Top 10 Manga Series From the Summer 2020 Anime List Ranked
03.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Japanese “hybrid” bookshop honto, which is co-managed by Junkudo and 2Dfacto, has used its online and physical book sales data to rank the top 10 manga series of the current 2020 summer anime roster. Their ranking was released on July 2.
Ito (PR, honto) | Comment
“The 2020 summer anime roster is about to start. With people staying at home right now, there is more opportunity to watch anime, so there must be a lot of people looking forward to the new series coming. So we are releasing our own ranking of manga and light novels from the anime series that are airing this summer. Let’s peruse series that are in the spotlight right now by dividing the ranking and the differences in age of people buying the books.”
*Data is based on the sales taken from the first half of 2020
The Top 3 Series
The slapstick love comedy Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Volume 4) by Take clocks in at number one. The series has sold over 1 million copies in Japan. The data shows that the series is most popular with people in their 30’s, who rate at 41.2% of the sales. Will they be watching the anime adaptation too?
In 2nd place is Fire Force (Volume 22) which is serialised in Weekly Shonen Magazine. This series is most popular with those in their 20’s. Season two of the anime series will premiere on July 5.
And in 3rd place is Sword Art Online (Volume 24), a series loved by fans the world over. This hugely popular series has sold over 20 million light novels, and is popular in all age groups, with the biggest percentage of sales going to those in their 40’s at 28.2%. The first season of the anime adaptation aired back in 2012. The second half of the War of Underworld will begin on July 11.
Full Top 10 List
1st Place: Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Volume 4)
2nd Place: Fire Force (Volume 22)
3rd Place: Sword Art Online (Volume 24)
4th Place: Kanojo, Okarishimasu (Volume 14)
5th Place: Baki Dou (Volume 5)
6th Place: Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World (Volume 22)
7th Place: Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater (Volume 6)
8th Place: My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Volume 14)
9th Place: Super HxEros (Volume 9)
10th Place: A Certain Scientific Railgun (Volume 15)
*According to honto
honto Official Website
Japan’s largest movie, drama, and anime review service Filmarks has posted its list of the country’s Top 10 Drama and Anime Series for Autumn 2020. The ranking is taken from series broadcast and available for stream between September 1 and November 30 in 2020 and is based on Filmarks own 5★ score system and user reviews.
Top 10 Drama Series for Autumn 2020
1st Place: The Mandalorian Season 2 | ★4.67
©2020 Lucasfilm Ltd.
2nd Place: Julie and the Phantoms | ★4.43
3rd Place: The Queen’s Gambit | ★4.34
4th Place: 2gether | ★4.31
5th Place: The Crown Season 4 | ★4.27
6th Place: Start-Up | ★4.26
7th Place: Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! | ★4.24
8th Place: The Boys Season 2 | ★4.20
9th Place: Baby Season 3 | ★4.16
10th Place: Satsui no Michinori | ★4.14
Top 10 Anime Series for Autumn 2020
1st Place: Golden Kamuy Season 3 | ★4.21
©Satoru Noda / Shueisha・Golden Kamuy Production Committee
2th Place: Jujutsu Kaisen | ★4.19
©Gege Akutami / Shueisha・Jujutsu Kaisen Production Committee
3rd Place: Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club | ★4.07
©2020 Project Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club
4th Place: Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle | ★3.93
5th Place: Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai | ★3.89
6th Place: Is the Order a Rabbit? BLOOM | ★3.874
7th Place: With a Dog AND a Cat, Every Day is Fun★3.87
8th Place: Higurashi: When They Cry – Gou | ★3.84
9th Place: Moriarty the Patriot | ★3.809
10th Place: Munou na Nana | ★3.808
Are there any series on this list you have yet to see?
Filmarks Top 10 Drama and Anime Series for Autumn 2020
Official Website: https://filmarks.com
Sword Art Online: Progressive Anime Series Announced
24.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME
The next chapter of the Sword Art Online anime series has been green-lit. With the completion of season two of Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, the anime’s official Twitter page and website has confirmed the adaptation of the Sword Art Online: Progressive light novels. Check out the official announcement video below.
Sword Art Online: Progressive – Anime Project Video Announcement
The six-volume Sword Art Online: Progressive is a retelling of the events from the original Aincrad arc of Sword Art Online. Further details surrounding the project have yet to be announced, so stay tuned.
