Video Game and Anime news: Sonic Force Character reveal and Fruit Basket Blu-Ray!

Revealed today, Sega releases new information for the upcoming Sonic video game Sonic Force. In the previous trailers, players and fans witnessed a new and original character’s silhouette. Some speculated that it is a new Sonic character joining the series while others joked that it is the retro game character Bubsy from the classic NES and SNES series. Sega has finally revealed that the new character is an original character created by the player!

According to the new information, Sonic Force will allow players to create their own original character and will help Modern and Classic Sonic and fight against Dr. Eggman (or Robotnik). The  feature is called Hero Character Creation and players will be given seven archetypes and each has their own abilities:

  • Bear — Blows away enemies with a homing attack
  • Bird — Flies high with double jump abilities
  • Cat — Keeps one ring after being hit
  • Dog — Restarts with five rings after the player dies
  • Hedgehog — Collects rings when getting damaged
  • Rabbit — Has longer invincible time after receiving damage
  • Wolf — Automatically draws in rings when near them

So far the game doesn’t have a release date but it will come out this holidays for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch.

Fruit Basket

Well-known classic along with YuYu Hakusho and Dragon Ball, FUNimation announced that they will be re-releasing the classic anime Fruits Basket for Blu-Ray in August 1st.

This collection titled “Sweet Sixteen Anniversary Edition” will include all 26 episodes, textless opening and ending credits, 12 art cards, interviews, behind the scenes and much more. Here is the anime synopsis:

Life for 16-year-old Tohru is turned upside down when she suddenly loses her mother. Without a home and unwilling to burden her friends, she’s stuck living in a tent. But what she doesn’t realize is she’s on Souma family property and her life is about to get even more complicated when she gets caught up in their big family secret!

If you love Fruits Basket, you should save up for this set.

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.

Aniplex

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.

 

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!

Bad News: Sekirei license expires!

Once again. FUNimation has some bad news. We are losing another anime title.

Much like the past anime (Darker than Black, both Fullmetal Alchemist anime, Bacanno!, Birdy the Mighty: Decode), FUNimation will be losing the anime action, harem series Sekirei. The anime license will expire on February 9th. That means, they will stop selling the home DVDs and they won’t be reprinting any more. If you haven’t bought this anime, you better hurry and pick up the complete collection set or the Season sets. The anime has two seasons!

Judging by the cover, it has the Aniplex title on it. I highly recommend anyone in the future to buying more Aniplex anime from FUNimation to ensure to save a copy.

Your Name. screens in North America

This is late news but late than never, I guess.

Being one of all greatest anime films of 2016, Makoto Shinkai’s film Your Name. will be coming here in North America in theaters! This also includes Canada! The movie will be screened on April 7th and it will include dates for English Dub and Sub all provided by FUNimation.

Plot synopsis:

The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages, and more importantly, an imprint.

Short Update! Funimation license Attack on Titan season 2!!

With FUNimation being busy with Dragon Ball Super and Kai, you may think they are too busy for Attack on Titan… well you might be wrong!

Besides the recent news that the upcoming season 2 of Attack on Titan, FUNimation will announced that they will license the new season. The anime is scehduled to be released in April and if FUNimation has the license for this anime, this could also mean everyone would be able to watch and stream the recent episodes.

It’s safe to say that 2017 will be a great year for anime fans!

Dragon Ball News! Super and Buu Kai at Toonami!!

Starting off with a Big Bang, FUNimation has announced not one but TWO big news regarding to Dragon Ball!

Dragon Ball Super

With recent news of the anime being dubbed in English Dub and spread out to the rest of the world, FUNimation, Toei Animation and Adult Swim announced that they will be allowed to broadcast the first season of the long awaited anime Dragon Ball Super on Toonami. The anime will begin on January 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. EST and 11:30 p.m. EST.

Dragon Ball Z Kai

If you thought this was only news, there is still room for one more!

