FUNimation Entertainment Announces Dub for the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Anime and the Lead Cast

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that an English dub will be produced for the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon anime, as well as the fact that FunimationNow will be streaming the dub. However, the announcement did not reveal when the English dub of the series will begin airing.

The English cast members for the three main characters have been announced:

  • Erica Mendez is Towa Higurashi
  • Kira Buckland is Setsuna
  • Morgan Berry is Moroha

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon premiered on Japanese television on October 3, 2020.

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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: Episode 4 – “The Gateway to the Past”

At the beginning of the episode, we see Moroha getting along with the elders association, and her great-grandfather gives her a gift… the lucky water kappa foot that Kagome was given at the beginning of Inuyasha. However, unlike her mother, Moroha actually appreciates the gift. This was definitely a laugh out loud moment for me. But even better, it turns out that kappa foot plays an important role later in the episode, and isn’t just a throwaway gag. But after seeing how the kappa foot was used in the feudal era, could this be the reason why it became a lucky kappa foot in the first place? Ah, the paradoxes of time travel…

Anyway, we see Towa in school and Setsuna has become a prodigy in playing the violin. Even though Moroha and Setsuna seem to be adapting to modern day Japan, Towa wants to return so she can find the dream butterfly and restore Setsuna’s memories and her ability to dream. But after Moroha discovers Root Head and finds out how they can return, Towa is conflicted because she loves Sota and his family and doesn’t want to hurt them.

We get a wonderful scene of Sota and Towa looking at a photo album that has pictures of Kagome in it. Towa gets to learn about Kagome, and finds out that Kagome traveled to the feudal era. In this scene, Sota gives his blessing to Towa to return to the feudal era.

When the time comes to return to the feudal era, the three girls encounter the spirit of the Tree of Ages, which has taken on the form of Kikyo. As it’s explained in the episode, the image is an imprint from the arrow that had sealed Inuyasha to the tree. The spirit asks the girls to take on a quest to Beast King Kirinmaru, who is attempting to twist time and return the world to nothingness. She asks these three, because they are the granddaughters of the Great Dog-Demon, and specifically the fact that Towa and Setsuna are the daughters of Sesshomaru. Moroha is all for it, but Towa and Setsuna are not. This makes the spirit of the Tree of Ages angry, and it unleashes Root Head on them. This is where the lucky water kappa foot comes in, and I loved how it was what ultimately gave them the ability to defeat Root Head. Unfortunately, defeating Root Head means that Towa might never be able to return to modern day Japan.

This episode seems to show us what happened to Rin, and I’m curious to see how she ended up in this situation. Hopefully we’ll get backstory for this at some point. We also see that the Dream Butterfly is in the same location as Rin and the spirit of the Tree of Ages. And it appears we also got a brief glimpse of Sesshomaru’s feet during this scene as well, and the spirit seems to be talking to him.

So far with this series, it seems as questions are answered, more questions arise. But I think that’s a good thing, because it means there’s more for this series to cover as it progresses. Just as long as there aren’t a lot of loose ends at the end of the series, then it should be fine.

FUNimation App Will Be Available on the PS5 at Launch

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that its FUNimation App will be available on the PlayStation 5 console at launch.

Other apps that will be available at launch include Crunchyroll, Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, Disney+, Apple TV, and Twitch. Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and other apps will arrive later.

The PS5 will launch with an optional Media Remote device built for navigating the console’s media environment, and the remote will include dedicated launch buttons for Disney+, Netflix, Spotify and YouTube.

The PS5 will launch in the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea on November 12, 2020, and will launch in the rest of the world on November 19, 2020. The PS5 will retail for US$499.99, and the PS5 Digital Edition (which does not include an optical disc drive) will retail for US$399.99.

Source: ANN

Alita: Battle Angel Film to Return to U.S. Theaters on October 30, 2020

James Cameron has announced on Twitter that the live-action Alita: Battle Angel film will return to U.S. theaters on October 30, 2020.

Cinema chains Cineworld and Regal revealed earlier in October 2020 that they are temporarily closing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but chains AMC Theaters and Cinemark will remain open.

20th Century Fox opened the Alita: Battle Angel film in the United Kingdom on February 6, 2019 and in several countries in Asia before its debut in the United States on February 14, 2019.

Alita: Battle Angel has earned more than US$400 million worldwide.

Source: ANN

Anime Biography: Toshiyuki Hosokawa

Toshiyuki Hosokawa was born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1940. He began his acting career when he joined the Bungakuza theatrical troupe after leaving Gakushuin University.

Hosokawa’s earliest credits come from the 1960’s, with roles in theatrical films. During that decade, he had roles in Warm Current in 1966, Zatoichi Breaks Jail in 1967, Namida gawa in 1967, Impasse in 1967, Fight for the Glory in 1969, Eros Plus Massacre in 1969, and Sworn Brothers in 1969.

