HIDIVE to Simulcast the Shine Post Anime

HIDIVE has announced that it will begin simulcasting the Shine Post anime on July 12, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

Shine Post is described as:

Although the idol group TiNgS is chasing after big dreams, so far their accomplishments have only been small — and now, suddenly, they’re facing a potential break up. Hope seems lost, but when a new manager with a special skillset takes them under his wing, the members of TiNgS find themselves shooting for the stars all over again.

Source: HIDIVE

Anime Expo Announces 2023 Dates and Anime Expo Ontario Event in California in November 2022

The staff of Anime Expo announced during the closing ceremony for Anime Expo 2022 that the event will return to Los Angeles on July 1-4, 2023. The staff also revealed a new Anime Expo Ontario event to be held on November 12-13, 2022 in Ontario, California.

Anime Expo returned as a physical event this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and was held on July 1-4, 2022. Some panels were streamed online as part of an “Anime Expo Lite” online event.

Source: ANN

Kura Sushi USA and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Launch First Bikkura Pon Prize Collaboration

Kura Sushi USA, Inc., a technology-enabled Japanese restaurant concept known for its revolving sushi bars, is thrilled to be the first U.S. restaurant chain to collaborate with Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and release the limited edition Demon Slayer x Kura Sushi Bikkura Pon prize collection.

Exclusively at Kura Revolving Sushi Bar restaurants in the United States, the Demon Slayer x Kura Sushi Bikkura Pon prize collection includes rubber keychains, lanyards and can badges that feature Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba main characters Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu and Inosuke, among others. Kura Revolving Sushi Bar guests will receive a single Demon Slayer x Kura Sushi Bikkura Pon prize for every 15 sushi plates purchased. This prize collection is also available for individual purchase in-store and online at https://order.kurasushi.com. Prizes may differ by location and are available July 1-August 31, 2022, while supplies last.

During the campaign, Kura Sushi Rewards Members will be eligible for multiple in-store giveaways. Kura Revolving Sushi Bar will be giving away Demon Slayer x Kura Sushi merchandise to Kura Sushi Rewards Members with every $100 purchase (excluding tax and tip) made in-store. Giveaways are available while supplies last and are not guaranteed.

  • July 7-9, 2022: Demon Slayer x Kura Sushi Graphic Tee
  • July 21-23, 2022: Demon Slayer x Kura Sushi Phone Stand
  • August 4-6, 2022: Demon Slayer x Kura Sushi Graphic Tee
  • August 11-13, 2022: Demon Slayer x Kura Sushi Phone Stand
  • August 18-20, 2022: Demon Slayer x Kura Sushi Tote Bag

The Bikkura Pon Prize System is an integral part of Kura Sushi USA’s innovative and tech interactive dining experience and is comprised of a prize machine, touch panel and plate disposal slot located at every table in the restaurant that are connected via sensors. The touch panel registers the number of sushi plates dispensed into the plate disposal slot. After every five plates inserted, a short animation plays on the touch panel and after every 15 plates inserted, a prize is dispensed from the prize machine.

Azuki’s Announcements at Anime Expo 2022

KiraKira Media Inc.’s digital manga service Azuki announced at its Anime Expo 2022 panel that it has licensed three new manga, including an anthology from indie publisher Glacier Bay Books. The company will release following titles digitally in English in August 2022:

Title: Turning the Tables on the Seatmate Killer!
Authors: Bachi Miyako (manga), Aresanzui (original work), Mizore Saba (original character design)
Summary: Yuuki Narito’s new seatmate Yui Takatsuki is the notorious “Seatmate Killer,” who strings guys along before breaking their hearts. But Yuuki’s so clueless he might be immune to her charms. And so begins a fierce competition between two seatmates in this hilarious rom-com.

Azuki will release new chapters of the manga every week, and later release new simulpub chapters the same day as Japan.

The manga is based on Aresanzui’s light novel of the same name, and Futabasha is publishing the ongoing manga adaptation in Japan. The manga will be exclusively available in English on the Azuki website and apps. Tentai Books publishes the light novels in English.

Title: My Dear Detective: Mitsuko’s Case Files
Author: Natsumi Ito
Summary: Mitsuko is Japan’s first female detective in the turbulent 1920’s. When a handsome college student shows up with a new case, he ends up assigned as her new assistant. Join Mitsuko and Saku as they solve cases, explore the changing cultural landscape of early Showa-era Japan, and maybe grow a little closer along the way in this fashionable mystery series.

Azuki will release new chapters of My Dear Detective: Mitsuko’s Case Files every week, and later release new simulpub chapters the same day as Japan.

Futabasha publishes the ongoing manga in Japan. Azuki is translating the manga, which will be exclusively available on its platform.

Azuki has begun releasing the following manga on its website and apps:

Title: Invisible Parade
Author: MISSISSIPPI
Summary: Invisible Parade collects 13 stories both recent and from over a decade ago. This is the definitive collection of Kyoto-based painter and comic artist MISSISSIPPI’s comics work.

