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The official website for the second television anime season of Junpei Inuzuka and Katsumi Enami's Restaurant to Another World (Isekai Shokudō) light novel series updated on Thursday with a new teaser promotional video, new key visual, and more staff members on Thursday.





The newly announced staff members are:

  • Prop Design: Shinobu Ookawa
  • Art Director: Kenji Kato
  • Color Key Artist: Tatsue Ohzeki
  • Compositing Director of Photography: Atsushi Satou
  • Editing: Mayumi Komori
  • Sound Director: Masanori Tsuchiya
  • Music: Miho TsujibayashiTOMISIRO
  • Music Production: Flying Dog

Satou, Tsuchiya, Tsujibayashi, TOMISIRO, and Flying Dog are returning from the first season, but the other staff members above are new for this season.

The website also confirmed that the anime will premiere in Japan in October on TV TokyoTV OsakaAT-X, and other channels. The cast will appear in a talk session that will play in advance screenings of the first two episodes on September 11 at nine theaters throughout Japan.

The returning cast includes:

Junichi Suwabe as Shopkeeper

Sumire Uesaka as Aletta


Saori Ōnishi as Kuro



Masato Jinbo returns as director and series script supervisor, but OLM replaces SILVER LINK as the animation studio. Yasukazu Shoji (Go-Go Tamagotchi!Kami-sama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama) is the new character designer, replacing Keiichi Sano and Takao Sano.




Seven Seas
 is publishing the light novel series in English, and it describes the story:

“Western Cuisine Nekoya” seems like a typical restaurant on the outside, but it hides an amazing secret: on Saturdays, portals to another world appear that allow all manner of unearthly creatures to sit down for a nice meal. Elves, dragons, or anyone else who wants to sample our world's cuisine is welcome to partake before returning to their world, sated and ready for their next quest. This lovely light novel series, never before published in English, celebrates even the simplest of our foods as fantastical adventures in fine dining. Bon appétit!

The Virtual Crunchyroll Expo event will screen the world premiere of the Restaurant to Another World 2 season next week.

Inuzuka launched the story on the Shōsetsu-ka ni Narō (literally, "Let's Become Novelists") website in 2013, and Shufunotomo's Hero Bunko imprint published the first print volume in February 2015. Inami has been drawing the illustrations. The fifth volume shipped in Japan in March 2019.

The novels inspired the first television anime that premiered in July 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired, and FUNimation Entertainment streamed a dub.

Crunchyroll also began offering simultaneous publication of Takaaki Kugatsu's earlier manga adaptation in July 2017. The manga launched in November 2016 and ended in 2019.



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Cara contributes new original song "Feel You Now" with new key art also unveiled

The staff and cast for this fall's Blade Runner: Black Lotus anime series debuted a new trailer and key art for the project during their streamed Comic-Con@Home 2021 panel on Friday. They announced that Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Alessia Cara is contributing music to the series, including the original song "Feel You Now" as heard in the trailer:



The dark science fiction anime series delves into who is running the world in the aftermath of the Blade Runner: Black Out 2022 anime short — after the Tyrell Corporation from the original Blade Runner film (set in 2019) and before the Wallace Corporation from the Blade Runner 2049 sequel. Unlike the films, the series is set from the perspective of the hunted -- a female replicant or an artifically created humanoid being. The staff emphasized that the anime series reflects the dystopian world with the anti-capitalist themes from Philip K. Dick's original novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Because of that, it also reflects what is happening in the real world now in that, despite the class divide, discrimination, and alienation, there could still be love and hope.

The cast includes (English/Japanese):

  • Jessica Henwick/Arisa Shida as Elle, a female replicant created for a secret and unknown purpose
  • Will Yun Lee/Shinshū Fuji as Joseph, a mysterious figure who owns a spare parts junkyard in Los Angeles
  • Samira Wiley/Takako Honda as Alani Davis, a fresh LAPD recruit
  • Brian Cox/Takaya Hashi as Niander Wallace Sr, founder and CEO of the Wallace Corporation
  • Wes Bentley/Takehito Koyasu as Niander Wallace Jr, a brilliant scientist working for his father
  • Josh Duhamel/Taiten Kusunoki as Marlowe, a deadly Blade Runner
  • Peyton List/Yoshiko Sakakibara as Josephine Grant, the wife of the police chief
  • Stephen Root/Hochu Otsuka as Earl Grant, Police Chief of the LAPD
  • Barkhad Abdi/Takayuki Kinba as Doc Badger, a black market dealer
  • Gregg Henry/Masane Tsukayama as Senator Bannister, a politician with strong feelings on replicant production.
  • Henry Czerny/Akio Nojima as Doctor M, a brilliant doctor and professor of medicine
  • Jason Spisak/Kazuki Yao as Hooper, a journalist in the pocket of the Wallace Corporation

