Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (August 7, 2020)

It’s hard to believe we’re almost halfway through the Summer 2020 anime season already. Is it just me, or is time flying by quickly even though we’re in the middle of a pandemic?

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

Toei, Kodansha, and Other Anime Firms Launch YouTube Initiative With Overseas Plans

The Variety entertainment trade magazine has reported that Toei Animation, Kodansha, and other anime content providers are collaborating to start a YouTube channel named Animelog, or Anilog. The channel is currently available in Japan, but the staff also intends to provide subtitled content in English and Chinese for overseas fans.

The Anilog YouTube channel launched with content such as Black Jack and Future Boy Conan streaming in Japan. The channel aims to provide 3,000 anime titles from 30 companies, including Nippon Animation, Tezuka Productions, Toei Animation, Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Shinei Animation, and Kodansha, by the year 2022.

Analyzelog said in a statement about the new channel, “There exists a problem of illegal video distribution service these days, but ‘AnimeLog’ will distribute only officially licensed animations and operate as a safe channel that families can enjoy together.”

Benjamin Grubbs founded Analyzelog in 2018 with seed capital backing from U.S. venture investor, Next10 Ventures.

Source: ANN

Discotek Media Announces New Anime Licenses

Discotek Media has announced that it has licensed the New Getter Robo original video anime (OVA), Isuca anime, and Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao’s Treasure anime special. The company will release all three on Blu-ray Disc on October 27, 2020.

Discotek’s release of New Getter Robo will include all 13 episodes in 1080p high definition with both the original English dub and Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The company’s release of the anime adaptation of Osamu Takahashi’s Isuca manga will include uncensored versions of all 10 television episodes and the OVA episode in 1080p high definition with Japanese audio and English subtitles.

Discotek’s release of Lupin III: The Pursuit of Harimao’s Treasure will feature the special in 1080p high definition with both the original English dub and Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The company also revealed details of two other previously announced anime releases. Discotek will release the first Senki Zesshō Symphogear anime and the Cleopatra anime film on Blu-ray Disc in Japanese with English subtitles on October 27.

Source: ANN

English Cast Announced for The Demon Girl Next Door Anime

The English cast has been announced for The Demon Girl Next Door anime:

  • Monica Rial is Shamiko
  • Genevieve Simmons is Momo
  • Emily Neves is Lilith
  • Christina Kelly is Mikan
  • Shelley Calene-Black is Seiko
  • Hilary Haag is Ryoko
  • Luci Christian is Anri
  • Heidi Hinkel is Anri’s Mom
  • Shanae’a Moore is Sion
  • Josh Morrison is Metako
  • Mark Mendelsohn is Narrator
  • Ry McKeand is Ball of Light/Baphomet/Daryl Rixon/Squid
  • Scott Gibbs is Bull/Guy Person/Man Voice/Movie Trailer/Train & TV Announcer/Weight Lifter
  • Rachael Messer is Creepy Dolly/Dog Lady/Employee/Voice Actress
  • Mark X Laskowski is Cell Phone & Grocery Announcer/Man Person
  • Kyle Colby Jones is Bird Taro/Delivery Man /Doggy/Green Tea Bottle/Nick Grimes/Owl/Robot/Sion’s Bird
  • Heidi Hinkel is School Announcer
  • Chaney Moore is Lady Ma’am & Voice/Red-Headed Teacher/Student Low Bun

Kyle Colby Jones is directing the dub.

The Demon Girl Next Door aired from July to September 2019. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime and simulcast it on HIDIVE as it aired in Japan.

Source: ANN

Sentai Filmworks Acquires the Digital Rights for the Demon City Shinjuku Anime

Sentai Filmworks has announced that it has acquired the digital rights for the Demon City Shinjuku anime. Sentai will release the anime, including the original English dub, in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The film will be available on “select digital outlets.”

Yoshiaki Kawajiri directed this 1988 original video anime adaptation of a horror novel by Hideyuki Kikuchi at Madhouse.

Discotek Media released the anime in a “remastered special edition” on home video in 2011. Central Park Media once released this anime on video tape and DVD in North America before filing for bankruptcy.

Source: ANN

Fruits Basket Season 2: Episode 18 – “Do You Wanna Kiss?”

This episode begins with its most light-hearted moment, when Hiro and Kisa return to the Soma estate. Kisa is peppering Hiro with a lot of questions about his mom and the baby, and Hiro’s mom runs out to greet them. Seeing Hiro scolding his mother is quite amusing, but it’s even more amusing when Hiro’s mom asks Kisa if Hiro would make a good husband. Seeing Hiro blush while admonishing his mother for asking that question almost made me laugh out loud.

But then, Hiro sees Rin and runs over to her and starts peppering her with questions. She tells him not to feel guilty for being there when Akito pushed her, and to go back home to his loving mother and father. But she says that last part in a way that makes it sound like having loving parents is a bad thing.

We also finally get to see what happened with Rin went to visit Shigure when the others had gone ahead to the beach house. She really thought that Shigure had an answer for breaking the zodiac curse. She still thinks he’s hiding something, and is trying to dig around the Soma estate for any information she can find. But she starts feeling sick and collapses. We see brief snippets of her thoughts before she wakes up and realizes she’d fallen asleep. Still feeling sick, she goes to Shigure’s house to look for him. Tohru arrives, and through some unfortunate circumstances, actions and noises trigger memories from Rin’s past and cause her to freak out.

