Happy Sunday everyone, and welcome to an all-new AniWeekly! Last week was a pretty big one, all things considered. Aside from the major cyber-attack on Crunchyroll yesterday, we saw a lot of movement in the news pages, from warehouse fires to grim reminders of the anime industry’s harshest realities, to far more pleasant events like a successful crowdfunding campaign for Kud Wafter and two new projects from fan-favorite studio ufotable.
In addition, last week saw the start of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a complete novel within thirty days. 50,000 words in a month, 1,667 words per day. It’s a daunting challenge that’s teased, frustrated, and challenged readers across the globe.
To actually survive the rigors of a NaNoWriMo is impressive, to say the least. So with that, I’d like to say “good luck” to everyone participating this year!
In the News
They protec, they get attac, but most important, they bac. On Saturday, streaming service Crunchyroll was hit with a major cyber-attack. The site was hit by a domain hijacking attack, which sees an attacker taking control of a domain, thus allowing them to redirect users to a potentially malicious website. Thankfully, Crunchyroll was able to get back up and running by noon Eastern (9:00AM Pacific) the same day.
For those who were affected by the malware from the other site, though, Crunchyroll parent Ellation posted an article that should help.
Onward, to Iscandar! Funimation announced that they will produce an English dub for Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199. The series will start streaming as a SimulDub (can we call it that?) on November 8.
So how do you say “dub fans, rejoice” in German? Crunchyroll will launch their foreign-language dub initiative on November 16. The program will launch with three titles: Yamada-kun And The Seven Witches, Schwarzes Marken, and Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers-.
That episode 13 ending really hurts now. Sentai Filmworks announced that their releases for Angel Beats! are going out of print. Sentai is hosting a farewell sale for the title on their online store, though. Customers who purchase Angel Beats! via Sentai’s website can get it for 60% off with the coupon code FAREWELL.
So, how long til this gets called “Monthly Girls’ Tada-kun”? A major info-dump for Tada-kun wa Koi o Shinai hit the web last week, which included several cast members, a key visual, and a description of the show’s plot. The series is on track to hit Japanese TV next year.
Swagamoto takes the high dive! HIDIVE announced that they acquired the digital rights to Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto‘s English dub. The adaptation launched last week, with new episode slated to hit on Fridays.
The rain has ended, now we can see clearly. A new trailer and visual for Koi wa Ameagari no You ni hit the web. The new teaser features ending theme song Ref:rain by Aimer as a background track.
Ten centimeters can seem like a million miles in some cases. Aniplex of America announced that they will stream Honeyworks’ Our love has always been 10 centimeters apart on Crunchyroll. The first episode will launch on November 24.
How to lose a license in ten days. Anime distributor Anime Limited announced that they lost the rights to the Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu anime. The officially company cancelled all home video plans, which included a Blu-Ray release.
Pikachu! I choose you! Er… again! Fathom Events scheduled two new screenings for Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! due to demand. Showtimes on November 11 and 14 were officially added to the lineup.
Did someone call for a tasty treat? Sunrise, the studio that brought us Gundam, Love Live!, and numerous other influrential titles, is working on a new show. The studio is publishing with food guide Gurunavi to produce an anime adaptation of Natsuya Semikawa’s Isekai Izakaya “Nobu”.
Spooky scary… Uboa? J-Novel Club licensed two new light novel titles. Specifically, the publisher picked up the rights to Yume Nikki – I Am Not in Your Dream and Ao Oni, both of which are available on the J-Novel Club website.
Honey badger don’t care. Honey badger don’t give a [bleep]! We received numerous new details on Killing Bites ahead of its January première. A teaser trailer, along with numerous cast reveals and theme song details were officially confirmed in one convenient update.
This isn’t what we meant when we said “light a fire under them.” Viz Media’s Shojo Beat imprint posted an update to their Tumblr page. In the update, editor Nancy reported that their warehouse suffered a fire. As a result, SP Baby Volume 1, Anonymous Noise Volume 5, and Idol Dreams Volume 4 were delayed to November 28.
Yeah… this is not a good look, P.A. Works… P.A. Works published a new job listing for animators. Despite looking fairly standard, a closer look shows tha thtis is an hourly post that pays less than $20,000 per year. That’s… not good at all.
Ken Kaneki is back! The major staff members for Tokyo Ghoul:Re were officially unveiled. Odahiro Watanabe (Soul Buster) was tapped to direct at Studio Pierrot.
It’s the Die Hard of romantic dramedies! Oh, wait… Ufotable announced that they will produce two anime titles in 2018. The company confirmed its first project, which will adapt all-ages visual novel Girls’ Work.
Wafting along at the speed of sound~. It’s official: The English crowdfunding campaign for the Kud Wafter is a big success! The drive crushed its 3 million yen target just five days into the campaign.
From the AniBlogging Community
Note: While I try to keep strictly with anime blogs for this section, there were two articles that really need to be read. A piece by author Maggie Stiefvater and an Answerman piece by Justin Sevakis were both important reads, and deserve the highlight.
“So far off the beaten path, I don’t even know where the path is anymore.” Justin Sevakis published an Answerman piece, which examines the growing involvement of major companies in the anime industry. Sevakis, like many industry watchers, agrees that we’re firmly in uncharted territory, and gives a fantastic explanation of where we are today.
A harsh lesson piracy. Author Maggie Stiefvater published a story about piracy. Specifically, she published her own experiences with digital piracy, which almost sunk her career and led to the cancellation of a well-received series of fantasy novels.
The harshest critic of all. Lauren at Otaku Journalist takes a look at her past experiences with NaNoWriMo, and how she’s managed to silence that nagging inner critic that can kill progress in the blink of an eye.
A tale of rural decline, told with a hopeful smile. Chaos Tangent takes a look at Sakura Quest, and how the show ties into Japan’s growing trends of rural decline. The article is a fantastic, well-researched piece, which highlights a problem that’s been plaguing Japan’s less urban areas and the ways that P.A. Works’ anime makes efforts to draw attention to it.
Happy Birthday, Manga Therapy! The mind behind Manga Therapy turned 35 last week. To celebrate the day, he published a short piece on the milestone, and what it means to become that “elder statesman” in the community.
Weekly Fun Stuff!
If this is because I ate the last banana-coriander flavor ice cream, I’m sorry! YouTuber “Learn Japanese” takes a look at Urahara‘s fourth episode and plucks one of its silliest lines to create an engaging miniature Japanese lesson.