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim are partnering with Alcon Entertainment to produce the 13-episode television anime series. The anime is based on Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the 1982 Blade Runner film. The series' story will take place in 2032, between the two films, and will include some familiar characters.

Shinji Aramaki (UltramanAppleseed) and Kenji Kamiyama (UltramanGhost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) are directing all the episodes at Sola Digital Arts. Both directors previously worked together on Ultraman and Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy BebopSamurai Champloo) is a creative producer on the series.

Andrew KosoveBroderick JohnsonLaura Lancaster, and Al-Francis Cuenca of Alcon Entertainment are executive producers on the project along with Sola Digital ArtsJoseph ChouAlcon executive Ben Roberts is serving as co-executive producer, and Production I.G's Mitsuhisa Ishikawa is a production adviser.

Adult Swim has worldwide distribution rights to an English-dubbed version of the show outside of Asia, and will air the anime in the United States on its Toonami block. Crunchyroll will stream the anime worldwide. The anime is scheduled to premiere this fall on Adult Swim in Canada. 

Crunchyroll previously streamed the "Blade Runner: Black Out 2022" anime short in September 2017, shortly before the debut of Blade Runner 2049. Watanabe directed the anime short at Cygames PicturesShukou Murase (Halo LegendsMobile Suit Gundam Wing) served as character designer and animation director, and Flying Lotus composed the music.

The original film from director Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford is based on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? novel. The Blade Runner 2049 sequel debuted in October 2017.

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 The Harvey Awards, which honors outstanding work in comics and sequential art, revealed its list of nominations for this year's awards on Friday. The nominees for the Best Manga category include:

  • Naoki Urasawa's Asadora! (Viz Media)
  • Keito Gaku's Boys Run the Riot (Kodansha Comics)
  • Tatsuki Fujimoto's Chainsaw Man by (Viz Media)
  • Junji Ito's Remina (Viz Media)
  • Tatsuya Endō's SPY x FAMILY (Viz Media)


The Harvey Awards
 added the Best Manga category in 2018. Kabi Nagata's My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness manga won the first award in this category. Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia won the award in 2019. Kamome Shirahama's Witch Hat Atelier won the award last year with the "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka being inducted into The Harvey Awards' Hall of Fame.

In previous years, manga were nominated alongside other comics in the "Best American Edition of Foreign Material" category. The last manga to win the category was 
Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan in 2014. One-Punch Man and Showa: A History of Japan (1953-1989) were nominated in 2016 but did not win. "Best American Edition of Foreign Material" is no longer a category.

Unlike the Eisner Awards and other awards in the North American comic book industry, the Harvey Awards are nominated and selected by the comic book professionals themselves.

The Harvey Awards will have a digital event this year for the second year in a row. The ceremony will have a livestream during New York Comic Con, which will take place from October 7-10.

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 The moment Genshin Impact fans have been waiting for practically since the game came out is finally here. Inazuma, an oft-rumored, much-anticipated in-game area inspired by Japan, is launching on July 21. Not only that, it’s arriving alongside an update so large that Chinese developer Mihoyo has seen fit to jump the game’s version from 1.6 to 2.0.

Inazuma is the centerpiece of the upcoming update—an entire new region similar in size to the game’s previous two main areas, Mondstadt and Liyue. Where the former has a sort of
 Breath of the Wild-meets-high-fantasy vibe and the latter pays homage to many elements of Chinese culture, Inazuma is the anime-inspired game’s first stab at a region overtly inspired by Japanese traditions. 



The trailer
 is not subtle about this, with architecture and archetypes (shogun, samurai, ninja) that scream Japan about as loudly as possible, as well as a multitude of cherry blossoms. That said, it all looks gorgeous in Genshin Impact’s lush art style, to the point that fans are basically losing their minds right now. The new region’s soundtrack, meanwhile, was recorded in collaboration with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, to give it an authentic flavor.

