Crunchyroll and Funimation to end Content-Sharing Partnership November 9

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…Honestly, I saw this coming as soon as I heard Sony bought Funimation last year. I knew a split would be inevitable. Crunchyroll released an official statement Thursday saying in part “Funimation has decided to go their separate way”, meaning their new parent company wants to steer Funimation in a different direction. Crunchyroll’s parent company being bought by AT&T this past summer may be another factor to the 2-year partnership suddenly coming to an end as well. FunimationNow will be leaving VRV but will be replaced by HIDIVE, a new streaming provider that launched last year that provides Subbed and Dubbed Anime. Crunchyroll will continue to carry Anime it gained licensing rights to from the Funimation partnership such as Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia. Same for Funimation and Anime they gained licensing rights to from Crunchyroll such as Black Clover and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

I have been hearing rumors of uncertainty within Funimation since Sony bought the company last year. Funimation, which does English Dubs in North America for Anime recently got into streaming before it partnered with Crunchyroll. They also hold the license for the English Dubs of some of the most well known Anime over the last 20 years including Dragonball Z, Dragonball Super and Naruto Shippuden. Funimation used to also hold the license for Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood but when the license expired, they did not renew.

Funimation failing to renew the license for various other English Dubs this year they once owned is both concerning and an inconvenience for those looking to legally get physical or digial media. I think I mentioned this at the time but I planned to buy FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood during Anime Boston 2018 but couldn’t because the license expired a few weeks earlier so they could not sell it. If you bought episodes digitally, you can still redownload those episodes. You just can’t buy new episodes until the license is either renewed by Funimation or someone else buys the license and distribution rights are renegotiated.

Those with a VRV Premium subscription can relax: The only change is Funimation will be replaced with HIDIVE. That’s it. Presumably, your premium sub will be extended to HIDIVE once their partnership with VRV becomes official. For those who are wondering, Anime currently airing on Toonami and FunimationNow’s catalog are unaffected. Same with anime currently available in online stores for digital download or physical purchase. Those with just a Crunchyroll Premium subscription (Crunchyroll does have a separate Premium system if you don’t want VRV) are not effected at all. I will assume more info will come in the very near future from both Funimation and Crunchyroll or VRV so we’ll see.

…I will say the same thing I said in regards to my previous post about DramaFever’s sudden shutdown though. Folks need to pay attention to what is going on behind the scenes and at the corporate level and more so after what happened with DramaFever and Neon Alley. Change is constant so it’s very important that you keep yourself up to date on stuff going on.

 

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Jump Force and My Hero One’s Justice announced at E3

Two games based on Mega Popular Anime were announced over the weekend, both fighting games.

…Once you’ve finished picking your jaw off the floor, note what wasn’t shown and what was shown. Goku, Naruto and Luffy were obvious. Same with Frieza as well. Light and Ryuk from Death Note appearingh at the end…HOLY SHIT!

Here’s a few other names I’ll drop that I’m sure will make the cut:

  • Ichigo Kurosaki
  • Rukia Kuchiki
  • Naruto Uzumaki (Child and Teen versions as separate characters)
  • Sasuke Uchiha (Child and Teen versions as separate characters)
  • Sakura Haruno (Child and Teen versions as separate characters)
  • Boruto Uzumaki
  • Sarada Uchiha
  • Mitsuki
  • Goku (Child and Adult versions as separate characters + All canon forms)
  • Vegeta (All Canon Forms)
  • Piccolo
  • Beerus (from Dragonball Super)
  • Hit (From Dragonball Super)
  • Kale (From Dragonball Super)
  • Caulifla (From Dragonball Super)
  • Jiren (From Dragonball Super)
  • Broly
  • Frieza (All forms including new Gold Form)
  • Eren Yeager (able to use Titan Form)
  • Mikasa Akerman
  • Levi
  • Asta
  • Yuno
  • Edward Elric
  • Alphonse Elric (Suit of Armor version)
  • Roy Mustang
  • Alex Louis Armstrong

…I know those are alot of names from just a handful of franchises but I’m fairly sure that it will be a large playable roster. I’m also sure many shows will be represented as well. Some of those names could very well be DLC Characters as well.

