A new season kicks off this weekend and see’s the return of Walker’s Word. Another 10 months of non-stop top flight football action begins on Saturday with both the opening and closing matches ripe for picking a couple of shock results at great odds writes David Walker.
Saturday 19 August
Sheffield United vs Liverpool
Sheffield United make their Premiership return after a 12 year absence at lunch time, to kick off another 10 months of top flight action. The bookmakers are predicting a cakewalk for visiting Liverpool, but Blades boss Neil Warnock will have other ideas. During the 2002/03 Carling Cup, United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Bramall Lane, drew 0-0 at home in 1993/94 and beat the Reds 1-0 the previous year in the Premiership’s debut season. Liverpool may have one eye on their Champions League tie against Maccabi Haifa Bandarqq three days later which still hangs in the balance at 2-1 in the Reds favour.
Walker’s Word: A “shock” draw to go against the bookmakers @ 12/5 (Coral)
Back in February 2006, Dengeki Bunko and Japanese light novel author, Isuna Hasekura, launched Spice and Wolf, and taught a lot of people about business, economics, and politics. To celebrate the series’ 10th anniversary, the May issue of Dengeki Bunko Magazine has revealed that Lawrence and Holo are returning in a new story, which will be the first one since the light novel series ended with its 17th and final volume.
The series will return with the “Spring Log” chapter, which will be focusing on Lawrence, and a pair of a pair of travelers unwind after a long journey in a hot spring. After that, a new story will be focusing on Lawrence’s partner, Holo, and the magazine announced that they will be continuing the duo’s story.
Other announcements for the light novel series include new 10th anniversary merchandise, and the release of an e-book omnibus for the entire 17-volume series. The magazine will also be releasing monthly short stories about the series just for the anniversary.
Spice and Wold follows the story of Kraft Lawrence, a travelling merchant, who picks up an unexpected travelling companion in Holo, a wise wolf who was the diety of a local village. The series tackled several key issues, from food and business, to politics, tradition, and religion.…
When it comes to anime partnerships, the Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) is definitely no stranger to them, as they have previously partnered with military anime like Strike Witches, Girls und Panzer, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, GATE, and Kantai Collection. The new spring 2016 anime season also features one new military anime, and it is called High School Fleet, or Hai-Furi.
The new collaboration will feature collaboration recruitment posters and illustrations done by character designer, Naoto Nakamura. These posters and illustrations will help attract new recruits to serve the JSDF, much like their previous anime collaborations, like the one for GATE and Girls und Panzer.
Meanwhile, the naval branch of the JSDF, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), is also actively promoting the anime about cute girls manning a destroyer.
おはようございます。いよいよ本日深夜 １０日 ００００ｉ 横須賀を舞台に、海の安全を守る職業を目指す女の子たちを描く『はいふり』が始まります！https://t.co/FwVXmxghcu #はいふり pic.twitter.com/jzni3utXAZ
— 防衛省 海上自衛隊 (@JMSDF_PAO) April 8, 2016
A leaked magazine scan from the upcoming July 2016 issue of Nakayoshi magazine has revealed that CLAMP’s new Cardcaptor Sakura manga, which will have its first chapter in the same issue, will also be getting adapted into its own anime. Not much has been announced, except for the fact that this new sequel manga will be getting an anime of its own.
It was previously confirmed that the mangaka group known as CLAMP will once again be doing both the art and story of the manga, which will follow an older Sakura. She is now a 1st-year middle school student, and has now graduated from Tomoeda Elementary School. However, her new middle school life is interrupted when she gets a mysterious dream, and then an incident takes place.
Previously, Nakayoshi, one of Japan’s leading shoujo manga magazines, revealed that the new manga will be a “short story”. However, it was not specified whether it will be a short series with one short arc, or a one-shot manga. But for now, we know that it will be a sequel series to focus on Sakura Kinomoto in middle school.
The group of mangaka known as CLAMP first introduced Cardcaptor Sakura back in 1996, and was serialized in Nakayoshi magazine. 2016 marks the series’ 20th anniversary, and the celebrations are only beginning as more merchandise and events are expected to be slated this year. There is also a 20th anniversary cover compilation by CLAMP, which will be released this March.…
Shigeru Mizuki has inspired countless mangaka with his works, and as he passed away late last year at the age of 93, a lavish funeral service was given to him from some of the biggest names in the Japanese anime, manga, and entertainment industries.
Now, approximately six months since his passing, the legendary mangaka has finally been laid to rest, and his tomb is something fitting of a mangaka such as Shigeru Mizuki himself. A tweet announced his burial in a custom tomb, together with a picture taken 30 years ago, when Mizuki became impressed with a custom tomb which featured two of his characters, Kitaro and Nezumi-otoko.
