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Senki Zesshō Symphogear

Once you give in to the absurd, over-the-top ridiculousness of Symphogear, you'll never look back. ― Symphogear isn't a “traditionally good” show. Its dialogue is ridiculous, storytelling somehow simultaneously cliche and incoherent, and drama laid out with the subtlety of a writer who has literal hams for hands. It is a very silly show based on a very silly idea, and yet, in spite of its absurdity, ...
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Interview: International Otaku Expo Association

These three guys are attempting to create a global otaku community by encouraging communication and collaboration between otaku events (like, say Comiket and Otakon). Let's find out what they're all about! ― We had the pleasure of chatting with three representatives from the International Otaku Expo Association, an organization established this year to "encourage new developments within the wider ota...
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A Silent Voice GN 1

A Silent Voice examines childhood bullying with uncommon frankness, telling an engaging story of cruelty and responsibility. ― A Silent Voice's first volume is not a comfortable read. It's slow and mean, full of small violences that make you wince and characters you just want to shake. That's not necessarily a bad thing though; in fact, it's often the best stories that make you uncomfortable, that ma...
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Terra Formars GN 7

Terra Formars shifts gears to expose its heroes to a new threat...from back on Earth. ― Spoiler Warning: This Review Contains Spoilers for Volume 7 There's a good possibility that this volume of Terra Formars, which really does up the plot factor to the point where our heroes are no longer just fighting increasingly powerful roachmen but actually dealing with some of the other repercussions of being ...
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The X Button - Cyber City

This week: Bandai Namco’s future with Dark Souls III, Project X Zone 2, and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth! Plus your chance to vote on Konami games, Dead or Alive rosters, and the future of Guilty Gear! And comics! ― Nintendo recently put a little The Legend of Zelda comic on its Play channel. It's drawn by Seitaro Komatsu, it's based on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and it showcases a lazy, man...
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Interview: Yuki Yuna director Seiji Kishi

The director of the late night magical girl anime Yuki Yuna is a Hero answers a few questions about the show, including what went in to writing a disabled character. ― We sat down with director Seiji Kishi to talk about Yuki Yuna is a Hero, which he was representing at Otakon 2015 as a special guest of Ponycan USA. Over his long career, Kishi has also directed other notable series, including Assassin...
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Be a Hokage for a Day Give-Away Recipients

Find out if you're getting three Naruto DVD sets in the mail this week and vote for your favorites in VIZ's Hokage for a day contest. ― Congratulations to the lucky entrants below. Each will receive Naruto Shippūden sets 20,21 and 22 on DVD. Quinton Luck, Nanaimo BC Sam Perl, Westfield, NJ Christian Jarquin, Killeen, Texas Didn't win, but still want to pick some cool Naruto stuff? Head over to TRSI f...
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Shelf Life - Group Therapy

This week's new DVD and Bluray releases, alongside fresh reviews of Kamigami no Asobi and the first season of fan favorite K-ON in HD! ― Jump to this week's reviews: Kamigami no AsobiK-ON! On Shelves This Week Fairy Tail - Part 16 BD+DVD Funimation - 300 min - Hyb - MSRP $54.98Currently cheapest at: $32.12 Rakuten Synopsis: Lucy and Yukino are arrested for their involvement in crimes against the sta...
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Friday, August 28

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Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- PS Vita Game's Teaser Streamed

'Aggressive enormous breasts hyper battle' game stars Aya Suzaki, Kanae Ito ― Marvelous began streaming a teaser promotional video for its upcoming PlayStation Vita game Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- on Friday. The video features the song "Blood Drive" by Hitomi Harada, as well as clips from the Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- anime. The game will ship in Japan on December 10 for 6,980 yen (about US$56) for th...
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Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ Smartphone Game's 5 System Videos Streamed

Videos preview stages, battles, customizing, raid boss battles, Coliseum for September game ― Square Enix began streaming five system videos on Thursday for the Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ iOS and Android game. Square Enix is releasing the game in Japan in September. Those who pre-register will get a free smartphone wallpaper. Stages Battle Customizing Raid Boss Battle Coliseum Square Enix confirmed a...
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Answerman - Will Anime Ever Come To My Country (Legally)?

A writer from Iran wants to know if there's even a slight chance the anime industry will legally come to his country with physical releases and streaming options. ― Vahid asks: I'm from Iran, and I always read your answers on ANN. (Access to ANN is denied in Iran and i have to use proxy software to visit.) My country doesn't allow us to buy or sell anime and manga (because of Islamic issues, you kno...
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7th Dragon III code:VFD Game Videos Introduce Fortuner, Samurai Job Classes

Final work in 7th Dragon series ships in Japan on October 15 for 3DS ― Sega began streaming two introduction videos on Friday for the Fortuner and Samurai job classes for 7th Dragon III code:VFD, the latest entry in the 7th Dragon role-playing game series. Players chose from three different "styles" for their character: Atlantis, Tokyo, or Eden. Additionally, the game features 40 voice actors and act...
review

Senki Zesshō Symphogear

Once you give in to the absurd, over-the-top ridiculousness of Symphogear, you'll never look back. ― Symphogear isn't a “traditionally good” show. Its dialogue is ridiculous, storytelling somehow simultaneously cliche and incoherent, and drama laid out with the subtlety of a writer who has literal hams for hands. It is a very silly show based on a very silly idea, and yet, in spite of its absurdity, ...
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Sayonara Sorcier Stage Musical Announced for March

Hozumi's original manga tells story of van Gogh brothers ― A stage musical adaptation of Hozumi's Sayonara Sorcier manga has been green-lit. The musical is set to open in Tokyo in March next year. The project also opened an official website. Daisuke Nishida will direct the production, and Shuhei Kamimura (Student Council's Discretion) will compose the music. The cast and further details on the musica...
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Japan Animator Expo Streams Yasuhiro Yoshiura's 'Bureau of Proto Society' Short

Time of Eve director wrote, planned, directed sci-fi short ― The official website for Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo), the weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, began streaming the 29th short "Bureau of Proto Society" on Friday. (Note: The video contains some violence and gore and might not be safe for work.) Animator Expo describes the...
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Summon Night 5 Game's English Gameplay Video Streamed

Pre-order only physical version's contents also shown ― Video game publisher Gaijinworks began streaming an English trailer on Thursday for its upcoming English release of the Summon Night 5 tactical role-playing game. The video also confirms the game's fall release window. Gaijinworks will release the game digitally on the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita (via the system's built-in PSP emul...
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Kyoto Animation's Myriad Colors Phantom World Anime Casts Sumire Uesaka

Haruhi/Chunibyo's Tatsuya Ishihara helms anime with designs by Chunibyo's Kazumi Ikeda ― The official website for Kyoto Animation's anime of Sōichirō Hatano's Myriad Colors Phantom World (Musaigen no Phantom World) novel opened on Friday. The website confirms that Sumire Uesaka will voice the character Mai Kawakami (pictured right). It also notes that Tatsuya Ishihara (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumi...

