Crunchyroll Is Simulcasting Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen

Crunchyroll has announced that it is simulcasting the Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen anime on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. It is available to members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Turkey.

The story is described as:

When I came to, I realized I was standing in the middle of a vast, snowy plain I knew nothing of. I didn’t know how I got there. And to add to that, I couldn’t remember anything, not even my name. I stood there, dumbfounded at my absurd situation. But then, as if to spite me further, a gigantic monster suddenly appeared, a insect-like creature that began to bear down on me. I tried desperately to run, but it cornered me into a hopeless situation. It was then that the girl appeared. Her name was Kuon. It was this beautiful girl, who bore an animal’s ears and tail, that saved my life.

Source: ANN

Sword Art Online Anime Film Project Announced

A stage event at the Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival 2015 event has revealed that Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online light novel series is inspiring a new anime film. Dengeki Online is also streaming an announcement video that highlights the previous entries in the series and reveals the film project.

The film project will be a completely new anime work, and Tomohiko Ito is returning from the two TV anime series and the anime special to direct the film at A-1 Pictures. Shingo Adachi is also returning from the TV anime to design the characters. Kawahara is writing a new story for the film.

Kadokawa will reveal more information about the film in the next issue of Dengeki Bunko Magazine on October 10, 2015.

Source: ANN

More Cast Members Announced for The Asterisk War

The website for the anime of Yuu Miyazaki’s light novel series The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water (Gakusen Toshi Asterisk) has announced more cast members:

  • Mai Nakahara is Haruka Amagiri
  • Haruka Chisuga is Sylvia Lyyneheym
  • Nobuo Tobita is Shuma Sakon
  • Omi Minami is Fan Xinglou
  • Takahiro Sakurai is Ernest Fairclough

The story of the series is described as:

Invertia (meteor storm)… an unprecedented disaster that struck the world during the 20th century.

Because of this disaster, numerous cities around the world were destroyed. However, within the meteor, an unknown element called mana (the all-encompassing element), was discovered, which allowed human technology to make rapid strides.

This also gave rise to a new species of human born with unique skills – the Star Pulse Generation (Genestella).

The setting for the world’s greatest comprehensive battle spectacle, the Festas (Star Warrior Festivals), is an academy city above the water surrounded by six academies called “Rikka,” also commonly known as “Asterisk.” Having transferred into Seidoukan Academy in order to fulfill his own wish, scholarship student Ayato Amagiri swears he too will fight in this city.

Burning souls race…
The curtain rises on this school battle spectacle!

Source: ANN

Fukushi Ochiai Joins the Cast of Ace of Diamond: Second Season

The official website of the Ace of Diamond: Second Season television anime series has announced that Fukushi Ochiai will join the cast of the anime, playing the character Kōji Tamaki, a player on the Seikō Academy team.

Crunchyroll describes the story of the series as:

I want to pitch to that mitt again… A meeting with catcher Kazuya Miyuki changed the 15-year-old Eijun Sawamura’s life. He said goodbye to all his friends and knocked upon the door of Seidou, a prestigious baseball school, intent on testing his own strength. There, he met many proud baseball players who were betting everything on the sport! A classic tale, yet new and fresh. All the emotion and excitement of the popular baseball manga is at last coming to television in the form of an anime!

Source: ANN

World Trigger: Episode 48 – “And Towards The Future”

World Trigger is set in Mikado City, where a “gate” to a different world opens one day and monsters known as Neighbors start appearing from it. Earth’s weapons don’t work against these monsters, but a mysterious group appears and starts fighting against the Neighbors. The group, known as the Border defense agency, creates a defense system against the Neighbors that emerge from the gates. Four-and-a-half years later, a 15-year-old boy named Osamu meets a strange boy named Yuma; Osamu is secretly a member of Border while Yuma turns out to be a Neighbor.

