En En no Shouboutai Anime’s 1st PV Previews Gakuto Kajiwara as Shinra Kusakabe

The official website for the television anime of Atsushi Ohkubo‘s Fire Force (En En no Shouboutai) manga began streaming the first teaser video for the anime on Friday.

Yuki Yase (Mekaku City ActorsHidamari Sketch × Honeycomb) is directing at David Production (JoJo’s Bizarre AdventureCells at Work!). Yamato Haishima is in charge of the series scripts, and Hideyuki Morioka(KizumonogatariSayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei) is designing the characters. Gakuto Kajiwara (Black Clover‘s Asta) voices the protagonist Shinra Kusakabe.

Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story:

En En no Shouboutai: Terror has paralyzed the clockwork metropolis of Tokyo! Possessed by demons, people have begun to burst into flame, leading to the establishment of a special firefighting team: the Fire Force, ready to roll on a moment’s notice to fight spontaneous combustion anywhere it might break out. The team is about to get a very unique addition: Shinra, a boy who possesses the unique power to run at the speed of a rocket, leaving behind the famous “devil’s footprints” (and destroying his shoes in the process). Can the Fire Force discover the source of this strange phenomenon and put a stop to it? Or will the city burn to ashes first?

Ohkubo (Soul Eater) launched the series in Kodansha‘s Weekly Shōnen Magazine in September 2015. Kodansha published the manga’s 15th volume on November 16. Kodansha Comics shipped the 13th volume in English on December 25.

Eiga Precure Miracle Universe Anime Movie Reveals Poster Visual

The official Twitter account for the movie series based on the Precure franchise revealed a poster visual on Friday for Eiga Precure Miracle Universe, the newest movie in the franchise.

Eiga Precure Miracle Universe will open in Japan on March 16. The movie will be primarily set in space, and the story will reveal the secret of the “Miracle Lights,” the mysterious critical items which appear frequently in the franchise’s films. The film will feature the characters from the Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode and Hugtto! Precure series, as well as the upcoming Star ☆ Twinkle Precure series. Star ☆ Twinkle Precure will premiere on ABC and TV Asahi on February 3 at 8:30 a.m. (the same timeslot as the current series).

Kōhei Kureta and Yukio Kaizawa, who both co-directed the Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode series, are returning to co-direct the film. Isao Murayama (Eiga Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode: Paris to! Omoide no Mille-Feuille!Maho Girls Precure!) is penning the script. Yuki Hayashi (My Hero Academia) and Asami Tachibana (DARLING in the FRANXX) are composing the music.

Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyou ga Dekinai TV Anime Reveals 1st PV

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Ren Kawahara’s Ao-chan Can’t Study! (Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyou ga Dekinai) manga began streaming the show’s first promotional video on Friday. The video reveals that the anime will premiere in April. The video also reveals the show’s first three cast members.

The show will star:

  • Azumi Waki as Ao Horie
  • Junta Terashima as Takumi Kijima
  • Kenjiro Tsuda as Kasaki Horie

Keisuke Inoue (episode director for Chivalry of a Failed KnightMasamune-kun’s RevengeTwo Car) is directing the anime at SILVER LINK. Michiko Yokote (ShirobakoChildren of the WhalesKarakai Jōzu no Takagi-san) is in charge of series scripts. Miwa Oshima (The Story of SaiunkokuKoihime MusōAria the Scarlet Ammo AA) is designing the characters.

Kodansha Comics is releasing the manga digitally in English, and it describes the story:

When Ao was in kindergarten, she smiled ear-to-ear as she told her classmates how her father (a bestselling erotic author) chose her name: “A as in apple and O as in orgy!” That day still haunts her ten years later as she studies with a single goal in mind: get into an elite university and achieve independence from her father once and for all. She has no youth to misspend and no time to think about boys … until her classmate, “King Normie” Kijima, approaches her with a shocking confession of love. She tries to lose Kijima, but he just can’t take a hint … and as her mind runs wild with impure thoughts, she realizes her father has totally influenced her!

Kawahara launched  Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyou ga Dekinai in Kodansha‘s Shonen Magazine Edge in October 2015, and ended the manga on December 17. Kawahara will launch a sequel manga in the same magazine on January 17 that centers on a “slightly more grown-up” Ao-chan. Kodansha published the manga’s seventh compiled book volume on September 14. Kodansha Comics released the third volume on December 25.

