Manga Planet Announces Three New Licenses

Manga Planet has announced that it has licensed three manga from Shonengahosha for release in August 2020:

  • Raise the Demon by Keito Yoshikawa [Release Date: August 7, 2020]
  • Enoshima Waikiki Cafe by Haruko Okai [Release Date: August 8, 2020]
  • Sound of the Sky by Hajime Yamamura [Release Date: August 8, 2020]

The first chapters of the three manga will be available for free in the Manga Planet Library. Subscribers will be able to read subsequent chapters.

Manga Planet launched in November 2019. The service costs US$6.99 per month and allows users unlimited access to English-translated manga.

Source: ANN

Kouta Hirano’s Drifters Manga Resumes After a Seven Month Hiatus

The September 2020 issue of Shonengahosha’s Young King Ours magazine has published the first new chapter of Kouta Hirano’s Drifters manga in seven months. Before the current chapter, the previous chapter appeared in the magazine’s February 2020 issue in December 2019.

Hirano launched the manga in Young King Ours in 2009. Dark Horse Comics publishes the manga in North America.

Source: ANN

futekiya Boys-Love Manga Service Adds Seven Titles

Fantasista, Inc.’s futekiya boys-love manga subscription service has announced that it has licensed seven new titles from publisher Shodensha. The company also revealed new volumes and releases for previously announced titles. The newly announced titles include:

  • Ryu no Otto – Bokoku no Kami by Ake Susaki
  • Ookami e no Yomeiri ~Ishu Konintan~ by Hana Inui
  • PERFECT FIT (Volumes 1-2) by Thanat
  • 3bansen no Campanella by Atsuki Kyoyama
  • My Little Inferno (Volumes 1-2) by Nemui Asada
  • Adana wo Kure by Niboshiko Arai
  • Shinsouban Illumination by Tomoko Yamashita

The new volumes and releases for previously announced titles include:

  • You’re My Sex Star Volume 2 by Tamekō
  • Zoku Pornographer Playback by Maki Marukido
  • Momo to Manji (Volumes 1-3) by Sakura Sawa
  • One Room Angel by Harada

The announcement noted that the English title translations for some of the manga may change.

Readers will be able to read the first chapters of these titles for free, and subscribers to the futekiya service will be able to access full volumes.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Adds Subtitled Version of the Zo Zo Zombie Anime

Crunchyroll started streaming 13 English-subtitled episodes of the Zo Zo Zombie anime on July 30, 2020.

The site had launched the first five episodes of the series with an English dub on March 19, 2020, and it then released one new dubbed episode every week until the 13th episode premiered on May 21, 2020. The company is streaming the anime in the following territories: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and the Middle East.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment to Stream the Two-Part My Hero Academia Original Video Anime on August 15, 2020

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will stream the new two-part “Boku no Hero Academia: Ikinokore! Kesshi no Survival Kunren” original video anime for the My Hero Academia franchise on the same day it comes out in Japan. The OVA will stream in Japan on August 16, 2020, and will debut on FUNimation with English subtitles on August 15, 2020. The Mainichi Shimbun‘s Mantan Web site also announced that the anime will also be available on Hulu and other services simultaneously “worldwide.”

FUNimation is also planning a “watch-along” event on the day of the OVA’s release. The company describes the new OVA “set during Season 3 of the series, right before the student heroes take their Provisional Hero License Exams.”

Source: ANN

Anime Blu-ray Review: Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid The Complete Series

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid The Complete Series is a Blu-ray set that includes two Blu-ray discs, which include all 13 episodes of the series. The language options available on this release are the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and an English dub.

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid The Complete Series
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: September 10, 2019

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid picks up six months after the events of the original Full Metal Panic! anime. Sousuke Sagara is still attending high school and serving as a bodyguard for Kaname Chidori, but he’s finding himself being pulled out of school more and more to tackle other missions for Mithril, the anti-terrorist private military organization that Sousuke is a part of. This also means that he’s not able to guard Kaname as much as he was previously.

A new organization known as “Amalgam” appears, and a crazy man named Gates is the new enemy. Two of his underlings are a set of female twins named Xia Yu Lan and Yu Fan Lan, and it turns out their sensei is someone that was originally introduced in the first Full Metal Panic! anime. The series also introduces the audience to Leonard Testarossa, the brother of Mithril’s Teresa “Tessa” Testarossa.

As this series progresses, we see both Kaname and Sousuke struggling with the relationship that they have, and this really comes to a head when Sousuke is told that his mission has changed and he will no longer be guarding Kaname.

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid is more on the serious side compared with the original Full Metal Panic! anime but does contain some light-hearted moments to serve as comic relief. This series has more violence compared to the first series, and there’s also some nudity here that wasn’t seen in the first series, either.

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid is a good follow-up series to Full Metal Panic!, even with the noticeable shift in tone between the two series.

The Blu-ray video for this set has 1080p High Definition 16:9 (HD Native), and the audio includes Dolby TrueHD: English 5.1 and Dolby TrueHD: Japanese 5.1. I had no complaints about either the video or the audio on this release.

There were several features included on the second Blu-ray disc. First is “Episode 0” of Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. It’s about five minutes in length, and at first, it seems to simply be providing some background for what the audience sees in the first scene of the first episode of the series. But then, it suddenly starts showing random clips of the series, and ends with preview text for the series. Unfortunately, this felt rather choppy, and I didn’t think it was a terribly effective preview clip for the series.

There was also an OVA episode included for Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. This OVA focuses on Tessa Testarossa. It focuses on a peaceful day aboard the Tuatha De Dannan and is told from Tessa’s point of view. This is definitely set after the events of the final episode of the television series, and it was kind of amusing.