The anthology collects manga by painter and independent comic artist MISSISSIPPI. Glacier Bay Books published the anthology in English in print. Azuki’s website and apps are hosting the first few chapters, and will add the remaining chapters in the next few weeks.

Source: ANN

Anime Spotlight: Eureka Seven: AO

Eureka Seven: AO is a sequel to the Eureka Seven anime series. The anime was produced by BONES and was directed by Tomoki Kyoda. The series aired on Japanese television from April 13-November 20, 2012. As of this writing, FUNimation Entertainment holds the North American license for Eureka Seven: AO.

The series is set in 2025, and the main character is a boy named Ao. He lives on the island of Iwato Jima in Okinawa, along with his grandfather. His friend, Naru, had an encounter with a Scub Coral 10 years earlier on the island and has some of it within her. Scub Corals have been causing problems across the world for a while, and more people are becoming infected by them. But where a Scub Coral appears, entities known as Secrets also appear. Secrets look kind of like the Angels from Neon Genesis Evangelion.

During the incident 10 years earlier with the Scub Coral that infected Naru, Ao’s mother Eureka vanished without a trace. Fans of the original Eureka Seven can see that this is the same Eureka from the original series, but it doesn’t become clear for quite a bit of the series about how Eureka ended up almost 10,000 years in the past.

Ao’s adventure begins when he stumbles upon three smugglers (Gazelle, Pippo, and Han Juno) trying to smuggle some items to the Japanese Armed Forces. During an incident when a Scub Coral appears, a bracelet falls out of the briefcase… and the smugglers don’t notice. Ao picks it up, and later realizes it was once owned by his long-lost mother. This bracelet allows him to pilot the Nirvash (a mecha) that had belonged to his mother.

Ao joins a group called Generation Bleu in the hopes of finding his mother and learning more about his birth. Through a strange set of circumstances, the three smugglers also end up joining Generation Bleu. Ao becomes part of a team called The Piped Pipers, which includes Fleur Blanc and Elena Peoples. Fleur is the daughter of Generation Bleu’s CEO, and Elena is a mysterious girl with secrets. One of her secrets has a connection to Eureka.

During the series, Ao encounters a stranger named Truth, who has a deep hatred for Eureka because of what happened 10 years earlier and is determined to acquire Nirvash for his own. When he learns Ao is Eureka’s son, his hatred passes down to Ao. Truth also manipulates Ao’s friend Naru into siding with him.

There’s also a bit of political intrigue going on in the series. Okinawa wants to assert its independence from Japan. Meanwhile, Generation Bleu, Japan, and the United States are trying to acquire the quartz from the Scub Coral, which causes a problem when it’s revealed that Generation Bleu has been hoarding quartz in its space station.

During the series, the quartz that Generation Bleu has gathered from various Scub Corals become a weapon for the Nirvash. When it’s fired, though, it has the ability to rewrite events, which causes problems for Ao. To me, at least, this quartz weapon ended up feeling like a “deus ex machina.” Each time it was used, it felt like the writers had written themselves into a corner and came up with this idea so they could change what happened in order to get the characters and story onto the path they want them to go. This especially felt true with the final time that the weapon was used.

In case it wasn’t obvious, Eureka Seven: AO relies heavily on time travel and alternate universes in order to set up the story that’s presented in the series. While there were some interesting ideas being explored by utilizing these concepts, I wasn’t entirely convinced that the execution of those ideas was as strong as it could have been. Also, it felt like there was a lot going on and a lot to try to keep track of, between the time travel, Truth and his manipulation, and the various political intrigues taking place. Not to mention the teenage drama that characters like Ao, Fleur, and Elena go through. And then there’s the three smugglers and what they go through after joining Generation Bleu. As the series progressed, it felt like there was just so much I was trying to process and keep straight as a viewer. By the end of the series, the story felt kind of dense to me.

I also question the inclusion of Noa, the Iriomote three-toed sloth that Naru asks Ao to take care of during the series. While Noa did provide the occasional comic relief, the sloth felt more like it was just “there” and didn’t truly add anything to the series. With some scenes, it almost felt as if the writers remembered that Noa was around and were trying to find ways to force the sloth into scenes. To be honest, I don’t think that Noa was truly necessary and that the story could have been told without including the sloth at all.

When it comes to the animation in Eureka Seven: AO, the animators were aiming to capture the look and feel of the original Eureka Seven. However, I didn’t think the quality of the animation was quite as strong as the original. The animation style and quality weren’t bad, but at times, it looked and felt a little inferior to the original series.

When all is said and done, I think that Eureka Seven: AO isn’t as strong of a series as the original Eureka Seven. However, I can say I did enjoy it more than I did the Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers anime film.

If you’re a fan of Eureka Seven and haven’t seen Eureka Seven: AO yet, I can only truly recommend it to fans who really want to know what happens after the end of the first series. If you’re a fan who’s satisfied with how the original series ended, then you may want to skip over Eureka Seven: AO, because you will likely come away feeling a little disappointed in this series. While it’s an enjoyable enough series to watch through once, it’s not one I’m likely to watch again in a repeat viewing.

