Welcome Faithfuls to another edition of This Week From Toonami! In case you missed it (which many of you might of since it didn’t air on television), Toonami debuted a new promo for the latest series to join the block starting next week. And some fun news about some of the most popular series ever on Adult Swim was announced during a stacked week of events galore. Curious about it all, read what we have for you this week!
While it didn’t air on the block last night, Toonami posted on their Facebook page their promo to get fans excited about Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon’s season two joining Adult Swim. We want to warn you that a considerable spoiler is in this trailer and advise fans who want to be surprised to either avoid or view it with caution. Possibly that had something to do with why Toonami decided not to air it on the block, but we aren’t sure. Still, it’s good to see a new 30-second promo for a series that returns to the block (especially that great tagline at the end of the copy, really well done)!
Crunchyroll published a new trailer for the upcoming Dragon Ball Super film, Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO, as fans got to watch the first 20 minutes of it at San Diego Comic-Con. The movie has been performing well in Japan, and the excitement is palpable as it gets closer to its U.S. premiere. Fans had to have been pumped, especially with special guests at the event like the voices of Piccolo in both English and Japanese (Christopher Sabat and Toshio Furukawa) and producer Norihiro Hayashida. It’s an excellent time to be an anime fan as anime films continue to get the limelight more than ever before.
To celebrate One Piece Day, a new trailer for One Piece Film Red premiered at Nippon Budokan. Japanese cast and crew were at the event to celebrate and excite fans about the latest movie for the iconic franchise. Most notably, the newest trailer includes English subtitles for fans in the U.S. to read as we get closer to a premiere. I’m sure many fans are curious about what will happen since we will be meeting Shanks’ daughter Uta in the film. We cannot wait to learn more as Aug. 6 will be right around the corner.
The anticipated sixth season of My Hero Academia is right around the corner as it was announced when it would premiere at the Hero Fes 2022 event! On Oct. 1, fans will see how Studio Bones will adapt the Paranormal Liberation War arc with Deku and friends fighting for their lives against Tomura Shigaraki’s massive army. The way season five ended, this newest installment cannot come soon enough so everyone can see how our favorite students from UA handle this incoming disaster. We aren’t sure if this latest season will be available for Toonami to air, but we hold out hope that the block will be able to work something out as we get closer to its premiere.
Good news, Black Clover fans! The manga will return to Weekly Shonen Jump on Aug. 1 after a three-month hiatus for Yūki Tabata. This break was for Tabata to not only rest and recover but to have things mapped up for the final arc, which the story is quickly approaching. As of now, the anime series is taking a break while a new movie for Black Clover is prepared for its 2023 debut. Hopefully, Tabata was able to take enough time to relax and get ready for what is bound to be an explosive ending for a legendary manga series!
It’s a collaboration we didn’t see coming, but we should have expected it, considering how popular adding hit anime titles into video games has been. The newest one is that crossover between Attack on Titan and the survival game Dead by Daylight. The event includes skins for characters to look like some of the more popular heroes and villains from Attack on Titan, such as Mikasa, Levi, Eren, and Kenny (to name a few). Players can also get charms for completing specific challenges within the game. You can check out everything you can acquire in the article linked and see some cool concept art for this collaboration!
We’ve been reporting on updates about the two live-action Fullmetal Alchemist films, and finally, U.S. fans will be able to see both as they will have a home on Netflix soon. Fullmetal Alchemist, The Revenge of Scar, will be on the streaming platform on Aug. 20. There hasn’t been a date confirmed for the other film, but it will also stream on Netflix when it becomes available. It will be interesting to see how fans react to these live-action films due to their poor reputation among anime fans. But it’s nice that more content for the beloved property will find a home for more eyes to see!
We’ve been keeping an eye on the newest Gundam anime series called Gundam: The Witch from Mercury, and at San Diego Comic-Con, plans for its simulcast were announced. Sunrise plans to premiere it outside of Japan in October, leaving some to wonder if it’ll be on Toonami’s radar, considering how the two have been together on multiple occasions. We aren’t sure if there are plans for Adult Swim to air this project, but it will be something to keep an eye out for in the future. It would be great to have a new mecha series join Toonami after a long drought, but only time will tell if that does happen.
On the latest episode of The Toonami Faithful Podcast, Happy Kuro Kitty takes the role of host, discussing season one of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon. She is joined by Andrew “Sketch” Hingson, CJ Maffris, and former staff member Celia Rose to talk about what they liked or didn’t like from the past season, with The Second Act heading toward Toonami. While Kuro’s guest has their issues, she provides some beautiful commentary on what the series did well and why she was a fan overall. And while we all laugh that CJ didn’t remember a cat showing up in the series, it leads to a fun discussion about what they hope to see in the new season and how things progress after the finale of the previous season. The gang also talked briefly about Primal’s first season since fans saw the first two episodes of the newest one on the block. We hope you enjoy and give this episode a listen when you can!
Staff writer Sakaki posted a new interview translation for his website, Weekly Shougakukan Edition, where Eiichiro Oda and Gosho Aoyama talk about their mangas (One Piece and Detective Conan), reaching over 100 volumes. While the translation was mostly done by another account (WSJ_manga), he helped with some context in the interview. So it was posted on his website in two parts to add more eyes to what both these individuals had to say. It’s a rather lengthy discussion, and we implore our readers to check out each interview due to the amount of work it took to translate it!
It would appear that Sketch was doing his best VLordGTZ impression, as he was on another Toonami podcast, joining our friends over at Toonami Squad. He joined as a guest for their latest episode of Toonami Squad Podcast Sessions to discuss a few topics that have been on the minds of fans. Such as what Jason DeMarco stated in a recent Q&A and the new seasons of Primal and Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon coming to the block. It is a fully loaded cast as Sketch was with hosts Phantom Star, Samster, Schmullus, and JMB to add more commentary to a topic that grabs everyone’s attention. Make sure to check it out when you can!
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