— 水木プロダクション (@mizukipro) May 30, 2016
Mizuki was so impressed with the carver, that he dubbed him as “the Michaelangelo of Choufu”. The mangaka also said that he wants to design his own tomb himself so that he would be “sure he would be comfortable with it when it was his time to enter it.” This is why his own tomb has been designed by the legendary mangaka himself.
A veteran of World War II, Shigeru Mizuki became a manga legend with only one arm, as he lost his left arm while serving Imperial Japan in Rabaul, New Guinea, one of the bloodiest areas ever affected by the great war. He was being treated for Malaria when his hospital got bombed and then lost his arm, however, that did not stop him from being a mangaka. You can check out his …
The cover for the upcoming July 2016 issue of Monthly Hero has now been revealed by Japanese shopping website 7net, and that very cover has announced that Tetsuro Kasahara’s Astro Boy prequel spin-off manga, Atom the Beginning, will also be getting adapted into an anime.
The manga is considered an “episode zero” story for Osamu Tezuka’s timeless manga classic, the manga will tell the story of the events leading up to the birth of Astro Boy.
Not much has been announced about this new anime adaptation so far, but expect it to be a must-watch for any Astro Boy fan, both young and old.
The manga itself is in collaboration with Tezuka Productions, and the legendary mangaka’s son, Makoto Tezuka, is supervising it himself. Patlabor the Mobile Police, Birdy the Mighty creator, Masami Yuuki, is credited with the manga’s “concept works,” while its mangaka, Tetsuro Kasahara, is the mangaka behind Rideback, which received an anime adaptation back in 2009.…
Thanks to a certain sports anime from Kyoto Animation titled Free!, the small town of Iwami in Tottori Prefecture has been swarmed by anime fans on a “pilgrimage” and visiting some of the areas featured in the anime. Now, Iwami High School is seeking the help of 40 volunteers to clean their pool, and cosplayers can take part in it!
Taking a page from the anime’s first episode, where Free!’s main characters are forced to clean the pool they will be swimming in. Iwami High School, one of the holiest sites for Free! fans, is looking for a total of 40 volunteers, who will be split into two groups of 20. The first group will be scheduled to clean the pool on 4 June, while the second group will be cleaning on 12 June. A lottery will be selecting the volunteers.
The organizers of this pool clean up has specified that the volunteers are allowed to cosplay, and even do photo shoots around the pool area. Previously, this same pool, which was also featured in the anime, was the setting used in a Free! photo shoot.
The town has been quite known for its own Free! connections, as merchandise from the anime have been in the town, not to mention all those sites featured in the anime, which the fans absolutely love to visit.…
A decade after the premiere if the first anime adaptation of Katsura Hoshino’s hit Jump manga, D.Gray-man, the anime series is receiving a reboot with D.Gray-man Hallow. Just recently, a new visual was revealed, and it features some of the anime’s characters. It also announces the exact premiere date for the upcoming new anime.
According to an early look at the new visual, which features beloved characters such as Allen Walker, Ayuu Kanda, The Millennium Earl, Lanalee Lee, Lavi, and many more, the anime will be making its premiere on the 4th of July.
Unlike the original anime adaptation released 10 years ago, D.Gray-man Hallow will be featuring a brand new voice cast. Allen Walker will now be voiced by Ayumu Murase, who takes over the voice acting duties for Sanae Kobayashi. Meanwhile, Yuu Kanda’s new seiyuu is now Takuya Sato, replacing Takahiro Sakurai, and Lavi is now voiced by Natsuki Hanae, replacing Kenichi Suzumura. Lanalee Lee , who was previously voiced by Shizuka Itou, will now be voiced by Ai Kakuma. The other cast members are:
- Howard Link: Shinnosuke Tachibana
- The Earl of Millenium: Yutaka Aoyama
- Tyki Mikk: Masakazu Nishida
- Road Kamelot: Yui Kondo
- Arystar Krory: Noriaki Sugiyama
- Miranda Lotto: Ami Koshimizu
- Wisely: Soichiro Hoshi
- Bookman: Hochu Otsuka
- Alma Karma: Ryota Asari
- Komui Lee: Gou Inoue
- Reever Wenhamm: Tomokazu Sugita
- Johnny Grill: Mitsuhiro Ichiki
- Malcom=C=Lvellie: Toru Okawa
- Tewaku: Rie Suegara
- Madarao: Takuya Eguchi
- Tokusa: Soma Saito