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    Growing up, we learn a lot from animals. Whether they’re in Disney characters or some of the documentaries we watch, they provide valuable lessons. As a result. A lot of people grow up loving animals. A vital component of this is giving these animals human characteristics. As is the case with other forms of media, animals play a significant role in anime. They’ll mostly play supporting roles, these animals are often cute and energetic, always offering comedic relief. However, in certain rare cases, animals will play the main protagonists. These characters are incredibly eye-catching, as they have to retain traditional anime protagonist traits and the characteristics of the animal they play. Here are the ten best anime with main animal protagonists. 1. BEASTARS While the name might seem simple, the anime is one of the most complex and mature series. It

    Source: Funimation press release Official Site: funimation.com/funimationcon2020 Special Thanks to Sarah Allen Funimation announced it is premiering new episodes from FIRE FORCE Season 2, DECA-DENCE, and BY THE GRACE OF THE GODS at FunimationCon 2020. Fans are in for a treat as FunimationCon 2020 debuts the first two dubbed episodes of FIRE FORCE Season 2 before anyone else. FunimationCon 2020 is previewing Episode 1 of the larger-than-life DECA-DENCE (subtitled) before Japan, and will exclusively premiere Episode 1 of BY THE GRACE OF THE GODS (subtitled), the fantasy isekai anime based on the light novel series of the same name from Roy and Ririnra. FunimationCon 2020 also unveiled the Full Programming Schedule of activities happening during the two-day event. The newly announced panels round out an impressive lineup of cosplay, voice actor panels and events at Funimation’s free, two-day

    Source: Funimation press release Official Site: funimation.com/funimationcon2020 Special Thanks to Sarah Allen Funimation announced it has added panels for MY HERO ACADEMIA and HUMAN LOST to its upcoming virtual festival FunimationCon 2020 July 3-4. Funimation also announced that Toei Animation will present a DRAGON BALL SUPER interview with legendary voice actress Masako Nozawa at the event. Internationally acclaimed critic and historian of anime Charles Solomon will host a panel examining what it takes to be a voice actor. Funimation revealed a stellar line-up of hosts at the event who will keep the panel and event conversation lively including Matt Acevedo, Michelle Nguyen Bradley, Cheyenne Ewulu aka Cheyenne the Geek, Emma Fyffe, Karama Horne, Jacki Jing, Chris Lam, Winston Marshall, Lauren Moore, Josellie Rios, and Charles Solomon. The newly announced panels and events join a growing lineup of exciting programming for

    Source: Funimation press release Official Site: funimation.com/funimationcon2020 Special Thanks to Sarah Allen Funimation unveiled even more of its lineup for its upcoming FunimationCon 2020, July 3-4. Funimation announced the MY HERO ACADEMIA Show featuring voice actors along with an exciting lineup of cosplay panels and tutorials featuring cosplay personalities Yaya Han, Riddle, Phil Mizuno, Stella Chuu, Alicia Marie and DressesandCapes. The newly announced panels and events join a growing lineup of exciting programming for fans at FunimationCon 2020. FunimationCon 2020 is completely free to attend. Sign up to register at funimationcon2020. MY HERO ACADEMIA GAME SHOW WITH VOICE ACTORS Join Funimation and special guests for an exciting game show style panel where the true #1 Hero will come out on top! Hosted by Lauren Moore with guests Justin Briner (Deku), Clifford Chapin (Bakugo), Caitlin Glass (Ashido), Ricco Fajardo (Mirio),

    Source: Anime Expo press release Anime Expo is thrilled to unveil their plans to offer Japanese pop culture fans from around the world an opportunity to experience all things anime from wherever they are with Anime Expo Lite. This FREE two-day livestream event will begin on July 3, proclaimed Anime Expo Day by the City of Los Angeles in 2015, and continue through July 4. Anime Expo Lite will feature content from industry partners such as Bushiroad, Crunchyroll, Pony Canyon, VIZ Media, and more! More exclusive content will be announced in the coming weeks. Additionally, they are pleased to reveal the artwork that was planned for the Anime Expo 2020 program guide cover. Ai and Xeno seem to have found themselves in Shibuya along with the gang from THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU! Fans can expect to see: • Special guests,