A new region means plenty of new stuff to do, including a “massive” number of new Archon quests and side quests. There will also be three new playable characters: Ayaka, who wields a katana and ice powers, Yoimiya, who uses a bow and fire (and who will hopefully be better than fellow fire/bow character Amber, notoriously the game’s worst), and Sayu, a wind ninja.


On top of all of that, 
Genshin Impact is adding cross-progression between the PS5, PS4, PC, Android, and iOS versions of the game. Also: gardening! Once version 2.0 launches, you’ll be able to collect and plant seeds in the fields of the realm located in your Serenitea Pot, which is basically the game’s player housing system.



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The "Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night Past & Future" panel at Aniplex Online Fest 2021 revealed on Sunday that the anime film will open in Japan on October 30. The panel also debuted a new main visual:

The official English Twitter account for the anime in the U.S. stated on Sunday that "more information regarding the U.S. release will be coming soon!"

Participating theaters throughout Japan will begin selling the second batch of MoviTicke Cards bundled with an A4-sized clear file folder (both featuring the above visual). In addition, fans can instead buy the first ever "MoviTicke Digital Cards" that each serve as a digital voucher, good for one admission to a screening.

Inori Minase is voicing the new character Mito in the film.

Ayako Kawano (unit director on Black Butler: Book of the AtlanticHigh School FleetThe Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky) is directing the film at A-1 Pictures, and Kento Toya (Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of UnderworldThe Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments) is designing the characters. Yasuyuki Kai is serving as action director, and Yuki Kajiura is returning to compose the music.

Also returning are Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kirito and Haruka Tomatsu as Asuna in the voice cast.



The anime is based on Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online: Progressive light novel series. The novel series launched in 2012 as a revised retelling of Kawahara's original Sword Art Online novels. The story depicts Kirito's journey through the floating Aincrad castle from the beginning, floor-by-floor. Yen Press is publishing the Sword Art Online: Progressive novel series in English, as well as two manga adaptations. 

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 Mai Fuchigami plays Fūbi Kase; Mary, Vocaloid producer jon-YAKITORY perform opening


The official website for the television anime of Nigojū and Umibōzu's The Detective Is Already Dead (Tantei wa Mō, Shindeiru.) light novel series posted the anime's third promotional video on Saturday. The website and the video announce that Mai Fuchigami is playing Fūbi Kase (pictured below), and the video also announces and previews the opening theme song.


Musical artists Mary x jon-YAKITORY sing the opening song "Koko de Ikiteru." (We're Alive Here.), for which Vocaloid producer jon-YAKITORY also wrote the lyrics and composed and arranged the music.

The website posted a video for the 1/7-scale swimsuited figure of the main female lead Siesta that will come with the limited edition of the first Blu-ray Disc volume:

The website presented the artwork that will be on th outer case (by Umibōzu) and interior digipack packaging (by character designer Yōsuke Itō) of the first Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume:



The novels center around Kimihiko Kimizuka, a third-year high school student and former assistant of a detective named Siesta. He made Siesta's acquaintance three years ago, 10,000 meters above the ground in a hijacked plane. The two went on one death-defying adventure after another for three years that eventually ended with Siesta's untimely death. Left alone, Kimihiko tries his best to reintegrate himself back into a normal life.

The anime stars:

  • Shin Nagai as Kimihiko Kimizuka
  • Saki Miyashita as Siesta
  • Ayana Taketatsu as Nagisa Natsunagi
  • Kanon Takao as Yui Saikawa
  • Saho Shirasu as Charlotte Arisaka Anderson
  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Kōmori
  • Takehito Koyasu as Chameleon
  • Maria Naganawa as Alicia

Manabu Kurihara (Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! character designer/chief animation director) is directing the anime at ENGIKazuya Miura and Shin'ichi Fukumoto are serving as the animation superivsor and the assistant director, respectively. Deko Akao (Arakawa Under the BridgeSuppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town) is in charge of the series scripts. Yōsuke Itō (HensukiHolmes of KyotoKing's Game The Animation) is designing the characters.

