HBO Max to Add More Anime Titles to Its Catalog in August 2020

HBO Max and Crunchyroll have announced that the HBO Max streaming service will add Aldnoah.Zero, Inuyasha, Mob Psycho 100, The Promised Neverland, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica on August 4, 2020.

HBO Max launched on May 27, 2020. Crunchyroll offered 17 anime series at launch, and added four more in June 2020. Crunchyroll will offer more anime for HBO Max every quarter. Crunchyroll previously confirmed that only select content from Crunchyroll will be available on HBO Max.

The HBO Max streaming service costs US$14.99 per month.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces August 2020 Manga Releases

VIZ Media has announced the company’s manga releases for August 2020.

SHONEN JUMP

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4–Diamond Is Unbreakable Volume 6
by Hirohiko Araki

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $19.99

Yukako Yamagishi still loves Koichi Hirose, despite how their last rendezvous turned out! She’s so desperate for his love that she may make a drastic decision in order to win his heart—a decision that could have disastrous consequences when a new Stand appears. Is this an enemy Stand, or is it going to help her in her quest?

My Hero Academia: Smash!! Volume 5
by Hirofumi Neda, Original Concept by Kohei Horikoshi

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

News flash! Parody series are pretty embarrassing to the main series’ protagonists. And this final volume of the My Hero Academia parody series goes Plus Ultra with its Gag Quirk to explore new horizons of humiliation. If nothing else, you gotta check out Bakugo’s pretty boy makeover. But if he’s not amused, will anyone get the last laugh?

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 15
by Koyoharu Gotouge

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Tanjiro finally chases down the main body of the upper-rank demon Hantengu. However, dawn is approaching, and the rising sun is a threat to Nezuko. Tanjiro’s concern for his sister is a distraction from the focus he needs to fight Hantengu, and if he hesitates it could be the last mistake he ever makes. Elsewhere, Tamayo ponders the nature of Nezuko’s curse and how she could be so different from other demons.

Blue Exorcist Volume 24
by Kazue Kato

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Rin bears witness to the fateful Blue Night when his mother, Yuri Egin, gave birth to both Rin and Yukio. Rin never wanted to see—or even know about—his birth, but now he has learned something about himself that he may need in the coming conflict. Meanwhile, aboard the airship Dominus Liminus, the Illuminati and Lucifer move forward with their plans to bring forth Satan and return the world to nothingness. Lucifer has welcomed Yukio as an ally, but Yukio has other ideas.

We Never Learn Volume 11
by Taishi Tsutsui

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Fumino Furuhashi is truly gifted when it comes to literature, but not so great when it comes to the sciences… much to the disappointment of her father. Can they find common ground and repair their relationship before it’s too late?

Naruto: Naruto’s Story–Family Day (Novel)
by Shin Towada, Original Concept by Masashi Kishimoto

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Price: USA $10.99

To celebrate Family Day, Konohagakure’s new holiday, Naruto and his daughter Himawari are on the hunt for an elusive must-have item. Hinata wants to make the day memorable for her family, and even Sasuke makes special time with his daughter, Sarada, and his wife, Sakura. At the end of the day, will Family Day be a success?

Twin Star Exorcists Volume 19
by Yoshiaki Sukeno

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The battle against Yuto rages on, but without Benio, Rokuro can’t access the power of the Twin Stars. Or can someone
replace her? Then, the ominous reason Yuto became a Kegare is revealed.

Jujutsu Kaisen Volume 5
by Gege Akutami

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Everyone’s surprised (and not necessarily in a good way) when they find out Itadori survived, but there’s not time for a heartwarming reunion when Jujutsu High is in the midst of an intense competition with their rivals from Osak. But good sportsmanship doesn’t seem to be in the cards after the higherups plan to eliminate the Sukuna threat once and for all.

Black Clover Volume 22
by Yūki Tabata

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

With the help of the first Wizard King and the leader of the elves, Asta and Yuno now might have a chance against the Devil’s unlimited power. But in order to put an end to this long battle, the two young mages will have to show strength that they’ve never shown before.

One Piece Volume 94
by Eiichiro Oda

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The Straw Hats’ adventures in the samurai kingdom of Wano keep getting crazier. And when they learn the horrible truth
about the Smile fruits, their fury explodes. Meanwhile, Luffy’s still stuck in the labor camp with a whole army trying
to kill him. Can he use this opportunity to get even stronger?