His film career continued in the 1970’s, with roles in Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo in 1970, Confessions Among Actresses in 1971, Ongaku in 1972, Miyamoto Musashi in 1973, and Sono go no jingi naki tatakai in 1979. The 1970’s also saw Hosokawa expand into television, with roles in such series as Akuma no youna aitsu in 1975, Kaze to kumo to niji to in 1976, Mu ichizoku in 1978, and Necchu jidai: Keiji hen in 1979. In 1970, Hosokawa also starred in the Japanese production of the musical Show Girl, and he stayed with this production for 15 years.

Hosokawa tried his hand at voice acting in 1980 and 1981, by providing the voice for Tohru Rikiishi in the Tomorrow’s Joe anime film from 1980, as well as the 1981 sequel, Tomorrow’s Joe 2. He also had roles in a couple of theatrical films during that decade: The Makioka Sisters in 1983 and New Morning of Billy the Kid in 1986.

Hosakawa’s credits from the 1990’s include theatrical films, television series, and television movies. He made appearances on the big screen in Shonen jidai in 1990, Tobu yume wo shibaraku minai in 1990, Yonigeya hompo 2 in 1993, and Raijo no jikan in 1997. For television series, Hosakawa had roles in Ude ni oboe ari in 1992, If: Moshimo in 1993, Hachidai shogun Yoshimune in 1995, and Mori Motonari in 1997. He also appeared in the television movies Jujiro ni tatsu onna in 1991 and Araki Mataemon: Otokotachi no shura in 1994.

Hosakawa only had a few roles in the 2000’s. His only theatrical film appearance was in Departing Osaka Station at 0:00 in 2006. For television series, he appeared in Aoi tokugawa sandai in 2000, Henshu-oh in 2000, and Mayonaka wa betsu no kao in 2002. He also had a role in the television movie Shinano no koronbo jiken fairu 4: Togurashi densetsu satsujin jiken in 2003. In 2004, Hosakawa began serving as a professor at the Osaka University of Arts.

On January 12, 2011, Hosokawa fell in his living room and suffered a concussion. He passed away on January 14, 2011 from an acute subdural hematoma. Hosokawa was 70 years old at the time of his passing.

Takara Tomy Is Streaming an English Dub of the Cap Kakumei Bottleman Net Anime

Takara Tomy has posted the first English-dubbed episode of the web anime for its Cap Kakumei Bottleman (Cap Revolution Bottleman) franchise. The web anime debuted on Takara Tomy’s YouTube channel in Japanese on October 9, 2020.

Itsuro Kawasaki directed the episode at Gaina (formerly Fukushima Gainax), and Sayaka Ono. The rock band The50kaitenz is contributing the theme song.

Takara Tomy describes the episode as:

“This is a cap revolution for me and COLAMARU!”

BOTTLEMAN, a new entertainment that has revolutionized the world. In the virtual space, Drink World, People use BOTTLEMAN to do Bottle battles with one another. All strong bottle fighters, aim to be the Bottle King.

The main character, COTA COGA, meets his partner BOTTLEMAN “COLAMARU” to become the best Bottle King in the world.

Source: ANN

Anime Biography: Toshio Oka

Toshio Oka is a lyricist who composed the lyrics to several anime theme songs, primarily during the late 1960’s, the 1970’s, and the early 1980’s. He was born in Fukushima Prefecture in 1917, under the name of Yasukichi Nishiyama. Oka studied under the poet Yaso Saijo at the age of 18. In 1942, around the end of World War II, he began working as a reporter for a newspaper called the Mainichi Shimbun.

In 1949, Oka started working as a lyricist for Nippon Columbia (which is now known as Columbia Music Entertainment). He wrote “Koukou Sannensei” for singer Kazuo Funaki. In 1963, this song helped Oka to earn the Lyricist Award at the Japan Record Awards. He also wrote “Akogare no Yubin Basha” and “Kougen Ressha wa Iku” for composer Yuji Koseki, and “Tokyo no Bus Girl” for composer Gento Uehara.

Oka has also worked with Chiyoko Shimakura and Kanae Wada. For Chiyoko Shimakura, his lyrics appear on these releases: Chiyoko Shimakura Zenshu (50th Anniversary), Shin Natumero Zenkyokushu Part 1, Shin Natumero Zenkyokushu Part 2, and Showa Kokumin Teki Hit2. With Kanae Wada, Oka composed music for Onnanoko Muki, Shudaika no Ayumi, Natsukashi no Bmen, Kurenai Sanshiro (“The Man in the Sunset”), Kabatotto (“Ippo Thomas”), and Kumiko Kaori Super Best. In 1973, Oka compsed the lyrics to the opening and closing theme songs for Kerokko Demetan (“Kerokko Demetan” and “Makeru na Demetan”). Some of Oka’s work also appears on the 40th anniversary CD box set from anime singer Ichiro Mizuki. His work has also appeared on compilation albums in Japan (such as Whole-Tone Pop Songs Complete Works 15 and Whole-Tone Pop Songs Complete Works 19).