Minoru Okochi is directing the art and is handling art designs. Eiko Nishi is serving as color key artist. Kōei Honami is the director of photography, and Rina Koguchi (IMAGICA.Lab) is editing. Nobuyuki Abe is directing the sound, and Junichiro Suzuki and Kyōhei Akezuma (Swara Pro) are handling the sound effects. YuuyuNaoki Tani, and Tatsuya Yano are composing the music, and INCS Toenter is producing the music.

The "V artist" and illustrator Kagura Nana is performing the ending theme song "Kodō" (Heartbeat). Producer 40mP wrote the lyrics, and scored and arranged the music.

The anime will premiere with a one-hour special on the AT-X channel on July 4 at 9:30 p.m., and then it will run on Tokyo MXSun TVKBS Kyoto, BS NTV, and TV Aichi, as well as on the Anime Store and other streaming services in Japan.

Nigojū published the first volume in the light novel series with illustrations by Umibōzu in November 2019 under Kadokawa's MF Bunko J imprint. The novel won the 15th MF Bunko J newcomer award in 2019. Mugiko launched a manga adaptation of the novels in Monthly Comic Alive in May 2020.

Yen Press announced on January 16 that it would start publishing the novels in English in June.

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Crunchyroll
 began streaming the Saga of Tanya the Evil: Operation Desert Pasta anime short on Saturday. The 17-minute short debuted during a livestreamed event for the franchise on Saturday.

The same event revealed on Saturday that production on a second season for the The Saga of Tanya the Evil (Yōjo Senki) television anime has been green-lit. The Saga of Tanya the Evil II season will feature the returning cast and staff.

Yen Press licensed both Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki's original light novel and Chika Tōjō's manga adaptation, and it describes the story:

High above the blood- and mud-soaked trenches, a young girl pits herself against army mages in high stakes aerial duels with bullets, spells, and bayonets. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff and she is the Devil of the Rhine, one of the greatest soldiers the Empire has ever seen! But inside her mind lives a ruthless, calculating ex-salaryman who enjoyed a peaceful life in Japan until he woke up in a war-torn world. Reborn as a destitute orphaned girl with nothing to her name but memories of a previous life, Tanya will do whatever it takes to survive, even if she can find it only behind the barrel of a gun!

Zen and Shinotsuki launched the novel series in 2013, and the 12th novel shipped in February 2020. Tōjo launched the manga in Monthly Comp Ace in 2016. Kadokawa published the manga's 21st volume on May 26. Yen Press shipped the 14th volume on June 8.

The first television anime adaptation of the novels premiered in January 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and Funimation streamed an English dub. The anime also had a film that opened in Japan in February 2019, with a returning staff and cast. Crunchyroll screened the film in the United States in May 2019, and began streaming it in September 2019. 

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 MAPPA returns to adapt Jujutsu Kaisen 0 manga prequel story


The "Juju Fes 2021" event announced in Saitama on Sunday that Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (Jujutsu Kaisen 0 the Movie) will open on December 24. The event also debuted a teaser visual: 


The 24th and final episode of the Jujutsu Kaisen television anime ended on March 26 with an announcement that a film will open this winter. The film is based on Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Tokyo Toritsu Jujutsu Kōtō Senmon Gakkō (Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Tokyo Prefectural Jujutsu High School) manga prequel story, with MAPPA animating again and TOHO distributing. 

Akutami drew the previous visual of the character Yuta Okkotsu:



Viz Media
 released the Jujutsu Kaisen 0 manga on January 5, and it describes the story:
Yuta Okkotsu is a nervous high school student who is suffering from a serious problem—his childhood friend Rika has turned into a Curse and won't leave him alone. Since Rika is no ordinary Curse, his plight is noticed by Satoru Gojo, a teacher at Jujutsu High, a school where fledgling exorcists learn how to combat Curses. Gojo convinces Yuta to enroll, but can he learn enough in time to confront the Curse that haunts him? 

 

The Jujutsu Kaisen television anime premiered on October 2. Crunchyroll streamed the anime outside of Asia as the anime airs in Japan, and has also streamed dubs in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German.

Crunchyroll describes the anime's story:

Hardship, regret, shame: the negative feelings that humans feel become Curses that lurk in our everyday lives. The Curses run rampant throughout the world, capable of leading people to terrible misfortune and even death. What's more, the Curses can only be exorcised by another Curse.

