Global streaming giant Netflix is set to add several popular anime titles at the end of the month in the Philippines, including the second season of Kaguya-sama: Love is War.
The second season of the popular romantic comedy anime series will start streaming on Tuesday, April 28, which is about three weeks after its Japanese telecast. No word yet if the service plans to stream the series on a near-simulcast basis.
Netflix will also stream the second season of the popular superhero comedy series One-Punch Man, as well as the highly-popular supernatural action series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
Both anime titles will be made available to the service on Thursday, April 30.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War S2
Known for being both brilliant and powerful, Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya lead the illustrious Shuchiin Academy as near equals. And everyone thinks they’d make a great couple. Pride and arrogance are in ample supply, so the only logical move is to trick the other into instigating a date! Who will come out on top in this psychological war where the first move is the only one that matters? (Synopsis from Funimation)
The second season of Kaguya-sama: Love is War is a continuation of the popular 2019 romanic comedy anime series, which is based on the manga series by Aka Akasaka, which is being published by Shueisha since May 2015 and currently has 17 volumes.
The first season was aired on Japanese television during the Winter 2019 season, which was added on the streaming service in July last year for Philippine subscribers.
The staff of the first season, including director Mamoru Hatakeyama, scriptwriter Yasuhiro Nakanishi and character designer Yuko Yahiro, returns to work on the second season, which is being produced by A-1 Pictures.
The main casts of the previous season, including Aoi Koga (as Kaguya Shinomiya) and Makoto Furukawa (as Miyuki Shirogane), also returned to voice their respective roles in the series.
One-Punch Man S2
Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! (Synopsis from VIZ Media)
One-Punch Man is an anime adaptation of a popular webcomic by the author “One” published in 2009, which is a parody of the popular kids character Anpanman. Japanese publisher Shueisha has been publishing a remake of the series since 2012 on its Young Jump Web Comic magazine, which currently has 18 volumes.
Chikara Sakurai, who previously worked on Naruto Shippuden television and film adaptations, directed One-Punch Man season two, who replaced Shingo Natsume, which was produced by J.C. Staff. Some of the previous season’s staff returned for the second season, including scriptwriter Tomohiro Suzuki and character designer Chikashi Kubota.
The popular anisong band JAM Project also returned to perform the opening theme song “Seijaku no Apostle”, with the ending theme performed by Makoto Furukawa.
Southeast Asian anime channel ANIMAX Asia aired the second season on a simulcast basis during the Spring 2019 season.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Bloodthirsty demons lurk in the woods, and nobody dares to venture out at night, save for the demon slayer of legend. Surviving in this harsh world, young Tanjirou takes it upon himself to protect his family–until the day that everything is taken from him in a vicious slaughter. Now, all he has left is his sister, and she’s not even human anymore. (Synopsis from Funimation)
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is an anime adaptation of a manga series by Koyoharu Gotoge, which is being published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine since February 2016 and currently has 16 volumes.
The anime adaptation has been directed by Haruo Sotosaki and character designed by Akira Matsushima, who both previously worked in Tales of Symphonia the Animation original video animation series and Tales of Zestiria the X television anime adaptations.
The anime has been produced by the anime studio ufotable, who is also credited for handling the show’s scripts.
The main voice cast are lead by Natsuki Hanae (“Ken Kaneki”, Tokyo Ghoul) as “Tanjiro Kamado” and Akari Kito (“Siluca Meletes”, Record of Grancrest Wars) as “Nezuko Kamado”.
The highly-popular series will also have an anime film adaptation, titled Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, which will serve as a direct sequel to the anime series.
The anime film’s story will focus on the “Infinite Train arc”, which is part of the manga’s seventh chapter.
The film is scheduled to make its theatrical premiere in Japanese cinemas on October 16, 2020.
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