    NEON GENESIS EVANGELION is a Japanese animated TV series that aired in the country between October 1995 and March 1996. It is currently on Netflix. Developed by Gainax, the show focuses on the organization NERV, employing huge mechas known as Evangelions to fight monstrous beings referred to as Angels. Several of the main characters pilot the Evangelions, including Asuka Sohryu, Shinji Ikari, and Rei Ayanami. The first episodes focus mainly on religious symbolism and references to the Bible. The later episodes veer from the course, though, exploring the characters’ psyches and revealing deep-rooted psychological and emotional issues that the characters struggle to handle. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION is now one of the most popular Anime series ever created. It is a great pastime besides your favorite slots game at 918kiss and will have you hooked into a complex, flowing storyline.

    Established in 1979, Gundam Series is a huge franchise in Japan, with numerous TV series, video games, and movies to its name. Let’s take a deeper look into various Gundam Series than have been released over the years. Universal Century (UC) Universal Century (UC) is the original Gundam universe. It features several wars between the earth and space colonies in different periods. UC accounts for the bulk of the Gundam series. Given the fact that the series started in the 70s, though, some of the scenes have not aged well,and you may not get the desired quality. You can still find some impressive gems in the UC, however. The series in the UC include Mobile Suit Gundam, MS Igloo, The 8th MS Team, and Zeta Gundam. Others are Gundam Unicorn, Gundam ZZ, Gundam F91, G-Saviour, Turn a Gundam, as well as 008: War in the Pocket and

    Source: Netflix Official Site: ghostintheshell-sac2045.jp (Japan), Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 | Netflix (US) GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045 (攻殻機動隊 SAC_2045, Kōkaku Kidōtai SAC_2045), the latest entry in the classic sci-fi series GHOST IN THE SHELL, is scheduled to release worldwide (except China) on Netflix on April 23, 2020. Created by Masamune Shirow, the sequel of much acclaimed GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX (攻殻機動隊 STAND ALONE COMPLEX, Kōkaku Kidōtai Sutando Arōn Conpurekkusu, 2002-05) series has come back as a full 3DCG anime series. Directors Kenji Kamiyama (GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX series), Shinji Aramaki (APPLESEED series) and SOLA DIGITAL ARTS will collaborate once again following the Netflix anime ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman, 2019-20). This is the first GHOST IN THE SHELL series to be brought to fans with a double director. The original Japanese cast of

    100-Plus Series and Feature Films to be Part of the Initial Launch Source: Digital Media Rights press release Official Site: retrocrush.tv Special Thanks to Don Ciaramella and Matt Biscuiti Digital Media Rights (DMR), a leading global distributor of movies and television programs, and publisher of popular OTT channels, today announces the launch of RetroCrush, a new digital channel, on March 30, 2020. Devoted to streaming classic anime TV and movies, including more than 100 series and 40 features at launch, RetroCrush will be available with new video-on-demand (VOD) apps on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and smart TVs, and on desktop at retrocrush.tv. RetroCrush joins DMR’s expanding family of OTT channels that also includes, AsianCrush, Midnight Pulp, YuyuTV, and Cocoro. “Via our distribution partnerships, we are able to provide classic anime fans with a vast library of the best series and films available in the

    2020 Dates Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Source: Anime Frontier Powered By Crunchyroll press release Special Thanks to Ashley Sears Anime Frontier Powered By Crunchyroll today announced its inaugural event has been postponed until 2021. This new Japanese pop culture festival created with the Japanese pop culture industry was scheduled to take place May 20-22, 2020, in the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, and it will now be delayed until May 14-16, 2021, out of an abundance of caution and rising coronavirus concerns. Anime Frontier Powered By Crunchyroll was planned to be Texas’ largest gathering of Japanese entertainment celebrities and brands. Its guests were to include Japanese voice actresses Chiwa Saito (MADOKA MAGICA and Fate/Grand Order) and Ayaka Ohashi (MAGIA RECORD and BanG DREAM!), singer ZAQ (FOOD WARS and LOVE, CHUNIBYO & OTHER DELUSIONS), and major Japanese entertainment brands

