Aniplex USA News: Hulu, Dubs and DVDS

Aniplex of America have been busy lately with some anime titles.

Hulu

If you have Hulu and you like English Dub, I got some news for you. Aniplex USA announced that they will be streaming Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga exclusively in English Dub for Hulu users. The voice actors in the previous anime returns and if you don’t remember, this arc covers the Impure King Arc from the manga.

Synopsis:

Assiah, the realm of humans, and Gehenna, the realm of demons. Normally, these two dimensions would never intersect, but having possessed all material substances, the demons are now intruding on the material world. But among the human race, there are those who can exorcise such demons—the exorcists.

Rin Okumura kept the fact that he was Satan’s offspring a secret from everyone and decided to become an exorcist. He began his training at True Cross Academy but following the incidents involving Amaimon’s raid, his lineage became apparent. Fearing his true nature and the blue flames marking his connection to Gehenna, Rin’s classmates all distanced themselves from him. Meanwhile, the academy was on high alert when they realized that the “Left Eye of the Impure King” had been stolen! What lies ahead for Rin and his classmates?

DVDs/Dubs

Aniplex USA participated in a convention called Anime Central and they released some new infomation.

They will be releasing a complete Blu-Ray DVD set of the first Blue Exorcist anime. The anime will collect all 25 episodes and OVA and a anime short called “Ura-Eki”. The set will be available on June 27th.

Aniplex also licensed the anime Occult; Nine and will also be releasing the anime in Blu-Ray sets in English and Japanese Dubs on September 26th and December 26th.

WWW.WAGINARIA!! is another anime licensed by Aniplex and will also be receving a Blu-Ray set but only in English Subbed. The anime will be released in sets in July 18th and October 17th for Blu-Ray.

There is more information left in the hyperlink above so you can read more. If you are interested in buying these DVDs, save up your money!

 

News: Black Butler expiring license

Sad news for Aniplex anime.

It is confirmed on Thursday that the FUNimation anime Black Butler season 1 license will expire on May 29th. However, it is also mentioned that the other anime like Black Butler II, Black Butler: Book of Circus, Black Butler: Book of Murder will be available especially for streaming.

This is not new for other anime. This sort of events have happened to others like Fullmetal Alchemist, Bacanno!, and Sekirei. If you haven’t got this anime yet, now it’s the time to buy the first season and the rest of the anime before they disappear.

Sakura-Con news: Anime Dub and Fate App

First, Happy Resurrection Day! Second, here is some news from Sakura-Con!

FUNimation

I found out this news from a blogger named Takuto’s Tweet in Twitter first and then I had to check at Anime News Network to confirm it and it’s true. Feel free to check out his blog here.

At Sakura-Con, FUNimation announced that they got license to release Kyoto Animation’s anime Hyuoka. This anime is 22 episodes long and the anime director is the same person who did Full Metal Panic Fumoffu and Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. Here is the plot for the anime:

The story follows a boy named Hōtarō who is not assertive about getting involved, but was ordered by his older sister to join the classic literature club. In the club, he gets close to the truth about an incident, involving a female member’s uncle, which happened 33 years ago. The “energy-saving” boy is joined by an inquisitive girl in this adolescent mystery.

FUNimation states that the first part of the anime will be released on July 4th in DVD with an English Dub.

They also announced another anime to join in the July release. The anime Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches will be released in DVD with English Dub. Here is the plot:

The story begins when high school boy Yamada bumps into the beautiful female honor student Shiraishi on the stairs, and their lips touch as they fall. When they regain their wits, they realize that they have swapped bodies. As time progresses, the two realize that this is not the only mysterious happening in the school.

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Anime from Aniplex of America is also joining the news!

Well-known for making anime fans cry harder than Clannad and Angel Beats, the anime anohana – The Flower We Saw That Day will be receiving an English Dub. Led by voice actor Patrick Seitz (Franky in One Piece, Dio in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and Isshin from Bleach), the anime already found a cast to play as the characters. It’s unknown when will the anime will be released for DVD or stream.

Aniplex will also be releasing complete Blu-Ray Sets for the anime Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic and Magi: The Kingdom of Magic for $119.98. Both sets are in English Dub and Sub with textless opening and ending songs.

Fate/Stay Go

Even though this is not another anime news but related, Aniplex of America announced that they will be releasing the app game Fate/Grand Order for U.S. and Canada. This game is well-known for fans especially since they played the JP version. Aniplex announced some updates to the game in regards to players who have access to the JP version such not being able to transfer accounts and keeping up with campaign events. The app is planned to be released in the summer but you can read the details here.

