Case Closed: Episode 1023 – “The Whistling Bookstore 3”

This episode is a Detective Boys story (where Ai is involved for once!). They are in a writing class being hosted by an author named Kosuke Omura. A girl named Michiko, who works at the bookstore that’s referenced in the title, is also there. She wants to become an author and is there to try to learn how to write. The episode opens with Kosuke reading Mitsuhiko’s story (although the audience doesn’t realize it at that point). It’s after the opening credits where we learn it was a story being read out loud. It’s revealed early on that Kosuke is an actual author and has published three books.

But what’s interesting is that even though the bookstore is mentioned in the title, it’s not the actual setting for the story. They are at a location owned by Ryoji Nojima. He’s an elderly man who comes across as a real asshole. He sees Genta’s story and trashes it. Talk about crushing hopes and dreams! Ryoji takes everyone down to a climate controlled room downstairs that has a lot of books in it. Many are worth a lot of money; in fact, the lowest value for any of the books is about a million yen. He hands each person a book and demands they read it. Looking at what kind of books he was handing out, I don’t know how he expected first graders to be able to comprehend what’s in them. Conan and Ai I’m sure could, but the others, probably not. At this point, it’s also established that Ryoji is Kosuke’s sponsor but that he has some anger toward the author.

When the group takes a break for lunch, Michiko mentions she cut herself on a book and sucks on the injury. Ayumi hands her a bandage, and shortly after, Michiko collapses. At the hospital, it’s determined that she was potentially poisoned. The rest of the episode sees Conan figuring out how the poisoning happened, as well as the truth behind the crime. I appreciated learning about Paris Green, as well as how it may (or may not) have played a role in the poisoning. It’s Michiko’s father (who owns the bookstore referenced in the title) who identifies the Paris Green and the facts that appear to make this particular book it’s connected to is important to the mystery. It turned out Ryoji had no idea about Paris Green or that he had it among his books in his library.

But Conan figures everything out… and shockingly, is able to share what he deduces as himself. There’s no need for any tranquilizer darts or the voice changing bowtie. That was a nice change of pace.

Overall, this was a decent one-episode mystery, and I was happy to see it wasn’t a murder mystery. There was no preview for the next episode, so at this point, I’m assuming that there won’t be an episode next week. I’ll check to make sure, of course, but usually the lack of a preview indicates that the series will be taking at least one week off.

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The WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me Anime Is Getting a Film

The live stream to promote Nanatsu Mukunoki’s 10th WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me (Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita!) manga volume has announced details on the upcoming anime film. The Watashi ni Tenshi ga Maiorita! Precious Friends film will open in Japanese theaters in 2022.

Daisuke Hiramaki is directing the film, Yuka Yamada is writing the script, and Hiromi Nakagawa is designing the characters.

The WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me anime premiered in Japan in January 2019. Crunchyroll simulcast the series as it aired in Japan.

Source: ANN

Anime and Manga Blog Posts That Caught My Eye This Week (October 15, 2021)

From this week’s list, you can tell that the Fall 2021 anime season has gotten underway and that anibloggers have been sharing their initial thoughts on the season’s new offerings.

I recently started following two new blogs, and they’ve already made a strong showing onto this week’s list. 🙂

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

Designer Daisei Fuiji Passes Away

The Super Robot Wars game franchise’s producer Takanobu Terada has announced that the franchise’s veteran designer Daisei Fujii passed away on October 12, 2021.

While Fuiji was most known for video game design work, he also did some design work for anime. His anime credits include SD Gundam Force, Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars, and Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector. He also worked on various SD Gundam video games, card games, and toys, as well as illustrations for Monster Hunter ​toys.

Fuiji specialized in SD character illustrations, original mecha designs, game screen art, and toy product development sketches and designs.

Source: ANN

Animazement, Reconnected: Convention Prepares Digital Streaming Event

After two years of cancellations, the Animazement convention will be reconnecting with its extant attendees and community through its first major live streaming event “Animazement Reconnected.” The event will be hosted through the stream service Twitch on October 22 and 23, 2021. Event scheduling will be posted on our website and through social media in the weeks prior to the event.

Animazement Reconnected is a free digital event intended to bring together our attendees and community once again under the auspices of educational, artistic, and cultural enrichment with the assistance and goodwill of our many friends and connections across the world. Programming will include independent V-tubers, live streamers, and broadcasters from Japan, exclusive concerts and performances from a variety of artists and genres, as well as other educational and artistic talks, panels, and streams.

