Crunchyroll Is Now Streaming DNA^2

Crunchyroll has announced the addition of English subtitled and dubbed versions of DNA^2 to its catalog of streaming anime. The 1994 Madhouse/Studio Deen production adapts a sci-fi rom-com by Masakazu Katsura.

The story of DNA^2 is described as:

Junta has a problem: He’s deathly allergic to girls! All this changes with the arrival of Karin, a gorgeous time-traveler who transforms him into the Mega-playboy, the sauciest girl-magnet around. Suddenly, Junta’s wildest dreams have come true, and all the prettiest girls in school have fallen in love with him. With so many adoring fans, mayhem is sure to follow, and Junta finds himself in the center of one hilarious romantic mishap after another.

The complete series is now available to premium members. Free members will be able to start with the first five episodes on May 29, 2015, and will be getting five additional episodes for the next couple weeks. Regional availability includes the United States and Canada.

Source: Crunchyroll

RIN-NE: Episode 8 – “Welcome to Hell!”

RIN-NE focuses on two characters: Sakura Mamiya (a girl who can see ghosts) and Rinne Rokudo (a boy who can guide restless spirits with earthly regrets to the Ring of Reincarnation). These two keep finding themselves teamed up to take care of issues that involve ghosts and spirits.

Episode Eight sees Masato leading Rinne to Hell, with the intention of causing Rinne to rack up so much debt that he’ll be stuck in Debt Hell forever. Meanwhile, through some investigation, Sakura and Rokumon find the birthday present for Minami that Reiji lost when he had his accident. The present ends up playing a very important role right near the end of the episode.

But a lot of the emphasis of Episode Eight is placed on Rinne and Masato in Hell. Masato relies on a lot of tricks to force Rinne to cause so much damage that he’ll never be able to escape from Debt Hell. This gets really intense, especially after Sakura and Rokumon arrive in Hell and discover that Rinne entered Hell illegally and that there’s a lot of damage that he could be fined for.

Early on in the episode, Masato was coming across as being somewhat clever. But by the end of the episode, the audience can see just how truly idiotic he can be. Basically, he seems to come up with ideas and jumps right into them without necessarily thinking them through or taking potential consequences into consideration. But I found it surprising that Rinne decided to go as easy as he did on Masato near the end, because I was sure he’s want to stick it to him for how much grief Masato put him through over the course of Episodes Seven and Eight. With the way the episode ends, it’s safe to say that Masato will continue to be a recurring character, since he has vowed to continue trying to get revenge of Rinne.

While Episode Seven placed a lot of focus on Reiji’s part of the story, Reiji and Minami showed up early on in Episode Eight, and then don’t show up again right near the end of the episode. Episode Eight has a much stronger focus on Rinne, Masato, and their hijinks in Hell.

But I have to give Sakura credit for the fact that she’s been showing more emotion over the course of this two episode story arc. Right now, it seems that RIN-NE is getting better and that it was one of those series that took a little longer to get going than usual. I really hope that these improvements in the storytelling will continue throughout the remainder of the series.

English Dub Cast for The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan

FUNimation Entertainment has announced the English Broadcast Dub cast for The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan:

  • Michelle Ruff is Nagato
  • Crispin Freeman is Kyon
  • Bridget Hoffman is Asakura
  • Wendee Lee is Haruhi
  • Stephanie Sheh is Mikuru
  • Kari Wahlgren is Tsuruya

Todd Haberkorn is directing the dub.

The dub will premiere on May 29, 2015 at 2:10 pm EDT.

FUNimation is streaming the series with English subtitles as it airs and describes the story as:

From the creator of the international hit The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya comes a new spinoff featuring familiar faces! In an alternate universe, shy, awkward Yuki Nagato attempts to court her crush, Kyon, with the help of her best friend and neighbor, the perky and indomitable Ryoko Asakura. Together, the trio defends their high school literature club from extermination…and from the pestering of their over-the-top classmate Tsuruya and her friend and minion Mikuru.

Source: ANN

More Cast Members Announced for Chaos Dragon

The official website for the Chaos Dragon television anime project announced more cast members:

  • Houchu Ohtsuka is the Red Dragon
  • Kenji Akabane is Fugaku
  • Takuya Eguchi is Hien
  • Toru Ohkawa is Kurama
  • Kouichi Yamadera is Agito
  • Nozomi Furuki is Mashiro
  • Haruka Watanabe is Kai

The website is also streaming a new promotional video:

Chaos Dragon takes place in the sparkling era year 3015, where the great nations Donatia and Kōran divide the world in a cold war as they fight for supremacy. In the middle of this standoff is island country Nil Kamui, which has lost its independence.

SILVERLINK./CONNECT is animating the series, and Masato Matsune is directing. Ukyō Kodachi is in charge of the series scripts.

Chaos Dragon is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television on July 2, 2015.

