March was a very interesting month for fans of Japanese animation: we got to see the series Pacific Rim: The Dark Zone (here you can find our review of Pacific Rim: The Dark Zone), inspired by Guillermo Del Toro’s film, and the long-awaited second season of B: The Beginning. April, however, does not seem to be any less interesting: indeed, some of the Netflix brand anime announced last year and Italian exclusives will be landing. After taking a look at what the Netflix TV series catalog for April 2021 has to offer, it’s time to see what Japanese animated productions are coming up during the month.
The way of the apron – the homemade yakuza (April 8)
Taken from the homonymous manga by Kosuke Ono (published in Italy by J-POP as of last July), The way of the apron – the homemade yakuza follow the events of Tatsu, a yakuza criminal feared by various Japanese clans as well as by the most daring policemen. Tatsu, in fact, managed to defeat an entire rival gang by himself, armed with a lead pipe; that is why it is known in the world as “The inmortal“.
Despite his reputation as a criminal, one day the protagonist decided to leave the environment for good to change his life: he managed to find a wife and wants to be a perfect housewife. Soon, Tatsu realizes that even home life has its difficulties, from managing grocery shopping to constant failure in front of the stove. Tatsu, however, could not put aside the brusque and threatening character that made him famous in the yakuza: this is the basis of various comic situations and misunderstandings that will involve him.
The way of the apron – the homemade yakuza it is made by the studio J.C. and will also be available to stream with dubbing in Italian.
Heaven’s Officer Blessing (April 9)
Approximately 800 years before the events began, the warrior god Xie Lian was well liked by the citizens and was known as the Sending Prince of Xianle; However, after a series of unfavorable circumstances, he was banished from Paradise. Now, Xie Lian has returned to the Heavenly Realm for the third time, but as a low-ranking deity, with no followers before him.
One night, the god gets lost in a forest lit only by moonlight; He is rescued by a mysterious man dressed in red, who takes him back to the road, only to suddenly disappear in a swarm of silver butterflies. Fascinated by the mysterious figure, Xie Lian discovers that it is actually Hua Cheng, the Ghost King, feared by demons and other deities alike, but cannot understand why it helped him.
The protagonist asks for advice Sang lang, a young man who knows Hua Cheng and the now-forgotten Crown Prince well. Xie Lian embarks on a journey with Sang Lang to rediscover your lost past.
Heaven’s Officer Blessing, based on the Chinese novel of the same name, is a series that aired from last October to January, for a total of 11 episodes, and four months after its conclusion reaches Italy, exclusively on Netflix, but in Italian original and with subtitles in Italian.
Doraemon – The Movie: Nobita and Treasure Island (April 15)
In 1969, the manga couple known as Fujiko Fujio created a character that quickly entered the hearts of millions of people: Doraemon.
Nobita Nobi He is a generous child, but also lazy and unhappy. One day the robot cat enters his life. Doraemon, who came from the future to help you solve your problems: Although the mission is more difficult than expected, the robot cat has at his disposal a vast arsenal of gadgets that he draws from a four-dimensional pocket. Sadly, Nobita doesn’t make good use of Doraemon’s gadgets and most of the time he gets into trouble.
The success of Doraemon also came thanks to the animated series, especially the one that aired from 1979 to 2005, which arrived in Italy in 1982. At the moment, the third animated transposition of Doraemon is still in progress, which began in 2005.
Given the success of the series, the animation studio Shin-Ei Animation He has made numerous films, but the most recent reach Netflix, also distributed in Italy: Nobita and treasure island, e Nobita and the chronicles of the exploration of the Moon.
In the first feature film, Nobita and Doraemon set sail for the Caribbean seas, accompanied by their inseparable friends Shizuka, Gian and Suneo: obviously, the protagonist is the captain of the ship and must face numerous enemies. Unexpectedly, Shizuka is kidnapped.
A storm tries to slow down Nobita and the others, but they still manage to reach theTreasure Island, where the friend is a prisoner: soon, they realize that this is not a simple island.
In the second film, however, Nobita is found Wound, a student who has recently moved into your class. The two firmly believe in the existence of rabbits on the moon: Doraemon then creates a village on the satellite. Nobita and Luka arrive on the moon, using one of the robot cat gadgets and discover that there are mysterious children capable of using the power of the “back”.
Yasuke (April 29)
Yasuke, whose real name was Yusufe, was an African slave who came to Japan in the Sengoku period. Oda Nobunaga he was beaten by man and wanted him in his army, because he knew it would scare and disorient the enemies. Thanks to the warlord, Yasuke became a samurai and remained loyal to his master to the end.
The anime will arrive in April, created by the collaboration between the MAPPA studio (as well as the fourth season of The Attack of the Giants) and LeSean Thomas, creator of Cannon busters (here’s our review of Cannon Busters), take the figure of the samurai Yasuke, but in a sci-fi key.
The series, in fact, takes place in a world devastated by war, characterized by mecha and magic. Yusuke, now a ronin, tries to lead a peaceful life after a troubled past, but one day he is called upon to brandish his katana to defend a boy who seems to have attracted the attention of bloodthirsty generals and dark forces.
Fate / stay night: Heaven’s Feel – III. spring song
After a long wait, we can finally find out how Holy Grail War: Dynit will distribute Fate / stay night: Heaven’s Feel – III. spring song exclusively on Netflix, with Italian dubbing.
Shiro Emiya he was still a child when he was rescued by Kiritsugu Emiya of the calamity that destroyed the city of Fuyuki, during the fourth war. Shiro is now a student who one day witnesses the confrontation between two mysterious figures: this event marks the beginning of his adventure.
The protagonist is involved without his knowledge in the fifth War of the Holy Grail: a confrontation in which seven wizards, master’s degree, evoke the heroes of the past, Server, to fight each other for the Holy Grail, an ancient relic capable of granting a victor’s wish. Shiro summons the servant To know, one of the strongest, but still has no experience in using magic. Meanwhile, mysterious deaths occur in the city.
After doing the series of Unlimited sheet jobsAn adaptation of the second “path” of the visual novel Fate / stay night, the ufotable studio has curated the cinematographic trilogy centered on the third path, Heaven’s Feel, lthe most dark and macabre.
Between novelties and exclusives, April promises to be interesting. At the moment, these are the anime that will appear during the month, but in case of more additions, we will keep you posted. What title are you waiting for the most?