We finally have a November schedule. After speculation, fans can prepare for what will arrive at Toonami as the year’s end draws near. And while some aren’t thrilled about a repeating series starting the block in My Hero Academia, a brand new season of Made in Abyss will debut right after! The lineup will look much different next month, and we have all the information you need to know. But we also had a new member of our team join the podcast for an episode alongside a former member making a fantastic AMV for Housing Complex C. Make sure you check out everything we have to share on this edition of This Week From Toonami!
Toonami this week announced what their schedule would look like in November! My Hero Academia’s fifth season returns and will be followed by a brand new season of Made in Abyss! For those curious, rumors suggest that Toonami will air episode 23 of My Hero Academia, making some wonder if this is simply a fill-in for a new series to arrive on the action block. Also, you must check out the third film, Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul. It is required viewing for the second season of the hit cave-raiding series. Jason DeMarco also took to Twitter to stress how the Toonami team tried to acquire the rights to the film to air, but it did not work out. There were also a few changes, such as Primal returning, Toonami cutting the 3 a.m. hour, and no more double-dipping with One Piece or Naruto Shippuden, marking a ton of changes to begin next weekend. Of course, if any new information about Toonami’s plans becomes available, Toonami Faithful will keep you updated!
Jump Festa is always a fun time for anime fans in Japan to learn about some of their favorite manga titles from the company. And a massive announcement is coming involving Naruto! The event will happen on Dec. 17, so fans will want to keep their eyes peeled for what could be coming for the beloved franchise! Many speculate that this could be a new anime project, something similar to what Dragon Ball Z did with Dragon Ball Z Kai. It will be interesting to find out what new adventure Naruto will take everyone when the announcement is made. And if you enjoy having more Naruto content, VIZ Media and MANGA Plus released two spinoff manga series revolving around other characters from the property in English. Titled Naruto: Sasuke’s Story—The Uchiha and Heavenly Stardust: The Manga spinoff manga and Naruto: Konoha’s Story—The Steam Ninja Scrolls: The Manga, fans will get to have some extra fun involving characters like Sasuke, Kakashi, and Might Guy. You can find a synopsis of these spinoffs in the article linked, making them some fun light reading for any Naruto fan out there!
We have some follow-up news regarding the latest Lupin the Third series (Lupin Zero), which is set to premiere on Dec. 16. We now learned that the series will be six episodes long and that the anime will have a world premiere at Anime NYC on Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Hearing that episode length doesn’t necessarily mean Toonami wouldn’t look into it. Still, it certainly isn’t the best to hear how short it is. But content is content, so if this series could find its way on the block, I’m sure many Lupin fans who watch Adult Swim will be pleased!
The Japanese box office titan has finally been slain. One Piece Film Red is no longer the number one earning film for the weekend as a new challenger has taken the throne. Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of a Dark Dusk, the second Progressive film, opened at number one in ticket sales and box office totals knocking off the One Piece movie after a long stretch of dominance (One Piece Film Red stayed at number three on the list this weekend). Despite what some might feel about Sword Art Online as a whole, it’s undoubtedly a huge success to knock off One Piece at something, and gaining the title of opening number one at the box office is nothing to sneeze at all things considered. So while One Piece Film Red is no longer number one at the Japanese box office, it passed Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Bayside Shakedown 2 to become the ninth highest-grossing film in Japan. However, it has yet to get a new ranking among anime films in the country (it still is sitting at sixth). Soon fans in the U.S. will experience both films as they should make their way to the States!
Some big news came from ONE, the hit manga One-Punch Man writer. ONE announced that he would work with artist Kyōtarō Azuma to create a new manga titled Versus. Anime News Network reported what to expect when reading this new title. The magazine describes the manga as being set in a fantasy world where humans have been invaded and oppressed for hundreds of years after the emergence of their natural enemy, the demons. The demons are led by one Dark Lord and 47 generals. Throughout this time, humans have gathered from their number 47 heroes, who are marshaling forces to fight off the demons and begin their desperate battle for survival. It sounds exciting and should be fun to see another work from ONE, considering the hits of One-Punch Man and Mob Psycho 100.
Bandai Namco Entertainment America streamed a new trailer on Sunday for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R showcasing a new character for DLC. Risotto Nero from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind will join the lineup this Friday, with players who have purchased the season pass getting early access to Nero on Wednesday. And don’t worry, this is only the first of four new characters that are promised to be added to the game in the season pass, so now might be the time to grab it so you can have a chance to try out the new character before anyone else!
Former staff writer for Toonami Faithful Amp Ren (Formerly known as Alien Renegade) posted a new AMV that he made. Something we’ve known Amp Ren to do a few times, he decided to make a video involving the latest Toonami original Housing Complex C! We cannot applaud the work Amp Ren put into this project and love how well he captured the eerie and creepy feelings in the show itself. We cannot get enough of the song and love how he made the video loop, paying tribute to how much time mattered in the series. Make sure you check this out when you have the chance!
On the latest episode of the Toonami Faithful Podcast, CJ Maffris once again hosts to talk about the final episode of Housing Complex C. He is joined by Paul Pescrillo, Happy Kuro Kitty, and first-time guest Brittney Cooper who has since joined the social media team! The gang talks about what they like about the series and how much they wish it could have been five episodes to space out the events in the finale. However, the gang cannot stress enough how much they enjoyed Production I.G.’s ambitious attempt to make this series and are thankful it found a home on Toonami. However, everyone also took time to discuss the big lineup news that broke this week, with Made in Abyss’s second season and My Hero Academia coming to the block starting in November.
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