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Qualidea Code Episodes 1-12 Streaming

This collaborative light-novel-project-turned-anime begins with tons of ambition and ends with tons of problems. James Beckett explains what went wrong. ― Qualidea Code belongs to a particular class of anime, one that I've come to refer as “anime stew”. An anime stew is any project that takes a bunch of ingredients we've seen dozens of times before, familiar themes and ideas and characters, then toss...
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The Mike Toole Show - Binge Benefits

Mike weighs the pros and cons of binge watching, the act of watching entire anime series (or huge chunks of episodes) all at once. Is the binge good, or is the binge bad? ― Every January, I visit Arisia, a science fiction convention here in Boston. For me, it's a fun change of pace – the convention is smaller and lower-key than the anime events I appear at, and while I'm on the speaking program, the ...
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Big Order GN 1

Big Order's anime version may have been one of last year's biggest critical and popular bombs, but does the original manga fare any better? Rebecca Silverman finds out. ― Big Order is the third of Sakae Esuno's manga to be released in English, and readers may have noticed a trend: with each series, the story gets more complicated and bizarre as the storytelling gets looser. The basic themes within Bi...
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Aoharu x Machinegun GNs 1-2

The anime may have been tragically DOA, but is the original manga of this uniquely airsoft-driven shojo title worth checking out? Rebecca Silverman investigates. ― Aoharu x Machine Gun is that rare story that doesn't conform to one specific subgenre. Ostensibly this is a shounen action tale, but with its female protagonist (mistaken for a male, a la Ouran High School Host Club), surprising lack of vi...
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The List - 7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Sailor Moon

With the Sailor Moon R movie now in theaters, it's the perfect time to revisit this Classic List and learn some new things about this groundbreaking anime. ― The Sailor Moon R movie is opened in theaters across North America this week! It seems like a great time to revisit some classic Sailor Moon trivia. Naoko Takeuchi's magical girl series had a profound effect on anime fandom, whether you caught ...
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ANNCast - It's High Noon

Zac and a panel of special guests run down the best games they played in 2016, the Nintendo Switch and 2017's biggest games! Overwatch, Final Fantasy XV, Resident Evil 7 and more! ― ANNCast Episode 280: It's High Noon Zac, Dave and Graz from Fast Karate for the Gentlemen and our own Dustin Bailey run down the best games they played in 2016, the Nintendo Switch and 2017's biggest games! The Last Guar...
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Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas - Movie 1

So what the heck is this Chain Chronicle trilogy that's popped up out of the blue, and should you bother checking out its first movie? Theron Martin has the answers. ― Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas is the first of a trilogy of movies being released once a month between December 2016 and February 2017. A TV series version is also airing during the Winter 2017 season, but based on its first ...
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Monday, January 23

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Symphogear Art Designer Thomas Romain Redraws Sons' Character Designs

Japanese anime studio Satelight's Thomas Romain doesn't just work on anime projects, he also uses his artistic skills to spend quality time with his two sons. Both boys enjoy creating their own fantastical characters, from steampunk doctors to gun-wielding cyborgs. Romain then takes his kids' character designs and redraws them in what he dubbed "Father and Sons Design Workshop." Romain posted the ...
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Mob Psycho 100, More Win 62nd Shogakukan Manga Awards

Ijime, 37.5°C no Namida, Blue Giant, Jūhan Shuttai! win respective categories ― The judging committee of the 62nd Shogakukan Manga Awards announced this year's winners on Monday. Each winning title will be honored with a bronze statuette and a prize of 1 million yen (about US$8,800). Shogakukan itself publishes all five winners. Best Children's Manga Ijime Kaoru Igarashi Serialized in Ciao DX (Shogak...
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Dead or Alive Xtreme 3's VR Support Launches

Update offers PS4 Pro support ― Koei Tecmo Games announced on Monday that VR support for Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune would launch on Tuesday, January 24. Players with the paid version of the game will be able to download the update for free until February 28, after which time it will cost 1,500 yen (about US$13). The "VR Paradise" feature will allow players to access the Gravure Paradise, Event Pa...
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ONIHEI ‒ Episode 3

"This episode seems to cement Onihei's dedication to old-fashioned melodrama as its preferred style of storytelling."
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RWBY Web Series' 5th Volume Premieres in Fall 2017

Rooster Teeth announced on Monday that the fifth volume of its web series RWBY will premiere this fall. A new season of the RWBY Chibi spinoff will also premiere in May. The Austin-based production company announced the series as part of its lineup of original animated series for 2017. All Rooster Teeth shows will premiere on First, its subscription video-on-demand service, then head to free strea...
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Tales of Zestiria the X ‒ Episode 15

"This installment of the show has the definite feel of a transition episode."
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Love Live! Voice Actress Aya Uchida Recovers After Vocal Cord Surgery

Ai-Mai-Mi actress took two weeks off ― Voice actress Aya Uchida announced on her blog on Monday that she took two weeks off around the end of the year to get surgery for a vocal cord nodule. She had it safely removed. Uchida first noticed the problem last spring, and she suddenly lost her voice at a Love Live! performance at Tokyo Dome. With medicine she was able to continue going to recording sessio...
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Crunchyroll Also Streams BanG Dream! Anime

Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it will stream the BanG Dream! anime as it airs in Japan. The first episode is currently available, and future episodes will launch at 9:00 a.m. EST on Saturdays. The stream is available in North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, Turkey, and Latin America. Anime Netwo...
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U.S. Press Secretary Spicer Went to Katsucon 2013

Declared it 'Best Katsucon EVER' ― President Trump stepped into his position as 45th President of the United States last week amid global protests of an unprecedented scale. The new administration found itself in its first entanglement as Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave a briefing to argue the number of attendees at President Trump's inauguration. Spicer's statement that Trump's inauguration had the...
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Prince of Tennis Musical Apologizes After Racket Strikes Audience Member

Affected audience member examined at hospital, no issues found ― The staff of the Prince of Tennis musicals apologized on Monday for an accident at Sunday's 6:00 p.m. performance, during which a racket flew from a cast member's hand and hit an audience member. According to the staff message, the affected audience member was examined at a hospital and no issues were found. The staff first apologized t...
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Answerman - Why Are Motion-Smoothing Televisions So Terrible For Anime?

