5:40: After some back-and-forth, Seven Seas has finally recognized their Union…now it’ll be a case of waiting for that first contract to be done, however long that will take. The two hosts talk about how this could affect the rest of the industry at large.
12:38: Welp, Cool Japan might end due to debt issues, which means Justin and Helen have some thoughts about this program in general!
14:22: VIZ had some Spring 2023 announcements:
- Sui Ishida’s Choujin X
- Makoto Ojiro’s Insomniacs After School
- Ryo Minenami’s Boy’s Abyss
- Tatsuya Endo’s Tista
- Mieri Hiranishi’s The Girl That Can’t Get a Girlfriend (VIZ Originals; This was actually announced by the author a couple months ago but VIZ included it in their Spring 2023 announcements lineup)
- Uoyama’s Love’s in Sight!
- Momoko Koda’s My Special One
- Nanaki Nanao’s Helck
- Tatsuki Fujimoto Before Chainsaw Man: 17-21 and 22-26
- Tombs: Junji Ito Story Collection
- Akinari Asakura & Takeshi Obata’s Show-ha Shoten!
- Yuji Kaku’s Ayashimon
- The Art of Demon Slayer
- Haikyu!! Complete Illustration Art Book
- Mikiyasu Kamada & Ashibi Fukui’s Nine Dragons’ Ball Parade (Digital Exclusive)
17:50: A couple of new titles are now available on MANGA Plus:
- Kocha Agasawa’s You and I are Polar Opposites
- Aruma Arima & Masuku Fukayama’s Make the Exorcist Fall in Love
- Tomoya Harikawa’s Stage S
18:14: Cross Infinite World had a couple announcements as well:
- Hari Garasumachi & Yotsuba Hanada’s The Saint’s Belated Happiness: Newly Single, Now Living with the Demon Prince
- Riia Ai & Mucha’s Surviving in Another World as a Villainess Fox Girl!
- Iota Aiue & Hakuseki’s The Strongest Knight is Actually a Cross-Dressing Noblewoman?!
- An audiobook of Fuurou’s So You Want to Live the Slow Life? A Guide to Life in the Beastly Wild (Which Helen’s like, “but why?“)
19:33: GKIDS licensed Evangelion: 3.0+1.01: Thrice Upon A Time, so expect not only for it to be on home video but to be in theaters at some point as well.
20:05: Netflix is allegedly streaming Uncle From Another World July 6…except there’s been some inconsistency on if it’s actually going up at that date when there’s also a July 20 date as well. They’ve also given a date for Detective Conan: Zero’s Tea Time.
Spring Anime 2022 Final Impressions
23:07: Helen and Justin talk about what was ultimately a very packed anime season…so packed one of the hosts missed a few titles to talk about! You’ll find out what they were in the weird news section. But until then, hear Justin give his final…FINAL…thoughts on the final season of Magia Record, Helen talks about a few of her stalled series (like Deaimon, but also The Demon Girl Next Door but only because as of when this episode was recorded it didn’t finish), and both get into what they’ve ultimately liked (The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Love After World Domination, and Spy x Family to name a few) and then there’s Dance Dance Danseur (49:14).
Of course however the two hosts talk about Season 3 of Ascendance of a Bookworm (1:06:32), which Helen and Justin had thoughts about how it was handled.
1:17:04: It’s happening. One of the most popular idol shows (Love Live!) is now getting an isekai anime!…All thanks to Yohane!
1:19:22: Apparently the combination of Street Fighter & Kouji Seo is something everyone needed!…Justin had to figure out why this happened.
1:20:24: NFTs will never die…in Japan at least for now based now on Lupin the 3rd getting involved in it!
1:21:06: Cause it makes total sense, Bkub Okawa has joined the V-Tuber craze.
1:22:04: Unfortunate news for those involved in the 22/7 idol project — management had to put out a statement as certain fans were stalking their talent. Not great!
1:22:56: And during the 22/7 idol project segment, Helen DID forget one of her spring shows in Heroines Run the Show (likely due to the subject matter!). So she talks about that…and Healer Girl, ANOTHER show she forgot to talk about!
1:26:37: Interesting marketing strategy: someone created a ‘$6,000,000 Bounty’ Twitter account which you’d think no one would totally care about…but the editor of Trigun retweeted it and then the publisher of Trigun retweeted it…which meant something was cooking, and it did, as Studio Orange will be working on a new version of the series.
1:28:44: One-Punch Man gets the Hollywood treatment, which means Justin and Helen will be skeptical of its success.
1:30:07: Because apparently the first collaboration was popular, there are now more Naruto characters in Fortnite!
1:30:38: And finally, apparently someone ordered a Char collaboration with McDonalds…and welp, it’s as crazy as you’d think. Helen thinks they missed out on some good names though.