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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya BD+DVD

One of the most compelling adventures in the Haruhi saga finally arrives on Blu-ray! Nick Creamer takes a look at this uniquely engrossing film. ― After the madcap adventures and slapstick comedy of Haruhi Suzumiya's first two seasons, the anime series was capped off with a film unlike anything that had come before. Somber, slow-paced, and introspective, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya represent...
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The Mike Toole Show - All About 'I Give My All'

Mike's quest for unlicensed anime leads him to the strange case of "I Give My All", a racy OVA from the 80s that was very nearly released here... until it wasn't! ― As part of the work I do with the Discotek gang, I occasionally work on some cool shows that were once licensed, but never really released on video in the west—you know, the really good anime, like Fighting Foodons. As the years pass, the...
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How Mari Okada Went From Shut-In to Anime Director

The inimitable screenwriter behind Hanasaku Iroha, anohana, and Anthem of the Heart just released her autobiography. Kim Morrissy shares the recent director's enlightening story. ― Mari Okada recently became a topic of discussion when it was announced that she was directing an original anime film at P.A. Works. For many, this news came as a surprise, because unlike most anime directors, Okada has no ...
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Generation Witch GN 1

These episodic adventures of modern, everyday witches are charming if a little light on lasting impact. Theron Martin delves into Generation Witch. ― Witches as commonly portrayed in anime and manga – flying around on a broomstick sporting a long pointy hat – are decidedly a Western phenomenon, but that hasn't prevented them from popping up in Japanese media on a regular basis over the years. Generat...
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No Game, No Life Zero

Despite being a far-flung film prequel to its source material, No Game No Life Zero might just outshine the original TV series. Kim Morrissy breaks down what makes this movie shine. ― No Game No Life Zero isn't like the No Game No Life you've seen before. It takes all the interesting themes of the original TV series and peels away all the fanservice and frivolities, resulting in a tonally different n...
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Tuesday, September 19

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Flying Witch Anime's English Dub Cast, Clip Revealed

Stephanie Wittels stars in dub debuting on home video in October ― Sentai Filmworks announced the full English dub cast for Flying Witch on Tuesday. The company also began streaming a dubbed clip featuring Stephanie Wittels as Makoto, Juliet Simmons as Chinatsu, Adam Gibbs as Kei, and Chaney Moore as Nao. The cast, under director Shannon Reed, assistant director Kyle Jones, and writer Marta Bechtol, ...
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Season Finale: Tsuredure Children ‒ Episode 12

"Tsuredure Children came to an abrupt end this week, finishing off a charming season with one more dose of warm fuzzies."
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Gungrave VR Game's Trailer Previews Shooting Action

PlayStation VR version slated for this year; other VR compatibility to follow ― Korean video game publisher Blueside and Korean developer Iggymob unveiled a trailer for their Gungrave VR "cinematic action shooting game" during Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference on Tuesday. The trailer begins at 42:36 in the video below. The PlayStation VR game is slated for this year. The developers will preserv...
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Japanese Netizens Choose Their Grotesque Anime Must-Watch List

Do you feel that crisp chill in the air? That's autumn at the doorstep and with the changing of the season, all the spooks, terrors, and gory horror come out to romp. If you're a fan of the gruesome and bloody, Goo Ranking readers weighed in on the top choices of guro anime, even for the squeamish. The number one choice is unsurprisingly the fan-favorite Attack on Titan. If viewers can stomach gia...
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Season Finale: Love and Lies ‒ Episode 12

"Unfortunately, for all of its angsty histrionics and wheel-spinning, Love and Lies ends up not having anything to say at all."
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Gal*Gun 2 Game Announced for PS4, Switch

PQube to publish game in the West ― Inti Creates announced on Tuesday that it will release Gal*Gun 2, the newest installment in its Gal*Gun game series, for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch this winter. PQube will publish the game in North America and Europe. Inti Creates will have a playable demo of the PS4 version at Tokyo Game Show this week. The shooting game franchise has players dealing with w...
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Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Gets VR PS4 Release in Spring 2018

PS2 game by Metal Gear Solid's Hideo Kojima originally shipped in 2003 ― Sony revealed during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday that Konami and Cygames are collaborating to develop a virtual-reality PlayStation 4 version of Konami's Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner game titled Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS (Anubis Zone of the Enders: M∀RS in Japan). The game is slated for spring 2...
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Kemono Friends' Fox Girls Try to Figure Out Udon in Animated Short

The popular Kemono Friends anime series has had no shortage of collaboration opportunities, namely with zoos across Japan, the Japan Racing Association, and the Animelo Live Summer concerts. The latter two got tie-in animated shorts starring the animal girls from the series. Nissin Cup Noodle is the latest to hire the colorful cast to promote its wares. In a one minute short released on Tuesday, K...
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This Week in Anime - How Meta Does Re:Creators Get?

What did this anime about fictional characters confronting their makers have to say about the creative process? This week in anime, we tackle the conclusion of Sota and Altair's story. ― Re:CREATORS is a story about fictional characters meeting the people who created them, but just how far does its metafictional rabbit hole go? This week in anime, Micchy and Steve follow Sota and Altair's tale all th...
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My Hero Academia Smash Spinoff Manga to End With 5th Volume in November

Comedy spinoff launched in 2015 ― Manga artist Hirofumi Neda announced on Twitter earlier this month that the Boku no Hero Academia Smash!! (My Hero Academia Smash) manga will end with the fifth volume in November. Neda launched the spinoff manga on Shueisha's Jump+ app in 2015 around the time the My Hero Academia anime was announced. The manga tells original gag episodes in four-panel strips. Shueis...
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Berserk Creator Reveals He Based Band of the Hawk on High School Friendship

Berserk manga creator Kentarou Miura spoke at the "Hakusensha Sokujitsu Debut Manga Shō" (Hakusensha Same-Day Debut Manga Awards) event on Sunday. Members of the editorial departments of Hakusensha's various manga magazines attended to review and critique manuscripts that aspiring manga creators brought to the event. The appearance marked Miura's first speech of this kind, and his topic was "guide...
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Yakuza Studio's Fist of the North Star Game Trailer Reveals February 22 Release Date

Game to feature manga characters, original characters ― Sega announced during Sony's PlayStation press conference at Tokyo Game Show 2017 on Tuesday that its Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken) PlayStation 4 game, Hokuto ga Gotoku, will ship in Japan on February 22, 2018. Sega also debuted a trailer, which begins at 54:05 in the video below. Yakuza Studio is developing the game in the vein of its ...
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A Certain Magical Virtual-On Game's Video Reveals February 15 Release Date

Game features 4th pilot-dependent weapon for Virtuaroids ― Sega began streaming a promotional video for its Toaru Majutsu no Virtual-On (A Certain Magical Virtual-On) game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on Tuesday. The video reveals that the game will ship in Japan on February 15. The PS4 version of the game will cost 7,990 yen (about US$72), and the PS Vita version will cost 6,990 yen (U...
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Event Report: "Anime Day" at Tokyo Meat Festival

Pigging out on steak while grooving to an anisong concert sounds like a very specific definition of paradise. I did not realize how much I craved this until I actually experienced it. Tokyo's NikuFes (“Meat Festival”) has been getting more anime-influenced over the years. In 2015, the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma actress Minami Takahashi had her own Food Wars! booth, where she cooked meat dishes f...
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Final Fantasy IX Also Debuts on PS4 in West Today

