Anime fans have much to look forward to with several exciting announcements and updates in the world of anime. From the reincarnation tale of a sorcerer prince to the collaboration between original voice actors and a live-action adaptation, here’s a roundup of the latest news from the anime industry.
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““I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince” Anime Set for April 2024”
The upcoming anime adaptation titled “I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince So I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability” is scheduled to premiere in April 2024. Based on the light novels by Kenkyo na Circle and meru., the series follows the story of a sorcerer who, despite lacking the bloodline and aptitude for magic in his previous life, is reincarnated as Lloyd, the seventh prince of the Kingdom of Saloum. Endowed with a strong magical bloodline and his previous life’s memories, Lloyd is determined to make the most of his newfound abilities and excel in the study of magic.
The anime will be simulcasted by Crunchyroll, and a teaser trailer with English subtitles is available, providing a glimpse into the world and characters of the series. The main cast members announced so far are Makoto Koichi, who will voice Lloyd, and Fairouz Ai, who will voice Grimoire. Additionally, a new character visual showcases Ren, Silfa, Lloyd, Grimoire, and Tao, hinting at the diverse cast of characters viewers can expect to encounter in the show.
“Original Japanese One Piece Anime VAs to Dub Live-Action One Piece”
After the release of the first trailer for the live-action adaptation of “One Piece,” fans are still in the process of forming their opinions. However, one aspect that stands out is the authenticity of the Japanese voice acting. At Anime Expo 2023, the main cast of Netflix’s series made an announcement, revealing that Mayumi Tanaka, the Japanese voice actress of Luffy in the anime, will be joining the Japanese dub cast for the live-action series. In a video, live-action Luffy, portrayed by Iñaki Godoy, meets anime Luffy, voiced by Mayumi Tanaka, creating an exciting crossover.
The live-action adaptation of “One Piece,” helmed by Matt Owens and Steve Maeda, is eagerly anticipated, and fans are curious to see how it will fare in bringing Eiichiro Oda’s original manga to life. The manga, available in English through VIZ Media, follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, who, as a child, was inspired to become a pirate after encountering the legendary buccaneer “Red-Haired” Shanks. Luffy’s life takes a turn when he accidentally consumes the Gum-Gum Devil Fruit, gaining the power to stretch like rubber but losing the ability to swim. Undeterred, Luffy embarks on a solo adventure in search of the ultimate treasure, the “One Piece,” with the goal of becoming the king of the pirates.
““Suicide Squad ISEKAI” Anime in the Works at Warner Bros., WIT Studio”
DC’s Suicide Squad is embarking on an unexpected adventure as they venture into the world of isekai anime! Warner Bros. and WIT Studio, known for their work on popular anime like Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings, have collaborated to bring us Suicide Squad ISEKAI. The exciting announcement came with a trailer and a visually captivating image, giving fans a glimpse of what to expect from this unique crossover.
The anime is directed by Eri Osada, while Tappei Nagatsuki, the author of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World, along with Eiji Umehara (Vivy – Fluorite Eye’s Song), handle the screenplays. The character design drafts are provided by Akira Amano (known for PSYCHO-PASS), with Naoto Hosoda working on the main character designs, and Kenichiro Suehiro taking charge of the music.
Here’s what some of the key staff members had to say about the project:
Akira Amano (PSYCHO-PASS):
“I’m a huge fan of Harley Quinn and the other Suicide Squad characters from the movie! It’s an honor for me to contribute to the creation of Suicide Squad ISEKAI. Eri Osada’s clear vision for Harley’s design made the process smoother than expected. I had a great time illustrating her costume and muscles, envisioning her action-packed adventures in the story. I can’t wait to see how the talented animation staff brings Suicide Squad ISEKAI to life!”
Tappei Nagatsuki (Re:ZERO – Starting Life in Another World):
“Finally, the announcement of Suicide Squad ISEKAI. ISEKAI! Suicide Squad! Who would have thought of combining these two? But this is undoubtedly a dream project. Crazy villains running wild in an isekai! That’s precisely what it is, nothing more and nothing less! I can’t wait to witness the mayhem unfold.”
Eiji Umehara (Vivy – Fluorite Eye’s Song):
“What if the captivating characters from DC Comics found themselves in another world? I’m honored to be part of a work that embraces such a fun and straightforward concept. While drawing various villains, my goal was to make Harley look cute! I hope you all join me in enjoying and bringing this world to life.”
Shinya Tsuruoka (Warner Bros. Japan):
“Japanese anime has gained immense popularity worldwide, and ‘isekai fantasy’ has become one of the most beloved genres. Now, imagine the chaos if DC characters like Harley Quinn and The Joker rampage in an isekai world. This outrageous anime project, brought to you by Warner Bros. Japan, is a thrilling collaboration with WIT STUDIO. Please look forward to the original story and the explosive presence of DC characters in this isekai setting.”
Fans are eagerly anticipating this dream project that blends the iconic DC characters with the isekai genre, promising an exhilarating and unique experience. Brace yourselves for the wild adventures of Suicide Squad ISEKAI!
“The “Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3” Reveals New Visual, Characters”
Exciting news awaits fans of The Rising of the Shield Hero as Season 3 gears up for its premiere in October. Accompanied by a captivating key visual, this new season introduces a host of characters, with a talented cast joining the series. Let’s take a closer look at the latest additions.
New cast additions include:
Ami Koshimizu (Sailor Jupiter in Sailor Moon Crystal) as Nadia
Kohei Amasaki (Kousuke Misaki in Tomo-chan Is a Girl!) as Fohl
Konomi Ohara (Akane Nishimura in My Clueless First Friend) as Atla
Maria Naganawa (Yae Niizuma in Stelle of the Theater: World Dai Star) as S’yne
These talented actors bring their skills to breathe life into the characters of The Rising of the Shield Hero Season 3.
The third season will be helmed by director Hitoshi Haga, maintaining the tradition of each season having a different director. Takao Abo directed the first season, while Masato Jinbo took the reins for the second season. Haga’s familiarity with the series, having previously worked as an episode director and storyboardist, ensures a seamless continuation of the story. Keigo Koyanagi returns to handle the scripts, while Kevin Penkin remains the anime’s composer, providing the captivating music.
The Rising of the Shield Hero franchise began as a light novel series by Aneko Yusagi, later receiving a manga adaptation by Aiya Kyu. Both the light novel and manga are published in America by One Peace Books. The first novel sets the stage for the series, following the journey of Naofumi Iwatani, an uncharismatic otaku who is summoned to a parallel universe. Tasked with saving the world from its prophesied destruction, Naofumi, as the Shield Hero, faces challenges and betrayal that force him to rise above and become the legendary hero the world needs.
With the upcoming Season 3, fans can anticipate more thrilling adventures in The Rising of the Shield Hero and delve deeper into the captivating world that has captured audiences’ hearts.
“New “Solo Leveling” Anime Trailer Debuts at Anime Expo”
The long-awaited Solo Leveling anime is set to make its highly anticipated debut next winter. Based on the popular digital comic series published on Tappytoon and created by DUBU (REDICE Studio), Chugong, and h-goon, fans were treated to a new trailer at Anime Expo 2023, building up the excitement for the upcoming series.
Under the direction of Shunsuke Nakashige, the Solo Leveling anime brings together a talented team, with Noboru Kimura taking charge of the writing, Tomoko Sudo handling character designs, and Hiroyuki Sawano composing the music for this A-1 Pictures production. The collaboration promises to deliver an immersive and captivating adaptation of the beloved series.
The series is slated to premiere on Crunchyroll, bringing the epic tale to audiences worldwide. Crunchyroll will make Solo Leveling available in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS, ensuring fans from various regions can enjoy this highly anticipated anime.
Prepare to embark on a thrilling adventure as Solo Leveling makes its way to screens next winter, promising an exhilarating anime adaptation that will captivate both fans of the original digital comic series and newcomers alike.
““The Ancient Magus’ Bride” Shares Visual for Upcoming Episodes”
Mark your calendars for October 5, as the second half of The Ancient Magus’ Bride’s second season is set to enchant audiences once again. Revealed during Anime Expo, a captivating new visual for the upcoming episodes has ignited excitement among fans. The second season embarked on its journey on April 6 and concluded its first cour on June 22, leaving viewers eagerly awaiting the continuation of the story.
