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Funimation Ends Its Partnership with Crunchyroll and VRV

Some things are just too good to last. Two years after anime streaming services Crunchyroll and Funimation joined forces, the two have announced that they will be separating. As a result, both services will be losing a significant number of shows licensed through the other company, and Funimation will no longer be part of VRV’s bundle. However, not every shared show will be disappearing, and there’s also some good news as well.

In a statement to fans on their official forums, Crunchyroll explained that the final list of shows to remain on each service is still being decided, but some big names are here to stay. Crunchyroll revealed that “Currently-airing simulcasts and series that premiered during the partnership will continue to be available on Crunchyroll, including favorites like Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia.” Meanwhile, Funimation assures fans that “Fan-favorite shows like Attack on Titan, Dragon Ball Super, Fairy Tail, My Hero Academia, and Tokyo Ghoul among many other great titles will be available in both subbed and dubbed episodes on FunimationNow.”

The partnership between Funimation and Crunchyroll will officially end on November 9th, and Funimation will also end its partnership with VRV at that time. In its place, VRV has announced that Hidive, another anime streaming service, will be added to their package. Hidive is home to “over 500 titles, including exclusives like Bloom Into You and Legend of the Galactic Heroes.”

The decision for the partnership to end was made by Funimation – or perhaps more accurately by Funimation’s parent company, Sony. Gen Fukunaga, Funimation’s president and CEO, says that Sony plans to make additional investments into Funimation to make it into “a global sub[titled] and dub anime brand.”

Source: Variety

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My Hero Academia Movie Gets its First English Trailer


The fantastic anime adaptation of
My Hero Academia is building up towards the conclusion of its third season, and it’s also gearing up for its first big movie. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is headed to select theaters from September 25th through October 2nd. Ahead of this limited time theatrical event, Funimation has just released the first English dubbed trailer for the film.

Additionally, Funimation took the time to introduce some of the new English cast members. The new talent includes Erica Mendez as Melissa Shield, Ray Chase as David Shield, and Keith Silverstein as the villain Wolfram. You can hear them all in action by clicking the trailer below!

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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Hits Theaters in September

The third season of
My Hero Academia is in full swing, and Bandai Namco’s video game adaptation launches in just three months. On top of that, we’re also getting a movie! My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is the first ever movie version of the popular manga and anime series, and it’s going to be hitting theaters in Japan and North America soon!

Voice actors Christopher R. Sabat (All Might) and Justin Briner (Midoriya) are currently at San Diego Comic-Con, and they dropped some big My Hero news. The duo officially revealed that My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is heading to theaters in September. The English dubbed version of the movie will have showings on September 25th, 27th, and 29th, while the Japanese version (with English subtitles) will have showings on September 26th and October 2nd. In total, 400 theaters across the US and Canada will be playing the movie.

The film’s official synopsis is as follows:

Our favorite young hero-in training is in for a wild ride when villains threaten the artificial moving city, I-Island. Deku and All Might receive an invitation to I-Expo, the world’s leading exhibition of Quirk abilities and hero item innovations!Amid the excitement, sponsors, and pros from all over, Deku meets Melissa, a girl who is Quirkless just like he once was. Suddenly, I-Expo’s top-of-the-line security system gets hacked by villains, and a sinister plan is set in motion. It’s a serious threat to hero society,and one man holds the key to it all—the symbol of peace, All Might.

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes had an early showing for 3,000 fans at Anime Expo earlier in the month, and Gen Fukunaga (CEO and President of Funimation) called the response to the sold-out world premiere “incredible.” You can check out the movie’s first trailer above.

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New Pokémon Episode Skips US Airing Over Blackface

Throughout the years there have been a handful of episodes of the Pokémon anime that never saw the light of day outside of Japan. This includes episode 250, The Ice Cave!, which was banned due to the fact that Jynx’s appearance was reminiscent of a racial stereotype. No episodes have been banned since the Jynx controversy in 2002, but that could be changing.

Episode 64 of the Sun and Moon anime, Touchdown of Friendship!!, will not be aired during its regularly scheduled slot on July 16th. We don’t yet have confirmation that the episode will be permanently banned in the US, but The Pokémon Company appears to be holding it back for now for reasons that invoke feelings of déjà vu.

In the new episode, Ash Ketchum befriends a tribe of Passimian, a species of Pokémon inspired by lemurs. Ash eventually begins dressing and behaving like a Passimian, and that includes painting his face black to better resemble them. As with the Jynx episode, it appears that The Pokémon Company wishes to avoid being associated with what could be seen as a racial stereotype. Polygon has reached out to The Pokémon Company and Disney XD for clarification, but they have not yet heard back.

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Broly’s Being Rebooted for the New Dragon Ball Super Movie

Love him or hate him, the Legendary Super Saiyan Broly has left a big impact on the Dragon Ball community since his debut 25 years ago. Although a major player in several movies (and many games), Broly was never considered canon, as series creator Akira Toriyama had little involvement in those projects. That all changes later this year.

