Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train Has Earned US$41.9 Million in the United States

Box Office Mojo has reported that the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train film earned an estimated US$1.77 million at the United States box office last weekend, and has now earned an estimated $41.9 million. The film ranked at #4 in its fourth weekend.

FUNimation and Aniplex of America began screening the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train film in theaters in North America on April 23, 2021.

Source: ANN

Virtual Crunchyroll Expo Announces Its First Wave of Guests and Programming

Crunchyroll has announced the first wave of guests and programming for its upcoming virtual Crunchyroll Expo.

The first wave of guests includes:

  • Cherami Leigh: English voice actor for Asuna Yuuki in Sword Art Online, Sailor Venus in Sailor Moon, and Lucy Heartfilia in Fairy Tail
  • Okutsugu Kado: Japanese vegetable carver
  • Vampy Bit Me and Mario Bueno: Cosplay Cup Hosts

A premiere preview for the TONIKAWA: Over the Moon For You OVA has also been announced.

The virtual Crunchyroll Expo is scheduled to take place August 5-7, 2021. Registration for the event is open at crunchyrollexpo.com.

Source: Crunchyroll

FUNimation Entertainment Announces August 2021 Releases

FUNimation Entertainment has announced the August 2021 releases for Crunchyroll and FUNimation.

  • A Certain Magical Index II: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Essentials) – 600 minutes – $34.98 – 8/17/21
    Special Features: Commentary for Episodes 2, 7, 14 and 22, Textless Opening Songs: No buts!, See visionS, Textless Closing Songs: Magic∞world, Memories Last, Trailers
  • DECA-DENCE: Complete Season (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 8/17/21
    Special Features: Promo Video and Commercial Collection, Web Previews, Textless Opening and Closing Songs
  • Fire Force: Season 2 Part 1 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 8/3/21
    Special Features: Fire Force Panel: FunimationCon 2020, Textless Opening and Ending Songs
  • Kakushigoto: Complete Season (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 8/31/21
    Special Features: Promo Videos, Textless Opening and Closing Songs
  • Lapis Re:LiGHTs: Complete Season (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 8/10/21
    Japanese with English subtitles
    Special Features: Music Videos, Promotional Videos, Web Previews, Textless Opening and Ending Songs
  • One Piece: Collection 27 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 625 minutes – $39.98 – 8/10/21
    Episodes 642–667
    Special Features: FunimationCon 2020: One Piece Panel Part 2, One Piece Livestream Watch Party, Textless Songs
  • SHOW BY ROCK!! Mashumairesh!!: Complete Collection (Blu-ray/DVD) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 8/24/21
    Special Features: Promo Videos, Commercials, CG Performance, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Songs (All 7 Versions)
  • The Tatami Galaxy: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Classics) – 275 minutes – $49.98 – 8/10/21
    Japanese with English subtitles
    Special Features: OVA, Subterranean Vessel, to the South Pole, Subterranean Vessel, to the Girls’ Bath ~Bedroom Research Group’s Peach-Colored Quest~, Subterranean Vessel of Love and Fishing, Europe Kikaku’s Guide to Kyoto, Promo Videos, Commercials
  • Ultimate Otaku Teacher: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Essentials) – 600 minutes – $34.98 – 8/10/21
    Special Features: Commentary for Episodes 3, 9, 15, and 21, Textless Opening Songs: Youthful Dreamer, vivid brilliant door!, Textless Closing Songs: DREAMIN, MY ONLY ONE

Source: The Fandom Post

Case Closed: Episode 1006 – “Who Poisoned the Victim?”

When I saw this title, I was thinking, “Couldn’t the writers have come up with a better title than this?” Yes, the title describes the mystery perfectly, but it just feels a little too “on the nose” and not terribly creative.

For the story itself, Kogoro is hired by Kobayakawa, an assistant for Sasano, the head of Sasano Finance. The assistant shows a death threat he had received, and wants Kogoro to investigate at an upcoming party. Kogoro, along with Conan and Ran, attend the party. There are three potential suspects, and all three act suspiciously. Sasano is poisoned, but it’s quickly revealed that it really wasn’t Sasano… it was Kobayakawa, who was posing as Sasano. Since the two men had similar features, they were able to pull off the switch without anyone noticing.

So now Kogoro is investigating the murder that took place at the party. It also comes out that a young woman helping out at the party is actually the daughter of a man who had committed suicide after dealing with Sasano Finance’s aggressive collection policy. With this revelation, she is added to the list of potential suspects.

It turns out that cameras were used during the party, and they start watching footage that was shot by the camera. But thanks to various things Conan overheard during the party, he is able to figure out who the guilty party was. Once again, he uses the “Sleeping Kogoro” trick to reveal the true culprit.

Last week, when I saw that this would be a single episode murder mystery, I didn’t have my hopes up for a good episode. However, this episode provided a couple of twists to help make it a little harder at first to guess who the true culprit was. But when Conan makes his deduction and shares it with everyone else, it was interesting to see what happens when he finally narrows it down to who it had to be due to the process of elimination. While this murder mystery may not have been as interesting as the three-part episode that just finished last week, it was one of the better single episode murder mysteries I’ve seen in Case Closed for a while.