Jump Force will be released on the PS4, Xbox One and PC later this year. I intend to get it obviously. LOL.

…We knew a game would be coming sooner or later so…yeah. So much is revealed in this 2-minute trailer. The game uses the Unreal Engine just like Jump Force will so you know they went all in. The inclusion of Pro Heroes, Stain and Villains is icing on the cake. More so since it seems the game’s storyline will follow the Anime’s up to a certain point like most Anime games tend to. All Might vs. All for One in game will be EPIC, more so given their fight in last week’s episode.

My Hero One’s Justice will be released later this year on the PS4. I plan to get it as well. Time to go beyond! Plus Ultra!

Happy Mother’s Day to All Mommy’s Review

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Since today is Mother’s day I thought i would do a review on 6 anime mothers.

 

First we have Ryouko Fueguchi from Tokyo Ghoul.

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Ryouko was Hinami’s mother. Ryouko was a gentle woman, and though a ghoul, she preferred not to hunt or kill people. She loved her daughter, to the point where she told Hinami to run away so that Ryouko could stand up against Kureo Mado. Before the moment of her death, she wished for Hinami to live. As a result after Ryouko died Kaneki kinda became a big brother to Hinami. Kaneki however covered Hinami’s eyes so she wouldn’t see what happened to her mother.

In my opinion i would so totally do this for my own children. Ryouko sacrificed herself for her daughter so her daughter would keep living. I think any mother should want to do that.

 

Next we have Kushina Uzumaki from Naruto.

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More than anything, Kushina wanted to protect her newborn son Naruto. This was why she first objected to Minato’s decision to seal the Nine-Tails into him. She did not want to impose the hardships that jinchūriki had to endure during their lives, and moreover did not want to leave her son an orphan should Minato carry out his plan which would also cost him his life and as such, Kushina wanted to sacrifice her own life and reseal the beast into herself. Ultimately agreeing to Minato’s plan which would also protect their village, Kushina imparted her final words to Naruto by which he should live.

I myself think a lot of the mothers who will sacrifice themselves for there children. I know today is mother’s day but i think we should also remember the mother’s who have sacrificed themselves for there children.

 

Next is Carla Yeager from Attack on Titan.

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Carla Yeager also translated as Kalura Yeager was the mother of Eren Yeager and the adoptive mother of Mikasa Ackerman. Carla had been known to be protective of her family, enough to put them before herself when Eren and Mikasa were in potential danger for attempting to rescue her. However, once her children left earshot, she whispered that she did not want them to leave her alone to die and continued crying until she died.

Now I must say that Carla did what most mom’s would do but also in this anime you kinda see it coming when she gets picked up and eaten. I can say i might have cried a bit with this scene but not a lot.

 

Next is Hana Kirisaki from Nisekoi.

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Hana Kirisaki is a world renowned business consultant who keeps much of the world’s finances in balance, she is the mother of Chitoge Kirisaki. Hana is generally fearsome and isn’t afraid to speak out her mind. (kinda like myself.)

I don’t really have a lot to say about her but she is a very hard working mom. But Hana still retains her caring nature albeit to a lesser extent as shown when she constantly fails to give her gifts to Chitoge. So to me i think she is a real busy body person but she still cares for her family a lot.

 

Next we have Sanae Furukawa from Clannad.

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Sanae is the wife of Akio Furukawa (who runs a bakery named Furukawa Bread with) and is the mother of Nagisa Furukawa. Normally she’s very childish and a cry-baby, especially when someone insults her bread but when needed, she can be very strong-willed and dependable. ( I can be a few of these myself lol). One of the series’ frequent gags consists of Akio making a negative comment on Sanae’s bread while unaware of her presence, causing her to run off with tears in her eyes, and Akio stuffing his mouth with her bread and saying he loves it, as he chases behind her ( This just sounds like something my husband would do to me.).  She’s also quite proud of the way people often mistake her for Nagisa’s older sister because of her youthful appearance.