Most new TVs have "motion smoothing" turned on by default, a video setting that makes anime look pretty terrible - but why? Justin gets into it. ― Jon asks: I recently upgraded my TV to a new OLED flatscreen from LG, and I couldn't understand why the anime I watched looked so blurry. After a little research online, I found out there is a setting called "TruMotion" that was the culprit and when I tur...
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Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Gets 4-Part Taiga Prequel Series

Kamen Rider Snipe: Episode Zero spinoff debuts in BD set on April 12 ― The official Twitter account for the Kamen Rider Ex-Aid television series revealed on Saturday that the series is receiving a spinoff prequel titled Kamen Rider Snipe: Episode Zero. The four-part series will focus on the character Taiga Hanaya, Kamen Rider Snipe, and reveal his origins. Ukyo Matsumoto plays Taiga in Kamen Rider Ex...
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Tomokazu Sugita Joins King of Prism: Pride the Hero Film's Cast

Followup film to KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm premieres on June 10 ― The official website for King of Prism: PRIDE the HERO, the new anime film that follows the Pretty Rhythm spinoff film KING OF PRISM by PrettyRhythm, announced on Monday that Tomokazu Sugita will play the new character George Takadanobaba. George is the strongest idol in Schwarz Rose's The Shuffle! idol group led by Jin. The film w...
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Tekken 7 Fighting Game Ships for PS4, Xbox One, PC on June 2

'Rage and Sorrow Trailer' shows conflict between Kazuya, Heihachi ― Sony's PlayStation Blog announced on Monday that the Tekken 7 fighting game will ship for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam on June 2. Bandai Namco Entertainment America also began streaming the "Rage and Sorrow Trailer" for the game on Monday, which highlights the conflict between Kazuya and his father Heihachi. The ...
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The Black Butler Movie is Zombies on a Luxury Liner

Let's take a cruise across the sea with a demon to uncover a secret society that's trying to raise the dead. What could possibly go wrong?
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Qualidea Code Episodes 1-12 Streaming

This collaborative light-novel-project-turned-anime begins with tons of ambition and ends with tons of problems. James Beckett explains what went wrong. ― Qualidea Code belongs to a particular class of anime, one that I've come to refer as “anime stew”. An anime stew is any project that takes a bunch of ingredients we've seen dozens of times before, familiar themes and ideas and characters, then toss...
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Armed Girl's Machiavellism Anime Casts Sayaka Kitahara, Nozomi Nishida

Also: Rina Hidaka, Natsumi Hioka, Eriko Matsui ― The official website for the television anime of Karuna Kanzaki and Yūya Kurokami's Armed Girl's Machiavellism (Busō Shōjo Machiavellism) manga revealed five more cast members and a new key visual on Monday. The new cast members are: Sayaka Kitahara as Mary Kitakujō Nozomi Nishida as Satori Tamaba Rina HIdaka as Warabi Hanasaka Natsumi Hioka as Tsukuyo...
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Afro's Yurucamp Camping Manga Gets Anime

Manga by Puella Magi Homura Tamura author follows 2 young women on camping trips ― The cover of the March issue of Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara Forward magazine is announcing on Tuesday that Afro's Yurucamp (Yurukyan△) manga is getting an anime adaptation. The "slow outdoor manga" follows two young women. Rin likes to go camping by herself along the lakes that provide a scenic view of Mt. Fuji. Nade...
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Manga's Final Volume Gets Special Edition

This year's eighth issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Miki Yoshikawa's Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches manga's 28th compiled book volume will be the final volume, which is scheduled to ship on April 17. The manga will end its run in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in five chapters. The magazine is also revealing that the manga's 28th volume will receive a special ed...
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Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto Game Expansion's Opening Movie Streamed

Updated game launches in February in N. America, Europe, Japan ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming the opening movie for Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto, its upcoming expansion for the Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 game, on Monday. Bandai Namco Entertainment America previously streamed an English-dubbed trailer for the game earlier this month. Bandai Namco ...
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Shinkai's 'your name.' Reclaims Top Spot at Japanese Weekend Box Office

Also: film is now top Japanese-animated film in ticket sales in S. Korea ― Makoto Shinkai's your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) anime film returned to the top spot in the Japanese box office for the January 21-22 weekend. The last time the film was at #1 was nine weeks ago, on November 19-20 last year. The film is on its 22nd weekend. In addition, the film has sold 3,021,651 tickets in South Korea as of Sund...
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Asato Mizu, Kaito Launch Manga on Shonen Jump+ App

Denki-Gai's Mizu launches comedy series, Cross Manage's Kaito launches romance series ― This year's eighth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced on Monday that Asato Mizu (Denkigai no Honya-san) and Kaito (Buddy Strike, Cross Manage) are each launching a new manga series on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ online manga app. Mizu will launch the Aharen-san wa Hakarenai (Aharen is Indecipher...
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10th Manga Taisho Awards Nominates 13 Titles

Promised Neverland, Tokyo Tarareba Musume, Delicious in Dungeon, Wave, Listen to me., more nominated ― The executive committee for the 10th Manga Taisho awards listed this year's 13 nominated works on Monday. (The official English name of the awards is the "Cartoon Grand Prize.") Manga Taisho 2017 Nominees Aoashi Yūgo Kobayashi, Naohiko Ueno Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san Sōichirō Yamamoto Kin no Kuni Mi...
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[email protected] Cinderella Girls VR Game Gets English Release in Southeast Asia

Customize, wave light sticks in 3-song concert based on Maihama Ampitheater concert ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia announced on Monday that it will release The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Viewing Revolution game in Southeast Asia in English. The game is a virtual reality idol concert experience for the PlayStation VR system. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia is streaming an English promotional video...
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Uchū Sentai Kyūranger Series' Preview Video Shows Cast in Civilian Costume

Non-human-type Kyūranger cast members revealed ― TV Asahi began streaming a preview video for Uchū Sentai Kyūranger, the 41st Super Sentai series, on Sunday. The video previews the cast in their characters' civilian costume. Narrator: The fate of the universe lies in the hands of nine ultimate saviors. Uchū Sentai Kyūranger! Starts February 12 at 7:30 a.m. In addition, the series' official website re...
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Yui Makino Performs Sakurada Reset Anime's Opening Theme Song

Anime based on sci-fi/fantasy novel series premieres this spring ― The official website for the television anime of Yutaka Kōno's teen science-fiction/fantasy light novel series Sakurada Reset announced on Sunday that Yui Makino will perform the anime's theme song "Reset." Makino is also playing the character Youka Murase in the anime. The anime's cast includes: Kaito Ishikawa as Kei Asai, a first-ye...
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Production I.G's Pigtails Anime Wins California Film Awards' Diamond Award

Short film made international debut at WorldFest Houston International Film Festival in April ― Pigtails, Production I.G.'s animated short film based on Machiko Kyō's Mitsuami no Kami-sama (Braided Pig-Tail Deity) manga, won the Diamond Award in the Animated Film category at the 2016 California Film Awards. Award winners were announced on January 6. The short made its international debut in April at ...
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ēlDLIVE Anime Casts Takashi Kondo, Showtaro Morikubo

Crunchyroll streams series, Funimation to debut simuldub on February 2 ― The staff of the television anime of Akira Amano's ēlDLIVE manga revealed new cast members for the anime on Sunday. The new cast members include: Takashi Kondo as Ken Mizoguchi (aka Gucchi), Chūta's childhood friend Showtaro Morikubo as Erwin, a murderer who targets Dr. Ravu The anime premiered in Japan on Tokyo MX on January 8....

Sunday, January 22

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Summer Lesson PSVR Game's 2 New English Videos Streamed

Game releases in Southeast Asia with English subtitles in early 2017 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia began streaming two English-subbed videos on Saturday for its Summer Lesson PlayStation VR game. The first video features a short scene at a café, while the second video highlights gameplay in which the player character interacts with Hikari in her room. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia will release ...
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Frame Arms Girl Anime's English-subtitled Video Reveals Staff, Cast, April Premiere

Anime based on Kotobukiya's model kit line tells story about girl who encounters sentient robot ― The official website of the television anime adaptation of Kotobukiya's Frame Arms Girl model kit line began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Monday. The video reveals the anime's cast, staff, and April premiere. Kotobukiya is also streaming an English-subtitled version of the video (below)...
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My Hero Academia Anime Reveals 2 New Character Designs For Class 1-B Members

The official website of the My Hero Academia anime revealed the designs on Monday for two characters joining the cast in the second season. The new cast members include: Miho Masaka as Ibara Shiozaki, a cool beauty from U.A.'s class 1-B whose "Vines" Quirk allows her to grow and use vines. Kōhei Amasaki as Neito Monoma, a student from U.A.'s class 1-B whose "Copy" Quirk allows him to use another's...