© 2020 Reki Kawahara / KADOKAWA/SAO-P Project
Sword Art Online: Progressive
Official Website: https://sao-p.net/
Tripadvisor Reveals its Top 20 Most Popular Japanese Castles For Japanese People
17.August.2020 | SPOT
The Japanese branch of the world’s largest travel platform Tripadvisor® has posted its 2020 list of the Top 20 most popular castles in Japan amongst Japanese people.
This year marks the 8th run of the most popular Japanese castles ranking. Crowning the number one spot for the fourth year in a row in the list is Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture. Kanazawa Castle and Iwakuni Castle have appeared for the first time ever on the list, while Shurijo Castle—which saw the main courtyard structures destroyed last year in a fire—and Kumamoto Castle—which was damaged as a result of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake—both placed in the Top 10. This shows the greatness of these last two castles, Shurijo Castle and Kumamoto Castle, that despite their damage people still revere them, and their visiting them calls for a quick repairs and rebuilding.
User posts for all the castles in this year’s list commended each site’s incorporation of measures against the spreading of COVID-19, such as making it mandatory to wear masks, and providing alcohol gel everywhere.
Top 20 Most Popular Japanese Castles Amongst Japanese People | 2020 Edition
1st Place: Himeji Castle (Himeji, Hyogo)
2nd Place: Matsumoto Castle (Matsumoto, Nagano)
3rd Place: Matsuyama Castle (Matsuyama, Ehime
4th Place: Matsue Castle (Matsue, Shimane)
5th Place: Nijo Castle (Kyoto, Kyoto)
6th Place: Katsuren Castle (Uruma, Okinawa)
7th Place: Kochi Castle (Koch, Kochi)
8th Place: Shurijo Castle (Naha, Okinawa)
9th Place: Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto, Kumamoto)
10th Place: Nakagusuku Castle (Kitanakagusuku, Okinawa)
Full Top 20 List (Japanese): https://www.tripadvisor.jp/Trips/99877580
1st Place: Himeji Castle | Himeji, Hyogo
Himeji Castle has placed on this list four years in a row. The castle also gets the name Hakuro-jo, or “White Egret Castle,” due to the structure’s white exterior and resemblance to a bird taking flight. Many users on Tripadvisor commented on their multiple visits to the castle, with one saying they have visited over 10 times, and another having visited 10 years after the castle’s repair work. Another said that although you have to pay to get in, you can learn much and more about the castle if you just ask the guide. Himeji Castle also has its own app you can download which has videos on different spots around the castle grounds.
16th Place: Kanazawa Castle | Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Kanazawa Castle has a rich history that dates back to being the headquarters of the Kaga Domain, also known as the Kanazawa Domain. Many users praise the beauty of the castle’s appearance, often highlighting the bricks various that make it up. The castle is lit up at night, and the scenery during winter is a sight to behold. Numerous events are held there throughout the year.
17th Place: Iwakuni Castle | Iwakuni, Yamaguchi
From the castle keep visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Iwakuni, Kintai Bridge, the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, Miyajima, and more. This is one of the main highlights commended by users on Tripadvisor. One hiker recommended visiting the castle as a set together with a walk along Kintai Bridge.
If you’re planning a trip to Japan, then be sure to use this list as reference so you know which castles are must-visits.
Tripadvisor Japan: https://www.tripadvisor.jp/
ReoNa’s Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Song ‘ANIMA’ Breaks 2 Million YouTube Views
The music video for ReoNa’s newest song ANIMA, which is used as the opening theme for the TV anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, has surpassed 2 million views on YouTube. The video was released on her YouTube channel on July 12, 2020 and reached 1 million views in just five days. It broke 2 million on Sunday.
ReoNa made her name known during the broadcast of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online in April 2018 in which she performed the singing voice of the anime’s singer-songwriter character Elza Kanzaki. She also performed the Sword Art Online: Alicization ending theme song forget-me-not and the insert song Over the Rainbow in January 2019. Two years have already passed since her solo debut.
The ANIMA music video is the first from ReoNa to feature a full backing band. The high speed video also makes use of projection mapping. The full version of the music video is included on the DVD featured on First Press Limited Edition copies of the ANIMA single.
ReoNa – “ANIMA” Music Video
The song ANIMA was released on music streaming and download services on July 13 ahead of the physical single release which dropped on July 22. When the digital version came out, it immediately peaked at No. 1 on iTunes Japan in the Anime Singles category. ANIMA (Special Edition) also reached No. 1 on digital album rankings in Japan.
