Welcome to another thrilling week in the world of anime! As we delve into Week 10 of our anime news coverage, we’re met with a whirlwind of excitement and surprises that are sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats. From highly anticipated releases to unexpected announcements, this week has it all. So sit back, relax, and get ready to dive into the latest and greatest happenings in the anime community.
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Fans can watch Attack on Titan’s Grand Finale on Hulu and Crunchyroll
The final chapters of “Attack on Titan” will be unveiled in the United States on November 4, 2023. Crunchyroll, the popular anime streaming platform, will host the event.
“Attack on Titan: Final Season – The Final Chapter Part 2” promises an electrifying conclusion. It will be available on Crunchyroll in the US on November 4 and in the UK on November 5, aligning with their respective time zones. The grand finale will be released globally in over 200 countries.
Hulu will also broadcast the series finale for its US subscribers. Crunchyroll offers a special after-party event, allowing fans to interact with the creators. If you’re catching up, both Hulu and Crunchyroll have the complete series for binge-watching.
The world eagerly anticipates Eren’s unleashed power on Marley, with Eldia’s fate hanging in the balance. Can former allies and foes unite to stop his cataclysmic mission? The climactic showdown promises an epic anime history conclusion.
Studio Ghibli leaves X (formerly Twitter) amidst Musk’s reign, leaving fans sad
Studio Ghibli’s departure from X disappoints fans, as the renowned Japanese animation film studio closes its official account. The page, active for three years, will shut down on November 3 at midnight. Studio Ghibli expressed gratitude to its followers, thanking them for their support.
The company rarely relied on social media, joining X solely for promoting Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film. Following the successful launch in Japan, Studio Ghibli chose to bid farewell to Twitter. High-profile accounts leaving the platform have become a trend, including Studio Ghibli’s exit.
Since Elon Musk’s takeover in 2022, Twitter faced controversies and a decline in global and U.S. users. A 15% decrease in global Twitter usage and an 18% drop in the United States were reported. Additionally, the platform’s ad revenue plummeted by 54% as prominent advertisers withdrew their campaigns.
Studio Ghibli’s departure from Twitter has left fans wondering about the future digital presence of the beloved animation studio.
Kadokawa Plans Huge Shake Up of the Anime Market by Launching In-House Animation Studio
Kadokawa Corporation, a major Japanese publisher of light novels and manga, unveiled ambitious plans for anime expansion during their recent earnings call on November 2, 2023. Their strategies include:
- Kadokawa will create an in-house studio by merging with existing ones and establishing new ones to address talent shortages.
- They aim to produce more seasons for anime series, extending their lifespans.
- Kadokawa plans to secure all rights for their works, encompassing publishing, merchandising, and events.
- They intend to expand globally by establishing a global rights division to manage IP rights in Japan and internationally.
Compared to the current scenario where only 5 out of 40 anime titles are produced in-house, Kadokawa’s new model will boost this number to 20. This shift aligns with the industry’s move towards securing full rights and self-financing, as seen with MAPPA’s success. Kadokawa’s strong position in global markets further supports these changes.
Ayane Sakura Graces Front Cover of the Seiyuu Grandprix December 2023 Issue
Ayane Sakura graces the December 2023 Seiyuu Grandprix front cover, her first solo appearance. The magazine’s special feature, “CLOSE-UP: Sakura Ayane,” includes an in-depth interview. It features comments from industry peers like Koki Uchiyama, Inori Minase, and others.
The December 2023 issue of Seiyuu Grandprix, featuring Ayane Sakura, will be available for 1,520 yen on November 10, 2023. Some retailers offer special posters with the magazine. Yui Ogura, a voice actress and singer, is on the back cover, promoting her latest single, “Empty//Princess.”
The issue also showcases other voice actors, including Aya Uchida, Reina Ueda, and more. The previous issue featured Aoi Yuki, Azusa Shizuki, and Aya Amane on the covers.
