Dr. Stone is an isekai anime with all of the exposition and none of the magic

Dr. Stone is an isekai in disguise. The adaptation of one of Shonen Jump’s most popular manga, which is now two episodes into its first season, has the premise of a sci-fi adventure, but it’s got the same exposition problems as any other alternate-world anime.

In anime, the isekai genre is one where a character, or characters, travel from their own world to an alternate one. In the case of Dr. Stone, they travel from Earth in our near future — the year 2038 — 3,700 years into the future after every person has been turned to stone, but magically kept alive. With no humans, nature has retaken the world, covering everything in dense plant and animal life. It may not exactly be an alternate world, but with no human technology and no geography to speak of, Dr. Stone’s Earth 5738, might as well be the video game fantasy worlds that make up most isekai anime.

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The show even starts with the main characters gathering into a party and explaining their roles — a typical character introduction in most isekai. Through the first two episodes, only three characters have been freed from the stone that kept them alive for almost four centuries, and like any good alternate world character, each one gets their own special super-powers, which the show carefully explains to us: Senkuu, the main character and a super-genius scientist; his best friend Taiju, not nearly as smart as Senkuu but extremely strong; and Tsukasa, a character with unbelievable fighting abilities.

While most isekai have complicated rules of their fantasy worlds to explain, Dr. Stone subs in real(ish) world science, as explained to us by Senkuu. As the party’s resident super-genius, he knows everything they need to do to restart society. He knows which mushrooms you can and can’t eat, how to make wine that’s safe to drink, how to cook and pickle food, how to mix concrete, and even how to build elevated wooden cabins all by himself. Senkuu is essentially a collection of whatever non-magical superpowers the plot requires.

His detailed asides about which chemical compounds can be created from crushed up seashells may be based in real science, following scenes in which a character just punches a lion to death with his bare hands, confuse a show that wants to sell us on a world that is real. Even if Senkuu’s explanations are legit, it’s still just science. At least most isekai have magical powers, rather than pretending we’ll be in awe that a character can separate salt from ocean water to preserve meat. The only real magic in Dr. Stone seems to be the mystery of how everyone turned to stone in the first place, but the characters have to learn to survive before we can make much progress there.

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The one true saving grace of Dr. Stone is that it looks gorgeous. The show is animated by TMS Entertainment known for shows like Megalobox and the recent remake of Fruits Basket. The plant-based post-apocalypse is full of forests colored in greens and browns with impressive attention to detail. Every reaction and facial change of the characters registers as genuine emotional shifts and give them more personality than any of the lines they actually speak. With all the careful detail of TMS’s animation, there are times where it’s hard not to wish the dialog was cut out entirely and the images were left to play out alongside the show’s beautiful score.

As more characters show up, and their roles on the show become a little less rote, the group dynamic is sure to get a little more entertaining. We even get brief flashes of this every time the show stops worrying about telling us how the character survive or what their motivation in this new life is and just let them be friends. But until the set up is over, and the show learns to stop letting its exposition smother it, Dr. Stone will probably continue to suffer all the problems of an isekai with none of the magic.

Haikyuu!! Back With Season 4 in January 2020!

Haikyuu!! is a series that takes volleyball to the next level. While there have been plenty of action sports anime such as Free! and Slam DunkHaikyuu!! manages to deliver a unique experience through its fast paced action on the court. Following the story of Hinata Shoyo, an aspiring volleyball player, the young sportsman finds himself on the same high school as his rival Kageyama Tobio. With three seasons under its belt, the fourth was recently announced and promises changes to some of our favorite “volleyballers”.

Twitter User Haikyuu_En posted the new designs for the fourth season of Haikyuu!!, showing off Shoyo and Tobio:

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Hinata Shoyo | Season 4 vs Season 1-3 comparison

“When Hinata first joined Karasuno he had a much slimmer shape, but now he has grown more muscles and has a stronger body”

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Kageyama Tobio | Season 4 vs Season 1-3 comparison

“Like Hinata, Kageyama’s muscle mass has increased compared to his arrival at Karasuno, his arms, calves, and thighs have become thicker. His body is much stronger than before!”

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The fourth season will show both older versions of Shoyo and Tobio, having grown since the third season, dedicating themselves to the fine art of volleyball. While a release date has yet to be given for this popular sports anime series, we’ll be sure to let you know the second it drops here at Comicbook.com!

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What do you think of these changes made to our two main characters of Haikyuu! for its upcoming fourth season? What do you think the fourth installment has in store for our favorite team? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and volleyball!0COMMENTS

Haikyu!! was originally created by Haruichi Furudate for Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in 2012, and its manga has sold 28 million copies to date. It has been licensed for an English language release by Viz Media, and has three seasons of an anime adaptation from Production I.G. under its belt. If you’re interested in seeing what all the Haikyu!!fuss is all about, the previous series can currently be found streaming on Crunchyroll and is described as such:

“Based off of the original Weekly Shonen Jump manga series from Haruichi Furudate, Haikyu!! is a slice-of-life sports anime revolving around Shoyo Hinata’s love of volleyball. Inspired by a small-statured pro volleyball player, Hinata creates a volleyball team in his last year of middle school. Unfortunately the team is matched up against the “King of the Court” Tobio Kageyama’s team in their first tournament and inevitably lose. After the crushing defeat, Hinata vows to surpass Kageyama After entering high school, Hinata joins the volleyball team only to find that Tobio has also joined.”

