Sadly due to an injured hand, last week did not have an installment of This Week From Toonami, which wasn’t the best time due to a lot of the news coming out from Anime Expo. While many Toonami-related series had fun events for fans to check out, none of them had much to do with the block. The only news from the convention involving something that would directly affect Toonami was during the Production I.G. panel, where we learned Housing Project C would be a four-episode series, which is undoubtedly a disappointment for those hoping for a more extended original. However, suppose you are curious about everything that went on during the largest convention in the country. In that case, we recommend checking out Anime News Network for all of its extensive coverage at that time. Plus, Toonami Faithful could have a guest piece about their time at Anime Expo. This piece will focus on the week of 7/4/22-7/10/22. We want to thank all of our readers and hope you enjoy the latest installment of This Week From Toonami.
You got your answer this week for those wondering if Toonami would air the second season of Primal. With season two debuting on Adult Swim on Thursday, July 21, Toonami will get to encore the series on the following Saturday. While it would have been awesome to have it debut on the block, only waiting three days for it to air on Toonami is not a terrible waiting period, especially with many fearing it would be a much longer wait. Naruto Shippuden will return to only airing one episode that night to make room for the hour-premiere. But, that will mean that Toonami will have to update the schedule again for July 30. We would guess that Naruto Shippuden will return to airing for an hour as One Piece has, but we will update you all as soon as we know!
Toonami had another game review for fans to check out as they dived into Narita Boy. Hitting fans with a classic gaming aesthetic many enjoyed back in the 80s, TOM explains that you play as someone who was sucked into a game where you have to find the creator’s lost memory for the game and save this digital kingdom. While the action and puzzles will keep you entertained, not having a map might force you to backtrack, which can bother some. So what was the final verdict? Toonami scored Narita Boy an 8 out of ten for the Xbox Series X.
We have a few third-season announcements this week! Starting things off, Crunchyroll Expo announced that the first two episodes of the anticipated third season of Mob Psycho 100 would screen at their convention. Many have been pumped since Studio Bones announced the third season, and now fans will get a chance to see how it looks. And not to be outdone, after the Dr. Stone special one-hour episode played, a small PV video was published to get fans more excited for a new 10-second PV of the latest season titled Dr. Stone: New World, which will premiere in the spring of 2023. It will be interesting if Toonami would be able to look into airing more Dr. Stone (with the dream of Mob Psycho 100 looking impossible), but fans of both properties should be looking forward to what’s to come in the future when they are available on a streaming service.
Toei Animation might consider taking legal action after noticing uploads of their second Dragon Ball Super film on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. According to the company (in an Anime News Network article), they believe they are dealing with ten times more than what it was for their first Dragon Ball Super film. Toei Animation is looking to file both a criminal and civil case for these infringements and has requested all platforms to remove the illegally uploaded footage. It will be intriguing to see how this will play out, considering the rocky history of Toei Animation and copyright claims so far.
A Hunter x Hunter art exhibit will be coming to Japan starting on Oct. 28, and manga creator Yoshihiro Togashi released a statement for fans addressing the challenges he’s had due to health concerns. While Anime News Network has an unofficial translation in their article, it paints a picture of how difficult things have been for Togashi from his ailing back and hips. We won’t go into all the details (you can read in the article linked), but many things we take for granted take him a lot longer and warns his fans to take care of their hips. Togashi even included a drawing of himself to show his position to be in to draw. Hopefully, this can give fans a little light on how hard it is for Togashi to do much and that fans of his work should show more patience and understanding as to why he has to take so many breaks for his health.
This week Spike Chunsoft published a new trailer for their upcoming Made in Abyss game titled Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling into Darkness. In an English dubbed trailer (with the returning cast), the video shows that you can customize your avatar, how to progress in the story, and some gameplay when battling creatures and dealing with the curse of the abyss. The game looks interesting for those who are big fans of the anime, and it has a few mechanics many gamers are familiar with utilizing. For those wondering, you’ll be able to own it on Sep. 2 on PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
On Wednesday Japanese Coast Guard discovered the body of the beloved manga creator of Yu-Gi-Oh, Kazuki Takahashi. He was 60. Takahashi was found with snorkeling gear at the time, but there hasn’t been an update on what happened. Best known for creating one of the biggest trading card franchises and recognizable franchises, many are shaken from the death. While Yu-Gi-Oh and Toonami’s history is a bit weird, some of the series did manage to air on the block, and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fans all across the world. Through his work, he touched so many lives, and we can safely say Takahashi was indeed the King of Games.
On Monday, the folks over at Shenmue Dojo streamed and released on their Twitch page an interview they had with the executive producer of Shenmue: The Animation, Jason DeMarco. The interview dives into how the project materialized, how everything came together to create an anime for a cult classic game franchise, and the possibility of another season. It’s about an hour-long, and if you’re curious about what DeMarco has to say about the anime, we implore you to check this interview out when you can!
Something that caught our attention was an animated fan film titled Legend – A Dragon Ball Tale. It’s a near 10-minute love letter to the entire Dragon Ball franchise that looks stunning by Studio Stray Dog. What stands out to many is how it captures the same feeling you had when you first were exposed to Dragon Ball and certainly had an art style that has to be a huge favorite. Taking place when Goku and Chi-Chi fight at the World Martial Arts tournament, we get a different story that plays into the overall lore of the franchise. We recommend checking this project out and hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
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