Voice Actress Yoshino Aoyama Goes on Hiatus for Medical Recuperation

The talent agency 81 Produce has announced that voice actress Yoshino Aoyama is going on a temporary hiatus and restricting her work due to her poor health. As a result, she has to take a hiatus or decline to take part in an unspecified number of jobs. 81 Produce said that Aoyama is already recovering and wishes to return to work, but decided to focus on recuperation to ensure her long-term voice acting career.

Aoyama’s anime roles include Yoshino Nanase in Wake Up, Girls!, Guri in Love Tyrant, Chroe Mashima in Seton Academy: Welcome to the Pack, and Izumi Chiba in Natsunagu! The forthcoming Shachō, Battle no Jikan Desu! anime had announced her as the voice of Makoto before its April 5, 2020 premiere.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: Yowamushi Pedal Volume 13

Yowamushi Pedal focuses on an otaku named Onoda Sakamichi, who ends up joining Sohoku High School’s bicycle racing club through some interesting incidents. He’s one of the six riders for his school to compete at the Inter-High race.

Yowamushi Pedal Volume 13
Written by: Wataru Watanabe
Publisher: Akita Publishing Co., Ltd.
English Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: January 14, 2020

Volume 13 continues the third and final day of the Inter-High race. At the beginning of the volume, Sakamichi catches up to Imaizumi. Not too long after, Midousuji catches up to them, and the race is on between Imaizumi and Midousuji. I loved seeing how Imaizumi gained enough confidence during the Inter-High that Midousuji’s taunts no longer get to him. In fact, Imaizumi is willing to throw the taunting right back at Midousuji… much to Midousuji’s surprise. Midousuji tries to brush it off and dismiss the diss that Imaizumi gave him. However, the reader can tell that Midousuji doesn’t seem to know how to handle it when someone he had easily mentally tormented before is no longer affected by the taunting.

The next seven chapters focus primarily on the race between Imaizumi and Midousuji. This race is both intense and exciting for the reader, especially with how much more emphasis there is on the action than there is on the dialogue. However, in the last couple of chapters, we get to see a little more insight into Midousuji, as well as his final thoughts before the final result of their personal race is decided.

And during this set of chapters, Sakamichi’s mother appears at the finish line and runs into Miyahara, Manami’s friend again. We get some interesting interactions between the two, and it’s especially amusing to see how she’s clueless when she comes to her son but picking up on Miyahara’s feelings for Manami.

But the race isn’t over for Imaizumi yet, even though his bicycle frame isn’t holding up. There’s still a threat from Hakone Academy, and Manami shoots ahead to not only catch up to Imaizumi, but to surpass him as well. But Sakamichi catches up, and Imaizumi sends him forward to face off against Manami for the finish line.

While Manami and Sakamichi are having their own race, Fukutomi catches up to Imaizumi and the two of them talk. We get to see a flashback of when Manami was chosen to be part of Hakone’s team for the Inter-High, which includes the reactions of the others. The race in the flashback between Fukutomi and Manami was interesting to see, and it helps the reader to understand why Fukutomi is convinced that Manami has what it takes to win.

The race between Manami and Sakamichi is intense, but also fun to read. This is what Manami wished for when the two of them met earlier in the series. During their race, the reader gets to delve into Manami’s mind and see what kind of mindset he has as he’s approaching the end of the race. Manami, though, received conflicting advice from Fukutomi and Toudou before the Inter-High… but it looks like Toudou’s advice is winning out. Manami’s trick seems a bit questionable, but it’s not a deterrent for Sakamichi. The volume ends with the two of them being neck-in-neck, and only 500 meters away from the finish line.

What I’ve loved about reading the manga after seeing the anime is realizing just how faithful the anime was to its original source material. The anime didn’t feel a need to take anything out, and nothing was added, either. Even though I may already be familiar with the story from the anime, that hasn’t hampered my enjoyment of the manga. I find that I enjoy the drama and the action just as much reading these volumes as I did when I first saw the anime episodes as a simulcast on Crunchyroll a few years ago.