Funimation's Sekirei Rights Expire on February 9

Funimation released 2008, 2010 series based on Sakurako Gokurakuin manga ― Funimation Entertainment announced on Sunday that its streaming and home video license for the Sekirei and Sekirei: Pure Engagement anime series will expire on February 9. After that time, Funimation will remove the anime from streaming, and will not reprint the Blu-ray Discs and DVDs after they have sold out. Sekirei's story ...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 319

"Now that all the key players have arrived on the titular planet, one of the biggest battles in Gintama history is primed to take place."
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Sharp-san and Tanita-kun Get Their Own Theme Song Courtesy of Straightener

Song will be sold with second volume of manga ― Sharp-san and Tanita-kun, the young male personifications of the companies Sharp and Tanita, have attracted a following through their Twitter exchanges and a manga imagining their interaction. Now the duo have another media milestone to celebrate: their own theme song, courtesy of the Japanese rock band Straightener. In "Tsuki ni Yomu Tegami" ("A Letter...
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Fuuka ‒ Episodes 1-4

"Overall, Fuuka's first four episodes are a drawn-out start to this simple-seeming story."
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Pikachu & Alola Vulpix Merchandise to Spread Around Japan's Pokemon Centers

Celebrates renewal of Sapporo Pokemon Center ― The snowy city of Sapporo celebrates its winter weather each year with a snow festival, and its local Pokemon Center is following suit this year with a wintry redesign. As part of the occasion, it is selling plushies of Pikachu wearing a poncho that looks like Vulpix's wintry white Alola form. The cuteness can't be contained to one Pokemon Center alone; ...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ‒ Episode 40

"Even if I don't want to accept the circumstances leading up to this episode, I still couldn't take my eyes off it."
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Manga-ka Debut Monogatari 3DS Game About Creating Manga Announced

Game slated for March 16 release ― Nippon Colombia announced a new installment in its Akogare Girls Collection game series on Tuesday titled Manga-ka Debut Monogatari - Suteki na Manga o Egakō (Manga Creator Debut Story: Let's Draw a Wonderful Manga) for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is slated for March 16. The game has both a story mode and a manga-drawing mode. In the story mode, players experience th...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 75

"This episode is kicking off yet another two-parter, which at this point is getting a little tiring."
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Prime Minister Shinzō Abe Supports Loosening Restrictions on Foreigners Working in Japan

Part of "Cool Japan" initiative ― Since 2002, the Japanese government (specifically, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) has promoted Japan's wealth of cultural exports — anime and manga, of course, but also cuisine, fashion, and traditional culture — through the international branding campaign "Cool Japan." At a meeting of the Special National Strategic Section's advisory committee on Janua...
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Interviews with Monster Girls ‒ Episodes 1-3

"As long as you don't mind its laid-back attitude, this looks like a very promising series."
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King no Manga Michi Manga Spinoff of The Seven Deadly Sins Moves to Magazine Pocket

Kodansha's Magazine Special ceased publication with February issue on Friday ― The February issue of Kodansha's Magazine Special, the magazine's last issue, revealed on Friday that Masataka Ono's Nanatsu no Taizai King no Manga Michi (The Seven Deadly Sins - King's Road to Manga) comedy spinoff manga will move to Kodansha's Magazine Pocket manga app beginning on February 1. The four-panel manga is a ...
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March comes in like a lion ‒ Episode 14

"March is still a compelling show, but it can't help but seem overshadowed by the greater show it could have been."
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Cardcaptor Sakura's Cast Reunites for Sakura's Birthday

Birthday party to be held April 1 in Tokyo meeting hall ― Sakura, Cardcaptor Sakura's heroine, has a birthday on April 1. To celebrate the occasion this year, a big party is being planned at the Rune Kodaira Great Hall in Kodaira, Tokyo, which fits 1,229 guests. Much of the anime's cast is being reunited: Sakura Tange (Sakura), of course, but also Junko Iwao (Tomoyo), Aya Hisakawa (Kero-chan), Motok...
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ClassicaLoid ‒ Episode 15

"This week, ClassicaLoid delves into Sousuke's insecurities and develops him beyond just a one-note comic relief character."
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Live-Action Ghost in the Shell Film Gets 2 More Tribute Manga

Takumi Ōyama, Nokuto Koike work on tribute manga to be published in February ― The February issue of Kodansha's Monthly Young Magazine revealed on Friday that Takumi Ōyama and Nokuto Koike will both draw tribute manga for Dreamworks and Paramount's live-action Ghost in the Shell film. Both manga will appear in the magazine's next issue on February 18. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex manga cre...
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The Mike Toole Show - Binge Benefits

Mike weighs the pros and cons of binge watching, the act of watching entire anime series (or huge chunks of episodes) all at once. Is the binge good, or is the binge bad? ― Every January, I visit Arisia, a science fiction convention here in Boston. For me, it's a fun change of pace – the convention is smaller and lower-key than the anime events I appear at, and while I'm on the speaking program, the ...
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Seiren ‒ Episodes 1-3

"Seiren's weirdness is ultimately its most notable quality."
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Sailor Moon's New Transformation Brooch Conceals Eye Shadow

Bandai's cosmetics brand Creer Beaute unveiled its Miracle Romance Makeup Eye Shadow Flat Style on Friday. The eye shadow is the latest item in Creer Beaute's Miracle Romance line of Sailor Moon-themed cosmetics. With the help of Sailor Moon's transformation phrase "Moon Prism Power, Make Up" and an included brush, anime fans too can become magical girls. The Transformation Brooch compact conceals...
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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga ‒ Episodes 1-3

"In addition to setting the stage for the Eyes of the Impure King, this first act of the new season is primarily focused on restoring and developing Rin's relationships with his fellow Exorcists."
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Big Order GN 1

Big Order's anime version may have been one of last year's biggest critical and popular bombs, but does the original manga fare any better? Rebecca Silverman finds out. ― Big Order is the third of Sakae Esuno's manga to be released in English, and readers may have noticed a trend: with each series, the story gets more complicated and bizarre as the storytelling gets looser. The basic themes within Bi...
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Super Robot Wars X-Ω Adds The [email protected]'s Mujin Gattai Kisaragi

Parody robot from The [email protected] anime's episode 15 added as part of limited-time event ― The official website of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Super Robot Wars X-Ω smartphone game revealed on Tuesday that it will add Mujin Gattai Kisaragi from The [email protected] anime as part of a limited-time event. The robot appeared in the 15th episode of The [email protected] anime, as part of an in-story movie that the cha...
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Your Complete Fate Anime Guide

The Fate series is a sprawling story told across games, anime, novels, and manga. Even if you watch just the anime, it's hard to know what to watch--or even exactly what there is to watch.
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My Hero Academia Manga Gets Original Anime in 14th Volume

Kōhei Horikoshi writes original story for anime ― This year's eighth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the 14th compiled book volume of Kōhei Horikoshi's My Hero Academia manga will bundle an original anime. Horikoshi is writing the original story for the anime. The magazine's ninth issue on January 30 will reveal more information about the bundle. The manga's 13...
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Action Heroine Cheer Fruits Anime Follows Girls Who Revive Fruit-Growing Area

TBS original anime about girls who become local heroines & produce action live events ― The TBS television network opened a website to announce the original television anime Action Heroine Cheer Fruits on Sunday. The website is streaming a teaser promotional video: The "local heroine fighter" of a certain city became popular and a national star. Because of this, "local heroines" debuted in various ot...

Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast For Saga of Tanya the Evil Anime

Company also reveals additional cast for Tales of Zestiria the X ― Funimation announced the English dub cast on Saturday for the Saga of Tanya the Evil anime series. Funimation has also confirmed the returning English dub cast for Nanbaka, All Out!!, Monster Hunter Stories Ride On, and Trickster, as well as returning and new cast for Tales of Zestiria the X. The English dub cast for Saga of Tanya the...
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Granblue Fantasy the Animation's English-subtitled Trailer Streamed

Zinkenstill Arc 2-episode special available now on Crunchyroll, Daisuki, Amazon ― Aniplex of America began streaming a new English-subtitled trailer on Saturday for the Granblue Fantasy the Animation television anime series. (The below video is region-locked to the U.S.) Amazon's Anime Strike streaming service is also streaming the same trailer region-free on Twitter. The first 2 episodes of #Granblu...
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Puri Puri Chii-chan!!, 100% Pascal-sensei Anime Air in April in New MBS, TBS Timeslot

2 anime commemorate 40th anniversaries of Coro Coro Comic, Ciao magazines ― The JNN television stations MBS and TBS announced on Sunday that Hiromu Shinozuka's Puri Puri Chii-chan!! manga is getting a television anime series that will premiere in April. The anime will air alongside the anime adaptation of Yūji Nagai's gag comedy manga 100% Pascal-sensei in a one-hour programming block. MBS and TBS re...

Saturday, January 21

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Go Light Novel Shopping with Your Mom for Bonus Short Story Prize

Promotion for light novel Do You Like Your Mom? ― The winner of the 29th Fantasia Grand Prize, an annual award given to novels published by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko, is Do You Like Your Mom? Her Normal Attack is Two Attacks at Full Power. As the title suggests, the story is about a high school boy transported to an RPG-like fantasy world with his mother, who proves to be a highly useful companion. To ce...
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Smell-Creating Virtual Reality Device Under Development

Smell some rotting flesh next time you play a zombie game ― Japan is at the forefront of developments in virtual reality (VR) devices, and Vaqso, a firm headquartered in San Francisco but with operations based in Tokyo, is pioneering a device that will let gamers enjoy a sensation long neglected by media developers: smell. Vaqso VR is a device about the size of a candy bar that attaches to the bottom...
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Exhibit Honors 5-Year Run of Life-Size Gundam Statue on Odaiba

The official website for the "Gundam Front Tokyo" attraction at the DiverCity Tokyo mall in Odaiba, Tokyo announced on Wednesday that it will hold a memorial exhibit to honor the nearby life-size Gundam statue. The exhibit will run from January 28 to March 5 as the second part of the "Gundam Statue Gundam Front Tokyo: Last Shooting Campaign." The campaign will run "as a symbol of gratitude." The e...
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Japanese Government Names Sword Art Online's Kirito as Cybersecurity Officer

The official website for Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale announced on Friday that the Japanese government's National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity (NISC) appointed Kirito as a cybersecurity officer. The character's appointment is part of a tie-up campaign between NISC and the anime film. The tagline on the poster reads, "We will protect the Internet." The ka...
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Yuri!!! on Ice's Yūri Katsuki Hug Pillow Teased

M's Factory tweeted an image on Friday that teases a hug pillow (dakimakura) inspired by last season's hit anime Yuri!!! on Ice. The company only offered a sneak peak, but the pillow appears to feature the anime's protagonist Yūri Katsuki lounging in bed. He might be listening to his theme song "Yuri!!! on Ice." M's Factory asked fans to be patient and wait for more information about the pillow. T...
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Your Real World Gundam Vacation Guide

The 1/1 scale Gundam will be disappearing from its spot in Tokyo in two months. But fear not. It's not the only place a Gundam fan can visit in Japan to satisfy their inner newtype.
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Saga of Tanya the Evil ‒ Episodes 1-3

"Overall, these first three episodes have the definite capacity to forcefully turn some viewers away, but absolutely everything about them clicks for me."
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Aoharu x Machinegun GNs 1-2

The anime may have been tragically DOA, but is the original manga of this uniquely airsoft-driven shojo title worth checking out? Rebecca Silverman investigates. ― Aoharu x Machine Gun is that rare story that doesn't conform to one specific subgenre. Ostensibly this is a shounen action tale, but with its female protagonist (mistaken for a male, a la Ouran High School Host Club), surprising lack of vi...
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The List - 7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Sailor Moon

With the Sailor Moon R movie now in theaters, it's the perfect time to revisit this Classic List and learn some new things about this groundbreaking anime. ― The Sailor Moon R movie is opened in theaters across North America this week! It seems like a great time to revisit some classic Sailor Moon trivia. Naoko Takeuchi's magical girl series had a profound effect on anime fandom, whether you caught ...
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Live-Action One Week Friends Film Streams New Ads Highlighting Kaori, Yūki

Film based on Matcha Hazuki's manga opens on February 18 ― The official website for the live-action film of Matcha Hazuki's One Week Friends (Isshūkan Friends) manga began streaming two new online commercials for the film on Friday. Both videos feature the film's theme song "Kanade for Isshūkan Friends," by Sukima Switch. Kaori Version Yūki Version "Kanade for Isshūkan Friends" is a new version of Su...
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Fate/Grand Order Game Gets VR Project For PlayStation VR

"Fate VR drama" project allows players to meet with Mash Kyrielight ― TYPE-MOON announced at the "FGO Fuyu Matsuri 2016-2017 ~da Vinci-chan Code~" event on Saturday that its Fate/Grand Order smartphone role-playing game is getting a virtual-reality project for the PlayStation VR titled Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight. The "Fate VR drama" project will launch this year. The project will allow...
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Yuki Yuna Is a Hero TV Anime's 2nd Season Premieres in October

The official website for the Yuki Yuna Is a Hero anime franchise revealed on Saturday that the second television anime season will premiere in October. The second season consists of two parts. The first part (the first six episodes of the second season) will be Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter). The second part (the final six episodes) will be...
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Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter Anime Streams Trailer For 1st Film

Theme song artists, new key visual, more cast revealed for film trilogy ― Pony Canyon began streaming a trailer on Saturday for the Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter) theatrical anime project's first film, titled Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de Aru: Washio Sumi no Shō: Tomodachi (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter: Friends). The video reveals that Suz...
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New Mahōjin Guru Guru TV Anime Casts Shizuka Ishigami, Konomi Kohara

Hiroyuki Eto's fantasy gag manga previously inspired anime film, 2 TV anime series ― The wraparound jacket band on the seventh compiled volume of Hiroyuki Eto's Mahōjin Guru Guru 2 sequel manga revealed the two main cast members on Saturday for the upcoming television anime adaptation of Eto's original Mahōjin Guru Guru (Magical Circle Guru Guru) manga. The anime will star: Konomi Kohara as Kukuri Sh...
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2017 Tokyo Anime Award Festival Reveals 10 Meritorious Service Award Honorees

Leiji Matsumoto, Michiyo Yasuda, Eiko Masuyama, Tadanao Tsuji, more honored ― The official website for the 2017 Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) announced the 10 recipients on Thursday of the festival's Meritorious Service Award. The award honors those who have made great contributions to the growth of the animation industry and culture, and who have elevated the status of the anime industry through...

