0:00: With a lot of stuff to talk about, Justin and Helen quickly get into the news that’s occurred over the past few weeks…and that first means touching upon the death of Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!.
6:42: JUMP+ will apparently make sure any new manga will be simulpubbed in English, aka on MANGA Plus. Justin and Helen discuss this news.
9:02: Uzumaki has seen a few delays, but now it’s delayed indefinitely — the two hosts wonder what’s going on with this anime.
10:59: The manga home of Poyopoyo is going to say goodbye! Manga Life magazine in Japan will be ending publication this month.
11:48: Netflix…you’d think they wouldn’t be letting anyone go after they already did so a few months ago, but…
Licenses (Anime Expo edition!)
14:32: Justin and Helen first talk about AX overall and give their takes on everything they could see from afar over the four-day weekend. That includes what definitely went viral over the weekend too.
19:41: Yen Press announced a bunch of stuff at their panel:
- [Oshi no Ko]
- Honey Lemon Soda
- Pandora Seven
- Doomsday with My Dog
- Puella Magi Oriko Magica
- Even If This Love Disappears from the World Tonight (Yen On)
- The Opportunistic Princess Has All the Answers (Yen On)
- K-ON! The Complete Omnibus Collection & K-ON! Shuffle
- Fruits Basket Another volume 4
- Your Form (Manga)
- Apparently, Disillusioned Adventurers Will Save the World (Manga)
- I’m Quitting Heroing (Manga), Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Memorial Fan Book
23:15: Kodansha had these announcements on their panel:
- Desert Eagle
- My Wonderful World
- My Maid, Miss Kishi
- Hella Chill Monsters
- My Tentative Name (all 5 July digital debuts)
- Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun
- The Yakuza’s Bias, Lovely Muco!
- I (♂) Crossed-Dressed for the IRL (♀) Meetup
- Tsugumi Project
- The Surgery Room (Honojiro Towoji’s illustrated version)
- Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose – Catastrophe at 16 manga & will release Tetsuya Tsutsui’s Prophecy as a new omnibus edition
- Digital first to now print titles: Medaka Kuroiwa is Impervious to My Charms, A Condition Called Love, Twilight Out of Focus, The Great Cleric, Am I Actually the Strongest?& Quality Assurance in Another World
- …and a license rescue! Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for my Retirement LN! (All slated for Spring 2023)
26:30: Yes, that’s right, Kodansha license rescued a Sol Press title. J-Novel Club also got some Sol Press titles as well:
- Why Shouldn’t a Detestable Demon Lord Fall in Love?!
- Redefining the META at VRMMO Academy
- Battle Divas
- Strongest Gamer: Let’s Play in Another World
- I Surrendered My Sword for a New Life as a Mage
- Let This Grieving Soul Retire!
- The GM Has Logged Into Another World
J-Novel Club also licensed some not Sol Press titles:
- Death’s Daughter and the Ebony Blade
- DUNGEON DIVE
- The Conqueror from a Dying Kingdom
- Yuri Tama: From Third Wheel to Trifecta
- Yashiro-kun’s Guide to Going Solo
- Formerly, the Fallen Daughter of the Duke (J-Novel Heart)
- Backstabbed in a Backwater Dungeon: My Trusted Companions Tried to Kill Me, But Thanks to the Gift of an Unlimited Gacha I Got LVL 9999 Friends and Am Out For Revenge on My Former Party Members and the World
- Isekai Tensei: Recruited to Another World (Manga)
- Full Metal Panic! Short Stories (will also be released in hardcover)
32:35: Seven Seas also came out swinging at their panel:
- Do Not Say Mystery
- To Every You I’ve Loved Before & To Me, The One Who Loved You (Airship)
- Raven of the Inner Palace (Airship)
- The Invisible Man and His Soon-to-Be Wife
- I’m in Love with the Villainess Spin-Off (Airship)
- Why Don’t You Eat Me, My Dear Wolf?
- The Eccentric Doctor of the Moon Flower Kingdom
- Classroom of the Elite: Horikita
- Villainess and the Demon Knight (Steamship)
- Rise of the Outlaw Tamer and His Wild S-Rank Cat Girl
- A Collector’s Edition of Marmalade Boy
34:25: TOKYOPOP, for all of their mistakes as they’ve come back into publishing, has done ok, and they had some nice license announcements at their panel. But they’re now aiming to ruin it by reviving Rising Stars of Manga. Justin and Helen go over this decision by them.
