The official Twitter account for the Kingdom anime has announced that season 5 will premiere in January 2024. The announcement came after the season 4 finale finished broadcasting in Japan, and you can see the announcement video:
An key visual was also released:
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Yasushisa Hara writes the original Kingdom shonen manga, which started serialization in Weekly Young Jump in 2006. Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul author, was involved in the project as Hara’s assistant. The first anime adaptation by Pierrot and IKIF+ premiered in 2012. Pierrot animated the second season and was joined by St. Signpost on the third. Season 4 ran for a total of 26 episodes from April 2022, and was also produced by Pierrot and St. Signpost. Crunchyroll streams the anime, and they describe the story:
Shin and Hyou are war-orphans in the kingdom of Qin. They dream of proving themselves on the battlefield until the day Hyou is captured by a minister. The boy manages to escape and return to his village, but he is badly injured. Shin then meets a mysterious youth who bears an eerie resemblance to Hyou—a boy who will one day become emperor!
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Source: Official Kingdom Anime Twitter
©Yasuhisa Hara / Shueisha / Kingdom Production Committee
James Cameron Reveals How Leonardo DiCaprio Almost Lost Titanic Role
Leonardo DiCaprio rose to the ranks of superstardom following his role in James Cameron’s Titanic. However, according to the director, the actor nearly lost out on his role for not wanting to audition for it.
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In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cameron spoke about the legendary 1995 film. According to him, DiCaprio was always at the top of his list to play Jack, but the role almost went to someone else after DiCaprio refused to read for the role.
“‘Oh, I don’t read,’” Cameron said DiCaprio told him before the director shook his hand and said, “Well, thanks for coming by.” It was then, Cameron said, that DiCaprio replied, “Wait, wait, wait, if I don’t read, I don’t get the part. Just like that?’”
Cameron went on to say that he told DiCaprio that Titanic was “a giant movie that is going to take two years of my life, and you’ll be gone doing five other things while I’m doing post-production. So I’m not going to f— it up by making the wrong decision in casting. So you’re going to read, or you’re not going to get the part.”
The director went on to say that DiCaprio did end up reading for the part, although he did joke that “every ounce of his entire being is entirely negative right up until I said, ‘Action,’ and then he turned into Jack. And Kate just lit up, and they went into this whole thing, and he played the scene. Dark clouds had opened up, a ray of sun came down and lit up Jack. I’m like, ‘All right, he’s the guy.’”
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Of course, DiCaprio’s turn as Jack was what turned him from an already famous heartthrob into a superstar and would lead to countless roles for him in the future. As for Cameron, his next film, Avatar: The Way of Water, will premiere in theaters on December 16, 2022.
TONIKAWA: Fly Me to the Moon Manga Unveils Cover for Volume 22
Kenjiro Hata posted on Twitter the cover of Tonikaku Kawaii (TONIKAWA): Fly me to the Moon Volume 22 on Saturday. The volume is available at the price of ¥627 (≒$4.5) and is scheduled to be released on December 16, 2022. The manga is currently being serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Magazine.
The newly-unveiled cover shows Tsukasa Yuzaki holding a sword in her hand(s) with a serious look on her face. In front of her stands Kaguya with a big smile holding something in her left hand. “You can’t see what Kaguya has in her left hand without spreading the cover, so please buy the volume and check it!” the author says in the tweet.
Kenjiro Hata launched Tonikaku Kawaii (TONIKAWA) or Fly me to the Moon manga in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday in February 2018 and the first volume was released in May 2018. Seven Arcs is animating the anime adaptation and the first season aired from October to December 2021 with a total of 12 episodes. An OVA was released in August 2021 and a new episode was streamed in November 2022. The adaptation is receiving a second season and the premiere date is set for 2023.
Viz Media licensed the manga for English releases and released the 14th compiled volume on November 8, 2022. The next, 15th volume is scheduled to be released on January 10, 2023. The official website describes the plot of the first volume as:
From the day his parents named him, Nasa Yuzaki has felt connected to outer space…whether he likes it or not. His efforts to outperform the space program veer off course when an accident introduces him to Tsukasa, a mysterious girl with strange powers. Is she an alien, a moon goddess or something else? Since she insists on marrying him, Nasa will have plenty of chances to find out!
My Hero Academia Season 6: Katsuki Bakugo Gets New Visual, Voice Actor Comments
My Hero Academia Season 6 released a special character visual for Katsuki Bakugo along with the voice actor Nobuhiko Okamoto’s comment. The anime unveiled a special character visual for Shoto Todoroki and Tomura Shigaraki, and three characters, Izuku Midoriya also known as Deku, and Dabi, will also get new visuals in the future. The anime is airing every Saturday in Japan and the next, 9th episode titled “Katsuki Bakugo: Rising” was broadcast on November 26.
Nobuhiko Okamoto, who voiced roles as Accelerator in the Toaru series and Yu Nishinoya in Haikyu!, is voicing Katsuki Bakugo in the My Hero Academia anime. He describes the visual as:
The expression on his face and what’s in his line of sight can lead to ideas of both his growth from a child to an adult and his change of mentality… Such a delicate expression lets me have a lot of stories behind him, which is why I think he is a profound character. His aggressive words and behavior make him look like a cliched character, but he actually isn’t at all, this is what the visual shows. The visual is thought-provoking even to me, his voice actor, so I believe it will cause every one of the fans to give it a lot of thought.
The voice actor also made a comment about the episode:
Finally, “Katsuki Bakugo: Rising” will be broadcast. For me, this was the most difficult episode ever to play as Katsuki Bakugo. I had to show a new aspect of Bakugo, which means I had to make viewers think “It’s not like Bakugo” but at the same time, I had to make them think “This is the Bakugo”. It was difficult to make the contradiction work. I’m glad those who watch and those who listen to the anime feel “weird”, and I hope everyone enjoys the “weirdness”.
The newly-released visual shows fully-armed Katuki Bakugo with an unusual expression on his face:
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