In this week’s anime news, we have tons of new simulcasts and acquisitions as well as nasty accusations circling around a popular anime. Welcome to the recap!
Kill la Kill Creators Suspected of Plagiarism
According to Anime News Network, there’s some suspicion about the originality of the popular, currently-airing anime, Kill la Kill. The series follows a girl named Ryoko Matoi, who is looking for the person who killed her father. She carries a blade shaped like part of a red pair of scissors, which is supposed to be the other half to the one wielded by the murderer. On her search, Ryoko transfers to a school where the student council uses superhuman powers to keep the students in line, and she challenges them to find out the truth. Apparently there are lots of similarities here to a manga called Gakuen Noise, by Hiroyuki Ooshima and Daisuke Ihara. Ooshima compares the situation to that of Kimba the Lion and The Lion King, in which many believe Disney plagiarized the 1960s anime in their classic cartoon film. Ihara, on the other hand, is less convinced that it’s a case of plagiarism. There hasn’t been any kind of resolution to this story as of now, but we’ll keep you posted.
Crunchyroll Winter 2014 Simulcasts
Crunchyroll has added six more series to their Winter 2014 simulcast lineup. If you can’t get enough currently-airing anime, then read on for descriptions and air dates!
- Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions! REN is a followup to the popular series revolving around high school students Yuta and Rikka. Yuta just wants to create a new life for himself in a new high school, but that changes once Rikka learns his secrets. The series began on January 8th, and it airs every Wednesday.
- In Z/X Ignition, which is based on a card game of the same name, gateways open up to other potential timelines, and each possible world is in danger. The people from these different times use card-shaped devices to fight for survival. Z/X Ignition began January 9th and is set to air every Thursday this season.
- Wake Up, Girls! follows Kouhei Matsuda as he scouts talent for an idol group. Green Leaves Entertainment, the company he works for, might go out of business if he fails. This series began on January 10th, and it should air every Friday through the end of the season.
- Sakura Trick follows inseparable friends Haruka and Yuu as they deal with not being able to sit next to each other in school. This series started on January 10th, and premium members can catch it every Friday this season.
- World Conquest Zvezda PLOT premiered January 11th and will air every Saturday this season. It follows Kate Hoshimiya, a little girl who might just be able to achieve the “magnificent stunt” of world domination, at least in some sense of the phrase.
- Nisekoi tells the story of Raku Ichijo, normal high schooler and heir to a Yakuza family. Raku is stuck pretending to be Chitoge Kirisaki’s boyfriend, but he’s interested in another classmate and actually once promised another girl he’d marry her. Nisekoi premiered January 11th, and it will air every Saturday this season.
- Wizard Barristers is set in a future where humans and wizards co-exist, and law-breaking wizards are defended in court by wizard barristers. The series follows 17-year-old girl Cecile Sudo, the youngest wizard barrister. It starts up today, January 12th, and airs every Sunday.
These series each air on the days described above for premium Crunchyroll subscribers. Free members can watch them one week later.
NIS America Acquires Chronicles of the Going Home Club
The good folks in Prinnyland have acquired a new series called Chronicles of the Going Home Club, which you can stream now if you can’t wait for the future physical release. The members of the Going Home Club just want to have fun after school in this slice-of-life series. Retail release details have yet to be revealed, but you can catch this one streaming on both Hulu and Crunchyroll.
Two New Series Coming to Neon Alley
Viz Media’s all anime, all the time streaming channel, Neon Alley, has added two more series to its current season lineup. Kids on the Slope, a drama series following a group of friends in 1960s Japan who are united by their love of jazz, debuts on Neon Alley on January 17th at 9:30 PM PST. (If you want to know what you’re in for, check out our review of Kids on the Slope here.) Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit follows a spear-wielding warrior named Balsa on her quest to save eight lives to repay eight people who died in her past. This one premieres a bit later on the same day, at 10:30 PM PST. These series will air every Friday.
Upcoming Home Video Releases from Section 23
Distributor Section 23 has a whole bunch of upcoming physical releases later this year, and here are the ones you can expect to see in April. All of the series in this list are published by Sentai Filmworks with the exception of Happiness, which is published by Maiden Japan.
- Ebiten follows Itsuki Noya, who joins the Astronomy Club at his new school only to find out that it’s full of crazy fangirls. It releases on DVD and Blu-ray on April 1st at an MSRP of $49.98 for the DVD and $59.98 for the Blu-ray.
- In Happiness, the Magic section at Mizuhosaka Academy is destroyed, and mage and non-mage students students suddenly find themselves in classes together. This series follows Yuma, a normal guy, and Haruhi, a mage-in-training, who meet and become friends. Happiness releases on DVD on April 1st, with an MSRP of $49.98 (US).
- In The Familiar of Zero, Louise, a mage-in-training who rarely succeeds at spellcasting, tries to summon her first familiar and somehow manages to call forth a teenage boy named Saito from Tokyo instead. Now Louise and Saito must learn to become a team, because they’re stuck with each other. Season 1 comes out on DVD and Bluray on April 8th for an MSRP of $49.98 and $59.98, respectively.
- In From the New World, five friends discover that their idyllic world where anyone can materialize anything they want was built over a terrible secret history. Look for the first collection on April 15th on DVD and Blu-ray, at an MSRP $59.98 and $69.98.
- The second Little Busters collection continues the story of orphan Riki Naoe and his friends as members of the Little Busters. Personal secrets are revealed and Riki gets caught up in a sleepover gone awry in this collection leading up to the team’s first baseball game. You can pick it up on DVD and Blu-ray starting April 22nd, for $59.98 $69.98, respectively.
- Cuticle Detective Inaba follows Hiroshi Inaba, a detective who is part-wolf. When the police encounter inexplicable clues at a crime scene, he’s the guy for the job. Inaba hopes to find enough evidence to take down his nemesis, the half-goat crime boss Don Valentino. This one comes out April 29th on DVD and Blu-ray, with MSRPs at $49.98 and $59.98.