Crunchyroll Announces Titles Leaving Its Service on May 28, 2021

Crunchyroll has announced that the following anime will leave the service on May 28, 2021:

  • Classroom☆Crisis
  • Day Break Illusion
  • Durarara!!
  • Durarara!!×2 Shō
  • Durarara!!×2 Ten
  • Durarara!!×2 Ketsu
  • High School Fleet
  • I’ve Always Liked You
  • Occult Academy
  • R.O.D -The TV-
  • Silver Spoon
  • Samurai Flamenco
  • The Moment You Fall in Love
  • Vividred Operation
  • World Conquest Zvezda Plot
  • Wagnaria!!
  • Wagnaria!!2
  • Wagnaria!!3

FUNimation Entertainment is streaming the Durarara!!, Durarara!!×2, Classroom Crisis, Samurai Flamenco, High School Fleet, Silver Spoon, Vividred Operation, and World Conquest Zvezda Plot anime.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment Adds the Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, Durarara!!, and Durarara!!×2 Anime to Its Catalog

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming the Blue Exorcist, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, Durarara!!, and Durarara!!×2 anime in English and in Japanese with English subtitles on February 11, 2020.

The first Blue Exorcist television anime series premiered in 2011. The anime debuted on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in February 2014.

The Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga anime premiered in Japan in January 2017, and Aniplex of America streamed the series on Crunchyroll and Daisuki.

The first Durarara!! anime premiered in January 2010, and it premiered on the Adult Swim block in June 2011.

The Durarara!!×2 Ketsu (Conclusion) anime premiered in Japan in January 2016. Crunchyroll simulcast the series as it aired.

Source: ANN

Yen Press to Publish Durarara!! Re;Dollars Arc Manga in May 2016

Yen Press has announced that it will begin publishing the Durarara!! Re;Dollars Arc manga in May 2016.

Aogiri is began the ongoing Durarara!! Re;Dollars Arc manga in Square Enix’s G Fantasy magazine in November 2014, after Akio Satorigi ended the Durarara!! Yellow Scarves Arc manga in October 2014. Square Enix shipped the first compiled volume in Japan in July 2015.

Yen Press has previously licensed the Durarara!!, Durarara!! Saika Arc, and Durarara!! Yellow Scarves Arc manga.

Source: ANN

Durarara!!×2 Sho Getting Episode 4.5 In Theaters

The official website for the Durarara!!×2 Sho sequel anime has announced that the series will have an “Episode 4.5” premiere in Japanese theaters on May 30, 2015.

The episode, titled “Watashi no Kokoro wa Nabe Moyo” (My Heart is in the Pattern of a Hot Pot), adapts Ryohgo Narita’s original short story of the same name that was included in the Durarara!! Gaiden!? (Durarara!! Side Story!?) book of short stories that was released in celebration of the series’ 10th anniversary.

The episode will last 25 minutes, and will have 25 minutes of theater-only extra footage. The content of the extra footage will be announced at a later time.

The episode will screen at theaters across Japan, with tickets going on sale at theaters on March 3, 2015 for the price of 1,200 yen (about US$10). Special, limited edition tickets with a CD attached are currently available for pre-order for the price of 2,200 yen (about US$18.50). The limited edition bundle will be available to purchase at both the “Russia Sushi Shop” website, and also at the Anime Japan 2015 event that is being held next month.

Shuka is producing the Durarara!!×2 Sho anime, and Takahiro Omori is directing. Noboru Takagi is in charge of series composition, Takahiro Kishida is designing the characters, and Makoto Yoshimori is providing the music.

The Durarara!!×2 anime is currently broadcasting in Japan, and is simulcasting in North America on the Aniplex Channel, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.

Source: ANN

Aniplex of America Outlines Releases for the Koimonogatari, Nisekoi, and Durarara!! Anime

Aniplex of America revealed details about forthcoming releases for Koimonogatari, Nisekoi, and Durarara!! during the company’s Otakon Vegas panel.

The English-subtitled Koimonogatari set will have all six episodes of the Hitagi End arc (the fifth arc in Monogatari Series Second Season) on two Blu-ray Discs. The set has an MSRP of US$74.98 (US$59.98 at retail), and will be released on February 24, 2015. Pre-orders for the set begin on January 16, 2015.

Video contents include:

  • Textless Openings (Hitagi Solo & Duet Versions)
  • Textless Ending
  • Promotional Video & Commercial Collections

Packaged Bonuses:

  • Deluxe Booklet
  • Pinup Postcard Set
  • Package Illustrated by Character Designer Akio Watanabe

Nisekoi Volumes 3 and 4 will ship on Blu-ray Disc on March 31, 2015 and on May 26, 2015, respectively. Volume 3 will include Episodes 11-15, and Volume 4 will have the final five episodes of the first season. Pre-orders for the set begin on January 16, 2015.

Each volume will feature:

  • Spoken Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of Disc: 1
  • Total Run Time: About 125 min.
  • Textless Ending (All-Star Version in #3, Heroines Version in #4)
  • Textless Ending (Marika Version in #3, Chitoge & Kosaki Version in #4)
  • Collectible Ending Card Pin-ups
  • Deluxe Poster and Package Illustrated by Nobuhiro Sugiyama (Character Designer/Chief Animation Director)
  • Bushiroad’s Collectible Weiss Schwarz Exclusive PR Card (while supplies last)

Aniplex of America is also releasing the Durarara!! Complete Blu-ray Box Set, which will include all 24 episodes of the television series and two original video video anime episodes. The set will feature English versions of the episodes on five Blu-ray Discs. The set ships on April 7, 2015, and pre-orders begin on January 16, 2015.