Source: ANN

Ai Ninomiya to Launch Salon de Jack the Ripper Manga

The July 2015 issue of Kodansha’s ARIA magazine has announced that writer Ai Ninomiya and newcomer artist Ikuhiro Nao will launch a new manga titled Salon de Jack the Ripper in the magazine’s August 2015 issue, which will be published in Japan on June 27, 2015. Kinako is designing the characters.

The magazine preview teases the story as:

One day young Monsieur de Paris (executioner) Edward wakes up and finds himself in hell… Among the various monsters that are running rampant, Ed meets “that man” who once disturbed the surface world!?

Source: ANN

Anime DVD Review: Bleach DVD Set 22

Bleach DVD Set 22 includes episodes 304-316 of the series on two DVDs. Audio options include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Bleach DVD Set 22

English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: September 30, 2014

Set 22 opens with two filler episodes. The first is another episode produced to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Bleach, with some of the characters turned into monsters and supernatural creatures. The Snow Crystal from the earlier filler episode that retold the beginning of the series in an Arabian Knights setting returns, and Ichigo and Ishida’s fathers are monster hunters. Oh dear Lord, this filler episode was extremely painful. Who thought this was a good idea to celebrate an anniversary of the franchise?

The second filler episode sees Hisagi, Rangiku, and Isane investigating mysterious murders in the Rukongai. Hisagi and Rangiku go on ahead, and quite a bit of the episode focuses on the crush Hisagi has on Rangiku. While this wasn’t as bad as the first filler episode in the set, I still didn’t enjoy this episode very much. It relied heavily on a couple of running gags that really weren’t funny. By the end of the episode, I just wanted to return to the canon storyline from the manga.

The next five episodes in the set all contain canon material, and finally bring about a resolution to the Arrancar arc. This particular story arc started back in Set Six, and with all of the interruptions it had due to filler material and filler arcs, it took this long for it to finally finish. It was a rather satisfying ending to this arc, even if it took 200 episodes to finally get here. My favorite part of these final few episodes of the arc was getting to see the backstory involving Rangiku and Gin. I was amazed at how, within a couple of episodes, Gin became a sympathetic character. When I first encountered Gin early on in the series, I never would have envisioned myself ever thinking he could sympathetic. And the resolution of the arc sets something in motion for Ichigo that should become important at such a point the anime returns to canon material.

Unfortunately, the final six episodes on Set 22 are all filler material, with each one being a stand-alone story. The first of these filler episodes sees the return of Karakuraizer, a concept that’s appeared a couple of times in some of the earlier filler episodes. I didn’t enjoy the earlier Karakuraizer episodes, and I didn’t like this one, either. I can only hope that I will never have to see Karakuraizer again in the remaining episodes of Bleach.

The remaining filler episodes are a mixed bag. Three of the remaining filler episodes were actually rather decent, while the other two were just bad. Of the good filler episodes in the set, I would have to say that the episodes focusing on Yachiru and Toshiro were the best, because they were both rather emotional. While the characters who are introduced in these filler episodes will never be seen again, these episodes had such a compelling story to them that the viewer will have an easier time remembering these particular filler characters.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the omake are still cut off from the end of the episodes and collected together in the “Omake” feature that’s included on each disc. Overall, I thought the quality of the omake on this set was decent, although there were a couple of stinkers mixed in.

There’s a clean opening and clean ending included on both discs, and it’s the same opening and closing due to the fact that neither song changed over the course of these 12 episodes. They both have options for English subtitles and Romaji subtitles.

“More From VIZ Media” includes the exact same trailers that appear at the beginning of each disc when it first starts up. Even though this has been the case for the past few sets, it still feels like somebody didn’t want to go to a lot of effort for this particular bonus feature.

If you’re a Bleach fan and want to have all the episodes of the series in your anime home video collection, then you need to get a hold of Bleach DVD Set 22. The main draw of this set for fans is the fact that it contains the final five episodes of the Arrancar arc, although there are two or three filler episodes near the end of the set that are decent and worth watching. Outside of those seven or eight episodes, most of the rest of the set can be skipped without losing anything.

The reviewer checked out a copy of this item through the King County Library System

Main Cast Announced for the Charlotte Anime

The official website for Jun Maeda’s Charlotte anime has announced the show’s main cast.

The main cast includes:

  • Kouki Uchiyama is Yū Otosaka
  • Ayane Sakura is Nao Tomori
  • Takahiro Mizushima is Jōjirō Takajō
  • Maaya Uchida is Yusa Nishimori and Misa
  • Momo Asakura is Ayumi Otosaka

P.A. Works is animating the series, and Yoshiyuki Asai is directing. Kanami Sekiguchi is adapting the original character designs. Lia will perform the opening theme song “Bravely You,” and Aoi Tada will perform the ending theme song “Yake Ochinai Tsubasa.”

The story focuses on the special abilities that occur among a small percentage of boys and girls in puberty. Yū Otosaka uses his power without others knowing, and lives a fairly normal, average school life. Before him suddenly appears a girl, Nao Tomori. Due to his meeting with her, the fate of special power-users will be exposed.

The anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in July 2015.

Source: ANN