AniWeekly 129: We Are on the Cruise to San Diego

Happy Sunday, everyone, and welcome to an all-new AniWeekly! This week, over 150,000 people flocked to San Diego for Comic-con International. It’s a weekend full of surprises for fans of all things geeky. And, as expected, this year didn’t disappoint. We saw new trailers for Ready Player One and Steven Universe, along with a big reveal for two new seasons of Voltron: Legendary Defender.

There’s a lot to discuss this week, so let’s dive right into all the news that was fit to read last week!

In the News

Your Ghibli diet, from Totoro to Ponyo. Publisher GKIDS announced that they acquired the home video rights to (nearly) all of Studio Ghibli’s titles. The company will re-release titles under their banner starting in October. My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Spirited Away will be among the launch lineup.

You’re a kid now! You’re a squid now! Japanese gaming magazine CoroCoro announced that a Splatoon anime is in the works. The project will première on August 12 on the publication’s YouTube channel.

It’s delightfully disastrous! It’s official: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is getting a new season! The series will return to Japanese TV in 2018.

All aboard the anime caravan! Smartphone game Dame x Prince will receive an anime adaptation. The series, titled Dame x Prince ANIME CARAVAN, will air on Tokyo MX in January 2018.

Wafting along to success. The crowdfunding campaign for Visual Arts’ Kud Wafter OVA shattered its initial funding goal. The campaign, which kicked off on July 19, passed its 30 million yen goal within 48 hours of its launch.

Behold, the mighty Pegasus! Viz Media unveiled the first cast member in its Sailor Moon SuperS dub. Chris Niosi will play Pegasus in the series.

The battlefields of the culinary world loom once again. Sentai Filmworks unveiled the English dub cast for Food Wars! The series will star Blake Shepard as Soma, Jad Saxton as Tadokoro, and Stephanie Wittels as Erina. Sentai released a dub clip to promote their upcoming release:

The Joy of AnimeTM Twitch announced that they’re partnering with Crunchyroll to host an anime marathon. Over fifteen full seasons of anime will stream on Twitch’s “Twitch Presents” channel, starting on July 27.

You are already educated. Manga author Buronson donated 400 million yen to the city. The author contributed the funds in order to establish a new non-refundable scholarship fund. The program, known as the “SAKU Cosmos Scholarship Fund,” will provide one million yen for ten students in the city for the next four years.

Japan -> Hollywood -> Japan. Netflix unveiled a new poster visual for their live-action Death Note flick. The image was drawn by Takeshi Obata, and features his take on Light turner (played by Nat Wolff in the movie).

We are, we are, on the cruise… to Hollywood! At a recent fan event, Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Yoshihisa Heishi took to the stage to announce that a Hollywood TV adaptation of the franchise is in the works. The new series will be produced by Tomorrow Studios, a joint venture between producer Marty Adelstein (Prison Break) and ITV Studios.

Let’s go, Voltron! The staff of Dreamworks Animation Television and Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender hosted a panel at Comic-Con International. At the event, the team announced that the show’s third and fourth seasons will air this year. Season 3, which will run for seven episodes, is slated to première in August. Season 4 will launch in October.

It’s a tale of tough love… of a different sort. Shinjuku’s giant ALTA Vision screen showed off a teaser for an anime adaptation of Fujita’s Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii (It’s Tough to Love an Otaku). The five-minute trailer confirmed the voice cast, as well as a confirmation that the show will air on Fuji TV’s noitaminA block.

Sensha-do is heading to a living room near you! A recent trailer for the first Girls und Panzer das Finale anime ended with a confirmation that a Girls und Panzer video game is in the works. The title will be released on the PlayStation 4 this winter.

The Fairy Tail guild’s final journey. Fairy Tail author Hiro Mashima announced that the title’s anime adaptation is heading toward its finale. According to Mashima, the final season will air in 2018.

From the AniBlogging Community

Tell your story! Lauren from Otaku Journalist is continuing her crusade to compile the anime fandom’s oral history with Anime Origin Stories. She’s already published 92 stories as of press time (including, as a shameless plug, my own), and continues to forge onward, toward that 100-tale mark.

And now, for the airing of grievances. Artemis at Otaku Lounge published a series of short open letters to, well, Japan. In these four pieces, they highlight a few key grievances, from ATMs with set hours to crazy drivers.

It’s a Kansai thing! Frog-kun re-published an older article, which discusses the localization process that goes into translating various Japanese dialects. In particular, he singles out Blue Exorcist‘s Kansai dialects.

It is a flower story, after all! Atelier Emily dissects the floral language embedded within the Hanamonogatari arc from Monogatari Second Season. It’s a fascinating piece that breaks down one particularly iconic scene. You know the one, if you’ve seen the series.

Weekly Fun Stuff!

Because who doesn’t love themselves some giant robots? During Comic-con, a new trailer for Pacific Rim 2: Uprising was officially unveiled. And, spoiler alert, things are looking to be as incredible as the first film!

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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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