Anime Sleepy Time is back, and it’s sleepier than ever. The big stories this week are Belle coming to the New York Film Festival and the Netflix Cowboy Bebop reveal. We wrap things up with a review of Weather Report Girl.
The music is an original arrangement made up of sections of the following songs:
- Chakra by Mark Himley
- Abstract Heart by Shimmer
- Our Memories by AEROPLANES
- Cumulonimbus by Hale
- Fairy Party by GLASWING
Welcome to Anime Sleepy Time. The anime podcast that you’re not supposed to finish. You’ve had a long day, and you have a lot on your mind. But for the next 30 minutes, you’re going to forget about all of that. You’re going to relax and focus on the sound of my voice and focus on the gentle music as it carries your thoughts away and guides you to sleep. Let my voice wrap around you like a warm hug or a weighted blanket.
Each episode of Anime Sleepy Time will have a similar format and the same music. This is so you can begin to associate these sounds with bedtime. It may not work the first night. It may not work the second night. But after a few sessions, you may find that you begin to fall asleep around the same time. You might not even make it to the end of the news segment. If you need more than 30 minutes, you can make a playlist so you can listen to this as many times as you need.
Tonight on Anime Sleepy Time, we will look at some highlights of the news from August 22 to September 4, 2021. After the news, there will be a review of the 2-episode erotic OVA Weather Report Girl.
But before we discuss the news, we’re going to do a breathing exercise together called 4-7-8.
You start by emptying your lungs.
Then you breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds.
Hold this breath for 7 seconds.
Then breathe out slowly through your mouth while making a whooshing sound for eight seconds.
Let’s try it.
Breathe in 2 3 4
Hold 2 3 4 5 6 7
Out 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
One more time
Alright, now you’re ready.
All news is summarized from articles first published on Anime News Network unless otherwise noted. Links to the original articles can be found in the show notes for this episode.
Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino may only be working in the anime industry for three more years. Tomino told Weekly Playboy that it is becoming difficult for him to move around during the day due to spinal canal stenosis. [Source]
In the wake of Femboy Films’ cancelation of their restoration of DAICON FILM’s Daicon III, Gainax has announced that they are working on their own restoration of the short film. At this time, it’s unclear who of the original animation team is working on the restoration. The Twitter account FilmDaicon was launched to keep fans updated and share stories and pictures from the studio’s history. [Source]
Uma Musume Project has partnered with Top Gun: Maverick to help promote the upcoming film in Japan. According to the Uma Musume and Japanese Top Gun Twitter accounts, the horse girl Mayano Top Gun has been made the “promotional pilot.” The film will premiere in Japan on November 19, 2021. [Source]
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The text version of “Mamoru Hosada’s Belle premieres in the US at the New York Film Festival” can be found here.
Theatrical screenings for two more anime films have been announced, as well. The 4K remaster of Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 feature film adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell manga will be released simultaneously in Japan and the US starting on September 17, 2021, in select IMAX theaters, with regular screenings to follow on October 1. [Source]
Funimation has announced that they will screen My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission in over 1500 theaters this October. The film will open on October 29 in the US, Canada, and the UK. Australia and New Zealand will get the film a day early on October 28. Both English dubbed and subtitled screenings will be available. [Source]
ToonamiFaithful.com has reported an update to Adult Swim’s Saturday night anime programming block Toonami. Attack on Titan will be replaced with an encore of Dr. Stone: Stone Wars. Starting on September 4, 2021, the schedule will be as follows:
- Fena: Pirate Princess at 12:00am
- My Hero Academia at 12:30am
- Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon at 1:00am
- Food Wars at 1:30am
- Black Clover at 2:00am
- Naruto Shippuden at 2:30am
- Dr. Stone: Stone Wars at 3:00am
- Dragon Ball Super at 3:30am
All times are in the Eastern timezone. [Source]
Funimation will be adding the following titles from the Gundam franchise to their streaming service starting September 7, 2021:
- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing
- Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam
- Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin
- And Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative
These titles will be available with English and Japanese audio. [Source]
Several anime titles have been made available on YouTube. Sony Pictures started adding the Madhouse anime adaptations of X-Men, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Blade to their Throwback Toon channel. [Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4]
Adult Swim has uploaded the first episode of the Fena: Pirate Princess English dub to their YouTube channel. [Source]
Finally, Funimation has formed a partnership with animation studio Gonzo to stream Ragnarok: The Animation, Witchblade, and Burst Angel for a limited time on their YouTube channel. New episodes will be made available every three days until each series is complete. They will later be removed approximately one month from when they are uploaded.
