‘Oshi no Ko’ series to screen first episode at Anime Boston 2023 on 7 April

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Crunchyroll shared that the anime series Oshi no Ko will debut with a special 90-minute first episode, in Japan and on HIDIVE on 12 April. The episode will officially make its North American premiere at Anime Boston 2023 on 7 April at 11:30 am.

The screening will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Boston Hotel. It will be open to all badge holders on a first-come first-served basis, and an exclusive randomly coloured Oshi no Ko shikishi (handmade paper) from the Japanese theatrical release will be provided as a souvenir to all guests.

The series is based on the manga written by Aka Akasaka (Kaguya-sama: Love is War) and illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari. It is being directed by Daisuke Hiramaki (Asteroid in Love) and assistant-directed by Chao Nekotomi (Love is Like a Cocktail) at studio Doga Kobo.

The series composition is looked after by Jin Tanaka (Laid-Back Camp) and character designs by Kanna Hirayama (Rent-a-Girlfriend). The Japanese voice cast includes Rie Takahashi, Takeo Otsuka, Yurie Igoma and Kento Ito. 

Kadokawa announces ‘Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun’ sequel anime

According to a statement made earlier by Kadokawa, a sequel anime to Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun is in development. In September of last year, the TV anime’s second season came to an end. At this point, it is unknown if the new sequel project is a third season of the TV anime Made in Abyss or another film. The adventure of Riko, Reg, and Nanachi was summarized in a recap video that was shared.

Fans are urged to wait for a while in the announcement. The narrative of the sixth layer of the Abyss was concluded in the Made in Abyss season two finale. It is unclear when the sequel might arrive because the manga is just three chapters ahead of the anime at the moment. The current watch order for Kinema Citrus’ anime series Made in Abyss is:

  1. Made in Abyss
    1. Made in Abyss: Marulk’s Daily Life (after the 8th episode of the first season)
    2. Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn (recap movie)
    3. Made in Abyss: Wandering Twilight (recap movie)
  2. Made in Abyss Movie: Dawn of the Deep Soul
  3. Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun (Season 2)

Sentai Filmworks, which is broadcasting the series on the streaming platform HIDIVE, provided the following description of the sequel: There is no going back for Riko, Reg, and Nanachi, and the only way forward is to the bottom of the Abyss. However, the three friends weren’t the first to enter the unknown. Whatever happened to all the other explorers who braved the Abyss?

Season two of ‘Tokyo Mew Mew New’ gets premiere date

The second season of Tokyo Mew Mew New, the revival of the Shojo classic from the 2000s, will premiere on television in April 2023.

The information was shared along with a brand-new teaser that featured the show’s lead character Ichigo Momomiya and her fellow Mew Mews on the official Twitter page of the series. Coincidently, the premiere of season two marks the anniversary of manga’s original completion, which was 4 April 2003 when the last volume was released. Interestingly, it also celebrates the 65th anniversary of Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine which serialised Tokyo Mew Mew.

All five of the Mew Mews and other members of the main cast will reprise their season one roles. Ichigo will once more be portrayed by Yuki Tenma, Minto Aizawa by Mirai Hinata, and Lettuce Midorikawa by Ryoko Juni. Pudding Fong and Zakuro Fujiwara will be voiced by Rian Toda and Momoka Ishii, respectively. The other recurring cast members are Yuichi Nakamura as Ryo Shirogane and Yuma Uchida as Masaya Aoyama, love interest of Ichigo.

A number of promotional activities have already been scheduled for Tokyo Mew Mew New’s upcoming season. On 7-8 January 2023, a live cast reading of one of the scripts will take place at Tokyo’s Jiji Press Hall. Smewthies, a J-pop idol group composed of the five main cast members, will perform live on 22 November, during a Christmas event on 22 December, and in March 2023. The group is also working on a new record, which will be published on 18 January.

On TV Tokyo and its affiliate stations, season two of Tokyo Mew Mew New will air. The series will be simulcast on HIDIVE as it airs in Japan. Season one of the show is streamable on HIDIVE for those who want to catch up before season two. Kodansha Comics has the manga in English for purchase.

AMC Networks buys anime distributor Sentai and streaming service HIDIVE

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AMC is joining the race for anime content after announcing it has acquired the anime distributor Sentai and its anime streaming service HIDIVE.

