Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (April 3, 2020)

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already made it through three months of 2020, and what a three months it’s been. Phew!

And the Spring 2020 simulcast season is just starting to get underway…

Here are the blog posts that grabbed my attention this week:

Crunchyroll Announces More Simulcasts for the Spring 2020 Season

Crunchyroll has announced that it will simulcast the Dropkick on My Devil!! Dash, Tsugumomo2, Major 2nd second series, Princess Connect! Re:Dive, and Sing “Yesterday” for Me anime as part of the Spring 2020 season.

Dropkick on My Devil!! Dash, the second season of the television anime of Yukiwo’s Dropkick on My Devil! (Jashin-chan Dropkick) manga, will premiere on April 6, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. EDT worldwide except in Asia.

Tsugumomo2 (Tsugu Tsugumomo), the second season of the Tsugumomo series, will premiere on April 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EDT in English-speaking territories in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, and Scandinavia, and non-English speaking Europe, Middle East, Latin America, and Africa.

Crunchyroll will begin streaming the second anime series of Takuya Mitsuda’s Major 2nd baseball manga on April 4, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. EDT worldwide except in Asia.

The television anime of Cygames’ Princess Connect! Re:Dive smartphone game will premiere on April 6, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. EDT worldwide except in Asia.

Crunchyroll will begin simulcasting the television anime of Kei Toume’s Sing “Yesterday” for Me (Yesterday o Utatte) manga on April 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EDT worldwide except in Asia.

The company also announced that it will begin streaming the IDOLiSH7 Second Beat! anime on April 5, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. EDT and the My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! anime on April 4, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

Source: ANN

Tiger & Bunny Anime to Get a Second Season in 2022

The official Twitter account the Tiger & Bunny anime has announced that the anime is getting a second season that will premiere in 2022. The new season is titled Tiger & Bunny 2, and it will tell a new story set after the events of the Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising- anime film.

Mitsuko Kase is directing the anime at Bandai Namco Pictures. Masafumi Nishida is returning to handle series composition, and Masakazu Katsura is returning to design the characters.

Hiroaki Hirata is reprising his role as Kotetsu T. Kaburagi/Wild Tiger, and Masakazu Morita is returning to voice Barnaby Brooks Jr.

Source: ANN

Anime Blu-ray Review: SHIROBAKO Collection 2

SHIROBAKO Collection 2 is a two-disc Blu-ray set that includes all 12 episodes of the second cour of the series. The set only has the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

SHIROBAKO Collection 2
English Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: May 24, 2016

SHIROBAKO Collection 2 shows what happens to the characters in the next phase of their story. After completing Exodus in the first half of the series, Musashino Animation begins working on an anime adaptation of the Third Aerial Girls Squad manga during the second half of the series. Aoi finds herself being promoted from production assistant to production desk, so she learns a new job and how to handle all the stress that comes with it. It doesn’t help that Aoi realizes that she isn’t quite sure what her dream is even though her friends all have goals and aspirations. Ema is given more responsibility in her work, Midori is brought in to help with research for Third Aerial Girls Squad, and Misa works for a new computer graphics company that’s brought in to help with the anime. Shizuka has gained more confidence in her voice acting, but she’s still having a hard time getting her foot in the door. The end of the series culminates with the five friends (Aoi, Ema, Midori, Misa, and Shizuka) getting a step closer to realizing their dream of reuniting in Tokyo and making another anime together.

Four new characters are introduced and join the Musashino Animation staff: Tsubaki Ando (a new production assistant who is also an otaku), Sara Sato (a new production assistant who is responsible but horrible with directions), Daisuke Hiraoka (a new production assistant who comes with experience from other companies, but is easily annoyed with those who seem to take anime too seriously and he is also standoffish), and Ai Kunogi (a new in-between animator who is extremely nervous and shy). While I understand that Ai was introduced to be so shy and nervous in order to show how much Ema has progressed, but Ai’s nervousness was so over-the-top. Of the new characters that were introduced, she was my least favorite.

When it comes to the actual story and episodes of this cour of SHIROBAKO, one of the most memorable moments came near the end of Episode 23 when Aoi realizes that she and her friends have gotten one step closer to achieving the goal they set for themselves back in high school. I nearly shed a tear during that scene. Aoi’s speech at the wrap party for Third Aerial Girls Squad also ranks very highly as a memorable scene from this cour. However, when all is said and done, I can say that I’m very happy with how SHIROBAKO concluded.

The Blu-ray video for this set has 1080p High Definition / 16×9, and the audio includes Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. I had no complaints about either the audio or the video quality of this release.

There are only three bonus features included on the release: a clean opening, a clean version of all eight endings that appeared in the second half of SHIROBAKO, and trailers for other Sentai Filmworks releases. I’m not terribly disappointed with the bonus features, since this is rather standard for releases put out by Sentai Filmworks.

If you’ve already seen and enjoyed SHIROBAKO, I would highly recommend adding the two physical releases of the series to your physical anime library.

First Princess Principal Sequel Anime Film Delayed Due to COVID-19 Concerns

The production committee for the Princess Principal: Crown Handler film and Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures have announced that they are delaying the film’s release. They cited the government policies to contain the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as well as the health and safety of moviegoers. The committee and Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures will announce the film’s new schedule as soon as it is decided on the film’s website and social media accounts.

Princess Principal: Crown Handler is the first of six planned sequel anime films. It would have opened on April 10, 2020 before this delay. In addition, the streaming of the “Pri-Pri Secret Meeting Super” program and television series marathon on April 5, 2020 has also been canceled.

Source: ANN

HIDIVE to Stream the Third Season of the My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Anime

HIDIVE has announcedd that it will begin streaming My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Kan) — the third season of the My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU anime on April 10, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. EDT worldwide except in Asia.

Sentai Filmworks licensed the series, and it will release the anime on home video.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on April 10, 2020.

Source: ANN