The Pokémon Company Sues Organizers of Pokémon-Themed Party for Copyright Infringement

Company claims Seattle event's poster, promotion, activities infringed on copyrighted content ― The Pokémon Company International (TPCi) filed a lawsuit against two Seattle residents on Wednesday, claiming that the Pokémon-themed party they were organizing allegedly infringed upon TPCi's copyright. Seattle residents Ramar Larking Jones and Zach Shore attempted to organize the "5th Annual Unofficial P...
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Studio Deen Posts Animated Music Video for Waanabi.jk Manga

Studio Deen posted an animated music video on Friday for its four-panel manga Waanabi.jk. The animation studio posted the video to commemorate the announcement of a third work based on the manga. The music video was the first adaptation project. The project's concept was created by tomoya takahashi (Dennō Coil assistant director), who also directed and produced the music video. "Super animator" Te...
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Arslan: The Warriors of Legend Game's 2nd Promo Video Streamed

Video shows Mardān Rush, Charge Shift, Skill Cards mechanics ― The official website of KOEI Tecmo Games' upcoming Arslan: The Warriors of Legend (Arslan Senki x Musou) action game began streaming the game's second promo video on Friday. The video previews the game's mechanics and features. The video shows the Mardān Rush feature in action. The mechanic allows players to lead a troop of soldiers and d...
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Exercise Anime Ani Tore! EX Premieres in Japan on October 12

New series follows 5 budding idols through their exercise routines ― Earth Star Entertainment and animation studio Rising Force have opened a website for the Ani Tore! EX (Anime de Training! EX or Training Through Anime! EX) television anime series. The series will premiere on Tokyo MX TV, Sun TV, and Niconico on October 12. The anime follows five young women who are aiming to become idols as they do...
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Austin's Fantastic Fest to Show Belladonna Anime Film, Assassination Classroom Live-Action Film

Film festival also screening Takashi Miike's Yakuza Apocalypse ― The Fantastic Fest film festival announced its second wave of film screenings on Wednesday. The festival will screen the live-action Assassination Classroom film, Eiichi Yamamoto's 1973 experimental anime film Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Belladonna), and Takashi Miike's Yakuza Apocalypse live-action film. The live-action Assassi...
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Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai Live-Action Film Announced for February 27

Kento Nakajima, Nana Komatsu, Yudai Chiba star in adaptation of Makino's romantic comedy manga ― A live-action film adaptation of Makino's Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai (I'm Not Just Going to Do What Kurosaki-kun Says) manga has been green-lit. The film will open in Japan on February 27. The film's cast includes: Kento Nakajima (live-action Silver Spoon) as Haruto Kurosaki Nana Komatsu (liv...
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YUZU Member Yujin Kitagawa Performs One Piece Kabuki Play's Theme Song

Lead actor Ichikawa Ennosuke IV personally asked Kitagawa to perform song ― Yujin Kitagawa, member of musical group YUZU, will perform the theme song for the previously announced kabuki play based on Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga. The play's staff will reveal more details about the theme song in the future. The play's lead actor Ichikawa Ennosuke IV is close friends with Kitagawa, and asked him pers...
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night Game's English-Dubbed Nanako, Margaret Video Streamed

Karen Strassman voices Nanako, Marisha Ray voices Margaret ― Atlus USA began streaming two character videos for its upcoming Persona 4: Dancing All Night PS Vita game on Thursday. The videos preview the English dub for the characters Nanako (voiced by Karen Strassman) and Margaret (Marisha Ray). Atlus previously streamed the Japanese version of the Nanako video in February, and the Japanese version o...
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Japan's Animation TV Ranking, August 17-23

One Piece Episode of Sabo special airs ― Studio Ghibli's Only Yesterday aired on NTV on Friday, August 21 at 9:00 p.m. an earned a 9.3% rating. Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie aired on TV Tokyo on Sunday, August 23 at 2:35 a.m. and earned a 0.9% rating. The live-action Death Note drama series aired on NTV on Sunday, August 23 at 10:30 p.m. and earned an 11.4% rating. Title Station Date Time Length Av...
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Vertical Comics Adds Maybe's The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Manga

1st volume of "hard-boiled dark fantasy" manga ships in 2016 ― Vertical Comics confirmed with Anime News Network on Thursday that it has licensed Maybe's The Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga for release in 2016. Vertical marketing director Ed Chavez stated, "We're excited to bring over this new fantasy manga series from MAYBE over to fans next year." Amazon lists the ...
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PlayStation Cat Mascots Cross Over with Danganronpa, Shiren the Wanderer

Toro Inoue and Kuro, the white and black cat mascots for the PlayStation consoles in Japan, have wandered into some unusual territory — the dark world of Danganronpa and the fantasy take on feudal Japan of Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer. Nao Horiguchi, the cats' original character designer, also drew these illustrations of Toro and Koro imitating Danganronpa's Monomi and Monokuma... .....
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Woolly Yoshi Amiibo Gets Super-Size Version

The cuddly, wool Yoshi Amiibos introduced for the upcoming Yoshi's Woolly World Wii U game this fall is getting a big brother. Set for release on December 10, the giant knitted Yoshi is 4,000 yen (US$33) and yes, he's still a functional Amiibo. So far the giant Yoshi is only shown in green. The mini knitted versions also come in pink and blue. They're slated for release around the same time as Yo...

Thursday, August 27

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Ash Heads to the Wrong Side of the Tracks in GTA V Mash-Up

Bless the internet and its love for putting together the strangest things. YouTube user MerFish has taken American opening animation for the original Pokemon anime series and recreated it entirely out of characters from Grand Theft Auto V. The video went up on Wedneseday, Merfish's birthday. The creator wrote: Today I turn 23 years old, and for 17 of those years I have devoted my life to Pokémon. ...

Discotek Adds Hana Yori Dango, 07-Ghost, Beelzebub, Kyousougiga, Getter Robo: Armageddon, Z/X Ignition, Karate Master

Also offers Space Adventure Cobra & The Venus Wars films on Blu-ray ― North American home video distributor Discotek Media announced on Thursday that it will release the Hana Yori Dango television anime and movie, 07-Ghost television anime, Beelzebub television anime, Kyousougiga anime, Getter Robo: Armageddon video anime, Z/X Ignition television anime, and Karate Master (Karate Baka Ichidai) televis...
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Naruto Shippuden ‒ Episode 426

"Keeping track of the real story may prove difficult if we, like the characters, are caught in a web of Infinite Tsukuyomi illusions for too long."
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My Love Story!! ‒ Episode 21

"The point of the show is that we're all more than our appearances, even if they define how the world treats us sometimes."
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Boruto: Naruto the Movie to Screen in 9 Canadian Cities

Eleven Arts to screen film once in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, other cities ― Film distributor Eleven Arts revealed the list of theaters in Canada that will screen the Boruto -Naruto the Movie- film. The screenings will feature Japanese dialogue with English subtitles. Calgary, AB - SBNK Chinook Edmonton, AB - SBNK Edmonton Halifax, NS - CPX Park Lane Mississauga, ON - CPX Courtney Park Mon...
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Pearl Diver Mascot Controversy Continues to Rage

Japanese coastal city split over moe character ― We earlier reported on the Japanese coastal city of Shima in Mie Prefecture, which unveiled a new mascot character named Megu Aoshima in November. Shima has an ancient tradition of pearl diving carried out by women called ama who train themselves to dive about 60 feet underwater without breathing equipment, and Aoshima hopes to be one someday. She is a...
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School-Live! ‒ Episode 8

"When you're talking about a zombie apocalypse show, an episode title like “Future” can carry certain ominous connotations."
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NHK Documentary Series Peeks at Process of Drawing Manga

Hosted by Naoki Urasawa ― An upcoming Japanese documentary TV series will examine the process of drawing manga from an insider's perspective. Urasawa Naoki no Manben (which, roughly translated, means "Naoki Urasawa's Manga Exertions") is hosted by veteran manga artist Naoki Urasawa (Monster, Pluto, 20th Century Boys) and follows different artists each episode, watching them draw their manga from scra...
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New Fairy Tail Novel Coming in October

Ren Kanan to pen Ōedo Fairy Tail ― Japanese publisher Kodansha's schedule of upcoming light novels is listing a novel releated to Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail. The new novel, titled Ōedo Fairy Tail, will ship on October 2 in Japan. Ren Kanan is writing the novel and Mashima himself is credited as original creator and illustrator. "Ōedo" or "Edo" refers to the historical name for the city of Tokyo, befor...

