While Europe's latest Splatfest event in Nintendo's Splatoon 2 competitive shooter asked fans if they prefer warm or cold breakfast, and Japan asked about preferences in karaage fried food, with or without lemon (probably don't expect that one to be used internationally), North America is getting on near and dear to the geek heart this week. Pearl is repping sci-fi and Marina is repping fantasy as the inklings decide which is the superior genre.
Kikuko Inoue voiced Belldandy in Oh! My Goddess... Maki's mother in Love Live, and Meg's mother in Is the Order a Rabbit? and Yukino's mother in My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU and Super Sonico's grandmother. Now, the forever 17-year-old voice actress has another of those roles for this week's Himouto Umaru-chan R. Miki Tachinabana... after all the brothers and sisters, there's the MOTHER of Sylphynford.
At Anime NYC, Viz Media has announced the license of Okura and Coma Hashii's 2017 Gangan Joker manga That Blue Sky Feeling (aka Sorairo Flutter). Additionally, Hideyuki Furuhashi and Betten Court's spin-off My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, which they have been serializing digitally, will be getting a physical release next July.
The big, end of year events are coming up, including Jump Festa December 16-17 and Comiket 93 December 29-31. Cospa has started preparing their goods for these, and representing Himouto Umaru-chan R, there are a pair of t-shirts. An UMRRR and Human Rights t-shirt sell for 3,132yen each. Beyond the early availability, both will be generally available in February.
Seminal piloted mecha Mazinger Z (or Tranzor Z if you're old) is back. The feature Mazinger Z / Infinity, directed by Junji Shimizu and with animation by Toei Animation, premiered at the 12th International Rome Film Festival in Italy on October 28, 2017. That's followed by general theatrical releases in Italy on October 31, in France on November 22, and in Japan on January 13, 2018. Now, Viz has picked it up for North America.
Crunchyroll has announced the addition of Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!, the magical bishonen series' OVA. It's available now globally (excluding Asia). More after the jump.
Starting December 2nd, Toonami is starting a half hour earlier at 10:30p and broadcasting anime until 4:00a. To kick off their new block, Toonami is proud to announce the newest show joining their lineup. Black Clover premieres December 2nd at 11:30p. More after the jump.
With Cardcaptor Sakura set to return in an anime anime, a new DVD/Blu-ray box set of its 1998-2000 TV anime series will be released in Japan on December 22, 2017. The original manga author CLAMP provides a newly drawn case art of the first press limited edition and that has now been previewed.
This winter, Pop Team Epic will be taming the mentally deranged TV anime landscape with fire. And, while we're still waiting to find out who voices the leads, singer/voice actress Sumire Uesaka (Aho-Girl, Hozuki, Muromi-san) has been introduced as the theme song performer. More after the jump.
A trio of brand new characters are to join the second season of Hozuki's Coolheadedness with Kōsuke Toriumi (Naruto's Kiba) as Uzu, Takahiro Mizushima as Yomogi and Sakura Tange (Cardcpator Sakura) as Chun. The first two will be appearing on November 18th's episode seven. Chun's not due until episode eight. Get a look after the jump.
A second anime adaptation of Shūichi Asō's psychic comedy The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is set to broadcast in winter 2018, and the series will be adding later character introductions such as supremely boring Satou Hiroshi, kindergarten classmate/way over aggressive talker Akechi Touma and oracle/rival love interest Aiura Mikoto. An early look at next week's Jump reveals that Aiura Mikoto will be voiced by Eri Kitamura.
Since July 2016, Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga has been in its final "Silver Soul" arc. While the anime has been catching up on the previously unadapted comedy stories in its Porori-hen, an early look at next week's Shonen Jump reveals plans to adapt that final arc too. Though scheduling information is TBA, new themes are announced. More after the jump.
Seven Seas Entertainment is thrilled to announce the license acquisition—both print and digital—of the True Tenchi Muyo! light novel trilogy, featuring key backstory to the! franchise. These are written by Masaki Kajishima and Yousuke Kuroda. Other licensing announcements include both print and digital—of the manga Fairy Tale Battle Royale by Soraho Ina and The Bride & the Exorcist Knight by Keiko Ishihara.
Japanese news media have reported that Hiromi Tsuru has passed away. The 57 year-old voice actress was found unconscious in her car on Chuuoko, Tokyo's metropolitan expressway at 7:30pm on November 16th, then pronounced dead at a city hospital. Though metropolitan police are investigating a cause of death, they have commented that it might have been due to illness as there was no sign of an automotive accident. More after the jump.
Home video distributor Section23 Films today announced its March slate of releases which includes Sentai Filmworks’ popular shoujo anime series, CHIHAYAFURU SEASON 2. The Complete Collection will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and a Limited Edition Premium Box Set. Get a look after the jump.