Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Manga to End in March 2019

The April 2019 issue of Kodansha’s Monthly Shonen Sirius magazine has announced that Ryo Suzukaze and Satoshi Shiki’s Attack on Titan: Before the Fall manga will end in the next issue on March 26, 2019.

The manga adapts Suzukaze and character designer THORES Shibamoto’s novel series of the same name. The novels are a spin-off of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga. Suzukaze and Shiki launched the manga in Monthly Shonen Sirius in 2013. Kodansha published the manga’s 16th volume in Japan on December 7, 2018.

Source: ANN

The First Seasons of the Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia Anime Removed From Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is currently no longer streaming the first seasons of the Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia anime. The respective second and third seasons are still available. Crunchyroll told Anime News Network that it is “working through the rights for season 1 for both titles and will share any additional details soon.”

Both series were among the few FUNimation-licensed anime that remained on Crunchyroll after Crunchyroll and FUNimation ended their partnership to share content in November 2018.

Source: ANN

Top 20 Selling Manga on BookScan’s December 2018 List

NPD BookScan has released its Top 20 Manga List for December 2018:

  1. My Hero Academia Volume 16 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  2. My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  3. My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  4. My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  5. My Hero Academia Volume 15 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  6. Attack on Titan Volume 26 by Hajime Isayama
  7. My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  8. Splatoon Volume 5 by Sankichi Hinodeya
  9. My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 4 by Akira Himekawa
  11. My Hero Academia Volume 14 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  12. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida
  13. RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 3
  14. Monster Musume Volume 14 by OKAYADO
  15. Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 8 by Sui Ishida
  16. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yuusuke Murata
  17. My Hero Academia Volume 6 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  18. RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 1
  19. RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 2
  20. Splatoon Volume 1 by Sankichi Hinodeya

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Manga Is #1 on the U.S. BookScan Top 20 Selling Graphic Novel List for December 2018

NPD BookScan’s Top 20 selling graphic novel list for December 2018 includes 13 manga volumes:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 16 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#1)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#3)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 15 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 26 by Hajime Isayama (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • Splatoon Volume 5 by Sankichi Hinodeya (#15)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#16)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 4 by Akira Himekawa (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 14 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#19)
  • RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 3 (#20)

The BookScan rankings collect data sales from more than 16,000 locations including Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases. However, sales at comic book stores, Walmart.com, and some other venues are not included.

Source: ANN

12 Days of Anime: Day 12

Here we are, the final day of the 12 Days of Anime. Today, I’m going to be splitting this post into two topics. The first half will cover the anime I know that I’m looking forward to seeing in 2019, and the second will talk about the anime that I hope will continue sometime in 2019.

First off, the anime I’m looking forward to seeing in 2019:

Aggretsuko

Netflix has announced that a new season of Aggretsuko will premiere in 2019, but no premiere date has been set yet. I can’t wait to binge watch this next season and find out how Retsuko’s story will continue.

The second half of Attack on Titan Season 3

Since I’m further ahead in the manga than where the story ended in the first half of Season 3, I know what’s going to be coming in the second half. However, what I’m looking forward to is seeing how the anime will depict these events.

Fruits Basket reboot

It was announced that a reboot of the Fruits Basket anime will be launching in Japan in 2019, but a premiere date has not been set yet. The promotional material states that this reboot will cover the story of the entire manga, which is something I know I’ve been wanting to see for years. And from the reactions I’ve seen online, it appears that many anime fans are anticipating this as well. The art that has been previewed so far gives a more modern look to the franchise without making it unrecognizable.

One-Punch Man

Even though the concept of a superhero being able to knock out his opponents in one punch seems a little strange, it actually works. I enjoyed the first season of the anime, and I hope the second season for One-Punch Man will be just as good.

And here are the series that I hope will continue at some point in 2019:

Haikyu!!

I just realized that it’s been almost two years(!) since the last episode of Haikyu!! aired. The way the episode ended, it was obvious the story was going to continue. To be honest, I had thought we would have had a new season by now. My hope is that maybe they’re wanting to wait until the manga has enough material for them to have a substantial season, instead of just 12-13 episodes. Considering it’s been two years since the last episode of the anime, it’s potentially possible there could be enough material to warrant making a decent sized season. I’m praying to the anime gods that in 2019, we will at least get an announcement of a new season being in development, if not actually getting another season within the next 12 months.

