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  • Is Shaman King (2021) on Crunchyroll, Netflix, Hulu, or Funimation in ...
      Want to know where to watch the Shaman King 2021 reboot? It's a bit trickier than you think. One anime series that I’m dying to watch and am immensely displeased with the fact that it’s currently sitting in Streaming Jail is Shaman King (2021). A remake of the classic shonen anime series which ran from 2001 to 2002, this series will retell the entire story within 52 episodes so I hope you’re prepared for a wild ride.  Based on the manga of the same name which ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1998 to 2004, this series is all about an ultimate showdown that will determine the shape of the world in the future. The main character is a shaman named Yoh Asakura. In this world, a shaman is someone who can use the souls of deceased people to gain their powers and abilities for use in combat.  Yoh has a dream of becoming the winner of a once every 500 years battle known as the Shaman Fight. The winner of this fight is named Shaman King and is granted a wish to reshape the world however they desire. Along the way, Yoh will make a ton of new friends and grow closer to his fiance Anna (who has a vested interest in seeing Yoh win the tournament).  Is Shaman King (2021) on Crunchyroll, Netflix, Hulu, or Funimation in English Sub or Dub?  The answer to this question is a lot harder to answer than you might think. The series is definitely on Netflix and has been airing weekly in Japan ever since it premiered at the beginning of April 2021. Unfortunately, outside of Japan, your availability might be limited. At the moment, there is no legal stream for Shaman King (2021) in the United States. The series will be released on Netflix at a later date, but they have not announced when that date will be.  This is obviously not happy news for anyone who came here looking for positive news about where or when you’d be able to watch Shaman King (2021) but unfortunately, thems the breaks in this crazy age of streaming warfare. Related: Is Shaman King 2021 Anime Based on a Manga or Light Novel and Is It Complete, Finished, or Ongoing? Here is Everything You Need to Know 
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  • Where to Watch Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Season 2: Crunchyroll, ...
      Looking for the best place to watch Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Season 2? Kyoto Animation is making their long-awaited return to television this summer with Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 (officially titled Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S) and Crunchyroll is beating the rush by announcing a full 3 and a half months early that they will simulcast the series as part of their summer lineup! While no other streaming service including Funimation, HIDIVE, or Netflix has announced their acquisition of this series as well, it’s worth noting that the first season was streamed with an English dub eventually by Funimation so the odds are good that they will continue that trend with season 2. Originally a seinen manga series created by Coolkyousinnjya and serialized in Monthly Action magazine, the series began its run in May 2013 and has since released 9 volumes as of November 2019. Since the start of the main series, they have also spun the story off 4 times with each spinoff series focusing on a different supporting character. Kyoto Animation produced the first anime adaptation, and it was met with wild applause from both fans and critics. Soon after the first season ended, the studio announced a sequel series which was meant to air much earlier but because of the Kyoto Animation arson attack which left over 30 people dead including the original director Yasuhiro Takemoto, its status became unknown for a while. Finally, in 2020, it was revealed that the studio was indeed moving forward with plans to release the second season in summer 2021 with Tatsuya Ishihara taking over as director (though Takemoto is listed as ‘series director’ in the credits). The rest of the cast and crew are returning to reprise their roles. You can watch Season 2 of Dragon Maid for free on Crunchyroll, Hulu Japan, and the first season only on Funimation. Crunchyroll is describing the story of the second season as: The wacky Dragon Maid is back again! A strange turn of events leads the Dragon, Tohru, to work as Miss Kobayashi's maid. She occasionally (that's a lie, she often) causes trouble for her beloved Miss Kobayashi while blending into human society and splendidly (that's a lie, only mediocrely) carrying out her maid duties. Her fellow dragons, Kanna, Lucoa, Fafnir, and Elma all find their own places to fit in as well and enjoy interspecies interactions with the humans. Yet while they're all enjoying that laid-back and occasionally turbulent left, the threat of a new Dragon swoops down upon Miss Kobayashi. This announcement is a big deal for a variety of reasons. First, because it’s more Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, which is always a good thing! The second reason is that it’s nice to see that Kyoto Animation has returned to business as usual after the horrific attack that occurred almost 2 years ago. We will never forget you, Takemoto, nor any of the other victims of that senseless tragedy. Source: Crunchyroll Related: Haruhi Suzumiya and Fumoffu Director Yasuhiro Takemoto Reportedly Died in the KyoAni Fire
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  • Sword Art Online: Who is Mito? New Character Introduced in ...
