The ANN Aftershow Is Fruits Basket -prelude- Worth Watching

It’s been a dry shojo season for way too long, so let’s check out the new movie from the fan-favorite series Fruits Basket! Does this Kyoko and Katsuya origin story deliver the drama? The ANN After Show streams live on Mondays at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT. You can find us live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces or listen to the podcast version on your favorite streaming platform! As executive editor of Anime News Network, Lynzee Loveridge has the unique position of knowing what’s tracking with the critics and with viewers in the anime fandom. She not only writes her own reviews every season but also reads everything from ANN’s editorial staff! Outside of work, she’s just a magical girl living in a Junji Ito world.

James Beckett is one of ANN’s resident series reviewers and he’s never shy to let the world know how he really feels. You can find his impressions of the latest shows in the Preview Guide and well as episode reviews for hit anime series.

Jacki Jing is ANN’s lead video producer and resident punch ’em up fangirl. You can find her binge-watching the latest shonen battle royale series, kicking ass on Twitch, and hosting events from esports to voice actor interviews.

Yostar Pictures Animates Virtual YouTuber Unit ROF-MAO’s Music Video

Virtual YouTuber group NIJISANJI’s unit ROF-MAO released a short animated music video for their song Shitteiru Tegami on their official YouTube channel on Thursday. Yostar Pictures (Sorairo Utility) animated the video. The video is ROF-MAO’s thanks to the fans for supporting their album Crack Up!!!!, which features the song Shitteiru Tegami. The video depicts the childhood of each ROF-MAO member: Hayato Kagami, Tо̄ya Kenmochi, Minato Fuwa, and Haru Kaida.

Yostar founded the Yostar Pictures animation studio in 2020. Yostar CEO Hengda Lee is representative director of Yostar Pictures. Arch, a Tokyo-based company that assisted with the production of the Promare anime film, took part in establishing the studio, and is managing the studio.

Kawaii Tanuki mo Raku ja nai Manga Gets YouTube Anime

This year’s August issue of Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine announced on Friday that Kei Kawaguchi’s Kawaii Tanuki mo Raku ja nai (The Cute Tanuki is Not at Ease Either) manga will get an anime on YouTube on July 23. The manga launched in LaLa in February 2017, and it ended on June 4. The manga was also serialized on Hakusensha’s Manga Park website and app. Hakusensha published the manga’s fifth compiled book volume on April 5. The series follows Ponkichi, an angry tanuki who comes down from the mountain and slashes humans.