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Kuroko's Basketball Last Game Film's Teaser Previews Granrodeo's Theme Song

Film adapting Tadatoshi Fujimaki's sequel manga opens on March 18 in Japan ― The official website for Gekijōban Kuroko no Basuke Last Game (Kuroko's Basketball The Movie: Last Game), the anime film adaptation of Tadatoshi Fujimaki's Kuroko no Basuke Extra Game sequel manga, began streaming the film's first trailer on Friday. The trailer previews GRANRODEO's theme song "Glorious days." The previously ...
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Nioh PS4 Game's 2nd Story Trailer Centers on Ishida Mitsunari, Tokugawa Ieyasu

3rd demo for game launching in February available this weekend only ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming a second "Legend of Nioh" story movie on Friday, titled "The Two Samurai Competing for the Country," for its Nioh "dark warring-states action RPG" for the PlayStation 4. The trailer discusses the history between the famous historical figures Ishida Mitsunari and Tokugawa Ieyasu, and protagonist Will...
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Touhou Genso Wanderer PS4/Vita Game's Trailer Highlights Partner Characters

Touhou Double Focus ships with launch edition of game in March ― NIS America began streaming a trailer for its upcoming release of the Touhou Genso Wanderer PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Thursday. The video highlights the partner characters that players can ally with on the game. NIS America will release the game on March 21 in North America and March 24 in Europe, after being delayed fr...
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Square Enix Announces its 1st App Game for Female Players

Game developer Square Enix opened a teaser website on Friday for its first mobile app game aimed at female players. The game is titled Kimi to Kiri no Labyrinth (You and the Labyrinth of Fog), or KimiKiri for short. Part of the iOS and Android app will feature virtual-reality functionality. The website shows silhouettes of 12 characters on a fantasy world background, and features the tagline "The ...
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New York's Genericon to Host Space Patrol Luluco's Shigeto Koyama, Hiromi Wakabayashi

Rensselaer's convention to take place March 3-5 ― Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Genericon convention announced on Thursday that it will host designer Shigeto Koyama and Studio Trigger's Hiromi Wakabayashi at this year's event. Koyama is an animator and designer. He has worked on titles including HEROMAN, Eureka Seven, Gurren Lagann, Star Driver, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Rebuild of Evang...
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Former Kinema Jumpo Editor Explains 'your name.'s' Lack of Rank on Best Film List

Last Tuesday, film magazine Kinema Jumpo revealed its list of the 10 best Japanese films of 2016. Sunao Katabuchi's film In This Corner of the World ranked at #1. That is a remarkable achievement for the anime based on Fumiyo Kono's To All The Corners Of The World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) manga. However, many fans were surprised that Makoto Shinkai's smash-hit film your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) d...
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Cuticle Detective Inaba Manga Gets Special Chapter in March

Mochi's manga ended on Wednesday, previously inspired TV anime in 2013 ― The February issue of Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Wednesday that Mochi's Cuticle Detective Inaba (Cuticle Tantei Inaba) manga will have an extra chapter as the manga's "true last chapter." The magazine published the manga's last chapter in the February issue. The extra chapter will debut in the magazine on March...

Kickstarter-Funded Nekopara OVA's Promo Streamed

Sekai Project's campaign funded 60-minute OVA, ends February 11 ― NEKO WORKs began streaming a promotional video for the OVA adaptation of its and Sayori's NEKOPARA adult visual novel on Friday. Sekai Project is running a Kickstarter campaign that has already funded the 60-minute OVA. The project reached its initial goal of US$100,000 to create a 20 minute OVA within one hour of the Kickstarter's lau...
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Light Novel Author Takes Hands-On Approach to Marketing Latest Work

Hits streets of Akihabara to promote "Creepy Man" ― Manga artists, animators, and light novel artists tend to be reserved and even shy, hiding behind generic or inhuman avatars to represent themselves to the outside world. Takeshi Nakazawa is not one of these. He took a hands-on, open approach to marketing his latest light novel, Kimoiman. Nakazawa took to the streets of Akihabara, Tokyo's electronic...
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Kamisama Dolls' Yamamura Ends Aoki Ao no Atopos Manga

Sci-fi story of boy caught in case of disappearing ship launched in 2013 ― The February issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday GX magazine revealed on Thursday that Hajime Yamamura will end his Aoki Ao no Atopos (Blue, Blue Atopos) manga in the next issue on February 18. The young-adult science-fiction story follows second-year middle school student Masato Shirohara. One day, the entire crew of a resou...
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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns 3DS Game Slated for February 28 in N. America

XSEED Games announced on Friday that that its North American release of the Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (Bokujō Monogatari: Mitsu no Sato no Taisetsu na Tomodachi) Nintendo 3DS game is slated for February 28. The company also began streaming a new trailer. XSEED also revealed that the game will include outfits from the Super Mario Bros. franchise. The Mario outfit will grant a running speed bo...
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6-Year-Old Idol Skips Kindergarten After TV Program Falsely Reports Boy She Likes

A 6-year-old Japanese girl was in tears on Monday after someone spread a rumor about a boy she supposedly likes. That little girl happens to be the idol Ai-chan 6-sai (Ai-chan 6 Years Old), and the one spreading false information was the Fuji TV variety program Furutachi-sun. The program's episode that aired on Sunday was discussing the youngest idols and had a feature about Ai-chan 6-sai. A femal...
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All Out!! ‒ Episode 15

Our episodic coverage of All Out!! concludes this week, but that doesn't mean Jinko's quest to Hanazono has to end.
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Haruta Shiota's K: Return of Kings Manga Ends in February

Series based on TV anime launched in October 2015 ― The February issue of Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine revealed on Wednesday that Haruto Shiota is ending his manga adaptation of the K: Return of Kings television anime in the magazine's next issue on February 18. Shiota launched the manga in October 2015. Square Enix published the manga's first compiled book volume last June. Shiota also drew the ...
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Sailor Moon R: The Movie to Screen in Canada

Film opens in U.S. theaters on Friday ― Viz Media confirmed with ANN on Friday that Sailor Moon R: The Movie will screen in Canada. The Cineplex theater group will begin screening the film on March 1, and Viz will reveal more details at a later date. Viz Media and Eleven Arts hosted a premiere screening on January 13 in Los Angeles, and is expanding to over 300 theaters in the United States beginning...
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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, January 9-15