Due to the time differences between Raleigh, North Carolina and Japan, some programming will be pre-recorded. All content, however, is being tailored specifically to this event.

More information will be made available on http://www.animazement.com as well as on our social media outlets.

English Cast Announced for the Hetalia: World Stars Anime

The English cast has been announced for the Hetalia: World Stars anime:

  • Eric Vale is America
  • Patrick Seitz is Germany
  • Todd Haberkorn is Italy
  • J. Michael Tatum is France
  • Steven Kelly is England
  • Christopher Bevins is Japan
  • Jerry Jewell is Russia
  • Austin Tindle is Prussia
  • Ian Sinclair is Romano
  • Dave Trosko is Spain
  • Jamie Marchi is Narrator
  • Megan Shipman is Czech
  • Kieran Flitton is Slovakia
  • Ivan Jasso is Portugal
  • Sarah Wiedenheft is Belgium

Cris George is directing the dub.

The first four episodes of the English dub of Hetalia: World Stars will be available at FunimationNow on October 15, 2021.

Source: FUNimation Entertainment

Crunchyroll Adds the Gravitation Anime and OVA to Its Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that it is adding the Gravitation television anime and OVA to its service on October 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PDT in the United States and Canada.

The story of Gravitation is described as:

Walking through the park, Shuichi’s latest lyrics flutter away and land at the feet of a stunning stranger that takes his breath away. The stranger happens to be the famous novelist Eiri Yuki, who completely crushes the young singer by telling him he has “zero talent.” Now, Shuichi’s so annoyed that he’s managed to finish his song just so he can find and confront Yuki. But, are his actions really motivated by anger, or has he fallen in love?

Source: Crunchyroll

Disney to Stream the Tatami Time Machine Blues, Black Rock Shooter Dawn Fall, and Summer Time Rendering Anime Globally

The Walt Disney Company announced during its “APAC Content Showcase” that it will stream the Tatami Time Machine Blues, Black Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall, and Summer Time Rendering anime worldwide. The company’s Disney+ service will exclusively stream these anime in Japan, but Disney did not specify which venue or venues will offer these titles outside of Japan.

Disney+ launched in November 2019, and it is now available in North and South America, most of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, India, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and other countries and territories. It will launch in South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan next in November 2021, followed by more European countries, Israel, South Africa, and Turkey in Summer 2022. Disney noted that the new titles’ streaming is “subject to local availability.”

Source: ANN

Tatami Time Machine Blues Anime to Premiere in 2022

The staff for the television anime of Tomihiko Morimi’s Tatami Time Machine Blues (Yojō-Han Time Machine Blues) novel has announced the anime’s main cast and release details.

Most of the cast members are returning for the sequel anime to The Tatami Galaxy, including Shintarō Asanuma as the protagonist “I” (Watashi), Maaya Sakamoto as Akashi, Hiroyuki Yoshino as Ozu, Junichi Suwabe as Jōgasaki, and Yuko Kaida as Hanuki. Kazuya Nakai will voice Higuchi, replacing the character’s original voice actor, the late Keiji Fujiwara.

The staff also announced that the anime will exclusively stream on the Disney+ service in Japan in 2022, and that the anime will then have a theatrical compilation film version after streaming. The Disney+ version will also have an original episode that will not be shown in theaters.

Shingo Natsume is directing the anime at Science SARU, and Makoto Ueda returns as scriptwriter from The Tatami Galaxy. Yūsuke Nakamura also returns as character designer.

In Tatami Time Machine Blues, The Tatami Galaxy protagonist’s trouble-making friend Ozu gets the student apartments’ only air conditioner remote control wet, breaking it on a certain midsummer day. The students wonder what to do about the situation for the remainder of the summer and make a plan with Akashi. An unstylish male student from 25 years in the future arrives in a time machine. The protagonist travels back in time to try to retrieve the remote control before it is broken.

Source: ANN

YouTube Movies Adds Both of the Tiger & Bunny Anime Films for Free Streaming

The Fandom Post is reporting that YouTube Movies both the Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning and Tiger & Bunny: The Rising anime films for free streaming. The English dubs are available for both of the films.

Tiger & Bunny is described as:

Sternbild City is home to people called “Next,” who use their special abilities to protect the people as superheroes. These heroes solve cases and save lives so they can wear sponsor logos or acquire “hero points.” Their activities are documented on the popular program “Hero TV,” which picks the “King of Heroes” in a yearly ranking. The veteran hero Wild Tiger has always preferred to work alone, but now he’s been assigned the rookie Barnaby Brooks Jr., who has a different perspective on being a superhero.

Source: The Fandom Post