Itadori Yuji is a boy with tremendous physical strength, though he lives a completely ordinary high school life. One day, to save a friend who has been attacked by Curses, he eats the finger of the Double-Faced Specter, taking the Curse into his own soul. From then on, he shares one body with the Double-Faced Specter. Guided by the most powerful of sorcerers, Gojo Satoru, Itadori is admitted to the Tokyo Metropolitan Technical High School of Sorcery, an organization that fights the Curses... and thus begins the heroic tale of a boy who became a Curse to exorcise a Curse, a life from which he could never turn back.

Sunghoo Park (The God of High School) directed the anime at MAPPAHiroshi Seko (Attack on Titan: Lost GirlsBanana FishVinland Saga) wrote and supervised the scripts. Tadashi Hiramatsu (His and Her CircumstancesYuri!!! on IceParasyte -the maxim-) designed the characters. Hiroaki TsutsumiYoshimasa Terui, and Arisa Okehazama composed the music.

Akutami launched the main manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in March 2018. The manga has 50 million copies in circulation, including print and digital copies. Akutami said in February that manga will "probably" end within two years. Akutami added he does not have confidence in that statement though.

Viz Media published the manga's first three chapters in English simultaneously with Japan as part of its Jump Start initiative. When Viz then switched to its new Shonen Jump model in December 2018, the company began publishing new chapters of the manga digitally. Shueisha is also publishing the manga on its MANGA Plus website.


 

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The official website for the Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S anime began streaming the show's second promotional video on Saturday. The video reveals that the anime will premiere on July 7. The show will air on the ABC TV, Tokyo MXTV Aichi, and BS11 channels.


The site also revealed a new key visual for the show.

The anime is the second season based on Coolkyoushinja's Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid manga.

Crunchyroll will stream the anime worldwide outside of Asia starting in July. A series of short anime titled "Mini Dora" began streaming on Kyoto Animation's YouTube channel on April 7.

The returning cast includes:

  • Mutsumi Tamura as Kobayashi
  • Yūki Kuwahara as Tohru
  • Maria Naganawa as Kanna
  • Yūki Takada as Elma
  • Minami Takahashi as Lucoa
  • Daisuke Ono as Fafnir
  • Yūichi Nakamura as Makoto Takiya
  • Emiri Katō as Riko Saikawa
  • Yuko Goto as Georgie
  • Kaori Ishihara as Shōta Magatsuchi

Tomomi Mineuchi will voice the new character Ilulu. fhána will perform the opening theme song "Ai no Supreme" and Super Chorogons will perform the ending theme song "Maid With Dragons."

Tatsuya Ishihara (The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaSound! Euphonium) is directing the anime's second season. The late Yasuhiro Takemoto (Amagi Brilliant ParkThe Disappearance of Haruhi SuzumiyaHyōkaLucky Star), who directed the anime's first season, is credited as the series director. Yuka Yamada (Neo Angelique AbyssSamurai WarriorsUmi Monogatari) is returning to oversee the series' scripts, and Miku Kadowaki (Amagi Brilliant ParkBeyond the Boundary) is returning to design the characters. Nobuaki Maruki (Amagi Brilliant Park) is returning as the chief animation director.

Shōko Ochiai (Tsurune) is the art director, replacing the late Mikiko WatanabeNorihiro Tomiita (A Silent Voice) is returning as the 3D director, and Joji Unoguchi (Violet Evergarden: The Movie) is returning as the 3D artist. Hiroki Ueda is the compositing director of photography. Azumi Hata (Free! -Take Your Marks-) is the color key artist. Yota Tsuruoka is returning to direct the sound, and Masumi Itou is returning to compose the music at Lantis.

Kyoto Animation is returning to produce the anime. The "S" in the show's second season title stands for "Super Supreme Second life Starts."

Coolkyoushinja began the ongoing Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid manga in the inaugural issue of Monthly Action magazine in May 2013. Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga in English. The manga has also inspired several spinoff series.

The series inspired an anime adaptation that premiered in Japan in January 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and Funimation streamed an English dub. Funimation released the anime on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in April 2020.

Sources: Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S anime's website, Comic Natalie

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Spring season features a lot of good Shonen anime and today, we will be sharing some of our favoarites in this session of "Let's Talk Anime"!

If you have any shonen recommendation, do share your anime titles below the comments! Cheers to another collab video with TTS BUROSU for setting this up 😃




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