Happy Monday everyone, and welcome to an all-new AniWeekly! Last week, it was Gamer Gakuen as E3 dominated the news cycle. Players like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft trotted out their biggest, shiniest showings. Whether you’re excited for Devil May Cry 5, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Ghosts of Tsushima, or one of the many other title shown off last week, you came out a winner.

In the anime world, we also saw some big news, as we learned the new lead for Crayon Shin-chan‘s Shin Nohara, and Kaito Ishikawa took over for a fellow actor who’s fallen ill.

There’s a lot to discuss this week, so let’s get things rolling!

In the News

The torch has been passed. Last week, news broke that Yumiko Kobayashi will be the new voice of Crayon Shin-chan‘s titular Shinnosuke “Shin-chan” Nohara. The actress will replace Akiko Yajima, who played Shin since the show started in 1992, starting with the July 6 episode.

A new victim takes the stage. Last week, news broke that Kaito Ishikawa will replace Yuichiro Umehara in Happy Sugar Life. Umehara was hospitalized last month due to a rare autoimmune disease.

Workin’ in a cell mine, goin’ down down… Two new cast members were confirmed for the upcoming Cells At Work! anime. The series will add Shoya Chiba as the B-Cell and Mamiko Noto as the show’s narrator.

Cells At Work! Key Visual

A modest appeal. The main cast members (and composers) were confirmed for Studio Ponoc’s Ponoc Short Films Theater: Modest Heroes movie. Eight roles were revealed, including Machiko Ono, Rio Suzuki, and Kentaro Sakaguchi.

The Bean Bandit rides again! The Kickstarter campaign for Kenichi Sonoda’s Bean Bandit anime came to a close yesterday. The project was a huge success, bringing in a total of ¥23,343,872 ($210,922.72 USD).

No Cress Allowed! The main cast and a trailer were revealed for the Tales of the Rays anime project. The title will star Katsuyuki Konishi, Miyuki Sawashiro, and Rina Satou, among others.

Don’t lose your way~! Good news, Trigger fans: Kill la Kill is getting a video game! The “Battle Action” title will hit stores next years, courtesy of developer APlus and publisher Arc System Works.

Commence Cool Time! Adult Swim took to Facebook to announce that Pop Team Epic will begin airing on the company’s Toonami block. The series will launch on June 30 at midnight.

Toonami Pop Team Epic Announcement

Even better: A new Pop Team Epic short was released to promote the JRA horse racing league!

Welcome home, good hunter… oh wait. A new trailer and key visual for Sirius the Jaeger hit the web. The title is slated to hit Japanese TV on July 12.

There’s a skeleton inside all of us. Think about that. The main cast and crew were revealed for the Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san anime, along with a trailer and key visual. Owl Todoroki is directing the project at studio DLE.

Yorozuya Gin-chan is back! Five poster visuals, as well as plot details for the upcoming Gintama 2 movie were revealed last week. The film, which adapts the Shogun Assassination and Shinsengumi Crisis arcs, will include the Shogun and Bansai, among others.

"Gintama 2" Poster Visual Collage

It’s gonna be the future, soon! a new key visual, three cast members, and details on the closing theme for Free! Dive to the Future were revealed. The series will cast Atsushi Abe, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, and Ryou Hirohashi when it airs this summer.

So, should we call this B: The Middle? At Annecy, Netflix announced that B: The Beginning will get a second season.

You are already pre-ordering. At this year’s E3, Sega announced that they will bring the Yakuza team’s Hokuto ga Gotoku to the west. The game will hit the PlayStation 4 under the title Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise.

From the AniBlogging Community

A heaping helping of new trends? Irina at I Drink and Watch Anime takes a look at the recent growing presence of the “binge eating” anime trope. Using this as a springboard, they offer a thoughtful discussion on how tropes have changed over the years, and how old standbys like the nosebleed have fallen out of vogue in recent years.

A deeper meaning in violet. Devon Buchanon takes a look at Violet Evergarden, and the way the show’s titular character offers an insight into the world of autistic individuals.

The fan’s the thing. Atelier Emily takes a look at IDOLISH7, and the show’s realistic portrayals of the idol life, from those struggling starting days, to the way the fan culture evolves over time.

Weekly Fun Stuff!

I’d say that, given the week, this one’s fitting. YouTuber Eddie9881 put together a mash-up, which combines footage from cyberpunk classic Ghost in the Shell with the audio for the upcoming Cyberpunk: 2077 video game by CD Projekt Red. The minute-long promo works beautifully, capturing the energy of the game while showcasing the very best from Oshii’s masterpiece.

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