Hi anime fans, it’s time for this week’s news recap! It’s a sad week for Saturday morning cartoons, with the cancellation of the CW’s cartoon block, and NBC preempting NBC kids to show soccer, this is officially the first weekend in 50 years without Saturday morning cartoons on broadcast television. If that news bummed you out, hopefully, Pharrell’s new anime inspired music video, Crunchyroll’s fall line up, or the new Tales of Zestiria promo will cheer you back up.
Crunchyroll Announces Slew of Fall Shows
It’s time for the fall anime slate to begin and so ’tis the season for simulcast announcements, and Crunchyroll has them by the truckload. This week, Crunchyroll added World Trigger, Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road, Orenchi no Furo Jijou, Joker, Celestial Method, Bottom Biting Bug season 3, Gugure! Kokkuri-san, I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying, Log Horizon 2, Wolf Girl and Black Prince, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace, The Fruit of Grisaia, Cross Ange: Rondo of Angel and Dragon, and Tribe Cool Crew to their simulcasting schedule.
I Can’t Understand, Log Horizon 2 and Tribe Cool Crew already have an episode available for subscribers. Episodes of World Trigger, Celestial Method, Gugure!, Cross Ange, Wolf Girl and The Fruit of Grisaia will be airing throughout the day today. Finally, Yowamushi Pedal, Bottom Biting Bug, Joker, Orenchi no Furo Jijou, and Supernatural Battles will premiere on Monday. Free Crunchyroll users will get access to these episodes one week after they show for paid subscribers. You can check out all the links above for each show to find out more information.
Murakami Produces Pharrell Williams Music Video
Takashi Murakami, known best for his superflat art style has collaborated on a new music video for Pharrell William’s single “It Girl.” Murakami worked with NAZ (Danganronpa, Hamatora) and Ogura Atelier (Halo: Legends, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost) to animate the video.
The video draws on a mix of anime style and retro-video-game graphics. Murakami is no stranger to promotional work, as he has previously animated two short videos for Louis Vuitton: “Superflat Monogram” and “Superflat First Love”, as well as an animated Kaikai and Kiki short for Vogue magazine. You can see the music video below, and I’m sure it will make you “Happy.”
Tales of Zestiria Anime Promo Revealed
Namco Bandai has been working with Ufotable to produce an anime special for their upcoming Tales of Zestiria release in Japan. Ufotable is also signed on to do the in-game animation sequences for the game. The special episode will air in Japan on December 30th and 31st and be included on the disc with Zestiria when it releases in Japan on January 22nd. An international release is slated for the second quarter of 2015, but no hard dates have been given.
The promo below provides an, albeit brief, introduction of some of the game’s main characters.
For those who don’t speak Japanese, Anime News Network offered up a translation of the dialogue:
Sorey: Um… My name… Yeah. My name’s Sorey.
Text: The human who lives with Heavenly Beings – Sorey
Mikleo: It’d be best if you didn’t get involved with humans.
Text: The childhood friend Heavenly Being – Mikleo
Sorey: I can’t leave her alone! She’s still alive!
Text: The girl met by a miracle – Alisha
Alisha: My name is Alisha Difda. You really are someone nice to be around.
Text: The TV anime special has been green-lit to air all over Japan!
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