Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (July 23, 2021)

Wow! This is quite a list of blog posts this week. But it shows just how active and how impressive the aniblogging community has been this week. Keep up the great work!

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

HIDIVE to Stream the English Dub of the Third Season of the Chihayafuru Anime

HIDIVE has announced that the service will begin streaming the English dub of the third season of the Chihayafuru on July 30, 2021. New episodes will stream on Fridays. The episodes will be available in the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Scandinavia, and Central and South America.

The story of the third season of Chihayafuru is described as:

They may have just won their most coveted karuta tournament, but the members of the Mizusawa karuta team still have a long way to go. Each member chases their dreams, and with a win under their collective belt, those dreams are closer in reach more than ever — but an unexpected revelation will deal these karuta players a hand none of them saw coming.

Source: HIDIVE

Hulu Is Streaming the English Dub of the Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Anime

The Fandom Post is reporting that Hulu is now streaming the English dub for the Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear anime.

The English cast includes:

  • Marissa Lenti is Yuna
  • Xanthe Huynh is Fina
  • Mallorie Rodak is Helen
  • Steph Garrett is Kai
  • Lindsay Seidel is Kumakyu, Kumayuru
  • Justin Duncan is Lanz
  • Jamal Sterling is Ralock

The story of Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear is described as:

Yuna’s not your typical 15-year-old. First, she’s crazy rich from playing the stock market. Second, she’s a recluse obsessed with a VRMMO game, and she’s really good at that too.

Her life is pretty much perfect—until she wakes up one day inside the game she loves and back at level one. She has to start over, but this time, she has a powerful bear suit that’s guaranteed to take her places.

Source: The Fandom Post

More Guests Announced for Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2021

More guests have been announced for Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2021:

  • Akane Fujita (voice actress; Sagiri Izumi in Eromanga Sensei)
  • Sayaka Harada (voice actress; Sayaka Sumino in AHO-GIRL)
  • Tomori Kusunoki (voice actor; LLENN in Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online)
  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (voice actor; Soma Yukihira in Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma)
  • Osamu Yamasaki (director; Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom)
  • Kyoko Yufu (character designer; animation director on episodes of Rent-a-Girlfriend)

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

Source: Crunchyroll

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S: Episode 3 – “Extracurricular Activities (Of Course They’re Not Normal)”

This episode starts off with Kanna bringing Saikawa, her friend from school, back to Kobayashi’s place. As it was established previously, Saikawa has a crush on Kanna, and we see this dynamic play out throughout the episode. Saikawa is so excited when she thinks she and Kanna are alone, but she gets the shock of her life when she finds Ilulu in the bathroom. We see Ilulu hang out in there a couple of times in the episode, and I found myself wondering exactly why she was hanging out there. It seemed that maybe she was hiding out, but couldn’t Ilulu have found somewhere else to go in the apartment?

Kanna and Saikawa invite Ilulu to play with them, but she turns them down. When Lucoa comes over with snacks, she talks with Ilulu and tries to encourage her to play with the two girls. Ilulu says she doesn’t deserve to, since she tried to destroy the town. I liked how Lucoa handled this situation, and what she had to say almost affected Ilulu as much as Kobayashi’s words do. Almost… but not quite. I liked seeing Lucoa’s thoughts about how Ilulu really needs this time to act like a child, since she lost that opportunity because of her circumstances growing up. Even though Ilulu is an older dragon, there are still a lot of ways in which she acts and thinks like a child. But it was fun to see Ilulu playing card games with Kanna and Saikawa.

In the next vignette, Kobayashi tells Tohru about the time she bought a cute maid outfit and asked her family how they thought she looked in it. Let’s just say that her parents and family outright told her that she didn’t look good in it. Tohru calls several of their friends over, and asks them to help think up a good design for a maid outfit for Kobayashi. While this is going on, Kanna, Saikawa, Ilulu, and Shouta are playing a board game that’s based on Monopoly. Scenes of the kids playing the board game run throughout the rest of the episode, and we get to see how the game ends.

Anyway, back to the main story, which is about designing a maid outfit for Kobayashi. Most of the people there comes up with ideas that simply don’t work. Georgie, Saikawa’s older sister who pretends to be a housemaid for her hobby, comes up with the most sensible design… but then she goes off on a philosophical tangent about what exactly makes an outfit a maid outfit. That was kind of… interesting, I guess. I have to admit that I never thought about maid outfits that way before. When Tohru is asked to show her design, her notebook is blank. Tohru says she wants Kobayashi to wear her maid outfit, and they end up getting a duplicate outfit for Kobayashi to wear. After this experience, though, Kobayashi talks to Tohru about how this made her think about what happened in her past and how she became a maid otaku. It makes sense for the sensible Kobayashi to go through an experience such as gathering everyone together to figure out a maid outfit for her and using that to experience to reflect on her life and on herself.

The final vignette sees Tohru being asked what her hobbies are, and she tries to figure this out. We learn that Tohru picks up on playing the guitar easily, and that she can make an impressive wood carving. But the wood carver neighbor tells her that while she has talent for these things, she doesn’t have to heart and the emotion for these things to back up that talent. But by the end of the episode, she figures out what her hobbies are… and it’s not surprising that they’re connected with Tohru’s love for Kobayashi. But poor Kanna and Ilulu are worn out by all of Tohru’s antics.