The first official Dragon Ball Super movie is set to launch in December, and we were previously told that it would feature a powerful Saiyan as a villain. The internet was set ablaze earlier today when a poster from the movie allegedly leaked, revealing that Saiyan as none other than Broly. Could it possibly true, or is it just a hoax? Toriyama himself has released a public statement to clear up the issue, and holy crap, it’s real!

The next Dragon Ball movie is titled Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Toriyama is bringing back the controversial character, but not strictly as he was. Although Toriyama is keeping “Broly’s classic image” in mind, he’s updating him and adding a “new side to his character,” resulting in “a more fascinating Broly.” In other words, Broly’s story and personality are getting a bit of a reboot treatment in order to fit him into the Dragon Ball Super universe.

Are you happy with this development, or should Broly be left in the past? What changes do you hope or expect to see to his character? Sound off in the comments below!

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Japan’s Getting a Famicom Mini Loaded with Anime Games

Back in 2016, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition—a plug and play miniature console pre-loaded with 30 classic games. In Japan, this device came as the Famicom Mini, and its game lineup was slightly different. Two years later, Nintendo has decided to revisit this product, but with a twist.

The new version of the Famicom Mini will come loaded specifically with games based on anime. The Nintendo Classic Mini Famicom Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Edition (what a mouthful!) is packed with 20 games from Weekly Shonen Jump properties. The list includes:

  • Captain Tsubasa
    • Captain Tsubasa
    • Captain Tsubasa 2
  • Dragon Ball
    • Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden
    • Dragon Ball Z: Kyoushuu! Saiyajin
    • Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo
  • Dragon Quest
    • Dragon Quest
  • Famicom Jump
    • Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden
    • Famicom Jump II: Saikyou no Shichinin
  • Fist of the North Star
    • Hokuto no Ken
    • Hokuto no Ken 3: Shin Seiki Souzou Seiken Restuden
  • Kinnikuman
    • Kinnikuman: Kinnikusei Oui Soudatsusen
    • Tag Team Match: Muscle
  • Saint Seiya
    • Saint Seiya: Ougon Densetsu
    • Saint Seiya: Ougon Densetsu Kanketsuhen
  • Others
    • Ankoku Shinwa: Yamato Takeru Densetsu
    • Destiny of an Emperor
    • Magical Taruruuto-kun: Fantastic World!!
    • Rokudenashi Blues
    • Sakigake!! Otokojuku Shippuu Ichi Gou Sei
    • Sekiryuuou

As cool as it would be to see this special version of the already special mini console come to the West, it’s probably a long shot. While you lament the fact that you’ll probably never own one, you can check out footage of the Nintendo Classic Mini Famicom Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Edition below.

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Dragon Ball is Getting a New Anime This Summer

Dragon Ball Super‘s run has come to a close after 131 episodes (though we’re certain it won’t really be gone for long), but there’s already another Dragon Ball anime officially on the way. The new anime will be based off of the Super Dragon Ball Heroes game and is meant as a promotion for it, so it’s not here to replace Dragon Ball Super on any kind of a permanent basis, but it’s something to hold us over while we wait for news on a revival.

The plot of the Heroes anime will be based on two existing story arcs from the game: The Universe Survival arc and the Prison Planet arc. The first is Heroes‘ take on the story from the final season of Super, but with some changes. The second sees Fu (Dabura’s successor to the throne of Demon King) kidnapping and imprisoning Future Trunks and using the Dragon Balls to summon an evil Saiyan.

It’s unclear at this point how many episodes are planned, but details will likely surface soon. The first episode has an early screening planned for July 1st, and the show should make its public debut soon after.

Source: Yonkou Productions

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Three Big Questions Dragon Ball Super Never Answered

Dragon Ball Super‘s run has sadly come to an end after 131 episodes, but that doesn’t mean the story is finished. We believe there’s a strong chance that the latest iteration of the hit anime franchise will return after a hiatus of a year or so. If and when it does, it’s got some pretty big questions to answer. In the meantime, we’ve got some theories of our own!

What is Vegeta’s New Form?

Dragon Ball Super introduced numerous new transformations throughout its five major story arcs, but the show wasn’t exactly on the ball when it came to explaining them. Little information is given to clarify the existence of new forms, like the one achieved by Trunks in his fight with Zamasu and Goku Black or the berserker form unlocked by Kale prior to the Tournament of Power.

Perhaps the most perplexing new form of all is the one belonging to the Saiyan prince, Vegeta. While both Goku and Vegeta are capable of harnessing the power of the gods by transforming into Super Saiyan Blue (another form which is only loosely explained), only Vegeta managed to unlock the darker blue form seen near the end of the final season. But what is this new form, how was it achieved, and what sort of power does it carry?