Game also launched via PS Store in Japan ― Square Enix's Final Fantasy IX game launched on PlayStation 4 via the PlayStation Store in the West on Tuesday. PlayStation began streaming a launch trailer for the release. Sony also announced during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday that the game is available in Japan for the PS4 via the PlayStation Store. The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) r...
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Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Game Announced for PS4 in 2018

D3 Publisher's Earth Defense Force 5 game ships on December 7 ― Yuke and D3 Publisher announced at Sony's PlayStation conference at Tokyo Game Show on Tuesday that the Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain game for PlayStation 4 will debut in 2018. D3 Publisher also began streaming the game's first trailer on Tuesday. D3 Publisher announced in June that it is delaying its Earth Defense Force 5 PS4 game from...
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What It's Like to Come Back Just to See Brock and Misty after a Decade Away from Pokémon

I hadn’t seen any Pokémon anime (other than the recent film) in the past 13 or 14 years, but knew I had to tune in.
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Neko Atsume Smartphone App Gets PS VR Game in 2018

Hit-Point's cat-collecting game launched in 2014 ― Sony announced at its PlayStation press conference at Tokyo Game Show on Tuesday that Hit-Point's smartphone app Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector is inspiring the Neko Atsume VR game for PlayStation VR in 2018. The original cat-collecting game has been downloaded more than 19 million times worldwide since it debuted in October 2014. The Neko Atsume no Ie...
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PS4 Animax App Gets Exclusive Streaming Programs 'Soon'

App gets update in December ― Sony announced during its Tokyo Game Show press conference on Tuesday that the PlayStation 4 app for its Animax anime channel will get an update in December. The company announced that the app will get exclusive streaming programs "soon." Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan (SPEJ) established a new joint venture company called AK Holdings in partnership with Mitsui & Co., ...
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The [email protected] Stella Stage PS4 Game Revealed for December

Teased with 765Pro idol Haruka Amami ― Sony revealed during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday that Bandai Namco Entertainment is working on a new game in The [email protected] franchise titled The [email protected] Stella Stage. The game is slated for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on December 21. The video shown during the conference featured Haruka Amami, one of the first 765 Production idol characters who d...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, September 11-17

In This Corner of the World sells 13,682, followed by P to JK film, Haikyu stage play, your name., Takuya Eguchi ― The deluxe limited first pressing for the live-action film of Maki Miyoshi's P to JK manga landed at #3 on the overall DVD chart with 5,920 copies. The regular edition was #11 with 2,098 copies. The Hyper-Projection Engeki Haikyu!! "Shōsha to Haisha" stage play was #4 with 4,910 copies. ...
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Square Enix Reveals Left Alive Game for PS4, PC With Armored Core Director

Metal Gear Solid's Yoji Shinkawa designs characters, Takayuki Yanase designs mecha ― Sony revealed during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday that Square Enix is working on a new PlayStation 4 and PC game titled Left Alive. The game is slated for release in 2018. Toshifumi Nabeshima, who produced many titles in From Software's Armored Core mecha action series, serves as the game's director. Yoj...
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Gundam: Battle Operation 2 PS4 Sequel Revealed for 2018

Original game shut down on July 31, Gundam: Battle Operation Next still ongoing ― Sony announced during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday that Bandai Namco Entertainment is developing Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation 2, a sequel to its Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation and Mobile Suit Gundam: Battle Operation Next games, for the PlayStation 4. The game is slated for release in 2018. Th...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, September 11-17

In This Corner of the World sold 24,015 + 19,594, followed by The Idolm#ster SideM stage event, P & JK film, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki, Haikyu!! stage play ― The Idolm#ster SideM 2nd Stage [email protected] Stars~ Live Blu-ray [Complete Side] sold 23,683 copies to rank #2 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. The deluxe limited first pressing for the live-action film of Maki Miyoshi's P to JK manga landed at #4 wit...
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Final Fantasy IX Launches on PS4 in Japan Today

Game previously re-released on smartphones, PC in 2016 ― Sony announced during its Tokyo Game Show conference on Tuesday that Square Enix's Final Fantasy IX game is now available in Japan for the PlayStation 4 via the PlayStation Store. The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) ratings board had issued a rating for the game on the PS4 earlier today. Square Enix most recently re-released Final Fantasy ...
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Genocidal Organ Anime Film's 1st 14 Minutes Streamed

BD/DVD ships in Japan on October 25; Funimation release with English dub ships on November 7 ― The official Youtube channel of Fuji TV's Noitamina block began streaming the first 14 minutes of Genocidal Organ, the anime film based on Project Itoh's novel of the same name, last Friday. The video promotes the film's home video Blu-ray Disc and DVD release in Japan on October 25. (The same video debuted...
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Elegant Yokai Apartment Life Anime's New Visual Features Naomi Chiaki

The official website for the television anime of Hinowa Kōzuki's Yōkai Apāto no Yūga na Nichijō (Elegant Yokai Apartment Life) light novel series unveiled a new visual for the anime's second cour on Tuesday. The visual shows Toshihiko Seki's character Naomi Chiaki. The second cour will start on October. The anime premiered in Japan on Tokyo MX and Yomiuri TV on July 3, and on BS11 on July 4 as par...
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European Raings Board Lists Final Fantasy IX With PS4 Release

The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) ratings board has issued a rating for a PlayStation 4 release of Square Enix's Final Fantasy IX game. Square Enix most recently re-released Final Fantasy IX on iOS and Android devices in February 2016, and on PC via Steam in April 2016. Square Enix describes the game: Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe have kidnapped Princess Garnet, the heir of Alexand...
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Japanese Government Moves Forward With Plans to Relax Visa Restrictions for Foreign Animators

The Japanese government is moving forward with plans to relax visa status regulations for foreigners seeking to get jobs in Japan after graduating from Japanese colleges or vocational schools in fields such as animation, design, or cooking. In March, the government established the "Cool Japan Talent Raising Investigation Commission" to open communication with experts and industry professionals ab...

Monday, September 18

Viewster Adds School Days, Humanity Has Declined Anime

Also: Magical Heart Kokoro-chan OVA, The Everyday Tales of a Cat God ― Video streaming service Viewster added the School Days and Humanity Has Declined anime earlier this month. The service also announced that it has added The Everyday Tales of a Cat God back to its streaming lineup. All three series are available in Japanese with English subtitles. In addition to the twelve episodes of the 2007 Scho...
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New Crayon Shin-chan 3DS Game Previewed in Video Ad

Game slated for November 30 in Japan ― FuRyu began streaming a television commercial for its upcoming Nintendo 3DS game based on Crayon Shin-Chan on Friday. The game, titled Crayon Shin-Chan, Gekiatsu! Oden World Dai Konran, is slated to ship on November 30 in Japan. FuRyu also began streaming the full song and dance by the character "OdenMan," who appears in the commercial played by comedian Yoshio ...
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Season Finale: Restaurant to Another World ‒ Episode 12

"As these twelve episodes stand, this was a solid dish, but perhaps one that could have used just a little more seasoning."
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Crunchyroll Adds A Certain Magical Index, Eureka Seven Films

A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion,Eureka Seven - good night, sleep tight, young lovers films stream ― Crunchyroll announced on Monday that it has added the A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion and Eureka Seven - good night, sleep tight, young lovers anime films to its catalog. Both films are available in the United States and Canada. Crunchyroll describes A Certain Magical ...
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'Sekirei 365' Manga Begins Regular Serialization

This year's 19th issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine announced on Friday that Sakurako Gokurakuin's Sekirei: Kanojo no Inai 365-Hi no Koto (Regarding 365 Days Without a Girlfriend) manga will begin serializing regularly in the 20th issue on October 6. Gokurakuin began the manga in Young Gangan on May 2 but only two chapters have been published so far. (Square Enix publishes Young Gangan t...
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Season Finale: Clean Freak! Aoyama kun ‒ Episode 12

"It had its funny moments, but in the end, Clean Freak! Aoyama kun never fully figured out what it wanted to be."

