Netflix U.S. Announces Anime Additions for December 2021

Netflix U.S. has announced that it will begin streaming the Stand By Me Doraemon 2 anime film on December 24, 2021.

The company also announced that it will begin streaming the fourth season of the Aggretsuko anime on December 16, 2021. The first 12 episodes of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean anime series is scheduled to premiere on the service on December 1, 2021.

Source: ANN

The Fourth Season of Aggretsuko to Premiere Worldwide on Netflix on December 16, 2021

Netflix has announced that the fourth season of the Aggretsuko anime will premiere worldwide on the service on December 16, 2021.

Rareko is returning to direct the anime at Fanworks, and the anime’s cast is also returning, , and the anime’s cast is also returning.

The character’s first anime (which predated the Netflix anime) premiered in April 2016 within the Ō-sama no Brunch TBS Saturday morning program, and aired new one-minute episodes weekly until March 2018.

The first 10-episode Netflix season premiered worldwide in April 2018. Rareko, the director of the previous Aggressive Retsuko anime and Yawaraka Sensha, again directed the first Netflix season at Fanworks, and also wrote the scripts. The anime had a Christmas episode that premiered in December 2018, and then the second season debuted in June 2019. The third season premiere on Netflix in August 2020.

Source: ANN

The Fourth Season of the Aggretsuko Anime to Premiere on Netflix in December 2021

The “Tudum: A Netflix Global Fan Event” livestream on September 25, 2021 revealed that the fourth season of the Aggretsuko anime will premiere in December 2021. Rareko is returning to direct the anime at Fanworks, and the anime’s cast is also returning.

The character’s first anime (which predated the Netflix anime) premiered in April 2016 within the Ō-sama no Brunch TBS Saturday morning program, and aired new one-minute episodes weekly until March 2018.

The first 10-episode Netflix season premiered worldwide in April 2018. Rareko, the director of the previous Aggressive Retsuko anime and Yawaraka Sensha, again directed the first Netflix season at Fanworks, and also wrote the scripts. The anime had a Christmas episode that premiered in December 2018, and then the second season debuted in June 2019. The third season premiere on Netflix in August 2020.

Source: ANN

Netflix Announces a Fourth Season for the Aggretsuko Anime

Netflix has announced on Twitter that the Aggretsuko anime will be getting a fourth season. However, no further details about the season, such as a release date, have been announced.

The third season of Aggretsuko premiered on Netflix in August 2020. In addition to the three seasons, there is also the Christmas special, Aggretsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas.

Source: Crunchyroll

Anime Spotlight: Aggretsuko Season 3

Aggretsuko Season 3 continues the story of Retsuko, a small and cute-looking red panda. She’s still working in the accounting department of a Japanese trading firm, and she still goes to karaoke to vent her frustrations by singing death metal.

Retsuko has gotten into a virtual reality game, and this one has her interacting with a virtual boyfriend. Unfortunately, the virtual boyfriend talks her into spending all kinds of money on the game, to the point where she doesn’t have enough money to eat properly anymore. Her money problems only get worse when she accidentally crashes a rental car into a van belonging to Hyodo. When Retsuko tells him that she can’t afford to pay everything that she owes for the damages, he insists she come work for him. It turns out Hyodo is the manager for an up-and-coming underground idol group called OTM Girls, and he wants Retsuko to act as the group’s accounting manager. There are three girls in the group, with Manaka being the leader. We learn that she’s slightly older that Retsuko, which I thought was interesting. She can be blunt, but as we see during the series, she also cares about others. The other two girls (I can’t remember their names), tended to not have any real personality of their own. So much so, in fact, that I don’t even remember what their names were. They just seemed to agree with everything. I’m guessing this was intentional, though, and not simply a case of bad writing.

At first, Retsuko and the girls in the group aren’t making any money because Hyodo keeps wasting so much money on merchandise, and the group has a small following. But after Retsuko finds her backbone and comes up with all sorts of ways to save money, all of the girls start getting paid for what they’re doing. At first, things seem to be going well for Retsuko… until Hyodo discovers her singing death metal at karaoke. He then comes up with the idea of changing the band’s sound and forcing Retsuko to be part of the group and become of the leader. This, of course, is the beginning of various problems for Retsuko. She tries to hide this side hustle from her co-workers, but someone at the office discovers her secret. Also, near the end of the season, Retsuko discovers she has someone stalking her.

