Anime News: No more DVDs from Sentai Filmworks

I found out this news in my newsletter and it was also mentioned in Twitter.

According to the English License company Sentai Filmworks, the company is hoping to phase out all home DVDs formats for future anime by 2019. This means that in 2019 and the future, all anime will most likely be sold as Blu-Ray sets (standard or Premium) or digital series. However, certain older anime that already has been sold in DVD format (Clannad, Angel Beats, Parasyte, Akame ga Kill or other DVD released titles) will still be sold.

As part of the recent news, Sentai Filmworks will be giving shoppers a free Blu-Ray DVD player if they make a purchase of $299 or more in the online store. The promotion begins in September 19 to September 30.

This is surprising news since most people prefer buying DVDs or DVD combos. With the future progressing, Sentai Filmworks wants fans to experience anime in Hi-Def. I don’t think I will do this offer since PS3 and PS4 already has a built-in Blu-Ray player inside.

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Anime Movies in the Fall season!

As we approach fall, get ready for some new movies. As people get ready for movies like Justice League or Thor: Ragnarok, anime movies will also be heading towards select theaters too!

Announced in ANN, Eleven Arts are planning to screen some anime movies this October in the US. The first one to be announced is the movie A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ōima. This manga well known for the story about a bully named Shoya Ishida who picks on a deaf girl named Shoko Nishimiya as kids. After she gets bullied to the point where she leaves the school, Shoya gets bullied by his classmates and then isolates himself in high school. He then later tries to redeem himself and seek to apologize to Shoko. This anime was worked with Kyoto Animation.

Another anime movie joining October is a movie called Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection. Here is the synopsis:

In the story, a pair of researchers stay behind on their dying planet of Eltria with their two daughters, Amitie and Kirie, in hopes of finding a way to revive the planet. But when the husband Granz falls ill it seems their dream of reviving the planet will die. Against her older sister’s wishes, Kirie sets off with her childhood friend Iris to seek help from a distant alternate world. They arrive in Japan on Earth to search for the key to their planet’s regeneration. There, they meet Nanoha Takamachi, Fate T. Harlaown, and Hayate Yagami.

Last but not least, the Pokemon movie, Pokemon the movie: I Choose You will be screened in theaters in November 5th and 6th in English Dub. You can preorder for tickets!

TGIF Episode 123: Feel the heat!

TGIF!

Thank God it’s Friday! Welcome to another exciting episode of TGIF Friday Funny. I hope everyone is okay since this week has been really stressful. Here in California, we are hit by a heat wave again where the temperature is in the triple digits in Fahrenheit. I hope everyone in Texas is okay. If you don’t what’s going on, Texas got hit by a hurricane called Hurricane Harvey. I pray that everyone in Texas is alright. As we make it to September, get ready for a climate change. We will slowly movie from heat to cooling weather as we approach fall. As we go to a new month, get ready for rapid change in all of us. The OWLS will begin a new blog tour month in this new month. Our topic will be called treasure and it will focus on emotional struggles. Please support us as we try spread the word in this important topic. Let’s begin this weekend with something funny and happiness!

To end this post, I want to share an imaginary playlist for Noctis since it was his birthday on Aug 30th. I did one with Gladiolus and Prompto, now it’s Noctis turn. Don’t worry, I will do Ignis but probably in December since his Episode will likely be there. This is my idea playlist just for fun!

 

That’s all my friends~

New Rurouni Kenshin manga joins Shonen Jump magazine

If you are like me and already subscribed to the English Weekly Shonen Jump, I got good news to tell you. It’s been announced in this week issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine that the popular and classic Shonen manga Rurouni Kenshin will be joining the magazine and it will be a new series. According to the announcement, this new series will take place after the side story Rurouni Kenshin Side Story and the protagonist will be Kenshin. The story will be focused on Hokkaido and it will consist of five arcs! The new series will begin next Monday!

 

Mobile Game News: Final Fantasy XV mobile game announced!

Joining the news with a PC version, Square Enix announced that they will also make a mobile adaptation to Final Fantasy XV. Don’t worry, it is not Final Fantasy XV A New Empire (what some people call Game of War with a Final Fantasy XV skin)!

The new game is called Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition. The game will retell the same story of Final Fantasy XV but with the characters in “Chibi Style”. The game will consist of 10 episodes with the first episode being free while the other nine is by purchase.

Square Enix is hoping that game will make Final Fantasy XV more fun as players can play “whenever and wherever they want” in their hands. The game app will be in Androids and iOS. It is not specified when will the game come out but it should be around Fall 2017!

If you want to play Final Fantasy XV but you don’t own a console and just want to play on your phone, go check it out.

Gaming news: Final Fantasy XV PC version announced!

