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Netflix Streams Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman Anime

Streaming in 190 Countries & 20 Languages

Netflix began streaming the Cyborg 009 Vs. Devilman anime project on in Japan. Netflix plans to stream the series in 20 languages and in 190 countries worldwide. The anime is the first crossover anime between Shotaro Ishinomori's Cyborg 009 and Go Nagai's Devilman characters. In Japan, Netflix is currently streaming the series with English and Japanese audio, and with English, Japanese, and Korean subtitles.

The anime's English dub cast stars:​.

Bryce Papenbrook as Akira/Devilman​
Cristina Valenzuela as Miki, Sophie​
Tony Azzolino as Cyborg 007​
Christine Marie Cabanos as Cyborg 001, Helena, Girl Student A, Woman at Party, Girl​
Stephanie Shea as Cyborg 003​
Johanna Luis as Woman, Abel, Mother​
Fred McDougal as Apollon, Thug Guy A​
Erin Fitzgerald as Sacchan, Thug Girl A, Hilda​
Griffin Burns as Devil Seth / Seth, Thug Guy B, Boy Student B​
Geoffrey Chalmers as Dr. Adams​
Joey Lotsko as Cyborg 006​
Johnny Yong Bosch as Cyborg 009​
Keith Silverstein as Cyborg 005, Snatcher 2​
Kyle McCarley as Edward, Boy Student A​
Lindsay Torrance as Eva​
Dave Mallow as Gilmore​
Michael Sinterniklaas as Cyborg 004​
Taylor Henry as Jinmen, Atun, Creature, Pazuzu​
Spike Spencer as Cyborg 002​
Steve Staley as Cyborg 008​
Chris Smith as Ryo​
Wendee Lee as Lilith​
Bob Buchholz as Male Teacher, Man at Store, Snatcher 1​

Robert Buchholz served as the dialogue director, and Sachiko Takahashi served as the dialogue translator.

Jun Kawagoe (Cyborg 009 The Cyborg Soldier, Mazinkaiser SKL, New Getter Robo) directed the three-episode original video anime at Bee Media and Actas. The anime song unit JAM Project performed both the opening and ending theme songs.

2 New Fooly Cooly Seasons!

Co-Produced by Toonami

The official Facebook for Adult Swim's Toonami block announced on Thursday that it will co-produce 12 new episodes of FLCL with Production I.G. The 12 episodes will be a sequel to the 2000-2001 original video anime, and will be split into two seasons. The show is slated for late 2017 to early 2018 so sadly we won't be getting this anytime soon.

Adult Swim describes the new seasons' story:.

In the new season of FLCL, many years have passed since Naota and Haruhara Haruko shared their adventure together. Meanwhile, the war between the two entities known as Medical Mechanica and Fraternity rages across the galaxy. Enter Hidomi, a young teenage girl who believes there is nothing amazing to expect from her average life, until one day when a new teacher named Haruko arrives at her school. Soon enough, Medical Mechanica is attacking her town and Hidomi discovers a secret within her that could save everyone, a secret that only Haruko can unlock.

But why did Haruko return to Earth? What happened to her Rickenbacker 4001 she left with Naota? And where did the human-type robot ‘Canti’ go?

Production I.G announced in August that it had acquired the rights to the FLCL anime, and mentioned it would use the rights for a "new anime remake" and other ventures.

Synch-Point and later Funimation have released the anime in North America. Funimation describes the story.

Naota is a detached sixth-grader afflicted by the pangs of puberty. He's fooling around with his brother's ex-girlfriend when a crazed girl on a motor scooter runs him over, brains him with a bass guitar, and moves into his house. She says she's an alien, and hurls Naota into the middle of a mega-corporation's secret agenda. And now giant battling robots shoot from his skull when he has naughty thoughts.

The anime is the first directorial effort from Kazuya Tsurumaki, who served as assistant director on the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime and would go on to direct the new Evangelion films.Production I.G notes that the dubbed versions of the anime have been popular overseas, particularly in North America where it ran on television.

Kadokawa Shoten's Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko novelized the story, and Kodansha's Monthly Magazine Z adapted the story into manga as the anime was being released. It won the third place in Canada's Fantasia Film Festival in 2003.​

DreamWorks' Voltron Reimagining

Netflix Story Revealed

News source USA Today shared details and a new image for Voltron: Legendary Defender, a reimagining of the 1980's animated Voltron project which will stream exclusively on the Netflix service.

Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, who both worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, and Justice League Unlimited, will be executive producers on the show.