But this season isn’t just about Retsuko. Haida plays an important role as well. A new character named Inui is introduced, and when she meets Haida for the first time, it’s clear to the audience that she seems interested in Haida. They run into each other at a record store, and it seems like the two of them are hitting it off. Near the end of the season, Haida finds himself being torn between his feelings for Retsuko and his feelings for Inui.

I’m going to be honest and say when I first heard about the idol group angle that was going to be part of this season, I wasn’t sure how that was going to work. But the idea of Retsuko getting sucked into a virtual reality game and nearly draining her bank account seemed like something she would do. And how she ended up becoming part of OTM Girls works with the way Retsuko was characterized in the previous two seasons. And the build up of the storyline with Retsuko and the OTM Girls was enjoyable to watch but became a little concerning once the stalker aspect was introduced into the story.

Unlike the ending of the second season, it felt like the story basically wrapped up at the end of this season. If this third season is the last we see of Aggretsuko, I would consider this to be a decent ending. To be honest, outside of developing the relationship between Retsuko and Haida, I really can’t see where else this series could take these characters. But who knows? Netflix could surprise me and announce a fourth season for the series at some point. And if they do, I’ll watch it.

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Netflix to Debut the Third Season of the Aggretsuko Anime on August 27, 2020

Netflix has announced that it will debut the third season for the Aggretsuko anime on August 27, 2020.

The character’s first anime (which predated the Netflix anime) premiered in April 2016 within the Ō-sama no Brunch TBS Saturday morning program, and aired new one-minute episodes weekly until March 2018.

The first 10-episode Netflix season premiered worldwide in April 2018. Rareko, the director of the previous Aggressive Retsuko anime and Yawaraka Sensha, again directed the first Netflix season at Fanworks, and also wrote the scripts. The anime had a Christmas episode that premiered in December 2018, and then the second season debuted in June 2019.

Source: ANN

Aggretsuko Anime to Get a Third Season on Netflix

A stage event at the Taipei Comic Exhibition has announced that production on a third season of the Aggretsuko anime has been green-lit for Netflix. Director Rareko commented that he squeezed out everything he could into the first two seasons, to the point that he insisted there is nothing left to say. Still, even though he acknowledged that he is not ready yet after hearing the third season news, he is eager to get going on it and asked fans to look forward to it.

The first 10-episode Netflix season premiered worldwide in April 2018. The anime had a Christmas episode that premiered in December 2018, and then the second season premiered on June 14, 2019.

Source: ANN

Anime Spotlight: Aggretsuko Season 2

Aggretsuko Season 2 continues the adventures of Retsuko, a small and cute-looking red panda. She is still a 25-year-old office worker who works in the accounting department of a Japanese trading firm. When her job or things going on in her life fill her with rage, she goes to the local karaoke bar and vents her frustration through singing death metal.

This season introduces Retsuko’s mother, who comes across as very controlling and domineering. Whether it’s about Retsuko’s eating habits, her cleaning habits, or her love life, her mother is trying to be in control and push things onto her adult daughter. After seeing her mother’s behavior, it’s no wonder why Retsuko is as shy and timid as she’s been portrayed as up to this point.

But Retsuko’s mother is insistent that her daughter find a man and get married. A lot of the season sees Retsuko’s mother trying to play matchmaker, much to her daughter’s chagrin. But during all of this, Retsuko decides she wants to get her driver’s license, and shockingly, her mother approves of this idea. During driving school, Retsuko encounters a male student who is about her age, and they start talking with one another. There are some interesting plot twists surrounding this young man, but I don’t want to say anything further in order to avoid providing spoilers.

But I do have to say that I found Retsuko’s mother to be rather annoying, and I really didn’t see anything to redeem her by the end of the season. I could easily understand Retsuko’s frustration with her, and why she would feel the need to lash out with death metal.

But if Retsuko’s mother isn’t causing her enough stress, a new co-worker only adds to her stress level. Anai is a recent graduate and comes across as overly eager to please, but once you say or do something that offends him, he starts texting that person like crazy and demanding answers from them in writing. Luckily, the storyline with him doesn’t run for the entire season, and I like how it was resolved.

I also appreciated how Kabae, who had been portrayed as an annoying and talkative co-worker, played an important role in this season. While yes, she’s talkative and can be annoying, she had some pearls of wisdom for Retsuko to ponder over when it comes to marriage. I thought this helped to add a little more dimension to her character. She also plays an important part in the storyline about Anai.