Hamatora English Dub Cast Revealed

Adam Gibbs, David Wald star as Nice, Murasaki ― Sentai Filmworks announced the voice cast for its English dub of Hamatora on Thursday. The cast, under director Chris Ayres, includes: Adam Gibbs as Nice David Wald as Murasaki Leraldo Anzaldua as Art Nancy Novotny as Koneko Blake Shepard as Birthday Andrew Love as Ratio Christina Kelly as Hajime Carl Masterson as Master Margaret McDonald as Honey Georg...
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Komori-san wa Kotowarenai Anime Casts Aya Uchida

Ari Ozawa, Maria Naganawa also in Artland anime of manga by I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying creator ― The official website for the television anime of Cool-Kyou-Sinnjya's Komori-san wa Kotowarenai! (Komori Can't Refuse!) manga announced the cast and staff on Thursday: Aya Uchida as Shuri Komori Ari Ozawa as Megumi Saichō Maria Naganawa as Masako Negishi Kenichi Imaizumi (Katekyo Hitman R...
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Arata: The Legend Manga Goes on Hiatus

Manga had resumed in July after 17-month hiatus ― This year's 39th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine announced on Wednesday that, starting in the magazine's next issue, manga creator Yuu Watase will put her Arata: The Legend (Arata Kangatari) manga on hiatus. The manga had just resumed on July 8 after a 17-month hiatus since February 2014. Watase aims to release the 24th regular vol...
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Parents Give Transformer-Loving Son the Ultimate Cake

Two parents decided to work together to give their son a real Transformers cake. YouTube user "russellmonro" first created a platform using a 3D printer with sound clips of Optimus Prime. The boy's mother then created the cake, keeping in mind to hide the mechanics behind the transformation. Their son, wearing an Optimus Prime costume, can't help but grin when the surprise is revealed. His guests ...
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Yoru no Nai Kuni's Introduction, Battle Videos Streamed

PS3/PS4/PS Vita game slated for October 1 after delay ― Video game news website 4Gamer began streaming the second 4Gamer×Gust "Teach Me, Professor Arukado!" video series for Gust's upcoming Yoru no Nai Kuni PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita game on Monday. In the video, Professor Arukado introduces the characters in the Ende Hotel, such as Lloyd the merchant and Simon the hotel manag...
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Monster Musume Event Hands Out Tenga Eggs

An upcoming fan event for the Monster Musume anime series at Asagaya Loft in Tokyo's Suginami ward will hand out some very adult toys for participants that are 18 or older. The event is screening the full version of episode six and as a tie-in to the story's events where Papi lays an egg, visitors will get their own Tenga Egg. The "Easy Beat" Tenga Egg is a disposable male masturbation aid that c...

Street Fighter V Adds Rainbow Mika

Character first appeared in Street Fighter Alpha 3 ― The official US PlayStation blog announced on Thursday that Rainbow Mika (R. Mika) from Street Fighter Alpha 3 will be playable in Street Fighter V. The blog began streaming a reveal video: The blog describes R. Mika's abilities: V-Skill: Mic Performance R. Mika pulls out her trusty microphone and gives a heart-pumping monologue to the crowd. The l...
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Answerman - At What Point Are You No Longer A Fan?

Ever feel your ravenous desire to consume all anime slowly fading? Do you find yourself only seeking out the small handful of shows that might interest you every year? Does that make you no longer a fan? Justin gets into it. ― Robert asks: From 2007-2010, I always considered myself a huge anime fan. I checked out every anime that came out in Japan each season (eventually sticking with no less than 5...
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Silver Link Animates Closers Online Game's Promotional Video

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas performs theme song for online action RPG ― Sega began streaming a promotional video for its Closers Online multiplayer action role-playing game on Sunday. Animation studio Silver Link animated the promotional video, and Fear, and Loathing IN LAS VEGAS (Hunter × Hunter, Parasyte -the maxim-) performs the game's theme song "Cast Your Shell." Sega also streamed another p...
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Interview: International Otaku Expo Association

These three guys are attempting to create a global otaku community by encouraging communication and collaboration between otaku events (like, say Comiket and Otakon). Let's find out what they're all about! ― We had the pleasure of chatting with three representatives from the International Otaku Expo Association, an organization established this year to "encourage new developments within the wider ota...
review

A Silent Voice GN 1

A Silent Voice examines childhood bullying with uncommon frankness, telling an engaging story of cruelty and responsibility. ― A Silent Voice's first volume is not a comfortable read. It's slow and mean, full of small violences that make you wince and characters you just want to shake. That's not necessarily a bad thing though; in fact, it's often the best stories that make you uncomfortable, that ma...
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Comic Zenon Magazine's Manga Offered in English Online

Tetsuo Hara's Ikusa no Ko, Nobo and Her?, ARTE initially offered ― Japanese publisher Coamix and The Silent Manga Audition Committee announced on Thursday that they are offering manga from Monthly Comic Zenon magazine in English online. All 26 of the magazine's current series "will become available in English, based on the readers' votes." The Silent Manga Audtion website already posted three titles:...

Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen TV Anime's 2nd Teaser Previews Suara's Theme Song

Adaptation of Aquaplus' game premieres in Japan in October ― Aquaplus began streaming a second teaser video on Thursday for the upcoming television anime adaptation of Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen (Utawarerumono: The False Mask), the second game in the Utawarerumono series. The video features Saura's opening theme song "Fuantei na Kamisama" (Insecure God). Suara is also performing the ending them...
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Biohazard/Resident Evil Stage Play Casts Sonny Chiba

Main cast revealed for play debuting in Tokyo on October 22 ― The official website for the stage play adaptation of CAPCOM's Biohazard (Resident Evil) video game series revealed the play's main cast on Thursday. The play will star: Hiroshi Yazaki as as Tyler Howard, a former policeman with a strong sense of justice. Wataru Kuriyama as Piers Nivans, a member of the Alpha Team of the BSAA's North Ameri...
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Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm TV Anime to Debut in Winter 2016

Gonzo animates series based on adult game of girls competing in dogfight races with anti-gravity tech ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of the Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm: Beyond the sky, into the firmament adult game announced on Thursday that the anime will air in winter 2016. Gonzo is animating the series based on sprite/fairys original game. Fumitoshi Oizaki (Romeo × Juli...
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Crunchyroll Adds Live-Action Doctor's Affairs Series

Media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it added the live-action drama series Doctor's Affairs (Ishitachi no Renai Jijō). The entire series is already available to premium users in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe (except for Russia). Free users in the same regions are only able to view the series' first four episodes, wit...
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The IDOLM@STER Actress Akiko Hasegawa Safely Gives Birth to Boy

Voice of Miki Hoshii in The IDOLM@STER franchise announced pregnancy in April ― Voice actress Akiko Hasegawa announced on her blog on Tuesday that she gave birth to a baby boy a few days ago. Both mother and child are safe and healthy. Hasegawa had announced her marriage to a man outside of the show business industry early last year. She announced her pregnancy in April. At the time, she announced th...
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Transformers: Devastation Video Shows Autobots in Action

Sideswipe profile image also revealed ― The official U.S. PlayStation blog began streaming a video for Activision and Platinum Games' upcoming Transformers: Devastation action game. The video introduces some of the Autobot characters and shows some of their different combat abilities. The official Facebook page for the game also posted a profile image for Sideswipe. Activision and Platinum Games will...