Discotek Licenses Barefoot Gen, Yowamushi Pedal Films, Photon OVA

All releases slated for December ― Discotek Media announced on Monday that it has licensed Barefoot Gen, Barefoot Gen 2, Yowamushi Pedal the Movie, and Photon the Idiot Adventures. All three are slated for home video release in December; the Barefoot Gen movies will be on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, Yowamushi Pedal will be on a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack, and Photon will be DVD only. Discotek will release...
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Knight's & Magic ‒ Episode 12

"This penultimate outing for the series does a great job of showing how far the series has come, proceeding on the same level as the ever-escalating technology that drives its story."
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Japanese Men & Women Rank Their Underwear Preferences, Habits

While the traditional women's white panties has gotten its fair share of reinterpretations recently, it would be remiss to say that its the overwhelming favorite of both wearers and fans of lingerie. The website Rakuten Infoseek Woman asked both men and women to weigh in on their underwear preferences. Many stated that they aren't opposed to receiving lingerie as a gift (60%) although they said it...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 805

"With Sanji's flashback finished and Luffy's battle with Cracker nearing its end, the Whole Cake Island arc is getting ready to change gears, and what's coming next is a wild ride all its own."
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Kemono Friends Collaborates With Zoo That Inspired Franchise

Keio Corporation, Tama Zoological Park, and Inokashira Park Zoo are partnering for Kemono Friends' newest zoo collaboration. The "Keio no Densha ni Notte Dōbutsu-tachi ni Ai ni Ikō! Tama & Inokashira Zoo x Kemono Friends Stamp Rally" (Let's Ride Keio Trains and Go Meet Animals! Tama & Inokashira Zoo x Kemono Friends Stamp Rally) event will be held from September 21 to October 22. The first 9,000 p...
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Hana ni Kedamono Romance Manga Gets Live-Action TV Adaptation

Yōsuke Sugino, Yuri Nakamura star in drama slated for this fall ― Miwako Sugiyama's Hana ni Kedamono manga is inspiring a live-action television adaptation this fall. The drama will be available simultaneously on dTV and Fuji TV On Demand. The manga is a romance between innocent new girl Kumi and handsome playboy Hyō. The adaptation stars, from right to left starting with the top row in the image abo...
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A Centaur's Life ‒ Episode 11

"It's been a weird atonal mess of a show, but the characters grew on me, and its quirky observations on life are often super-accurate."
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Ghost Pokemon Haunt Your Drinks as Cup Companions

The spookiest denizens of the Pokemon world are here to haunt your drinks for Halloween season. This is the pocket-sized monsters' second collection of PUTITTO capsule toys and they will go on sale at Pokemon Centers starting on September 30. A total of seven Ghost-type Pokemon were chosen for this release, including the popular Mimikyu. Haunter uses his "Lick" attack to get a taste of your juice...
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Level-5 Reveals Otome Yūsha Smartphone Game's Fall Launch in Video

Game originally slated to launch in Japan last winter ― The official website for Level-5's Otome Yūsha (Otomé HERO) smartphone game streaming a promotional video on Friday. The video reveals that the game is slated to launch this fall. Level-5 planned to release the game for iOS and Android devices in Japan last winter. However, the company later revised its release window to this spring. The company...
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Princess Principal ‒ Episode 11

"Overall, Case 23 is every bit of what the penultimate episode for a series like this should be."
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Creator Nobuyuki Fukumoto Tries Out Kaiji VR's Perilous Balancing Act

Manga creator Nobuyuki Fukumoto has continually put his characters in high-stakes situations, but the tables turned on September 14 when he was put in Kaiji's footsteps in the Kaiji VR ~Zetsubō no Tekkotsu Watari~ (Kaiji VR ~Steel Beam Crossing of Despair~) PlayStation VR game. Game developer Solid Sphere launched the title in Japan on August 28 for 1,800 yen (about US$16).. The scenario is based ...
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Live-Action Yowamushi Pedal's Eiji Takigawa Suffers Spinal Cord Injury During Filming

Drops out of October's Show By Rock!! musical ― Actor Eiji Takigawa's agency Eri Office announced on Monday that, following an accident on the set of the live-action Yowamushi Pedal 2 television series, Takigawa has been diagnosed with a spinal chord injury. Takigawa was transported to a hospital via helicopter and has already undergone surgery. He is still at the hospital to focus on medical treatme...
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Pokkén Tournament DX Game's Video Introduces Blaziken

Game ships on September 22 ― The official Japanese YouTube channel for Pokémon began streaming a new video for the Pokkén Tournament DX game on Monday. The video introduces the playable Pokémon Blaziken. The game will ship on September 22. Physical and digital copies of the game will be available. The Nintendo Switch game will feature the 16 playable Pokémon from the original Wii U Pokkén Tournament;...
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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Opens in U.S. Theaters on October 16-22

English-subtitled teaser trailer streamed ― Funimation Films announced on Monday that its U.S. theatrical release of Tokyo Ghoul is slated for October 16-22. Theater locations are listed on Funimation's website. Funimation also began streaming an English-subtitled teaser trailer. The film premiered on July 3 at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, July 7 in Berlin, and July 10 at the Marunouchi Piccadilly thea...
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Onsen Musume Multimedia Project Debuts 2nd Anime Music Video

The idols of the Onsen Musume multimedia project held their "SPRiNGS 1st LIVE “NOW ON☆SENSATION!!" event on August 20. SPRiNGS is the nine-member idol group made up of the voice actresses attached to the project. Voice actresses Yūki Takada, Yurika Endō, Rika Nagae, Natsumi Hioka, Yūki Kuwahara, Karin Takahashi, Minami Shinoda, and Misaki Watada opened with "Future Imagination!" and closed with "J...
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Chaos;Child PS4/PS Vita Game Ships in October in N. America, Europe

Trailer streamed to accompany release date announcements ― Game publisher PQube announced on Monday that it will release Chaos;Child in Europe on October 13 and North America on October 24. The game will be available physically on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. PQube also began streaming a new trailer: The game's story is set after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Tokyo's Shibuya ward on November...
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Gundam Versus Previews Gundam F91 Characters in Video

PS4 game launches on September 29 ― Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe began streaming a new video introducing playable pilot and mobile suit pairs for its Gundam Versus PlayStation 4 game on Friday. The video introduces the characters from the Mobile Suit Gundam F91 anime that will appear in the game. Bandai Namco Entertainment previously streamed similar videos for Gundam 08th MS Team, Mobile Suit G...
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Answerman - What is "Video Post-Production"?

