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Light Novel Censorship? Get the details in this week's ANNouncements!

Welcome to the first issue of ANNouncements! From now on, you can expect to wake up every Sunday to a curated list of ANN's most interesting posts of the week. Think of it like having a friend who reads everything so you don't have to—and then sums up the highlights right in your inbox. Plus, you'll be the first to hear about new ANN promotions and merchandise.

This week, our featured post zeroes in on some heavy-handed alterations in Seven Seas Entertainment light novels. In addition: Demon Slayer: Mugen Train became the #1 film in America, One Piece released a character popularity poll on Luffy's birthday, and Executive Editor Lynzee took Pokemon Snap for a test drive. It's all here in the inaugural ANN Newsletter. Check it out, and then let us know what you think in the forums.

 

 

WHY SEVEN SEAS ALTERED ITS LIGHT NOVELS

If there's anything that gets the English-speaking fandom's hackles up, it's when the English version differs strongly from the original. But picking what to include and leave out in localization is a complicated task. Kim Morrissy, an ANN correspondent in Japan, writes about why English speakers are worried about the omittance of controversial content in Seven Seas-published series like Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation and I'm in Love with the Villainess.

Kim points out that it isn't unusual for English localizations to practice abridgement in order to keep an English speaker's interest. Even bestsellers like Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle famously lost around 25,000 words in translation. Though there are multiple reasons why an official localization might include abridgement, the Seven Seas titles all lost paragraphs centering on issues like sexuality and homophobia. Kim outlines why this is concerning from a fan and translator's perspective.

Netflix Reveals Sailor Moon Eternal Films' English Dub Trailer, Cast

The Crystal cast will reprise their roles for the two-part film, which Netflix will begin streaming worldwide on June 3.

Demon Slayer Confirmed as #1 Film in America

It's the second Japanese film ever to top the U.S. weekend box office and is now the third-highest-grossing anime film ever, unseating the former #3, Dragon Ball Super: Broly.

New Pokemon Snap for Nintendo Switch

Lynzee: "I took a four-day weekend off work to play this and was squarely dedicated to getting the absolute most out of it. More importantly, I was never bored."

Mamoru Oshii: "Hideaki Anno is More of a Producer Than a Director These Days"

Oshii further said "I think that Anno has that desire for upward trajectory." He added he doesn't mean his comments as criticism.

Made in Abyss Anime Gets 2nd TV Season, Action RPG

The new season will be titled Made in Abyss: The Sun Blazes Upon the Golden City; meanwhile, Spike Chunsoft will develop the show's PS4/Switch/PC game.

Final Evangelion Film Is Hideaki Anno's Highest-Earning Film

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 surpasses Shin Godzilla's 8.25 billion yen. The film also set a record for highest IMAX earnings on an opening day in Japan.

Full Results Revealed for One Piece's 1st Global Character Popularity Poll

Where does Birthday Boy Luffy wind up on the poll? That's right, he's still #1.

Pokemon's 24th Anime Season, Pokemon Master Journeys, Premieres This Summer

Netflix streamed Pokémon: Journeys' final episodes on March 5. New season will air "as early as summer" in select markets.

The Best Anime Dubs You Can Watch Right Now

A lot of you seemed to like when we broke down what we considered to be solid English dubs for some weekly seasonal anime. Here are five that should be getting your attention.

Alex Dudok de Wit, Author of BFI Classics: Grave of the Fireflies

Dudok de Wit delves into the film's production, original story, and whether it reflects a mentality that Japan was the "victim" in WWII.
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