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Delicious Party Precure ‒ Episode 17

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I’ve said it before and I’ll keep right on saying it: one of Delicious Party Precure‘s greatest strengths is how it respects its characters and its audience. It would have been so easy to speed things up exponentially with Amane’s transition from bad guy to fourth Cure, but as with the gathering of the initial team of three, the story is allowing for her to be more than just the next superheroine – she gets to be a person first, and one who’s very, very conflicted about what happened to her. Amane clearly knows that she did a lot of damage when she was under Narcistoru’s control, and a piece of her just doesn’t believe that she deserves to be one of the official good guys, and that she definitely doesn’t have the right to be friends with the parfait recipipi when she did so much harm to the little food fairies. It doesn’t matter to her that Yui, Kokone, and Ran all want her to join them any more than it makes a difference that the parfait spirit believes in her: Amane is so weighed down by guilt that she can’t climb out from under it.

While I don’t want her to be unhappy, I do like this as a plot point. Amane went through a lot of trauma that she’s now having to come to terms with, and of course she’s going to have issues stemming from her experiences. As we saw with Kokone and Ran, she’s got a right to her own emotions, and it’s especially good to see her allowed to deal with those feelings on her own terms in a show with an intended audience of children. It’s not always easy to just flip a switch and change sides or to put what happened to you in the past behind you, and Amane needs to decide on her own that she wants to be a Pretty Cure for reasons that make sense to her. And her situation is different from the other girls’ – she’s not lonely like Kokone, carrying out her grandmother’s wishes like Yui, or looking to more honestly express her emotions like Ran. Amane is trying to find her place in the world after she was forced out of her regular existence, and that’s not something anyone else can find or decide for her.

Mari appears to understand this better than anyone else, and I daresay that Takumi might as well, given that he really struggled with the choice to become Black Pepper. (He still seems a little conflicted, but that could easily be embarrassment.) That’s another really nice element of this episode: Mari simply lays out the facts for Amane but doesn’t push her either way. The girls are visibly shocked when Amane thrusts the crystal back at Mari and runs off, but he doesn’t look all that surprised. It could just be due to the fact that he’s the adult of the group, but I think Mari’s a lot more emotionally intelligent than we get to see most of the time, and he may have anticipated that Amane wouldn’t jump at the chance to become the next Cure. Whether the CooQueen and CooKing will share his decision to let Amane choose for herself – or whether he’ll even bother to tell them – remains to be seen.

Even if the preview didn’t let us know what Amane’s eventual choice will be, we can see that the team is coalescing very nicely. Black Pepper really became part of it this time, and watching him and Cure Precious save each other is just heartwarming, while also shifting him from a Tuxedo Mask-style magical boy to one who’s actually part of the team. And Narcistoru was really too busy being kind of weirded out by how poorly his combination Motto Ubau-zo turned out to do much about it – as fits his name, that boy is very concerned about appearances, although in this case he perhaps also ought to have been worried about monster functionality. He does appear to learn from his mistakes, though, so complacency probably isn’t a good plan.

And now as we wait for Cure Finale (presumably so named because dessert is the grand finale of a meal) to join us, let me just wonder about how parfaits as a food are viewed by the Pretty Cure franchise. Is it an inherently bossy, snooty food? Because I’m getting a very similar vibe from the parfait recipipi as I did from Kira Kira Pretty Cure a la Mode‘s Cure Parfait…which means that the little fairy will probably be a terrific ally, even if it is, at times, a little hard to take.

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Manga Creator Kazuhiko Miyaya Passes Away

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Miyaya debuted in 1967; is known for Ore-tachi no Kisetsu, Like a Rolling Stone, Seishokuki


Manga creator Kazuhiko Miyaya (real name Hajime Fuchigami) passed away on June 28. He was 76.

The Asahi Shimbun newspaper cites a source saying that Miyaya was found collapsed at his home on June 28.

Miyaya debuted in Mushi Production‘s alternative manga magazine COM in 1967 with his work Nemuri ni Tsuku Toki (When You Fall Asleep), and frequently published works in the magazine until the 70s, when the magazine ceased publication.

Miyaya is best known for his Like a Rolling Stone, Ore-tachi no Kisetsu (Our Season), and Seishokuki manga.

