In the vibrant realm of anime, Week 7 has brought a tidal wave of exciting announcements and updates that are sure to thrill fans worldwide. From the return of beloved classics to thrilling new releases and tantalizing previews, the anime universe is buzzing with activity. Let’s dive into the highlights that have ignited the passions of anime enthusiasts this week.
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- Dead Mount Death Play: Corpse god returns in Cour 2, promising intense battles and political conflicts!
- Warner Bros. Japan announces a reboot of Fist of the North Star anime series for the 40th anniversary of the manga
- Spy x Family anime announces release date for season 2
- Anime Cel, Art Archive Anime Tokyo to Open in Ikebukuro
- Netflix Renews One Piece Live-Action TV Series for Season 2, Teases Tony Tony Chopper Appearance
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Sweep the Board! Comes to Nintendo Switch in 2024
- Kenjiro Tsuda Releases New Photobook for the First Time in 9 Years
- Zom 100 Delays Streaming of Episode 8 to September 18
- Play as Anya in the Upcoming Spy x Family Nintendo Switch Game
- Kizumonogatari Anime Film Trilogy Comes Back in Single Re-Edited Feature
- New Black Butler Anime Previewed in Latest Trailer
Dead Mount Death Play: Corpse god returns in Cour 2, promising intense battles and political conflicts!
Dead Mount Death Play Cour 2 is set to captivate audiences with its promise of battles and character growth upon its release on October 9, 2023. Based on the manga of the same name, the first Cour of Dead Mount Death Play, which premiered in April 2023, left fans eagerly awaiting further adventures with the Corpse God Polka. This reverse isekai anime follows the tale of a corpse god necromancer who utilizes reincarnation magic to swap bodies with a Japanese high school student, Polka Shinoyama. Despite his hopes for a peaceful life in his new incarnation, Polka soon finds himself entangled in a web of threats and challenges.
The highly anticipated Dead Mount Death Play Cour 2 is scheduled for global release on Crunchyroll, making it accessible to fans worldwide. Japanese viewers can catch the anime series on affiliated broadcasting channels like TV Tokyo. The release of the official trailer and a captivating new key visual have given fans a glimpse into the intense battles and evolving political conflicts that await in this upcoming season. As Cour 1 allowed us to witness Polka’s character development, the upcoming episodes are expected to delve even deeper into the central protagonist’s journey and the intricacies of his newfound world. Whether you’re a seasoned fan or new to the series, Dead Mount Death Play Cour 2 promises an exciting continuation of Corpse God Polka’s adventures, and you can also find the first season on the same anime streaming platform, Crunchyroll.
Warner Bros. Japan announces a reboot of Fist of the North Star anime series for the 40th anniversary of the manga
Warner Bros. Japan has announced an exciting new anime series based on the legendary Fist of the North Star manga, marking the franchise’s 40th anniversary. Titled “Fist of the North Star: Hokuto no Ken,” this reboot comes exactly 40 years after the manga’s first chapter was published. It promises fresh characters and staff, accompanied by a logo and key visual to tantalize fans. Fist of the North Star, created by Buronson (story) and Tetsuo Hara (art), originally serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1983 to 1988, holds the distinction of being one of the most influential and popular manga series globally, boasting over 100 million copies sold.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by nuclear war in the enigmatic year 199X, the story revolves around Kenshiro, heir to the deadly martial art of Hokuto Shinken. His quest is to rescue his fiancée Yuria from his rival, Shin, in a wasteland filled with adversaries, allies, and figures from his past. Kenshiro utilizes his martial prowess to defend the vulnerable from the tyranny of warlords and bandits. Fist of the North Star stands as a cornerstone of Shonen Jump’s “Golden Age,” influencing numerous manga, including Kentaro Miura’s Berserk and Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga. To celebrate this iconic franchise’s 40th anniversary, an exhibition is currently being held in Hokuto City, Hokkaido, from August to October. This upcoming anime series is a tribute to the manga’s enduring legacy.
Spy x Family anime announces release date for season 2
The thrilling espionage anime, “Spy x Family,” is back with its highly anticipated second season, and it brings a brand new poster featuring the charming Anya. Last year, viewers were introduced to the captivating world of the Forger family as the anime debuted its first season. Now, fans are eagerly awaiting the return of this unique series, and they’ve been treated to a sneak peek with the release of a captivating new poster and an official release date.
The latest poster for “Spy x Family” season two shines the spotlight on the lovable Anya, surrounded by familiar faces. Anya appears in two different settings on the poster: in the top half, she’s seen with a cruise ship in the background, wearing a look of wonder, hinting at a family boat ride. However, given the Forger family’s knack for finding themselves in thrilling situations, adventure is bound to follow. The other half of the poster takes Anya back to school, her face adorned with a mischievous expression that suggests an exciting plan. The entire Forger family, including Damian and Becky, makes an appearance, promising an enjoyable reunion that fans won’t want to miss.
