Welcome to another edition of This Week From Toonami! The block made an interesting lineup announcement for the rest of the month, and New York City has been turned into a One Piece wonderland with the property lighting up Times Square. There’s been a lot of fun news about a few Toonami-related series we cannot wait to share with you, so check out what made headlines this week!
This week Toonami announced what their lineup will look like for the rest of October. Starting Oct. 22, Toonami will bring back the Naruto Shippuden power hour with Lupin the Third Part VI ending its run on the block. The following Saturday, for Halloween weekend, Toonami will have a double marathon going with Housing Complex C going from midnight to 2 a.m. After that, the block will air The Promised Neverland to finish the fright-filled night. We aren’t sure if The Promised Neverland will encore again or what will happen with the Made in Abyss slot since the finale will air on Oct. 22. Keep your eyes on Toonami Faithful, as we will bring you the news as soon as we learn, considering how many lineup slots are available to be filled!
Fans finally have an answer to where they can watch the final story arc of Bleach. Sadly instead of Toonami, Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War will debut on Hulu after a long period of speculation on where it could end up this season. However, unlike a series that is licensed by Sony/Crunchyroll, like My Hero Academia (its latest English dub will debut on their streaming website on Oct. 15), there is a chance that the new Bleach anime will find its way to the block. After all, other titles from VIZ Media (like Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon now) have been able to air on Adult Swim. So there’s a little optimism about the announcement this week and hopefully can happen sooner rather than later after the long wait Toonami fans had between seasons one and two of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon.
One Piece fever is sweeping the nation as New York was littered with ads to excite fans about the latest film One Piece Film Red. GKIDS, Annecy, and Variety magazine’s Animation Is Film Festival announced that this year’s event will host the world premiere of the movie’s English dub on Oct. 22 as the centerpiece of the festival. With One Piece Film Red set to premiere in the U.S. on Nov. 4, getting to light up Times Square during Anime NYC had to of been a massive highlight for attendees. And the good times don’t stop there for One Piece, as it maintained the top spot at the Japanese box office for a ninth straight week and earned over $111 million in ticket sales! It hasn’t moved any places as far as overall sales compared to films ahead of it, but it looks to only be a matter of time before some all-time lists change again with how One Piece Film Red is taking over.
Fans of One Piece also got a taste of what to expect from the latest game One Piece Odyssey. Bandai Namco Entertainment released a new two-minute trailer showing the Straw Hats’ return to Alabasta (in their memories), showing off some neat cut-scenes and gameplay footage (we wish it was coming to the Nintendo Switch). The game looks fantastic from this latest trailer and should give One Piece fans that much-needed satisfaction they love to have from a game property! Jan. 13 cannot come soon enough as One Piece Odyssey hopes to keep the momentum set by the recent film to get more people to play and experience One Piece.
There’s finally more information regarding the new Black Clover film! Titled Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King, the movie will get a worldwide release on the streaming service Netflix, with a theatrical release in Japan on March 31, 2023. To commemorate the announcement, Yuki Tabata drew a new visual to promote the film, and fans got to see a new character (a former Wizard King?!) which should have a lot of fans excited about what to expect from this latest story featuring the future Wizard King!
Studio Pierrot posted a nearly ten-minute video of brand new animation of Naruto to celebrate twenty years of the anime. In the video, many historic moments of the franchise are reanimated to show the history of the iconic series. Many of the series’ openings play over to create a massive nostalgia for fans who have watched since the beginning. The studio also mentions that more Naruto content will be published on Studio Pierrot’s YouTube page in the future! So it’ll be interesting to see what will be coming for Naruto and its fans later. But if you’re more of a manga fan of Naruto, don’t worry; more spin-offs are on the way! Shueisha announced on Saturday that eight new manga series would launch on the Shonen Jump+ service in October and early November, which include two Naruto spin-offs titled Naruto: Sasuke’s Story–The Uchiha and the Heavenly Stardust and Naruto: Konoha New Leged: Steam Ninja Scrolls.
If you enjoyed the Entertainment District Arc of Demon Slayer, you might want to get your holiday wishlist out soon. Aniplex of America announced the home media release of the latest season, which will be available on Dec. 20, 2022. The limited edition release will include three Blu-ray Discs with all 11 episodes and six original soundtrack CDs in a box illustrated by character designer Akira Matsushima. Much like the previous limited edition release, this latest one looks more of the same and should be an instant buy for collectors (which includes CJ since he owns the limited edition releases for Demon Slayer). Heading over to preorder from Rightstuf, the price for this latest release will be $139.98 on their website!
Things have not improved in the fight for Crunchyroll to have a meeting with SAG-AFTRA after voice actor Kyle McCarley stepped down from voicing Mob from Mob Psycho 100 until the company looks into creating a contract for dubbing. McCarley has been more vocal about the fight and mentioned how not every non-Dallas role is replaced in the series. In an interview with The Cartoon Cipher, McCarley would later say, “I mean, the public statement that they made is not at all in line with what they were saying to any of the cast, and they are definitely doing some remote recording on the show. I can tell you that much. So no, they have not replaced the entire cast.” It’s an interesting development we thought would be prudent to share with our readers.
Toonami Faithful fans had a treat this week, with not one but TWO podcast episodes published this week! First up, Andrew “Sketch” Hingson sparked a primal discussion about the last half of the hit series Primal, joined by Happy Kuro Kitty and special guests LumRanmaYasha, and Toonami Squad writer Sam Clutters! The gang gush about the final four episodes and what makes Primal so enjoyable for lovers of animation, considering it’s on a plane that is rivaled by series like Invincible and Arcane. It’s truly a treat that Toonami has had the opportunity to air this iconic series, and we hope you can enjoy that conversation among the panel. But it wasn’t all sunshine for discussion topics. The following episode of the Toonami Faithful Podcast had a genuine and sad conversation about the Toonami originals like Fena: Pirate Princess and Shenmue: The Animation being written off by Discovery and how much of a blow to the block this development is. Thankfully Happy Kuro Kitty was able to lighten the mood for the panel to talk about the newest original Housing Complex C with Varun “VLordGTZ” Gupta and Bryan “LaserKid” Johnson. The double dose of Toonami content is just what you need, and hopefully can find some time to listen to these episodes when you can!
Toonami Faithful has the distinct honor of providing a small review/sneak peek of Housing Complex C. Staff writer Happy Kuro Kitty has taken up the mantle to give readers her expert analysis of the horror series (as well as horror as a whole) and share her thoughts on what she’s expecting or enjoying. Episode two had a lot of familiar elements from other horror entities that Happy Kuro Kitty couldn’t get enough of and has appreciated how the story developed in such a short span. Make sure you read what she said about the Toonami original’s latest episode!
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