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: miabyss.com (Japan), madeinabyssmovies.com (US) Sentai announced today that it will postpone the theatrical release of MADE IN ABYSS: DAWN OF THE DEEP SOUL (劇場版メイドインアビス 深き魂の黎明, Gekijōban Meidoin’ Abisu Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei, 2020) from April to later in 2020 due to the global and local impact of COVID-19. The decision to delay the film’s release impacts all film locations and screenings, including international sites. “Our first priority is to ensure the safety of fans, theater staff and the broader community,” said John Ledford, Sentai CEO. “After careful consideration and deliberation, we determined that it is in the best of interest of theatergoers and the public to reschedule this release. While we are disappointed by the delay, we have every intention of giving this film the theatrical release it deserves when the time is right and

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: HIDIVE x MyAnimeList HIDIVE today announced the launch of the new HIDIVE x MyAnimeList embedded player. The addition of the players adds another exciting facet to MyAnimeList’s content discovery features and enables users to enjoy a growing selection of HIDIVE titles based on their territory. The launch of the embedded player is the next phase of the HIDIVE x MyAnimeList collaboration, which began with the introduction of MAL scores to HIDIVE’s user interface in late 2019. About MyAnimeList MyAnimeList is one of the world’s largest anime and manga communities, with comprehensive databases maintained by its passionate userbase. The website allows members to track their viewing progress, rate and discuss titles, write reviews, and discover new works through various community-driven features. With over 12 million monthly active users from more than 200 different

    Source: HIDIVE press release Official Site: ara-mushi.comk (Japan) HIDIVE announced today that it has acquired streaming rights to independently produced, experimental horror anime ARAGNE: SIGN OF VERMILLION (アラーニェの虫籠, Arānye no Mushiko, 2018) for audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America and Scandinavian countries. The film will begin streaming on HIDIVE Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 17:00 UTC. Rin’s new apartment building is a far cry from the sunny, idyllic photos from the rental brochure. And instead of offering sanctuary from a dangerous world outside, it oozes decay and dread. Residents exhibit unsettling, peculiar qualities and grotesque eruptions. Sinister forces seem to lie around every corner, and if Rin wants to survive, she will have to discover the terrifying truth — one she has kept buried within… ARAGNE: SIGN OF VERMILLION

    Fathom Events and Aniplex of America Bring the Final Chapter of the Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] Trilogy With a Double Feature and Nationwide Release Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events, Scoop Marketing press release Official Site: fate-sn.com (Japan), fatestaynightusa.com (US) Special Thanks to Jessica Nelson, Katherine Schwappach, Erik Stein and Lucy Rubin The wildly popular Fate franchise returns to U.S. movie theaters with two special events this spring. Coming this April is an exciting one-night “Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] I. presage flower & II. lost butterfly Double Feature,” including the full animated features of the first two chapters of the thrilling trilogy. Two weeks later in May, fans can catch the final installment of the heart-pounding trilogy, the thrilling Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] III. spring song (劇場版「Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel]」III.spring song, 2020). Attendees at both events will view exclusive greeting videos with

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: miabyss.com (Japan), madeinabyssmovies.com (US) Sentai announced today that MADE IN ABYSS: DAWN OF THE DEEP SOUL (劇場版メイドインアビス 深き魂の黎明, Gekijōban Meidoin’ Abisu Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei, 2020), the anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed MADE IN ABYSS franchise, will premiere in the United States on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Anime Boston, with nationwide theatrical distribution to follow. Accompanying the main feature are two exclusive extras, animated shorts from “Marulk’s Daily Life,” which first debuted as part of the Japanese domestic release. DAWN OF THE DEEP SOUL continues the epic adventures of young explorers Riko and Reg, who are joined by their new friend Nanachi as they descend into the Abyss’ treacherous fifth layer, the Sea of Corpses. There they encounter the mysterious Bondrewd, a legendary White Whistle whose shadow looms over Nanachi’s troubled past. Although

