Sword Art Online news: Alicization entire anime and Spin-off OP/ED singer!

Alicization

Announced at a fan event called SAO and GGO New Anime and Original Work Stage, Kazuma Miki stated that the upcoming Sword Art Online season 3 anime will cover the entire Alicization arc. Kazuma Miki is the light novel editor to the story and producer to the anime. Reki Kawahara is the creator and author of the light novel series Sword Art Online. From assumption, rather than having multiple arcs like the past seasons, season will only be focused on Alicization (SAO season 1 had the Sword Art Online and Fairy Dance arcs, and season 2 had Phantom Bullet, Calibur and Mother Rosario arcs). In the light novels, the Alicization arc covers volume 9-18 and it takes place after the events in Mother Rosario and Ordinal Scale movie.

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Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online

Also announced from the event, we got news on who will sing for the opening and ending song for the spin-off anime, Sword Art Online Alternative Online. It’s been revealed that the voice actress Tomori Kusunoki will be performing for both songs for the anime. It’s unknown what is the name of the songs, but Kusunoki will be doing both parts. She is also the voice actress for the character Llenn. This anime is set to be premiered in April this year.

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Source:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-02-16/sword-art-online-alicization-anime-to-cover-entire-alicization-arc/.127914

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-17/tomori-kusunoki-performs-ending-theme-for-sword-art-online-alternative-gun-gale-online-anime/.127916

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Batman Ninja anime English Dub and Release Date

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Revealed a while back, the people who worked on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures, Afro Samurai and Gurren Lagann came together and created an anime adaptation of Batman called Batman Ninja. Announced today at Anime News Network, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released an English Dub trailer and the cast for this anime movie. The movie will be set for physical release on May 8th for a Blu-Ray/DVD combo, DVD, Blu-Ray Steelbook case. However, the movie is available early on April 24th if you want it digital. The movie will also have Japanese Dub if you prefer to watch it in Japanese. Here is the cast for the movie:

English:

Japanese:

Anime Synopsis:

Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine transports many of Batman’s worst enemies to feudal Japan – along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies – including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family – to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City.

Sidenote: I feel like this movie should have been titled as Batman Samurai instead since with the armor, he looks like a samurai. I can’t believe that the voice of Ignis from Final Fantasy XV will be Alfred!

Anime singer Eir Aoi returns from hiatus

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If you ever seen the anime Kill la Kill or Sword Art Online season 2, you might have heard her sing in the first opening songs. Recently announced in her site and Anime News Network, the singer Eir Aoi comes out of hiatus. She is planning to come back and perform in the spring.

If you did not know, Eir Aoi took an indefinite hiatus in November 2016 due to poor health. She actually announced on August 2016 that she would cancel her plans in special activities. Until then, she has taken the time to heal and rest herself. Now in 2018, she is back and ready to do more songs.

Resource:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-07/singer-eir-aoi-returns-from-hiatus/.127492

[OWLS February Blog Tour] Clannad: Competition with today and past life

Competition

In honor of the 2018 Winter Olympics, this month topic will focus on the theme, “Competition” because the Olympics is where athletes from all countries join together to compete in sporting events. Through these events, we see how “competition” brings out the grit, the teamwork, and the competitive spirit within athletes. This month, we will be exploring anime and pop culture media that discusses the good and the bad when it comes to competition and what it can teach us about ourselves and the world around us.

(For this topic, I will be talking about Clannad. I might reveal some spoilers to the anime; however, I won’t be talking about the main story that much and I will talk on some minor stuff. I won’t be talking about the ending of the anime as well.)

Please read BeckNaja‘s Competition post in the topic series Ashita no Joe.

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Anime News: Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie returns in theaters and Vrains English Dub!

Yu-Gi-Oh!

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What’s up my Otaku friends! I got some interesting news to share with you. Coming in March, we got an anime movie and it’s not Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale last year. Instead, 4Kids and Warner Bros came together are bringing back the classic 2004 Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie, also known as the Pyramid of Light. According to ANN, the movie will be back in theaters for North America and the dates are March 11th and 12th. In March 11th, the time of the movie will be at 12:55 p.m. and March 12 will be at 7:00 p.m.