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Volume 9
Story by Masashi Kishimoto, Art by Mikio Ikemoto, Script by Ukyo Kodachi

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

The battle between Naruto and Delta heats up as Boruto watches on from the sidelines. But when Delta starts using some despicable tactics, the kids may be forced to join the fight. Naruto is strong, but can he fend off such a fearsome foe while protecting others?

The Promised Neverland Volume 16
Written by Kaiu Shirai, Art by Posuka Demizu

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

In order to locate the Seven Walls, Emma and Ray find themselves trapped in a mysterious world. Can they escape this labyrinth and make the promise that will finally bring peace to this world? Meanwhile, Norman has his own plans.

Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru Volume 3
Written by Masashi Kishimoto, Art by Akira Okubo

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Hachimaru has survived the attack of the deadly assassin Ata, but he’s not out of danger just yet. When the moon starts
plummeting toward the planet, Hachimaru will have to use his master’s powerful technique in order to save everyone. But in order to save the entire galaxy, the other samurai keys will have to be found. What kinds of trouble await Hachimaru as he leaves his home for the first time?

SHOJO BEAT

Kaze Hikaru Volume 28
by Taeko Watanabe

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Warfare between the Choshu and the Bakufu factions seems inevitable. Will Sei and the Shinsengumi be drawn into the hostilities as well? Meanwhile, Captain Harada Sanosuke’s first child is born in Kyoto. While the Shinsengumi members
are overjoyed, trouble arises when Sanosuke names the child.

Ao Haru Ride Volume 12
by Io Sakisaka

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Futaba Yoshioka has encountered her first love again in high school, but he seems different from the boy she once knew.
Kou no longer wants to hold back how he feels about Futaba. He’s determined to keep trying long as he has even a sliver of a chance with her. Meanwhile, Futaba has decided to be more honest in her relationship with Toma, but is her heart still in it?

Shortcake Cake Volume 9
by Suu Morishita

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Ten wants to know everything about the boy she likes, so she asks Shiraoka about Riku’s past. But the truth that lies hidden behind Riku’s smile is devastatingly painful.

Fushigi Yûgi: Byakko Senki Volume 1
by Yuu Watase

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

After the Great Kanto earthquake strikes, Suzuno and Takao are trapped in their burning home. Takao has only one chance
to save his young daughter, and that is to send her into The Universe of the Four Gods.

Yona of the Dawn Volume 25
by Mizuho Kusanagi

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Yona comes face-to-face with Su-won and tells him that waging war against the nation of Xing would be disastrous. Later, she rushes back to Princess Kouren, but assassins and more dangers await in Xing. Will the Four Dragons be able to protect Yona from all who threaten her life?

Oresama Teacher Volume 27
by Izumi Tsubaki

On Sale Date: August 4, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

It’s time for the Midorigaoka school festival, and rumors abound that Mr. Maki has some trouble planned for the event.
Mafuyu escapes from the Hanabusa mansion and heads to campus in her Natsuo disguise, while Takaomi welcomes a posse of Midorigaoka alumni and some of Mafuyu’s delinquents from Saitama. With the troops all assembled, the only thing left to do is wait for Mr. Maki to make his move.

VIZ MEDIA

Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Volume 10
by Hiromu Arakawa

On Sale Date: August 11, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $19.99

In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. But before the Elrics’ personal tragedy, a bloody, unjust war caused suffering for many of their friends and allies.

Pokemon Adventures Collector’s Edition Volume 3
Written by Hidenori Kusaka, Art by MATO

On Sale Date: August 11, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $17.99

Trainer Amarillo del Bosque Verde, while on the hunt for the famous Pokemon Trainer, Red, continues to gather other
Trainers, Gym Leaders and even a few enemies to fight against the team known as the Elite Four. And rival Trainers Gold and Silver put aside their differences to battle Team Rocket.

Collects the original Pokemon Adventures Volumes 7, 8 & 9.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 7
by Akira Himekawa

On Sale Date: August 11, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

Link’s battle with his dark alter ego leaves him wounded and exhausted. With Midna gone and Link unable to harness the
power of the Master Sword, his quest seems doomed. Visions of a grizzled warrior also haunt his dreams, but who is it? And what can this warrior teach Link that he will need to defeat Ganondorf? Certainly Link will need the Master Sword again, but only a true hero can wield the power of that legendary weapon.

A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow Volume 4
by Makoto Hagino

On Sale Date: August 11, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

A sudden fever keeps Koyuki from participating at the Aquarium Club open house during the Nanahama High School culture festival. After a successful solo amberjack show, Konatsu stops by to wish Koyuki well and teasingly compares her to the salamander from a short story. Now Koyuki can’t stop thinking about how Konatsu once compared herself to the frog from that story. As school obligations keep them apart, Koyuki and Konatsu start to realize just how important they
are to each other.

Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
by Ryo Takamisaki

On Sale Date: August 11, 2020
Age Rating: All Ages
Price: USA $9.99

Adventure explodes into action with the debut of Mewtwo, a bioengineered Pokémon created from the DNA of Mew, the rarest of all Pokemon. After escaping from the lab where it was created, Mewtwo is determined to prove its own superiority. It lures a number of talented Trainers into a Pokemon battle like no other—and of course, Ash and his friends are happy to accept the challenge.

Ash’s excitement turns to fear and anger when Mewtwo reveals its plan for domination, creating powerful clones of our heroes’ Pokemon so it can even the “imbalance” between Pokemon and their Trainers. Despite Ash’s protests, Mewtwo refuses to believe that Pokemon and people can be friends. But faced with the determination and loyalty of a young Trainer, Mewtwo just might live to reconsider… especially when pitted against the power of the mysterious Mew.

VIZ SIGNATURE

Blue Flag Volume 3
by KAITO

On Sale Date: August 18, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $12.99

Toma gets seriously hurt diving in front of a car to save Taichi, leaving Taichi racked with guilt over not only getting his best friend hurt, but also stealing Toma’s last chance at making the summer baseball tournament. Guilty, angry and hurt, the two boys clash in an emotionally raw argument. Futaba, worried about both of them, invites Taichi to a certain spot to hopefully cheer him up.

Urusei Yatsura Volume 7
by Rumiko Takahashi

On Sale Date: August 18, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $19.99

Princess Kurama the crow goblin is bound to marry the man who awakens her with a kiss—but please, let it be anyone but
Ataru. Hoping to replace Ataru with a different suitor, Kurama decides to return to her enchanted slumber. On a sunny
afternoon, her capsule descends toward Earth once more… but will she land the man she truly wants?

Ôoku: The Inner Chambers Volume 17
by Fumi Yoshinaga

On Sale Date: August 18, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $12.99

Prince Kazu is not the consort shogun Iemochi was expecting, but the young ruler is determined to make their relationship a good one. And despite her initial distaste for Edo and everything about it, Prince Kazu find herself warming to her spouse. But the world beyond the safety of the Inner Chambers is a cruel one, and the secret of their fragile marriage is under constant threat from of discovery.

Golden Kamuy Volume 17
by Satoru Noda

On Sale Date: August 18, 2020
Age Rating: Mature
Price: USA $12.99

While Sugimoto races north by dogsled, Asirpa crosses the border with Kiroranke into Russian territory. Kiroranke was
once involved in the assassination of the Russian Czar Alexander II, and the Russians, tipped off by Tsurumi that
Kiroranke was heading into their territory on Karafuto, have set an ambush at the border. The dark pasts of Asirpa’s
traveling companions are now coming to light, along with the secrets of her own father.

Venus in the Blind Spot
by Junji Ito

On Sale Date: August 18, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $22.99

This ultimate collection presents the most remarkable short works of Junji Ito’s career, featuring an adaptation of Rampo Edogawa’s classic horror story “Human Chair” and fan favorite “The Enigma of Amigara Fault.” In a deluxe
presentation with special color pages and color illustrations from his most recent long-form manga No Longer Human, every page invites readers to revel in a world of terror.

SHONEN SUNDAY

Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 8
by Tomohito Oda

On Sale Date: August 11, 2020
Age Rating: Teen
Price: USA $9.99

It’s time for the school trip to Kyoto. Komi has never been on a school trip before, but she’s not worried. After all, she’ll have Tadano and her friends at her side. But then she’s assigned to be buddies with two girls she doesn’t even know who don’t seem very nice. Is Kyoto ruined, or will Komi be able to make new friends all on her own?

Hayate the Combat Butler Volume 36
by Kenjiro Hata

On Sale Date: August 11, 2020
Age Rating: Teen+
Price: USA $9.99

Ruka has thrown down the gauntlet. By confessing her feelings for Hayate and going in for a lip lock, the idol singer
turned manga artist puts our hero in danger of actually getting a girlfriend. To stop this unacceptable slackening of
romantic tension, Nagi makes an offer Ruka ca’’t refuse. Now Hayate’s fate rests on the outcome of a manga drawing
competition between the two aspiring artists. Does Hayate have any say on which girl he ends up with? Ha ha, of course
not.

The Promised Neverland Manga Ends

This year’s 28th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has published the final chapter of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu’s The Promised Neverland manga.