Is the Hunter X Hunter anime going to continue in 2019?

There has been no official news.

Moreover the last time they talked about it, they said that they won’t even think about continuing the series until Dark Continent arc (ongoing) gets finished or nearly finished.

The anime has 148 episodes which covers the story upto Chapter 338–339.

The latest chapter of HxH was 391. And the Dark Continent arc is not even near half, so animating it won’t do anyone any good.

Though unwillingly but I have accepted that I am not gonna be able to watch the anime anytime soon.

Togashi has serious health issues and that’s why the manga is always on hiatus.

Only about 10–15 chapters are released every year. So even if Togashi did live for another 10 years I am not sure If he’s gonna be able to finish the whole story, but he has told his wife the whole story so if something fatal happens to Togashi he has asked that they finish the manga without him.

If you didn’t know, 2018 marks a big year for Hunter x Hunter. The long-running series made its debut back in March 1998, and Yoshihiro Togashi has yet to finish the manga. With the series turning 20-years-old this year, fans around the world are wondering if Hunter x Hunter will ever come to an end.

So, you can thank Togashi for giving an answer to that burning question. The artist just dropped the scoop in a brand-new interview.

Recently, Shueisha published its latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, and the update held a new interview with Togashi. It was there the artist revealed whether he’s finished Hunter x Hunter story behind the scenes and if the manga will ever end.

“I need to finish writing Hunter x Hunter,” Togashi admitted. “It has come to the point where either the story concludes first or I die before that happens. But I do intend to finish it.”

For fans, the confirmation is exciting, but readers have no idea when Hunter x Hunter will come to a close. As mentioned earlier, the manga is 20-years-old, and it has been awhile since fans have gotten a new chapter of the story. You can thank the manga’s most recent hiatus for that blip.

If you weren’t aware, Hunter x Hunter has become famous for its extended hiatuses. When you look at the data, Togashi’s manga has been missing from more Weekly Shonen Jump episodes than it has been present since it debuted. In fact, nearly 61% of issues have lacked new chapters because of Hunter x Hunter’s various hiatuses. The long break ran from 2014-2016 and spanned about 80 issues. Most recently, Hunter x Hunter went on hiatus in 2018 and has yet to announce when it will resume publication .

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For those unfamiliar with Hunter x Hunter, the series was originally created by Yoshihiro Togashi. The story follows a young boy named Gon Freecss, who discovers that his previously thought to be dead father is in fact alive. Not only is he alive, he is a famous Hunter, a professional traveler who specializes in finding rare treasures, exploring unidentified lands, and hunting down dangerous individuals. Gon then decides that in order to meet his father he has to become a licensed Hunter, but in that journey gets wrapped up in way more strangeness than he ever could have anticipated.

The series first ran in Shuiesha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in March 1998. Unfortunately, the series has gone on a number of hiatuses ever since 2006 which were most likely incurred by bouts of illness Togashi experienced when publishing his last work, Yu Yu Hakusho. The series has run for 360 chapters, and been collected into 47 volumes as of 2017. It’s one of Shueisha’s most successful selling series with over 66 million copies sold in Japan.

BLEACH ANIME RETURN?!

Bleach came to inception when Tite Kubo came up with it for Shueisha’s Shonen Jumps. It ran from 2001 to 2016. The series detailed on the life of the young and feisty Ichigo Kurosaki, who had the power of seeing and transcending into spirits. He eventually assumed the power of Soul Reaper – the one who can usher the lost souls to the path of the afterlife. After assuming the new role, he was now driven by the duty of defending the people of the living world from the ghastly dark spirits called Hollows.

Owing to the immense popularity of the series, it was later adapted to English with Viz Media. Since then, it has managed to sell more than 900 million copies across Japan. This series was also adapted to an anime by Studio Pierrot between 2004 and 2012. It came with 4 feature-length animations, some gripping rock musicals, interactive video games, and plenty of other goodies.

The series is now available on Hulu and can also be streamed on Netflix.

WHY WAS THE BLEACH SERIES CANCELLED?

Considering how ground-breaking this series was, it is quite difficult to digest that it was wholly canceled. Sadly, it was. The episode 366 was the final episode to be aired, and despite the positive talks, there’s still a lot of speculation as to whether or not it’ll see the light of the day again.

There are several theories regarding this, one of the primary ones stating that the series was subpar’. According to many enthusiasts, this anime show was abundant with fillers. Some of them even stated that entire seasons of the series were filled up with inconsequent details.

An alternative theory suggests that Bleach temporarily ended at the 366th episode as it was moving at a great pace concerning Manga. The makers, therefore, had to put a halt before coming up with any new episodes. The break has been going on for more than three years, and there’s still a lot of speculation on it.