This season of The Ancient Magus’ Bride delves into the manga’s compelling “Gakuin” (or “College”) arc, promising new adventures and discoveries for our beloved characters. Studio Kafka is responsible for bringing this enchanting world to life, with Kazuaki Terasawa at the helm as the director. Terasawa’s previous work includes directing the OAD The Ancient Magus’ Bride – The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm, and Studio Kafka was specifically established for that project.
A talented team of writers, including Aya Takaha, Yoko Yonaiyama, and Chiaki Nishinaka, are crafting the episodes, each bringing their own creative touch to the story. Yonaiyama previously worked on The Ancient Magus’ Bride – The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm, while Takaha contributed to the anime’s first season. The intricate character designs are the work of Hirotaka Katō, capturing the essence of each character in stunning detail.
The captivating music that sets the mood for The Ancient Magus’ Bride is composed by Junichi Matsumoto, a familiar name within the franchise. With a rich and evocative score, Matsumoto’s music adds an extra layer of depth to the enchanting world of the series.
Prepare to immerse yourself once again in the mystical and mesmerizing world of The Ancient Magus’ Bride as the second half of the second season unfolds. With the “Gakuin” arc ready to captivate viewers, this highly anticipated continuation is sure to weave a spellbinding tale that will leave fans eagerly awaiting each new episode.
““The Attack on Titan Final Season Part 4” Trailer Is Here”
During the “MAPPA x Crunchyroll” panel at Anime Expo, fans were treated to a trailer for Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 4, building up excitement as the anime series nears its conclusion. Crunchyroll also released its own trailer titled Attack on Titan Final Season THE FINAL CHAPTERS Special 2. The immensely popular franchise began as an anime adaptation in 2013 and has since garnered worldwide acclaim. The manga series, created by Hajime Isayama, has been published in Japan and the United States, with the final volume released in English in fall 2021.
Attack on Titan is renowned for its gripping storyline set in a world where humanity is threatened by grotesque giants known as Titans. The survivors took refuge behind colossal walls, but their safety is shattered when the Titans reappear, pushing humanity to the brink of extinction. With its captivating narrative and New York Times-bestselling status, Attack on Titan has captivated audiences and spawned a highly successful anime TV series. As fans eagerly await the final chapters of this epic saga, anticipation for the conclusion of Attack on Titan continues to build.
““The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You” Shares Funny Trailer”
The highly anticipated anime adaptation of “The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You” (also known as “Kimi no koto ga Dai Dai Dai Dai Daisuki na 100-nin no Kanojo” in Japanese) is set to premiere on October 8. A recently released trailer introduced the cast members, including Maria Naganawa as Shizuka Yoshimoto, Asami Seto as Nano Eiai, Ayaka Asai as Kusuri Yakuzen, and Shigeru Chiba as God.
Previously announced cast members include Wataru Katō as Rentaro Aijo, Kaede Hondo as Hakari Hanazono, and Miyu Tomita as Karane Inda. The anime is being produced by Bibury Animation Studio, with Hikaru Sato, known for directing “Dropkick on My Devil!”, at the helm as the director. The music composition is being handled by eba.
The original manga, created by Rikito Nakamura and Yukiko Nozawa, is published in English by Seven Seas Entertainment. The story revolves around Aijo Rentaro, who, after being rejected by a hundred girls, discovers that it was a cosmic error. To make amends, a god ensures that Aijo goes on a hundred dates. However, there’s a catch: each of these girls is destined to be Aijo’s soulmate, and if he doesn’t reciprocate their feelings, they will meet tragic ends. This hilarious romantic comedy takes the harem concept to an extraordinary level as Aijo navigates the challenge of loving a hundred people simultaneously.
“Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Offers “Anime at the Modern””
Anime at the Modern is set to take place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth from August 4 to 6. The event will feature screenings of popular anime films, cosplay contests, special food and drinks, and more. On August 4, movies like “Children of the Sea” and “Weathering with You” will be streamed, accompanied by a DJ, cosplay contest, and themed food and drinks. Cosplayers can compete for prizes in various categories, with judging by renowned cosplayers Victoria Bane and The Geeky Seamstress.