    The final chapter of the [Heaven’s Feel] trilogy is about to begin! Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: fate-sn.com (Japan), fatestaynightusa.com (US) Special Thanks to Rose Iwai Aniplex of America is ecstatic to present the North American premiere of Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] III. spring song (劇場版「Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel]」III.spring song, 2020) on Friday, April 17, 2020 at The Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. This highly anticipated film is the final act of the critically acclaimed Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] trilogy. The premiere will begin at 7:00PM (PDT), with doors opening at 4:30PM (PDT) to give attendees a chance to buy exclusive merchandise. Fans will also get a special giveaway. Ticket sales for the Los Angeles premiere will begin February 28 at 11 AM (PST) on ticketmaster.com. Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] III. spring song is the

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR press release Official Site: wellgousa.com/films/ne-zha (US) Special Thanks to Leif Helland In observance of the Chinese Lunar New Year, Well Go USA Entertainment will rerelease the Chinese box office hit animated-feature NE ZHA (哪吒之魔童降世, Nézhā zhī Mótóng Jiàngshì, 2019) in select markets on January 31. With somber understanding that this is a very sensitive time for many in the Chinese community and with the cancellation of many Lunar New Year releases, Well Go USA wanted to give a Lunar New Year gift with an English dubbed NE ZHA. The Lunar New Year is the Chinese festival launches on the new moon and celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. This year, the first day of the Chinese New Year is Saturday, 25 January, initiating

    Film to Be Re-Released by GKIDS and Fathom Events in Theaters Nationwide Featuring New 4k Restoration and English Language Version Source: GKIDS Inc., Fathom Events, Scoop Marketing press release Official Site: TokyoGodfathersMovie.com Special Thanks to Jessica Nelson, Katherine Schwappach, Erik Stein and Lucy Rubin GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events have announced that TOKYO GODFATHERS (東京ゴッドファーザーズ, Tōkyō Goddofāzāzu, 2003), the critically-acclaimed animated feature from director Satoshi Kon (PERFECT BLUE, PAPRIKA), will return to theaters in a new 4K restoration this March. GKIDS previously re-released a remastered version of Satoshi Kon’s groundbreaking psychological thriller PERFECT BLUE in 2018 in partnership with Fathom Events. ASIFA-Hollywood recently announced that Kon would posthumously receive the Winsor McCay Award, the organization’s award for lifetime achievement in animation, at their upcoming 2020 Annie Awards ceremony, and a new stage play

    Source: Well Go USA, ddPR press release Official Site: jiang-ziya-2020 (US) Special Thanks to Leif Helland Well Go USA Entertainment will release JIANG ZIYA (姜子牙), the next 3D animation in a series of animated films from Bejing Enlight Pictures in North American theaters on February 7th. Based on an ancient Chinese myth, the film follows Jiang Ziya, a top commander in the divine army of the Kunlun Sect. Before Jiang Ziya can ascend to his new position among the Gods, he is ordered to execute the Nine-Tailed Fox Demon who threatens the mortal realm’s very existence. But when the Fox Demon shows him a dangerous secret, he is unable to complete his task resulting in his banishment to the mortal realm forever. Ten years later, atop the ruins of war, Jiang Ziya is once again

    Take a peek into the purr-fectly delightful lives of Tama and his friends Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: uchitama.com (Japan), uchitama-anime.com (US) Special Thanks to Aiko Makino Aniplex of America is pleased to announce that Uchitama?! Have you seen my Tama? (うちタマ?! ~うちのタマ知りませんか?~, Uchi Tama!? ~Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?~) has joined its winter 2020 anime line-up and will begin streaming on FunimationNow starting January 9th and then on Crunchyroll starting February 8th. In this joint production by MAPPA (YURI!! ON ICE, KAKEGURUI) and Lapintrack (SARAZANMAI, ENDRIDE), viewers will get a charming glimpse into the lives of a group of cats and dogs inhabiting a quaint neighborhood on Third Street. Based on the characters from the beloved “Tama & Friends: Have you seen my Tama?” series, which was first introduced in 1983 and made famous on stationery

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