Levi Dedicates His Heart in the Latest Attack on Titan Illustration
Studio MAPPA revealed a new illustration of Levi for the upcoming episode on November 4. Satoshi Ikeda drew it. Yesterday, we saw Michel Sugimoto’s illustration of Pieck with comments from Hajime Isayama, director Yuichiro Hayasho, REVO, and Ai Higuchi.
Crunchyroll will stream the Attack on Titan finale. The story focuses on Eren’s use of the Titans’ ultimate power and the battle to stop him, pitting former comrades and enemies against him. Can they halt his mission and save the world?
Attack on Titan, based on Hajime Isayama’s manga, began in 2013 with WIT Studio’s adaptation. Studio MAPPA took over for the final season, which started in December 2020 and had 16 episodes, with Part 2 beginning in January last year.
One Piece x Casetify Release New Gear 5 Luffy Designs
CASETiFY has released new products in their “ONE PIECE x CASETiFY” collaboration, featuring Luffy’s Gear 5. These designs are available at the CASETiFY online store from November 2. The new lineup includes three Gear 5-inspired designs in black and gold.
These models come with MagSafe-compatible accessories like the Grip Stand and Power Bank. Accessory prices range from USD$70 to USD$110. The ONE PIECE x CASETiFY collection is also available on the app. Visit the CASETiFY Co-Lab App website for more information.
Solo Leveling anime surprises fans with exclusive early premiere events
The highly awaited Solo Leveling anime will have an early premiere for lucky fans worldwide. It’s based on the popular webtoon and scheduled for a January 2024 release.
The anime’s team plans special early premieres in Tokyo and Seoul on December 10th, followed by Los Angeles on December 14th. Fans eagerly await these events, hoping to see the series before its official launch. The Solo Leveling anime, directed by Shunsuke Nakashige at A-1 Pictures, with a talented team, promises excitement for Winter 2024. Although Crunchyroll will stream it, the exact release date is unconfirmed at this time.
2 Cast Members Join That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Side Story Anime
Visions of Coleus, the new side story anime in the That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime series, just began in Japan and on Crunchyroll. Yumi Uchiyama and Ikumi Hasegawa join the cast as Blanc and Jaune. Here are their character designs:
Yumi Uchiyama portrays Blanc.
Ikumi Hasegawa takes on the role of Jaune.
The opening movie has been revealed as well.
Crunchyroll streams the anime series and film. The story follows Rimuru, who, under the name “Satoru,” investigates the power struggle for the throne in the Kingdom of Coleus, entangled in schemes by demons and vampires.
Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill Season 2 Plans Revealed
The anime adaptation of the light novel series “Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill” is coming back for Season 2. Director Kiyoshi Matsuda and original novel illustrator Masa shared new illustrations online to celebrate the news.
The series, animated by MAPPA, first premiered in January 2023 on Crunchyroll. Mukouda, a man from modern Japan, gets summoned to a fantasy world and relies on his unique skill, the “Online Supermarket,” to introduce modern cooking to the fantasy realm. J-Novel Club publishes the English novel series.
K-pop Group TOMORROW X TOGETHER & Hiroyuki Sawano Collaborate on Solo Leveling Opening Theme
Hiroyuki Sawano, under his SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] vocal project, is teaming up with K-pop group TOMORROW X TOGETHER to create the main opening theme for the Solo Leveling TV anime series called “LEveL.” The song has a unique rhythm and catchy sound, featuring guest vocals from TOMORROW X TOGETHER to match the series’ high-speed storyline.
Sawano expresses gratitude for the opportunity to produce Solo Leveling’s music and the main theme. TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s diverse vocal styles enhance the track, making it a work to enjoy as a TV viewer. The group describes “LEveL” as dark and heavy, with a distinctive, addictive rhythm that sticks in your head, encouraging listeners to enjoy the song repeatedly alongside the anime.