A special ReoNa character has also been added to the video game Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris for which the singer also performs its opening theme Scar/let. The game released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on May 21, 2020. Her character design was conceived by abec who is also responsible for illustrations in the original Sword Art Online light novels.
ReoNa | Comment
“My heart is filled with joy at getting to sing for Sword Art Online again, a series which I cherish and became a turning point for me in my life. I hope this opening theme reaches your heart, along with the characters themselves—their trials and tribulations, the paths each of them walk, and their heart and spirit. I’ve also sung my first ever theme song for a video game: Scar/let, for Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris […]”
©2017 Reki Kawahara/KADOKAWA ASCII Media Works/SAO-A Project
©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Release Date: July 22, 2020
First-Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD+Photo book) VVCL1680-1681 / ¥1,600 + Tax
Limited Edition (CD+DVD) VVCL1683-1684 / ¥1,600 + Tax
Regular Edition (CD Only) VVCL1682 / ¥1,200 + Tax
Streaming Link: https://reona.lnk.to/ANIMA
ReoNa Official Website: http://www.reona-reona.com/
Virtual Singer YuNi To Release ‘Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!’ Ending Song Digitally
Virtual singer YuNi first hit YouTube in June 2018, proclaiming herself to be the world’s first virtual singer. YuNi is now set to release her new song Kokoro Knock on digital music services from August 14, 2020. The song has also been appointed as the ending theme song to the anime Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! for the episodes airing from July 10, 2020.
This bright and cheery song will fill you with the image of a kawaii yet slightly shy girl teasing you with her freestyle dancing. The beautiful strings melodies and feel-good rhythm are brought together with Yuni’s pure and gentle voice. The song lyrics, music and editing were done by music producer YUC’e, who works overseas and in Japan.
It has been two years since YuNi started singing on YouTube and fans have been showering YuNi in love on social media. Make sure to check out her channel for anime ending songs and further announcements.
YuNi is going full steam ahead. She is also set for a solo live performance in autumn and fans are more excited than ever.
New Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Final Season Trailer Released
The final season of the Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld anime series is set to begin airing on July 11, 2020. The Alicization arc began airing back in October 2018. The anime is an adaptation of the popular light novel series Sword Art Online by Reki Kawahara. A film, Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, was released in 2017 and earned ¥4.3 billion in the Japanese box office.
A new trailer for the final season was released on Aniplex US’s YouTube channel which features the ending theme I will… by Eir Aoi. Check it out below.
©2017 Reki Kawahara / KADOMAWA ASCII Media Works / SAO-A Project
Release Date: August 12, 2020
First Press Edition (CD+DVD: ¥1,800 (Before Tax) [VVCL1695-96]
Regular Edition (CD): ¥1,300 (Before Tax) [VVCL1697]
Limited Pressing Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,600 (Before Tax) [VVCL1698-99]
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld
Initial Broadcast: July 11, 2020
Official Website: https://sao-alicization.net/
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld’s Second Ending Theme to be Performed by Eir Aoi
Japanese singer Eir Aoi’s song I will… will be used as the second ending theme for the ongoing TV anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld starting from April 25, 2020.
Eir Aoi’s last collaboration with the Sword Art Online anime series was almost a year and a half ago when she released her song Iris which was the first ending theme for Sword Art Online: Alicization.
A new promotional video was also released for the continuation of Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld which is currently following the “Alicization Awakening” arc. The video features the debut hearing of ReoNa’s new song ANIMA which will serve as the opening theme. Check it out below.
“Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld” – Final Chapter
Eir Aoi | Comment
“I was given the opportunity to sing the first ending theme ‘Iris,’ so I am so grateful to be on board again. The theme of this new song ‘I will…’ centres on being emotionally close to someone you hold dear and walking together with them. It’s a ballad that unfolds into something majestic. I hope it’s a song that holds close emotionally to SAO and those who watch it too.”
ReoNa to Perform SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris Video Game Opening Theme
A new trailer has been released for SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris, an upcoming video game that’s set to drop on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One on May 21, 2020 and Steam® on May 22, 2020 . It features the game’s opening theme Scar/Let by ReoNa.
ReoNa has made her name known the world over in the anime community since her solo debut only one and a half years ago as the singing voice of Elsa Kanzaki in the anime series Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online.