Rie Tanaka Returns to Twitter 2 Years After Attack at Event

Voice actress put account on hiatus after incident during Hyperdimension Neptunia event in 2013 ― Voice actress Rie Tanaka announced on her official Twitter account on Wednesday that she will resume using the account. She had put her Twitter account on hiatus in June 2013. At the time, she had suffered an injury during the "TV Anime Hyperdimension Neptunia's Earliest! Advance Screening Event" promoti...
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Hatsune Miku Stars in Sony's 'Project Morpheus' Demo at Magical Mirai 2015

PlayStation booth at September 4-6 exhibition will feature Hatsune Miku VR exhibition ― Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia announced on Wednesday that it will run the Sega feat. Hatsune Miku Project: VR Tech Demo for its "Project Morpheus" virtual reality headset during the "Hatsune Miku 'Magical Mirai 2015'" event from September 4 to 6. Sony will run the demo at its PlayStation booth during the ...
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Mito City Delays Decision to Set NHK Live-Action Adaptation of Tow Ubukata Novel in City

Mayor delays decision after hearing about author's arrest on domestic violence charges ― Mito City mayor Yasushi Takahashi held a press conference on Wednesday, where he stated that he had put on hold plans to to accept NHK's offer to set its live-action "Taiga Drama" adaptation of Tow Ubukata's Mitsukuni-den novel in the city, after hearing that Ubukata was arrested on charges of domestic violence. ...
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Date A Live's Kotori Itsuka Gets 1/8-Scale Figure

Preorders opened on Tuesday for Broccoli's Kotori Itsuka figure from Date A Live II. The 1/8-scale figure shows Kotori wielding her halberd in her Efreet Astral Dress. The figure costs 15,700 yen (US$131) and will ship in February. Gekijōban Date A Live: Mayuri Judgment (Date A Live the Movie: Mayuri Judgment) opened in theaters in Japan on Saturday.
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Device Puts Vocaloid 'Hologram' on Your Smartphone

Pony Canyon will debut a new holograph smartphone device featuring the Vocaloids Hatsune Miku and Kagamine Rin at the at Tokyo Science Museum's Hatsune Miku Magical Future 2015 exhibit next week. The Sumahoro device that utilizes two mirrors to create multi-layer holograms from a dedicated app. The player's first release will be "Karakuri Pierrot" music video performed by Hatsune Miku and "Lost O...

Wednesday, August 26

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Boruto Becomes #1 Naruto Film at 2.02 Billion Yen

Boruto -Naruto the Movie- becomes highest earning film in franchise ― The Boruto -Naruto the Movie- anime film has earned a cumulative total of 2.02 billion yen (about US$16.8 million) as of August 25. It has sold a total of 1.56 million tickets in the 19 days since its August 7 premiere. The film has surpassed the total box-office gross of the preceding film in the franchise, The Last -Naruto the Mo...

Adventure Time's Frederator Studios Plan Animated Castlevania Series

Producer Adi Shankar working on adaptation with story based on Castlevania III ― Producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) announced on Wednesday that he is working on an animated mini-series based on Konami's Castlevania game series. Shankar also announced that he is working with Fred Seibert and Kevin Kolde of Frederator Studios (Adventure Time, The Fairly OddParents), as Frederator Studios had acquir...
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AKB48's Haruna Kojima & Bear Mascots Gather for Ted 2 Event

America's popular vulgar talking teddy bear recently went international and posed alongside a pop idol and a team of his fuzzy peers. AKB48's Haruna Kojima recently appeared as a member of the "Ted Fan Club" at a Japan promotional event for the U.S. film, Ted 2 last week. Kojima expressed her enthusiasm for the film at the event as well as her shock at the film's content. "Ted says a lot of very m...
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Gintama ‒ Episode 286

"This week's Gintama consists of two half-episode segments that both poke fun at Japanese summertime traditions."
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Eva Pilots Freshen Up Your Room with New Fragrance Holders

Not only do mentally unstable children make great robot pilots, but they can also leave your room smelling rather nice. The Eva Store, a Japanese online shop for all things Neon Genesis Evangelion, is now selling Eva Fragrance Holders. Previously purchasable through Japanese 7-Eleven catalogs, these fragrance holders are now being made available online. Each of the three variations comes fashione...
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Cosplayers, Ice Sculptures Featured at Majestic Prince Pachislo Fan Event

A fan event to promote a new pachislo Majestic Prince game was held in Akihabara on Wednesday. The 2013 sci-fi anime series has left fans hanging for sequel ever since the financial firm Fields Corporation announced it was considering the prospect two years ago. While that idea has yet to come to fruition, Majestic Prince has since received a 3D CG mobile game and the new pachislo game. Visitors ...
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Japanese Comic Ranking, August 17-23

Detective Conan, Terra Formars, Ace of Diamond, The Seven Deadly Sins, Attack on Titan in top 5 ― Rank Title Est. Weekly Copies Est. Total Copies Release Date Publisher Author Highest Rank Weeks on List 1 Case Closed (Detective Conan) 87 343,138 355,428 2015/08 Shogakukan Gosho Aoyama 1 2 2 Terra Formars 14 305,918 305,918 2015/08 Shueisha Story: Yū Sasuga / Art: Kenichi Tachibana 2 1 3 Ace of Diamo...

Japan's Video Game Rankings, August 17-23

Super Robot Wars BX debuts at #1 ― Japan's Game Ranking: August 17-23 Rank System Title Maker Release Date Weekly Copies Total Copies 4Gamer Reader Review 13DS Super Robot Wars BX Bandai Namco Entertainment August 20 98,366 98,366 23DS Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (Including Bundled Editions) Nintendo July 30 65,904 910,071 70 33DS Yo-Kai Watch Busters Aka Neko-dan/Shiro Inu-tai Level-5 July ...
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Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store Drama's Main Cast, Hulu Distribution Plans Unveiled

Yūichi Fukuda directs series premiering in Japan in January ― Hulu's Japanese branch opened a website to announce that the live-action drama adaptation of Matsukoma and Hashimoto's Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store (Nietzsche-sensei ~Konbini ni, Satori Sedai no Shinjin ga Maiorita~) manga will premiere in January on Hulu at the same time as it premieres on television. The website also announced ...
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Q Transformers Celebrates Cooking Papa Anniversary, Interviews Main Character

The chibi Autobots' radio talk show recently guest-starred the protagonist of Cooking Papa to celebrate the manga's 30th anniversary. The eighth episode of season two of the anime web series Q Transformers: Kaettekita Convoy no Nazo featured a special guest on its air waves. Three of the Autobots spoke with Kazumi Araiwa, the main character to Cooking Papa to celebrate its launch in Kodansha's Wee...
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Now Hiring: Tokyo Correspondent

ANN is looking for a freelance correspondent in Tokyo to start immediately. Promotion to a part-time or full-time contract possible. ― Read the FAQ and related forum threads before e-mailing us.Do not CC multiple ANN e-mail addresses with your application. If you do, your application will not be considered. Send your application only to the e-mail address listed for the position. News or Interest Int...
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Ojō-sama Gakkō ni 'Shomin Sample' Toshite Gets-rareta Ken Anime's 2nd Promo Streamed

Romantic comedy about a guy kidnapped by a rich girls' school to premiere in October ― The official website for the upcoming Ore ga Ojō-sama Gakkō ni "Shomin Sample" Toshite Gets-rareta Ken (The Case of My Abduction as a "Commoner Sample" by a School for Rich Ladies) anime began streaming a second promotional video for the series on Wednesday. The trailer first debuted at Comic Market 88. The anime w...
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Australian Game Retailers Add Hideo Kojima's Name on MGS V Displays

The staff at Australian game retailer JB Hi-Fi stores are not-so-subtly sharing their opinion on Konami's decision to remove both "A Hideo Kojima Game" phrase and the "Kojima Productions" logo from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain game's website and packaging. The stores' displays include handmade poster boards and signs emblazoned with the missing credits. The images were shared on Kojima's T...
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Princess Jellyfish's Higashimura Starts Bishoku Tantei Manga Series

Story about handsome detective and food began as a one-shot ― This year's October issue of Shueisha's Cocohana magazine will announce on Friday that Akiko Higashimura will start a new series titled Bishoku Tantei (Gourmet Detective) in the November issue on September 28. She previously published the manga as a one-shot in Cocohana in June. The magazine teases the story: "Food" is at the heart of the ...
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Terra Formars GN 7

Terra Formars shifts gears to expose its heroes to a new threat...from back on Earth. ― Spoiler Warning: This Review Contains Spoilers for Volume 7 There's a good possibility that this volume of Terra Formars, which really does up the plot factor to the point where our heroes are no longer just fighting increasingly powerful roachmen but actually dealing with some of the other repercussions of being ...
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The X Button - Cyber City

This week: Bandai Namco’s future with Dark Souls III, Project X Zone 2, and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth! Plus your chance to vote on Konami games, Dead or Alive rosters, and the future of Guilty Gear! And comics! ― Nintendo recently put a little The Legend of Zelda comic on its Play channel. It's drawn by Seitaro Komatsu, it's based on The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, and it showcases a lazy, man...
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Megumi Hayashibara Makes 3x3 Eyes CD

