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

Sentai Filmworks Licenses SaiKano

Sentai Filmworks has announced that the company has acquired the license for the SaiKano anime, which will be released in North America under the title, She, The Ultimate Weapon.

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

Source: ANN

More Cast Members Announced for Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

The original anime DVD bundled with the 15th volume of the Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches manga has announced some more cast members for the series’ anime projects:

  • Tomokazu Sugita is Hideaki Tsurukawa
  • Yuuki Ono is Mitsuru Kameda
  • Mai Nakahara is Karen Kimishima

Source: ANN

Aniplex of America Licenses Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend

Aniplex of America has announced that the company has acquired the license for the Winter 2015 anime. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend.

The company says the series will be simulcast on the Aniplex Channel, Hulu, and Crunchyroll. Time and territories will be announced at a later date.

Aniplex has launched an official English website for the series, and has also posted an announcement trailer. I am embedding the trailer below, and I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

Source: Crunchyroll

Staff and Cast Announced for The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Anime

A staff and cast announcement has been made for The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan anime.

Satelight is producing the series, and it is being directed by Junichi Wada. Touko Machida is writing series composition, and Ikuko Itoh is providing the character designs.

The cast for the anime includes:

  • Minori Chihara is Yuki Nagato
  • Tomokazu Sugita is Kyon
  • Natsuko Kuwatani is Ryouko Asakura
  • Yuko Goto is Mikuru Asahina
  • Yuki Matsuoka is Tsuruya-san
  • Minoru Shiraishi is Taniguchi
  • Megumi Matsumoto is Megumi Matsumoto
  • Daisuke Ono is Itsuki Koizumi
  • Aya Hirano is Haruhi Suzumiya

Source: Crunchyroll

Chaika – The Coffin Princess – AVENGING BATTLE: Episode 10 – “The Girl Who Carries the Gundo”

Chaika –The Coffin Princess- AVENGING BATTLE is the second season of the Chaika –The Coffin Princess- television anime series. The first series followed a girl on the run named Chaika, who claims to be the daughter of Arthur Gaz, the deposed leader of the Gaz Empire. She’s trying to gather her father’s remains in order to give him a proper burial; however, her father’s remains are a very powerful source of magic fuel so being able to gather them is no easy task. Chaika is joined by two saboteurs named Toru and Akari, as well as by a dragoon named Fredrica. It’s revealed during the first series that there are a lot of girls running around who claim to be Chaika and are trying to gather Emperor Gaz’s remains; however, the Chaika we know strongly insists that she’s the real one.

Episode 10 is a very intense episode, with a lot that takes place over the course of it. I was happy to be proven right when I saw Toru finally take Fredrica up on her offer to make a contract to become a dragoon cavalier. With how much emphasis had been placed on this idea, it would have been disappointing if he hadn’t. And if Toru hadn’t taken Fredrica up on her offer, I don’t think there would have been any way for him to be able to make it to where Gaz fled to and have a confrontation with him. And becoming a dragoon cavalier seemed to give Toru some much-needed confidence, which he carried with him both in his fight with Shin and in his confrontation with Gaz.

I also liked seeing Red Chaika getting back into the action, and she becomes an important part of a final conflict involving Black Chaika, Black Chaika’s “dolls,” Vivi, and Akari. It was awesome to see these women, who had basically been enemies prior to this, teaming up and kicking butt. But in the end, Chaika ends up becoming the real hero. While I won’t go into much about what she does, all I will say is that my fear of Niva becoming a “deus ex machina” ended up being realized.

Outside of Niva becoming a “deus ex machina,” I did enjoy this episode and thought it was effective in bringing the series to a close. After seeing how this episode ends, I don’t see a good way to continue the story because this is just too “clean” of an ending. There might be more story left to tell from the original source material, but I get the impression that the director of the anime wanted to bring the story to a close here.

Now that I’ve seen both Chaika –The Coffin Princess- and Chaika –The Coffin Princess- AVENGING BATTLE, I can say that I enjoyed the journey that it took me on as a viewer. From Chaika’s introduction and the setup of the series, there were always questions for the viewer to ponder and make the viewer anticipate learning the answers to the questions. I really came to care about many of these characters over the course of both of these series, and in some respects, I’m a little sad to see that their adventures are over.

At such a point that Chaika becomes available on home video in the United States, it’s a series that I would definitely consider acquiring and adding to my anime home video collection.