WatchPlayRead Link Roundup for November 2015

Here are the anime and manga reviews and news articles that I wrote for during November 2015.

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Staff Announcement for the Shōnen Maid Anime

The official website for the anime adaptation of Ototachibana’s Shōnen Maid manga has made a staff announcement.

Yusuke Yamamoto is directing the series at studio 8-Bit. Yoshiko Nakamura is in charge of the series composition, and Kana Ishida is adapting the character designs for animation.

The manga focuses on Chihiro Komiya, an energetic elementary school student who was living with his mom. Chihiro is very good at doing housework and chores, and his mother’s motto is “No work, no food.” After his mother suddenly dies, a man named Madoka Taketori who claims to be his uncle shows up, and asks Chihiro to come live with him. Chihiro initially refuses, but when seeing the horribly dirty state of Madoka’s rich home, he decides to start cleaning it. Then Madoka makes another offer to Chihiro: that he comes to live with him, but in exchange Chihiro will do the housework. Chihiro accepts this deal, but suddenly finds himself in a maid uniform.

The site also revealed that the adaptation will be a TV anime series, and it will premiere in Spring 2016.

Source: ANN

Manga Creator Shigeru Mizuki Passes Away

Prolific manga creator Shigeru Mizuki passed away on November 23, 2015. He was 93 years old at the time of his passing.

YTV reported that Mizuki collapsed in his home on the morning of November 23, and was taken to the hospital where he died of heart failure. Kumanichi added that he had a heart attack.

Mizuki had ended his latest manga, the autobiographical Watashi no Hibi (My Everyday), in May 2015. Shogakukan had noted that the reason for the abrupt end was not due to Mizuki’s health.

Mizuki was born in Osaka in 1922, and grew up in Tottori Prefecture. He was drafted into the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, where he injured — and later lost — his left arm. He penned multiple manga based on his experiences in World War II, such as Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths and Watashi no Hibi.

Mizuki was also famous for his manga about yōkai — Japanese supernatural creatures. His manga and research into yōkai is largely responsible for the popularity that yōkai stories have today.

Mizuki was the first Japanese creator to win a major award at France’s Angoulême International Comics Festival when he won the Fauve d’Or: Prix du Meilleur Album in 2007 for NonNonBâ. He was also honored as a Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government in 2010.

North American publisher Drawn & Quarterly has released many of Mizuki’s works in English, including NonNonBâ, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, and Showa: A History of Showa Japan (Comic Showa-Shi). The latter two titles were nominated for a Harvey Award in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Drawn & Quarterly also published a one-volume selection of Mizuki’s Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro series under the title Kitaro in 2013, and plans to publish seven more volumes of the series. The company also published Mizuki’s biographical Hitler manga in November 2015.

Mizuki’s Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan and Showa 1944-1953: A History of Japan manga won the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia in July 2015.

Source: ANN

Atsushi Abe Joins the Cast for Haikyu!! Second Season

This year’s 53rd issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has revealed that voice actor Atsushi Abe will join the cast of Haikyu!! Second Season as Takeru Nakashima, the captain of Wakutani South High School’s volleyball team.

Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan and describes the story as:

After losing to Aoba Johsai at the Inter-High, the Karasuno High Volleyball Team is working their hardest toward the Spring Tournament. In the meantime, it’s decided that they’ll be heading to Tokyo for a training camp with Nekoma High and a handful of other powerful schools. They team is practicing hard, and not day during their run, Hinata and Kageyama get too excited and end up lost, and end up meeting someone rather unexpected…

Source: ANN

Kawaii Kon Announces Shigeto Koyama and Hiromi Wakabayashi as Guests

Hawaii anime convention Kawaii Kon has revealed that it will host Studio Trigger’s Shigeto Koyama and Hiromi Wakabayashi.

Koyama is an animator and designer at Trigger. He has worked on titles including HEROMAN, Eureka Seven, Gurren Lagann, Star Driver, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Rebuild of Evangelion, Kill la Kill, and Big Hero 6. Koyama has also provided design work for the No More Heroes video game franchise. This year, he directed his first short film “Obakechan” as part of Studio Khara’s “Japan Animator Expo” project. Koyama previously appeared at FanimeCon in 2012.

Wakabayashi has collaborated on several works with Hiroyuki Imaishi. His work includes setting production for Gurren Lagann as well as the original idea, plot development, and directing participation for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. For Kill la Kill, Wakabayashi contributed plot development, directed the second ending sequence, and assisted and oversaw the design team as a creative officer.

Kawaii Kon will be taking place April 8-10, 2016.

Source: ANN

Two More Cast Members Announced for the Ōya-san wa Shishunki! Anime

The official website for the TV anime adaptation of Rurū Minase’s Ōya-san wa Shishunki (Landlord is in Puberty) manga has revealed two more cast members. Ibuki Kido will play Mayu Ueno and Erii Yamazaki will play Yuki Miyamura.

The two voice actresses join Yurika Kubo, who will star as the lead character Chie Satonaka. Kido and Yamazaki are also performing the show’s theme song under the unit name “every❤ing!.”

Yuki Ogawa is directing the anime at Seven Arcs Pictures. Atsuki Shimizu is in charge of character designs and is also serving as the chief animation director. Arte Refact is composing the music.

The four-panel manga follows a protagonist who is living alone for the first time after finding employment. At his tiny, no-bath apartment he finds a landlord who looks like a little sister. She does the cooking and housework, so sometimes seems like a grandmother, but she also enjoys a normal middle school life with her friends.

Ōya-san wa Shishunki is scheduled to premiere in Japan in January 2016.

Source: ANN

English Dub Cast for the Date A Live II Anime

FUNimation Entertainment has announced the English dub cast for its Date A Live II sequel anime series:

  • Josh Grelle is Shido
  • Michelle Rojas is Tohka
  • Bryn Apprill is Kotori
  • Tia Ballard is Yoshino
  • Michelle Lee is Origami
  • Alexis Tipton is Kurumi
  • Brittney Karbowski is Kaguya
  • Megan Shipman is Yuzuru
  • Jad Saxton is Miku

Jerry Jewell is directing the dub.

FUNimation describes the sequel as:

Itsuka Shido was a once a normal high schooler. But after a spacequake started by an armored girl rocked his world, life was never the same. Tohka, the extra-cute extraterrestrial continued to wreak havoc until Shido sealed her powers with a loving kiss. For a guy whose kiss can seal a Spirit, Shido’s still not great with the ladies. In addition to the sealed Spirits he already must appease, he’s got three more beautiful girls with volatile powers vying for his attention. And with a mysterious organization on the hunt for Tohka, the DEM’s various attempts to subdue Fraxinus, and a new lady loving Spirit, Shido can kiss his normal life goodbye!

Source: ANN