      Who is Mito in Sword Art Online? She's a new character introduced in an upcoming movie for the series. If you’re not already aware, there was a whirlwind of activity within the anime sphere during AnimeJapan 2021. Over a period of two days, updates were coming fast and furious, but the cream de la cream came at the end of day 1 when one of the most hotly anticipated new titles of 2021 finally revealed some solid new information.  In a subtitled trailer released by Aniplex, fans get their first real look at the upcoming anime movie Sword Art Online the Movie Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night, and meet a new character in the process. The trailer also reveals they will release the movie this coming fall in Japan. Pretty sweet! Sword Art Online: Who is Mito? As you saw in the trailer, we get to meet a new character in this movie named Mito (played by Inori Minase). So who is she? Well, unfortunately, information about this character is pretty scarce, so all we can do is speculate based on what we already know about the story. Originally a spinoff light novel series penned by the same creator of the shonen light novel series Sword Art Online (available now on both Crunchyroll and Funimation), the story is a floor-by-floor retelling of the Aincrad story from the first season of Sword Art Online. Only this time it’s told from Asuna’s perspective. Related: Netflix Producer Discusses Live-Action Sword Art Online Story In the trailer embedded above, we see Asuna encounters many new people after she logs in to the game. One of them is a lavender-haired fighter named Mito who appears to be quite the powerful fighter. What really intrigued me, however, is the few seconds we see her curled up in a ball on her bed alone. Those few seconds alone tell me that this is a character who is capable in combat but is having problems dealing with how she feels about being locked in the death game.  While I dropped out of the original television series during the War of Alicization arc of the television series, I’m still very excited to revisit one of the best arcs of the entire franchise while looking through the eyes of the series' best heroine. Source: Anime News Network  
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  • Boku no My Hero Academia Chapter 312 Release Date and Time, Spoilers, ...
    My Hero Academia continues to race towards its ultimate climax with Deku heading out into the dangerous streets to act as bait to lure out the current holder of All For One. It’s become obvious to everyone that the ultimate plan of the villains is to steal Deku’s power and create the ultimate power user in Shigaraki. In the closing frames of chapter 311, however, Deku is found by someone else. Is she a friend or a foe? Created by Kōhei Horikoshi, this shonen manga series has been serialized since July 2014 in Weekly Shonen Jump. The series has been compiled into 30 volumes in Japan as of April 2021. My Hero Academia has also received many manga spinoffs and an ongoing anime adaptation which recently started its fifth television season along with multiple theatrical movie side stories. Boku no My Hero Academia Chapter 312 Release Date     Provided that Horikoshi doesn’t get sick again, the new chapter of My Hero Academia will go live around the world on Sunday, May 16th.  Boku no My Hero Academia Chapter 312 Release Time     My Hero Academia goes live at midnight Japan Standard Time and appears in English on the official Shonen Jump app a couple of hours later. This translates into the following times: Pacific Time: 9 am Central Time: 11 am Eastern Time: 12 pm British Time: 5 pm Boku no My Hero Academia Chapter 312 Spoilers     No spoilers have been released for the new chapter as of this writing, but if anything surfaces, it will be reported on. My Hero Academia has made excellent use of the Power Crawl trope throughout the run of the series, and it looks like we’re finally going to get to see it pay off sooner rather than later. Deku has been slowly harnessing his power in order to use it at the best possible moment and if this upcoming battle isn’t the “right moment” then I do not know what even qualifies any longer. Related: DC Comics Artist Draws Cover For My Hero Academia
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  • Solo Leveling Chapter 151 Release Date and Time, Spoilers, and Where ...