Ultimately, a big theme in this season was growing up. This theme appeared for stories about Retsuko, Anai, and Retsuko’s friend, Puko. With the way this season ended, it feels like there needs to be a third season, since nothing truly felt wrapped up. The first season ended in such a way that it could have ended there, or it could have continued. The end of season two doesn’t feel that way. Hopefully there will be a third season announced at some point.

My only gripe with Aggretsuko Season 2 is that four of the episodes I saw on Netflix didn’t have the English subtitles for the dialogue (Episodes 5, 7, 9, and 10). I prefer to watch anime with the original Japanese audio, so it was a little frustrating to have to turn on the English dub for these episodes in order to understand what the characters were saying. Did anyone else have this issue while watching Aggretsuko Season 2 on Netflix?

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Netflix Announces Anime Additions for June 2019

Netflix has announced several anime additions for its lineup in June 2019:

  • anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day – June 1, 2019
  • March comes in like a lion (both seasons) – June 1, 2019
  • Angel Beats! – June 1, 2019
  • A Silent Voice – June 5, 2019
  • Kakegurui×× – June 13, 2019
  • Aggretsuko Season 2 – June 14, 2019
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion – June 21, 2019
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth – June 21, 2019
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion – June 21, 2019
  • Forest of Piano Second Season – June 24, 2019

Source: ANN

12 Days of Anime: Day 12

Here we are, the final day of the 12 Days of Anime. Today, I’m going to be splitting this post into two topics. The first half will cover the anime I know that I’m looking forward to seeing in 2019, and the second will talk about the anime that I hope will continue sometime in 2019.

First off, the anime I’m looking forward to seeing in 2019:

Aggretsuko

Netflix has announced that a new season of Aggretsuko will premiere in 2019, but no premiere date has been set yet. I can’t wait to binge watch this next season and find out how Retsuko’s story will continue.

The second half of Attack on Titan Season 3

Since I’m further ahead in the manga than where the story ended in the first half of Season 3, I know what’s going to be coming in the second half. However, what I’m looking forward to is seeing how the anime will depict these events.

Fruits Basket reboot

It was announced that a reboot of the Fruits Basket anime will be launching in Japan in 2019, but a premiere date has not been set yet. The promotional material states that this reboot will cover the story of the entire manga, which is something I know I’ve been wanting to see for years. And from the reactions I’ve seen online, it appears that many anime fans are anticipating this as well. The art that has been previewed so far gives a more modern look to the franchise without making it unrecognizable.

One-Punch Man

Even though the concept of a superhero being able to knock out his opponents in one punch seems a little strange, it actually works. I enjoyed the first season of the anime, and I hope the second season for One-Punch Man will be just as good.

And here are the series that I hope will continue at some point in 2019:

Haikyu!!

I just realized that it’s been almost two years(!) since the last episode of Haikyu!! aired. The way the episode ended, it was obvious the story was going to continue. To be honest, I had thought we would have had a new season by now. My hope is that maybe they’re wanting to wait until the manga has enough material for them to have a substantial season, instead of just 12-13 episodes. Considering it’s been two years since the last episode of the anime, it’s potentially possible there could be enough material to warrant making a decent sized season. I’m praying to the anime gods that in 2019, we will at least get an announcement of a new season being in development, if not actually getting another season within the next 12 months.

Since I originally wrote this post, it has since been confirmed that there will be a new Haikyu!! anime series, and that there will be a “special preview” event in September 2019. In the announcement, though, it wasn’t explicitly stated that it would be a fourth season. But it would be dumb to do something other than a fourth season…

The Seven Deadly Sins

With the way the most recent season ended, the story is not over by a long shot. While we may have just gotten this season in North America on Netflix a couple of months ago, it premiered almost a year ago in Japan. Getting another season of this in 2019 is probably a long shot, especially if they are waiting for the mangaka to progress the story. The most likely scenario is that we could get an announcement of another season by the end of 2019, but that a new season wouldn’t actually begin airing until 2020. But it doesn’t hurt to wish for something a little more unrealistic, such as actually getting the next season in 2019.

Yowamushi Pedal

The most recent season ended as the third day of the 42nd Inter-High was just starting, so there’s obviously more story to be told. It’s been almost a year since Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line premiered, so hopefully there could be some news soon. I don’t know how much ahead the manga is in comparison to the end of the fourth season at this point, but hopefully the manga is getting close to telling how the third day of Inter-High ends, if it hasn’t gotten there already. My guess is that the anime studio is waiting for that resolution before producing another season of the anime.

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