Maxi-single contains 3 new songs, 1 song from 1998 PlayStation game ― Singer and voice actor Megumi Hayashibara announced on her official website on Monday that she will release a new maxi-single CD for the 3x3 Eyes franchise titled "Samhāra ~Sei Naru Chikara~" (Samhāra ~Holy Power~) The new single celebrates 25 years since she debuted as a singer. The single will contain the title song "Samhāra ~Sei...
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The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Manga Delayed to November 27

Sō Ueto's manga based on anime was originally slated for July 27 ― The October issue of Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Rex magazine is announcing on Thursday that the launch of Sō Ueto's manga adaptation of the The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls anime has been delayed. The magazine noted that the manga's launch was delayed to ensure the quality of the manga, and the staff apologized to the readers who had b...
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Yakuza 5's Western Release Includes All Japanese DLC

Last video in "Welcome to the World of Yakuza" developer interviews also streamed ― The official U.S. PlayStation blog announced on Tuesday that the Western release of Sega's Yakuza 5 (Ryū ga Gotoku 5) game will include all the DLC released for the Japanese version of the game. This will include the "Another Drama" DLC, which are extensive sub-plots that focus on each of the game's five protagonists....

Hai-Furi TV Anime's Character, Story Details Revealed

Set in girls' school for "blue mermaid" ocean experts with designs by Non Non Biyori's Atto ― The October issue of Kadokawa's Comic Alive magazine is revealing a character and information on the setting for the previously announced Hai-Furi television anime project on Thursday. The magazine reveals the character Akeno Misaki, who is described as cheerful, very active, and a positive thinker. One of h...
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Arslan: The Warriors of Legend Game Videos Highlight Arslan, Falangies

KOEI Tecmo ships PS4/PS3 game in Japan with limited edition on October 1 ― The official website of KOEI Tecmo Games' upcoming Arslan: The Warriors of Legend (Arslan Senki x Musou) action game began streaming two new action introduction videos on Wednesday to highlight the fighting styles of Arslan (voiced by Yūsuke Kobayashi) and Falangies (voiced by Maaya Sakamoto). Other confirmed playable characte...

Square Enix, SNK Playmore Settle Claims Over Hi Score Girl Manga

SNK drops criminal charges; Square Enix free to continue selling manga ― Square Enix issued a press release on Wednesday stating that, as of Monday, both Square Enix and SNK Playmore have settled their claims regarding Rensuke Oshikiri's Hi Score Girl manga. Square Enix and SNK Playmore, through holding company Ledo Millennium Co., Ltd. (a holding company of Leyou Technologies, which recently acquire...
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Live-Action Lychee Light Club Film's Cast Roles Revealed

Shūhei Nomura, Yūki Furukawa, Shōtarō Mamiya play Tamiya, Zera, Jaibo ― The official Tumblr account for live-action film of Usamaru Furuya's Lychee Light Club manga revealed the roles that the cast members are playing on Tuesday. The cast members' roles are: (Top Row, From Left) Shūhei Nomura (Taifū no Noruda, live-action Chihayafuru) as the club founder and leader Tamiya Yūki Furukawa (live-action I...
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Legend of Legacy Video Introduces Protagonists Liber, Garnet

Players can choose from 7 main characters in 3DS game ― North American video game publisher Atlus USA began streaming a promotional video on Tuesday introducing Liber and Garnet, two of the seven protagonists from FuRyu's The Legend of Legacy Nintendo 3DS game. The game will ship on October 13. A limited launch edition will include a music CD, 40-page hardcover artbook, and outer box. Masataka Matsur...
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Dance with Devils TV Anime's 1st Ad Streamed

October anime about girl falling in love with demons at high school academy ― Game developer Rejet began streaming the first television commercial for the Dance with Devils TV anime on Wednesday. Text: Around "The Forbidden Grimoire"... Text: The predictions of demons, vampires, and exorcists... Text: Ritsuka Tachibana, voiced by Himika Akaneya Text: ...have been set in motion around Ritsuka Tachiban...
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Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon Game's Trailer, Promo Posted

Video show ability to recruit defeated boss Pokémon as allies ― The official Japanese YouTube channel for the Pokémon Company began streaming a trailer and a promotional video for its upcoming Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (Pokémon Chō Fushigi no Dungeon) Nintendo 3DS game on Wednesday. The trailer shows some of the story events from the game. Narrator: A new town. A new friend. A new school. Narrato...

Tuesday, August 25

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Golden Darkness Dons Yukata for New Figure

Figure company FREEing is releasing To Love Ru: Darkness' Golden Darkness in a pink butterfly yukata for its newest figure. The 1/8-scale figure shows Golden Darkness in the midst of getting ready while handing her obi towards the viewer. Pre-orders opened on Tuesday. The figure costs 11,852 yen (US$100) and will ship in June. FREEing also released a yukata version of Momo Belia Deviluke. Fans ca...
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Super Pochako Gets a Tan for New Bikini Figure

Super Sonico's friend Pochako spent her summer at the beach. The new figure from Daiki Kougyou is a remake of one released last year, only this time Pochako is sporting a tan and black bikini. The 1/5.5-scale figure is up for pre-order until October 21 for 14,800 yen (US$125). Orders will ship in January 2016. Other figures of the Nitroplus mascot girl include "Beer Girl" version, Bunny version, ...

2015 Lupin III TV Anime's New Video, Ending Theme Revealed

Enka singer Sayuri Ishikawa, Hello! Project's Tsunku, franchise composer Yuji Ohno create song ― Enka singer Sayuri Ishikawa is performing the ending theme song for the first new television anime series in three decades to star Lupin III. Hello! Project producer Tsunku wrote the lyrics for "Chanto Iwanakya Ai Sanai" (I Won't Love You If You Don't Say It Straight), which will debut when the anime prem...

Beyond the Boundary's English Dub Casts Adam Gibbs as Hiroomi Nase

Sentai Filmworks to release series on October 13 ― Sentai Filmworks announced with a video on Tuesday that Adam Gibbs will play Hiroomi Nase in its English dub of Beyond the Boundary. Gibbs joins Monica Rial as Mitsuki Nase. Sentai Filmworks will release Beyond the Boundary on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13. The series will also get a limited edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack that will include mercha...
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Monster Musume ‒ Episode 8

"Rachnera moves in with the rest of the monster girls this week, and her arrival garners some mixed reactions."
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Typhoon Takes Out Colossal Titan at Oita Train Station

The monsters of Hajime Isayama's manga are no match for nature's wrath. The Colossal Titan at Oita Station was thwarted by Typhoon Goni as the storm crashed into Japan over the last 24 hours. The storm, which besides upending the display, has also lead to 200,000 homes being evacuated, power outages, and cancelled flights. Numerous injuries were also reported. 大分駅の巨人 頭が無いやん 台風>巨人 pic.twitter.com/T...
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North American Anime, Manga Releases, August 23-29

Kamigami no Asobi, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works anime; Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace, Fairy Tail: Blue Mistral, Inuyashiki, Maria the Virgin Witch Exhibition manga ship ― Anime Releases Title Publisher Suggested Retail Price Date Fairy Tail Part 16 DVD/BDPlease Funimation Entertainment US$54.98 August 25 Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Limited Edition BD Box Set 1Cite ...
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Domain 'kimiuso-movie.jp' Registered Under Toho's Name

The domain name 'kimiuso-movie.jp' was registered under the name of the Japanese film production and distribution company TOHO on Monday. Aniplex of America streamed Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) television anime on the Aniplex Channel, Hulu, and Crunchyroll as it aired in Japan, and will release the series with an English dub. Naoshi Arakawa's original shōnen manga that inspired the...