    In the latest chapter of Solo Leveling, we witnessed a bloody and brutal battle between the White Phantom and Go Gun Hee. Jinwoo does get alerted about the fight, but arrives just a bit too late. What will his next move be upon seeing this?    Solo Leveling Chapter 151 Release Date     If previous release dates are anything to go by, the new chapter of Solo Leveling will appear in Korea at some point on Wednesday, May 12th, but will not appear legally in English until the following week on TappyToon.   Solo Leveling Chapter 151 Release Time     The new chapter generally releases at or around midnight in Korea and then again the following week in English. Those are the official translations.    Solo Leveling Chapter 151 Spoilers     Unfortunately, there have been no spoilers released for the new chapter, though one suspects that Jinwoo is going to get involved in the fight that he has walked in on.    Solo Leveling Chapter 150 Summary     The fight between White Phantom and Go Gun Hee was out of nowhere but satisfying to see. You knew Jinwoo was going to appear at some point, though I’m sure some fans would’ve preferred to see him appear a few pages sooner.  Regardless, it seems that the action is going to continue for another couple of weeks until we figure out more about this White Phantom character who has shown up and made his presence known in a big way. Will White Phantom be able to defeat the new challenger before him or will he back off and turn me into some kind of big lying liar who lies? It’s impossible to know for certain.   Related: Will There Be a Solo Leveling Anime Adaptation? Season 1 Release Date Predictions, Speculation, Confirmations, News, and Updates
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  • Vivy Flourite Eye's Song Episode 8 Release Date and Time, Countdown
    Vivy continues to be the standout show of the season in just about every way!  In the latest episode of Vivy, we see a brand new Diva. She’s confident, she’s hands on with the surrounding staff, and she’s a bigger success than anyone could have ever imagined she would be when the series first began. She’s such a big act now, in fact, that she’s been invited to be the closing act at an upcoming music festival. The only problem is that it feels like something is wrong and she can’t figure out why until someone from her past makes his return and reminds her of her former mission (though she has to employ some extreme coercion to get him to talk).    Vivy Flourite Eye's Song Episode 8 Release Date     Releasing on Saturdays around the world, the next episode of Vivy will premiere on Saturday, May 15th.  Vivy Flourite Eye's Song Episode 8 Release Time     Vivy: Flourite Eye’s Song airs at 11:30 pm Japan Standard Time, which means it will stream on Funimation outside of Japan at or around the following times around the world: Pacific Time: 7:30 am Central Time: 9:30 am Eastern Time: 10:30 am British Time: 3:30 pm I will keep restating this as often as I have to in order to make sure that everyone, including those in the back row, hears this: If you’re not watching Vivy yet, what are you doing with your life? Even I, the one who dislikes sci-fi on a fairly regular basis, am finding intense and immense joy and satisfaction with this series and think that everyone else should feel the same.  Vivy is more than just a very pretty series (though it is a very pretty series), it’s an intense look at society and what our roles are going to be going forward. I love this series is painting a bleak view of the future, despite all the amazing advances that will be afforded to us by science and technology.  Vivy has been an incredible ride thus far, and even if the ending absolutely destroys itself, I feel strongly that I’ll still look back at the journey it took me on fondly.  Related: How Many Episodes Will Season 1 of Vivy Flourite Eye's Song Have?
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    79 days ago By L.B. Bryant By L.B. Bryant - 79 days ago
  • I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years Episode 6 Release Date and ...