Sources: Ao-chan Can’t Study anime’s website, MoCa News

Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale Anime Movie’s Trailer Streamed

The official website for Kyoto Animation‘s Sound! Euphonium franchise began streaming a trailer on Friday forGekijōban Hibike! Euphonium: Chikai no Finale (Sound! Euphonium The Movie: Oath’s Finale), the second of two planned new films in the franchise. The video introduces the four cast members for the new first-year students, and the year’s goal: to win first place at nationals.

The official website also revealed on Wednesday that TRUE will perform the film’s theme song. The movie will open in Japan on April 19.

The series’ cast — including Tomoyo KurosawaAyaka AsaiMoe ToyotaChika AnzaiHaruki IshiyaKonomi FujimuraYuri YamaokaKenjiro TsudaMiyuki KoboriMinako Kotobuki, and Takahiro Sakurai — are all returning as their characters Kumiko Ōmae, Hazuki Katō, Sapphire “Midori” Kawashima, Reina Kōsaka, Shūichi Tsukamoto, Natsuki Nakagawa, Yūko Yoshikawa, Takuya Gotō, Riko Nagase, Asuka Tanaka, and Noboru Taki.

Returning staff members include Mutsuo Shinohara (art director), Akiyo Takeda (color designer), Hiroyuki Takahashi (instrument designer), Kazuya Takao (director of photography), Yota Tsuruoka (sound director), and Masahiro Ōwada (music supervisor). The Senzoku Gakuen College of Music‘s Freshman Wind Ensemble also returns for music production cooperation and musical performance.

As previously announced, Tatsuya Ishihara is returning from the series to direct the film, and main writer Jukki Hanada is also returning to pen the script. Shoko Ikeda is returning from the series as character designer, and Akito Matsuda is returning as composer. Lantis is credited for music production. Shochiku is distributing the film.

In the film’s story, Kumiko is now a second year and the senior player of the euphonium section. With new underclassmen joining the concert band, Kumiko will have to learn new things in order to deal with awkward and difficult underclassmen. She and third-year trumpeter Tomoe Kabe have been chosen to lead the new underclassmen members. Among the new members to Kumiko’s bass section are euphonist Kanade Hisaishi, whose appearances are deceiving; tuba player Mirei Suzuki, who cannot adapt to her new environment; tuba player Satsuki Suzuki, who wants to get along with Mirei; and double bassist Motomu Tsukinaga, who cannot talk about himself. Between the Sunrise Festival, chair placement auditions, and the competition, a number of problems quickly begin to arise.

Liz and the Blue Bird (Liz to Aoitori), the first of the two new films, opened in Japan on April 21. Eleven Artsscreened the film in Japanese with English subtitles and an English dub in the United States on November 9. The Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, which ran from September 28 to October 7 at the NEW PEOPLECinema, also screened the film. Anime Expo screened the film in July.

Source: Sound! Euphonium anime’s official website

A Place Further Than the Universe Leads Tokyo Anime Awards Fan Vote

Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2019 (TAAF) revealed the preliminary results for this year’s fan-voted Animation of the Year: Anime Fan Award. Leading the pack is A Place Further Than the Universe, a coming-of-age story about four teenage girls who sign up to go on an expedition to Antarctica. The series was recently recognized by The New York Times in its list of Best International TV Shows of 2018.

The plucky girls aren’t leading by a large margin; they could still be surpassed Banana Fish. Set in New York City, the crime drama follows the beautiful yet deadly Ash Lynx and his unlikely companion Eiji Okamura as they navigate the darkest underbelly of New York’s crime families.

In third place is Laid-Back Camp, the cozy series that invigorated Japan’s winter camping scene with a new influx of fans. The anime follows Rin Shima who had always enjoyed camping alone but expands her horizons when she meets newbie camper Nadeshiko Kagamihara.

The results are updated daily until the poll closes on December 24. The top 20 series and top 10 films are listed below.

Television Anime

  1. A Place Further Than the Universe
  3. Laid-Back Camp
  4. Cells at Work!
  5. IDOLiSH7
  6. Zombie Land Saga
  8. Land of the Lustrous
  9. Bloom Into You
  10. Pop Team Epic
  11. Violet Evergarden
  12. Overlord (seasons II and III)
  13. Dream Festival! R
  14. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
  15. Uma Musume Pretty Derby
  16. Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun-
  17. Girls’ Last Tour
  18. Attack on Titan Season 3
  19. Goblin Slayer
  20. Revue Starlight

Anime Films

  1. Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer
  2. Girls und Panzer das Finale
  3. Liz and the Blue Bird
  4. Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond
  5. Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Dear My Sister
  6. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
  7. Non Non Biyori Vacation
  8. Okko’s Inn
  9. Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple
  10. Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us

The poll also decides works that will be eligible for the Theatrical Animation Division and Television Animation Division awards, as well as the individual awards for anime staff members. An anime series or film had to air between October 15, 2017 to October 13, 2018 to qualify for a spot. This cut-off isn’t limited to a show’s debut date. For instance, Land of the Lustrous premiered on October 7, 2017 but is still considered applicable to the poll because its episodes aired beyond the cut-off. This is also why last year saw Yuri!!! on Ice take the top spotin both 2016 and 2017 awards.

