This Week in Anime: Fairytail, Maquia and More…
We are back again this week to talk about some anime-related news. Nothing super exciting like last week, which you can read here, but Fairytail fans should be excited if you have not been in the loop. With that being said, let’s get started.
Details on Fairytail Sequel Manga and Anime Cast
A couple of important pieces of Fairytail new were revealed this week. The first of which are new details on the Fairytail manga sequel that was announced last week. The manga will be supervised, not written by, Hiro Mashima, and the story will apparently focus on the guild after the end of the original manga. In other words, it looks like this is going to be a direct sequel.
The second piece of news concerns the status of the cast for the Fairytail anime. Among those who have listed their return are Tetsuya Kakihara as Natsu, Aya Hirano as Lucy, Rie Kugimiya as Happy, Yuichi Nakamura as Gray and Sayaka Ohara as Erza. A-1 Pictures will be returning to produce the series, and Shinji Ichihara will reprise his role as director.
The Fairytail manga is one that I have always wanted to get around to reading but have never had the time. If I ever do though, I am really glad that there will be a sequel waiting for me as well. As for the anime, I am always excited for more Fairytail. I know that it is not exactly one of the best Shonen series out there, but I am kind of biased because I grew up with it.
Anime Film Maquia Comes to North America
About a month ago it was announced that P.A. Works would be debuting a new anime film named Maquia, the story of a girl whose family and home are destroyed and has to escape in order to start a new life. It has now been announced that the company Eleven Arts will be licensing and screening the film in North America. It was reported that the film will be screened in multiple theatres on July 20th.
I was genuinely interested in this film as soon as I saw it, and now that it is coming to theatres, I will be eagerly waiting to buy my tickets. Actually, more anime films coming to theatres, in general, is good, because it means western audiences can have the opportunity to enjoy anime in a format that we only usually reserve for blockbuster releases.
Cowboy Bebop’s Anniversary: A Special
Unfortunately, I missed this story from last week because I was not paying attention, so I thought I would make up for it now. Last week, on April 3, Cowboy Bebop hit its 20th anniversary, originally airing on April 3rd, 1998, produced by Studio Sunrise.
Full disclosure: I have only seen 4 episode of the show, and I probably will not end up finishing it for a while. I wanted to take the time to make a comment because I think it is important to celebrate milestones like this. Anime has been a niche community for most of its existence and is only now getting mainstream recognition from mainstream culture. If we don’t celebrate important pieces of art in the anime community, then people will not know what makes it so special to begin with.
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