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Anime Sequels and “News” Sites

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I want to start out this post by saying that the anime community as a whole has brought me a lot of joy over the past eight years or so. I have gotten to know so many people who enjoy the same things I do, and I have even gotten to attend a number of anime conventions and start this blog because of it. There is so much about the anime community that is worth exploring and enjoying.

With that being said, there are also many terrible elements within the community as well, and while I could talk about the more serious ones, such as racism against cosplayers, the uncritical defense of sexually depicting young girls in anime, or even the toxic fan bases of specific shows, I wanted to take some time to talk about something more near and dear to my heart.

Now, when I was in high school just a few years ago, I worked for my school’s newspaper. Despite the fact that not many people read the paper, both online and print forms, I still took our work seriously, because getting people accurate information is an important job, and one that should be taken up with the utmost responsibility.

That leads me to one of my pet peeves in the anime community, more specifically with how “news” is delivered by certain publications. While websites like Crunchyroll, Anime News Network, and a few others do a relatively good job at delivering accurate information, it seems as though the vast majority of those who supposedly do this work are just in it for clicks.

My primary example of this has to do with the way that many of these sites talk about anime getting second seasons. Many untrustworthy anime sites will write a headline implying that the second season of popular show has been officially confirmed, when in reality it will be something as minor as the director or assistant director of a show having made some passing comments about wanting to do a sequel.

Anyone who has spent any amount of time doing research on a given show will know what I am talking about. Specifically, I ran into this problem early last year while looking for information about Oregairu season three, and while as of this year the show has been officially confirmed for a third season, despite being pushed back, before then, there was a lot of misinformation running around about its release.


Another problem that comes up with these “news” sites is that many of them will often not update there articles as new information comes out, which is something responsible news outlets are supposed to do. This can leave many readers thinking that a show might not actually have a sequel when, such as the case with many shows right now due to COVID-19, it is simply just delayed.

Now, in the grand scheme of things, reporting on entertainment and art could be considered significantly less important than on normal world events and politics, and while I might be inclined to agree with that, this sort of lazy misinformation can still create problems.

Back during the initial release of Pokemon Sword and Shield, many articles were making false reports about what would and would not be in the game, thus fueling death threats against the creators.

Ultimately, misinformation is bad for pretty much everyone. On the side of the reader, since many already have a hard time distinguishing between opinion and news, it will likely create even more mistrust of news outlets, even ones that have the reputation to back up their reporting, entertainment or otherwise.

As for the news outlet itself, it not only makes themselves look bad, but will further add to the collapse of journalism by making normal advertisers less likely to trust them. Not to mention, that, in an age where news sites, even primarily online based ones, are relying more on crowdfunding and subscriptions than ever, trust becomes even more important.

Now, I want to be perfectly clear with what I am saying. This article is not an invitation to harass those with whom some might have perceived political differences. As long as reporters are delivering accurate information in their news sections, their should not be a problem with how those same people choose to express themselves through editorial.

In fact, it is quite the opposite. There are many smaller “news” sites that have cropped up only to deliver misinformation and false reporting, and I think it is worth calling those sites out as a group, because not only are they doing a disservice to readers, they are simply adding to the mistrust that people have about the media.

This is not to say that all of this mistrust is justified, however. If president Donald Trump has demonstrated one thing continuously it is that authoritarians love calling those that hold them accountable “fake” and “biased.” However, for a variety of reasons, it is better to not justify these opinions through actual misinformation.

Alright, so I got out one of my anime community frustrations, but what are some of yours? Let me know in the comments.

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This Week in Anime: Aggretsuko, Princess Mononoke, and More…

Hello again, friends!

Sorry I missed last week. I was planning on releasing it a day late after I had settled in from my trip to Anime Midwest. Btw, I went to Anime Midwest. I never actually made an update about that, so I apologize about that as well. Anyway, without further ado, your weekly dose of anime-related news.

New Anime

Here are the new announcements for this week.

Aggretsuko Receives Second Season

At a panel during Anime Expo 2018, Netflix announced that one of their more popular shows, Aggretsuko, will be receiving a second season. The announcement was made during their NETFLIX ANIME panel, where they also talked about the release date of Castlevania season 2. The show will be released sometime in 2019

Aggretsuko’s story follows an Anthropomorphic Red Panda named Retsuko, who works at a terrible desk job that she hates more than anything else. In order to get rid of her anger, she goes to Karaoke and sings Death Metal.

