Recently a deal was finalized between Bigwest and Harmony Gold to release numerous Macross anime and merchandise outside of Japan. Macross has an expansive universe of series and movies that have yet to be released in English, so this is very exciting news!
Super Dimension Fortress Macross Flash Back 2012 was an OVA made in 1987 to commorate the 5 year anniversary of the original Macross franchise. It features a compilation of 10 songs from the original series and movie. You can currently watch it for free on Youtube on the official Macross Channel. This version is in Japanese.
Mayumi Dojima, a second-year student at the exclusive Yubiwa Academy middle school, has lost something—a star she glimpsed just once, ten long years ago. But help is on the way, in the form of the unofficial, secretive, and thoroughly mysterious Pretty Boy Detective Club! Rumored to solve problems within the school (most of which they themselves might as well created) for reasons aesthetic rather than financial, these five gorgeous boys sweep Mayumi into their world of excitement, danger, and overwhelming beauty.
Pretty Boy Detective Club (Bishounen Tanteidan) is based on a novel of the same name. The anime starts April 2021, you can watch the trailer below!
Unfortunately the current work in progress for the Tokyo Babylon 2021 anime project has scrapped over multiple accounts of plagiarism.
The issues first arose when Character Design Art was posted online and fans pointed out that costume designs for two characters had been copied from other sources with very little changes. The designs in question were taken from a 2017 Volks Doll and a photo of Yeri from K-pop group Red Velvet then applied to Hokuto and Subaru Sumeragi. However other instances were found by the production team upon investigation, putting the whole project in jeopardy.
The series was supposed to begin in April 2021 but has now been delayed as production work will have to be restarted from scratch to avoid any copyright infringement.
Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Comedy or Osamake for short, starts this April for the 2020 Spring Season of anime and will be streaming on Crunchyroll.
My childhood friend Shida Kuroha seems to have feelings for me. She lives next door, and is small and cute. With an outgoing character, she’s the caring Onee-san type, this being one of her greatest strengths.
…But, I already have my first love, the beautiful idol of our school, and the award-winning author, Kachi Shirokusa! Thinking about it rationally, I should have no chances with her, but, while walking home from school, she only talks to me, with a smile even! I might actually have a chance, don’t you think?!
Or so I thought, but then I heard that Shirokusa already has a boyfriend, and my life took a turn for the worse. I want to die. Why is it not me?! Even though she was my first love… As I was drowning in despair and depression, Kuroha whispered.
—If it’s that tough for you, then how about we get revenge? The best revenge ever, that is~
Based on the Square Enix videogame from the Nintendo DS is The World Ends With You – The Animation. It will be streaming on Animelab from April 2021.
Tetsuya Nomura, the original game & character designer is working on the anime as Creative Producer. Japanese voice actors from the game will also be returning to reprise their roles for the anime.
Neku Sakuraba, a 15-year-old boy with a hobby for music and graffiti, wakes up in what seems to be the Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo, Japan. With no idea why he’s there, he opens his hand to realize he is holding a strange black pin. After flipping it with his hand, the thoughts of the people surrounding him begins to flow into his head at once. Surprised, Neku discovers he is able to read the minds of others and assumes it has something to do with the black pin he is holding.
A cell phone starts to ring in his pocket, and he can’t tell whether it is his or not. A text message appears: “Reach 104. You have 60 minutes. Fail, and face erasure. -The Reapers.” After discovering he can’t delete the message, a timer of 60 minutes imprints onto his right hand. Neku is in Shibuya to play the “Reapers’ Game,” which spans a total of seven days. All Players of the Reapers’ Game have a black pin with a skull embedded on it.
Touhou Hyōibana: Antinomy Of Common Flowers was originally released for PC in 2017 and has just announced Switch and PS4 ports coming April 2021. This game is a sequel to Urban Legend in Limbo’s on the PS4.
Antinomy of Common Flowers is a fighting game in which the player will attempt to deplete their opponent’s health bar using various moves, such as basic punches and kicks, as well as more complex special moves, which require special inputs in order to be performed. Spell cards, special moves that are considerably more powerful than the regular special moves, can also be used by charging a meter through damaging the opponent, which once full, allows the spell card to be activated. Each character in the game has a total of three spell cards to choose from. Antinomy of Common Flowers has no ground, allowing for complex aerial movement.
Sei, a 20-year-old office worker, is whisked away to a whole new world. Unfortunately for Sei, the ritual that summoned her—meant to produce a “Saint” who would banish the dark magic—brought two people over instead of one. And everyone prefers the second girl over Sei?! But this is just fine by Sei, who leaves the royal palace to set up shop making potions and cosmetics with her newfound magic. Business is booming, and this might not be such a bad life, after all…as long as her supposed Sainthood doesn’t come back to haunt her.
Based on the manga of the same name, the anime for The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent begins airing April 2021. It will be streaming on Animelab and you can check out the trailer below!
Fruits Basket The Final is the last season of the Fruits Basket anime reboot and will complete the story based on the original manga. It’s set to premiere on April 6th 2021 in Japan. It will be available for streaming with English Subtitles on Crunchyroll, Funmation and Animelab.