Source: Asahi Shimbun


Manga Creator Kazuhiko Miyaya Passes Away

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Miyaya debuted in 1967; is known for Ore-tachi no Kisetsu, Like a Rolling Stone, Seishokuki


Manga creator Kazuhiko Miyaya (real name Hajime Fuchigami) passed away on June 28. He was 76.

The Asahi Shimbun newspaper cites a source saying that Miyaya was found collapsed at his home on June 28.

Miyaya debuted in Mushi Production‘s alternative manga magazine COM in 1967 with his work Nemuri ni Tsuku Toki (When You Fall Asleep), and frequently published works in the magazine until the 70s, when the magazine ceased publication.

Miyaya is best known for his Like a Rolling Stone, Ore-tachi no Kisetsu (Our Season), and Seishokuki manga.

Source: Asahi Shimbun


RWBY: Ice Queendom Anime's Manga Adaptation Launches

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Kumiko Suekane‘s manga adaptation of RWBY: Ice Queendom (RWBY: Hyōsetsu Teikoku), the new television anime for Rooster Teeth‘s RWBY franchise, launched in the August issue of Kadokawa‘s Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine on June 27.

Rooster Teeth describes the anime:

RWBY: Ice Queendom presents RWBY in beautiful 2D anime visuals. RWBY imagines a world filled with horrific monsters bent on death and destruction, and humanity’s only hope is dependent upon powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training whose journeys will take them far past the grounds of their school, Beacon Academy. Though each may be powerful on their own, these four girls must overcome dark forces and work as a team if they truly hope to become the next generation of Remnant’s protectors.

The anime premiered in Japan on July 3 on Tokyo MX and BS11, and on July 5 on MBS. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japanese with English subtitles, and it will also stream an English dub.

Toshimasa Suzuki (Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne, The Price of Smiles) is directing the anime at SHAFT. Kenjirō Okada (March comes in like a lion) is credited as chief director. Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero novels, Psycho-Pass) is credited for conceptualizing the anime, with Tow Ubukata (Mardock Scramble, Psycho-Pass 2, Ghost in the Shell Arise) writing and supervising the scripts. huke (Black Rock Shooter, Steins;Gate) conceptualized the character designs for the anime, while Nobuhiro Sugiyama (ef: a tale of memories, Arakawa Under the Bridge, March comes in like a lion) is designing those characters for animation, while also serving as chief animation director alongside Yoshiaki Ito and Hiroki Yamamura. Nobuyuki Takeuchi (Maria Holic, Bakemonogatari) is credited for visual direction. Nobuko Toda and Kazuma Jinnouchi are composing the music.

Members of the original English cast and the Japanese dub are reprising the roles for the anime. Void_Chords feat. L performs the opening theme song “Beyond Selves.” Saori Hayami performs the ending theme song “Awake.”

Source: Comic Natalie


RWBY: Ice Queendom Anime's Manga Adaptation Launches

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Kumiko Suekane‘s manga adaptation of RWBY: Ice Queendom (RWBY: Hyōsetsu Teikoku), the new television anime for Rooster Teeth‘s RWBY franchise, launched in the August issue of Kadokawa‘s Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine on June 27.

Rooster Teeth describes the anime:

RWBY: Ice Queendom presents RWBY in beautiful 2D anime visuals. RWBY imagines a world filled with horrific monsters bent on death and destruction, and humanity’s only hope is dependent upon powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training whose journeys will take them far past the grounds of their school, Beacon Academy. Though each may be powerful on their own, these four girls must overcome dark forces and work as a team if they truly hope to become the next generation of Remnant’s protectors.

The anime premiered in Japan on July 3 on Tokyo MX and BS11, and on July 5 on MBS. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japanese with English subtitles, and it will also stream an English dub.