The new trailer gives us a peek into Medina’s past and where she is headed, as well as new story content, characters, and the “Underworld,” a mysterious virtual world set in the anime’s Alicization arc.
Those who pre-order a copy of the digital “Deluxe Edition” of the game game will be able to play the game before its release date with “βeater’s Player.”
Those who pre-order any edition of the game will receive 200 SAO prepaid points (in-game currency) and 4 design contest costumes.
©2017 Reki Kawahara/KADOKAWA ASCII Media Works/SAO-A Project
ⒸBANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris
Release Date: May 21, 2020 (Steam® Release Date: May 22, 2020)
Top Anime Series of Winter 2020: BOFURI, Somali and the Forest Spirit, & More
19.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME
NTT Docomo’s anime streaming service dAnime Store conducted its latest online survey between February 21-28 this year to ask its users what their favourite anime is for numerous categories, such as the most “moe” series, for winter 2020. Over 71 million users got involved, and here’s what they voted for.
Most Moe Anime of Winter 2020
1st Place: BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.
Recommendation Comment: Out of all of the battle-themed anime series set in alternate-worlds and games that I have seen, I believe this one has a new and original character. That of course goes for her defensive power, but she’s also the strongest main character for somehow or other finding ‘good luck’ wherever she goes […] Her comrades find her fun and great, and support her with all they have, and they’re always lively too, so the series has given me a lot of smiles.
2nd Place: Asteroid in Love
3rd Place: Nekopara
4rd Place: Toilet-bound Hanako-kun
5th Place: Interspecies Reviewers
Most Fired-Up Anime of Winter 2020
1st Place: Haikyu!! TO THE TOP
Recommendation Comment: “It’s really cool to see high school students playing volleyball so earnestly, doing all they can to make sure the ball in front of them doesn’t fall. It’s an anime that gets to you and make you tear up. The lyrics of the opening and ending themes are great too, they really hit home. It’s like when I was doing club activities as a high school student; it’s such a great anime, it always makes me cry.”
2nd Place: A Certain Scientific Railgun T
3rd Place: Darwin’s Game
4th Place: BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.
5th Place: In/Spectre
Most Moving Anime of Winter 2020
1st Place: Somali and the Forest Spirit
Recommendation Comment: “The cheeky and ever curious Somali, and Golem, who doesn’t show his emotions. I felt warmth from them coming to understand each other on their trip with their unlikely parent and child relationship. The people they meet during their journey support them too. Somali is surrounded by kindness, so I thin she’ll grow into a good adult. I was deeply moved at the scene where Golem lies about his life span to Somali out of good will.”
2nd Place: Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World
3rd Place: Smile Down the Runway
4th Place: Haikyu!! TO THE TOP
5th Place: A Certain Scientific Railgun T
Most Comedic Anime of Winter 2020
1st Place: Interspecies Reviewers
Recommendation Comment: “It’s undeniable that this was the funniest anime this season for people. It proved that going off the scale of the outrageous makes for the ultimate comedy. Saying that, it wasn’t only just outrageous, and wasn’t only hilarious, and that’s what I would recommend about this show. I would also highlight how Stunk and company show the differences between each race in his reviews [and] the interactions between him and the characters […].”
2nd Place: BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.
3rd Place: Isekai Quartet 2
4th Place: Haikyu!! TO THE TOP
5th Place: Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga
Official Website: https://anime.dmkt-sp.jp/animestore/CP/CP00001083
ReoNa to Perform Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Opening Theme
Despite having been just one year since her debut as a solo artist, Japanese singer ReoNa is already in the spotlight. She made her name known during the broadcast of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online in April 2018 in which she performed the singing voice of the anime’s singer-songwriter character Elza Kanzaki. She also performed the Sword Art Online: Alicization ending theme song forget-me-not and the insert song Over the Rainbow in January 2019.
This past weekend, ReoNa performed live at LisAni! LIVE 2020 at Makuhari Messe on February 9, a song bringing together artists who perform songs for an ime series. During her performance, she announced that she will perform the second opening theme song ANIMA for the upcoming War of Underworld arc of Sword Art Online: Alicization, which will begin airing this April. This marks one year since ReoNa’s song forget-me-not was used for Alicization, as well as her first performance of an opening theme.
But that’s not all. She also revealed that she will perform the opening theme Scar/let for the forthcoming video game Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris, which is set to hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on May 21, 2020. Be sure to check out the game’s latest trailer.
