Seven Seas Entertainment Licenses the Sarazanmai Anthology Manga

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that it has licensed the Sarazanmai Anthology manga collection based on Kunihiko Ikuhara’s Sarazanmai television anime series. The company will release the manga in a large-trim single volume in print and digital formats in June 2021. The manga features more than a dozen short stories based on the anime by various creators.

The Sarazanmai Anthology manga is described as:

After accidentally breaking a statue of a mythical kappa, junior high students Kazuki, Toi, and Enta are transformed into kappa themselves as punishment by Keppi, prince of the Kappa Kingdom. Keppi has a task for the boys if they want their bodies back: work for him to hunt down zombie kappa born of twisted human desires. Even scarier, though? They’re going to have to expose their own deepest fears and desires to each other to do so. Explore this surrealist modern folktale–a fan-favorite anime in 2019–like never before in this collection of all-new short manga by various creators.

Source: ANN

English Cast Announced for the Motto To Love Ru Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Motto To Love Ru anime:

  • Ry McKeand is Rito
  • Alexis Tipton is Lala
  • Lindsay Sweeney is Ahiko
  • Olivia Swasey is Aya
  • Chris Hutchinson is Buwartz
  • Kailin Coates is Celine
  • Sara Gaston is Haruko
  • Bryn Apprill is Haruna
  • Jay Hickman is Honekawa
  • David Wald is King Deviluke
  • Monica Rial is Kyoko
  • Marissa Lenti is Marron (F), Mikado
  • Josh Morrison is Marron (M)
  • Matthew Kuns is Matome, Ooyoshi
  • Andrew Love is Maur
  • Brittney Karbowski is Mikan
  • Juliet Simmons is Mio
  • Natalie Rial is Momo
  • Allison Sumrall is Nana, Sayaka
  • Melissa Molano is Oshizu
  • Holly Segarra is Peke
  • John Swasey is Principal
  • Greg Ayres is Ren
  • Avery Smithhart is Riko
  • Chaney Moore is Rin
  • Olivia Swasey is Ringo
  • Meg McDonald is Risa
  • Christina Kelly is Run
  • Mark Laskowski is Saibai
  • Maggie Flecknoe is Saki
  • Greg Cote is Saruyama
  • Katelyn Barr is Yami
  • Amber Lee Connors is Yui
  • Mike Haimoto is Yuu
  • Scott Gibbs is Zastin

John Swasey is directing the dub.

Sentai Filmworks will be releasing Motto To Love Ru on Blu-ray Disc on February 16, 2021.

Source: The Fandom Post

Honey and Clover Anime Is Streaming on Amazon

The Fandom Post is reporting that the Honey and Clover anime is now available for streaming on Amazon, and that Prime members can watch it for free. The 26 episodes of the series are available in their English dubbed version, and are available for 99-cents each or all of the episodes are available for $20.99. The episodes are available in high definition.

The story of Honey and Clover is described as:

What do you get when you cross creativity with self-discovery and unrequited love? Art school. Yuta Takemoto has no idea what’s in store for his life when he enrolls at a Tokyo art college, but he find out right away it’ll never be dull. Love triangles form as fast as friendships when both Takemoto and senior classmate Shinobu Morita fall hard for shy artistic prodigy Hagumi Hanamoto. And while architecture student Takumi Mayama secretly pines for an older woman, dazzling ceramicist Ayu Yamada pines for him. Confused yet? Welcome to the bittersweet world of Honey and Clover

Source: The Fandom Post

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Anime Film to Screen Both Dub and Subbed Versions in U.S. Theaters

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba THE MOVIE Mugen Train is coming to select theaters in North America in early 2021, and the official @DemonSlayerUSA Twitter account has announced plans to release the English dubbed version at the same time as the subbed version.

The English cast for the film includes:

  • Zach Aguilar is Tanjiro Kamado
  • Abby Trott is Nezuko Kamado
  • Aleks Le is Zenitsu Agatsuma
  • Bryce Papenbrook is Inosuke Hashibira
  • Mark Whitten is Kyojuro Rengoku
  • Landon McDonald is Enmu

Source: Crunchyroll

The English Dub of the D4DJ First Mix Anime to Begin Streaming on January 17, 2021

Bushiroad has announced that English-dubbed versions of D4DJ First Mix, the television anime in Bushiroad’s D4DJ multimedia project, will debut on the D4DJ Global YouTube Channel on January 17, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. EST. The first three episodes with launch simultaneously. The Latin American Spanish-dubbed version will then debut in early February 2021.

Japanese voice actor Karin Kagami is reprising her role of Maho Akashi from the Japanese version in the English dub. The announcement noted that Kagami was born in the United States and attended international school after returning to Japan.

Bang Zoom! Entertainment is producing both the English and Latin American Spanish dubs. The first six episodes of the anime’s Chinese dub are already available on the series’ official YouTube channel.

D4DJ First Mix premiered in Japan on October 30, 2020.

