My Hero Academia Anime to Take a Week Off Due to the Tokyo Olympics

The official Twitter account for the My Hero Academia anime series has announced that the next episode, Episode 107, will be broadcast on Japanese TV on August 14, 2021, taking a week off due to the broadcast of the Tokyo Olympics.

To make up for the missed week, a special live stream will be held on August 7, 2021 with the voice actors of Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki to celebrate the “climax” of the 5th season of the TV anime series and the film, My Hero Academia THE MOVIE World Heroes’ Mission, which is set to open in Japanese cinemas on August 6, 2021. The “HeroAca Summer Special 2021” will stream on the Toho Animation YouTube channel at 5:30 p.m. on August 7, 2021, the same time as the anime usually airs on TV in Japan.

Source: Crunchyroll

Case Closed: Episode 1014 – “The Novelist Known as the Demon King”

We just had a single episode murder mystery last week, and now we have a single episode murder mystery again this time. The frustrating thing to me is that Kogoro and Conan become involved in this case the exact same way they did last week. The two of them are walking down the street and they come across Megure and Takagi at the murder scene and insert themselves into the investigation. When Megure sees them, he asks, incredulously, “You again?” I found myself thinking, “I feel you, bro.” Yes, this is a common way for Conan and Kogoro to become involved in a case, but to have this exact same setup two episodes in a row was a little frustrating. It just highlighted just how unoriginal this setup really is in this series.

The murder victim this time is a mystery novelist named Shintaro Tawake. He was shot in the stomach while sleeping in a room with north-facing windows (this bit about the direction the windows is facing is an important fact for the investigation). They find the shotgun that killed him discarded at the scene, and Conan notices a blood splatter on a window with closed curtains… but the curtains are not stained. This makes Conan wonder why the culprit would have closed the curtains after the murder, especially after learning that the property across the way is unoccupied.

We are then introduced to Tawake’s four assistants: Naoya Akaike, Miyuki Degawa, Ryunosuke Bito, and Haruo Chigasaki. It’s quickly revealed that Tawake had taken these four on as “apprentices,” but was really using them as ghostwriters with promises of helping them make their debut later. Which means all four of them had a motive for killing Tawake. Of the four, Akaike has an alibi for the time of the murder, while the other three don’t. With these four suspects being mystery writers themselves, it was interesting to see what theories they could come up with. That at least made these suspects a little more interesting to watch than the usual murder case suspects.

Of course, Conan starts piecing everything together, especially after gaining entrance to the unoccupied property right across from Tawake’s. And the mystery is solved thanks to Conan claiming that Kogoro wanted to demonstrate how the murder happened, and then using the usual watch dart and voice changing bowtie trick to reveal the truth of the murder.

Overall, this wasn’t bad for a single episode murder mystery, but I’m still frustrated by the fact that the writers utilized the exact same method for getting Kogoro and Conan involved in the murder investigation two episodes in a row. I’ve definitely seen worse Case Closed episodes.

The preview of the next episodes shows us that the Detective Boys are going to be involved. Hoo boy. The Detective Boys episodes tend to be among my least favorite in the series, so I’m hoping for the best but I’m also anticipating the worst. Hopefully the episode will come across better than the preview portrays it.

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Netflix to Stream the Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Anime

The Fandom Post is reporting that Netflix will begin streaming the Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai anime on August 15, 2021. As of this writing, the language options for the anime are unknown.

The story of Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai is described as:

Sakuta Azusagawa is a second-year high school student living in “Fujisawa,” where the sky and sea shines. The exciting everyday life with his upperclassman and girlfriend, Mai Sakurajima, takes a turn at the appearance of his first love, Shoko Makinohara. For some reason, “two versions” of Shoko exists—a junior high student and an adult. Sakuta is made a fool by “Adult Shoko” as he somehow but reluctantly ends up living with her. His relationship with Mai becomes strained. Meanwhile, Sakuta learns that “Junior High Shoko” is diagnosed with a serious illness and his scar starts to hurt again.

