FUNimation Entertainment to Stream the Attack on Titan ~Chronicle~ Recap Film

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming Attack on Titan: Chronicle (Shingeki no Kyojin: Chronicle), the compilation film for the first three seasons of the Attack on Titan anime, on November 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EST in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub.

FUNimation is collaborating with Kodansha to debut the film in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

The film opened in Japan for a limited theatrical run on July 17, 2020, and it summarizes the 59 episodes of the first three seasons.

The Attack on Titan anime will have a fourth season, with new staff and the new animation studio MAPPA. Attack on Titan The Final Season will premiere on Japanese television on December 7, 2020. FUNimation will stream the anime with English subtitles and an English dub. Crunchyroll will also stream the anime in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and Latin America.

Source: ANN

Attack on Titan The Final Season to Premiere on December 7, 2020

NHK is listing in its “Changes in Domestic Programs in the Second Half of 2020” document that the Attack on Titan The Final Season anime will premiere on December 7, 2020.

A special preview video after the final episode of the third season had announced in June 2019 that the final season would premiere in Fall 2020. However, the anime’s official website and videos do not list a specific premiere season, but list only that the show will air on NHK-General.

FUNimation and Crunchyroll had previously announced that they will stream the anime with English subtitles, and FUNimation will additionally stream the anime with an English dub. Crunchyroll will stream the anime in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and Latin America.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll to Stream the Attack on Titan The Final Season Anime

Crunchyroll has announced that it will stream the final season of the Attack on Titan anime sometime “later this year.” According to the site, the series will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and LATAM.

Crunchyroll describes Attack on Titan as:

Known in Japan as Shingeki no Kyojin, many years ago, the last remnants of humanity were forced to retreat behind the towering walls of a fortified city to escape the massive, man-eating Titans that roamed the land outside their fortress. Only the heroic members of the Scouting Legion dared to stray beyond the safety of the walls – but even those brave warriors seldom returned alive. Those within the city clung to the illusion of a peaceful existence until the day that dream was shattered, and their slim chance at survival was reduced to one horrifying choice: kill – or be devoured!

Source: Crunchyroll

FUNimation Entertainment to Stream the Attack on Titan The Final Season Anime With Subtitles and a Dub

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will stream the Attack on Titan The Final Season anime with English subtitles and an English dub. The English-subtitled version will be available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland on the same day it premieres in Japan. The series will also stream in Brazil and Mexico, and the SimulDub will premiere later.

A special preview video after the final episode of the third season had announced in June 2019 that the final season would premiere in Fall 2020. However, the official website does not list a specific premiere season, but lists only that the show will air on NHK-General.

Source: ANN

Right Stuf Announces Vinyl Soundtrack Albums for Attack on Titan and Cowboy Bebop

Right Stuf announced at its panel at the Otakon.Online digital event that the site has the Attack on Titan Season 1 Vinyl Soundtrack up for pre-order in both deluxe and standard versions. Both are set to go on sale on October 26, 2020, and the numbered deluxe versions—which are limited to 1,000 copies—include three smoky-finished 190mg colored records in special collector’s book packaging with two pages of liner notes.

Right Stuf also announced that it has an exclusive opaque marble vinyl (one blue and one orange) version of the Cowboy Bebop Vinyl Soundtrack. This one will also be exclusive to RightStufAnime.com and goes up for pre-order starting August 6, 2020, followed by release on November 6, 2020.

Source: Crunchyroll

FUNimation Entertainment Licenses the Attack on Titan ~Chronicle~ Recap Film

FUNimation Entertainment announced during its FunimationCon2020 online event that it has licensed Attack on Titan ~Chronicle~ (Shingeki no Kyojin: Chronicle), the upcoming compilation film for the first three seasons of the Attack on Titan anime. FUNimation will collaborate with Kodansha to debut the film in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland later in 2020.

The film will open in Japan for a limited theatrical run on July 17, 2020, and will summarize the 59 episodes of the first three seasons.