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futekiya Announces Two New Boys’ Love Licenses From futurecomics

futekiya, the online boys’ love manga subscription service, has announced the license acquisition of the following boys’ love titles* from futurecomics Co., Ltd.:

Elite Inma-kun wa Ikasetai! by Tarako Nekokawa
Shin Kaels gets sent to Earth as he attempts to pass the demon world’s higher placement exam. It might seem way too easy to ask an infamously prolific incubus to take a man to bed – but Shin’s about to find out why his next target deserves that five-star difficulty rating.

Morechau Aoharu by Shiero
Haruta’s a good-looking guy who always helps other people out – and it’s all thanks to his power that lets him hear what’s in people’s hearts. Surely there can’t be any better guy than him? Wrong. Meet Aoyama, Haruta’s friend who outshines him in every single way. When Haruta can’t listen in to what’s on Aoyama’s mind, how’s he supposed to catch his weakness?

*English title and release date will be announced later.

Fans can read the first chapter of these futurecomics BL titles for free. Subscribers to futekiya will have access to the full volumes as well as other BL manga titles published by Shodensha Publishing Co., Home-sha Inc., Parsola Inc., Julian Publishing, Thirdline, Group Zero, MUGENUP Inc., swamp, KAIOHSHA, EIWA Publishing, Media Soft Ltd., futurecomics Co., Ltd., Tokyomangasha, DOGENZAKA SHOBO, TAIYOHTOSHO, TORICO, COMPASS Inc., Libre Inc., TOSUISHA Co.,Ltd., Shonengahosha, Shusuisha Inc., and independent BL artists in the futekiya Library.

World’s End Harem: Fantasia Academy Manga to End on July 17, 2022

The 51st chapter of Okada Andō’s World’s End Harem: Fantasia Academy manga has announced that the manga will end with its next chapter on July 17, 2022.

The manga is described as:

World’s End Harem: Fantasia Academy reimagines the characters from the original series in a modern-day school. Come along for the ride while Lord Arc Nargala and the cast of women who serve him navigate a whole new world of heart-pounding attraction and intrigue. Even the mysterious Dark Elf Lati makes an appearance–as Arc’s new homeroom teacher. Do Arc and Aurelia stand a chance of being happy together in this place? What of Arc’s power to wield Macht? And is it even legal for a homeroom teacher to be so scantily dressed?

The manga is a comedy spinoff of LINK and SAVAN’s World’s End Harem: Fantasia manga, itself a fantasy setting spinoff of LINK’s World’s End Harem manga. World’s End Harem: Fantasia Academy launched Shueisha’s Ultra Jump magazine in May 2020. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga in English.

Source: ANN

Kadokawa Releases the First Three Volumes of the I’m Quitting Heroing Manga on BookWalker

Kadokawa has announced that it is digitally releasing Nori Kazato’s I’m Quitting Heroing manga exclusively, with the first three manga volumes already available digitally on Kadokawa’s BookWalker service. The fourth volume will be available on July 7, 2022, the fifth volume on July 15, 2022, and the sixth volume on July 27, 2022.

Yen Press announced at Anime Expo 2022 that it has licensed the manga for physical release. BookWalker will only have the exclusive digital release of the manga.

The manga adapts Quantum and Hana Amano’s I’m Quitting Heroing: Next Gig Is at the Demon Queen’s Castle fantasy light novel series.

The manga is described as:

After saving the world from the Demon Lord, the Hero, Leo, discovers that there isn’t a place for him in it anymore. The incredible strength that made him humanity’s greatest asset during the war is just a terrifying threat in times of peace, and he soon finds himself shunned from human society. But if the forces of good won’t have him, that means it’s time for him to apply elsewhere—for a job with his former enemy, the Demon Lord’s Army.

Source: ANN

Five Masaaki Yuasa Films to Get Retrospective Screenings in California

GKIDS announced at its Anime Expo 2022 panel that it and American Cinematheque will screen a retrospective of films by anime director Masaaki Yuasa in two California theaters from August 5-7, 2022. The retrospective celebrates and leads up to GKIDS’ upcoming screening of Yuasa’s latest film INU-OH in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2022.

INU-OH and Ride Your Wave will screen as a double feature at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on August 5, 2022, with a Q&A segment with Yuasa in between both films.

Mind Game and The Night is Short Walk On, Girl will both screen at the Loz Feliz Theatre in Los Angeles on August 6, 2022. The Mind Game screening will have a Q&A with Yuasa. The director will also introduce The Night is Short Walk On, Girl film screening.

Lu over the wall will screen at the Loz Feliz Theatre on August 7, 2022.

Source: ANN

Dark Horse’s Announcements at Anime Expo 2022

Dark Horse announced at its panel Anime Expo 2022 panel that it will be reprinting TAGRO’s Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt manga in English. Dark Horse previously released the one-volume manga in 2015.

The publisher also stated it will be reprinting the “manga editions” of Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima’s Lone Wolf and Cub manga.

Source: ANN