Information on this release:

  • Video: 16:9 HD Widescreen
  • Audio: English and Japanese
  • Subtitles: English and Japanese
  • Episodes: All 26 episodes (24 TV episodes + 2 OVA episodes)
  • Total length of more than 600 minutes
  • Bonus Videos: Textless Openings and Endings

Source: ANN

Aniplex of America Announces Discontinuance of Several Products

Aniplex of America has announced that the company will be discontinuing sales of eight products on October 31, 2014. Fans who may have been waiting to purchase these items are encouraged to make their purchases before this date as no new orders will be taken for these following SKUs and will no longer be available through official retailers:

AOA-1801: Blue Exorcist DVD Volume 1 [DVD released in 2011]
AOA-1802: Blue Exorcist DVD Volume 2 [DVD released in 2012]
AOA-1804: Blue Exorcist DVD Volume 4 [DVD released in 2012]
AOA-0702: Durarara!! DVD Part 2 [DVD released in 2011]
AOA-0703: Durarara!! DVD Part 3 [DVD released in 2011]
42000: Gurren Lagann The Movie -Childhood’s End- Limited Edition [DVD released in 2008]
42001: Gurren Lagann The Movie -Childhood’s End- Regular Edition [DVD released in 2008]
42003: Gurren Lagann The Movie -The Lights in the Sky are Stars- Limited Edition [DVD released in 2010]

Source: ANN

New Durarara!! Television Anime Series Confirmed

It was announced during the Dengeki Game Festival 2014 that there will be a new Durarara!! television anime series.

Studio Shuka will be producing the new series, Takahiro Omori returns as director, and Noboru Takagi returns to scripting duties. Makoto Yoshimori is in charge of music production, while Takaharu Kishida will be adapting the character designs from author Suzuhito Yasuda’s original illustrations.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: Durarara!! Volume One

Durarara!! Volume One is a manga by Akiyo Satorigi, and it’s based on a light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita. This manga was published in North America by Yen Press in 2012. The series is rated “OT” for older teens; from what I’ve read so far, I would agree with this rating.

Durarara!! Volume 1
Written by: Akiyo Satorigi
Publisher: Square Enix
English Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: January 24, 2012

A boy named Mikado Ryugamine comes to Tokyo for the first time in order to attend school with his childhood friend, Kida Masaomi. During his first day in Tokyo, Kida warns Mikado about the people he should avoid. Mikado also witnesses an urban legend called “the Black Rider,” which is a headless rider on a black motorcycle; after this encounter, he becomes rather fascinated by life in the big city. During this volume, Mikado meets Walker Yumasaki, Erika Karisawa, Simon Brezhnev, and Izaya Orihara.

There’s a subplot with a character named Seiji Yagiri, who is being stalked by a girl, a subplot with the Black Rider, as well as a subplot with Izaya Orihara concerning two girls who want to commit suicide.

As part of the narrative, you will occasionally see some of the characters in online chats, using online aliases. From what’s being said in the chats, the reader can begin figuring which online alias goes with which character.

Even though I have seen the first episode of the Durarara!! anime series, there are portions of the story in this volume that did not appear in that episode. With the knowledge I have from that first anime episode, I was pretty much able to follow Mikado’s storyline and some of the Black Rider’s storyline without too much trouble. However, the storylines with Seiji and Izaya were new to me when I read this volume.

I will be the first to admit that while the story of Durarara!! seems to be interesting, it can be a little hard to follow. I also felt the same way after watching the first episode of the anime series. However, I get the feeling that as the series progresses, the various characters’ storylines will somehow find a way to intersect; perhaps if that happens, the story will become a little easier to follow.

Art-wise, the style seems to be reminiscent of what I remember from the anime series. The overall feel of the manga has a distinctive look to it, and the art is interesting to look at.

Durarara!! is a manga series that shows potential. This is a series I would recommend to manga readers who enjoy stories that make the reader think doesn’t  really feel like any manga series that they have read previously.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Durarara!! Volume One that I checked out through the King County Library System.

Sailor Moon Is #2 Selling Graphic Novel in the U.S. for February 2012

Sailor Moon Volume 3 by Naoko Takeuchi was the #2 selling graphic novel in the United States for February 2012, according to Nielsen BookScan’s list of the top 20 graphic novels in American bookstores.

The other manga titles to appear in the February 2012 list include:

  • Naruto Volume 54 by Masashi Kishimoto (#4)
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi Volume 33 by Ken Akamatsu(#5)
  • Bleach Volume 38 by Tite Kubo (#6)
  • Blue Exorcist Volume 6 by Kazue Katō (#7)
  • Black Butler Volume 8 by Yana Toboso (#9)
  • Sailor Moon Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi (#14)
  • Bakuman. Volume 9 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata(#15)
  • Naruto Volume 53 by Masashi Kishimoto (#16)
  • Sailor Moon Volume 2 by Naoko Takeuchi (#17)
  • Durarara!! Volume 1 by Ryohgo Narita (#18)

The BookScan rankings include sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases. However, sales from comic book shops, Walmart, and some other venues are not included.

Source: ANN