2 The Legend of Zelda volumes, 2 One-Punch Man volumes, The Ancient Magus' Bride, 2 Tokyo Ghoul volumes, Seraph of the End, Death Note, Attack on Titan ― Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Weeks on List Cover 1 -The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages Legendary Edition #2 Akira Himekawa Viz Media 1 21One-Punch Man #10 Story: ONE / Art: Yuusuke Murata Viz Me...
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Super Mario Odyssey's Hero Gets Tall in Grand Theft Auto IV Crossover Video

Between illustrating Mario's short stature in comparison to "real" humans and revealing a metropolis called "New Donk City," Nintendo's trailer for its upcoming Super Mario Odyssey Switch game is raising many eyebrows among gamers. As a response, YouTube user CrowbCat created a crossover video that shows a taller version of Super Mario Odyssey's hero in the world of the Grand Theft Auto IV game. A...
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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Will Be Last Nintendo Game for Wii U

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed with gaming news website Polygon at the Nintendo Switch launch event last Friday that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be Nintendo's last title developed for the Wii U. However, Wii U titles will continue to be sold at retail and online. Fils-Aime shared that the "sunsetting" of the console is still "quite some time into the futu...
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Answerman - Why Can't Anime Get A Wide Theatrical Release?

Justin runs down the myriad reasons that anime movies like your name don't wind up on 3600 multiplex screens across America. It's a little complicated. ― Brooks asks: With anime movies like Your Name becoming global hits and companies finding success with Fathom Events like Funimation's theatrical releases of the DBZ movies,why is it that anime movies still can't get normal wide releases in every U....
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ANNCast - It's High Noon

Zac and a panel of special guests run down the best games they played in 2016, the Nintendo Switch and 2017's biggest games! Overwatch, Final Fantasy XV, Resident Evil 7 and more! ― ANNCast Episode 280: It's High Noon Zac, Dave and Graz from Fast Karate for the Gentlemen and our own Dustin Bailey run down the best games they played in 2016, the Nintendo Switch and 2017's biggest games! The Last Guar...
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God Wars PS4/Vita Game's 3rd Trailer Shows Kaguya, Sakuya

Game ships in Japan in April, N. America/Europe in March ― Kadokawa Games began streaming the third trailer for its God Wars Future Past (God Wars - Toki o Koete) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Friday. The video previews the animation and highlights the characters Kaguya and Sakuya. The game is now slated for release in Japan in April. The game was delayed from its original February 23 re...
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Live-Action Dansui! TV Series' Promo Video Previews Cast's Ending Theme

Series about high school men's swimming club premieres on Saturday ― VAP's official website for the live-action television series and stage play adaptations of Tatsuya Kiuchi's Dansui! swimming manga began streaming a promotional video on Friday. The video previews the Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and CD releases and features the ten main cast members' ending theme song "Growing Up! Go on!" for the television ...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Proves I Need Lesbian Dragons In My Life

There are many things in my life I didn't know I needed. Lesbian dragons is another to add to the list.
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 490

"Since Shikamaru has always been more of a thinker than a fighter, it makes sense for his story to focus more on the intricacies of shinobi missions than outright brawling."
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Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas - Movie 1

So what the heck is this Chain Chronicle trilogy that's popped up out of the blue, and should you bother checking out its first movie? Theron Martin has the answers. ― Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas is the first of a trilogy of movies being released once a month between December 2016 and February 2017. A TV series version is also airing during the Winter 2017 season, but based on its first ...
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Gundam Thunderbolt Anime Reveals New Cast, Promo Video

2nd season based on spinoff manga debuts on March 24 ― The official website for the anime based on Yasuo Ohtagaki's Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga began streaming a promotional video for the second season on Friday. The video previews the fifth episode of net anime series and new characters. (Note: the linked video is region-locked to Japan.) The website also announced three new characters and ...
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Sakurada Reset Anime Casts Takuya Eguchi, Yuki Yamada, Yui Makano, Sachika Misawa

Anime based on sci-fi/fantasy novel series premieres this spring ― The official website for the television anime of Yutaka Kōno's teen science-fiction/fantasy light novel series Sakurada Reset revealed the cast and designs for four more cast members on Friday. The cast includes: Takuya Eguchi as Tomoki Nakano, a first-year student and a classmate to both Kei and Misora. He has the power to reach a sp...
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Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Previews 1st Film in New Trailer

1st film in 7-part film project opens in Japan on February 25 ― The official website for the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project began streaming a new 60-second trailer on Friday for the project's first chapter. The anime features the following returning cast from Space Battleship Yama...
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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Manga to End in 5 Chapters

Weekly Shōnen Magazine had teased "important announcement" for manga on January 25 ― The cover of this year's eighth issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine has revealed that Miki Yoshikawa's Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches manga will end in five chapters. Amazon Japan is currently previewing the cover image. The issue itself ships on January 25. The cover also reveals that the manga is getting a...
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Final Fantasy XV Previews New Carnival Event in Video

In-game event opens on January 23 in N. America, January 24 in Europe/Japan ― Square Enix began streaming a video on Tuesday previewing the Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game's Moogle Chocobo Carnival in-game event. The video features Noctis wearing a Moogle/Chocobo T-shirt and exploring some of the carnival's attractions, such as a shooting gallery and a Chocobo gliding course. The in-...
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Nobunaga's Ambition, Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII Nintendo Switch Trailers Posted

Both games ship in March in Japan ― Koei Tecmo Games began streaming trailers for the Nintendo Switch versions of its Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence and Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII games. Nobunaga's Ambition: Sphere of Influence will ship on March 3, the same day the Nintendo Switch ships, while Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII ships on March 30. The long-running Nobunaga's Ambitio...
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Wakako-zake Manga Gets 3rd Live-Action Series in April

Chie Shinkyū's manga about woman who loves sake also inspired TV anime in 2015 ― The wraparound jacket band on the eighth volume of Chie Shinkyū's Wakako-zake manga announced on Friday that the manga is getting a third live-action series. The temporarily titled Wakako-zake 3 series will premiere in April on BS Japan. The 12th and final episode of the show's second season had hinted at a possible thir...
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God Wars PS4/Vita Game Slated for April in Japan

The March issue of Shueisha's V-Jump magazine is revealing on Saturday that Kadokawa Games' God Wars Future Past (God Wars - Toki o Koete) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game is now slated for release in Japan in April. The game was delayed from its original February 23 release date to spring. NIS America will release the game on March 28 in North America, and March 31 in Europe. NIS America d...
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'your name.', In This Corner of the World Anime Films Win at 71st Mainichi Film Awards

In This Corner of the World wins Excellence, Noburou Oofuji awards; Shin Godzilla gets 3 awards ― The Mainichi Shimbun and Sports Nippon Shimbun newspapers announced the winners for the 71st Annual Mainichi Film Awards on Thursday. Makoto Shinkai's your name. film won this year's Best Animation Film award. The film also won the TSUTAYAxFilmarks Movie Fan Award in the Japanese Film category, which is ...
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Gang King Manga Moves to Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in March

