Animazement Suspends 2020 Convention Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Animazement has announced that it is suspending this year’s convention due to policies related to the ongoing spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). North Carolina’s governor issued an executive order banning mass gatherings of more than 50 people, and the Raleigh Convention Center is closed through May 31, 2020. The convention’s staff said they are still exploring options and have not decided whether to cancel this year’s event or postpone it to a later date.

Animazement was scheduled to be held at Raleigh Convention Center from May 22-24, 2020.

Source: ANN

Haikyu!! To The Top: Episode 12 – “Vivid”

There seemed to be several goals this episode was trying to accomplish. The first is seeing Karasuno’s team having wind down after winning their first match. The first-years got to meet the third-years’ upperclassmen (or as Hinata called them, “their senpais’ senpai”).

The second is to show some of the other teams we know from the series (Nekoma and Fukurodani Academy). Although it seemed like there was a little more emphasis on Fukurodani, thanks to Bokuto whining about the fact that they don’t get to play on the main court, and that they’re stuck in one of the sub-courts. At first, this is really affecting his gameplay, but one of his other team members finds a way to give him the “push” he needs to make him feel like he’s standing out on the sub-courts. It doesn’t hurt that Hinata comes at just the right time to cheer Bokuto on.

Hinata also meets Hoshiumi, the short player that Kageyama got to know at the All-Japan camp earlier in the season. And when Hinata seems him playing on the court, he is amazed. The announcers refer to Hoshiumi as the “new little giant,” which is apt because of how talented Hoshiumi is. While we don’t see Hinata’s reaction in the episode, Sugawara mentions that it must be hard for Hinata to see someone in his own situation doing better than him. I hope, though, that Hinata will use this as motivation to try to improve himself, rather than letting it bring him down. With Hinata’s personality, I believe that it will be the former and not the latter.

It’s established that over the course of the first day, 40 teams were eliminated. We know that Karasuno, Nekoma, Fukurodani Academy, and Hoshiumi’s team have moved on to the second day.

And at the end, Ryu’s female childhood friend comes over to him and congratulates him on winning. It’s obvious that she likes Ryu, and Ennoshita points this out after she leaves. Ryu looks so broken on hearing this. But the way they’ve played their two interactions up to this point, I think a relationship between these two is entirely possible. And this was how the episode ended.

But I’m a little confused about something. We see a preview for the next episode, but then there was a screen after the preview that said “TO BE CONTINUED.” Several articles online seem to indicate that Episode 13 will air next week instead of being the first episode when the series returns in July 2020, but the “TO BE CONTINUED” screen seems to indicate otherwise. I’ll check next week to see if there’s a new episode of Haikyu!! To The Top available on Crunchyroll.

Case Closed: Episode 974 – “Target: MPD Transportation Department (Part Four)”

The beginning of the episode briefly recapped the murder of the two policewomen from the MPD Transportation Department, and then recapped the final events that led up to the climax of last week’s episode. To me, this was an effective recap, because it gave just enough information to remind the audience of the important details of the story, and then gave the audience enough of a nudge to remember the climax. By keeping the recap to a shorter length, this provided the writers more time to devote to the story.

The information to solve the mystery comes fast and furious in this episode. Of course, Conan is instrumental in piecing together what the two murder victims were trying to say by pointing to “no parking” signs at the scenes of their respective murders. After it’s determined that the call Chiba got at the end of the previous episode came from Miike’s phone, Conan takes the information gleaned from that call and realizes where the suspect is holding her.

There’s a great scene of Conan and Chiba rescuing Miike. And Miike also saves Chiba from a trap that the suspect had set, because she knew about it thanks to the suspect blabbing about it to her earlier in the episode. She gets an injury, and Chiba is the one who takes her to the hospital. Chiba finally realizes the truth of who Miike is (that she’s his first love from his childhood) when she says something to him that was something he had originally told her years earlier. So this particular plot point (Chiba being clueless about Miike’s identity) was finally wrapped up. Now that the truth is out, there’s some potentially interesting interactions and stories they could have with these two characters now.

I thought this would be the highlight of the episode… but I was wrong. If you watch this episode, be sure to watch through the ending credits. There’s a VERY IMPORTANT scene that takes place right after the credits. I don’t want to spoil what exactly it is, what I will say is that it reveals some major information.

There wasn’t a preview included at the end of this episode, so at this point, I’m assuming that there won’t be an episode of Case Closed next week. I’ll double-check and make sure, of course, but what I’ve discovered recently is that if there isn’t an episode preview, that usually means that series is taking at least one week off. And considering what’s revealed at the end of this episode, it’s an interesting place to leave the audience hanging.

GKIDS Streams 18 Films for Free on Kanopy Library, Including Three Anime Films

GKIDS has announced that it has added 18 of its films to the Kanopy service for free, including the anime films A Letter to Momo, Patema Inverted, and Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW, and the Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness.

To access the films, viewers must go to Kanopy.com and create an account with either their university information or public library information. The site will add more GKIDS titles soon.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Pauses English Dub Releases and Lists Premiere Dates for More Spring 2020 Anime

Crunchyroll has announced that it is changing its schedule for the production of its English-dubbed anime “to ensure the safety of the Crunchyroll team.” The company is still working on pre- and post-production for its English dubs, but is pausing all recording “for the foreseeable future.” The company will still stream the following dubbed episodes, but will pause releases afterward:

  • In/Spectre: Episode 7, Airing on April 11, 2020
  • Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it: Episode 8, Airing on April 3, 2020
  • Somali and the Forest Spirit: Episode 8, Airing on April 2, 2020
  • Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun: Episode 15, Airing on March 28, 2020

Crunchyroll is also pausing the English dub of the KONOSUBA – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World– Legend of Crimson film.

The company also announced that it will begin simulcasting the Fruits Basket 2nd Season anime on April 6, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. EDT in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Crunchyroll also announced that it will begin simulcasting the television anime adaptation of Korean creator SIU’s Tower of God manhwa on April 1, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. EDT in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The company will stream the second part of the Ascendance of a Bookworm anime (Honzuki no Gekokujō – Shisho ni Naru Tame niwa Shudan o Erandeiramasen) on April, 2020 4 at 2:45 p.m. EDT in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment to Simulcast the New Sakura Wars, Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2, and The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED Anime

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will simulcast Sakura Wars the Animation (Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation), the second season of the Kaguya-sama: Love is War anime, and The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED (Fugō Keiji Balance: Unlimited) as part of the Spring 2020 season. FUNimation reports that Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 and The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED are exclusive to its service.

FUNimation will simulcast Sakura Wars the Animation in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

The company will simulcast Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai? Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen, the television anime of Aka Akasaka’s Kaguya-sama: Love is War (Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunōsen) manga in April 2020 with English subtitles and an English dub. The company will also dub the anime’s first season.

FUNimation will simulcast the the television anime of Yasutaka Tsutsui’s bestselling detective novel Fugō Keiji (Wealthy Detective) in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Source: ANN

Anime Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (March 27, 2020)

It’s hard to believe that amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, that the Winter 2020 anime season is winding down and that the Spring 2020 anime season will soon be starting.

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