A five-point catch-up on anime and manga news, packed with plenty of #stayhome ideas for the weekend:
- Of the 40 anime programs Netflix is launching this year, the most timely may be “Yasuke,” a series on Japan’s sole Black samurai that’s streaming now. The historical record on Yasuke is scant, leaving the artists’ vivid imaginations to fill in the rest, writes Roland Kelts. For what we do know, check out the book “African Samurai.”
- A Japanese animated movie just had the best opening weekend ever recorded in North America for a foreign-language film, after smashing box office records in Japan. If you can’t guess what it is yet, perhaps you’ve been living in a cave.
- “Attack on Titan,” the manga saga depicting a battle against giant man-eating creatures, wrapped up this month. The series has racked up total circulation in print and e-books of 100 million copies across 180 countries and regions over its 12-year run.
- While gender-fluid characters abound in manga and anime, mainstream Japanese media is behind the curve, writes Matthew Hernon. Rihito Itagaki, star of the new TV series “Colorful Love: My Androgynous Boyfriend,” could be about to change all that.
- Konan Station in Aichi Prefecture has been renamed Meitantei Konan (Detective Conan) to celebrate the release of the latest animated film about the popular pint-size investigator. Fans, don’t all rush there at once — the name stays until the end of June.