Two More Cast Members Announced for the Shōmetsu Toshi Anime

Two more cast members have been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Shōmetsu Toshi smartphone game:

  • Tesshō Genda is Kaibara
  • Kenjiro Tsuda is Daichi

Shigeyuki Miya is directing the anime, and Shingo Irie is in charge of the series scripts. Tomoyuki Shitaya is designing the characters. Kenji Kawai is composing the music. Madhouse is producing the series, and Pony Canyon is producing the music.

Shōmetsu Toshi is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on April 7, 2019.

Source: ANN

Hi Score Girl Anime to Get a Second Season in October 2019

The official website for the anime of Rensuke Oshikiri’s Hi Score Girl manga has announced that production on a second season titled Hi Score Girl II has been green-lit for an October 2019 television premiere.

The staff of the previous season will return, but Yūya Hatano is replacing Eri Sekido as character modeling director. The cast is also returning from both the first season and the original video anime.

The first season of Hi Score Girl premiered on Japanese television in July 2018. Netflix began streaming the show outside of Japan on December 24, 2018.

Source: ANN

Adult Swim to Re-Air an Episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization After Error

Adult Swim’s Toonami block has announced that it will re-air the sixth episode of the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime on March 23, 2019 at 12:30 a.m., after its airing of the episode on March 16, 2019 had an error during airing, with the video supposedly being frozen.

The block will air the seventh and eighth episodes of the anime back-to-back on March 30, 2019 from 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Sword Art Online: Alicization premiered on the block on February 9, 2019 with a one-hour premiere.

Source: ANN

Super Peace Busters Creative Team Unveils Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo Original Anime Film

The Super Peace Busters creative team, which consists of director Tatsuyuki Nagai, writer and director Mari Okada, and artist Masayoshi Tanaka, has announced the new original anime film project, titled Sora no Aosa o Shiru Hito yo (To Those Who Know of the Blueness of the Sky). The anime will screen in all TOHO CINEMAS in Japan starting on October 11, 2019.

Nagai is directing, Okada is writing the script, and Tanaka is drawing the original character designs and serving as chief animation director. CloverWorks is in charge of animation production. Producers Hiroyuki Shimizu and Genki Kawamura are producing the film.

Nagai, Okada, and Tanaka commented that the film is the third work set in Okada’s hometown of Chichibu, after anohana and The Anthem of the Heart. Nagai also noted that the film will center around the relationship between four people.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll to Add the Peace Maker Kurogane Anime Films

Crunchyroll has announced that it will stream the Peacemaker Kurogane: Belief and Peacemaker Kurogane: Friend anime films beginning on March 27, 2019. The films will be available worldwide outside of Asia and German-language territories.

Shigeru Kimiya directed the films. WHITE FOX animated the film series. Eiji Umehara wrote the scripts, and Sayaka Koiso designed the characters and served as chief animation director.

The first film, Peacemaker Kurogane: Belief (Peacemaker Kurogane: Omō-michi), premiered in Japan on June 2, 2018. The second film, Peacemaker Kurogane: Friend (Peacemaker Kurogane: Yūmei), opened in Japan on November 17, 2018.

Source: ANN

GKIDS Licenses the Children of the Sea Anime Film

GKIDS has announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for Studio 4°C’s anime film of Daisuke Igarashi’s Children of the Sea (Kaijū no Kodomo) manga. The company will screen the film theatrically in Japanese and English in 2019.

Joe Hisaishi of Studio Ghibli fame is composing the music for the film. Ayumu Watanabe is directing, and Kenichi Konishi is the animation director and character designer.

Children of the Sea is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters on June 7, 2019.

Source: ANN

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Episode 20 – “Gatlantis, the Cursed Children”

Most of this episode focuses on the cast members who were on the Yamato when it was suddenly transported to another planet. We see that Yuki has lost her memories of the past four years, but has regained the memories that she had lost in the accident she had been in prior to the beginning of Space Battleship Yamato 2199. It was kind of heartbreaking to see Yuki watching various things in the viewing room so she could see what she had been through during Space Battleship Yamato 2199. I was especially sad for Susumu, because he has to go through another heartbreak in regards to Yuki.

But while scouting the planet, Analyzer is “possessed” (for lack of a better term) by a couple of consciousnesses on the planet that have been instructed to pass on the history of the planet to beings who are determined to be worthy. Through this possession, history of the planet (called Zemuria), Zworder, and Sabara is revealed. In a lot of respects, this episode is a backstory about the Gatlanteans. This makes a lot of sense, though, considering the title of the episode. While we had seen hints of some of this backstory previously, I appreciated finally getting to see the whole picture and how the pieces we had seen before fit together.

There are also a couple of scenes of the Earth and Gamilan forces preparing for battle against Zworder and the Gatlanteans. During this, though, there was a scene where the pilot of the Ginga makes a comment that’s kind of disturbing (and seeing Sanada’s reaction, I think he even thought it was kind of disturbing). In the time space fault where the Earth’s government has been mass producing Andromeda-class ships at extraordinary speed, they are also developing prosthetics that would allow a person’s limbs to be “perfect.” While these are intended for soldiers wounded in battle, you can apparently also volunteer to get them (which is said by the pilot in question). To volunteer to have your hands cut off so you can get these prosthetics that will allow your hands to work “perfectly” ranks on the disturbing side.

The episode ends with Zworder just starting to launch his offensive. Between this, the Yamato needing to escape from Zemuria and rejoining the Earth forces, and whatever Desler is doing, there should be enough here to last for six more episodes. With each episode of this series, I appreciate just how much depth it’s added to the story, and how much it has diverged from the original. I just hope that Teresa doesn’t somehow end up being the “deus ex machina” to the extent that she was in the original version of this story. But with some of the things that Teresa said to Keyman at one point, I think that kind of interference wouldn’t be as likely. I’m very curious to see how this version of the story will end compared with the original.