The serialized story will focus on five teenagers named Keith, Lance, Hunk, Pidge, and Shiro. The heroes must defend Arus from King Zarkon's evil alien force. Unlike most of the characters from the original series, the main characters will have backstories and a purpose for going on the mission. The series will also have a Princess Allura, who Montgomery explained will be more realistic and "certainly not fainting at every little thing that overwhelms her."

Dos Santos said that the staff considered a "really military and really serious" story, but opted for a Game of Thrones-style epic with humor and "the campy nature of five lions that become a giant robot."

Montgomery added that, in the story, "Not everything is solved by Voltron alone. Sometimes they need to beat something just as the lions. Sometimes they just do it as themselves fighting as men."

The series is part of an expansion of Dreamworks Animation Television and Netflix's 2013 multi-year deal. The expansion also includes an original series titled Trollhunters from Guillermo del Toro, which Netflix describes as centering on a "fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown."

World Events Productions, Ltd. (WEP) and the late Peter O'Keefe adapted the first 1984-1985 Voltron television series from two Toei Animation robot anime: King of Beasts Golion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. Both Golion and the first Voltron story centered on young pilots who fight against an empire of alien conquerors — with the help of five mechanized lions that combine to form a robot.

Since the first series, the franchise spawned two television series produced outside Japan: the 3D CG Voltron: The Third Dimension in 1998 and the 2DVoltron Force in 2011. The titular robot also appeared in several commercials, including one for MetLife during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, and in a crossover comic project with Robotech.

Weekly Puzzle #95

Daily Puzzle! What anime is this from? Bonus point if you can name the episode.

JDO Field Trip: Zauo

The freshest fish here are the ones you catch yourself

"Zauo" is an amalgamation of the kanji for "Sit" and "Fish", which is basically the entire concept of this themed restaurant chain in Japan.

Unlike those in most seafood restaurants, the aquariums in Zauo are not just for show. When you enter Zauo, you're given a fishing rod and some bait, and are told to catch your own dinner. You sit on a giant boat, surrounded by an equally impressive aquarium full of fish.

The aquarium is full of a variety of pescaterian delights ranging from red snapper, to mackerel, to sharks. If it's in the aquarium, it's fair game for you to catch. Whether or not you can catch the more delectable fish depends more on luck than skill.

When you eat depends on how well you fish, and how you want your fish prepared. You can get your fish grilled, fried, steamed, and boiled, but the freshest option is to have your fish raw, sashimi style.

Japanese Mythology & Folklore: Yokai - Furutsubaki no Rei

Bewitching Tree Spirit


TRANSLATION: old tsubaki spirit
HABITAT: tsubaki trees
DIET: water, soil, and sunlight

APPEARANCE: In Japanese folklore, almost anything, upon reaching an old age, can develop a spirit and become a yokai. When a tsubaki tree (Camellia japonica, or the rose of winter) reaches an old age, it’s spirit gains the ability to separate itself from its host tree, along with other strange and mysterious powers, which it uses to bewitch and trick humans.

ORIGIN: The tsubaki is an evergreen tree which has the strange behavior of not losing its flowers gradually, petal by petal, but dropping them all at once to the ground. As a result, it long been associated with death and strangeness in Japan (and is also taboo to bring as gifts to hospitals or sick people).

LEGENDS: Long ago in Yamagata prefecture, two merchants were walking along a mountain road when they passed a tsubaki tree. Suddenly a beautiful young woman appeared from out of nowhere on the road beside one of the merchants. She breathed on him, and instantly he transformed into a bee. She then disappeared into the tsubaki tree, and the bee followed her and landed on a flower. The fragrance of the tree had turned into poison, however, and as soon as the bee smelled it, it dropped to the ground. The flower soon fell off of the tree too. The other merchant picked up both the bee and the flower and rushed to a nearby temple to save his friend. The priest recited prayers and read the sutras over the bee, but it sadly did not return to life or to its former human form. Afterwards, the surviving merchant buried the bee and the flower together.

In Akita prefecture, long ago, a man heard a sad and lonely voice coming from the tree one night. A few days later, a disaster befell the temple. This happened again and again, and soon the priests at the temple realized that the tsubaki would cry a warning every time something bad was going to happen. The tree was dubbed Yonaki Tsubaki, or “night-crying tsubaki,” and still stands today in the temple Kanman-ji, where it has stood for over 700 years.

