Nagahama City in Shiga Prefecture is the home of Nagahama Castle, a central location in Ninja Girl & Samurai Master (known in Japan as Nobunaga no Shinobi), and now the city and the TV anime have joined forces for a pair of promotional videos that highlight the local charms of Nagahama, including local cuisine and historical tourist destinations. Hit the jump to check them out.
Voice actor Yūichirō Umehara was stricken by illness during the Japanese TV broadcast of Tada Never Falls in Love (known as Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai in Japan) and had to take time off to recover, but now that Umehara is healthy again, he's reprising his role as the gravure-loving nerd Hajime Sugimoto for Volume 4 of the Japanese Bluray release of the series. Hit the jump to learn more.
Golden Kamuy, an ongoing TV anime that adapts the adventure / survival / gourmet / gag manga by Satoru Noda about different factions searching for a cache of stolen Ainu gold in early 20th century Hokkaido, is returning for a second season in the Fall of 2018, but the series is also getting a pair of episodes that will adapt the "Attack Of The Mysterious Winged Terror!" and "Bodyguard Of The Snow-Swept Plains" chapters of the manga. Hit the jump to learn more.
Three new cast members have joined Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, an ongoing TV anime adaptation based on the food battle manga written by Yūto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki about a young man who seeks to prove himself as the best chef at a prestigious culinary academy. Hit the jump to learn more.
In a bit of casting that can only be described as "inspired", legendary enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi - who is nicknamed "Last Boss" by her fans due to her commanding presence and flamboyant stage-costumes - is joining the cast of Cutie Honey Universe as Panther Zora, the elder sister of Sister Jill and the true "last boss" of the story-line. Hit the jump to learn more.
Veteran voice actors Yui Ogura and Tomokazu Sugita are braving the wild and woolly wilderness of Gunma Prefecture as the latest additions to the cast of You Don't Know Gunma Yet, an ongoing short form TV anime based on the culture shock comedy by Hiroto Ida about a boy who bites off more than he can chew when he moves from Chiba to the untamed and unknown land that is Gunma. Hit the jump to learn more.
Horse girl racing / idol raising TV anime Umamusume: Pretty Derby hit a social media milestone recently by reaching over 100,000 followers on Twitter, and to celebrate the official account for the TV anime of the mixed media project by cygames, TOHO Animation, and Lantis released an enthusiastic new visual featuring Team Spica and their trainer. Hit the jump to check it out.
Monkey Punch's gentleman thief character Lupin III still has some tricks up his sleeve, because the currently airing LUPIN THE 3rd PART 5 TV anime just announced seven guest screenwriters who will take a crack at depicting their favorite versions of Lupin as the series continues. Hit the jump to learn more.
If you were wondering who provides the voice of the surly Cyborg 1 (aka "Ichigo Fujimoto") in the most recent episode of Magical Girl Ore, look no further, because the voice actress Megumi Ogata has been officially credited with the role. Hit the jump to learn more.
It appears that even champion-level jockeys like to horse around from time to time, because Yutaka Take - a professional jockey who holds 7 national records in the sport of Japanese horse racing - is appearing as himself in the 5th episode of Umamusume: Pretty Derby. Hit the jump to learn more.
Just in time for the theatrical release of Liz and the Blue Bird (Liz to Aoi Tori in Japanese, alternatively Liz und ein BlauerVogel in German), Kyoto Animation has released a three minute long extended preview video that explores the characters and conflicts of the film. Hit the jump to check it out.
My Hero Academia is back with a vengeance for a 3rd season of aspiring heroes-in-training facing off against new challenges and horrific villains, and now fans can enjoy a non-credit version of the opening animation (featuring the theme song "ODD FUTURE" by UVERworld) thanks to an official upload on the TOHO Animation channel Youtube page. Hit the jump to check it out.
In an unusual bit of promotional weirdness, Hozuki's Coolheadedness 2, an on-going TV anime based on the supernatural office comedy by Natsumi Eguchi about the bureacracy of Japanese Hell, has released a 360 degree VR video featuring the zashiki-warashi twins Ichiko and Niko teleporting all over a traditional Japanese-style living room. Hit the jump to check it out.
Last Period: the journey to the end of the despair, an ongoing TV anime inspired by a fantasy RPG smart phone game, is teaming up with Higurashi - When They Cry, an anime based on a series of visual novels, in a collaboration that can only be described as "supremely meta". Hit the jump to learn more.
Look out, wildlife, Asirpa's on the hunt! If you can't get enough Golden Kamuy in your life, NBC Universal is now publishing a supplemental mini-anime web series entitled Golden Douga Gekijou ("Golden Waypoint Theater") that is based on the humorous and informative chapter intros featured in Satoru Noda's original manga. Hit the jump to check it out.