Fans can also listen to the full version of Till the End, a song by ReoNa written to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sword Art Online light novel series, now streaming on Spotify. Released on Sunday, ReoNa also performed the song at LisAi! LIVE 2020.
Since her solo debut, ReoNa has already sung five songs for the Sword Art Online franchise.
In Sword Art Online’s 10 years, this is the first time an artist has performed both opening theme songs for both a new anime season and video game.
We look forward to hearing ReoNa in Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld in April, and Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris on May 21.
ReoNa said: “Sword Art Online is an important piece of work for me; it was a turning point in my life. So to be able to sing yet another song for it fills me with happiness from the bottom of my heart. I hope that this opening theme ANIMA reaches your heart, together with the characters’ heart and spirit to keep moving forward even if you stumble, or get hurt.”
She continues: “I’ve also been given the opportunity to perform my first video game theme. ‘Scar/let’ for Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris. Take this flower as an offering as part of your bright-red burning destiny.”
©Reki Kawahara/KADOKAWA ASCII Media Works/SAO-A Project
©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
ReoNa Set To Release Sword Art Online 10-Year Anniversary Theme Song Digitally
Since the broadcast of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online in April 2018, ReoNa has played the singing voice of the show’s singer and songwriter Elza Kanzaki, performed the Sword Art Online: Alicization ending theme song forget-me-not and the insert song Over the Rainbow for the show’s popular January season. ReoNa has even collaborated with world famous musician Daniel Powter for a live performance. Despite having been just one year since her debut as a solo artist, ReoNa is already in the spotlight.
ReoNa performed the Sword Art Online series 10th anniversary theme song Till the End, the full version of which will be released on February 9, 2020 at 24:00. You can preorder it now. Till the End was presented at a special screening event on a large four-panel screen at the Sword Art Online -Ex Chronicle- in KYOTO which took place from January 31 to February 3, 2020. If you purchase Till the End on CD, make sure to check out the pamphlet included inside which allows you to purchase official merchandise from the Sword Art Online -Ex Chronicle- in KYOTO event online.
Lenny code fiction Release Fire Force Anime Ending Theme ‘Nounai’ Live Video
Lenny code fiction dropped their 5th single Nounai on December 11 last year. They kicked off their Japanese nationwide tour “Lenny code fiction Presents 5th Single Nounai Release Tour ‘Rock no Fukken'” to promote the single at LOOK in Chiba on Monday January 13th.
The band has just released a live video of them performing Nounai, which is used as the ending theme for the hit TV anime series Fire Force. The footage is taken from their show at Shibuya WWW X held on December 10 to celebrate the release of the single.
Lenny code fiction – “Nounai” (LIVE Ver. @ 2019.12.10 Shibuya WWW X)
Fans can now relive the exhilarating debut performance of the song. The band are touring through the next couple of months until March, so if you’re in Japan during this time, don’t miss the chance to catch Lenny live.
5th Single – “Nounai”
Released: December 11, 2019
Regular Edition (CD Only): ¥1,200 (Before Tax) [KSCL-3224]
Limited Pressing Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,400 (Before Tax) [KSCL-3225~3226] *Includes Fire Force CD cover
<Lenny code fiction Presents 5th Single Nounai Release Tour ‘Rock no Fukken’>
1/16 @ Music Zoo, Kobe (OPEN 18:30 START 19:00)
2/1 @ IMAGE, Okayama (OPEN 17:30 START 18:00)
2/9 @ Live Spot 2000, Akita (OPEN 17:00 START 17:30)
2/11 @ enn 2nd, Sendai (OPEN 17:00 START 17:30)
2/21 @ FLEEZ, Takasaki (OPEN 18:30 START 19:00)
Tickets: From ¥2,500 / From ¥3,000 (Separate mandatory drink charge applied at venues)
<Lenny code fiction Presents 5th Single Nounai ONE MAN Tour ‘Rock no Fukken’
2/29 @ ELL FITS ALL, Nagoya (OPEN 17:30 START 18:00)
3/13 @ Shangri-La, Osaka (OPEN 18:30 START 19:00)
3/15 @ DRUM SON, Fukuoka (OPEN 17:00 START 17:30)
3/27 @ SHIBUYA CLUB QUATTRO, Tokyo (OPEN 18:00 START 19:00)
Tickets: From ¥3,000 / From ¥3,500 (Separate mandatory drink charge applied at venues)
Lenny code fiction Official Website: http://lennycodefiction.com