Sanae plays a larger role in the After Story arc, often coming to Tomoya’s aid when Nagisa is ill and needs to be accompanied, especially during Nagisa’s pregnancy.  Well I don’t want to spoil too much for you so i will stop here.

I tend to be a lot like Sanae as well. When my kids are sick or cooking myself, I tend to get hurt if someone criticizes my food or doesn’t eat it. When any of my family is sick i will drop everything just to help them.

 

And our Final Mom is Yasuko Takasu from Toradora.

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Yasuko is Ryuuji’s thirty-three-year-old mother, though she refers to herself as eternally twenty-three. Though she tells Ryuuji his father died before he was born, the truth is they were never married and he left her before Ryuuji was born and she raised her son by herself. She is also klutzy and is never entirely in this world as she is usually half asleep. ( Now this is definitely me. I swear I always stay in an asleep state lol).

Despite her childish, air-headed behavior, Yasuko proves to have a rather good insight of other people. She cares deeply for Ryuuji and sees his potential. To support his dreams, she took on two jobs so that he wouldn’t need to work to support himself through school.  (Not a lot of moms would do this). When he starts working at the bakery, she gets upset because she wanted him to focus on studying rather than working.

To me I think she wanted him to have complete concentration on his studies and not work so he could reach his full potential. I myself can relate to this and I bet a lot of you mom’s out there can relate as well to what Yasuko was trying to do for Ryuuji.

 

Now as I have come to the end of my little reviews of anime mom’s i want to throw out there a little of myself and me being a mother.

I have a pre teen son and an almost pre teen daughter. My son and daughter both can be a handful at times and all I can think of is that I’m glad I have them. If it wasn’t for them I don’t know where i would be now.  My pre teen son can sometimes get on my last nerve through out the day but the one thing that never fails is at night right before bed where he comes to me and gives me the biggest hug and a kiss on the cheek and says
“I love you mom”. My soon to be pre teen daughter can always find that one little thing that can irritate me more than her brother and she can usually get me to the point of almost snapping but the one thing that never fails is as the same with her brother. She will come up to me and give me a hug and kiss before bed and then of course be like her mother and forget she has already done that so she comes in for a second time and gives me another hug and a kiss and says “I love you mom”. I think these are the things we should treasure the most just these little memories.

 

BEWARE Possible TRIGGER word ahead.

Now since I have said a little more about myself and my children I want to add in. No matter if you have had a miscarriage, delivered a still born or you have your children, YOU ARE THE BEST MOM and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY. The strongest out of all of us though would be the mother’s who have went through miscarriages and delivered a still born but you wanna know something they still have that faith of trying for another child but it would never replace the one they lost.

~ AnimeKat

 

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Aurabolt’s Edit: 

As the Admin of the Blog, I have a responsability to support my Co-Editor as much as possible. I say this not to put her on the spot or to garner pity or anything like that. What I’m about to say is because I want you all to understand how much I respect her not just as a member of my team but as a personal friend as well.

The two of us have talked about this privately but you guys have probably noticed some glaring grammar and punctuation errors in her posts right after they go live. Since it’s my blog I do go back and take care of it (which she is aware of), usually right after it’s posted. Knowing her situation aside, her passion for all things Anime is why I asked her to give blogging a shot. I can’t help but be impressed. She left this out but AnimeKat was a teen mom and didn’t finish high school because of that. She sacrificed much for her family and continues to now but one of her goals in life is to finish her education.

Last week, we launched a Fundraiser. I am calling on folks who are able to do  so to please consider hitting the donate button. It doesn’t have to be much but whatever you can give will go toward bringing you a better experience.

~ Aurabolt

My Hero Academia’s English Dub premieres on Toonami

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Season 3 premiered in Japan this time last month and can be watched on Crunchyroll. I actually bought the first season dubbed from iTunes in March for $5. It was on sale at the time.

