Sad news: High School of the Dead creator dies

Daisuke Satō, manga creator to the ecchi violent zombie series High School of the Dead and Imperial Guards died on March 22nd. He was 52.

According to ANN, Satō died from ischemic heart disease. His family arranged a funeral service and his younger sister Yuko Shinmyo was the chief mourner.

Previously mentioned, he was the creator of High School of the Dead. The artist for the series was Shoji Sato. He also did Imperial Guards but with Yu Ito.

Live-Action Death Note released date news

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If you have been following online, Netflix recently released a teaser trailer to the live-action movie to the manga and anime series Death Note (American version). The teaser revealed the three main casts Light (Nat Wolff), L (LaKeith Stanfield) and Mia (Margaret Qualley). He wasn’t shown but his voice was heard but Willem Dafoe will be Ryuk. Here is the plot synopsis:

Death Note tells the story of high schooler Light, who comes across the Death Note notebook, which gives him the power to kill others simply by writing their name in the book. The Death Note comes with a few extra rules, however, but Light begins to use his powers to kill those he sees unfit to live.

The film will be released in Netflix on August 25.

Personally, this looks really interesting. I just hope it follows the main story like the original. If you guys thought the Ghost in the Shell movie looks terrible or good, check this trailer out.

Toonami News: Tokyo Ghoul replaces One Piece

If the news is true and no mistake, this is happening.

Announced early this morning, Toonami announced on their Facebook that starting on March 25th, the long Shonen series One Piece will be replaced with the anime Tokyo Ghoul. Tokyo Ghoul will be taking its spot and if One Piece is taken off, that we will not be getting the Sabaody Archipelago arc on TV.

Here’s a random fact, One Piece joined Toonami on May 2013 starting episode 207.

News: Upcoming Rurouni Kenshin manga arc! Sword Art Online movie English Dub

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English license company Viz Media posted up an English-Subtitled interview of Hisashi Sasaski (vice president for global Shonen Jump at Viz Media and former editor-in-chief of Shueshia’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine). In the interview, he mentions his experience as editor to Rurouni Kenshin Nobuhiro Watsuki. In this news however, it appears that he and Watsuki are meeting together again for an upcoming arc for the Rurouni Kenshin manga. The new arc is called the “Hokkaido Arc”. The new series will have 5 arcs. The manga will be published in the spring.

Recently, he and his wife Kaoru Kurosaki have worked together to release a two-chapter prologue to the arc called Rurouni Kenshin Hokkaido Arc Prologue: The Criminal Ashitaro.

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale

If you enjoyed the Sword Art Online movie Ordinal Scale and you want more, I got some news for you. Recently tweeted, the Sword Art Online Twitter page announced that fans can experience the anime again but with English Dub. If you love the movie with the Japanese actors but you like actors like Bryce Papenbrook and Cherami Leigh, you can watch it again. The English Dub movie will be on April 22nd.

News: Pokemon film date and teaser! Naruto arc concludes! One Piece original arc begins! Gundam Wing!

News, News ‘n News!

Pokemon

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Announced at the website, the upcoming Pokemon movie, Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! (or Pocket Monster: Kimi ni Kimeta) will be released in Japanese Theaters on July 15th. The site also revealed trailer and teaser trailer to the movie which shows an updated animation to Ash (Satoshi) and Pikachu. The movie title is based on the same title for the first episode of the series. Here is the plot of the movie:

The film’s plot tells the story of how Ash (Satoshi) and Pikachu came to know each other. Pikachu was not cooperative toward Ash, but Ash only wanted to be friends with Pikachu. On the day they set out toward Pallet Town (Masara Town), both of them saw a Ho-oh flying and made a vow to someday go and meet it.

