How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Anime Casts Moeka Kishimoto, Masaaki Mizunaka

The official website for the television anime of Dojyomaru's How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Genjitsushugi Yūsha no Ōkoku Saikenki) light novel series announced on Friday that the series has cast Moeka Kishimoto as Tomoe Inui (pictured below left), a girl from the Wolf Tribe, and Masaaki Mizunaka as Poncho Panacotta (pictured below right), who has a talent for eating.


News Bleach: Brave Souls Game Gets PS4 Version in 2021

KLab announced on Friday that its Bleach: Brave Souls game will get a release for PlayStation 4 this year. The game will be available digitally in areas where the PlayStation Store is accessible. The game will include seven languages: Japanese, English, French, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Thai.


News The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime This Summer

A website and Twitter account opened on Friday to announce that Wakame Konbu's The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated! (Jahysama ha Kujikenai!) manga is inspiring a television anime this summer.

Square Enix Manga & Books published the first manga volume in English on July 13 (after a COVID-19 delay), and it describes the story:

The Great Jahy, the Dark Realm's second-in-command, cuts a frightening figure, feared and revered by all. But when a run-in with a magical girl results in the destruction of the precious mana crystal, the Dark Realm falls, transporting the newly tiny and powerless Jahy to the human world! Unfortunately, plotting the revival of the Dark Realm from a cramped, crumbling one-room apartment is no easy feat when you have rent to pay and a job to keep!

The manga has been running in Square Enix's Gangan Joker magazine, and Square Enix published the sixth volume in April 2020.

Update: Square Enix Manga & Books delayed the release of the first manga volume in English from April 13 to July 13. Thanks, Link Gaming.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork


News Netflix Streams 4th, Final Season's of Castlevania Animated Show on May 13 With Eyes on Possible New Series

Netflix announced on Twitter on Friday that the fourth season of Adi Shankar's Castlevania animated series will stream on May 13, and it will be the final season. Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Friday that Netflix is eyeing a new series set in the same universe with a new cast of characters. Netflix shared Deadline's article on Twitter, as well as a trailer


FEATURE: How Did Anairis Quiñones Start A Successful Voice Acting Career?

Of the multitude of positions required to bring an anime to the viewers, the characters' voice actors are among the most well-known and easily visible. With a good performance, the actor can bring out a new side of their characters not represented in other iterations. Crunchyroll was able to talk to Anairis Quiñones about both her role as Echidna from Re:ZERO Starting Life in Another World and her own story about how she first got into voice acting and what it means to her.


The video below is specifically focused on Echidna, Re:ZERO's Witch of Greed, and Quiñones's process of getting into character for a new role (and also why Re:ZERO is special among fantasy anime).


Japanese New Pokémon Snap Players Will Get The Chance to Print Off Photos Like It's 1999

For those that played the original Pokémon Snap on the Nintendo 64 in 1999, one of the fondest memories would be going down to your local Blockbuster in North American (or Toys "R" Us and Myer for those in Australia like me) and physically printing off the grainy images straight from the N64 cart.


For the release of New Pokémon Snap, Japanese convenience store Lawson is once again collaborating with Pokémon (they were the partners in the 90s as well) to open up a system where Japanese players can print off their semi-HD snaps of Pokémon from the Lental region and their Nintendo Switch systems.


News Sentai Filmworks Licenses 2nd Seitokai Yakuindomo Film

Sentai Flimworks announced on Thursday that it has licensed Gekijōban Seitokai Yakuindomo 2, the second film based on Tozen Ujiie's Seitokai Yakuindomo manga, in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, and Portugal. The company will release the film on home video and on select digital outlets. HIDIVE will begin streaming the film on April 23 at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

Sentai Filmworks describes the story:

The cast of Seitokai Yakuindomo is back and ready to quip! In this companion film that follows season 2 of the zany, irreverent Seitokai Yakuindomo anime series, the Ousai Private Academy student council must again grapple with a mix of double-entendres and doubly potent teen hormones as they integrate boys into a previously all-girls school.

The film was previously slated to open in Japan last July, but it opened on January 1, its opening delayed due to the effects of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The crowdfunding company "Anime Fund" launched a successful crowdfunding campaign for the film on November 4.

Miho Okasaki joined the cast as Yū Hirose. The other cast members returned from the previous film and other anime installments of the franchise.

Hiromitsu Kanazawa returned as director and series script supervisor, and Makoto Furuta returned as character designer and chief animation director. Other returning staff members include Ken Naito, Ryūsuke Araki, Ryō Tanaka, and Yūya Mori as art director, color designer, sound director, and composer, respectively. Glovision was once again credited for sound production, and King Records was the music producer.

The other staff members include Shingo Suzuki, Hiroshi Okubo, Takayuki Uchida as main animators; Shinnosuke Takesada as compositing director of photography; and Chinami Watanabe as editor.

Seitokai Yakuindomo centers around Ōsai Academy, a former all-girls private high school that was integrated to include boys. The student body is split between 524 girls and 28 boys. Takatoshi Tsuda is pushed into becoming the vice president of the student council, where he is the lone male member surrounded by girls.

The slice-of-life comedy story already inspired two television anime seasons, original video anime projects, and several previous anime DVDs bundled with the manga.

The project inspired an anime film that opened in Japan in July 2017. The film topped the Japanese mini-theater rankings for two consecutive weekends. HIDIVE began streaming the film in March 2020.

The 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 18th, and 19th manga volumes all bundled original anime DVDs (OADs) when they shipped in September 2015, April 2016, December 2016, September 2017, April 2019, August 2019, and September 2020, respectively. (The 16th manga volume bundled a DVD of the anime film.)

Sources: Sentai Filmworks, HIDIVE


Oregairu's Iroha Promotes I LOHAS Water in Yomiuri Shimbun Ad

The collaboration has also reached The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. Full-page ads featuring an illustration of Iroha by series illustrator Ponkan-8 were displayed in The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper on Friday. The ads introduce various water sources across Japan.

This is the second time the two have teamed up. Watari also wrote a short story last year about Iroha and I LOHAS.

Source: I LOHAS official website