FUNimation Entertainment to Simulcast the New Sakura Wars, Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2, and The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED Anime

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will simulcast Sakura Wars the Animation (Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation), the second season of the Kaguya-sama: Love is War anime, and The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED (Fugō Keiji Balance: Unlimited) as part of the Spring 2020 season. FUNimation reports that Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 and The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED are exclusive to its service.

FUNimation will simulcast Sakura Wars the Animation in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

The company will simulcast Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai? Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen, the television anime of Aka Akasaka’s Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga in April 2020 with English subtitles and an English dub. The company will also dub the anime’s first season.

FUNimation will simulcast the the television anime of Yasutaka Tsutsui’s bestselling detective novel Fugō Keiji (Wealthy Detective) in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Source: ANN

Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (March 27, 2020)

It’s hard to believe that amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, that the Winter 2020 anime season is winding down and that the Spring 2020 anime season will soon be starting.

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

Kodansha Comics and Vertical Release Manga Digitally on izneo e-Comics Platform

Kodansha Comics and Vertical have announced that they are launching nearly their entire digital manga library on izneo, a European digital comics, manga, and webtoons distribution platform.

The two publishers will feature 2,000 of their manga works in English, including manga such as Attack on Titan, Ghost in the Shell, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal Edition, Fairy Tail, Fire Force, and The Quintessential Quintuplets. The first volume of more than 270 series will have a special promotional price of $0.99.

Kodansha Comics will also start releasing its weekly simulpub manga chapters on izneo “soon,” for manga such as EDENS ZERO, Attack on Titan, Domestic Girlfriend, To Your Eternity, and APOSIMZ.

izneo is available on web browsers, Android and Apple tablets and smartphones, Nvidia Shield, and on the Nintendo Switch. Works on the service are available both online and offline. Readers can have a subscription to the service or can purchase books individually.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Publishes My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising Manga Chapter in English

VIZ Media has published Kōhei Horikoshi’s “My Hero Academia – League of Villains: Undercover” manga chapter in English on its website and app.

The nine-page manga was included in the Boku no Hero Academia Vol. R (My Hero Academia Vol. Rising) book that theatergoers to the My Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising- film received for free in Japan. The book also included character designs and notes on each character, and an interview with Horikoshi.

My Hero Academia the Movie -Heroes: Rising- opened in Japanese theaters on December 20, 2019. The film ranked at #1 in the United States box office when it opened on February 26, 2020, and has since earned more than US$13 million.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment Streams the Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? Original Video Anime

FUNimation Entertainment has announced on Twitter that it has begun streaming the new original video anime (OVA) for the Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? anime.

The new OVA shipped in Japan on March 25, 2020.

The Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? anime premiered in Japan in July 2019. Aniplex of America licensed the series, and it began simulcasting the anime in July 2019.

Source: ANN

Shin-Ei Animation’s Honorary Chairperson Sankichiro Kusube Passes Away

Sankichiro Kusube, the honorary chairperson of animation production company Shin-Ei Animation, passed away on March 20, 2020. He was 82 years old at the time of his passing.

After college, Kusube joined Tokyo Movie. He founded Shin-Ei Animation with his older brother Daikichirō Kusube, an animator, in 1976. The younger Kusube became president and chief executive officer in 1990. He worked for the company for 29 years before retiring as honorary chairperson in 2009.

Shin-Ei Animation produces Crayon Shin-chan and Doraemon, among other titles.

Source: ANN

D&A Superstar Blogger Award

Thank you, D&A Anime Blog, for nominating me for your award!

My blog is Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner.

Four things about myself, hmm? Let me see…

1) I recently celebrated my 45th birthday. Yes, in the aniblogging community, I am an “old fart.” LOL!

2) When I’m not blogging, my “day job” is working at a grocery store.

3) I’m also a fan of music, in addition to anime and manga.

4) I live near Seattle with my husband and two of my three kids (one of my kids is currently a college student).

My Top 5 Anime Series

Instead of a “top 5,” I’ll be listing my favorite series alphabetically.

  • Case Closed
  • Fruits Basket
  • Kids on the Slope
  • Naruto franchise (Naruto and Naruto Shippuden)
  • Space Battleship Yamato/Star Blazers

This was actually kind of hard, because I had to narrow ten choices down to five!

10 Questions

1. How did you get into Blogging?

Before I started blogging, I was actually writing for other websites (sadly, most of them were as a volunteer rather than being paid). I started writing about anime for the BellaOnline website in 2007. In 2011, I began my own blog for manga (which was the beginnings of this blog). I began dabbling a little bit in anime for my blog in 2012, and turned this into an anime and manga blog. In 2013, I came to the decision that I had gone as far as I could at BellaOnline, and I began focusing all of my attention on this blog. This summer, my blog will be nine years old.

2. What’s one of the best posts you’ve ever written on your blog?

Ooh, this is a tough question. I’m having to look back at nearly nine years’ worth of content, and limiting it to the non-news posts. Nothing is really jumping out at me right now.

3. What’s the last anime title (or movie) you’ve watched in 30 days?

I’m finishing up watching the two SHIROBAKO Blu-ray sets that I got around Christmas. For me, this is actually a re-watch, since I saw the series as it was streaming on Crunchyroll. But my husband, who is watching this with me, is seeing it for the first time.

4. If you could go back 10 or 15 years into the past, what would you say to your younger self?

I would tell her to make sure she enjoys being with her kids, because they’re going to grow up faster than she realizes.

5. If you had the seven Namekian Dragon Balls, what three wishes would you wish for?

First, I’d wish away COVID-19. Second, I’d wish for world peace. And third, I’d wish for equality.

6. Who is your biggest influence for blogging and why?

Hmmm… I’m not sure there’s anyone or anything I could truly cite as an influence for my blog.

7. If you could visit Japan, what would be the first thing you’d do?

For the first nine years of my life, my father was in the Navy. He was stationed in Japan from the time I was a year old until I was five. I was so young when I lived there, though, that I hardly have any memory of it. Probably the first thing I’d do would be to try to visit places that were important to me while I was living there.

8. If you could pick one or two anime titles that deserve a second season, what would they be?

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun and The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

9. What are two of your favorite foods and one you wish you could try from another country?

My favorites include spaghetti and country fried steak. I wish I could try some okonomiyaki.

10. Who is your favorite blogger and why?

My favorite would have to Karandi at 100 Word Anime. I appreciate how she writes her reviews as well as the style of her opinion pieces.

My Nominations

Here are the rules for those who I nominated:

1. Add the D&A Superstar Blogger Award logo to your nomination post
2. List the name of your blog (add a link) and tell us 4 things about yourself
3. List your Top 5 anime shows (or characters)
4. Answer the 10 questions listed in bold below this post
5. Nominate at least 10 other blogs of your choice

  • How did you get into Blogging?
  • What’s one of the best posts you’ve ever written on your blog?
  • What’s the last anime title (or movie) you’ve watched in 30 days?
  • If you could go back 10 or 15 years into the past, what would you say to your younger self?
  • If you had the seven Namekian Dragon Balls, what three wishes would you wish for?
  • Who is your biggest influence for blogging and why?
  • If you could visit Japan, what would be the first thing you’d do?
  • If you could pick one or two anime titles that deserve a second season, what would they be?
  • What are two of your favorite foods and one you wish you could try from another country?
  • Who is your favorite blogger and why?