Voting can be done only once per person with up to three TV and movies choices each.

Source: Tokyo Anime Festival’s Best 100 site via Yara-on!





Bakumatsu Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2019

The official Twitter account for Bakumatsu, the television anime of its Renai Bakumatsu Kareshi smartphone game, announced on Friday that a second season has been green-lit for 2019.

The anime premiered in Japan on October 4, and the 12th and final episode of the first season debuted on Thursday night. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs.

In the original game’s story, the heroine is in Kyoto for sightseeing when she receives a mysterious pocket watch from a man. The heroine wears the watch and passes through a shrine’s torii gate, and she is transported to “another” Bakumatsu era 150 years ago during the final years of the Edo period. The heroine must then try to find a way back home to the present.

While the original app focuses on romance, the anime is a sci-fi action-adventure series.

Masaki Watanabe (KADO – The Right Answer, Bartender) directed the series at Studio DEENMasahiro Yokotani (All Out!!Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club franchise) handled the series composition, and Hidekazu Shimamura (Clockwork PlanetNodame Cantabile) designed the characters based on Natsuki’s original designs. MAGEScomposed the music. MIKOTO performed the opening song “Spiral Maze” while Eri Sasaki performed the ending song “Haruka Naru Tabi.”

The romance simulation game originally launched on iOS and Android on March 14, 2017.

Source: Bakumatsu anime’s Twitter account




Run with the Wind Anime Reveals Visual, Theme Songs for 2nd Half

The official website for Run with the Wind, the television anime of Shion Miura‘s Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Feel the Wind) novel, revealed a new visual and theme songs for the series’ second half on Thursday. Q-MHz feat. Mitsuhiro Hidaka a.k.a. SKY-HI will perform the new opening theme “Kaze Tsuyoku, Kimi Atsuku.” (The Wind Is Strong, You’re on Fire.), and Taichi Mukai will perform the new ending song “Michi” (The Road).

Mukai also performs the first ending song “Reset.” Unison Square Garden performs the first opening theme song “Catch up, latency.”

The anime premiered in Japan on October 2, and it will run for 23 episodes. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs.

HIDIVE is also streaming the anime, and it describes the story:

Kakeru is a former elite runner in high school who finds himself down on his luck. After being chased for stealing food, he’s saved by Haiji, a Kansei University student and a fellow runner. Having nowhere else to go, Kakeru is convinced by Haiji to move into a dormitory with eight other strangers. Before Kakeru is even settled in his new home, Haiji announces his ambitious plans to enter all ten of them into one of the most prominent university relay marathons in Japan, the Hakone Ekiden. There’s just one small problem: with the exception of Haiji and Kakeru, none of the residents have ever run competitively before.

Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series and plans to release it on home video.

Kazuya Nomura (Robotics;NotesJoker GameGhost In The Shell: The New Movie) is directing the series at Production I.GShinchosha is credited with planning cooperation. Voice actor and The Kirishima Thing film scriptwriter Kohei Kiyasu is both writing and overseeing the series scripts. Takahiro Chiba (Occult Academycharacter designer, Haikyu!! chief animation director) is designing the characters. Hideki Takahashi (Haikyu!!Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Takashi Mukouda (Gurren LagannSpace Dandy) are key animators. Hiromi Kikuta (Haikyu!!Mr. Osomatsu) is sound director, and Yuki Hayashi (DIVE!!My Hero Academia) is composing the music.

Sources: Run with the Wind anime’s website, The Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web



The Leader – An Original Web Anime About Karl Marx

The Chinese streaming service bilibili announced on the Sina Weibo blogging site on Tuesday that it will stream an original anime series centering on The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital author and philosopher Karl Marx. Reports vary on the animation studio behind the work, dubbed The Leader in English. South China Morning Post states The Leader is being produced by animation studio Dongmantang and the Global Timeswrites the studio as Wawayu.

The promotional video has been viewed 211,000 times on bilibili and over 41,000 times on Twitter since it launched on Tuesday and 37,000 users are following the series page.