There wasn’t a preview for another episode at the end of this one, so I’m guessing there won’t be a new episode of Case Closed next week. So I don’t have any idea when the next episode will air, and I don’t have any idea of what the episode is going to be about when it does air. Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait.

Additional posts about Case Closed:

FUNimation Entertainment to Simulcast the How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Anime

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will simulcast the How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Genjitsushugi Yūsha no Ōkoku Saikenki) anime as part of the Summer 2021 anime season. The anime will stream on FunimationNow in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil and Mexico; on AnimeLab in Australia and New Zealand; and on Wakanim in Scandinavian countries.

Takashi Watanabe is directing the anime at J.C. Staff. Go Zappa and Hiroshi Ohnogi are writing the scripts. Mai Otsuka is designing the characters. Akiyuki Tateyama is composing the music. WOWMAX is credited as producer.

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom is scheduled to premiere in Japan in July 2021.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Announces Titles Leaving Its Service on May 28, 2021

Crunchyroll has announced that the following anime will leave the service on May 28, 2021:

  • Classroom☆Crisis
  • Day Break Illusion
  • Durarara!!
  • Durarara!!×2 Shō
  • Durarara!!×2 Ten
  • Durarara!!×2 Ketsu
  • High School Fleet
  • I’ve Always Liked You
  • Occult Academy
  • R.O.D -The TV-
  • Silver Spoon
  • Samurai Flamenco
  • The Moment You Fall in Love
  • Vividred Operation
  • World Conquest Zvezda Plot
  • Wagnaria!!
  • Wagnaria!!2
  • Wagnaria!!3

FUNimation Entertainment is streaming the Durarara!!, Durarara!!×2, Classroom Crisis, Samurai Flamenco, High School Fleet, Silver Spoon, Vividred Operation, and World Conquest Zvezda Plot anime.

Source: ANN

Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (May 14, 2021)

Is it just me, or does it feel like 2021 is flying by? At this point, we’re right around the halfway point of the Spring 2021 anime season, but it just doesn’t feel like we should be this far into the season already. Does anyone else feel like this, or is it just me?

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

KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple Returns to FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that the KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple anime is returning to their site. According to the announcement, all 50 episodes of the series will be available for viewing on FUNimationNow on May 15, 2021. The series will be available with English subtitles and an English dub in the United States and Canada.

The story of KenIchi the Mightiest Disciple is described as:

“Weak Legs” Kenichi Shirahama would rather spend his time reading self-improvement books than fighting. However, when he finally works up the courage to become strong and join his school’s karate club, he is coerced into fighting a bullying upperclassman who is intent on getting him kicked out of the club. He is about to give it all up until he falls for his mysterious new classmate, Miu Furinji. In order to face this challenge, he undergoes rigorous training at the dojo she lives at, Ryouzanpaku. Some initial training by the masters there allow him to defeat his upperclassman, however his fighting prowess brings him to the attention of the powerful gang of delinquents, Ragnarok. Wishing to protect the things he loves and determined to have the strength to face the increasing adversity, he must learn various martial arts from the dojo’s resident masters, taking Karate, Muay Thai, Ju Jitsu and Chinese Martial Arts and combining them to create his own fighting style.

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

Pluto TV Adds the Love Hina Again OVA

The Fandom Post is reporting that Pluto TV has added the Love Hina Again OVA to its service. The OVA is available in its English dubbed form.

The OVAs were directed by Yoshiaki Iwasaki based on the series composition by Kurou Hazuki. Akitoshi Maeda adapted Ken Akamatsu’s original designs and served as the chief animation director with Xebec handling the production.

The story of Love Hina Again is described as:

Keitaro and Naru have begun college life at Tokyo University. After a long period of studying, bizarre happenings, random trips, and misunderstanding upon misunderstanding, their dream has finally come true.

However, their feelings for each other are still a little… muddled. And just when Naru decided to get things out in the open once and for all, Keitaro disappears on an archaeological dig. With Naru’s old flame Seta.

And as if that’s not enough to cause trouble at the Hinata Apartments, a new manager has been selected to run the place during Keitaro’s absence. Kanako, Keitaro’s sister, has a lot of ideas about how things should be done and begins making changes. But while Keitaro was laid back and easy going, Kanako believes in rules and discipline. Will anyone survive Hinata Boot Camp?

Source: The Fandom Post

Pluto TV Adds the GoShogun Television Anime and Feature Film

The Fandom Post is reporting that Pluto TV has added the GoShogun television anime series and feature film to its service. The television series is available with the original Japanese audio and English subtitles, and the film is available with an English dub. GoShogun is available to viewers in the United States and Canada.

The story of GoShogun is described as:

A meteor strikes the Earth and is found to emanate a powerful new energy called Beamler, which is used to power a battle robot, GoShogun, and a teleporting fortress, Good Thunder. The Docougar Crime Syndicate, lead by crime lord Neo Neros, try to steal the secret of the energy from the inventor of GoShogun, but he kills himself rather than let them acquire it. His son is targeted by Neo Neros next, but he is taken in by the crew aboard Good Thunder, who travel the world fighting NeoNeros’s forces with GoShogun.

Source: The Fandom Post