High-Rise Invasion anime slated for Netflix in 2021

An anime adaptation for Tsuina Miura and Takahiro Oba’s survival horror manga High-Rise Invasion was announced at Netflix Anime Festival 2020. The series is set for a worldwide release February 2021.

Netflix describes the manga as an “unhinged and gory death-game.” Yuri Honjo is trapped in a bizarre city filled with skyscrapers connected by suspension bridges. She is being chased by a masked man covered in blood. If Yuri wants to survive, she has no choice but to fight back.

The manga ran for 257 chapters and was serialized in Japanese and English on the Manga Box app. It is currently being published in omnibus form by Seven Seas Entertainment.

Grappler Baki is a top performer for Netflix Anime

Netflix Anime revealed during the Netflix Anime Festival 2020 on Monday that Grappler Baki is one of their highest performing Netflix Original anime titles. According to Chief Anime Producer Taiki Sakurai, Grappler Baki makes the top ten in over 50 countries.

Grappler Baki is based on the long running manga series by Keisuke Itagaki. The first part of the manga received an anime in 2001, and was immediately followed by a sequel. Funimation released both seasons in 2005 as Baki the Grappler.

There was also a 45-minute OVA from 1994 called Grappler Baki: The Ultimate Fighter. It covers the first few volumes of the first part of the manga. Central Park Media released it in 1998.

Both the anime series and the OVA are long out of print in the US.

Netflix shocked dorks like me in 2017 when they announced they were producing additional seasons. After 17 years, Baki was back. Rebranded as Baki, it picks up where the previous series leaves off, adapting the Most Evil Death Row Convicts arc and The Great Raitai Tournament.

TMS Entertainment, the studio behind Baki, announced in September that they were adapting the next part of the manga, Hanma Baki: Son of Orge. The sequel series is set to hit Netflix in 2021.

With how popular Grappler Baki is proving to be for Netflix, we may finally see the entire manga animated. Maybe they’ll even go back and remake the first part.

Funimation reveals dub cast for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon

Funimation announced the English voice actors for the three main characters of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon on Monday. Erica Mendez will play Towa Higurashi, Kira Buckland will play Setsuna, and Morgan Berry will play Moroha. The dub will stream on Funimation. A premiere date has yet to be announced.

Yashahime debuted worldwide on October 3, 2020. The English subtitled version is currently streaming on Funimation, Crunchyroll, and Hulu. It is a spinoff of Rumiko Takahashi’s Inuyasha, which ran for 167 episodes and was followed up with the 26-episode sequel, Inuyasha: The Final Act.

All of the characters from the original series make appearances in the first episode, but their involvement in the rest of the story remains unclear. There is currently no information regarding whether the original English voice cast is returning to reprise their roles.

Moneca Stori who voiced Kagome and David Kaye who voiced Sesshomaru did not return for Inuyasha: The Final Act. They were replaced by Kira Tozer and Michael Daingerfield respectively. Stori was offered the role, but turned it down because of her retirement. Kaye expressed interested, but couldn’t take the role because he no longer lives in Canada where the dub was produced by The Ocean Group.

Fans speculate that he could return for Yashahime because the dub is being produced in Los Angeles, where he currently resides. However, this could pose a problem for the Canadian cast members. The union status of the original cast has also been brought up as a potential barrier for their return.

New episodes of Yashahime are available subtitled on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu every Saturday.

Funko is not involved with Vic Mignogna’s Pop!-inspired ‘Animation Figurine’

On August 29, 2020 at Ultracon in South Florida, voice actor Vic Mignogna showed off a prototype of an “Animation Figurine” based on his career. The doll resembles a Funko Pop! and features allusions to 10 different characters he has voiced, including Edward Elrich (Fullmetal Alchemist) and Broly (Dragonball Z).

Mignogna was intentionally vague during the reveal, only saying that he was, “talking with Funko and some other companies to have [the figure] made, so [it] can join your Pop! collection.” 

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When the news broke on Twitter, details were quickly muddled. Some people congratulated Mignogna on the deal with Funko, while others questioned the legitimacy of the announcement.

GONZO.MOE reached out to Funko for a comment, and they had this to say:

“We are not in any conversations with Vic Mignogna on creating a figure of him. This figure is not a Funko Pop! Official announcements are posted on our social channels and on our website.”

There is no information regarding how many of the Pop!-inspired toy currently exist. A prototype was sold at Ultracon in a silent auction.