The following days, August 5 and 6, will feature screenings of films such as “Goodbye, Don Glees!”, “The First Slam Dunk,” “Giovanni’s Island,” and “Lonely Castle in the Mirror.” The movie selection was done in collaboration with Dr. Marc Hairston, a Research Scientist at the University of Texas at Dallas, known for his expertise in science fiction and fantasy themes in anime and manga. Dr. Hairston will introduce the films and engage with the audience during Q&A sessions.
Tickets for Anime at the Modern will be available for purchase starting July 10, with general admission priced at $10, discounted rates for Modern members at $8, and further discounts for Reel People members at $7. Exclusive event merchandise will be available for purchase at the museum’s gift shop. Visitors can find more information on the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s official website.
“Ichigo Strikes a Pose in Slick New Bleach S.H.Figuarts Figure”
Introducing the highly anticipated Ichigo Kurosaki figure from Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War! This stunning addition to Bandai’s S.H.Figuarts line showcases Ichigo’s powerful Manjidukai form from the latest story arc. Immerse yourself in the intricate design synonymous with Bleach as this figure features soft costume parts and articulated joints, allowing for a wide range of dynamic poses.
The figure faithfully recreates the size and appearance of Ichigo’s Zanpakuto, the “Heaven Chain” weapon, as seen in the anime. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the chains are made from high-quality materials, lending an authentic touch. With a wealth of interchangeable facial expressions and accessories included, you can effortlessly recreate iconic scenes from the series.
Embrace the essence of Ichigo’s formidable power and relive unforgettable moments with this masterfully crafted figure that truly captures the spirit of Bleach. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to own a special piece of the series for your collection. Place your order through Premium Bandai and elevate your shelf with the essence of Bleach today.
“Mari Okada’s New Anime Film Reveals Theme Song Performer”
After its initial announcement in 2021, Mari Okada’s highly anticipated film, Alice and Therese’s Illusory Factory, has unveiled a teaser trailer and key art in May of this year. With the film set to open on September 15, 2023, we now have more exciting details, particularly regarding the artist behind its theme song.
Renowned J-Pop singer Miyuki Nakajima, who began her career in 1975 and has a prolific discography with 47 singles and 44 original albums, has been entrusted with the film’s theme song titled “Shin-on.” This marks Nakajima’s first venture into anime theme songs, and director Okada shared that it will be featured during the film’s ending.
Animated by MAPPA, Alice and Therese’s Illusory Factory boasts a talented cast, including Junya Enoki as Masamune Kikuiri, Reina Ueda as Atsumi Sagami, and Misaki Kuno as Itsuki. The dedicated staff includes Tadashi Hiramatsu as assistant director, Yuriko Ishii as character designer and chief animation director, Kazuki Higashiji as art director, and Masaru Yokoyama as the composer of the captivating music.
In addition to directing and writing the film, Okada is also penning a novel adaptation of the same story. Set in a town frozen in time, Alice and Therese’s Illusory Factory revolves around Masamune, a middle school student whose encounter with two mysterious girls disrupts the delicate equilibrium of the world. Anticipation for this enchanting film continues to build as its release draws near.
“MASHLE: MAGIC AND MUSCLES Manga Ends, Season 2 Anime Airs in January“
It’s been an incredible journey for MASHLE: MAGIC AND MUSCLES, with the manga coming to a thrilling conclusion and the announcement of a second season for the anime adaptation. Fans can look forward to the Divine Visionary Selection Exam arc in January 2024.
To commemorate the manga’s finale, the 18th volume will be released in Japan on October 4, accompanied by a fan book. Anime director Tomoya Tanaka expressed his appreciation to author Hajime Komoto with a special Mashle creampuff illustration and a heartfelt message, expressing excitement for each weekly installment and thanking Komoto for his hard work.
