The Boy and the Heron Anime Film Wins 2 Awards at Annie Awards – News

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The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the winners of its 51st Annual Annie Awards on Saturday, and Hayao Miyazaki‘s latest feature film The Boy and the Heron (Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka) won two awards.

Hayao Miyazaki won the award for Best Storyboarding for a feature film, and animation director Takeshi Honda won the award for Best Character Animation for a feature film. Honda was at the event and accepted both awards.

Makoto Shinkai‘s Suzume film was also nominated for both awards.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse won Best Feature (The Boy and the Heron and Suzume were both nominated) as well as Best Music (both The Boy and the Heron and Suzume were nominated), Best FX (Suzume was also nominated), Best Production Design (The Boy and the Heron was nominated), and Best Direction (The Boy and the Heron was nominated).

Jack Black was nominated in the Best Voice Acting – Feature for his role as Bowser in The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Hokuto Matsumura was also nominated as Sōta Munakata in Suzume. Chloë Grace Moretz won the award for her role in Nimona. Nimona also won for Best Writing for a feature (Suzume and The Boy and the Heron were both nominated for the award).

The Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 project won Best Direction for TV/Media for its “Screecher’s Reach” episode by Cartoon Saloon from Ireland (Pokémon Concierge was also nominated). The project also won a TV/Media award for Best Music for its “Aau’s Song” episode by Triggerfish from South Africa.

The project also earned TV/Media nominations for Best FX and Best Production Design for its “Sith” episode by El Guiri from Spain, Best Character Animation for its “I Am Your Mother” by Aardman from the U.K., and Best Editorial for its “Screecher’s Reach” episode by Cartoon Saloon from Ireland. Blue Eye Samurai won the award for Best FX, Best Production Design, Best Character Animation, and Best Editorial.

The “Pokémon: Path to the Peak” short animated series was nominated for Best TV/Media – Limited Series, but Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire won the award.

The live-action Transformers: Rise of the Beasts movie was nominated in the Best Character Animation – Live Action category, but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 won the award.

Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi received the prestigious Winsor McCay Award in recognition of lifetime or career contributions. Hisaishi was not in attendance, as he was conducting a special memorial concert this weekend for the New Japan Philharmonic to celebrate the life of world-renowned composer Seiji Ozawa. Ozawa died on February 6.

Japanese anime industry professionals honored in the In Memoriam segment included character designer Takahiro Kimura, Tatsunoko Production co-founder Ippei Kuri, manga creator Leiji Matsumoto, former Toei President and CEO Osamu Tezuka, and animator Nizo Yamamoto.

The Annie Awards recognize outstanding achievement in animation. ASIFA-Hollywood added the Best Animated Independent Feature award for the 2016 awards in order to “recognize not only features in wide release, but also the independent animators, international studios, anime and special productions that might not otherwise get the attention they deserve.” Mamoru Hosoda‘s Mirai film won the award in 2019.

California-based studio Tonko House‘s Oni: Thunder God’s Tale CGI animated series received awards last year for Best TV/Media – Limited Series and Best Production Design – TV/Media.

No anime won awards in 2022, 2021, or 2020. The 2020 awards presented late director Satoshi Kon with the prestigious Winsor McCay Award.

Sources: Annie Awards’ livestream, Deadline (Patrick Hipes)

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Dokonjo Gaeru Manga Gets Spinoff Short Skit Anime – News

DLE‘s gag anime starring YouTube comedian Naoki Fujiwara x Naoki Fujiwara launches on February 22

Yasumi Yoshizawa‘s gag comedy manga Dokonjo Gaeru is getting a spinoff short skit anime titled Dokonjo Gaeru Yanen beginning on February 22. The project launched an official X (formerly Twitter) account, TikTok account, and YouTube channel with an official promotional video on Friday.

YouTube animator Sorotani serves as the director, character designer, technical director, and editor of the show at DLE. This is the second anime presented by au’s Sukima no Anime Project after Sakigake!! Reiwa no Otoko Juku.

YouTube comedian Naoki Fujiwara x Naoki Fujiwara voices all roles in the anime. The comedian is the star of the YouTube comedy series Gal to Hakase no Energy Kenkyūjō (tGal and Doctor’s Energy Research Institute).

The episodes will stream every weekday (except holidays) at 7:00 a.m. JST on YouTube, X, and TikTok.

