The G.A.M.E.S. Blog is starting up a new column where we recap several news stories from the past week that you might not have read. In the anime world, this will include information on simulcasts, licenses, big names, and so on. Join us here for the condensed version of the weekly news!
Winter 2014 Simulcast News from Crunchyroll
Crunchyroll announced several new shows this week for their Winter 2014 simulcast lineup. First, we have Magical Warfare, which follows once-normal high school student Takeshi Nanase after a mysterious girl turns him into a magician. Then there’s Onee-chan ga Kita, a comedy anime short that revolves around 13-year-old Tomoya and his stepsister, 17-year-old Ichika, who has fallen in love with him. The streaming service has also added a third series, called Pupa. This horror anime also follows two siblings, but in this case, they’re both suffering from a virus that has made the sister, Yume, a flesh-eating monster and given the brother, Utsutsu, healing powers.
Onee-chan ga Kita starts up on January 8th for premium members, while Magical Warfare and Pupa begin on January 9th. Free members can catch new episodes from all three a week after their respective premium air dates. Click through the links above for more information on these series.
Funimation to Simulcast D-Frag!
Funimation has been announcing their own simulcast lineup for Winter 2014, and the latest addition is a series called D-Frag! (No, it doesn’t look like it’s about watching a computer clean up its file system.) This anime follows a boy named Kenji on his “outrageous” misadventures when he’s forced to join a group of crazy, violent girls.
This announcement comes after earlier reveals from Funi, which state that they’ll also simulcast Space Dandy, Noragami, Maken-Ki! Two, and Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha this season. It sounds like they have at least one more show up their sleeves, so stay tuned for more info!
New Licenses from Sentai Filmworks
Sentai Filmworks has acquired two new anime licenses: Engaged to the Unidentified and Hozuki no Reitetsu. Engaged to the Unidentified follows Kobeni, a 16-year-old amnesiac who remembers nothing of her own childhood. Her normal life changes when a boy named Hakuya shows up claiming to be her fiancé. Kobeni’s memories start to return, and she suspects Hakuya isn’t actually human. In Hozuki no Reitetsu, main character Hozuki keeps Hell running as the Great King Enma’s Deputy Chief. But it’s a difficult job, and as this comedy unfolds, he won’t be against breaking the rules to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Sentai says that Engaged to the Unidentified and Hozuki no Reitetsu will be “available soon” digitally, with plans for home video release in the future. We’ll keep you posted if these series pop up on the Winter 2014 simulcast circuit!
Naruto Shippuden Makes Toonami Debut
In case you’ve been living under a rock (or without cable), Toonami, Cartoon Network’s anime block that first aired in the late 90s, is still alive and kicking after Adult Swim gave it a reboot back in 2012. Toonami has had a good mix of series in its most recent incarnation, and now they’re adding another popular one. Viz Media announced that Naruto Shippuden now has a home on Toonami; the first episode aired January 5th at 12:30 AM EST/PST.
You can also catch Naruto Shippuden on Neon Alley, but if you have access to Adult Swim already, now you have one more way you can get your fix for over-the-top ninja antics.
Hayao Miyazaki Coming Out of Retirement? [RUMOR]
We had to bring out the rumor tag for this one because it’s just not clear what Miyazaki is up to, so take it with a grain of salt. He announced he was retiring from film after his latest work, The Wind Rises, but apparently this amazing director just doesn’t know when to quit. Miyazaki was on a Japanese radio show at the end of December, and (according to this online newspaper) as he discussed the future of Studio Ghibli, he dropped some little hints that he might not be as done with film making as everyone thought he was. This calls back to a prediction from last November, when Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata said he suspected Miyazaki’s retirement was only semi-permanent.
For now, at least, Miyazaki seems to be focused on manga, as he’s drawing the art for an upcoming story set in the Warring States period. But if he does come back to film, it wouldn’t exactly be a surprise. Just to name a couple of prominent examples, Miyazaki actually came out of retirement to work on both Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. For now, we’ll wait and see, so stay tuned to The G.A.M.E.S. Blog to find out if this rumor turns out to be true.
That’s it for this week’s anime news recap! Join us again next weekend for the stories you might have missed during the week.