This episode really reminded me of the tone that I liked for the first Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid anime series. It kind of felt like that the first two episodes were trying to establish Ilulu, as well as the scriptwriter(s) trying to get back into the groove of writing for this franchise after being away from it for a while. Hopefully Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S has found its footing and will be more consistent going forward.

Additional posts about Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid:

The 18th and 19th Episodes of the New Shaman King Anime to Be Delayed Due to the Olympics

The official website for the new television anime of Hiroyuki Takei’s Shaman King manga has announced that the 18th and 19th episodes of the anime have been delayed by two weeks, due to coverage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The 18th episode will move from July 29, 2021 to August 12, 2021, and the 19th episode will move from August 5, 2021 to August 19, 2021.

A number of other currently airing anime series have also been delayed by two weeks for the same reason.

The new Shaman King anime premiered on April 1, 2021 and is ongoing. Netflix will stream the anime worldwide on August 9, 2021. The anime will have 52 episodes.

Source: ANN

Oscars’ Academy Museum to Screen All of Hayao Miyazaki’s Films

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has announced that it will screen every film directed by anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki from October 5-November 27, 2021.

One of the museum’s first exhibits will feature the works of Hayao Miyazaki, presented in collaboration with Studio Ghibli.

The Museum’s website noted that the exhibit will feature original production materials — “some of which have never been seen outside of Studio Ghibli’s archives” — from such films as My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Spirited Away (2001). In particular, the exhibit will “present more than 200 concept sketches, character designs, storyboards, layouts, cels, backgrounds, film clips, and immersive environments.” The exhibit will have an accompanying print catalogue, film screenings, events, and “unique Studio Ghibli merchandise” at the Museum’s shop.

The Museum as a whole will delve into the 90-year history of the Oscars. It will open at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. It will open on September 30, 2021, after a gala on September 25, 2021.

Source: ANN

Gintama The Very Final Anime Film to Open in North American Theaters Subbed and Dubbed on November 21-22, 2021

Eleven Arts has announced that it will screen Gintama THE VERY FINAL (Gintama: The Final), the new anime film of Hideaki Sorachi’s Gintama manga, in North American theaters on November 21-22, 2021 in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub.

The story of the film is described as:

This is the actual ending.

The countdown to destruction has begun. All will join to reclaim an Edo in grave peril.

Earth is facing its darkest days, and the members of the Odd Jobs must come together to save it from an otherworldly menace.

Old allies Gintoki, Takasugi, and Katsura strive their hardest for their own ideals, but standing in their way is someone with whom they share a sad history: Utsuro, an alternate personality of their former teacher and mentor, Shoyo. Having been spawned by Altana, the energy that fuels all planets, this immortal fiend has regenerated multiple times until finally becoming Utsuro, the ultimate enemy… And he intends to take down the entire world in order to end his own life. Gintoki and the others set out to fulfill the wishes of their teacher Shoyo and thwart Utsuro’s plans. Shinpachi, Kagura, the Shinsengumi, members of the Kabuki District, and even former enemies will join their fight.

As Utsuro’s power grows, Takasugi fights for his very life. Will Gintoki be able to put an end to all this?

Gintama The Very Final opened at #1 in Japanese theaters on January 8, 2021. The film is based on the finale of the original manga, combined with new story elements.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Adds the Second Half of the Sgt. Frog Anime to Its Catalog

Crunchyhroll began streaming Episodes 206-358 of the Sgt. Frog anime on July 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. EDT in the United States and Canada. Since Crunchyroll added Episodes 1-205 last month, the service now has the entire anime in its catalog.

The anime is described as:

Keroro is Sergeant Frog – the leader of a platoon of warriors sent to conquer planet Earth. But when the amphibious invaders discovered how much humans enjoy dissecting their comrades, the troops were scattered, the mission was aborted, and Keroro was abandoned. Now, this once proud soldier spends more time wielding a vacuum than he does the weapons of war. It’s a far cry from the glory of battle, but hey, at least he’s got his own room. And though the invasion may have slowed to a hop, Sergeant Frog still occasionally yearns to overcome his karaoke addiction and reassemble his troops.

Source: ANN

Hulu Is Streaming the English Dub of the By the Grace of the Gods Anime

The Fandom Post is reporting that Hulu is now streaming the English dub of the By the Grace of the Gods anime.

FUNimation Entertainment co-produced the series that had Takeyuki Yanase directing it based on the scripts from Kazuyuki Fudeyasu. Maho Film handled the animation with Kaho Deguchi serving as the character designer and as the chief animation director.

The story of By the Grace of the Gods is described as:

Under the protection of the gods, a relaxed life with slimes in another world begins.

One day, the life of middle-aged Japanese businessman Ryoma Takebayashi came to a rather sudden and disappointing end. Ryoma had never had a blessed life, but after his death, three great gods sought his cooperation and reincarnated him as a child in another world with swords and magic.

Receiving a most cordial and divine welcome from the gods, Ryoma decides to live leisurely on his own in the forest for the time being. Working diligently at magic and hunting, Ryoma’s greatest passion comes to be researching his tamed slimes? Training a variety of slimes (some newly discovered), the curtain rises on this easygoing life fantasy celebrating a second life with kind people in another world.

Source: The Fandom Post