Cast and Staff Announcement for the Is it Wrong to Seek a Fateful Meeting in a Dungeon? Anime

J.C. Staff is producing an anime based on the Is it Wrong to Seek a Fateful Meeting in a Dungeon? light novel series, and the anime is being directed by Yoshiki Yamakawa. Hideki Shirane is doing series composition and Shigeki Kimoto is designing the characters for the anime.

The cast includes:

  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is Vel Clanel
  • Inori Minase is Hestia
  • Saori Onishi is Eyes Warenstein
  • Maaya Uchida is Ririruka Ahde

Staff and Cast Announcement for the Absolute Duo Anime

The December issue of Media Factory’s Comic Alive is making a staff and cast announcement for the anime adaptation of the Absolute Duo light novel series.

8-Bit is producing the series, and Atsushi Nakayama is directing. Takamitsu Kouno is doing series composition and Keiichi Sano is designing the characters for the series.

The cast includes:

  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is Toru Kokonoe
  • Nozomi Yamamoto is Yurie Sigtuna
  • Ayaka Suwa is Tomoe Tachibana
  • Ayaka Imamura is Miyabi Hotaka
  • Haruka Yamazaki is Lilith Bristol

Hitomi Harada Performs Ending Theme for Lord Marksman and Vanadis

Hitomi Harada performs “Schwarzer Bogen,” which is being used as the ending theme for the Lord Marksman and Vanadis television anime series. The song is scheduled to be released as a single in Japan on November 26, 2014.

Lantis has posted a short promotional video for the song, which I am embedding below. I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

The Anime Network Is Streaming the First Season of Chaika – The Coffin Princess

The Fandom Post is reporting that the Anime Network is streaming the first season of the Chaika – The Coffin Princess television anime series.

All twelve episodes are available to subscribers in its original Japanese language with English subtitles.

Giovanni’s Island to Be Screened at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

Production I.G’s official website has announced that the Giovanni’s Island anime film will be screened at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival on October 28 and November 2, 2014.

In addition, the film will be screened in Belgium on October 29, 2014 and then at the Discovery Film Festival: Scotland’s International Film Festival for Young Audiences on November 9, 2014.

VIZ Media Announces the Release of One Piece Manga Box Set 2

VIZ Media delivers a special treat to fans with the latest Box Set installment for the world’s most popular manga series – One Piece.

The One Piece Manga Box Set 2 will be released on November 4, 2014 and is rated “T” for Teens. The set contains Volumes 24-46, which comprise the series’ third and fourth story arcs – Skypiea and Water Seven – and will carry an MSRP of $185.99 U.S. / CAN. The Box Set also features a full-color poster and special ONE PIECE mini-comic.

As a child, One Piece main character Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. The only drawback? He’ll never be able to swim again – a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world…

“This new release from VIZ Media continues the venerable ONE PIECE saga in lavish box set form and is a pirate’s treasure for any manga fan,” says Alexis Kirsch, Editor. “Catch all the action as the Straw Hats search the exotic sky island of Skypiea for hidden gold and then journey to Water 7, a wondrous water metropolis constructed upon the ruins of a sunken city. Jump aboard for fantastic adventures with manga’s favorite band of pirates!”

ONE PIECE © 1997 by Eiichiro Oda/SHUEISHA Inc.

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Episode 2 – “Misconception”

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace focuses on the five members of Senko High School’s Literary Club. Jurai Ando has a case of “chunibyo” (eighth grade syndrome), Tomoyo Kanzaki is bemused by Jurai’s antics, Hatoko Kurshikawa is a polite girl who takes Jurai’s antics seriously, Sayumi Takanashi is the club’s president, and Chifuyu Himeki is the niece of the advisor who hangs out with the club. One day, Jurai is pulling one of his antics and claiming that his arm’s hurt due to possessing a superpower. They’re all surprised when light suddenly manifests from Jurai’s hand and spreads across the Literary Club’s room. Six months later, they discover that student council president Mirei Kudo has also mysteriously acquired powers.

The superpowers themselves aren’t actually used at any point during Episode Two. They get referenced in a letter that Jurai writes to Mirei to give a name to her ability. Unfortunately, he accidentally users the word “Lover” instead of “Robber,” and Mirei misinterprets this to be a love letter.

The majority of Episode Two sees Jurai not trying to correct this misconception so he can come across as “cool.” The humor is derived from seeing the usually stern Mirei acting so goofy due to being in love. There’s also a humorous scene right at the beginning in the Literary Club room when Jurai is asking the girls to come up with superhero nicknames. The humor comes from Jurai’s reactions to the names that the girls come up with, since so few truly fall into the “cool superhero” category. While this scene served as the setup for Mirei coming into the club room, I personally thought that this particular gag had overstayed its welcome. It would’ve been stronger if it had been a little shorter.

It seems that for the most part, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is focusing on having characters fall into certain character types instead of developed personalities. However, at the end of the episode, we did get to see Jurai have a serious conversation with Tomoyo as he mulls over what happened in this episode. This was the most serious I’ve seen him up to this point, so I hope that this is a sign that maybe the writers will allow these characters to start to grow out of the character types that they currently are.

It appears that Episode Two was meant to be more of a character development episode than anything else. Not only were the superpowers never used in this episode, there was also nothing to tie back to the overarching story that was hinted at with the end of Episode One with the person watching from the shadows. Hopefully we’ll see some advancement in the overarching story soon, because I’d hate for this to end up being like Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara, which was a series that established an interesting premise but ended up putting more focus on the character types and the gags than on the actual overarching story.

Personally, I thought that Episode Two wasn’t quite as strong as Episode One had been. I’m hoping that maybe this was a temporary slump and that the series will return to the level that it had been at with Episode One.