Log Horizon Anime to Get a Third Season in October 2020

NHK has announced that the Log Horizon television anime will have a third season titled Log Horizon: Entaku Hōkai (Log Horizon: Fall of the Round Table) that will premiere on NHK Educational in October 2020.

The cast and staff will return from the previous seasons of the anime.

The first season of Log Horizon premiered in October 2013, and the second season premiered in October 2014.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Adds the Lovely Complex Anime to Its Catalog

Crunchyroll began streaming the Lovely Complex anime on January 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. EST in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Central America, and South America including the Caribbean.

The anime of Aya Nakahara’s Lovely Complex (Love*Com) manga premiered in April 2007. Discotek Media released the 24-episode anime with English-subtitles in a box set in July 2013.

Source: ANN

Netflix to Add the Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution Film on February 27, 2020

The Pokemon Company International and Netflix have announced that Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, the 22nd film in the Pokemon franchise, will premiere on Netflix worldwide outside of Japan and Korea on February 27, 2020.

The film’s Netflix release date coincides with Pokemon Day, the day commemorating the original launch of Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green in Japan on February 27, 1996.

Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution is a 3-D CG remake of Pocket Monsters: Mewtwo no Gyakushū, the 1998 film adapted into English as Pokemon: The First Movie.

The film opened in Japan and screened at Anime Expo in July 2019.

Source: ANN

Animazement Announces Hiroaki Hirata as Guest

Animazement has announced that voice actor Hiroaki Hirata will be a guest at their upcoming convention.

Hirata’s credits include Sanji in One Piece, Benny in Black Lagoon, Mutta Namba in Space Brothers, Sha Gojyo in the Saiyuki anime franchise, Kotetsu T. Kaburagi in Tiger & Bunny, Klein in Sword Art Online, and Ace Killer in Ultraman.

Animazement will be taking place at Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina from May 22-24, 2020.

Source: ANN

Haikyu!! To The Top: Episode 2 – "Lost"

I’m going to start this out by saying that it’s interesting to note that this episode never focused on Kageyama’s training camp. The primary focus is on the first-year training camp that Hinata crashed, with the secondary focus being on Karasuno.

Hinata receives several lectures during this episode: one from Coach Ukai, one from the team’s advisor, and one from Daichi. The lectures from the adults are more serious in nature, while Daichi’s is on the comedic side.

We see Hinata serving as the ball boy at the training camp, and that the Shiratorizawa Academy coach (who’s hosting the camp) is being harsh on Hinata. Of course, Hinata doesn’t help his case when he hears that spiking drills are taking place and tries to join the line. But after the main practice is over, we see Hinata trying to train on his own, and trying to do things like jump serves.

Things come to a head when on one of the days of the camp, third-year students and alumni from Shiratorizawa come in for a practice game against the boys participating in the training camp. Among them are Wakatoshi and Tendo, and Tendo is surprised to see Hinata as a ball boy. Tendo laughs at Hinata, but the thing that finally gets to Hinata is when Wakatoshi asks him why he’s even there.

The final scene of the episode sees Hinata going into a supply room and thinking over everything he’s heard or been told over the past two episodes, as well as a line of dialogue Kageyama said to him in the past. Poor Hinata spends some time agonizing over what his role is at this training camp and what it is he needs to do. After a bit of torment, he seems to come up with an answer… but what exactly that answer is, the audience doesn’t know yet. The episode ends with Hinata standing in the doorway of the supply room, with a determined stance. It’ll definitely be interesting to see what Hinata has in mind.

From the preview for the next episode, it appears the focus will continue to be on the first-years’ training camp. I wonder how Kageyama’s camp will fit into the narrative. Will the early episodes of his season focus on Hinata and the first-years’ training camp, and then switch focus to Kageyama’s training camp? Or will future episodes try to intermingle the two training camps?

With this episode, the only times we saw Kageyama were in flashbacks. Outside of that, he never actually made an appearance in the episode. At least we got to see some of the team interactions at Karasuno in the couple of scenes of their regular training that we got to see. Even through three of the characters aren’t with the regular group, at least we’re still seeing the other team members interacting with each other. And we also got to see some interactions between Hinata and other Karasuno team members when he’s at school during the day. So the interactions and chemistry between the team members is still there, which is one of the draws of Haikyu!!

What I’m interested in seeing as the cour continues is whether or not this cour will be focusing exclusively on the two training camps, or if we will begin the spring tournament during this cour. I’ll just have to keep watching to find out.

Anime Voice Actor Brice Armstrong Passes Away

Talent management agency Mary Collins Agency has announced that voice actor Brice Armstrong passed away of natural causes on January 10, 2020. He was 84 years old at the time of his passing.

Armstrong is best known in anime as the voice of the narrator in FUNimation Entertainment’s dub of Dragon Ball, as well as numerous minor characters. He voiced Captain Ginyu in Dragon Ball Z. He also voiced the narrator in Dragon Ball Movie 4: The Path to Power, and Lord Slug in Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug. He also provided the voice for Igari in Baki the Grappler, Masamune in Samurai 7, and Douglas in the Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus film.

Armstrong retired from voice acting in 2009.

Source: ANN

Netflix to Stream Studio Ghibli Films Globally Except in the United States, Canada, and Japan

Netflix, Studio Ghibli, and Wild Bunch International have announced that Netflix will stream 21 Studio Ghibli films worldwide except for the United States, Canada, and Japan.

The films will feature subtitles in 28 languages and dubbed versions in “up to” 20 languages.

The following films will be available on February 1, 2020:

  • Castle in the Sky
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Only Yesterday
  • Porco Rosso
  • Ocean Waves
  • Tales from Earthsea

The following films will be available on March 1, 20202:

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Princess Mononoke
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas
  • Spirited Away
  • The Cat Returns
  • Arrietty
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

These films will be available on April 1, 2020:

  • Pom Poko
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
  • From Up On Poppy Hill
  • The Wind Rises
  • When Marnie Was There

HBO Max and GKIDS announced in October 2019 that HBO Max will begin streaming the “entire Studio Ghibli film library” of 21 feature films in Spring 2020. GKIDS also released 21 Studio Ghibli films for for digital download-to-own in the United States and Canada on December 17,2019 on digital transaction platforms including Apple TV, Amazon VOD, Vudu, Google Play, Sony, Microsoft, and FandangoNOW.

Source: ANN