 

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale movie review and experience

[official site synopsis]

In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba. Called NerveGear, it was the first full-dive system and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.
In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.
Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games…

Story is created by original author Reki Kawahara

Director is Tomohiko Itoh

(may have some spoilers but I will keep it a minimum)

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Movie News: Sailor Moon R and Sword Art Online!

2017 will be busy with some anime films! One is Sailor Moon R and the other is Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale.

Sailor Moon R

Announced at the official Sailor Moon livestream event, Moonlight Party livestream, Viz Media will be working with production film Eleven Arts and will be screening the Sailor Moon R: The Movie (or also called Sailor Moon R: Promise of the Rose). The movie will be in theaters in the United States in January. The film will also include the anime short “Make Up! Sailor Guardians” ( or Make Up! Sailor Senshi) and both film and short will be in English Dub and Sub. Fans will have the option to watch one or the other. Fans who also goes to the theaters will be given special gifts while supplies last!

Sword Art Online

Also announced at a livestream, Aniplex of America announced more news of the upcoming film Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale. Aniplex announced that the film will get an early premiere on March 1st if you watch the film at Hollywood, California. The movie will be screened at the Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre. Tickets go on sale on November 15th PST.

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News: Blue Exorcist! Sword Art Online film date!! Accel World vs Sword Art Online game!!! Aniplex!!!!

Blue Exorcist

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Announced in the November issue of Shueisha’s Jump SQ magazine, the upcoming return of Blue Exorcist, “Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc“, is scheduled to premiere on January 2017.  The magazine revealed the cast of the previous anime will return and new people will join in the anime, such as new voices for characters and team that will handle the anime. As a reminder, the new anime will focus on the “Kyoto Impure King Arc”. Here is what is described based on Viz’ description on volume 5th volume:

In the late Edo Period, a demon known as the Impure King killed thousands of people. After defeating the demon, the Knights of the True Cross kept its left eye safely sealed away on Academy grounds—but now someone has stolen it! Hearing the thief has taken a child hostage, Yukio and Rin go to help. The investigation and pursuit will lead Rin and his friends to Kyoto and involve them even deeper in a sinister plot! But will his friends’ knowledge that Rin is the son of Satan drive a wedge between them?

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale

According to the official website, the website streamed a new teaser video showing new characters joining the film, “Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale”. Thanks to Aniplex of America, here are the new characters and the descriptions:

Yuna: “An idol in the AR world of Ordinal Scale. If a player encounters her in the game, they can acquire special upgrades.”

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Dr. Shigemura: “A developer and an authority on non-invasive BMI (Brain Machine Interface) research. He is also a professor in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at Toho Technological University. Due to his radical theories on electrical physiology, his peers regard him as a crackpot.”

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Eiji: “A mysterious young swordsman, who is the top ranked player in Ordinal Scale. Kirito and his friends encounter him during gameplay.”

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The film also released a new visual key art and it is also announced that the film will be released in theaters in February 18 in Japan. Aniplex of America are hoping to release the movie outside of Japan in spring 2017. Here is what the plot states:

It’s just a game,or so I thought..

A brand new story written by original author, Reki Kawahara!! People everywhere were enjoying a new game called Ordinal Scale, an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma, a new wearable console designed for AR (augmented reality) gaming. But, the players had no idea that a nightmare from the virtual world was starting to spread into reality!! As his fellow players find themselves in danger, the hero is called upon once again.

Accel World VS Sword Art Online

Announced today, Bandai Namco Entertainment announced of a new video game titled “Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight“. It was first revealed at the “Dengeki Bunko Aki no Saiten 2016” event. The game will be playable for PS4 and PS Vita for 2017. The game will be an action-action roleplaying game. The tagline for the video and website translate into this:

“Cross through time, and the worlds of acceleration and imagination will clash.”

aw-vs-sao-pngSword Art Online and Accel World are all owned and created by Reki Kawahara. Sword Art Online takes place in 2022 and Accel World takes place  2046.

Aniplex of America

Last but not least, announced at the Anime Weekend Atlanta, Aniplex of America will license two anime series. One is called March comes in like a lion and the other is called Occultic; Nine. These two anime will be streamed at the same time as it airs in Japan in Crunchyroll and Daisuki.

