Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (June 14, 2019)

It appears that for the most part, anibloggers are are primarily focusing on the Spring 2019 season this week. Considering that the season is starting to wind down, I guess that’s not terribly surprising.

These are the posts that grabbed my attention this week:

Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (May 31, 2019)

While the focus of this week’s list is on the Spring 2019 anime season, I’m glad to be able to include some links looking back at earlier anime. While a couple of posts only take us back to within the past five years or so, one takes us back to an anime from almost 20 years ago(!). Has it really been almost 20 years since this particular anime started airing in Japan?

Here are the links for this week’s list:

Changes Coming for the Blog

A few weeks back, I was informed by Amazon Associates that because I hadn’t made any referrals through the program for a year, that my account was being deactivated. With the deactivation, I had to remove all the affiliate links on my blog. Well, considering this blog has been running for almost nine years, this wasn’t an easy task. I had to spend some time either deleting posts with the links, or removing the picture links in reviews and replacing them with images. It took about three weeks, but that project was finally completed earlier this week.

But in the process of going through this project, I realized that there are some things that I want to change going forward with the blog.

First, I’ll be scaling back the amount of news I cover on the blog. Posting all the news that I have been over the past couple of years has taken up a lot more time than I even want to think about. While I won’t be removing news completely, the focus will be more on the North American side of the business. For Japanese news, I will cover deaths of anime and manga figures, as well as important news about franchises that are known in the West. So, for example, the posts announcing voice actors being cast for upcoming anime will be disappearing. I will also continue to include press releases in my news postings as well.

As I was replacing pictures on the manga and anime reviews, I realize that I want to go back to reviewing items in order to help balance the news and non-news items on this blog. Basically, I will be reviewing items as I have the time to do so.

And starting with the Summer 2019 season, I will be returning to doing the weekly writeups for each show individually, rather than doing the once a week post that I was experimenting with this season. I’m not going to change mid-season, so I will continue the one post a week for the Spring 2019 season. But I think that breaking these back out into each individual show will help balance the news and non-news content a little more. Honestly, when comparing the news and reviews as I’m doing things now, the news takes up a lot more of my time.

So we’ll see how things will shape up over the next few months. I’m looking at starting my Retail Business Management certification in January 2020, so this will give me a few months to figure out a good balance for the blog before I start adding in academics in addition to work and my family.

Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato: Episode 26 – “Earth, Yamato Is…”

The episode is set six months after the end of the battle with the Gatlanteans. The crew of the Yamato gathers at Okita’s memorial statue, and it’s shown that a new screen has been added beneath it to show those who passed away during the battle, which includes Kodai, Yuki, Yamamoto, and Kato.

But then something strange happens… the Yamato returns in the time fault, and Yamamoto is on board and still alive. She relays what happened and why Kodai and Yuki didn’t return with her. While it’s determined that it’s possible to rescue Kodai and Yuki, and a plan is come up with to do just that, some of the military hardliners are against it because it means that the time fault that the military has come to rely on so much wold be destroyed in the process. Sigh. Even after what happened in the final battles with the Gatlanteans, the warmongers didn’t come to realize the folly of relying so heavily on the time fault.

It’s decided to put this up to a vote of the people, with both sides presenting their arguments to the public.

Meanwhile, we see Kodai and Yuki in the higher dimension that Teresa led them and the Yamato to in order to bring an end to the fight with the Gatlanteans. Kodai is wracked with doubt about the future, because of how he ended up betraying his beliefs in order to save the Earth. I thought it was interesting to hear the voices of some of those who died in that final battle talking with both Kodai and Yuki.

I don’t want to spoil how the episode ends, but I will say that I liked how it ended. And now knowing that another Yamato film has been green-lit, it makes sense that this story ended in the way that it did. Of course, it’s going to be a while before the next film comes out, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the next story will be told ends up being.

English Cast Announced for The Helpful Fox Senko-san Anime

The English cast has been announced for The Helpful Fox Senko-san anime:

  • Kristen McGuire is Senko
  • Aaron Campbell is Nakano
  • Kristin Sutton is Shiro
  • Hayden Daviau is Kōenji
  • Dawn M. Bennett is Yozora

Jad Saxton is directing the dub.