Toshimasa Suzuki (Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne, The Price of Smiles) is directing the anime at SHAFT. Kenjirō Okada (March comes in like a lion) is credited as chief director. Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero novels, Psycho-Pass) is credited for conceptualizing the anime, with Tow Ubukata (Mardock Scramble, Psycho-Pass 2, Ghost in the Shell Arise) writing and supervising the scripts. huke (Black Rock Shooter, Steins;Gate) conceptualized the character designs for the anime, while Nobuhiro Sugiyama (ef: a tale of memories, Arakawa Under the Bridge, March comes in like a lion) is designing those characters for animation, while also serving as chief animation director alongside Yoshiaki Ito and Hiroki Yamamura. Nobuyuki Takeuchi (Maria Holic, Bakemonogatari) is credited for visual direction. Nobuko Toda and Kazuma Jinnouchi are composing the music.

Members of the original English cast and the Japanese dub are reprising the roles for the anime. Void_Chords feat. L performs the opening theme song “Beyond Selves.” Saori Hayami performs the ending theme song “Awake.”

Source: Comic Natalie


MangaGamer Announces Two New Acquisitions this Anime Expo

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July 3rd, 2022 – MangaGamer Announces New Acquisitions!

Happy to be back in LA for Anime Expo this year, MangaGamer revealed two new acquisitions at their industry panel tonight.

The first announcement of the night was the newest BL title from parade: Lkyt.

Every thousand years, the Dark Reign rises and pushes forth to destroy all humanity, but those of the Shoreline Nation have dedicated their lives to defending the world from this recurring threat, using the magic within themselves and their bonds between each other to stave off these vicious foes. It is here that Tasuku trains, expecting the next rise to come generations later, but now as signs of the Dark Reign are uncovered with their nation still unprepared, Tasuku finds himself thrust into a battle that will determine the fate of the world.

Can two people find hope for the future with an outlook so bleak? Is it possible for friendship to turn into intimacy on the eve of humanity’s destruction? Can love save the world?

Find out in this sombre romance at the harsh edge of the world.

Next to be announced was the latest title in the infamous Rance series – Rance 03.

The Kingdom of Leazas finds itself suddenly under siege from within by the elite forces of Helman and their terrifying allies – the fiends! As the kingdom falls, Princess Lia sends her most trusted servant to find the only man who can save her kingdom – the raunchy adventurer, Rance! Join Rance as he braves dungeons and plows through heroines on his quest for Chaos – the hyper weapon capable of slaying the fiends! Will Rance succeed in retaking the Kingdom of Leazas? He seems confident he will, but what price will he demand from the maidens he rescues?!

This new, modern remake of the old classic features updated visuals, a revamped battle system that adds skills and party tactics to the combat from Rance 01, and a never-before included feature in the Rance series – voice acting!

If you would like more information on these titles and more, be sure to join their discussion on Discord or follow MangaGamer on Twitter or Facebook, or check out their blog so you don’t miss out on the fun!

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Final Fantasy XIV Online's Island Sanctuary Outlined as Patch 6.2 – Buried Memory Announced

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Patch 6.18 Introduces Data Center Travel on 5th July


LONDON (1st July, 2022) – SQUARE ENIX® today shared new information on the upcoming Patch 6.2, titled “Buried Memory,” for FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online during the latest Letter from the Producer LIVE broadcast, including the latest information about the highly-anticipated Island Sanctuary content.

Patch 6.2 is scheduled to launch in late August and will contain a wealth of new content, including the latest chapter in the critically acclaimed story, fresh battle challenges, system updates and more.

Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida spent some time during the broadcast explaining more about the upcoming Island Sanctuary content, and what adventures lie in store. Players will be able to build their own personal island sanctuary in this relaxing solo content—gather materials, build facilities, care for creatures, and more, without the need for previous crafting or gathering experience. Through completing various content in the Island Sanctuary, players may also earn island currency which can be exchanged for special items.

Yoshida also shared the latest information regarding what players can look forward to when Patch 6.2 launches, including:

  • New Main Scenario Quests – The latest chapter in the story continues.
  • New Side Quests – Tataru’s Grand Endeavor continues.
  • New Dungeon – The Fell Court of Troia
  • New Trial – A new challenge at both Normal and Extreme difficulties. Further details to be announced at a later date.
  • New 8-Player Raid – Pandæmonium: Abyssos will be available in both Normal and Savage difficulties. The Savage difficulty raid is planned for release one week following the launch of Patch 6.2.
  • New Unreal Trial – Battle against Sephirot in Containment Bay S1T7 (Unreal)
  • PvP Updates – PvP Series 2 and Crystal Conflict Series 3 will begin with the release of Patch 6.2. Rival Wings will also resume, along with PvP action adjustments.
  • Further Main Scenario Reworks:

    • The Duty Support feature will be expanded to include main scenario dungeons from Snow Cloak through The Vault.
    • The Steps of Faith Trial will be reworked into a Solo Quest Battle
    • Thornmarch Trial will be revamped

  • Miscellaneous Updates – Additional content including job adjustments for both PvE and PvP, updates to Adventurer Plates, Glamour Dresser expansion from 400 to 800 slots, and more.