    I’d just like to point out that we’re at the halfway point of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and we’re still introducing new characters.     In episode 5 of this charming isekai, the new character is a ghost named Rosalie. It seems that Harukara has set up a new factory for her energy drink but is having trouble finding workers because the previously mentioned ghost haunts the factory. The good news is that they are able to move the ghost out of the factory by allowing her to possess Harukara. The bad news is that once they get to Azusa’s house, the ghost can’t figure out how to get out of the body! Animated by studio Revoroot, I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years first premiered on April 10th, 2021. Featuring Nobukage Kimura as the director working off series composition created by Tatsuya Takahashi, character designs by Keisuke Goto, and background music composed by Keiji Inai.    I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years Episode 6 Release Date     Releasing on Saturdays, the next episode of this series will premiere around the world on Saturday, May 15th.   I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years Episode 6 Release Time   I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years airs at 9 pm Japan Standard Time. It streams shortly after that on Crunchyroll at the following times outside of Japan: Pacific Time: 6:30 am Central Time: 8:30 am Eastern Time: 9:30 am British Time: 2:30 pm Now, let’s be clear about something here… I’m still enjoying this series and find it to be a great way to start each week. However, I think we have a large enough cast now that we can start moving forward with the primary story. They have planted a lot of little seeds throughout the first half, such as the magical barrier that Azusa erected around the town that I still feel certain is going to attract some unwanted attention, eventually. Now let’s see what blooms from those plot seeds.  I’m not entirely sure if we’re done introducing new characters yet. I’d really like it if we were. I won’t complain if we aren’t though, as each new character that the series has introduced so far has been a fun addition to the cast. Related: Is I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years Anime Based on a Manga or Light Novel and Is It Complete, Finished, or Ongoing? Here is the Current Status of the Series
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  • Burning Kabaddi Episode 7 Release Date and Time, Countdown
    The practice match between Souwa High and Nouin High continues in this episode of Burning Kabaddi, and things are not looking good for the Nouin team. Thanks to a skilled raider on Souwa’s side and the use of some tactics that Yoigoshi isn’t already aware of, the Souwa team builds a commanding lead which leads to Nouin’s secret weapon to enter the match and almost even things up as the first half comes to a close! Burning Kabaddi Episode 7 Release Date     Burning Kabaddi airs in the early morning hours on Saturday in Japan, which means it will stream outside of Japan on Friday, May 14th.  Burning Kabaddi Episode 7 Release Time     As mentioned, Burning Kabaddi airs early on Saturday at 1:23 am Japan Standard Time. It then streams on Crunchyroll a couple of hours later: Pacific Time: 11 am Central Time: 1 pm Eastern Time: 2 pm British Time: 7 pm So last week while talking about this series I mentioned that at the halfway mark it was finally starting to grow on me and those feelings increased just a bit this week. Burning Kabaddi is kind of like moss in that if you sit through enough of it, you’ll find that it’s grown on you very slowly without you even noticing. This sports series is not the most intense in anime history but much like the star players on either side of the court right now, it has some impressive moves and moments which will make you pay attention to the action even if only momentarily. I would be shocked if it comes up with a way to make me really want a second season at this point, but then again stranger things have happened in the anime world.  Burning Kabaddi isn’t brilliant, but it’s doing its job of calling attention to an unknown manga and an even more unknown sport, which is really all you can ask for from a series like this. It’s entertaining for the time being, but the odds of me going back to it after its conclusion are still pretty slim at this point. Related: How Many Episodes Will Season 1 of Burning Kabaddi Have?
