Anime Expo Announces Tomoyo Kurosawa and Yumiri Hanamori as Guests

Anime Expo has announced that anime voice actresses Tomoyo Kurosawa and Yumiri Hanamori will be guests at their next convention.

Kurosawa’s credits include Welcome to the Space Show, Yuki Yuna Is a Hero, The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, and Sound! Euphonium. Hanamori’s credits include Etotama, The Rolling Girls, and Aiura.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 2-5, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

Source: ANN

Assassination Classroom: Episode 19 – “Pandemonium Time”

Assassination Classroom focuses on the students in class 3-E at Kunugigaoka Junior High School, who are being taught by a powerful alien octopus creature who destroyed 70% of the moon. It’s the mission of these students to assassinate their teacher before graduation, and they are offered a reward of 10 billion yen from the Japanese government. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it sounds, since the alien can move at Mach 20. Also, as part of the agreement, the teacher is unable to harm the students in any way. At the end of the first episode, the teacher is given the name of “Koro Sensei” by his students.

Episode 19 continues Class 3-E’s adventure in Okinawa. After an initial hesitation, the students decide to tackle the task that’s before them. When they reach their first obstacle, which is guards blocking their path to get where they need to go in the hotel, Irina steps in and uses her skills of seduction. In this scene, the audience, along with the students, learns that Irina knows how to play the piano. What was great about this scene is that it allowed us to indirectly learn a little more about Irina and to realize that there’s more to her than there seemed.

Most of the rest of Episode 19 was very action oriented. As they progress through the third floor, they encounter an assassin that Fuwa recognizes as the man who gave them their welcome drinks when they came to the island. Fuwa is able to deduce that he’s the one who put something in the drinks that gave the illness to some of their classmates. The assassin tries to poison Karasuma with a paralysis gas, but his efforts only partially succeed. Between the students blocking the exits and Karasuma finding enough strength to kick the assassin, they knock him out and tie him up. At this point, Koro Sensei is unable to help, Irina is busy seducing the guards, and Karasuma is weakened. As I realized this, I thought this could be a recipe for disaster, especially if the students encountered anyone else who is out to harm them.

When the group makes it to the fifth floor, they find another assassin waiting for them. This one uses his bare hands as his weapon. Karma stands up to the assassin, and the episode ends as the two of them are facing off.

During the episode, we learn that there are a total of three assassins in the hotel working for the mastermind behind the plot. One has already been taken down, Karma is facing off against the second one, and we see the third one talking with the mastermind. At this point, I’m guessing the next episode will focus on Karma and the second assassin, and the third assassin might make his appearance in it as well. However, I’m not entirely convinced that this storyline will end in Episode 20. From what I’ve seen, there should be 22 episodes, so there are only three more left. I don’t know if the intent is to make this storyline last for the remaining episodes or not, but I can at least see how they could stretch it out between Episodes 20 and 21. But at the same time, a change was made to the opening credits to focus on this storyline, so I’m thinking it may last for the remaining three episodes.

But it will be interesting to see how this storyline in Okinawa progresses. I’m also curious to see who the mastermind behind this plot is.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: May 17-23, 2015

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of May 17-23, 2015, according to the New York Times.

1. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past by Shotaro Ishinomori
2. Rosario + Vampire Season II Volume 14 by Akihisa Ikeda
3. Trinity Seven Volume 1 by Kenji Saitou and Akinari Nao
4. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
5. Big Hero 6 Volume 1 by Haruki Ueno
6. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Volume 1 by Fujino Omori and Kunieda
7. Sword Art Online: Girls’ Ops Volume 1 by Reki Kawahara and Neko Nekobyou
8. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood Volume 2 by Hirohiko Araki
9. Assassination Classroom Volume 1 by Yusei Matsui
10. Akame ga KILL! Volume 1 by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro

Source: The New York Times

Otakon Announces Sandy Fox as Guest

Otakon has announced that anime voice actress Sandy Fox will be a guest at their next convention.

Fox’s credits include Sailor Moon Crystal, ALDNOAH.ZERO, Naruto, Tamagotchi!, Chobits, Bleach, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Please Teacher!, and Akira.

Otakon will be taking place July 24-26, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Otakon Announces Christopher R. Sabat and Sean Schemmel as Guests

Otakon has announced that anime voice actors Christopher R. Sabat and Sean Schemmel will be guests at their next convention.

Sabat’s credits include Dragon Ball Z, Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece, Fruits Basket, Speed Grapher, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, and Lupin III. Schemmel’s credits include Dragon Ball Z, Shaman King, and Ninja Nonsense.

Otakon will be taking place July 24-26, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

AnimEigo to Launch Otaku no Video Kickstarter on June 2, 2015

AnimEigo revealed on its Twitter account that the company will launch its Otaku no Video Kickstarter campaign on June 2, 2015 at 10am EDT.

The campaign aims to release Gainax’s Otaku no Video OVA on Blu-ray Disc for its 25th anniversary. Kickstarter backers would receive the “Otaking Edition,” which includes the first “1982 Otaku no Video” episode and the “1985 Zoku Otaku no Video” followup, in Japanese with English subtitles. The campaign plans to use the same HD transfer as the Japanese Blu-Ray Disc, which shipped in Japan in 2014.

The “Otaking Edition” would also include four subtitled commentary tracks (two for each episode) curated by anime historian Toru Sano and featuring voice actress Kikuko Inoue, animation producer Shouji Murahama, Gainax president and founding member Hiroyuki Yamaga, and anime producer Hiroki Sato.

The release would not be region-coded and would be available to ship anywhere in the world except Japan.

According to AnimEigo, stretch goals will include: an embroidered patch, a premium edition artbook, artwork upgrades, a dōjinshi by character designer Kenichi Sonoda, and subtitles in Klingon. Rewards for the project include: backers’ names listed when the disc loads, signed production cels, customized sketches, and Sonoda’s dōjinshi. Digital rewards include high-resolution color art, character line art, after-recording scripts, and cel scans.

The campaign’s initial goal is US$40,000.

Source: ANN

Theatrical Preview for the 2015 Ghost in the Shell Film

The official website for the forthcoming Kōkaku Kidōtai Shin Gekijō-ban (Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie) film is now streaming a theatrical preview for the film.

Production I.G is animating the film, and Kazuchika Kise is directing and designing the characters. Tow Ubukata is in charge of the screenplay, and Cornelius is scoring the film’s music.

The film will feature the cast from Ghost in the Shell Arise, with voice talents Maaya Sakamoto, Ikkyuu Juku, Kenichirou Matsuda, Tarusuke Shingaki, Shunsuke Sakuya, Takurou Nakakuni, Youji Ueda, Kazuya Nakai, and Miyuki Sawashiro listed, although no character names are attached. Maaya Sakamoto and Cornelius will perform the film’s theme song “Mada Ugoku” (It Still Moves).

Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters on June 20, 2015.

Source: ANN