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The original manga follows a boy named Hiroshi who accidentally squishes a frog. However, the “Flat Surface Frog” Pyonkichi turns into an imprint on Hiroshi’s shirt, and the two become constant companions.

The Dokonjo Gaeru manga series launched in Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1970. The gag manga follows the antics of Hiroshi, Pyonkichi, the heroine Kyōko, the delinquent gang member “Gorillaimo,” the sushi shop worker “Ume-san,” and others. It inspired two television anime in 1972 and 1981. An adult Hiroshi and Pyonkichi have appeared in television commercials for Taiho Pharmaceutical’s Solmac medicine for the digestive system. The series also inspired a live-action television series starring former AKB48 idol group member Atsuko Maeda in 2015.

The television anime ranked #100 in TV Asahi‘s nationwide poll of the top 100 anime in 2009. It also ranked #56 in TV Asahi‘s 2006 poll of 100 Japanese celebrities. Director Masaaki Yuasa (Kaiba, Mind Game, Ping Pong) personally recommended two episodes from the anime to run in a screening of his Kick-Heart short. The story inspired a 2013 American hybrid live-action/animated pilot under the English title Gutsy Frog with Frankie Jonas (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea) and Mischa Barton (The O.C.).

Sources: Comic Natalie, Dokonjo Gaeruyanen’s YouTube channel

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Episode 7 – Delicious in Dungeon

Another week, another stellar episode of Delicious in Dungeon.

Episode 7 is a terrific Neapolitan of elements I enjoy from the series: fun world-building, great character work, and interesting dungeon ecology.

The sense of a lived-in place is very strong here. The large indoor lake makes for an interesting and relatable obstacle for the party. Water features always create big challenges for traditional adventuring parties, and I like that even the solution isn’t a complete solution. Marceille’s magical fix is a smart use of utility magic, yet Senshi is so grimy that the magic doesn’t stick. Simply stupendous, and that tells us so much about who the cast is and how they view the world. It’s also very much a scenario I find matches my tabletop roleplaying experiences, as I’ve frequently befuddled players with seemingly simple challenges such as a wide river or a collapsed bridge, and watched them fumble about for hours to get across. Having the whole episode be about merely crossing from one end to another is spot on.

All of the adorable character sequences between the cast are great too. Marceille fixing up Senshi’s beard is a delight, even if it is montage-by-way-of-slideshow. Senshi’s big poofy beard taking over once cleaned, Laios getting a stomach parasite from eating a parasite, it’s all hilarious and charming.

The dungeon ecology aspects are a hoot as well. I think the revelation that Senshi is perhaps overestimating his impact on the ecology is a nice note that we don’t often see. We need to care for the environment and respect it, but we must also caution ourselves not to think we completely understand it or our place in it. The world is always larger than we realize. Couple that with Senshi learning that perhaps he trusts monsters more than people – hence allowing himself to be vulnerable with Marceille – and it’s a winner all around this week.


Grant is the cohost on the Blade Licking Thieves podcast and Super Senpai Podcast.

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Star Fruit Books Licenses Taro Kanafuro’s Suburban Hell Manga; Stephan Lapin, Naoto Tsushima’s “Handyman Quincy” 1-Shot – News

Taro Kanafuro’s Suburban Hell gory horror manga will release this summer

North American publisher Star Fruit Books announced on Friday that it has acquired the worldwide English rights to Taro Kanafuro’s Suburban Hell manga. The company will release the one-volume manga this summer. The manga is a collection of seven short stories “focused on human decay and corruption in everyday suburban settings.”

The company also announced on February 9 that it has licensed writer Stephan Lapin and illustrator Naoto Tsushima‘s one-shot manga “Handyman Quincy.” The company will release the one-shot this summer.

Star Fruit Books describes the manga:

Quincy, a boy with prosthetic limbs, starts as a handyman to support his family. But buying a second-hand phone from a thrift shop accidentally connects him to hitman requests. Can the kind-hearted Quincy fulfill these requests for murder?

Star Fruit Books additionally noted on February 5 that the first issue of its Comic Bright magazine will release this fall. The magazine is the publisher’s irregularly published manga magazine. The inaugural issue will feature stories by Minami Q-ta, Tatsuya Ihara, and Youichi Abe. The magazine will also feature essays and interviews.