Manga resumed last January after 2-year hiatus ― The February issue of Kodansha's Magazine Special, the magazine's last issue, revealed on Friday that Daiju Yanauchi's Gang King manga will move to Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine beginning on March 9. The manga's 29th compiled book volume will also ship on the same day. The manga will begin its Justice arc, where it will head towards its "decisive...
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Kodansha USA Licenses Yoshitoki Ōima's To Your Eternity Manga

Hiroaki Samura's Wave, Listen to Me!, Yoshinobu Yamada's Deathtopia also licensed ― Kodansha Comics announced on Tuesday that it has licensed Yoshitoki Ōima's To Your Eternity (Fumetsu no Anata e), Hiroaki Samura's Wave, Listen to Me! (Nami yo Kiite Kure), and Yoshinobu Yamada's Deathtopia manga. Kodansha Comics is previewing the first chapter of all three manga on its website. To Your Eternity will ...
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Super Robot Wars V PS4/PS Vita Game's Promo Shows Off Attacks

February 23 game's story connects timeline of Gundam, Space Battleship Yamato 2199 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new promotional video for its upcoming Super Robot Wars V PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Wednesday. The first part of the video connects the timelines of Mobile Suit Gundam's One-Year War and Char's Rebellion with Space Battleship Yamato 2199's Gamillan invasio...

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Professional Artist-Writer Team to Teach Manga Class in Japan This Year

Guest lecturers include Hisashi Eguchi, Fumiyo Kono ― Daisuke Nishijima (Dien Bien Phu, Sekai no Owari no Mahōtsukai) will teach a manga class this year with his friend, the writer Sayawaka. Genron Hirameki ☆ Manga Kyōshitsu ("Principles of Shining Manga Class") will begin in April and ends in March 2018. In a total of 14 sessions, students must submit 10 manga rough drafts and story pitches. In the ...
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Pastel Romantic Comedy Manga Ends After 15 Years

44th volume slated for February 17 ― The February issue of Kodansha's Magazine Special, the magazine's last issue, published the final chapter of Toshihiko Kobayashi's Pastel manga on Friday. The manga's 44th and final compiled book volume is slated for February 17. Del Rey previously published the manga in North America, and it described the story: Poor Mugi Tadano... The sixteen-year-old is heartbr...
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'OtaKing' Animator Also Makes 'Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team With More Realism'

Paul "OtaKing" Johnson, an English animator who creates "retro anime-styled 2D animation films," recently launched a Patreon campaign to cover living expenses and allow him to focus on projects. In addition to animating a Street Fighter fan film, Johnson is working on a tactics-based mecha film that he describes as "Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team with more realism." He began streaming a vide...
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All Out!! Stage Play's 2nd Round of Cast Members Revealed

Play based on Shiori Amase's rugby manga debuts in May ― The official website of the stage play adaptation of Shiori Amase's All Out!! manga revealed the play's second round of cast members last Friday. The new cast members include: Kaiki Ōhara as Etsugo Ōharano Yuya Miyashita as Masaru Ebumi Yuta Higuchi as Raita Kamō Daichi Yamaguchi as Toshinosuke Matsuo Yūhi Fujito as Natsuki Ise Takashi Hagino a...
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Scum's Wish ‒ Episodes 1-2

"Scum's Wish isn't a romance about loving others, it's a romance about hating yourself, which may ring more true to the reality of teenage sexuality, even if it's not as pleasant to sit through."
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Rei Hiroe's Re:Creators Anime Gets Manga Adaptation

Original anime project from Black Lagoon creator slated for April ― This year's February issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday Gene-X announced on Thursday that the upcoming Re:CREATORS original television anime project will get a manga adaptation in the magazine beginning this spring. Daiki Kase (Man-ken.) is drawing the series. The anime will premiere in April. The show's site describes the story: H...

Japan's Animation TV Ranking, January 9-15

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Assassination Classroom, Prophecy Films air ― Hayao Miyazaki's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind aired on NTV on Friday, January 13 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 12.7% rating. The live-action film adaptation of Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom manga aired on Fuji TV on Monday, January 9 at 9:00 p.m. and earned a 7.3% rating. The live-action film adaptation of Te...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, January 2-8

The live-action film adaptation of Fujio Akatsuka's shōjo comedy manga Himitsu no Akko-chan aired on NTV on Monday, January 2 at 2:25 a.m. and earned a 1.4% rating. Love Live! The School Idol Movie aired on NHK-E on Tuesday, January 3 at 5:00 p.m. and earned a 0.6% rating. The live-action Tensai Bakabon 2 drama, based on Fujio Akatsuka's manga, aired on NTV on Friday, January 6 at 9:00 p.m. and ea...
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Masamune-kun's Revenge ‒ Episodes 1-3

"If you can't laugh off some of what's going on here, you'll be left dealing with some pretty unpleasant individuals."
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Horror Manga Artist Junji Ito to Adapt Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human

7 new manga to launch in Big Comic Original ― This year's third issue of Shogakukan's Big Comic Original magazine announced on Friday that Junji Ito will begin a manga adaptation of Osamu Dazai's classic novel No Longer Human (Ningen Shikkaku) in the 10th issue on May 2. Dazai's original Ningen Shikkaku novel follows a young man's deepening alienation from the rest of the world, despite his attempts ...
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Ototachibana's Shōnen Maid Manga Ends in March

Manga launched in 2008, inspired TV anime last April ― The preview of the March issue of Kadokawa's B's Log Comic magazine revealed on Tuesday that the magazine will publish the last chapter of Ototachibana's Shōnen Maid manga on March 1. The manga revolves around Chihiro Komiya, an energetic elementary school student who was living with his mom. Chihiro is very good at doing housework and chores, an...
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Real-World Ghost in the Shell Tachikoma's Personality Depends on You

A half-size interactive Tachikoma robot, like those seen in the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime, is debuting at the I.G Store Tour Shop in Osaka's Asia and Pacific Trade Center on Thursday. The website Animate Times began streaming a video on Tuesday that highlights the limited opportunity for people to meet the good-natured robot. People who download Karakuri Products' iOS app Virtu...

Seven Seas to Publish J-Novel Club Light Novels in Print

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, Occultic;Nine slated for this summer ― Seven Seas Entertainment and J-Novel Club announced on Thursday that Seven Seas will publish print editions of light novels on J-Novel Club's digital reading platform. The first two titles to get print publications will be Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash and Occultic;Nine. The first volumes will ship on June 6 and July 4, respectively. The...
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Super Mario Run Mobile Game Launches for Android in March

One-handed platformer launched for iOS devices on December 15 ― Nintendo announced on its official Japanese Twitter account on Wednesday that its Super Mario Run mobile platformer game will launch for Android devices in March. Pre-registration is available through Google Play now. Nintendo began streaming a gameplay trailer in December that revealed unlockable playable characters including Luigi, Yos...
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KONOSUBA 2 ‒ Episode 2

"The writing in the series continues to maintain a sharp wit and does a great job of introducing lively new characters and making fun of various gaming conventions."
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'PPAP' Singer Pikotarō Holds Concert With Silent Siren, LiSA

The comedian and singer Pikotarõ, known for his viral song "PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)," will perform at the famed Nippon Budōkan arena in Tokyo on March 3. The band Silent Siren (live-action anohana special's theme song) and singer LiSA (Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online theme songs) will also perform at the "Pikotarõ PPAPPT in Nippon Budōkan" concert. The Cream Stew comedy duo's Shinya Ueda will a...
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CHAOS;CHILD ‒ Episodes 0-2

"So far, Chaos;Child seems to have given us just the right amount of background information to stand on its own."

