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.”
Promare a new film by Trigger and XFlag that is due to be released in May. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima, both of whom have worked together on Gurren Lagann and Kill La Kill. The character designs will be Shigeto Koyama. The series will focus on “Galo and the Burning Rescue Fire Department as they face off against BURNISH, a group of mutants who are able to control and wield flames, and the fire disaster they have unleashed on Earth.” Promare is scheduled to be released in Japan in May 2019.
Fire Force (Fire Brigade of Flames) is becoming an anime later this year, according to Atsushi Okubo the creator. Yuki Yase at David Production (JoJo’s Bizarre, Cells at Work!) will be handling the direction for the series. Yamato Haishima will be handling the scripts, with Hideyuki Morioka doing the design for the characters.
Fire Force is a manga series that’s was created by Atsushi Okubo, published by Kodansha and serialized in the Weekly Shonen Magazine. Fire Force is set in a world where human ” spontaneously ignite and turn into flaming demon-like creatures, a disease most feared and known by the name “Human Body Ignition Phenomenon”. The series focuses on Shinra Kusakabe, who joins the Special Fire Force Company 8 to fight the Flame Humans.
I wrote an introduction to the series back in 2015, here. Despite likely Okubo’s art style I wasn’t able to maintain my interest in the manga, however, sometimes the anime is more enjoyable than the manga or vice versa. Regardless, I’m gonna give the anime a chance. It’s looks good:
Sunrise announced with Bandai Namco Entertainment that a spin-off to Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans will be released. Entitled Iron-Blooded Orphans: Urs Hunt it will be available in a smartphone app which combines anime and game elements. According to the ANN report, Urs Hunt is set in P.D. 323:
Gjallarhorn’s political intervention in the Arbrau Central Parliament escalated into an armed conflict using mobile suits. The incident was brought to an end by Tekkadan, a group of youths who came from Mars.
Word of Tekkadan’s exploits even reached the ears of Wistario Afam, a boy born and raised in the Radonitsa Colony floating above Venus. Venus, which lost a terraforming rivalry with Mars, is a remote planet for which even the four major economic blocs has shown little interest. The inhabitants do not even carry IDs, and the planet is just used as a place to exile criminals.
Wistario wishes to change the status quo of his birthplace — and then, appearing before him, is a girl who claims to be the guide to the Urðr-Hunt.
The app will be a free download for iOS and Android devices. Also a official manga for called “Yurutetsu,” will be launched as well. Another announcement is expected in August. The anime first premiered in 2015, a second season debuted in 2016.
Attack on Titan won’t return until this spring but according to comicbook.com, Araki Tetsuro and Koizuka Masashi spoke with Animedia about what to expect from the rest of the season. Tetsuro stated that “things will kick off fast when the anime resumes.” The director said that “It will go straight into everyone’s much-anticipated combat with Titans. After that it’s battle after battle after battle – we’ll finally have a sudden death confrontation with the Titan Shifters.”
Koizuka “teased” the arrival of new weaponry. “Speaking of combat, there are new weapons in play. That weapon will become the responsibility of someone from Episode 49.” While I thought the pacing and focus on story was a refreshing change to the series and fighting and killing humans instead of Titans created an interesting conflict, I did start to miss the harrowing fights between Titans and humans. Of course I also believe that the second half of the season will feature deaths of some of our favorite scouts.
Studio 3Hz is producing an original anime “Blackfox.” Kazuya Nomura is directing this anime, having already directed Robotics Notes, Joker Game, Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie. Naoki Hayashi (Flip Flappers) will be the scriptwriter, with character design from Atsushi Saito. Studio 3Hz is known primarily for Princess Principal.
Details of release dates and more in-depth story details aren’t known. However, the series seem to focus on female modern day ninja. Rikka Isurugi is expected to succeed her grandfather as head of the Isurugi ninja clan. Mia, a psychic is highly intelligent chess master, Melissa, Rikka’s roommate that takes care of the home she shares with Rikka and finally the mysterious “girl in the fox mask.”
The story according to the official website is:
Living in a ninja residence tucked away in a corner of a futuristic city is Rikka, the eldest daughter of a Ninja clan, who looks up to her father—a researcher—very much. Carrying on with her life normally, Rikka’s home came suddenly under attack one day. Driven into a corner, what would she do to overcome this crisis? Rip darkness to pieces and become “BLACK”!
The second and third season trailer of FLCL was released. Cartoon Networks Adult Swim, along with Production IG revived the series. There will be a dozen episodes, divided between the two seasons. FLCL 2 and FLCL 3 will be released in 2018. The animation and style in the trailer is consistent with the previous season. However, the question is without the majority of the cast from the previous series, will FLCL still maintain elements that made it good?
The latest Pokemon anime series was just released in Japan on Thursday. An anime adaptation of the upcoming (Nov. 18) Pokemon Sun and Moon games, the new series looks to be a hit. I haven’t really watched a full season of Pokemon since the Sinnoh League, but I might be convinced to watch this series from start to finish. I’ve already seen the first two episodes and I really enjoyed them.
The art style of the series, particular Ashes new look was a point of controversy, but I didn’t really notice. The overall animation in the series was what I notice. The brighter colors, more dramatic facial reactions and fluid motion are much better than previous Pokemon anime. I’m excited for this upcoming season, although it will be weird without Pokemon gym, I hope there will be good battles. Anyway, if you want to check out the first two episodes without subtitles they’re on YouTube.