  • March comes in like a lion will premiere on October 8 and at 1:00 pm EDT at Crunchyroll and October 15 at 11:00 am EDT at Daisuki in North America.
  • Occultic; Nine will be on Crunchyroll on October 8 and at 12:30 pm EDT at Crunchyroll and October 15 at 12:00 pm EDT at Daisuki in North America.

March comes in like a lion description:

a solitary shōgi player named Rei and his relationships with a neighboring family. He becomes acquainted with Akari, and two young girls, Hinata and Momo, who also have have a large number of cats.

Based on Chika Umino’s manga

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Occultic; Nine description:

The “paranormal science” story follows nine idiosyncratic individuals, linked by the “Chōjō Kagaku Kirikiri Basara” occult summary blog run by 17-year-old second-year high school student Yūta Gamon. Little incongruities that occur around these nine eventually lead to a larger, unimaginable event that may alter what is considered common sense in this world.

based on the light novel series by MAGES. head Chiyomaru Shikura (Steins;Gate)

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English Dub news: ERASED and Cross Ange

Erased

Announced at Anime Central, Aniplex of America reveals that the winter 2015 anime ERASED will be getting an English Dub!

Plot Synopsis:

ERASED is based on Kei Sanbe‘s Boku dake ga Inai Machi manga, and it follows Satoru, a struggling manga artist who has an ability that forces him back in time to prevent deaths. When his mother is killed he’s sent back in time to solve the mystery, but ends up back in elementary school, just before the disappearance of his classmate Kayo.

I have been told that this anime is really popular but I haven’t had the time to see it yet. I might have to either watch it first in Japanese or wait for English Dub.

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Mentioned a couple of times, the mecha series Cross Ange will be getting a English Dub cast. Sentai Filmworks announced that the first set of DVDs will be released on June 21, 2016. Collection 2 will be ready for purchase on August 23, 2006.

Plot Synopsis

Betrayed by her brother. Stripped of her birthright. Declared an abomination. For the girl once known as Princess Angelise Ikaruga Misurugi, the nightmare has just begun. Because not having the ability to use magic makes her less than human in the eyes of the law, and now she’s been exiled to certain death as a slave soldier in a war against draconic invaders! But the people and land that cast her out have made a lethal error. The girl now known as Ange is no longer an innocent Princess being lead to rape and slaughter. She’s learned the hidden truth about the world she thought she knew. She’s discovered that she’s willing to kill in order to survive. And they’ve given her a weapon. The studio behind GUNDAM, ESCAFLOWNE, and COWBOY BEBOP unleashes a stunning new epic in animation as giant robots, a Princess, and dragons engage in the ultimate duel to the death in CROSS ANGE: Rondo of Angel and Dragon!

The list of voice actors/actress is here in this highlighted link.

Anime Films news: Sword Art Online film title and news and Accel World news!

Sword Art Online

Announced at the Dengeki Bunko Haru no Saiten 2016 event, Aniplex of America announced the recent news to the upcoming Sword Art Online film and released a trailer. The movie will be in theaters 2017. The film is titled as “Sword Art Online – Ordinal Scale”, and the visual was made by light novel illustrator abec.

Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale

Here is what is new for this film courtesy to Crunchyroll. The film will use AR (Augmented Reality) Type Information Terminal “Augma” and Ordinal Scale.

AR (Augmented Reality) Type Information Terminal “Augma”
A next-generation, wearable multi-device that looks like a pair of small headphones. In terms of size and portability, it is far superior to the existing VR machine “Amusphere.” Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function, however, its AR function is greatly enhanced to compensate for it. It can transmit visual, audio and tactual sensation data to players while they are awake, thus enabling the users to enjoy fitness and health management like a game.

“Ordinal Scale,” an ARMMO-RPG that was designed exclusively for “Augma.”
Following its release, it has become the most discussed game due to its advanced technology. In this game, players can raise their rank by collecting items that appear in various places in the real world and by defeating monsters. This “Ranking System” is the main feature of the game, and in this system, each player’s status is determined by their rank which is indicated by an ordinal number instead of a cardinal number. As the result, high ranking players are given overwhelming power and often rank has become a major factor in deciding the outcome of a PvP battle.

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Accel World

Also announced at the event and made by Reki Kawahara, it is also announced that the voice actresses Yumi Hara and Yuuki Nanri will return to lend their voice for the anime. They previously helped in the game “Accel World – Kasoku no Chiten- for PS3 and PSP. Also KOTOKO x ALTIMA will perform the theme song “Plasma Fire” for the song. Last be not least, the film will be played in 24 theaters in Japan on July 23. More theaters will be added later.

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