According to
Dragon Ball Heroes, Vegeta’s shiny new look is officially called “Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Evolution.” The regular Blue form was briefly referred to as Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (SSGSS), so it’s possible that this new form will eventually be shortened to Super Saiyan Blue Evolution… It’s really for the best.

Beyond its mouthful of a name, we don’t really know anything about the Evolution form, except that it’s extremely powerful. Fans have theorized that it could be the Blue equivalent of Super Saiyan 2, or perhaps a fully mastered version of Super Saiyan Blue.

There is some precedent for a Mastered Blue in the manga, but it doesn’t manifest itself in the same way as what we see in the anime. During Goku’s battle with Fused Zamasu he is briefly able to power up to 100% in Super Saiyan Blue without allowing any of his ki to escape his body. It’s extremely strenuous on his body, and he can’t hold it for long, but Vegeta takes note. Later, Vegeta trains intensely with Whis until he too can internally contain his ki at 100% of Super Saiyan Blue’s power. Just before the Tournament of Power, Vegeta even manages to surpass Goku’s ability to to maintain this mastered version of Blue.

A parallel can certainly be drawn between Mastered Blue in the manga and Vegeta’s new form, but there’s one major difference. Because the manga’s Mastered Blue form is achieved by keeping fully-powered Blue ki inside, it doesn’t give off any aura whatsoever. The Evolution form is frequently surrounded by a deep blue aura, so it can’t quite be the same.

Who is Zalama?

Another mystery in
Dragon Ball Super is the identity and backstory of a character that should, by all logic, be one of the most powerful and important beings in all of the history of the multiverse. Dragon Balls themselves are capable of incredible magic, but their power isn’t limitless. The dragon summoned by gathering all seven orbs together can grant wishes, but the scope of those wishes cannot exceed the power of the one who created the Dragon Balls.

This is important when you take the Super Dragon Balls into consideration, because the dragon they summon has no limitations on its power whatsoever. If Super Shenron can revive multiple universes that were completely erased from existence in the blink of an eye, just how strong is his creator? What type of being can undo destruction caused by Zeno himself?

We don’t know the answer to that, but we do have some clues. According to
a monologue from the knowledgeable Zuno, the Super Dragon Balls were created by the Dragon God Zalama in Year 41 of the Divine Calendar. These planet-sized orbs have been around for a long time. In fact, aside from Buu existing “since time immemorial,” Zalama crafting the Super Dragon Balls is the oldest known event in the history of the multiverse. He then programmed the magic orbs to disperse throughout Universe 6 and Universe 7 whenever they are used. Gods typically stick to their own universe unless they have some business in the territory of another, so distributing his powerful creations across two universes is rather unique behavior.

So who could be that old, that powerful, and that involved in multiple universes? One possibility is that he is essentially a counterbalance to Zeno. We’re told that Zeno alone rules as the supreme being of the multiverse, but is that the whole truth?

Each universe has a trio of divine overseers: A Supreme Kai (or a council of multiple Supreme Kais), a God of Destruction, and an angel. The Supreme Kai and God of Destruction are two sides of the same coin. The Kais create, the Gods of Destruction… well, destroy. The two are soul bound, and if one dies the other will perish as well. Together, they balance each other out and maintain order in their universe. Meanwhile, the angel is an attendant to the God of Destruction, filling the roles of both humble servant and wise teacher.

Above all of the universes and their divine hierarchies reigns Zeno alone, or so we’re told. However, the relationship between Grand Priest and Zeno seems virtually identical to what we see between angels and Gods of Destruction. If you follow this line of logic, you’ll realize we’ve never once seen Zeno create anything. We’ve seen him destroy people he doesn’t like. We’ve seen him destroy planets as part of a childish game. We’ve seen him erase entire universes before our eyes, and we’re told that he’s done it to six other universes in the past. Even when he erases all of reality in Future Trunks’ timeline, we get no indication that he has any intent of filling that void back up. Instead, he simply floats aimlessly through the nothingness.

If Zeno serves the role of God of Destruction (under the angelic eye of Grand Priest) for the entire multiverse, there must be a creator to balance him out. If Zalama’s power is great enough that he can restore eight universes at once, I can’t think of a better candidate. Let’s hope
Dragon Ball explores the story of Zalama in the future.

What are Frieza’s Ambitions?

Oh, Frieza, you crafty devil. Within seconds of being resurrected for the Tournament of Power he was sucker-punching Goku, and just minutes later he attempted to betray his entire universe. You gotta love him. Which is why I’m surprised that we didn’t get to see Frieza act out the kind of nefarious plan that would send a chill down the spines of the Gods themselves.

Just prior to entering the tournament (right around the time Frieza traps Goku inside a blast of energy from a God of Destruction), Frieza comes to a realization about the rulers of reality. With his new and improved Gold transformation fueling him and the Tournament of Power as his stage, Frieza declares he’s ready to manipulate the Gods.