You see it in the credits of anime blurays and DVDs all the time - but what does "video post-production" actually entail? Justin has the answer. ― Craig asked: Just finished watching the third Berserk film, The Advent and in the credits I saw your name. for Video post production. What exactly do you do in terms of post production(clean up, video/audio compression, restoration?)? Do all companies who...
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Fullmetal Alchemist Anime Director Criticizes Upcoming Live-Action Film

At a stage show on September 16th at Nikufes (Meat Festival) Tokyo 2017, Fullmetal Alchemist anime director Seiji Mizushima criticized the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist live-action film, saying that, “It was a bad idea to only use Japanese actors.” Mizushima made these comments at a roundtable discussion with anime producers Hiroshi Kanemaru (Popin Q) and Tomoki Misawa (Urawa no Usagi-chan). The to...
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Sentai Filmworks to Phase Out DVDs by 2019

Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it will gradually phase out DVDs from its product lineup by 2019. However, the company will offer DVD releases for second or third seasons of titles that it has already released on DVD. The company will release older titles on DVD that have no existing Blu-ray Disc materials. Sentai Filmworks will design future premium box sets to house Blu-ray Discs only....
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New Blue Exorcist Stage Play Reveals 2nd Key Visual

The official website for Ao no Exorcist: Shimane Illuminati-hen, the new stage play adaptation of Kazue Katō's Blue Exorcist (Ao no Exorcist) manga, revealed the play's second key visual on Friday. The website revealed the first key visual and 14 character visuals in August. The play will adapt the Illuminati arc from the 10th to 15th volumes of Katō's original manga. The leader of the Illuminati,...
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The Different Types of "Gal" in My First Girlfriend is a Gal

My First Girlfriend is a Gal is all about one boy's relationships with the various gals around him. But what exactly is a "gal"?
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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya BD+DVD

One of the most compelling adventures in the Haruhi saga finally arrives on Blu-ray! Nick Creamer takes a look at this uniquely engrossing film. ― After the madcap adventures and slapstick comedy of Haruhi Suzumiya's first two seasons, the anime series was capped off with a film unlike anything that had come before. Somber, slow-paced, and introspective, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya represent...
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Dynamic Chord Anime Reveals Visual for Liar-S Band

The official website for the anime of the honeybee black label's Dynamic Chord otome project revealed a new visual for its in-universe group Liar-S on Monday. Liar-S is a newcomer rock band that made its major debut three years after its formation. The band is also performing the show's second ending theme song "Diamond Eyes." The project follows the musical careers and personal lives of several b...
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Boruto Franchise Gets 4th Novel in November

This year's 41st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on September 11 that the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga and anime franchise is getting a fourth novel that will ship in November. The novel will be a novelization of the "school trip" arc. The first novel in the series shipped on May 2, the second novel shipped on July 4, and the third novel (seen right) shipped on Se...
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K: Missing Kings Stage Play Reveals 9 Cast Members in Costume

4th play in franchise runs in Kyoto, Tokyo in October ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of the K: Missing Kings anime film revealed visuals of nine cast members in costume on September 8 and on Sunday. Yoshihiko Aramaki as Kuroh Yatogami Kandai Ueda as Mikoto Suō Karin Isobe as Anna Kushina Juri as Izumo Kusanagi Takahisa Maeyama as Tatara Totsuka Kenya Nakao as Rikio Kamamoto Kaor...
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Minami Mizuno's Koi wo Shiranai Boku-tachi wa Manga Has 'Important Announcement' on October 13

The October issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret magazine revealed on September 13 that Minami Mizuno's Koi o Shiranai Boku-tachi wa (We Who Know Nothing of Love) manga will have an "important announcement" in the magazine's next issue on October 13. The manga centers on Eiji and Naohiko, two first-year high school students who have been friends since middle school. Naohiko has been in a long-dis...
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Futari H Manga Has 'Big News' on Friday, Author Ends Tōmei Ningen Kyōtei Manga

Tōmei Ningen Kyōtei manga launched in July 2014 ― This year's 18th issue of Hakusensha's Young Animal magazine revealed on September 8 that Aki Katsu's Futari H (Manga Sutra) manga will have a big announcement in the magazine's next issue on Friday. Katsu also ended his Tōmei Ningen Kyōtei (Invisible Man - Pact) manga last Friday. The manga's fifth and final compiled book volume is slated for October...
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Go Nagai Ends Gekiman! Cutie Honey-hen Manga on September 29

Autobiographical manga about Cutie Honey's creation launched in July 2016 ― The 2,580th issue of Nihonbungeisha's Weekly Manga Goraku magazine revealed last Friday that Go Nagai will end his Gekiman! Cutie Honey-hen manga in its next chapter on September 29. The autobiographical manga reveals the production of Nagai's Cutie Honey franchise, going into particular detail about the intended simultaneous...
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Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card Manga Has 1.5 Million Copies in Print

The third volume of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga announced on Wednesday that the manga has 1.5 million copies in print. The Cardcaptor Sakura manga franchise as a whole has 16.5 million copies in print. A limited edition of the manga volume bundled the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen Prologue - Sakura to Futatsu no Kuma video anime on DVD. The DVD includes English subtitles. The a...
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Square Enix Launches Countdown Site for New Smartphone Game

Square Enix opened a website for a new game project for iOS and Android devices last Friday. The site features a countdown that ends on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. JST, as well as a scrolling gallery of weapons from various other game franchises, with accompanying quotes. Seen below is the Virtuous Contract from NieR: Automata. Other weapons shown include the Ice Sword and Left Hand Sword from Romancin...
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Houchu Ohtsuka Voices Live-Action Ajin Film's Ad Videos

Ohtsuka voiced antagonist Satō in Ajin anime ― Toho began streaming two commercials last Friday for Ajin, the live-action film based on Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga. Houchu Ohtsuka, the voice of antagonist Satō in the television and film anime adaptations of the manga, narrates both videos. The film will open in Japan on September 30. In addition to regular and IMAX screenings, the film wi...
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Director Tabata: Final Fantasy XV 'Achieves' 6.5 Million Units Worldwide

Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata revealed during an interview with GameSpot on Saturday that Final Fantasy XV has "achieved over 6.5 million units" worldwide. Tabata didn't specify if the number is combined digital sales and shipments (as with previous milestone announcements for the game) or another metric. Tabata also stated that he has seen Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the W...

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Fighting Game Introduces Yōsuke, Linne

New fighting game crosses over Blazblue, UNIB, Persona 4, RWBY ― Arc System Works began streaming a new character introduction trailer for its Blazblue Cross Tag Battle crossover fighting game last Friday. The video reveals that Yōsuke Hanamura from Persona 4 Arena and Linne from Under Night In-Birth are joining the game as playable characters. Blazblue Cross Tag Battle is a crossover between the Arc...
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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Game Posts Tutorial Videos for Characters

PS4/Xbox One/PC fighting game ships on Tuesday ― Capcom began streaming videos last Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday for its upcoming Marvel vs. CAPCOM Infinite fighting game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The videos are tutorials for various characters in the game, including Mega Man X, Morrigan, Ryu, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Gamora, Chris Redfield, Spencer, The Hulk, Dormammu...
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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Film Earns 40 Million Yuan, Ranks #3 in China

Film is 11th highest earning Japanese film, 9th highest earning anime film in China ― The Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale anime film opened in China last Friday and earned 40 million yuan (660 million yen or about US$6.11 million) in its first three days in 6,000 theaters to rank #3 in the Chinese box office. The film is now the 11th highest earning Japanese film in Chinese box office history, and th...
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Welcome to the Ballroom Anime's Video for 2nd Half Previews New Unison Square Garden Song

Anime's 2nd half debuts with new opening, ending theme songs next Saturday ― The official website for the Welcome to the Ballroom anime unveiled a new promotional video and visual for the anime's second half on Monday. The video previews the anime's new opening theme song "Invisibile Sensation" by Unison Square Garden. Aside from Unison Square Garden, Mikako Komatsu is also returning to perform the n...