Even though I know how the Inter-High is going to ultimately end, I’m still looking forward to reading the next volume to see how the end of the race and the aftermath are depicted in the original manga source material.

Crunchyroll to Add the English Dub of the Konosuba Season 2 Anime on February 25, 2020

Crunchyroll has announced that it will stream the English dub of the KONOSUBA – God’s blessing on this wonderful world! 2 anime starting on February 25, 2020.

Crunchyroll added the English, Spanish, and Portuguese dubs for the first season of the anime in January 2019.

Source: ANN

Mystery Blogger Award

I have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by LofZOdyssey. Thank you so much for the nomination!

You can read LofZOdyssey’s nomination post here.

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma.

The Rules

  • Put the award logo image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominee any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question
  • Share 2 links to your best posts

3 Things About Me

  1. I’m a big fan of music in addition to anime and manga
  2. In the early and mid 2000’s, my husband and I were internet broadcasters with an radio station we ran through Live365.com
  3. I lived in the Japan in the late 1970’s (when I was between the ages of one and five) because my dad was in the military and was assigned to serve at a base there.

LofZOdyssey’s Questions

1 ) What is something you hope to accomplish by the end of 2020?

Wow… good question! I guess my answer here would be that I can finish the cleanup project I’ve been doing behind the scenes for my blog. Unfortunately, with me working outside of the house anywhere from 20-40 hours per week and spending time with my family, it’s hard to find time to work on it.

2 ) You’re given one chance to go anywhere, where do you go?

This one’s easy. I would want to go back to Japan as a tourist now that I’m an adult. I was so young when I lived there that I have little to no memory of my time there.

3 ) What is the quickest way to impress you?

Hmmm. I guess it’s if you show a genuine interest in things that I’m interested in and show that you know what you’re talking about. I changed jobs almost a year ago, and I found at my new job that there are co-workers there who have strong interests in anime and music. I didn’t really have that with the co-workers at my previous job.

4 ) Who is the person who plays you in the movie about your life?

My life’s too dull to make into a movie. LOL! But, if I had to choose someone, I’ll go with a joke one of my co-workers made recently. This co-worker said I look like “Weird Al” Yankovic… so let’s go with “Weird Al.” Never mind that he’s male and I’m female. LOL!

5 ) You’re stuck in a cabin in the middle of winter. You have one match, and three sources of heat: a gas stove, a woodburning fireplace, and a small torch. What do you light first?

Is it dark in the cabin? If so, then I’d light the torch first in order to be able to see. But if it isn’t dark, then I’d probably go with the woodburning fireplace.

My Best Posts

This blog has been running for a long time, so I’m going to narrow it down to posts within the past 2-6 months.

My Nominations

My Questions

  1. Is there a particular style of music that’s your favorite?
  2. What other interests do you have besides anime and/or manga?
  3. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  4. If you could make just one wish, what would it be and why?
  5. If you could go on a date with an anime character, who would it be and why?

Weathering With You Anime Film Ranks #2 in the United States on January 15, 2020

The Box Office Mojo website has reported that Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You anime film earned US$1,586,217 and ranked #2 at the United States box office for Wednesday. It ranked below 1917 and above Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. Fathom Events screened the film in theaters in the United States on January 15 and Janaury 16, 2020. The screenings are a “Special Fan Preview” with exclusive bonus content before GKIDS opens the film in North America on January 17, 2020. The screenings starting on Friday will have both English-subtitled screenings and English-dubbed screenings.

Weathering With You opened in 359 theaters and 448 screens in Japan in July 2019.

Source: ANN

Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (December 27, 2019)

Christmas may have come and gone, but anibloggers had gifts to give their readers this week with their blog posts. 🙂

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

Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (November 8, 2019)

A shorter list of links this time, but it seemed like that overall, anibloggers were on the quieter side this week. That’s OK, though. There was a good mix of posts talking about current anime and posts talking about other anime topics.

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