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Yes! Precure 5, Maho Girls Precure! Series Both Get Sequel Anime for Grown-Ups
Toei Animation announced two new 20th anniversary projects for its Precure (Pretty Cure) magical girl franchise on Tuesday, specifically for the Yes! Precure 5 and Maho Girls Precure! (Mahō Tsukai Precure!) series. The Kibō no Chikara ~Otona Precure 23~ (Power of Hope ~Grown-Up Precure 23~) will show Yumehara Nozomi and other characters from Yes! Precure 5 and Yes! Precure 5 GoGo! as grown-ups, while the tentatively titled Mahō Tsukai Precure! 2 will be a direct sequel to Maho Girls Precure!. Toei Animation labels both projects as being aimed at grown-up fans.
Kibō no Chikara ~Otona Precure 23~ will premiere on NHK Educational in October, while Mahō Tsukai Precure! 2 will premiere on the late-night “Animazing!!!” block on ABC TV, TV Asahi, and 22 affiliates in 2024.
2007-2008’s Yes! Precure 5 and its 2008-2009 sequel series Yes! Precure 5 GoGo! aired as the fourth and fifth series of the Precure franchise. Both series were notable for establishing the Precure characters as a team, instead of the pairings in prior series. All Precure series thereafter featured teams of magical girls with three or more characters.
Maho Girls Precure! aired from 2016 to 2017. The series featured themes of magic and witches, with Precures calling upon powers of legendary witches, instead of legendary warriors.
Toei Animation is also producing Eiga Precure All Stars F, an anime film for the Precure franchise‘s 20th anniversary. The film will open on September 15, and will feature all 77 Precure magical girls, from the franchise‘s first installment in Futari wa Pretty Cure, to the latest ongoing installment Soaring Sky! Precure (Hirogaru Sky! Precure).
Soaring Sky! Precure (Hirogaru Sky! Precure), the 20th Precure (Pretty Cure) television anime series, premiered on Asahi Broadcasting Corporation TV, TV Asahi, and 22 affiliates on February 5. Crunchyroll is streaming the series in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Sources: Precure franchise‘s website, Comic Natalie
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Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume Film Reveals English Dub Cast with Lead Nichole Sakura
Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that Nichole Sakura (Star Wars: Visions, Superstore) will play the lead character Suzume in the English dub of Makoto Shinkai‘s Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari) film. The company also revealed the dub‘s cast and staff:
The English cast includes:
Bill Millsap is directing the English dub at Bang Zoom! Studios. Eric P. Sherman is producing the dub with co-producers Mami Okada and Mio Moroe. Okada is also the casting director. Jessica Peace is the production manager. The production coordinators include Kana Ozaki, April Garner, and Yna Vergara. Patrick Rodman is supervising the sound. Ben Harrington is handling the re-recording mix. He is also a recording engineer along with Krystal Holmes, Jonathan Brannen, and Kenneth Thompson. Brannen is also a dialogue editor, alongside Matt Wollenman. Ismael Yanez is the audio operations manager. Christopher March and Samuel Carrillo are the assistant engineers. Megumi M. Tsuji is the video technician.
Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom will screen the film worldwide except in Asia starting on April 12. Crunchyroll will handle North American distribution, while Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment will handle distribution in Latin America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Africa, and portions of Europe. Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Wild Bunch International, and Eurozoom will release the film in French- and German-speaking Europe. The film is planned to screen in 199 countries and territories.
Suzume has earned a cumulative total of about 14,218,719,280 yen (about US$108.10 million) in Japan as of Sunday. The film is the 15th highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, and the ninth highest-grossing anime film of all time in Japan, having surpassed Jujutsu Kaisen 0.
The film opened at #1 on November 11 and sold 1.33 million tickets to earn 1.88 billion yen (about US$13.49 million) in its first three days.
The film sold 38.7% more tickets and earned 47.4% more than Shinkai’s acclaimed your name. film, which earned 1,277,960,000 yen (about US$12.51 million at the time) in its first three days. It also sold 14.8% more tickets and earned 14.4% more than Shinkai’s previous film Weathering With You, marking the strongest opening three days of Shinkai’s films.
Actress Nanoka Hara voices the heroine Suzume Iwato in the film. SixTONES idol group member Hokuto Matsumura (live-action Liar × Liar film’s Tōru, live-action xxxHOLiC film’s Shizuka Doumeki) made his voice acting debut in the film as Sōta Munakata, a young man who embarks on a journey with Suzume as the “Door-Closing Master.”