Netflix’s Ultraman Adaptation to be Released in 2019

Along Aggretsuko and others, the newest incarnation of a much older series Ultraman will be coming to Netflix next year. The show is based on the Manga by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimiguchi in 1967. A specific release date has not yet been confirmed, but it will be a worldwide release so there will be no delays.

Ultraman follows Shinjiro, a normal teen living his normal teen life when all of sudden he gets blessed with incredible powers. The “Ultraman Factor” as its called, awakens within him, and he must now use his powers to protect the earth.

Studio Trigger Becomes the First Studio to Use Patreon

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This Week, Studio Trigger, creators of shows such as Kill La Kill and Little Witch Academia, has launched their very own Patreon. The Page already has over 2,500 supporters and the studio is now receiving over 8000 dollars a month. On the studio’s page, they say that Trigger “strives for a global audience and values communications with our fans.”

It is no secret that animation studios often have very little money to finance new projects so it would make sense to set up a Patreon page. As their page further describes, “With your support, we would like to forward funds into various aspect of the studio. Possibly a new line of merchandise, attending/conducting more events, or simply providing a little more to our staff.”

Many in the anime community, including prominent Anime YouTuber Digibro, argued that studios should move to a more people focused business model and rely more on services like Patreon.

Princess Mononoke to Return to Theatres for Select Screenings

Princess Mononoke

As part of the 2018 Studio Ghibli Fest, one of the groups most famous works, Princess Mononoke, will be airing in theatres once again for a small period of time. Both GKIDS and Fathom Events will be sponsoring three dates on which the film will premiere: Sunday, July 22, 12:55 Local time, Monday, July 23, 7:00 Local time, and Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 Local Time.

Article Shoutouts

Here are so Articles you should definitely read.

A Better Anime Awards?!

Ayano of KawaiiPaperPandas is collaborating with Raistlin on a new project that has been tenuously named the WordPress Anime Awards. After much anger at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards last year, she and Raistlin decided that it was time to start their own.

Anime That Ruin Childhood Dreams

Scott of Mechanical Anime Reviews put out a list of series that on the surface look innocent, but are actually quite terrifying. Many series like this look like this because of the aesthetic quality of anime production, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be truly horrifying. A great list and an article you should definitely give a read.

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The Onion (Anime Edition): My Hero Academia Mangaka Worries That People Don’t Like His Series

My Hero Academia Mangaka Kouhei Horikoshi said in an interview last week that despite how much money his franchise has made him, he can’t shake the feeling that people do not like his show. “I think about it every night,” he said, “that people just hate my series.”

The worry reportedly came after fans were interviewed on Japanese TV about the My Hero Academia anime and one fan said: “I thought the animation was a little lacking in parts, and the music could have been better, but other than that it’s pretty good.” Another fan said “I would really like to see more of Uraraka. She is one of my favorite characters in the whole show.”

After seeing the comments on TV, Horikoshi admittedly started crying. “I thought I was doing so well, but I guess I’m just a failure.” Many others have given their scathing reviews as well, such as Bleach Mangaka Tite Kubo, who, when asked about the series, said, “I really enjoy it. It’s bringing a fun new feel to manga, and Horikoshi is doing a great job.” Masashi Kishimoto, the author of the world famous Naruto, said “I really like how the story is centered around Ninjas with superpowers. Great concept, and great work from Horikoshi.”

In recent weeks, Horikoshi has even been feeling pressure from fans directly, with fans outside his house and signs that say “we love your work!” Despite his ongoing fight to impress his fans, it seems as though there are some that he will never get through to.

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This Week in Anime: 12-28-17

Welcome back, everyone, to another installment of this week in anime, where we take a look at the news that might have gone unnoticed this week. A lot of stuff was announced this week, including new projects from Jun Maeda and the Persona Franchise, which look to be pretty exciting. With that said, let’s get started.

