FUNimation Acquires Home Video Rights for Nobunagun

FUNimation Entertainment has acquired the home video rights for the Nobunagun anime series. The company has acquired the rights to release the series on both Blu-ray and DVD.

FUNimation plans to release Nobunagun on home video in Summer 2015.

Source: ANN

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Hayate the Combat Butler: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You

Sentai Filmworks has announced that the company has acquired the license for the Hayate the Combat Butler: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You anime.

The company says it plans to release the series both digitally and on home video.

Source: ANN

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Episode 10 – “Fool’s Labyrinth”

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.

Episode 10 takes place over summer vacation, and it focuses on Jurai spending time with two of the girls on two different trips to Sealand. The first trip is the one that Jurai promised to make with Chifuyu in Episode Nine. Kuki comes along with the intention of trying to make Jurai look bad in front of Chifuyu so she’ll lose her interest in him. Kuki tries three different plans, but they all backfire and make Jurai look good. But with how the third plan fails, Kuki comes to realize that Jurai isn’t as bad as she thought he was; in fact, she seems to develop an interest in him and has potentially joined the harem. And after seeing this episode, it feels like Kuki has become a more important character than Mirei; Mirei may be featured in the credit sequences, but she’s hardly appeared and doesn’t seem to be a major player in the harem.

But the most important part of this storyline is a serious conversation that Jurai has with Kuki while Chifuyu takes a nap. He stresses to Kuki that she needs to stay friends with Chifuyu, since the members of the Literature Club will be graduating before too much longer and going their separate ways. When I see Jurai in these types of moments, it reinforces that he isn’t simply a one-dimensional character and that he can have his serious moments. It’s also refreshing to see that Jurai understands the reality of the situation and is trying to look out for Chifuyu like a big brother.

Later, Sayumi calls Jurai at the last minute, telling him to come with her to Sealand. She has a pair ticket to go there, and claims that her sister Maiya bailed on her. But as we later see, this is a plan that Sagami hatched to help Sayumi get together with Jurai. Sagami has made it so Sayumi has to wear a white bikini that he got for her, and then claims that if it gets wet it will become see-through. This is supposed to provide comedy, since we see Sayumi go to great lengths to make sure the bikini doesn’t get wet. Personally, I didn’t find it to be that amusing.

But it turns out Sagami had lied to Sayumi for his own entertainment purposes. She gets mad and decks him, then declares she will no longer be his puppet. I nearly wanted to cheer when I saw this happen. But Sagami does something after Sayumi leaves: he takes out his phone and calls someone named Naoe Hagiura, who is supposedly a former member of F. Unfortunately, nothing further is touched on the subject after Sagami makes his call.

The best part of this episode for me was seeing Mako from Kill la Kill swimming in the pool in the background during one of the scenes at Sealand. It’s always fun to catch references to other anime. There may have been some other references in the episode that I may have missed.

At this point, it appears that When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is a harem series, and that the supernatural element was simply a plot device to bring these particular characters together for the harem. This seems to fall into the same category as Kanojo ga Flag wo Oratera, but the main difference is that the characters are much better developed and are more interesting in this series. While I may not be much of a fan of these harem series, I have to admit that When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace is one of the better ones that I’ve seen. It’s not bad for what it is.

From the preview for Episode 11, it looks like we’ll be seeing Jurai spending time with Hatoko over summer vacation. At this point, I’m really not expecting too much more from the overarching supernatural story arc, since there are only two episodes remaining for the series. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that is a harem series first and foremost. With this regination, I’ll be trying to go into the final two episodes judging them more from a harem angle than the overarching story that supposedly exists.

Manga Review: “Pokemon Black and White” Volume 19

Pokemon Black and White Volume 19 is a manga based on the Pokemon Black and Pokemon White video games. The manga was written by Hidenori Kusaka, and the art was done by Satoshi Yamamoto. VIZ Media released this manga in North America through its Perfect Square imprint in 2014. Pokemon Black and White is rated “A,” which means that it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Pokemon Black and White focuses on two Pokemon trainers: a boy named Black and a girl named White. Black dreams of winning the Pokemon League, and White’s dream is working with Pokemon in showbiz; but after her Tepig Gigi decides to stay with N, the leader of Team Plasma, White trains in order to participate in Pokemon Battles.

Volume 19 opens with the battle between Chili, Cress, and Cilan and the Shadow Triad. At first, it looks the Shadow Triad have the upper hand, but Chili, Cress, and Cilan receive some unexpected help from Keldeo and Cobalion. Even though the action here is good and it’s an important battle, my favorite part of this scene is seeing the flashback sequence when Lenora makes Chili, Cress, and Cilan gym leaders. I thought this made for some nice character development for these characters, and it explains why all three of them are gym leaders.

The remainder of the volume takes place at the Pokemon League Championships. Black has won the championships, but the crowds had to be evacuated due to Team Plasma crashing the event. The light stone has also evolved into Reshiram. Meanwhile, Brycen is captured by Team Plasma and is imprisoned with the other Gym Leaders.

N makes an appearance at the stadium with Zekrom, and Hood Man returns and shows that he has the Legendary Pokemon. The volume ends with N and Zekrom getting ready to face off with Black and Reshiram.

Even though there was a more serious tone to this volume and it was more focused on building up the story to get closer to its conclusion, there was a line of dialogue in this scene that made me chuckle when I saw it. The line itself was amusing, but the fact that a Legendary Pokemon delivered it made it even more funny than it would have been if the line had been delivered by one of the human characters.

As the volume progressed, I was getting the sense that the end had to be getting closer; the arrival of N and Resihram only reinforced that idea to me. So when I saw that the teaser text for Volume 20 included the words, “final volume,” I wasn’t surprised. But from the description for the next volume, it feels like that either a lot may have to be squeezed into that final volume or that the ending will have to be rushed in order to fit everything in.

I missed seeing White since she didn’t make any kind of appearance in Volume 19. The teaser text for Volume 20 says that she will be involved in the story, so I hope she has a major role to play. Over the course of the series, White seemed to go from being Black’s co-star to being a less important character for the overall story, and I have found that to be rather disappointing.

At this point, I’m just hoping that Pokemon Black and White can receive a satisfactory conclusion to make the journey through these volumes worth it.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Earns US$528,307 After Its Ninth Weekend

Box Office Mojo is estimating that Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata’s The Tale of the Princess Kaguya earned a ninth weekend gross of US$18,694 in North America; this brings its overall total to US$528,307.

The film is ranked #49 for the weekend, ranked at #21 in the highest grossing anime films, and #26 in highest grossing opening weekends for an anime film.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya will continue to open in multiple other North American theaters over the next few weeks.

Source: ANN

Beyblade: Metal Fusion Is Now Available on Hulu

The Fandom Post is reporting that the entire run of the Beyblade: Metal Fusion anime series is now available for streaming on Hulu in its English dub version.

As of this writing, only Hulu Plus subscribers can watch the episodes.

Source: The Fandom Post

English Dub Cast for Little Busters! Refrain

The English dub cast for the Little Busters! Refrain television anime series has been announced:

  • Shannon Emerick is Rikki Naoe
  • Brittney Karbowski is Rin Natusme
  • Blake Shepard is Kyosuke Natsume
  • Greg Ayres is Masato Inohara
  • Leraldo Anzaldua is Kengo Miyazawa
  • Tia Ballard is Komari Kamikita
  • Margaret McDonald is Haruka Saigusa
  • Tiffany Grant is Kudryavka Noumi
  • Carli Mosier is Yuiko Kurugaya
  • Caitlynn French is Mio Nishizono

Chris Ayres is directing the dub.

Source: The Fandom Post