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  • 10 Anime Like My Hero Academia You Should Start Watching
    In case you’ve had your head under a rock for the last decade or so, superheroes are kind of a big deal right now. Yes, superheroes have always held a prominent place within popular culture but lately, they are everywhere you look and that includes within the world of anime! One such manga turned anime that you might have heard of that deals with the superhero genre is My Hero Academia. Already up to its fifth television season (with a couple of movies just for good measure), My Hero Academia has been wowing audiences and capturing imaginations ever since the first season began airing in April 2016.      Based on a shonen manga, the series follows a young man named Izuku Midoriya who, despite living in a world filled with superpowered individuals, was born without any kind of ability or quirk. That doesn’t stop him from idolizing the number one hero, All Might, however. One day by chance, All Might witnesses the quirkless Izuku rush into a fight with a villain in order to save his friend Bakugo. This act touches All Might who shares a secret with him… he was born without a power as well and actually had his quirk passed onto him by someone else and now he’s going to bequeath it onto Izuku.  Finally blessed with the power known as One For All, Izuku enters the special UA Academy in order to train to become a professional hero just like his idol, but he’ll have many challenges and obstacles he’ll have to overcome first.  Perhaps My Hero Academia isn’t enough for you though, and you need more superhero action. Read on to find more series that will be right in your wheelhouse!   Tiger and Bunny     When I think of anime and superheroes together, this is the first series that pops into my mind. An original series from studio Sunrise which aired in 2011, this is a realistic take on the idea of superheroes in society with their need to take on sponsors and compete on a reality television show.  More than that, however, this is a realistic look at the human condition of growing older and realizing that you’re no longer the young hotshot you used to be. Will you accept this gracefully or will you fight it to the bitter end? That’s the choice that the main character, Wild Tiger, must make throughout the run of the series.    Samurai Flamenco     Samurai Flamenco is one of those shows that starts one way and by the halfway mark has transformed into another show entirely to where the initial premise is completely unrecognizable.  In this 2013 noitaminA series, the main character is a highly successful male model who worships heroes to the point where, as an adult, he decides to begin a double life as a model during the day and Samurai Flamenco at night. Unfortunately, his first night on the job goes poorly, and he has to be saved by a passing police officer who is dealing with a girlfriend who texts him constantly. This starts a bizarre partnership that will take the two of them in unexpected directions.    One Punch Man   One of the most popular shonen superhero titles at the moment, One Punch Man is another story about an average guy who decides one day to become a superhero just for fun (as we all do from time to time) and so he starts an intense training regime. After a couple of years, however, he finds he can now defeat any enemy with only a single punch which bores him and leaves him feeling disillusioned. Will he ever be able to find a worthy adversary? From studio Madhouse, One Punch Man initially aired in 2015 with a second season airing soon afterward in 2016. The reception to the anime has generally been positive, though the second season was also widely panned because a change in production studios meant a drop in animation quality.    Hunter x Hunter (2011)     While the stars of Hunter x Hunter aren’t exactly superheroes, they might as well be with how ridiculously powerful they all are, and yet no matter what happens, they always seem to find a way to get more powerful as the series progresses. Funny how that happens.  Airing for 148 episodes from 2011 to 2014, this is another series from Madhouse that managed to find its audience pretty much right away thanks to its pedigree. Originally a manga, this series actually first launched back in March 1998, but over the years has become not entirely affectionately known as “Hiatus x Hiatus” due to how often the author goes on breaks between chapters.    Black Clover     Another shonen series that isn’t quite superheroic but still follows the formula for creating a hit series with fans around the world. While it’s not quite as popular as its big brother Naruto, it’s still managed to find an audience around the world which is never an easy feat to pull off. In this series, the two main characters are orphans in a fantasy world where magic means everything. Unfortunately, one of these characters (Asta) was born with no magical talent whatsoever. That’s not stopping him from working hard alongside his rival, Yuno, to achieve his dream of becoming the wizard king! Fire Force     Supernatural firefighters! Hey! Public health and safety officials are totally superheroes! One of the newer entries on this list, Fire Force, is the 2019 shonen action series about firefighters who put out supernatural fires which are causing people to spontaneously combust! This is no problem for this elite fighting force, however! Animated by David Production, this action series packs a real punch!   