Announced through Twitter and IGN, Square Enix announced at Gamescon that they will be releasing the recent Final Fantasy game Final Fantasy XV for Steam, Windows PC and Origins. According to the news, the PC port will include 4K quality and simulated realistic features such as “realist hair simulation”. The game will also include all the all the recent updates and DLC for free. The PC is set to be released on 2018.

Here is the Key Visual for the PC:

TeamFourStar dubs an anime!

Recently announced in their Twitter, TeamFourStar, a non-profit company team where they dub anime parodies such as Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Hellsing: Ultimate, Final Fantasy VII and Attack on Titan (only one episode), along with English anime company Discotek Media will be officially dubbing the anime Hells. Unlike their works in YouTube, this will be an official English Dub and they will be voicing the anime movie.

According to Wiki, Hells anime is based on the manga Hells Angels and it was created by Sin’Ichi Hiromoto. Here is the synopsis for the anime film:

Amagane Rinne had an accident and died while hurrying to school. She suddenly arrived in an awkward school… in Hell, filled with demons. While she is struggling and wishing to go back to the world whence she came from, she makes friends with her demon schoolmates and develops an uncommon bond.

If you like Dragon Ball Z/Hellsing Abridge humor and want to show support for English Dub, go check out this anime film. Super Kami Guru approves!

Tokyo Ghoul manga is ending!

Announced at his Twitter and interview with Barnes and Noble, Viz manga editor Joel Enos announced that the manga Tokyo Ghoul, by Sui Ishida, will be ending. The manga’s last volume will be volume 14 and it is set to be released on August 15. You can read the interview in the hyperlink above as he mentions about his experience with working with Tokyo Ghoul in the English manga. He also mentioned he will also be working on the sequel manga Tokyo Ghoul: re and the manga is set to be released on October 17.

Joel Enos is the manga editor to the manga series Tokyo Ghoul and Tokyo Ghoul: re and both manga are owned by Viz.

Anime/Manga News: Jack Skellington, Kenshin, Outlaw Star and Sword Art Online?!

The Nightmare Before Christmas manga sequel!

If you like Tim Burton’s movies, you may have remember the classic Disney animated movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s been announced by manga company Tokyopop that they are planning to do a special manga sequel to the beloved 1993 movie. The sequel will be called the Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey. The story will focus on the ghost dog Zero and the story is about him getting lost in Christmas Town and Jack must go and find him. The manga will be led by DJ Milky  (pseudonym for Stu Levy and founder of Tokyopop) and the art will be from Studio DICE, they also did the manga art of Beauty and the Beast. The manga will be out in Spring 2018 with two different formats: a black-in-white pocket sized volume and full color paperback formats.

Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc

Revealed in a September issue in Japan, the upcoming manga series Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc will begin in September 4th. The protagonist will star as Kenshin yet again and the manga arc will have 5 arcs.

Outlaw Star joins Toonami

Recently announced, Toonami will be ending the anime series Ghost of the Shell and replacing the slot is the classic anime series Outlaw Star. The anime will be joining Toonami in August 19th, 2:30 a.m.

Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale gets novel sequel in Japan copies!

Remember the movie Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale? Aniplex announced that in the Japanese Limited Edition DVD/Blu-Ray copies of the movie will have a novel that takes place 8 days later after the movie written by Reki Kawahara himself and character designer abec. The novel sequel is called Sword Art Online: Cordial Code. Here is the plot synopsis:

The sequel story is set eight days after the “Ordinal Scale” incident told in the film. Kirito finally decides to retire from Ordinal Scale, and when he starts initializing the data, he receives a new message from Yuna for her desktop mascot app. Kirito automatically tries to install it and to say good-by to the AR idol, but she says, “Kirito, help me.” with mysterious gestures. Is this just a gimmick of the app, or…? To find out the truth, Kirito goes to see a man.

Currently in Japan, the movie is set to be released in September 27th for home DVDs.

Anime News: Pokemon movie in International Theaters! Sony and Funimation!

Pokemon

Announced yesterday, the Pokemon Company International announced that the 20th Anniversary movie Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You will be released in international theaters besides Japan. The movie will be in select theaters in November 5th and 6th. Here is the movie synopsis:

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! is an origin story highlighting Ash and Pikachu’s first meeting and their adventures as they search for the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh. The iconic pair encounter familiar faces along the way, new characters including Trainers Verity and Sorrel, and even a mysterious new Mythical Pokémon, Marshadow. Challenges and epic Pokémon battles abound in this unique new story about the beginning of one of the most beloved friendships in popular culture.

Sony

Announced yesterday as well, Sony and Funimation both agreed to form a partnership and Sony will be buying a majority of Funimation Majority Stake. As of now, this new change has not affected the business of Funimation and it’s unknown what will happen in the future. Funimation has posted a FAQ section on the site in regards to the new change.