Mark your calendars for the premiere of “Spy x Family” season two on October 7th, which is just around the corner. Additionally, for fans of the series, the Spy x Family universe will expand later this year with the release of its first movie, “Spy x Family: Code White,” in Japan this December. If you’re new to the world of Spy x Family, the series follows master spy Twilight, known for his unparalleled undercover skills on dangerous missions. However, his latest assignment requires him to do something he’s never done before—get married and have a child. Little does he know, that his chosen wife is an assassin, and the child he adopts is a telepath, setting the stage for a hilarious and action-packed adventure.
Anime Cel, Art Archive Anime Tokyo to Open in Ikebukuro
In Ikebukuro, Tokyo, a new facility known as Anime Tokyo Station, or simply Anime Tokyo, is set to open its doors in October. This facility is dedicated to the preservation of cels and various other materials related to anime production. Its primary aim is to foster the appreciation of anime culture and the industry that surrounds it. Apart from serving as an archive for historical anime materials, Anime Tokyo will offer workshops and exhibitions designed to engage and educate its visitors.
Notable figures, including voice actors Miina Tominaga and Koichi Yamadera, as well as Tokyo’s governor Yuriko Koike, attended a pre-opening reception for the facility. Governor Koike expressed her hope that Anime Tokyo would become a space where people can gather and nurture their imaginations. Despite its slightly challenging-to-search name, Anime Tokyo Station is scheduled to open its doors on October 31st.
Netflix Renews One Piece Live-Action TV Series for Season 2, Teases Tony Tony Chopper Appearance
The official Twitter account for the live-action One Piece TV series has exciting news – the show is set for a second season. Original series creator Eiichirou Oda himself confirmed this development in a special video posted on the Twitter account and Still Watching Netflix’s YouTube channel. In the video, Oda also dropped hints about the future appearance of Tony Tony Chopper in season two, suggesting that the “straw hats will need a great doctor” and even offering a rough sketch illustration of the character.
However, an exact premiere date and production timeline for the second season remains unconfirmed at this time, primarily due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strike that is currently affecting the industry. Fans will have to stay tuned for further updates on this highly anticipated continuation of the live-action One Piece series.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Sweep the Board! Comes to Nintendo Switch in 2024
SEGA has announced the upcoming release of the video game “Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- Sweep the Board!” for the Nintendo Switch in 2024. Produced by Aniplex, this game will be made available in both the Americas and Europe.
In “Sweep the Board!” players will navigate a dynamic world crafted in the style of a board game. These game boards feature iconic locations from the “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” anime series, including Mount Fujikasane and Asakusa. With the changing of the day and night cycle, the spaces on each board transform, introducing new events and opportunities for players to strategize their next moves. Gamers can select from a cast of characters including Tanjiro Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, Inosuke Hashibira, and the nine Hashiras, and enjoy multiplayer action with up to four players simultaneously, either locally or online. Nezuko Kamado also joins as a supporting character, and players can engage in entertaining mini-games, interact with beloved characters, and collaborate to vanquish formidable demons. For more details about the game, fans can visit the official website.
“Sweep the Board!” marks the second console game in the Demon Slayer franchise following the release of “Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles.” This game initially launched in Japan and English-speaking Asia in October 2021 and later expanded to North America and Europe on multiple platforms, including PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The Nintendo Switch version became available in Japan and English in June 2022.
Kenjiro Tsuda Releases New Photobook for the First Time in 9 Years
Voice actor Kenjiro Tsuda is making a remarkable return to the world of photography with his latest creation, a 144-page photobook titled “Whisper.” This collection of evocative photos provides a captivating glimpse into the versatile voice actor’s life, featuring him in diverse settings, ranging from serene seaside scenes to the historic cityscape of Kyoto and even candid moments in his bedroom, offering a respite from his hectic schedule. Priced at 3,520 yen (~$62), “Whisper” is scheduled to hit the shelves on October 13, marking Tsuda’s first photobook release in nine years since his previous work, “FLOWING,” which was published in October 2014.
Kenjiro Tsuda is renowned in the voice acting industry for his iconic roles, including Seto Kaiba in Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kento Nanami in Jujutsu Kaisen, Tatsu in The Way of the Househusband, Kishibe in Chainsaw Man, Dainsleif in Genshin Impact, Nicolas Brown in Gangsta, Mikoto Suou in K, Akihito Narihisago/Sakaido in ID:INVADED, and Kai “Overhaul” Chisaki in My Hero Academia. Beyond his voice acting career, Tsuda is a multifaceted talent, venturing into acting, narration, and film direction. He marked his directorial debut with the release of “Documentertainment AD-LIVE” in February 2019 and has also contributed to various TV dramas, including “The Black Swindler,” “The Last Man: The Blind Profiler,” “Dearest,” “Reversal Orchestra,” and “Trillionaire Game.”
Zom 100 Delays Streaming of Episode 8 to September 18
The Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead anime has once again faced a delay in its streaming release, this time affecting episode 8. While the episode is scheduled to air on September 17 in Japan as originally planned, it will now be available for streaming a day later. This delay applies to both Japanese streaming services and those available overseas.
