2D Champions Episode 81: Boruto – Naruto Next Generations –

The champions find themselves re-enrolled in a familiar ninja academy when they take a look at the first five episodes of ‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’. With Masashi Kishimoto’s legendary manga having ended several years ago, Naruto’s son takes the spotlight as a new crop of talented shinobi learn about the powers of friendship and hard work. Does Boruto’s colorful charm manage to win over the champions? Or are they left feeling that this new crop of snotty kids have forgotten all about the hard work of their parents? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of ‘Boruto’ here:
www.crunchyroll.com/boruto-naruto-next-generations

You can support Viz’s release of the manga adaptation and anime here:
www.viz.com/boruto

New English-Subtitled Trailer for Boruto: Naruto the Movie (Updated)

Kishimoto's poster for the new film

Masashi Kishimoto’s poster for the new Boruto film

As with the english-subtitled trailer for the upcoming live-action Attack on Titan film, Madman Entertainment has posted a trailer for the upcoming film Boruto: Naruto the Movie. Masashi Kishimoto, author of the original Naruto manga, is helping write the screenplay for the new film.

Kishimoto is currently putting out a ten-chapter Naruto spin-off manga entitled Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring which features the cast which is set to appear in the new Boruto film; although I’m not sure yet if the film precedes the events in the manga spin-off or not.

For those going to the film in Japan on August 7th, you’ll be able to pick a limited edition movie book which includes chapter 700 of the original manga in full color as well as a brand-new chapter entitled “The Day Naruto became a Hokage”.

I’m sure if the new Boruto film is popular enough we’ll be seeing more adventures in this new era after the end of the manga. Although I’m tempted to say that this is just dragging out a series that has already been long enough, I’ve been really enjoying the Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring spin-off manga and the trailer for Boruto looks very exciting. After seeing Naruto work so hard to be Hokage, it is a really satisfying to see him and the rest of the old cast all grown-up and in charge.

Although the Boruto film has yet to be licenced for a North American release, you can read Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring from Viz’s english edition of Shonen Jump here.

(Update): So just a few hours after I posted this, Viz Media has announced that they’ve got the rights to the Boruto film and will premiere it at this year’s New York City Comic Con.

Tetsuya Nishio’s Favorite Opening Sequences

Tetsuya Nishio has been a key animator in a number of really exciting projects such as Cowboy Bebop, Evangelion 2.0, FLCL, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eureka Seven, and Millenium Actress — and that’s just to name a few. A few days ago Nishio posted a list of his favorite opening films from various anime over the years that he can constantly return to and watch again. I’ll be posting videos below for as many of the 18 different openings that Nishio lists.

For a full list of the work that Nishio has done please head here.

I sadly couldn’t find the video for the Dangaioh opening theme ‘Cross Fight!’. If there are any other errors in the above list, please comment below.

New Star Driver Anime Information

Some new images and information is starting to appear for animation studio Bones’ new giant robot series, including this new synopsis of the series from ANN:

On a cross-shaped island in the South, a mysterious and gigantic humanoid robot known as the “Cybuddy” is discovered sealed in the underground ruins for untold ages. A group known as the “Order of the Glittering Star Cross” attempts to remove the seal by abducting a girl named Wako Agemaki, who they dubbed the “shrine maiden” and is the key to activating the robot. A boy named Takuto Tsunashi arrives with his own Cybuddy named Tauburn to rescue Wako. Thus begins a struggle to unlock the secrets of the advanced technology and prevent disaster.

It sounds promising enough and the new promotional poster along with some character designs that I’m posting below make it look like a blend between Sunrise’s Code Geass and Gainax’s Gurren Lagann.

Also, the Japanese rock band Flow, who have previously done opening theme songs for Naruto, Code Geass, and Eureka Seven, are also composing the first opening theme for Star Driver as well. Interestingly, I’ve seen quite a few people on other websites complaining about the strange look of the mecha for Star Driver and although I will admit that it reminds me of an alien ballerina with sunglasses, I still enjoy the unique look. Being a fan of Turn A Gundam i will also admit that I greatly prefer strange looking giant robots as oppossed to the usual boxy designs.

Star Driver is expected to air this fall.

Top Anime Opening Themes Part I

Here is the beginning of what will be a long list of all of my favorite opening credit sequences from various anime that I have watched over the years. These aren’t in any particular order either, just placed in the list on a whim.

Kemonozume Opening “Auvers Blue” by Katteni Shiyagare

Turn A Gundam 2nd Opening “Century Color” by Ray-Guns

Cowboy Bebop Opening “Tank!” by The Seatbelts

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 2nd Opening “Ash Like Snow” by The Brilliant Green

Bleach 1st Opening “Asterisk” by Orange Range

Naruto 5th Opening “Seishun Kyosokyoku” by Sambomaster

Full Metal Alchemist 4th Opening “Rewrite” by Asian Kung-Fu Generation

Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood 4th Opening “Period” by Chemistry

Xam’d Lost Memories Japanese Broadcast Opening “Back On My Feet” by Boom Boom Satellites

Samurai Champloo Opening “Battlecry” by Nujabes feat. SHINGO2

To be continued…!

Kenshin meets Naruto

A  fanbook is being released in Japan in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto series. The most interesting part of the book though is the drawings done by 50 or so other manga artists of the main character Naruto. Akira Toriyama, Kubo Tite, and Yoshihiro Togashi all did drawings for the 10th anniversary book including Nobuhiro Watsuki, the author of Rurouni Kenshin.

Above is the picture that Watsuki drew for the volume featuring Naruto meeting Himura Kenshin….Watsuki ended the Kenshin manga ten years ago and this is the newest art he’s done of the title character since the new volumes for the special edition of the manga a few years ago.

cool!

Great Success!

Everyone who is a fan of Kentaro Miura’s Berserk should hop on over to the forum www.skullknight.net if they haven’t done so already as it is most certainly the best avenue of information and discussion for the series.

About three weeks back I checked up on the site and saw that one of the fans decided to write a letter to Miura himself and arranged a series of questions about the series, many of which being topics that have been brought up again and again on the site. A few days ago, amazingly, the fan got a reply back. Akira Shimada, the editor of Berserk, answered the questions after talking it over with Miura himself. I’ve never heard of anything like this occuring across anime and manga fandom, so I was absolutely astounded that the author would have even taken the time to give any sort of reply to a bunch of foreign fans. There are several interesting answers to the questions that were posed to Miura (many of them dubious, as he cannot reveal any real future plans for the series) but out of all of them the most intriguing was his answer to how much longer the series will go on. Miura responded that although it is impossible to tell how things will work out in the future, the series is about 60-70% complete. This is an amazing occurence and everyone should check out the skull knight site to read about everything that’s going on.

To add to this exciting news, after another long hiatus, the most recent issue of Young Animal announced that Berserk will resume serialization on April 24th.

It is a very exciting time to be a fan of Berserk!

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The spring anime season began last week and is in full swing — there are tons of promising shows including the new Full Metal Alchemist, K-ON!, and Basquash! as well as the newly remastered Dragonball Kai. I have been really busy with school work but after the new opening themes for Naruto and Bleach air I will be writing a long post on all of the new openings and shows which I will be watching this season.