Considering that there is ample Manga material that hasn’t yet been covered by the Bleach, we would want it to be resumed sooner. That said, if they are seriously looking to avoid inconsequential episodes, we are more than willing to wait.

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IS BLEACH ANIME COMING BACK?

There has been lots of speculation if and when Bleach will come back. The great news is there are lots of fans who are putting pressure on the creators to continue the series. There are rumors that state the series will indeed make a comeback. Several fans are demanding the return of the anime, and it seems like they’re pretty much in luck!

The anime means a lot to the fans, and they are not willing to live with the disappointment of the abrupt ending. Throughout the series, Ichigo had plenty of epic moments and he was not alone! There were other characters at the Quincy Blood War who deserved a proper, conclusive character arc.

Even though there hasn’t been any official word, many fans are expecting Studio Pierrot to announce the comeback during the annual Jump Festa which is one of the biggest events celebrating the Japanese mangas and animes.

WHAT ELSE TRIGGERED THE BLEACH ANIME RETURN?

While Tite Kubo’s Bleach has officially ended a couple of years back, the series had been consistently popular through multiple, small-scale side projects. A certain novel series focusing on Shuhei Hisashi; Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World had recently wrapped up, and Kubo had a lot of things to say about it.

Thanks to the translations of the fan, some interesting insights from Kubo came up. According to most fans, these statements directly teases the future of the franchise.

What Did Kubo Have To Say About Bleach Anime?

As per the translations of Reddit user “scheneizel”, the conversation between Tite Kubo and Ryohgo Narita was interesting, to say the least. As per the conversation, Kubo still has plenty of ideas for expanding Bleach’s world. He intends to implement it in an upcoming project shortly.

While talking about Bleach, Kubo specifically emphasized the forms of Shuhei and Bankai that he has originally tailored for his novel. He mentioned that he was ecstatic about both Shuhei and Shinji’s Bankai, which sadly couldn’t be implemented in the final arc. He still, however, believes that they played great roles.

Scheneizel has remarked that this statement implies that Kubo did have eventual plans for Shuhei and Shinji in the series. It is evident that he wanted to do something better in their final arc, but sadly, he wasn’t given a chance to explore.

As Narita has discussed in her novel’s afterword, after Kubo decided to wrap up the series, he wanted to drive his entire concentration on some of the battles and Ichigo. He reportedly mentioned the same to Narita. She has directly remarked in a statement that Kubo Sensei’ was fond of delving deep into the lore, offering insights on the characters fans were already aware of. He then went on to introduce new characters. Thus, the story progressed detailing on the malice of nobles where Shuhei Hisagi was selected as a protagonist.

The most ground-breaking comments from Narita revealed how Kubo already had a story about Urahara and Yoruichi, and how Narita wanted to witness Kubo make the drawings himself. She stated that when Matsubara san and she came across the story of Urahara and Yoruichi from Kubo, they immediately asked him to draw it. They wanted to read it as Manga and they were confident that Kubo could do this for them.

WHEN IS THE BLEACH RETURN DATE?

While we don’t have an exact return date, Bleach will indeed continue, the very idea that Kubo is still working on ideas for this popular series is a great sign indicating many future projects to be in place. Whether these will continue as novels or as Manga is not known, but the ideas are certainly out there!

‘Berserk’ Reportedly Ending Hiatus

Berserk fans, you ready to go — uh — berserk? It has been sometime since the manga went on hiatus, but that dry spell will end soon. According to a new report, it sounds like the manga will make a comeback sooner rather than later.

Over on Twitter, a well-known manga profiler hit up fans with an update on the series. SPY shared the news about Berserk and informed fans Berserk is reportedly set to return this month.

To be exact, Berserk is said to resume publication on April 26 with Young Animal Comics. The hiatus will end when chapter 358 goes live.

For fans, this update is an exciting one as Berserk has been on hiatus for quite some time. Last August, fans were told the manga would return to Young Animal following a lengthy hiatus, but its return did not last long. Now, reports indicate the series will resume soon, and it comes at a good time.

While Berserk’s anime series have closed, its legacy lives on with fans worldwide. Readers have come to cherish the dark story despite its lengthy breaks, and it turns out Castlevania producer Adi Shankar hopes to do an adaptation for Netflix down the line.

Berserk needs to come back. If someone reputable gets me the rights I’ll bring it back in that 2D hand-drawn vibe and make is closer to the manga, because the hyper-detailed beauty of Kentaro Miura’s artwork in the manga is the true masterpiece,” the creator told Forbes in a recent interview.

So, if you’d like to see Guts move to Netflix for an original outing, then maybe this hiatus ending will be the first step forward for Berserk.

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Berserk was originally created by Kentaro Miura for Monthly Animal House magazine (now Young Animal) in 1989.The series follows Guts, an immensely strong warrior who is known for his massive sword. Guts lives his days fighting in a demon-infested medieval world where corrupt nobles rule. The hero is plagued by demon assailants thanks to a curse he had branded on him, and Guts continues to fight in order to keep a vow. The man promised to slay a former friend of his who became a demon and ripped away Guts’ former life.

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