Source: ANN

Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table: Episode 1 – “Rayneshia’s Marriage”

The third season of Log Horizon begins by showing the audience an event that will be happening a little later in the series. After the opening credits, we see that the events the series is showing are taking place a week before what we saw at the beginning. During the opening scene, though, we get to hear Shiroe’s thoughts, and his thoughts provide the audience with some brief backstory to remind the audience of some important concepts and events that took place earlier in the series. While this was helpful, it wasn’t as helpful as it could have been due to all the years that have elapsed since the final episode of the second season initially streamed as a simulcast. But from what was shown in the opening scene, this will be the beginning of the end of the Round Table, which is an event that’s already revealed in the title of the season. Ultimately, the demise of this organizational body is being brought about by Eins, the Guild Master for Honesty. As I recall, Honesty wasn’t much of a major player in the first two seasons of the anime. I guess it would make sense that one of the less visible guilds would be provoking division. It’s also established early on that at the point we’re now at in the series, a year has now passed since the “Apocalypse,” which is the event that brought all the players into the world of Elder Tale.

There are several issues being referenced in this first episode of the new season. Crusty’s disappearance at the end of the previous season is one of the major ones. From what is shown in the episode, it appears that the actual members of the Round Table know that Crusty has been found on another Elder Tale server. However, from a conversation that Princess Rayneshia (aka Lenessia) has with Akatsuki, this fact is not known outside of the Round Table. The audience also learns in this episode that other players have disappeared but have not reappeared on any servers, so one theory is that these players found a way to return to the real world.

As this is going on, Honesty has been investigating Fairy Rings, which was a teleportation device in the game. Unfortunately, since they don’t have access to the timetables for these devices, they can’t figure out how to best utilize them. It was hoped that finding something out about the Fairy Rings would help create a way back and forth to the real world. Honesty is already facing issues from their fellow adventurers due to not having any success on their research. Also, Eins is privately facing some increased scrutiny from other members of the Round Table Conference with some of the actions that he has taken as a Guild Master. This comes to a head during a contentious meeting of the Round Table Conference.

Meanwhile, Princess Rayneshia’s mother makes a surprise appearance in Akiba, and informs Rayneshia that her engagement will be announced in two weeks. She is now engaged to the head of a noble family from the Holy Empire Westeland, which he had specifically requested. I know this territory was first introduced in the previous season of Log Horizon, but I don’t remember too much about it. But, even then, I still suspected that Rayneshia is somehow being used as a pawn. Later, after Eins declares that his guild will find its own path in Akiba, it’s revealed that Westeland has made Eins into a duke. When Shiroe hears the news, he makes a comment about this event leading to the destruction of Akiba and the Round Table. That right there seems to confirm my suspicions that Rayneshia’s engagement is part of a larger plan. Hopefully, the next episode will refresh my memory of the Holy Empire Westeland and how their interference could damage Akiba and the Round Table.

Even though I was a little lost at times, I still felt like I was being reunited with old friends as I watched this first episode of Log Horizon: Destruction of the Round Table. Hopefully Shiroe will provide some helpful commentary in the next couple of episodes to help the audience remember elements, such as the Holy Empire Westeland, and that would help me feel a lot less lost. I’ve been looking forward to Log Horizon‘s return for a while, and I’m eagerly awaiting the next episode.

The only other thing I’ll add here is that the new opening theme song isn’t bad, but it’s just not as iconic as “Database.” But then again, I don’t think anything can, so it’s probably a good thing that the new theme isn’t trying to upstage it. I’m sure the new opening will grow on me in the coming weeks as I hear it more.

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Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (January 15, 2021)

This week’s list primarily focuses on the new anime coming out during the Winter 2021 anime season, but there’s also a post looking at manga, as well as a post looking back at anime from 2020.

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

Discotek Media Announces Releases for March 2021

Discotek Media has announced the company’s releases for March 2021. All of the titles are scheduled to be released on March 30, 2021.

Cyber City Oedo 808 will feature English and Japanese audio (including both the U.S. and U.K. versions of the English dub) and English subtitles.

Discotek Media will release Lupin III: Missed by a Dollar with English and Japanese audio and English subtitles.

Other titles being released on March 30, 2021 include the previously announced:

  • Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
  • Hajime no Ippo Collection 2 (with episodes 25-48)
  • Submarine Super 99

Source: ANN

HBO Max Adds the Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki Documentary

The Fandom Post is reporting that HBO Max will be streaming the Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki documentary.

The documentary is described as:

In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being cancelled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.

Source: The Fandom Post

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Thus Spoke Rohan Kishibe OVAs to Launch on Netflix Worldwide on February 18, 2021

Netflix has announced that it will stream the anime of Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan (Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai), Hirohiko Araki’s spin-off manga for his JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga, in 190 countries starting on February 18, 2021.

The anime studio David Production adapted two Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan stories as original anime DVDs with director Toshiyuki Kato and character designer Shunichi Ishimoto. The “Fugō Mura” (Millionaire Village) episode was available for people who purchased all 13 DVD or Blu-ray Disc volumes of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable anime in 2017. The “Mutsukabezaka” (Mutsukabe Hill) episode came with the manga’s second volume in July 2018. Crunchyroll screened the overseas premiere of “Fugō Mura” at its Crunchyroll Expo event in August 2019.

David Production then produced two new episodes, “Zange-shitsu” (Confessional Room) and “The Run,” which played at nine screenings at six cities in Japan between December 2019 and March 2020.

Source: ANN