Source: The Fandom Post

English Cast Announced for the How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Anime

The English cast has been announced for the How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom anime:

  • Alejandro Saab is Souma
  • Anairis Quinones is Liscia
  • Keith Silverstein is Albert
  • Ernesto Jason Liebrecht is Castor
  • Cory Phillips is Chief Priest
  • Anastasia Munoz is Elisha
  • Marti Etheridge is Excel
  • Marcus Stimac is Georg
  • Michelle Rojas is Jeanne
  • Dawn M. Bennett is Maria
  • Ivan Jasso is Marx
  • Chris Guerrero is Narrator
  • Jad Saxton is Roroa
  • Neil Kaplan is Sebastian
  • Mark Stoddard is Souma’s Grandfather
  • Brook Chalmers is Tolman

Shawn Gann is directing the dub.

FUNimation Entertainment will begin streaming the English dub on July 31, 2021.

Source: ANN

Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (July 30, 2021)

I continue to be impressed by the output I’ve been seeing from anibloggers recently, and I look forward to seeing what posts you share with your readers week after week. Thank you for all that you do!

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

English Cast Announced for the World Witches Take Off! Anime

The English cast has been announced for the World Witches Take Off! anime:

  • Cherami Leigh is Yoshika
  • Stephanie Sheh is Barkhorn
  • Luci Christian is Hartman
  • Anastasia Munoz is Minna
  • Katie Caruso is Michiko

Jad Saxton is directing the dub.

The first dubbed episode of World Witches Take Off! is scheduled to premiere on FunimationNow on July 30, 2021.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment to Screen the Knights of Sidonia Anime Film in Theaters on September 13, 2021

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will screen Knights of Sidonia: Love Woven in the Stars (Sidonia no Kishi: Ai Tsumugu Hoshi), the all-new anime film based on Tsutomu Nihei’s Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi) manga, in theaters in the United States and Canada starting on September 13, 2021. The film will screen in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub. FUNimation also revealed that it will begin streaming all 24 episodes of the Knights of Sidonia anime on August 3, 2021 in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, in addition to Australia and New Zealand.

The new film takes a different path from the manga, and features a brand new story supervised by Nihei. The film brings back the returning cast members. The all-new story is set 10 years after the television series with characters returning from the previous story.

Source: ANN

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S: Episode 4 – “When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do (It’s Hard to Match Others)”

This episode had a total of three vignettes included.

At the beginning of the episode, Kobayashi is looking at code on her work computer and wonders aloud who wrote such beautiful code. Elma comes up to serve tea and says that she did. Apparently, Kobayashi had given Elma books to read on coding and she accomplished what she did just by what she learned from those books. Kobayashi is so impressed with Elma’s work that she starts forwarding other things for her to do. It comes out that Kobayashi has been doing double the work, since she’s been doing the work that is assigned to Elma but never gets done because she’s serving tea. When Takiya mentions that Kobayashi is the team’s pillar, Elma suddenly becomes upset and challenges Kobayashi to a contest of which one can finish their work first.

Kobayashi, as well as the audience, is left wondering why hearing this word causes Elma to react the way she does. I thought the vignette would have a humorous focus on the contest, but I was surprisingly wrong. While we see a small bit of it, Kobayashi starts talking to Elma when it’s time for a lunch break and discovers the truth behind what Elma is doing. Not surprisingly, Elma’s reaction to the word “pillar” stems from a misunderstanding, because being a “pillar” in the dragon world is very different from our human world. Kobayashi is able to explain the misunderstanding in the caring, yet straightforward manner that she has.

The second vignette sees Tohru joining a community patrol. She was approached because people remembered how she took down the thief in the shopping district. While on patrol, Tohru encounters a small group of punks who are loitering and blocking the road. She takes down the leader of this group with relative ease, and the punks run off… but they declare that they’ll be back for their revenge. Elma ends up joining the patrol, much to Tohru’s dismay. And it becomes readily clear that Elma’s sense of justice is to punish any small thing she sees, and one point she scares a couple of children. The vignette sees the punks come back with a bigger group, including their strongest member. Well, let’s just say that Tohru takes him down rather easily. There’s a funny bit with this big, strong guy as he’s training to get even stronger after his defeat at the hands of Tohru.