Since I originally wrote this post, it has since been confirmed that there will be a new Haikyu!! anime series, and that there will be a “special preview” event in September 2019. In the announcement, though, it wasn’t explicitly stated that it would be a fourth season. But it would be dumb to do something other than a fourth season…

The Seven Deadly Sins

With the way the most recent season ended, the story is not over by a long shot. While we may have just gotten this season in North America on Netflix a couple of months ago, it premiered almost a year ago in Japan. Getting another season of this in 2019 is probably a long shot, especially if they are waiting for the mangaka to progress the story. The most likely scenario is that we could get an announcement of another season by the end of 2019, but that a new season wouldn’t actually begin airing until 2020. But it doesn’t hurt to wish for something a little more unrealistic, such as actually getting the next season in 2019.

Yowamushi Pedal

The most recent season ended as the third day of the 42nd Inter-High was just starting, so there’s obviously more story to be told. It’s been almost a year since Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line premiered, so hopefully there could be some news soon. I don’t know how much ahead the manga is in comparison to the end of the fourth season at this point, but hopefully the manga is getting close to telling how the third day Inter-High ends, if it hasn’t gotten there already. My guess is that the anime studio is waiting for that resolution before producing another season of the anime.

12 Days of Anime: Day 2

2018 was a great year for me personally when it came to anime, because five anime series I had followed in the past continued with new episodes this year.

It started in January 2018, with the debut of Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line, the fourth anime season for the Yowamushi Pedal franchise. We got to see more of the 42nd Inter-High, as well as get character development for Yuto and Kishigami. The only downer for this season was the fact that it ended right at the beginning of the third day of the Inter-High. But even with that slight disappointment, it was overall a good season for the anime.

There were no continuations for me to start watching in Spring 2018, but I suddenly had two anime continuation simulcasts for Summer 2018. The first of the two that I started watching was Free! -Dive to the Future-. Even though I hadn’t seen the anime film that led up to this point, I was still able to follow what was going on through flashbacks. I enjoyed most of the season, especially the character development for some of the main characters, but I felt the ending was on the rushed side.

Summer 2018 also brought Attack on Titan Season 3, which picks up exactly where the previous season had left off. Unfortunately, the audience was not provided a recap of what had happened in the previous season in order to remember how we had gotten to this point. Having read this portion of the manga, though, I was able to piece together what had happened. And since I have read the portion of the manga that this season covers, I can say that the pacing was tightened up a bit, which helped to make the anime telling a little more exciting. However, it seemed everyone was caught off-guard when this season ended, because it was already known that there were going to be more episodes for the season and it had been assumed that all of the episodes were going to air in two consecutive seasons. Oh well. The series will continue in Spring 2019, so just a few more months of waiting to see how the anime will adapt the next section of the manga.

The Fall 2018 simulcast season has brought us Sword Art Online: Alicization. At the time I’m writing this, I have seen eight episodes of this season. All I can say is that a lot of the focus is on Kirito and what’s happening in the game world that he’s in. We had a couple of episodes featuring Asuna in the real world, but that the episodes featuring her have been a little on the dryer side. Hopefully in the future, when there are episodes that focus on her in the real world, that she’ll get a little more in the way of action.

October 2018 also saw Netflix release the entirety of The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments on their streaming service. This picks up exactly where The Seven Deadly Sins ended, except it reveals the fact that the final scene of the first series is actually from a dream that Elizabeth has. The series focuses on the revival of the Ten Commandments, but we also get character development for Gowther and Diane. It was an interesting season, although I came to feel that The Ten Commandments are overpowered. While yes, they need to be powerful adversaries, I felt that they were too powerful. But the character development and character stories are engaging enough that it does help to offset the overpowered villains. The story doesn’t end at the end of this series, though, so hopefully there will be another season in the works at some point.

Andy Muschietti to Direct the Hollywood Attack on Titan Film

Variety has reported that Warner Bros. finalized a deal with Japanese publisher Kodansha to produce a feature film based on Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga. Andy Muschietti is on board to direct.

David Heyman, Masi Oka, and Andy’s sister Barbara Muschietti are producing the film.

Deadline Hollywood reported in January 2017 that Warner Bros. was in negotiations to get the film rights (with Heyman on board to produce), but Kodansha claimed that the report was incorrect.

Source: ANN