Persona 5 Gets Anime in the Spring of 2018

The much-anticipated anime adaptation of the smash hit game Persona 5 has finally been revealed. The project will begin airing on April 28th of the spring season, and already has a trailer detailing the what the show will look and sound like. Staff members of the project include Pieces from the original game including those from Shouji Meguro and character designs from Satomi Ishikawa, who worked previously on Convenience Store Boy Friends. The show definitely looks promising, and as someone who is currently playing the original game, it seems like it will be a fairly faithful adaptation.

The Best Selling Anime and Movies of 2017


Data from the organization Oricon was recently released detailing the top 15 best selling anime and movies by DVD. The organization, like many in Japan, considers foreign animation anime as well, so list includes the sales of both Despicable Me, and the Minions spinoff, as well as Moana. Unsurprisingly, though, Yuri on Ice! and Your Name. topped the list and number two and one respectively.

Young Animators are Struggling to Survive in Japan’s Anime Industry


As with many other organizations, a recent survey done by AEYAC has found that many of Japan’s Animators are still financially struggling in the industry. According to the data from the Organization, 53 percent of the 44 participants still take some financial support from family members. A study this small should receive some scrutiny, but it does reflect what other data sets have been showing for a long time: that animators simply cannot survive on the payment they receive.

New Visual Novel “Summer Pockets” Reveals Release Date and Teases Anime

The newest Key visual novel with Jun Maeda as the writer “Summer Pockets” released a trailer and a release date of June 29th. With this came a small teaser that suggests an anime adaptation will follow the game’s release. Fans are excited because many of Jun Maeda’s other releases, including Charlotte and Clannad, have turned into fan favorites.

This Week in Anime: 11-2-17

Welcome everyone to the second installment of This Week in Anime, where you can catch up on important stories from the last week. This week was dominated by a lot of important announcements about anime and anime-related projects that will be coming soon, and some not so soon.

Attack on Titan Will be Adapting the Uprising Arc

Artwork from Season 2 and Season 3 of Attack on Titan. Source: Goboiano.

Season three of attack on titan was announced immediately after season two’s final episode aired, but now more details about the upcoming have been released. It is now confirmed that the show will air in Summer of 2018. The picture above shows (left half) promotional art from the third season, which will announce the “Uprising Arc” of the Manga. This arc details the true nature of the Titans as well as a coup d’etat. All of the production team will be returning for the project accept for Ayumi Yamada.

Hayao Miyazaki Announces Final Film Project


Artwork from Hayao Miyazaki’s Next Film Project Kimi-Tachi wa Dou Ikiru ka. Source: Goboiano.

While at the opening of the Natsume Soseki Museum at Tokyo’s Wasada University, Hayao Miyazaki made time to talk about his next and presumed last, film. The film, titled Kimi-Tachi wa Dou Ikiru Ka(How do You Love?), is based on a book of the same name from author Genzaburo Yoshino in 1937. Miyazaki has previously praised the book as a masterpiece. The movie is going to take three to four years to complete, and the Studio Ghibli Producer Toshio Suzuki says the project is unlikely to be finished by the 2020 Olympics. As of right now, it is also true that the full-length feature film has not been officially greenlit by Studio Ghibli.

Funimation Now Officially Acquired by Sony

It was announced back in August of this year that Sony Entertainment would be purchasing a majority stake in Funimation, and now the deal has been mostly sealed. Sony valued Funimation at around 150 million U.S. Dollars and now has a majority stake in the company. Gen Fukunaga, the current CEO of Funimation, has been declared as having kept his position. The acquisition is part of Sony’s strategy to capitalize on their already strong representation in the anime market. Andy Kaplan, President of Worldwide Networks at Sony Pictures Television, said “The combined IP of ANIMAX, Kid’s Station, and Funimation will allow us to deliver the best anime to fans across all platforms.”  The deal still needs to approved by the necessary regulatory agencies, but it is unlikely they will be denied.

Live Action Erased Series to be Produced by Netflix


Promotional Photo for a Live-Action Erased series on Netflix. Source: AnimeNewsNetwork.

After being announced earlier this year, Netflix has released a date for the live-action adaptation of the popular anime and manga series Boku Dake ga Inai Machi or Erased as its known in English. The live action drama will be released on Netflix on December 15, and the first visual (shown above) has been released. Yuya Furukawa will play the main character Satoru’s older self, and Reo Uchikawa will play Satoru’s younger self. Mio Yuuki will play Airi’s younger self.