With these first two vignettes, we had an episode that had a stronger focus on Elma. Up to this point in the season, Elma was more of a background character and didn’t get much focus. She just kind of felt like she was “there.”

The final vignette sees Kobayashi taking Tohru, Ilulu, Kanna, and Saikawa to an amusement park. While at the park, there’s a running gag of Saikawa’s sister Georgie being in various mascot costumes at the park and taking pictures of Saikawa, Kanna, and Ilulu having fun. Of course, the humor from these three comes from how much Saikawa screams with her various interactions with Kanna (and some with Ilulu). The first time Saikawa did this, it was kind of funny. However, at least for me, this gag became a little annoying. More humor in this vignette comes from the fact that Kobayashi tries to act like she knows everything about amusement parks, even though she’s never been to one. We get to see Kobayashi going through a hall of mirrors, riding a carousel, and going on a teacup ride with Tohru. Probably the worst misfortune for Kobayashi is letting Tohru spin the wheel on the teacup ride, since Tohru wasn’t going to go easy on that. But their last stop, before meeting up with the others, causes Kobayashi to have the happiest expression she’s worn during their entire trip to the amusement park. This vignette was a nice way to end the episode, even if I did become a little annoyed with Saikawa.

After having three episodes that had a strong focus on Ilulu, it was kind of a nice break to have one where she only had an appearance in one vignette… and even in that vignette, Ilulu wasn’t a major focus in the story. I have nothing against Ilulu, but it was starting to feel like the season was going to be focusing on her. Plus, it was nice to see one of the other dragons getting the spotlight this time around.

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Anime Expo Lite 2021 Draws Over 375,000 Views and Raises $77,000 for Charity

The nation’s largest anime fan convention marked its 30th anniversary earlier this month with Anime Expo Lite. Held online again due to the continuing effects of the COVID pandemic, this year’s Anime Expo Lite garnered over 375,000 views from fans in more than 100 countries such as the United Kingdom, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Malaysia.

Fans tuned into watch the livestream event on July 3 and 4, 2021 as well as during the VOD period from July 5-16, 2021. Program highlights included the Star Wars: Visions Sneak Peek, the Shikizakura world premiere, and the LisAni!LIVE L.A. concert featuring performances by ASCA, BURNOUT SYNDROMES, JO☆STARS, Liella! ( Love Live! Superstar!!), and Morfonica (BanG Dream!), as well as special guests such as Hololive English, NIJISANJI’s Lazulight, and many more.

Proceeds from the 2021 Anime Expo Lite online event benefited the Hate Is A Virus commUNITY Action Fund. The SPJA donated $77,000 to support local and national community organizations related to AAPI representation, mental health, and more.

“For the 2nd year in a row, Anime Expo was held online due to the COVID pandemic, but we were gratified and amazed at the continued strong support we received from so many fans from around the world,” says Ray Chiang, CEO of the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation. “We presented a comprehensive array of panel events, exclusive premieres, and sneak peeks, and music performances and made a sizeable donation to Hate Is A Virus, which will help them continue their work to battle anti-Asian discrimination and defamation, which continues to AAPI communities across the nation. As we look ahead to next year, we are excited to announce the return of Anime Expo to the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 1-4, 2022, and to welcoming back all of our fans, exhibitors, and participants.”

Tubi TV Is Streaming the Phoenix Anime

The Fandom Post is reporting that Tubi TV has added the Phoenix anime to its service. The series is available with the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The series was directed by Ryousuke Takahashi with character designs by Akio Sugino, Hiroshi Uchida, Kyuma Oshita, and Masayoshi Nishida. With Tezuka Productions handling the animation, the main cast featured Keiko Takeshita as Hi no Tori.

Phoenix is described as:

Throughout time, mankind has chased after the dream of immortality. The Phoenix, in the form of a bird of fire, is said to hold the key to eternal life. Great wars are fought in a vain attempt to possess it and, as a result, civilizations rise and fall. Phoenix is a collection of five stories from the past, present and future. Many will perish because of their desires, and they are the lucky ones. True pain comes for those who find immortality and experience the burden of living forever.

Source: The Fandom Post