Adult Swims’s Toonami announced of Facebook that Lupin the Third: Part 5 will debut on June 15th. The latest anime from the storied anime franchise was originally released last year in April. The series will feature 24 episodes. Set in modern day France, we follow the title character Arsène Lupin III.
The first arc will follow Lupin as he ” infiltrates a data center to steal digital currency from “Marco Polo”, a site on the dark web, which sells illegal items such as drugs and weapons.” Favorite characters from previous series Diasuke Jigen(marksmen), Goemon Ishikawa(swordsman), Fujiko Mine (con artist) and Koichi Zenigata(Inspector) will return, as well as a new character Ami Enan (hacker).
The second arc will Lupin and his crew as they “gains possession of a black notebook containing extremely sensitive information about high-level political figures, which makes him a target for the ruthless director of the DGES as well as for Albert d’Andrésy, a fiendishly cunning criminal and ex-partner of Lupin hiding under the facade of an honest government official.” The series will have 2 more arcs as well.
A longer trailer for the upcoming anime of Fire Force (Enen no Shouboutai) was released. The series created by Atsushi Ookubo (Soul Eater) will debut July 6th this summer. While I liked the manga I haven’t been able to keep up with it. The animation for this series looks great so I’m excited for it.
The synopsis of the series is:
Year 198 of the Solar Era in Tokyo, special fire brigades are fighting against a phenomenon called spontaneous human combustion where humans beings are turned into living infernos called “Infernals”. While the Infernals are first generation cases of spontaneous human combustion, later generations possess the ability to manipulate flames while retaining human form. Shinra Kusakabe, a youth who gained the nickname Devil’s Footprints for his ability to ignite his feet at will, joins the Special Fire Force Company 8 which composes of other flames users as they work to extinguish any Infernals they encounter. As a faction that is creating Infernals appears, Shira begins to uncover the truth behind a mysterious fire that caused the death of his family twelve years ago.
On July 6th, Vinland Saga will debut on streaming services. The series is set to have a 24 episode season. Based on Makoto Yukimura’s manga series of the same name, Vinland follows the historical periods depicted in the two saga’s from Iceland, The Saga of the Greenlanders and the Saga of Eric the Red. The story mostly recounts the rise of King Cnut the Great.
Wit Studio (Attack on Titan) will animate the series. Directed by Shuhei Yabuta (Director, Inuyashiki Last Hero) and written by Hiroshi Seko (Banana Fish) and Kenta Ihara (Saga of Tanya the Evil), the series will be streamed on Amazon Prime. The series is often compared favorably to Berserk and has been praised for its “fluid action sequences,” “realistic violence,” and “attention to detail.”
No Guns Life is a manga series that was created by Tasuku Karasuma. After a war, there are many “Extends” in the city. Extends are “people whose bodies were modified to make them into dangerous weapons.” Our main protagonist is Inui Juuzou, an Extend that had his head transformed into a gun. He has no memories of his previous life. He works as a detective, taking on cases involving Extends around the city. I’ve never heard of this series before it seems weird but interesting.
The anime will be produced by Madhouse (One Punch Man, Boogiepop), directed by Naoyuki Ito (Overlord) and character designer Masanori Shino. Viz Media has licensed the manga for release this fall.
Dr. Stone, the manga by Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi’s will debut it’s anime adaptation in July. Launched in March 2017, the series focuses on Taiju and Senku as they awaken from being trapped in stone. They begin to “rebuild civilization” using the science knowledge of Senku. They create a means to destroy the “stone casing” called nital. In a moment of distress they release Tsukasa Shishio, “Strongest Primate High Schooler.” He, Senku and Taiju have a disagreement regarding who should be revived. Two rival clans are formed, the “Kingdom of science” and the “Empire of Might.” Check out the two trailers below:
On Monday, it was announced by Funimation Entertainment that they will be streaming the anime of Fire Force this year. IGN posted a subbed teaser trailer. The series focuses on Shinra, ” a boy who possesses the unique power to run at the speed of a rocket, leaving behind the famous “devil’s footprints.” Created by Atsushi Ohkubo, the series is currently has over 15 volumes.
On August 9, 2019 the next One Piece movie, One Piece: Stampede is scheduled to be released in Japan. It will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the series. Eiichiro Oda wrote the story and was creative supervisor. The movie will take place during the “Pirate Festival Expo,” where pirates join each other to hunt for treasure. The treasure the will hunt for is one that belonged to Gol D. Roger. The film will seems to take place after the Whole Cake Island Arc.
One Piece movies are hit or miss to me. The last few were pretty good and the animation can be great. However, the story can be uninspired. The second teaser trailer from Toei was streamed. Two new characters are introduced for the film, Douglas Bullet and Buena Festa. Bullet is a former member of Roger’s pirate crew, Festa is a promoter for the even.
During Crunchyroll’s live stream of The Anime Awards on Saturday the dub of Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn trailers was released. According to ANN:
Sentai Filmworks and Kadokawa Pictures will screen the first film in theaters in the United States on March 20 and 25. The screening on March 20 will feature Japanese audio with English subtitles, and the screening on March 25 will have the English dub.
The screenings will be a partnership with Fathom Events, and tickets are available for purchase now. The screenings will include “behind-the-scenes footage, Japanese created spots and a reflection on how MADE IN ABYSS mirrors fairytales.”
In December of last year, at Shonen Jump’s Jump Festa the follow up to Naruto was announced. Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, will be written by Masashi Kishimoto and illustrated by Akira Okubo, a former assistant on Naruto and the brother of Atsushi Okubo (Soul Eater, Fire Force). Kishimoto stated that he ” I like Japanese-styled things: I’m thrilled about the culture and decor. I like sci-fi things too. I’m excited for this gimmick and it’s creation. Since I like both things, I’ve decided to mix them together to depict this work.” He hopes to make it “even more interesting than the Naruto series!”
Unlike Naruto, Samurai 8 will obviously focus on samurai instead of ninja. Similar to the Naruto series it will be more than a samurai series like Rurouni Kenshin. Infused with sci-fi, the series will feature cyborgs, futuristic weapons and outer space. While I didn’t like Boruto, I have high hopes for this series. The problem, so will millions of Naruto fans. The high expectations could be a curse for the series or help it have an instant audience. Another problem is appetite for another shonen series. With series like Black Clover and My Hero Academia doing well, not to mention One Piece is still king, will there be room for one more?
From what little that’s been seen so far, I like the direction the series is expected to take. More importantly to me I like the art style. What do you think. Will Samurai 8 live up to the hype? Will it be successful as the current shonen series? Can it surpass Naruto?
Samurai 8 will run in Shonen Jump later this year.