Sunday, September 17

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Poe no Ichizoku Takarazuka Stage Play Unveils Rio Asumi in Costume

Asumi plays Edgar Portsnell in stage play running January-March ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of Moto Hagio's Poe no Ichizoku (The Poe Clan) manga by the famous all-female musical theater troupe Takarazuka Revue revealed a new visual on Sunday of Rio Asumi in costume as the character Edgar Portsnell. The play will run at the Takarazuka Grand Theater on January 1, 2018 to Februa...
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Square Enix's Grand Marche no Meikyū Smartphone Game Shuts Down in November

Game launched in September last year ― The official website for Square Enix's Grand Marche no Meikyū (Grand Marche Labyrinth) smartphone game announced last Friday that the game will end service on November 30. The announcement cited difficulties in delivering a product that users could be satisfied with as the reason for the game shutting down. The game launched in September 2016 for iOS and Android...
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Dragon Ball Super ‒ Episode 107

"I was already happy with the Master Roshi episode we got a few weeks back, but I think I like this one even more."
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Leotard Reinvented as 'Whole Body Panties'

Pillow panties seemed like the final frontier in underwear. After water bottle cozies and sleepwear for your sleeping accessories, I thought there was nowhere else to go. Obviously, I am not as creative as the masterminds at the Village Vanguard Online Store. Behold, full body panties! Or, more accurately, a leotard that is made to look like a pair of women's underwear. The item description notes...
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The Mike Toole Show - All About 'I Give My All'

Mike's quest for unlicensed anime leads him to the strange case of "I Give My All", a racy OVA from the 80s that was very nearly released here... until it wasn't! ― As part of the work I do with the Discotek gang, I occasionally work on some cool shows that were once licensed, but never really released on video in the west—you know, the really good anime, like Fighting Foodons. As the years pass, the...
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Bandai Recreates Sailor Moon's Silver Crystal as Face Powder Case

Bandai's cosmetics brand Creer Beaute unveiled Pretty Guardians Color Powder as the latest item in its well-established Miracle Romance line on Friday. The Silver Crystal that appears in the story of Sailor Moon inspired the color powder's design. The five-color face powder is inspired by the five main Sailor Guardians. The powder includes five types of moisturizing ingredients. Once applied, the...
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Emon Unveils Evil or Live Animated Series for October Premiere

Series about teenagers in rehab facility for net addiction stars Shinichiro Ueda, Kouki Uchiyama, Chika Anzai ― Emon Animation Company announced on Thursday that it is producing Evil or Live, an animated adaptation of a Tencent webcomic by Li Xiaonan that will premiere on Tokyo MX-1 on October 10. The show will have 12 episodes, with each episode being 25 minutes long. Emon describes the show: In thi...
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Welcome to the Ballroom ‒ Episode 11

"Everyone ought to have learned a little something from this exercise, which we should see going forward into part two of the story."
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Katsugeki! Tōken Ranbu ‒ Episode 12

"With everyone from the First and Second lined up to get their moment of glory, I'm concerned the show won't have enough time to give us much insight into its characters' feelings."
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How Mari Okada Went From Shut-In to Anime Director

The inimitable screenwriter behind Hanasaku Iroha, anohana, and Anthem of the Heart just released her autobiography. Kim Morrissy shares the recent director's enlightening story. ― Mari Okada recently became a topic of discussion when it was announced that she was directing an original anime film at P.A. Works. For many, this news came as a surprise, because unlike most anime directors, Okada has no ...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan Manga Has 3 Million Copies in Print

The official Twitter account for Sankaku Head's Himōto! Umaru-chan manga revealed on Thursday that the series' compiled book volumes have a total of 3 million copies in print in Japan. The manga's 11th compiled volume will ship on Tuesday. Sankaku Head launched the manga in Weekly Young Jump in 2013 (after running an earlier two-chapter Himōto! Umaru-chan! version in Miracle Jump in 2012). The man...
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Generation Witch GN 1

These episodic adventures of modern, everyday witches are charming if a little light on lasting impact. Theron Martin delves into Generation Witch. ― Witches as commonly portrayed in anime and manga – flying around on a broomstick sporting a long pointy hat – are decidedly a Western phenomenon, but that hasn't prevented them from popping up in Japanese media on a regular basis over the years. Generat...
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One Piece Anime's Upcoming 1-Hour Special Previewed in 3rd Promo Video

Special debuts Namie Amuro's new theme song on October 1 ― The official One Piece YouTube channel began streaming a third promotional video on Friday for the anime's upcoming one-hour special. The video previews famed betrayals between friends across time, and teases [Highlight white text to read spoilers] Luffy's battle with Sanji, the climax (but not the finale) of the Whole Cake Island Arc. Filmma...
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New Z/X Anime Slated to Air in 2019, Based on Upcoming Manga

Takuya Fujima launches manga basis this week ― The "Z/Xtreme 2017.Autumn" event at Tokyo's Akihabara district revealed on Sunday that the previously announced new anime adaptation of the Z/X game franchise is slated to air in 2019. The new television anime will be based on the Z/X Code reunion manga adaptation that artist Takuya Fujima (Weiß Survive, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid) and story creat...
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The Legends Behind the Characters of Fate/Apocrypha

One of the biggest appeals of the Fate franchise is the use of historical and mythological figures. Knowing about a character's backstory makes that character all the more interesting.
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Fate/Apocrypha Anime Gets Episode 12.5 Recap

The official website for the Fate/Apocrypha anime announced on Sunday that the anime will get an "episode 12.5" that will serve as a recap episode to tie together the anime's first and second cours. The episode will premiere on September 23. The anime will have a total of 25 episodes. The series premiered on July 1, and began its exclusive stream on Netflix on July 3. The show will premiere on Net...
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Saori Hayami Performs Ending Theme For Code:Realize Anime

Series based on Idea Factory's video game premieres on October 7 ― The official website for the Code:Realize television anime series revealed on Saturday that Saori Hayami will perform the ending theme song "twinkle." Hayami is also starring in the show as Cardia. The anime will premiere on October 7. The series will also stream on 18 online services in Japan starting on October 9. The anime stars: S...
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Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film to Open Tokyo Int'l Film Festival

October 25 screening will mark world premiere ahead of December 1 wide release in Japan ― The official website for the Tokyo International Film Festival announced on Saturday that the live-action film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga will open the festival. The film will screen at the festival on October 25, and the screening will be the film's world premiere. The film will op...
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Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō Anime Reveals New Visual

The official website for the Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō (Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter) television anime series revealed a new key visual on Saturday. The tagline on the below image reads, "Everyone as one. A new chapter starts." The anime will premiere in Japan at night on Monday, October 9 at 2:05 a.m. (effectively Tuesday morning) on TV Tokyo. The show will also air on Sendai Broadcasting and AT-X ...
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Crunchyroll Streams Trinity Blood, Sands of Destruction Anime

Also: Girls Bravo, Kaleido Star, Master of Martial Hearts, Kurau: Phantom Memory series ― Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it has added the Sands of Destruction and Trinity Blood anime series to its catalog. Sands of Destruction is available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Trinity Blood is available in the United States and Canada. Funimation...
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Crunchyroll Streams New English-subtitled Trailer for Black Clover Anime

Anime premieres on October 3 ― Crunchyroll began streaming a third English-subtitled promotional video on Friday for the television anime adaptation of Yūki Tabata's Black Clover manga The video previews the anime's opening song "Haruka Mirai" by Kankaku Piero. The video features the same footage as the trailer streamed on the official website last week. The anime stars: Newcomer Gakuto Kajiwara as A...
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Fate/Grand Order App Hits 10 Million Downloads in Japan

Delight Works announced at a stage event at the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair on Sunday that its Fate/Grand Order game has reached more than 10 million downloads in Japan. To celebrate, Delight Works is hosting a campaign for the game. In addition, players will receive 30 Saint Quartz if a Twitter post gets 100,000 retweets between now and September 24 at 6:00 p.m. As of press time the post...