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Is #2 on the NPD BookScan Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels List for April 2020

14 manga volumes appeared on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 adult graphic novels list for April 2020:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#2)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#3)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 22 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 23 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#7)
  • One Piece Volume 93 by Eiichiro Oda (#9)
  • Komi Can’t Communicate by Tomohito Oda (#10)
  • BEASTARS Volume 1 by Paru Itagaki (#11)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 30 by Hajime Isayama (#12)
  • Uzumaki Hardcover by Junji Ito (#14)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#15)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#16)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 21 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#19)

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Is Best-Selling Graphic Novel in the U.S. for August 2019

The BookScan Top 20 selling adult graphic novels list for August 2019 includes 13 manga titles:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 20 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#1)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 17 by ONE and Yūsuke Murata (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 2 by Tomohito Oda (#7)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#9)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4 Diamond Is Unbreakable Volume 2 by Hirohiko Araki (#10)
  • One Piece Volume 91 by Eiichiro Oda (#11)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 28 by Hajime Isayama (#13)
  • The Promised Neverland Volume 11 by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu (#14)
  • My Hero Academia: Smash!! Volume 1 by Hirofumi Neda (#16)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 19 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 1 by Tomohito Oda (#20)

Source: ANN

Anime Spotlight: Attack on Titan Season 3 Parts 1 and 2

I discovered that I never wrote an “Anime Spotlight” article for the first half of Attack on Titan Season 3, so this article will be covering both parts.

Attack on Titan Season 3 aired in Japan from July 23-October 15,
2018. Attack on Titan Season 3 Part Two aired on Japanese television from April 29-July 1, 2019. As of this writing, FUNimation Entertainment holds the North American rights for the Attack on Titan franchise.

When the first episode of the third season began, there was no attempt at providing a recap of what had happened to lead to the point where the story begins. And since there was roughly a year-long gap from the end of the second season to the beginning of the third season, the audience had to piece together where they’re at in the story from the visual and dialogue cues that appear in the episode.

The first half of season three features character development and revelations for Levi, Armin, Historia, and Commandant Keith Sadies. It also features Erwin and Pyxis teaming up to launch a coup in order to remove him from power and put Historia in as queen, since her family is the true royal family. This half of the season focuses a lot on the political intrigue that is taking place with the government and the military.

Near the end of the first half, we see Reiner and Bertoldt return to the story, after they had disappeared at the end of the second season. The first half of the season ends with the Scouts leaving for the mission to retake Wall Maria. But during the ending credits of the last episode, there was a scene shown that we later learn was a foreshadowing for something that happens in the second half of the third season. While it was frustrating to end the first half of the season on that kind of a cliffhanger, especially after learning there would be a roughly six month break before we would see more, at least the audience knew there was something to look forward to when the second half of the season began airing.

A lot of the second half of the third season focuses on the battle to retake Wall Maria. The Beast Titan gets a lot of screen time here, after being seen only every now and then in the second season. Reiner and Betoldt, in both their human and Titan forms, also get a lot of emphasis.

The second half of the third season is a major game changer for the series, especially after most of the Scouts are wiped out and Levi is forced to decide who to use the Titan injection on in order to bring them back. When Levi, Hange, Eren, and Mikasa make it to Eren’s basement, what they discover there changes the world as the character know it forever. Eren also learns a lot of things by being able to tap into his father’s memories.

I appreciated how this season ended with Eren and his friends finally making it to the sea, after reading about it in a book when they were younger and making it a goal to go there someday. Seeing the Scouts smiling and enjoying themselves in the water was fun to watch, but Eren kind of spoils the moment. But his words ultimately lay a foundation for the direction that the fourth (and apparently, final) season of Attack on Titan will be going in.

When you combine both halves of the third season together, a lot happens to progress the story forward. This ended up being much better than the second season, which seemed to spend more time having characters talking than in action (anyone else remember the episode where Eren, Ymir, Reiner, and Bertoldt basically spent the entire time talking to each other at the top of a tree?). Yes, the second season has some important information revealed and important plot points take place in it, but it was overall not as interesting as either the first or third seasons.

While I know some of what will be happening in the eventual fourth season from reading the manga, I’m not going to comment too terribly much on it. However, I will say that both halves of the third season did a great job of laying the foundation for the direction that the story will be going in.

Spring 2019 Anime Season: Week 13

I can’t believe the Spring 2019 anime simulcast season has come to and end. These past 13 weeks seem to have flown by fast!

This will be the last weekly write-up post I will be making. Starting this week, I will be returning to writing individual posts for each show I’m watching during the Summer 2019 anime season. At this point, it looks like I’ll only be watching Fruits Basket and Case Closed for the upcoming season.