Unfortunately, he never gets this chance. We get to see him manipulate Universe 6’s Frost early on, but the latter half of the tournament sees him repeatedly reviving Goku and sacrificing himself to give others a breather. Some may see this as the beginning of a redemption arc for the self-proclaimed Emperor of the Universe, but I see it as a calculation. I don’t believe Frieza has given up his divine ambitions, but he’s smart enough to see the big picture and know that those “noble” actions were necessary to prevent his erasure.

Long-term I can’t see Frieza being satisfied with anything other than supremacy over the multiverse. Now that he’s seen the peak of the mountain, I doubt anything will stop his drive to climb. Of course, he’s got a long way to go, seeing as he can’t even best Goku or Vegeta. If Frieza wants to shoot for a more attainable goal in the short term, he should set his sights on Beerus’ job.

It’s no secret that Universe 7’s God of Destruction, as great of a character as he is, is lousy at his job. To Beerus, being God of Destruction means taking decades-long naps and destroying planets at random when you wake up. Whis has often chastised Beerus for his laziness, and he has repeatedly pushed both Goku and Vegeta to surpass Beerus in power and challenge him for his job. The manga even shows that Beerus is despised by most of the Gods of other universes. While the audience may disagree, few in the
Dragon Ball multiverse would consider Beerus’ downfall to be lamentable. Frieza even has experience in the role, as Beerus has previously used Frieza as his instrument of destruction.

You may not think Whis would stand for someone as evil as Frieza serving as God of Destruction, but Beerus hasn’t exactly been a benevolent ruler. Whis also seems to have warmed up to the villain somewhat by the end of the tournament. Besides, if Frieza ever oversteps his bounds and destroys beyond what the universe can sustain, Goku and Vegeta are sure to respond.

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Rumor: Nintendo Switch is Getting Funimation App

Nintendo Switch has been out for over a year now, and it has been a massive success thus far, but it’s surprisingly lacking in the app department. Hulu was recently made available on the platform, but there’s still no word on a Netflix app. Today we finally got word of another streaming service making its way to Switch, and it’s great news for anime fans!

C2E2 just kicked off in Chicago, and Funimation is one of the groups hosting a panel at the convention. During the panel, Funimation revealed that they’re working on a streaming app for Nintendo Switch. There’s no word yet on when we can expect the app to drop, but when it does Nintendo fans will have access to tons of hit anime shows like
Dragon Ball Super, My Hero Academia, and Attack on Titan. We’ll keep you up to date as more information is officially announced.

Update: Funimation has since issued the following statement to clarify this issue:

“Fans, you may hear news announcing our FunimationNow streaming app on Nintendo Switch. To clarify, we haven’t made an official announcement. When there’s anything official to announce, you’ll hear it from us first. Thanks for your enthusiasm as we work to get on the platform.” — Funimation

The phrasing suggests that Funimation is actively working to get their streaming app on Nintendo Switch, but there is no “official announcement” at this time. It’s possible that the either the app has not yet been fully approved by Nintendo or that Nintendo is not yet ready to make the app’s approval public knowledge. Either why, we’ll keep an eye out for the official announcement, which Funimation suggests is a matter of “when” rather than  “if.”

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Gohan Was Dragon Ball Super’s Biggest Disappointment

One of the most iconic scenes in any iteration of the
Dragon Ball franchise is Gohan’s transformation into an ultra-powerful Super Saiyan 2 warrior in his battle against Perfect Cell. In that moment, Gohan transcended every known limit to become the strongest character the series had ever seen, surpassing both his father and Vegeta. A lot has changed for Gohan since then, and not for the better. Looking at him in Dragon Ball Super, you’d be hard-pressed to believe they’re even the same character. Now that Dragon Ball Super has finished its run (at least for now) it’s time to look back on just how big of a disappointment Gohan turned out to be.

It’s true that Gohan hasn’t ever quite had the same drive as his father. As a half-blood Saiyan, he lacks the unquenchable thirst for combat that’s shared by Goku and Vegeta. If he can help it, Gohan is a lover (and a scholar), not a fighter, but there are times when you
need to be able to fight in order to protect the ones you love. In this regard, Super‘s portrayal of Gohan falls short time and time again.

When Beerus shows up on Earth looking for a fight, Gohan transforms into his Ultimate form and rushes the God of Destruction, only to be defeated in a single blow. That in itself is nothing to be ashamed of, as Super Saiyan 3 Goku suffered the same fate against Beerus on King Kai’s planet, but the difference is in how that shortcoming impacted them.

Goku realized just how much room he still had to grow and just how dangerous the universe really is, fueling his passion for self-improvement to new heights. Gohan, on the other hand, admittedly fails to keep up with his training at all. A year later when Frieza is resurrected and invades Earth, Gohan’s strength has declined so much that he isn’t even completely certain if he’s able to go Super Saiyan anymore. Thankfully, it turns out he can, but he never manages to push past it to Super Saiyan 2 or Ultimate Gohan, and when he attempts to stand up to Frieza, the so-called Emperor of the Universe
completely defeats him without ever even leaving his seat.