38:23: DENPA licensed Fish Society; Mangamo had a couple announcements and manga to add to their app; Turning the Tables on the Seatmate Killer & My Dear Detective: Mitsuko’s Case Files will be added to Azuki in August; And finally, Comikey will be working with Digital Manga, Shueisha, and ABLAZE to add a good amount of stuff to their service.
41:29: Crunchyroll had two announcements that hyped some fans — Solo Leveling and Tomo-chan is a Girl! Some interesting information can be gleamed regarding both these two titles. Also they’re now streaming Fate/Grand Carnival!
44:26: Helen digs into the enormous amount of Macross news that occurred on Friday and Saturday at Anime Expo:
- Anime Limited has licensed Macross Plus.
- AnimeEigo has licensed The Super Dimension Fortress Macross II: Lovers, Again
- Udon Entertainment will publish Hidetaka Tenjin’s Artistry of Macross: From Flash Back 2012 to Macross Frontier artbook
- Nozomi has licensed Macross Frontier and Macross Delta
- Rightstuf/Nozomi has licensed Macross 7, and will be released in two Blu-Ray Disc sets, with both a regular edition and a “collector’s ultra edition” release with bonus content
50:55: Rightstuf/Nozomi also announced they’ll be bringing over three Gundam works to home media sometime soon; Sentai licensed Peter Grill Season 2, Chiikawa, Ragna Crimson, Reincarnated as a Sword, & I’ve Somehow Gotten Stronger When I Improved My Farm-Related Skills; Eleven Arts will show The House of the Lost on the Cape film in theaters on September 7 with sub and dub showings.
52:53: And in final bit of big news at Anime Expo, Trigger announced at their panel that they’ll be doing an anime project involving Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, and the internet lost their minds; to get people hyped, Dark Horse confirmed they’ll be reprinting the manga.
56:06: But to cap this section off, Justin and Helen discuss an alternative universe where the manga licensing cards lined up for Dark Horse and in addition to having Berserk in their catalog they’re currently publishing Attack on Titan and Rose of Versailles. In reality though the two hosts get to at least theorize why Dark Horse doesn’t have those two, since it was revealed how.
1:01:15: The new Reincarnated as a Slime movie will screen on Crunchyroll early in 2023; they’ve also added a couple new Gundam works to their service. Meanwhile the newest Gundam, Witch From Mercury Prologue, will premiere at SDCC…which only puzzles Justin and Helen. And in final bit of streaming news, also consider this weird: Vinland Saga is out on Netflix and HIDIVE…with two different dubs. Welp!
Main Topic: Summer Anime 2022 Part 1: First Impressions
1:03:05: With all the Anime Expo news and other news that happened over the past few weeks, Justin and Helen talk about a few of the summer anime they’ve watched so far, ranging from Ayumu to Call of the Night to what someone is possibly stalling to watch (Biscuit Hammer), though expect more anime to be discussed in the next episode!
1:33:40: The story of former Prime Minister Abe getting assassinated did end up affecting the industry, just in some ways you’d expect, others not so much:
- Teppen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’s second episode got canceled due to its plotline.
- BELLE, but less canceled and more halted due to coverage of Abe’s assassination.
- And then you get the comments from someone saying something stupid, and that left Hideo Kojima to put out a statement. Incredible.
1:37:14: Oh hey look, the Love Hina and Negima! guy got a seat in the Japan House of Representatives!
1:37:54: Meanwhile 2chan website founder Hiroyuki Nishimura is now an isekai hero, and both hosts have no words on how weird this actually is (ok, they have a few!)
1:38:58: A manga getting canceled due to the artist’s health is not unusual, but for 86 to have two series where both the artists had health issues and had to cancel it is definitely rare for sure. Unfortunate news.
1:40:40: Mob Psycho Season 3 has people hyped about it. Maybe too hype, as someone leaked the new OP from the AX panel and that made the official Twitter account sad.
1:41:47: Transformers has been existing for a long time, but finally, they’ve now become anime girls.
1:42:20: VTubing and Nice Boat shouldn’t mix, but when bringing the School Days band back together, it…will have to mix!
1:43:27: And in final bit of weird news, Netflix apparently has not learned from their last failure of Death Note and will try again! Justin has…lots of thoughts about it, especially since he’s a big fan of the series!!!