Synopsis:

In “Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie”, a heroic Yugi squares off against archrival Kaiba in an adventure even more dangerous when the imaginary monsters in their playing cards become ferociously real… and when an old evil enters the fray. Who will win this ultimate smackdown? Whether you’re a novice Duelist or a professional, you’ll want to watch and find out!

But wait, there’s more!

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According to the subtext of the headlines, fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! will be treated with an added bonus of seeing a preview of the English of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. VRAINS is the sixth generation of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series.

Crunchyroll describes the story:

In “Den City” where the latest network has developed, people were dueling day and night in the VR world called “LINK VRAINS” managed by SOL Technology Inc. The main character, Yusaku Fujiki is a quiet high school student with a great insight. He has been dueling, transforming himself into his avatar “Playmaker”, to battle the “The Knights of Hanoi” that plots to destroy “LINK VRAINS”.

Sword Art Online movie is available in Digital!

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Announced through Twitter, Aniplex of America announced that the anime movie Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale is available for digital platforms. According to the tweet, you can buy/rent the movie on Prime Videos (Amazon), Xbox. iTunes and Vudu. Someone mentioned if this movie is also coming to Playstation and it will be added later. So, if you want to watch this movie in a quick and convenient manner without paying for a physical copy, you can rely on digital. The movie will be available for users who wants to watch it in English Dub or Subbed.

I checked in iTunes and if you are in North America, the movie costs $14.99 if you want to buy it. Renting the movie will be $4.99.

Amazon New Streaming Service: Pokemon Channel

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Remember the news of Amazon getting rid of the anime streaming service Anime Strike? Well, Amazon is back again but this time, they are targeting Pokemon.

According to IGN, Amazon announced that Amazon Prime members will be able to stream and watch their favorite episode/seasons of the anime Pokemon. The new service is called Pokemon Channel and the service will also include TV seasons, specials like Pokemon: Origins and movies. According to Amazon, the movies will be rotated “regularly” which means that the movies they stream will be changed periodically. Here is what is being streamed currently:

Movies

  • Pokemon: The Movie 2000
  • Pokemon 3: The Movie
  • Pokemon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
  • Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea

TV

  • Seasons 2-5
  • Seasons 10-16

However, there is a catch to this service. In order to use Pokemon Channel, you have to be a Prime member AND you have to pay $3 (USD) a month. If you are curious about this, they are offering a seven day trial to Pokemon Channel.

Are you going to try Pokemon Channel?

Burn Up! OVA review

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Rightsuf synopsis:

Maki, Reimi and Yuka may not look like ace crime fighters, which is why they’re stuck on traffic patrol, but all that changes when Yuka gets herself kidnapped. Then Maki and Reimi must don skin-tight battle armor and teach the kidnapper that when you play with fire, you’re going to get burned!

(No spoilers!)

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Discotek Movie news: Blu-Ray anime and movies!

It’s always good news when a company licenses and releases an anime movie especially if it was previously exclusive for Japan.

Announced at Twitter and Anime News Network, Discotek, English anime license company, revealed some anime movie titles that they were able to license and are set to be released for North America on March 27!

For movies, Discotek will be releasing a double-featured set of the movie based on the series Zatch Bell. The collection will have all the two movies. The first movie is called 101st Devil and the second movie is Attack of the Mechavulcan. Both these movies will be in English Sub only. Here is the synopsis for both:

Zatch Bell: 101st Devil:

While the battle to determine the next king of the demon realm has often been fraught, the rules were always clear: 100 demon children partnered with 100 humans would challenge each other, using 100 magical books. What none of them knew was that there was a 101st magical book, powerful enough to stop any of the others. Gash and Kiyomaro must begin a journey that will take them into the demon realm to confront the mysteries of Gash’s past. But will they escape in time to help their friends in a battle with a seemingly unstoppable enemy.