This delay comes after a series of previous episode delays for the anime, starting with episode 4, which was pushed to July 31, followed by episode 5 delayed until August 13. Subsequently, episodes 7 to 9 also experienced delays. While these delays have been attributed to production issues, it’s worth mentioning that episode 6 faced a delay due to broadcasting scheduling conflicts linked to the 2023 World Athletics Championship. Notably, this isn’t the first streaming delay for the series, as several previous episodes were also released on streaming platforms a day after their TV broadcasts.
BUG FILMS is the animation studio behind the series, marking it as the studio’s first major project. The anime initially aired in July, and during its production, studio SHAFT was briefly involved before discontinuing its participation.
Play as Anya in the Upcoming Spy x Family Nintendo Switch Game
During the recent Nintendo Direct event, it was revealed that the beloved manga and anime series Spy x Family will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch with a game titled “SPY×ANYA: Operation Memories.” Bandai Namco Entertainment is set to publish this exciting addition to the Spy x Family franchise, and fans can look forward to its release in 2024.
In this forthcoming game, players will step into the shoes of Anya Forger and delve into the captivating world of SPYxFAMILY. For her latest school assignment, Anya must craft a unique photo diary of cherished memories. The gameplay involves juggling her daily routine, attending classes on weekdays, and savoring quality family time in the evenings. But it’s during the weekends that the real adventure begins, as players accompany Anya on thrilling outings to diverse locales like the beach or art museums, all in pursuit of capturing subjects worthy of photographing. The question remains: What kind of unforgettable photo diary will you assist Anya in creating?
Kizumonogatari Anime Film Trilogy Comes Back in Single Re-Edited Feature
The first installment of the Kizumonogatari anime film trilogy debuted in Japan back in January 2016, later reaching U.S. cinemas. Now, after seven years, this adaptation of Nisio Isin’s novel is set to make a return to Japanese theaters. It will be re-edited into a single film titled “Kizumonogatari -Koyomi Vamp-,” offering a fresh perspective on the story when it premieres on January 12, 2024.
Check out its trailer:
The news was unveiled during the recent Aniplex Online Fest 2023 event. The film retains its original SHAFT staff, with Tatsuya Oishi directing, Hideyuki Morioka responsible for character designs, and Satoru Kosaki handling the music. The Kizumonogatari novel, which was published in English by Vertical, lays the foundation for the story: In a quiet Japanese provincial town, beneath a solitary streetlight and under the cover of night, lies a peculiar sight—an undead, limbless, blonde woman. Local gossip hints at the arrival of a vampire in their remote town.
Koyomi Araragi, a young man who avoids forming friendships to maintain his “intensity as a human,” naturally regards these rumors with skepticism. However, on the first day of spring break, as he heads home with a collection of morally compromising periodicals, the bloodsucking demon, an entity seemingly “out of date,” extends an unexpected invitation. Always characterized by its candidness, playful humor, and occasional deep emotional impact, “KIZUMONOGATARI: Wound Tale” serves as an ideal introduction to the world of NISIOISIN, one of Japan’s best-selling contemporary novelists. As a prequel to “BAKEMONOGATARI” (“Monster Tale”), this work marks the inception of the renowned MONOGATARI series, celebrated for its international popularity and critical acclaim through its anime adaptations.
New Black Butler Anime Previewed in Latest Trailer
In July, fans of the Black Butler series were delighted by the announcement of a new anime installment, “Black Butler: Public School Arc,” set to release in 2024. Aniplex Online Fest 2023 has treated us to a fresh trailer for this upcoming series. Directed by Kenjiro Okada and scripted by Hiroyuki Yoshino, this installment is a production of CloverWorks. While anticipation builds, you can catch a glimpse of what’s to come in the trailer below, marking the end of a nearly decade-long wait.
“Black Butler: Public School Arc” will be available for streaming on Crunchyroll across multiple territories, including North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and the CIS. This news comes as a welcome treat for fans who have followed the series since its earlier seasons in 2008 and 2010, with the last TV anime installment released in 2014 as “Black Butler: Book of Circus,” accompanied by the “Black Butler: Book of Murder” OVA in the same year. In 2017, the series made its transition to the big screen with the release of the “Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic” anime film. For those new to the world of Black Butler, the manga adaptation is available in English through Yen Press and follows the enigmatic tale of Ciel Phantomhive, a twelve-year-old earl, and his extraordinary butler, Sebastian, in the backdrop of Victorian-era London.
Week 7 in the anime world has been nothing short of spectacular, with a multitude of announcements that have stirred the hearts of fans. From the resurgence of classics like Fist of the North Star to the renewal of Netflix’s One Piece Live-Action TV series, the future of anime promises to be filled with excitement and intrigue. As we look forward to these upcoming releases and celebrate the achievements of beloved series like Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, the world of animation continues to captivate audiences and push the boundaries of storytelling. Stay tuned for more thrilling updates and revelations in the weeks to come, as the anime world never fails to deliver surprises and wonders.