AniWeekly 54: A Truly Super Day!

Welcome, readers, to a new installment of AniWeekly! Today, in particular, is a very special day. Exactly 30 years ago, the video games industry was forever changed when Super Mario Bros. hit Japanese retailers. It was a game that was doing what was thought to be impossible at the time, taking players from the land, to the depths of the sea and the tops of trees that touch the sky. It was revolutionary at the time, and continues to be a major influence on how games are made today.

So Happy Birthday, Mario! And a huge thank you to Nintendo, for releasing this timeless marvel.

In The News

He’s got a Yo-Kai Watch! Disney XD will kick off their broadcast of the Yo-Kai Watch anime series on October 5. The title will star Johnny Yong Bosch as Nate, Alicyn Packard as Jibanyan, and Melissa Hutchison as Katie. To promote the première, a couple of dub clips were released:

Ciao, Italia! Crunchyroll kicked off its streaming service in Italy. The platform opened its doors with 15 simulcast, including Naruto Shippuden, Gintama, and Himouto! Umaru-chan.

Goodbye summer, hello fall. FUNimation announced their first five simulcasts for the fall anime season. In addition to ongoing titles, the company will stream Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA and Noragami Aragato.

Aqours, music start? Fans looking for new Love Live! Sunshine!! goodies are in luck! A new music video for Aqours’s debut single, Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayai Teru Kai? hit the web last week!

From the AniBlogging Community

Happy birthday, Kotori! As a bit of shameless self-promotion, Kotori Minami from Love Live! celebrated her birthday on September 12. In the spirit of the day, countless fans lined up with gorgeous artwork, cosplay, and more to show their affection for the idol.

Launch your writing career now, ask her how! Looking to get into a career in niche writing? Lauren from Otaku Journalist has you covered. She published a new informational piece with hints on breaking into this rewarding, if not daunting field.

Save money, live better. Japan travel. Tsunagu Japan published a list of 38 ways to save money while traveling in Japan. From food to transportation, they’ve got all of the bases covered.

The convention panel conundrum. A common complaint about anime convention programming is that there are few, if any, good panels on offer. This is a simple, if not broad complaint that seems to spread across numerous issues. Reverse Thieves’s HisuiRT published a short, fascinating piece that dissects this issue.

Weekly Fun Stuff!

Keeping with the occasion, Nintendo released a ten-minute special to celebrate Super Mario Bros.’s 30th anniversary. The feature includes rare archive footage of Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka, who discuss their experiences in creating a game that would define an industry.

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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