Crunchyroll Parent Company Ellation Lays Off 17 Employees

Company confirms record year for Crunchyroll, restructuring "not a reflection of Ellation's overall business" ― Crunchyroll's parent company Ellation laid off 17 employees from Crunchyroll on Wednesday. Crunchyroll provided ANN with a statement on Thursday from Ellation's CEO Tom Pickett: We recently closed an acquisition to significantly expand the size of our engineering team. As part of company re...
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Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid ‒ Episodes 1-2

"If the show can handle Tohru's tragic background as deftly as it does the comedic elements, there could be more to this series than expected in terms of emotional content."

New Power Rangers Film's Trailer Shows Morphed Characters

Lionsgate's March film previews Zords, Zordon, Alpha 5, Goldar, Rita Repulsa ― Lionsgate began streaming a new trailer for the upcoming Power Rangers film on Thursday. The trailer previews the main characters in their morphed forms with their Zords, as well as Zordon, Alpha 5, Goldar, and Rita Repulsa. Lionsgate posted a teaser trailer in October that featured the song “I Walk The Line” by singer Hal...
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Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory TV Anime Reveals Full Title

The official website for the Full Metal Panic! franchise announced on Wednesday that the full title of the new Full Metal Panic! IV anime will be Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory. The television anime series is slated to premiere this fall. Katsuichi Nakayama (series director for planetarian, assistant director for Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, Bodacious Space Pirates The Movie: Abyss of ...
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Classic Streaming: Bakemonogatari ‒ Episode 1

"Visually arresting and full of witty banter, Bakemonogatari's first episode offers a strong introduction to many of the key tentpoles of this bizarre franchise."
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Dragon Ball Heroes X: Ultimate Mission 3DS Game Announced

Game ships with 3,300 cards, 36 missions, 240+ Super Warriors on April 27 ― The special oversized March issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine is announcing on Saturday that Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the Dragon Ball Heroes X: Ultimate Mission game for the Nintendo 3DS on April 27. The card battle adventure game is the latest in the Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission series. The game will...
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Genocidal Organ is a Spy Thriller With Deep Philosophical Undertones

We saw the entirety of new Project Itoh film Genocidal Organ at a sneak preview in Tokyo today. Here are our thoughts.
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My Hero Academia Anime's 2nd Season Adds Miho Masaka, Kōhei Amasaki to Cast

New cast plays more 1-B class students for anime premiering in April ― This year's eighth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing two new cast members for the second season of the My Hero Academia anime on Monday. The new cast includes: Miho Masaka as Ibara Shiozaki, a cool beauty from U.A.'s class 1-B whose "Vines" Quirk allows her to grow and use vines. Kōhei Amasaki as Neito M...
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Genocidal Organ Film's Theatrical Trailer Streamed

3rd Project Itoh film opens in Japan on February 3 ― The official website for the anime film of Project Itoh's Genocidal Organ novel began streaming the film's full theatrical trailer on Thursday. The video previews EGOIST's theme song "Reloaded." The film will open in Japan on February 3. Ticket pre-orders began last month and bundle an original clear file and three sheets of the film's concept art....
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Fate/Extella Game's Launch Trailer Posted

Game shipped in N. America on Tuesday, will ship in Europe on Friday ― XSEED Games began streaming a launch trailer for the Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita action game on Tuesday. The game shipped in North America on Tuesday, and Marvelous will release the game in Europe on Friday. The game has a standard physical edition, a limited physical edition, and a digital ver...

Gen Urobuchi's Godzilla Anime Film Reveals 6 Main Cast Members, Concept Art Image

Yuuki Kaji, Takahiro Sakurai, Mamoru Miyano, Junichi Suwabe, Kana Hanazawa, Tomokazu Sugita star in film opening this year ― The official website for Polygon Pictures' Godzilla anime film announced six main cast members for the film on Thursday, and also revealed a concept art image. (Click the below image to see the full size.) The film will star: Yuuki Kaji Takahiro Sakurai Mamoru Miyano Junichi Su...
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Blue Reflection PS4/Vita Game's 1st Gameplay Footage Revealed

More characters revealed for "heroic RPG" set in high school with magical girl protagonist ― Koei Tecmo Games showed the first gameplay footage for Gust's upcoming Blue Reflection - Maboroshi ni Mau Shōjo no Ken (Blue Reflection - The Girl's Sword That Dances in Illusion) PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game during a livestream on Tuesday. The video shows the game's command-based combat system. (G...
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Musou Stars Game's 2nd Promo Video Reveals Lu Bu as Playable Character

March 2 game also adds Laegrinna, Oda Nobunyaga, Ii Naotora ― KOEI Tecmo Games began streaming a second promotional video for its Musou Stars PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game on Thursday. The video introduces the cast, and reveals that Lu Bu from Dynasty Warriors will be a playable character. In addition, the game's official website also revealed on Thursday that Laegrinna from Deception IV: B...
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God Wars PS4/Vita Game Ships in the West in March

Japanese spring 2017 release date remains unchanged ― NIS America announced on Wednesday that it has scheduled its release of Kadokawa Games' God Wars Future Past PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita game for March 28 in North America, and March 31 in Europe. The game will get both physical and digital releases. The game's Japanese website still lists the game's release date in Japan as spring 2017, de...
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The Bears' School, Tinny - Fūsen Inu Monogatari Picture Books Get Anime Films

The Bears' School previously inspired film, TV anime; Tinny inspired 2 TV anime ― Bandai announced on January 13 that it is producing anime film adaptations of the Kuma no Gakkō (The Bears' School) and Tinny - Fūsen Inu Monogatari (Tinny - Balloon Dog Story) picture books. The films, titled Eiga Kuma no Gakkō: Patissier Jackie to Ohisama no Sweets (The Bears' School The Movie: The Patissier Jackie an...

Shinkai's 'your name.' Film to Play on 200 N. American Screens & in Japan in English

"Zenzenzense (English ver.)" song previewed in video, with song's digital release slated for January 27 ― The Eiga Natalie news website reported on Wednesday that Funimation Films' release of Makoto Shinkai's your name. anime film will screen on more than 200 screens with English subtitles or dub in North America. The group RADWIMPS is creating all-new English-language versions of the songs it create...
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NY Int'l Children's Film Fest to Show N. American Premiere of Hirune Hime/Ancien and the Magic Tablet Anime Film

Festival also screens your name, Panda! Go Panda! ― The New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) announced on Wednesday that it will screen the Hirune Hime: Shiranai Watashi no Monogatari (Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me), your name., and Panda! Go Panda! anime films. NYICFF will screen the North American premiere of Hirune Hime under the title Ancien and the Magic Table...
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Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom Manga Has 28 Million Copies in Print

This year's 8th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump magazine announced on Thursday that Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga has 28 million copies in print. The issue features a special Kingdom-themed puzzle, in which readers search for keywords hidden throughout the magazine to crack a code. Hara's historical manga centers around the slave boy, Xin, and his dream of becoming a great general for the st...
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