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Amazon Adds Yowamushi Pedal New Generation, Yo-kai Watch, Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone Anime

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
TV anime series, films available for digital purchase

Amazon recently began offering Yowamushi Pedal New Generation, "season 1" and "season 3" of Yōkai Watch, Yo-kai Watch: The Movie, and Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone for digital purchase. Yowamushi Pedal New Generation and Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone are available with English subtitles, and the Yōkai Watch series and film are available with an English dub.

The Yowamushi Pedal New Generation television anime series premiered in Japan in January 2017, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. The series also launched in iTunes in January 2017.

The story of the original Yowamushi Pedal manga centers around Sakamichi Onoda, an otaku at Sōhoku High School. He loves anime and games so much, that he would ride his commuter bicycle to and from Tokyo's Akihabara shopping district in a 90-kilometer (about 60-mile) round trip over steep slopes after school. Onoda's life changes when he encounters his school's cycling team, and he ends up joining the competitive sport of bicycle racing.

The story of the third season is set after the previous two seasons and the August 2015 film, and after the previous third-year students have graduated.

Osamu Nabeshima returned to direct the series, and Kurasumi Sunayama (Bakuon!!), who worked on scripts for the first two seasons, took over series composition. Yukiko Ban (Yowamushi Pedal (movie) designed the characters.

Amazon's English "season 1" of Yōkai Watch corresponds to episodes 1-26 of the first Japanese television anime season, and "season 3" corresponds to parts of the first part of the second Japanese television anime season. The Yōkai Watch television anime series premiered in Japan in January 2014. The anime premiered on Disney XD in November 2015, and the second season premiered in 2016. Yo-kai Watch: The Movie (Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan!; seen left) premiered in Japan in 2014.

Yōkai Watch centers on a boy who gets a special watch that lets him befriend and help mischievous Yo-kai and later summon them to fight other Yo-kai. Players can overcome challenges and help various characters solve everyday problems with the help of Yo-kai friends. These eccentric Yo-kai resemble anything from inanimate objects to mythical creatures.

Shinji Ushiro (Omamori Himari, Blessing of the Campanella) is directing the television anime series, and Yoichi Kato (Aikatsu!, Duel Masters) is in charge of series composition. Ushiro also directed the franchise's first film with Shigeharu Takahashi off Kato's scripts.

The Lupin the Third: Jigen's Gravestone film premiered in 2014. Hulu streamed the anime, and Discotek Media released the film on home video.

The anime is a spinoff of the 2012 television anime Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, and features much of the television anime's creative staff, including director, character designer, and art director Takeshi Koike. The film tells the story of how Lupin and Jigen became partners. The two undertake a heist in a fortified country, and Jigen's life is threatened by a skilled sniper.

Thanks to kenno20081 for the news tip.

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