But with that out of the way, let’s see what happened in Fruits Basket, Case Closed, and Attack on Titan during the final week of the Spring 2019 simulcast season.

Fruits Basket: Episode 13 – “How Have You Been, My Brother?”

The episode begins with Yuki and Tohru spending time at Yuki’s garden. As Tohru heads back to the house, she finds some clothes on the ground. As she investigates, something suddenly crawls into her clothes. It turns out this is Ayame Soma in his animal form, and that Ayame is Yuki’s older brother. Unfortunately, the brothers are ten years apart and aren’t close at all. It doesn’t help that Yuki is turned off by his older brother’s outrageous personality. But when Ayame whisks Tohru away to be able to have a private lunch with her, she gets to see a side of Ayame that Yuki hasn’t seen. It turns out that Ayame wants to find a way to be closer to his younger brother, but he just doesn’t understand how to do it without being his regular, outrageous self. This provides some comedic scenes, especially when Ayame tells stories from his high school days that the audience gets to see flashbacks for.

But, with all of the comedy of this episode, Ayame hints at something to Tohru about Yuki when he was younger, and how Akito is involved. Ayame says he can’t go into detail about it, which makes sense, since it’s not really his story to tell Tohru. This was one of the few mature things Ayame did in this episode, by the way. But Tohru and the audience now have another hint of something darker being in Yuki’s past.

Overall, this was an amusing episode. Having Ayame in the story now will add another dimension to Yuki’s character, and gives some more opportunity for some comic relief for the series.

Case Closed: Episode 945 – “The Cost of Likes (Part Two)”

This episode opened with just enough of a recap to catch the audience back up on what had happened in the previous episode. Conan and the kids think they know who the culprit is. But when they go back and talk to some of the other actors who work with Kagura, they discover that they didn’t hear a particular phrase from Kagura directly. Instead, they all heard it from Kochimiya, Kagura’s friend.

Conan starts formulating other ideas, and he finally seems to put everything together after the police reveal an important piece of information that was reported to them in regards to the prank phone call that got this case going in the first place. By the midpoint of this episode, it becomes crystal clear to the audience who the culprit is. While I had figured out who the guilty party had to be, there were details and events in this episode that I hadn’t predicted.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad mystery. While I had deduced the guilty party by the end of the first part, there were incidents and other facts that I hadn’t figured out before they were revealed here.

Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2: Episode 10 – “The Other Side of the Wall”

Sooo… this final episode of the season sees Historia deciding to tell the people the truth about what was discovered in the basement. As expected, there’s a wide range of reactions from the public, from belief to laughing it off to deciding it’s a conspiracy theory.

There’s also some raw emotion when it comes time for the funeral for the fallen and a medal ceremony for the scouts. Floch, the only recruit to survive, makes it clear before the ceremony that he thinks Erwin should have been revived instead of Armin. In the end, Armin agrees with him. But before all of that, seeing Jean and Floch talking with Hitch about Marlo was kind of rough. Considering how Hitch had been portrayed previously, seeing her getting emotional was kind of surprising.

During the ceremony, when Eren takes Historia’s hand, he sees his father’s memory of when he approached the Reiss family and told them the truth about being from beyond the walls. This created an awkward moment during the ceremony, but it was nice for the audience to truly find out what happened during that confrontation.

We then get a time skip, and discover that the Titans that were in the walls have all been destroyed. Refugees were finally able to return to their home villages, and the scouts start exploring beyond the wall. They find a Titan that appears to have been trying to crawl toward the walls, but appears to have died in the process. By touching the Titan, Eren discovers this was an Eldian who had been turned into a Titan, and so the scouts decide to leave it alone. Floch, who is still with the scouts, tries to argue about killing it, but they ignore him.

But, thanks to going on this expedition, Eren, Mikasa, and Armin achieve their childhood dream of making it to the sea. The reactions of the scouts to the sea was amusing to see. But right near the end, Eren points out that enemies are at the other end of the sea, and wonders if they’ll truly achieve freedom if they kill all of their enemies. This definitely sets up that another season will have to happen, which is confirmed at the end with the “To be continued…” text that appears after the ending credits. Speaking of the ending credits, there’s a different song, and some interesting footage appears.

From what I’ve seen, it appears the next season of Attack on Titan will be the last, and that it’s scheduled to premiere in Fall 2020. It’s going to be interesting to see how this will all come to an end.