Naruto Shippuden

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Teased in the 14th issue of Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine, there is an announcement that on March 23rd, the current Naruto Shippuden anime arc Konoha Hiden (or Hidden Leaf Story) arc will reach a conclusion. This concluding arc will be the 500th episode of Naruto Shippuden (720 episodes if you count the classic Naruto). However, it’s unknown if this is the official last episode of Shippuden. The last episode will be on March 23rd and with Iruka giving a message to Naruto’s wedding. To those who don’t know, back in December, the franchise animated the epilogue novels in three parts. They animated Sasuke’s story, Shikamaru’s story and the current arc Shugen Biyori (Naruto and Hinata wedding).

One Piece

Taking a break from the main story, it is also been announced from the magazine that the anime One Piece will be entering a whole new original story arc on March 19th. According to the descriptions, the anime arc will include new characters from the marines and they are known as rookies. The Kanji on their jackets mean rookies but it also share the resemblance to the Supernovas, top powerful rookie pirates. The arc is called the Marine Supernova bridge story arc. Here is the anime description states:

The arc will focus on Luffy and those who are with him traveling to rescue Sanji. After Luffy uses up all their food during their journey, the group infiltrate a Marine base to resupply. Suddenly, three rookie members of Aokiji’s crew appear before Luffy.

The anime will feature the character marine characters (these aren’t official names and will most likely change!):

Grant: who has a strong sense of justice. (voiced by Natsuki Hanae who did Ken Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul)

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Bonam (or Bonamu from Crunchyroll): a member of the Longarm Tribe. (will be voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto who did Yasutora Sado from Bleach)

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Sappa: a dual-sword wielder (voiced by Makoto Furukawa who did Saitama from One-Punch Man)

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Vice-Admiral Prodi (Prody Via from Crunchyroll): who seems to be an old friend of Garp. (will be voiced by Yōhei Tadano)

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Gundam Wing

Last but not least, anime DVD and merchandise online site announced that they will be selling the classic anime to the popular Gundam franchise called Moble Suit Gundam Wing. Thanks to their publisher and distributer Nozomi Entertainment, the anime will be sold on DVD and Blu-Ray this year. The anime was permiered on 1995 with 49 episodes; however, on 2000, this anime became the first Gundam anime to air in the United States. The anime was previously owned by Bandai Entertainment and released for DVD and VHS. You can watch the anime on Hulu as well with English and Japanese audio. Here is the synopsis:

The story takes place in the year After Colony 195, when war between the Space Colonies and Earth has begun. To give the colonies an edge, they send 5 young soldiers, trained to perfection, to earth in the most powerful of Mobile Suits—Gundams. With their arrival, the tide of the war changes as they battle against the Earth forces and the Colonies of their origin.

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Japan news: Possible BTOOOM! season 2 pledge

Unlike other anime that are getting sequels like One-Punch Man and My Hero Academia, another anime could get another season but with an exception.

According to Crunchyroll, Japan recently released an app game based on the video game violent manga series Btooom!, created by Junya Inoue. The app game is called Btooom! Online and this is where 6-8 players can kill each other for chips by using tiny bombs called BIMS. Unlike other series like Sword Art Online, Log Horizon or .hack//Sign (usually pronounced Dot Hack Sign). the story is very brutal and death can be gruesome. Based on scenes I seen, it’s like playing Bomberman and Call of Duty.

This is where things get interesting, Japan mentions that if this app game makes it to the top 5 in the top 5 domestic apps list, they will consider making a second season. The first season of the anime left fans with a cliffhanger and the manga kept going.

The anime was licensed and dubbed by Sentai Filmworks and the books were licensed by YenPress.

This makes you wonder, how would feel if anime companies did something like this. In my opinion, if they did this with Bleach: Brave Souls, if they promised that they will do the Thousand-Year Blood War if this game made it top 5, we could get a conclusion to the anime.

But that’s my thoughts, what do you guys think? Would you willing to support Japan if they did this in your area? What do you think about the Btooom! news?

