0:00: Justin and Helen once again have a lot to talk about so no what they’ve been up to this time! Not too much pandemic news, but know that vaccines are continuing to roll out, and there are places that, unfortunately, have been hit too hard to resume business because of COVID-19.
3:41: Manga Entertainment has now officially been rebranded into Funimation for UK and Ireland audiences; and speaking of Funimation, they did reach a settlement after they were sued back in January for their shop site not meeting ADA standards.
5:07: Justin and Helen have on and off talked about titles getting reprinted or still being out of stock at stores, but Ben Applegate, who works at Kodansha, took to Twitter to note that manga sales have tripled since this point last year, which means there’s going to be a lot of titles that need to be reprinted but it’s going to be a while since COVID-19 protocols and not enough printers will slow things down. So in theory, this is great, but Justin (surprisingly) has some worries about what’s selling during pandemic time…and what isn’t.
16:54: Takehiko Inoue’s Real has been published in print, but on April 27 it’ll be available digitally, which is a first for a Inoue title.
19:38: Media Blasters has been hanging around, but it seems this year they’re finally ready to emerge once again as they will be releasing the following anime:Girl’s HighDoomed MegalopolisGrenadierRamen Fighter MikiMazinkaiser SKLTen Tokyo Warriors
20:49: Tubi TV has entered a content deal with Shout! Factory, which is leading to them streaming the following anime:Millennium ActressLiz and the Blue BirdPenguin HighwayMaquia – When the Promised Flower BloomsThe WonderlandSound! Euphonium: Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert BandSound! Euphonium: May the Melody Reach You!Sound! Euphonium The Movie – Our Promise: A Brand New DayHaikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 1Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 2Donten: Laughing Under The Clouds – Gaiden: Chapter 1 – One Year After the Battle; Chapter 2 – The Tragedy of Fuuma Ninja Tribe; & Chapter 3 – Conspiracy of the Military
22:00: Crunchyroll no longer is streaming the following titles:Mekaku City ActorsLa Corda D’Oro – primo passo & La Corda D’Oro ~secondo passo~Miracle Train – Ōedo-sen e YōkosoSound of the SkyMitsudomoe Seasons 1-2Hourou Musuko Wandering SonThe Idol MasterDog Days Seasons 1-2Ghost Slayers Ayashi
22:55: Funimation is streaming three Demon Slayer TV Specials (Sibling’s Bond, Mt. Nagatumo, Hashira Meeting Arc) first; Funimation is adding more NISA titles:Daily Lives of High School BoysChronicles of the Going Home ClubGenshiken: Second GenerationIf Her Flag BreaksArakawa Under the Bridge Seasons 1-2Bunny DropGhastly Prince Enma Burning UpKimi ni Todoke – From Me to You- Seasons 1-2Natsume’s Book of Friends Seasons 1-4Pandora HeartsZakuro
And adding more former VIZ anime:JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Parts 1-3Bleach (Funimation will stream Episodes 1-109 in the U.S. and episodes 1-209 in Canada.)Accel World, Accel World: Infinite BurstInfini-T ForceK Season 1Mazinger Z: InfinityVampire KnightVampire Knight GuiltyHunter × Hunter: Phantom RougeNaruto Shippūden: The Will of FireNaruto Shippūden: The Lost TowerNaruto Shippūden: Blood PrisonNaruto the Movie: Road to NinjaThe Last -Naruto the Movie- (All of this is US and Canada only)
Main Topic: Spring Anime 2021 impressions
25:54: Justin and Helen once again have a lot of anime they happen to be interested in watching this Spring, though for one of them, they still have more to watch! Here’s what the hosts discuss throughout this section:
Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose, Joran: The Princess of Blood and Snow, The Slime Diaries, I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, Farewell: My Dear Cramer, The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent, Let’s Make a Mug Too, Those Snow White Notes, Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway, MARS RED (Helen’s big time hot take section) Super Cub, Blue Reflection Ray, Fairy Ranmaru, Tokyo Revengers, Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song, Zombie Land Saga Revenge, Megalobox: Nomad, 86 (Eighty-Six), SSSS.Dynazenon, Fruits Basket: The Final, Backflip!, To Your Eternity
1:31:11: Angels’ pitcher & hitter Shohei Ohtani has a new walk-in song that involves Jujutsu Kaisen’s 2nd ED. The baseball connection continues!
1:32:47: Now we have Peruvian politicians trying to court the otaku vote, and Justin and Helen can only wonder what’s going on here.
1:34:50: Somehow, Tesla Note, which started in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine January 6, got an anime announced three months later. But in seeing who’s the staff for the anime, Justin realizes this isn’t your typical media-mix project…
1:36:26: Yoshiyuki Tomino is still making anime, and he wants to crush Demon Slayer and Evangelion!!!…(obviously said in good fun!)
1:38:29: There’s many forms of revenge…and then there’s what one lady did to her ex-husband involving Yu-Gi-Oh! cards that feels far fitting than expected!