Shirai and Demizu launched The Promised Neverland manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in August 2016. VIZ Media publishes the manga digitally and in print in North America. MANGA Plus also publishes the manga digitally in English.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment to Add the English Dub for The Promised Neverland Anime

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will begin streaming the English dub of The Promised Neverland anime on July 1, 2020 in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Adult Swim’s Toonami block premiered the anime’s English dub from Bang Zoom! in April 2019. The dub features Erica Mendez as Emma, Jeannie Tirado as Norman, Laura Stahl as Ray, and Laura Post as Isabella.

The Promised Neverland anime premiered on Japanese television in January 2019. Aniplex of America simulcast the anime on Crunchyroll, Hulu, FUNimation, and HIDIVE as it aired. Toonami began airing the anime in April 2019. The anime’s second season has been pushed back from October 2020 to January 2021 in Japan due to the effect of COVID-19 on the production.

Source: ANN

Amazon Is Developing The Promised Neverland Live-Action Series

Variety and Deadline have both reported that Amazon is developing an English-language live-action series adaptation of Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu’s The Promised Neverland manga. Rodney Rothman is directing the adaptation, and Meghan Malloy is writing the pilot.

Rothman is an executive producer with Masi Oka, and Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Miri Yoon. Fox 21 Television Studios and Amazon Studios are producing the adaptation.

A Japanese live-action film adaptation of The Promised Neverland is scheduled open in Japanese theaters on December 18, 2020.

Source: ANN

The Second Season of The Promised Neverland Anime Delayed to January 2021 Due to COVID-19

The official Twitter account for The Promised Neverland manga has announced that the premiere date of the second season of the television anime adaptation of the manga has been pushed back from October 2020 to January 2021 due to the effect of COVID-19 on the production. The planned rerun of the first season has similarly been postponed from July 2020 to October 2020.

The first season of The Promised Neverland premiered in January 2019. Aniplex of America simulcast the anime on Crunchyroll, Hulu, Funimation, and HIDIVE as it aired. Toonami began airing the anime in April 2019.

Source: ANN

The Promised Neverland Manga to Take a One Issue Break and Return on May 11, 2020

This year’s 20th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced that Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu’s The Promised Neverland manga will take a one issue break.

The magazine stated that the manga will be off for the 21st issue on April 20, 2020 and will return in the combined 22nd and 23rd issue on April 27, 2020. However, Weekly Shonen Jump issue 21 is now delayed due to issues surrounding the coronavirus disease COVID-19 in Japan, and Shueisha will instead publish the issue as a combined 21st and 22nd issue on April 27, 2020. The manga will instead return in the 23rd issue on May 11, 2020. VIZ Media has also confirmed this news in its app, stating the manga will return on May 10, 2020 (U.S. time).

The Promised Neverland previously took one week breaks in October 2019, December 2019, and February 2020.

Source: ANN

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Is #2 on the U.S. Monthly Bookscan March 2020 List

15 manga volumes appeared on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 Adult Graphic Novel list for March 2020:

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 11 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#2)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 19 by ONE and Yūsuke Murata (#3)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • Berserk Deluxe Volume 4 by Kentarou Miura (#6)
  • Dragon Ball Super Volume 8 by Toyotarō (#7)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 23 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#8)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 22 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#12)
  • Uzumaki Hardcover by Junji Ito (#14)
  • The Promised Neverland Volume 14 by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu (#15)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#16)
  • BEASTARS Volume 5 by Paru Itagaki (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#19)

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Is #2 on the January 2020 NPD BookScan Top 20 Adult Graphic Novel List

17 manga volumes appeared on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 Adult Graphic Novel list for January 2020:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#2)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 6 by Akira Himekawa (#5)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 10 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#6)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 22 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#7)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#8)
  • Uzumaki by Junji Ito (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#12)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 20 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#13)
  • No Longer Human by Junji Ito (#14)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 21 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#15)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#16)
  • Persona 5 Volume 1 by Hisato Murasaki (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 19 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 18 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#19)
  • The Promised Neverland Volume 13 by Kaiu Shirai (#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 — but not sales at comic book stores, Walmart.com, and some other venues.

Source: The Fandom Post

The Promised Neverland Manga to Take a One Week Break So Authors Can Do Research

This year’s ninth issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced that Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu’s The Promised Neverland manga will take a one week break so the authors can do research. The manga will return in the 11th issue of the magazine, which ships on February 10, 2020.

The manga previously took one week breaks in October 2019 and December 2019.

Shirai and Demizu launched The Promised Neverland manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in August 2016. VIZ Media publishes the manga in North America.

Source: ANN