Saturday, September 16

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Series Finale: Re:CREATORS ‒ Episode 22

"The finale of Re:CREATORS may not be the most exciting of episodes, but it's the absolute perfect ending for this series."
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My Hero Academia ‒ Episode 36

"The students' Final Exams continue as we knock out the remaining challenges in the lead-up to Midoriya and Bakugo's match against All Might."
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Maximum the Hormone Band's Manga Launches

The manga inspired by the Maximum the Hormone band launched in this year's fall issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Aniki magazine on Friday. Band member Maximum the Ryo-kun is writing the story, and Hideaki Fujii (Battle Spirits: Shōnen Toppa Bashin, LBX - Little Battlers eXperience, Shin Megamitensei DEVIL CHILDREN) is drawing the series. The story of the manga, titled Maximum the Ryo-kun no Hissats...
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Meowth Prepares for Trouble at Build-A-Bear Workshop

Following in the footsteps of a Squirtle, who debuted as a plush at the chain in June, the newest member of Build-A-Bear Workshop's Pokémon line is Meowth. Build-A-Bear Workshop began offering Meowth as a plush on Thursday. The Meowth set exclusive to the retailer's online shop includes Meowth, a Quick Ball hoodie, a Team Rocket hoodie, an online-only sound chip with six Meowth sounds, and an exc...
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Delicious in Dungeon Manga Animated PV Cooks Up Mushroom Men

Scrounging up tasty cuisine in the darkest depths of a dungeon is tough going for adventurers. Ryōko Kui's Delicious in Dungeon manga follows the knight Laios in a month-long race against the clock to confront the dragon that ate his sister, and that means cooking up what he can find in its lair. The manga's fifth volume was released on August 10. The staff decided to celebrate by creating a stop-...
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Kirby 25th Anniversary Poll Lets Fans Vote for Favorite Copy Ability

Nintendo opened voting on Thursday for a poll that asks fans what their favorite Copy Ability from the Kirby video game series is. The poll is marking both the franchise's 25th anniversary and the upcoming release of the Kirby: Battle Royale game. Fans can choose their favorite Copy Ability from a list of 57 options. The Copy Abilities available in the poll are (listed in the order they appear in ...
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Altair: A Record of Battles ‒ Episode 10

"Things are really heating up for Torqye, and Mahmut's going to have to really step it up if he wants to be successful."
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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul ‒ Episode 22

"This episode continues the final quarter's fairly steep downward trajectory, delivering not much in the way of action to make room for a lot of character reveals that don't make much sense."
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Actor Tadanobu Asano Becomes Pikachu Fan in Pokkén Tournament DX Ad

Actors Tadanobu Asano (live-action Parasyte's Gotō, live-action Kiki's Delivery Service's Dr. Ishi) and Mana Ashida (live-action Bunny Drop's Rin, Pacific Rim's young Mako) star in a new television commercial for the Pokkén Tournament DX game that debuted on Thursday. Although initially unenthusiastic, Asano becomes "Pikachu Man" in the video and yells "Go, Pikachu!," "Thunderbolt, Pika—!," and ot...
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Vatican Miracle Examiner ‒ Episode 11

"While this episode is about three times sillier than anything from the Hitler arc, it's only about ten percent as entertaining."
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Make Your Own Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution Film Trailer

The official website for the Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution film series began a special promotion for the first film on Thursday. Fans can access a trailer maker page on the website to create their own original anime trailers. First, people must choose four of 20 possible three-second videos to include in the trailer. Then, they can choose between Hiroya Ozaki's "Glory Days" theme son...
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Made in Abyss ‒ Episode 11

"With only an episode's worth of screen-time under their belt, Nanachi has already managed to become a delightful and essential addition to Made in Abyss' universe."
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Unison Square Garden, Mikako Komatsu Perform Welcome to the Ballroom Anime's New Theme Songs

"Invisible Sensation," "Swing heart direction" debut in anime next Saturday ― The official websites for the musical artists Unison Square Garden and Mikako Komatsu announced on Saturday that they are returning to the Welcome to the Ballroom anime to perform its new theme songs. Unison Square Garden (pictured right) performs the new opening "Invisible Sensation," while Komatsu (pictured below) sings t...
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Yen Press Launches Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One Manga Simultaneously With Japan

Kento Eida debuted spinoff of Goblin Slayer! light novels on Friday ― Yen Press announced on Friday that it is launching the Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One manga in English that day — which is also the same day it debuted in Japan. Artist Kento Eida is serializing this manga spinoff of Kumo Kagyu's Goblin Slayer! light novel series in Shueisha's Young Gangan magazine in Japan. SB Creative publish...
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Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War Anime's 3rd Promo Video Reveals Opening Song

Rock band Panorama Panama Town performs "Rapture" theme; video previews story's past ― The official website for the television anime of the Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War light novel series began streaming the third promotional video on Saturday. The video previews scenes set in the past that was not depicted in the original light novel series. It also introduces the opening theme song "Rapture" by the rock...
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You’ve Probably Never Seen the True Final Episode to Eureka Seven: AO

Which is a shame, because it's pretty darn good conclusion.
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No Game, No Life Zero

Despite being a far-flung film prequel to its source material, No Game No Life Zero might just outshine the original TV series. Kim Morrissy breaks down what makes this movie shine. ― No Game No Life Zero isn't like the No Game No Life you've seen before. It takes all the interesting themes of the original TV series and peels away all the fanservice and frivolities, resulting in a tonally different n...

Friday, September 15

Funimation Lists Hundred, Taboo Tattoo for BD/DVD Release

Both series listed with English dubs ― Funimation is listing Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack releases for the Hundred and Taboo Tattoo anime. Both are listed with both English and Japanese language tracks. Hundred will ship on December 19. The show initially premiered in April 2016 and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. The 12-episode series adapts Jun Misaki's light novel series of the same na...
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Spike Chunsoft Streams Teaser for Attack on Titan 2 3DS Game

Game ships November 30 in Japan ― Spike Chunsoft began streaming a teaser trailer for its Shingeki no Kyojin 2 ~Mirai no Zahyō~ (Attack on Titan 2: Future Coordinates) Nintendo 3DS game on Friday. The game will ship on November 30 in Japan. The game has a story mode, which follows the plot of the anime's second season, and a "world mode," where players create teams of four to take on missions. Spike ...
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Konami Reveals Tokimeki Idol Smartphone Game

Tokimeki Memorial spinoff game slated for this winter ― Konami Digital Entertainment announced on Friday that it is developing a new game titled Tokimeki Idol in anticipation of a winter release on iOS and Android. In the "idol communication game," the player spends daily life with 15 up-and-coming idols at a music school. The game will be free to play with items available for purchase. There will be...