The big bonus feature included in this set is the location scouting clips (there are seven in all) that run for about two and a half hours. These were originally done for the seven individual Japanese releases of Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. That being said, these were never meant to be marathoned back-to-back, which is how they appear on this release. There are voice overs on this footage from Shoji Gatoh, the creator of the light novels, and Yasuhiro Takemoto (the director of the anime). Hearing Takemoto’s voice overs and seeing him on the screen really hurt my heart, knowing that he is no longer alive after the Kyoto Animation Fire of 2019. Seeing him and hearing him while he was alive showed just how much more life he really should have lived and how much more he could have given to the anime industry with his talents. But I would recommend not trying to watch all seven parts of this feature back to back, because it can get a little dry after a while. They have interesting things to say in the commentary, but it’s just a lot to digest.

The release also includes a textless opening and a textless closing, as well as trailers for other releases from FUNimation Entertainment.

If you are a fan of Full Metal Panic! franchise and don’t have the Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid in your anime home video library yet (but already have the first season in your possession), this release would be worth getting in order to have these 13 episodes to complement the 24 from the first season.

Captain Tsubasa Manga to Get a Complete Digital Bilingual Version in Japanese and English

This year’s 35th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced that Yōichi Takahashi’s Captain Tsubasa manga is getting a complete bilingual edition digitally in Japanese and English as part of the manga’s 40th anniversary. The release will mark the first time the manga is getting an English release.

The bilingual complete edition will include 37 volumes and will retail for 17,189 yen (about US$162). The deadline to pre-order the edition is on August 26, 2020, and the complete set will release on September 25, 2020.

The release is for Progress Technologies’ “eOneBook” reader device.

Source: ANN

Right Stuf Announces Vinyl Soundtrack Albums for Attack on Titan and Cowboy Bebop

Right Stuf announced at its panel at the Otakon.Online digital event that the site has the Attack on Titan Season 1 Vinyl Soundtrack up for pre-order in both deluxe and standard versions. Both are set to go on sale on October 26, 2020, and the numbered deluxe versions—which are limited to 1,000 copies—include three smoky-finished 190mg colored records in special collector’s book packaging with two pages of liner notes.

Right Stuf also announced that it has an exclusive opaque marble vinyl (one blue and one orange) version of the Cowboy Bebop Vinyl Soundtrack. This one will also be exclusive to and goes up for pre-order starting August 6, 2020, followed by release on November 6, 2020.

Source: Crunchyroll

Right Stuf Reveals Gundam Seed Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Disc Release

Right Stuf announced at its panel at the Otakon.Online digital event that it will release the Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Collector’s Ultra Edition Blu-ray on December 1, 2020. The set will be available only through Right Stuf’s website, and pre-orders are available now.

The collection will include episodes 1-48 of the HD remastered television series, episodes 1-50 of the original HD series, and three “Special Edition” movie compilations with both English subtitles and a dub. Right Stuf noted that the remastered series will be available in standard versions in 2021, but the original series in HD will only be available through this Ultra Edition. The release will also bundle a 118-page art book and a double-sided tear-out poster.

Right Stuf announced in July 2018 that it would release a Ultra Edition Blu-ray Set for the series with both English dubs in 2019.

Source: ANN

Case Closed: Episode 977 – “The Broken Fishbowl”

The episode opens with Kogoro and Conan observing a situation for a potential client who wants Kogoro to serve as his bodyguard. The potential client is running an investment scheme, where he claims to be importing rare goldfish and is asking people to invest. A group of angry clients have learned the truth about the scheme and are demanding their money back. There is a focus on two particular members of the group, with one of them saying out loud that he’ll kill the man running the investment scheme. As soon as I heard that, I knew that this man was going to be one of the suspects for the crime that would be committed in the episode. And since there was also special emphasis placed on another person in the group, I knew that she would be a potential culprit as well.

After the angry mob is escorted out, Kogoro points out that what the man is doing is illegal, but the man just laughs and calls the clients greedy and deserving to be taken advantage of. Kogoro declines the bodyguard offer because he’s disgusted by the potential client’s attitude.

As Conan and Kogoro wait for their bus, which is running late, they hear a scream coming from the building that they left. One of the potential client’s employees has discovered her boss on the ground. Kogoro determines that he’s dead, and then they discover that one of his other employees is laying nearby, also dead. So this episode doesn’t have just one murder… it has two.

As I expected, the two people in the angry mob that were focused on were found nearby and are considered two prime suspects. The girlfriend of the murdered employee is also there, and she claims she was someone through a window while waiting across the street, but she couldn’t tell what gender they were.

It turns out this is one of those mysteries where it seems like the evidence and circumstances point to a particular individual, but through learning some facts, Conan figures out it’s the exact opposite from what it appears to be. He’s able to use his stun dart and bowtie to reveal the truth before an innocent person is arrested for the crime.

This wasn’t a bad episode at all, and turning everything on its head was a nice touch. As it seemed like the story was setting up for the expected person to be the culprit, the audience was starting to notice something that Conan was seeing that made you think things weren’t what they seemed. At that point, I knew the murderer had to be this other person, but I wasn’t entirely certain just how they pulled it off. The motive for the guilty party was pretty standard, but I did like how Megure berated the guilty party for their reasoning.

Once again, there was no next episode preview or “Next Conan’s Hint” section at the end of the episode. I’m guessing at this point that due to the craziness of the COVID-19 pandemic that the production company just doesn’t know what episodes will get done when, so they’re not putting either of these items into the episodes. So far, since Case Closed returned on July 4, 2020, we seem to be developing a pattern of having an episode every other week. It’ll be interesting to see if this pattern holds, and if so, for how long.