The company, led by interim CEO Matt Blank, unveiled the news after the market closed on Wednesday, but didn’t disclose financial terms. The deal includes Sentai’s holdings of Cool Japan Fund, a Japanese public-private investment fund.

Sentai is a global supplier of anime content and merchandise. Its brands include the anime-focused HIDIVE subscription streaming service. Sentai’s brands also include e-commerce platform Sentai Filmworks, cable SVOD service Anime Network and Sentai Studios, which provides localization and studio services. 

“With strong industry relationships and access to key content creators in Japan, Sentai distributes and curates one of the anime industry’s most diverse libraries of top trending and classic titles, with its content available on Crunchyroll, Hulu and Amazon Prime, among others. Sentai’s HIDIVE streaming service represents a strong new addition to AMC Networks’ portfolio of fast-growing targeted offerings, which includes AMC+, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK. AMC Networks, the global leader in targeted streaming, has forecast its targeted streaming portfolio will have exceeded nine million paid subscribers by year-end 2021, with 20-25 million paid subscribers by 2025,” stated AMC.

AMC also commented, “Japanese anime is a rapidly growing entertainment category, with a highly-engaged global fanbase propelled by its unique aesthetics and evangelical fans, convention culture and increased online accessibility.”

AMC Networks Interim CEO Matt Blank said, “With a seasoned team, strong content and direct-to-consumer offerings for fans around the world, Sentai is a key global player in anime. This acquisition builds on AMC Networks’ already strong IP and franchises, and furthers our targeted streaming strategy of super-serving passionate audiences with content depth, curation and community.”

Sentai’s executive management team of founder John Ledford, Griffin Vance, and Paul Clinkscales will continue on in senior roles. Ledford stated, “We are thrilled by AMC Networks’ acquisition and are excited to be a part of their growth strategy. This acquisition will not change Sentai’s mission to deliver the most exciting anime content to audiences around the world — it will expand it greatly and will give our content businesses more distribution, more partnerships, more scale and more reach. I could not be more pleased.”

Sentai’s content library includes thousands of hours of popular titles and classic series including Made in Abyss, Akame ga Kill, Food Wars!, Clannad, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, High School of the Dead, Girls & Panzer, No Game No Life, K-On!, Assassin’s Pride, and Parasyte -the maxim-.

AMC is primarily known for its prestige dramas like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and The Walking Dead. Alongside horror-focused streaming platform Shudder, AMC is amassing a varied collection of services, which anime will fit into.

Anime supplier Sentai acquires third season of ‘Teasing Master Takagi-san’ and upcoming film

Sentai, a leading global supplier of anime recently announced that it has acquired the latest season of Teasing Master Takagi-san as well as the forthcoming Teasing Master Takagi-san feature film, both based upon the award-winning, cleverly mischievous manga of the same name. Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 3 will stream exclusively on HIDIVE as part of the winter 2022 simulcast season to audiences around the world (excluding Asia).

As per the official synopsis, Takagi is a master of clever antics that turn her frequent target, Nishikata, into a blushingly embarrassed wreck. But Nishikata hasn’t endured years of pranks from his childhood friend for nothing. Every day and every battle of wits with Takagi brings him one step closer to turning the tables and making her blush, and now Nishikata is lying in wait for the perfect opportunity to win adorable, glorious revenge.

The series stars Rie Takahashi (KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!, Isekai Quartet) as Takagi, Yuki Kaji (Ahiru no Sora, Attack on Titan) as Nishikata, Konomi Kohara (The Demon Girl Next Door, Kaguya-sama: Love is War) as Mina and Yuma Uchida (Given, Fruits Basket: The Final) as Nakai.

Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 3 is produced by Shin-Ei Animation (Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time, Sweetness & Lightning) and directed by Hiroaki Akagi (Teasing Master Takagi-san, Those Snow White Notes). Hiroko Fukuda (Real Girl, Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue), Aki Itami (Flowers of Evil, Fruits Basket) and Kanichi Katou (Mairimashita! Iruma-kun, Tsugumomo) has worked on the script.

Aya Takano (Himouto! Umaru-chan, Shirokuma Cafe) has contributed towards the character design work.

Sentai will stream Teasing Master Takagi-san Season 3 exclusively on HIDIVE with a home video release to follow.

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