The anime is being sponsored by the Project to Study and Develop the Marxist Theory, an initiative launched by China’s Communist Party in 2004. The series will look at multiple milestones in Marx’s life from the time he met his wife Jenny von Westphalen to his collaborative friendship with Friedrich Engels. The anime commemorates Marx’s 200th birthday and should launch on the bilibili streaming service “soon.”

The series is also backed by The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; a research group and think tank, Weiming Culture Media, and the government-operated People’s Daily newspaper.

Source: Global Times (Zhang Han), South China Morning Post (Mandy Zuo)


Mirai Anime Film Nominated for Florida Film Critics Circle Awards

Mamoru Hosoda‘s newest film nominated in Best Animated Film category

The Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC) announced its nominees for this year’s Florida Film Critics Circle Awards on Wednesday, and Mamoru Hosoda‘s Mirai anime film was nominated in the Best Animated Film category. The other films nominated in the category are Incredibles 2Isle of Dogs, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

FFCC will announce the winners of this year’s Florida Film Critics Circle Awards on Friday.

Mirai is also nominated in two categories for the 76th Annual Golden Globes, in two categories at the 46th Annual Annie Awards, and in the Best Animated Feature category for the the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

GKIDS and Fathom Events began screening the film in 700 U.S. theaters on November 29, and the film also screened on December 5 and December 8. GKIDS also held its own theatrical release in the United States on November 30. The film earned US$672,652 at the box office between November 29 and December 8.

The 100-minute film opened at #2 at the box office in Japan on July 20.

The film’s story centers around a family living in a small house in an obscure corner of a certain city — in particular, the family’s spoiled four-year-old boy Kun-chan. When Kun-chan gets a little sister named Mirai, he feels that his new sister stole his parents’ love from him, and is overwhelmed by many experiences he undergoes for the first time in his life. In the midst of it all, he meets an older version of Mirai, who has come from the future.

Hosoda directed the film at his Studio Chizu, and is also credited as scriptwriter and for the original story. Hiroyuki Aoyama (animation director of The Girl Who Leapt Through TimeSummer Wars, and The Boy and The Beast) and Ayako Hata (key animator on the same films) returned for this new film as animation directors. Yohei Takamatsu and Takashi Omori, who Hosoda had previously worked with on The Boy and The Beast, returned as art directors. Producer Yuichiro Saito returned from Hosoda’s earlier films.

Source: Florida Film Critics Circle’s website

Egao no Daika TV Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video

Egao no Daika premieres on January 4

The official website for Egao no Daika (The Price of Smiles), Tatsunoko Productions‘ original television anime to mark its 55th anniversary, began streaming the second promotional video for the series on Wednesday. The video features Chiho feat. majiko’s opening theme song “Egao no Kanata” (Beyond the Smiles).

The series will premiere on WOWOW on January 4 at 9:30 p.m., and it will later begin airing on Tokyo MXYomiuri TVAT-X, and J:COM TV. The anime will have 12 30-minute episodes.

On a planet far from Earth, there is a kingdom full of smiling faces. Princess Yūki is 12 years old, and about to enter a sensitive age in a person’s life. Everyday, she cries, laughs, and sometimes, her heart throbs with excitement. All the while, she lives merrily in the royal palace.
Filling her days with color are her loyal vassals: her tutor Reira, Izana who assists in political affairs, the leader of the chivalry Harold … and then, there is her childhood friend and aide Joshua.
“Yūki! If you have spirit and guts, you can do anything!”
“…No, not this again! Joshua, be nobler!”
Stella is 17 years old and a capable, reserved soldier. However, she is always smiling … for smiling is essential to living.
This is a story of two girls born on distant planets.

Toshimasa Suzuki (Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-neFafner: Heaven and Earth) is directing at Tatsunoko Productions, and Shinichi Inotsume(Hayate the Combat ButlerPERSONA 5 the Animation) is in charge of the series scripts. NOB-C (Musasino!Urawa no Usagi-chan) is credited with the original character designs, as well as the original story concept with Hikaru YuasaNaoto Nakamura (Miss Monochrome assistant character design, High School Fleet) is designing the characters for animation. Dynamo Pictures is in charge of 3DCG.

Kazuya Tanaka is directing the sound, and Tsubasa Itō is composing the music. The artist kimi no orphée is performing the ending theme song “Kono Sekai ni Hanataba” (A Bouquet For This World).

Source: The Price of Smiles anime’s official website, Happinet Pictures‘ YouTube channel, MoCa News