Gohan is so utterly incapable of defending himself that Piccolo ends up sacrificing his own life to save Gohan’s in a moment that mirrors a famous scene from the Saiyan Saga of
Dragon Ball Z. While it’s nice to see Piccolo’s continued affection for Gohan, it’s a bit depressing to consider that the first time this happened Gohan was five years old. It’s time to grow up.

He seems to realize this for himself at the end of Super‘s second season. After finding himself as nothing more than target practice to Frieza, Gohan implores Piccolo to train him until he can become strong enough to protect those he loves. Could this finally be a turning point for the character?

In a word: no. Gohan
is seen training with Piccolo briefly in season 3, but this is just a cruel tease. When he finds out that his universe has been pitted against another in a tournament decreed by the Gods of Destruction, he volunteers to join the team. Just as quickly as he gives hope to his long-suffering fanbase, he rips it away. Seconds after volunteering to join the fight, he retracts his offer, remembering that there’s a conference coming up that he had planned to attend.

Gohan continues to sit out every major brawl over the course of season 3 and season 4 (no, for the love of Zeno, we’re not counting the Great Saiyaman), settling into his roles of loving husband and doting father. It’s not until the fifth season, when the fate of the entire multiverse is at stake, that Gohan finally returns to training and starts to get serious. Is
this finally his redemption? Well, that depends on how you look at it.

During the Tournament of Power we finally get to see Gohan win some key fights. He manages two solo KOs, pairs up with Piccolo for two more, helps Frieza take down Dyspo, and is part of a six man team that defeats Universe 3’s merged monster, Anilaza. He’s far from the fight’s MVP, but at least he makes his presence known.

One of his shining moments during the tournament comes when a Namekian from Universe 6 unleashes a devastating attack meant for Piccolo. In a reversal of roles, Gohan steps in front of the blast and saves Piccolo. It’s a beautiful moment that seems to be telling the audience Gohan is no longer a helpless child who needs defending. Unfortunately, the very next episode sees him getting knocked off the stage when he lets his guard down, and Piccolo is once again forced to rescue him. It’s a small but frustrating detail that undermines the impact of the previous episode.

In the end, Gohan is knocked off the edge and eliminated while helping Frieza defeat Dyspo. That in itself isn’t much of a letdown, and he actually made it further than I expected. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see any real improvement for the character. When Gohan (finally) resumes his training with Piccolo before the Tournament of Power, he once again unlocks his Ultimate form. However, Piccolo tells him that he has not reached the full extent of his power and that he can go much further.

Goku and Vegeta achieve multiple new forms throughout Super, and even surpass their limits to unlock new transformations during the tournament itself. Gohan…does not. Over 40 episodes after Piccolo senses that Gohan has a great deal of untapped potential (more potential than even Goku and Vegeta, according to Vegeta himself), Gohan still has the same limited arsenal of transformations and fighting techniques that he’s had since the Buu saga in 1996.

Dragon Ball Super has been a wild and enjoyable ride, but Gohan’s treatment sticks out as a shortcoming, especially when compared to the impressive development of characters like Vegeta and Android 17. Thankfully, it’s a near certainty that Super will return, giving Gohan another shot at redemption. The Tournament of Power was a step in the right direction for Gohan compared to earlier seasons. Hopefully witnessing the incredible power of fighters across the multiverse is enough to keep Gohan from suffering any further setbacks on his journey to reaching his potential.

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Don’t Worry, Dragon Ball Super Will Be Back Soon

It’s been a wild ride since
Dragon Ball Super made its debut in 2015. Goku, Vegeta, and friends have discovered other universes, battled gods, faced off against old foes, traveled to the future, and broken past their limits time and time again. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and Toei Animation recently announced that episode 131 will be the final Dragon Ball Super story. If you’ve been loving this Dragon Ball revival, don’t fret! There’s no way the series is gone.

The fact of the matter is, Dragon Ball Super is just way too popular for Toei to pull the plug for long. The Dragon Ball franchise is a huge part of what’s keeping Toei profitable. Since Super made its debut, overall profits for the Dragon Ball brand have skyrocketed. In 2014, Dragon Ball as a whole generated ¥1.174 billion, or about $11.2 million. In 2017, that number rose to ¥9.288 billion, or around $88.7 million. That’s nearly eight times the profits from just a few short years ago. There’s no way Toei is going to let that kind of money disappear.

The second thing to consider is that
Dragon Ball Super‘s narrative simply isn’t complete yet. It might seem hard to top a season where the fate of the multiverse is at stake, but there’s more story to tell. Toyotaro is the illustrator on the Dragon Ball Super manga, and he’s also series creator Akira Toriyama’s chosen successor. According to Toyotaro, the goal is for Super‘s story to catch up with the ending of Dragon Ball Z. While the bulk of Z‘s story wraps up with the defeat of Buu in Age 774, there are a few final episodes that follow a ten year time skip from the Buu saga. Dragon Ball Super picks up a few years after Buu’s death, taking place in between the end of the Buu saga and the final episodes of Z. The current Tournament of Power story is set in December of 780, six years after the Buu saga. That means there’s still another three and a half years left in between Super‘s current age and the ending of Z that Toyotaro wishes to revisit.