Also announced by FUNimation and Adult Swim, Buu Saga of Dragon Ball Z Kai will be in English Dub and will also be in Toonami. The anime will be under the titled as “Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters“. The anime will also be premiered on Saturday, January 7 at 12:00 a.m. EST. This anime will cover the last saga of the Dragon Ball Z story. The previous anime Dragon Ball Z Kai ended at the conclusion of the Cell Saga.

Here is the cast for Dragon Ball Z Kai:

  • Kyle Hebert as Gohan
  • Doc Morgan as Narrator
  • Alexis Tipton as Erasa
  • Kara Edwards as Videl
  • Duncan Brannan as Sharpner
  • Sean Schemmel as Goku
  • Dameon Clarke as Cell
  • Jeremy Inman as Android 16
  • Chris Ayres as Frieza
  • Colleen Clinkenbeard as Young Gohan
  • Sean Schemmel as King Kai
  • Monica Rial as Bulma
  • Cynthia Cranz as Chi-Chi
  • Christopher R. Sabat as Vegeta
  • Charlie Campbell as Mayor
  • Phil Parsons as Rock
  • Kara Edwards as Goten
  • J. Michael Tatum as Musuka
  • Chuck Huber as Strongman
  • Mike McFarland as Toto
  • Monica Rial as Chobi
  • Rawly Pickens as Mrs. Toto
  • Jason Douglas as South Kai
  • Linda Young as Baba
  • Brad Jackson as Oolong
  • Kyle Hebert as Ox King
  • Brina Palencia as Puar
  • Eric Vale as Announcer
  • Wally West as Fake Cell
  • Jay Garrick as Fake Mr. Satan
  • Bart Allen as Fake Goku
  • Josh Grelle as Ikose
  • Robert McCollum as Jewel
  • John Burgmeier as Yamu
  • Chuck Huber as Kibito
  • Andrew T. Chandler as Spopovitch
  • Chris Cason as Pintar
  • Jim Foronda as Mighty Mask
  • Colleen Clinkenbeard as Young Goku
  • Apphia Yu as Imamu
  • Jamie Marchi as Idasa’s Mom
  • Colleen Clinkenbeard as Android 18
  • Chris Cason as Mr. Popo
  • Justin Cook as Dende
  • Mike McFarland as Master Roshi
  • Tia Ballard as Marron
  • Chris Cason as Turtle
  • J. Michael Tatum as Papoi
  • Christopher R. Sabat as Piccolo
  • Sonny Strait as Krillin
  • Christopher R. Sabat as Bubbles
  • Christopher R. Sabat as Yamcha
  • Eric Vale as Trunks
  • John Burgmeier as Gregory
  • John Burgmeier as Tien

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These are the news for Dragon Ball fans. I am excited and ready for 2017! Ka-me-Ha-me-HA!!!

FUNimation news: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya film gets licensed!

If you haven’t heard in social media, I got great news for you.

According to FUNimation, they have confirmed that they obtained the license to the anime film “The Disappearance to Haruhi Suzumiya”. This anime will be sold on DVD and Blu-Ray somewhere in 2017. The film is based on the fourth volume of the light novel and the time length is 163 minutes. Here is the plot:

In the story, it is mid-December, and SOS Brigade chief Haruhi Suzumiya announces that the Brigade is going to hold a Christmas party in their clubroom. The brigade members Kyon, Yuki Nagato, Mikuru Asahina and Itsuki Koizumi start preparing for the party, but a couple of days later, Kyon arrives at school to find that Haruhi is missing. Not only that, but Mikuru claims she has never known Kyon before, Koizumi is also missing, and Yuki has become the sole member of the literature club…

The anime film was recently owned by Bandai Entertainment and was sold in DVD and Blu-Ray format in 2011.

Also in old news if you have been under a rock, FUNimation also obtained the rights to the entire Haruhi Suzumiya anime!