Seven Seas Licenses Go For It, Nakamura! Boys-Love Manga

Shy boy tries to confess to his crush in single-volume manga ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Syundei's Go For It, Nakamura! (Ganbare! Nakamura-kun!!) manga. The single volume is slated for print and digital release on July 3, 2018. Seven Seas describes the romantic comedy: Nakamura is a shy boy who falls in love at first sight with one of his classmates–his dreamy ...
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Voice Actors Akira Ishida, Akira Kamiya to Attend Nerima Anime Carnival

Nerima Anime Carnival is an anime festival organized by various anime-related companies that takes place every fall in Tokyo's Nerima ward. This year's Nerima Anime Carnival will showcase the hit film In This Corner of the World, the anime Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, and Tatsunoko Production, a prolific anime studio celebrating its 55th anniversary this year. The free event will be held on Octob...
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Etrian Odyssey V Game's Videos Preview Rover, Necromancer Classes

Atlus USA to release 3DS game on October 17 ― Atlus USA began streaming two new trailers for its upcoming Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth Nintendo 3DS game on Friday. The videos preview the Rover and Necromancer classes. The company previously streamed trailers for the Fencer, Dragoon, Warlock, Masurao, Botanist, and Pugilist classes. Atlus USA will release the game on October 17. The launch editio...
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Sanrio Collaboration, Art Exhibit Mark Rozen Maiden Manga's 15th Anniversary

Peach-Pit's Rozen Maiden manga is collaborating with some of Sanrio's most popular characters to celebrate the series' 15th anniversary. Kuromi, Pompompurin, Little Twin Stars, Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Cinnamoroll will appear as Rozen Maiden-style dolls on a clear file that will bundle with the October issue of Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine on September 19. The Rozen Maiden 0 manga will also f...
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Seven Seas Licenses Himouto! Umaru-chan Manga

Manga inspired 2015 anime; 2nd season premieres in October ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Sankaku Head's Himouto! Umaru-chan manga. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on May 22. Seven Seas describes the story: In public, Umaru Doma appears to be the perfect high school student: hard-working, refined, and totally responsible. But the minute sh...
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Sega Unveils Popolocrois Monogatari Smartphone Game

Game follows characters 8 years after original story ― Sega Game announced on Friday that it will unveil a Popolocrois smartphone game titled Popolocrois Monogatari ~ Narcia no Namida to Yōsei no Fue (Popolocrois Story: Narcia's Tears and the Fairy's Flute) at its Tokyo Game Show stage event on September 23. The new game's story will take place eight years after the original story. Pietro and Narcia ...

Seven Seas Licenses Hungry For You: Endo Yasuko Stalks the Night Yuri Manga

Girl's classmate might be a vampire in manga debuting May 15 ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Flowerchild's Hungry For You: Endo Yasuko Stalks the Night (Endo Yasuko wa Yomayoichō ni Kakureteru) manga. The first volume is slated for print release on May 15. Seven Seas describes the "girl-meets-girl-who-might-be-a-vampire story" as follows: In a gloomy town, where th...
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Super Mario Odyssey Game Gets Nintendo Switch Bundle at Launch

Nintendo revealed more details for the Super Mario Odyssey game for the Nintendo Switch during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday. The company announced that the game will get a Nintendo Switch bundle with a themed carrying case and red Joy-Con controllers. The video embedded below also reveals the game's Shiveria and Bubblaine areas, more story details, Snapshot Mode, and the three ami...
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Seven Seas Licenses If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord Manga

J-Novel club is publishing light novel series digitally ― Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed Hota's manga adaptation of CHIROLU's If It's for My Daughter, I'd Even Defeat a Demon Lord (Uchi no Musume no Tame Naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maō mo Taoseru Kamoshirenai.) light novel series. The first volume is slated for print and digital release on May 1. Seven Seas descri...
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Hitori Gurashi no Shōgakusei Anime's Promo Video Streamed

Anime premieres on "Vertical Anime" app on October 10 ― The official Twitter account for Production I.G's "Tate Anime" (Vertical Anime) app began streaming a promotional video for its anime adaptation of Kōichirō Matsushita's Hitori Gurashi no Shōgakusei (Latchkey Grade Schooler) manga on Friday. 【PV公開!】タテアニメで10月10日(火)より配信される「ひとり暮らしの小学生」のPVがついに公開されました!配信日まで楽しみにお待ちください♪https://t.co/1RUP04JyGV#タテアニメ #一...
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Poké Ball, Pikachu 2DS XL Variants Ship in November

Nintendo revealed new features for the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon games during the Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday. In addition to previewing the new features, Nintendo's latest video for the games reveals that the Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL will ship in North America on November 3. Two Pokémon-themed New Nintendo 2DS LL variants will ship in Japan on November 17...
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Girls' Last Tour Anime Reveals 2 New Visuals

The official Twitter account for the television anime of Tsukumizu's Girls' Last Tour (Shōjo Shūmatsu Ryokō) manga revealed two new visuals on Friday. The anime will premiere on the AT-X, Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, Sun TV, and BS11 channels on October 6. It will also run on TV Aichi on October 7, and on TVQ on October 9. Yen Press licensed the original manga and is releasing it in English. The company d...
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Man-gatarō Publishes One Piece Parody Manga to Promote New Series

This year's 42nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is publishing the first chapter of Man-gatarō's (Gatarō Man) Chin Piece parody manga on Saturday. The chapter, titled "Romance Dawn -Bōken no Yoake," will be the only installment of a series that the magazine suggests is a promotion for an untitled series that Man-gatarō will launch next month. The Chin Piece manga is a parody of Eii...
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Live-Action Yowamushi Pedal Actor Injured During Filming

Eiji Takigawa injured while cycling downhill on Friday ― Actor Eiji Takigawa was seriously injured while filming the live-action Yowamushi Pedal 2 television series in Yamanashi Prefecture at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday. According to police, he received serious injuries on his whole body, and he is currently hospitalized. At the time of the accident, the 38-year-old was filming for the series on a road...
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Answerman - What's The Worst Anime Release You've Ever Seen?

There have been a LOT of really screwy anime releases, discs with the wrong subtitles and audio tracks, but what's the WORST one? Justin has one in mind... ― Anonymous asked: Just curious, what's the single worst anime home video release you've ever seen? From any era, VHS, DVD, bluray, whatever the single worst one you can think of is. In Japan, the worst release has to be of the film Gundress, whi...
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Voice Actor, Sound Director Toshihiko Nakajima Passes Away at 55

Aichi native voiced characters in Sakura Wars, Gundam, Hajime no Ippo ― Voice actor and sound director Toshihiko Nakajima passed away in a Tokyo hospital on September 8. The cause of death was not revealed, but he had been fighting an illness for some time. He was 55. A funeral will be held for close family members. Nakajima was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1962. He is known for voicing characters in ...
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Fujita's Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashi Wins Web Manga General Election

Pixiv and Nippon Shuppan Hanbai, Inc's "Web Manga General Election" announced its winners last week. 50 selected titles vied for the prize from 1,600 nominations. Ultimately, Fujita's Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii took the top spot. The manga is on a roll this year, nominated in the Best General Manga category for the 41st annual Kodansha Manga Awards in April, ranked #9 on bookshop owner's recommend...
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Osake wa Fūfu ni Natte kara Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals Theme Song Artist

Cellchrome performs song for series premiering on October 3 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Crystal na Yōsuke's Osake wa Fūfu ni Natte kara manga began streaming a promotional video for the series on Friday. The video reveals and previews Cellchrome's theme song "Don't Let Me Down" for the anime. The four-member rock band Cellchrome is based in Nagoya. The group performe...
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Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san Comedy Manga Gets Anime

Honda's story about skeleton working in bookstore debuted in 2015 ― The official website for Kadokawa's Monthly Comic Gene magazine revealed that Honda's Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san (Skeleton Bookstore Employee Honda) manga is getting an anime adaptation. The wraparound jacket band on the series' third compiled book volume will feature the announcement when it ships on September 27. The comedy manga'...
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Sasuke & Sakura's Marriage Has a Balance That's Hard to See

While Sasuke being out of the house all the time might make him look like a terrible husband, there's a balance and trust between these two that's often overlooked.
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Gamers! ‒ Episode 10

"There are a lot of neat ideas here, so it's a shame that their presentation ends up being so rushed."
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Seven Senses of the Re'Union/Shichisei no Subaru Novels Get TV Anime