Next up on the list of clues that Super will return is the upcoming movie. A new movie (with Toriyama involved) is set to launch this December. Although there’s no official title for it yet, Toei Animation has confirmed that it will be the first movie to carry the “Super” title, and will follow after the events of episode 131. Even though Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’ are set during the first two seasons of Super, they were known as Dragon Ball Z movies. Why switch branding to the Super name just as you’re retiring it? With the series taking some time off, launching a movie under the Super brand is the perfect way to get fans excited for the show’s revival.

When
Dragon Ball Super goes off air, it will be replaced in its time slot by the latest iteration of Gegege no Kitarō. However, flyers from Toei indicate that the show’s run is planned for around 50 episodes. With episodes airing weekly, Dragon Ball Super‘s time slot could become available again as early as April or May of 2019, just a few months after the movie makes its debut. Fittingly, April also marks the 30th anniversary of Dragon Ball Z‘s debut in Japan.

Voice actors from the show recently gave their thoughts on the finale, and several gave hints that the show will be back. Masako Nozawa, who voices Goku, Gohan, and Goten, stated that the show is “taking a little break,” but she hopes it will return “while the iron is still hot.”

Piccolo voice actor Toshio Furukawa expressed similar sentiments, stating “While this episode marks the end of the TV anime for now, I expect that it will probably start up again. Of course everyone should look forward to the movie in December, but also look forward to what will happen afterwards!

Krillin voice actor Mayumi Tanaka gave perhaps the clearest indication that the voice team expects to return, telling fans “Dragon Ball will definitely keep on going, so this doesn’t really feel like the final episode. The TV anime may end, but there’s still the movie and games…I think it’ll be back again before too long!

Toriyama himself has even hinted at a return, telling fans “Now then, the animated version on TV will be ending for the time being…” So
Dragon Ball Super is going away for awhile, but this is almost certainly not the end, and it’s probably for the best. The year off (or however long it may be) provides numerous benefits. Animators from the show can focus their efforts on making the upcoming movie a masterpiece. Toyotaro can take the year to get the manga caught up to the anime, and the English anime can catch up to its Japanese counterpart. Then, when the series makes its return, Toei’s team will have had plenty of time to plan, write, and animate the return of Dragon Ball Super.

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All Might Smashes Into My Hero Academia: One’s Justice as a Playable Character

It’s fine now. Why? Because All Might is here!

My Hero Academia: One’s Justice is coming soon to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and—exclusively to the West—Xbox One and PC platforms. The upcoming video game adaptation of Kōhei Horikoshi’s manga pits heroes against villains in a 3D arena brawler, with Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugou, and Tomura Shigaraki confirmed as playable characters so far.

However, a My Hero Academia game would be incomplete without the series’ acclaimed “Symbol of Peace,” and so Weekly Shōnen Jump has announced this week that All Might himself will be joining the fray. Toshinori Yagi, known in-universe as the “Number One” hero All Might, wields the mythical “One For All” Quirk into battle. He is capable of unleashing powerful standard strikes that send opponents flying, with his moves ranked at “ultimate class.”

One’s Justice is expected to launch worldwide at some point this year. Are there other heroes or U.A. students you hope to be playable? Or are you more fond of the villains terrorizing the world of My Hero Academia? Go beyond and share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Source: Weekly Shōnen Jump (via Gematsu)

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Bandai Namco Shares a First Look at My Hero Academia: One’s Justice, Coming to PS4 and Switch

Ten days ago, Bandai Namco Entertainment teased an upcoming game project that sent fans of Kōhei Horikoshi’s hit manga My Hero Academia into a frenzy, providing no other hint beyond an egg tumbling out of a microwave and a countdown. The countdown has since reached its anticipated end, and so the teaser site has transformed into the webpage for Bandai Namco’s newly revealed My Hero Academia: One’s Justice, produced by Magicians Dead and Gunslinger Stratos developer Byking. Little is known about the game at this time, with more details and a teaser trailer forthcoming at Jump Festa 2018 within two weeks.

Check out the gallery below for an early look at the game, featuring Izuku “Deku” Midoriya facing off against League of Villains leader Tomura Shigaraki. My Hero Academia: One’s Justice will be available for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. No release window has been announced at this time.

Source: Bandai Namco (via Gematsu)

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Bandai Namco May Be Teasing a New My Hero Academia Game with an Egg in a Microwave

Now, imagine the egg not exploding.

Earlier today, Bandai Namco Entertainment launched a teaser site for a new video game project, with a countdown set for a full reveal ten days from now. The barren site only features an interactive microwave visitors can click on, at which point an egg comes tumbling out.