This leads in to the meat of this week’s episode, which is Rin’s backstory. We find out that her home life had been great when she was younger, because her parents were always happy in front of her and nearly pampered her. But then, Rin asked them one day why they were always happy… and her parents snapped. Once Pandora’s Box was opened, there was no going back. Her parents now treated her coldly and abused her physically and mentally. One day, she collapses while walking around to avoid going home, and Hatsuharu finds her. He gets Shisho to help her, and we find out when she’s in the hospital that her condition could have been caught sooner if someone had noticed her injuries that were in unusual places. Rin’s parents are called to come and talk to them about the injuries, and it’s here that her parents reject her and say that they don’t want her to come home with them. This explains why we’ve seen her living with Kagura’s house, and we also see how it’s hard for her to feel like she fits in at a home that isn’t broken.

This flashback also reveals Rin and Hatsuharu’s relationship and how they came close. We also see the exchange that takes place that leads up to Akito pushing Rin out of the window. Akito’s words here were so cruel, and echoed things that Rin’s parents had told her before they disowned her.

This is another episode of Fruits Basket that brought out the feels. I was so pissed at Rin’s parents, because they were major assholes toward their daughter. Unfortunately, she ended up with the parents that couldn’t handle having a child with the zodiac curse, and in the end, rejected her. After seeing this backstory, the audience can truly understand why Rin comes across as so cold and distant. After what she experienced, how could she have not turned out this way?

While Rin was freaking out, though, Tohru went over to hug her and to calm her down, and Shigure walks in as this is happening. At the end of the episode, we see Rin is asleep at Shigure’s house, with Tohru watching over her. I suspect the next episode will show Tohru interacting with Rin and whatever results out of this encounter.

Anime Weekend Atlanta’s 2020 Convention Goes Online

Anime Weekend Atlanta has announced that the its 2020 physical convention has been cancelled. Instead, it will be hosting a free virtual Anime Weekend Atlanta-inspired experience over Halloween weekend.

The convention announced that its next physical convention is scheduled to take place October 28-31, 2021. Membership for the 2020 physical convention will be automatically rolled over to the 2021 convention. Companies with dealer booths will also be automatically rolled over to the 2021 convention.

Source: Anime Weekend Atlanta

TMS Entertainment Is Bringing the Secod Cat’s Eye Anime Season to Amazon Prime

The Fandom Post is reporting that TMS Entertainment has made the second season of the Cat’s Eye anime available on Amazon Prime. The company had previously made the first season available on the service in March 2020 with Japanese audio and English subtitles.

Cat’s Eye originally ran for 73 episodes through 1985 and the series was released on DVD in North America through Nozomi Entertainment, who acquired it in Summer 2013. Crunchyroll previously set both seasons as available for members, though it’s only available in North America due to Nozomi’s distribution rights for it.

Source: The Fandom Post

First-Ever Gundam Online Expo Set to Take Off in the United States on August 21-30, 2020

The global phenomenon Gundam is making franchise history with the announcement from BANDAI NAMCO Collectibles (Bluefin) of the first-ever GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO in the United States. Together with fellow BANDAI NAMCO Group companies SUNRISE INC. and Bandai Spirits, Bluefin will present this official Gundam-only digital event over 12-days commencing on August 20, 2020. The GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO will showcase over 60 event exclusive figures never-before available in the United States, including not only GUNPLA World exhibit exclusives but also THE GUNDAM BASE exclusives – both of which until now were previously only available in Asia. The GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO event exclusives will be released in two waves at 6:00 pm Pacific on both Friday, August 21 (Group A) and Sunday, August 23 (Group B) on Premium Bandai USA with free shipping on all orders over $150.00 USD. All sales will end on Tuesday, September 1 at 11:59 pm Pacific.

In addition to event exclusives, GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO attendees will get a chance to visit THE GUNDAM BASE TOKYO virtually via augmented reality. This experience will include a tour of GUNPLA WORLD Ver.MG, a special exhibition celebrating GUNPLA’s 40th Anniversary and the MG series. This exhibit features:

  • MG Lineup Exhibit. The entire MG series lineup, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, gathered and displayed in one place
  • GUNPLA Evolution History. An exhibit of valuable materials from the BANDAI HOBBY CENTER where GUNPLAs are created.
    Giant GUNPLA Timeline. A timeline chock-full of the 40 years of Gundam and GUNPLA history
  • Package In-depth Analysis. A detailed analysis of how GUNPLA packages are create
  • Modeler Masterpiece Exhibit. A display of “MG” masterpieces created by famous modelers
  • Reveal of the Latest MGEX Brand. A sneak peak of he Unicorn Gundam from the latest MASTER GRADE EXTREME brand

And that is not all, the GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO will also offer special video content like instructional sessions on painting skills with professional modeler Katsumi “Meijin” Kawaguchi aka “Master Kawaguchi” as well as interviews and panels featuring Japanese guests (to-be-announced) from gaming, voice acting, merchandise and animation.

For schedule details and the latest event information, visit the official GUNDAM ONLINE EXPO website at en.Gundam.info/onlineexpo.

The New Seven Deadly Sins TV Anime to Premiere in January 2021 After COVID-19 Delay

The official website for The Seven Deadly Sins anime has announced that Nanatsu no Taizai: Fundo no Shinpan (The Seven Deadly Sins: Anger’s Judgment), the franchise’s new television anime series, will premiere on Japanese television in January 2021.

The series was delayed from its previously scheduled October 2020 premiere date due to the spread of COVID-19.

Source: ANN