Prosecutors Detail Alleged Threats Against Pokémon World Championships

2 men held without bail; not currently facing charges for making threats ― The two men who were arrested at the Pokemon World Championships this past weekend, Kevin Norton (18, right) and James Stumbo (27), are currently being held without bail on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and other firearm charges. Prosecutors say that Norton was banned from an o...
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Overlord ‒ Episode 8

"How much of Momonga's shtick is him just play-acting, and how much of it is him actually becoming an arrogant bastard because of his overwhelming power?"
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Solanin's Inio Asano Writes Song, Draws Illustration for Dempagumi Inc.

Girl band Dempagumi Inc. (Punch Line) and artist Inio Asano (Solanin, The Perfect Insider) teamed up for the band's new single "Ashita Chikyū ga Konagona ni Natte mo" (Even if the Earth Shatters Tomorrow). Asano both wrote the song's lyrics and drew the inside jacket illustration for the first press, limited edition CD, vinyl, and cassette. The single is set for release on September 16. Asano prev...
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Castle Town Dandelion ‒ Episode 8

"The siblings' powers are going berserk!"
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Shouta Aoi Joins Hokuto no Ken: Ichigo Aji Cast as Lin

Male voice actor plays female character in final cast reveal ― The official website for the television anime of Imōto Yukito, Yūshi Kawata, and Yukito's Hokuto no Ken: Ichigo Aji (Fist of the North Star: Strawberry Flavor) manga revealed on Tuesday that Shouta Aoi (Shonen Hollywood's Daiki Tomii, Uta no Prince-sama's Ai Mikaze) is voicing Lin in the series. The website revealed a new cast member ever...
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Food Wars! Boys Get Hugging Pillow Covers

The Animate Shop is reaching out to Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma fans with hugging pillow covers. The shop is offering the usual covers of female characters like Erina and Ikumi but also added protagonist Sōma Yukihira, his self-declared rival Takumi Aldini, and the French cuisine chef Kojirō Shinomiya. Each pillow case costs 10,000 yen (US$83) and will ship in October. You can also find more Sho...

Report: Anime Industry Up 10% in 2014

Total market value for Japan, overseas estimated at 1.63 trillion yen ― The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) released details from its "Anime Industry Report 2015," which examines industry trends from 2014, on Tuesday. According to the report, the total market value of the anime industry in 2014 was 1.63 trillion yen (about US$13.5 billion), up about 10% from 2013's 1.49 trillion yen (about U...
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Interview: Yuki Yuna director Seiji Kishi

The director of the late night magical girl anime Yuki Yuna is a Hero answers a few questions about the show, including what went in to writing a disabled character. ― We sat down with director Seiji Kishi to talk about Yuki Yuna is a Hero, which he was representing at Otakon 2015 as a special guest of Ponycan USA. Over his long career, Kishi has also directed other notable series, including Assassin...
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Be a Hokage for a Day Give-Away Recipients

Find out if you're getting three Naruto DVD sets in the mail this week and vote for your favorites in VIZ's Hokage for a day contest. ― Congratulations to the lucky entrants below. Each will receive Naruto Shippūden sets 20,21 and 22 on DVD. Quinton Luck, Nanaimo BC Sam Perl, Westfield, NJ Christian Jarquin, Killeen, Texas Didn't win, but still want to pick some cool Naruto stuff? Head over to TRSI f...
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New Toyota Char Auris Gets Commercial Version in October

Toyota's venture with the fictional Gundam company Zeonic brought the Char Exclusive Auris II concept car to the Chara Hobby event at Makuhari Messe. The company announced at its Zeonic Toyota booth on Saturday that the Chara Exclusive Aurus II will get a commercial version beginning in October. The company didn't announce a price. Toyota revealed both a Char and Zaku concept car at the Mori Arts ...

Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain Trailer Looks Back on Game Series

Final Metal Gear Solid game ships next week ― Konami began streaming a trailer for Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain on Tuesday. Franchise creator Hideo Kojima edited the video, which looks back on the Metal Gear Solid series before previewing the game. The song featured in the trailer is "Quiet's Theme," written by Akihiro Honda and performed by Stefanie Joosten. Ludwig Forsell wrote the lyrics Met...
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Cyborg 009 Vs. Devilman Anime's Full Trailer Features Battle Scenes

Anime to debut in theaters on October 17 ― The full trailer for Cyborg 009 Vs. Devilman, the first crossover anime between Shotaro Ishinomori's Cyborg 009 and Go Nagai's Devilman characters, debuted this week. It reveals battles scenes between the Cyborgs and Devilman. In the story of Cyborg 009, Joe Shimamura and others gained cyborg powers when they were involuntarily altered by an evil organizatio...
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Non Non Biyori Repeat ‒ Episode 8

"If you watch Non Non Biyori for the warm fuzziness, there's plenty on display here."
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Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! TV Anime Premieres in January

The October issue of Kadokawa's Comptiq Ace magazine is revealing on Wednesday that the upcoming television anime of Natsume Akatsuki's Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku o! (Give Blessings to This Wonderful World) light novel series will premiere in Japan in January 2016. Takaomi Kanasaki (Tokyo Ravens, Is This a Zombie?) is directing at Studio Deen. Makoto Uezu (Is This a Zombie?, The Heroic Leg...

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition Makes The irregular at magic high school's Tatsuya Playable

Miyuki is also available as support or playable character this fall ― Sega Games is making Tatsuya Shiba from The irregular at magic high school light novel series a playable character in its arcade fighting game Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition this fall. In addition, the novel series' Miyuki Shiba will be available as a support character. The original Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax game alre...
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Montreal World Film Festival Hosts Live-Action Patlabor Film

The Next Generation -Patlabor- to make N. American premiere on August 29 ― The Montreal World Film Festival announced this month that it will be showing Mamoru Oshii's live-action feature-length The Next Generation -Patlabor- on August 29 at 9:30 AM and August 30 at 9:30 PM at the Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin. The Montreal World Film Festival runs from August 27 to September 7 and hosts films from a...
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Princess Knight Stage Musical Casts Nogizaka46 Idols

Erika Ikuta, Reika Sakurai play lead Sapphire & rival Hekate in Tezuka's shōjo classic ― Osamu Tezuka's classic shōjo manga Princess Knight (Ribbon no Kishi) is inspiring a new stage musical to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine. Nogizaka46 idol group member Erika Ikuta will star as the main lead Sapphire, and another Nogizaka46 idol, Reika Sakurai, will play Hekate, a ...
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Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, August 17-23

Free! ES event sells 13,864, followed by Yowapeda stage play, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Ace of Diamond ― The Free! Eternal Summer Special Event Iwatobi/Samezuka Joint Cultural Festival sold 13,864 copies to land at #2 on the overall DVD chart. The Yowapeda: Tour de Stade Vol. 1 stage play DVD debuted at #5 with 7,380 copies. The June 2015 DVD release of All You N...
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Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast Film Tops 5 Billion Yen

Sells nearly 4 million tickets; Naruto, Attack on Titan, Pokémon stay in top 10 ― Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast film has sold 3.99 million tickets to earn over 5 billion yen (about US$42 million) in the 44 days since it opened on July 11. In addition, The Boy and the Beast exhibition at Tokyo's Shibuya Hikarie complex has attracted over 70,000 visitors. In gratitude for the sizeable attendanc...
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Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, August 17-23

Free! ES event sells 16,224, followed by Blood Blockade Battlefront, Euphonium, Yowapeda, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! ― The Free! Eternal Summer Special Event Iwatobi/Samezuka Joint Cultural Festival sold 16,224 copies to land at #2 on the overall Blu-ray Disc chart. Distant Worlds:music from Final Fantasy the Journey of 100 debuted at #21 with 1,095 copies. Rank Last Week Title Weekly Copies ...
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Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Anime's Ad Aired

anohana/Toradora creators make latest Gundam TV anime premiering on October 4 ― A commerical for the newest Gundam anime series, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans), began airing in Japan. Narration & Text: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans begins airing on Sunday, October 4 at 5 p.m. Narration: The sustenance of life is on the battlefield. The sh...
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Pokémon Set to Scare for Halloween Parade Campaign