Story of childhood friends playing MMORPG debuted in 2015 ― Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko imprint announced on Friday that Noritake Tao and Booota's Shichisei no Subaru (Seven Senses of the Re'Union) novels are getting a television anime adaptation. In the novels' story, there was once a legendary party named Subaru in the globally popular MMORPG Union. The group was made of elementary school friends. Th...
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Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Game's 4th 'Roll Call' Character Video Posted

PS4/PS Vita game ships later this month in N. America, Europe ― NIS America began streaming a video for its upcoming Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (New Danganronpa V3: Minna no Koroshiai Shin Gakki) mystery game on Thursday. The fourth "roll call" video highlights some of the game's characters, including Kaede Akamatsu, Rantaro Amami, Miu Iruma, Kokichi Oma, Monotaro, and Monokid. Digital pre-order...
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Eureka 7 Hi-Evolution Anime Film Previews Hardfloor's Insert Song in Video

1st film in planned trilogy opens in Japan on Saturday ― Bandai Visual began streaming a new music video on Friday for the upcoming first Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution anime film. The video previews Hardfloor's insert song "Acperience7_eureka_mix." The original Eureka Seven series itself contained numerous references to Hardfloor (including four episodes named after the duo's "Acperienc...
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Free! Take Your Marks Anime Film's Trailer Previews Style Five's Theme Song

Film telling 4 sequel stories premieres on October 28 ― The official website for the Free! Take Your Marks anime film began streaming a trailer on Friday for the film. The trailer previews Style Five's theme song "Free - Style Spirit." The video also previews all four stories that the film will tell. The film is a sequel to the Free! -Timeless Medley- compilation films. The story takes place in March...
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Mr. Osomatsu Anime's 2nd Season Previewed in Promo Video

New series with returning staff, cast premieres on October 2 ― The official website for the Mr. Osomatsu television anime series began streaming a promotional video on Friday for the anime's second season. The anime will premiere at 25:35 on October 2 (effectively 1:35 a.m. on October 3) on TV Tokyo and TV Aichi, and it will also run on the TV Osaka, AT-X, and BS Japan channels. Yoichi Fujita is retu...
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Nights of Azure 2 Game's Story Trailer Posted

Game launches in N. America for PS4, Switch, PC on October 24, in Europe on October 27 ― KOEI Tecmo America began streaming a story trailer with English subtitles on Wednesday for the upcoming game Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (Yoru no Nai Kuni 2 ~Shingetsu no Hanayome~) game. Koei Tecmo previously streamed a trailer that introduced the game's main characters. Koei Tecmo Games and Gust re...
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Silver Link Reveals Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monogatari TV Anime For January Debut

"Academy comedy x battle action" series stars Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Takuya Satō ― Anime studio SILVER LINK opened a website on Friday to reveal the Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monogatari (Butlers: A Millennium Century Story) television anime series. The "academy comedy x traditional battle action" series will premiere in January. The anime stars: Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Koma Jinguji, a second-year high school ...
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Secret of Mana Remake Game's Video Reveals Japanese Collector's Edition

Full 3D remake has new graphics, voice overs, rearranged music, slated for February 15 ― Square Enix began streaming a teaser trailer for its remake of the Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 2) game on Wednesday. While the video features the same footage as the previous teasers, it includes details on the game's Collector's Edition. The game's physical Collector's Edition release is available for both t...
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Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite Game's Videos Preview Chris, Gamora's Moves

PS4/Xbox One/PC fighting game ships on September 19 ― Capcom began streaming two videos on Thursday and Friday for its upcoming Marvel vs. CAPCOM Infinite fighting game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The videos preview Chris and Gamora and show the movesets for each character. The game will ship on September 19. The game will have standard, deluxe, and collector's editions. Those who pre-order ...
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Dragon Ball FighterZ Character Trailer Highlights Freeza

3-vs-3 fighting game will have closed beta on September 16-18, before launching next February ― Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming a new character trailer for it and Arc System Works' Dragon Ball FighterZ game on Thursday to introduce the character Freeza. Bandai Namco Entertainment will release the three-versus-three fighting game on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Bandai Namco ...
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.hack//G.U. Last Recode Opening Movie for Volume 1 Posted

PS4, PC game slated for November 1 in Japan, November 3 in N. America, late 2017 in Europe ― Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a new video for .hack//G.U. Last Recode, its HD remaster of the .hack//G.U. game, on Friday. The video is the opening cinematic for .hack//G.U. Vol. 1: Rebirth chapter included in the game. The game will launch in Japan for PlayStation 4 and PC on November 1, and on ...
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Bono Bono Anime's 81st Episode Adapts Story From Bono-chan Spinoff Manga

Episode debuting October 28 stars Takaaki Itō, Aya Ogata, Takuya Kotegawa ― The official website for the new anime of Mikio Igarashi's four-panel gag comedy manga Bono Bono revealed on Friday that the anime's 81st episode will adapt a story from the Bono-chan spinoff manga. The episode, titled "Bono-chan ~ Tatte Miyō" (Bono-chan Tries to Stand Up), will debut on October 28. The episode will star Taka...
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Encouragement of Climb/Yama no Susume OVA's Trailer Previews Full Theme Song

Single for Yuka Iguchi, Kana Asumi's theme ships on October 28 ― The official Twitter account for the Encouragement of Climb anime franchise began streaming a trailer for the Yama no Susume: Omoide Present (Memories Present) original video anime (OVA) on Friday. The video features the anime's full theme song "Omoide Creators" by Yuka Iguchi and Kana Asumi. The CD single for the theme song ships on Oc...
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Lost Sphear RPG's Trailer Previews Characters

Game ships on October 12 in Japan, January 23 in N. America/Europe ― Square Enix began streaming a pre-launch trailer for Tokyo RPG Factory's Lost Sphear game on Wednesday. The video previews the main characters and includes gameplay footage. The game will launch in Japan for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on October 12. The game will arrive in North America and Europe for PS4, Switch, and PC on J...
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Onyankopon 3DCG 'Dance' Anime's Video Reveals More of Cast, October 6 Debut

New visual also unveiled for anime about West African god helping Japanese high school girls ― The official website for the upcoming 3DCG "dance" anime Onyankopon unveiled a new promotional video, visual, cast, and October 6 premiere for the anime on Friday. The video describes the anime's story premise. The anime will premiere on October 6 on the MixChannel online streaming site, and will premiere o...
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'Just Because!' Original Anime Reveals Additional Cast

Pet Girl of Sakurasou writer, SAO: Progressive artist depict graduating high school seniors ― The official website for the Just Because! original anime project revealed additional cast for the anime on Friday. (Note: Name romanizations not official.) Arisa Sakuraba as Yoriko Inui Yuka Nukui as Sanae Takahashi Reina Kondo as Tōka Suzuki Sayaka Senbongi as Mayuko Satō Kōhei Amasaki as Junpei Saruwatari...
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Under the Dog Project to Launch New Kickstarter for Live-Action Short, Music Video

Project's "phase two" will also get theatrical release, aims to produce television anime ― The Kickstarter campaign page for the Under the Dog anime project announced on Thursday that the project will launch a new Kickstarter campaign to produce a live-action short and a new theme song with a music video. The project is described as "phase two" to produce an eventual television anime. The announcemen...

1st Code Geass Compilation Film's Trailer Shows New Scenes

Visual also posted for trilogy's 1st film opening October 21 ― The official website for the Code Geass project began streaming a new trailer promotional video and revealed a new visual on Friday for Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch - Kōdō (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion - The Awakening Path), the first of the planned compilation film trilogy for the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Code ...
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