Oka’s anime lyrics from the 1970’s begin in 1970, for a song from Hakushon Daimaou (“The Song in Hakushon Daimaou”). In 1972, Oka composed the lyrics for songs from Kashi-No Ki Mock (“Boku wa kanashii ki-no ningyo”) and Umi no Triton. In 1973, he composed the theme lyrics for Shinzo Ningen Casshan (“Tatakae! Casshan” and “Are wa Shinzo Ningen”). In 1979, Oka composed the lyrics for the theme songs for Science Ninja Team Gatchaman Fighter, which is also known as Gatchaman F (“Gatchaman Fighter” and “Bokura no Gatchaman”). His last known anime lyrics are for 1980’s Tondemo Senshi Muteking.

Toshio Oka passed away on November 24, 2009 at a Tokyo hospital from renal failure. He was 92 years old at the time of his passing.

Case Closed: Episode 985 – “The Two Faces (Part One)”

At the beginning of the episode, a beautiful woman comes to the Mori Detective Agency to ask Kogoro to take on a case for her. He’s smitten with her, which annoys Ran. But after the woman says her case is trying to locate her missing husband, we can see Kogoro’s face fall… and Ran’s full of triumph. I think Ran won the “best reaction award” for the episode.

Anyway, the woman gives Kogoro information about her husband and what led up to her husband’s disappearance. She had been out to lunch with friends, and as they parted, she saw her husband approaching another woman. She followed them, but didn’t see any signs of cheating going on. She decides to approach her husband, and when he sees her, he runs away. She lost sight of him at the river and hasn’t seen him since… but then later adds that she thought she saw a car drive off around the same time she lost sight of her husband.

Conan tags along on the investigation, saying that Ran wants him to keep an eye on Kogoro. They investigate the couple’s home, including the husband’s office, and the only thing they find is a business card with another address on it. Upon investigating that location, it’s discovered that it’d a virtual office that the husband has rented. And examining the river, they find tire tracks to a microcar. But before they can do anything else, the wife calls. The police found her husband’s wallet near the river. While the cash is gone, his cards and some receipts are still inside.

After examining the receipts, Conan comes up with an idea of how to track down the husband. This idea works, and Kogoro and Conan find where the husband is. It turns out he’s trying to cover up a lie he told on their first date, because he never confessed to the lie before they got married. Kogoro convinces the husband to return home and tell his wife the truth.

And it seems like this should be the end… but since we already know this is a multi-part episode, we know that simply isn’t going to be the case. The final shot of the episode shows something being set on fire…

As I watched this episode, I started having the sense that something is “off” with the wife. There were some shots where I was picking up something odd with the wife’s facial expressions. But, could the animators have done this as a kind of “red herring” to throw the audience off? But considering how easily the husband was found in this episode, I have a suspicion that something more convoluted is going to play out over the course of the next episode. But I don’t have any specific ideas or theories when it comes to any potential twists in this case. I’m interested to see how this mystery will ultimately be solved, as well as how Conan will come up with the correct solution.

The Shin Tetsujin 28 Anime Is Now Available on Amazon Prime

The Fandom Post is reporting that the Shin Tetsujin 28 anime is now available on Amazon Prime. The series is available for free viewing if you’re a Prime member, and you can also buy episodes for 99-cents each or the whole first season for $20.99.

The story of Shin Tetsujin 28 is described as:

Shortly after pre-teen Shoutarou Kaneda discovers his late father’s legacy, a 60-foot-tall, 50-ton remote-controlled robot, he’s put in charge of it. Shoutarou accepts the V-controller and duty that his father intended for the giant robot, Tetsujin: to fight evil and keep the peace. As the youngest member of Interpol, Shoutarou’s adventures take him around the world, under the sea, through time, and the deepest reaches of space. His mentors are Dr. Shikishima, his father’s brilliant colleague, and Inspector Ohtsuka, the sometimes buffoonish chief Interpol liaison, but in someways, Shoutarou is closest to his giant avatar, Tetsujin. Together, they battle various menaces, from mad scientists to pirates to ninjas to international criminals, all with their own unique giant robots, but the deadliest villain that Shoutarou and Tetsujin build up to is the Space Demon King, an alien so powerful that he threatens to swallow up the Solar System.

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The Three Musketeers Anime Is Now Available on Amazon Prime

The Fandom Post is reporting that The Three Musketeers anime is now available on Amazon Prime. The episodes are available in their original Japanese with English subtitles where it’s free for prime viewing but you can buy an episode in HD for $1.99 or the whole thing for 86.99. There are a total of 52 episodes in the series.

The Japanese cast includes:

  • Eiko Yamada is Aramis
  • Tatsuya Matsuda is D’Artagnan
  • Akira Kamiya is Athos
  • Fumi Hirano is Milady
  • Masamichi Sato is Portos
  • Mayumi Tanaka is Jean
  • Noriko Hidaka is Constance Bonacieux
  • Takehito Koyasu is François.

The story of The Three Musketeers is described as:

The musketeers help a damsel in distress, but unfortunately she is found dead the following day. D’Artagnan is arrested as prime suspect since he was the last one seen with the lady. Investigating the murder reveals that the crime is not only connected to Aramis’s past, but to the French monarchy itself.

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