My Hero Academia is already Mega Popular on both sides of the Pacific so it coming to North America was a matter of time. Season 3 just started in Japan and it will take a while for the dub to catch up. It’s the same with Black Clover, which has about 12 episodes between the Dub and the live airing in Japan.

I’m really excited by MHA’s Dub because of the simple fact David Matranga and Luci Christian are both in it! This is the first time working together since Clannad so…yeah ^_^

Sorry to keep this short but I’m going to assume most have at least heard about it. For those who haven’t, I will make another post explaining the story up to the start of the third season. You can watch it subbed on Crunchyroll an watch the English Dub on Toonami. The Manga is also available!

Persona 5 The Animation is clearly trying to cover as much as possible per episode

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The Kamoshida Arc just wrapped up this week. Those familiar with the video game Persona 5 (PS3 and PS4) knows the mechanics and storyline around the entire Arc. Like the Persona 4 anime, with P5A the focus is on the main storyline. The reason is because otherwise you’d be looking at a season per Arc. The Kamoshida Arc spanned four episodes though it seems there will be coverage of the Metaverse, which is actually super important at the end of the game. Persona 5’s Palaces are remenicisent of the TV World in P4 while the Metaverse is remeniscient of The Tartarus in P3.

Also like P4A, Social Links will at least be touched on in P5A. Still, it’s worth pointing out that P5 is a MASSIVE game. No key story details have been omitted from the four episodes I’ve seen so far (I haven’t seen Episode 5 yet as of this writing) despite the MASSIVE amount of stuff that needed to be covered.

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One encounter cut for obvious reasonsfrom Kamishida’s Palace in P5A is the Phantom Thieves’ running into “The Torn King of Desire” (pictured), which is part of the Persona Mara (who is a fuseable Persona). It was obviously left out because it looks like a giant penis (There is another Persona that looks like a giant vagina as well). Ann’s “OMGWTF?! O_O” reaction in the game matches that of any one male or female who may not have encountered Mara before in a previous Persona or Shin Megami Tensei game. No way in hell they would’ve been able to get away with including this in P5A (LOL!).

By the way, Kamoshida is based on actual incidents involving Japanese Educators using their position to abuse their students. Folks need to keep in mind Teachers in Japan are actually well respected and are given the benefit of the doubt when accused of wrongdoing. It’s not like in the U.S. when an accusation is enough to end someone’s career. This is how some Japanese Educators have gotten away with blatantly violating their students in the worst ways imaginable, often for years. Some of their victims end up taking their own lives in despair. So, yeah. Kamoshida’s Arc hit home for many in Japan. People like him have made national headlines in the U.S. though in Japan, it’s much easier for them to hide in plain sight.

I will provide another update after the next arc or two has aired in their entirety. You can catch Persona 5: The Animation on Crunchyroll.

Dragon Ball Super’s Universal Survival Saga races to its end

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…Vegeta is clearly about to break through the glass ceiling and attain the Ultra Instinct form. He tried reaching that form the same way Vegeta did but quickly changed his mind after getting floored by Jiren not once but twice. His pride as a Saiyan Warriore is likely why despite having knocked him out twice, Jiren passed on eliminating him from the tournament so far.

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Goku is clearly the one Jiren wants to fight but unsurprisingly, Goku is holding off on using his new Ultra Instinct form again for plot reasons. This is also why he reverted to using his Super Saiyan Blue + King Kai Fist x20 form for now. Vegeta vs. Toppo was in the preview for the next episode and it’s even stated both #17 and Frieza are eliminated, likely at the start of the episode. It’s not hard to figure out Vegeta likely gains Ultra Instinct either during or after eliminating Toppo.