While insignificant on its own, fans of Kōhei Horikoshi’s hit manga quickly caught on to the reference and to what the gaming publisher might be hinting at; a My Hero Academia video game could be on the horizon.

My Hero Academia takes place in a world where superpowers—known as “Quirks”—have become the societal norm, and centers on Izuku Midoriya, a “Quirkless” young boy who longs to become a Hero despite having no powers of his own. After a chance encounter with the revered All Might, the world’s greatest Hero, Midoriya’s longtime idol bestows upon him his “One For All” Quirk, with which Midoriya can finally pursue his dream of attending U.A. High School, where students are trained to become the next generation of Heroes. As for the teaser site’s reference, Izuku likens his self-destructive use of “One For All” to an egg in a microwave early on in the story.

This isn’t the first time Horikoshi’s work received a video game adaptation by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The publisher released My Hero Academia: Battle for All, developed by Dimps for Nintendo 3DS, exclusively in Japan last year.

The My Hero Academia manga made its debut in Weekly Shōnen Jump in July 2014, and it just wrapped up the second season of its anime in September. A third season has already been confirmed, scheduled to premiere in April 2018.

Are you a fan of My Hero Academia? What would you expect or wish to see in a new Bandai Namco game for the franchise? Go further beyond and share your thoughts with us in the comments below. Plus Ultra!

Source: Bandai Namco, Gematsu

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New Fire Emblem Heroes Artwork May Be Hinting at a Fire Emblem Anime

A few days ago, Nintendo’s mobile division announced a brand new set of warriors were on their way to Fire Emblem Heroes. They have been doing this sort of thing for months now, so what makes this instance so special? Well, aside from featuring some incredibly powerful new takes on popular heroes like Lyn, Ike, and Roy, the new lance-wielding form of Lucina has also caught a lot of fans’ attention, specifically due to text found on her new weapon’s official artwork.

Fans quickly began working to decipher these markings, and they soon realized that it was written in the alphabet from Fire Emblem Awakening. As shown in the image in the gallery below, once translated, it reads “animeprojectsuccess.” Fans have been (understandably) freaking out ever since, as well as speculating on what sort of anime it could be. Given that it appears on Lucina’s weapon, some are hoping for an adaptation of Fire Emblem Awakening, but it could just as well be a new, deeper take on the tale of Fire Emblem Heroes itself. Only time can tell for certain, so hopefully Nintendo will announce something soon.

What do you think about this secret? Do you think a Fire Emblem anime could actually be on its way, or are we getting our hopes up for nothing? Let us know what you think about all this in the comments below!

Source: Reddit

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CoroCoro’s Splatoon Manga is Being Adapted Into a Web Anime

A number Nintendo IPs have seen their fair share of cartoon animations through the years, but it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a new one. Splatoon is changing that, thanks to the popular Japanese magazine CoroCoro, whose manga adaptation of the beloved game is about to hit YouTube as an anime.

The manga focuses on the adventures and battles of four different characters, each named after certain aspects of their outfits—Goggles-Kun, Headphones-Chan, Glasses-Kun and Knit Cap-Chan—while also including some of the game’s beloved NPCs as side characters. Bringing a comedic story to the game’s competitive Turf Wars and, potentially, Hero Mode, the series will come to YouTube on August 12th.

What are your thoughts on
Splatoon coming to the internet as an anime? Hit the comments to let us know how you feel!

Source: ga-m.com (via Nintendo Wire)

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Assassin’s Creed is the Next Franchise to Get an Animated Series

There are less than two days until Adi Shankar’s Castlevania series airs on Netflix, but the producer is already diving into another new project. Shankar announced today that he is partnering with Ubisoft to bring Assassin’s Creed to the television screen. This announcement follows earlier reports that Assassin’s Creed was getting a TV series and that Ubisoft was working with Netflix to create a series (though it is unclear whether this report refers to Assassin’s Creed or not).

Shankar’s
Assassin’s Creed series will tell an entirely original story and will take the form of an anime, as stated by the producer himself. The production is still in its early stages, so we don’t really have any information on it yet—the title, cast, network, and release date are all unknown as of this time. Ubisoft has yet to comment on whether they’re involved in the production as well.

The
Assassin’s Creed franchise is fairly close to Shankar’s heart, so this is a dream come true for him. According to Shankar:

“I’m happy to let you guys know that I’ve selected my next project! I played the first edition of Assassin’s Creed the year I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dream. At that moment I knew absolutely no one in the industry and could never have imagined that one day Ubisoft would ask me to take the world of Assassin’s Creed and create an original story set in it as an anime series. If anyone tells you not to follow your passion in life they are wrong.”
— Adi Shankar

I think it’ll be interesting to follow the production of this series, especially after seeing how
Castlevania will go over with its audience. It’ll also be intriguing to see how, if at all, this will affect the production of any future seasons of Castlevania.

