Sakura-Con Announces Hiroshi Nagahama as Guest

Sakura-Con has announced that anime director Hiroshi Nagahama will be a guest at their upcoming convention.

Nagahama’s credits include Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mushishi, and Flowers of Evil.

Sakura-Con will be taking place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington from April 19-21, 2019.

Source: ANN

SD Gundam World Sangoku Sōketsuden to Launch With an Anime

The Gundam.info portal site has announced that the SD Gundam World Sangoku Sōketsuden project will launch internationally with an anime. Loosely inspired by the classic Chinese historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, but with super-deformed Gundam units, the project from Sunrise and Bandai Spirits is part of the overall 40th anniversary celebration for the Gundam franchise.

The project’s official website will start releasing the animation in July 2019. The project will go overseas in over 14 countries and territories, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, the United States, and Italy.

Takahiro Ikezoe is directing the anime at Sunrise, and Touko Machida is in charge of the series scripts.

Source: ANN

Ayumi Komura to Launch New Manga in March 2019

This year’s sixth issue of Shueisha’s Margaret magazine has announced that Ayumi Komura will launch a new manga titled Mobakare (Mobile Boyfriend) in the magazine’s next issue on March 5, 2019. The manga will have a color opening page, and will debut with two chapters.

The magazine teases the manga’s story as beginning with a “boyfriend” being “sent” to the smartphone of a heartbroken girl.

Komura’s other works include Kami-sama no Ekohiiki, Kare Cafe, and Mixed Vegetables.

Source: ANN

Case Closed: Episode 932 – “The Northern Kyushu Mystery Tour (Moji Arc)”

The episode opened with a recap that conveyed the most important information that was needed in order to remember what had happened in the previous episode, ending with the cliffhanger that had ended the last episode. But since we had already seen that Ran in the preview, the audience knew she was going to be OK.

Ran, of course, uses her martial arts to knock out the two men chasing her and Torahiko. But she quickly learns they’re police officers. Oops! Although she didn’t know they were police officers, she still felt guilty about what happened. Considering her father’s line of work and how many police officers she’s known over the years, this reaction was realistic.

Conan calls Ran, and after a conversation, Ran and Torahiko agree to return to the office so the mystery can be solved. Conan has to use the dart and voice changing bowtie trick when Kogoro is about to give the wrong solution, and everything comes to light. It turns out that nothing was as it appeared on the surface. But Conan realizes that Ran and Torahiko are late.

We see the two of them in Torahiko’s father’s car, with something that Torahiko thought would have the evidence he needed to prove himself innocent and reveal the true culprit. However, it turns out that this item had been tampered with, and that it was actually a bomb ready to go off. There’s a tense chase that happens that wraps up the mystery portion of the episode.

And remember why Kogoro, Ran, and Conan came to this location in the first place? If you don’t, I’ll remind you: he was there to accept a Detective of the Year Award from an organization called the Japanese Detective League. It turns out that this isn’t what it appears on the surface, either. I’m not going to say more, because I don’t want to give a spoiler.

This was a good continuation of the previous episode, and for me, at least, I hadn’t figured out any part of what the truth was. There was a “red herring” being set, and I started falling for it. I was glad to see that the case wasn’t an easy one to guess the truth for, because it made for a more interesting episode. On those rare occasions where I manage to figure out the truth before it’s revealed, I find myself feeling disappointed because the mystery was too easy to solve.

An interesting note: at the end of the Crunchyroll stream, the final bits after the ending of the episode (next episode preview, next Conan’s hint, and the last little humorous dialogue to end the show) were all blacked out, so there was a black screen running for that duration of the stream. Does anybody have any idea why this would be?

Kent Williams Returns for the English Dub of the New Fruits Basket Anime

The official English Twitter account for the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket manga has announced that Kent Williams is returning as Hatori Soma for the anime’s English dub. Williams played the role in the 2001 anime.

The other cast members for the English dub of the new Fruits Basket anime includes:

  • Laura Bailey is Tohru Honda
  • Eric Vale is Yuki Sohma
  • Jerry Jewell is Kyo Sohma
  • John Burgmeier is Shigure Sohma
  • Tia Ballard is Kagura Sohma
  • Mikaela Krantz is Momiji Sohma
  • Justin Cook is Hatsuharu Sohma
  • Elizabeth Maxwell is Arisa Uotani
  • Jad Saxton is Saki Hanajima

FUNimation Entertainment will screen the first two episodes of the anime in theaters in the United States on March 26, 2019 (English-dubbed) and March 27, 2019 (English-subtitled). The screenings will feature an “exclusive gift pack” and Japanese and English voice actor commentary.

The anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in April 2019. FUNimation will stream the series on FunimationNow, and the company has acquired the home video rights for the series.

Source: ANN

U.S. Fruits Basket Screening Dates Announced and Two More English Dub Actors Announced

FUNimation Films has announced the dates for its United States screenings of the first two episodes of the new television anime of Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits Basket manga. The English dub will screen on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, and the subtitled version will screen on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Pre-sale tickets are available now.

Screenings will offer a 16-oz stadium cup, lanyard, and three pin badges as commemorative gifts. The screenings will also be accompanied by interviews with both the English and Japanese voice casts.

Two more cast members have been announced for the English dub:

  • Elizabeth Maxwell is Arisa Uotani
  • Jad Saxton is Saki Hanajima

Elizabeth Maxwell replaces Parisa Fakhri , and Jad Saxton replaces Daphne Gere.

The new Fruits Basket anime is scheduled to premiere in Japan in April 2019. FUNimation will stream the series on FunimationNow, and the company has acquired the license for the home video release.

Source: ANN

Discotek Media Licenses the Appleseed OVA, Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!, and Kyo kara Maoh! TV Anime

Discotek Media has announced that it has licensed the 1988 original video anime (OVA) Appleseed, the Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! television anime, and the Kyo kara Maoh! television anime. Blu-ray Disc sets for each title are scheduled for release on April 30, 2019.

Discotek’s release of Appleseed will include both the English dub and the Japanese track with English subtitles.

The company’s release of Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight! will contain all 12 episodes of the television series and the OVA episode in Japanese with English subtitles.

Discotek’s release of Kyo kara Maoh! will include the 39-episode first season with both the English dub and the Japanese track with English subtitles.

In addition, Discotek announced that it will release Lupin III: Part IV on Blu-ray Disc in Japanese with English subtitles on April 30, 2019. The company previously released the series on English-dubbed Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Source: ANN