Zatch Bell: Attack of the Mechavulcan:

As Kiyomaro races to catch the bus to seaside camp, little does he know that Dr. M2, a demonic magic scientist from the future, has sent out a robot to kidnap him. He’s trapped in limbo with the mad magic scientist who wants to be his partner and an army of Vulcan robot lookalikes. Dr. M2 sends a robot to pretend to befriend Gash, keeping him away from Kiyomaro until M2 can abscond with the teen genius to the future. In the end, it comes down to saving the world with a little help from their friends…

 

Even though FUNimation dubbed the anime TV series of Toriko, Discotek was able to license the movie Toriko: Secret Recipe of the Gourmet God. The movie will be subtitled. Here is the synopsis for the movie:

In a world where the most delicious ingredients come from dangerous lands and deadly beasts, only the strongest and bravest can be true gourmands. Toriko is a Gourmet Hunter, a mighty warrior with Gourmet Cells. These can be implanted into humans, and those who successfully intergrate them see rapid enhancement of their particular traits, alowing them to gain superhuman abilities. Together with his chef partner Komatsu, he seeks out the world’s most delicious foods! Their latest mission is to investigate a mysterious biotope said to house a special recipe left there by the world’s most legendary hunter, Acacia. But a mysterious and deadly hunter named Girim interrupts, declaring that he will find Acacia’s legacy and keep it for himself! When his power proves too overwhelming even for Toriko, allies and enemies alike must work together, to stop Girim before it’s too late!

Discotek will also releasing the classic series Great Mazinger on DVD for English Subtitles. The DVD will have all episode!

Synopsis:

After a long and difficult battle, Dr. Hell and his malicious forces have been defeated. While it seems as though peace has been achieved, a much stronger evil has arisen; the Mycenaean Empire. Lead by the Emperor of Darkness, they waste no time to dispatch their fearsome Battle Beasts, which easily defeat Mazinger Z. As Koji and Sayaka leave for the United States, it’s up to skilled pilot, Tetsuya Tsurugi, and his new and improved Great Mazinger to take a stand!

Another classic title joining the news is a classic anthology collection of OVA titled Robot Carnival. The DVD collection will be in Blu-Ray and it will have subtitles and the original dub!

Wikipedia synopsis:

It consists of nine shorts by different well-known directors, many of whom started out as animators with little to no directing experience. Each has a distinctive animation style and story ranging from comedic to dramatic storylines. The music for all of the segments was composed by Joe Hisaishi.

Last but not least, they also got the license to release a blu-ray collection of Tenjho Tenge! The anime will be available with English Sub and Dub. If you enjoy the catchiest intro song, relieve it again in this new edition.

Wikipedia Synopsis:

The plot begins with Souichiro Nagi and his friend Bob Makihara going to their first day of high school at Toudou Academy. They had intended to rule the school by beating up anybody that got in their way, as they had done at their previous schools. They soon learn that Toudou is no ordinary high school, but rather a school that was founded to teach and integrate different fighting styles. Its students are skilled in the various arts of combat with some students possessing supernatural abilities, such as pyrokinesis, precognition, and superhuman strength based on the abilities to use their “spirit” or “ki” in Japanese. After an altercation with the Executive Council, Souichiro and Bob join the only surviving club that opposes them, the Juken club. As the storyline develops, both groups find they are becoming increasingly involved in a long enduring conflict that was left unresolved from the Japanese Feudal era by some of the characters’ ancestors.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Open Beta news

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The upcoming game Dragon Ball FighterZ is coming real quick this month and many fans of the series are eager to try out the mechanics. Announced by Crunchyroll, the open beta for the game will be available on January 14th and will end on the 16th. Players who preordered the game already, will be able to play the beta on Jan 13th, one day ahead. The game will have the following playable characters:

  • Goku
  • Vegeta
  • Adult Gohan
  • Frieza
  • Kid Buu
  • Cell
  • Piccolo
  • Krillin
  • Nappa
  • Android 18
  • Beerus

Mark your calenedars if you want to try this game before you buy. This game will come out for PS4, X1 and PC on Jan 26th.