In Ōgaki, Gifu, there is an ancient burial mound. One year, historians excavated the burial mound and discovered some ancient artifacts, including a mirror and some bones; however, shortly after the man who discovered the artifacts died. The locals blamed it on a curse, and returned the artifacts to the mound, planting a tsubaki on top of it. When the tsubaki grew old, it transformed into a yokai tree. Since then, the glowing figure of a young, beautiful woman has been seen by the roadside near the burial mound at night.

Escaflowne Kickstarter

Launched by Funimation

North American anime distributor FUNimation Entertainment launched its Kickstarter campaign to gauge interest in and fund a new English dub for The Vision of Escaflowne anime series. The company plans to release the director's cut of the series in HD on Blu-ray Disc, including scenes that were not available when Bandai Entertainment's original English dub was released. You have my sincere apology for this late news.

The campaign reveals that if successful, Funimation will also make a new matching dub for Escaflowne: The Movie.

The Kickstarter campaign has a goal of US$150,000 and has raised US$63,846 as of press time. If the goal is met, Funimation will release both a standard edition and a collector's edition for the series. The standard edition will be a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack, and both discs will have the director's cut with the new dub. The collector's edition will have the new dub on Blu-ray Disc and the old dub on DVD. The release will also include an exclusive interview with director Kazuki Akane and creator Shoji Kawamori.

The company has not yet made plans to release the original dub if the Kickstarter is unsuccessful, but will instead release the HD director's cut in a subtitle-only release.

The rewards for the campaign include pre-orders of exclusive Kickstarter editions of both parts of the release, featuring 13 episodes each of the HD complete uncut version of the series in Japanese with English subtitles as well as the new English dub. The Kickstarter edition also includes exclusive art cards. Other rewards include digital wallpapers, on-disc credit listings, pre-orders of Escaflowne: The Movie, theatrical-sized posters, the series' soundtrack, and collector's edition box sets that feature an art book and an unannounced exclusive item, among others.

One backer who donates US$5,000 will receive a tour of the Funimation office, a bag of Funimation merchandise, and a chance to do voice work that will appear in the new English dub. This reward has already been claimed as of press time.

The campaign's stretch goals include behind-the-scenes footage and interviews of the English dub cast for US$200,000, art booklets and foil printing for the Kickstarter edition of the release for US$250,000, and an invitation to meet director Kazuki Akane at an exclusive VIP party at a major U.S. anime convention for US$500,000.

2011-2014 Hunter x Hunter's English Dub Cast

Announcement From Viz

North American anime and manga distributor Viz Media announced its English dub cast for the 2011-2014 Hunter x Hunter television anime series at its C2E2 panel on Saturday:

Erica Mendez as Gon Freecss
Cristina Vee as Killua Zoldyck
Matthew Mercer as Leorio
Keith Silverstein as Hisoka

Viz Media announced in October that it licensed the series. The company plans to release the series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, and will dub the series into English.

The second television anime adaptation of Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter × Hunter manga premiered in Japan in 2011 and ran for 148 episodes. The final episode premiered in 2014.

Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. The series retold the story of Togashi's original manga from the beginning. The story follows Gon Freecs as he strives to become a Hunter in order to find his father and to find the reason why his father abandoned him as a baby to become a Hunter.

Togashi launched the series in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1998, and Viz Media published the manga's 32nd volume in English in April 2014. The manga has been on hiatus since August 2014. The manga has also inspired an earlier TV series in 1999-2001, two anime films in 2013, and several OVAs. Viz Media also released the original anime series on DVD.​

The Empire of Corpses Film's Theatrical Dates

Announcement From Funimation

North American anime distributor Funimation confirmed that it will screen The Empire of Corpses film "in select theaters" on April 19 and 20. The film adapts the zombie steampunk novel of the same name by the acclaimed late author Project Itoh.

Funimation is also streaming a teaser trailer for the film:
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Funimation describes the story:.

From the studio that produced Attack on Titan comes a captivating historical action thriller based on an award-winning novel by Project Itoh. In an alternate version of 19th century London, the world has been revolutionized by “corpse reanimation technology” creating armies of undead who serve the living as laborers across the globe.

In an attempt to revive his dearly departed friend, young medical student John Watson becomes obsessed with replicating the work of Dr. Victor Frankenstein—the legendary corpse engineer whose research produced the only re-animated corpse to possess a soul. But when his illegal experiments put him at odds with the British government, Watson is drafted into a worldwide race to find the lost research notes of Victor Frankenstein before the secrets of the human soul fall into the wrong hands.

The film's Japanese cast stars:.