This Week in Anime: 10-26-17

Welcome, all to another new series I’m starting on this blog: This Week in Anime. Here I’ll be keeping you up to date on important, interesting or crazy Anime related news. Since I am in my high school newspaper, I thought I would put my journalistic disposition to use and help keep you all updated on whats happening, just in case there was anything you missed.

Kyoto Animation Announces Their Next Series

A picture of the main cast for Tsurune. Source: Goboiano.com

Just as quickly as they have been promoting their new show Violet Evergarden, fan favorite anime studio Kyoto Animation has already released the title of their next series. Tsurune will focus on a high school freshman named Minato who, after having given it up in middle school, decides to once again pick up archery after an incident at one of the club’s practice. The novel that the book was based on was written by Kotoko Ano and was illustrated by Kyoto Animation key animator Chinatsu Morimoto. There is currently no set release date for the TV anime.

The Anime Industry Just Set a New Record

Passers-by are reflected on an electronic stock quotation board outside a brokerage in Tokyo
Source: Reuters.com

The anime industry has seen a large amount of growth over the past years, mainly do the opening and expanding markets in both North America and China because of access to streaming services like Crunchyroll and Billi Billi. That market expansion led the industry to a new milestone of being worth over 2 trillion Yen, roughly 17.5 billion U.S. dollars. That information came from The Association of Japanese Animators yearly 2017 report, which showed the industry grew nine percent last year from 1.83 trillion in 2016. The gaming industry, by comparison, is expected to reach  100 billion dollars by the end of this year due in large party to expansions in PC and mobile games.

Funimation Announces the Cast for The Ancient Magus Bride

The ancient magus bride
Source: MyAnimeList.net

On Tuesday, Funimation announced the cast of the highly anticipated The Ancient Magus Bride. For the main cast, Dani Chambers will be playing Chise and Brian Mathis will be cast as Elias Ainsworth. Chambers has relatively few credits as a voice actor, aside from a few video game jobs. Mathis, on the other, has had a quite a few anime-related roles, including Bacchus in Rage of Bahamut: Genesis(2016) and Macao in Fairytail(2011). They will be joined by Garret Storms playing Seth Noel, Rachel Glass voicing Silver lady and Tia Ballard as Jade.

Yasuhiro Irie starts Kickstarter Campaign for “Halloween Pajama in Seattle.”


Art for Halloween Pajama in Seattle: A Dream Catcher. Source: Kickstarter.com


Director Yasuhiro Irie of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood fame recently launched an ambitious project on Kickstarter: to turn his own manga into an anime. Irie talks on his Kickstarter page about the passion he had for drawing manga, saying ” To me, as an artist who normally works with animation, drawing manga was a fun and exciting experience.” This project would include turning a chapter from his own manga, Halloween Pajama, into a 20 minute special with an opening and ending. This wouldn’t be any anime special, as he further describes on his page, “..the most significant change will be that the anime will be a musical!” The project has already gathered around 30,000 of its 175,000 dollar goal, with over a month still left in the campaign. If all goes well for Irie, this could be something unique and enjoyable.



The New Trailer for Violet Evergarden Appears to be a Good Sign of What’s to Come

Kyoto Animation’s YouTube channel recently released a new trailer for their upcoming title Violet Evergarden and saying that this show looks good is a bit of an understatement.

A lot about the show’s plot has already been revealed. After a war between the north and south halves of the continent of Telesis, Violet Evergarden retires and starts work at the CH Postal Service. This is because she is facinated by the work of Auto Memory Dolls, people who can turn thoughts into words, and works to send those words to many different people.

We have seen in other trailers that Violet Evergarden hasn’t exactly had the easiest time after the war. We see her presumably returning to life before the war as she begins her new job and the many people she is going to meet while on that job. We also see the many painful reminders she gets of her husband being lost during the war, and that she is still very much affected by that loss.

The show oozes Kyoto animation’s extremely high production value, along with a beautiful color palette that emphasizes the fantasy elements of the show. The shows musical score also seems to be pulling no punches when it comes to emphasizing what seems to be the shows best elements. If this trailer is anything to go off of, then we might have already have a candidate for best anime of 2018.