For those eager to dive into the world of MASHLE, the anime adaptation is currently available for streaming on Crunchyroll, complete with an English dub. The series invites viewers into a magical world where everyone possesses the power of magic except for the determined protagonist, Mash Burnedead. As he navigates the challenges of Magic School, Mash sets his sights on becoming a “Divine Visionary,” showcasing his incredible strength against the most skilled wizards.
Prepare for a unique and captivating magical fantasy where brawn triumphs over spells. Get ready to witness the power of muscles in this off-kilter adventure!
“Gege Akutami Promises Epic Conclusion for Jujutsu Kaisen Manga, But More Chapters to Come”
Exciting news for Jujutsu Kaisen fans! Creator Gege Akutami has revealed that the highly anticipated conclusion of the manga will take longer than originally anticipated. Despite speculations about its imminent end, Akutami wants to ensure that the series meets and exceeds the expectations of its dedicated fanbase.
In a heartfelt message, Akutami expressed gratitude to international readers and the global reach of the manga. Despite the challenges of language barriers and limited international travel, Akutami remains committed to delivering a satisfying ending while also working on future projects.
To clarify any confusion, the editor clarified that although the manga is in its final phase, it will continue for a while longer, providing fans with more thrilling chapters filled with the captivating storytelling and intense action they love.
As readers eagerly await the conclusion of the manga, they can also immerse themselves in the ongoing second season of the Jujutsu Kaisen anime, currently airing as part of the summer anime 2023 lineup.
““Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End” Trailer Reveals 2-Hour Special”
Get ready for the highly anticipated anime adaptation of Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End (Sōsō no Frieren), premiering on September 29 with a special two-hour episode. The exciting news was unveiled in a new trailer that also gives us a sneak peek at the Japanese voice cast.
Confirmed so far, Atsumi Tanezaki will lend her voice to Frieren, Nobuhiko Okamoto will portray Himmel, Hiroki Touchi will play Heiter, and Yōji Ueda will voice Eisen.
Produced by Madhouse, with Keiichirō Saitō from Bocchi the Rock! as the director, Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End promises to captivate viewers. The series script is helmed by Tomohiro Suzuki, known for his work on One-Punch Man and Boogiepop and Others. Evan Call, renowned for his compositions in Violet Evergarden and Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, takes charge of the music, while Reiko Nagasawa from takt op. Destiny handles the character design.
The original manga by Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe is published in English by VIZ Media. The story revolves around Frieren, an elf mage who, having defeated the Demon King and brought peace to the land, grapples with her own near-immortality. Years after her victory, Frieren embarks on a new adventure to fulfill the final wishes of her fallen comrades and explore the meaning of life.
With an intriguing premise, stunning visuals, and a talented production team, Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End is set to captivate audiences with its heartfelt and immersive storytelling. Don’t miss the start of this remarkable anime journey.
““Oshi no Ko Season 2” Plans Confirmed”
Following the conclusion of the latest episode, the announcement of Oshi no Ko season 2 has thrilled fans. Although no specific release date has been disclosed, production for the second season is already underway, accompanied by a teaser visual and a brief trailer.
Additionally, the official accounts treated fans to a new B-Komachi arrangement:
The premiere of Oshi no Ko on HIDIVE became the platform’s biggest debut to date, a testament to its popularity.
Under the direction of Daisuke Hiramaki and animation production by Doga Kobo, the Oshi no Ko anime continues to captivate audiences. The manga, written by Aka Akasaka and illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari, is digitally published in English by Manga Plus. It delves into the world of showbiz, where lies serve as weapons. Goro, an OB-GYN living a tranquil life in the countryside, crosses paths with his beloved idol, Ai Hoshino, sparking a series of fateful events. Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari’s collaboration presents a fresh and astonishing perspective on the entertainment industry.
Fans can eagerly anticipate the upcoming second season of Oshi no Ko, which promises to deliver more excitement, drama, and surprises. Stay tuned for further updates on this captivating series.
As the world of anime continues to evolve and expand, these exciting updates offer a glimpse into the diverse range of stories and genres awaiting fans. Whether it’s epic adventures, heartwarming romances, or supernatural battles, anime enthusiasts have much to anticipate in the coming months and beyond. Get ready to immerse yourself in captivating worlds and join in the excitement of these upcoming releases.