Yoshimasa Hosoya as John H. Watson, a medical student at the University of London
Ayumu Murase as Friday, also known as Noble_Savage_007
Taiten Kusunoki as Frederick Barnaby, a captain in Great Britain's army
Daiki Yamashita as Nikolai Krasotkin, a young man from Russia's Third Department of His Imperial Majesty's Own Chancellery
Shinichiro Miki as Alexei Karamazov, a Russian priest
Kana Hanazawa as Hadary Lilith, the president's secretary from America
Akio Ohtsuka as M, commander of Great Britain's "Walsingham Organization"

The Empire of Corpses opened in theaters in Japan on October 2. Funimation will release the film and two more films based on Project Itoh novels — Harmony and Genocidal Organ — in North America. However, Genocidal Organ has been delayed as its animation production shifted from the bankrupt Manglobe studio to the new Geno Studio. No information has been announced for a possible release date as of yet. EGOIST (Psycho-Pass, Guilty Crown) will be performing theme songs for all three films.

Each novel film adaptation is from a different director and studio. Shukou Murase (Witch Hunter Robin, Gangsta., Ergo Proxy) is directing Genocidal Organ at formerly Manglobe (The Unlimited - Hyōbu Kyōsuke, House of Five Leaves) and now at Geno Studio, Takashi Nakamura (Fantastic Children) and Michael Arias (Tekkonkinkreet) directed Harmony at Studio 4°C (Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King, Tweeny Witches), and Ryoutarou Makihara directed The Empire of Corpses at WIT STUDIO (Attack on Titan, Hōzuki no Reitetsu).

Project Itoh released Genocidal Organ as his debut novel in 2007, and his final novel, Harmony, debuted in Japan in 2008.Project Itoh wrote Harmony and the novel adaptation of Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots while he was being treated for the cancer that ultimately took his life in 2009. The Japanese film website Cinema Today reported in 2012 that film adaptation rights were being pitched in Hollywood.

Viz Media's Haikasoru imprint has published three of Itoh's full-length novels in English, excluding The Empire of Corpses. Tomoyuki Hino launched a manga adaptation of The Empire of Corpses in the October issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine on September 9.​

Weekly Puzzle #94

Daily Puzzle! What anime is this from? Bonus point if you can name the episode.

JDO Field Trip: Kabukicho Robot Restaurant

Cabaret where the show girls are all androids, and the patrons couldn't be more pleased

Robotic fantasy women. From Metropolis to Blade Runner, the idea of creating a humanoid female doppelganger has been an obsessive – and mainly male – fantasy since Pygmalion made his sexy statue in Ovid's Metamorphosis. With the invention of robotics, the sexy statue has taken a step closer to reality.

In the district of Kabukicho, the mecca of gentlemen’s entertainment in Tokyo, seizure-inducing flashing neon lights advertise the thousand and one earthly delights one can experience for money. But between hostess bars and soaplands stands a sexy storm trooper's invite into one of the venues. Here the robots have their own techno-cabaret.

A robot that can be programmed to act and look like a human female mate, albeit one that takes commands and won't question authority, has a creepy undertone, but like Pygmalion offers a kind of perfected beauty without the possible pain of rejection. These sexy androids are especially popular for male Otakus, the manga-obsessed fringe of the Japanese population. Otaku or not, a visit to the robot cabaret intrigues on many levels. Thanks to Japanese robotics, like Venus granting Pygmalion's wish to marry his statue, visitors to the Kabukicho Robot Restaurant can get close to their own robotic fantasies.

In the stroboscopic set of blinks and flashes, the Robot Restaurant highlights dinner with a unique performance; gigantic female machines, with large-breasted Valkyrie torsos and Gundam engine legs on wheels will dance and pirouette in an intriguing spectacle much closer to "ParaPara" (synchronized Japanese dancing) choreography than to an actual striptease. Modeled on video game characters, their cyborg faces mimic a large variety of positive emotions, rolling rhythmic eyes in their synthetic sockets, and equipped with “pneumatic busts” that can grow on demand. Each of these clockwork amazons is piloted by one or two actual living, breathing bikini gogo dancers, so onlookers can still enjoy a bit of human flesh.

The three-hour show resembles a kawai version of Tron, with a twist of J-pop and some sexy giggles.

Japanese Mythology & Folklore: Yokai - Furaribi

Fireball Yokai


TRANSLATION: aimless fire
ALTERNATE NAMES: buraribi, sayuribi
HABITAT: riverbanks
DIET: none

APPEARANCE: Furaribi is a small, flying creature wreathed in flames. It appears late at night near riverbanks. It has the body of a bird, and its face is somewhat dog-like. It is a type of hi-no-tama, or fireball yokai. It does very little except for float about aimlessly, which is how it got its name.