What do you think about the decision to go with
Assassin’s Creed for an animated series? What other franchises would you like to see make the leap to a television series?

Source: GameSpot

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Nintendo Wants to Make Anime for Star Fox, Pikmin, Yoshi, and More

Last year at Nintendo’s summer shareholders’ meeting, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima mentioned he would like to expand Nintendo properties into other mediums, including anime. True to tradition, Shigeru Miyamoto has further elaborated on the idea a year later by revealing Nintendo’s interest in making anime for Star Fox, Pikmin, and Yoshi, and more.

In response to questions about Nintendo’s presence in animation, Miyamoto stated that Nintendo wants to make anime for the three listed franchises above. He also mentioned he would like to see the finished animated products distributed freely in some way or integrated into upcoming games.

Considering that all three of the named properties have already received the animated treatment (albeit in small doses) in the recent past with Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins, the Yoshi stop-motion shorts in Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World, and the Pikmin shorts on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, it certainly seems possible that Nintendo could follow through on bigger animated productions for these properties. Also, they could align with future game releases to promote these less popular Nintendo games or, as Miyamoto suggested, be incorporated into new games themselves.

Before you let excitement overwhelm you, however, let’s calm down for a second and remind ourselves of a few things. The word “anime” is used in Japan as a general term for any sort of animation, not necessarily the TV shows that we Westerners most often reserve the term for. As well, this is not an official translation issued by Nintendo, but rather tweeted out by an attendee of the investor’s meeting; it is possible that Miyamoto’s words were muddled in the translation. We will be keeping our eyes out for Nintendo’s official English version of this Q&A session to see how it compares.

With all that said, what do you think Nintendo might do with these possible anime, and where and when do you expect to watch them if they do get produced? Let us know in the comments below, and tell us what animation studios you think would be good fits for Star Fox, Yoshi, Pikmin, and other Nintendo franchises!

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The Pokémon Sun and Moon Anime Will Debut on May 12th on Disney XD

Pokémon the Series: Sun and Moon will make its U.S. debut on Disney XD on May 12th. The show, based off of thePokémon Sun and Moon games, will feature Ash Ketchum as usual and his journey with Pikachu and other new friends through the Alola region. The English series’ first two episodes will air Friday, May 12th, at 9:00 PM, and the third episode will come less than 24 hours later, on Saturday, May 13th, at what will become the show’s regular 9:00 AM slot.

Dedicated fans will know that this will not be the first time we have seen Ash and company in Alolan region; the first two episodes were aired as a preview to this first season last December, following the initial anime release in Japan a few weeks prior.

There are a lot of changes to either anticipate or be concerned about in this new series.
Sun and Moon features a change in the art style and a new, more bombastic and cartoonish look to the Pokémon world that we have never seen before. Ash also attends a school in the Alola region instead of exploring the region at first, further giving credence that Ash is regressing in age. Even so, there are a lot of returning staples to be excited about in the series as well, including Pikachu, Team Rocket’s Jesse, James, and Meowth, and some generally comedic adventures for all ages.

Are you excited for the beginning of this new anime series? Or is
Pokémon the Series getting old for you? Let us know in the comments, and keep it cool like Piplup!

Source: Pokémon.com

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Team Rocket Finally Beat Ash in a Pokémon Battle After 20 Long Years

Time and time again, Team Rocket engages in some hilarious plot to capture Ash’s Pikachu. Time and time again, they fail, resulting in one of the longest running gags throughout the Pokémon TV series. Despite these repeated failures, Jessie, James, and Meowth always come back each week as determined to snatch Pikachu as ever. Now, after years of failure, they finally got their chance.

The newest episode of Pokémon the Series: Sun and Moon just released a few days ago and in it, we see something I never thought would happen. Team Rocket managed to beat Ash in a Pokémon battle without cheating! It all started as a Mareanie fell in love with James after poisoning him. As James tries to run away from it, with Jessie, Meowth, and Wobbuffet are sitting nearby watching this spectacle, Ash and his team happen to stumble upon them. Never being one to pass up a chance to grab Pikachu, Team Rocket immediately jumps into battle.

Jessie starts by sending out Mimikyu, Meowth, and Wobbuffet, though the latter two quickly get taken out by a Thunderbolt. Meanwhile, Mareanie decides it wants to fight for James to show its affection, so it goes after Ash’s Rowlet. After a good amount of fighting, the combined efforts of Mareanie and Mimikyu are able to take down Rowlet and Pikachu, much to the joy and surprise of Team Rocket.

Of course, this would be the perfect opportunity to snag Pikachu, but right as they try to spring into action, Bewear rises from the sea and hauls Team Rocket off to a secret cave. After feasting on a heap of food provided by Bewear, Team Rocket decides to make this cave their secret base.

Though Pikachu remains ever elusive, at least Team Rocket got something good out of the encounter!

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