Episode 48 is an anime-only story that focuses on Osamu and his struggles of feeling like he’s not good enough and trying to find a way to become stronger. He ends up sparring with a number of A-Rank agents, but they all beat him easily over and over as each one fights with him a ridiculous amount of times. The first couple of times it was kind of amusing, but this got old very quickly. Also, I found this episode to be rather boring.

Honestly, the story presented here didn’t feel that necessary to me, since I know that Osamu’s going to be struggling over these same issues again later on in the canon manga material. To be honest, I thought that last week’s episode had a strong ending and made for a good stopping point for the canon material. According to the preview for next week’s episode, the anime-only story arc will be launching.

At this point, though, I’m dropping World Trigger. I was mainly sticking it out to make it through the initially announced group of episodes to see how it would turn out. Reaching this point, I find that I really have no interest to continue following it to see an anime-only story. I also don’t feel inclined to return to World Trigger at such a time that the anime returns to the canon material from the manga.

Manga Review: “Master Keaton” Volume Four

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Master Keaton Volume 4 focuses on Taichi Hiraga-Keaton, an archaeologist and an insurance investigator at Lloyd’s of London. His travels bring him in contact with various kinds of people and their stories.

Master Keaton Volume 4

Written by: Hokusei Katsuhika
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: September 15, 2015

Volume 4 opens with three chapters that involve the Romani and the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. This particular story sees Taichi becoming involved when three Romani friends who survived World War II are killed before the World Sinti and Roma conference. There’s a lot of intrigue, and it incorporates details from World War II such as Adolf Hitler and the concentration camps. I was riveted by this particular story, and I enjoyed seeing how clues from the Pied Piper of Hamelin were able to reveal what was needed to figure out who was behind the murders.

The next story in Master Keaton Volume 4 also incorporated a historical element, this time using apartheid and South Africa. Taichi finds himself helping another gentleman trying to prove a Black man’s innocence when he witnesses a car accident. The racism the police showed during this case was disgusting, and it really hits home in the wake of current real life events taking place in America. I was impressed with Taichi giving up a job interview in order to help prove this man’s innocence. This story may have only lasted for one chapter, but it really left an impression.

The next story actually focuses on Taichi’s daughter, Yuriko. She has a teacher who gets picked on by the other students, and he harbors a secret in his past. I enjoyed seeing Yuriko interacting with this teacher and learning about his secret. When Yuriko stands up for her friends who could be expelled from school, the teacher acts unexpectedly and does something to help out. While this story may not have shown Taichi very much, he really wasn’t needed for it. And I appreciated getting to see a story that primarily focuses on Yuriko for once.

Taichi also finds himself involved in a missing child case, saving a village from an avalanche, helping to investigate the death of a former I.R.A. fighter, and solving a centuries old mystery. And in the last chapter of Master Keaton Volume 4, there’s a story that focuses on Taichi’s father discovering a mystery that he helps to unravel. Of these remaining stories, my favorite is the one with the former I.R.A. fighter. This mystery also worked as an intriguing human interest story as Taichi and a journalist try to find out the truth behind her and her murder. It was a very touching story, and I liked how it ended.

At least three of the stories in Volume 4 include stories with historical references, which would mean something to older readers who lived through the time period that Master Keaton is set in and by those who have enough knowledge of history to understand the references. In some respects, including these historical references date the manga, but that doesn’t diminish from how well-written the series is.

Readers who have read and enjoyed this series should be able to appreciate the stories that appear in Master Keaton Volume 4. Taichi continues solving mysteries and helping others in need with the same compassion and determination that he’s shown in the previous three volumes of the series.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

Wakadanna Performs Second Ending Theme for Ushio and Tora

Japanese reggae singer Wakadanna performs “Makeruna Chiisaki Mono yo” (Don’t Lose, the Small Things), which is being used as the second ending theme for the Ushio and Tora anime series. This is his first anime tie-up song, and the five-song CD single will be released in Japan on November 4, 2015.

Tokuma Japan has posted a preview video for “Makeruna Chiisaki Mono yo,” which I am embedding below. I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view it due to region blocking.

Source: Crunchyroll