Ghost-type Pokémon (along with some spooky-in-spirit types) are getting ready for trick-or-treating fun for a new Halloween-themed event. Japanese Pokémon Centers will soon celebrate the "Halloween Parade 2015" event at their locations. Customers will be able to pick up several Pokemon Halloween merchandise. Naturally, Pikachu plays his own part in the festivities, as many Pikachu plushes now com...
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Live-Action My Love Story/Ore Monogatari's Full Trailer Teases Kiss Scene

Ryohei Suzuki practices kissing with Kentarō Sakaguchi in film opening on October 31 ― The official website for the upcoming live-action film of Kazune Kawahara and Aruko's My Love Story!! (Ore Monogatari!!) shōjo romantic comedy manga began streaming the full 95-second trailer and the second teaser trailer on Tuesday. The full trailer features the male lead Takeo saving the female lead Yamato from a...
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Saki Figures Opt for Band-Aids Over Underwear (NSFW)

Hobby Japan will open mail orders for a new pantyless Saki figure courtesy of Amakuni. The Ako Atarashi figure debuted at the Character Hobby 2015 event last weekend in Tokyo. Ako's pose and lack of panties is based image included in the limited edition Blu-ray release of Saki - The Nationals. The band-aid, on the other hand, seems to be thought up by Amakuni. Below images are NOT safe for work. ...

Monday, August 24

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Actually, I Am… ‒ Episode 8

"This storyline simply doesn't produce enough comedy to merit wasting half an hour on."
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Snow White with the Red Hair ‒ Episode 8

"This week Snow White with the Red Hair takes us on a journey to the past. Zen's past, that is."
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Singer HIMEKA Tweets About Hardships in Industry

Since returning to her home country of Canada after visa issues and being dropped by her label, French-Canadian singer HIMEKA has expressed sadness over the strife she had faced in the music industry. The singer recently posted a series of Tweets on her account counting up her grievances. They have since been deleted. "I just want to escape from all the fake-ness," she stated. "It's not that peop...
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Gangsta. ‒ Episode 8

"Gangsta. has settled into a consistent mood over these past few weeks, and the limp violence has mostly faded into the background."
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Pokémon Continue Exploring in New Super Mystery Dungeon Ad

The newest iteration to the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series features the largest cast of creatures to date. The latest Japanese ads for the upcoming Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon (Pokémon Chō Fushigi no Dungeon) features a group of children "becoming Pokemon" and setting off on a grand adventure. The game will boast every single Pokemon in the series. That means that over 720 Pokemon will be featur...

Nintendo Announces Release Dates for Star Fox, Fatal Frame, Devil's Third, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Games

Also: Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, Chibi Robo! Zip Lash ― Nintendo announced the North American release dates for multiple upcoming titles on Monday. Nintendo will release Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water for Nintendo Wii U on October 22. The prologue and first two chapters will be free, and the full game will be available on the Nintendo eShop for US$49.99. The game was released in Japan last Septem...
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Don't forget! ANN Programming Track at Waku Waku +NYC this Weekend

Panels include Anime News Network and Anime Journalism, Who is the Real Osamu Tezuka, Introduction to Anime & Manga Studies, Anime: From the Creator's Mind to Your Screen and Anime that Time Forgot. ― Anime News Network has arranged a special programming track at this year's inaugural Waku Waku +NYC in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30. Anime News Network and Anime Journal...
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JAPIC Offering 2 Month Stay in Tokyo for International Animators

The Japan Image Council (JAPIC) is accepting applications for its A-AIR Tokyo 2016 (Animation Artists in Residence Tokyo 2016) program. Three lucky artists from around the world will get to stay in Tokyo for 70 days between January 7 and March 17, 2016. Winners will have their travel expenses and rental accommodations paid while receiving a living allowance and expert assistance. Winners will also...
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29th Animator Expo Short is 'Bureau of Proto Society' by Time of Eve's Yoshiura

Short will stream on Friday ― The official website for Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition (Japan Animator Expo), the weekly anime shorts from Hideaki Anno's Studio Khara and the media company Dwango, announced on Monday that the 29th episode will be "BUREAU OF PROTO SOCIETY" by Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Time of Eve, Patema Inverted, Harmonie). The short will debut on Friday. Yoshiura is planning, directing, and ...
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Shelf Life - Group Therapy

This week's new DVD and Bluray releases, alongside fresh reviews of Kamigami no Asobi and the first season of fan favorite K-ON in HD! ― Jump to this week's reviews: Kamigami no AsobiK-ON! On Shelves This Week Fairy Tail - Part 16 BD+DVD Funimation - 300 min - Hyb - MSRP $54.98Currently cheapest at: $32.12 Rakuten Synopsis: Lucy and Yukino are arrested for their involvement in crimes against the sta...
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Hai-Furi Anime With Non Non Biyori Creator's Character Designs Announced

More information coming to Comic Alive on August 27 ― An official website opened on Tuesday anouncing a new anime project titled Hai-Furi. Manga creator Atto (Non Non Biyori) is designing the characters. The official website's source lists the project as a television anime. Kadokawa's Comic Alive magazine will publish more information in its October issue on August 27. Comic Alive announced in July t...
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Pripara Ending Edited After BPO Complaints

Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization (BPO) Japanese media watchdog group posted thinly veiled complaints about the late-night anime SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist, Pripara, and Chibi Maruko-chan lottery ticket ads earlier this month. The complaints lodged against Pripara mentioned girls appearing in swimsuits in the anime's ending seque...

Sentai Filmworks Adds Aura Anime Film

2013 film adapts Romeo Tanaka's light novel about chūnibyō ― North American anime distributor Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed the 2013 anime film Aura (Aura: Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai). The company plans to release the film digitally and on home video. The film is based on the 2008 light novel of the same name by Romeo Tanaka (Humanity Has Declined). The school romantic c...
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Himōto! Umaru-chan's 7th Mini Anime Features a Zombie Attack

Comedy shorts will bundle with DVD/Blu-ray sets ― Toho Animation began streaming the seventh episode of the Himōto! Umaru-chan mini anime series, "Himōto! Umaru-chanS," on Monday. The stream is available for 24 hours. In the short, Umaru and the other girls hide in a mall after a zombie attack and decide it's a paradise, until they run out of food. Meanwhile, Umaru's brother goes to work like normal....

GKids to Release Ghibli's Only Yesterday in Theaters in N. America

1991 film will get English dub with Daisy Ridley, Dev Pate, Ashley Eckstein, Alison Fernandez ― North American film distributor GKids announced on Monday that it will release Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's film Only Yesterday in theaters in North America in 2016. The film will get an English dub. The cast includes Daisy Ridley, Dev Pate, Ashley Eckstein, and Alison Fernandez. In addition to the th...
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Answerman - What Happens to a License When a Publisher Goes Under?

When an American anime company goes out of business, what exactly happens to all of their licenses? Justin examines the fallout from several angles. ― Robert asks: What happens to shows (or manga) that are licensed and then for some reason, something happens to the company? Shows like Gosick (which was licensed by Bandai) or manga like Alive: The Final Evolution (which was licensed by Del Rey). And ...