FUNimation Entertainment is streaming the dub in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Source: ANN

Spring 2019 Anime Season: Week 3

Fruits Basket: Episode 3 – “Let’s Play Rich Man-Poor Man”

This episode focuses on Torhru as she gets to know both Yuki and Kyo, although she gets more screen time with Yuki in this episode. Here, we see her in the middle of the animosity that Yuki and Kyo have, and Tohru trying to figure out why they have this dynamic. As she herself says in the episode, it’s more than just the fact that in the zodiac story presented in the series, that the rat tricked the cat about the banquet. She does seem to have a good idea about this by the end of the episode, though. This episode also includes the infamous scene of Tohru, Kyo, and the rice balls. This episode also gives the episode a brief glimpse of two characters who will become important as the story continues (I don’t want to say who they are in order to not provide spoilers for readers who are not familiar with either the Fruits Basket manga or the first version of the anime. Oh, and is it just me, or is Yuki’s rat form extremely adorable in this reboot?

It’s interesting to note that a couple of the scenes in this episode actually took place a little later in the original manga. Knowing that Natsuki Takaya had a direct hand in this new anime of Fruits Basket, all I can figure is that she must have felt that the narrative flowed a little better by moving these particular scenes up.

Case Closed: Episode 937 – “The Killer Fist of Talos (Part One)”

The episode sees Dr. Agasa going to a studio that designs various models and toys, and he brings the Detective Boys and Ran along so they can get a personal tour while he meets with the company’s president. From the get-go, the audience gets the sense that things aren’t going well for the studio. While the president’s daughter is showing the kids some of the models they’ve developed, she shows them Talos (a large model that isn’t entirely finished yet). The business manager arrives and makes an off-hand comment about how this figure will never be finished. The daughter and business manager take the kids to see the designer of the model. While the kids admire items in the room, the daughter, business manager, and designer have a conversation outside, which Conan overhears.

Meanwhile, Dr. Agasa is meeting with the company president. Is it just me, or does the president of this studio look an awful lot like Dr. Boynton from Astro Boy? LOL! The daughter requested Agasa’s help to design a part for Talos as cheaply as possible, but the president won’t accept his plan. The designer overhears the conversation, which ends with the president blaming the designer’s father for putting his company in the red for years. The designer is visibly upset, so of course, this is going to lead to him being accused of whatever crime is going to take place.

While the kids are eating a meal, the business manager and daughter talk amongst themselves about the future of the company. It turns out that there is a potential buyer for the company… which happens to be Sonoko’s family.

The security guards notice a door with a broken knob, and later, Genta discovers the same door. He decides to grab various items in order to block the door and keep people from getting in. Oh, Genta. In this episode, he’s been doing several ridiculous things and being a bit of a nuisance.

After this, Ai has a conversation with Dr. Agasa and learns that the president is trying to sell the company. This is followed very quickly by events unfolding in quick succession. As part of this, we learn that the president is talking with an overseas company called Franklin Planning, but that Hanyu (the business manager) is talking to other companies because negotiations are taking so long.

As Dr. Agasa and the Detective Boys are about to leave, they see lights go down and hear a scream. Right at the end of the episode, Hanyu is discovered in the dome where Talos is housed… and he’s obviously injured. While we don’t know his condition, I get the feeling that’s he’s probably dead due to the title of this two-part episode. It’s going to be interesting to see how this goes next time. The designer is the obvious suspect, but it just seems too obvious to me. I hope there’s going to be some kind of twist in here in order to make the resolution of the case a little less predictable.

More Cast Members Announced for the Maō-sama, Retry! Anime

More cast members have been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Maō-sama, Retry! light novel series:

  • Haruka Tomatsu is Killer Queen
  • Aki Toyosaki is Angel White
  • Rina Satou is Yū Kirino

Kaori Ishihara will perform the opening theme song “Tempest,” and Haruka Tōjō will perform the ending theme song “New.”

Hiroshi Kimura is directing the series at EKACHI EPILKA. Novelist and scriptwriter Ōka Tanisaki is overseeing the series scripts, and Chiyo Nakayama is adapting Makoto Iino’s original character designs for animation.

Maō-sama, Retry! is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in July 2019.

Source: ANN