More cast members have been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Why the hell are you here, Teacher!? manga:
- Shizuka Ishigami is Hikari Hazakura
- Nozomi Yamamoto is Takashi Takahashi
- Kazutomi Yamamoto is Chizuru Tachibana
- Yūsuke Kobayashi is Kō Tanaka
Sumire Uesakais performing the anime’s opening theme song, “Bon Kyu— Bon wa Kare no Mono.”
Toshikatsu Tokoro is directing the anime, and Kazuhiko Tamura is serving as chief animation director in addition to adapting the character designs for animation. Gin is composing the music.
The March 2019 issue of Kadokawa’s Monthly Dragon Age magazine has published the last chapter of Rei Kusakabe’s manga adaptation of Kei Takizawa’s HIOTA no Kanojo ga Ore no Motteru EROGE ni Kyōmi Shinshin Nandaga…… (My Normie Girlfriend Is Really Interested in My Adult Visual Novel, But…) light novel series.
Kusakabe launched the manga in Monthly Dragon Age in July 2016. Kadokawa published the manga’s fourth compiled book volume in Japan in May 2018, and will publish the fifth volume on February 20, 2019.
After such an explosive ending for Episode 16, this episode lets the audience immediately see that Kirito and Alice have survived. Kirito is hanging onto his sword, and he has grabbed Alice’s hand to keep her from falling. There’s a great interaction between the two of them here, but it’s through this banter and talking that Alice is convinced to make a temporary true with Kirito in order to get back into the cathedral. Kirito is the one who comes up with the plan to climb up the wall and he’s the one to start it. It’s actually kind of amusing to see Alice timidly admit that even though she’s an Integrity Knight, she’s not used to doing things climbing up a wall while going from one thin foothold to another. Kirito is able to help pull her along, and we see the teamwork that comes into play.
But as they climb, they discover some ugly statues that turn out to be creatures from the dark realm known as Minions. Kirito and Alice use their teamwork to take on the creatures, and Alice realizes that something is very wrong about this. These creatures should not be able to be at the Cathedral in any capacity, and that someone from within the Church must be violating the laws to make this happen. Kirito also seems to jog a memory out of Alice, but she tries to explain her slip-up away. While she had a slight negative reaction when recalling this memory, it’s nowhere near as drastic of a reaction that another Integrity Knight had earlier in the series when he remembered his past. I’m thinking that over the course of this season, Kirito and Eugeo will somehow help Alice unlock her memory without her losing her mind. But how this will be accomplished, I just can’t say.
There was also a surprise in this episode: we got a brief scene of Asuna in the real world! Since there are no shots of the real world in the current opening credits, I had convinced myself that the real world wouldn’t even be touched on during the Winter 2019 season. Although it was a very brief scene, it was still a nice touch. I think what we saw in this brief scene will somehow be important later, which is why we got to see it.
Most of the episode focused on Kirito and Alice, but the final scene sees Eugeo encountering a muscular Integrity Knight who is taking a bath. It appears that the next episode will see Eugeo taking on this knight by himself, although I expect said knight will get out of the bath and put something on before fighting Eugeo. This time, I think Eugeo will be truly alone fighting this guy. Unless something unusual happens, I can’t see a way for Kirito to jump in at the last minute and save Eugeo if the battle goes badly. I could be wrong about that, but I want to finally see Eugeo find some agency for himself and not be relying on Kirito all the time.
At some point on January 23, the internet connection went down at my house. After doing some troubleshooting over the phone on January 24, it was determined that a tech needs to come out and take a look. The tech is supposed to be coming today.
To make a long story short, I haven’t been able to post due to a lack of internet and having to work eight hour shifts the past couple of days. I’m making this post on my phone and using my data plan.
If all goes well, I will hopefully be able to start posting regularly again tomorrow.
Four more cast members have been announced for the forthcoming anime adaptation of the Senryū Shōjo manga:
- Sayuri Yahagi is Amane Katagiri
- Rikako Aida is Koto Ōtsuki
- Misaki Kuno is Kino Yakobe
- Sumire Uesaka is Tao Hanakai
Masato Jinbo is directing the anime at CONNECT, and is also credited for supervising the series scripts. Maki Hashimoto is designing the characters.
Senryū Shōjo is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in April 2019.
Digital Manga’s adult imprint Project-H has reopened its online store and has posted the Kodomo no Jikan e-books for sale again. According to Anime News Network, the website is based on Wix and uses the same payment processor as before. It was also stated that the staff is still refining the site, and plans to re-implement the old site’s points system.
Project-H announced in December 2018 that its website had been banned from its ecommerce platform Shopify for violating the platform’s Acceptable Use Policy. Digital Manga then announced that it had removed Kodomo no Jikan e-books from its eManga website, which is also hosted by Shopify, as a “precaution.”
Aniplex of America has announced that HIDIVE will simulcast The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland) manga in Winter 2019.
The anime will also be simulcast on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and FUNimation starting on January 9, 2019.