AniWeekly 153: Back from Beantown

Happy Sunday everyone, and welcome to an all-new AniWeekly! We are back in action for another week of anime news and views from across the subculture. With a new season upon us, there’s plenty to talk about, from mystery projects, to a big return to a KyoAni property.

Before we begin, though, we’d like to take a moment to express our deepest condolences to Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, who passed away on April 5. The director, who helmed many modern classics like Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya, was an irreplaceable member of the anime world, and we all grieve his loss.

In the News

Farewell to a Legend On April 5, director Isao Takahata passed away. He was 82. Takahata was a co-founder of Studio Ghibli, and helmed projects like Only Yesterday, Panda! Go Panda!, and Grave of the Fireflies.

It’s time to shape up and ship out to bigger screens! During a fan event, news broke that High School Fleet will get an anime movie from A-1 Pictures.

It’s FourSquare with aliens! The first staffers were revealed for the upcoming Ingress anime, along with several visuals. Yūhei Sakuragi (The Relative Worlds) was tapped to direct the project at Craftar.

How (Hane)bad? So (Hane)bad. Two new cast members were revealed for the Hanebad! anime series. Yuuna Mimura and Konomi Kohara will play Riko Izumi and Erena Fujisawa, respectively.

I swear this isn’t an NES game… Escaflowne director Kazuki Akane is teaming up with 8-Bit to produce a new anime project. The work will be an original production.

Plus Ultra! A new trailer for My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: Futari no Hero hit the web, which introduces “I Island”, and offers a quick glimpse at a much younger All-Might.

Violet’s coming back! The Violet Evergarden anime’s official Twitter account announced that a new anime project is in the works. The work is described as a “completely new” title.

Two new members of the Aria Company! Right Stuf revealed two new cast members in their English dub for Aria the Animation in a “backers-only” Kickstarter update. The dub will add Angora Deb as Amelie, and Karen Smith as Grandma.

Make way for Miss Modern! Eleven Arts announced that they picked up the North American distribution rights to Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern. The first film will open in North American theaters on June 8.

A return to Lodoss Island… albeit a short one. A new website opened to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ryo Mizuno’s Record of Lodoss War novels. A celebratory project is in the works, which includes a rebroadcast on NicoNico Live.

They’re rude, they’re crude, they’re family. The late Fujio Akatsuka’s Tensai Bakabon manga is getting an all-new anime TV series, which will hit Japanese TV this July. Toru Hosokawa (Polar Bear’s Cafe) will direct the project at Pierrot+.

A lucky omen? A-1 Pictures announced that they’re renaming Kōenji Studio to CloverWorks. According to the announcement, CloverWorks will strive to become a more unique studio, in order to respond to a diversifying anime scene.


O…oh, dear. J.C. Staff posted a new listing on their career portal for a digital artist. According to the listing, the position will only pay 50,000 yen per month ($467.60 USD) for the first year.

From the AniBlogging Community

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Golden Boughs and giant robots. Atelier Emily returns with another study of floral language for DARLING in the FRANXX. In particular, she takes a look at The Golden Bough, mistletoe, and their general (and not-exactly-subtle) ties within the world of the show proper.

Weekly Fun Stuff!

Cowboy Bebop celebrated its big 20th anniversary a few days ago. What better way to ring in the occasion than with a short in-world film by Shinichirō Watanabe? The short features Don’t Bother None by Seat Belts and Yoko Kanno as the background track, which makes for a delightful juxtaposition to the insanity that unfolds onscreen.

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