Customi Z Performs the Ending Theme for the Fourth Episode of Shonen Hollywood

Customi Z is performing “Life and death,” which is being used as the ending theme for the fourth episode of the Shonen Hollywood television anime series. The song will be released as a single in Japan on August 27, 2014.

A promotional video for the song has been posted, and I am embedding it below. I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

Yui Makino Performs Theme Song for Francesca

Yui Makino performs “Sasayaki wa Crescendo,” the theme song for the Francesca anime. The song will be released as a single in Japan on August 20, 2014.

Teichiku Music has posted a full 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.

FUNimation Reveals One Piece Dub Cast for Thriller Bark Arc

FUNimation Entertainment revealed the English dub cast for the Thriller Bark arc of the One Piece television anime series at San Diego Comic Con:

  • Andrew T. Chandler is Absalom
  • Jamie Marchi is Cindry
  • Jerry Jewell is Hildon
  • Marcus D. Stimac is Hogback
  • Ray Hurd is Kumacy
  • Alex Moore is Lola
  • Chris Guerrero is Gecko Moria
  • Felecia Angelle is Perona

The company also confirmed that Ian Sinclair will return to play Brook.

Anime Sols Outlines Seven More Crowdfunding Campaigns

Anime Sols has announced that the site will be adding crowdfunding campaigns for the following anime:

  • Goku no Daiboken will begin its crowfunding campaign on July 26, 2014.
  • Space Ace will begin its crowdfunding campaign on July 26, 2014.
  • Time Bokan will begin its crowdfunding campaign on August 9, 2014.
  • Temple the Balloonist will begin its crowdfunding campaign on August 9, 2014.
  • Wonder 3 will begin its crowdfunding campaign on August 30, 2014/
  • Kerokko Dematan will begin its crowdfunding campaign on August 30, 2014.
  • Belfy and Lil’bit will begin its crowdfunding campaign on September 13, 2014.

Sailor Moon Crystal: Episode 2 – “Act 2 AMI – SAILOR MERCURY -”

Sailor Moon Crystal is a remake of the original Sailor Moon television anime series that began airing in Japan in 1992. While the series utilizes more modern animation techniques, the character designs try to retain as much of the early 1990s look as it possibly can.

Episode Two introduces the character of Ami Mizuno. She has an IQ of 300, and is arguably the smartest girl in her grade level. Ami and Usagi have a chance meeting when Usagi sees Luna approaching Ami when she’s walking home from school. The two talk, and Usagi takes her to the game arcade. Ami is able to beat the high school for the Sailor V game, and she wins a blue pen. Usagi also wants a pen and shakes the game; it spits out a pink pen, which she is allowed to keep.

Ami starts going to the Crystal Seminar, which has lessons that are all taught on computers through the use of a Crystal Disk. One day, Usagi runs into Ami at the library and asks if she’d like to go for ice cream. However, Ami hears a voice that tells her she needs to study; she starts acting differently and says she has to go. In the process of gathering up her things, Ami leaves her Crystal Disk behind. Usagi takes it home, and she and Luna discover that it’s a brainwashing program.

Using her Moon Power, Usagi disguises herself as a doctor in order to gain entrance into the Crystal Seminar. She finds Ami and the woman who runs the seminar. The woman shows that she’s really a demon, and Usagi transforms into Sailor Moon. The demon is able to overpower Usagi, and just when all hope seems lost, Ami discovers a secret that helps to save the day…

So we have now been introduced to the first of Sailor Moon’s allies: Sailor Mercury. Ami is able to transform with the pen that she got for beating the high score in the Sailor V game. This episode also formally introduces the audience to Queen Beryl and to Jadeite; while they were briefly seen in Episode One, their names were not given until their appearance in this episode.

I believe that the Crystal Disk had a change to it from the manga, because I seem to remember it being a 31/2” floppy disk and not a CD-ROM. If I’m right on that, then it’s a change I don’t mind, since 3 1/2” floppy disks are hardly used by the general public anymore; while a floppy would have worked in 1992, it wouldn’t work today.

It was amusing to see Usagi and Mamoru run into each other again when Usagi crumples up a flyer and throws it behind her, and the crumpled up paper hits Mamoru’s face again. His line telling Ms. Bun-Head that he’s not a garbage can was great.

For the most part, though, the telling of this story seems to match what I remember reading in the Sailor Moon manga. And so far, I’m enjoying what I’m seeing in Sailor Moon Crystal. For me, at least, I seem to be adjusting to the new animation style much more than I did after watching the first episode of the series. I found myself focusing less on how different the animation looks and more on the actual story itself; to me, that’s a good sign.