Additionally, details were also shared about what content will be coming at a slightly later date, as part of Patch 6.25:

  • New Side Quests – Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures continue in Patch 6.25.
  • New Weapon Enhancement Quests – Players can obtain and enhance Manderville Weapons throughout the Patch 6.x series, which will unlock through the Somehow Further Hildibrand Adventures questline.
  • New Tribal Quests: Omicron – Disciples of the Land focused quests
  • New “Variant Dungeons” Battle Content – Previously called “Criterion Dungeons,” players can enjoy this new variable-difficulty dungeon content—beginning with Sil’dihn Subterrane—designed for between 1-4 players, with the difficulty of enemies scaling depending on party size. Dungeons will feature branching routes, which change depending on player action within the dungeon.
  • Another Path: Criterion Dungeons – High difficulty four-player content, which features a visually similar area to the Variant Dungeons, but will have a set route. The Criterion Dungeon content will feature two options of varying difficulties, each with their own unique set of rules and characteristics.

The full Letter from the Producer LIVE broadcast can be viewed at: https://sqex.to/sRrmb

Finally, Patch 6.18 is set to launch on Tuesday 5th July, introducing the long-awaited Data Center Travel feature. Players will be able to visit Worlds on different data centers, before forming parties and challenging duties once there. This feature only allows for travel between logical data centers within the same physical data center. Travel between Japanese, North American, European, and Oceanian data centers will be unavailable.

Patch 6.18 will add a new logical data center, Meteor, to the Japanese data center, and certain existing Worlds will be redistributed within it. European regions will also see the first of two major expansions to the number of Worlds available, meaning a greater capacity for more players. In the EU region, four Worlds will be added in total, with two Worlds being added to each data center as listed below:

  • New Worlds in the Chaos Data Center – ‘Sagittarius’ and ‘Phantom’
  • New Worlds in the Light Data Center – ‘Alpha’ and ‘Raiden’

Full details on these additions can be found here: sqex.to/BJf1v

With more than 25 million total registered players, there has never been a better time for newcomers to begin their adventures in the critically acclaimed FINAL FANTASY XIV Online saga. The expanded Free Trial now includes all content from A Realm Reborn™ and the Heavensward™ expansion (and updates through Patch 3.56), as well as an additional playable race (Au Ra), and three additional playable jobs (Dark Knight, Astrologian, and Machinist). Free Trial players can enjoy hundreds of hours of award-winning gameplay and story experiences equivalent to two full FINAL FANTASY titles, without limit on playtime. More information is available: http://sqex.to/FFXIVFreeTrial

For more information on FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker™, visit the official site at: https://eu.finalfantasyxiv.com/endwalker/.

Crunchyroll Announces News Series, Reveals First Look Trailers, and More at Anime Expo 2022

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Solo Leveling Announced, Trailer Debuts for TRIGUN STAMPEDE, To Your Eternity Season 2, and Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation; OVERLORD IV for Summer 2022, and More!

Culver City, California (July 3, 2022) – Crunchyroll, the global leader in bringing the ultimate anime experience to audiences around the world, shared an incredible amount of exclusive announcements to attendees at this year’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles over the 4th of July weekend. From My Hero Academia to Dragon Ball news along, acquisitions announcements for Solo Leveling and OVERLORD IV, as well as first looks at TRIGUN STAMPEDE, Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2, To Your Eternity Season 2, and more, fans will have much to look forward to coming soon to Crunchyroll.