Soul Eater     Another series about supernatural teenagers with amazing powers, this 2008 series from studio Bones features teenagers at the Shinigami Weapon Meister University who are all attempting to capture darkened souls in order to turn their weapon/partner into an all-powerful Death Scythe.  This series captured the imaginations of a large swath of an anime generation in one fell swoop. I mean seriously, when this series was airing I was attending an anime club (kids, ask your parents) and the president of that club was practically begging me to watch this series with him.   Charlotte     This is the series that is unlike any other on this list but deserves to be here all the same as this series isn’t really about superheroes but normal teenagers who happen to have superpowers that will eventually disappear. One teenager who is using his power in order to live life to the fullest is Yuu Otosaka. One day, however, he is confronted by a girl at his school named Nao who wants him to use his power to help other teenagers.  While the final episode of this series leaves something to be desired, the journey to get there is a solid one filled with a lot of strong emotional story beats. If you skipped this P.A. Works series when it aired in the summer of 2015, it’s worth going back to check this one out.   Cyborg 009     Running for 52 episodes from fall 2001 to 2002, Cyborg 009 is the outlier on this list as the characters in this series weren’t born with their powers but were kidnapped and experimented on by a mad scientist backed by an evil organization. Having escaped from captivity, these nine people must band together to use their powers to defeat the evil organization that did this to them before they can do it to anyone else!   Heroman     Did you know that Stan Lee is a bonafide anime character?  In this series, the main character is a kid named Joey Jones (Yeah, I know… just ignore it) who keeps getting made fun of by the rich kids at his school until one day when a bolt of lightning turns a toy that he found in the trash into a hulking behemoth that he can use to defeat enemies who threaten his hometown.  And there you have it, ten series that are similar to My Hero Academia that you can watch right now to get your superpower fix! Do you have any suggestions that we missed?  Related: My Hero Academia First User of One for All Revealed
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  • Fruits Basket Season 3 Episode 6 Release Date and Time, Countdown
    Momiji? Is that really you?     The strands of fate that connect the Sohma family to Akito are slowly coming undone, and I fear Tohru is in real danger because of it. In episode 5 of Fruits Basket Season 3, the main focus is on a now grown-up Momiji who apparently had a major growth spurt since we last saw him. Now standing taller than Tohru, the pair walk hand in hand together to Shigure’s house for a small party with everyone. It isn’t until later, however, that we learn the reason why he was able to do that… his zodiac curse has been broken and because of that, he no longer feels the need to be bound to Akito (who does not take the news well at all).  Funimation is co-producing this reboot anime with TMS Entertainment producing the animation and Yoshihide Ibata serving as the director working off series composition by Taku Kishimoto. It’s always worth remembering that this reboot is two decades in the making. The original manga that this series is based on ran in Hana to Yume from 1998 to 2006 and received an anime adaptation in the middle of that run. Unfortunately, the director of that original anime adaptation made changes to the story that the author didn’t care for. Fast forward almost twenty years and the creator was able to request that a brand new anime be created with an entirely new cast and crew which brings us to today.    Fruits Basket Season 3 Episode 6 Release Date     Fruits Basket Season 3 airs in the very early morning hours on Tuesdays, which means that it appears on Monday outside of Japan. The next episode of Fruits Basket The Final will appear on Monday, May 10th.   Fruits Basket Season 3 Episode 6 Release Time     Airing at 1:30 am Japan Standard Time, Fruits Basket Season 3 streams outside Japan on Crunchyroll (Japanese) and Funimation (English) at or around the following times: Pacific Time: 9:30 am Central Time: 11:30 am Eastern Time: 12:30 pm British Time: 5:30 pm Fruits Basket continues to be one of my favorite series year after year. I’ve mentioned before how I saw the original series many years ago, but find this reboot to be superior in just about every way. It’s more than just the animation quality (which is very, very pretty by the way), it’s just the whole package that makes this series such an incredible watch. I’m already aware of how the series ends, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t enjoy the journey all the same. Related: Is Fruits Basket Season 3 Being Simulcast? Where to Watch the Final Season on Crunchyroll, Hulu, Netflix, Funimation, and More in English Sub and Dub Free Online
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