Miyamoto: Nintendo Considers Opening Game/Movie Tie-Ins

Last Nintendo film was Super Mario Bros. in 1993 ― Shigeru Miyamoto, leader of Nintendo's Software Planning & Development (SPD) Division, told business news website Fortune during E3 that Nintendo may be looking into movie tie-ins in the future. As we look more broadly at what is Nintendo's role as an entertainment company, we're starting to think more and more about how movies can fit in with that—a...
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Is the order a rabbit's Cocoa and Chino Get Chibikyun Figures in New Lottery Prizes

Ichiban Kuji's newest lottery this month is focusing on the upcoming season of Is the order a rabbit?? The goods collection is titled "Is the order a rabbit? Kokoro Pyonpyon" (Heart Hopping) and launches on Saturday. Collectors will want to get their hands on the Cocoa and Chino Chibikyun figures. The prizes include: A Prize: Pillow B Prize: Cocoa Chibikyun figure C Prize: Chino Chibikyun figure ...
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New Gundam Extreme Vs., Kamen Rider Battride War, Granzella Titles Listed

Bandai Namco leaks images on Tokyo Game Show website ― Bandai Namco Entertainment opened a Tokyo Game Show website on Monday, hosting images for three as-yet unannounced games: Kyoei Toshi Granzella (Big Shadow Town Granzella), Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Force, and Kamen Rider Battride War Sōsei (Kamen Rider Battride War Creation). The game company Granzella owns the rights to Irem's Disaster Rep...
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One Piece ‒ Episode 706

"Okay, this is the last of the flashback episodes, I swear."
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Durarara!! ×2 The Second Arc ‒ Episode 8

"I barely had time to put everything together before the episode wrapped up and slid right through to the credits."
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Classic Review: Paranoia Agent ‒ Episode 7

"This week's episode starts with one more of Paranoia Agent's classic tonal confinement-chambers, but swiftly gets very, very weird."
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Library Wars Live-Action Special Airs on October 5

The official website of the Toshokan Sensō: The Last Mission (Library Wars: The Last Mission) live-action sequel film announced on Monday that it will air Toshokan Sensō: Book of Memories (Library Wars: Book of Memories), the franchise's live-action television special, on TBS on October 5 at 9:00 p.m., five days ahead of the sequel film's October 10 premiere in Japan. TBS will also air the first l...
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Heroic Legend of Arslan ‒ Episode 20

"Now that Arslan has accepted both prongs of his destiny, it feels like the show is finally moving into its last act."
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Sega Launches '3939.00' Teaser Site

Sega Games launched a teaser site at on Monday for a new project. The teaser site contains the numbers "3939.00 / 3939" against a background of moving colored lines. The number "39" itself occurs in the website's "next39.sega.jp" URL as well. The numbers 3 and 9 can be pronounced as "Miku" in Japanese. Sega publishes the Hatsune Miku -Project Diva- series of games as well as the spinoff Project Mi...
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Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers ‒ Episode 8

"These extended discussions are fun and all, but it feels like all the competing theories are about to start spilling out of my brain."
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Daiki Yamashita Joins Hokuto no Ken: Ichigo Aji Cast as Bat

Official site to reveal voice actor for Rin on Tuesday ― The official website for the television anime of Imōto Yukito, Yūshi Kawata, and Yukito's Hokuto no Ken: Ichigo Aji (Fist of the North Star: Strawberry Flavor) manga revealed on Monday that Daiki Yamashita (Shonen Hollywood's Kira Saeki, Yowamushi Pedal's Sakamichi Onoda) is voicing Bat in the series. The website is revealing a new cast member ...
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Voice Actress Eriko Nakamura Recuperating At Home After Hospitalization

Voice actress provided voice of Haruka Amami in The IDOLM@STER ― Voice actress Eriko Nakamura revealed on her official Twitter account on August 19 that she is recovering at home after a recent hospitalization. In a handwritten letter, she revealed that she had been hospitalized due to poor health for a week. She cancelled all her appearances and recording sessions for the week. She was discharged, a...

Pan de Peace! 4-Panel Manga About Bread-Loving Girls Gets TV Anime

emily's online manga follows high school girls who enjoy making & eating baked goods ― The wraparound jacket band on emily's Pan de Peace! (Peace Through Bread!) manga volume is announcing on Thursday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit. The "cute and soft bread four-panel manga" centers around Minami (top left in below images), an airheaded girl who is starting high school and who ...
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Sword Art Online: Lost Song, Re: Hollow Fragment Promos Streamed

"Game Director's Edition" containing both games slated for November 19 in Japan ― The official websites of Bandai Namco Entertainment's Sword Art Online: Lost Song and Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment games began streaming a new promotional video for each game on Monday. The promotional video for Sword Art Online: Lost Song highlights the game's new "Svart Alfheim" setting, and the game's feature...
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My Little Monster's Robico Starts New Manga

High school romantic comedy manga titled Boku to Kimi no Taisetsu na Hanashi ― The October issue of Kodansha's Dessert magazine published the first two chapters of manga creator Robico's new Boku to Kimi no Taisetsu na Hanashi (An Important Talk Between You and Me) manga series on Monday. The high school romantic comedy manga centers on Aizawa, a high school girl who is in love with her classmate Azu...
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World Trigger: Borderless Mission's Ad Previews Game's Features

PS Vita game slated for release on September 17 ― The official website of Bandai Namco Entertainment's World Trigger: Borderless Mission PS Vita game began streaming the game's second commercial on Sunday. Narration: Cross all the borders! Text: Cross all the borders in this World Trigger game adaptation. Narration: Selectable positions. Text: Control the state of combat by choosing positions. Narrat...
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Cardfight Vanguard G Starts 'Gears Crisis-hen' Anime Series in October with Breakerz Theme

New anime will feature two new characters designed by Akira Ito ― Bushiroad announced in July that a new Cardfight!! Vanguard G TV anime titled Cardfight!! Vanguard G: Gears Crisis-hen will begin airing in Japan on October 11. In addition, the staff of the anime revealed on Monday that the band BREAKERZ will perform the new anime's opening theme song. Musician DAIGO, who formed BREAKERZ, starred in a...
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Star-Mu/High School Star Musical Anime Reveals Additional Cast

Showtaro Morikubo, Kousuke Toriumi, Wataru Hatano, Takehito Koyasu join anime's cast ― The official website of Star-Mu (High School Star Musical), this fall's new musical television anime, revealed additional cast for the show on Monday. The additional cast includes: Showtaro Morikubo as Kyōji Akatsuki Kousuke Toriumi as Christian Leon Yuzuriha Wataru Hatano as Sakuya Sazanami Takehito Koyasu as Haru...
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Asterisk War Anime's 3rd Promo Video Reveals New Cast

Tomokazu Sugita, Yumi Uchiyama, Chinatsu Akasaki, more join cast for series premiering on October 3 ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of author Yuu Miyazaki and illustrator okiura's The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water (Gakusen Toshi Asterisk) light novel series began streaming the show's third promotional video on Monday. The video introduces the show's main cast:...
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Nichijō Manga to End in December With 10th Volume

Final volume gets special edition with previously unpublished material ― The October issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine is revealing on Wednesday that Keiichi Arawi's Nichijō manga will end this year with the manga's 10th volume, which will ship in Japan on December 10. Kadokawa will also publish a special edition of the volume on the same day, which will include a special booklet featur...
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The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage Rhythm Game Features Customizable Office

3rd special video also previews game's dialogue scenes ― The official website for the upcoming iOS/Android app The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage began streaming the third special video on Sunday. The video previews the game's office customization feature and dialogue scenes. Text: Special Video #3 Narration: Producer-san, The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls makes its rhythm game debut! Na...

Ghost in the Shell Arise Writer Tow Ubukata Arrested on Charges of Domestic Violence

Ubukata denies charges, stating that he quarreled with his wife but "did not hit" her ― Yahoo! News Japan is reporting on Monday that Shibuya police have arrested 38-year-old Mardock Scramble novel and Ghost in the Shell Arise anime writer Tow Ubukata on charges of domestic violence against his wife. According to the police, Ubukata denied the charges, saying "It's true that we quarreled, but I did n...
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Nintendo Posts 1st Part of Majora's Mask Comedy Manga

Akira Himekawa also working on new The Legend of Zelda manga ― Nintendo published the first part of a comedy manga based on its The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask game in its Play channel on August 8. The manga's English title is The Legend of Zelda: Link's Hijinks. Nintendo did not announce if or when it might release further chapters from the manga (although the comic does say "To be continued..." ...
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Ghost in the Shell Arise Stage Play's Motoko Previewed in Costume

Performance featuring 3D videos alongside cast opens in Tokyo in November ― The official website for the Ghost in the Shell Arise: Ghost is Alive stage play revealed the first key visual on Monday featuring Kaede Aono as Motoko Kusanagai in costume. The website also features more images of Aono in costume (see gallery below), and it is also streaming a commercial for the play that features the main c...
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