“The Ancient Magus’ Bride” Returning With New Anime

Time to get swept up by the Elias/Chise romance all over again! The Ancient Magus Bride returns to our screens September 10th.

According to the manga’s official website, we can expect an original anime disc (OAD) concerning the release. The site dubs the feature a “witch daughter-in-law” original animation trilogy. So, expect it to be in 3 parts!

The OAD will be included with the limited editions of the 16th, 17th, and 18th volumes of the manga.

The OAD’s lengthy title reads Mahō Tsukai no Yome: Nishi no Shōnen to Seiran no Kishi (The Ancient Magus’ Bride: The Boy From the West and the Knight of the Mountain Haze). Modern anime titles love making us read, don’t they?

The Ancient Magus’ Bride received widespread acclaim for its visual presentation as well as story-telling. As of writing, it holds a near-perfect score on Crunchyroll and an 8/10 cumulative score on My Anime List.

Will you be tuning in on September 10th? Which character are you most excited about seeing again? Sound off below!

“Seven Deadly Sins” Movie Premieres July 2nd

It’s coming! The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed By Light (Nanatsu no Taizai: Hikari ni Norowareshi Mono-tachi) premieres July 2nd.

However, that’s not all. According to a teaser released from the official website, it’s time to say goodbye to the anime. A new poster released reads, “Farewell, Seven Deadly Sins.”

Original manga author Nakaba Suzuki penned the storyline for the Cursed by Light, which features an all-new story following the events of The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement.

Fans will recall Dragon’s Judgement adapts the New Holy War arc of the manga. The arc sees Elizabeth and the gang racing against time to prevent Meliodas from becoming the new demon king.

Dragon’s Judgement suffered a 3-month delay due to COVID-19, premiering January 6th instead of October 2020. Still, it looks like Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light won’t have any issues. July will be here before we know it!

Are you excited about the new film? Sound off below!

“The Devil is a Part-Timer!” Returning With Second Season

It’s official! After nearly 8 years, The Devil is a Part-Timer! will return with a second season. It certainly took them long enough. Sheesh!

This includes the main Japanese cast, though if you’re like me you watched the dub on Netflix. No word yet on the English cast returning.

The announcement came yesterday at the “Kadokawa Light Novel Expo” event.

Check out the cast list:

For those needing a refresher after the nearly-decade long wait, the synopsis reads:

“After being soundly thrashed by the hero Emilia, the Devil King and his general beat a hasty retreat to a parallel universe… only to land plop in the middle of bustling, modern-day Tokyo!

Lacking the magic necessary to return home, the two are forced to assume human identities and live average human lives until they can find a better solution.

And to make ends meet, Satan finds gainful employment at a nearby fast food joint! With his devilish mind set on working his way up the management food chain, what will become of his thirst for conquest?!”

Excited to see the return of Satan and friends? Who’s your favorite character? Sound off below!

Fruits Basket’s Final Season Arrives April 5th

Yes, that’s right! We have an official release date for the third season of Fruits Basket.

Dubbed Fruits Basket the Final, the anime will premiere on April 5th of this year. Funimation will stream Fruits Basket with an English dub. The main tagline reads, “The final banquet begins.”

Those familiar with the series recall new seasons typically airing in April of previous years. The first season aired in 2019, while the second aired in 2020. The second season, in particular, aired after COVID-19 delayed simuldub streaming in March of 2020.

Japanese-Chinese Boyband WARPs UP performs the opening song “Pleasure.” For the ending theme, dance vocal group GENIC closes out each episode with “Haru Urarara” (Beautiful Spring).

This season features the same cast as the previous seasons. Fans will recall series creator Natsuki Takaya famously did not call back the voice actors from the original adaptation, opting for different talent. She also serves as executive supervisor for the new series.

As a result, the anime covers the entire manga. Will you be watching? Sound off below!

“Hello Kitty” Movie Hires Hollywood Directors

Looks like Hello Kitty‘s finally hitting the big screen after 6 years in development.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, animators Jennifer Coyle and Leo Matsuda will helm the adaptation. The film will be a mix of live action and animation.