ORIGIN: Furaribi are created from the remains of a soul which has not properly passed on to the next life. This is most often due to not receiving proper ceremonial services after dying. In Japan there are a number of important ceremonies performed at fixed intervals which occur for many years after someone’s death — missing even one of these could cause a soul to become lost and be unable to rest. Furaru-bi is one of these lost souls.

LEGENDS: In the late 16th century, Toyama was ruled by a samurai named Sassa Narimasa. Narimasa kept a very beautiful concubine named Sayuri in his household. Sayuri was not well liked by the female servants and other women in Sassa Narimasa’s household. They were jealous of her beauty and of Narimasa’s love for her. One day, these women conspired against Sayuri and started a rumor that she had been unfaithful to Narimasa with one of his own men. Narimasa flew in a fit of jealous rage, murdered Sayuri, then took her body down to the Jinzū river. He hung her corpse from a tree and proceeded to carve it into pieces with his sword. Then he captured Sayuri’s entire extended family — 18 people in all — and executed them in the same manner. Afterwards, their tortured souls aimlessly wandered the riverbanks every night as furaribi.

It is said if you go down to the riverside and call out, “Sayuri, Sayuri!” late at night, the floating, severed head of a woman will appear, pulling and tearing at her hair in a vengeful fury. As for Sassa Narimasa, he was later defeated by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Some have attributed his defeat by Hideyoshi to the vengeful curse of Sayuri’s ghost.

Weekly Puzzle #93

Daily Puzzle! What anime is this from? Bonus point if you can name the episode.

Mount Osore

This mountain's identity is stuck somewhere between a nightmare and a scenic tourist attraction

The site is smelly. The attractions are morbid. And strangest of all, this cursed little slice of heaven is very popular with the locals.

Mount Osore is said to mark the entrance of hell.

It's not hard to see why. The area is very sulphuric, which causes a disturbing odor to hang stiffly in the air. Blind mediums mill the grounds claiming to speak to the dead. And for whatever reason, tourists love to drop by for a visit.

In reality, many of the visitors are not simple tourists, but rather grieving survivors who have come to this alleged bridge to the afterlife to mourn dead children. It's common for the mourners to leave pinwheels and snacks for the children they honor.

Of course, tourists visit as well. Various monuments, mausoleums and statues mark the area, for better or worse, as a mystical location with various spiritual powers and insights. A nearby Buddhist temple also allows the very dedicated to worship at the gates of hell.

Japanese Mythology & Folklore: Yokai - Funayūrei

Japanese Ghost Ship


TRANSLATION: ship ghosts
HABITAT: seas, oceans, bays
DIET: none

APPEARANCE: When the ghosts of people who have died at sea transform into vengeful spirits, they become a particular type of ghost called a funayūrei. They are the shadows of drowned sailors, remaining in this world to find their former friends and comrades, to bring them down into the sea with them. Like many ghosts, funayūrei usually appear as dead bodies wearing white funerary robes. They can be seen at night, when the moon is new or full, or on particularly stormy or foggy nights, especially during Obon. They appear as an eerie, luminescent mist at first, which gets closer and closer until it forms into a ship with a ghostly crew.

INTERACTIONS: Funayūrei ghost ships attacks in different ways, sometimes charging headlong towards the other ship, causing it to steer away so sharply that it capsizes, other times carrying a ghostly crew who cling to the side of the other ship and try to drag it down under the water. The ghosts themselves carry large ladles and buckets which they use to fill ships with seawater, sinking them and adding more souls to their crew. Occasionally funayūrei strike not as a large crew of man-sized ghosts, but as one very large ghost who rises out of the water to capsize a ship immediately. This ghost often demands a barrel from the crew, which it uses to flood the deck and sink the ship. These giant funayūrei are often confused with umi-bōzu, which appear and attack in a similar manner.

It is said that a clever crew can outsmart the funayūrei by carrying buckets and ladles with holes in the bottom, so that despite their efforts the ghosts will not be able to flood the ship. Encounters with ghost ships can also be avoided by boldly sailing directly through the phantasm instead of turning to avoid a collision – though this runs the risk that the other ship may actually be a real one and not a phantasm. Some crews have also escaped the funayūrei’s wrath by throwing food and provisions overboard as offerings to the hungry ghosts, who chase after the food instead of the crew.