Speaking of, it was confirmed in last week’s episode what I said in my last post on the Tornament of Power: Jiren and Toppo are both candidates to become Universe 11’s next God of Destruction. After Gohan sacrificed himself to eliminate Dyspo, #17 and Frieza teamed up to fight him. Backed into a corner thanks to Frieza, Toppo reveals the power he refused to use until now: The power of a God of Destruction. Having decided surviving is more important than anything else, Toppo goes full power and the tables are turned. With Toppo now enveloped in Destruction Energy, #17 and Frieza can no longer touch him. Despite wielding the power of a Destroyer, Toppo is careful not to use fatal blasts to avoid being disqualified.

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…Of course, THIS it the rematch currently being delayed. Heh. Reminds me of the original Dragonball Z Sagas: They’d drag on each Saga for as long as possible for no reason. LOL. Of course in this case, the wait will be worth it. One thing you gotta give DBS credit for: Almost no filler episodes or needlessly extended Sagas. I mean we already know Universe 7 survives since DBS begins right after DBZ’s Buu Saga ends but there is a time skip in DBZ to when Pan is 4 years old. DBS takes place during the span of time in between.

The more interesting questions to be answered when the Tournament of Power ends are how does it end and will someone wish for the return of the Universes that were erased? Time will tell.

Alot to look forward to on Crunchyroll these days

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…So much that for the first time, I got a 12-month Premium subscription last month.

This has been a really good year for Anime fans in general. If you watch Dubs on Funimation or Toonami, you’ve seen a number of Anime debut or premiere. We have also seen the simulcast of Attack of Titan Season 2: Two weeks after its premiere in Japan, the English Dub premiered on Toonami. They wrapped up two weeks apart, too.

Since Crunchyroll and Funimation have partnered, Anime have been getting Dubbed faster. At the same time, distribution has sped up on both sides of the Pacific. It’s win-win.

Here’s a short list of the Anime in my Crunchyroll Que that I am currently watching and is still in progress:

 

  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations *
  • Dragonball Super
  • My Hero Academia *
  • My Life as a Cenataur
  • Restaurant to Another World *
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma *
  • Knights & Magic *
  • Fox Spirit Matchmaker
  • Aria The Animation *
  • Yona of the Dawn *
  • Katsugeki Touken Ranbu *
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
  • Ninja Girl & Samurai Master

 

A * Means it is will likely get an official English Dub

…Of that list, Dragon Ball Super has an official English Dub that is now airing on Toonami. My Hero Academia is shaping up to be the heir apparent to past hits such as Naruto, Bleach amd Fullmetal Alchemist. It has universal appeal and the Superhero theme will make it extremely easy to market it mainstream in the U.S. Most of the other Anime in the above list that may be dubbed…I think it’s more likely they will be stream and DVD/Blu-Ray only releases.

I can only see My Hero Academia guaranteed to premiere on Toonami and only because of how freaking popular it already is. Even better is unlike Attack on Titan, they won’t have to worry about pushing it too hard in the beginning. I feel like that’s why the live action Attack on Titan movies (Japan) tanked so hard: They rushed them out and it showed.

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma is basically a high school version of Iron Chef and is amazing. The one drawback to it that I feel takes away from it a bit is the over the top fan service dressed as foodgasms. Yeah, no way in hell Toonami can run something like that despite the rest of it being such a solid anime.

All in all, now’s as good a time as any to watch Crunchyroll. Speaking of watching: Crunchyroll announced a few weeks ago that they will no longer be updating the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii U Apps. The current versions of both will still work though.

As a reminder, Crunchyroll is free BUT you get all of the following with a Paid Subscription:

  • No Ads
  • 720 and 10780 HD Video and Audio
  • New episodes available an hour after airing in Japan
  • Ability to give a 30-day premium pass to a friend each month
  • Free Swag at Conventions (see the Crunchyroll booth for details)
  • Can stream from 2 or 3 devices simultaneously

…CR actually has a Premium++ which grans Simulcast: You can watch new episodes as they’re aired in Japan. This is in addition to all of the above  and of course, it costs more than their baseline premium package. In comparison, Free accounts lack all of the above plus you have to deal with ads AND wait 24 hours after a new episode has aired in Japan.