Jennifer Coyle previously worked on Harley Quinn and Bob’s Burgers, two well-known animated series. Leo Matsuda has several Disney CG titles such as Big Hero 6 and Zootopia under his belt. To add to that, the Academy Awards shortlisted his directorial debut short “Inner Workings” in 2017.

Lindsey Beer will be the scriptwriter for the film. Her company, Known Universe, will serve as executive producer.

Beau Flynn and his FlynnPictureCo. will produce the film. This marks a first, as Hello Kitty creator Sanrio is notoriously picky about granting film rights to major film studios.

New Line Cinema and FlynnPictureCo join together in handling production and development of the Hello Kitty film, with Warner Bros. handling the film’s worldwide distribution.

The upcoming animated film will be the first feature-length film for the franchise. As of yet, no release date has been set.

“The Promised Neverland” Fans Call for Cancellation

The fans have spoken. The Promised Neverland needs to be cancelled.

Season 1 of the anime received stellar reviews, leading to much hype and speculation about follow-up episodes. Fans of the manga already know the trials and tribulations the orphans of Grace Field will have to face. So, most were looking forward to a direct adaptation of those events.

However, controversy erupted once Season 2 began airing. Fans immediately noticed a beloved and critically lauded story arc had been entirely skipped over. The “Goldy Pond” arc, which sees the characters trapped in a demon hunting ground, had been completely removed from the show.

Emma is not pleased…

Thus, fans began calling for The Promised Neverland’s swift and decisive demise.

Anime adaptations often differ from the manga source material. It’s unavoidable. Still, it’s a little bizarre to skip arguably the best parts of the source material.

Alas, there have been no official announcements about the show being cancelled. Do you agree with fans? If so, sound off in the comments!

“Demon Slayer” Dethrones “Spirited Away” As #1 Japanese Film

It took nearly 20 years, but there’s a new #1 Japanese film in town. As of writing, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train earned the US equivalent of $399.18 million in Asia alone.

That estimate includes ticket sales from territories such as Taiwan (626,387,204 New Taiwan dollars), Thailand (124.43 million baht), Hong Kong (29,100,868 Hong Kong dollars), Singapore (2.42 million Singapore dollars), and Vietnam (16,160,018,000 dong).

By comparison, Spirited Away‘s original worldwide sales record was the US equivalent of $383,397,782.00. It’s a narrow lead, but it’s still a win for Demon Slayer fans.

The Demon Slayer movie follows protagonists Tanjiro, Nezuko, and Inosuke as they board a train to assist Flame Hashira Kyōjurō Rengoku on a mission. The film covers the Mugen Train Arc of the original manga, which spans 17 chapters.

As of now, Funimation and Aniplex plan to screen the film in American theaters sometime this year. No official release date has been set on any platform as of yet.

Watch the trailer below:

New Sailor Moon Arc Teased in Upcoming Movie

A brand new Sailor Moon arc? Yes, you read that right!

Fans got a surprise at the end of Part 2 of Sailor Moon Eternal. A mysterious “To Be Continued” messaged flashed across the screen, hinting at a continuation. Fans might recall this happening at the end of Season 3 of Sailor Moon Crystal as well.

But that’s not all! According to voice actress Kotono Mitsuishi (Usagi Tsukino), there’s supposed to be an arc following the Stars arc. There’s no official confirmation yet, but it leaves PLENTY of room to speculate.

First, how would such an arc work? Would Sailor Moon be given yet another transformation prior to her future transformation into Sailor Cosmos? Who would the Big Bad be this time around?

They could always go the Digimon route and fast-forward to the Guardians as grown ups rather than teens. We could follow their adult lives before they’re inevitably drawn into yet another conflict.

Either way, I’m excited both for the movie and a potential follow-up to the Stars arc. As of writing, there’s no plans for an English-language release of Eternal. So, it looks like we’ll still be in limbo for a bit on that front.

Also, can we get an English dub for the 90s Stars season? Please and thank you!

Otherwise, here’s another important question about future releases. Would you prefer an entire season or movies? Sound off in the comments!

Watch the trailer for Sailor Moon Eternal below: