point. At night, he comes across as a weak barman, but when the sun is out, he gains a lot of strength. So much, in fact, that he comes across as overpowered in comparison to the other members of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Speaking of overpowered, the Ten Commandments came across this way as well. There were times when it seemed like one of them had been defeated and was down for the count, but then they would come back later. In some respects, it was a little infuriating to me for these characters to keep coming back. Yes, the Ten Commandments need to be powerful adversaries, but I honestly felt like they were too powerful. And near the end of the series, Meliodas was starting to come across as a “deus ex machina” in the battles he was having. With so much looking so bleak, and having Meliodas suddenly appear and take down the opponent without a whole lot of struggle, it was easy to feel this way.

When all was said and done, this series felt more like a bridge between the previous series and the story that’s yet to come. At the end of The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments, it’s clear that the story isn’t over and that Meliodas and the others have to continue fighting with the Ten Commandments and those enslaved by the antagonists. With the way the series was going, I was afraid that so much time was being spent building everything up that the ending would end up being rushed. Well, it turns out I needn’t have worried about that, since the story isn’t concluding with this series. There will definitely need to be another anime series at some point, since the story in The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments doesn’t come to an end.

Perhaps once I am able to see where the story goes from here, I will have a better appreciation for The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments. As it is now, it’s a little frustrating to have become so immersed in the world and this story for 24 episodes and not have any kind of a conclusion to show for it. Hopefully at some point, there will be an announcement saying that another season of The Seven Deadly Sins is in the works.

Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week: October 19, 2018

We’ve got another long list this week, but there still quite a few “First Impression” articles about Fall 2018 anime series still being published earlier in the week. I expect to see next week’s list to start shortening back down again. But anibloggers were also getting a lot of interesting posts about other topics out there as well.

This week’s list:

 

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is Highest-Ranking Manga on BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novels List for September 2018

NPD BookScan’s Top 20 Graphic Novel list for September 2018 features 11 manga titles:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 4 by Akira Himekawa (#3)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 14 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#7)
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generatiosn Volume 4 by Ukyō Kodachi, Mikie Ikemoto, and Masashi Kishimoto (#8)
  • Splatoon Volume 4 by Sankichi Hinodeya (#9)
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi (#11)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#12)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 13 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#14)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 2 (#19)

Source: ANN

Studio Gokumi Reveals the Laidbackers Theatrical Anime Project

Studio Gokumi has revealed a new theatrical anime project titled Laidbackers. The studio is billing the film as the “final original theatrical anime of the Heisei era” (Japan is set to enter a new era after April 30, 2019 when the current emperor abdicates). The anime will have a limited two-week screening in Japan in Spring 2019.

Hiroyuki Hashimoto is directing the anime at Studio Gokumi. Makoto Uezu is the scriptwriter and Jiro Suzuki is the original character designer. Kei Tsuchiya is adapting those designs for animation and is also serving as chief animation director. kz is composing the music. Klock Worx is distributing the film.

Cast members for the film include:

  • Rina Hidaka is Harami Mitsuno
  • Himika Akaneya is Mai Maisaka
  • Yō Taichi is K. Kusanagi
  • Maria Naganawa is Ran (Valvaran)
  • Yumi Uchiyama is Arnelia
  • Yumiri Hanamori is Kumi Honamanuma
  • Saki Fujita is Yuko Saginomiya

Source: ANN

The Extended Version of the In This Corner of the World Anime Film Is Delayed to 2019

The official Twitter account for In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World [Kono Sekai no (Sara ni Ikutsumono) Katasumi ni], the extended version of the anime film adaptation of Fumiyo Kouno’s In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) manga, has announced that the extended version is delayed to 2019. The new version was originally scheduled to screen in Japan in December 2018.

The Twitter post stated that the production needs a few more months than the staff originally projected, and in order to live up to fans’ expectations of the film’s quality, the production committee decided to delay the film.

The extended version of In This Corner of the World will feature about 30 more minutes of footage.

Source: ANN

The Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me Anime Film to Get Theatrical Screenings in the U.S. and Canada in November 2018

Azoland Pictures has announced that it will screen Kyoto Animation’s Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me (Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me) anime film in select theaters in the United States and Canada starting on November 2, 2018. The partial list on Azoland Pictures’ website lists screening dates from November 3-6, 2018 in various locations. Filmgoers will receive a giveaway item while supplies last, and the screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

Sentai Filmworks licensed the film, and partnered with the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF) to screen the film during the event in September 2018.

The film, a sequel to the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! -Heart Throb- anime, opened in Japan on January 6, 2018 and earned 70,422,300 yen (about US$634,500) in its opening weekend to rank #6 at the box office.

Source: ANN