During the Crunchyroll Industry Panel, held on Sunday, July 3, an abundance of electrifying news was delivered to whet fans’ appetite for some highly anticipated titles coming to Crunchyroll in the near future. The following announcements were made:

  • Solo Leveling – The beloved Korean manhwa Solo Leveling, written by Chugong and illustrated by DUBU (REDICE Studio), will be adapted into an anime series by A-1 Pictures and simulcast on Crunchyroll worldwide outside of Asia. The first key visual and English teaser trailer was revealed to much excitement. The production staff was also announced, which included:

    • Original Work: Solo Leveling by DUBU (REDICE Studio), Chugong, h-goon
    • Director: Shunsuke Nakashige
    • Head Writer: Noboru Kimura
    • Character Designer: Tomoko Sudo
    • Music: Hiroyuki Sawano
    • Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
      • Synopsis: It’s been over a decade since the sudden appearance of the “gates”—the paths that connect our world with a different dimension. Since then, certain humans have awakened to supernatural powers. We call these individuals “hunters.” Hunters make their living by using their powers to conquer dungeons inside the gates. In this world of tough customers, the low-ranked hunter Jinwoo Sung is known as “the weakest hunter of all mankind.” One day, Jinwoo gets fatally injured when he runs into high-rank double dungeons hidden within a low-rank dungeon. Just then, a mysterious quest window appears in front of him. On the verge of death, Jinwoo decides to accept the quest and starts leveling up… while the others aren’t.

    Quotes from the Solo Leveling author and illustrator:

    “About six years ago when I was writing the very beginning of Solo Leveling, if someone had said to me, ‘The novel you wrote will become a comic,’ I bet I’d have told them to stop pulling my leg. But now, I’m told that it’ll be animated?! Seriously, stop pulling my leg!… But these days, I’m feeling excited and thrilled. Since I’m still half-doubting that this is real, I want to see Jinwoo and the other characters get animated soon and feel relieved. I’ll keep working diligently while looking forward to that day.” – Chugong, Author

    Solo Leveling is finally making its anime debut. It feels like only yesterday that we got the offer for the anime adaptation. I feel so overwhelmed when I think that the anime is really being created right now. This is all thanks to you fans who love and support Solo Leveling. I’m filled with gratitude. Thank you very much. Also, please support the animation production team. If this anime gives new enjoyment to the readers, I’ll be very happy.” – DUBU, Illustrator

  • Princess Connect! Re: DiveCrunchyroll Games presents the summer campaign for Princess Connect! Re:Dive along with year two of the swimsuit character events that are currently underway! A limited-time Makoto (Summer) character will be released on July 4.
  • OVERLORD IV – New key art was unveiled to confirm that Crunchyroll will stream the fourth season of the popular anime series on its platform starting July 5 for the Summer 2022 anime season.

    • Synopsis: Newly crowned Ains has big plans for his Sorcerer Kingdom, but so do his enemies. Deep in the mountains of Azerlisia lie the Dwarves’ mortal enemy, a demi-human race, the Quagoa, gathered ready to invade. To make matters worse, other kingdoms conspire to overthrow the undead king! Will his vision for a utopia come to fruition? Heavy lies the crown, even for the guy with unlimited power.

  • Hello Kitty x Fruits Basket collab – BoxLunch announced the launch of this super cute collab, with the first piece available for purchase at Anime Expo. The full collection of Fruits Basket x Hello Kitty and Friends, which brings together Sanrio‘s beloved characters with Tohru Honda and the shape-shifting Soma clan, launches at BoxLunch and Hot Topic this August.
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 2 – The second season of Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation has been acquired by Crunchyroll and will be simulcast in 2023. An all-new thrilling trailer made its world premiere, featuring heroes Rudy, Sylphy, Roxy, and Eris on their next adventures.
  • Tomo-chan Is a Girl! – An anime adaptation for the manga Tomo-chan Is a Girl!, written and illustrated by Fumita Yanagida, has officially been announced and will be produced by studio Lay-duce. The series will be simulcast on Crunchyroll starting January 2023. Fans were given a first look with an all-new key visual along with a teaser trailer subbed and dubbed. The English and Japanese voice of Carol Olston is performed by Sally Amaki. Tomo Aizawa will be voiced by Rie Takahashi in Japanese and Lexi Nieto for the English dub. And Kaito Ishikawa will be voicing Junichiro Kubota, and