Shinkai (your name., Weathering With You) directed the film and wrote the screenplay. He is also credited with the original story. Masayoshi Tanaka (your name., Weathering With You) designed the characters. Kenichi Tsuchiya (your name., Garden of Words) was the animation director. Takumi Tanji (Children Who Chase Lost Voices) was the art director. CoMix Wave Films and Story Inc. produced the movie. TOHO is distributing the film. Seattle-based Hollywood film composer Kazuma Jinnouchi (Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, RWBY: Ice Queendom) scored the film alongside RADWIMPS. TikTok performer Toaka performed one of the film’s theme songs “Suzume.”
Sources: Deadline (Matt Grobar), Crunchyroll (Nicholas Friedman)
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Akira Toriyama’s SAND LAND Manga Gets Anime Film on August 18
Character visuals unveiled
The teaser website for the SAND LAND Project announced on Wednesday (World Water Day) that Akira Toriyama‘s SAND LAND manga will get an anime film adaptation that will open in theaters in Japan on August 18. Sunrise, Kamikaze Douga, and Anima are producing the animation. The website also unveiled charater visuals:
The work was previously announced in December as a “screen adaptation.”
The Sand Land manga is a short series that Toriyama serialized in Shueisha‘s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from May to August 2000. Shueisha published one compiled book volume of the manga in November 2000.
Viz publishes the manga in English, and it describes the story:
In the far future, war has destroyed the entire Earth, leaving only a barren wasteland where the supply of water is controlled by the greedy king. In search of a long-lost lake, Sheriff Rao asked the king of the demons for help…and got the king’s son, Beelzebub, and his assistant, Thief. Together the unlikely trio sets off across the desert, facing dragons, bandits and the deadliest foe of all… the King’s army itself! It’s travel adventure and tank action in this new story from Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball Z!
Toriyama began his first serialized manga, Dr. Slump, in 1980, and it inspired two television anime and multiple films. Toriyama followed it up with Dragon Ball, which ran from 1984 to 1995, and is still inspiring manga and anime sequels and spinoffs today. He is also well-known as the character designer for the Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, and Blue Dragon games.
Sources: SAND LAND film’s website, Comic Natalie
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Beyblade Burst QuadStrike Anime Premieres on Disney XD on April 3, Hulu on May 8
ADK Emotions announced on Tuesday that Beyblade Burst QuadStrike, the seventh season of the Beyblade Burst anime series, will premiere on Disney XD on April 3 at 3:00 p.m. EDT and on Hulu on May 8 in the U.S. Episodes will stream on YouTube following the U.S. premieres. The anime will also roll out on the company’s additional regional broadcast partners.
There will be 26 22-minute episodes.
Hasbro describes the story:
The stage is set for a masquerade tournament, but the Dark Prince isn’t the only belle at this ball! Enter: the masked Blader known as ‘Quadra.’ Wielding her elemental Bey, Lightning Pandora, Quadra has defeated every foe to come her way. Meanwhile, Quadra’s brother, Pax, is busy studying the elemental powers radiating from a series of mysterious ruins nearby. Bel might be the Dark Prince, but this adventure is full of even darker secrets!
Our Last Night perform the opening theme song “Darkness Turns to Light.”
The Beyblade Burst QuadDrive (Beyblade Burst Dynamite Battle in Japan) anime premiered in Japan in April 2021. The show began airing on DisneyXD and DisneyNOW in December 2021.
The first Beyblade Burst anime premiered in Japan in April 2016, followed by the Beyblade Burst God (Beyblade Burst Evolution) “second season” in April 2017, and then Beyblade Burst Chōzetsu in April 2018. Beyblade Burst began airing on Canada’s Teletoon channel in September 2016, and then premiered on Disney XD for two weeks in December 2016. Daisuki began streaming the series with English subtitles later in December 2016, and English-dubbed episodes are available digitally via Disney XD‘s digital platforms and the Beyblade Burst YouTube channel.
The Beyblade Burst Rise (Beyblade Burst GT) anime debuted in Japan in April 2019 with the title Beyblade Burst GT on the Coro Coro Comics YouTube channel and on the Takara Tomy Channel streaming service. The English dub of the anime premiered on Disney XD in the United States in February 2020.
Beyblade Burst Sparking (or Beyblade Burst Super King) premiered on the CoroCoro Channel and the Takara Tomy Channel (both on YouTube) in April 2020. The show began airing on Disney XD on February 2021.
Source: Press release
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