Viz releases 6 OVAs for One-Punch Man Blu-Ray DVDs

Originally announced on Wednesday, Viz Media announced that they are releasing the home DVDs of the anime superhero series One-Punch Man. According to the news,Viz Media will be releasing One-Punch Man on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 25th. Here is the price list according to Rightstuf:

  • DVD: $39.99
  • Blu-Ruy: $49.99
  • DVD/Blu-Ray combo: $59.99

However, Viz mentions that people who buys either the DVD/Blu-Ray Combo or just Blu-Ray will receive 6 OVA specials.

The DVD/Blu-Ray combo will also include exclusive goods such as six collectible art cards, and a booklet containing interviews, character profiles, and other exclusives. Each media release will have all 12 episodes of the anime, available with an English dub and the original Japanese audio.

If you want the OVAs, get the combo or Blu-Ray!

Crunchyroll news: English Dub anime and much more

If you like watching anime on Crunchyroll, I got news for you!

Announced yesterday, Crunchyroll will be adding the English Dub translation to the popular Gundam series Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. Crunchyroll will be adding 5 English Dub episodes starting on February 28 on Tuesday, 10 pm EST (7 PM PST). The show is available in these regions: United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa. The English Dub anime was previously premiered on Adult Swim Toonami.

Reference:

http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/02/21-1/crunchyroll-adds-english-version-of-mobile-suit-gundam-iron-blooded-orphans-anime

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Crunchyroll will also be adding two more anime series!

Crunchyroll will be adding Gakuen Alice and A Town Where You Live.

Gakuen Alice synopsis:

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Mikan and Hotaru are best friends! (Well, according to Mikan, anyway. Hotaru doesn’t seem to care.) Then one day, Hotaru is escorted away in a fancy black car, apparently scouted by a school in Tokyo called “Alice Academy.” Crushed at the loss of her favorite pal, Mikan scurries after her, determined to enroll, too! But Alice Academy is a mysterious place. Can Mikan tough it out in a school where explosions, superpowers, giant baby chicks and axe-wielding teddy bears are the norm? But it’s not as if she has a choice, because once students enter Alice Academy, there’s no escape!

A Town Where You Live synopsis:

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All his friends said he was just being “stupid” and “delusional,” but Haruto just couldn’t give up on her… Yuzuki, the girl that showed up on his doorstep one day, stole his heart the next, and then left just as abruptly as she arrived. With the faint hope of rekindling the romance they’d shared, Haruto decides to pursue her, moving away from the rural outskirts of Hiroshima to the big city of Tokyo.

However, soon after arriving, he learns that Yuzuki has seemingly moved on and has a new boyfriend. No matter how hard Haruto tries, she refuses to see him and won’t tell him the reason why she left him. He could move on, as many have urged him to, but is that truly what Yuzuki wants? He could try winning her back – after all, he’s already moved to the town where she lives – but how much farther will he need to go?

FUNimation streams Attack on Titan season 2 on April

If you are an Attack on Titan fan, you may have been the many that has been waiting for the long awaited season 2 way back years ago. Now after the announcement, Attack on Titan season 2 will be arriving with a season 2 this year. It’s been reported that the Opening theme song band, Linked Horizon, will be coming back as well as the original voice actors.

Some updated news announced that FUNimation (the English Company who owns the rights to Attack on Titan) will be simulcasting the anime on April 1st! Mark your calendars and see the return of the titans again on the first day of April!

Durarara!! author creates One Piece Ace Novel

Mentioned early this year, according to the One Piece magazine, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of One Piece, it has been announced that Durarara!! and Baccano! novelist Ryohgo Narita will be writing a novel focusing Monkey D. Luffy’s big brother, Portgas D. Ace. Based on the description, the novel will tell the story about Ace’s early life as a pirate from leaving Mt. Corvo to meeting the WhiteBeard pirates.

I would go on and tell you why Ace is an important character but I don’t want to spoil the story. I will say that this novel will reveal Ace’s character just like the anime and show his life as a Spade Pirate.

Ryohgo Narita is also doing a Bleach side story of Shuhei Hisagi for the spring and he previously did a past Bleach novel called Spirits Are Forever With You.