Currently, Ragnarok: The Animation is the only show that has begun uploading. Witchblade and Burst Angel will premiere on October 1 and 26, respectively. This will be the first time that Ragnarok: The Animation is available in HD. [Source]
GKIDS announced the details of their remaining Neon Genesis Evangelion Blu-ray sets on August 30, 2021. The Collector’s Edition will include both dubs of the series and films, a 40-page book, art cards, and over seven hours of bonus features. The Standard Edition includes the Netflix dub of the series and films and over five hours of bonus features.
The Collector’s Edition is currently $174.98 on Right Stuff, with a release date of December 8, 2021. The Standard Edition is currently $45.99, with a release date of November 9, 2021. The Ultimate Edition, which was only available through the GKIDS website and sold out in eight hours, is set to release at the same time as the Collector’s Edition. Fly Me to the Moon will not be included on any of these sets due to issues with music licensing [Source]
Discotek Media has revealed a November 30, 2021 release date for the following titles:
- Z/X Ignition on Blu-ray. Previously released on DVD in 2015, the Blu-ray release will include all 12 episodes with English and Japanese audio.
- Lupin III vs. Detective Conan: The Movie on Blu-ray. Originally only available on DVD with English subtitles, this Blu-ray features a brand new English dub with the classic Lupin III cast and the new Detective Conan cast that debuted in Cased Closed Episode “One.”
- Urusei Yatsura: Only You on Blu-ray. This release will include the English dub from the AnimEigo release, as well as Japanese audio with English subtitles.
- Kodocha The Complete First Series on SD-BD. This set features the first 51 episodes of the series, complete with the Funimation’s English dub. It will also have Japanese audio with English subtitles. Previous issues with music rights and voices have been resolved.
- Saiyuki Reload on SD-BD. This set includes all 25 episodes with Geneon’s English dub, as well as Japanese audio with English subtitles.
- Finally, the Project A-Ko Perfect Edition on Blu-ray. This release is remastered from the film negatives and will be the first time the film is available in HD. It will include the English dub produced by Manga Entertainment, as well as Japanese audio with English subtitles. [Source]
The Netflix Original adaptation of Keisuke Itagaki’s manga Hanma Baki: Son of Ogre has received a release date. The 12-episode anime series will premiere on the streaming service worldwide on September 30, 2021. If this season is paced similarly to previous installments, it will likely end with the conclusion of the Great Prison Battle arc.
While Netflix has not announced plans for further seasons of Grappler Baki, it seems likely to happen. Chief Anime Producer Taiki Sakurai said at the Netflix Anime Festival in 2020 that Baki is a top performer for the service, ranking in the top ten most-watched anime in over 50 countries. If Son of Ogre performs just as well, it’s only a matter of time before they animate the remaining arcs. [Source]
And to wrap up the news:
Netflix has finally given a release date for their live-action adaptation of Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop. The 10-episode series will premiere on November 19, 2021. It stars John Cho as Spike Spiegel, Mustafa Shakir as Jet Black, and Danielle Pineda as Faye Valentine. The score is being composed by Cowboy Bebop alum Yoko Kanno. According to Executive Producer Jeff Pinker, a second season is already in the early stages of pre-production. [Source]
In addition to a release date, Netflix also shared some promotional photos of the cast. The response has been mixed, with some fans saying it looks much better than they expected and others criticizing the changes made to Faye’s costume.
Cosplayer Diana Soreil tweeted in defense of the wardrobe department’s changes.
“[Faye’s costume is] quite possibly one of the ABSOLUTE WORST designs I’ve ever seen in terms of ‘how well does this translate into a real life 3D object.’ You can’t really move in it and it doesn’t look good on a human and therefore it had to be tweaked for live-action.”
Soreil used Black Widow’s costume from the first Avengers film as an example of why this is important.
“Black Widow’s jumpsuit is MADE OF NON STRETCH FABRIC. NOT JOKING. They went through sooooo many jumpsuits during filming because who knew a non stretch jumpsuit would rip and get destroyed when you try to make it stretch anyway?”
Danielle Pineda echos this sentiment in an Instagram post where she sarcastically responds to the criticism of her portrayal of Faye.
“You know, we tried, but doing stunts in tissue paper — thing disappear, they rip. Sometimes they just got lost,” Pineda jokes. “That original costume — they made a couple of them, but, like I said, they got sort of slurped up in my various crevices, never to be retrieved again. So we really needed to build something that could within the test of time.”
“The forecast is cloudy with a chance of nymphomania in Weather Report Girl” can be read here.
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