Source: Star Fruit Books‘ Twitter account (link 2, link 3)

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The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess Manga Gets TV Anime – News

Romantic comedy centers on girl reincarnated into story she wrote in middle school

Hakusensha announced on Saturday that Akiharu Tōka‘s The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess (Tensei Akujo no Kuro Rekishi) manga is getting a television anime adaptation.

Image via The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess anime’s Twitter account

Tōka thanked readers and fans and expressed her gratitude to the anime staff in the above comment, adding they are looking forward to the day they can watch the anime with everyone.

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Yen Press is releasing the romantic comedy manga in English, and it describes the story:

Konoha Satou has a dark history, written throughout middle school—a fantasy adventure of love and magic about the Count’s daughter Konoha Magnolia and the knights who love her! But when it looks like that dark history is going to be uncovered by her mother, Konoha panics and dies in a traffic accident! Opening her eyes, she finds that she’s been reincarnated into the world of her own dark history as Iana Magnolia, the worst villainess of her own creation!

Tōka launched the manga in Hakusensha‘s LaLa magazine in August 2018. Hakusensha will release the 13th volume on March 5. The manga has more than 1.7 million copies in circulation, including digital copies sold.

Sources: The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess anime’s Twitter account, Comic Natalie

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Episode 18 – Shangri-La Frontier

I’ve been praising the show’s visuals without going into much detail, but one can only repeat a statement so many times before it gets annoying. You don’t need me to tell you that Shangri-La Frontier looks good. So, the only time I’m going to bring up the visuals is if there is a noticeable dip in quality or if somehow they managed to exceed their pre-established expectations. Thankfully, I’m talking about the latter today because this might be one of the best-animated anime episodes I have seen. There’s amazing choreography, and the camera work and subtle character movements were superb. Arthur and Katzo were flying all over the place, and the action didn’t feel confusing or overly indulgent. You see little details like them bouncing around or shifting their weight in specific directions before going in for a punch or a jump, and the particle effects on the lasers are just a spectacle to behold. Usually, in media like this, it feels underwhelming if something is built up and doesn’t happen. I was fully expecting the boss’ companion to merge with him for one final bout, but the trade-off for that would’ve been downplaying the actions and planning of our cast. I’m okay with not seeing what the actual final version of this boss looks like because I am very impressed with how everything came together in the end.

Speaking of the end, I didn’t think it would reach the end of the fight here because there were only three minutes left in the episode by the time the team took care of the boss’ steed. The caveat that they had to recognize the final attack was tied to the fight’s winning conditions was well built up. Sunraku utilized every skill and special ability he had to perform the perfect counter, which was brilliant. The final clash managed to squeeze out one last bit of tension with the self-inflicted wound to meet all the conditions.

It felt a little cheap that one of those final reveals was tied to circumstances that could have been better foreshadowed before this episode. Shangri-La Frontier could’ve gotten away with showcasing or discussing the endurance condition before this fight and then having it be the final linchpin. Still, I thought this was a brilliant, satisfying conclusion. The custom ending of the boss and his love walking through the horizon of flowers was also a lovely touch, symbolizing that they could finally move on.

P.S. My favorite part of this episode had to be when Arthur and Katzo were speculating how Sunraku would react if he accidentally got hit by a stray laser. They portray him as incredibly obnoxious about it for six months but admit they would do the same thing if their positions were reversed. That’s true friendship right there.


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Shintarō Mugiwara’s Tsuri Spirits Manga Ends – News

Manga based on Ace Angler: Fishing Spirits game launched in 2022

The March issue of Shogakukan‘s Monthly Coro Coro Comics magazine published the final chapter of Shintarō Mugiwara‘s Tsuri Spirits (Fishing Spirits), the manga adaptation of Bandai Namco Entertainment‘s Ace Angler: Fishing Spirits game, on Thursday.

Mugiwara published a special two-part manga for the game in the magazine in October and November 2022, and the manga started its serialization in December 2022.

Shogakukan published the manga’s first compiled book volume in March 2023, and the third and final volume will publish on April 26.

In the manga, protagonist Kai Ryūgū catches fish that are much bigger than humans.

The Ace Angler: Fishing Spirits game is the sequel to the Ace Angler game that Bandai Namco Entertainment released in 2019. The sequel game launched in Japan in October 2022, and then launched for Nintendo Switch as a digital download in the U.S. also in October 2022.

Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. describes the game:

ACE ANGLER: FISHING SPIRITS introduces players to Marine Medal Mania, an aquarium-themed amusement park where they can explore and experience exciting games among five distinct attractions.

Source: Monthly Coro Coro Comics March issue

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Shonen Jump+ Launches New Manga Award – News

New award will judge submitted works purely on their strong points

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The editorial staff of Shueisha‘s Shonen Jump+ manga website announced on Thursday that it is launching a new manga award named “Kimi no Tsuyomi dake Shinsa! Itten Hyōka Mangashō” (Judging You Purely on Your Strength! A Manga Award Evaluating Just One Thing). The award claims that judges will evaluate manga only on their strong points, even if it only has one strength, even if other elements of it are dissatisfactory.

The award will have six categories, namely “Art,” “Planning,” “Story,” “Layout,” “Character,” and “Originality.” Judges will pick more than three winners for each category, each awarded 50,000 yen (about US$330). The award will also have a “Special Serialization Prize,” which will guarantee a serialization on Shonen Jump+, as well as a 200,000 yen (about US$1,300) prize. The judges will pick more than one winner for this category. Submitted works may win in more than one category.

The award will accept submissions until May 15.

Source: Comic Natalie

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North American Anime, Manga Releases, February 11-17 – News [2024-02-15]

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Retail Price Date 8th Loop for the Win! With Seven Lives’ Worth of XP and the Third Princess’s Appraisal Skill, My Behemoth and I Are Unstoppable! GN 2Please J-Novel Club US$8.99 February 14 365 Days to the Wedding GN 2Cite Seven Seas US$9.99 February 13 Akane-banashi GN 4AnimeNewsNetwork Viz Media US$6.99 February 13 Alpi: The Soul Sender GN 2Please Titan US$12.99 February 13 Butareba -The Story of a Man Turned into a Pig- GN 1Please J-Novel Club US$8.99 February 14 Candy and Cigarettes GN 7Please Seven Seas US$9.99 February 13 The Engagement of Marielle Clarac GN 7Please J-Novel Club US$8.99 February 13 Gang King GN 14Please Kodansha USA US$10.99 February 13 Giant Killing GN 41Please Kodansha USA US$10.99 February 13 The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses GN 8Please Square Enix Manga US$7.99 February 13 Hayate the Combat Butler GN 43Please Viz Media US$6.99 February 13 I Have a Crush at Work GN 1Please Kodansha USA US$10.99 February 13 I Want to End This Love Game GN 1Please Viz Media US$6.99 February 13 I Was Reincarnated as the 7th Prince so I Can Take My Time Perfecting My Magical Ability GN 10Please Kodansha USA US$10.99 February 13 A Livid Lady’s Guide to Getting Even: How I Crushed My Homeland with My Mighty Grimoires GN 1Please J-Novel Club US$8.99 February 14 Love Nest 2nd GN 2Please Viz Media US$6.99 February 13 Medaka Kuroiwa is Impervious to My Charms GN 10Please Kodansha USA US$10.99 February 13 My Isekai Life: I Gained a Second Character Class and Became the Strongest Sage in the World! GN 11Please Square Enix Manga US$7.99 February 13 Natsume & Natsume GN 4Please Azuki US$8.99 February 13 Oversummoned, Overpowered, and Over It! GN 6Please J-Novel Club US$8.99 February 14 Our Bodies, Entwining, Entwined GN 7Please Kodansha USA US$10.99 February 13 Pass the Monster Meat, Milady! GN 2Please Kodansha USA US$10.99 February 13 Sakura, Saku! GN 2Please Viz Media US$6.99 February 13 Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for My Retirement GN 5Please Kodansha USA US$10.99 February 13 Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle GN 23Please Viz Media US$6.99 February 13 Therapy Game Restart GN 3Please Viz Media US$6.99 February 13 Through the Viewport: Child of a Ruined World GN 1Please J-Novel Club US$8.99 February 14 The Villainess Who Has Been Killed 108 Times: She Remembers Everything! GN 2Please Seven Seas US$9.99 February 13 The Water Magician GN 1Please J-Novel Club US$8.99 February 14 The White and Blue Between Us GNPlease Kodansha USA US$10.99 February 13

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