It’s a new week and a new set of anime and manga news to cover, so I’ll be listing the best updates and announcements we received throughout the week.
Shakunetsu Kabaddi New Teaser Trailer
Earlier this week, we received a new key visual and promotional video alongside the main staff listing for the upcoming TV anime adaptation of Shakunetsu Kabaddi.
The synopsis and staff of the anime via ANN can be seen below:
The story of Burning Kabaddi follows Tatsuya Yoigoshi, a former soccer ace who gave up sports after graduating from middle school. One day Tatsuya is scouted by Masato Ohjyo, the captain of the Noukin High School kabaddi club. Tatsuya is convinced that kabaddi is just a joke, but his athletic instincts awaken when he attends a practice match and discovers that the sport is actually closer to a martial arts competition.
- Original work: Hajime Musashino (serialized in Shogakukan’s Manga ONE manga app)
- Director: Kazuya Ichikawa
- Character design: Mari Takada
- Sound director: Shōko Hata
- Series composition: Yuko Kakihara
- Screenplay: Yuko Kakihara, Midori Gotou
- Music: Ken Itō
- Animation production assistance: Domerica
- Animation production: TMS Entertainment
- Production: TV Anime “Burning Kabaddi” Production Commitee
— キングダム公式アカウント (@kingdom_yj) October 5, 2020
Kingdom Season 3 Continues 2021
The official website for the TV anime adaptation of Kingdom recently announced that the anime will resume production in 2021. The anime initially started airing earlier this spring but was postponed due to the impact of COVID-19.
Spriggan New Visual
Originally announced in March 2019, we received new information via ANN this week for the anime adaptation Ryouji Minagawa’s sci-fi action manga Spriggan by way of a new key visual and staff listing. The anime adaptation is set to premiere on Netflix globally sometime in 2021.
Beastars Season 2 New Visual
Earlier this week, we received a new key visual through ANN for the upcoming second season of the Beastars anime featuring both old and new characters such as Pina (voiced by Yuki Kaji), Ibuki (voiced by Taiten Kusunoki and Free (voiced by Subaru Kimura).
For those unfamiliar with Beastars, Viz Media licenses the manga in English and describes the series as such:
At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, it’s personal relationships that maintain the fragile peace. Who among them is a Beastar—an academic and social role model destined to become a leader in a society naturally rife with mistrust?
Beastars will premiere sometime in January 2021 in Japan and on Netflix globally.
Godzilla Singular Point Anime Announced
This week it was announced that Netflix, in association with studio Bones and Orange, will create an all new Godzilla TV anime titled Godzilla SP (Singular Point) to be streamed sometime in 2021, and will air on TV in Japan in April 2021. Atsushi Takahashi (who worked on Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi) will be directing the anime alongside music composer Kan Sawada (who also worked on Doraemon) and Kazue Kato serving as the character designer, with famed fiction novelist Toh Enjoe making his TV debut as a writer for the series, and legendary animator Eiji Yamamori from Studio Ghibli serving as the designer for Godzilla.
Fate/Grand Order Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot -Wandering; Agateram- New Trailer
Earlier this week, we saw the latest trailer for the upcoming anime film Fate/Grand Order The Movie Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot -Wandering; Agateram- which is the first of two films and is scheduled to release on December 5. The film was initially scheduled to release this week but was delayed due Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] iii.spring song taking over its slot after being delayed.
Wonder Egg Priority Announced
Studio Cloverworks announced this week that it is currently producing a new anime series titled Wonder Egg Priority via ANN, set to premiere in January 2021. The announcement came alongside a new visual and trailer.
Pompo: The Cinéphile Anime Film New Teaser Trailer
This week, the official website via ANN for the anime film Shogo Sugitani’s Pompo: The Cinéphile revealed the film’s main cast, additional staff listing, and new premiere date of March 19, 2021, alongside a new teaser trailer and key visual (seen above). The anime was set to this year but was delayed due to “several reasons.”
Hiroya Shimizu plays protagonist Gene Fini in his first role as a voice actor. Gene is a production assistant, learning the moviemaking craft under Pompo’s watch. He keeps extensive notes on every movie he watches and works on. He was on the verge of giving up his directorial dreams, but with Pompo’s support, he works toward his directorial debut. He is the type to go through every detail given enough time.
Konomi Kohara plays the titular Joelle Davidovich “Pompo” Pomponett, a movie producer who is the granddaughter of the legendary producer J.D. Peterson. When her grandfather retired, she inherited his showbiz connections and relationships. She has a keen eye for both people and movies, and has a charismatic and decisive personality. Her genius skills in moviemaking allow her to take any theme and make it interesting, but she also has a childlike side where she easily shows her emotions.
Rinka Ōtani plays rookie actress Nathalie Woodward. Nathalie has dreamed of being a movie star since childhood, and currently works various part-time jobs to make ends meet while she goes through many auditions, failing all of them. She caught the eye of Pompo one day, and is thus on her way to a movie debut. She assists Mystia in day-to-day tasks while also learning under her wing. Her optimism puts an unbreakable smile on her face.
Ai Kakuma plays movie star Mystia. While she has the natural looks for an actress, she nevertheless studies constantly, believing in effort above all else. However, she has a tendency toward bad diets, surviving on energy drinks on supplements. She dreams of producing and starring in her own film, and takes many roles in films to build up her budget for her dream production.
Akio Ohtsuka plays veteran actor and A-list movie star Martin Braddock, a living legend with six Nyacademy Award wins under his belt. He has declined from any new roles for the past 10 years, but suddenly decides to return to a film that Pompo is working on. He has an undeniable aura that allows him to freely voice his opinion to even directors. While he looks intimidating, he is in fact a very friendly man.
Staff listing via ANN:
- Unit Director: Kenji Imura
- Assistant Director: Kanji Miyake
- Animation Directors: Yasuhisa Kato, Shinpei Tomooka, Naohiro Ōsugi
- Art Director: Miu Miyamoto
- Color Key: Emi Chiba
- Compositing Directors of Photography: Kou Hoshina, Uehama Makishi
- CG Director: Masato Takahashi
- Editing: Tsuyoshi Imai
- Music: Kenta Matsukuma
- Distribution: Kadokawa Animation
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Manga
This week, TOKYOPOP announced at its New York Comic Con Metaverse panel that it would release a new “manga-style” graphic novel based on the upcoming Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness CG anime series sometime in 2021. TOKYOPOP states, “the graphic novel series will follow protagonists Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield in an adaptation of the CG animation.”
— TVアニメ「怪物事変」公式アカウント (@Kemonojihen_tv) October 11, 2020
Kemono Jihen New Trailer
The first official trailer for upcoming TV anime Kemono Jihen was released today during the Jump Special Anime Festa online event. Masaya Fujimori (who worked on Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess) will be directing the series. The anime was announced back in December 2019 at Jump Festa 2020 and is set to premiere sometime in January 2021.
What do you think of this week’s anime and manga news? Are you looking forward to the new Godzilla anime? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.